There are many things I love about stamping metal.
Obviously the pocket money comes in handy and the creative outlet is a lifesaver.
Both are things I need being mum to three busy boys aged four and under.
There's one thing I love even more than both those things though... every time new stock arrives, I need samples to put up online, so I get to make myself new jewellery often!
Check out what I made myself tonight:
A chunky 'Tiffany'-style silver-plated fob necklace with sterling silver single clad stamped disk (copper on back - supplier says stampable both sides, but the stamping from each side did show through a little on the opposite side). The single clad disks are quite chunky and weighty, about double the thickness of most of our other blanks.
And I also made a matching silver-plated fob bracelet with sterling silver small Tiffany-style heart.
I love them!
Until the next lot of new stock arrives anyway...
I have been meaning to get around to running this competition since we cracked 1500 likers on Facebook a few weeks back, but I have been SWAMPED with Christmas orders ... thank you all for your awesome support, by the way.
Tonight I'm making time for it because I looked at the calendar today and saw Christmas is just five weeks away.
So, this giveaway is not only to celebrate 1500 lovely likes, but the festive season and my brand new website too!
I'm giving away 15 prizes! One for every 100 likers, the odds of winning are not too bad at all.
The major prize is a sterling silver washer pendant (pictured below) stamped with your wording, on a sterling silver chain (may differ to style pictured) and includes free standard postage. Prize value is $42.
The other 14 prizes will be pendant jewellery or items from our 'on sale' album, each valued at $5 to $20.
The best part about this competition is that if you've purchased from me in the past, you are automatically entered into the prize draw for the major prize.
If not, you still have a couple of weeks to order!
For the remaining 14 prizes, every single one of my likers will be automatically entered.
If you are not on Facebook and would like a chance to win, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest.
Past customers also have the chance to gain an extra entry in the draw by emailing me a 'review' to include on a 'testimonials' page that I hope to introduce on my website soon.
Facebook recently removed the 'reviews' tab and I lost all the wonderful raps you guys gave me there :(
The competition will be drawn at the beginning of December and prizes posted shortly after so winners can receive their You Name It goodies in time for Christmas.
Now, I'm off to catch some much needed ZZZZs ... yay, first night before midnight in a month!
Well, that was to create an entry into an award that was presented at the weekend.
And we won gold for it!
I work a couple of days a week at a printing company, Willprint Shepparton.
For two years running, our production manager Marshall has worked his absolute butt off to get us our Level 2 Sustainable Green Print (SGP) accreditation and drastically reduced the environmental footprint our printshop leaves.
This is no mean feat, the judging to gain accreditation is tough and the work to fit the criteria is tougher.
Marshall wanted to enter us in the annual PICA (Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards) in the Environmental category award.
He enlisted my help to write and help present an entry into it, so we came up with the idea to present it on a bunch of recycled printing equipment ... old parts of presses, matrix, plates, pallets, bindery wire and so on.
We exposed the written part of our entry onto a printing plate and then cut down old metal printing plates, which I stamped subheads onto and then screwed in their places.
Check out how it looked below.
The judges' comments included this: "The entry not only conveys the efforts undertaken to reduce the company's environmental footprint, but - just as importantly - uses an interesting and innovative approach to communicate its successes, which will engage both industry and non-industry people," Tony Duncan.
To win this award means an awful lot to all involved.
Our little printing place of less than 20 employees was up against companies that have 1000 staff and print things like Australia Post stamps and Prime Minister's dinner invitations.
For us to even be considered in a field like that is amazing.
It just goes to show even the littlest lion can roar.
www.picavic.com.au for information on the awards
www.printnet.com.au for information on SGP
www.willprintshepparton.com.au for all your printing needs!
The awards night was held at the Grand Ballroom, Hotel Sofitel, Melbourn
To say I'm excited and relieved to have finished re-designing my website is a huge understatement.
I got this idea in my head that it needed overhauling about five days ago when I viewed my stats and saw just how many of you lovely peeps visit each day.
I was never happy with the first site; it was poorly laid out with unclear photos and a busy, distracting template.
But why I chose my busiest time of year to take it on, I don't know.
Actually, I do.
It's because if I get an idea in my head, I don't sleep properly until I've conquered it.
So I had to get this done in order to get some rest.
Anyway, I hope you like what you see.
I'm going to be blogging regularly from now on.
I'll let you know some more about me, some more about how You Name It came to be and as promised, I'm going to finally bring you a 1500-Facebook-liker giveaway, combined with a Christmas and new website launch celebration.
So keep reading, because there's lots of exciting stuff coming your way.
Gal with a hammer