Monday, July 5, 2010

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Giveaway & Review: Novica Artisan Home Decor & Gifts ($75 GC) [CLOSED]

If you are a fan of hand crafted gifts and home decor items, but have never visited, then you are missing out. I can spend hours browsing on this site and am always in awe at the results from the hands of these talented artisans located all over the world.

When shopping for myself, I gravitate towards the vast selection of sterling silver jewelry, specifically the necklaces and bracelets. Although I love all silver jewelry, I have to avoid silver earrings because I have come to realize that I have developed an allergy to any earring post that contains silver in recent years.

This time around, I was not shopping for myself. I was actually looking for a Father's Day gift for my husband. I ended up choosing this Wooden Chess Set crafted by a man named Rakesh Pathak in Delhi. This item came with free gift wrapping, as well as a post card from that part of the world, and a little card telling the story of the artisan who created the item.

I was extremely impressed by the quality of this chess set. It is perfect for travelling because the magnetic pieces are safely stored inside the folding game board. My husband loved it and he and our 6-1/2 year old son now have something else they like to spend time doing together.

In addition to this chess set, I also purchased some instruments for our children. When I saw this pair of bamboo panpipes, I knew they would be perfect for our 6 year old and one of his younger siblings.

I am always impressed by the wrapping on Novica items. The photo on the left shows how this panpipe set was wrapped and decorated. Each panpipe came with it's own woven carrying case. Our children loved them!

I personally loved the handpainted Do Re Mi notes that were applied to the larger of the two panpipes. I think this little detail will surely help our son learn to play this instrument more easily. These panpipes were created by a man named Benito Tito of Peru.

What started me on the idea of musical instruments was actually seeing this 6" diameter mini-djembe drum. My brother-in-law loves drums and our children love to play with his when they go over to visit their favorite uncle. I thought our children would be thrilled to have a drum just like Uncle Matt's . . . and I was right!

This drum was crafted by a wood carver named Ernestina Oppong Assante and her husband in West Africa.

Thank you to for providing us with a gift certificate free of charge to shop for products to share with our readers and for providing a second gift certificate for our contest prize.

What you can win:
One lucky reader will receive $75 gift certificate to .

This giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries. You do not need to be a blogger to enter, but you must have a valid email address and be age 18 years or older. If you enter anonymously and do not include a valid email address in your comment entries, I will not be able to notify you should you win this random drawing.

How to Gain Entries:
Browse the selection of handcrafted gifts offered by Novica. Then leave a comment telling me the name of at least one item you would spend your gift certificate on if you won this contest (aside from the 3 items reviewed in this article). You MUST do this to be eligible to win this contest.

Extra Entries:

1) For 5 extra entries, leave a relevant comment on one of my non-giveaway posts. Then leave FIVE separate comments with the name of the post on which you commented. You will earn 5 extra entries for each different non-contest post you comment on.


For 5 extra entries, enter one of my other contests. Leave FIVE separate comments here telling me which contest you entered. You will earn 5 extra entries for each contest you enter.

For 10 extra entries, blog about this contest linking back to this post AND . Then come back here and leave TEN separate comments with the link to your blog post.


For 1 extra entry each, if you are a Friend of mine on Facebook and/or if you have "liked" the 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires Facebook page, then leave a separate comment here telling me so with the link to your Facebook profile.

5) For 1 extra entry each
, follow Novica on Twitter and/or "Like" Novica on Facebook. Then leave a separate comment for each with the link to your Twitter or Facebook profile.


Follow me on Twitter. Then leave a separate comment with the link to your Twitter profile.


Tweet about this giveaway linking back to this post. Then come back here and leave the link to your tweet in a separate comment. You may do this once per day until the end of the contest.


Subscribe to this blog's feed. Or you can follow me through Blogger or subscribe via email (widget is on sidebar). Then leave a separate comment telling me you did so.


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Add my button or blog link to your blog's sidebar. Then leave a separate comment with the link to your blog.

(All entries will be verified prior to awarding this prize.)

Random Drawing:

This contest will be closed on Monday, July 26th, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. A random number drawing will be held shortly after. The winner will be announced here and will be contact via email or through their blog. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new number will be drawn.

Good luck in the drawing!