Thursday, 17 December 2009

My second awesome giveaway

I have had an amazing response to my first giveaway, so am now bringing all you lucky ladies (and gentlemen if there are any out there) my second amazing xmas giveaway. This time I have teamed up with Amelia from Millicent Russell etsy store. She has very generously offered the winner of this giveaway a $50 voucher to spend in her store. You can either buy one of her items or have something commissioned. She has also answered a few questions so we can all get to know her a little better.


Whats your name and where do you come from? My name is Amelia Huang and I was born and raised in the capital of Australia, Canberra. I've been here most of my life but lived in Beijing also for three years.
How long have you been making your designs? I've been making jewelery since 2006 but only started up my business at the end of 06 early O7 when a friend came over and saw what I had done and said I should try and sell them to stores.

Why did you name your shop 'Millicent Russell'? Millicent Russell is the name of my label and it actually came from a nickname my friends used to call me at school - A little odd seeing as there isn't anyone named after Millicent Russell that they were calling me after but I guess maybe it just sounded right. It's stayed with me ever since and I thought it suited the type of jewelery I make.
Whats your favourite materials to work with? My favorite material to work with is lace. I love the intricacy of ot and the fact that I can use different bits to make earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Some of the vintage lace is so well made - I think about how long it took to make and really treasure that.
Of your items which is your favourite? My favorite item is a piece I did that was made with a reverse carved lucite rose and vintage filigree stamping. Everyone wanted this piece - if only I could have made 100s of them I would have sold them all! I think that's why I love it so much as it was really the first piece people said stood out from anything else.
Where do you get your inspiration? I get my inspiration from anything that's pretty. I love pretty things and making them into pretty pieces to wear. I love girly stuff but more feminine girly - for the older woman. I love ballroom dancing and I think I'm very influenced by the use of feathers and crystals on the ballroom dresses from back in the day (also today). My grandmother used to send me videos of the national dance championships and I used to watch it every Christmas. Never did I think I'd ever dance there myself but I guess that's why the memory is so special to me. But I'm inspired by unique things and things that stand out from the crowd.
Do you have any formal training or did this start as a hobby? I started this as a hobby. At school I loved to do photography, art and fashion and just decided to make some jewelery when my grandmother passed away and I was given her old pieces, some of which were broken so I decided to make some other pieces out of them and that's how it started.
Do you have any favourite etsy shops which you buy from? My three favorite etsy shops are bazaarlatino, seaunicon and vintagefabulous. In saying that though, I find more and more jewelery stores that I love every day when I'm on there. My favorites is getting pretty jam packed!!
Whats your dream for the next year? My dream is to relaunch my label - have a new website and have a launch party and get my name out there more. I've really lost opportunities in the past years as I haven't been able to keep up with orders because of my full time job but next year I'm biting the bullet and going all out. It's something I want to pursue as a full time career.
Whats you favourite flower? My favorite flower is the peony. I love how big and voluptuous it's petals are and the colors are magnificent. You can't really get many of them here which is why I love them - they are so hard to come by which makes them extra special!



The same rules as before will apply: You must be a follower (please state how you are following) and you must comment on which item you would have if you could choose any from the featured shop. Don't forget you can get extra entries for blogging/tweeting/facebooking this giveaway (please leave me the links) by hearting your fav item and the shop on etsy (please state your etsy name) and this time you can also get an extra entry for becoming a follower of the shops blog, which can be found here. Please state all the extra entries you do.

This will also be ending at midnight on the 24th Dacember and the winner will be announced on Christmas day.

Daisymay XOXO

p.s. I promise to finish the alphabet city posts as soon as I can!! And bring you a few outfit posts!

p.s. I was told her blog link wasn't working so I have re-set it and now it should work

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64 comments:

  1. Ohhhhhh, yes. I discovered Sea Unicorn recently. Adorable stuff!

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  2. Follower :)

    And I would have to say my fav. item is the Lace Lotus Necklace - In Full Bloom. gorgeous and what a great idea!

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  3. What a beautiful and generous giveaway! :)

    Oh, Im following through the regular google account!

    -Coco From Our Paper Moon

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  4. Wow, how talented is she?!

    My favourite item has to be the little sail boat at the bottom of this post. SO nautically good!

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  5. I tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/thisusernameist/status/6773231936

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  6. I hearted the shop!
    buttonsandribbons43

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  7. I hearted this:
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=35711755
    laura gerencser at roadrunner dot com

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  8. am a follower on Blog Lovin'
    my fave ite in the lace brooche :D

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  9. tweeted the giveaway here
    http://twitter.com/glister_blister/status/6788994757

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  10. hearted this item :
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=35711633
    the vintage purple starburst ring :D

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  11. I'm following, through the regular follow button. :)

    I also tweeted about it here:
    http://twitter.com/PlayingDressUp

    And I hearted her shop, plus I hearted a necklace and a pair of earrings. :) My name on Etsy is WhatshernameVintage.

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  12. Oops, forgot to say what I'd buy with the voucher! :D I'd choose the Baby Blues necklace, and the blue crystal earrings! They'd look so pretty together, and about 80% of my wardrobe is blue. :)

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  13. Following you through google!

    and I LOVE the vintage purple starburst ring. It's incredible!

    allibob1(at)gmail.com

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  14. Following via google! (roro!)

    My fav. necklace has to be the Lace Necklace - Pretty in Pink or the Orange Sailboat. So amazingly made!

    <3
    Rossi
    youmey0u at yahoo.com

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  15. I also hearted the shop! (rossirossi)

    <3
    Rossi
    youmey0u at yahoo.com

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  17. my fav. is the babay blues necklace -
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18461612 .
    tumblemumbo/at/gmail/dot/com

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  18. i follow through google reader .
    tumblemumbo/at/gmail/dot/com

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  19. I am a follower of millicent russell's blog through
    google reader .
    tumblemumbo/at/gmail/dot/com

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  20. i favorited the baby blues necklace and my etsy
    name is squirrel33 although i would be considered a secret admirer because my favorites are private .
    tumblemumbo/at/gmail/dot/com

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  21. link to the hearted item -
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18461612

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  22. I'm following with google friend connect!

    My favoriite is the monogrammed necklace! Very classy!

    mandm_2002 at hotmail dot com

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  23. I'm a google follower
    ghainskom at yahoo dot com

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  24. I'd get the Baby Blues Necklace Limited Edition.
    ghainskom at yahoo dot com

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  25. I follow your blog publicly with google friend connect and my favorite item at Millicent Russell is the Vintage Purple Starburst Ring.
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. I added the Vintage Purple Starburst Ring to my favorites!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. I added Millicent Russell's shop to my favorites!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. I hear the shop on Etsy (ghainskom)
    ghainskom at yahoo dot com

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  29. I follow Millicent Russell's shop blog!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. I heart my favorite item in the shop on Etsy (ghainskom)
    ghainskom at yahoo dot com

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  31. I follow Millicent russell blog on google.
    ghainskom at yahoo dot com

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  32. I'm following publically through google

    gemini5757.etsy.com
    gemini5757 at hotmail.com

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  33. I love the Vintage Canary Yellow Chunky Bracelet - one of a kind it would look great wil a pale yellow sundress I've got!

    gemini5757.etsy.com
    gemini5757 at hotmail dot com

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  34. I hearted the shop as user gemini5757

    gemini5757.etsy.com
    gemini5757 at hotmail dot com

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  35. I hearted the Vintage Canary Yellow Chunky Bracelet - one of a kind it's so sweet! I'm user gemini5757

    gemini5757.etsy.com
    gemini5757 at hotmail dot com

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  36. Ouch! I knew I was a follower but apparently I was anonymous! Changed it to public now. :)

    It's so hard to choose, but my favorite item is the yellow floral chunky necklace! Just added it, as well as the shop to my Etsy favorites (my etsy name is couturecokie), and also became a follower of Amelia's blog!

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  37. I am a follower! Love everything. My fav is the Vintage Canary Yellow Chunky Bracelet.

    sunswirlgirl at aol.com

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  38. I am a google friend follower. I love the peacock lace earrings.

    mframe00 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  39. I follow your blog through google friend connect. I love the Crystal Earrings- The Treasure. Thanks!

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  40. I follow www.millicentrussell.blogspot.com.

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  41. I tweeted.
    http://twitter.com/shoesandsocks/status/6871625060

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  42. I follow your blog. My favorite thing in the shop...the Little Women earrings - limited edition.

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  43. I hearted the shop.
    cspmom at gmail dot com

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  44. I hearted my favorite.
    cspmom at gmail dot com

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  45. oh my gosh i love the sailboat .. its so pretty and teeny and i need it.
    i already followed your blog before i read about your giveaway.. one point for me. haha


    but the link to her etsy didn't work/..?

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  46. follower and love the Baby Blues necklace

    hockiemack at hotmail.com

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  47. follow millicent russell blog

    hockiemack at hotmail.com

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  48. hearted the shop! username is hockiemack

    hockiemack at hotmail.com

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  49. love the purple starburst ring.
    following via google.

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  50. Vintage Canary Yellow Chunky Bracelet
    Such a pretty chunky bracelet so cute and classy!


    Anoosa623@yahoo.com

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  51. I'm following your blog now, publicly as The Lost Earring :)

    The Lace Lotus is my favorite!!!
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33870570

    thelostearring at yahoo dot com

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  52. I am following through Google.

    I would love the sailboat necklace if I were to win. I've hearted it and my etsy name is xoxsmiley. :]

    xoxsmiley.etsy.com

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  53. I follow via google and love the little sailboat necklace - cute!

    vaverine at yahoo dot com

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  54. I fav'd the store

    etsy u/n = vaverine

    vaverine at yahoo dot com

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  55. I enjoyed this interview. I love lace!! I think that her creations are very pretty and unique. She is out of her shop right now but in her sold items i like the A Rose By Any Other Name Lace Necklace.
    I would love to see some Black Lace Bracelets!!
    I am a follower :)

    cyclona66(at)aol(dot)com

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  56. I hearted Millicent Russel on Etsy- mandrakewitch

    cyclona66(at)aol(dot)com

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  57. I am following Amelia's blog ;)
    cyclona66(at)aol(dot)com

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  58. I am following through Google Connect

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  59. I love the Lace Necklace - A rose by any other name

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  60. I have hearted her Etsy Store (busybbee05)

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  61. i am now following this blog and my favorite item are the blue earrings (shown in the 7th picture from the top). Those are beautiful! I visited her shop, but there were no items posted...

    cassandrawebb82@yahoo.com

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