Vendor Spotlight and GIVEAWAY: My Shining Lights (CLOSED)

Friday, January 29, 2010 | by Newlywed | Labels: , , , , , |

I have to admit, I have an unhealthy obsession with all things etsy. I’ve been stalking vendor shops, particularly those that sell jewelry and accessories. I’m on the lookout for cute gifts for my ladies, but let’s just say some of the budget bridesmaid gifts out there are a bit tacky and generic. But log onto etsy and you’ll find countless options for lovely gear for your ladies. Enter my next Vendor Spotlight and the sponsor of my very first giveaway: Jo from My Shining Lights. I received a pair of pearl earrings from Jo’s shop and I must say they are much prettier in person! The products are made very well using the best materials, including genuine pearls and Swarovski crystals. Dainty, feminine, chic and affordable. Music to a budget bride’s ears and wallet! Take it away, Jo!

What sparked your interest in creating jewelry?

I would say that I have two answers this question. The first would be that it’s a girl thing! From the moment that we spot that glittering piece of jewelry most likely on a loved one’s neck, grasp it with our tiny fingers, I think we are hooked! At least that is how it was for me. Then a few years ago I started having dreams. The good kind of dreams, the type that when you awaken you just think, “Oh, I wish I could fall back to sleep and dream about this for a longer period of time.” I would just wake up feeling so happy! I would be in this place that had glass counters that were full of containers of sparkles and gemstones and I could go from place to place and choose from the trays the items that I loved the most.

What words would you use to describe your work?

Quality materials, precise, feminine, lovely, elegant, organic, romantic, inspired by dreams

Which pieces of your jewelry would you say would be perfect for weddings? Why?

Any of my Bridal Collection earrings such as Promise, Always, Pursuit, Starlight, Romance and Devotion.

Also, Dancing With Cinderella, Sarah, Violets and Daffodils, Lavender Sweetness, Loving Pearls, Pearls with Violets. I have two necklaces in my shop that would be perfect for weddings. They are titled Something Blue and Romance.

I have a sweet pair of earrings that would be perfect for a Flower Girl as the ear wires and the earring itself are proportioned to a delicate size.

As for why? I designed the Bridal Collection, of course, with weddings in mind where they would be well suited for the Bride, Bridesmaids or Mothers of the Bride and Groom. The names of my necklaces Something Blue and Romance is pretty much self explanatory of their appropriateness for weddings. The other earrings that I mentioned are made of sterling silver, pearls, Swarovski crystals, and some have gemstones. I like to make wedding jewelry with the finest quality of materials that I can find. I love to use pearls, there is something about them that seems pure, they are organic and there is something romantic about the thought that they started out as a tiny irritant, and that over time they developed into something that is lovely and cherished.

Tell us one interesting tidbit about your jewelry.

It often has a dragonfly adorning it. My first pieces all had dragonflies. Sometimes a few, sometimes just one hidden like a little sparkle of whimsy. It finally became impractical to include a dragonfly on everything, but you might want to inspect my pieces carefully as you never know when one might show up!

Any advice for brides-to-be out there?

You have so much preparation for a wedding and though it is joyful and exciting, it can also be exhausting, so my advice would be, “Take care of that to do list, but once the wedding day arrives, put that list aside, take a deep breath and allow yourself to soak it all in. Savor this special day with the man you love and just soak in the beauty, the joy, the tastes, the sounds and the love!”

View more of Jo’s work at:

www.myshininglights.etsy.com
http://jo-journeyingthroughthislife.blogspot.com/
http://twitter.com/myshininglights

Now for our giveaway! Jo has been very gracious in giving two prizes to one lucky reader!

The winner will receive Key to My Heart


as well as these pearl earrings!

Perfect as a bridesmaid or attendant gift, or even a lovely set to give to your MOH! 
*All photos provided by Jo from My Shining Lights

RULES:
To enter, leave a comment with your email address for a chance to win. Each entry without any contact information will be disqualified. For each entry you complete, you must leave a separate comment. To leave a comment, each contestant must:

1) Go to My Shining Lights on etsy and comment on your favorite item for one entry! This is mandatory! Contestants who do not do this will be disqualified. Remember to leave your email address or some way to contact you with each entry!

You can add another comment to increase your chance to win if you,

2) Become a new follower of this blog (1 entry)
3) Become a new follower of Jo's blog (1 entry)
4) Are currently a follower of my blog (2 entries)
5) Become a facebook fan of “I Do” Budget Weddings (2 entries)
6) Blog about the contest and include a link to the giveaway. Each entrant must also include a link to My Shining Lights etsy shop in their post (3 entries)
7) Buy anything from My Shining Lights shop (5 entries)
8) Follow “I Do” Budget Weddings on Twitter (1 entry)
9) Follow My Shining Lights on Twitter (1 entry)
10) Tweet on this giveaway and include a link to this giveaway in your tweet (1 entry)

The deadline to enter this contest is 11:59 p.m., Thursday, February 11, 2010 (PST). A winner will be randomly chosen and announced the following Friday morning. Good luck! THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!

*As the host of this giveaway, I received a pair of earrings from My Shining Lights.

165 comments:

Ashley @ Bride on a Budget said...

I love Kirsten earrings.

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ArtistJess said...

Loving the Sarah and Simply Beautiful earrings! So classic and chic :)

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shainajane said...

I too have an obsession with etsy!
I'm following your blog because I too am planning on a budget! and it can be tough!
also, I'm excited that youre spotlighting jo's work, i love it! my favorite are the PROMISE earrings. theyre so pretty! :)

skooglesjane@yahoo.com

My Shining Lights said...
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lschmidtSPC said...

Truly blissful would be a great "something blue" but there's so much to choose from!
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Meri said...

I <3 your work Mrs. Jo ^^

Dancing with Cinderella speaks to the princess in me.

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Amber said...

I absolutely love the Glorious Vintage Butterfly Brooch!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Amber said...

I'm a new follower of your blog!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Amber said...

I'm a new follower of Jo's blog!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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MadeInCanarias said...

I love Devotion earrings!
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MadeInCanarias said...

I follow this blog. madeincanarias at yahoo dot es

MadeInCanarias said...

I'm a facebook fan of “I Do” Budget Weddings (Ave Taar). madeincanarias at yahoo dot es

MadeInCanarias said...

Follow “I Do” Budget Weddings on Twitter (MadeInCanarias). madeincanarias at yahoo dot es

MadeInCanarias said...

#2 I'm a facebook fan of “I Do” Budget Weddings (Ave Taar). madeincanarias at yahoo dot es

MadeInCanarias said...

I follow My Shining Lights on Twitter (MadeInCanarias). madeincanarias at yahoo dot es

MadeInCanarias said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/MadeInCanarias/status/8465697045 madeincanarias at yahoo dot es

Wehaf said...

I love the Romance necklace!

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Camille said...

I really like the romance necklace! and the something blue necklace ...

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Camille said...

I became a follower of your blog!

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Gonna Be His Mrs. said...

Hi! I just thought I'd let you know that I didn't receive your 1st mandatory entry for my poster giveaway. Please submit it so the others will count. Thanks! And thanks for following me! =)

Gonna Be His Mrs. said...

I love the "Kirsten" earrings! =)
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Gonna Be His Mrs. said...

I just became a follower! =)
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Ginger said...

I love the Sarah earrings!

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Ginger said...

I'm a follower~

Gonna Be His Mrs. said...

I am now following you on twitter (luv2luv226bride) =)

puffpastryshop said...

The Always earrings are so pretty!

puffpastryshop said...

I follow your blog now

puffpastryshop said...

I follow your blog now #2

puffpastryshop said...

I follow Jo's blog

deanna said...

I'm starting to get obsessed with key jewelry. Love it!!!

ArtistJess said...

can't wait to see who wins! keeping my fingers crossed :)

comment #2 jessicajonesdesign@gmail.com

shainajane said...

I am also a follower of this blog
2. Jo's blog
3. and a fan on facebook
If those count for separate entries :)

Emily said...

My favorite item is the Truly Blissful Earrings. Gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway!
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Perfect Blue Moon said...

I love the sarah pearl earrings! gorgeous and simple!

Anna
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Perfect Blue Moon said...

I'm a public follower of your blog!

Anna
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Perfect Blue Moon said...

I'm a public follower of Jo's blog!

Anna
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Perfect Blue Moon said...

I'm a facebook fan of 'I Do' Budget weddings!

Anna
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Perfect Blue Moon said...

I follow 'Budget_Bride' on twitter!

Anna
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Perfect Blue Moon said...

I follow MyShiningLights on twitter!

Anna
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Perfect Blue Moon said...

I tweeted about this giveaway!
http://twitter.com/perfectbluemoon

Anna
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lill said...

I like the Something Blue necklace!

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lill said...
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lill said...

I follow this blog!

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Perfect Blue Moon said...

I blogged about this giveaway! (1)
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Anna
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Perfect Blue Moon said...

I blogged about this giveaway! (2)
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Anna
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Perfect Blue Moon said...

I blogged about this giveaway! (3)
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Anna
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janil said...

I love Sea Blue Necklace !!!

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janil said...

I follow you now!!!
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jc said...

I love the Buttercup bracelet, it's drop dead gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway.
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daisymay said...

Love the Lady Celeste, so so cute. The little lady bugs!! aww!! Hehe. Contact me through my blog!!

Aik said...

I love the Romance necklace!

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Aik said...

I follow this blog.

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Aik said...

I follow Jo's blog.

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Aik said...

I'm a facebook fan of “I Do” Budget Weddings. (Aik Chien)

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Aik said...

I'm a facebook fan of “I Do” Budget Weddings. (Aik Chien)

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Aik said...

Follow “I Do” Budget Weddings on Twitter @aikchien

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Aik said...

Follow My Shining Lights on Twitter @aikchien

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binduoommen said...

Love the romance earrings.

Thanks for the giveaway.

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binduoommen said...

Am a follower of your blog :)

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binduoommen said...

Follower of Jo's blog :)

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shalamaryta said...

I like the Celebrate Winter Sale-Nothing But Blue Skies.

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shalamaryta said...

1) Blogged: http://sweepstakelover.blogcu.com/giveaway-my-shining-lights/6936884

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shalamaryta said...

2) Blogged: http://sweepstakelover.blogcu.com/giveaway-my-shining-lights/6936884

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shalamaryta said...

3) Blogged: http://sweepstakelover.blogcu.com/giveaway-my-shining-lights/6936884

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shalamaryta said...

Follow “I Do” Budget Weddings on Twitter: http://twitter.com/sweepstakelover

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shalamaryta said...

Follow My Shining Lights on Twitter: http://twitter.com/sweepstakelover

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shalamaryta said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/sweepstakelover/status/8595366154

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Marci said...

I love the Bronze Vintage Braided Cuff Bracelet.
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mitch1066 said...

The Orange Creme earings are nice and cheerful.
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Apple Hu said...

My favorite are the pearls in berry earrings :3

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Shaim said...

I loved Vintage Pearl Drop Earrings
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Shaim said...

Iam a follower already shaim

Shaim said...

followed Jo's blog shaim

Shaim said...

Iam fan in face book Dana Ali

Shaim said...

I blog about it here
http://adgiveaway.blogspot.com/2010/02/vendor-spotlight-and-giveaway.html

Shaim said...

Followed “I Do” Budget Weddings on Twitter shaimapassion

Shaim said...

Followed My Shining Lights on Twitter shaimapassion

Shaim said...

Tweet about it here
http://twitter.com/shaimapassion/status/8624188075

Erica said...

I love the Vintage Crystal Ice necklace. I've bookmarked it, I might have to get it later!

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Erica said...

I am a new follower of your blog.

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Erica said...

I follow Jo's Blog.

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Erica said...

I became a fan on Facebook (#1)

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Erica said...

I became a fan on Facebook (#2)

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chocoholic said...

I love the Sarah Earrings. rachel dot beasely at converse.edu

chocoholic said...

2. I am a fan on FB.
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chocoholic said...

3. I follow Jo's blog

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Ashley @ Bride on a Budget said...

I blogged about the giveaway.

http://brideonbudget.blogspot.com/2010/02/thrifty-thursday.html

Momma Goddess Treasures said...

I love the Truly Blissful earrings.

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Momma Goddess Treasures said...

I became a follower of this blog!

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Allison said...

love the necklace!

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Allison said...

following you on google reader!

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Allison said...

and became a fb fan!

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Allison said...

following on twitter @_allison_r

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Allison said...

and following myshininglights on twitter @_allison_r

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International Giveaways said...

All the items are gorgeous, but I really love the Lavender Sweetness earrings: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31115920. They're so beautiful!

Ronit
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http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com

International Giveaways said...

I became a new follower of this blog!

Ronit
internationalgiveaways[at]gmail[dot]com
http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com

International Giveaways said...

I became a new follower of Jo's blog!

Ronit
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http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com

International Giveaways said...

I blogged about this giveaway! (entry 1)

http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com/2010/02/necklace-earrings-from-my-shining.html

Ronit
internationalgiveaways[at]gmail[dot]com
http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com

International Giveaways said...

I blogged about this giveaway! (entry 2)

http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com/2010/02/necklace-earrings-from-my-shining.html

Ronit
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http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com

International Giveaways said...

I blogged about this giveaway! (entry 3)

http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com/2010/02/necklace-earrings-from-my-shining.html

Ronit
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http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com

International Giveaways said...

I follow “I Do” Budget Weddings on Twitter!
@intgiveaways

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http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com

International Giveaways said...

I follow My Shining Lights on Twitter on Twitter!
@intlgiveaways

Ronit
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http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com

merium said...

I love the 'Sea Blue' necklace! Lots of pretty in her shop!

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merium said...

I'm following your blog!

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Surge said...

i love the something blue necklace

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Surge said...

follower

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1022 Sea Shell Ave said...

Thanks for letting me know I forgot to leave a comment here, I got so involved signing up last night..... I follow this blog, I messaged Jo, I tweeted, I started to follow Jo's blog, and I started to follow "I Do" on Twitter.

I love the exotic Fish Brooch

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Tabitha said...

I love the berries and cream earrings!

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kristenpope said...

Love love Love the sea blue necklace...the color is absolutely stunning!

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Planning on a budget for a June wedding!

LegallyBoston said...

I can't decide between the Berries and Cream earrings and the Sea Blue necklace... Both are so gorgeous!!!

LegallyBoston said...

Just became a follower of your blog :)

LegallyBoston said...

Just became a follower of Jo's blog!!

LegallyBoston said...

Facebook fan now!

LegallyBoston said...

Following "I Do" on Twitter!!

LegallyBoston said...

Following MyShiningLights on Twitter too!

Thelma said...

My fav item is the Dreaming of Love bracelet.
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Thelma said...

I am a new follower of your blog.
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Thelma said...

I'm a new follower of Jo's blog.
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Thelma said...

I just became a fb fan of I do Budget Weddings.
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Thelma said...

I am a follower of I Do Budget weddings on twitter.
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liagpurple

Thelma said...

I am now following My Shining Lights on twitter.
liagpurple
twils2001@yahoo.com

Thelma said...

Tweeted about this giveaway.
LIAGPURPLE http://idobudgetweddings.blogspot.com/2010/01/vendor-spotlight-and-giveaway-my.html?
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Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I just tweeted from @cncliving

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I follow you on Twitter

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I follow My Shining Lights on Twitter too

Dovile said...

My favorite item is the Red Hot Bracelet

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Dovile said...

I'm a new follower of your blog

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Dovile said...

I'm a follower of Jo's blog

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jupi said...

Love the Truly Romantic

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Jacki said...

I became a fan on FB.
The A little Romance earrings are adorable!! They'd be the perfect gift for my BM's for my 7/31/10 wedding, as they go great with our color scheme!
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arlette said...

I love this from the store, pearls are stunning: Starlight. I'd love to be entered in the drawing arlettelk(at)gmail(dot)com

Abby said...

I like Something Blue! Pretty!

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Selene said...

Am liking the Simply Elegant bracelet!

Thanks for this

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J.R. said...

I love the Vintage Navy Bead Necklace. It is simple, classic and my wedding colors. Just beautiful!

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J.R. said...

I am a follower of your blog

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J.R. said...

I am following Jo's Blog

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J.R. said...

I think I am confused about number 4, because I may be new, but I am now a current follower of your blog. If that isn't what you meant, please do delete this comment. I would hate to submit myself incorrectly.

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J.R. said...

This is the second entry for if I grasped the purpose of number 4. If not. Sorry for the duplicate comment.

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J.R. said...

I am a facebook fan of I Do budget weddings!

J.R.
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J.R. said...

Again, facebook fan here :)

J.R.
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J.R. said...

I am following “I Do” Budget Weddings on Twitter!

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J.R. said...

I am following My Shining Lights on Twitter

OH my twitter name is JLRabbit btw. Forgot to include that on my previous entry for following I Do Budget Weddings on twitter!

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J.R. said...

I posted a tweet with a link to this awesome blog.

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Heather! said...

I love the Emma necklace! Lovely!
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Heather! said...

I am now following I Do Budget Weddings on Google Connect!
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Heather! said...

I follow Journeying Through This Life via Blogger.
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Heather! said...

I'm a fan of I Do Budget Weddings on Facebook!
#1
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Heather! said...

I am a fan of I Do Budget Weddings on Facebook!
#2
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Heather! said...

I follow I Do Budget Weddings on Twitter as hybroanglid.
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Heather! said...

I follow My Shining Lights on Twitter as hybroanglid.
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Akilah and Zakarie said...

Very pretty Jewelry love one of the first items I saw the Dancing with Cinderella earrings.

Lyuda said...

I pick the Something Blue. Enter me!

Lyuda said...

Tweeted http://twitter.com/Ludmilochka/status/8899495070

Vanilla said...

I love the Serenity. Very Nice!!!

409cope said...

I like the Sunflowers Necklace the most.cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

409cope said...

I follow through google friend. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

409cope said...

I follow Jo's blog through google friend. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

409cope said...

I follow I Do on twitter as 409cope. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

409cope said...

I follow My Shining Lights on twitter as 409cope. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

Lu said...

Hi!
I love devotion earrings!
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Lu said...

I'm a new follower!
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Lu said...

I'm following Jo's blog
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Lu said...

I follow "I Do” Budget Weddings on twitter as Lucianittaa
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Lu said...

I follow My Shining Lights on Twitter as Lucianittaa
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debbiejackson said...

I love the dancing with cinderella I also follow jacksond@nhr3.net

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