The Crazy Suburban Mom: I've got a $150 shopping spree to giveaway... Who wants it?

Monday, June 28, 2010

I've got a $150 shopping spree to giveaway... Who wants it?

Last week  NOVICA offered to let me pick a product to review.  I checked out their mission: Novica, in association with National Geographic, gives artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity.

Way cool, right?

 I said I'd do it because..

1.  The things on that website are amazing and unique plus...

2.  They said yes, I could give the whole amount away in a SHOPPING SPREE TO ONE OF YOU! and...

3.  Finding out I was a size 14 last week made me do a happy dance; I'd love to give someone something to happy dance about and...

D.  There is only 179 days, 17 hours and 7 minutes until Christmas and...

5.  What are you waiting for? Read the details...


I was kind of a tease yesterday in my week-end round up and listed a few things without links...


I'd so get that ring but there are earrings, and necklaces; too much to jewelry to show or this post would never end.


Mmmm, beautiful.  Amethyst and copper wind-chime.


Lovely shell tea cups.  There is a lot of beautiful home decor...

And so much  sterling silver to look through.

And here's a few more things I love...


This original Batik

An alpaca blend throw....


Alpaca's soft as baby bunny ears..

And because my search for the perfect purse continues...


Beautiful, isn't it?

I need to just stop now because this isn't about me; this giveaway is for a $150 shopping spree for one of you. 

Contest will end on July 4, 2010, winner will be chosen at random.  Comments until 9 pm eastern standard time will be eligible.

The rules!

1.  Leave me a comment.  One entry per person and that will be strictly enforced by Ginger.  She's small. She's old. And she's only packing four teeth but those suckers are like thumb-tacks.

Trust me on this.

peeking ginger

Wait.  That's her  I just made doody in your gym bag look.

Hang on a sec... 


Here we go but...

... on second thought...

Double-commenters will get doody in the gym bags.

2. I'd love it if tell me what you'd pick as your comment; sort of vicarious window shopping for me. The site has such an amazing variety of things I've never seen - and it's from all over the World.  You don't have to but I sure would love know!  You could also tell me who you want to spend the money on... Or even what your dog had for dinner.  Ginger would love to know.

And please include your email address in your comment for winner verification.


...and how much would you hate that?  The prize will come as a coupon code to use at the website.

Because Novica supports artists worldwide, this giveaway is OPEN TO EVERYONE!

C'mon how fabulous is that?

July 6th update - WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN -  HERE  from vonlipis favorites

*I don't have any sort of relationship with Novica or National Geographic other then the one I described in this post.   The winner will get a gift certificate and I will get the joy knowing they have it..*

Also just as an FYI - Blogger numbers to 200 and then resets.  I am aware of this and will figure this into


chandlerguera 6/28/10, 3:51 PM  

I think I would pick the teak birdhouse! Such great gift ideas.

meeyeehere 6/28/10, 4:32 PM  

Cotton handbag, 'Elephant Blues' is what I would get for myself and I would get my mom and sister and my most dear friend a handbag as well and then everyone would love me forever. the end! Ha!! My dog is a biter and I hope someday he will stop attacking me and stop pooping on my stuff.He is a rat terrior.

J Sedai 6/28/10, 7:31 PM  

oo too many pretty things,
I think I'd get this

it's a mirror with fancy painted borders

and since I don't own a gym bag I'll get no poo!!

Sparkle the Designer Cat 6/28/10, 10:15 PM  

Oooo! Novica rules! I definitely want to enter! This is what I would put the money towards:

Of course, my human will probably take the prize money from me and put it towards this instead:

(Note that both items are rather a lot more than $150 - we both have expensive tastes!)

Lin 6/28/10, 11:35 PM  

Dang, I LOVE Ginger! I love her "doody" face and her snappy teeth (even if she only has a few). And if I won, I might surprise her with a new fancy collar or something.

(Did she fall for the bribe???)

Babes Mami 6/29/10, 12:32 AM  

CANDLES!! Lots and lots of candles, the baby just broke ANOTHER one today!

melissad.williams 6/29/10, 7:07 AM  

I would really love the Amethyst Magic cotton wall hanging here:

Tammy 6/29/10, 8:03 AM  

I need a new purse, but I also love candles. I would spend it all on me and my home. tammy at learningfelt dot com

Anne J 6/29/10, 8:23 AM  

I'd get something decorative for the house, I especially like this cabinet from India, Wood chest of drawers, 'Celestial Love' (medium)

It is hard to pick, there are so many beautiful items.

ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

Michelle 6/29/10, 8:43 AM  

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! :D I'd try to find one small thing from each of the 6 countries where our Compassion International children live. Then, I'd group them together in some lovely way so that we had a bit of their cultures to enjoy. I searched and found items from Ghana, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso so far.

tiedyebutterfly at hotmail dot com

Anonymous,  6/29/10, 10:16 AM  

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

I love ginger...her and my turbo could be friends if she promised not to eat him with her 4 teeth. :)

Honestly I love the purse you picked out BUT I wouldn't tell you if I got it because that would just be down right mean.

suzieQ 6/29/10, 10:21 AM  

hey, are you trying to make me a crazy mom also? This contest is so evil, there are lovely things everywhere. A silver bracelet for me? Something for the house? Love the batik you picked out...I would give it a good home. The masks are fantastic; I don't know what country I would pick, Mexico, Bali or somewhere else.

If I won this, it would be wicked sweet!

Courtney 6/29/10, 10:30 AM  

i like this pitcher

what a great review! and an adorable dog!

Anny 6/29/10, 10:37 AM  

wow.. a giveaway? coooooooooool! i am a real lazy dood... a hammock would be the real deal for someone like me.. but.. i will probably gonna have to find another big tree to tie it to... *LOL* we only have one sturdy big mango tree in the garden. How long do you think it would take to grow another sturdy big mango tree?

Anny 6/29/10, 10:38 AM  

Please say hi to Ginger from Dommy :D

The Coupon Sista 6/29/10, 10:52 AM  

That black purse is just what I need! Very cute.

Thanks for the opportunity!

Lindsay 6/29/10, 11:16 AM  

Oh my! The red leather handbag with the flowers quilted in. Something about red and leather in the same description makes everything right with the world :)

jenn 6/29/10, 11:17 AM  

I love the marble and onyx chess husband just taught all the kids to play, and they would all love this.

Christina 6/29/10, 11:34 AM  

Thank you for visiting my blog! No, you didn't miss the link for Grilled Brown Sugar Pork Chops. I've never made that recipe before, and when that's the case, I like to wait on posting the link. Here it is just for you, though. : )

This site that you're reviewing is absolutely fabulous! I love so many things. If I was to win the gift certificate, I'd start with this:

And last of all, my email address is: benjamin.and.christina (at)

Anonymous,  6/29/10, 11:48 AM  

Neat giveaway and thanks for stopping at my blog - I am now picturing Ginger wearing a hat while enforcing your one comment per person rule :)

I wasn't familiar with novica before, but I love their pearl jewelry - especially the pearl waterfall earrings!

I've added your sweet blog to my Google Reader.


Tara Beaulieu 6/29/10, 12:00 PM  

Ohhhh, I found a beauty! The ceramic serving set "Floral Fiesta"- the colors, Tracy, oh the colors! Beautiful turquoise and coral with bold green and yellow and pink accents all on a cobalt blue background... it's lovely, you should grab a photo and show it off here... :)

tara (at) scarboroughseashells dot com

Jenni 6/29/10, 12:28 PM  

Hi! I just saw your comment on my blog and thought I'd hop over here and have a look. Thanks for stopping by--and for the chance to win this shopping spree. Wow! So many awesome things on that site! I had to stop looking after a while because it was just too much. I did like (in the photography section) Cerrado 360, Little Girl of Huarez, and Picanteria Bohemian Bar (among others) and the line of "exotic" tunics and the Jade Thai blouse and the Autumn Daisy ceramic bowl and...and...and... You get the point. I could go on and on about all the things I love there, and I only looked at a few pages. Now to check out more of this here blog:o)

Sara 6/29/10, 1:23 PM  

I would buy these because I love the name!

Pearl and citrine drop earrings, 'Exuberant Mischief'

Anonymous,  6/29/10, 1:54 PM  

I originally thought I would get jewelry, but then I went to the site and I thought maybe a painting, then I thought maybe a throw... And on and on it goes!

Kim 6/29/10, 2:18 PM  

I would love: Sterling silver cuff bracelet, 'Aztec Princess'

Heather B 6/29/10, 2:20 PM  

Oooooh--the cotton shoulder bag, "Floating on Red"! Who doesn't love a great red bag?! And I promise, I'll only comment once; as a mother of six kids, I know how dangerous little teeth can be...even if there are only a few. ;)

ps--thanks for the comment on my blog! Take care.

hpbugg at hotmail dot com

thedickdujour 6/29/10, 2:36 PM  

If I'm flush when I win I would put the gift certificate towards the Mahogany jambe drum, 'Balinese Dragon'

That would cover about half of it. If I'm feeling more frugal I'd have to choose between another smaller drum and the fabulous jewelry.

fowler 6/29/10, 2:48 PM  

Hey! Thanks for commenting on my post-- I saw you're a member of sited and blogged. I think I'd seen that on someone else's blog too-- how do I get involved?

Mary 6/29/10, 3:02 PM  

I love this sterling silver bracelet....

Thanks so much for the chance to win!

MsYarn 6/29/10, 3:25 PM  

What a great giveaway! I just moved and my walls are bare! I'd pick one of their wonderful photography pictures such as this one:

Gorgeous! Thanks so much!

Silvergirl 6/29/10, 5:09 PM  

WOW!! A big WOW again! Its a great giveaways and all products there are so gorgeous!!

I like this most,Sterling silver heart bracelet, 'Love's Message'

silverlilacc at hotmail dot com

Snowflake07 6/29/10, 7:05 PM  

I would most likely get the Wood chest of drawers, 'Red Forest Fern'.
It's SO pretty, and I love all the detailing. It would be for my daughter's room.
Oh, and my dog is one happy camper tonight. He's getting leftovers of fries and chicken tenders!
hotpepper71 at bell south dot net

Susie Homemaker 6/29/10, 9:06 PM  


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog...

I am excited to add you to my favorites...

As for your Giveaway, I have my eye on one of those handmade hammocks for my sweet hubby...he works so hard. He deserves a nice place to relax...

Warm wishes,


Judi 6/29/10, 9:07 PM  

Hi Tracy,
Thanks for the comment on my blog (re: the things I want to be when I "grow up"). I browsed through the NOVICA site and I fell in love with the Leather Packpack Purse at:

It's more than your generous giveaway but I'd certainly want to add in the rest. I just love it.

Dana 6/30/10, 12:31 AM  

Okay, so much on there like you said. I think the pearl cuff trio bracelet by Neeru Goel. It is just beautiful.

Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

Mary A 6/30/10, 7:55 AM  

I would get myself a bunch of rings. My top picks are Amber cocktail ring 'Coral Island', Cocktail ring 'In Silence', and Bull horn cocktail ring 'Solstice.' I have a preference for non metal rings. Thanks for the giveaway.

Grampy 6/30/10, 9:59 AM  

I would love the Leather world Map
And our little rat terrier would love to meet your dog. My wife has her spoiled. She won't eat her dog food unless we mix some goodies in with it.
Have a good day.

Vonlipi 6/30/10, 10:32 AM  

My oh My oh My! Ok definitely jewelry! Some silver, I love silver!

Either the Ocean Wave pendant or the Moonlit magnificence cuff bracelet.

And if I have some left over some nice earrings.

The 5 Arbuckle's 6/30/10, 11:33 AM  

I hope I'm not to late. I would love to win $150 shopping spree.

Anonymous,  6/30/10, 1:29 PM  

I would start in the earring department withTHESE. I love amethyst.

You can reach me at:

Nelsby 6/30/10, 3:00 PM  

Such a tough decision -- Novica has such a HUGE selection! Here are a few of my favorite items:

* Cotton dress, 'Ebony Leaves'
* Modal dress, 'Victorious Black'
* Silk dress, 'Moving in Joy'

sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

Missy 6/30/10, 5:43 PM  

We have a new puppy named Tonka and she had a stick she found at the lake for dinner. Well, half a stick, we dug the other half out of her jowls.

Missy Jill

3 Including Me... 6/30/10, 7:50 PM  

Hi there.. thank you for commenting on my blog.. i just love your blog, i too love to see how other people live around the world.. i came across this lovely little giveaway while perusing your blog!! I oogled over pretty much all the jewelry, but fell in love with the Leather, Sporty Chic handbag.. does it HAVE to be for someone else? lol
My email is and feel free to stop by my blog and say hi..

OldNuffToKnoBtr 6/30/10, 8:31 PM  

My favorites are the Fiesta Pitcher and the Cobalt drinking

Debbie 6/30/10, 10:08 PM  

It would be very hard to choose. I think it would take me hours to decide, lol. One thing I might consider buying is ...

sabrita 7/1/10, 2:34 AM  

Novica rocks and so do you for this fabulous giveaway! I would select Crimson Palm Cotton Handbag, set of blown glass shot glasses by Javier & Elfren & the Zapotec Wool Rug "Augest Sun" 2'x3.5' which I would use as a wallhanging in my entrance way. I would very happily use the entire gift certificate for myself.
Your feisty little Ginger is adorable. My old big dog Andy would be very afraid of Ginger-she could open a can of woop _ _ _ on him.
Thank you.

Daisy 7/1/10, 7:23 AM  

I have been hoping and hoping for an outdoor pet enclosure! They have an octagon one from Pet Gear that folds up that my Mommeh said she would get me if we win.

Amy 7/1/10, 7:46 AM  

It's a hard choice, but I would buy something for my Mom. She just retired after 43 years in teaching. I've been trying to find "just the right" gift, but her taste is along the lines of Novica, and they don't sell a lot of this type of item in my area. So, I would either buy her jewelry or a small piece of decorative furniture. Thanks for the opportunity!

Debbie 7/1/10, 9:08 AM  

Oh I would be picking a shawl or two. I have an obsession with shawls and pashminas. Whenever we travel overseas I pick up something.

Debbie 7/1/10, 10:58 AM  

Wow -- they have a lot of neat stuff. I would probably choose the Leather shoulder bag, 'Urban Legend'. I could really use a new purse!


Cindy 7/1/10, 11:57 AM  

They have so many awaesome things. I al loving Cedar and leather chest, 'Condor'. Thanks for the giveaway. cindyhinckley at msn.

Mom Mayhem says: 7/1/10, 2:06 PM  

Wow -What a great giveway!-So many great choices. But,if I won I'd probably pick something like a cool magazine rack like this:
or a cool necklace like this:
You can contact me at

Ľubaša 7/1/10, 6:13 PM  

I love NOVICA, it is unbeatable eshop! I woudl like to own some of home decor items... e.g. paintings as 'Figure II'
Great contest! thanks, Lubica
lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

nicole / Twitter: BTHM1 7/2/10, 9:31 AM  

Sterling silver charm bracelet, 'Angel Heart' would definitely be my pick- what a great bracelet to hand down to my daughter on her wedding day!

jennymartin116 7/2/10, 2:57 PM  

what a cool giveaway--i have never been to that website--I would like the Palm baskets, 'Color Vortex---and I did not even look at the jewlery yet....

Robin 7/2/10, 3:56 PM  

Way too many choices at Novica. I'd figure it out if I won.

jan 7/2/10, 5:50 PM  

Awww--poor little Ginger! I'm a huge, huge dog lover, I do rescue work, so of course I absolutely love her little 4 teeth! She's lucky to have you :) sammiejanL40 at aol dot com

jan 7/2/10, 5:52 PM  

You're really making this tough, telling me to pick something :) I would maybe/probably/might change my mind, but I do have my eye on the sterling silver petals necklace by Patricia Baboff - it's gorgeous, and something I would never buy for myself. Thanks for the great giveaway! sammiejanL40 at aol dot com

Mylyne 7/3/10, 12:12 AM  

I love their jewelry collection, particularly the Summer Blossom brooch.

Haylee 7/3/10, 1:46 AM  

i'd get this cool lookin pitcher!

Jill 7/3/10, 10:42 AM  

I have to tell you I love the ring as well. BEAUTIFUL!!! But I also love a bunch of the silver earrings, and the rugs, and some pictures. OH my what a decision winning this would be. Thanks for the opportunity to try for it.

Mesha 7/3/10, 11:29 AM  

I stumbled upon your blog because of Entrecard days ago and I must say it's one of the best digressions I've ever made. This place is so cool.

Anyway, giveaway tiem. At first I thought I could get something for the boyfriend since he lives in the US and I haven't gifted him anything lately (I'm in Mexico) but then again.. I'm selfish and I like stuff for myself haha. If I were to get something for me I'd choose this, this,something like this for my wonderful mother or something like this because I've always wanted a gorgeous oriental tea set.

What did I list too many stuff ? Sorry D:

kiwi.w [!at]

suzieQ 7/3/10, 1:16 PM  

No, it is not just you...having teenagers will do it to ya every time. Just hang in there and SOMEDAY they will be talking to you and they will let you know that they got what you taught them, or that you were right, or that they understand why you did what you did, etc. Then, it will all seem worth it.

I would love anything that I did not have to use my hard earned cash. Since I am the queen of thrift, I don't know how I could choose...but I KNOW I would be up for it.
PS...I have lived in Maine since 77 and it is great to get the Jersey perspective again, having grown up in the tri-state area (Connecticut, New Haven). We are a unique breed.

64humblebeginnings 7/3/10, 1:30 PM  


Ceramic teacups and saucers, 'White Beach' (pair)


- Marybeth I. 7/3/10, 3:22 PM  

I love the silver jewelry also - Moonstone and amethyst cocktail rings, 'Free Spirit' (set of 4) is very cute

Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D. 7/3/10, 3:46 PM  

I would get a good, durable cotton or hemp handbag.

Ginger 7/3/10, 7:08 PM  

I would SO get a flute from that website. If only the dulcimers were a little cheaper. There's a lot of interesting stuff on that website!

MsDarkstar 7/3/10, 8:06 PM  

I was sure it was going to be a handbag that I'd want (I, too, quest for "the perfect purse") but then I saw the Silk and wool shawl, 'Aqua Rose'...
And the dotted blue Martini glasses.

Because I never buy things for ME and maybe I should now and then.

Shop with Me Mama 7/3/10, 8:48 PM  

Ohhh! Such beautiful jewelry! I love the Pearl and prehnite pendant necklace, 'Wild Green' the best! Thanks for the chance :)

ewhatley 7/3/10, 8:48 PM  

i'd probably choose the cocktail white cotton sundress and the silk wraparound dress, or maybe a handbag, or maybe some jewelry - touch choices

ewhatley at

j.nes 7/3/10, 10:10 PM  

wow, this website is did I not know about this before!?!

I had a hard time picking what I would buy, there is so much cool stuff to look through...but this was definitely one of my favorites...
LOVE those bags.

they also had some great home decor that would make perfect as gifts!

nesamarie at gmail dot com

sweetmelbelle31 7/4/10, 4:49 AM  

LOL Ginger is adorable!

If I won I'd probably get the Wrought iron cross, 'Christian Dynamic'

sweetmelbelle31@yahoo dot com

audreyscountrycrafts 7/4/10, 10:07 AM  

What a wonderful give away!! I would love a set of these Tumblers, 'Cobalt Dreams'

Thanks so much for a great give away!

audreyscountrycrafts at gmail dot com

Patricia Rockwell 7/4/10, 12:35 PM  

Oooo, earrings! Preferably purple!

Julie 7/4/10, 12:38 PM  

Cotton scarf, 'Black Houndstooth'for starters I would get this for my sister in law.Novica has such a great selection of items-thanks for the giveaway

More Milestones 7/4/10, 1:43 PM  

Living in a house of all males (even the dog), I would want something girlie... handbag, wall decor, vase. Something pretty just for me.


Darcie K. 7/4/10, 2:51 PM  

I would pick the Leather shoulder bag, 'Modern Weave'

tina reynolds 7/4/10, 2:54 PM  

I would pick the Hammock, 'Copper Filigree' (extra large) for my husband for are upcoming anniversary. He works hard and could use some relaxation thanks for the chance

Anna 7/4/10, 2:54 PM  

What to pick? Oh, that is hard. I'm thinking maybe some jewelry, a dress, a purse. It will be fun figuring it out when I win. :D

Andrea 7/4/10, 3:45 PM  

I'd love to get the Hammock swing, 'Autumnal Bronze'! I've always wanted a hammock.
andreapaetkau at gmail dot com

Deb ~ tnshadylady 7/4/10, 6:49 PM  

This would be awesome to win because I could get the Leather map, '1570 World Map' I've had my eye on for ages!! I could leave a thousand comments on things I want from Novica, everything is just fabulous, but I don't want doody in my gym bag. :)

blueviolet 7/4/10, 7:42 PM  

I would absolutely get the Olive Branch wrap ring!

Rajee 7/4/10, 10:32 PM  

love this handbag

Beaded handbag, 'Silver Radiance'

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