Sunday, February 8, 2009

OLZ Earring Giveaway

One of the first blogs Mommy started following was Austin to Africa, Brasil to the Bay. It was fun to follow another American's adventures in Mozambique, through job changes and travels and new kittens and even a wedding!

Well, Ms. Ali not only writes, but also creates fantastic jewelry using local Mozambican materials! You can see examples of her art on her blog, and there are just a few items left in her etsy shop, also. I am drooling over the stuff; how I love me some bling!

And she's been kind enough to contribute a beautiful pair of earrings to Operation Love Zimbabwe. These are made from sterling silver and 300-year-old trade beads from Mozambique Island. Here's a photo of them, though it doesn't quite do the colors justice. Thanks, Ali!

To Enter: All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. Please make sure you include an email so I can contact you if you win.

You can get up to two extra entries if you (1) post about Operation Love Zimbabwe on your blog, and/or (2) put the Operation Love Zimbabwe button on your blogsite. Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

Entries must be made by 11:59 p.m. PST on February 14, 2009. The winner will be selected using http://www.random.org/ and will be contacted by email.

If you haven't already, please take a look at the Introduction to Operation Love Zimbabwe and check around this site for other posts on Zimbabwe. And spread the word - we are trying to make a difference in the lives of Zimbabweans!

113 comments:

Jennifer said...

The earrings are gorgeous and I love how they are made from trade beads. Will she be having more Mozambique jewelry?

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Jennifer said...

My blog post is here: http://rundpinne.blogspot.com/2009/02/operation-love-zimbabwe.html

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Jennifer said...

Of course the button is up. Anything I can so to help!
http://www.rundpinne.blogspot.com

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Stacie said...

Beautiful earrings!

Stacie said...

I have your button.

mommy4life said...

These are beautiful. Raising awareness thru these giveaways is such a great idea.

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Z's Mom said...

Very beautiful! I'll have to check out her Etsy site too! ;)

Believer 1964 said...

I would like a pair to gift to a good friend. Thanks for counting me in!

My profile is private, but my email is visible.

Believer 1964 said...

I have your button.

Pamela said...

I've been keeping your Love Link as a sticky note at the top of my posts -- until the 14th.

Hope it has sent some traffic your way.

Carla said...

I love the history of those earrings!

Sarah said...

beautiful!

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shona said...

WOW! what a talent this woman has. they are just beautiful. and i have an outfit that match the color so well. please sign me up...mema103@yahoo.com

perilloparodies said...

Wow, now that is MORE than vintage!!! I love that! and such a gorgeous color, too. They remind me of my mom,(she loves royal blue!) and that is JUST who I would give them to. And, April is her birthday! :-) I just linked you... :-)

Jeff and Mandee said...

They are beautiful, looove the color!

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Summer said...

Those are lovely!

Jennifer said...

These are gorgeous! I can't decide which of your giveaways I want to win the most!

janetfaye said...

The earrings are beautiful!!


Thank you!

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Vivian Deliz said...

Beautiful earrings. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks.

Vivian Deliz said...

I posted your button in my blog.

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The Lady Riposter said...

These are gorgeous earrings. Thank you for the contest!

Karen S said...

What nice earrings! Thanks!

susan said...

Wow, amazing ~ I'm sure they are just beautiful in person.

Kristen said...

Beautiful! Thank you!

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Kate said...

I love the earrings! Even more importantly, I have been thinking about poor Zimbabwe and the Mugabe-made problems for a long time. Will blog it immediately.

minishoes said...

These earrings are my style. thanks jacquecurl@gmail.com

~Love Giveaways~ said...

Beautiful! I would love to win these! Thanks for the great giveaway!
janine at lovegiveaways.com

Baba said...

Beautiful earrings!

Baba said...

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DEBIJOT said...

Very pretty earrings. Thank you.

Beth said...

My favorite color is blue and these earrings are stunning! Thanks for the chance to win!

CC said...

these are just gorgeous. I would love to win.

Grace @ Sandier Pastures said...

I heart the color blue so this piece is perfect!

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arrowheadmac said...

Beautful and blue!

Dinah said...

what a beautiful cluster of blue

pynaplgrl said...

Africa is a beautiful country and so are the people. These earrings reflect that.

Anonymous said...

wow the history behind these beads is fascinating; beautiful jewellery

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Lo said...

Those earrings are gorgeous. And thanks for your blog, I've been enjoying it. I would love to visit West/Central Africa someday.

lilaura5 said...

These are gorgeous. Just stunning. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Mama Zen said...

Beautiful!

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Kimberly B. said...

What a gorgeous pair of earrings! I love that the beads are 300 years old!

Anonymous said...

These earrings are incredible! I have enjoyed reading about each piece as it comes up.

Samuel said...

These people make the most beautiful things

Gloria said...

Lovely earrings! :D

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Celeste said...

I would love to win...very nice!!

contact me at:
celeste@mail4me.com

Chloe said...

I would love to win! Count me in! :)

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Carrie Taylor said...

just gorgeous, i would love to have them

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Piper said...

commenting to enter!

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loves3cats said...

I love the idea of these giveaways to raise awareness for the projects that you are working on in Zimbabwe. Thanks for the chance to enter.

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klshepar said...

this has to be one of the most interesting blogs I just happened to come across. Mozambique is such a beautiful country. Keep it up!

kris_lyn17@hotmail.com

Miss Heidi said...

So pretty. Thanks.

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Jenny said...

Very nice work. I love the length, the colour, and the certain kick they have to them. Great for an evening out but can also be worn to any other occasion.

CCWE said...

What a gorgeous colour!! Absolutely stunning.

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409cope said...

What a unique and lovely pair of earrings. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

Steve said...

The earrings would be great to surprise my wife with.



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Therese said...

These earrings are beautiful-and my favorite color! Please enter me in the giveaway.

Cali said...

I love them! Gorgeous!

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Anonymous said...

Beautiful--my wife would love them


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Anonymous said...

They are just stunning

Dee said...

Such beautiful earrings!

Lisette said...

This is a fasinating site,glad I stumbled apon it. Who wouldn't love those beautiful earings with such a historical meening to tye cultures together. Thank you for this oppertunity.

shona said...

such beauty and such a great way to raise awareness. you are wonderful for helping. thank you...shona mema103@yahoo.com

Callina said...

The trade beads have an absolutely wonderful shade of blue and the design seems complex and romantic at the same time. I would love to win. Thank you for the opportunity.

Laura H. said...

What a great cause! And such stunning earrings! :)

Good Luck everyone! :)

nickharos@rogers.com - Laura H.

EDRing said...

What a great pair of earrings. I'ld love to have them in my collection.

Ellen
eering99@hotmail.com

Sherry said...

lovely earrings

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Mommyhood is Thankless said...

These are some gorgeous earrings, thank you so much for sharing!

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grannyvon said...

My favorite piece of jewerly earrings. I love them. Thank you for letting me enter. ybutler@oppcatv.com

Aik said...

Please count me in!

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intensev5 said...

Thanks for the giveaway :) Beautiful earrings --- I would love to win them and show them off!!!

tami said...

i'd love to win these and give them to dd for her bday! thanks!

Rose said...

They're beautiful! Please count me in :)

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

Beautiful Earrings. I love them. And how did you get you comments numbered? I need to do that.

socmama said...

Lovely! And a lovely story. Thanks

tsslug said...

earrings are so cool
God bless you

tsslug7@yahoo.com

Nancy said...

Wow - 300 year old trade beads! These earrings certainly have a fascinating story behind them. How did you know my favorite color is blue?

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Elsie said...

If beads could tell stories, from days long ago...
How exciting their world may have been!
To travel the oceans, to be traded for gifts,
To be treasured by royalty's kin.
Then possibly lost... fallen out from a bag,
To be found on a beach by the shores,
Tangled in nets, held by fisherman's hands,
To be given to a girl he adores...
And on goes the journey, and hopefully soon, I'll be part of the story of the the beads.. sparkling blue!

pumpkinlady430@yahoo.com

ta sardina said...

Her work is beautiful.

I love sites like yours.
It opens us up to the goodness in this small world.

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Lesley D. said...

The earrings would be such a treasure to have. What a story that would be behind them.

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Kat C. said...

Wow! great earrings, great cause =)

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Jenna said...

What a great website raising awareness for a great cause. The earrings are beautiful. Thanks!

Kristen said...

Beautiful! Intersting as well!
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baggypants said...

Stunning!!

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Carolyn said...

Beautiful! My sister in law worked in a mission for a year in Rwanda, so I know the need is great!

Katie Paterson said...

Wow just beautiful :) katiepaterson@gmailcom

kaylee8 said...

Wonderfully gorgeous earrings!

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Joni said...

I love those earrings. They are gorgeous.

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andrea v said...

Very cool earrings. thanks

DeAnn said...

Please enter me in this giveaway. How beautiful these earrings are. What a great site and what you are doing is wonderful. Thanks DeAnn
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JamericanSpice said...

Those earrings are beautiful

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Jody said...

Those are just beautiful. I love the history behind them. They would be an honor to wear.

Leah said...

Truly dazzling!

Thanks so much for this fabulous give~away! : )))

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pam said...

Beautiful earrings!!

pam said...

I have your button.

caseykelp said...

They are beautiful. the color is rich and bold. thank you for the giveaway.

Shirley said...

I would love to add these beautiful earrings to my collection.

secret00023 said...

Great contest, the earings are great.

kathy pease said...

PLEASE COUNT ME IN ON THIS AWESOME GIVEAWAY :)

Samantha P said...

i love the color of these earrings, so pretty!

KristenH said...

I would love to win these earrings. They are so gorgeous. This is a great giveaway. Thanks.
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jamaise said...

Wow, how neat - how could you not help but feel the history present every time you wore them. I would be honored.

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Ali la Loca said...

Wow! I've been a bit quiet in the blogosphere lately, and this is such a lovely way in which to be welcomed back. :)

Congratulations on all your hard work with the OLZ initiative. I look forward to following your stories in Zim.

I am putting new inventory in my Etsy shop as of March 1st - including several trade bead pieces. The site is www.alexandraamaro.etsy.com.

Thank you so much for your support. I hope the earrings made a small difference.