Wednesday, August 11, 2010

NOVICA ~ Review & $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway!!!

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Novica logoBoth of our girls have learned to play chess over the last few years and we’ve managed to go through several cheap plastic chess sets along the way. Finding a quality chess set that we can use for years to come has been on my list…but didn’t happen until just recently.

NOVICA contacted me about reviewing a product for them and offering a giveaway to my readers…and I knew right away what I wanted to do {keep reading for the giveaway}! NOVICA is a company associated with National Geographic where you can find thousands of fair trade gifts and home decor items from artisans around the world. They showcase a range of items that can be used as corporate gifts or a just a little something special for a friend {or yourself}.

I ordered the Wood Chess Set and waited for my package to be shipped ~ from India! Over the course of 10 days I received tracking notices with the progress of my package. The set was ordered on July 18th and arrived on my doorstep July 27th. When I opened up the box, this is what was wrapped and ready for me…

chess set NOVICA

Isn’t it pretty? Laurianna grabbed the ribbon and post card and after unwrapping the package, I pulled out a gorgeous chess set. The board is made from sheesham and kadam woods and folds in half.

Wood Chess Set

The inside of the box is velvet lined and stores all the pieces nicely {so even I can figure out where they belong and what we are missing!}. Each of the pieces has a magnet to hold it on the board, which comes in very handy in our house. The girls were excited when I was finished taking pictures…and quickly ran off with it to play chess together.

Wood Chess Set

Loving this beautiful set and am hoping that I will personally be able to take advantage of it…meaning my 5 year old may have to teach me how to play this year!

 

I spent a lot of time browsing the different items that Novica offers through their site…and there are a lot to choose from.  Novica has offered a $50 gift certificate to one of my readers good towards anything on their site!! How wonderful is THAT?

Mandatory first entry: Visit the Novica website and let me know what product you might like ~ maybe some earrings or home decor items. Leave a comment and tell me what you might pick if you win.

For additional entries {leave a separate comment for each entry}:

~ Subscribe to No Ordinary Moments and give yourself an extra entry.

~ Become a friend of Novica on Facebook

~ Follow Novica on Twitter ~ be sure to leave me your twitter name!

~ Send out a tweet about this contest. You can copy/paste the tweet below if you’d like!

@jolantheerb is hosting a giveaway for a $50 gift certificate from @Novica. Enter to win here: http://bit.ly/aSoJl3. Ends 8/18.

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only. Please be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. The contest will be open until Wednesday, August 18th at 8pm EST and a winner will be chosen using Random.org.

 

This post may contain affiliate links. Click here to read my disclosure policy.

Thanks to NOVICA for providing me with the product to review and the giveaway. This review reflects my personal opinions.

154 comments:

  1. Wow! I've never heard of Novica before. What beautiful items they have.

    I'm loving all the beautiful anklets they have!!

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  2. This has nothing to do with the giveaway, but I wanted to mention - we invested in a chess set from Mind Ware (although I know other places carry it). If you are like me and can't keep the game straight, I recommend No Stress Chess. It has little cards with it that remind you which pieces go where, etc. Not sure what my issue is with chess, but those directions must come from the same part of my brain where the directions for Uchre and advanced algebra are stored....LOL!

    The downside is that it is not nearly as beautiful as yours!!! :) Enjoy!
    Steph

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  3. My daughter has expressed a lot of interest in learning chess. What a beautiful set to learn on! I also like the Olive wood "salad boat" and other centerpieces!

    Shannon C

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  4. I am a subscriber to your blog.

    Shannon C

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  5. Oh boy, trying to pick just one item? Impossible! I love Novica! I'd probably get a necklace, maybe the 'Cool Shower' peridot and pearl stranded one.

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  6. I'm a subscriber to your blog.

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  7. I'm already a friend of Novica on Facebook.

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  8. I love the tableware items, my mom spent some time in India as a missionary when she was young, so I'd probably look for something that she would love. Maybe a tea set, or some other tableware item.

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  9. I subscribe via bloglines and love your blogs!

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  10. I have never heard of Novica, very cool.

    I myself would probably go for the cotton handbags, the designs are beautiful.

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  11. Oh what a great giveaway! That chess set is awesome! I love the Hemp purse and cell phone carrier in "Ethnic Rose".

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  12. I'm now a subscriber...give me another entry!

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  13. Follower of Novica on Facebook.

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  14. I loved the onyx collarette necklace.

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  15. I'm a subscriber to your blog. :)

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  16. However would you be able to stick to just $50? LOL. I love their clothing.

    http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=171915 - This skirt, or...
    http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=172272 - This shirt, or...
    http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=154501 - This shirt

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  17. I also subscribe to your blog via RSS.

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  18. It is so hard to choose, I think I would get the Cotton batik shoulder bag, 'Winter's Memoirs'.

    Katie
    aclassofherown(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I am subscribed to your blog.

    Katie
    aclassofherown(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Absolutely want a new hammock! I had never heard of Novica before, but their prices on West African drums look really good!

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  21. I am in love with the handknotted rugs. I have to be honest and say I am highly unlikely to be dropping 900$ on a rug anytime soon, but they are beautiful and I am sorely tempted.

    moeandde@mnsi.net

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  22. I'm now an email subscriber.

    moeandde@mnsi.net

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  23. I like Novica on facebook.

    moeandde@mnsi.net

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  24. I liked the hammock chair. neat site. neat stuff. :)
    foxyfoxfamily at gmail

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  25. I love, love the nativity scene made out of car parts.

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  26. I just threw out another cardboard chess board yesterday, so I'd definitely choose the same chess set from their site.

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  27. I subscribe to your blog as well.

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  28. What a great giveaway! I love the chess set you picked out. I also like the Teak birdhouse for my Mom.. she loves unique birdhouses. Or the soapstone elephant for Tim's sister to remember her trips to India.

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  29. I am a subscribe to No Ordinary Moments.

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  30. I am a fan of Novica on Facebook.

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  31. I am following Novica on Twitter (bytesofmemory)

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  32. I tweeted - http://twitter.com/BytesofMemory/status/20914724789

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  33. There are quite a few necklaces I liked and I have only looked at a couple of pages!

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  34. I liked NOVICA on Facebook.

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  35. I think I would HAVE to buy something made of teak wood since that is where my name came from - perhaps the Teak and rattan boxes, 'Black Drum Song' (pair)

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  36. I would definitely have trouble choosing for myself since there are many lovely things, so I would probably get a gift for my dad who is impossible to buy for! I saw a beautiful elephant photo frame hand carved from Teak wood. (he collects elephants) that would be perfect.

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  37. I would buy for myself the Mountain Nativity Scene http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=65207
    What a great contest!

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  38. And now I am a fan of Novica on Facebook!

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  39. I've got your blog on Google Reader. Thanks!

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  40. I checked out the site, but I already knew what I wanted... a chess set just like yours ;) My boys LOVE chess and I think they'd be so excited by such a beautiful set!

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  41. I'd get the Nativity stocking set from Peru! I bought a beautiful, crocheted Christmas stocking for my daughter when she was a baby, and it was destroyed by squirrels. (Long story.)

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  42. Awesome! I have never hear of Novica before. How is that possible?

    I love this Emerald Honeycomb tote bag from Central America! http://handbags.novica.com/under-$50/cotton-tote-emerald-honeycomb/171818/

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  43. Oh my gosh it was so hard to choose! But my favorite is the Lapis lazuli choker, 'Midnight Sea'.

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  44. Following on twitter. http://twitter.com/Rebecca435

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  45. I tweeted! http://twitter.com/Rebecca435

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  46. The Gallant Authority Drum would look so nice in my house, and my daughter would love to bang around on it.
    quitecontrary1977@hotmail.com

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  47. I like the Chinese Checkers set.

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  48. subscriber!
    quitecontrary1977@hotmail.com

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  49. novica fb fan!
    quitecontrary1977@hotmail.com

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  50. Love their stuff! We'd put it towards a chess set too.

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  51. I would love the soapstone chess set

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  52. I had never heard of them before. Loved the website and completely fell in love with these ... Blown glass water goblets, 'Imperial Aqua'.

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  53. I tweeted! http://twitter.com/momof3munchkins/status/20942364440

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  54. not sure if that comment went through, but I would get one of the sling purses (chocolate surprise)

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  55. I subscribe to no ordinary moments. =0)

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  56. I am a friend of novica on facebook

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  57. Tweeted the contest @kimcalhoun. I really love that store. Didn't know about it until today!

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  58. I would choose Oware table game. We love games and this would be perfect! Thanks.

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  59. I would get the Chrysocolla drop earrings called 'Sweet Fruit'.

    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

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  60. I tweeted
    http://twitter.com/lyndadawinda/status/20984521865

    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

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  61. I’m a subscriber via RSS Feed (Google Reader).

    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

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  62. I “LIKE” Novica on Facebook! ID: Lynda Castillo

    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

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  63. I follow Novica on twitter. ID: Lyndadawinda

    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

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  64. I loved the blue topaz earring "skylight". I'd love to win the giveaway.

    chariscook@hotmail.com

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  65. I would pick something from Ghana or another country where we sponsor a child from Compassion International.

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  66. Tweeted the giveaway! (@SomeGirlsTweets)

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  67. What a GREAT shop! I'd have to look more carefully, but I'm a sucker for plates like these: http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=151337

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  68. Nice! I'd have a hard time deciding between the chess set you got, a backgammon set, or the chinese checkers. :)

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  69. I'm following No Ordinary Moments.

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  70. I'm a tea drinker, and I collect cups and saucers, but I don't have a nice tea set. I'd have to spring for one of those.

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  71. I heart handbags. Totally loving the cotton and leather shoulder bag, Half Moon.

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  72. I am a FB fan now :) I "like" Novica!

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  73. Twitter?

    Oh yeah...I have one of those.

    I am now following Novica. I am notbefore7

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  74. and I even tweeted to the world about this, lessening my chances :)

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  75. I would definitely get a musical instrument. Not sure which one, though, as I would need input from my husband.

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  76. subscribed to no ordinary moments

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  77. following novica on twitter at lglmom

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  78. tweeted LGLmom

    @jolantheerb is hosting a giveaway for a $50 gift certificate from @Novica. Enter to win here: http://bit.ly/aSoJl3. Ends 8/18.

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  79. I went to the NOvica website and like the Garnet floral earrings, which are my daughter's birthstone. She'd love them!

    janalangworthy@hotmail.com

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  80. I subscribe to this blog!

    janalangworthy@hotmail.com

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  81. I had never heard them Novica before. Great stuff. I would probably go with a beautiful pitcher I saw or a cross necklace.
    Thanks,
    Jill

    wajacobs1@comcast.net

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  82. I love the handbags! What a cool company.

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  83. I am a subscriber to your blog!

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  84. I really like the hammocks. (For the "one day" when I have a time to while away lying in one.;)
    camiesmom2@yahoo.com

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  85. I signed up to subscribed today. Would love the wood chess set circle

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  86. I love all the stuff on the Novica website! Very nice things :) but since my kids are learning to play chess I would pick the wood chess set. Thank you! Raquel
    rockie_73@hotmail.com
    I also Subscribe to No Ordinary Moments and become a friend of Novica on Facebook.

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  87. I love the chess game. My five-year-old son loves chess and plays it often with his grandpa. He would love that beautiful wooden, magnetic chessboard. Hope I win! ;-)

    lmcnallyscrap@gmail.com

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  88. I follow you with Bloglines via feedburner. Hope I win!

    lmcnallyscrap@gmail.com

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  89. I would probably buy a djembe, because our dog ate the last two we had. :) http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=77617

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  90. wow! they have amazing products! it's funny you mentioned chess because my husband has been trying to teach our three year old. i was looking at a learning set for her through one of the educational companies..but i'd LOVE the wood chess set-circular reason! gorgeous and i love the fact that it has magnets for clumsy hands (um, mine, not hers!)

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  91. I like the "Cobalt Light" glass pitcher. It'd look great in my kitchen.

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  92. Wow, I've never heard of Norvica! Such beautiful stuff! I think we'd buy a bamboo flute!

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  93. I'm a fan of Norvica on facebook!

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  94. I subscribe to No Ordinary Moments!

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  95. I found your blog from NOVICA's facebook page. I'd love to have the Beaded wristband bracelets, 'Bold Brown Fortunes'. But, your giveaway is listed as closed eventhough it's clearly nowhere near 8pm EST. Hoping that it's an error!
    jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

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  96. I'm an e-mail subscriber.
    jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

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  97. I'm a facebook fan of NOVICA under username Jennie Tilson.
    jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

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  98. I would probably choose some type of jewelry...mabye an anklet or earrings!! They have so much cool stuff!!

    lovell004@comcast.net

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  99. I subscribe to No Ordinary Moments by email
    lovell004@comcast.net

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  100. I would get the Pearl torsade necklace, 'Party Balloons' it is so beautiful!
    daniellemsmith1987 AT gmail DOT com

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  101. I just subscribed, thanks! daniellemsmith1987 AT gmail DOT com

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  102. I am a friend of Novica on Facebook. daniellemsmith1987 AT gmail DOT com

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  103. I tweeted about this contest. My twitter name is daniellemsmith8 (daniellemsmith1987 AT gmail DOT com)

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  104. I am following Novica on Twitter. My twitter name is daniellemsmith8 (daniellemsmith1987 AT gmail DOT com)

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  106. Love the anklets! Hubby loves them on me so they would be perfect!

    litehouse2006@sbcglobal.net

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  107. Love the anklets! Hubby loves them on me so they would be perfect!

    litehouse2006@sbcglobal.net

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  108. wow! they have amazing products! it's funny you mentioned chess because my husband has been trying to teach our three year old. i was looking at a learning set for her through one of the educational companies..but i'd LOVE the wood chess set-circular reason! gorgeous and i love the fact that it has magnets for clumsy hands (um, mine, not hers!)

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  109. I would probably buy a djembe, because our dog ate the last two we had. :) http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=77617

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  110. I had never heard them Novica before. Great stuff. I would probably go with a beautiful pitcher I saw or a cross necklace.
    Thanks,
    Jill

    wajacobs1@comcast.net

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  111. and I even tweeted to the world about this, lessening my chances :)

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  112. I would pick something from Ghana or another country where we sponsor a child from Compassion International.

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  113. I loved the blue topaz earring "skylight". I'd love to win the giveaway.

    chariscook@hotmail.com

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  114. I would get the Chrysocolla drop earrings called 'Sweet Fruit'.

    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

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  115. Tweeted the contest @kimcalhoun. I really love that store. Didn't know about it until today!

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  116. I am a friend of novica on facebook

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  117. not sure if that comment went through, but I would get one of the sling purses (chocolate surprise)

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  118. I had never heard of them before. Loved the website and completely fell in love with these ... Blown glass water goblets, 'Imperial Aqua'.

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