Monday, January 24, 2011

Valentine's Day Giveaway!

It’s a brand new year and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.
What better way to celebrate than with my first ever giveaway?

Here’s what you can win…

Stunning Rustic Australian Mookaite Earrings – completely handcrafted
in my humble little workshop.
Each and every link in the chain, and those delicate little leaves were crafted by my hands in sterling silver. And with lovely, rosy mookaite beads to add a dash of colour.
At a total length of 10.5mm, they swing delightfully from the ears
and brush lightly against the neck.
Oxidized and brushed back to reveal a rustic, antique hue of silver.

“The landscape of the Australian outback,
captured in a stone.

Mookaite is so very reminiscent of the rich, red earth that envelops this sunburnt country.
It sticks in your pores
and doesn't let go of your heart.
It simmers beneath the midday sun
and keeps you warm as the sun sets
and the stars sparkle in the midnight sky.”

And here’s how you can enter:

  1. Follow this little blog of mine [1 entry]
  2. Mention this giveaway on your blog [1 entry] 
  3.  (you may use the images above for this purpose)
  4. Follow me on twitter @mariannmonika [1 entry]
  5. Tweet about my giveaway and link
  6. to this giveaway blog [1 entry]
  7. Become a fan of my facebook page [1 entry]
  8. Update your status with a link
  9. to this giveaway blog [1 entry]

Leave a comment below for each entry you make.
There's a total of 6 chances to win!
If you already follow any of the above, you will still gain an entry, just let me know!

Entries close on Saturday 5th of February.
The winner will be drawn on SUNDAY 6th of FEBRUARY, so be quick to enter!
 But there's plenty of time for shipping and gift-giving on Valentine’s Day!

Good Luck!

--- Mariann ---

Friday, January 21, 2011

A Helping Hand...

... we all need one sometimes ...

These earrings from my 'Pollen Series' are heading to incube8r gallery in Fitzroy, Victoria.

All of the incube8r galleries
have set up display cubes for handmade artists wishing to donate to help the victims of the extensive flooding in Queensland.
100% of sales from these cubes are donated

Head on down to your nearest gallery to snap up
handcrafted goodies and lend a helping hand.

Artists wishing to contribute can find more details
on incube8r's facebook page.

To all those affected by the flooding
in Queensland,
New South Wales
and Victoria
- stay strong!
We are here to help
and you are in our thoughts every day.

--- Mariann ---

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Water Rising On All Four Sides...

Queensland is flooded.

Relentless rains from heavy, gorged clouds have emptied on the northern state of Australia.

The extent of the flooding is devastating.
Whole towns are under murky water.
Fourteen souls have lost their lives.
Many more are still missing.

The Brisbane River is expected to peak at 5.2 meters. And 40,000 homes are already affected. Power has been cut, and those with warning packed up their precious belongings.
Others had no warning at all, as river banks broke their boundaries with the force of an inland tsunami behind them.

Livestock has been lost.
Wildlife struggle to survive.
Snakes slither to higher ground.
Crocodiles are free to roam.

Many of the countless families have lost everything.
Not all insurance covers flooding.

When Victoria was alight with raging bushfires on Black Saturday and 173 lives were lost in one day, fellow Aussies opened their hearts to help rebuild towns and communities.

It's time for us to return the compassion and pray for those affected by the floods.

Until the end of February I will donate 15% of all sales from my etsy and madeit shops to the Queensland Flood Relief Fund.

Please click here if you wish to make additional donations.
You can also visit for up-to-date information.

It's hard to imagine where one can go
and what one can do to escape,
when water is rising
on all four sides.

My thoughts and prayers are with the people in Queensland and northern New South Wales. Please keep safe and search for higher ground.

I know your spirits are strong.

You will get through this.

--- Mariann ---