Friday, November 13, 2009

Queen Bee Designs Giveaway



I got the sweetest little present in the mail yesterday.
It made me smile so big!



It was from my friend Amanda from Queen Bee Designs, and I love it so much!



The quote on it reads,

"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship..."


It was written by Louisa May Alcott.
I've loved it since the first time I read it.



Amanda even attached a small freshwater pearl to my necklace.
I love how it ties together with the sea-inspired quote I chose.

It's not just a pretty piece of art though. It will also help to ease my worried mind during difficult times. I will refer to it when I need to be reminded that challenges help you to discover who you really are and can only make you stronger.

Thank you SO much Amanda!
Your work is both thoughtful and beautiful, and I'll treasure my necklace forever!


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Amanda was also sweet enough to make a necklace for one of our readers too...



"Keep it Simple . . ."

Strive for a simpler existence with less to worry about, less to do and more time to swing in the hammock of life. This piece is a gentle reminder for all of us to relax, enjoy the moment and strive for simplicity. This is the first beauty in our *Simply Soldered* line and is weathered and worn with its snazzed edges and buffed finish. Measuring at 1" in diameter, you can "Keep it Simple . . ." daily, with this around your neck.

- Amanda

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Isn't it lovely!? :-)

If you'd like a chance to win it, simply leave a comment here between today, Friday, November 13th and Sunday, November 15th at midnight, Central Time. Random.org will choose the lucky winner on Monday and we'll announce his/her name here sometime that afternoon!

Good luck, and thanks again Amanda!

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Simple Sage said...

That is so simple yet beautiful, I love it and would LOVE to win it!

MimiG said...

Ooh, I'm first. Can a Bama fan enter?
Love what you're doing to your home. Keep up the awesome work!
MimiG

RTR

Angelica said...

Beautiful necklace!

Shira Palombo said...

It is really a beautiful necklace indeed and I hope I can get one too :)
Shira

Sue said...

I have to remind myself of that everyday, its gorgeous!
Im in Australia, so it may be too far away to enter, just wanted to let you know her work is so sweet, and love yours!
Sue

anne said...

Beautiful necklace by your friend and terrific blog!

anneoverbeek.blogspot.com

M.J. Marquardt said...

beautiful, I'd treasure it :)

missheidi821 said...

Simply beautiful!

ByHISgoodGrace said...

What a beautiful giveaway! I'm glad you love yours as well. I love the quote on yours with the pearl, I'm sure you'll treasure it forever.

Life in the Enchanted Forest said...

I'm a collector of wise phrases, and would be thrilled to wear such a wonderful one as this! (reminds me of one of my favorites: "the simpler we become, the more complete we are")

julie said...

ok, i want in on the action! sweet necklace! cant wait to see the finished bathroom! i love it already!

Heather said...

Pick me!

Stacy said...

How pretty!

And both are great things to remember! ;o)

windyday said...

I'm in for a chance to win! :)

Kelly H said...

Simple things are beautiful! And so is your site Layla. I am sending you good vibes for continued success. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

sara said...

Very lovely! Thanks for hosting the giveaway. :)

HJ. said...

I love it. . .would love to win it!

CaraRose said...

Would love to win the beautiful necklace.

Love yours Layla!!!

Thanks for the opp

brockey said...

So pretty . Love it :)

Teri said...

I love it!

Lilas Eyes said...

Oh my gosh, the necklaces are absolutely gorgeous and the giveaway necklace would be perfect for me. I have felt run down lately and my doctor told me just today that maybe I just need to slow down and relax more. This would be a beautiful reminder for me...

mjs said...

Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing this and your cottage journey!

Jennifer said...

What beautiful work she does... it's great!!

Molly said...

Definitely need to take this message to heart!

Amanda Naomi said...

All too often wives and mothers everywhere need this reminder. What a lucky lady to have this to wear around her neck.... I'm feelin' lucky. ;)

Kat said...

I've wanted a necklace like this for a long time now. Beautiful and simple and I love it.

Six in One Hand said...

That necklace is simply.....stunning!!!!

jacob + colleen said...

I've really enjoyed reading your blog, you two have a timeless style..

Nutty said...

Oh! That's GORGEOUS!

kirstenson said...

It is lovely . . . and so is your blog! You and Kevin are making a beautiful home and giving so many people inspiration. Keep your chin up and keep up the great work!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Hi guys! Im back after a bit of computer woes. Love your necklace...and your bathroom..and your hair..hehe~ Miss ya!

Kelley said...

Simply beautiful!

referee said...

this is really pretty!

Joyce said...

Wonderful necklace! and I look forward to reading your blog every day!

Meghan said...

So pretty. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Jacquelin said...

so simple, yet beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win!

Audrey said...

Love this giveaway and love your blog! It's one of my faves to peek in on daily to see what amazing thing you both are working on next :-)

bkhinohio said...

What a beautiful necklace. Thoughtful reader too. Thank you!

michelle @ ourtrufamily said...

Definitely a great reminder! We tend to make ourselves too busy, and I am constantly reminding myself to "keep it simple". Thanks!!

Sherry said...

I love the "Keep it Simple" necklace. The little bird is so adorable.

Macy said...

What a beautiful necklace!

Denise said...

How fun! I want to play!

Michelle Torres said...

Ohhhh! What s BEAUTY!!!!! You have no idea how happy I would be to have it!!! What an AWESOME giveaway!!!!!



Michelle Torres
cingulwasme@aol.com

Verna said...

Simply beautiful. Would love to win it :) Enjoy your blog.

Susy said...

Love it! Almost as much as I like TLC! Keep it up!

The Willow House Journal said...

Amazing! I am always thrilled to see the talented women in our great country! Love, love, love the necklace....

Earth Mother said...

Keep It Simple — my daily mantra! Beautiful design. LOVE it.

Sarah said...

How beautiful! I love both necklaces! Thanks for the opportunity!

Amy Kinser said...

Simply beautiful.

Jewels and Ry said...

I love the quote & the necklaces!

Amy said...

Beautiful! How exciting!

Bobbi said...

Beautiful! I want one. :)

Lexi said...

I love them both! So simple and pretty. Your bathroom redo is looking so snazzy. I can't wait to see it finished.

Michael and Elisabeth said...

That is a beautiful and thoughtful necklace!

Kimberly said...

I love these necklaces. Such simple reminders in our hectic lives!!! Your Louisa May Alcott quote is beautiful. Thank you for the generous chance for this lovely gift!!!
xxx kim

Susan B said...

I am really loving the beautiful necklaces.. would absolutely adore having one...

Time for Treasures said...

How beautiful!! My husband and I have talked alot lately about simplifying things. This would be the perfect precious reminder!

foggogs said...

I could use a little "simple" in my life right now. Hope I win!

Jenn Greeley said...

How beautiful and simple. Absolutely love it! Thanks for the chance to win one!

Jill said...

Love both of the necklaces!

Pony Girl said...

I love your necklace! The quote would be perfect for a friend. What a great idea, Amanda is so talented. How fun of her to make one for a reader. I hope I win! ;)

srhshaw said...

Love the quote she put on your necklace. Keep up the good work, guys!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

I love your necklace...and the beautiful "Simple" necklace offered in your giveaway. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

My 200th Post is soon. Hope you'll visit and enter once I launch my giveaway!

Blessings,
Donna

Polly said...

Very cool necklace! I would be thrilled to win! Thanks!
Polly

renee said...

it's beautiful!!!!! i love it!

kirsten said...

I just love the necklace, and your quote you chose is so beautiful. What a great one to remember!!

Robyn said...

Two wonderful and meaningful random acts of kindness. I already have queen bee designs in my favorites but you know what? In these slim pickin Christmas times, if I can I'm going to order something from her because she not only is talented but generous and kind.

Anne B. said...

It is a beautiful necklace...with a good thought!

I really like the quote you put on yours...I had not seen it before.

Thanks for the fun giveaway!

Natalie said...

How cute!

Adina said...

Nice smile, too.

Samantha said...

Both your naeckalce and the "Simple " are just lovely, your friend is very talented and I would love to win!

Tami SouthStreetShabby.blogspot.com said...

Thanks Layla,
I'd love to win that necklace. It's so adorable!
Tami E.

Yolanda Cookson said...

Layla and Kevin! :)

I have been silenting reading your blog for months and am so incredibly inspired by your home, creativity and love for one another. Layla...you love for Kevin...makes me love my husband more and more! :)

Thank you TONS!!! :)

Love...YO

cheryl said...

Amanda's work is beautiful; thanks for the chance for at the give away.

Nori said...

Oooooooo!!! I love it!

Antonia said...

so beautiful! Love your blog!

Silly Steeneck's said...

I would love to win! So cute!

Kate Carney said...

So beautiful and a reminder that I need daily. I try so hard to remember that life doesn't need to be stressful, but I forget a lot of the time. I love following your blog and all the ideas you have for so little money.

Andrea said...

It's beautiful! I would love to have something so simple and elegant to wear. Thanks for the chance!

Angie Kerr said...

So beautiful I would love to win this---it is a reminder I need daily with 4 kids!!

Andrea said...

That is so pretty, and a reminder that I need! Pick me random number thingy!!

Kristi M. said...

What a beautiful necklace. I love it. What a great reminder to all in today's times.

Misty said...

That is gorgeous!

Heather J said...

what a great reminder on a pretty necklace!

Chelsey said...

I love that Louisa May Alcott quote! What a stunning necklace!

keepingupwiththeoremjoneses said...

Love it - pick me pick me!

Jackie said...

It is a beautiful necklace and a good reminder to "keep it simple"...I would love to win it! Thanks for the opportunity.

michelle said...

Would love to be the lucky winner. thanks. Always look forward to your daily blog! - Michelle

Kate said...

Beautiful blog and your home is simply charming. You and hubby are a darling couple, fresh and full of inspiration for us gals who love to work alongside our hubby.

Have a great day!!
Kate

janna said...

I love this necklace. I hope I win!

Christine said...

I've never heard the quote on your necklace before...but I love it! This is such beautiful jewlery. I'd Love to have the necklace!

At Home with the Hill's said...

These are beautiful designs! I would LOVE to win the necklace.

Pssstt... I love your blog!

Heather said...

I want it! It's adorable!
Heather

Bombtastic Belle said...

Great giveaway and beautiful necklace :)

The Schaper Scene said...

Beautiful! I love that saying as well!

kikisdeals@hotmail.com

Teresa said...

I love these necklaces, I need this so much.

amity said...

what a beautiful necklace!! i love the saying. it is simple but to the point!!

ilovemy5kids said...

Too precious!!!

Blessings to you,
lana @ www.ilovemy5kids.blogspot.com

Jamie said...

So beautiful! I sure hope I win!

I can't wait to see the finished bathroom. It's looking great!!!

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

They are both beautiful!

Heather said...

I love the little bird on that necklace. It is very beautiful!! I also love the one you received!

mrs.hough06(at)gmail(dot)com

Popcorn Served Daily said...

I would love to sporting one of these necklaces. Thanks to you both for this great giveaway.

southerninspiration said...

Oh, lovliness!!! It's beautiful!

Suzanne

Pink Martini said...

Gorgeous necklace and sentiment. Thank you for the opportunity. :)

pinkmartinisandpearls@gmail.com

Jeanette said...

I love the quote on your necklace. I am a quote junkie and have added that one to my collection.

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful necklace and a great giveaway!!
Crossing my fingers!!

Katherine said...

I love the necklace. The saying always reminds me of my mother.

I also love the Louisa May Alcott saying...haven't heard that one before, but it is going in my "quotes and thoughts" book.

Sarah said...

These are soooo beautiful! Adding it to my Christmas list!

Corey Ann Villicana said...

Amazing jewelry! My fingers and toes will remain crossed for the next two days! xoxo

Johnson A GoGo! said...

Love the necklace! I love the quote you picked for yours - beautiful!

City Grace said...

i love the necklace...and all of the pieces! so beautiful and "simple" :-)

Vivian said...

Simple and beautiful. I would love to win!

Love the bathroom progress, Layla. I enjoy seeing it come to fruition!

Laura said...

I'd love to win!

minnesotamom said...

Beautiful necklace for a beautiful lady (you!). I'd love to win the other one!

Amber @ Two Nuts in a Shell said...

Very lovely. I also {heart} the photo of you! What kind of camera do you guys use?!

Christie said...

what a amazing necklace!

The Weathered Cottage said...

yes please!!

Heather at Happy Chippy Junk said...

Ooo I'd love to win...so pretty and so "simple". Happy Fall!

JR said...

How gorgeous!

The Clines said...

The necklace is simply beautiful!

teresacline2001[AT]yahoo[DOT]com

mek said...

I have been following your blog for a while now and been incredibly inspired by your talents, so much so that I am in the process of redoing my kitchen ... thank you for sharing all of your creativity and hard work. And the necklace is wonderful.

JCHokie said...

I love your blog and everything in your house! The necklace is very pretty, I would love to win it. BTW, how's Fleamarket? I miss seeing the kitten.

Melissa and Cas said...

I am looking for a simple necklace that will go with anything! This would be perfect!

The Smith Family said...

So beautiful. I love the saying.
Shelley
casonshelleyatgmaildotcom

Jack said...

Would love a chance at the giveaway! Love your blog Layla!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

I love this necklace- what an awesome saying engraved on it!

Maya said...

I so agree..., keep it simple. Love it! Thanks for the chance to win.

Julia said...

I'm learning to keep it simple in so many ways now... love it!

Kimberly said...

Fingers crossed!

Kimberly @ http://yeptheyareallmine.blogspot.com/

Kimberly said...

Okay, I really, really, really hope you pick me. That necklace is perfect. Woo Hoo!

Carla said...

I love reading your blog and getting ideas for my own home!!!!!!

Cheryl said...

I LOVE your blog and I LOVE that necklace . . . I have little signs in my home that say "Keep it Simple". Simple is good. :)

Jen said...

The necklace is TDF! Thanks for the giveaway! How's the bathroom reno going?

McIntosh2000 said...

I love that! What beautiful design work!

Mary @ JPM Design said...

I absolutely love that necklace, and the message. Thanks for such a great giveaway!!!! :)

Mandi said...

Ooh I love that! So cute. Also, cute picture.

eric and deanna said...

So simple, and so beautiful!

Beautifully Inspired said...

LOVE IT!!! So cute!

Nicole
www.ourcountrychic.blogspot.com

www.sobeautifullyinspired.blogspot.com

Sherri said...

I LOVE jewelry and this piece is so unique and beautiful! I would be so happy to win it!

Kara Miller said...

Oh please pick me random.org! :) Love the quote...what a great reminder.

Favors With Love said...

Great giveaway! Cute stuff Amanda keep up the good work. Thanks for a chance to win!

kellyrsimon said...

Keeping in simple...

Kelly

Jessie said...

What a fun giveaway-thanks!
Jessie

Tera said...

I would love to win! What a pretty and unique piece!

An Imperfect Perfection said...

Beautiful....I'd love to win too!

gail said...

What beautiful necklaces! Thanks for a chance to win!

Stephanie said...

Keep it simple...simplify...these are things that I try to remind myself of all the time. How precious her necklaces are.

liz said...

Love this!

Beckie said...

Much needed saying in my life. I love it! Thanks for the chance.

Lauren said...

Keep it simple is something I have to continually remind myself of. After getting married a week ago and wanting to already start the renovation of our house my new husband is always telling me to take things one step at a time and to keep it simple and everything will get done. This beautiful necklace would be a constant reminder of those things.

Aimee "Roo" said...

I love that! I am big on simple living... and it's a gorgeous reminder.

Kim said...

How pretty! I have been admiring her jewelry for some time now. I love the quote she used on this one and would love to wear it as a reminder. :o)

Jeni said...

I would love to win this!

Love the Decor! said...

Beautiful and very generous!!
Love the reminder to slow down

Hannah said...

Beautiful necklace! I love that style!
hannahsve@gmail.com

Sunshine said...

I am loving those necklaces! The quotes are so great! I would love to get some of those for Christmas gifts for my family! Where can I buy some?

Patina by Belinda said...

I love it but I never win things! I'll head over and check out her stuff!

Angela said...

Oh wow, such a beautiful necklace! I'm in love...

MMW said...

Well goodness...that's such a pretty picture of you at the top of your post! LOVE it.

the necklace is so pretty too. Thanks for the giveaway.

Hope I look as beautiful wearing it!

live a colorful life said...

What a beautiful necklace. How generous of her.

Jill said...

Oh, love it!

Laura Zarrin said...

This is the exact phrase I keep repeating to myself. It will be my main goal next year. I hope I win!! It's beautiful!!!

Mommy said...

Yeah! What a beautiful necklace . . . and a great reminder to keep it simple!

Gwynie Pie said...

Beautiful ! I love it.

Gwyn Rosser
The Pink Tractor
www.gwynrosser.blogspot.com

Nurse Mom said...

"Keep it simple" is my new mantra. I would love to win this as a reminder!

mistymaygrey said...

creating simple happiness
love it
:)

jamie said...

Super cute!

Romana said...

yes please!!! (although in our house, it goes along the lines of "keep it simple, stupid", lol). gorgeous work by both of you :)

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Gorgeous! I have no jewellery but if I did, it would be metal. And here it is...

Thanks for the chance!

Donna

Rochelle said...

Beautifully said...so simple and such a great piece of jewelry!

Tricia said...

That is a lovely necklace!

Grandma said...

This is a saying I NEED. Hope I win. This is beautiful. So are you!!

Lisa said...

I LOVE necklaces with sentiments! So Sweet!

pinkpedicure said...

beautiful necklace!!

Judy King said...

I'd love to enter to win! It's beautiful!

Traci said...

What a lovely necklace.
Traci

Ivymamma said...

Keep it Simple - wow that is something I could stand to read every day!!!

Sue said...

Kove your blog and your home!!! This necklace has my favourite saying on it....so I'll try...LOL

amanda said...

oh i just love Louisa May Alcott, she is just divine, Amanda, Aust.

ByTheSea said...

Beautiful work she does.. I checked out her website.

Carla said...

Absolutely gorgeous.

Andrea said...

Oh so cute! I'd love to win!

mindylholcomb said...

Wow I love the necklace! Thanks for a great blog!! I enjoy reading it...

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

The necklace is just wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win such a treasure. I DO need to Keep It Simple.

Charla

Mom in High Heels said...

Oh, it's lovely!
I love yours. I've always liked that quote.

jerseyci said...

Beautiful hope I win :-)

Erica said...

"keep it simple" says it all...with a Marine for a husband and 4 kids... is there any other way?!

Marianne said...

What a beautiful necklace!
Have a nice weekend!

Lilly said...

What a lovely necklace and great shop!
Thanks for the chance.

VĂ¥rt liv i norr said...

Very nice necklace!
keeping my fingers crossed :)

Crafty Niche said...

Wow, what a beautiful necklace she made you and the giveaway one is just as lovely. :)

june@craftyniche.com

Rosie said...

Oh wow, its gorgeous.

Am loving yours too!

Jill said...

OOOOOOOOOO.......this is my personal motto. I have recently realized that stuff is unimportant and to keep it simple is the way to go! Your necklace is very fitting for you and looks great!!

Country Contemporary said...

Lovely necklace and what a nice reminder to simplify. I'm trying!

Leslie

Chloe and Co. said...

It is lovely! The simple things are usually the things that bring you the greatest joy. Love the quote you chose for yours, too.

Kim said...

What a lovely necklace! Love the quote on the one for you too.

Screen Door said...

I'm not much of a jewelry person. Every piece I wear means something. I love this....

Paula said...

That necklace is beautifully made and I love the saying.

slip4 said...

What a beautiful necklace! And a great reminder to keep it simple!

My name is PJ. said...

Both necklaces are lovely. You hang with an artistic bunch! ;)

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