Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Village Boutique Giveaway!!

That's right -- it's time for another AWESOME giveaway today!   Today's giveaway is from the absolutely FANTASTIC Village Boutique.  They are my wonderful sponsors -- and they have THE most gorgeous jewelry -- I'm SO in love with these bracelets, you guys!  I have my own and I wear it EVERYWHERE!

Today she's been SO generous, and offered to give one of you a fantastic silverware bracelet!  AAAAH!  Are you SO excited!?!  I'm so excited for you!  I LOVE this jewelery!  It's completely unique and amazing! 

Here's what's up for the winning:  A Tiger Lilly pattern, circa 1901.  And she will make another one identical to this so that it fits the winner.

And do you remember her blog I've told you about before -- it has interesting facts about each year of her spoon jewelry?  Well she shared with me some interesting facts about these spoons, too:

- Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union!
- Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee cost fifteen cents a pound.
- Life expectancy at birth for U.S. white males is 48.23 years, for white females, 51.08 years (few people die at those ages, but so many die before age 5 that they balance those who live into their 70s and 80s).
- The five leading causes of death in the U.S. were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke
- There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

- One in ten U.S. adults couldn't read or write.

- Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

- The Nordstrom retail chain has its beginnings in a Seattle shoe shop opened by Swedish immigrant John W. Nordstrom, 30, and a partner. Nordstrom arrived at New York in 1887 with $5 and has made $13,000 mining gold in Alaska and the Klondike.

- Detroit automaker Ransom E. Olds moves his assembly plant to his hometown of Lansing, Mich. Copper and lumber baron Samuel L. Smith has financed the Olds Motor Works, and Olds markets 425 curved-dash "Oldsmobile" runabouts, a number that he will increase to 5,000 by 1904 as he produces the first commercially successful U.S.-made motorcar

- New York City streetcars and elevated trains convert to electric power, but horsecars continue to move up and down Fifth Avenue, and commuter trains still run on steam

- Texas ranch owner Anna Edson Taylor, 43, goes over Niagara's Horseshoe Falls in a barrel October 24. She wears a leather harness inside the barrel, which is four-and-a-half feet long, three feet in diameter, and cushioned inside. The former Bay City, Mich., schoolteacher suffers only shock and minor cuts in the 167-foot drop, wins a reward that helps pay an installment on her ranch loan, and is the first person to go over the falls and survive.

- Washing machines are introduced by the 2-year-old German company Miele that began by making cream separators

- After observing a machine that blows dust away, English engineer Hubert Cecil Booth [b. Gloucester, England, 1871, d. 1955] develops the first successful vacuum cleaner, a complex and unwieldy machine driven by a 5-hp engine and mounted on a horse-drawn cart. Booth's Vacuum Cleaner Company begins advertising in February 1902. Its success is ensured after it is used to clean up from the rehearsal for the coronation of Edward VII, leading to the purchase of the first two models, one for Buckingham Palace and one for Windsor Castle. Well, now you ran the vacuum – who cleans up after the horses?
And this spoon bracelet was through all of that!

Aren't those cool facts!?!

SO, here's the deets on this week's fantastic giveaway:

A Tiger Lilly pattern, circa 1901.  (She will make another one identical to this so that it fits the winner)

Giveaway is open until 11/15/2010 at Noon (central time)

1.  For your first entry, visit Village Boutique and tell me what your favorite bracelet is
2.  For your second entry become a follower -- and make sure to leave a comment telling me that you are!
3.  And for an extra entry, leave a comment telling me what your favorite fact was :)

4.  If you want ONE more entry, you can do one of the following and comment one time that you did: blog/twitter/facebook about the giveaway

A HUGE thanks to Village Boutique for this beautiful giveaway!

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