Giveaway :: tru.che

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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One surefire way to ensure a happy “New Year, New You” is to commit to pursuing your dreams, to honoring your passion. There is nothing more rewarding than living the life you always imagined and there is nothing more inspiring than surrounding yourself with people who do the same. This month, we are so excited to feature artisans who spend their time living their dreams. Their hard work is our reward.

Stevie Koerner quit her day job to pursue her dream of making jewelry. Utilizing simple and clean metal, acrylic, and wood, Koerner’s shop, tru.che, houses fantastic necklaces and earrings and tote bags that honor place and meaning and love. I am personally a huge fan of the entire World of Love section (with a particular soft spot for California, if you must know.) These are the kind of pieces that make you feel as though you represent something larger than yourself. Represent, ya’ll.

tru.che is giving away one $40 gift certificate to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, January 22nd. Comments now closed…good luck!
Tell us your favorite piece from tru.che and let us in on a hidden secret about the town you live in. (The kind of thing that makes you stay.)
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, January 28th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Amzi says:

    I just love the initial earrings!  

    Well, I stay in this town because my school is here…. not a good reason!

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    Lydia says:

    I heart Kansas.  I may not go back to live in Kansas City again, but it was a decent place to grow up!

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    Being a Californian born and raised, I love the I Heart California metal necklace. I stay in Sacramento because it’s got a great vibe, it’s very foodie, and my husband and I were both born and raised here.

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    Kira Lanier says:

    Favorite piece is the Maryland necklace! Hidden secret about Maryland is that we have no natural lakes- they are all man made. Though true, we have a diverse array of landscapes and natural environments just minutes from each other: City to forest, forest to rural farms, all within minutes. Come visit!

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    Jenni says:

    LOVE the Missouri necklace AND Home is Where the Heart is!
    I live in Kansas City and my entire life growing up I wanted to move as soon as possible. A few years ago I ended up finding a job where I traveled. I was in a different city each week and with each city I visited the more I began to see the beauty of KC when I came home. The crisp fall leaves in bright oranges and reds, the heavy snowfalls that blanket the ground, the breezy spring days… I began to research and discovered the amazing history. The beginning of the three trails, Harry S. Truman, Walt Disney, the Jazz movement, Negro League baseball and notorious Mafia affiliations all decorate the history of the KC area. I love the feel of the community and the smell of bbq’s on the first days of spring, even if there is still ice on the ground. It’s a great place to live and I am happy to call it home!

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    heather f says:

    I’d have to pick the Oregon charm! our town is small and we can walk to main street from our house. It needs a lot of work, but they are adding light rail so we are hoping for some rejuvenation

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    Tiffany says:

    I’ve so wanted a WA state necklace! These are fantastic! Our towns secret is not so hidden. In fact it’s quite noticeable. I actually didn’t take notice at how blessed I am to live here until my husband (who is from the midwest) pointed it out. We have mountains all around us. They are beautiful and quite honestly take your breathe away. I took them for granted until the hubby would continously point them out. Now we both take note of the beautiful mountains on clear days. We are both into hiking/camping and are thankful our pretty mountains aren’t too far away for a quick visit. They are always reminding us when we are away that they are waiting for our next visit.

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    Mrs. Foot says:

    I love the I heart VA necklace. 

    I’ve lived in VA almost my entire life (couldn’t stay away so I came back!) and so many great things have happened here. It’s hard to pick just one secret that makes me stay… I’d have to say the little stream and waterfall that is nestled in a small forest right across the street from my house. If you weren’t looking for it you’d never know it was there but it’s an awesome place to visit with my dogs and daughter. It’s like our own wonderland!

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    Rachael says:

    My favorite piece is the Mama Tree in Red necklace–I usually don’t go for red but that tree looks great.
    I love the mix of urban and rural here–we’re less than half an hour from the mountains and lakes, even less time to desert/foothill hiking areas, but it’s a large enough town to not feel like we’re in BFE.

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    Gali says:

    I love the baby tree in red!

    And let’s see… what’s a secret thing about Helsinki that makes me stay here. I’d say that all the public libraries around and the coffee shops definitely contribute to my staying here. I could have moved away after six months but five years later I’m still here!

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    Aleta says:

    I used to live in Chicago so I really love the Illinois state necklace. Right now I live in Phoenix, and I think the best kept secret here is the downtown city life… we have some unbelievable music and art venues near my house and that’s the kind of stuff that makes me want to stay.

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    Erin says:

    The I heart Ontario necklace is perfect because I do.
    I moved from small town SW Ontario to Toronto, the biggest city in the country. At first, it was crazy overwhelming – I grew up in the country, I wasn’t used to this city life. Slowly but surely, the city grew on me. I love how huge it is, I love that you can find absolutely everything, and I love that you can go somewhere and be totally anonymous. I also love that within the big city, there’s little communities where you get to know your neighbours and have that small town feel. I love this city and I can’t see myself leaving anytime soon.

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    jane says:

    would it be too much to commission one for lil ol’ singapore in southeast asia? 🙂

    to me the best secret singapore has would be it’s little bits of preserved history and wildlife that we tend to forget amidst the busyness of city life and the concrete jungle. one particular family outing was extremely memorable: my father had decided to bring us for a leisure ride to no where when we serendipitously stumbled upon  a serene neighbourhood of colonial houses near our old airport, which has since been shut down.  it was simply wonderful just spending the afternoon looking at the families chilling on their porches, set against the green of undisturbed jungle. and the company of my family made it all the more enjoyable 🙂 hopefully visitors to Singapore and locals alike will be able to find their own secrets of singapore off the beaten path!

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    LRP says:

    I love all of the Michigan pendants, which some might find surprising since my native state is Ohio. I first arrived in Ann Arbor when my mom (a Michigan native and UM grad) encouraged me to attend a college visit. From the moment I stepped on campus I knew I was home. See, the secret about Michigan is that it is made of magic and this magic calls people home (even if those people didn’t realize they were born in the wrong state). I’ve lived here for almost 12 years now and every city I visit (Ludington, Traverse City, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Lansing, and on and on) has a sense of belonging. The people, the buildings, even all the snow reminds me that I’m exactly where I was meant to be. Plus, Ann Arbor has a collection of Fairy Doors around the city – clear proof that this place is magical.

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    Pumpernickel says:

    I love the Alaska Necklace myself (born and raised and staying for life!) but it would really be a gift for my sister. She had to move to Florida due to her husbands work and I know she misses her home state desperately.

    There are lot’s of hidden secrets in my city because it can go from a densely populated area to complete wilderness in the blink of an eye. Specifically, my favorite “in town wilderness” experience is a very hidden bench on the top of a cliff. You have to know just exactly where you are going and it’s a 10 minute hike up some really steep hills. The view is truly unlike any in the world (gorgeous sunsets over the inlet) and I have never run into another person when up there. Pure sanctuary.

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    Kristin says:

    I love the “I heart Wisconsin” necklace. I was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and moved to Kansas City for college. I love KC too, but my friends here tease me about my strong, unabashed pride in my homestate (not to mention my accent that has stubbornly and happily stayed with me after leaving WI). So so so much beauty in Wisconsin—hiking at Devil’s Lake, hanging on the shore of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, eating squeaky cheese curds from the Dane County Farmers Market in Madison, going to Door County for sweet ripe cherries, trying beers at every microbrewery you can, tailgating for Badgers and Packers games! The people in Wisconsin are generally upbeat, friendly, and down-to-earth with an incredible sense of humor. Madison especially is dear to my heart. It’s like the air is different on the downtown eastside, on the isthmus between Lake Monona and Lake Mendota. A secret about Wisconsin—it truly has the most amazing potatoes you will ever eat. I come from a line of potato farmers in Antigo and they send their seeds to Idaho. So you may be actually eating a Wisconsin potato, even if it came from Idaho!

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    Angelica says:

    I love the I heart Texas pendant/necklace the most. I grew up in a small west Texas town where everyone knows everyone, there is just one high school and it’s not uncommon to have a graduating class of 100 or less. The best part of my hometown is that we revere our neighbors and small business owners. The restaurants in my town were mostly all family owned by people who were your neighbors, school staff and long time family friends. The only fast food places we have are Dairy Queen because everyone needs a Tall Eagle (cherry limeade renamed for our mascot) after school, Pizza Hut – because that’s where you throw your kids’ classroom birthday parties at and Sonic, the most popular hang out. When McDonald’s tried to take over our town, my people denied them. We know what good food is.. it’s the home cooked meal from the family owned restaurant down the street. Our town has continued to support each other and keep our money in our community, where everyone knows your name and is happy to see you.

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    Beth says:

    I love all of Stevie’s work, but my favorite is the I heart Michigan necklace. I get compliments every time I wear it.
    A hidden  secret is Stevie herself grew up a few miles from Kalamazoo. We could not be separated in middle school. I always knew she was creative, dying her hair green with me, making leaf art, wearing vintage dresses to prom, but watching her grow into the amazingly beautiful, awe-inspiring creative person she is today is beyond awesome. I love Michigan and Kalamazoo. Fun stuff to do downtown, especially in the summer festival months, and tons of wide open spaces to get lost in. 

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    Valerie says:

    I heart Kalamazoo Michigan, and the hands that made my bamboo necklace. Stevie is a kindred spirit. I always walk away from a visit with her feeling refreshed and inspired! I love Kalamazoo because of all the unique restaurants, and hello BEER! I love Bell’s!

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    melanie says:

    I heart the mitten! The great lakes state is where it’s at! I’m a Michigan native, graduate of MSU, and currently raising a family near Detroit. I love the entire shop of Stevie’s. The Michigan necklace is my favorite. Hidden secret: not so hidden but, whether you take a drive north, east, or west, you’ll find a beach. Get in the car, and drive. You’ll see natural beauty that same day. Nothing better. ☼

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    Emily B says:

     am so excited to see this give-away today! Just two days ago, I started looking for a state pendant of Massachusetts and your fine silver “I heart massachusetts” necklace is exactly what I imagined/hoped I would find. It’s gorgeous. I grew up in a small town on Massachusetts’ south shore called Duxbury. My secret is this: in Duxbury we grow cranberries. I’ve tried to describe how beautiful this is to people, and I never quite capture it. When they harvest the berries, they flood the bogs and all of the cranberries rise to the top. So all over town, there are these huge swaths of breathtaking crimson nestled in the forests. It stops my heart every season. Then, in the winter, they flood the bogs to protect the berries. Every winter, my best friend, who lived on the edge of a bog, and I would go ice skating on the bogs and get lost among the flooded marshes in the trees. It was pure magic. I have been so homesick lately and longing for the cranberry bogs, and the shush of the ocean, and the waving beach grass on the shore, and the tall, sweet woods that I explored so often in my childhood. I long for the narrow streets down town and the best Danish ice cream I’ve ever had. Why is it that home sinks so far down into the heart of being? All of these memories are what inspired me to look for a MA pendant. I wanted to have all of this hanging over my heart where it belongs. 

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    Cat says:

    I love the I heart Oregon . . . but I live in SoCal and am trying to move away. It does have a few secret spots that I love . . .Crafted, MVP Hamburgers, the Wine Crush, I will wish I could bring them with me!

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    holly says:

    i definitely love (and need!) the california one since i was born and raised there!

    my town’s hidden secret is the downtown charm. it’s a small town in rural mississippi, off a long highway, but once you pass the ‘main strip’ with the usual fast food joints & walmart, you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. old buildings, charmingly restored to their original facades lining an old (still in use) railroad track. the stores are full of cute boutiques, bakeries and a yummy pizza place. after growing up in the fast paced california bay area, i love that i’m raising my daughters in this sleepy mayberry town.

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    Courtney J says:

    I love the “I heart California” b/c that’s the state I’m from! Hidden secret about my town are the restaurants…there are so many to choose from so there’s always somewhere interesting to eat!!

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    Annie says:

    Along with many others, I too heart the ‘I Heart California’ metal necklace 🙂 I live in the City of Angels but on th eastside away from the beaches. The eastside is home to hipsters, quaint neighborhoods, and amazing food. Mix these things in with the California sun and relaxed southern California vibe…and you’ve produced feelings of happiness 🙂

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    Lindsay says:

    I love the arrowhead earrings! Simple and beautiful. 
    Hidden secret about my town is that Christchurch may be rubble and in the process of being torn down to make way for earthquake safe buildings, but the people are have an unbelievable spirit.

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    Emma says:

    I heart New Jersey!

    My town has many secrets but the most well-kept is that it is full of magical portals to dreamy otherworlds. How do you find one of those portals, you may wonder? Just walk down the tree-lined residential streets in autumn and look up toward the sun filtering its beams through glowingly red foliage, and you will see what I mean. 🙂

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    Melelina says:

    I love the vintage glass earrings! In Gatineau you can find of of the best vegan and raw restaurants, La belle verte! 

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    I grew up in Saratoga, CA. Named after Saratoga, NY because we had similar make up of water. I like the little bunny necklace.

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    sam says:

    Love the Owl Man (acrylic) – too cute !!
    The town I live in is one of the fastest growing in my state yet we have maintained that “small town” feel!!

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    Brittany K says:

    I love the Happy in my Heart Necklace. My hometown has some of the best food known to man. Most have never heard of Chicken Riggies (chicken, rigatoni pasta and onions in a pink or reg sauce with parm cheese) or halfmoons (a type of black and white cookie) or greens (greens cooked down with breadcrumbs and cheese) but they are treats that I will spread across the country on my journeys!

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    Anne H says:

    Without a doubt I <3 Canada it is a country of such beauty from the Rocky Mountains ( my personal favorite) to the red soil of PEI.The people are amazing, so unfailingly polite and caring. I could never imagine living any where else. My secret about my community you can get almost anywhere  in 5 minutes .

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    SVH says:

    I heart Spain –  both literally, figuratively, and every type of -ly. This country has been placed on my heart and remains there after living abroad for 7 months. During that time in Barcelona, feeling scared and anxious about the future, I wrote down my worries, hopes, and prayers and it secretly remains in the rock wall of Park Guell.

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    Jennifer says:

    Hmmm. How am I supposed to choose between dinosars, bunny bums and owls?? Actually, I could really use a pair of the Q S (Quite Strong) earrings. I do need to be reminded that I am, in fact, quite strong.
    My hometown, of Swansea, MA, has the distinction of being the first school in the US to allow a child with AIDS to attend public school. In fact, Swansea named their newest elementary school after this child, after he passed away.

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    ren says:

    i really like that “wings” necklace!

    i’ve only just moved to the town i live in and i am still discovering it’s secrets. but it’s got a great place for fried chicken! (mom’s bbq on van owen in valley glen, ca!)

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    Wehaf says:

    I love the Mama Elephant necklace.

    My town has an amazing hole-in-the-wall donut shop that makes donuts that are out of this world!

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    Tina_R says:

    Well since you don’t have a heart for Greece (smile) then the one I really want is Roses are Silver with Simple Roses earrings coming in as a close second. (Roses are my life symbol, not only because it’s one of my names but because I’m constantly growing and opening up as a rose does)

    What keeps me here despite “blast furnace” summers (Southern Arizona) and freezing mornings in the winter? (true story)
    It’s the people… true the Sonoran Desert is the most beautiful alive desert in the world (proven fact) But quite a few times I’ve seen the town face enormous adversity.. one recent example is Gabby Giffords and the rest on that fateful Saturday. And just like the flora and fauna of the desert, we withstood the heat and soon the rain came to refresh us and give us strength. This has occurred time and time again.

    Tucson also has a very small town feel, amazing for a town of over a million. We’re also a strong bi-cultural town where when you scratch the service you will see that the two cultures have no problem with each other. In fact a lot of co-mingling of Hispanic and non-Hispanic families adding to each other’s family trees! It’s usually the minority that makes the fuss over the differences.
    This is why I choose to stay and proudly call myself a Tucsonan …a desert survivor (what we call native plants!)

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    Jessica says:

    I miss my old Kentucky home, far away. So I would want the i heart Kentucky necklace. Although my hometown is known for the Derby (Louisville, Ky) most people don’t know that the Derby is just the final event in a several week long celebration. It kicks off with the largest fireworks show in North America, Thunder over Louisville. During those two weeks we have parades, balloon races and balloon glows (where all the balloons light up in a field after dark), chow wagons, a steamboat race, and marathons. Also, most Louisvillians will be found at the Oaks (the running of the fillies) not the Derby. Derby day is reserved for parties with friends, mint juleps, and plenty of non-government-sponsored gambling.

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    Jennifer Y says:

    My favorite piece has got to be the i love feathers – green necklace, because I do love feathers. Everything in the shop is so cute! I live in a small town, and we always have special events/gatherings during holidays. My favorite is the winter lights festival. We have a cozy community. 🙂

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    I love the Glass Vintage Earrings – what an interesting and novel idea! These could be as casual or formal as one liked, dressed up or down. I’d love a pair!

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    Trisha says:

    My favorite thing is the Vermont necklace.  I love the simple stud earrings too though. 

    The secret pull in my town is the lake. Every town should be so luck as to be situated on a lake.

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    Jennifer says:

    i love love love the initial stud earrings!!! i’d love to sport those as my husband, daughter and myself all have the same initials. 

    hidden secret in my town is that we are here. my family and i just relocated after 13 years. we are a shy bunch but we are trying our best to meet new people and make this new city & state our home.

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    Laura says:

    I heart Michigan lower and upper.

    Rockford, Michigan was an amazing town to grow up in, but Drummond Island, Michigan is my favorite place by far. Spending my summers there as a kid is my favorite memory. I still go every summer and I appreciate it even more now. It is the perfect place to get away from school, work, and people and to truly enjoy nature.

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    Sarah says:

    STL has the nicest people around.
    I love the I heart MO necklace in bamboo

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    Suzanne Hayes says:

    I heart the “I heart England” necklace. I have always wanted to go to England. I love anything from the Regency Era and I love that it is the same land that greats like Jane Austen and CS Lewis stepped. Has anyone else ever experienced loving something that you actually have never experienced? Like loving your future husband even though you haven’t met him yet. That is how I feel about England.

    I am from Arkansas. The closest thing to England I have experienced yet. In the Spring everything is so green and beautiful. Much how I imagine England to be.

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    echo says:

    Love the rank necklace, and all of the beautifully simple stud earrings.

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    echo says:

    Oh, and add-on to my comment above, my town has awesome bike trails.

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    Erin says:

    Love the I heart Africa necklace. I’d move the heart over to Kenya where I served as a Peace Corps volunteer.
    Moved to a new city less than a year ago. I love it because they have weird stuff like The World’s Smallest Park!

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    Stella says:

    I love the Texas one because it is my “home” although I have been traveling for work for the past 5 years. Right now I live in Bucharest and my favorite thing about the city is the legacy of the hidden churches. During communism the dictator, Ceausescu, hated seeing churches so he ordered them all demolished. Architects either built large buildings flanking them to hide them OR actually MOVED the already built churches to hide behind buildings!

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    Kate B says:

    The clear necklaces are SO clever! I’ve seen tons of necklaces in metal with the heart punched out of a state, but never a clear acrylic one. I just wish the heart placement could be customized in those, as the Ohio one is up in Cleveland, and I’m from Columbus!

    Although I didn’t think I’d fall in love with Columbus when I moved here for grad school, this is totally my home now. One of my favorite things about Columbus is the diversity of fantastic eateries. For a smaller Midwest city, my vegetarian husband and I have a LOT of options for delicious foods when we eat out. One restaurateur here owns 6 places now and each one is unique and has multiple great vegetarian options for us to choose from. Columbus is known as a fast food test market (because I think our population pretty well reflects a cross section of the country, I have read), and I won’t say no to some french fries, but the unique dining at all levels makes me proud to call Columbus my home. I love when people come from out of town and we can take them out for food!