Giveaway :: While Odin Sleeps

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


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Friends, can we stop for a moment to talk about skills we wish we had? Mine would be creating jewelry. Wearable jewelry that adds beauty to my life and makes me feel like a better person. Sadly, this is a skill I do not have. I do, however, have a skill for finding artists that create the kind of wearable art I dream about. And I share them with you because I want to see this beauty spread far and wide.

While Odin Sleeps is the brand of designer Lauren Lester. This line is art at its finest, friends. Inspired by her environment and marrying gems and metals, Lester’s pieces are simply inspiring. While Odin Sleeps looks like what the inside of my dream jewelry box would contain. The Plasma necklace, for example, feels like it was designed just for me. Browse through the catalog of While Odin Sleeps and find your dreams waiting for you.

While Odin Sleeps is giving away one Mystery Box (to include at least two pieces!) to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, July 23rd.
Please visit While Odin Sleeps and tell us: What new skill have you acquired lately?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, July 29th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Tiffany says:

    I’ve learned how to cut and sew silk chiffon fabric. It’s a lot harder than I expected because it shifts around so much and because mine was crinkled chiffon, it only made things more difficult.

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    Susanna says:

    I grew up playing classical violin and sort of dropped it because it wasn’t really fun for me. Recently I had the desire to pick it back up and have started taking old timey fiddle lessons and it’s so much fun!  

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    Elizabeth says:

    I recently learned how to reupholster furniture!  I love it.  In general, I’m all about making things (I’ve been a sewer since I was in 2nd grade – thanks mom!) but this is a whole new thing.  For about ten years, I’ve fixed up old wooden pieces of furniture, but I finally feel like I’m building some real skills and not just slapping paint onto things.  🙂

    (P.S.  I adore the “Over the Moon” and “Folly” necklaces – and the “Parralax” earrings.  Not to be a weirdo, but that shape really speaks to me.  I do really think this is wearable art.)

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    Lani says:

    hmmm, I have got to say a new skill that I have acquired is drum roll please……. making swings. I recently made my 2 year old niece a swing where she can sit, have support, and cross your fingers not fall out! She loves it and I love that it is handmade and designed to our liking 🙂

    My next project is to make a two person swing! 

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    Iris Grace says:

    My newest skills include learning to dance, communicating better and cooking healthier. But my most favorite new skill acquired if playing the piano. I have never thought of myself as musically talented but it is truly amazing what can happen with a little hard work and dedication. I am so in love with making music and could use some of Lauren’s beatiful jewels to wear while doing so!!
    Thank you!!

  6. 6
    Ris says:

    I’ve recently learned how to make naan. It’s actually pretty easy, and very delicious!

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    cindy says:

    The new skill I have been working on (and hopefully acquiring!) is public speaking! It has been a nerve-wracking process as it is not something I am naturally comfortable with, but through rehearsing and finding little tricks along the way, I am getting better at it and more importantly not getting as crazy nervous!

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    iamalighthouse says:

    I just acquired the skill of Paddleboarding. Is that a skill? Either way…it’s fun!

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    Samantha S says:

    Really fast reflexes. Can’t recall being bitten by any radioactive spiders, but I’ve been catching falling plates and phones like a pro lately.

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    Allison says:

    Lately I’ve been honing my resourcefulness, and particularly the many wonderful uses of vinegar…tonight I learned that it works magic on the grease that was spilled in my freezer. I’d been putting off that chore for weeks, but it took a lot less scraping than I had anticipated, hooray!

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    Emilie says:

    Always motivated by food, I recently learned how to pickle vegetables! Pickling requires patience as there are many steps and a long wait involved. For my first try I made spicy bread-and-butter pickles and a combination of jalapeños, onions, and carrots (much like the ones you see at a taqueria salsa bar). They both turned out excellent and the experience has inspired me to grow my own cucumbers and jalapeños! If you can muster up the patience (and if you are motivated by food like I am), I highly recommend giving pickling a try. Plus, a homemade jar of pickles makes a great gift! 

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    Andrea Drummond says:

    I’ve acquired a couple of new skills in the past year. I’ve learned to knit. So far I’ve made 2 scarves and a few headbands. Knitting is relaxing and mathematical. I feel like it is a skill that I will continue to develop throughout my creative life. In addition to knitting I’m learning to felt fiber using both needle felting and wet felting techniques. I’m filling my life with fiber and it’s quite fun! Next step is book binding! I can incorporate all of my skills, both new and old, into handmade books. I would love to make a book in the shape of “over the moons” or “pocus”. Those a great shapes!

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    Monica Borge says:

    I’ve recently learned how to go spear fishing. It will take a while for me to get any good at it and nab a big fish but for now my small fish are more than self gratifying.

  14. 14
    rachel says:

    I’ve learned the art of getting my newborn baby to sleep…most of the time at least!

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    Holli says:

    I taught myself how to make picture frames out of old trim pieces!

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    Stefanie says:

    For my administrative job at a university, I’ve recently been learning how to process travel reimbursements for all staff in my department. It involves quite a lot of paperwork and stress. Everyone is quite happy with my turnaround time 🙂 Gold star (and hopefully beautiful jewelry) for me!

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    Amie A says:

    I have gotten skilled in picking up things with my toes as easily as I can with my hands.  I’m working on playing piano with my feet!

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    Jennifer says:

    I just finished my first year of law school, so  I’m getting quite skilled at seeing both sides of any argument. 

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    Sparrow says:

    This last year, my best friend taught me how to knit and now I’m obsessed. I can’t wait for the quiet of the night when I can sit under my lamp and knit the night away. I love the feeling of the soft yarn moving through my fingers, the rhythm of it, the visual of creating and doing something that won’t be undone the next moment. And I love giving my little creations as gifts. People love a hand-crafted gift and the time and love that goes into its creation.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i recently figured out the key to removing and reinserting my new nose ring. it’s a big deal to me! 🙂

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    Martina W. says:

    I’ve learned how to knit! I knew how to crochet and so wanted to try knitting. It’s fun, but hard!

  22. 22
    jane says:

    i learnt to thread the bobbins and set up the thread for my granny’s vintage sewing machine! i’m determined to learn sewing by first making a simple skirt for myself, i’ve even bought the fabric and all. but my first attempts to sew almost spoilt my granny’s sewing machine because i couldn’t get the hang of using the machine (it’s one of those big vintage ones with a huge “board” you “paddle” to sew, i don’t really know how to describe it?) when my granny comes over to my house next time i’m determined to keep practising and hopefully finish making my skirt!!!

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    Nikki says:

    I’ve picked up a few skills recently and can confidently say I am more than proficient at them–how to tie a Tiffany bow, how to make different types of cake from scratch, how to use electronic devices (hahaha I know this sounds funny but I am proud that it’s true!)!  

  24. 24
    sarah says:

    I learned to drive a stick shift car! 🙂

  25. 25
    Heather S says:

    Recently I’ve been learning how to run. It probably sounds like an easy no-brainer, but for someone trying to get into shape and who has never been in the habit of running before, it’s tough stuff! It’s starting to get a bit easier now, and I no longer feel like my lungs are going to explode after a few minutes. Progress! 🙂

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    Jenni says:

    Understanding. I’ve recently gone a lot of soul searching, and I found that I was quick to judge people when I didn’t agree with their choices. Now, I make an effort to really think about things and try to see their perspective and understand them. My relationships with my friends, my family and my husband have greatly improved and I feel I have reached a calm persona. I’m now a much happier person and i’m at peace with life. Everyone is their own architect.

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    Sue F says:

    My dad is going to be 90 next month and I have taken on the responsibility of caring for him.  My new skill is learning how to be patient with him as he doesn’t move as quickly as he did and is often forgetful.  I promised him I would just keep reminding him.  He took care of me and my family all of my life so it my turn

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    Pumpernickel says:

    Youtube is teaching me how to watercolor! 😛 It’s super fun and I am already starting Christmas gifts!

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    Kelly M. says:

    My new skill is to tap deep down inside me to find enough to push past my own limits. I never thought I could run more than 3 miles. Just this past weekend I ran a half marathon. And now, while my brain says I won’t be able to complete a full marathon, I believe that I can use my new skill to dig deeper and achieve the unthinkable.

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    Charlotte D. says:

    I just started on Instagram.  I am still learning.  I actually enjoy it so far.  It is funny but my 12 year old some had one first and had to teach me now to navigate.  Not to worry, I check my son’s Instagram page.