Giveaway :: White Bear

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


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I have a confession. I have a big box in my hall closet full of projects I have started and never finished. This happens every year. I start some creative endeavor and then get busy with the detials of day to day life and it goes in the box, not to be touched for months. (Or years, but who’s counting?) Generally, all I need is a little inspiration to get the ball rolling again. Let me translate for you: I find inspiration and I leave the work to the artists. Lucky for you, dear readers, I am a fan of sharing my findings.

Lindsay Bleier grew up turning her creative energy into art. Her medium of choice was jewelry and there was such a demand she began an online store to get her wares into the world. The rest, as they say, is history. White Bear is a mecca of carefully crafted jewelry including handpainted lace. A few of my favorite pieces are pictured above but you should really take some time and browse White Bear for yourself and see what inspires you.

White Bear is giving away one $40 gift certificate to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, November 27th.
Please visit White Bear and tell us: What are your hobbies? Really. What do you do to unwind, for fun, to fulfill your creative needs?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, December 2nd, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Jennifer says:

    I read. Everything. Reading helps me relax, it helps me unwind and it takes me to another world.

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    Tiffany says:

    A little bit of everything: knitting (except during the holidays, that’s more stressful), sewing, video games, cooking, gardening (love growing my own vegetables).

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    Jenni says:

    I absolutely love to read. I stopped reading for a long time through my teens and early twenties, but in the past 5 years I have been unable to put books down. I love escaping into a new world and imagining the landscapes and characters in my head. I am 2 books away from my goal for the year of 50 books, and I think I might just surpass it by one or two 🙂

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i read a LOT. i have always been a book lover. 

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    Kate B says:

    I’ve recently turned my hobby into my job, as I am now a freelance graphic designer. I mostly do client work, but just for fun every now and then I like to take quotes that inspire me and set them against photographs or patterns I create to make beautiful illustrated pieces. This morning, I realized that getting some of these professionally printed for friends and family members they’d most appeal to would be an EXCELLENT present idea, taking a lot of pressure off, since my other gift idea (fabric and paper stitched notecards) was going to be a lot of work! I’ll probably develop a few more just for this project, so I can have some that’ll fit the people who will appreciate them most. (My most popular one so far as been this Fred Rogers quote: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/81979655689875949/) Shhh, don’t tell, I think my loved ones will be delighted!

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    Anne H says:

    As a librarian I always relax with a book but I also enjoy browsing Pinterest for craft ideas and fashion.

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    Courtney J says:

    As a teacher, my days are filled with…teaching! If I’m not teaching, I’m usually lesson planning. So, what I do during my time to unwind that involves nothing related to my job is watching BBC period dramas. If I don’t feel like reading, I’ll watch those dramas instead because characters are wearing beautiful costumes from another time era, the series are usually long (with 6-7 hour long episodes), and they’re fun! That’s become my recent guilty pleasure and luckily there are a lot to watch. I also sometimes pair it with knitting…so I feel that I am doing SOMETHING productive.

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    debbie jackson says:

    I like to quilt and do crafts in time. Hearted her shop as mrsrodjac.


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    Shary says:

    Photography is my favorite hobby of all time. I used to love taking tons of pictures and developing them in the darkroom at school. My 2 job was at a camera store and that meant unlimited acess to tons of printer paper and my boss never seamed to notice that I spent all my time changing and blowing up my own pictures. 
    Now I can take a million to get that one perfect one…
    Photographs can capture the most amazing memory..

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    Hedy says:

    I read or get outside and do something in the water or sun. I love to kayak and find such peace and calm when I’m out of the water. I can also get lost in a good book and really relish my alone time between the pages of a great historical novel!

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    Jasanna says:

    I do diy projects that strike my fancy!

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    Jc Loh says:

    I like this sweet necklace:

    A  whole sinful bar of chocolate helps me to unwind, all the time.

  13. 13
    Lisa says:

    I love reading, watching TV, buying jewellery and cooking

  14. 14
    Kristen says:

    Reading, photography, travel, watching hockey, eating good food, enjoying a good craft beer! 🙂

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    Nikki says:

    A soak in the bathtub to unwind, play cards or board games for fun, make crafty things to fulfill my creative urges–right now I’m all about making Christmas ornaments with pretty ribbons!  I am so thankful to have the time and ability to do these things that make life sweet, and that my teenagers are still home, not off to college yet, and will play games with us and our friends still 🙂

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    Anna L says:

    My favorite hobbies is practicing yoga.  Even after memberships, I am starting to prefer to doing it alone at home, at my own pace, whenever I need.  This is my form of self-care, my form of fun.  Beyond yoga, I love to paint or blog to fulfill my creative needs.  Ultimately to unwind, I love to be outside, smell the breeze, and appreciate the unappreciated. 

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    megan says:

    It might not be conventional, but I translate loan profiles from Spanish to English on the person-to-person microfinance website http://www.kiva.org. I find it fun, relaxing, and rewarding at the same time. 

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    cindy says:

    Experimental cooking and baking. No recipes just tasting things along the way. Sometimes the end result is a happy and delicious accident and other times it is just an accident, but I love the process!

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    Monica B. says:

    I truly love wandering. When the feeling of panic, stress, or anxiety start to creep up on me. I find the time to that day to just walk, and I keep walking. I stop when I want to stop, go into shops, look around. It rejuvenates me.

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    Brittany K says:

    i love to blog! i think my mom is the only person that reads my posts about subscription boxes, recipes, and beauty products but i don’t care! i love to read what others are writing about too.

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    Samantha S says:

    Wow, that painted lace is stunning. 
    When I need to unwind and clear the cobwebs, I go running and try and get out of town/into nature. There’s an arboretum nearby, so I’ll go sit in the redwood grove or run around the lake. On weekends, though, I unwind by cooking–either by experimenting or making a long, complicated recipe usually involving chocolate.

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    sam says:

    Nothing better than a hot cup of green tea and a good book to help me unwind. 

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    Coral M. says:

    To unwind? I love to organize things, it can get to be theraputic, especially if done with a mai-tai! Mix up a mai-tai and organize my jewelry box, my nail polishes, my book shelf.. That and I like to plan trips: mine, co-workers, it doesn’t matter!

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I love to look at pintrest for great ideas of using older items to refurbish – so i usually pick something and make it my project when I need one. 

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    Joann says:

    I enjoy a good hike or a walk around the city. It is always refreshing to go out and see something that is not in my neighborhood <3

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    Lauren P says:

    I’m a maker. I sew, craft, write, do anything that lets me create (and live in) my own little world. 

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    Susie H. says:

    I love to many kinds of creating (sewing, knitting, metalsmithing) but even creating can turn into a task if deadlines are looming or it’s a lengthy project or passion gets lost along the way. If (when) that happens, I sit down to “play”. No expectations, no planned route, just getting in and savoring the process. This kind of creating refreshes my creative spirit and my entire being.

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    Tiffany says:

    When I have some ‘me’ time you can usually find me snuggled up on the corner of my sectional couch (I call it my nest) with a vintage book. I collect old books and I adore looking through them. My latest find is called The American Girls Guidebook published in 1909. It has craft, game and food suggestions for each season. I’m having a blast reading though the Holiday section and learning about old traditions, games and decorating ideas. I’m thinking I’ll have to bring some of these back!

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    Sparrow says:

    I love to knit hand-made gifts for my friends. Just two days ago I finished the most adorable baby cardigan and I wished it would fit on me. But at the end of the day, I love to sit in quiet, warm light and feel the soft, wooly yarn move through my fingers. Of course, when I’m on a deadline to finish a gift, which happens from time to time, I knit like the wind and want more than anything to be done. I think that is the trick with hobbies. Pressure (for me) kills the enjoyment. I like to do it at my leisure. To stop and have some ice cream if I feel like it, or to knit into the night because I love watching something take shape.

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    Renee A. says:

    Well, I have too many hobbies and not enough time. Some  of the things I enjoy are crocheting,reading books,writing letters to penpals,playing games with my girls and also watching movies with them and also playing video games & realizing that I am not as good at them as I was when I was a kid….it wasn’t THAT long ago.  😉

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    Charlotte D. says:

    I do cross stitch.  I do arts and crafts with my children.  We’ve made ornaments for their grandparents.  We’ve made personalized aprons/picture frames for father’s day.  It seems more special when you make it yourself.