Sunday, August 31, 2008


and the drumroll please.........................................................
(as daughter Riley picks a name from the ginormous Lincoln Log tin)

Tami Kate - you are the big door prize winner!!!

Congratulations & thanks for bidding here!

I will be emailing you to get your address!!


Auction closed & BIG WINNERS!!!

What an exciting last few minutes to Auction #1!!
I am so thankful for everyone's participation and generosity
to the Nielson family! This was a truly touching experience to be
a part of.

The winners are as follows:

Auction #1 Megan, Kelly, Anndeo
We convo'd and decided I would make all three the set for $150!! Your going to love this cute necklace and think of Nie everytime you wear it!!

Auction #2 Maleen

Auction #3 Debi

Auction #4 carclark4 (i think your jenny's mom??) thanks!

Thank you everybody!! I will email you and mail out your goodies on Tuesday since tomorrow is a holiday. Except for on Auction #1 I need to make more so it will be a couple days!!

Go ahead and send your donations into Steph and Christians Paypal account and then you can email me the receipt @

You're all tender and I love you all!!

A few more hours!

Just a reminder that my auction closes at 6 pm tonight and then I will announce
the winners!!
Remember the more you bid the more chances you have for the door prize!!

Hopefully the winners all put email addresses so I can let you know you won.
If not I will have to take the next bidder that has an email!!

Thanks so much for your generous bids!
This has been so touching & fun all at the same time!


Thursday, August 28, 2008

Nie Nie Day******New: Auction #4

The response to these auctions have been so overwhelmingly awesome I decided to add more jewels for the cause. So once again, happy bidding!! The first pair of earrings are super stylish turquoise handmade cloissone beads dangling from a handmade sterling silver earwire.

The second pair are made of large (black in color) oval gold obsidian, dangling from
a petite faceted CZ crystal, wire wrapped and dangling from sterling silver
leverback earwire. Very elegant!!

Rules are below along with my other auctions. Bidding closes Sunday, Aug. 31 @ 6 pm

ALSO a great Etsy store donating to Nie check it out Ciaobellababy
darling baby items!!

This just in: my friend Jenny...that rocks HARD just started an auction on her blog
if you live in Tucson, AZ or want to send someone a special goody
check her out at hallsofpemberly.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Nie Nie Day Auction & My Auction Rules

Today Thursday, August 28th, has been declared by Design Mom as Nie Nie Day. Myself along with many bloggers have joined together to hold silent auctions on our blogs and etsy shops to raise money in behalf of Stephanie and Christian Nielsen, who are survivors but badly injured in a plane crash a little over a week ago. They are in need of our prayers and also if we are able, financial support. Their medical bills are said to reach millions and their insurance will tap out soon. I have been an avid reader of the Nie Nie Dialogues, which is Stephanie's blog. I have never personally met Stephanie and yet she has inspired me along with many other people with her daily blog posts which were uplifting, beautiful, and entertaining. To learn more about their family and their story and how you can help go here.

A little about me, my name is Jeannie Olsen and I have been designing and selling my jewelry for the past 6 years but have been dabbling in it since my teen years, which was long ago. I love the creative process, finding unique materials to work with brings a big smile to face! I have been living in Tucson, AZ, home of the worlds largest gemshows. I recently relocated to Highland, UT and now will have to make the yearly trek to Tucson for the shows that used to be in my own back yard. I am so excited and honored to be able to be apart of this unique effort in behalf of the Nielsen family. Now bid bid bid!! :)

The rules for this auction are as follows:

1. My auction will be open from Thursday, August 28th until 6 pm on Sunday, August 31, 2008.
2. I will make the first bid in my comments section. To make a bid you must go to the comment section and look at the current bid and then increase the bid in dollar increments. Please include your email in your bid so I can easily contact you.
3. Check often to see if you are winning and increase your bid as you wish. Each time you make a bid your name will go into a hat for a exciting door prize!! See side bar for door prize picture.
4. Once the bidding closes, I will announce and contact the winning bidder. Then as the winner you will donate directly to Stephanie & Christians paypal account and then email me at the confirmation number. Your goodies will be mailed to you ASAP.

Thanks a ton in advance for all your help! I hope we can raise oodles of money for the Nielson family. **Remember if you aren't able to donate and even if you are able please keep them in your prayers!
PS. I have 4 different auctions one above and 3 below so keep scrolling down to see them all!!
Also be sure to check DESIGN MOM'S blog for a full list of all the auctions. There are TONS of things to choose from.

Let the AUCTION begin! Item #1

This beautiful flower necklace was made with much love attached to it.

It will stand out with a large silver metal flower that pops with semi-precious stones such as red jade, faceted chalcedony chunks,

faceted labradorite rondells, white coin pearls, and also handmade cloissone & foil beads.

It's also made adjustable 16:-19" in length with sterling silver chain and lobster clasp.

These red jade earring are also included to make this a vibrant and most colorful set.

If you would like to bid on this set please make your bid in the comment section. Please make your bids in dollar amounts and also leave your email address.

Each bid you make your name will go into a hat for a door prize.

Happy bidding!

(this auction will end on Sunday, Aug. 31 @ 6pm)

Nie Nie Day Auction: item #2

This earring set is sure to brighten up your day. The first pair are large
turquoise dyed shell, twisted on sterling silver wire a handmade cloissone bead along with
sterling silver leaverback earwires.
The second pair are dainty faceted rasberry jade teardops dangling from
sterling silver bar chain with sterling silver leaverback earwires.

If you would like to bid on this set please make your bid in the comment section. Please make your bids in dollar amounts and also leave your email address.

Each time you bid your name goes into a hat for my door prize.

Happy bidding!

(this auction will end on Sunday, Aug. 31 @ 6 pm)

Nie Nie Day Auction: item #3

This earring set is sure to be the finishing touch in your favorite fall outfit!

The first pair are large carved brown natural carnelian hoops. They are twisted with
sterling silver wire on a sterling silver leaverback earwire.

The second pair are the cutest burnt orange handmade cloissone bead. They are dangling from a sterling silver oval hoop twisted with sterling silver wire on a sterling silver leaverback earwire.

To make a bid go to the comment section. Please make your bids in dollar increments and leave your email address so it will be easy to contact you.
Each bid you make puts your name into my door prize! To see the door prize check my side bar.

Happy bidding!

(this auction will close on Sunday, Aug. 31 @ 6pm)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Getting ready for auction!

Be aN aNgeL!

Here is a small sample of the auction participants. WOW -it is so amazing to see so many people coming together! I've been checking out some of these blogs and they are so cute, so get geared up and ready to bid on something special!!

Be sure to check out Design Mom for a full list of auctions on Thursday.

bird on the lawn
design mom
(incredible mommy blog who started it all)
tangled and true (modern products for parents)
broadway paper
lindsey zufelt (lovely kelly mccaleb original quilt)
a room somewhere
i never grew up
caitlyn a.k.a THE BEST HAIRDRESSER ever!
baby anne quilts
patrick lane (an etsy shop. ALL proceeds go to benefit Stephanie and her family)
heather hales design
the dill spiel (beautiful handmade angel mobile)
knuckle headers via remarks from sparks (megan is a genuis! boost the appeal of your blog!)
modern myrtle (awesome vintage inspired modern products)
get up and play
XO, Miss L2
Butternut Sage Designs
Make Mine A Quad
Claire B Cotts (fine art)
A Daisy Original
Live Simply Live
Katie Timothy (homemade goodness)
Life Kunst
Sweet Tweets 1 (all things birds)
My Neck Candy
Noodle and Lou
The Biggie Blog
Beckstrom Family
Piece of Rager Mind
Mallory Robin (painter extraordinaire)
Olivia in Provo (INCREDIBLE custom designed greeting cards! You'll have to out bid me!)
Kayta Family
Summer Projection
Darling Darleen (SWANKY handmade jewelry. So cool!)
Word Candy Vinyl
Vintage Fern (handmade sweetnesses)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Nie Nie day

Yeah for Nie Nie day,

Design mom has come up with a great idea to raise money in behave of Stephanie and Christian, parents of 4, who were in a tragic plane crash in Arizona. She came up with an awesome idea to raise money for their family to help with their medical expenses, that will be GINORMOUS. On Thursday, Aug. 28th, she has established it Nie Nie day and called for help for fellow bloggers to auction items off if they can. It is so cool to see everyone coming together to help this great family.

There will be hundreds of items being auctioned off. Design Mom has a Super Secret Auction planned for her blog and I'm sure it will be fabulous. I've read that people are donating all sorts of great items and services like: haircuts, handmade items, blog design, vinyl lettering, jewelry, etsy shop items and much more. I decided it's the least I could do to auction off a few of my jewelry pieces. All proceeds will go to the Nie Nie fund and will be paid directly to their PayPal account, to help the family with millions of dollars of medical expenses that will be needed to get them better. I will try and have the items posted on Wednesday for an early sneak peak. So on Thursday check back and also check out Design Mom's site for her list of auctions.

Below I posted Design mom's idea, also if you are not familiar with Nie Nie Dialogues you can check out her blog here and read about their story here.

Donate! Donate! Not only will you get something great but the warm fuzzies are free!!

From Design Mom;

"When tragedy strikes someone we love, our hearts swell, and the urge to take action is almost relentless. I know many of us are feeling that way about Stephanie and Christian. We want to take action. To do something. Some of us know them personally. Some of us know them through Nie Nie Dialogues. Some of us just heard about them and can't seem to think of anything else.

Well. I am still feeling that urge to take action. So here I go. I'm officially declaring next Thursday, August 28th, Nie Nie Day.
The plan: instead of my usual Giveaway, I'll be hosting a silent auction at Design Mom. With all proceeds going directly to the Stephanie & Christian Paypal fund. What's the prize? Well Ms. Impatient. You'll just have to wait until Thursday to find out. Although I promise it will be great. And something that Stephanie would love.

But that's not all. I'm assuming you're feeling the take-action-urge as well. So here are a few things you can do to celebrate Nie Nie Day:

1) Host a silent auction* on your own blog. For sure you have something awesome hanging around your house — in your gift closet, under the bed, in the pantry. Auction it off already. And relieve your house of clutter at the same time. Or. You could contact your buddy who's an etsy seller and see if she'll donate one of her fabulous creations. Just think how fun it will be if there are a whole bunch of auctions happening in honor of Stephanie & Christian at the same time!

2) Not up for hosting an auction? Then how about writing a special post on Nie Nie Day. You could include a link to your favorite article on Stephanie's blog in celebration.

3) Spread the word via twitter or blog or email or facebook about Nie Nie Day so that more people can get involved. You can use the cute banner above — designed for Stephanie's blog by the talented Lyndsay.

4) Send a card to Stephanie & Christian. There's just something about putting pen to paper. I'll contact the family to find out the best address to send these to and post it on Thursday.

5) Get spendy. And have fun bidding on some silent auctions.

How will anyone know you're participating? That you're hosting a super-cool auction? Problem solved: on Thursday I'll write a post about Nie Nie Day. And I'll include a list of anybody that's celebrating. Just send me a link to your post or auction (or mention on your facebook page or tweet or whatever) and I'll add your link to my Nie Nie Day post here on Design Mom. And we can all visit each other's sites and share the love. How's that sound?

It's like the internet was born for stuff like this.

*I want to note that the silent auction suggestion was given to me by Lauren Beatty of Sweet Bean Shop."