Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Irene Giveaway

We've all been watching the news about Hurricane Irene, and unfortunately, some of you are dealing with the aftermath of Irene's wrath.  One of the hardest hit places is our family's beloved vacation spot...the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Hatteras Island is now totally isolated and only accessible by ferry. 

Credit: AP Photo/Steve Helber

















Our family vacationed on that very island this summer. I have driven on that very stretch of Route 12 that no longer exists now. And our family had considered renting the blue house that sits on the right side of this photo...the Blue Canoe.  These hurricane aftermath pictures all seem very surreal. 

When I was on vacation at Hatteras Island this summer, I found this great little bead shop in Avon, NC.  While The Glass Bead doesn't have a website, I did find a photo of their store front all boarded up and ready for Irene to visit.

source:  Kinnakeet Clay Works (photo on Facebook)


There is a very cool clay gallery right next door to the bead shop.  Antoinette Gaskins Mattingly creates beautiful pieces like this sweet little drawer pull...

source:  Kinnakeet Clay Works

So, in honor of that sweet little bead store in Avon, I am giving away this bracelet!  The red and yellow swirled focal bead, plus the little yellow glass beads, were purchased there.

"Eye of the Storm"
Do those little swirls remind you of a hurricane?  Here's another look at it.



To enter:  please leave a comment below.  That counts as one entry.   Please note:  if you have trouble leaving a comment or don't know which profile to choose in the drop down box under comments, simply choose "anonymous" and leave your name in your comment. 

For a second entry, please go to my Artful Accents Facebook page and leave a comment there.  If you haven't "liked" Artful Accents on facebook, now might be a good time to do so!  :-) 

The winner will be chosen randomly and announced tomorrow afternoon!  Good luck! 
(open to residents of USA and Canada)



34 comments:

  1. Hey, look, I'm the first one. :-) Good to hear from you, Kathy! Still love your jewelry! - Lynley

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  2. Stopped at The Glass Bead, on your recommendation, and Emily made a panda bracelet. They were super helpful and happy to hear we heard of the place "word of mouth". I also stopped at the clay store, and bought two door pulls. Could have spent a lot of money there, she has beautiful stuff.

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  3. That's so sad! Was there any casualties?

    I do love that piece of jewelry! Hope I win:)

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  4. Erin, so glad that you stopped by there! And I agree that the clay pieces next door are beautiful!

    Rose, from what I have read, there don't appear to be any casualties on the Outer Banks... miraculously! They are just cut off from the rest of the OBX, plus they don't have electricity or phone service. No word of when the road will be repaired...it's the only way into the island by car.

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  5. It's still so surreal to us that some of the places we visited ... Virginia and New York ... have been hit with natural disaters since we were there just a few weeks ago. I'm sorry about your vacation spot.
    I like the name of your bracelet and the reminder of how you have been kept safe.

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  6. Another beautiful bracelet made by Kathy.

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  7. Kathy...such a nice way to remind us that the folks there are in need of our prayers...Love the bracelet:)

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  8. Kathy,
    What a beautiful bracelet! You are so talented!

    Staci

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  9. What a neat idea and I love the bracelet!!
    Heather

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  10. Nice bracelet! So sorry about Hatteras Island. Maybe it will be all fixed up by next summer! :)

    Joleen

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  11. Glad Antoinette is OK. My work is in her shop and I have been following her page.love the bracelet.

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  12. I noticed how the swirls reminded me of a hurricane after you mentioned that. It is crazy to see the devastation a hurricane can do. Your bracelet is awesome!
    ~Joslyn

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  13. Beautiful bracelet made by a beautiful friend! I am amazed at Hatteras Island and the aftermath of Irene. That is terribly sad.

    Jeane'

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  14. I'd love this necklace as a memento of Hurricane Irene. pattiam

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  15. Kathy,
    What a wonderful way to remember what happened to the OBX. This summer was the first time that our family visited the OBX and just loved it! As always a beautiful piece!

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  16. What a great idea, Kathy. We, too, as you know are so saddened by this event. We just got notice that is very unlikely we will be able to take L and D into their house the next week that they had rented...so very sad. The bracelet is gorgeous and a sweet and beautiful way to give tribute to a sweet and beautiful place. I'm glad you're back to making jewelry.

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  17. Hi Kath - so sorry to hear about your beloved vacation spot. What a neat idea and the bracelet is so beautiful and really does have that hurricane look! Hope you're enjoying some extra time to be creative now that school started! :)

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  18. Lovely work, Kathy! Love the colors on the bracelet... and the name you gave it. To me it would be a reminder that God is with us everywhere, even in the eye of the storms of life.

    Marg N

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  19. Wow...that picture is really something. But the bracelet is beautiful and inspired as are all of the items you create!

    Shannon C.

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  20. Such a beautiful bracelet. I am so sorry that your favorite spot was hit so badly. Though the beauty might be marked with scars of the storm. .your memories will last. I'm so glad you were kept safe!

    PS. .for whatever reason. .google won't let me use my gmail account here today.

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  21. Ooops..that was me. .
    Lovella. .and I'm not trying to get two tries either. :)

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  22. It's too pretty to be named after a mean ole storm that took my vacation from me!! :)

    Angie B.

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  23. Lovella, I've been doing some experimenting with my comment section to supposedly make it *easier*, but maybe something I did is no longer allowing you to comment. Sorry!

    Angie, precisely why I did NOT name it "Irene," but I love what Marj N. said a couple comments up...about it being a reminder that God is with us, even in the eye of the storms of life. I'm sorry you can't go to Hatteras next week. :-(

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  24. It's so nice to see creativity and respect for such a beautiful place and your vacation spot. This bracelet is your spirit honoring the land. You do nice work, Kathy. Sometime bring a "trunk show" to PA for all your relatives to enjoy and buy your work. Love you, Lou

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  25. Beautiful bracelet as a tribute to beautiful NC. My prayers are with everyone affected by Irene. ~Laura Logan

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  26. What a beautiful piece to capture the storm. May they find peace after the storm! You are such a wonderful person and artist. Lanae

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  27. Love your jewelry. You are a beautiful person and I am blessed to have grown up with such wonderful friends. What great memories!

    Michele Hughes

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  28. Oh, what a wonderful name. Anything too powerful has the potential to be devastating....including people. Bless you as always.<3
    Debbie W. Rhodes

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  29. Kathy - Thank you for the reminder to keep all affected by Irene in our prayers. ~Linda Sauder

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  30. Kathy,

    So happy to see you back to creating your jewelry! Amazing work, as always!

    ~Carmen

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  31. Being from Texas, I am all too familiar with the after math photos. It does change one's perspective on life. It's special that you have art work from a place that you and your family have enjoyed so much. The beads and bracelet are beautiful. Sorry I missed the deadline-it was good to see your work!!!

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