|My gift from April|
Now April is paying it forward again by giving you a chance to win one of three hand-stamped necklaces! Read April's story below to find out how she started making these little treasures. I'm sure that many of use can relate!
Of course a necklace would make a wonderful holiday gift for a teacher - one of your teammates or maybe your own child's teacher. But you might just want to keep it for yourself, and that is fine too - you certainly deserve it! As you can see from the picture below, April has added to the design. Be sure to check out her Etsy shop to see more of her work.
When my husband I were first married, we had a lot of debt (mostly student loans). We had to cut back on everything, including gifts. For the first couple of years we simply didn't buy any gifts at all. After our finances got a little more under control, we were able to afford handmade gifts.
April hand-stamps each one
I was looking for something personal to create when I stumbled upon a blog about stamping metal jewelry to make customized necklaces. The first necklace I made used a metal washer from the hardware store.
Friends and family began sharing their necklaces with other people, and I started receiving messages on Facebook asking if I could make custom necklaces for gifts. I invested the money I made off of these necklaces into buying new supplies and opened an Etsy store one year after making my first necklace! I love seeing my necklaces shared on Facebook (my customers often tag me), and the nice little notes I get saying how the necklace made their day. It's an awesome feeling when people love something YOU made!
Today I run my Etsy shop and make my necklaces whenever I'm not working on lesson plans, grading, etc. I enjoy how relaxing it is to hand stamp each character and "build" each necklace!
Just fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter. Here are the official rules:
- This contest is open to all currently working teachers and tutors living in the United States (due to shipping costs)
- Three winners will be randomly selected on December 1. Winners will be announced on this post and notified by email.
- Winners will receive their prizes within three weeks (in time for Christmas!)