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Art Leather GIVEAWAY!!!!

April 29th, 2011

I am excited to announce that Andrea from Art Leather wants to give away one of her awesome bracelets.

If you leave a comment between now and next Friday, I will pick a name out of a hat and you can go to Andrea’s etsy store, pick out the bracelet of your choice and she will mail it to you from Belgium. Be sure to leave an email with your comment so I can contact the winner. I believe she will be adding even more colors to choose from next week.

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  1. April 29th, 2011 at 11:58 | #1

    Kristi,

    I would love to own one of Andrea’s leather pieces. Please consider me entered. a_shubin(at) comcast (dot) net.

    Thank you!

    Adrienne

  2. April 30th, 2011 at 14:01 | #2

    Coincidentally, I’ve been looking on etsy for a leather cuff, but haven’t been able to find one that I really like–most are too biker-y or too goth for me. But this one I think I would love.

    Yes, I would like to enter!

  3. May 1st, 2011 at 07:59 | #3

    Please sign me up–or drop me in the hat, whatever. I’ve been examining leather bracelets and cuffs for summer, and this seems perfect! I’m also loving your boots/booties–the color is gorgeous.

  4. Annie
    May 1st, 2011 at 21:27 | #4

    Oh wow! They are gorgeous! Please put me in the hat. I would LOOOOOOVE to win one!

  5. May 4th, 2011 at 01:28 | #5

    Oooh, I’ve been thinking about her jewelry for a bit. Her necklaces are amazing, and her bracelets just the perfect casual touch.

  6. May 4th, 2011 at 23:32 | #6

    O’ how I love discovering awesome accessories that are hand made! Thanks for sharing!

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