Fashion, My First Giveaway, and World Food Day

I’ve never done a giveaway on this blog before. Ever. I’ve had ideas, and if I’m ever more financially stable I have a fun one that I’d really like to try out. However, I’m a broke college kid and it’s cheaper for me to MAKE things than to BUY things. So, this giveaway will cater to the ladies of the audience (or men looking for a nice, handmade gift to give to their ladies).

What I’m giving away on this blog right now, is handmade jewelry made by yours truly.

I’ve made a lot of jewelry over the last year, most of which I keep for personal use. Up until this summer, I never felt that it was good enough quality to give as a gift or sell. Well, I’ve become more confident, and test-runs with gifted, handmade jewelry have yielded good results. My friend Amanda received a necklace, earring, and bracelet set for her birthday, as well as my mother. Their encouragement has made me feel brave, so I’m stepping out and offering a one-of-a-kind, made-in-my-dorm-room-to-blow-off-steam set to you, the readers.

The jewelry

Hand-crafted from silver-plated jewelry write and an assortment of beads, the jewelry fits a neutral earth-tone color scheme. It’s made up of browns, golds, and ambers, with a few hints of an apricot tone. Materials include stone, glass, plastic, and crystal beading. The set includes a necklace and dangling earrings. Interested? Here’s some pictures.

The full set.

A close-up of the necklace.

The earrings.

I apologize for poor lighting. I was too excited about posting this to actually edit the photos.

What do you have to do to qualify?

Since World Food Day is coming up on Sunday, October 16. To celebrate World Food Day and enter to win my jewelry, please share one way that you think the community (neighborhood, local, city-wide, regional, state, national, or world) can work toward providing a more stable worldwide food supply. What can we do to feed the hungry, both in developing and developed countries? Think and big- or small-scale as you want, no answer is a wrong answer.

I will use a random selector service dealio to draw a name from the people who comment. I will draw one week from today.

Some red tape to discuss…

You have to be a grown-up, which means 18 years or older. I don’t want to get in trouble for collecting addresses from minors. Speaking of addresses, you have to have a mailing address. I don’t think this will be an issue, since you probably have to have a home in order to have a computer to be sitting on right now…I hope. If not, I’m intrigued by what your living situation is. Although shipping is more expensive, I am leaving this giveaway open to my Canadian pals. Sorry, Europe, South America, Central America, Asia, Africa, India, Australia, and Antarctica…it’s just too expensive to ship to you.

All in all…

I’m excited about this. Why? Because this is an opportunity for folks to share their ideas on improving the access to food for the needy both in North America and abroad. This is a chance for people to discuss and consider the necessity for a stronger, more stable food supply. And, it’s a chance for me to give something I’ve worked hard on, to someone willing to participate in a discussion. Thanks for reading, and GOOD LUCK!


5 thoughts on “Fashion, My First Giveaway, and World Food Day

  1. Kelly, while I’m not particularly interested in winning the jewelery for myself (though it is very pretty and I would proudly give it as a gift) because I wear it so rarely, I am interested in the topic you posed on the stable food supply. I’m actually in the midst of an Ecological Economic class (which I highly suggest you take if you get the chance – even though I find it a struggle) that is talking about just this very thing. Well, actually it’s not talking directly about the food supply, but rather sustainability in general. I love the topic. It hits home for me. My suggestion for sustainability (which has come up more than once in class and is actually stated in the book) is a paradigm shift where everyone thinks about everything that goes into making the products that they’re consuming. Right now, people only look at the bottom line. The price tag. People need to realize why price tags are what they are, especially when they’re high. We also need to look at some way (and in cases where there already is a way, a better way) of “paying” for using natural resources.

    • Great points, Leslie. I feel particularly lucky in that, having grown up around agriculture, and then having worked in the food industry as a communicator, that I understand the processes that go into a single food product. I think I take this for granted, after reading your comment. It’s very true, many people forget the many stages of hard work and production that food products must go through before they reach us. Great comment, great insight. Thank you very much!

  2. Stop subsidies. Feed America first. When every American can eat a balanced diet every day, I believe Farmers would receive their products/crops true value. We send food everywhere in the world – where “officials” hoard it or re-sell it and it never ends. Why bother, the American government will pay low-ball prices and ship it “free” to so many places around the world. People in many of these places never even receive their “gifts.” Yet there are millions of Americans going to bed hungry every night. This wholesale de-valueing of American produced food hurts everyone in the end, except the politicians who magically “produce” this power gaining source for their own personal benefit across the globe. And why oh why would we ship all of this food for free and then import at top dollar, foreign produced food that our own farmers have sitting in piles just rotting away. I’ve never farmed but have lived in farming communities to know the massive quantities of american farm goods just thrown away or shipped elsewhere. People will never read product labeling if we just treat it like trading stamps or bargaining tools everywhere else in the world. Those who would read it – can’t buy it. Feed America first. Stop subsidies. Allow farmers to sell to their own people at prices everyone can afford. Value goes up. Profits increase. Waste stops. And we ultimately gain the respect for American farmers deserve. How stupid we must appear to have ships full of our food rotting in harbors while the world watches our own people go hungry.

  3. Great giveaway Kelly! I’m super stoked 🙂 I think our first step to making sure the world is being fed is by each of us doing our parts. By that I mean donating a little bit of money or food to organizations that work to feed hungry people across the country and the world. We need to make sure everyone in the U.S. is being fed before feeding the world becomes a top priority. Thanks for the thought to World Food Day

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