Monday, May 30, 2011

Featured Item of the Week - Memorial Day

This week's featured item is the most "Memorial Day"-ish piece I have.

This vintage button necklace was created from beautiful old buttons. I divided these from my larger collection based on style and color. I absolutely love this necklace. It's one of my favorite things I've ever created.

The nautical button really plays on the popular trend. The buttons are attached with wire to a gold 18" chain.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway that ends Friday. Please email me with your entries if you are having trouble commenting on my posts. (braceypate at Purchasing this necklace could get you 10 extra entries in the giveway!! Plus a free pair of earrings for spending at least $25!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Commenting Troubles? GIVEAWAY

Is anyone having trouble commenting on my giveaway post? If so, just send me a quick email with your entries, and I'll put you down on my list!!

braceypate (at) gmail (dot) com

Friday, May 27, 2011

1 Year Blog-iversary - GIVEAWAY!!!

Well I can't believe it's been an entire year since I started this blog. It's grown so much, and I couldn't be happier to have all of you following. I'd like to give a shout out to my dad and thank him for encouraging me to blog!!

To thank y'all for all your support over the past year (and hopefully many more to come) I'm hosting my biggest giveaway ever!!

The lucky winner will receive a prize pack containing:

a pair of Hand Made and Lovely earrings,

a personalized 30% off coupon for my Etsy shop (just in case you've had your eye on something),

and a $5 Starbucks giftcard.

Now that you know the prize, here's how you can enter!

Mandatory entry: 
Be a public follower of Hand Made and Lovely (1 entry)

Extra entries: 
Buy something Hand Made and Lovely (10 entries for each item purchased)
Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post (3 entries)
Like Hand Made and Lovely on Facebook (1 entry)

I will be checking to verify these are true. Please leave me any appropriate links along with your email address. It is not necessary to leave a separate comment for each entry. I will add your name to my master list the appropriate amount of times. Giveaway will be closed Friday June 3 at 10pm. Winner will be posted on my blog the following day and also contacted by email.

Winner will be chosen by and posted on my blog 6/4. The winner will be contacted by me via email. Please leave your email address in your post if it is not found easily on your blog or profile. Winner has 48 hrs to respond. After two days, another winner will be chosen. Giveaway open to residents of the U.S. or Canada.

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Apparently Groupon referral rewards are temporarily tripled. If you've been thinking about joining Groupon, now would be the best time for me. :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


I'm linking up with Jamie again for WILW!

I'm loving that I had my first day on the job at my internship yesterday. Everything went really well, and I love the atmosphere at the office! I'm already looking forward to having more responsibilities and learning everything I can.

I'm loving that Friday is my 1 year Blogiversary! I can't believe it's almost been an entire year since I started this's come such a long way! Get ready for a giveaway!

I'm loving the special deal my friend Lindsay has going on in her Etsy shop. With each item you purchase, you get a free pair of earrings while supplies last. You even get to pick which pairs you get!! Head on over to her blog for more details, and happy shopping!!  Be sure to follow her if you don't already. She has a great blog and some amazing pieces in her Etsy shop!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Emily got Married!!

I just want to share a few pics with you from Emily's wedding! We haven't seen the professional pictures yet, so these are just a few moments I captured.

the bride with her family

Congratulations Emily and Andrew! I'm so glad I could be part of your special day!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

I love seeing my friends wear jewelry I make!!

My friendship bracelets are unisex designs!

This Week's Featured Item(s)

This week's featured item is a little different that usual. Normally, I choose an item from my shop to highlight each Monday. This week, I've decided to choose a group of three "grown-up" friendship bracelets that haven't been added to my shop yet! These are a new design of an "old" favorite! I used single looped gold chain with large gold lobster clasps and a new color palette.

The gold chain is accented by navy blue, teal, sea green, and coral. Bracelet #1 features a solid navy section with a mix of teal and sea green section. Bracelet #2 features two sections of coral and teal braided to the chain. I love that color combination. Bracelet #3 features navy blue and teal.

Each of these bracelets is currently for sale for a flat rate $15 shipped. I will slowly be adding these (along with other new and old designs) to my shop in the coming weeks, and prices will be raised. Don't miss on this opportunity!! Add one of these to a purchase from my shop by including a note to the seller, and you will receive a greater discount!! Contact me with questions.

Blog Posts to look forward to this week:
Emily's Wedding
Garage Sale
1 year Blog-iversary Giveaway!!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

It's only 9:30...

...but it's been a good day already!! I woke up with 2 sales! (major for me)

That purple stone ring and grown-up friendship bracelet can no longer be yours. There are more similar bracelets in my shop though! And I actually have a few more color design to be added soon. Who loves sea green and coral? teal and navy? The new styles are on gold chain, and I think they are just beautiful! Can't wait to debut them next week!!

This afternoon is Emily's Bridesmaid Luncheon in Atl followed by the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. I'm just too excited for all the wedding festivities!!! Tomorrow is the BIG day!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I'm linking up with Jamie again for WILW!

I'm loving that I had a great interview on Monday. I'm the newest intern at Robert Brown Interior Design!!

I'm loving that my sweet boyfriend came to my rescue after that interview when my car battery died. He's the best!

I'm loving that I was finally able to buy this Modcloth dress! It's been out of stock for so long, and I never had enough PayPal money. Can't wait to get this beauty in the mail!

I'm loving that I'm going to have some time to craft today! Look for new items in my shop soon!

I'm loving that this weekend is my friend Emily's wedding! I'm too excited for all the festivities. It all starts with all the girls going to see Bridesmaids and then getting our nails done.

Happy Hump Day y'all!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Wedding Website

In need of a wedding website? Want something more than the cookie-cutter template found on websites like theknot? My brother and his business partner (aka Clear Character) can actually make any kind of website, but they have just completed a wedding website.

These days, everyone has a wedding website. Most of them look the same. With Clear Character, everything is custom to the couple in an interactive website. Check it out! Let me know if you would like their contact information. This would be something to really set your wedding a part from the crowd!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

My time away has been eventful...

This post is going to be full of pictures, but let me start by apologizing for being MIA the past few days. Graduating and moving proved themselves to be extremely time consuming. The first several pictures were taken by my aspiring photographer friend. The last few were taken at Clemson's 2011 graduation ceremony. I'm so proud of our class!! GO TIGERS!!

the girls at the amphitheater

Lee Hall statue

the bell

love these girls!

my roomies

fellow blogger...lindsay

finally walking in

singing the Alma Mater for the first time as alumni

miss you already, catherine!

my boy

the fam
So, I've been pretty busy...I hope to get back into my routine this week. Missed my blog friends!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Newly Reduced Prices

These items expire on Friday!! I will be reposting all unsold merchandise after my move...but I've reduced the price of these items temporarily.

Now $8

Now $5

Now $5

Several other bobby pin's prices have been reduced. Visit my shop today!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

To make it up to you...

I've been a little MIA the last couple of days, and I missed posting my featured item yesterday! I don't think that's happened in quite a while. In order to make it up to you, I'm offering all my readers a 15% off coupon code for my shop valid today only!! Coupon expires at midnight tonight!! Don't miss out on this opportunity with my already lowered prices and with many items shipping for free!!

Simply enter:   imback15    at checkout and receive 15% off your entire order!

Happy shopping!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

May Flowers Treasury

I've made another Treasury! To counteract the April Showers treasury from last month, I've created May Flowers. I love all the bright spring colors!

I want all of these beautiful Spring inspired pieces!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Blog Exclusive Jewelry for Sale

I'm offering some Hand Made and Lovely pieces to you in this exclusive sale. I haven't posted these items to my shop, but whichever ones don't sell will be added during the Summer. The prices and shipping charges will be higher. These are one-of-a-kind pieces available on a first come-first served basis. Please contact me with any questions. Flat rate $2 shipping applies to all orders (whether you buy 1 or 8 items).

Silver Loops Necklace

Colorful Ball Necklace

Vintage Charm Necklace

Decorative Key Earrings

Beaded Earrings

Blue Owl Necklace

Long Chain Earrings

Lime Green Jewel Earrings

Don't forget to check out all the items in my shop. Everything is temporarily on sale. Many items ship for free!! Orders over $25 receive a special gift!

What I'm Loving This Wednesday

It's that time to link up with Jamie for WILW!

I'm loving that I have absolutely nothing to do today. While I'm sure I could start packing boxes or cleaning my apartment, I'm pretty sure I'll end up doing absolutely nothing.

I'm loving that our studio is having our final dinner tomorrow night at Mellow Mushroom!! Yes, it's Cinco de Mayo. No, we're not going to Mexican. I'm not passing up on free Mellow pizza! As I've mentioned before, I LOVE it.

I'm loving that I turned in my final project CD to my professor yesterday. Now, all I have to do is clean up my studio space (easier said than done) and wait for graduation next Friday.

I'm loving these giveaways I found. You can win a monogrammed Marley Lilly hat from the Preppy Pink Princess and a $100 Visa giftcard from Shasta Anne. I know you'll be sharing that second prize with me if you win.

I'm loving that after 30 minutes of stalking, I finally killed that bug. How creepy is that? Does anyone know what it is? Not a fan.

I'm loving that I've already shipped out some items from my shop to their new owners! Don't miss out on these sale prices!!

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Weekend Update

I had a great time this past weekend. My engaged friend Emily, who is getting married in less than 3 short weeks, had a lingerie shower and bachelorette party in Savannah. We had a blast!

We started off the lingerie shower by dressing two of the girls as "toilet paper" brides. We had a few other games (which included Emily putting underwear on her head), ate lots of good food, and Emily opened her presents.

After all the lingerie festivities, we got ready to go out!! We ate dinner at a local Japanese steakhouse (which was waaaay too much food).

All the girls wore black so Emily would pop in her hot pink!

After dinner we went dancing in downtown Savannah. The night was a success! I know Emily had fun at her "last" hoo-rah! Plus, I got to wear two new dresses in one day. What more could a girl ask for?