Monday, January 10, 2011

Smashing for Pretty Giveaway!

Many of you are readers of my friend's blog, Mama's Minutia.  Her eldest son, Jonathan (a.k.a. Yo-Yo Boy and yes, I had permission to reveal that), started his own Etsy shop this past fall called Smashing for Pretty.  I am thrilled and honored to be hosting a giveaway for him.  Take a look at this...




I'll let Jonathan explain a little bit about himself and what he does...

"Hi! I'm Jonathan. I'm an 11-year-old boy. I like crafting things, and I'm homeschooled.

One day my dad brought home some smashed pennies from the railroad track where he was working that day. Then I got the idea, "Why don't I smash some coins?" So I smashed a gold dollar and my mom liked it. She asked me to make her a necklace. And that's how I got into making jewelry.

I smash the coins in our basement. Dad brought home an angle iron and we bolted it onto a log so I could smash coins on top of it. That's where I work pretty much. Then my dad drills holes in the coins, and my mom makes the jewelry. Together, she and I run the business."  


The Giveaway:  So, here's the deal.  All you have to do is leave a comment below and you will be entered to win ONE of the three lovely pieces shown above (your choice).  Please note that your item will not look exactly, exactly the same because each coin has unique hammer marks and the clasps may be slightly different.  Please only one entry per household.  Also, if you comment anonymously, please leave me a name or initial so I can identify you if you win.  I will randomly draw a winner sometime this Friday.

There's more!  Until January 28th, if you make a purchase over at Smashing for Pretty and enter "thyhand" in the comment section of your order you'll receive 10% off the cost of the jewelry!

Thank you, Jonathan, and happy smashing!!


 All photos courtesy of Jennifer Jo/Smashing Pretty
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38 comments:

  1. Wow! Beautiful stuff. I love the necklaces (especially since my ears aren't pierced!)

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  2. What a wonderful idea this child is bringing to life! Who knew money could be so beautiful???
    Faith G.
    Spotsy, VA

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  3. That's too cute! And I love the name - "smashing for Pretty" - awesome. :0)

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  4. WOW!!! What an incredibly talented young man. I love, love, love these designs.

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  5. Hey, this must be my lucky day! I've had my eye on a piece that Yo-Yo and Company have listed on their Etsy site. Have been waiting until after the holidays (and a little organization here!) to put in my order. Now I get to enter your giveaway AND get 10% off the piece I'm going to order! Thank you!

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  6. I love it...what a great thing for him to be doing with his mom. She's amazing...I wish I had even a little of her energy!

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  7. That is super exciting! I am doing something similar with my sons very soon (ties not jewelry:) What a great entrepreneur, and bravo to mom and dad for helping him get his operation off and running. Really neat pieces.

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  8. I really loved this. I headed over to the etsy site to check it out and I'm going to add it to my favorites:) Thanks for sharing this. I always enjoy when you share fellow etsy owners. Two thumbs up for this fellow:)

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  9. Amazing young man and venture! Beautful pieces!

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  10. i love the earrings the most! really cool! carolyn

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  11. What a wonderful way to encourage this young man!

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  12. These pieces are beautiful, its amazing what children can do when you pull them away from the T.V. for more than 5 minutes :-).

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  13. I love these! I considered buying something for myself for Christmas, but I didn't.

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  14. What an incredible young man! The jewelry is gorgeous and simple at the same time. I love it and would be proud to wear it!

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  15. I saw these on mama's minutia blog. Great project for kids!

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  16. the earrings are my favorites as well!!!

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  17. They are all beautiful - I'm in!

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  18. I was so excited about this today that I ordered a penny bracelet! Im looking forward to getting this and will certainly make a blog post when it arrives:)

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  19. I love the earrings! Great job!

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  20. Those are cute!

    Diann

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  21. What a lovely way to make jewelry!

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  22. Love them all and I am sure my adult daughters will too!

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  23. I think it's important to foster the creativity of children. This is a great concrete, "real world" way to make that happen and learn about business and money, etc. I let my daughter make bead bracelets to sell at a farmer's market this fall along side my booth. She was so excited with her $20 that she made! Great experience! Keep up the good work Smashing For Pretty!

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  24. just inspiring, as always. thank you for the chance to win :)

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  25. I think this is such a great idea! And, who knew you could get such beautiful results from smashing coins? I'm torn between the gold dollar necklace and the dime earrings.

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  26. I am so impressed by this young man! Thanks for a chance to win a piece of his lovely jewelry!

    Ashley
    ashleymwren@yahoo.com

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  27. What a talented kid! And pretty jewelry!

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  28. Beautiful blog. And by the way, that's my entrepreneurial nephew!
    -Proud Aunt M

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  29. So neat!
    -Kristie (kristiejanesmith@gmail.com)

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  30. can't resist a giveaway, especially when it's for something pretty!

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  31. Very pretty, and an impressive real-world/homeschooling lesson! Well done all around!

    - M

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  32. love unique jewelry like this! Michele

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  33. Your work is beautiful, smashing for pretty!
    EMW

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  34. I have my eye on something.... Jonathan has some neat things!
    -Amber

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