Suprise Party :: Table Centerpiece and GIVEAWAY from Whitney and Noonday Collection!!

Alright guys I am so excited to share this next post from Whitney who is an ambassador for an amazing company called Noonday Collection, a jewelry line handmade by artisans in places such as Uganda, Ethiopia, Ecuador and India. Make sure to read through to find out more about their amazing work and for a chance to win this gorgeous necklace!!!


Hello  a bit of sunshine readers, I'm Whitney and I blog over at Life's an Adventure.  I'm thrilled to be participating in the blog party!

I'm going to share with you a simple but large impact centerpiece project for your table AND a special birthday giveaway, in honor of Rebekah's birthday today!

Ok, first the project.

You're going to need:


  • Glass container, preferably one with a small neck (I purchased mine off the clearance shelf of my local craft store)
  • River rocks (or any pretty rocks that will fit through the neck of your glass container)
  • Tree branch
Now, I used a dead branch because that's all I have here in drought ridden Texas, but nature's trash is my treasure I always say!  But if you have a tree that has some great fall color, prune a branch and use that.  That way you get double impact -- fall color now, then when the leaves fall off, you will have the bare branch to decorate for winter.


Fill the bottle with rocks.


Then work your branch down through the rocks to the bottom the jar.  You may need to trim your branch to make sure it isn't too top heavy.  Go ahead and make three branch bottles.  It only took me about 11 minutes to do all three, and most of that time was spent picking up stray rocks I dropped.  Next time I'll use a funnel and it should only take 3 minutes, max.



I am using mine to display jewelery, but come time for the holidays, I plan to decorate the branch with berry strands and Christmas decorations.  Go ahead and decorate it for Halloween or fall right now though! 

Now for the birthday week giveaway! 

That beautiful necklace you saw on the branch above?  That's the Inca Steps necklace in teal from Noonday Collection.
 

The Inca steps necklace is handcrafted by Ecuadorian artisans of nuts from the tagua palm, also known as "vegetable ivory".  It's eco friendly and makes quite the statement!

I am an ambassador for Noonday Collection and it is so exciting to be a part of something that helps bring a bit of beauty to women while creating a pathway out of poverty for vulnerable populations around the world. Each piece Noonday Collection sells is handmade by artisans in places such as Uganda, Ethiopia, Ecuador and India.  Each piece tells a story of a community where real change is occurring through sustainable economic opportunities.  When you purchase something from Noonday, it's a gift to you and a gift to their community! 

To enter the birthday giveaway, visit my Noonday Collection site here, then leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite product or artisan story is.  You have until midnight CST on October 8th to enter.

Thanks for letting me share my little diy and favorite Noonday Collection piece...I had a blast!  Good luck everyone and happy birthday Rebekah!

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Thanks Whitney for being here today and for offering such a generous and gorgeous giveaway what a treat!!

31 comments:

  1. I like cascading falls necklace, but I also really like the necklace up for grabs.

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  2. I love all the teatowels and the dainty everyday necklace. Also love the Inca necklace here!

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  3. i like the dainty everyday necklace! thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. I love the Happy Day Necklace!! The story of Jalia behind the necklace brought me to tears!! The one in the giveaway is simply stunning!

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  5. I can't decide between the ripples of silver bracelet, riverbed bracelet, and taqua seed bracelet. Of course, I love the inca steps necklace but I figured a lot of people would say that!

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  6. I fell in love with the sun hat the second i saw they had plaid! also loved the rainy day tea towel = )

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  7. The light layers necklace tickles my fancy :-)

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  8. wow! what a fabulous giveaway and a fabulous company! i'm in love with the amazonia necklace, but the inca steps is quite striking!

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  9. Such an amazing company! Beautiful jewelry and accessories.....the most exciting part is that the money goes to very talented artisans and enables them to truly change their lives.

    Thanks so much for sharing Noonday with us and for the terrific DIY project. Definitely a project that lends itself to any holiday!

    Oh, I love the bags and the bracelets!

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  10. I have so many branches laying in the yard - I need to do this simple project!

    I happen to LOVE teal...and the inca steps necklace is awesome. I also love the Rewind Clutch - SO cute!!

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  11. What an awesome shop! I love the metal feather earrings. I also really like the giveaway necklace! Thanks for sharing this wonderful store with us. I'm always so glad to hear of such things.

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  12. Thanks for the introduction to Noonday Collection. I love it! My favorite piece is the capris bracelet.

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  13. Wow, the Inca Steps necklace is gorgeous! Browsing the site I found so many beautiful pieces (insert drool): the Coin Necklace!, the Patchwork Journal!, the Patchwork Make-up Bag!, the Flock Together Love Birds!, the Versatile Belt! I could go on and on! My mom would be gaa-gaa for the Pom Pom Arm Warmers!

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  14. Love this centerpiece idea!
    And the Kampala Love necklace is beautiful! So many wonderful things in the shop...

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  15. This is amazing. I love the dainty necklaces and the Inca Steps one is lovely.

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  16. I love the cross sholder bold bag! Love that it is made in Thailand!

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  17. I love the happy day necklace, so many beautiful things, it is hard to choose! Love the patchwork clutches as well.

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  18. The riverbed bracelet makes such a cool statement!

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  19. My favorite is the La Paloma necklace =)

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  20. I LOVE the inca steps necklace up for giveaway! I also love the sterling circles necklace too.

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  21. I love the necklace that;s for the giveaway it's such a beautiful colour!

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  22. happy day or inca steps are my faves... such cool stories!

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  23. Love what your store is a voice for...beautiful blog and stories and jewlery! How can I choose one fave?! I do love the sterling silver circles and the melon colored cascading beads...so many beautiful pieces:)

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  24. Love the color of the Happy Day Necklace : ) so cute!

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  25. I love the bloomin' scarf it screams fall, and I think I would be hollerin' to all a joyful fall if I could win your give away! Thanks!

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  26. What a wonderful store! I liked the sterling circles.

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  27. loving the happy day necklace. perfect for that pop of color.

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  28. I love to wear jewelry my favorite pieces are the ones that hold a story. All of this jewelry is beautiful and honestly I'd be honored to wear it. I love the Ripples of Silver bangles & Riverbed bracelets. I also think the Ties Scarf is very cool.

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