Edited to announce the winner:
Wow! Thank you to the 260 people who entered the giveaway for a $75 gift card from Novica! I’m happy to bring you the chance to win, and to introduce so many people to the global goodies at Novica. It was so fun reading what you would get, and the diversity of things you picked. I read every one! So … drummmmm rollllllllll please … let’s announce a winner …
I purposely didn’t use Rafflecopter and make you like me all over social media in order to enter. If you like what you see here, I figure you can see the big orange social media buttons up there to the right, and you can follow me wherever it works for you.
So I used the Random Number Generator to draw a random comment. I included comments on the giveaway post plus the 9 comments on a Facebook post (minus my 2 comments there) in time-stamped order submitted. Imagine the 9 Facebook comments folded into the 251 blog comments in time order, for a total of 260. So everything is ranked in the order that comments were submitted. Fair enough! So out of 260 total entries, here’s the winner:
Yay! Candie L.!
She has been notified and received her winning gift certificate, in time for holiday shopping!
This one’s for you! Do you feel a chill in the air lately and could use an extra $75 for a scarf or a throw? Maybe you’d like $75 to get some blingy earrings for the holidays? Novica has tens of thousands of products with global flair, and I have one $75 gift certificate for a lucky winner. You can use the certificate to get whatever you want! Spend it when Novica has a discount, as they often do, and this gift can stretch even further.
Novica sells items made by craftspeople from cultures around the world, direct from the artisans’ home country, including:
- Bali and Java in Indonesia (I LOVE the Bali style!)
- Central America
- West Africa
- And India too! Of course!
How to enter to win $75 from Novica:
Simply visit links above, then …
Comment on this post telling us what you’d get if you won.
Comment by midnight eastern time on Sunday, Oct. 12.
On Monday, Oct. 13 I’ll do a random drawing from the comments and notify the winner via email with an electronic gift certificate. It might be the 13th but that will be a lucky day for somebody!
So when you comment, include your email in the private email field or your website address where I can find you. (Don’t put your email in the comment itself though unless you love spam!)
***If you get an error message when commenting here, head over to Facebook and comment on the giveaway post there! It’s pinned to the top of the page!***
Okay, ready to go for it? Scroll down or click here to comment! Thank you for following along here and good luck!
My Novica.com Story of a Thai Spirit House
I’ve shopped Novica since their very early days about 15 years ago. They were one of the first online shops where you could “meet” the artisans who made what you bought. Internet shopping was new back then, and it truly felt like Novica brought the world to your doorstep. So they’ve been at this a long time. They’ve since grown in association with National Geographic to have products from cultures on many continents.
Novica allowed me to choose something to host this giveaway, and I found something I’ll treasure. During our trips to Thailand I admired the spirit houses, just like these that Novica offers:
They’re like little replicas of wats, or Buddhist temples. People place them outside their homes. The spirit house is supposed to attract a good guardian spirit to live in it and protect the home from evil spirits. Sometimes I feel my home needs protection from the world – something more stylish than a Brinks or ADT sign!
You can learn more about her and see all of her work for sale here. I was drawn to Jaifah’s work because it captures the style I loved most in Thailand. It’s clearly Thai design, but with a modern outlook that would fit in many homes around the world. Her guardian spirit house was the one for me. Here it is in our sunroom, which is full of teak furniture we found in Thailand, so it fits the style there:
It came with gift wrap that was so carefully folded, it can be re-used for another gift or for crafts. And Novica always sends a little card with a story about the product and artisan.
Comment below with what you’d get from Novica if you win!