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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A [ReDeemed] Giveaway

Hello Friends! Welcome Noel from [ReDeemed] to the Buzz. She has generously offered to giveaway a $25 gift card to her online store with FREE Shipping! Let me tell you something, I won a gift card from a giveaway on her website and I was blown away. She had so many great things to choose from and I took some time narrowing it down. I chose a necklace and I absolutely love it! It is so cute and I get nothing but compliments all the time, so believe me—this is THE giveaway you want to enter. First, lets get to know Noel a bit better

1. What gave you the inspiration to start [ReDeemed]?

I owned my own event planning business for 10 years. During that time I always most enjoyed the creative process, capturing the essence of the event. I spent a lot of time with my clients (primarily engaged couples) getting to know about them, the event we were planning, the “feel” that they wanted to create. I shopped with them, paying close attention to their likes and dislikes and along with the pictures and ideas that they brought to me, we created a them unique to their event.

In 2006 I faced the darkest time of my life. My 3rd child passed away due to SIDS (www.fisrtcandle.org). Devastated, I closed my event planning business, feeling that I could never again create or even live again. During the following few years, I listened to a lot of music, did a lot of praying (even though most days it was “I believe help my unbelief!”) and just continually asked God to somehow Redeem the death of my son. I continued to hear stories of how my son’s life and death had touched people, how he had turned their hearts toward their homes and families. There is nothing that anyone could say that would ever make me smack my head and say “Oh, NOW I get it!” but each of these things were small comforts to a deeply grieving mother.

At the beginning of 2009, I had made jewelry and artwork for myself, my family and friends (as I have for a long time) and other people started asking if I had ever thought about pursuing it professionally. That encouragement was all I needed to jump back into the world of the living again and start a business. My experience, coupled with my passion for repurposing, “making do” and thrift shopping led me to name the business [ReDeemed]. When I look at something (often someone else’s trash) I can see beyond the obvious, appreciate the scars and see the potential. I think that’s what God does with each of us, no wonder he is called “the Redeemer”!

2. What is your favorite part about what you do?

Definitely the “hunt”! I rediscovered my passion for “garage sailing”, junkin’, thrifting and curb cruising. It took a bit of time to find a clear focus on what I would do (after all there are SO MANY possibilities!), but now that I have the hunt is even more fun. My husband and I recently [ReDeemed] the kids playroom (LOL) and turned it into a studio. Wow! That unleashed a new wave of creativity!




3. What has been your favorite piece to make?

Now that’s a tough question! My favorite piece of jewelry is “Faith Hope and Love”. I found each of the elements at different times, but all along I knew what I was looking for: a cross to represent Faith, and angel to represent Hope and a heart to represent Love. Once I found those I stamped the hymnal pages with the words and put it all together. I think subconsciously I don’t even want to sell it!

My favorite piece of artwork is a large custom commission. I was contacted by a man in TN who wanted a larger version of my “soul tattoo” design. I created this on a 19” x 52” cabinet door, including a whole slew of his favorite hymns. I found out later it was a gift for his wife who was fighting breast cancer. It turned out that designs similar to mine had been her inspiration, doodling it on everything, buying every article of clothing she saw with it. What a great honor to be a part of such a meaningful gift!




Thanks Noel for providing this awesome giveaway. Now, on to how to win this fabulous prize!

First, you must enter each into a new comment. There will be four ways to enter. Please make sure that there is a way for me to contact you.

1. Read the above about Noel and [ReDeemed] and leave a comment on this post
2. Follow my Blog
3. Follow Noel’s blog [ReDeemed]
4. Post on your blog about this giveaway (and provide a link to your post)

This giveaway will end on Monday December 7, 2009.  Good Luck!



16 comments:

  1. I'm so excited to be a part of Melissa's blog! I'm looking forward to getting to know each of you a little better soon!

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  2. Way too cute! You know I follow!!!! hee hee

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  3. Thank you for sharing your story with us, Noel. I lost a baby to a miscarriage recently (after a long journey trying to conceive.) That miscarriage tore me apart (still does), so I can't imagine the horrible time you must've gone through/are going through. Your jewelery is beautiful, too. :)

    Dani
    craftrookie.blogspot.com

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  4. I am a follower.
    Dani
    craftrookie.blogspot.com

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  5. my fav part is not having customers yell at me any more!

    enter my giveaway for a $25 American Express gc!♥ http://theredheadriter.blogspot.com/2009/12/hellmanns-25-american-express-gift-card.html

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  6. She has a great Etsy store. I love the fender washer necklaces... I just started to make one of these for my self! The domino necklaces are cool too!

    Would love to win! Thanks!

    honey2mommy(at)gmail (d0t)com

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  7. Noel makes such unique and creative items. I would love to win!

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  8. how did I miss this earlier this week? I would love to win, what beautiful jewerly. Thanks for sharing your story, so many women are struggling with similar stories and it's almost as if society doesn't want to hear it, they want us to quietly suffer through.

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  9. I have known Noel for almost 15 years and she is one of the most creative ladies I know. We share a lot of the same ideas, often laughing because we're excited to show the other something, only to turn around and discover we're holding the exact same item. LOL! It's happened more times than I can count. I am very proud of Noel and [ReDeemed] and am so glad she is using her God-given creativity to bless others. I own a few of her pieces of jewelry, one a custom commission of my favorite hymn "How Great Thou Art" and I count it an honor and priviledge to wear them. I pray the best God has over her and her precious family!

    Creatively Yours,
    Sherry Burchett
    Carrollton, Texas
    Owner, Twist of Sunshine Designs
    www.TwistofSunshineDesigns.com

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  10. Noel,

    I love the name of your company; it's very inspiring for others. Love the jewelry too!!!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    -barbarabaker

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  11. I now follow Noel's blog (redeemed) on Google reader...

    thank you!!

    -barbarabaker :)

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  12. I now follow your blog too :) (happily).

    -barbarabaker :)

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