You see, I'm a bare-face kinda girl and whatnot. I don't wake up in the morning and shower and put on my clothes and slather make-up on my face just because. In fact, it's just by small miracle that I even have on clean clothes when I'm stalking the aisles at the local Kroger, trying to make it back to the house before the bus comes and my girls tumble down the street and up our front steps and into the house to demand snacks/homework help/chauffeuring/hair prep/insert-demanding-lil'-children tasks here.

But no matter how tired/rushed/dressed down I am, I always have on a piece of jewelry. Isn't that nutty? Call me crazy, but nothing picks up a tired face, a ponytail and a t-shirt and jeans like a cute pair of earrings. I'll put them on before I do my wedding ring (sorry, but true). And when I go out, oh, you bet your bottom dollar I've got on a sah-weet necklace (like the one in the opening picture, made by my girl Tameka of the Etsy shop, Pretty in Peace) or a funky ring to turn up the glam factor.

Now, I'm no stranger to high-end jewelry stores like Tiffany, but lately, I've totally been glomming into earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets on Etsy, the marketplace for unique, handmade artisan crafts. The pieces I've seen there are head and shoulders more interesting than the silver and gold hoops I've been rocking since forever and much more affordable, too. Today, the MyBrownBaby Happy for the Holidays Giveaway features three of my favorite jewelry makers. And today, the giveaway is LIVE (see the end of this post for details). Witness:

And a rock star she is, in every way. I've long enjoyed her blog, Jewelry RockStar, particularly her love of pop culture and astrology. I'm also consistently amazed at all she does: In addition to making beautiful jewelry, she's the managing partner at an advertising design agency AND a home-schooling mom. So who knows how she found the time to make these incredible earrings. But I'm glad she did! Jewelry RockStar is super creative with it, too: She'll hand-cut a piece of plastic into interesting shapes and then hand color it in psychedelic colors and swirls and dots and transform it all into a pair of shoulder-sweeping earrings, or sculpt lemon-sized earrings out of polymer and then sketch a funky design on them a creative process that yields one-of-a-kind conversation starters you'll be proud to rock. Simply brilliant! And exclusive to MyBrownBaby readers, RockStar is giving away a $30 gift certificate to her site,,
PLUS this fly poster designed by her husband, creator of one of my fav go-to-blogs, KissMyBlackAds, and co-proprietor of the couple's Esty store, UrbanBazaar.

(Be sure to read THE COMMENT RULES at the end of this post to qualify.)
UPDATE: CONGRATULATIONS Neatha at A Twinkle In Time you’re the 32nd commenter!

Ruby Buah, is a Ghanaian designer who fell in love with jewelry making after taking a class. Now, it's her passion. Ruby combines the aesthetic of three continents she's traveled extensively Africa, North America, and Europe in each of her pieces to give them timeless, serene, global sensibilities. For sure, she makes jewelry you'd be proud to add to your collection. Earlier this year, she graciously treated my girls and a few of their friends to a jewelry-making party (READ ABOUT IT HERE); the girls were fascinated by Ms. Ruby and her incredible designs. You can purchase her jewelry in upscale stores throughout Atlanta and at her online store, Stringz Attached. Exclusive to MyBrownBaby readers, Ruby is giving away a $40 gift certificate to Stringz Attached.

(Be sure to read THE COMMENT RULES at the end of this post to qualify.)
UPDATE: Congratulations Jennae of Green Your Decor you’re the 44th Commenter!

I stan hard for Tameka of the lovely blog Tea & Honey Bread an incredible writer with a big, beautiful voice. And my adoration only grew when I discovered her Etsy site, Pretty in Peace. Not only are her pieces stunning, she's put some consciousness into them: Her eye-popping, handmade rings, necklaces, and earrings are made with imported precious metals selected from vendors who support fair trade artisans, and she never uses animal
products or by-products in her designs. Think the anti-bling. In other words, her pieces make some serious statements, not just when they grace your body. Exclusive to MyBrownBaby readers, Tameka is giving away a $30 gift certificate to Pretty in Peace.

(Be sure to read THE COMMENT RULES at the end of this post to qualify)
UPDATE: Congratulations Madreoso of Bohdi Bear you’re the 56th commenter!


1. You MUST subscribe to MyBrownBaby via email or RSS feed or be/become a MyBrownBaby follower to participate.
2. You MUST visit each of the artists’ online stores and leave THREE SEPARATE COMMENTS telling me which piece(s) you love most.
3. You can leave UP TO FOUR comments in a row to get to the prize of your choice, but each comment MUST be a complete sentence. You can leave up to four more comments after someone else leaves ONE comment between your next set of comments.

BONUS: If you become a follower of Tea & Honey Bread or follow @Jewelry RockStar on Twitter, you can post up to SIX comments in a row.
BONUS: If you Tweet about this post or put a link on your FaceBook page, you can leave up to EIGHT comments in a row. Post this: “I’m In It To Win It at the @mybrownbaby Hand-Crafted Jewelry Giveaway”

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  1. I'm a MyBrownBaby follower.

  2. All of the pieces are really nice but one of my favorites is the Corrine ring in Pretty In Peace's Etsy store.

  3. I like the Red Peacock & Movement earrings in Stringz Attached's store.

  4. I love the A Bit of Sunshine Triangle Dangle earrings & Easy Glamour Bracelet in Jewelry Rockstar's store. Also, love the "Stay Black & Remain Lovely" poster designed by her husband.

  5. Yay!! I'm glad I didn't miss this! I'm so pathetic, I have NO jewelry and my job always gets on me for going "naked" on air. It's dumb I know. Ok 1. I lovePretty in Peace's Mod Pods!! So pretty!

  6. From Jewelry rocksar I love the blue/turquoise earrings with flowers… Couldn't find the name but soooo pretty!!

  7. Wow, where did you find these wonderful women?! Sooo talented!! I love Gaia & Nirit : Pretty in Peace Fall 2009 from Tea and Honey Bread!

  8. OMG, LOVE the Favored E2 earrings from Stringz Attached!! Love love! And I'll be soooo sad if I don't win one of these!!

  9. I follow tea and honey bread!!

  10. I follow jewelry rock star!!! 🙂

  11. Ok I lied! I don't know how to follow that 2nd blog, didn't see the widget! But I will if I can find it! AND I tweeted!

  12. And one more comment for the tweet! done for now! can't wait to come back to win!!

  13. I tweeted about this giveaway.

  14. I am now following Tea & Honey Bread's site.

  15. I am now following @JewelryRockstar on Twitter.

  16. I'm a subscriber of your blog, via email ~ brownatural at gmail dot com

  17. I went to Tea and Honey Bread's (Tameka) site and found a really cute necklace called:
    The Girl on the Third Floor: LAUGH Collection Fall 2009
    Beautiful peice.
    brownatural at gmail dot com

  18. I like the Easy Glamour Bracelet from Jewerly Rock Star. My daughter would also love the bracelet too.
    brownatural at gmail dot com

  19. Ruby Buah's, Strings Attached are all wonderful pieces, however I really like the Salsa necklace ($150).
    Wow, I love the styles of all the artists.
    brownatural at gmail dot com

  20. #1 I follow @Jewelry RockStar on Twitter and I'm

  21. #2 I follow @Jewelry RockStar on Twitter and I'm

  22. I love Pretty In Peace's caroline bracelet. It is absolutely beautiful!

  23. Jewelryrockstar's Diatriova Earrings are right down my alley.

  24. Stringz attached downtown earrings are elegant.

  25. posted a tweet on my twitter @jonneatha89

  26. I am now following tea and honey bread.

  27. So does this mean I have eight comments left or just in a row?

  28. I love this blog I it's a little taste of freedom from my everyday boring life.

  29. Final comment….I hope I did this right I have never won a give-a-way so this would be awesome.

  30. I really love the book giveaway and the jewerly giveaway. I need new updated things. brownatural at gmail dot com

  31. I had a great Thanksgiving with Fried Turkey. Yum!

  32. I hope everyone will have a safe holiday season!
    brownatural at gmail dot com

  33. The artist here are very talented and I have fav'd them!

  34. mama bear (@madreoso)

    I am a My Brown Baby follower, a new one, but I will also be a new mom in about 7 months.

  35. mama bear (@madreoso)

    The A Bit of Sunshine Triangle Dangle Earrings from Jewelry Rock Star are gorgeous and bright, they are possibly my favorites in the store.

  36. mama bear (@madreoso)

    I really like Ruby Buah's Stringz Attached collections. Festivity and Dream are my two favorites, yet Red Peacock from the Salsa collection is what I would pic from the store.

  37. mama bear (@madreoso)

    I set Pretty in Peace as a favorite Etsy seller after only looking at two pages. My wish list from there already includes the Bronte pins, Peaceful Lotus choker, Shara necklace, Ugochi dangles, and the Mod Pod drops.

  38. Times are rough but we have to pull through.
    brownatural @ gmail dot com

  39. I love Ruby Buah's jewerly, from Ghana.

  40. Good luck posters, these are great items. 🙂
    brownatural at gmail dot com

  41. Jennae @ Green & Gorgeous

    How fly is Stringz Attached! I am love, love, loving the red peacock earrings! I'm seeing a gift for myself in my future 🙂

  42. Jennae @ Green & Gorgeous

    How fly is Stringz Attached! I am love, love, loving the red peacock earrings! I'm seeing a gift for myself in my future 🙂

  43. Jennae @ Green & Gorgeous

    How fly is Stringz Attached! I am love, love, loving the red peacock earrings! I'm seeing a gift for myself in my future 🙂

  44. Jennae @ Green Your Decor

    From Jewelry Rockstar, I am digging the African Shield earrings. Beautiful, and I love the color! And just so you know, I'm headed over to Urban Bazaar right now to scoop one of those posters. I NEED that in my office 🙂

  45. Jennae @ Green Your Decor

    You have given me enough eye candy to last me all day! From Pretty in Peace, I LOVE the La Peche necklace. That's exactly the kind of understated piece I would wear 🙂

  46. I won? OMG *bounces around the room madly* Now what do I do to get it? :p

  47. I thought I new the rules, crazy me!

  48. I love supporting my bros and sis businesses. Oh and Kwanzaa is coming up to remind us of that!! YEAH!!

  49. I love celebrating Kwanzaa and Kuchichagulia! Harambee is the word of the day, LOL.

  50. mama bear (@madreoso)

    I signed up to follow Tea and Honey Bread. I scrolled a few pages of posts and am enthusiastic about reading more on the site. Namaste.

  51. mama bear (@madreoso)

    I am also interested in reading what Tameka has to write on Moms of Hue as a first time mom-to-be.

  52. mama bear (@madreoso)

    I tweeted about the contest via my @madreoso account. (

  53. mama bear (@madreoso)

    I think Shawnta and I have some style choices in common. 🙂

  54. mama bear (@madreoso)

    I look forward to my interaction with this blog community. I just started blogging about my prenatal journey mainly because we are not telling people until we are out of the first trimester which should be soon. In a sense that outlet has led me to this creative group of people. Thank you for being here.

  55. Ruby and the Booker Boys Series will also be added to my X-Mas list!

  56. mama bear (@madreoso)

    These artists are all very talented.

  57. mama bear (@madreoso)

    When will Pretty in Peace have more photography on Etsy? I would love to see her style of work.

  58. This was fun, thank you MyBrownBaby and the artists. Congrats to the winners too! That was really fun, LOL.

  59. MBB Founder and Editor Denene Millner

    Congratulations Neatha, Jennae and Mama Bear on our winnings!
    Whoosh—I didn't expect this giveaway to end so soon, but I like the format, don't you?! I'm going to see if I can get another one of these going soon—I've found some incredible artisans on Etsy and they deserve to shine.

    A special, special thank you to Brooke at JewelryRockStar, Ruby at Stringz Attached, and Tameka at Pretty In Peace for their donations and ESPECIALLY for their talent. You are incredible women!

    Even if you didn't win, I encourage each of you to check out their online stores and consider patronizing them for your holiday shopping needs. Seriously, how fly would YOU look if someone you loved unwrapped one of their pieces? Um, VERY!

    Remember: I have giveaways going all week—so stay tuned for more chances to win more prizes! And thanks to everyone who participated today—you were awesome!

  60. Jewelry Rockstar

    For those who didn't win, but like the poster series I have a giveaway going until Dec. 5th on a similar one.

    Denene, thanks so much for your support. I also love the giveaway format, it was much more interesting than the same old format we see around. I'll try something new and interesting next time I do a giveaway.

  61. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! So not fair! I got eveyone started and woke up late! I'm pregnant people!! haha, great giveaway though. can't wait to see what's up tomorrow!

  62. I love the Live Giveaway element! Very cool!

  63. Oh, and um, the jewelry is BADASS!!! Those were all supposed to be MINE 🙂

  64. Thanks for the chance.

  65. Count me in for 12/05/09 🙂

    ktgonyea at

  66. Count me in for 12/06/09 🙂

    ktgonyea at

  67. Thanks for the chance 🙂

    ktgonyea at

  68. Very talented artists 🙂

    ktgonyea at

  69. Such great work 🙂

    ktgonyea at

  70. Adore it 🙂

    ktgonyea at

  71. Pick me please 🙂

    ktgonyea at

  72. Thanks for the chance 🙂

    ktgonyea at

  73. I am drawn to the 'Easy Glamour Bracelet' from Jewerly Rock Star- love it! khaski78 at hotmail dot com

  74. I subscribed 🙂

  75. I love the Cosmopolitan 🙂

  76. I love the Easy Glamour Bracelet from JR.

  77. I like the Julia posts from PP.

  78. Stringz attached of the Ghanaian designer is real nice! I like the shape of them, and actually..the whole thing! 🙂

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