Wednesday, January 18, 2012

NOVICA GIVEAWAY - BLACK AND WHITE WEDNESDAY #26

NOVICA logo_lgIf you know me and have read my blog for a while, you must have seen that I associate myself with businesses and brands I feel comfortable with and only accept to advertize for them if I can relate to what they are doing as well as fully appreciate the products they put out on the market. I regularly turn down offers as I'm very exclusive in my selection and my aim is not to brainwash you with cheap adverts for useless knacks or cheap bric-a-brac. I want to showcase items that have a real value to my eyes and which I can present to you without feeling dishonnest or like a vulgar whore running after a few easily earned coins. This is absolutely not my kind...

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So, when NOVICA contacted me again and proposed to organize another giveaway, there was no way I was going to refuse the opportunity of making one of my readers a lucky winner and treating myself to a few of their exquisite and irresistible objects.

Their way of doing business is totally adequate with my beliefs. What I really like about them is that they are different and fight to promote an alternative. NOVICA wants to provide us with access to unique, hard-to-find items at bargain prices that only the Internet infrastructure can allow. Their aim is to give artists and artisans around the world a global platform where they can express their true artistic talents as well as spur their creativity and create a bridge between them and buyers. It is important to NOVICA that we know about who we are buying from in order for us to feel an attachment to the product and to the hands that created it.

In association with THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, this fairtrade and eco-friendly organization's purpose is to create a revolutionary system through which the artists and artisans (the team comes from different cultures, countries and language sets - Andes, Bali & Java, Brazil, Central America, India, Mexico, Thailand and West Africa) can display their fine works to an international audience of prospective customers.
 
NOVICA does not charge artists any fees for listing their items on the website. Furthermore, they remain fully independent (free to raise or lower their prices and remove their items from the website). By cutting out the long strings of middlemen, NOVICA allows both consumers and artisans to get the most out of each and every transaction. Besides, they also give the customer the chance to help the artists by making a free of interest loan (microfinance service) directly to craftspersons.


They sell a vast array of products ranging from home decor (furniture, tableware, tapestries, etc...), jewelry & apparels (earrings, bracelets, necklaces, women's accessories, men's accessories, cufflinks, men's scarveswomen's scarves, walking sticks, etc...) to paintings (abstract, religious, landscapes, etc...) and also specialise in corporate as well as green gifts.

Lately they have launched a new division giving consultants* the opportunity to showcase beautiful gifts and jewelry through home parties in an entertaining way, while supporting the people who create them. In case you would be tempted to host an event (Novica Live), then I recommend you to visit their Home Party Opportunities page or if home based selling interests you, then please view their Home Party Consultant page.

As you can imagine it was very difficult for me to choose from their catalogue as there are so many wonderful items on offer. Anyway, being a foodie and loving handmade tableware I decided to order another batch of bowls as the first one had given me full satisfaction.

I've always been a big fan of Southest Asian art, so it was all naturally that I ordered
two pairs of delicately manufactured ceramic bowls made by Putu Oka Mahendra from Bali: "Lithe Gecko" and "Frangipani Flowers".

I placed my order on a Monday afternoon and both my items arrived at the same time, on Friday of the same week. What a fast shipment considering the fact that the merchandise came directly from the artists' place in Indonesia! Everything was well-packed and came to destination in perfect condition.

When I discovered my items I was totally blown away by their sheer perfection, refinement, elegance and beauty. In front of me were bowls that were extremely splendid and gorgeously executed. They are even nicer than on the photo (and the photos were good)! No need to say that I am incredibly pleased with my gifts. What a delight for the eyes and senses. The perfect addition to my table!


*  The starter kits are only $199 and have over $400 worth of samples and $150 in business materials. They have a lot of promotions going on for our early consultants, including anyone that becomes a Director this year will go to Bali next year.

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GIVEAWAY

1x 50$ gift certificate.

Rules and Entry Details
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- You must leave a COMMENT in the comment section of this post (one entry per person).
- Winner will be chosen using the "hat method".
- Winner will be notified via email (please leave your e-mail adress if you don't have a blog).
- This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE (please check NOVICA's International Shipping Table to know if they can ship to your country).
- The contest closes on Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 at Midnight, 12:00am CE
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Statement:

This giveaway is provided to you by NOVICA. Please note that I only promote things that stay true to my tastes, convictions and interests. The opinions expressed on Rosa's Yummy Yums are purely my own and based upon my personal experiences with NOVICA. I was given a gift certificate, however I was not paid to publish a positive review.
Thank you NOVICA for sharing your wonderful tableware with us!

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All three black and white pictures were submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook".

93 comments:

  1. oh! Rosa, c'est juste superbe. Toute l'Asie .... Je vais vite regarder leur site et bien entendu je participe ;) bisous et merci de partager avec nous

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  2. Cette vaisselle est superbe! Tu connais mon attachement à Bali et à son artisanat... je serais ravie de gagner! Merci également pour ces superbes photos N&B... Bon mercredi, Bises...

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  3. Rosa this is such an awesome giveaway, do count me in - just visited Novica's website and kudos to their efforts !

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  4. I agree with you about your feeling with brands, advertising and cooperations. In this case you did good because the objects are really gorgeous and I'm very excited to take part to your give away. Have I to put a banner on my blog for this?
    You pictures are always unforgettables. Un grande bacio, Pat

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  5. Tres jolis. je ne connaissais pas ce site - c'est un vrai piege, hyper dangereux ;)

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  6. A beautiful website,loved all their products. Am in for the giveaway.May the lucky win. Thanks for the huge info and the beautiful clicks.

    Chitchat

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  7. I love the tableware, I surely hope I dow i9n since I'm moving to a new house in April and I will need to make my table look pretty!

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  8. Wow, what a lovely give away. I am crazy about table ware and table settings. This looks so beautiful!

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  9. Awesome giveaway, please count me in, thanks!!!!

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  10. Beautiful ceramics-very classy, too! Your black and whites are also very classy! Cheers!

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  11. Such fun dishes. They just make you smile. I've been involved with NOVICA since I've hosted a giveaway on my blog a year or so ago. They also have a great loan program.

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  12. Toutes sont belles, mais les fleurs....son sent le velours du pétale, la couleur douce un peu fanée...une merveille de délicatesse...
    Bises , belle journée

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  13. So beautififul :) so interesting :)
    ciao
    un bacio
    vale

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  14. Hello Rosa ,
    Nice shot !!!!
    WOw.. thats a wonderful giveaway.. Visted their website.. and they have got lovely stuff...

    May the lucky person win... ( Mee !!! Me!!!!)

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  15. Been here after long....love the header and new look given to the blog...makeover to the blog suits.....gorgeous clicks...no words to describe....i am in love with those B&W clicks.....so natural without colors...u have done perfect justice to them....my country is there in the list and i would love to be part of this Giveaway.....

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  16. Wow, what beautiful ceramics! (And what a lovely way to help artists!)

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  17. Novica is a great site and should be supported! Thanks for a super giveaway!
    My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  18. Hi Rosa

    I am in! =D

    Gorgeous Vessels, I realy dont mind to win. *hope*

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  19. It's great to learn about this company, thanks!

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  20. Direi che hai fatto bene ad accettare, quando dei prodotti sono meritevoli vale la pena dar loro il giusto spazio! Ecco, chissà, magari sono fortunata almeno in questo giveaway, incrocio le dita... un abbraccio Rosa!

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  21. Rosa,
    Novica sounds like a really nice organization. I'd never heard of them before so thanks for the intro:)
    -Erin

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  22. Ahh, finally I can see how they look like. Beautiful!

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  23. Beautiful pics, Rosa and a lovely giveaway! I'm in.

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  24. Hi Rosa! How did you make the first two pictures? They are amazing. I'm not very educated in terms of photography so I don't know how you made them, but I love the artistic piece like that. Really unique! I'd love this giveaway!! I'd love to have a unique bowl like yours. Thanks for making it international. :-)

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  25. C'est superbe Rosa je vais voir aussi leur site

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  26. Rosa, thank you for organising this original giveaway. The bowls look beautiful and I love the fair trade and the philisophy that is behind it.

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  27. Wow another wonderful giveaway. Your taste is exquisite and the picture with the flowers very beatiful.

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  28. En association avec le National Geographic et dans le commerce équitable... mais c'est extra!

    Anne
    Québec

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  29. What a wonderful idea! You are very generous to go through the trouble of a giveaway. But, how fun! Your bowls are absolutely gorgeous. Sign me up, please!

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  30. Wow!! Those bowls are gorgeous Rosa!! Loved the fact that they come directly from the artists, they feel so precious!

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  31. Love Novica! I particularly love buying articles made in Peru. What a great company!
    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

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  32. There work is just gorgeous-thank you for introducing me to this and Happy New Year.

    chocolate and croissants at yaho o . com

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  33. Rosa, superbe les roses black and white
    Je te souhaite une bonne soirée
    Valérie.

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  34. Awsm giveaway . Cannot ignore it. Would love to win and must say that you have a fantastic taste in product! Appreciate your integrity.

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  35. This would be a specially useful giveaway, since I'm setting up my new home :)

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  36. Very interesting-sounding company with nice products. Love your latest B&W photos. Happy Black and White Wednesday!

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  37. As usual, BEAUTIFUL pictures!
    That is one interesting giveaway... count me in please!

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  38. This is a unique and wonderful giveaway....I would love to toss my name into the hat.

    Cheers.
    Velva

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  39. As the person who won your last Novica giveaway, I can attest to the quality, uniqueness and beauty of the products sold. I got three bowls with my gift certificate. And each is just dazzling to look at.

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  40. Lovely! THanks for the chance.

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

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  41. Fantastic giveaway Rosa...sounds like an amazing company!

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  42. Gorgeous giveaway Rosa and I love the photography!

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  43. Rosa, this is such a generous giveaway for Novica arts. Love what you say here: "By cutting out the long strings of middlemen, NOVICA allows both consumers and artisans to get the most out of each and every transaction" A win for all ~ artists deserve to make lots of money for the joy & passion they share with others :) People deserve to have great, affordable art.
    I will check their site now. Love your geckos.

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  44. A very interesting giveaway Rosa! I hadn't heard of them before :)

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  45. Gorgeous bowls and your photography is beautiful. I love the idea of eco-friendly and fairtrade and the company is a fabulous way to, as you say, give this amazing artists a global platform.

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  46. Amazing B&W images and thanks for the giveaway opportunity :)

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  47. Rosa, what an amazing photos! I found your blog through Jelena (Food for thought) and I love it :)

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  48. Tu fais tellement de belles photos Rosa, wow!

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  49. Hi Rosa,
    Just passing by to admire your fabulous pictures and to which you a fantastic weekend.
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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  50. Rosa this is a great giveaway. I wish I win, I will get to display all these items on my blog :)

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  51. Ahhh Rosa you always have such gorgeous taste... I love the ceramics, are they covered teacups? So adorable!

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  52. Rosa, I hadn't heard of Novica before, but their products are unique and beautiful.
    I'm certain the person behind the camera had something to do with it.

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  53. thanks for the chance!
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

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  54. Wow Rosa these images are AMAZING! I checked out the Novica website and I really enjoyed taking in all the facets it offers. I hadn't heard of Novica either- please count with me in. That's my first time entry in any giveaway online - I will test my lucky this time. And thank you for hosting this cool giveaway... =^.^=

    Have a beautiful week!!!

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  55. The items you've chosen are beautiful however, i think your stunning photography played a part too! It makes everything look even more gorgeous!

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  56. what a great giveaway! and stunning photo too!

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  57. great giveaway from a great giveaway!! the first shot is stunning!

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  58. Always love your B&W theme. Great giveaway!

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  59. oh wow, i LOVE novica, and i'd love to win :) thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

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  60. Rosa, you are going to have to sell me some of your prints so that I can surround myself with your art! I was just checking up on some of your previous posts and found myself gazing, mesmerized for a very long time.

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  61. Your BW photos are lovely-great submissions for BWW (and a fun giveaway too!)

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  62. Rosa, your photography never ceases to amaze me! Truly inspiring! Wonderful giveaway too!!! :)

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  63. Your bowls are so pretty! I love the gecko. This sounds like a great way for artists to have their work found.

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  64. I remember googling them after one of your previous posts. The craftsmanship is amazing!

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  65. once again, your talent is just staggering. lovely images and terrific giveaway!

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  66. thats a lovely website! i can spend hours browsing through their catalogues! & knowing the shopoholic me, id probably end up buying half of those tablewear..they are so damn pretty! :)

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  67. I love Novica! Thanks for the chance to win!
    gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com


    PS - Your photography is amazing!

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  68. Love these ceramics, especially the salamanders (?). Very, very cool... well, I love your website, too, but you know that. Love to win, but also fun to see the different pieces.

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  69. I like everything about Novica, Rosa.
    Love your black and white pics today...perfect items for b&w.
    Count me in the giveaway!

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  70. Loved your photos and love the giveaway. Count me in.

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  71. Hi Rosa
    This is such an awesome giveaway and I just hopped over to Novica's website and best wishes to their efforts !

    Count me in for the giveaway

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  72. Irresistible!! I have to participate :)

    Thank you

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  73. Grand photos to highlight Novica's goods. Very pretty in all ways, Rosa.

    Thanks for sharing your shots for BWW!

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  74. Fotos maravillosas como siempre y lindos detalles ,me gusta tu especialidad experta en negro y blanco,abrazos y abrazos hugs,hugs.

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  75. The bowls look amazing. I love my hand crafted/custom designed kitchenware and Novica sounds like a great site that brings people like us and great artists together.
    Great giveaway too :)

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  76. How neat! The hand blown glasses look beautiful too.

    soluckyducky at gmail dot com

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  77. YOu have a beautiful site! I can say I have been to Swizterland. Beautiful country. I want to go back to Iinterlaken someday. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  78. The bowls are quite beautiful. So glad to participate in your giveaway and thanks to Marla for having you as a guest. Your blog is great!!

    vsdexter@comcast.net

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  79. So many beautiful items! I would love to win. Thank you.

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  80. Rosa, your photography is simply breathtaking! So so beautiful!!!

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  81. Love the ceramic pieces you ordered. Would be delighted to win a gift certificate to Novica.

    holly(dot)yokoyama(at)gmail(dot)com

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  82. Ils sont magnifiques:) Bon mardi!!xxx

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  83. I would love to win. there is so many beautiful hand craft items

    crystalclear3430 at gmail dot com

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  84. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway! Novica products are beautiful and so are your photos.

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  85. oh, please pick my name out of the hat!!! good luck to ME! :)

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  86. NAMI/JUST ONE COOKBOOK: Thanks! Well, there's a lot of work involved... I used different effects (actions sets/Photoshop) and added a texture (first pic). I'm glad you like my work. :-)

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