Buy Handmade – A Charming Giveaway

The holiday season is in full force in the stores so I guess it is time to start thinking about holiday gift giving.

This year I have taken the Buy Handmade Pledge.  It is a movement that is going on in the blogging world where people are pledging to buy handmade gifts this holiday season and choosing to support independent artists.

If you click on the “I took the handmade pledge” button on the right hand side of my blog you too can take the pledge.  You will also find a list of websites where you can buy handmade gifts including Etsy, a great site with thousands of handmade items.

With the current economic situation many of us find our gift giving budgets a little more limited than usual.  Because of that I want to make sure that the gifts I give this year are meaningful.

While I was in Utah several weeks ago I visited a boutique where many women were selling their handmade items.  At the boutique I met Jenine of Savanna Hill.  I fell in love with her jewelry – all handmade by Jenine.

She makes beautiful custom photo pendants featuring your custom photo.  Each piece is its own one-of-a-kind creation.

Charm picture

I had Jenine create some custom photo pendants for some of the people on my gift list this year.  I used some of our old heritage photos.  I just emailed her a jpg of the photo that I had scanned in, let her know what I wanted on the back (a letter, a word etc.)

They arrived last week and they are beautiful!  (I’m not going to show them to you because some of the people they are for might see them and I want part of it to be a surprise!)

Jenine is very prompt and does beautiful work!

charm picture 3

charm picture 2

She has graciously donated a custom made photo pendant, chain and one bobble for a giveaway.  This gift has a value of $49.00

By leaving a comment and letting me know who you’d like to give this custom made photo pendant to you will be entered in the drawing for this giveaway.  The giveaway will be open until Friday, November 14th at midnight PST.  Don’t forget that you need to click through to the actual blog to leave your comment.

If you would like to order some custom made photo pendants for the people on your gift list this year please visit Jenine at her website – Savanna Hill  She is a doll and would love to help you!

Jenine Abegg, founder of Savanna Hill jewelry has been designing jewelry since she was a little girl. Her hobby became a business when many of her friends and their friends and their friends wanted jewelry for gifts. The rest is history. She resides in Pleasant Grove, UT with her husband Taylor and three children; Joshua, Grace and William. Besides jewelry, Jenine enjoys anything outdoors, cooking and her favorite- playing with her children!

For the next several weeks I will be featuring  gift ideas that are handmade by homebased moms.  If you or someone you know has a handmade at home business that would like to sponsor a giveaway on my blog please email me through my contact page.

A big thank you to Jenine for sponsoring our Charming Giveaway this week!

Charming  Giveaway Guidelines

  • Anyone in the U.S. with an email and a name is eligible.
  • You can use a code name if you want to.
  • One entry per person, please.
  • Emails are never published nor is your identity revealed if you choose to use a code name.

Tell your mother, tell your sister, tell your girlfriends so they can enter too!  Share the fun!

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    My odds aren’t looking very good after scrolling through all these comments! Love your blog. I can easily take the pledge, except that I will be doing the hand making myself this year!

  2. Shelley says

    I have too many choices of deserving wonderful women who would appreciate this gift! Many of whom already appreciate “handmade” gifts! I can think of sisters, sister in laws, my mother, and daughter that would be at the top of my giving list! Thanks!

  3. Linda K says

    I love your blog and feel I know you through this medium. I would love to win this beautiful jewelry. I would love to give this to my daughters. If I am chosen I will have a hard time deciding who to really give this to. Buying homemade is definitely the way to go!

  4. Pam K in NE says

    I would love to be able to give this to my sister. She has no children of her own but is the best aunt to my two boys. They (and I) are so lucky to have her in our lives. It would be a great celebration of the love we share.

  5. says

    Leigh Anne, what a fun blog! So great to see you again at the Startup Princess event. And what a fun giveaway. I’m doing lots of hand made gifts this year for Christmas, and this would be perfect for my sister-in-law!

  6. says


    What beautiful, inspirational pieces! Little pieces of artwork…

    I am going to be selfish here and ask to have one for myself. Last month, we lost our oldest child, Kevin (14). He died without explanation….fell asleep and never woke up. Kevin had autism and a congenital heart defect, but those were not the cause of his passing (at this point we are still waiting final autopsy reports). He struggled all his life to just be ‘normal’. I tried my best to teach him how to handle life the only way that I could….prayer, hope and kindness. He was more than just a special needs child, he WAS special! He touch hundreds of lives, both young and old. As parents, we sometimes don’t see how our children can impact others’ lives, especially when one has a child with emotional, physical and psychological issues. I would love to have his picture around my neck…close to my heart so that I can ‘see’ him daily wherever I go, whatever I do. My heart has a missing piece that can never be replaced, but is a reminder of how precious life truly is. It is a gift…one not to be taken for granted.

    Thanks for this opportunity.


  7. says

    These are beautiful. I would give one to my Sister in Law, she has been on a mission this past year to lose weight… She is almost to her goal and looks great… She is an inspiration!

  8. says

    I think I would keep it for myself! becasue I have been wanting something just like this to put a picture of my son who passed away. my mom wuld probably love it too though =)

  9. says

    I make all of my gifts, but what a lovely idea this is. I’ve too many daughters and granddaughter – could never choose just one, but I would love to give one of these to my best friend, who is a constant person in my life.

    I’d like to make a special note to Karen. I lost a 12 year old son thirty-seven years ago. I thought the pain would never end, but fortunately, while you never forget nor would you want to, the pain lessens over time, allowing you to remember all the good times and the joy he brought you. My thoughts are with you – especially during this holiday season.

  10. Judy says

    Homemade…I love the sound of it and the look and wish I had just a simgin of that kind of talent. What a great gift to give at this holiday season. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. knmkendall says

    This is SO pretty! I’m not sure if I’d keep it or give it to my sweet sister. Please enter me in your contest! Thank you!

  12. says

    Hi Leigh Anne,

    I would LOVE to give this photo pendant to my sister, Mary, who lost her ONLY daughter, her first born child in an auto accident two years ago when her daughter was only eighteen. My sister teaches full day kindergarten and I think her students would love to see her wearing this pendant. I know her three sons, ages 4, 7 and 16 would love to see her wearing it. It seems like it was made with her in mind.
    Thanks for giving me the chance to win it and make her day when I give it to her.


  13. Jan says

    I love the idea of getting back to the idea of giving a gift that was made with love! Count me in.

    I love even more the idea of you offering all of the crafters out their to have a place to share their wares!
    Reading your website is a gift I give myself everyday!
    Thanks for your great work & thoughtfulness!
    Oh……..every lady on my list would love the necklace!
    Who wouldn’t!

  14. says

    What a beautiful gift! I’d give this to my best friend of 23 years — she’s always so hard to buy for, but I think she’d really enjoy this!

  15. Debbie says

    What a great idea to give hand-made. Unique gifts are always so hard to find. Thanks for the inspiration.

  16. nancy says

    These necklaces are so simple and yet have so much to say!
    I think my daughter would be my giftee!

  17. Janette says

    I would give one of these charm necklaces to my daughter, Ashley. She is getting married in February and I think this would be a great gift for her from me. I have seen these charm necklaces before and I have always wanted to have one. Does anyone know how to make them? I, too, am planning on having a homemade Christmas. I think it will be more in the spirit of the season.

  18. Laurie says

    The “buy handmade” pledge is a fabulous idea! Like many others who commented, I will be doing a fair amount of the “handmaking” myself. I woud love to have this necklace for myself, however, I would give it to my friend who is a single mom with two teenagers. She works so hard to support her kids, financially and emotionally, and she doesn’t have time for herself very often. I think she would LOVE this beautiful necklace!

  19. says

    The pendants are really, really beautiful. For the last couple of years I have been trying to make at least half of my Christmas gifts and buy more and more handmade items. Etsy is a constant source of inspiration and longing! I would give the photo pendant to my Grandma Johnson with a photo of her three children (including my dad) when they were young. I frankly think it would bring her to tears!

  20. Rosie says

    I’d love to give this to my mom. She has always been there for me and I’d love to do something special for her!

  21. Natalie says

    I’d give it to my sister-in-law who is battling breast cancer. It would definitely boost her spirits!!