Giveaway Winner Announced + Labor Day Discount

I hope you’re all enjoying your Labor Day weekend! I’m pretty busy this weekend myself, having a little bit of an early fall staycation in the city. The weather is just lovely this weekend, in the mid-70s, and I plan to take full advantage of it.

And the winner of my Last Hurrah giveaway, as determined by, is Angela!

Congratulations! I’m emailing you right now!

And to make it a little better for everyone else, I’m leaving the 25% off code LASTHURRAH open through Tuesday for a Labor Day surprise 🙂 As always, I’m open to custom orders (and any orders discussed through this period, no matter when purchased, will be eligible for the discount, of course).

Have a great weekend!


Summer’s Last Hurrah Giveaway and Discount Code!

I may have graduated over a year ago, but it still feels weird to get to fall and know that I’m not going back to class. I love it, since being an adult has always been better than being in college, but it’s still a weird feeling.

However, I know that a lot of my friends are still in school, as are a lot of my blog followers! And since I love you guys and want you to get a great start to your year, I’m hosting a big back to school Etsypalooza for the next two weeks!

Starting today, August 15, I’m offering 25% off anything in my store with code LASTHURRAH. This is a great chance to get a great piece for the first week of class (or for just life!) at a super great price. Keep in mind that I do a lot of custom work, so if you want something tweaked slightly or if you have a brilliant idea that you think I would be a good fit for, please message me on Etsy and we’ll see what we can work out.

In addition to the discount, I’m opening this blog post as a giveaway for the chance to win anything currently for sale in my store, including anything that I post in the next few weeks. Or if you don’t see something you like, I am more than happy to work with you to make a completely custom piece. I mean, it really doesn’t get any better than that, does it?

Fun fact: If you buy something between now and the end of the giveaway, and you win, you can pick whether you’d rather get something else free or have your purchase refunded.

Ways to enter:

  1. Comment on this post! Tell me what you like in my store, what most excites you about school (or being graduated!), anything, really. I just want to hear from you!
  2. Tweet about this giveaway and mention me (@baileymichelle) so that I know you did! You MUST come back and remind me here in a separate comment for this to count as an entry.
  3. Link back to this post from your blog! You MUST come back and remind me here in a separate comment for this to count as an entry.

A winner will be chosen on Sept 1 via, but keep your eyes on this space–there may or may not be more things coming over the next couple of weeks!

This giveaway is open to everyone, since my Etsy does worldwide shipping now 🙂 And PS remember that I now accept all credit cards, not just PayPal, so you don’t have to use PayPal to shop my stuff!

Birthday Giveaway: $24 for 24

Did you ever get cash for your birthday growing up? You know, the kind of gift where you get exactly as many dollars as years you are old? I used to, but magically that seemed to stop after 21 and I started getting giftcards or household items – but as I am trying to say I’m an adult without feeling like an impostor, I think I prefer the latter now.

It’s my birthday, guys! That’s right – I’m 24 today. I felt like I was still scraping by as a fresh-faced college graduate at 23, but at 24 I think I have to accept that I’m a real adult today. Or, at least, I’m trying to be one.

When I was growing up, I always used to think that there’s no way I would make it to being an adult. Not that I thought I was going to die or anything, but that I simply couldn’t put it in my brain that I was going to be living on my own, working at least one Real Job, and making my way in the world. I still can’t believe it most of the time, even though I’m literally living that now. Every day is a surprise to me that I’ve made it this far, and I’ll take this moment to pat myself on the back. You should, too, because every new day is a day you didn’t expect and a day that you should be proud of.

Anyway, what I’m saying here is that while I’m out celebrating this wonderful day, you should be celebrating me, too. I mean, what’s a birthday if not a day that you get to celebrate yourself? I never said this wasn’t a narcissism blog, but I’m really putting it out there today.

In celebration of me, I’m giving away a $24 virtual giftcard to my Etsy store!

Each of these nets you one entry:

  • Comment here!
  • Tweet about this (and be sure to mention me @baileymichelle so I see it)
  • Post about it on your blog and link me to the post here
  • Buy something from my Etsy store within the giveaway time frame

All entries will be compiled into a list and a winner picked via Open to US/Canada only (sorry!).

So what are you waiting for? You have until Saturday, May 12th, to enter, and the winner will be announced on my blog on Sunday the 13th. Do it to it, friends!

general update + custom wire word necklace giveaway

I’ve had a bit of radio silence this week because WordPress changed up some of its dashboard layout on me, and I still don’t really understand it. It just made it incredibly hard to flip between multiple blogs, and…I didn’t like it. I’m going to try to not let that deter me, though, since apparently this is now the way things are.

Life updates:

  • Went to the OU/Mizzou game last night. It was a great time, when I wasn’t falling asleep from boring gameplay. I took an old college friend, Rachel, so that was incredibly fun. They must have still been tired from last week. That’s the only excuse I’ll take.
  • I’m in the middle of about a gazillion books right now. My Goodreads currently reading list is out of control. It was that darn Books a Million closing sale. I’m sure of it.
  • If I would recommend one novel from the pile, though, it would be Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. I read almost 100 pages this afternoon, and it’s so good. I’ll write a proper review when I finish it, but you should all definitely read it.
In more news, I’m hosting a custom wire word necklace giveaway at Shop Happens. I mentioned this earlier last week when I wrote about the Etsy Spotlight, and now you have the opportunity to win one of my necklaces! There are six possible entries, so head over to the site and check it out.

Labor Day Weekend Approaches + Etsy Free Ship Code

I likely won’t be posting much, since I have two weddings to attend and two football games to watch, but know that I’ll be living it up this weekend. And I may be outlet shopping on Monday. It’s revving up to be a fantastic Labor Day weekend – my first one as a real adult!

To celebrate, I decided to add a free shipping code to my Etsy for this weekend. Keep an eye on things because I’ll be adding items all weekend! It expires Monday night at midnight CST, so get your orders in!

Use code LABORDAY11 to get free shipping all weekend long!

[151] it’s etsy time + magpie nest necklace giveaway

Yes, it’s really here. I’ve been putting it off for months, but I’ve finally put together my Etsy store. I don’t have all of my things listed in it yet, but everything that was finished tonight is now in it.

What’s it called? Well, what else? Mustard Ampersand Jewelry and Crafts. Right now it’s just jewelry, but there are crafts coming! So hop on over and see what’s in it!

For now, I’m focusing on charm and bird’s nest necklaces, as well as button crafts, which is generally earrings at the moment. I have a few more things in mind, but I won’t talk about them just yet. You’ll just have to wait and see!

Here are a few of the items that went up in the shop tonight:

Magpie Nest Necklace

Thatched Metal Button Earrings

ALREADY SOLD! Lots of other options, though!

Green Eggs Post Earrings

Of course, you’ll probably be the first to know when things are added to the store – you know I can’t keep a secret.

Speaking of keeping secrets, here’s one that I can’t keep any longer:

I’m giving away one of these Magpie Nest Necklaces to a lucky winner!

To enter:

  1. Comment on this post, telling me what your favorite item is in my Etsy store. (1 entry)
  2. Purchase something from my store – mention it here. (1 entry)
  3. Tweet about this giveaway! Mention it here and be sure to put my handle somewhere in the tweet (1 entry, @baileymichelle).
This giveaway will be open for one week, until Wednesday, June 8th, at which time I will randomly pick a winner via Be sure to make each entry a separate comment, so that I don’t miss any when I run them through the sorter. Good luck!

If you’re a frequent commenter, here’s your potential payoff. If you’ve never commented before – do it now, because you might get something out of it for free!