Thursday, January 17, 2013

Nozomi Project

I am so unbelievably excited to be sharing with you all today.  I mentioned the Nozomi Project briefly back in November after I returned from a mission trip and I promised to make an announcement once the project was up and fully running so that's what I'm here to do today!



The Nozomi {nozomi means hope in Japanese} Project was created in response to the devastation left behind after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.  It is a social enterprise bringing sustainable income, community, dignity and hope to the women in Ishinomaki, Japan by training women to craft unique jewelry products.  One third of these women are single mothers and grandmothers; most of these women and their family members lost their livelihood when the tsunami crashed through half of their city in 2011.​  These women are creating one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry featuring broken pieces of pottery left in the wake of the tsunami (called the Shards of Hope product line), as well as other beautiful products such as kimono accessories and note cards  Each of our product lines has been named by a Nozomi woman in honor of a loved one in her life. 

I had the honor of working with some of these ladies back in July and then on our trip in November  we got a sneak peak into some the lines that had been created.  If you look back at my two blog posts, you will see that the concept and designs have changed a great deal and will most likely continue to do so as the project evolves but each piece is truly beautiful in it's own way. 

Today, I want to share some of this beauty with one of you while also spreading the word about the project!  I am going to give away this GORGEOUS necklace from the Kukiko line {this is really, really hard for me to do because once it arrived in the mail, I fell in love with this and badly want to keep it for myself!}



I am a decent photographer but these photos really don't do the piece justice.  It is absolutely stunning in person!


My main goal here is to bring awareness to the project, not my blog so you don't even have to be a follower to enter to win this necklace.  You MUST complete number 1 or all other entries will be invalid.  For each task you complete, leave a separate comment on this post so that I am sure to give you the appropriate number of entries.  Also, be sure to leave your email in the comments so I know how to reach you if you win!

1. Go to their website, click on "gifts" and leave me a comment here telling me which piece is your favorite {line name and number}.
2. Like their Facebook page.
3. Tweet "I want to win a #Nozomi necklace from @bleudressnjapan #tsunami #relief #Ishinomaki #Japan http://tinyurl.com/ahmk99s". 
4. Blog about this giveaway & the Nozomi project.

BONUS.  If you purchase a piece from their website and email me a copy of your receipt {the receipt does not contain payment info but PLEASE feel free to block out your last name/address if you'd like} I will give you 5 extra entries!

Deadline for all entries is January 25th, 2013 at 10pm EST.  

Please tell all of your friends & family about this great project and the chance to win this beautiful necklace!

23 comments:

Kara said...
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Kara said...

I like their Facebook page.

Kara said...

I tweeted! https://twitter.com/RofaMW/status/292177611549986816

Kara said...

I love the Kumiko necklace. Specifically, 5-105. I seriously might have to buy it.

Chantal said...

Wow! That is very pretty! What a good idea.

I love the Saya 12-101

Chantal said...

Page liked!

Chantal said...

Tweeted!

https://twitter.com/ScatteredCShels/status/292259558393511936

Melissa Woodard said...

I love the Nodoka piece from their website! Definitely going to be sharing this site and these wonderful pieces with others! :-)

~ Melissa

Melissa Woodard said...

Okay so when I follow your directions exactly - I like the piece 17-117 page one of the Ayaka Adjustable Necklace section after I clicked on gifts.
I still think the necklace you ar giving away is the best piece I've seen thus far! thank you for doing this someone is going to be very happy with this piece! :-)

Melissa Woodard said...

i've liked the page on Facebook as well! :-)

Daisy said...

I love their jewelry! So pretty, but I guess my favorite is # 17-100. Thank you for bringing this organization to our attention.
Daisy@maggiesgarden.net

Daisy said...

I also liked their Facebook page and posted a link to their website on my page.

Dana said...

I like the ones on the silver chain, especially 11-130. I'm thinking about ordering one for my MIL's birthday!
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Dana said...

liked their FB page too!

AgKB said...

Nice! Love 4-115 (yea engineer red) ;)

AgKB said...

Facebook like- check!

stormeewx said...

Liked the Facebook page too!

Jenny D. said...

I tweeted!

jlh1022@gmail.com

Jenny D. said...

I liked their facebook!

Jenny D. said...

I like the Rumi collection! 11-125.

Julia Chu said...

I love the Moeka line. Thanks for sending me to their site so I can now order another one today as a birthday gift. I bought two sets for Christmas gifts and they are truly beautiful and meaningful pieces! Thank you for promoting the Nozomi project! I also tweeted and liked the Facebook page. ~Julia Chu

Julia Chu said...

Woops, number of Moeka line piece is 7-150. :)

milliekate78 said...

OOOH! so many pretty pretty things! The cufflinks are super fun and are going on my list of possible gifts for my husband! But, I really like the Moeka 7-117 because of the color! So glad you could go to Japan and experience the passion the Takamotos have for Jesus in Japan!