12 July 2012

NOVICA (review/giveaway)

My Dear Friends,

I have been curious about NOVICA for years.   I've oogled their website many times.  They've got so many amazing products as well as unique gifts from artists around the world.  I could easily spend a ton at the NOVICA store!  Everything is just so beautiful.


I recently was given the opportunity to review a NOVICA product.  Actually, I haven't reviewed anything yet since I am having such a hard time making up my mind!  There are just SO many things that I like.  How does one choose between gorgeous handmade jewelry like necklaces or earrings when there's also cool outdoor items, bar ware & furniture?  It's so hard to decide!  Maybe you could help me choose what to review?  I've narrowed it down to my top five.  I'd really appreciate it if you'd cast your vote & help me decide!



Here are my top five picks:

(#1) Parachute Hammock, 'Orange Sorbet', $35.49
 Charly presents a boldly-colored parachute hammock designed for extreme comfort and compact, lightweight traveling. Featuring a practical pocket on one side, the hammock's glimmering effect and soft texture is the result of the material used - the same sturdy fabric used for parachutes. Easily folded, the hammock includes hanging equipment. When not in use, the hammock can be rolled up and stored within the lateral pocket. 

(#2) Talavera ceramic serving plate, 'Guanajuato Flora', $30.99
Pedro Alba honors the state of Guanajuato with the colorful design of this Talavera plate. Painted by hand with florid details, Talavera is a type of majolica ceramics brought to Mexico from Spain in the 16th century. It is distinguished by the use of cobalt blue over an off-white background. 


  (#3) Cotton handbag, 'Happy Hmong Village', $22.99
All is color in this charming village scene. Embroidered by hand, people from Thailand's Hmong hill tribe go about their daily chores. The motifs cover a generous front pocket on a cotton sling tote. By Jiap Rojjana, the bag is fully lined and an inner pocket with zipper keeps small items handy. Both the outer pocket and the purse close with coconut shell buttons.   Because each is an individual work of embroidery art, colors and motifs may vary slightly according to the artisan's inspiration. 

(#4) Talavera ceramic shot glasses, 'Guanajuato Flora' (set of 4), $29.95
 For this set of ceramic tequila shot glasses, Pedro Alba puts together a colorful bouquet to celebrate the floral beauty of the state of Guanajuato. Painted by hand with bright colors, the flowers bloom on a cobalt blue trellis. Alba expertly preserves the millenary art of Talavera, a type of majolica ceramics brought to Mexico from Spain in the 16th century. 

 (#5) Ceramic tequila shot glasses, 'Golden Harvest' (set of 4), $39.95
Golden flowers adorn these delightful tequila shot glasses by Jorge Quevedo. Crafted by hand, relief motifs add to their fascination, while the deep cobalt is inspired by Mexico's traditional Talavera pottery. This set of four glasses includes an equally beautiful tray.  Small cracks may appear on the surface due to the handcrafted nature of this product.





      



Having never traveled outside of the United States, I love finding breathtaking jewelry, homeware, furniture, etc. from other countries.  NOVICA helps connect me to the rest of the world...and creates a valuable service which gives people access to products made by artisans in other countries.

From their site:
We want to give artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity. And, we want to provide you with access to unique, hard-to-find items at great values that only the Internet infrastructure can allow.
At the deepest essence of our philosophy, we want to create a bridge between you and the many talented artisans across the globe.
We want you to know about who you’re buying from. We want you to feel that attachment to the product and to the hands that created it.
In the spirit of the Internet, let us bring you together.
NOVICA. The World is Your Market.

One of the main things that I love about the NOVICA site is that you're not only buying a product, you're get an interesting story about the creator as well as an origin story of the product itself.  Each product comes with it's own artisan story card too.  For more information, take a second to read about some of the artisan's lives that have been changed for the better while reading the Mission Page.
 
NOVICA recently launched their home party division called NOVICA Live!  The starter kits are only $199 and feature over $400 worth of samples plus $150 in business materials.  They have a lot of promotions going on for the early consultants, including earning a trip to recreate Eat, Pray, Love with our co-founder Armenia in Bali (she was featured in Liz Gilbert's book)!  
 They also have a generous commission plan that enables you to make money while working just a few hours per week.  For the consultants, getting in early is a big opportunity in direct sales.  You'll be able to make some good money and support artisans worldwide.  NOVICA Live is expanding across the country right now and signing up new consultants every week.  


I’d highly recommend shopping at NOVICA – you’ll find unique eco friendly gifts for family & friends while supporting the great artisans from around the world.


I am thrilled to announce that NOVICA is one of our sponsors for the Christmas In July Giveaway Event!  The event runs from July 16th to the 28th and features a ton of amazing blogs giving away fantastic prizes!  One lucky FITF reader will win a $37.50 Gift Card to NOVICA!  Make sure to come back on July 16th and enter to win!

  
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*I received a $37.50 gift card code to NOVICA in exchange for this review.  
All opinions are my own and no money exchanged hands.  Thank you, NOVICA!

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