Monday, May 23, 2011

Longer Weekends And A Giveaway!

Weekends are never long enough, are they?  Whether I have a million things to do or just want to relax and do nothing, the time goes by far too quickly.  It makes me wonder who came up with the idea that, of the seven days in any given week, only two should be reserved for the weekend.

I'm proposing that we change the calendar.  We'll add a day, to make a total of eight days per week.  Then, we'll split the days equally into "week days" and "weekend".  To clarify, that means every week will have a four day weekend.  What do you think?  Would this work for you?  The only problem I can see is that the year will be longer by 52 days, so that will eventually mean Christmas will fall in the middle of hot summer weather.  We could solve that problem by dividing the year into 46 eight day weeks,  but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.  I guess we'll need to come up with a name for that extra day, too.  I'm leaning toward "Slackday", but I'm open to other suggestions.

This weekend, being only two days long, was full of yard work for Mr. W and I.  We were only able to accomplish about half of the tasks on our list (we did manage to squeeze in some time to soak our feet in the hot tub).  If we had had those two extra days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Slackday), we could have gotten so much more done.  I would have had time to post the giveaway I've been promising instead of making you wait until today.


I am so excited to announce that Novica has again given me a $50 gift card to award to one lucky winner.  If you're not familiar with Novica, they work in association with National Geographic to bring the work of talented artists and artisans around the globe to the rest of the world via the internet. Shopping their website is a unique experience as you can view information about each artist along with the works they create.  It gives each item a very personal feeling.  In the Keepers Of The Arts section, you can watch videos of the artists at work.

Whether you are shopping for yourself or looking for a gift for someone else, you'll be able to find something special and one of a kind.  You can shop categories like Corporate Gifts, Eco Friendly, and Gifts For Dad or click on something specific like Jewelry and Apparel to find necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings and clothing.  Don't miss Home Decor to browse rugs, clocks, bookends and more.  If you'd like to search items by the country they are created in, you can do that, too.

If you have a favorite artist, you can view all of their works in one place.  I am in love with the blown glass created by artists Javier and Efren from Mexico.  I own a beautiful set of margaritas glass they created and am anxiously awaiting the set of dessert goblets I ordered a few days ago.

Dessert Goblets by Javier and Efren
You can do more than shop on the Novica website.  In Microfinance, you can learn how to support artists with a loan that will earn you an extra 15% toward Novica purchases.  If you're looking to start a new full or part time career, learn all about becoming a Novica consultant at Novica Live!

I just can't say enough good things about Novica.  From the wonderful opportunity they give artists by making their work available for purchase, to the excellent customer service they provide.  I am so pleased to work with them again.

Now that I've got you all excited, you probably want to know all about the giveaway.  Here we go:

Entry Rules
1. You must be a follower of This Stop Willoughby, or become one.

2. You must click on the Novica Corporate Gifts link, browse items in that category, and then come back and leave a comment on this post telling me about one of your favorites.

3. You may leave an additional comment (one per day) telling me about a favorite item from any category.

4. If you would like to earn a bonus entry, mention my giveaway on your blog along with a link to this post. Please be sure to leave a comment (with link) letting me know that you've done so.

5. This giveaway is not limited to the United States. If you have followed the above rules, you're eligible as long as Novica can ship to you. Certain exclusions may apply to some items.

The deadline for entries is Monday, May 30, 2011 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time. The winner will be drawn randomly and announced shortly thereafter. One entry per day as well as one bonus entry allowed. Please be sure to include a way for me to contact you should you be the winner of this giveaway. If your email is not linked to your blog, please include it in the comment you leave here. If I am unable to contact the winner, a different winner will be drawn at random.  The prize will awarded in the form of an electronic gift card.  You do not have to share your mailing address with me if you are selected as the winner.

Good Luck!!



5thsister said...

I personally like the "Balinese Grace" silver chain necklace among many other things. So the deadline is today at 5pm? You don't give one much time to shop, my friend! ;o)

Willoughby said...

Oh! Thank you for pointing out my error! I will change it to the 30th immediately!

Ashley said...

I'm a gfc follower. I love the moon cuff bracelet.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Tins and Treasures said...

Good evening,
Yes, I'd be in favor of a 4 day seems there is never enough time to get things done at home.

If I won your giveaway, I'd like to get the leather travel case for my hubby...we are celebrating our 30th anniversary this summer!

Have a terrific Tuesday ~Natalie

AubreyLaine said...

I am a GFC follower! I like the Light Blue Cobalt Glass Pitcher
littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

Bryndis Julia said...

Wow, you were not kidding about Javier and Efren, their work is amazing!! I am in love with the Tall tumblers, 'Amethyst', just gorgeous!

Domestic Diva said...

Lovely! Thanks for the chance.

I follow on gfc

I like the Andean panpipes.

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

Jenny said...

I love the Amethyst Dreams notebooks. The colors are soooo gorgeous. I'm a follower! Thanks for the fun chance.

Jenn Erickson said...

I'm on board with your calender proposal! Love it!

Novica is new to me, and was so great to browse through. There are so many beautiful things, but my favorite was the Ceramic teapot, 'Buddha and the Jade Elephant'!


Luvdaylilies said...

I'm a new follower~Luvdaylilies
I just love the Murano Bluebird Paperweight~it would make such a great gift for Dad(he loves birds!).
Lethea B
Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

Heidi said...

The silver "twist" earrings were very pretty :) I liked to many things to pick!