Sunday, March 13, 2011

This Week's Giveaway...In Honor of Hope!


Congrats to 'Vinci' winner of last week's Atomic Goodies Giveaway!
There are times in this life where situations happen that are completely out of our control, and we are not sure how to respond to them.  
Or how to make it through.  
So much of my focus this past weekend has been on Japan, and the devastation that nation and it's precious people are facing.  Over and over again I think How are they going to make it through?  How is anything going to be okay again?
But then I am reminded that Human beings are amazingly resilient.  It is surprising we are because we are also so fragile.  So in spite of the devastation I know that somehow Japan will find a way back from this.  It will not be easy, things will not be the same, they are and will continue to experience sorrow and setbacks...but they will survive.  
And I am glad for Grace when I remember that.  




I am not sure how many of you have seen this particular story on the news, but I wanted to share it because of this truth.  There is always hope.  Whether one is faced with a devastating tsunami or a difficult diagnosis...whether it is a bad day, or the worst day of your life...whether you have lost everything or kept everything and still feel empty...
there is hope.

Meet 60-year-old Hiromitsu Shinkawa, he was rescued two days after the tsunami struck hanging onto what was left of the roof of his house.  He was almost 10 miles (15K) out off of Fukushima Prefecture when he was rescued by a Maritime Defense Force destroyer after a helicopter saw him waving. 
 He is in good condition.

When something unavoidable happened, he held on and kept hoping for two days that he would be found. And he was.  I wonder how many more stories of hope will come out of this tragedy.  I for one sorrow at the loss, but am thankful for the hope.
Hope doesn't disappoint, it is like a voice inside that tells you to keep trying, keep hanging on, keep moving forward.  Hope is a beautiful thing, and it is a beautiful thing that is meant to be shared.



Our featured seller this week, Niftic, is a very special lady.  She is beautiful outside, and her heart is even lovelier. She is someone who has been through some things, and has kept pursuing her passion.  She is someone who has encouraged me on more than one occasion to keep moving forward, to have hope.  She passes that gift of hope along with her sense of humor and her real love for what she does.

She has donated some stunning things for this week's giveaway, items that will remind you not only to think of those who need your thoughts and prayers and help, but I believe items that will bring you joy and remind you to keep your sense of humor, your passion and your hope.  

This week's giveaway, courtesy of NifTic on Etsy:
An Akro Agate Vase, a Cloisonne Japanese Fan Brooch & A Silk Print Japanese Scarf ...
These are Wow prizes! (valued at more than $100)

This week you can enter the giveaway by:
1) Commenting on any blog posting during the week.
2) Becoming a new follower of this blog 
3) Becoming a follower of Niftic on Twitter @ http://twitter.com/#!/NiFticVintage, and commenting here that you have done so.

Happy Commenting!!!

42 comments:

  1. I have been praying for the Japanese people and thank you for this hope-inspired giveaway
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Thank you for your post on Hope for Japan. As a Japanese living in US, it is heartbreaking to see/hear/read about the devastation everyday and I am very thankful for your words of kind encouragement. Thank you also for hosting this giveaway which is filled with things that'll help keep Japan close to my heart :)

    ruricloth at yahoo dot com

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  3. I am a new follower of your blog via GFC under the name Ruri.

    ruricloth at yahoo dot com

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  4. vintage wooohooooo i am your latest follower..thanks for the interesting reads..

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  5. My grandparents shared a fondness for Japanese decor and culture. Grandma, at 89, is still around (and loves to help me thrift for my Etsy shop on occasion) - i know she would love that scarf.

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  6. new follower on gfc as jhb. My parents are both from Japan...it is so sad to be watching the news. Luckily their families are on the southside of the country.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  7. following niftic on twitter as jhitomi. Love that beautiful scarf.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  8. One of my beloved customers is from Japan. I emailed her and I received and answer days later that she and her family are safe. Thanks God!
    I am already a Niftic follower on Twitter. She is fabulous. Love the interview.

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  9. LOVE Niftic! she invited me to Vestiesteam and Im so thrilled to be with her and the amazing team of talent, good willed, fun gang of humans!!!

    Great interview, I loved learning about the beautiful woman behind that wacky face! xox

    My heart goes out to the people of Japan and those here that have friends and family there...

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  10. Thanks for a thoughtful post ....
    A lovely giveaway from a lovely person - Niftic is a wonderful cheerleader for everyone on the Vesties Team!

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  11. I follow via GFC. (Ladydoor)

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  12. I am both touched and deeply honored by all. The kindness that has been extended to me in this community could never be replaced.

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  13. I became a new follower on this blog...

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  14. I am a new blog follower Michelle Franczek lnbbhaa@gmail.com

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  15. I am now a twitter follower @starsagitate

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  16. Some of my family is from Japan with aunts and uncles in Japan, have not heard any bad news from the people connected to us so we are hoping htey are okay, I would love this wonderful prize for my mother to add to her collection of items that are Japanese inspired !

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  17. I'm a new follower #71 :) These are beautiful items.

    danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

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  18. Following Niftic on twitter. @momtoemmett
    skklemm at gmail dot com

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  19. Happy to be a new blog follower- excited about this beautiful giveaway!

    ashleyrn@gmail.com

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  20. Following niftic on twitter- @reniazen!

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  21. I follow your blog as jelaws5
    thanks for a beautifully written post :)
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  22. I saw on the news about the tsunami its horrible

    Liza767[at]roadrunner[dot]com

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  23. GFC follow back
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    Liza767[at]roadrunner[dot]com

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  24. Lizavla twitter follows sponsor
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  25. I'm a new follower!

    darcylee99 at yahoo dot com

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  26. I follow on twitter - smartbottomkids

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  27. New twitter follower of yours as Days1st

    Love your blog! It looks great!

    terrymac1a at hotmail dot com

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  28. This weeks prize looks terrific! I collect vases and the Akron Agate Vase is sooooooo beautiful. And the Japanese fan brooch matching the print scarf.....wow! Very co-ordinated!
    Thank you for offering this giveaway, as it is a prize to be treasured!

    terrymac1a at hotmail dot com

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  29. I am a new follower of yours on GFC as terrymac1a.

    Do you have an email newsletter too? Would love to subscribe, but could not find your subscription button. Thank you for your giveaways. They are beautiful.

    terrymac1a at hotmail dot com

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  30. This is a beautiful giveaway.
    I commented on your annie quote post, follow you on twitter @cerenaleigh, and am I happy new GFC follower!


    Cerena Leigh
    Luckycldh(at)aol(dot)com

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  31. I saw the video of Hiromitsu Shinkawa on Youtube & I just hope we see many more videos like it...
    Thank you for the giveaway.
    danabeeman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. I'm a new public follower via GFC as Dana Beeman.
    danabeeman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. @hazelfinn follows @NiFticVintage on Twitter.
    danabeeman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. I'm a new GFC Follower. (Renee G)
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(dot)com

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  35. You have gained a new follower :)
    Heres to hope!

    Ashley
    sympathetic_kitty@yahoo.com

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  36. Comment on Shadow Jewels Collection Giveaway!
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  37. Following Beteabon on GFC
    with my gmail
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  38. Follow @NiFtic on Twitter @Adriana1954
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  39. Tweet:
    http://twitter.com/#!/Adriana1954/status/49976169075978240
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  40. Tweeted fab giveaway:
    http://twitter.com/#!/Adriana1954/status/50388619009073153
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