The pendant I was sent, had my daughters name stamped into it, & is beautiful. I couldn't have been more pleased, it was simple, elegant and personal.
Hand-stamped pendants are becoming something of a hobby of mine, and I really like what Rachel has to offer, her selection is absolutely astounding!
She has everything from Pendants with initals, to Swarovski crystal birth necklaces (in every month), Team sports necklaces (customized, naturally), Faith necklaces - she has round pendants and rectangle ones - her extensive list goes on and on!
I was most impressed with how Rachel has managed to 'mix-n-match' colors, charms, shapes and chains to create such a variety of customization - there really is a wide selection and you will find what you want in her store!
I received the personalized round necklace from Personally Forever to review & it arrived quickly, Rachel offers free USPS First Class Mail, to the US only (unless you request a different service) - but she also ships internationally as well. I've never encountered a store that offers free shipping before, so I was duly impressed.
I think Rachel, from what I've seen of her work, has high standards for her work & what she expects from herself. What she produces is definite proof of that - she has a flair for what she makes, and it comes across in her craft.
A lot of what Rachel has in Personally Forever are all things that would make fantastic gifts for anyone, & as there is such a variety, you could but something for nearly anyone in your life from Mother-in-Law to your child's teacher. Everything can be personalized, and there is so much to pick from. There are also customized pendants for your pets!
Rachel has a creative flair I liked, her work shows different moods, tastes and designs. Personally Forever is a creative place to shop, as you will most likely find exactly what you want there, and I highly recommend taking a look around her store - she is a true artist in her craft!
As always, I asked Rachel some questions to gain an insight into what and why she does what she does. Here's what she had to say ...
When did you realize you had a talent for Hand-Stamped jewelery?
I've always been creative- oil painting,watercolors, writing- so jewelry design was a natural extension of this. I opened another etsy shop called Racholly in '08 with traditional bead and crystal jewelry. I knew that personalized jewelry was really hot and wanted to incorporate it into my shop. Once I realized how unlimited the design options were I just decided to open a 2nd shop, exclusively for the personalized line. I love coming up with new designs and I think its something that the more you do, the better and more creative you get.
Do you think if you were a SAHM it would be difficult to continue running a company?
Well, I know it would be much harder in terms of time management- I don't have kids but I have 2 dogs (a yorkie & lhasa apso) and a cat (Russian blue) who can be very demanding of attention from me and exercise and I have actually learned to work more efficently during my 'work time' so that I get things done and still give them the full care they deserve.
What one thing can you never leave home without?
I never leave home without a book- I have one in my purse at all times so I can steal in a few minutes of reading while I'm waiting at the vet's office or getting my hair done.
I love the 'book' answer - I love to read, and there's nothing better if you have to wait - it might as well be done productively!
Rachel - Personally Forever - has also decided to generously offer one of my readers (you won't believe this!) a beautiful customized Single, double or triple Name Necklace with Birthstones!
And there's also an "extra" treat to this giveaway. Rachel has also offered an extra initials sterling charm with a spring clasp, which you can wear as an added charm to a bracelet, or on a chain! Personally Forever has gone above & beyond to accommodate this giveaway and I was so pleased to work with someone so generous!
In order for you to be eligible to enter for the chance to win a Personalized Single, Double, or Triple Name Necklace with Birthstones (and the "extra" disc, offered by Rachel) - you will need to Tweet about this giveaway, leaving the link once you have!
**Just a quick note to all those who have tweeted and it did not show, Peggy was kind enough to point out my link was broken, so if you have posted this already, all entries will still be included as valid. Sorry for the mistake!
WIN w/ PersonallyForever single, double or TRIPLE tiered sterling necklace w/ an EXTRA sterling inital disc too! http://bit.ly/ayqgU2
Also - as an add-on, it was brought to my attention that some people don't tweet, in which case, these people can go to Personally Forever and choose 2 items that would like to own!
+1 Become a blog follower using Google Friend Connect
+2 "Heart" Personally Forever on Etsy (Some of you have asked what this means. It means you favorite her store on etsy.com)
+1 Facebook Fan "20 to Life"
+1 Follow me on Twitter
+1 Heart "Racholly" Rachel's original etsy store
+2 Tweet daily about this giveaway (up to 3x)
+2 Grab either one of my buttons
+2 Enter Half Crazy Mommies Head Huggers headband giveaway
+5 Blog about this giveaway yourself, leaving links to both Personally Forever and this giveaway!
+10 Purchase anything from Personally Forever, leaving what you purchased in your comment
This giveaway will run from 2.13.10 until 2.22.10, please leave separate comments for each entry, winner will be selected via Random.Org & emailed. They will then 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be drawn.
**Please note, I received no form of monetary compensation for my opinion/review. I did receive a product from the company in order to give a fair & balanced review and any opinion, statement etc. expressed in said review in solely my own & was in no way influenced by a third party.