Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Dreams Reflected

Nature is unrivaled among muses. From Bierstadt’s misty visions to the grandeur of Hopkins’ verse, from Monet’s mottled ponds and lilies to the gorgeous, almost lyrical elucidations of Cormac McCarthy’s southwest, creative minds of every kind and in every age have gone to the “source” when inspiration was demanded, and rarely has nature ever failed to inspire. Helene of Helene’s Dreams, as far as her themes are concerned, is a kind of modern-day incarnation of these naturalists, with one notable difference: where most artists interpret the world in verse or color, Helene gathers the view outside her window and molds it into handcrafted jewelry. Some of her earring sets, such as Golden Light or One, would best be described as lovely and enigmatically simple. Others, the likes of Oregon Rustic Berry Bouquet and Silver Ice Bells jingle with a bit more festive flair while still keeping a safe distance from gaudy.

The ornate pastels that color Picasso’s Friend, and the elegance of the hanging-lantern Queen Olivia set, embody the more distinctive elements of Helene’s designs, but really, even at her most daring Helene finds a way to keep in place the all-important quality of wearability, and knowing that a portion of each sale is donated to charity lends just that much more peace of mind to the purchase. It would be a dream, of course, to live amid the pine-dressed splendor of western Oregon, as Helene does, but for those of us who don’t, we can enjoy the dream’s reflections in the smiles this jewelry brings. And to further illustrate the fine character of the artisan, Helene will be sending a beautiful pair of crystal Oregon Sunset Earrings, champagne-hued and shimmering like a mountain stream, to the winner of today’s giveaway. To qualify, visit Helene's Dreams, then come back here to tell us about your favorite product. Tell us in a second post if you happen to subscribe to Wishing Willow, since our subscribers receive an extra entry in the contest. To post without a Google account, just click “anonymous.” Be sure to also leave your email address. The winner will be chosen randomly. Contest ends 11/12/08.

**We have a winner! micaela6955 who said, "I love blue so the Oregon Rain Drops are such a beautiful shade of blue, and they are my favorite!"

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Smiles Across Miles said...

My favorite would have to be Victoria. Very pretty.

mar said...

The Sweet Berries Earrings are just that - SWEET - my favorite!

nanja said...

I like the earrings called Sweet Champagne Flowers Truly look like little flowers

nanja said...

I.m a subscriber

Kimberly said...

The "Berry Sweet" earrings are gorgeous! Not only do I love the color but I love the silver "heart" like charm dangling from them.

Thanks for the giveaway!!!

I am also an e-mail subscriber to your blog.

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angie said...

My favorite is Splash of Autumn. Very pretty earrings!

malleycc said...

I love the Oregon Rustic Buttercup so pretty. I love yellow.

TJNMBT said...

My favorites are "A Rose for You" earrings. I love that they look like little flowers.

Peggy said...

The earrings are all so pretty.one of my favorites is the Golden Light,just beautiful

Peggy said...

I subscribe

mysticmoons said...

They are all beautiful, I like the EArth and sKy earings the best

randio said...

I love Simple & Purity!! They're all so pretty!

Super Blogger Girl! said...

I love the splash of autumn!

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Dee said...

oh these are great! I like Oregon Rustic Wildflowers!

Dee said...

i subscribe

Anonymous said...

Silver Ice Bells are beautiful

JoEllen said...

I love the Oregon Sunset...

JoEllen said...

I am a subscriber...

kay said...

My favorite is ONE. All of her work is beautiful.

JACLYN said...

The Oregon Rustic Buttercup earrings are amazing and so eye catching. :)
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Sugarplumdreams said...

Wow, I love them all! I'm having a hard time deciding between the Oregon Sunset and Victoria.

Thanks so much!

getpalmd said...

The Oregon sunsets are actually my favorites, but second come Teal Bluebells in the Air Flower Earrings :-)

Annie said...

The "Fairy Dreams" are beautiful as well as the "Victoria" earrings! I live in a city named Victoria!!

Thanks

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(in Canada)

Annie said...

I'm a subscriber!

Thanks

nancyrobster@gmail.com

(in Canada)

Cherie J said...

The Oregon Rain Drops Earrings are lovely.

Thanks for the chance to win.

cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

Echos Art said...

These earrings are my favorite:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=15695405

Although it is really hard to choose a favorite!!

arielle said...

I love the Blue Cloud earrings!! The color is gorgous

Echos Art said...

I am a subscriber. :)

arielle said...

Oh.. and I subscribe! :)

Ann said...

My favorite is the Oregon Sunset, but I'm not sure if I can mention that one as it's the giveaway one so my very close second is the Golden light.
Thanks for this fantastic giveaway!

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Ann said...

I'm a subscriber.

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reb said...

I love the sweet berries earrings for my daughter.

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Anonymous said...

Purity is my favorite. So simple and elegant.

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sascha said...

My favorite is actually the Oregon Sunset Earrings. The coloring with the oxidized wire is such a nice visually texturized touch.

Hanna said...

I like the One earrings.

Hanna said...

Also, I'm a subscriber.

Anonymous said...

The sweep champagne flowers earrings are precious. Thanks for the chance to win this fun giveaway.

diesel51 said...

Snow Queen is very vintage looking and I love the copper color where the opal looking crystal is.

lisagee said...

More Pretty Flowers is so cute!

Jenn S. said...

I LOVE the Oregon Rustic Fall Flowers. So pretty. Love how the flower makes them pop.

Kirby McCauley said...

I am a subscriber!

Kirby McCauley said...

I love pink & green so I would have to go with the Oregon Gypsy!

snowmermaid said...

I like the color and desing of the Fairy Dream earrings.

Jeanne said...

I love the Golden Light earrings.

Carolyn said...

Since I live in the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World, I love the Berry Sweet, however, I also love the Silver Ice Bells and the Earth and Sky, among others.

thanks for sharing

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Carolyn said...

I am a subscriber.

thanks again

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TwoWishes said...

Beautiful! It's so hard to keep hand-strung earrings from looking like "hand-strung earrings," and the wire wraps at the top of these really elevates them to an elegant level. I love "Gold and Green."

Tara
twowishesblog at gmail.com

TwoWishes said...

And i subscribe!

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socmama said...

I love the Elements of Air earrings. Thanks!

socmama said...

I'm a subscriber. Thanks!

toohotforturtle said...

I love the Trinity earrings

toohotforturtle said...

I am a subsriber

kellyache [at] hotmail.com said...

Picasso's Friend is darling. Then again, they all look very sweet.

kellyache [at] hotmail.com said...

Also, I subscribe to WW. Love it.

Vicky H. said...

I like the Rustic in Brass. I was attracted to the flowers in other pieces, so this one won me over by having all flower beads.

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Joseph said...

Daughter loves the 'rose for you' earings.

AmyE said...

stunning! and i have my fave is the oregon sunset earrings in the giveaway!

Kerstin said...

I loved the story about the girls sponsoring a child through soapwerks.

Kerstin

Kerstin said...

I really the 'Autumn's Bouquet" earrings!

Gina said...

I like the "A rose for you" earrings, cute! ginabx[at]yahoo[dot]com

kendra22 said...

Simple & Purity is great ! thanks for the great giveaway ! nice items !

Sandy said...

a rose for you Kung Fu Panda - Giveaway"

Mia J. said...

My favorites are the Oregon sunset earrings. The color is beautiful.

Sandy said...

subscriber Kung Fu Panda - Giveaway"

mverno said...

i love the silver bell earrings

peg42 said...

My favorite is the Earthen. Love the color. Thanks for this giveaway.

Mar said...

I haveto pick the oregon gypsy. Love the colors and the closed backing

ky2here said...

My favorite earrings are 'of the earth'. I like them because they are understated and classy.

Traumajunky said...

My favorite is "Oregon Ferns." Very pretty!

Bonnie in FL said...

the Elements of Air earrings are my favorite beautiful

Bonnie in FL
blday50@gmail.com

micaela6955 said...

I love blue so the Oregon Rain Drops are such a beautiful shade of blue, and they are my favorite!

micaela6955 at msn dot com

Kerrie said...

I love the Earth and Sky earrings, because I'm a big fan of anything blue! But the ones up for the giveaway are just as gorgeous. =)

Kerrie said...

I'm a subscriber!

jen phifer said...

I love the "Teal Bluebells in the Air Flower Earrings"

Dixie said...

I simply adore Picasso's Friend earrings.
They are so pretty with the copper findings


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Minxy Mimi said...

I love the color of purple earrings.
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Minxy Mimi said...

I am a subscriber!
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The Green Yak said...

I like the design on the "so simple" earrings!

greenyak [at] yahoo [dot] com

patty said...

I like leaves of Autumn! Nice design!

Deborah Stinson-editor said...

I pretty much like everything! But my favorite is the Oregon Rustic Wildflowers earrings. Thanks so much for the giveaway. sierramuse8@aol.com.

kathy55439 said...

Silver Ice Bells but also like the Sweet Berries could not pick one

jenna said...

So many pretty things, but I loved Elements of Air. Pretty!
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vboackle said...

i like the victoria.

Roxanne said...

Love the splash of Autumn---- lovely earrings.

Anonymous said...

The blush earrings are so very pretty. I love them! Love the One earrings as well. Thank you for the chance!!

arbrashears (at) msn (dot) com

Pamk said...

Those oregon Rain drops are georgeous. Please enter me in this contest.

Bunny B said...

I love Fairy Dreams and A Rose for You Earrings. All so sweet!

bunnybx at gmail . com

janehixon said...

Silver Ice Bells are lovely earrings.......

Linda said...

There are so many beautiful ones it is really hard to choose just one. But I will have to say A River Runs Through It are wonderful. I live on the Oregon Coast and can truly appreciate all your color combinations. Very nicly done. Thank you.

windycindy said...

I like the "Oregon Rustic Wildflowers" Earrings very much! They are my kind of look. Please enter my name in this delightful drawing. Many thanks.....Cindi
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windycindy said...

I am subscribed to your site! Thanks, Cindi
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Amandatinkerbell said...

I love the Helen of Troy earrings!

Alissa said...

My favorite are the "vintage adventurine" earrings!! very pretty!!

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zoe hunter said...

I love the snow queen earrings , they are so pretty..thanks for the contest.

zoe hunter said...

I subscribe :)

Raspberry Light Bulb said...

A River Runs Through It!

Michele said...

I think Trinity is probably my favorite item! Lots of pretties!

Thanks so much!!
Michele R.(CA)
luvkittysmeowmail@gmail.com

Michele said...

I'm a subscriber!

Thanks so much!!
Michele R.(CA)
luvkittysmeowmail@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Pink Brass are my fav!

Cindi ladybrit911@hotmail.com

sweepmom said...

I love the Queen Olivia Earrings.

gibson777 said...

Oregon Sunset

idahomom said...

Berry Sweet earrings are nice.

Lynn H said...

One earrings

toughturtles said...

The color of Purple

Pat S. said...

I think the "Oregon's Fern Forest" earrings are beauiful.

chattypatty@alltel.net

drming said...

My wife would love the Oregon Rustic Buttercup earrings

okbarbie5 said...

I really like your More Pretty Flowers earrings! Thanks for a chance to win a great prize!

Croasla0 said...

really pretty work- i like the pink brass earrings!

lauren
croasla0(at)sewanee.edu

redron said...

"Berry Sweet" earrings

Sally said...

Oregon Fern Forest are amazing - makes me sad I'm not in the NW right now!!!

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Andrea said...

The Oregon rustic fall flowers earrings are my favorite!

christmasinmarch {at} gmail {dot} com

Deedles said...

I love the A River Runs Through It Earrings.

judybrittle said...

The Victoria earrings are very beautiful. Thank you so much!

judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber

Sharon said...

Sweet Berry Earrings for sure are my favorite...thanks!

Sharon said...

am subscribed. thanks again!

Lisa said...

I love the Victoria earrings. Thanks. angel_2417@yahoo.com

mogrill said...

The color of purple earrings are pretty!

gkstratos said...

Love the Golden Light earrings

gkstratos said...

Subscriber
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Norton said...

Berry sweet earings are what i like.

Kristin said...

I love the Vintage Adventurine. Simple but beautiful.

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kdkdkd said...

I love the Silver Ice Bells, how pretty

julied said...

I love the Oregon's Fern Forest earings.

Tracy said...

'One' for me please ;-)

Imanoptimisticbeauty said...

The Oregon Rustic Fall Flower earrings are absolutely divine!

imanoptimisticbeauty(at)yahoo(dot)ca

Imanoptimisticbeauty said...

I subscribe :O)

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llinda29 said...

Sweet Champagne Flowers are my choice

catherine said...

vintage adventurine is my favorite very nice, Thanks for the chance to win

moushka said...

Berry Sweet is simply delicious!

Kristie said...

I like the Oregon Rustic Peaches.

khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Jenna said...

I like the sweet champagne flowers. Very classy! Thanks for a great giveaway!

Valerie said...

I love the Oregon's Fern Forest earrings. The colors are perfect.

my email address is in my profile. Thank you! :)

dhunt said...

The earrings are all so pretty.

cathirushing said...

Fairy Dreams

allelect said...

Picasso’s Friend

Colengal said...

I like the smoky shade of "Of this Earth"

Karen said...

Victoria.

ktgonyea at gmail.com

kygirl said...

Sweet Champagne Flowers

Baba said...

Love the Victoria. Thanks so much for the chance!

js22 said...

Silver Ice Bells - they are just lovely!

Alisha said...

The Oregon Sunset pair is really my fave, but in case you wanted me to pick something different since you mentioned those, I also like Trinity. Great Etsy shop by the way! Thanks for pointing it out.

Holly said...

I love the Golden Light earrings!
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pms3237 said...

I like the "Sweet Berries" They are lovely!

Roxy said...

I love the Oregon Rustic Buttercup earrings.

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soapdeli said...

The victoria earrings are my favorite!

Jeweltrinkets said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=15683103
These are perfect, green~green and sparkly~. Petite earring are always welcomed amongst many! Beautiful stuff!

Sena said...

The More Pretty Flowers are my favorite!
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Jean said...

I like the Berry Sweet, because of the hearts

Mama Zen said...

I like Trinity!

kelli at pfrog dot net

mom2boys said...

I like the elements of air earrings. Very pretty. Thanks for the giveaway!

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pipasmom said...

I also like the Silver Ice Bells, and Fairy Dreams!
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pipasmom said...

I just subscribed.
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blackhawk56 said...

I like the Fairy Dreams earrings.

Faith said...

I love the Victoria earrings. Just beautiful.

Anonymous said...

My favorite product is the Prism Flower. It is beautiful!
nina@myvsphere.com

Whimsical Creations said...

my favorite is purity.

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Whimsical Creations said...

i'm a subscriber

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Helene's Dream:
Beautiful shop, banner and jewelry. My favorite is definitely Oregon Rustic Wildflowers!
nina@myvsphere.com

Lori said...

A Rose for You Earrings

Michele said...

The Oregon Rain Drops are perfect for me, since I live in Washington, where it rains even more! Plus I am the denim queen and have everything Blue...sad, hunh. Getting too old to be a hippie chick anymore!LOL! Can't wait to see what is in store for bracelets..my favorite things!

Michele said...

PS...Subscribed and put your button on my blog http:// cusmile2day.blogspot.com/

Tina12312 said...

Everything is so gorgeous but I'm in love with her Silver Ice Bells earrings. Thank you!

Irishmama said...

Such lovely pieces. Its hard to choose, although, Trinity earrings jumped at me. Thanks,

janetfaye said...

I like the Oregon Rain Drops earrings.

Thank you!

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

janetfaye said...

I am subscribed.

Thank you!

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lindanuts said...

I like the Oregon Rustic Rose and the Oregon Rustic Berry.....
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lindanuts said...

I am subscribed.

lindanuts said...

I have your button posted here>
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Ken said...

My sister loves the Sweet Berries earrings. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

Corina said...

I think my daughter would love to receive Earthen earrings for christmas. Her favorite color is green.
Gorgeous all of them, great giveaway!

Jenn said...

I love the Victoria Earrings!

Digital Misfit said...

I love the Earth & Sky earrings. The brown is so complementary to the blue briolettes. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=16618998

dcala said...

My favorite is the Earth and Sky earrings. So pretty

Julia said...

Such nice products! I really like Oregon Rustic Berries. So creative. Thanks!

K. Cleaver said...

My favorite is the Oregon Rustic Buttercup earrings. Very cute.

cgogis said...

Love the Queen Olivia Earrings!
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JillianLVeit said...

Leaves of Autumn are beautiful earings!

The Jackson Family said...

I love the Oregon Rustic Fall Flowers earings.

The Jackson Family said...

I'm also a subscriber:)

sito50 said...

So many beautiful pieces! My favorite are the A River Runs Through It earrings.

sito50 said...

I am a subscriber, also.

Sheila said...

I like Earthen. Thanks.
Sheila
chiliburger@icehouse.net

Tonya said...

the Oregon's Fern Forest earings is my pick

Kelly said...

I love the More Pretty Flowers earrings. They are so cute.

Kelly said...

I love the More Pretty Flowers earrings. They are so cute.

BL said...

Silver Ice Bells

ChristiS said...

I love the EArth and sKy earrings! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Hil'Lesha said...

I love the Silver Ice Bells.

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Anonymous said...

I like the silver ice bells earrings. cardeb2@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

I am a subscriber. cardeb2@verizon.net

Becca Ann said...

A Rose for You Earrings my fav

Salina Marie Munson said...

Picasso's Friend

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Anonymous said...

Queen Olivia Earrings
by HelenesDreams

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Terri said...

The Oregon's Fern Forest earrings are gorgeous. I like the one's being given away too.

Anonymous said...

Queen Olivia Earrings,Oregon Rustic Peaches, and Victoria are all so lovely.
blims613@spetnik.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite are the Queen Olivia earrings.
-Terra
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Rozz said...

The Oregon Rain drop earrings are adorable.

M.A. said...

I like the Berry Sweet Earrings.

MJ said...

Oregon Rustic Peaches make me happy, because they look like spring!

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