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04 Dec, 2009

Giveaway alert! Gorgeous goods from Blend Creations

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Giveaways and product reviews

Oh my.

I hardly know where to begin.

I think I have no choice but to begin at the beginning.

A few days ago I was contacted by Vivian Cheng of Blend Creations. Here’s a snippet of her email to me:

My husband and I run Blend Creations, an online jewelry store from our studio here in Ottawa. Everything we sell is designed by us, machined here in town, with inlays cut and set by one of us. We’re also members of 1% for the Planet which means that 1% of our gross sales goes to benefit an environmental non-profit group — last year we donated our 1% to Ottawa Riverkeeper.

Here’s a few items I thought you might want to have a look at:

Our torus necklaces – they’re simple and funky and one of our newest designs.

Our Metal for Monsters pendants – we collaborated with 9 different artists who provided some fun monster illustrations. $16 from the sale of each pendant goes to benefit UNICEF. The story of how we came up with the line is here.

Our engraved wood necklaces – these are my personal favourites and when I wear something of ours, it’s usually one of these.

Our mother of pearl pendants and necklaces – these are a close second favourite since they’re a ‘modern classic’ that can be worn with just about anything (t-shirt and jeans or little black evening dress).

After I clicked through her entire storefront I fell off my chair. That is how much I love these designs.

Vivian – what a peach (here she is!) – has promised to give me this lovely lovely engraved wood necklace. Eek! Isn’t it gorgeous? More importantly however, she is giving a little something to one of you too.

… a $100 CDN gift certificate to spend at Blend Creations.


The fine print (as usual):

All good? Any questions? Have you picked yourself up off the floor yet? Over to you!


117 Responses to "Giveaway alert! Gorgeous goods from Blend Creations"

1 | Danielle

December 4th, 2009 at 3:02 pm


I think the monster ones would be an awesome idea for my daughter to scare away the ones she swears are in her bedroom every night!

2 | Loukia

December 4th, 2009 at 3:04 pm


Oh my goodness! Seriously? What a great giveaway, Andrea! I love her designs – I’d love the Round “blue hydrangea” necklace… so pretty! The wooden necklaces are also divine!

3 | Erica

December 4th, 2009 at 3:05 pm


Easy – I’d buy the white mother of pearl earrings. (Harder – which shape??)

4 | Carrie

December 4th, 2009 at 3:06 pm


Ohhh…so many to choose from, all so pretty! I think I like the abelone shell ones…but choosing a color might be just as difficult!

5 | Hellcat13

December 4th, 2009 at 3:07 pm


Hee!! I just bought a WHACK of stuff from Blend for presents (and added a *little* something for me). I had to restrain myself, though.

Should I be the lucky winner, I will put the gift certificate toward the following, which I’m currently coveting. (But my covet list changes pretty much daily):


6 | Chantal

December 4th, 2009 at 3:08 pm


oh they are beautiful. I think I would be torn between one of the turtle ones, and a monster one for my son. Maybe I would get both!!! :)

7 | Joy

December 4th, 2009 at 3:12 pm


How cool! Great designs. Very unique!! I like the washi pendants; i would need more time to choose exactly which one.

8 | Stefania

December 4th, 2009 at 3:13 pm


Those necklaces are gorgeous and so original. Let’s go shopping.

9 | Hannah

December 4th, 2009 at 3:14 pm


Its hard to choose! But I would pick the ‘squid’ monster necklace:

Very cute!:)

10 | Sherri

December 4th, 2009 at 3:21 pm


Wow! Everything is amazing. I love the fact that they are local and I really love the cherry blossom washi earrings!

11 | Amy Brown

December 4th, 2009 at 3:25 pm


WOW you were not kidding these are gorgeous! I’m in love with the Red abalone shell ring!

thanks for the chance!

12 | Betsy Mae

December 4th, 2009 at 3:27 pm


The long mother of pearl (gorgeous) is my favourite but if I could get two I love the Round Red Abalone shell sooooo pretty.

Lucky you!!!!!!!!!!!

13 | Stefania

December 4th, 2009 at 3:31 pm


Well that was easy and FAST. I purchased the turquoise cloisonné torus necklace as a Xmas gift. I would purchase one in a different colour if I had a gift certificate and maybe something extra.

14 | Meg

December 4th, 2009 at 3:34 pm


Definitely a cool blue ring for me!

15 | stephanie nakamura

December 4th, 2009 at 3:40 pm


oh wow! such beautiful jewelry… uh oh!! (that was my wallet)

i don’t know exactly which item… but DEFINITELY one of the Japanese washi paper items… either the round necklace, or maybe some earrings. My husband’s ancestry is part Japanese, and I would love to have something that I could hand down to my brand new daughter once she is a bit older.

crossing fingers!!!

16 | Carrie

December 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm


Oh my – that site is now bookmarked! Thank goodness the discount is valid into January… I have a hunch I might be spending some Christmas money there. :)
I like the wood but would probably get one of the florals on a round washi pendant. I’d just need to check my closet first to colour-coordinate and see what I could get the most wear out of!

17 | Emma

December 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm


Gorgeous stuff. I’d get the cherry blossoms on brown round washi necklace. Lovely.

19 | woody

December 4th, 2009 at 4:19 pm


Nice stuff. I would purchase this item for my wife. We both like wood.

Round “flower lace” engraved brown wood necklace

21 | Laura

December 4th, 2009 at 4:42 pm


Beautiful work. I’d definitely go for any of the wooden necklaces like the one she’s sending you… I would give it to my Mom for Christmas as she’s one of those people who has everything and I never know what to get her!!!

23 | Jay

December 4th, 2009 at 4:51 pm


Beautiful! Love it all but I love the Round red abalone shell necklace the most. Gorgeous!

Wow – great giveaway!

24 | Krista

December 4th, 2009 at 4:55 pm


wow….so many lovelies. I quite like the “Iris” engraved brown wood pendant.

25 | Tammy

December 4th, 2009 at 5:04 pm


The Pink Sea Fossil Torus necklace…. oh my it’s nice. Great giveaway!

26 | coffeewithjulie

December 4th, 2009 at 5:12 pm


Like you, I love love love these designs! so beautiful AND from Ottawa!!

Although I would be tempted to treat myself to something beautiful, I don’t think I could resist giving my daughter the “Fart Monster” necklace pendant. She is so into fart jokes these days, it’s hilarious! She’d get a major kick out of it. And would likely be the only jewellry I’d ever see on her since she is not a hearts and flowers kinda girl.

Thanks …. Julie

27 | Josee

December 4th, 2009 at 5:26 pm


Please enter me in the draw…I would definitely get one of the small washi pendants. Beautiful!

28 | mindy

December 4th, 2009 at 5:42 pm


i just love abalone and she has some beautiful pieces so it would be one of those thanks

29 | JW

December 4th, 2009 at 6:10 pm


Easy, give my daughter the url and tell her to have fun as I have been instructed, “Dad, please don’t buy me any clothes and stuff anymore”, lol too funny. I am sure she would be thrilled with this.

30 | Kimberly Price-DeGuzman

December 4th, 2009 at 6:46 pm


I Love, love, LOVE Blend Creations’ jewelry! I own a few pieces but have my eye on a few more. I would ise the gift certificate to purchase either the turquoise cloisonné torus or one of the abalone necklaces :)

31 | Brie

December 4th, 2009 at 7:04 pm


I like the metal for monsters necklaces. I have a girl whose poeple kind of look like monsters right now so I would get a create your own.

32 | Carrie C

December 4th, 2009 at 7:09 pm


Oh my! What amazing stuff! I am in love with it all, but if I had to choose…

Mad Edsel from the monster collection
Cherry Blossoms on Ice round washi pendant
ANY of the long washi pendants.

I will be back at the site, if anyone is looking for me…

33 | Kaitlin

December 4th, 2009 at 7:17 pm


So much beauty!!! I love the flora necklaces. Definitely one of those for a pick me up.

34 | EmmyB

December 4th, 2009 at 7:23 pm


Ooh, count me in, too – I’d get any of the Nepalese paper round necklaces.

By the way, is it just my computer, or does something funny happen to the page format when you get lots and lots of comments, like today? It’s cut off at the left…

35 | Aimee

December 4th, 2009 at 7:25 pm


I always have a hard time picking a favorite from Blend Creations. I think the mother-of-pearl necklaces might be the most versatile.

36 | Shannon

December 4th, 2009 at 7:42 pm


Gorgeous! And local! I love the Round “maroon floral” washi necklace. Very pretty!

37 | sparkyd

December 4th, 2009 at 7:59 pm


I’m thinking one of the round necklaces. Very nice.

38 | Lynn

December 4th, 2009 at 8:09 pm


I would go with the abalone shell pendant. I love the bright colours of the shells — the yellow one is my fave because it seems to capture so many tones and fires inside. So pretty!

39 | Don

December 4th, 2009 at 8:17 pm


Oh, with a $100 gift certificate, I’d pickup one of the Chinese Zodiac numbers for the number one gal in my life, my better half.


Lovely pieces at Blend Creations!

40 | Mandy

December 4th, 2009 at 8:17 pm


Love the washi earrings – ALL of them! But the red abalone comes in a very close second! Beautiful stuff!!!

41 | Marianne

December 4th, 2009 at 8:19 pm


Oh my goodness, so hard to choose! I oohed and ahed at every page.

The round white mother of pearl is in keeping with my usual conservative approach to jewellry, but I think a round Brazilian marbled paper necklace might win out in this case.

42 | kate n.

December 4th, 2009 at 10:15 pm


i LOVE the round necklaces…would have a hard time deciding…maybe the “pink and gold flowers” or the “round blue floral”.
thanks for hosting the giveaway!


43 | mrsgryphon

December 4th, 2009 at 10:38 pm


So pretty! I love handmade, and it’s lovely to know that they are made right in Ottawa.

The first piece I spotted that I really loved was the red bamboo ring. The Washi paper pendants are also fabulously colourful!

I can’t wait until my girls are old enough to wear and appreciate fun and pretty jewellery like this. A nod to Christmas future :)

44 | Sue1788

December 4th, 2009 at 10:47 pm


Gorgeous jewelry. I would pick the Brazilian marbled paper pendant. Just beautiful. I’m definitely sending the link to my hubby! It’s great to support local talent.

45 | Sarah

December 4th, 2009 at 10:51 pm


Wow, gorgeous stuff! It’s a hard decision but I think I’d go with the Round red abalone shell necklace. Love the bright colour!

46 | Sarah

December 4th, 2009 at 11:22 pm


I am in love with the Torus necklaces – in particular the Red Sea Fossil one, but for sheer fun and a good cause the Metal for Monsters series is a winner for sure – I’m particularly fond of the “Daily Metal Monster 02” and “Mad Edsel”… there’s too many to choose from!

47 | Chris Baltzley

December 5th, 2009 at 1:44 am


I definitely love the Torus necklaces, but also the orange Queen Anne’s Lace pendant is really different and interesting. My first choice would probably be the “Your Art Here” Metal Monster!

48 | Nichole

December 5th, 2009 at 2:28 am


wow, they have some amazing stuff! If I had to choose one thing it would be the “White flowers on gold” washi pendant as it is so versitile and such a simple design. The mother of pearl earings are also to die for. I do have to admit the fart monster pendant made me laugh and think of my son, but I don’t think I could wear something that said that! :-)

49 | Gliding through motherhood

December 5th, 2009 at 8:45 am


SO many gorgeous things. I really like the monster pendants, but could go crazy on many of the pendants or earrings!

50 | Judy

December 5th, 2009 at 9:54 am


I think the dyed abalone necklaces and just amazing and present the abalone in such a unique way. That is what I would want.

But if I won I would buy the natural pearl as a gift for my amazing best friend.

51 | Amy @ Muddy Boots

December 5th, 2009 at 1:18 pm


I can see why you fell off your chair! The monster necklaces are super cute, but I loooooove this abalone ring:


52 | Lesley

December 5th, 2009 at 1:46 pm


I love pretty much all of the pendants but am drawns to the orange and green ones the most.

53 | Susan

December 5th, 2009 at 2:46 pm


What beautiful stuff! The round copper abalone shell necklace really caught my eye.

55 | CarrieLou

December 5th, 2009 at 4:00 pm


Oh, count me in on this great giveaway! I would definitely get a monster necklace…..but I think I would have to do eenie-meenie-miney-mo to decide which one. Everything they make is a work of art! Just gorgeous….Thanks for the chance to win something! :)

56 | Jen_nifer

December 5th, 2009 at 4:28 pm


The round washi necklaces caught my eye right away. Here’s crossing my fingers!

57 | D. Adair

December 5th, 2009 at 7:34 pm


The choice would of course not be mine but my wife’s!

58 | Nicol

December 5th, 2009 at 7:47 pm


What wonderful designs. I love that they are classy and modern. I love the Brazilian marbled paper necklaces. This would make such a wonderful gift, of course I would be very tempted to keep it for myself. That’s for be selfish of pretty things.

nicolmontero at gmail dot com

59 | Carla

December 5th, 2009 at 9:17 pm


wow, fresh design! lovely
It’s hard to pick, but maybe a wood one, or the blue hydrangea flower one is stunning too.

60 | Theresa

December 6th, 2009 at 12:16 am


Wow, very hard to chose…I love the monster designs, so if I won, I might chose one of them or the round copper abalone shell necklace is also stunning…so great to discover beautiful jewels!!!

61 | Rebecca

December 6th, 2009 at 4:25 pm


I’ll admit, it would be hard to choose. The foliage round necklace is beautiful!

62 | Erin

December 6th, 2009 at 6:49 pm


love love love! I would go for the mother of pearl earrings or one of the mother of pearl rings. So simple and beautiful.

63 | Kelly Ann T.

December 7th, 2009 at 1:10 am


I like the Blue sea fossil torus necklace

64 | Melissa

December 7th, 2009 at 1:31 am


So pretty! I would get the sodalite, or blue, or green sea fossil taurus necklaces. Or the stainless steel ring.

But all the taurus necklaces are out of stock. Hopefully they will make more!

65 | meanie

December 7th, 2009 at 8:27 am


the washit the washi round necklaces have grabbed my eye – particularly the blue and white flowers – so feminine and delicate!

66 | Christy

December 7th, 2009 at 9:44 am


I love the white round mother of pearl necklace – what a great site, thank you for introducing it to all of us!!

67 | Yoni

December 7th, 2009 at 9:56 am


Thanks for the giveaway Andrea,

My 5 year old covets everything that’s shiny. There’d be ample options for her to pick from and with ears recently pierced at her request, an obvious item to shop for.


68 | zoom

December 7th, 2009 at 10:03 am


You’re right, they have some lovely stuff. If I won, I’d put it towards the men’s custom pendant (“Your Art Here”). I’d have to think a bit about how I’d customize it. I also love the womens rings, especially the green bamboo and the solid stainless steel. Such gorgeous shapes, simple and strong.

69 | sherry

December 7th, 2009 at 10:47 am


Oof, it would be so hard to choose. I like the Demon and the Squid pendants from the monster collection (almost too cute to be monsters!), I’m in love with the beautiful blue Torus necklace (though I’d have to wait since it’s out of stock), or one of the mah jong or Japanese tile pendants.

70 | Lee-Ann Jeffrey

December 7th, 2009 at 11:06 am


Everything is beautiful, but what really caught my eye was the Round red abalone shell necklace .

71 | Kim

December 7th, 2009 at 1:28 pm


Wow! So many beautiful choices. I think I would pick one of the Santa’s Surpise Pendants for me and some blank note cards to give as gifts.

72 | Keira

December 7th, 2009 at 1:34 pm


Gorgeous stuff…
I’d buy one of the marbled paper necklaces – but would be pretty happy with most stuff off the site! I think I may send my husband a little note next.

73 | AllisonP

December 7th, 2009 at 3:49 pm


I’d cross my fingers, hope and wait patiently for the Torus necklaces to be back in stock.

74 | MommyJen

December 7th, 2009 at 4:21 pm


Way too hard to decide!!! Maybe the copper abalone shell necklace, or a foliage necklace … Thanks for this great giveaway.

75 | Carolyn

December 7th, 2009 at 4:27 pm


I’d love ANYTHING, but the mother of pearl necklaces are esp. nice!!

76 | Pam

December 7th, 2009 at 11:25 pm


Wow! What gorgeous pieces! I love the artwork! If I won, I would most definitely want a pendant…perhaps the wood engraved pendant. Or A Monster Heart by Anna Chambers. Or one of the foliage necklaces.

77 | Sarah Brown

December 8th, 2009 at 8:48 am


Oooh, sweet contest Andrea! I would choose a pendant made with the grey and red streak Brazilian marble paper for a Christmas present for my little sister.

78 | Jennifer

December 8th, 2009 at 1:58 pm


What a gorgeous giveaway! I love the vibrant colours of the Nepalese paper pendants.
thanks Andrea!

79 | Nycole

December 8th, 2009 at 2:01 pm


I would design my own wood necklace, I love to personalize things!

80 | Sarah

December 8th, 2009 at 2:37 pm


the design your own wood necklaces are amazing! What a cool way to make something your own.

81 | Terra

December 8th, 2009 at 3:58 pm


Wow. Those designs are gorgeous. So hard to choose what I would like the most. But I remember the Round Green Floral on Turquoise Nepalese Paper necklace the most.

82 | jennifer hobbes

December 8th, 2009 at 8:46 pm


Beautiful designs for a beautiful website.

83 | Frances Anderegg

December 9th, 2009 at 9:25 am


I love these designs….so unique and creative…it would be very difficult to choose, but I think the Metal for Monsters series are delightful, especially as some of the proceeds go to a very worthy cause (very admirable that they do this) – I think the “A monster heart” is just so sweet, and you have to love the humor in the “Sock Monster”, although I know a few people I could give the “Lil Devil” and “Fart Monster” to! Love this line of jewelry!

84 | LisaMarie

December 9th, 2009 at 11:28 am


I love these designs. I have already bought some to gift for Christmas. Simply beautiful stuff!

85 | Vivian Cheng

December 9th, 2009 at 11:35 am


My favorite is the “Fart Monster” and the “Flower lace” necklace. Oh wait, I’m not eligible!

Thanks Andrea and Fishbowl readers for all your comments and positive feedback!

86 | Suz

December 9th, 2009 at 11:46 am


I already own and love my engraved purple wood round pendant and would love to get another one with a different design or a Napalese paper pendant.

87 | Colleen C

December 9th, 2009 at 11:46 am


I really like the Round red abalone shell necklace.

88 | Sharon H

December 9th, 2009 at 12:36 pm


If I had to choose today I’d pick the Round “purple viola” foliage necklace but since I love so many, I’m sure it would take me hours to decide!

89 | lace

December 9th, 2009 at 12:43 pm


My favorite is the Round “red streak” marbled paper necklace

90 | Scattered Mom

December 9th, 2009 at 1:08 pm


I love the dyed abalone shell ones. Like someone said, picking a color would be hard! :)

91 | Shannon

December 9th, 2009 at 1:09 pm


I haven’t the foggiest what I would choose for myself – a necklace, yes, which one, SO HARD. I purchased one for a gift this year and it took me two days to figure out what one!

92 | Lisa P.

December 9th, 2009 at 1:35 pm


Oh, so many lovelies to choose from! I’ve been eyeing the long rectangular mother of pearl pendant to go with the pearl earrings I wear everyday. I already have a washi pendant and love it!

93 | Jenn

December 9th, 2009 at 2:07 pm


I love the Unakite torus necklace! there are so many beautiful things. Do you think Santa is reading this too?

94 | Ginger

December 9th, 2009 at 2:30 pm


Thanks for reminding me! I was excited that this contest was also for U.S. readers!!! There are so many beautiful things to purchase! I really love all the foliage round necklaces. I am not quite sure how I would ever end up choosing. But I love the hydrangea ones and the geranium leaf. But I also really love the “Taupe floral” washi pendant and the “White flowers on green” washi pendant. What a happy little gift any of them would be for me! :) Thanks Andrea!

95 | snarflemarfle

December 9th, 2009 at 2:49 pm


I LOVE Blend Creations! I am really eyeing the M4M pendants…my son drew a great picture of me that I think would be fabulous on one! And I love the hydrangea foliage necklaces!

96 | Christine

December 9th, 2009 at 3:19 pm


So many things to choose from…….Love Blend creations!Thanks for the contest!

97 | Claudia

December 9th, 2009 at 3:36 pm


Since I found this site a couple of years ago, I’ve wanted many things, but this is the one that always sticks with me:


probably because my grandmother played a LOT of ma jongg. If you are kind enough to give me that $100, I will fulfill a years-long dream, AND send you as many drawing of reindeer or another animal as you’d like. (Warning: I do not draw well.)

98 | Cherie

December 9th, 2009 at 5:08 pm


I really love everything but there is something about the Round “blue and brown streak” Brazilian marbled paper necklace that I love.

99 | Melanie

December 9th, 2009 at 6:27 pm


Oooh, what a tough decision! I think I’d choose between the white mother of pearl ring or one of the long pendants.

100 | Janet

December 9th, 2009 at 6:47 pm


I’m wearing mine right now! I have a beautiful square pendant with white flowers on gold. My favorite piece of jewelry, aside from my engagement ring (which came from my 100-yr-old grandma!). I return to the site often to wish on others…

101 | Loralee

December 9th, 2009 at 6:52 pm


I would definitely go for the Round “delphinium” foliage necklace. Beautiful color! I like almost all of the foliage line though.

102 | jennP

December 9th, 2009 at 7:28 pm


i am not sure exactly which item but it would probably be one with the white mother of pearl. i am attracted to that one!

103 | Ann

December 9th, 2009 at 8:18 pm


I’d probably get a metal for monsters necklace. I’ve been ogling those for ages! I already have a washi necklace and get compliments on it all the time – LOVE IT.

104 | Dina Cristino

December 9th, 2009 at 8:42 pm


Everything is so beautiful and unique. I would pick the Brazilian “Red Swirl” marbled paper pendant.

105 | Tricia

December 9th, 2009 at 8:52 pm


I would definitely get the round “flower lace” engraved brown wood necklace. It is stunning!

Thanks for the giveaway.


106 | Chris

December 9th, 2009 at 9:24 pm


I love the designs. I’d love to win the giveaway.

My favourite is: http://blendcreations.com/item.php?item_id=193&category_id=15

107 | Jo-Ann

December 9th, 2009 at 10:19 pm


I love all of them but my favorite is the Orange Streak Brazilian marbled paper pendant! In fact, it’s my Christmas present to myself!

108 | Heidi

December 10th, 2009 at 2:43 am


I always have the hardest time choosing between jewelry I am drawn to and pieces that actually go with my wardrobe. I am drawn to the coral round necklaces because they’re so bright and fun. I’m just not really sure that I would find many opportunities to wear it. The mother of pearl is a little more sophisticated and could go with anything. Tough choice!

109 | Cath

December 10th, 2009 at 9:12 am


oh my yes … these are gorgeous. I’d probably get my 13 year old niece to pick something out for herself (although just maybe she’d let her auntie get an engraved wood necklace!

110 | Michelle

December 10th, 2009 at 9:16 am


Those necklaces are beautiful. Just love the Art Here ones but also the Santa Surprise. Thanks for showing us this great company.

111 | Jessi

December 10th, 2009 at 9:56 am


I would be all over those torus necklaces! SOOOOOO COOL!!

112 | Robert Patton

December 10th, 2009 at 10:33 am


I’d get eating to match the two necklaces I’ve bought for my wife from blend in the past

113 | KPro

December 10th, 2009 at 11:00 am


Hmm..I have an abalone, a mah jong and a one-of-a-kind shell… What next..wood? washi? foliage?

To choose, to choose….all so pretty!!

114 | andrea

December 10th, 2009 at 12:39 pm


Thanks everyone for your entries, I’m not accepting any more as the deadline has now passed. I’ll do the draw this afternoon. Stay tuned!

115 | andrea

December 10th, 2009 at 3:09 pm


*drum roll please*

The winner of the giveaway is comment # 110 – Michelle
who wrote: “Those necklaces are beautiful. Just love the Art Here ones but also the Santa Surprise. Thanks for showing us this great company.”

Congratulations Michelle!

116 | Sharon H

December 11th, 2009 at 6:45 pm


Congrats Michelle!

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