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Mentions | Indie North calls us “Contemporary Beauty”

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

At Blend Creations, we always appreciate getting recognized as “indie designers”.  If you’re wondering what exactly it means to be an “indie designer”, Tara Gentile of ScoutieGirl has one of the most accurate definitions we’ve seen so far:

These are people who take great care & often make equally great sacrifices to be original and genuine in their work, while taking on the learning curve of MGMT 101 and MKTG 101. Not to mention, they’re learning code languages and graphic design out the wazoo to keep costs down on web management, PR and collateral materials. A lot of hats to wear, and my hat goes off to all of them for learning to juggle!

Luckily for us, we’re designers  by training (V is an industrial designer and E a graphic designer) so we’ve at least come to the “indie designer” label with some prior experience.  Even if we become a recognized brand world-wide (we can dream!), being “indie” will still be a label that we’ll be proud to bear.

That’s part of the reason that it’s nice to be recognized in our home country by IndieNorth – a Canadian Indie Business Collective as “Contemporary Beauty“:

Indie North features Blend Creations modern jewelry

Beth of IndieNorth featured four of our contemporary jewelry designs:

· White cloisonné torus stainless steel necklace (available in 16″ – 20″ lengths).  Our cloisonné necklaces are available in five other colours as well.

· “Red tulips” washi pendant.  We’ve also got a wide-range of other washi patterns available, and you can get round washi necklaces as well as long and small square pendants.

· “Flower lace” wood and stainless steel earrings.  Our most popular earrings!  And they were recently featured on Purple Pink and Orange (another indie design-centric blog).

· White mother of pearl stainless steel necklace (available in 16″ – 20″ lengths).  We call this particular necklace our “modern classic” because it goes so well with everything from a t-shirt and jeans, to a night-on-the-town dress.

Mentions | Purple Pink & Orange features some of our modern jewelry

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Purple Pink and Orange, a great blog that supports indie designers like Blend Creations, did this little feature of a few of our modern jewelry pieces today:

Purple Pink and Orange features Blend Creations modern jewelry

If you’re looking for some great modern jewelry gift ideas, shown are our:

· Solid stainless steel Metal for Monsters pendant featuring the artwork, “Bunny Skull” by Brian Taylor ($16 from the purchase of any of our Metal for Monsters pendants goes to support the international children’s charity, UNICEF).  Makes an excellent gift for guys who love graphic illustration.

· Round “red streak” marbled paper stainless steel necklace available in 16″-20″ lengths – a good gift idea for your best friend.

· “Flower lace” earrings in orange-red wood; these earrings match our “flower lace” necklace.  Together, the set makes a lovely gift for the woman in your life who appreciates contemporary and simple looking jewelry that goes with everything!

Mentions | Young House Love thanks Blend Creations as one of their sponsors

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Around here, we consider blog reading as “market research” — isn’t it nice when surfing is actually considered ‘work’?

One of our favourite blogs is Young House Love written by Sherry & John Petersik who write about their DIY and interior design adventures as they fix up their 50s-era bungalow.  One of the reasons we’ve been reading with such zest is because we recently moved into a 50s-era bungalow ourselves and we’ve relied on some of John and Sherry’s how-to posts about painting fireplaces and basement floors.  Fun!

We love their blog so much, that we became one of their sponsors — we love that they feature some really cohesive interior designs and how they can do a range of interior design styles: from clean and modern, to comfy and beachy; all without breaking the bank.

Sherry & John posted a ‘thanks’ post to all their sponsors where they said this about us:

Blend Creations creates the most original and modern stainless steel jewelry that we’ve seen in a while (I adore the mother of pearl earrings).

Young House Love

We couldn’t be more thrilled to be a sponsor of their blog!


Giveaway | Win a Torus Necklace through Splendicity

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

The folks at Splendicity.com have teamed up with Blend Creations to giveaway one of our newest modern jewelry designs – the Torus necklace.

Splendicity is giving away a Blend Creations necklace

Just go to the Splendicity and follow the instructions for your chance to win! Good luck!

Giveaway | Cool Mom Picks is giving away some of our Torus necklaces

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Cool Mom Picks features Blend Creations modern torus necklaces

The lovely ladies at Cool Mom Picks featured our simple, modern torus necklaces today (showing our red cloisonné necklace specifically) and said:

…these gorgeous, spinning, stainless steel necklaces from CMP favorite Blend Creations are the perfect mix of modern, elegant, and versatile.

Isn’t that sweet of them?  If you’d like a chance to win one of our contemporary torus necklaces, check out the Cool Mom Picks post and follow the instructions to win.

Mention | Ottawa Citizen’s 100-mile gift guide

Monday, December 10th, 2007

We got a nice little surprise yesterday. It turns out Blend Creations was featured in the yesterday’s Ottawa Citizen. We were mentioned in “The Ottawa 100-mile gift guide“, under the heading “For the glitterati“.

Basically, the gift guide promotes the idea of “local shopping for global change” — shopping locally as a small way of reducing your carbon footprint on the planet. Now, I realize that most of our customers are not actually local, and we really, really appreciate each and every customer who has purchased from us, and enjoyed our products. It is nice to get some local recognition though :)

So, if you’re from Ottawa and found us through the Citizen, “hi!”.
If you’re not from Ottawa and reading this, why not try “local shopping for global change” in your area — support your local artists and independant, small businesses. (That being said, I think we’ll have to get a “Rim Roller” the next time we’re at Lee Valley…).

You can read part of the 100-mile gift guide here. The “For the glitterati” section is here.

(Note: I’m not sure how long the Citizen actually keeps stories active in their online archive).

Mention | Sweet sweet candy

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Blend Creations’ Washi pendants were featured in this lovely editorial write-up in Daily Candy, today! So a big ‘hello’ to everyone who’s found our blog via DC :)

It’s been a pretty good week so far, for only being Tuesday! Yesterday we were sitting at #1 for the most popular bookmark on Stylehive, (I believe we’ve currently been bumped to #2) and the StylehiveBlog did a nice post about us too.

Toot. Toot. That’s me tooting our own horn. I’m done now ;)

Mention | Stylehive

Friday, August 11th, 2006

I’ve just noticed that the Blend Creations washi pendants been amongst the top 10 popular bookmarks at Stylehive over the last couple of days. And hey, that’s pretty cool :)

Stylehive is a social bookmarking site that lets you bookmark all things fashion, style and product related. It’s a good way to find some neat things you might not have otherwise found.

In case you didn’t know, we’re offering 15% off all our washi pendants this month. But — in order to know that and the corresponding discount code, you’d have to be a newsletter subscriber.

So, in case you missed out, you can still take advantage of the offer by first joining the newsletter and then letting us know you did so. We’ll forward you the latest issue and then you too will know what the discount code is. :)