Posts Tagged ‘blog’

Inspiration | A look back at our “Flower Lace” necklace

Monday, October 25th, 2010

I’m working on a custom ‘skin’ design for our phone, since a black phone on a black desk is often hard to find without having to call said phone. I thought it’d be fun to do the same pattern that we use for our Flower Lace necklaces, since it’s one of my favorites of everything we’ve ever designed:

In looking through my working files for this design, I came across this bookmarked blog posting by Oh Joy! with the original inspiration for the pattern:

Oh Joy! had blogged about NY Fashion Week in September 2007 and the Lela Rose‘s Spring 2008 collection.  It’s been 3 years, and I still love that dress and our engraved wood necklace that was inspired by it.

Mentions | Learn more about us on Indie Fixx

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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If you’ve ever wanted to know just a little more about us, Jen Wallace over at IndieFixx interviewed us yesterday and we’re honoured to be part of her Wednesday Indie Artist Fixx feature.  The interview has a never-before-seen photo of our CNC router in action, cutting a piece of mother of pearl inlay for one of our rings.  I’m sure that’s enough to drive you to go read the interview, right?

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 | Love modern jewelry? Come interact with us and get a chance to win!

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
Giveaway

Photo by Newsbie Pix (http://flickr.com/photos/newsbiepix)

We’ve recently collaborated with both Cool Mom Picks and Splendicity and we’ve given away a number of our modern ‘Torus’ necklaces. Congrats goes out to Ariel J., Alice H., and Dawn I. who won the Cool Mom Picks contest and to Soraya who won the Splendicity draw.

If you didn’t win, you can take advantage of the coupon codes that both blogs have published (hint: follow the blog links and read the entry). Or if you’d like more chances to win some of our lovely modern jewelry pieces, make sure to fan us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or join our newsletter.

So far, we’ll be giving away another Torus necklace to a Facebook fan on October 28th and a $100 gift certificate for Blend Creations to a lucky newsletter subscriber. And because we like to have fun with our Facebook fans, sometimes we mix things up – last Friday, there was a spontaneous giveaway of some of our stationery for the first ten people who would tell us what they love about fall. Facebook fans can also post photos of themselves wearing their Blend Creations necklaces (or earrings or rings anyone?) – as thanks, we’ll message you with a $5 gift certificate code.

It’s all part of business as we get into the swing of ‘social networking’ ;) More than anything, it’s fun to interact and sometimes even ‘see’ our customers.

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.