Tuesday, September 22, 2009

An Acorn Giveaway

When I was little, I used to love going to visit my Grandma.

She had a lovely house, with noisy wooden floors that echoed whenever I ran across it (which was often). I remember her street would have Block Parties all the time, and all the neighbors would know that we were Bruna's grandchildren. I call my grandma Nonna, which is Italian for Grandma. And like many Italian Grandma's, she had lots of delicious herbs and vegetables sprouting from her abundant garden.

.....Photobucket


Nonna also had a lovely collection of old Italian jewelry. She had moved to Australia to escape the war, and had brought very few possessions, but I do remember a few pieces of jewelry that I would sneak peeks at. I love looking at old jewelry. The intricacy, the patterns, the textures, and the stories that go along with them. I visited my Nonna back in Australia about 6 years ago, and we took a long walk along the Sydney Harbour and she told me all about her life in Italy.

When I am old, I want beautiful jewelry that I can pass on to my Grandchildren. I want to go places wearing it, experience things with it on me - I want it be part of my story. And a store that has just the jewelry I would love to pass on is Neawear.

Photobucket

Janick is the owner of Neawear, and she creates such lovely jewelry. I want EVERYTHING in her store, it's all so delicate and delightful. And not only does Neawear have adornments for your wrist, neck and ears, but also for your wall! Each piece is carefully and meticulously crafted from her studio in Montreal - a city that Janick adores for it's multiculturalism, cafes and restaurants.

Photobucket

Textures, color and shapes are the muses that Janick follows. She is also inspired by Photography (as you can tell by her lovely shots of her products), graphic design, and even the rain! Among her favorite colors are brown and grey, which are represented well in her inventory, but hightlighted with lovely pops of turquoise, yellow and pink. And the other favorite of hers that i must mention is cheesecake. A great choice for her favorite dessert!

Photobucket
Janick is so generously giving away one of her Blue Acorn necklaces to a special winner! To enter this giveaway, leave a comment here telling me what story you would like your jewelry to tell. I will announce the winner on Sunday.

*Product Photos courtesy of Neawear

86 comments:

Mechelle Harrison said...

Someone who has lived many seasons and continues to live many seasons with God's grace. Always learning, facing life's difficult challenges and joyful moments.

MYSAVIOR said...

My jewelry is inherited from one generation to the next. My great-grandma-Sophie, my grandma-Edith, my mom - Sylvia, then to me and then to my children - Jenifer and Jodi. We have photos of the different generations wearing the jewelry. A wonderful legacy.

one9designs said...

I have a ton of vintage jewelry from my great Aunt Bea (she passed away a few years ago at 101!) and love it...I can't wait until my daughters are old enough to play with these "treasures"...I also make jewelry, and want people who wear it to wear it cause they love and are proud of their kids. :) And I ADORE the stuff in the featured seller's shop too! Especially the little embroidered things!!!! Gorgeous photography too...

Pamela said...

Beautiful giveaway!

I think my love for jewelry comes from my Mother, who always sported a beautiful but simplistic piece around her neck or in her ears. Now that she is gone I love to look at pictures of her wearing pieces of jewelry that I now have. Her jewelry was a simple way of showing off her artistic side, which I love so much! I hope that the jewelry I wear will tell the same kind of story...what I love about life--different colors, sentimental birthstones, souvenirs from different lands I've visited.

Also, there is one little thing I've been doing with each of my children's births--I wear a necklace during the labor/delivery and will eventually pass that piece of jewelry onto each of my daughters, so they can own the necklace I was wearing while they were born. :)

Kotori said...

I think all the time about how I want my jewelry to be passed down the line to Kate and maybe even beyond. I hope they find my pieces to be classic but fun. I hope they remind them of fun that we have together.

Sher said...

Such delicate, whimsical jewelry! I'll love to associate my jewelry with many good memories, important things that happens in my life so that when I pass it on to my loved ones, they will be able to share a piece of that as well:)

DesBisoux said...

i like my jewelry to tell about my travels, about my love for quirky pieces and about my personnality...

that's what my mom's jewelry say about her. and that's why it will take me few more years before i can make it mine!

Egater said...

I like if my jewelry has a story,how they landed on my home:)

Grissell said...

I want my children to know that family is precious, first, and always.

I have my grandmother's ring right before she passed away in 1991 she gave it to me. I wore it on my wedding day in 1994.

I can't wait to pass it to Chloe on her wedding day and I will have to get something special for Kyiah.

maggisaar said...

I like my jewelry to be as unique as me. Funky pieces that are one of a kind and special. Things that not everyone else will have or even want to have.

I just made a necklace out of some food pictures from a magazine. One side of the necklace is sushi and the other is a desert with figs and ice cream. I love it so much!

{eleise} said...

I just like my jewelry to show my personality...I like them to be fun, different & unique!

Tali Schiffer said...

Her stuff's all so beautiful! I totally agree!
I have a few pieces in my jewelry box that I keep dear to heart, and some have funny stories, some more emotional stories behind them. I would love to one day sit with my little (yet to be born) daughter and tell her the story behind each and every piece :)

Michele said...

You deserve a blog of the year award. I love your well written, thought provoking posts. You're like a breath of fresh air. I admire you!

Jaime said...

How lovely- her pieces are precious.

My jewelry tells about the many facets of my personality- from a dainty gold diamond necklace to a statement chandelier earring to demure diamond studs to trendy bib necklaces. It's all pieces of me! :)

Victoria Stitch said...

I would love my jewellery to tell the story of my absolute favourite ever ever fairytale which is peterpan! I would have tinkerbell on there, the lost boys, a mermaid, a pirate ship, a hook, a mushroom, peter pan, a top hat, a medicine bottle, john wendy and micheal, a shadow and of course an ACORN which is the kiss!

Michelle said...

I would want my jewelry to tell the story of how so many cultures unite. For example, custom jewelry could be made to represent two sides of someone's culture.

Tambria said...

Thanks to my beautiful mother, I love jewelry! I was named after my great aunt who couldn't have children. My mother named me in her honor. My great aunt died when I was 14 years old. She left me her diamond, wedding band. I loved this ring! My mother gave me the ring when I was 22 years old although, she told me that I could have it when I turned 18. I never complained about it because I knew my mother would give me the ring, when she felt I deserved to have it.

One day, we were at my sister's home in Baton Rouge. My mother and I were sitting in the den watching television. All of sudden she pulls the ring out of her pocket and says, "Here, I want you to have this ring now." I was uber excited to finally receive this ring. My great aunt got married in the 50s, so I was pleased to see how great of shape it was in. My mother had taken very good care of the ring by getting it professionally cleaned.

I now wear this ring every single day, on my right hand (middle finger). This ring has been captured on my hand in many photos. I will pass this ring down to my children (if we ever have any). I want them to remember this ring and what it stands for. I was named in my great aunt's honor and she passed this beautiful piece of jewelry down to me. This ring stands for love and loyalty. It's my goal to love everyone (God, my family, friends and neighbors). It's also my goal to remain loyal to the ones I love.

<3

The Novelista Barista said...

i would love to be able to tell where i got it from! and where it was passed down from.

L'Atelier said...

What wonderful jewellery and what great giveaway!

i want my jewellery to remind me of special moments- and also tell about my different facets of my personality.
also love unique jewellery- jewellery that tells about the inspiration of the artisan. and that in turn inspires me too!

Amy B. said...

GASP! Her stuff is amazing!

I want my jewelry to tell about me. It should be a little different, bold, sparkling or fun, just like I am.

Tender Branson said...

My grandmother had a wonderful herb and vegetable garden too.

Elizabeth said...

I want my jewelry to serve as a reminder to me of the things I love most--my husband has given me things to commemorate joys as well as loss. Both the happy and sad things have so much to do with who I am and where I am going, and I want to be able to tell those stories to future generations.

Phoenix said...

awww, I love your beautiful pictures and lovely stories :)

And you host the best giveaways (says a winner of one of them)!

I hope one day my jewelry will tell all the wonderful places where I've been and all the people that I have loved and learned from :)

Kaye Prince said...

I'd like my jewellery to tell the story of my life - where I've been, my passions, stories about the things and people I love. I don't wear a ton of jewellery, but the things I do wear generally have some sort of story or creative aspect behind them.

I think it would be a really neat thing if people put little notes into the box with each piece of their jewellery telling it's story or explaining it's importance. That way future generations would know it's story and it would be even more special.

Lily G. said...

Wow, all this stuff is so LOVELY!

Meghan said...

Beautiful pieces!

I've never been into jewelry until I was engaged. Then I realized what a joy it was to have a piece that told a story. Everytime I look at my engagement ring and wedding ring, I am flooded with the memories of my husband. Since then, I have only purchased jewelry that has special meaning and my hope is that I can one day pass these memories along to my future children.

Lily said...

I like my jewelry to tell how unique i am. I love one of a kind pieces that remind me that everyone is one of a kind. Pretty jewelry reminds me how pretty the rest of the world is too.
I think this lovely necklace (and for that matter everything is neawear's shop) does just that!

Mer said...

jewelry should tell a story of family. i often wear pieces given to me from my mother, grandmother, great aunts and so on.
thanks for this opportunity!
meredith(dot)targarona(at)gmail(dot)com

TZel said...

I would like my jewelry to show a glimpse of the person I really am, not who I might seem to be. I like simple, nature- inspired pieces, clean and cool. I would hope that they transmit an inner person who is quiet, simple and sincere.
Thank you for this giveaway!

AlisonWonderland said...

I want my jewellery to tell people just how quirky I am on the inside.

gemini5757 at hotmail.com

malibu.bunny.xo said...

I want my jewelry to show the people who are important to me- as I've inherited and been given lots of special pieces that are more sentimental to me than anything else. I also want it to show my strength- I often treat myself to a piece of jewelry to help me through a rough time. Each piece symbolizes the fact that I made it through those times, and here I am still smiling!
Thanks for the great giveaway :)
malibu.bunny.xo@live.ca

Taylor B. said...

I want the jewelry I wear to show my own style and show that I have an appreciation for the unique and quirky. I like the one-of-a-kind, or custom-made items that suit me. Whoever wears it will come up with a different story.

Sherry said...

my jewelry is given by my mom :) she is special

I blogged http://iluvcontest.blogspot.com/2009/09/acorn-giveaway.html

marian said...

Beautiful giveaway my fingers are crossed. I love acorns and fall. I adore vintage jewelry and have many vintage pieces I would like my jewelry to tell of it's past ,my taste,a different time.Marian

mtzeenla@yahoo.com

kristy said...

I would like my jewelry to first show that I am loved and secondly my sense of style.

daer0n said...

A story of someone who had a diverse, exotic, but unique taste, with a little bit of mystery, and a little bit of magic, i would inherit all of it to my daughter so i would want it to be full of good memories too :)

Nury77 at live dot ca

bethany said...

Oh, how sweet!

Right now I'd like my jewelry to tell a story of fun individuality. But, in fifty years, I would love for my future children and grandchildren to look at my (giant) amounted jewelry collection and see a young woman who believed in romance, whimsy and dreams that come true. And hopefully, fifty years from now, I'll have had a journey full of those things! :)

Thanks for the beautiful giveaway!

Torie Jayne said...

Such beautiful jewelery, I like mine to tell a story, Have a sweet day! x

Rachel Follett said...

I am also a huge fan of old jewelry. My mother collects vintage pins and I am always in awe of them. I would like my jewelry to reflect the places that I have lived. I have jewelry from Oregon and jewelry from Hawaii and they are very different in style.

KristaR said...

I am the proud owner of some lovely pieces of jewelry inherited from my grandmother - many of them given as gifts to her from my grandfather when they were courting. They tell the story of an enduring love and a courtship that lasted for 65 years. I love that this jewelry has a history and I think it says a lot about the strength of family and marriage. I hope that the pieces I own will get passed onto my daughter and tell the same story.

crabapple3@gmail.com

lin3arossa said...

I love to buy jewelry for myself, but I think what a I like even more is wearing a piece of jewelry that was offered to be by someone dear. I think of that special someone each and everytime I wear it. I remember the last time I passed an exam, I was wearing earrings from my mom and a brooch from my sis, just to have the feeling they were with me. It was heart warming. Plus, i think someone able to pick a piece of jewelry you really like is someone that knows you more than others.

i-am-amazed said...

I love jewellery which has 'a second life'. Which is given from mother to daughter... You feel then, that this is a witness of someone's first kiss or wedding ;). Amazing feeling, huh.?

bison61 said...

I have jewelry from my grandmother, my aunt and my mother-they mean to me love and that family is so important

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

Abigail said...

I love jewelry to help me remember a memory. Like a gift from someone, or a hand-me-down, or going shopping with my mom and finding it. I like when jewelry creates a memory. One of y fave pieces is a small painting a friend made, which I had put into a small frame and fitted into a pendant.

abigail.lee {at} gmail.com

Shrimp Salad Circus said...

I want my jewelry to tell the story of every day spent wearing it -
every happy memory,
every sad memory,
all the days that didn't seem memorable at the time -

because in the end, every day matters; every memory is precious - even those that seemed inconsequential in the living.

My favorite quote is Jonathan Swifts "May you live every day of your life." I think we often lose the act of truly living out lives actively in the day-to-day shuffle of just 'making it through.'

My grandma always calls jewelry 'a pretty,' so I want my pretties to be a reminder that every day it was worn was a choice to get up, get dressed (to the nines, of course!), and make the most of that day. Sometimes we lose our intentions along the way, but to at least start the day off trying is all we can for, right?

- Lindsay
shrimpsaladcircus{at}gmail{dot}com

amarshall said...

My jewelry will tell the story of all my travels! I love to get a piece on each vacation & remember the trip each time I wear it.

KB from UnemployedDesigner said...

I have a young daughter for whom every outing is a nature walk. She collects bark, twigs, pinecones and especially acorns. I have dedicated succesively larger glass containers to house her collections which beautifully decorate my livingroom. I would love to further support her interest in the natural world by wearing this beautiful acorn necklace, which I would love to pass to her when she is old enough to care for and wear it.

Ashley said...

When I was younger I wore a ring every single day without fail. It wasn't a very fancy ring, or intricate, or expensive. In fact, in a lot of ways it looked downright cheap. It was the sort of thing you buy when you're on vacation at the beach and your little sister is sick at home with appendicitis and you want to bring her something to say "I wish you'd been there." And that is, in fact, why I had the ring in the first place.

I guess I want jewelry that someday I can pass on to my daughters or granddaughters to say "Yes, I went here and I did this, but most of all, I wish you'd been there. Most of all I wish I'd been with you." My sisters, my mother, my aunts and cousins are so precious to me and someday I'd like to be able to expand that important connection to daughters and granddaughters.

Mom, Net Mom said...

Rummaging through the little baggies of beads and stones, she spies the perfect gem. She picks it up gingerly and sets it with the rest of her stash. It's enough she thinks, and off to her workspace she goes. Carefully she begins the process. Mixing & matching. Twisting and turning. Hours rush by but she doesn't seem to notice. She's creating.

I hope that's how my kids remember me, and my jewelry—SoBelle Design.

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7404847

Katharine said...

My jewelry tells many different stories. I have many vintage pieces from my grandma and the stories are very interesting. One of the most unique pieces was from when my great-grandfather owned a funeral home. One of the families could not afford a funeral so gave them a necklace to help with some of the expenses. I know it is a little morbid, but I love the mystery behind this piece. I always wonder who that family is/was and where are they now.

Linda K said...

My jewelry tells the story of someone who worked hard for everything I have and then learned to relax and slow down to enjoy life(but by injury, not by choice unfortunately) .

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

the Lost Earring said...

I'd like my jewelry to tell a story of loving, searching, traveling, growing, and aging gracefully.

Lovely shop!

Anonymous said...

I have kept all my jewelery from my first piece at 5 til now at 46. Some of my jewelery has been handed down from my mother and will someday go to my only daughter. I want my jewelery to say to my child that family matters a great deal!
Zoe0825@verizon.net

Aik said...

I did many wrong things in the past but my parents still forgave me and taught me to do the right things.

"I once was lost, but now I'm found, was blind but now I see."

So, I want my jewelry to tell a story about love, acceptance and forgiveness.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

avant garde said...

love that story! i have a few pieces from my great grandmother who traveled the globe, i have pieces from china, turkey and england. i cherish them. i would want my jewelry to evoke, emotion, travel, culture, life, history and love. all of that wrapped up into one. :)

Mel said...

I would like my jewelry to tell the story of my developemnt as an artist and as a person with a heart for others. I would also like it to tell of my travels around the globe and my love for nature. It should be about personal expression, not about how much that gold necklace cost, of course!

Alicia said...

I would like my jewerly to show that I am a fun loving crafting person.

Ali said...

This one's easy. I'd want my story to be all about the love I have for whoever I'm passing my jewelry down to (most likely my grandchildren, since my grandma has jewelry that she wants to pass down to me).

And this designer loves cheesecake? I'm so in!

Kristin said...

It's so good to catch up on your posts, Dionne! I've missed reading your daily musings. Glad to hear all is well, and thanks for bringing to mind wonderful memories of my own grandparents... what a treat!

Kat C. said...

I want my jewelry to tell about a woman who never faltered in her love, even if it breaks her.

katch05 at gmail dot com

Carmen said...

The story I'd want my jewelry to tell...is to feel free--encouraged, actually--to be unexpected and express your personality. One day I'll wear a dainty little necklace with an antique locket and the next a chunky, beaded bracelet. The one exception are the rings my husband has given me as gifts (including engagement/wedding bands). Those never change :)

carmensechristjunk [at] gmail [dot] com

Wehaf said...

I want my jewelry to show people that beauty comes in unexpected places, and that it endures.

urchiken at gmail dot com

f.sarah said...

i would like them to tell who i got them from; my mother, husband, others.

minishoes1 said...

I would love my jewelry to say the fun I have enjoying life,my family and my dogs. Thanks! jacquecurl1@gmail.com

Waterrose said...

I like my jewelry to tell the story of a rich history with love. Traditions passed down, grandmother, to mother, to child.

Bombtastic Belle said...

I've love for my jewelry to tell of how simple I am. I've never travled out of the US (yet!), but I have pieces on my charm braclet from Israel from when my husband was there, I have a necklace from Iraq, a ring from Saudi Arabia - and I wear them as focal pieces. I don't want anythign flashy, I love all the pieces I have because they have memories attached to them, and I want to be able to tell my future kids of when I recieved them and how.
eod_army_wife04(at)yahoo(dot)com

Dash said...

i love pieces that symbolise connections and relationships. That the I and my love for my fmaily will live on in that little piece of jewellery.

References to horror movies not intended.lol.

Mia said...

I love nature, I'm part of nature and my jewelry is related to it:)

Anonymous said...

When I married my daughter's father we were poor and my ring had tiny, tiny diamonds. When my daughter got married she had that ring made into her ring with the diamonds surrounding the bigger diamond her fiance gave her. I look at her ring and think about how lucky I am.
Barb
Barbroshronts at yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I'd like my jewelry to say I can be whimsical with big colorful jewelry or I can be serious and elegant with pearls. Either way, it's just me.
Sofia
liveleisurely at yahoo.com

Little Miss Tiara said...

I am just lately found the beauty of jewelry, nothing too fancy, though. My mom loves anything sparkling, lol. So I'm kinda influenced, altough I'd prefer jewelries with smaller stones. My and her forever favorites is aquamarine colored crystals. They gave us serene feelings.

*Evelyn* said...

everything that belongs to me, has a history, a moment lived, happy or sad that it is ...
I would also like my jewelry worn one day have a story to tell ...

Kellyn Rowland Photography said...

I would want my jewelry to visually tell the story of my life, as my photography does.

Kellyn.rowland@yahoo.com

V said...

I would want the story to be about happiness and to brighten someone's day if they were feeling sad or unmotivated . To bring colors , sparkle , kawaii , fairy-tale , and more fun to it .
It would have a bit of everything that I consider beautiful like elements of nature , stories , and so on . Just like when you visit a good friend's house you feel welcomed and loved and then you would enjoy of lovely pot of tea !

Salad for Breakfast said...

i think i'd want my jewelry to tell my story of the last 6 years of my life...a story about strength, believing in myself, grief, and fighting to keep my head above water, so to speak.

i've been through so much in my 20s that i feel like i've lived for 100 years!

Amber said...

I would like my jewelry to tell a story of a woman who loves new cultures and embraces the opportunity to learn!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Koo and Poppet said...

I like my jewelry to represent places I've been, people I've met, mistakes I've made, memorable experiences I've had. I want to store it all in a velvet-lined box when i'm old and tell the stories of each piece to my great grandaughters.

that blue acorn necklace is gorgeous btw!!!

Badger Momma said...

I love my jewelry to tell the story of me. Meaning the jewelry I buy are pieces that I love, that represent something to me, that have meaning to me. When I get jewelry as a gift, it represents that person and I think of them when I wear it. I don't buy things just because they match an outfit.

JennTRC said...

I'd like my jewelry to tell that I'm a fun loving, creative type. I love unique jewelry, conversation pieces.
:)

jrerwin6 at gmail dot com

Kara said...

I'd like my jewelry to tell the story of quirkiness and sophistication. The acorn necklace is so chic and classic, I love it!

kara.rotella@gmail.com

denise said...

I'd like my jewelry to tell of my distinct personality. I'm out of the ordinary, and I mix all different kinds of styles. I love silly jewelry, sophisticated jewelry, elegant jewelry, and quirky jewelry. I'd love for my jewelry to tell of my unique style and personality.
qwaszx024 at gmail dot com

Cindy said...

I would like my jewelry to tell the story of not only my life, but also the lives of previous owners. Most of my jewelry is vintage that has either been handed down by relatives or purchased at Estate sales, antique shops, etc. I love hearing about the history of vintage items and I hope the history of my vintage items will continue to be passed along after I'm gone.


clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

Rachael said...

I like my jewelry to not necessarily tell a story but to show that it was made by a person and that person has their own story. For all my jewelry (I make tiny food jewelry) I can tell everyone what my inspiration was... "Really craving a chocolate doughnut that day while watching Homer Simpson on tv." :)

My jewelry collection was made by people and I know what they did or what they are crafting for (job, kid's college, fun, etc...). That's the best part. When someone compliments my jewelry - even the stuff I make - I can be like, "Oh, yeah, let me tell you..."

XO
Rachael (Roscata on Etsy)
www.roscata.com

balanced. said...

I don't think I need my jewelry to tell a story, but rather give a certain feeling. It simply just needs to make me feel good. And if people ask about it, all the better. :)

hello@balancedcrafts.com

tialys said...

Love Janick's shop - I often have another look after I've seen one of her items in yet another treasury - must be down to her great photography as well as the lovely items. I love the wall art & little embroidered pendants - I can't do embroidery so admire others' work.
I have my grandmother's engagement ring which I wear every day and recently it had worn so thin I had to have the gold 'rebuilt'. We all remember that she used to sit and turn the ring round and round on her finger so, it's not worth much money-wise but has many memories.
I would like to start my daughter off on her own 'life story' told in jewelry and her nickname here in France is 'Fifi l'ecureuil' so Janick's beautiful acorn pendant would be a great reminder of the friends she has around her now, in her teens, who have given her the name.
Thanks for the opportunity Dionne, keep well and keep blogging.
x

Dionne said...

Thanks for your comments! This giveaway is now closed.