Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Bling & Trinkets Giveaway

Thank you so much for all your sweet birthday comments. 29 is seeming a little more acceptable now :)

I had a WONDERFUL day, and have been celebrating since Sunday. This birthday has really been full of my favorite things, and it just reminded me how much God has blessed my life.

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I am going to fill you in on more details about my birthday fun later, but right now I wanted to let you know that since it's my birthday week, I thought it would be fun if I could have a week of giveaways - so in addition to yesterday, there is a giveaway today, and another one tomorrow. And today's giveaway is from a truly lovely store called Cocoa Chu Chu.

Fai owns her own little corner of what seems like Alice's Wonderland. Her store is like a magical little getaway to another time and place. The perfect place to celebrate birthdays and tea parties. Cocoa Chu Chu is the home of fanciful jewelry and marvelous trinkets, shiny baubles and lovely adornments. I could browse her store for hours!
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Fai's jewelry is inspired by a myriad of things, like flowers, pretty frills, ruffles, vintage toys, photography and lovely Europe. Pastel shades are her colors of choice, especially when represented in purple, peach a blue. And there is no shortage of inspiration in her city of Toronto. She loves that it has real seasons, with noticeable changes - so she gets a new shot of inspiration every three months just by looking out her window.

Since this is my birthday week, I asked Fai what is her favorite Birthday Present she has ever received. She told me that her sister who is an illustrator gave her a handmade card. Fai loved that it was one-of-a-kind, and that so much thought, time and effort had gone into it. Fai definitley appreciates details and things of the heart - much like her jewelry.
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Fai is giving one lucky reader their choice of these three necklaces from her store: 1, 2 or 3. To enter, please leave a comment letting me know which you would prefer to receive if you won, and also let me know what do you appreciate in a gift received. I will announce the winner on Sunday.

89 comments:

MYSAVIOR said...

I just love necklace 3. The bow is so adorable and feminine and just goes with the sparkle of the hanging gem.

What I appreciate in a gift is the thought put into it. Knowing that the person actually bought me something that they knew I loved or that they took the time to find something that I would love. That is why my first Christmas gift from my husband was so special. He went to the jewelry store and found something that he knew I would love.

♥♥♥
Sue

Erin said...

I'm a huge fan of the first necklace, so beautiful! I can't wait to spend some time browsing her shop.

I appreciate the thought put into it, too, like Sue! I love when my hubby will do something for me he wouldn't normally do (like wander around in Michael's looking for the perfect gift).

Sarah Mina said...

I absolutely adore the sparkling bubble necklace.

I always appreciate a gift of something that I mentioned in passing previously that someone picked up on and remembered.

Melanie's Randomness said...

Oh the first necklace is beautiful. That would be amazing. =)

Hilary Leister said...

First of all, Happy Birthday week Dionne! Secondly, I like the necklace #1...

Thirdly, in gifts received... I LOVE getting money from my family, BUT look for something specifically catered-to-me in gifts from others, like something i need or would look nice wearing :)

Ashley said...

Happy Birthday Week!! I hope it's absolutely blessed!

I love necklace number 2. It's so gorgeous.

What I love in a gift recieved is that the person sees me in it. If they see a certain item, and think, yeah, that's Ashley, and then I recieve it, and think, yeah, that's me... It's just perfect.

Ali said...

You want us to choose?! How dare you give us such a hard task, Dionne! Those necklaces are all lovely! :)

Okay, okay...I'm going with #1.

And in a gift? I look for thought. Thought, thought, thought. That's what it's about, isn't it?

So glad you had a great 29th! <3

Nicole-Lynn said...

Very nice you had a great birthday!

I love the Pretty little thing necklace. It's so dainty and girly!

I appreciate when others put thought into a gift, but I also don't mind receiving a gift card or something a little less personal. I just feel so blessed when others think of me and I know they feel the same in return.

The Fancy Lady said...

down the rabbit hole id pick i love alice in wonderland .all i appreciate in a gift is actual thought i just wanna see that you put thought into it which i never seem to get lol. i always put thought into every gift i give which pays off everybody says i give the best gifts
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Meghan said...

I am so glad you had a wonderful birthday.

I am in love with #1. I cannot wait to see how it turns out - what a great giveaway!

As for gifts, I also appreciate the thought. The fact that the person had me in mind and understood what I loved means so much!

Janine said...

I love #1! And for gifts, I appreciate things that seem unique and carefully chosen, but are not necessarily expensive.

olivia rae said...

i love the first necklace!! gorgeous. in a gift i just love knowing the person put thought into it, and didn't just feel obligated. a sweet handwritten card is enough for me! xo

Jaime said...

Sparkling bubble- so pretty! I appreciate a nice, thoughtful card and pretty wrapping paper, in a gift :)

Annie said...

glad to hear you had a great birthday beautiful!!!

if i have to pick just one necklace, i'd love the sparkling bubble one! oh my goodness it is SO pretty!

Simply Mel said...

My little crumb would love the sweet tiny dancer necklace!

Anna said...

Happy Birthday~ =)

I loveee #1 =D
I should browse around your shop more often!

I appreciate how the thought and effort placed into a gift. It's interesting how one would try their to pick the right gift for you. Even though sometimes you may not like it, they had tried to be thoughtful of what suits. As well, there's also effort since they must have earned the money somehow to get you the gift and they have put their time looking for the right gift or making it.

JennyMac said...

Happy birthday week! The tiny dancer necklace is precious! What a great giveaway.

Mer said...

Sparkling bubble is my fave! I appreciate thought that goes into a gift...and quality over quantity!

mechelledesigns said...

Definately when someone you love takes the time to consider what you like to adorn yourself with.

I like the little rose necklace.

The Pink Slip said...

I love the pretty little thing necklace, I love the vintage feel of it and the oh so pretty rose!!!

I love any gift thats is given to me the fact that they thought of ME just makes me smile for days...I'm always giving so receiving is always so awesome :)

Happy Birthday Month :))

Mandy said...

I like necklace 3, I personally think it is cute and lovely. If I won, I would wear this necklace when I go out for sure.

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Melissa said...

Oh I LOVE that Down the Rabbit Hole necklace! Thanks so much for posting, I just might have to buy one!

Katie said...

It was a hard decision but I think necklace #3 is my favorite!

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missyt_2000 said...

I love the sparkling bubble necklace.

I appreciate any gift really, when someone thinks enough of you to get you a gift that is thoughtful. I'm more of a gift giver than a receiver though! I love watching peoples faces when I give them something!

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slk1282 said...

Happy birthday! Celebrating all week is the way to do it! :o)

I love the first necklace...so pretty!

I like it when you can tell that a person has put a lot of thought into a gift. It doesn't matter how much it costs or how big it is. I like it when you know the giver put time and effort in ensuring that it was something special they knew you would love, rather than the obvious choice. :o)

Steph

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jasmine said...

i like the third one. :)

i like receiving gifts where i know someone's put in the effort to think about it, and not just bought something off the cuff.

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Lilly said...

Tiny dancer is my fave! Cute!
I really like the package in a gift and all the anticipation to open it ^^
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Alison said...

I think all three necklaces are beautiful, however my favorite is the pretty little thing. When I first saw it I just smiled and thought how perfect that would be for my niece, plus I love the romanticism of the locket as you have secret or something you want to keep close to your heart.

I appreciate gifts when they represent friendship and love. A gift that received ideally should show that the giver knows me and that they want to share a part of themselves with me through the gift.

vaverine said...

I adore the Tiny Dancer necklace - so delicate and lovely.

I love a personal touch in gifts. Buying me something off a list is nice, but taking the time to personalize it and make it special between us - that's what wins my heart :)

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Bachuchay said...

I love necklace #2.. what I love most in receiving gifts is the anticipation of what's inside.. and whatever that is.. it's always the thought that counts

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Boog the Groupie said...

My favorite is definitely the dancing slippers one of the three. So pretty!

What I appreciate in a gift is its beautiful packaging. And that excitement in trying to guess what's inside it.

Michelle said...

The tiny dancer necklace is adorable! It could just look like shoes, too, and who doesn't love shoes?

I appreciate an experience. Rather than a physical gift, I love going somewhere fun, seeing new places, and creating memories. Memories last a lifetime, right?! :)

Lily said...

i would pick number 3!
and i appreciate thought put into gifts and especially gifts someone has made.

Rika said...

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Crocheted Little Things said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE necklace number 2 tiny dancer since There is a little ballerina in my somewhere :)

Like a gift I appreciate a thoughtful one made out of love and definitely not expensive...just thoughtful. Could be just a piece of paper with my fave quote and makes my light up :)

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Michelle said...

My favorite is the first - pretty little thing!

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Michelle said...

Oops... I forgot to say what I appreciate in receiving a gift... I love the thought... I love knowing that someone thought enough of me to get me something that was uniquely me. It is a great feeling!

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Katrina said...

ooh how beautiful! I adore the locket (#1).

Gifts I love to receive are those which are not for a special occasion. The 'Just because I saw it and I knew you would love it' kind of gifts. My beautiful husband is great at these!

Happy Birthday... :)

DEA ANGEL MARIAN said...

Pretty giveaway I love the sparkling baubble necklace.My favourite gifts are handmade like the cards my sister makes me for christmas and my birthday.Great giveaway.Marian

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lionhearted said...

I like necklace #1. <3

International Giveaways said...

I love the tiny ballet slippers necklace! They are super cute.

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Kasie said...

I like the Pretty Little Thing necklace! :)

tales from an oc cottage said...

So glad you had a nice b-day! Your sweet spirit is such a blessing to all blogland! They say 50 is the new forty...so, I guess that means 29 is the new 19 and you're still a baby!! ;}


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va said...

l would love pretty little thing # 1 .
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dotted lines said...

The first necklace is lovely.

I appreciate it when people manage to honestly surprise me with something I had admired at some point, or something they know I'd love. My best friend always does the first, and my mom always manages the second!

Allison said...

I love number 3, the sparkling bubble!

I love when the gifter has put obvious thought into the gift. it's touching.

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Nina said...

I would love necklace #3.

I do appreciate all the gifts given to me as I rarely get them. I don't get a lot of surprise gifts so that would be a treat!

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-- Carolyn -- said...

Tiny dancer is cute. =)

I extra appreciate gifts with thought put into it, can be handmade or can be something i've been wanting/am genuinely interested in. The general wish behind the gift is great too.

My most recent best gift was a turquoise bracelet from my sis, when i was having a rough time. She told me turquoise is a symbol of strength.

Claire said...

I love the " Tiny dancer " !

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Vanessa said...

oh my word i love them all!! :D my absolute favorite would have to be #1, the pretty little thing necklace. i LOVE it!

when receiing a gift, i like knowing that someone was thinking of me and got me something they knew i would love.

Thanks! :)

mangocheeks said...

Pretty pretty blog - its my first visit here and what do I find - A giveaway. Yay.

Firstly, Happy Belated Birghday to you all the way from Scotland. Secondly, I like necklace #1 and like many before me, I like knowing and feeling butterflies in my belly at the thought that it was bought with 'love' and little old me in mind. Thank YOU for this wonderful giveaway.

Maria said...

ooh! i was hoping #3 was one to choose from! i love that bow!

Maria said...

i love when gifts are thoughtful and practical... and are followed with a thank you note!

lin3arossa said...

I'd pick the sparkly bubble necklace. Any gift of something I've been wishing to get for a long time. Or those where I unknowingly gave clues as to whether I'd like them.
Have a nice b-day!

Sabine, La Marquise des anges said...

happy belated birthday :) I really like the #3 too ... mmm actually I like them all !!!

Kathy said...

I love the KIngfisher Necklace!

What I appreciate gifts recieved is that someone thought enough of me to get me something, to me there is no such thing as a bad gift!
Simply the act of giving is enough!

Jingle said...

Happy Birthday! I would choose #2, Tiny Dancer. It has a certain magic to it! I appreciate when someone tries to find something that they know is uniquely me. I've received gifts like this both big and small and those are always my favorites!

4smartmonkeys said...

I love #3, it's so pretty and feminine.

I appreciate when someone remembers something I said I wanted, and gets it for me. Especially if I mentioned it months before, and then it magically appears as a gift.

Abby said...

I love number 2 as i was a ballet dancer when i was younger. It brings back memories.

I just hope that the gifters put some thought into my likes and dislikes when i get a gift

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Selene said...

Number 2 is my fave! So pretty and sweet. Like when i was a little girl and used to go for Swan Lake.

I like it when someone remembers a thing i said in passing and actually gifts it to me

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Lola said...

They are all very pretty but I love vintage items so number 1 it is, the "pretty little thing" necklace.

I appreciate a unique gift wrapping. It could be from recycled materials. If it has baker's twine, I will love it more.

Last year, my husband, I mean, Santa wrapped my gifts with baker's twine and handmade tags. They all looked so pretty!

i-am-amazed said...

I just love Pretty little thing necklace. It's so adorable

What I appreciate in a gift is knowing that someone wanted to spend some time looking for the perfect thing for me. Their joy that I liked their gift... It'e the best feeling it the world...


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Christina Moreno- floresdelsol said...

Dionne,
I love the pretty little thing necklace.

I appreciate anything that takes though for what i enjoy. This year my sister made be a "mix tape" from 90's music we would dance to back in the day.

Kaye Prince said...

I like #1 (pretty little thing) the best - it's gorgeous!

I really like to receive handmade gifts, even if it's not necessarily made by the gift-giver. I like knowing how much work went into it, and I think I appreciate it more because I make a lot of things myself.

Jill Turner said...

I love #1/the "Pretty Little Thing Necklace". It is so dainty and lovely!!!

I love getting a gift that I look at and think "I would totally have bought that for myself!" It really shows how well someone knows you when they see something and think of you.

Good Girl Gone Blog said...

I love the second necklace- so delicate and pretty.

I love getting a gift that's surprising. You know- for no special reason. Those are the best!

Phoenix said...

Glad to hear you had a great birthday! The Tiny Dancer necklace is adorable - and I love when I give someone a gift, something that they have wanted for a while now, and thought nobody noticed :) I always notice!

Dana said...

My ... difficult choice! They are so darling! I think I'd pick #3 though ... sparkling bubble.

Definitely "the thought" ... that someone was thinking of me :)

Sissy said...

The first is my favorite!

My favorite gift is the one that is not just thoughtful, but one that I can associate with that person or that has inside meaning with that person...like from my boyfriend a piece of flower jewelry because the first day we became an official couple we went to the botanical gardens, so anytime I'd look at it there would be a special meaning because he not only thought of my likes, but also of our time together.

I hope you had a really wonderful birthday! I actually just found your blog through Cocoa Chu Chu, but I love it so far!

a. said...

The 4th necklace is just beautiful; simple yet elegant at the same time (: Think I will be spending sometime browsing through you're shop >:3

When people think of "gifts" then I think most people will say that "thought" is the most important aspect, and I agree with that. I agree that the true value in gifts isn't in the price but from the thought they sender put into choosing the right present, & knowing that someone actually took the time to consider what my likes/interest are and incorporate that into the gift always sends a smile to me face, cause it shows that they really care and actually took the time to get to know me ~ But, I think individuality is also important, because my family&friends usually get similar gifts since my fam. talk to one another (yes, they don't know me very well. D:) and I have a large group of friends who know each other it's highly possible that the gifts would be pretty predictable ~ So it's pretty thrilling when I open a gift and see that someone had the guts to be 'different' and get something that was unexpected, yet still something that I'd like. For example, one year for my birthday a lot of people asked me what I wanted, and like usual, I replied with " Whatever. Just the thought that matters" , so in the end I got a load of stuff from my fav. KPOP band , plushies , gift cards , money & things of that sort. But this one friend of mine got me a can of pineapples ( along with other stuff LOL ) , a completely wacky home made EXTRA EXTRA LARGE b-day card & homemade gift wrap! I still have it all in my room and I plan on keeping it until forever (: I was expecting what she got me but the side gifts were a total surprise & i LOVED it !


Hope you have a really great birthday ! (: ~ I just found this blog after receiving a facebook
message from Cocoa Chu Chu, but I really like it , cute layout too ^^
PS; hope what I wrote made sense ... it;s late where I live so I'm kind of drowsy *_*" LOL

- A .

jc said...

I love Necklace #2, it would make the perfect gift, thanks!

Love is all that matters.

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Linda K said...

My favorite is #1 Pretty little thing

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Dreaming Away said...

wow I love
Send all my loving to you necklace too!

For the ones in the giveaway I love necklace one, pretty little thing

and for a gift I appreciate the thought behind it, the added creative detail, the fact that someone remembered 5 months ago that I mentioned something I would love

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Amanda Marie said...

What a lovely giveaway! I adore necklace number 1 (pretty little thing).

When I get a gift, most of all I appreciate the thought behind the gift. I love it when care has been taken to wrap the item and write a nice note. I especially like gifts with a handmade quality, when the giver shares a piece of herself with me. That makes me feel special.

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Hehui said...

oooh-la-la. I think the kingfisher necklace and the pretty little thing are some lovely excellent necklaces.

Anywho, what I appreciate in a gift is the care in which the person took to wrap or decorate it. I love it when the wrapper fits snuggly and there are obvious signs of thought put into the gift. You can say everybody wants this but hey, it is true. That's what I appreciate! :)

--hehui

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Stephanie said...

I like 1, Pretty little thing. I like a person who received the gift to give honest (gentle) feedback. If they don't like it, I would like to know.

Heather! said...

I LOVE 'Pretty Little Things' (#1)!

I heard something once about how the best gift should meet a need or desire of the recipient and also should reflect the personality or relationship of the giver. I appreciate gifts that show that the giver knows who I am, and one that reminds of the person who gave it to me every time I see it.

Great giveaway and wonderful question...thank you!!


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mframe said...

I love pretty little thing- the first necklace.

I like it when the person giving the gift has put some thought into your interests or hobbies. I think gift giving shouldn't be about the amount spent but the time spent picking the perfect gift.

Tara said...

that's really tough! but I'd go with #3. I would LOVE to win!

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SMORES said...

tiny dancer necklace is soo cute :)
anything relating to shoes i would love ;P
I appreciate a gift that not only was a surprise gift, but had also taken some time to think of. something that'll remind you of the person. which i've never gotten before ):

trixx said...

I like the Sparkling bubble necklace.

I appreciate it when someone gives me a gift with me in mind, and not a generic random gift. A nice card with a handwritten note is icing on the cake!

Cathy Nichols Art said...

I love the "pretty little things" necklace. It is so romantic. What I appreciate in a gift is without question the thought behind it. And a sweet card doesn't hurt either.

Candy said...

Tough choice, but I'd love to get the Tiny Dancer necklace (necklace 2) because I'm a dancer so it has some sentiment for me :)
This is just so fitting for Etsy, but I love when people give me handmade gifts. They're so much more special than store-bought!
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Tylerpants said...

I love the pretty little thing necklace! I appreciate a handmade gift as I know they spent time on ym gift & it came from the heart!

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Anne J said...

I'd go with necklace #2, since I love to dance. The thing I appreciate most in a gift is thought. I take a lot of time choosing gifts for my family and I like it when they do the same thing for me.

Roxy said...

i'd go with #3. I love bows!

I appreciate the fact that someone gives me a gift. It's always exciting and truly brightens my day!

Caren said...

I love Sparkling Bubble, #3. It just speaks "holiday" to me, or springtime wedding. Such a happy necklace.

Dionne said...

Thanks for your comments, this giveaway is now closed.