Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Woolen Scarves Away

I don't really wear much jewelry in winter.

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All my bracelets get covered up with bulky long sleeved coats, and my necklaces hidden behind woolen scarves. So not only do the birds and flowers come out in Spring, so does more of my jewelry.

Carla Marcey has teamed up with her boyfriend to create a great store for lots of spring jewelry called Spunk by CM. I like a lot of color in my jewelry, and Carla's store is definitely filled with vibrant Springtime color.

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The hustle and hustle of city life is a big inspiration for the Spunk by CM creative duo. They admire the fast-paced lifestyle and the structure of city life, and yet also appreciate the independence and freedom of nature. Together, nature and the city inspire them to create pieces that are a fusion of the two worlds. Contrasting colors, materials and sizes are all ways that they achieve this juxtaposition on their jewelry. Living in Toronto means that they have access to the multiculturalism of the city, and yet be not too far from the peace and serenity of the natural world.

The variety of Toronto excites Carla. She loves that she can experience what she calls a "global vacation" in the span of one day. She can experience Korean Bibimbap (one of my favorites), Greek Souvlaki, French Crepes, Chinese Dim Sum, Indian Chicken Biryani and an Italian Cannoli all in one day

Aside from creating jewelry and exploring the international culture of Toronto, Carla likes to surround herself in other forms of art. She enjoys visiting museums and galleries of all different sizes and backgrounds. She also loves to bake. It isn't rare for her to be baking cookies at 1am to quench a sudden cookie craving.

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Carla is generously giving away a necklace to one lucky reader. You will win a Swarofski Pearl Necklace in your choice of color (peach, pink or blue). To enter, please leave a comment here telling me which color you'd like if you won, and also what some of your favorite international cultures to explore are. I will announce the winner next week.

(PS. The winner of the Simon & Ruby giveaway is Leigh).

84 comments:

Colores said...

Lovely bijoux!!! all colors are nice but my fav is peach! and as for the cultures I am curious about Chinese one!!! fingers crossed!!!KISSES

Jess said...

Love the pearl necklace! Soooo pretty!

Birgit said...

What a lovely necklace!
I'd pick pink.

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Amanda said...

Oh my gosh - so pretty and such awesome work in their shop! As an artist who also works with my husband I am a sucker for other couple creatives. Great story :)

I would love the peach version!

Well... I've traveled quite a bit and was so enchanted with Turkey and exploring Istanbul when I was there. The people were so warm and welcoming and there were just so many beautiful, fascinating things about the culture and the people.

Jrsygurl4life said...

I would LOVE the peach one!! So pretty. As far as cultures to explore, I always wanted to go to Greece, Greek history always was a fascinating topic in school.

.pocketwonders said...

The pearl necklace is gorgeous!

I just stumbled upon your blog today -- its really stunning! I love they way you do your posts. :)

Melanie's Randomness said...

Ohh I love pearls!! They are beautiful!! I would pick the peach colored pearl! I love to explore European cultures. They are so many countries in the same area but the cultures are so vastly different! Beautiful shop! I gotta check them out more!

Melanie's Randomness

Helen said...

Thank you for this lovely post. The pearl necklace is certainly lovely! The pink would be my favorite! But blue would also be adorable this spring! I've always been curious to know more about certain Southeast Asian cultures. Seems like we never hear enough about them.

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Caroline said...

I love this whole post and those necklaces are gorgeous!!

Veralynn said...

I adore the pearl necklace in blue! My love for pearls started when my great-grandmother, who passed away before I met her, left me her pearl engagement ring for my sweet sixteen.

Two years later, I moved to Munich and fell in love! Germany was never on my "must-travel" list, but life led me there! My favorite discovery? That I could enjoy pretzels to my heart's content and not gain weight because I was walking everywhere! Since then, I've been fascinated with all the history of Munich and all the history that has happened there.

Joie de Veralynn

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

another lovely giveaway, dionne!! although i doubt random.org will be good to me again, i think the peach one is perfect. new zealand was my favorite international country to explore - so many fun things to see and do!

Dancing Branflake said...

I love the peach one! The blue is pretty but the peach really is gorgeous. I would love to learn more about all cultures but particularly ancient ones like Greek or Roman.

Leigh said...

I am so excited to have own!!!!!!!! Thank you for the great giveaway.

Yellow Cat Studio said...

I don't wear much jewelry in the winter either. I love to dress up my clothing with pretty scarfs and broaches though!

Nicole

Sey said...

Those are really nice pieces but I think the peach is great. I want to explore Korean and Chinese culture. I think there are lots of things I need to know.

Colleen Elizabeth said...

Hey Dionne! Beautiful pieces, I love the peach necklace. As for cultures, I have always been interested in the Scottish and Irish cultures, perhaps because its in my blood.

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

What beautiful pieces of jewelry! I'd get the necklace in blue, I think. As for which cultures I'd like to explore, I'd love to travel to Spain and Morocco to learn more about those cultures.

Little Miss Tiara said...

yay! so prety! I Love the blue one :D

and culture? I'd pick europe... hmm... maybe czech... or Russia! :D that's gotta be interesting =9

va said...

i like pink or blue .
mediterranean , arab , and indian cultures are awesome to explore like Turkey to Greece to Morocco to India as well as the other Asian cultures like Thailand ,Japan etc.. Spanish
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Mer said...

love the pink! thanks for the opportunity! Meredith dot Targarona at Gmail dot com

leannebehrns said...

Is the pearl in the picture pink or peach? Whatever shade it is, it is perfection.

South American cultures are incredibly interesting to me, but I love the fact that I live in Canada and it is super multicultural.

Sharon said...

I'd pick blue to be my Something Blue on our big day! I love exploring Italian culture, especially the gelato! ;)

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Amber said...

I would love to win the peach necklace and I love exploring Greek and Italian cultures!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Hana said...

I LOVE this necklace! I think I'd go with pink!!

I've really been wanting to travel to Greece to photograph the country so I'd love to discover the greek culture as well!

Thanks for the great giveaway!! Fingers crossed!

Hana
the MomTog Diaries

Mariposa said...

The pearl earrings are beautiful!

Lydia said...

I think I would pick a blue one...I love pearls!!!

Thanks for the fab giveaway!

karla camille foronda said...

wow! lovely necklace.
I would like to have the pink one:)
love it!

thanks for this giveaway!


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TopHat said...

I would pick peach! It's all so pretty!

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Kristen said...

I like the Blue...and I'd like to explore the culture in Guatemala.

L'Atelier said...

i would pick blue.

i have been exploring every cultur i came across all my life and all of them fascinate and amaze me in their own right.

Emily said...

I'd love the pink one, and I'd really like to learn more about Japanese culture.
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Amanda said...

I think I'm partial to either the pink or the peach.

I can't wait to explore the cultures of Brussels, Paris, and London this summer.

Mary Lee said...

I like the peach best and I love Italian, Chinese and Japanese cultures to name a few!

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Marija said...

I'd love the peach color! I have a lot of family in Slovenia, and I have a huge interest in Slovenian culture.

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Wehaf said...

I would choose the blue! My best friend is Chinese, so I've learned a great deal about Chinese culture, and it's fascinating!

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The Disney Chick said...

I would pick the peach necklace - I went to India a few years ago, and I've been fascinated by Indian culture ever since.

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HuHaHa said...

love this giveaway!!!i would like the Blue one if i win!
i want to explore westren culture. shadab_muslim at yahoo dot co dot in

Jel said...

i want a pink one :)

Right now I am very curious and wanted to learn more about the Japanese Culture..

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Roni said...

I love the pink one :-)
the Spanish culture is interesting to me

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Shenny said...

I like the pink one. And I don't know if that counts, as they don't exist anymore, but I'm totally into the Inkas culture. Since I was like six. Seriously. ;)

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avatarlady said...

I'll pick the blue one. I wanna learn Turkish culture... kinda intriguing with how the Turkish would call themselves either as Asian or European because it's a country of two continents. I wanna know the language too because by the looks of it, it's the hardest thing to learn.

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Monik said...

I would choose blue! I'm curious about Latin culture. :)

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Jacqueline said...

peach would be great! jmmccarr@gmail.com

mframe said...

I would pick Pink. I have always wanted to go to China and India.
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Lee said...

I would choose blue. I would love to explore the Scandinavian countries.

April said...

I'd choose peach. I'd like to continue exploring Spanish culture.

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Christina said...

id like a blue one. I'd like to continue exploring the french culture.

Barbara said...

Can anything be more adorable than the pale pink necklace? Beautiful.
My favorite explorations take place in Italy. Art, glass, gloves, masks, scarves....oh my. It never ends.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Dionne, I really like the pink necklace, and am glad your scarves are going away for a new season. (Spring is peeking out in Chicago, too.)

Our new neighborhood is near a large Polish neighborhood, and we have been having fun exploring their restaurants and department stores.

Fondly,
Glenda

Liza767 said...

blue here and Mexico

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Vicki S said...

I'd love the peach. I am most interested in the Italian culture :)

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Renee G said...

I like the pink one. I am interested in Indian culture, Bali culture, and Korean Culture.
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Beth said...

I would choose the peach colored pearl. Just lovely. As for cultures I'm interested in experiencing, there are many. German, from a family history standpoint, native Hawaiian from a historical view, and Indian just because their culture seems so vibrant and rich.

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gustosa giveaways said...

i love the pink pearl necklace
i like the italian culture so romantic
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ne-knopka said...

i love peach colored pearl


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living well said...

I love the pink necklace - my favorite color! :)

I want to learn more about Italian culture... especially the food!! :)

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Diana said...

I would pick the peach necklace.
Thanks for the giveaway!

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Flowers London said...

what an amazing and cute sharing. I just love the blue crystals, pink pendent and the peach necklace. But really all of them are more then perfect. too good

charisma said...

I'd choose blue & the international culture I'm most interested in learning more about is Japan.
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Tasha said...

Beautiful necklace! I would choose the pink! I would love to learn more about Brazilian culture.

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Klemm Family said...

So pretty! I'd choose peach.
Right now I'm learning more about the Japanese culture.
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Darcy said...

I would love the blue! I love learning about Greece!

Urmika said...

WOW! this is awesome!! I would probably pick the blue one!! greece all the way!!

pinklady705 said...

I would choose the pink...love the necklace and other pieces you have posted.

In light of the disaster in Japan, I have been wanting to know a little more about their culture. I was surprised to hear that the citizens of Japan don't consider the nuclear plant workers as heroes, but rather, doing their job and what needs to be done. I'm sure Americans have a tendency to overuse the term hero; however, if one is going into a situation where death is almost certain, that would have to rank as hero status in my opinion.

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The Knapps said...

I would love the pink one...I also would love to explore & learn more about the Turkish culture.

danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

Stephanie said...

I like all of the colors, I think my favorite is the peach though.
I would love to learn more about the Spanish culture, it has always fascinated me!
steph4575 at msn dot com

viorela said...

if i win, i would like to get the peach one.
i think that before exploring some far-away cultures is important to know your own. i am still ashamed that i don't know that much about my own culture, so i would like to explore more the Romanian culture (my native country) and Portugal culture( where i live now).
violet.porto[at]yahoo[dot]com

jenniwaka said...

peach i think...
i'd like to learn more about greek culture

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carolynmcintyre said...

Peach please!!!! So pretty. As for cultures, I am very interested in exploring and learning more about the culture of Finland. It is a part of the world I know so very little about and I think it would be fun and enjoyable to travel there and meet the locals and enjoy the cuisine. Thank you so very much for the chance to win this superb giveaway. Carolyn, Samandcarolyn1@aol.com

Brittany said...

I would love pink! It is gorgeous!

Brittany said...

I enjoy learning about the Japanese culture!

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SoWarm said...

Pearl definitely! It really stands out!

I would like to explore ancient Greek culture, I am very interested in their mythology and philosophy.

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tearyeyedstars said...

The Pink one looks so pretty! (:
One of my favourite international cultures is Indian! I love their food!
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Dana said...

I LOVE the pink pearl necklace! So pretty. I really enjoy learning about the German culture. I've been learning the language for about 7 years now and am taking a German poetry class this semester. It's a very interesting culture, as are many others! I've explored Greek, Roman, English, Norwegian, Polish, and Irish cultures so far through college and people I've met, but I'd also like to explore Chinese, and Japanese culture more! There are just so many interesting cultures in the world!

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asuka said...

I'd love it in blue.
I would adore to one day explore the culture of Japan. It has enthralled me for years on end... :)

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cristina said...

I like it in color blue.
I want to explore and learn the culture of Korea, Japan, and Thailand. I never been there but i love their foods and cuisines.

cristina_sunga(at)ymail(dot)com

Kari said...

What a beautiful necklace! I would chose the color of the pearl in the picture on your blog. Is that the pink or the peach? It is gorgeous. :)

I was lucky enough to travel to Peru during high school. I loved it! Someday I hope to travel Europe and Asia.

kari@bklenz.net

imasupergirl said...

I'd love a pink cutie and I'm exploring the Latin American culture at the moment, finding out lots of things that I've misjudged in the past.

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hofken said...

The blue sounds pretty. Right now, I'm curious about the Spanish culture

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Kristin said...

I'd love the peach one. I'm interested in English and Irish culture.

~Kristin
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Mary said...

i would love it in blue!

this is gorgeous!!

i am really interested in the south american cultures, specifically the ancient mayan.

mary.c.digiorgio at gmail dot com

thanks for the chance to win!!

Ronda said...

I would love the blue, this is such a beautiful necklace. I would love to learn more about the German culture.

liz said...

Me want turqoise one or pink :)
About the international culture, i am interest with hawai culture, with hula hula etc :D

Much Thankies for the chance dear
Good luck for me and everyone :)

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Mujercita said...

I would like pink.

I love exploring Spanish culture. Spain is such an interesting country, especially Andalucia (Southern Spain)