Winner Update: So sorry for the delay everyone! My recent OS upgrade on my desktop results in really funky wifi problems. (Anyone else with Mountain Lion ready to chuck their computer out into the street? I have to turn wifi on and off a million times in order to connect… first world problems, I know.)
I loved all of your comments, you had such good ideas! I wish I could give you all gift certificates. Random.org selected comment #33, so skipping a couple of comments that didn’t count (mom & Angie’s), Gretchen is our winner!
I’ve emailed Gretchen and copied Angie, but Angie would like you all to know that you can earn a free locket if you’d like to throw an Origami Owl party:
Ladies- for those that aren’t the lucky winner of my giveaway can still be winners!!! Have a party! Just because I am in FL doesn’t mean you can’t get hostess rewards and get FREE jewelry!!! I can do catalog parties for you if you want to earn your Locket FREE! Email me to find out how. :)
I had just sworn off doing any more sponsored posts or giveaways when Angie emailed me wondering if I would do a sponsored post for her Origami Owl Living Lockets. Well. She so generously participated in the charity auction Kat and Tracy cooked up for me, how could I say no? Besides, these lockets are really clever and sweet.
The story of the company is adorable. Founded by a 14 year old girl named Bella, Origami Owl’s mission statment is:
To be a force for good; to love, inspire, and motivate women of all ages to reach their dreams and empower them to make a difference in the lives of others.
Angie wanted me to design a locket on her website so she could send me one I liked. Don’t laugh, but I was immediately paralyzed with indecision. I’m really intimidated by jewelry and stick to my wedding ring and the occassional earrings. Necklaces and bracelets are outside my comfort zone, but thankfully they have a how to build page that walks you through the steps:
One thing I think the site could use more of are example ideas. I ended up poking through some of the photos Angie submitted for the auction so I could better see what the lockets might look like all put together. I’m not on Facebook, and didn’t think to check her facebook page where there are lots more lockets to look at.
I finally decided on a silver locket (I’m so not a gold person) with birthstones for each of my kids (Miss K’s is a heart at her request), initials for me and E, a love charm, and a family plate. To finish it off, I got the tree of life dangle. Angie helped me choose the chain, because I had no idea. It shipped really quickly, and the packaging was adorable. I’m kind of a sucker for thoughtful packaging:
The pink thing to the right is a little jewelry holder that opens when you squeeze the points. Handy for traveling:
More cute packaging surprises:
And here’s my Origami Owl locket all put together:
One side of the locket opens up so you can slide everything in. It closes with a really strong magnet – you need to slip a fingernail in and pry it open, so there is no fear of anything falling out while you’re wearing it. Though they caution not to wear it in the water, of course, it would fill right up with fluid!
Angie wanted a picture of me wearing the locket, and getting one was absolutely hilarious. We tried lots of different rooms and lighting and well, we laughed a lot. Finally I got one in the front room by propping the camera on the bookcase, but I can’t even tell you how much this picture makes me giggle. I match my walls! And you can’t really see the locket details, but you can see how long it is, and where it sits. My chain is the 32″ flat oval one here.
Oh my hilarious. I think selfies are so silly.
So! I love my locket, even though I’m not a necklace person. I’ve worn it to church and to a big Relief Society meeting, to the store, and on a Girls’ Night Out and got lots of compliments. At first it drove me crazy that the little items inside bounced around, but I’m over it. It’s fun and relaxed and my kids *love* pointing out their birthstones and have decided whoever’s is on top, he/she is my favorite right then. Ha ha, I deserve that – I make my mom crazy by insisting my baby sister is her favorite sh, don’t tell anyone, but she totally is.
$50 Credit Giveaway!
Would you like to win a $50 credit to Angie’s shop? I bet you would! Why don’t you take a look at her online store and check out her facebook page for lots more inspiration and ideas for locket designs. Then, come back here and leave a comment telling me what you might put inside your locket. There are all kinds of options and themes – charms to represent hobbies, lovey things to represent a relationship, Valentine’s Day, or an anniversary, items of faith (even a CTR badge!), and lots more — I think a locket filled up with birthstones would be so lovely as a Mother’s Day gift for mamas and grandmas.
The contest will close Friday at 10pm MST. I’ll choose a random comment via Random.org and update the post with the winner. I’ll put the winner in touch with Angie so you can pick out your locket and use your $50 credit. High five for giveaways!