Blog Giveaway – Christine Kangas Jewelry, Jot it Down

by Kelsey Norwood

in Giveaways

Okay, this is it for our Etsy giveaways. Next week is the big finale and we’ll have prizes from Shade Clothing, Creative Labs, and Spanx so you won’t want to miss out on that. On to today’s prizes!

1. $35 Gift Certificate at Christine Kangas Jewelry Design

pink earringsmossy braceletsea turquoise jasper necklace

More beautiful jewelry, but this stuff is unique and original in its own way (just like all our other jewelry artists…amazing women!) Christine’s jewelry is refined and whimsical at the same time. She uses lots of glass and wood in her pieces, and mixes metal with beads, wire with fabric. She uses basic materials in very creative ways – you’ll have to take a look at her shop to see what I’m talking about. It’s wonderful!

textile mother of pearl earringstextile earrings

I don’t know if you can tell from these pictures, but these jewelry pieces are made with fabric. All her jewelry is beautiful, but her fabric covered stuff is totally fresh and fun. Her designs range from classy to zany, and I love how she incorporates textiles into her pieces. I’ve never seen this before, so I’m totally impressed. I can’t put all my favorites here, you’ll just have to check out her store.

Best of all, Christine Kangas Jewelry Design is offering a 20% discount to Vanilla Joy readers, so find something you like and get it on sale. Thanks, Christine!

2. Shopping List Notepad from Jot it Down

organized shopping list

Lately I have been spending waaay too long at the grocery store because I’m not very strategic about my list making. I go through the recipes I’ll be using during the week and write down things we need as I go. This means I end up with cream cheese right above pasta and below toothpaste (not for dinner, for the bathroom…). I wander around the store and almost always forget something. It’s so frustrating!

So when I saw the adorable Original Shopping List notepad by Jot it Down, I knew it could really help me out. I know I could make a list like this on my own, but it would definitely not be so cute and colorful. Besides, I love any product that increases my organization! With a son who does not like to shop, saving time is key, and this list will definitely help me get in and out much faster.

This is my favorite product from Jot it Down and is the prize for this giveaway, but she has other great list making helps as well like a menu planning chart, party menu, packing list for travel, and babysitter checklist. These would make great Christmas gifts for all your sisters and sisters-in-law. For $6-9 dollars each, you can afford to get one for everyone!

Thanks, Jot it Down!


Blog Giveaway Guidelines:

  1. To enter this contest, leave a comment on this post between now and midnight PST on Saturday, October 25th, and include your favorite item from these sellers.
  2. You can earn additional entries for this contest. To learn how, click here.
  3. One comment per person – if you’re new here your comment will go into moderation and will not show up immediately, but I will approve it so don’t worry.
  4. This giveaway is only open to residents of the continental United States…sorry.
  5. The winner will be randomly picked and announced in a new post on Monday morning.

If you have a product you would like Vanilla Joy to review and give away, email me at kelsey [at] vanillajoy [dot] com. Thanks!


1 StampinCathy October 23, 2008 at 3:11 am

The jewelry is really pretty. I’m with you on the shopping list. I think I circle the store to many times. Count me in on this sweet giveaway. Thanks for a chance.

2 Jeannine Billings October 23, 2008 at 4:06 am

Really great giveaways! The jewelry is very unique and I love the colors of the shopping list. That just might make grocery shopping a little bit more appealing!

3 Nicole October 23, 2008 at 5:12 am

Oh Ive always loved her shop – great earrings! And Im a sucker for making lists – count me in on this one!!

4 Sallie October 23, 2008 at 5:33 am

Great stuff! Too much to choose!

5 Lisa Jamerson October 23, 2008 at 6:00 am

Wow I love those lists. Especially the Around the House list. I definitely added it to the favorites. As far as the jewelry they did not blow me away. I would have to say the Isabella earrings are my favorite. I did find another jewelry place last night I had to order from. Yummo!!

6 Janet F October 23, 2008 at 6:25 am

My favorite item from Christine Kangas Jewelry Design is SWEET CLOVER-Earrings

My favorite item from Jot it Down is Original This Week

Thank you!

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

7 Stephanie October 23, 2008 at 6:37 am

I like the Original Menu Planner from Jot it Down and the Handmade Beads Necklas and Earrings Set from Christine Kanga’s site.

8 Kellie October 23, 2008 at 6:45 am

New jewelery…all of it is beautiful!!! I especially love the material aspect of the jewelery…I love the additional character it gives :)

Thanks for so many great giveaways!!!

9 Jingle October 23, 2008 at 6:46 am

I love this bracelet from Christine Kangas shop!

And I love the “This Week” planner from Jot it Down!

10 Susan Murphy October 23, 2008 at 6:57 am

Neat stuff. I especially liked the Olive Branch earrings and could definitely use those Babysitter notepads! :)

11 Lindsey S. October 23, 2008 at 7:15 am

I love Etsy! Both of these prizes are so great. Thanks for the chance to win!

12 Nicole October 23, 2008 at 7:39 am

Beautiful jewelry.

13 deanne October 23, 2008 at 7:48 am

the jewelry is awesome! so unique..and the shopping list is so cute! thanks for the chance to win!

14 Misty October 23, 2008 at 7:57 am

Such cool stuff! From the jewelry, I like the Cecily Fabric/Glass Porcelain Bracelet. From the other I like the Original This Week list. I would love to win!

15 jenny October 23, 2008 at 7:58 am

I really like this jewelry! I have weekly menu/shopping list from jot it down and really like it.

16 Jenny Maddox October 23, 2008 at 8:08 am

Great things~

17 Jen T October 23, 2008 at 8:16 am

Love it! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

18 Rachel O. October 23, 2008 at 8:27 am

I like the Original Babysitter and Original FHE planner. I also like the Melony earrings!

19 Vicki A October 23, 2008 at 8:30 am

Oh I love that Shopping List Notepad. I have the same problem; I make a list and then I am always running all over the store because everything is so jumbled on my list. I am a sucker for anything cute like that that helps me get better organized. :)

20 Lynette C October 23, 2008 at 8:43 am

Love the “MORNING GLORY-Earrings” from Christine Kangas Jewelry Design. And love the vibrant color on the Jot it Down list.

21 Lisa F October 23, 2008 at 8:54 am

What gorgeous jewelry. And the shopping list. Maybe that will help me stop wandering down aisle 3 in the grocery store 9 times.

22 Carrie October 23, 2008 at 9:05 am

I think the plum wine bracelet is really pretty. And i like the shopping notepad, great idea!

23 Georgia October 23, 2008 at 9:36 am

I love the shopping list! I need that to better organize myself!

24 Liz S. October 23, 2008 at 10:09 am

Cute jewelry! I love the SEA-Turquoise Jasper-Necklace. That’s got to be my favorite!!

25 Shannon October 23, 2008 at 10:12 am

WOW!! The Vintage textile necklace is very pretty and the grocery shopping list would be very handy. Thanks!

26 caroline October 23, 2008 at 10:27 am

Maybe I would be more apt to make a list if it was so DARN CUTE!!! And what woman doesn’t like JEWELRY! Especially the ribbon earrings.

27 Mel October 23, 2008 at 11:00 am

I can’t pick a favorite from Christine-but all of her earrings are just beautiful…so that would be my favorite I guess. I really need those travel packing lists—they would be incredibly handy, since I have to organize and pack everything for my family, or they’d go with one shoe, five toys and no changes of underwear!

28 Baba October 23, 2008 at 11:03 am

I love Kangas Conservatory/Fabric/wood/crystal bracelet. Gorgeous!

And Jot it Down’s Original This Week planner. Very nice and could really use one of these.

Thanks so much for the chance!

29 eisbeckers October 23, 2008 at 11:08 am

Wow, I LOVE the jewelry. My favorite is the morning glory earrings. Just beautiful!

30 judy brittle October 23, 2008 at 11:11 am

What a great giveaway! I really love the GLASS FEATHERS-Vintage Finds
earrings. Very beautiful. Love the shopping list and the menu planner. Thank you so much!

31 LIz October 23, 2008 at 11:27 am

That notepad from Jot it down is awesome


32 Oh2122 October 23, 2008 at 11:35 am

I have an unnatural attatchement to lists of all kinds so of course… I LOVE THAT NOTEPAD!

33 Jen October 23, 2008 at 11:54 am

Wow so much to choose from, this is going to be hard! I think I like the textile hoops the best from Kangas! and as far as jotitdown goes I can use anything in the way of organization but I do love the original menu planner!

34 Jenn October 23, 2008 at 11:58 am

I love her ELSA earrings! Gorgeous!!

35 Tiffany October 23, 2008 at 12:05 pm

I love the Elsa earrings! Christine has beautiful jewelry!

I’m also an organizing freak and love my lists! I would love to win the shopping list!

36 Jeanne October 23, 2008 at 12:13 pm

I love the Plum Wine bracelet & Earrings from Christine’s shop, and I love the grocery list you have pictured, for sure. Also the Menu Planner might be really helpful at our house! I love all the colors of those lists!
Here’s hoping!

37 Linda Slattery October 23, 2008 at 12:26 pm

From the Jot It Down website, I love the “Original This Week” notepads, and from the Christine Kangas website, I chose the Fabric/Wood/Ceramic Bracelet as my favorite. Thank you for another great giveaway from Etsy stores. Linda

38 Katie Brewer October 23, 2008 at 12:32 pm

Love to have new things like jewls.

39 Ashley October 23, 2008 at 12:38 pm

I love the menu plan list Jot It Down has. I think I’ll have to go pick one up myself.

40 melanie October 23, 2008 at 12:44 pm

From jotitdown I really like the original shopping list. I try and separate, but that would be fantastic.

From kangasI really like the budding bracelet. Love the colors in it.

=) melanie
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

41 Harley October 23, 2008 at 1:54 pm

Fab-o stuff!! I love Jot it Down’s packing list. I always have to make one out when I get ready to go somewhere. And if I can only pick one favorite thing from Christine Kangas’ it would be the Budding Fabric Earrings. if I could pick another, it would be the Olive Branch Earrings :)

42 Lisa J October 23, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Okay… is always so hard t pick ONE….but I loved the Mosaic Necklace from Kanga’s and jot it down I loved the this week notebook! These are 2 great sites. Thanks!

43 Shannon October 23, 2008 at 2:52 pm

I love lists! Jot It Down is wonderful – thanks for introducing it to me! My favorite is the packing list, because I am famous for forgetting important things like deoderant, phone chargers, a camera and even underwear!


44 Helen October 23, 2008 at 3:56 pm

I can’t pick just one!!!

45 lis October 23, 2008 at 4:31 pm

my favorite item from kangas is the mosaic necklace just gorgeous!
my favorite item from jotitdown is the original this week pad this would be soo helpful!!

46 Adele October 23, 2008 at 4:38 pm

So hard to choose a favorite accessory!! I love the mint-antique quartz turquoise necklace… Gorgeous!

Then I love the menu planner… I need one of those.. I think I might have to just pick one up for myself!

47 Terressa T. October 23, 2008 at 4:40 pm

love your giveaways…I am always looking for more jewlery and organization??…this list is awesome!! thanks.

48 Kristen October 23, 2008 at 5:14 pm

Love the shopping list and although I love all of the jewelry, the fabric/olive jade bracelet and earing set is to die for!

49 Stacy October 23, 2008 at 5:50 pm

The packing list would be really helpful.

50 amanda October 23, 2008 at 6:03 pm

Wow, that Kimono necklace is something else! And I love the shopping list — I always have to write my list twice so that it’s categorized, like this (I know, a little OCD).

51 MaryBeth I October 23, 2008 at 6:23 pm

FRAMED -AQUA Glass-Bracelet – LOVE it!

52 Carly October 23, 2008 at 6:50 pm

The Morning Glory earrings are beautiful! So stylish and chic! I also love the babysitter notes from Jot it down.

53 Lesley October 23, 2008 at 6:54 pm

My favorites are the – SWEET CLOVER-Earrings and the menu planners. Thanks!

54 Sandy October 23, 2008 at 8:02 pm

Great stuff! I love the FRAMED -AQUA Glass-Bracelet. The shopping list is a great idea, but I could really benefit from the meal planner.

55 elizabeth October 23, 2008 at 8:25 pm

I’m really loving all the jewelry designers you are showcasing! I never would have found these on my own. I love the fabric beads.

56 Julie B October 23, 2008 at 9:39 pm

The turquoise and jasper necklace is beautiful. Turquoise reminds me of my grandmother who is Native American and beautiful :) The menu planner lists are a great idea as I can always use any kind of organization help with two toddlers.

57 Katy October 24, 2008 at 3:39 am

I love lists! I might just have to order some of those great lists from Jot it Down. I love the Original This Week list.

58 Summer Braxton October 24, 2008 at 8:21 am

I can’t believe that jewelry is made of fabric. So unique. I like the “budding” earrings and the “thistle” ones, too. They look like tiny flower buds.

59 Aubrey Johnson October 24, 2008 at 9:38 am

Love the jewelry. My favorite is THISTLE-Metallic Fabric- Earrings. So unique and tasteful.

60 Penny October 24, 2008 at 9:48 am

Love the Melony Bracelet and the Shopping List from jot it down.

61 scrap_hag (Casey Toney) October 24, 2008 at 11:14 am

top left set of earrings by Christine Kangas are to die for…….how very delicate…..of course…they are all pretty…but those were calling out….

62 Jen Bailey October 24, 2008 at 11:14 am

So fun. I love the shopping list and the week planner by jot it down. I really like the ponds edge bracelet. It is so hard to choose all of her stuff is cute.

63 Natalie October 24, 2008 at 11:57 am

I LOVE the framed aqua glass bracelet and the menu planner!!

64 Sharla October 24, 2008 at 12:21 pm

My favorite from Christine Kangas is her FRAMED -AQUA Glass-Bracelet and those lists are just what I need but my favorite was the Original Menu planner. Thanks for the chance!

65 reeva October 24, 2008 at 2:17 pm

i love the aqua glass bracelet. very pretty!

I hope i’m the lucky winner :)

66 c gibbs October 24, 2008 at 4:41 pm

I like the CECILY-Fabric/Glass/Porcelain-Bracelet from Christine Kangas and the Menu planner from Jot-itdown!

67 Shelly October 24, 2008 at 6:05 pm

I love the This Week Pad from Jot It Down. With having two boys this would be perfect to help a busy mom organize.

And I love the POMEGRANATE-Textile/Quartz/Vintage metal-Bracelet and Earring Set from Christine Kangas jewelry. That color is so rich and they set has such a vintage feel I love.

68 Sue D October 24, 2008 at 6:42 pm

I like the Original Shopping List too and my favorite jewelry is the Turquoise Jasper Necklace.

69 Kim O. October 24, 2008 at 7:29 pm

I like the Cecily bracelet – beautiful!

As for Jot It Down, I like the Shopping List. It would be so helpful if I could make my list in sections like that! Maybe then I wouldn’t walk all over the store a couple times every shopping trip!

Thanks for the chance to win!

70 Deidre October 24, 2008 at 10:35 pm

I like the Sea Turquoise Jasper Necklace.


71 Marjorie Jumisco December 10, 2008 at 4:23 pm

Cannot help but comment on the fantastic jewelry. Love it all. My special favorites are earrings and the store is going to be my favorite for them I can tell. I use anything, literally, to make notes and sometimes I even go around w/sticky notes on my clothes! So, the notepad is meant for me.
All the best to you and all Vanilla Joy bloggers in this Holiday season.

72 marry April 20, 2009 at 12:34 am

Awesome..really wonderful design.Thanks to share with us.

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