Friday, November 18, 2011

A new pendant for Christmas 2011 - giveaway

Well it's not entirely new, it's our beloved MIA pendant, you know the silver circle necklace worn by Johannah Griggs on Better Homes and Garden. It's been with us since we started and is one of our signature pendants.  Lots of our customers loved it but didn't have enough room to fit their entire family.  Now, we've decided to introduce  it using a smaller font as well, which means up to 46 characters can fit around the pendant.
Perfect personalised gift for Grandmas and Nanna's. Or someone with a large family!
You can win your very own, simply tell us which name you'd like to call it and why. The pendant is valued at $250.  Leave a comment on the blog and your details or under the image on facebook. Winners announced on Monday 21st November 8pm and the pendant is released for sale on Tuesday 22nd at 9am.

74 comments:

  1. I think it should be named 'The Family', as most people would have their families names printed on these beautiful products.
    Merry Xmas-Fiona O

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  2. La Grande Famille (The big family in French!)
    Still wearing my gorgeous necklace every day - thank you!! x Jacqui VR

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  3. I think it should be called LOLA after our beautiful Mum. Every girl should have a LOLA in their Life xx

    Tania Russ

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  4. I suggest the 'Elle'. Sophisticated and beautiful. :)

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  5. I think "Blessed" would be the perfect name for this special pendant .... "Blessd is a word I use when thinking about my gorgeous kidlings and know my Mum would feel truly blessed to have her "6" grandchildren displayed on this beautiful pendant ...
    Anita :) adgliddon2@bigpond.com

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  6. I think it should be called "sahara" because families are a never ending circle of love that goes on and on forever.Nita McGrath

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  7. Hi! I am a big fan of Koolaman Designs and have one of your necklaces with my kids' names stamped on the pendants.
    My suggestion for the new name is "Ally". This is because as a first year graduate (speech pathologist) I lived and worked in Deniliquin NSW for one year. For the first few months life was pretty boring...until I found one of my old school mates, Ally, was living nearby. She was 1 hour away (close in country terms!) on a big property outside of Hay. She was an agronomist, a smart, capable girl, who could handle anything. Ally invited me on weekends to come to Hay and have fun hanging out with the jackaroos, going to B&Ss, getting to know the country. Sometimes we met half way at Boorooban for a meal, a beer and a game of pool. I had so much fun during this year! I came to appreciate the country and the genuine, hard-working people I met. My friend Ally was very generous inviting me to join the fun of country life. We really cemented our friendship during that year and remain firm friends! I moved back to the city, but Ally settled in the country (Cowra). Ally continues to inspire me - now she is a mum, a wife, a writer, a business operator, and now consultant! So I think "Ally" would be a great name for a pendant - showing that country women can be smart, capable, fun, inspiring and generous!
    Delia Timms

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  8. I think the pendant should be called Angel, because every mum is truly an angel
    Libby Thomson

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  9. Being released so close to christmas call it the Mary (Merry Christmas) :)

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  10. I think you should call it 'Noelle' - its a play on Noel as in christmas Noel as its almost time for Santa to visit and what a great present this could be!!

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  11. Kelly Parker,- Maybe it could be called the Love Circle, as the names you have printed on there are the ones you love.

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  12. I would call the pendant Oma, for all those nanna's out there :)
    tracyncraig@bigpond.com

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  13. Most jewellery that comes from Italy is elegant and sophisticated. This is both that and more. Therefore I believe this should be named the "famiglia" (family in Italian). The definition of family is different to every person, but it always means someone we hold close to our heart and to have all your special names close to your heart is a beautiful thing. Xxx

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  14. 'Robin' or 'Robyn' short for Robinvale. I lived there and worked there for 10 years and It has a special place in my heart! And Koolaman Station is not far from there!

    n.archer@ncable.net.au

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  15. Looking at the elegant design, there is only one name that captures the beauty, sophistication and style of the piece. The "CATALINA".

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  16. I think it could be called "La Femme" or "Femina", French or Latin for women/female. For all the incredible women in our lives that could wear this elegant piece of jewellery. For all the beautiful wives, mothers, and grandmothers that look after their families, and hold us all close to their heart.

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  17. Claire - the name of my daughter :-)

    Claire - meaning "clear, bright, famous". The "Claire" has a *simplicity and *sparkle that could see it become one of your most *famous pendant designs.

    Diana Comber
    d_story@hotmail.com

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  18. 'Eileen' - in memory of my nana (aged 91) who passed away this week - she raised 6 children and had many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A line from her eulogy: "If you were able to ask her today what her greatest achievement is she would say her family."

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  19. "Cleo" (short for Cleopatra) - a symbol of great beauty with an infamous legacy.

    Diana Comber
    d_story@hotmail.com

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  20. Hello very talented Ladies at Koolaman Designs, I am so privileged to be be able wear one of your inspiring designs close to my heart everyday.

    My suggestion for a name for your new/old pendant is THE MIRACLE.

    The reason behind my suggestion comes from my admiration & eternal love for my little boy Billy. When pregnant, we were admitted to hospital at 21 weeks gestation & told to expect the worst. After 3 weeks of complete bed rest he entered the world at 24 weeks gestation & weighing 766grms. His journey so far has been inspirationally life changing an absolute Miracle. Experiences we have in our own lives as being Mothers, Fathers, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Sisters, Brothers, cousins & friends is truly a MIRACLE of the thing we call, the circle of life ...

    Jane Bland

    js_bland@hotmail.com

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  21. Hi girls, I think you should call it AMELIA, as when you shorten it into a nickname it is MIA. So the pendant that is like MIA but gives you more letters naturally should be AMELIA. Just a thought :) good luck with all your exhibitions this week.
    Steph
    lotusseed99@gmail.com

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  22. Hi all,
    Ethel Turner wrote the australian classic, Seven Little Australians. This pendant is just the thing needed for mums with thier own seven little australians, therefore I suggest ETHEL.

    Libby Griffiths
    griffiths7@iprimus.com.au

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  23. Hi Girls,
    I think that as you are expanding the number of characters, and so people know it is still the original MIA pendant, you should call it the
    MAMA MIA. This would keep it associated with the original but mama would identify it as having more character availability.
    Jos
    jrjgrech@westnet.com.au

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  24. My suggestion would be "AMORE",the Italian word for love, as every mum would love to own this gorgeous piece of jewellery.

    sandrawoods@live.com.au

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  25. I think your new pendant should be called "MAXINE" as it will hold the maximum names of all the pendants. I would love this, as I don't have a Koolaman design myself, but have purchased for others, and this pendant could include all my family onto the one circle of love.
    Thanks - Vicki Frittmann
    lunaleiaustralia@gmail.com

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  26. I love the idea of this pendant being named the "Nala" pendant (you can jazz up the spelling! - another variant is Nahla. It's means gift in Swahili and beloved in African and I believe anyone special enough to have their name on this pendant is a beloved gift in our lives. This name also comes straight out of the lion king which is all about the "circle of life". What a perfect double meaning :)
    I'm sure whichever name is chosen will be meaningful and perfect for the stunning peice :)
    - Carley Holdman xx

    carley.holdman@gmail.com

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  27. To the Koolaman Geniuses!!!!

    I think you should name your beautiful new pendant - RHEA. Rhea was a Greek Mother Goddess of female fertility and motherhood. Her name means "flow" and "ease." Every mum, or future mum needs some "flow" and "ease" in their lives:)I think this name is as beautiful and unique as your jewellery :)

    Thank you for your amazing pieces!!!!

    Elizabeth Crabtree
    crabtrees4@hotmail.com

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  28. Aimi. Has Mia (backwards) in it but adding an extra letter to make it a new name but still part of it's original name/ design.

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  29. I think Emmy would be a prefect name. My little girl is called Emmy, and it fits in with other names of your jewellery pieces. Good luck in finding the right name for your new "baby"! Yvette Gooley

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  30. Ebba.

    [How good would Ebba Oskar & Molly look, just quietly... x]

    Anna

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  31. I would like this pendant to be named “Cleo” for two reasons:

    It encapsulates my two children - my daughter Claire and angel son Leo (born at 18 weeks).

    Cleo, short for Cleopatra,... a symbol of great beauty and infamous legacy. This is exactly what my children are to me - beautiful gifts who have left a lasting legacy in my heart and what the pendant could symbolise for others with those they cherish.

    xx

    Diana Comber
    d_story@hotmail.com

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  32. I love this pendant, i suggest the name HOPE as everybody needs or deserves it at some time in their life.

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  33. I think it should be called Fiona - cos it's big and round just like me!! ;)

    fiona.keogh@bigpond.com

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  34. How about "Zoe" which in Greek  means life and ties in with the theme of the circle of life. (vjenkins@exemail.com.au)

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  35. I suggest "Inge", meaning "fertile" ;-)

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  36. Teagan - Welsh for beautiful.
    Xo
    (Trudee_@hotmail.com)

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  37. Susan Gayko-HombschNovember 19, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    CARA (MIA) meaning 'my love'/'my beloved' in Italian & because it is the MIA pendant but 'different' with more names.

    Cara was the name of our family's beloved big German Shepherd 'puppy' who was 12 years young when she passed into doggy heaven in 2006.

    Susan Gayko-Hombsch
    suzgh@yahoo.com.au

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  38. I think Joy because of all the "Joy" our family bring our lives

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  39. Juliette- reminds me of romanticism and love- all the elements needed to make a family.

    Poppy- playing on the "o" symbol- Plus its just my fave name!

    Other suggestions.. Willow, Olive, Hazel, Rose. All names that tie into the classic name of the remaining KD pendents.

    Kerrie B
    kbaldwin82@hotmail.com

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  40. I would call it 'eternity' - representing the eternal love a mum has for her child/children. Thanks, Victoria

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  41. 'Family Circle'- would be the perfect name for this gorgeous pendant!!
    I would wear this beautiful piece of jewellery,with the names of my 4
    delightful children, with pride.
    I have been wishing for one of these stunning pieces of jewellery for a very long time!
    gen@dannock.com.au.

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  42. Hi I think it should be called Anne as Anne means gracious. As I feel so blessed and grateful to have such a wonderful family and I feel that any women would be so gratful and proud to fill such a bueatiful cirle with all the members of their family. Good luck to everyone.
    ridejars@bigpond.com

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  43. I think you should call it Bella for the Italian meaning of beautiful and because it is my daughters name. I love my Koolaman pendant, I always get so many comments every time I wear it. A family is a beautiful and precious thing so this name would be worthy of your lovely pendant.

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  44. Hi

    I think your new necklace could be called

    "The circle of life" necklace thanks and well done from kerryvb@hotmail.com

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  45. My suggestion is MIRANDA. It has the letters M I A in & it means wonderful, admirable, which describes this pendant beautifully!
    Romaine Lynch
    radlynch@bigpond.com.au

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  46. I'm going to be really original and suggest my daughters name!!!

    Tari (means fresh in hewbrew or dance in Balinese)!

    Beautiful new pendant! I had such a hard time chosing which pendant to buy - and absolute adore the one I chose! Thank you ladies - you are very talented!

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  47. Whoops! Didn't leave my email:
    goingdigi@gmail.com

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  48. Lovely ladies- I believe your new "baby" suits my beautiful daughters name MAISIE. My darling two year old captivates everyone's attention and is such a little ray of sunshine bringing joy to all who know her and warmth to their hearts just as your wonderful pieces do for me. Its meaning is Pearl and is short for Margaret, and who doesn't have an Aunty Marg they love and adore!
    georgie.o@hotmail.com

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  49. "Famille" meaning family in French!

    teahprice@hotmail.com

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  50. Liberty - the name of my eldest daughter, because the new pendant will give users the freedom to include more names for larger families, names and birthdates for smaller families and many names for grandmas.

    Natalie
    nat.brown1410@gmail.com

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  51. 'Eloise' - like my Eloise, it has a lot to say! One of the meanings of Eloise is 'healthy', a wish we all have for our precious families.

    Danielle
    danielleablake@gmail.com

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  52. Hey it should be called the circle of love or the family pendant as this is what it is really if i saw it advertised as these i would look if not buy it very nice. And you can offer the different size fonts for different size families. Cos as a single mum it would look great in a bigger font. Anyway just a thought.

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  53. Your pendants are inspired by children's names
    And just like children, none are the same!
    Your new pendant suits both female and male,
    So a unisex name is guaranteed not to fail!

    While I have only one son, I have not chosen his name,
    Instead I have decided to play your game.
    I considered names such as Alex, Quinn or Marley
    But in the end, I settled on "Charli(e)".

    What a lovely name for a girl or a boy!
    I hope you feel this name will bring you joy,
    And be a wonderful addition to your collection,
    Of pendants, tags, chains and other selections!

    AM (a_ballenger@email.com)

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  54. The Ophelia - because it's begging to start with an O and because it has classic and literary overtones.

    kirsti9@aapt.net.au

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  55. Elodie, it is beautiful, balanced and flows like a circle.

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  56. Mia Lucy - As Mia means "my" in Italian and Lucy is my youngest of five children."My Lucy" With seven in our family we would all be etched on a token I could keep with me forever close to my heart. Your designs are just delightful and I often look at your website and hope that one day I can proudly show one off. An early "Merry Christmas" to you and your families
    Wishing you safe and happy times xx jgluskie@bigpond.com

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  57. Olive... Ties in beautifully with rest of your range & seems to suit the design with the large 'O'. Oh and it's my gorgeous little girl's middle name. As she is number 3, this pendant would be perfect to fit their names... Sophie Molly, Oliver Thomas & Ivy Lily Olive! Yes please!

    Emma Lacey
    emma.lacey@optusnet.com.au

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  58. Hello!! I'm so glad I looked back thru the posts as my first thought was mama Mia, then the family circle :( already mentioned so my next thought was the Heirloom pendant as you can fit generations of family names on it. Or next my
    girls names Demi or Lara :)

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  59. Oh I love this one, I have the Mia already, however, life decided that number 5 was coming our way, so my gorgeous Mia needs to be upgraded.
    I still have 8wks to go, but due to some major complications with this pregnancy they are taking her in 17 days.
    We are calling her Tess, so my suggestion is 'The Tess'-larger than life itself :)

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  60. Elissa David/ elissahirth@hotmail.comNovember 20, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    Just thought of another...'Rose'. The rose is a stunning flower and is the flower of love. This stunning pendant is all about the ones we love and hold close to our heart.

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  61. My wife just pointed out I too did not give my email address.
    ben_david@live.com
    Thankyou!!

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  62. Hi Stacey and Lisa,
    My suggestion is May! It is the month of May...Mother's Day! It is also the name of my first child of four I could fit all my children's names on this pendant! May Margaret, Samuel Alan, Max Bernard and Thomas John Kent!!!
    Good luck you have alot of wonderful suggestions! Love Maria xxx

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  63. I think this gorgeous new pendant should be called Ava.. meaning a bird - this pendant allows our children to stay close to our hearts long after they have flown the nest! That and it is a beautiful name, perfect for a beautiful piece.
    Lindley Leonard - lindleyleonard@gmail.com

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  64. I also like "Mia Lucia" also meaning "My Lucy" in Italian.
    Love and light
    jgluskie@bigpond.com

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  65. I like 'Lindsay'because it can be a girls or boys name. we have 7 people in our family and it is my mums maiden name and the name of the middle child of us 5 and it has 7 letters.i know my mum would love the necklace (probably cry) if she got it for Christmas because we thought of it.she is the best mum and always says we are her most precious gifts of all.
    ajvanheumen@students.latrobe.edu.au

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  66. Hi Ladies, I am suggesting HOLLY or BRIDGET because the are both beautiful names. Kathy
    kathykerlin@hotmail.com

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  67. "summer" ~ mainly because it's pretty feminine name that i love, but also because your releasing it in summer and it's the shape of the sun!

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  68. Hi Ladies,
    Would love for it to be called 'Zali'.
    She is our daughter who of course is very precious to us, just like all of your work is to you guys.
    I'm sure you love the story that each piece holds when doing orders for your customers.

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  69. I suggest "Lacey" - a combination of Lisa and Stacey. Perhaps change the spelling to include more of Lisa's name - Laicey.

    And to Jodi @ The Scribble Den, I love your suggestion :)

    elle.ryan@whk.com.au

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  70. I think Pearl would make the perfect name for the pendant, it's old world charm, combined with it's circular nature.

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  71. I thought you could name the pendant after the celebrity Johannah Griggs and just call it JOHANNAH. When describing your jewellry to friends I just have to mention her and they know what I'm talking about ;)

    scottmel5@optusnet.com.au

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  72. Susan Gayko-HombschNovember 21, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    "Charlize" just because I like it or "Mamma" (MIA)
    - nothing like an ABBA influence!!

    Susan Gayko-Hombsch
    suzgh@yahoo.com.au

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  73. what about the 'Adam and Eve' it takes 2 to create a life and isn't this where God's big family started?

    or simply "Andy' can be for a girl or boy
    and(y) it fits lots of names

    go_jump_in_the_lake@hotmail.com

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  74. Congratulations to Brooke for her contribution! After much deliberation the team at koolaman designs decided on Penny!
    Thank you to everyone for their contributions.

    http://koolamandesigns.blogspot.com/2011/11/penny-for-your-thoughts.html

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