Checking out Origami Owl… and announcing a GIVEAWAY!

3 Apr

Origami Owl ReviewIf you’ve been following along on the Pocketful of Joules Facebook page or Instagram account you may have heard a little bit about my new obsession with Origami Owl.

Origami Owl was founded in 2010 by Bella, a cutie-pie 14 year old who wanted to earn enough money to buy a car for her 16th birthday. Over the past couple years the company has grown from one teenager to thousands of women who are hugely passionate about both the jewelry and the Origami Owl mission: “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.”

Super cool, right?!

So, I put out a call on my Facebook and Twitter accounts to see if any Independent Designers from Origami Owl would be interested in working with me… and found Angie Carter. Angie is one of those ladies who are so passionate about Origami Owl that it’s now her full-time job! In addition to being excited about the company, she’s also a total sweetheart.

Through Angie, I created my very own Living Locket, which is like a MUCH cooler version of a charm bracelet. You choose every single thing – the locket, the chain, all the tiny little charms, dangle charms and more – to make yourself a one-of-a-kind necklace. The best part is that you can switch the charms out any time your heart desires to keep your necklace fresh and fun!

Here’s the necklace I designed:

all the pieces

How cute is the packaging?! I love the takeout box and the little fortune cookie that you can use to store your necklace when you’re not wearing it!

necklace close up

Here’s a super close-up of my Origami Owl necklace! I love every darn thing about it and have worn it every day since it came in the mail!

Here’s what I chose for my necklace:

  • 32″ silver flat oval chain
  • Large silver locket
  • Two plates: one large “family” plate in rose gold and a small “love” plate in gold
  • Round birthstone charms for myself, my husband and our son (September, April and February)
  • Two shaped charms: a crystal star (which signifies family to me… in fact I have a star tattoo on my foot for that same reason) and a silver “D” for our last name
  • Two dangles to make it look “charm-bracelet-y” – the silver heart and vintage pearl

To say I love this necklace is a total understatement – we went to Florida last week and I wore it every single day. I LOVE this necklace!

Oh, you want proof? Check this out…

me on beach

Yeah, that’s me rocking it out on the beach!


And here I am with a frosty margarita… and my favorite necklace. And yes, I know I wore this shirt in the first picture but it was totally still clean so I wore it again for dinner the next night!


Here I am, eating again. Or modeling the latest in cheddar cheese fish… and my necklace.

The best part is that the locket isn’t just a “mommy” necklace, even though mine signifies my amazing family. You could create a necklace for a special little ladies’ 5th birthday by including a sparkly “5” and charms signifying her favorite hobbies. You could even create a locket for your best friend who survived cancer by including a breast cancer awareness ribbon and the ‘best friends’ charms. So sweet!

So what do you think… do you want to win one of these adorable Living Lockets for yourself? Because Angie is totally hooking one lucky reader up with a $50 credit towards their very own necklace!

How to enter the Origami Owl Giveaway:
Leave a comment below and tell me which charm(s) you’d HAVE to include in your necklace design. (You can see the full list of charms here)

For 1 extra entry:
Stop by and “like” Angie’s Facebook Fan page!

I’ll accept entries from now until noon on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Good luck!

4/10/13 Update: The contest is now closed and a winner has been announced!


Disclosure: I was provided a Living Locket to review for free; however all thoughts and opinions in this review are my own. Angie is so generously providing the winner with a $50 credit to use towards their locket, chain, plates and charms but not for tax or shipping costs.


77 Responses to “Checking out Origami Owl… and announcing a GIVEAWAY!”

  1. Anne April 3, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    I love all the birthstone charms, the owl dangle. Oh, the cat, too! My necklace would be a zoo around my neck!!!

    I also liked Angie’s FB page.

  2. Words for Worms April 3, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    Okay, I want one of these REALLY bad now. I’d obviously have to include the love to read charm… Although it pains me to see there is no penguin charm :(. But! I’d use the hummingbird charm because they’re the coolest part about gardening. And some flowers for sure. Oh my, I just want to design it all right now. I’m on my way to give the facebook page a likey-like!

  3. Patrea Phipps April 3, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    My necklace would be of family, girl power, love and music..and i would have a hard time limiting my Origami Owl, just never treated myself

    • Angie Carter April 3, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

      Time to treat yourself for just being you!

  4. Rose April 3, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    I really, really, really love Origami Owl just so much! I’m not sure how all the charms I want would even fit so of course I am so glad they can be changed up.

    Here ya go: Blessed inspiration tag, cross accent tag, “lovelife” large plate, “family” small plate, crystal anchor (bc cruising is my favorite & Tony loves boats, flip flops, my 3 boys birthstones and the key to my heart charm (1st piece of jewelry Tony ever bought me).

    • Angie Carter April 3, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

      I love stacking the large plates with the small plate. 🙂

  5. Patti April 3, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    Truly adorable. Would definitely center around my 4 kids and myself…but the infinity charm would definitely be in there. Love my kids to inifinity and beyond lol 🙂

  6. Aubrey April 3, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    Ok, here is my necklace! 1) Dog Bone (for my wonderful pup and love of pits) 2) Police Badge (for my awesome Hubby) 3) Angel wing (to represent my family) The only thing missing would be a Greek eye to keep evil at bay 🙂

  7. apleasanthouse April 3, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    I had something like this many years ago and it was always a boost to wear it. Sadly- it’s disappeared between many moves, but I love the red shoe! No the fleur de lis! Wait- the wedding ring! Oh boy, the vintage gold cross. So many to choose from!

  8. LeeAnne April 3, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    Wow!! I love this product!!! I have been trying to think of something unique to give to my bridal party and I think that one of these made personally for each of them might just be it!! 🙂 On my own locket I would have to have the March birthstone, Wine Glass, Airplane & the silver L w/Crystals! Also, just liked her Fb page 🙂

    • Angie Carter April 3, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

      I would love to bring Origami Owl to your special day<3

  9. Missy F. April 3, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    Yay! How adorable is this! How on Earth did you choose your charms??? I love the Doggy charm, the baby girl feet, the soccer ball, I love them all! So cute!

    • Angie Carter April 3, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

      That is the hardest part… picking. (Part of the reason I became a designer!) LOL

  10. Kari April 3, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    I love the laptop and the hummingbird charm. Hummingbird has a story behind it. Will share it at Blogher. 🙂 I wish they had a marshmallow charm…… 😉

    • Angie Carter April 3, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

      I would love to do something for Blogher….email me.

  11. Sara April 3, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    These are awesome! And I may have just won a giveaway but I totally want to enter for this one too!

    I would choose:
    Sea Turtle – hubby and I plan on crossing the Equator in our sailboat someday
    Karma – to remember to treat others how I want to be treated
    Tea cup – my sanity
    Love to read – my obsession
    Anchor – for our sailing adventures; also my hubby is my anchor in life
    Starfish – cause it’s cute!
    Sparrow – the symbol sailors use to remember to return to their families
    Angel wing – grateful for those that watch over me
    Key – I help people find their dream homes for a living

    Even if I don’t win, I might have to buy one because I’m in love! =0)

    • Angie Carter April 3, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

      I love the reasons behind your charms. I would love to help you out with an order. 🙂

  12. Kara K April 3, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    I’ve seen this floating around the internet and I have to admit that I am in LOVE. OMG. Love the large locket, plumeria flower, crystal star, birthstones for all my family members, the K for our last name, tree of life dangle and the origami signature heart. I can TOTALLY see this necklace becoming my new go-to accessory!!

    • Angie Carter April 3, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

      Thank you. It really does go with everything.

  13. aboundingabundance April 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    I also liked her fb page!

  14. aboundingabundance April 3, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    I’ve seen this floating around the internet and I have to admit that I am in LOVE. OMG. Love the large locket, plumeria flower, crystal star, birthstones for all my family members, the K for our last name, tree of life dangle and the origami signature heart. I can TOTALLY see this necklace becoming my new go-to accessory!!

  15. curlyreddesign (@curlyreddesign) April 3, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    I’d do a vintage-inspired piece! I love the vintage crosses, cameos and watch gears! You know I’d make something killer 🙂

  16. Cindy W April 3, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    These are so pretty! I would have to have charms for music, reading, the plumeria flower, the cherries, and my daughter’s birthstone.

    • Angie Carter April 3, 2013 at 9:52 pm #


      • Cindy W April 9, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

        I liked Angie’s page too.

        Can’t decide if I would keep it for myself or give to my BFF who showed me the Origami Owl jewelry in the first place

  17. Michelle April 3, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    OK, here’s what I’d want in my necklace!

    Chain: 24-26″ silver 2mm rolo chain

    Crystal dog bone (for my Lulu puppy)
    Teacher’s Apple (I am a teacher)
    March and November birthstones (for my boys)
    Silver O (for our last name)
    silver plate that says love

    Maybe the pink pearl dangle, just for me. 🙂

    • Michelle April 3, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

      Oh, and I forgot: medium silver locket!

    • Angie Carter April 3, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

      Everyone needs a just something just for yourself.

  18. myannabel April 3, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    Oh no, so my first comment didn’t appear!! here we go again. I liked An gie’s page and am really loving everything that this company stands for and all of the meaning and creativity that each person can put in to their necklace! I would select birth stones for my family members, flip flops for my love of warm weather, Palm tree for my love of the beach, sea horse for all things water and our aquarium at home, and a heart dangle for love for myself and others. yay now I really want to make one, but I’ll see if I win first!

  19. dmauldin53 April 3, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    Just found your site on the Congrats to all the 2013 Bloggie and Finalist Winners. Congratulations! I was excited to find that you are doing a give-away. My Living Locket would have to have a laptop and I Love to Read charm, my Birthstone along with my grandchildren’s, and possibly a Happy Face to remind me to smile. 🙂

  20. Shoshana April 3, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    I would choose:
    1: Birthstones for January, October and December for my daughter, myself and my husband
    2: The crystal star, just because it’s so cute
    3: An “E” for my daughter’s name and
    4: the “I Love You” postcard for my husband and I

  21. Teresa Landt April 3, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    Hope you do well with your running and Shred program. If I won the origami owl giveaway, I’d love the wineglass, daisy and letter “T”

    • Angie Carter April 3, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

      Which locket?

      • Teresa Landt April 8, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

        Oops! I thought it would get more specific if I actually won! Ha ha! The large silver locket with crystals on the edge, 32 inch flat silver oval chain and the large pink gold plate that says “wish” and a smaller silver plate that says “dream” (not forgetting the daisy, wineglass and “T” mentioned earlier). The daisy reminds me of my Mom – her fave flower, and I’m a girl that enjoys her wine! Origami Owl has such beautiful pieces!

  22. Stacey April 3, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    These necklaces are amazing! I would love to win one! All of the charms are so cute!

    If I won, I would probably create a necklace to celebrate the birth of my amazing son Parker! I would get his birthstone and the baby carriage and baby feet with the mom and love life plate and the 2012 charm for his birth year. 

    I also love the necklace that you created! I have never seen one with the two plates. I also liked Angie’s page. PS – I love to read your blog posts. They are always so funny and entertaining!

    • Angie Carter April 3, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

      better hurry I think the 2012 is going to retire on 4/16….

  23. Tracie Trump April 3, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    Love the I am and Blessed tags, jade birthstone and angel wing. My email is

  24. Tracie Trump April 3, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    Like on fb as Michelle Trump, my email is

  25. Megan M. April 3, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    Wow. That is really cute! I’ve always wanted a charm bracelet, but this would be even better. I would HAVE to have the “love to read” charm and probably the “laptop” charm, too, because I live on my computer. I would want the birthstones for June and March for my girls, possibly an ‘S’ charm because both of their names begin with S, and maybe a 1 and a 3 to make my lucky number 13.

    I ‘liked’ their page as well.

  26. Lindsey D. April 3, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    I would have to get the anchor charm

  27. Angie Carter April 3, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Thank you for all the wonderful comments so far. I am so excited to do this giveaway!

  28. RebeccaScaglione - Love at First Book April 4, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    I liked as Love at First Book on FB! 🙂

    For mine, I love the idea of “I love to Read”, a radiant aqua stone, the crystal dog bone, maybe also the star of David, and then the small tree of life, with the Rosegold love plate!!! Too pretty!!!

  29. stutteringhand April 5, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    I think the, Puffy Gold Heart, along with infinity charms, would be perfect for all of my loved ones!

  30. Jesica April 5, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    I would definitely need the Love to Read charm. And also the boy October birthstone charm.

  31. Jenny April 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    It’s very cute and fun!

    I think I would have a sewing machine, scissors, the running shoe, a couple of various dangles, the large silver locket with crystals, dream plate, and initials.

    And I liked the facebook page too.

  32. dancers4life April 5, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    I actually already have one of the lockets {coffee cup, cross, purple stone, art palate, and I love you hand} but I really want to add the football {Go RAVENS!!} and the heart August stone for my son.

  33. Tara April 5, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    The owl, one of the gears and the cameo would be great charms.

  34. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline April 5, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    I’ve seen these in person and really love them! I’d have to get the sewing machine!

  35. Stephanie Coons April 5, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    I’d HAVE to have the flip flops and music notes! These are so pretty!

  36. Elizabeth April 8, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    I’d LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE one of these..i will definitely be telling all my friends and family about this!! I’d put the bright eyed owl of notes..vintage silver cross crystal star ans the silver L for my daughter Lilli and a silver D for my baby Delilah on a medium silver locket! ❤
    Even if i dont going to save up for one!!!! Thanks to

  37. Casey April 9, 2013 at 1:03 am #

    I would definitely have to get a fortune cookie charm. My husband proposed marriage by putting his homemade “will you marry me” fortune slip in a cookie from our favorite Chinese restaurant and bringing it with him to dinner! Love that they have one of those!! These are so pretty.

  38. Summer April 9, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    I have to have the January Heart Birthstone for our son who was born 1/13/13 🙂

  39. Stephanie Miko April 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    I love the one you designed! I love how Origami Owl just provides the hints and we can run with it. My dream necklace would include a book and a dog bone, for sure! I ❤ Origami Owl!!

  40. Adrianne April 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    I have no clue if it would all fit, but one for each of my five children: ICHTHYS fish, enamel owl, ice cream cone, January boy and pink crystal crown; Forever Family and “D.” What a cool site. Now I’m dreaming…

  41. Quirky Chrissy April 9, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    OMG! These are SO cute. Sorry it’s taken FOREVER for me to get over here.

    I would NEED to have the heart lock and key (because I’m a shmoopy sap), the wine glass (because…well…obviously…) London telephone booth (as a friendship symbol with Katie) the sand dollar (for my love of the sea) though it does make me a little sad that there is no dolphin charm…

    I’ve designed several of them in my mind. Joules, you rock.

    Also, Angie: Any idea if they are allergy free metals?

  42. Amber Seay April 9, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

    It took me a while bit I finally figured it out.

    Eiffel Tower – Love it want to see it in person
    Crystal Paw – For all of my animals
    Silver cross- For my faith
    Soda bottle- reminds me of a coke bottle my father who recently passed collected coke memorabilia for his whole life.
    Red Bird – for my Nana
    And several heart shaped birthstone charms to represent different family member.

    Liked her page. Thanks for the chance to win!

  43. Maureen April 9, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    I would love to have the microphone charm, the music note charm, and the treble clef charm


  44. Maureen April 9, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    I liked Angie’s Facebook Page!

    Facebook Name: Maureen Armstrong Tenney

  45. Jessica April 10, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    I would have to include Rachel’s birthstone and a footprint in the sand. Origami Owl is so cute!

  46. Valerie Kidd April 10, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    I was searching for something to remember my mother who passed away last August. I found Origami Owl and love the whole idea! I would choose
    November heart birthstone (her birthday)
    In memory of charm
    four leaf clover (cause we always would sit out in the grass and look for them when I was little)
    Vintage Rose (her favorite flower)
    Angel Wing (she is my angel).
    Mom Plate
    Medium Silver Locket

    I liked Angie’s Facebook Page!

  47. treebranchcakery April 10, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    I would love to get a new large locket that includes a cross, birthstones And all the animal dog charms


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