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Ladies and Gentlemen, We Have THREE Winners!

So, my biggest giveaway yet has come to a close. While I am a little sad that the response was not as great as it was for past giveaways, I am very happy to be announcing the following three winners!


  • Winner #1 (who will receive a framed original watercolor and alcohol painting by yours truly) – Elizabeth!
  • Winner #2 (who will receive two prints from my Love Letter to Northern Michigan photo series) – Stacie!
  • Winner #3 (who will receive one art print from my Etsy shop) – Emily!


Congratulations to all three of you! And thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway (and to everyone who reads/has read my blog over the past year)!

This blog has definitely seen its share of ups and downs during its first year. The last ‘down’ being, of course, during my time away from home this summer. I feel like I just can’t get back into the groove of posting regularly. I’m slowly making progress as I get back to my weekly Friday Favorites postings. Hopefully, things will be back to normal around here soon.

Anyway, I apologize for the lack of content lately.

Here’s to better blogging in the very near future!

photo : by yours truly





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The Big Blogiversary Giveaway!

So, you want a giveaway, hmm? I suppose I can oblige. Now, what would be suitable for such an auspicious occasion?

Well, the traditional first anniversary gift is paper. So, that’s what each of this giveaway’s three (yep, I said ‘three’!) winners will receive.


The first winner chosen will receive their very own original two-color watercolor and alcohol painting on watercolor paper. This 2.5×2.5″ painting will arrive in a 4.5″ white square frame. The winner may choose the colors for the painting, if desired. Otherwise, I will choose them myself. (see more from my two-color series here)


The second winner chosen will receive one 5×7 and one 4×6 print of their choice from my Loveletter to Northern Michigan photo series.

The third winner will receive one art print of their choice from the current prints available in my Etsy shop.


In order to be entered into the giveaway, you must leave ONE comment on THIS post. Just to make things interesting, I’m going to ask that you share your favorite post from this past year (HINT: If you’re lazy and/or have a bad memory like me, you can pick one from this list – heh). Include the link so that other people reading the comments can click through to your favorite post from the past!

Comments will be open until 12pm EST next Monday, August 8, at which time I will confer with to choose three numbers (at random, of course). Winners will be notified via email, so be sure to use a valid email address when entering.


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A(nother) Winner!

Soooooooo, this afternoon I (or, rather) picked the winner of the Magnanimous Monday Giveaway. The lucky number was 4 and that means that Stacie is our winner! Yay, congratulations, Stacie! Your new bracelet will be winging its way to you very soon.

To all of you who entered, I cannot thank you enough for a) reading my little blog and b) sharing the link with your friends. You all had such nice things to say and I appreciate them all so much. As mentioned previously, the next big giveaway is coming when I hit 500 posts, which should be sometime in July. So, stay tuned.

And thank you for continuously helping me to make space in my studio to fill up with more art supplies (that I don’t really need – heh)!

photo : new markers by yours truly

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Magnanimous Monday : A Giveaway

So, less than a month ago, I was anxiously awaiting my 200th comment on this blog. Right now, I am in complete disbelief over the fact that I am only a few comments away from my 300th comment. That is nearly 100 comments in less than a month!

I am stunned and humbled by the number of people who not only read, but also comment on my blog. Your words of thanks and encouragement are what help keep me, this blog, and my work going. Well, that and an obscene amount of caffeine and sugar. And onion rings. Can’t forget about the onion rings.

Wait, what was I talking about? Oh yeah, comments and readers and all that good stuff. So, anyway, I feel like I should mark this occasion in some way, and really, what better way than with….a GIVEAWAY! Because a giveaway is not only great fun, it also helps in my constant efforts to keep my damn studio clean.

So, here’s what we’re gonna do. If you want to become the proud owner of the bracelet in the photograph (designed and handmade by yours truly with amethyst, rose quartz, and fluorite – matching earrings right here on Etsy, if you’re interested), leave a comment on this entry AND (and this is where I’m counting on all of you to be honest) share the link to my blog with at least one other person. You could email a friend, share the link on Facebook or Twitter, or you could just climb up to the nearest rooftop or bell tower and shout down to the people below about how you love this wicked awesome blog that’s written by a crazy lady and has super cool giveaways. Just be sure to obey any and all local laws pertaining to shouting from rooftops and/or bell towers. I love you all too much to have you end up in the clink!

Aaaaanyway, I will be leaving comments open until 12 pm EST next Monday, May 30 (also known as Memorial Day here in the good old US of A), at which time I will mosey on over to and use their super spiffy number picker-outer thing. If your comment number matches the number chosen, you win! But, really, you all win because, hey, even if your number isn’t picked, you still get the pleasure of reading my blog. Heh.

All right, people, let’s roll!

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Winners! Yay!

Well, kids, has spoken and here’s what it said.

*obligatory drum roll*

Winner of the ‘izzy the dog picks a flower’ print is Vicki!

Winner of the ‘izzy the dog sings a duet’ print is Kathy!

Winner of the ‘izzy the dog in the rain print’ is Jeanie!

(Winners, please check your email for a message from hello seven about how to get your print.)

Mazel tov to all of the winners and a BIG thank you to everyone who sent good thoughts our way during the Izzy Ordeal.

So, if you didn’t win and you still really, really, really want an izzy the dog print of your very own, you can find them in my Etsy shop. Some of you will be happy to see that ‘izzy the dog sings a duet’ is now available for purchase AND (since I had some requests) ‘izzy the dog’s journey is over’ will also available as a print very soon!

Also, a portion of the proceeds from sales of these prints will benefit Dogs Finding Dogs who were instrumental in helping us bring Izzy home.

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The Great Izzy Giveaway!

No, no, no, I’m not giving away Izzy. After all, we just got her back and no one in this family is willing to give her up!

You can, however, win your very own limited edition Izzy the Dog art print. Sweet!

I’m feeling extra generous with this giveaway. So, I am giving away not one, but THREE prints – one of each from my current Izzy the Dog series. Here they are:

izzy the dog picks a flower
izzy the dog picks a flower


izzy the dog sings a duet
izzy the dog sings a duet
izzy the dog in the rain
izzy the dog in the rain

Each print is signed and numbered and ready for matting/framing.

I will be choosing three winners at random (using the random number generator at as usual). The print you get will correspond to the order in which your number was chosen (i.e. the first person chosen gets ‘izzy the dog picks a flower’ and so on…).

So, how do you enter? It’s super easy. Just leave a comment on THIS POST. You can leave well-wishes for Izzy or just say ‘hello’. Leave only ONE comment please. You can leave your comment any time between now and next Friday, April 22 when I will close comments and choose the winners.

Good luck! And, if you just can’t wait, you can always buy the first two prints in this series from my Etsy shop – proceeds to benefit Dogs Finding Dogs.


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And the Winner Is…

Kathy! Her tidbits of inspiration were tulips and daffodils. So, I did a very quick tulip illustration to brighten up this post.

Everyone left such great comments and I can’t wait to get to work in my new sketchbook! Keep an eye out for future posts featuring all of your suggestions.

I am always open to new bits of inspiration, so don’t hesitate to let me know what you would like to see.

I also have more giveaways coming soon because I really need to make room in my studio for new pieces.

photo : quick little tulip by yours truly

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It’s Giveaway Time!

As mentioned previously, it is seriously time for me to clean out my studio. This means some pieces will finally be listed on Etsy, some will be repurposed and turned into something new, a sad few may just be tossed, and some will be GIVEN away (yay!).

So, the first giveaway is for the bracelet in the photo. It is glass and sterling silver with a toggle clasp. Do you want it? Then read further.

Psst…the matching earrings are on Etsy for 50% off right now.

This giveaway is going to be almost as easy as the last one. All you need to do is leave a comment on THIS POST. However, instead of leaving it open to just total random commenting, you’re going to have to do a me a little favor.

This week, I will be buying a new sketchbook and I need some inspiration in order to fill it. So, I want the comments on this post to be a sort of prompt for something to draw, paint, etc. You can leave a favorite quote, a link to something you think might inspire me, a one-word topic similar to an Illustration Friday theme, or you can just tell me what you’d like to see me create. One comment per person (but you can leave as much inspiration in that one comment as you’d like).

See? Super easy.

I’m going to leave comments open until this Friday, March  11. When comments close at noon EST, I’ll go to and let them pick a number. The person whose comment number matches the winning number will be the big winner. Okay? Ok.

Everybody ready? 1…2…3…comment!

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A Winner!

Well, Marie, it looks like thinks you’re pretty swell…and so do I. In fact, everyone who entered the giveaway holds a special place in my heart for various reasons – not the least of which being that you have all been awesomely supportive of me and my work. A couple of you I’ve known for what seems like ever (and I never cease to amazed that you can still stand me after all these years – heh) and others I haven’t known quite as long, but hope to know for many, many years to come.

I want to take a moment to thank all of you for your comments. They were all so nice and I am really very touched by them. I certainly wasn’t fishing for compliments, but I have to say they all helped boost my recently-waning confidence.

Alright, enough of the mushy junk. Back to our regularly scheduled programming…

photo : Maryland State Fair taken by yours truly (thought you would like this one, Marie!)

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Is Anybody Out There?

First off, I want to apologize to anyone who, after reading the title of this post, has that godawful Def Leppard song stuck in their head.

Aaaaanyway, I have come to several realizations this week, not the least of which being that Qdoba’s food is totally disgusting. Blech.

In addition, I have come to the following conclusions about this blog: a) hardly anyone is reading this blog, b) the reason that hardly anyone reads this blog is that I don’t give them much of a reason to, and 3) I should probably do something about that.

The 365 project has kept me committed to posting regularly, but it’s not anything that is really going to draw a crowd or keep one entertained enough to keep it from turning into a restless, angry mob.

Enter the giveaway.

While I do plan to do a lot more writing here, I am also not above bribing people to at least pretend to read/care about my blog. I’m probably also not above groveling, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

The photo that I took of my desk got me thinking about how much stuff is taking up valuable space in my teeny tiny ‘studio’. A lot of the clutter consists of pieces that don’t quite meet my (ultra ridiculous) high standards. Some of them are ‘practice pieces’ that look pretty decent but have a flaw here or there that would keep me from actually selling them. But I need to get rid of them somehow and since they aren’t throwaways, they must be giveaways.

So, I’m going to give them away. Every now and then, when the mood strikes me, I will post something here or maybe in Facebookland that I am looking to give away. I’m not going to make anyone jump through any hoops or anything. You’ll just need to leave a comment or something. See? So easy.

So, today I have this little pendant that I made. It’s cute, but far from perfect (in my estimation). It is watercolor on hardened clay with a polymer glaze and it’s about 1″ in diameter. If you would like it, leave a comment on this post. I’m going to leave comments open until…oh, Saturday night at 8pm, I guess. Then I’ll go to and let them pick a number. The person whose comment number matches the winning number will get a nice little surprise in the mail (okay, it won’t be a surprise, it will be this pendant, but you know what I mean). Sound good? Okay, comment away…brownie points to anyone who has something interesing/witty to say.

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