December 12, 2009

Saturday Giveaway #1

As a thank you to the people who have signed up to follow my blog I am hosting a giveaway every Saturday until March. That is the month that my book 'The Artistic Mother - A Practical Guide to Fitting Creativity into Your Busy Life' will be released by North Light Books. It is already available for pre-order here.

In this space, starting January I will be talking a little more about the content of the book, which I hope will appeal to arty inclined women who are also Mothers.

I want the book to inspire more women to do art, especially young mothers and beginners because I truly believe that a content, fulfilled, happy women = content, happy kids. But, as in everything, it is not that simple. It takes work and focus to make it work in the reality of our busy lives. It takes balance, balance between doing art and doing everything else..... But, more about this in future posts.

I will also be talking about this topic at the Wishstudio where, starting January I will be a monthly contributor in the column entitled 'The Artistic Mother'.

I really feel at home in that space. Wishstudio was started by Mindy (of Under A Pink Sky) for women who want "to nourish and embrace all that inspires us to live joyfully, authentically, and creatively". The posts are both real and inspiring. I am delighted to be joining the team, even though I feel like I need to stand on my tippy toes to write thoughts that measure up!

Anyhow, on with the show:

I used the Random generator to pick a winner. The 'followers' are not numbered by blogger, so I entered you into a spreadsheet which automatically assigns you a number.

The first 'winner' of the giveaway is:



Pick your prize from the choices below (click on image to see a larger image) and post it in the comments. I will contact you via email so you can send me, privately, your physical address.

Choice #1 - White and blue balsa wood angel Christmas ornament, with soldered pendant. Aprox 8x2 inches.

Choice #2 - Baby girl onsie and matching gift tag. Size 12 months. This would make a nice gift if you don't have a baby girl.

Choice #3 - Soldered pendent earrings with Celtic design. They dangle down about 2 inches. Sorry for the poor photo, my camera is packing up and my lens is broken and no longer focusing :(

For everyone else - Please check back in next Saturday to see if you win something. I will offer a new set of prizes. I will try to offer a range of things in the hopes something will appeal to you when it's your turn!

And of course, if you are not listed as following this blog, you are welcome to do so! Join in the fun.


  1. Very nice of you to be running this Saturday giveaway. I will check out your book as soon as I can!

  2. Thank you so very much for offering these giveaways! I am a new follower and am thoroughly enjoying myself. I have always loved crafting but have never considered myself artistic. I just putter along! I am still looking for the medium in which I show the most "talent" but am enjoying the process! I've found over the years that I like my "art" to be practical, things that can be used in everyday life not simply ornamental. Hmm, I guess it would be usefully ornamental! Painted glass for storage, pottery for every day usage, pillow to lay on, etc...

    Once again thank you!!!

  3. Great idea -- and congrats to the winner! :)

    -- Birgit

  4. How fun, everything is lovely and Why Not to Sew is going to have a very hard time choosing.

  5. You have some very lovely things there as your giveaways...

    and, Congratulations to the winner!

    I really do enjoy your blog...very much!

  6. Congrats to the winner! What great prizes to choose from, but oh my, how difficult it would be to pick.

    Can't wait for your book!

  7. Congratulations to the winner and thanks for the opportunity to win. The earrings are amazing!

  8. Yay! I just checked my e-mail and saw that I won one of your give aways. I am thrilled! All of the choices are beautiful. I would really love the earrings. They are gorgeous and my favorite color! I'll e-mail you! Thanks so much!

  9. you're so generous! Thank you

  10. Congrats to the winner! What a difficult choice!
    I've never thought doing ornaments like that angel - lovely :

  11. Thank you all for the kind comments. I am so glad to give my art away. I like to keep creating and can't fit it all in my home! How better than to spread the art around? I just hope that the winners of my Saturday giveaways are happy with what I send them, you never know how you really will like something until it is hand!


  12. Sorry I missed the giveaway (b/c I LOVE those green earrings!!!). Last week I put Mark's name on my blog. Telling one of our NYC stories. Still makes me laugh.

    Excited for you and your book. I hope and pray mine comes to fruition one day!!!

  13. Shona:

    I am so thrilled that your book is coming about.

    I am older than you. I've just turned 46. I believe you are a homeschooling family? All three of my kids were homeschooled from the very beginning. They are 21, 20 and 16 years old now. I am still a mother and I still struggle to find time to "create". Between laundry, bills, cooking, and all the rest of the daily chores, it's still sometimes difficult for me to find ME. Most times, I'm truly a chicken with my head cut off! I love my life, my family, my kids and I am so grateful that we chose to be a family that learned at home. Sometimes, I crave for blocks of time, alone, to paint, cut, glue, compose, think and read. Maybe your book can help this ol' dog!

    Gerushia's New World


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