Wednesday, November 26, 2008

thank you (& my first giveaway!)

hello hello!  Happy (day before) Thanksgiving!  
be prepared for a longer (much longer) than usual post! 
blue chair silver dollars

If you've been here before, you may have noticed that i'm not much of a personal writings/sharing deep thoughts type of gal, at least not here. (i also don't really believe in capital letters, but that's another story...) 
if you have been here before, you probably understand that i think of this space as a little sketchbook of ideas and inspirations and news to share rather than a place with lots of writing. sometimes i wish i could pour my heart out to you all, but that is just not me.  with that said...  i have a bit more than usual to say today!  

i just wanted to take the time today, the day before Thanksgiving, to let you know that i am so very thankful for all of you out there... this blog has brought me so much this past year and i wanted to let you know that i really couldn't have gotten this far without you.  in fact, i kinda gave up at first, i didn't really think anyone out there besides my sister would be reading the stuff i had to say.  i was pleasantly surprised to find out that i was wrong about that.  you are out there and you are visiting this space and i thank you for that.  it truly keeps me going.  it's really a special thing, this relationship we have. me and you.  i may not know you, and you don't really know me, but it's been really nice sharing with you.  i am not always good at replying to comments or following through when i've been tagged (sorry), but i truly from the bottom of my heart i thank you for keeping me here.  every comment and contact means so much, i love hearing from you~ you continue inspire and encourage.  i started out blogging because i thought it would be a good excercise in making and sharing new work, but it's been so much more than that.  i still can't believe some of the wonderful things that have happened due to this little place. 
 
*how else would it be that i count these special creative souls as far away friends?  

*how could i have imagined that many many paths for my career would open up due to this silly little blog?   

i celebrated my 100th sale in my etsy shop this evening... i can't quite believe it.  it may seem like a little milestone, as I know that there are some etsians with sales in the thousands, but I am very proud of myself and all the hard work that has gone into everything I've done to get
the  shop up and running.  It began back in March, and I started it as a way to be in control of my own business and have more of a presence online. I am so happy I took the chance. It's allowed me to feel connected and appreciated in so many ways.   

***SO!  with all of that being said, I've decided to do my very first giveaway as a way to really say THANK YOU!!!*** 
please just follow directions below:
All you need to do is write me a comment!
i'd love to hear what brought you here to this little magical space, and maybe what you are thankful for this time of year too.  please leave me a comment on this post- whatever you'd like to say would be nice to hear i'm sure.  just leave your comment by Tuesday, DECEMBER 2nd (by 12 noon est) and then I'll randomly pick a commenter that I will announce here on the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 3rd.  
***are you now wondering what is in the giveaway???!!  i promise it will be a very special package... 
but it will be all of my art of course!  the package will include 3 of my prints along with some other special surprises.... some fantastic new little products and perhaps even some holiday themed goodies...  but i don't want to give it all away!   i sure like surprises!   
Can't wait to hear from you!  In the meantime, have a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the States... I'll be back with more news to share on Friday....  
thanks again to all of you!  
*s


35 comments:

  1. Your art is so pretty! I came across your blog while I was blog googling haha : ) Don't be discouraged if not many people come by trust me I DON'T get many people but I still blog : )

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  2. Sarah-
    I found your blog through Kelly Rae's around the time of Squam I think... I am a budding mixed-media artist who really enjoys your work. I check in with you often (by blog of course) for inspiration and a little nudge to myself to keep braving my canvases. I really enjoy your work and your writing! Congrats on your 100th sale! So exciting. I am so thankful for Etsy. What an amazing opportunity they give us! A fun way to share our work. Happy Thanksgiving to you! Please enter me in your give-away! SO exciting!

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  3. I found your blog ages ago while blog hopping. My jaw *dropped* when I saw your artwork. Your use of color and line is just fabulous. I always figure, art is awesome if it makes your heart skip a beat and your art makes mine go thump thump thump!!!!

    LOVE it!!!!

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  4. wow :)
    I don't even remember how I came across your blog, but I love your art, so I keep coming back.
    congrats on the 100th sale!!!

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  5. Thank you Sarah, for being such a beautiful artist and inspiration! I came here from your flickr account I think, and then I recently added your blog to my Link Love List when I read that article in cloth paper scissors! I'd love to hear your opinion on capital letters too soon! ;-)

    Take care and keep creating!

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  6. awwwwwwww, so beautifully written Sarah, you have summed up exactly how I feel about the fantastical world of Blogland, how supportive and enthusiastic and Giving it is.
    I just wanted to tell you that I took my little wooden house to my weekly knit and natter group this morning to show it off, it was passed around and very much admired. I am still head over heels for it. Congratulations on 100 sales too, that is an amazing achievement whichever way you look at it.

    And lastly can I say, in a completely, totally self-absorbed way that I HOPE IT's me mMEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeee who wins the giveaway!!!!!!!!!!! :o) (pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease???!!)

    love to you, and happy holidays
    lucyxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    ps I am very very chuffed to be called your friend :: ((thank you)) xxxxxxxxx

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  7. I am a fellow etsian and I am a big fan. I discoverd your art through another blog link. I love your use of color and arrangment of paper. It creates a real intimate world for the viewer. I am thankful that all indie artists are able to share their work online. This allows so many to be inspired and feel that in this big massive world we can still connect.

    I am so thankful for ofcourse my family but also to everyone who has the strengh to be the best person they can be despite challenge and pain.... to approach each day with the hope of possibility.....

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  8. Sarah, I have loved your work ever since I came across it while blog hopping. I also tend to show your magazine spots to many people, saying isn't this the coolest stuff. To me, your colors, and atmospheric style feel like happy childhood memories, floating through your mind. Or I guess now that I'm older, memories of my kids childhoods, as we'd like them to remember them once the daily stress is forgotten! Thanks for the thoughts, and the beauty, and congratulations on the sales. Wondering if maybe there is a chance that a little brown bunny might make it into a picture someday?

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  9. Attic 24 brought me to your blog and I fell in love. Your art is fantastic and beautiful and everything I love, love. Thank you for sharing such wonderful inspiration!
    Chrissy Taylor
    chrissyrtaylor@yahoo.com

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  10. sarah- i found you via flickr and have made many visits since. if you never write another word i'll still come by. your style and talent are refreshing.

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  11. Sarah,Happy Thanksgiving!The day I came across your blog I fell in love with your beautiful collages.I am thankful for the fabulous art you make.I just recently got to purchase one of your little painted houses and I love it.

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  12. Sarah,
    I followed the path to your blog after reading the article about you and your artwork in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. I have to say, that looking at your art makes me happy...very fun colors and images and words! Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself here!

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  13. Hi Sarah
    I can't remember how I found your blog (maybe via lusummers?) but I'm glad I did. I love to look at your paintings and totally loved your little painted houses you did recently.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Monda
    x

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  14. Hi Sarah,I'm a girl who's in love with Life...I have the best family and friends I could ever ask for...and love my chosen path, a very thankful Artist...thanks LIFE!

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  15. Oh...I totally forgot to brag about how I love your work...so fresh,clean and happy...love it!
    When I get my 1st sale perhaps I will visit your shop and purchase one of my fave prints...
    Congrats on your 100th!

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  16. Well, I honestly started following your blog after seeing the article in Cloth Paper Scissors. I instantly was drawn to your work, as it is sort of a combination of some of my favorite styles.
    I am thankful for my husband, family, friends, kitties, my job, my art supplies, books, music, MCBA, and other things that inspire creativity, like mother nature.
    Congrats on all of your success; it's awesome that you are doing a give away!

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  17. Hi Sarah~
    I found your wonderful blog through flickr!I am lucky to have you as a contact~ you made my world more colorful with your art and blog.You are such a talented artist.
    I am also an etsian and soon to be Lollishop vendor.
    Congratulations on your 100th sale~i think that is spectacular!!!
    I think my totals (had 2 shops and now consolidated to a third to change the name!)are 26.
    But i am more of a crafter than artist.
    Bless you and thanks for being in bloglandia~
    Tinxx

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  18. I was trying to think about how I found you (I've been reading for awhile) and I think it was probably through poppytalk or decor8. Those two blogs are no longer on my feed but you're still here!

    I am thankful to artists like you who are willing to share a little piece of themselves with the rest of us. Thank-you.

    I am also thankful for my two wonderful children, my family, and the comfortable situation in which I find myself. I am truly blessed.

    Congrats on the sale.

    HapPy ThaNkSgiVinG!

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  19. Hi Sarah, Happy Thanksgiving! I am blessed and thankful for spending Thanksgiving with my family. Your art is so colorful and happy that it makes me smile. Everyone can use more happiness these days. Thank you for your work and have a wonderful holiday.

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  20. 100th on etsy - wow and congrats. I love houses and your houses are wonderful. I found your blog through artstream- and I love the world of Blogging so far, because I'm thankful too for al the people I met here.

    Go on!

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  21. hello! i came to your blog today all because of organizing! i was cleaning off the corner of my worktable--- a long-overdue pile of accumulated "save this" papers and books. i wasn't able to attend the squam workshops, but i did scoot up for vendor nite. your little business card fluttered out of my stack, and i sat down to take a break and followed the fluttering card to your site. ;)
    i have to say, your journey is an inspiring one, and i will be back to peek at what is next. i find it downright exciting to read what your blog has brought to you, as i am just now taking time to start one of my own. i don't know where it will lead, but it's a pull toward creative connecting that just can't be ignored! i'm thankful for organization that leads to inspiration, i'm thankful to have visited YOU!

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  22. well, I keep running into you everywhere, so i figured i'd check out your blog. saw you thru penelope from squam, cloth paper scissors and i am attending second storie tomorrow. you have beautiful work and live in one of my favorite places.and i don't like CAPS either.
    Mary

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  23. hi sarah...just a quick note to say i too think capitals are overrated and that i love and admire your work.

    beth

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  24. I love your work and it's great to visit your blog! The little houses are adorable! Jamie V in MT
    http://rem-nants.blogspot.com
    amzanioli@yahoo.com

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  25. Hi Sarah~ I can't remember how I found your blog, but I found you on Etsy and am now the proud owner of a Fireflies Speak French print, which I LOVE! Well done on your 100sales ~ I hope there'll be many more!
    Tara :o)

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  26. I found your artwork and blog through blog surfing. The soft colors and the bits of ephemera make your artwork sing for me. I am happy for you that your business is growing through articles and Etsy. You deserve it! Keep it up!

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  27. I came across your blog through your artwork itself!! I first saw your original peices at the dragonfly gallery on mv and, since I was living on the island year round at the time, I little extra money to spend on art! but I liked it so much I remembered your name and was so excited when I saw your blog and work featured on poppytalk (I think it was poppytalk...) and am getting closer to collecting one of your works and can keep an eye out for that perfect peice!

    thanks! v

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  28. Sarah-
    I discovered you through your features in Cloth Paper Scissors, and I'm so glad I did. I'm so thankful for artists like you who offer inspiration and reassurance to those of us just starting out. Your generosity is appreciated!
    Lauren

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  29. I first came to your blog from a link on http://sykossa.blogspot.com/.
    Then I checked out your Etsy store and fell in love.

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  30. I believe I saw your beautiful work first on another blog and have been returning ever since. I had you dig out a print just for me...and still hope to get an original someday! Your work is always an inspiration, especially when I need a boost before I begin my paintings.

    I hope you had a wonderful show!

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  31. hi sarah: i've been a quiet watching of you talent for a while, you evoke that reaction out of me. i am always entranced by your soft & tender work, (though it's message stirs up my soul and causes much reaction) you have a way with simplicity. in a loud word you are surely a bird with a beautiful song. many many applauses for your wonderful sales and talent. hoping it leads you along a journey that lets you live from that place everyday.
    all the best,
    stephanie

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  32. Hi, Sarah! I first discovered your work through Etsy and bookmarked you as a favorite. Recently I ran across the article in CPS and recognized your work from the CPS Studio issue and finally put 2 and 2 and 2 together and visited your blog. I'm fascinated by your unique style and love your use of color. Today I'm thankful for home. We've been out of town for the holiday and, no matter how much fun you have, it is always so good to be home--and get back to creating again! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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  33. I'd love to be included in your contest, Sarah...
    I'm thankful for the health of myself and my family AND the fact that I get to spend every day doing something I love (painting). Shari

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  34. oh in under the wire! so nice to read your blog! how did i find you?! :)
    i guess it was when we first started chatting via email...
    see you soon we hope!

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  35. ooh am I still in time to be included in your draw? I have no idea about converting est from gmt. I found your blog from flicker and have been a lurker for ages now. I love your artwork it is so special and clever. fingers crossed....

    Janette

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thanks so much for saying hello! i do my best to reply to comments, please know i read and appreciate each and every one! xo *s