(Just to clarify, this image is NOT the item being given away. This is just an example.)

Hey! You! Who I haven’t seen in a while. I’ve been quite busy, and those of you who know me personally are aware that I’ve been swallowed up by watercolors for many weeks now. But the good news is that something has finally resulted. And it looks great! Kira, over at Her New Leaf contacted me about working on some hand painted work for her blog, and she finally launched its new design today! Working with her, savvy blogger that she is, has kind of kick-started my brain to get into gear and start an etsy shop. I’d been dragging my heels for a while, but I think I’ve figured out a way to finally get myself to set it up.

Now, we all love free stuff (I admit, I’ve even skipped a week of checking Google Reader just to come back for 5 min, search “giveaway,” and act accordingly), and I’ve even been lucky enough to win some things, but what about you, my friends and loyal blog readers?! You’ve gotten nothing out of this, so it’s about time you got a chance. I’ve decided to launch my first (EVAR!) giveaway. And I don’t have the willpower (or the finances) to give away any fantastic design books or neat products So you, dear friends, are fortunate enough to have found yourself at a giveaway post for a painting!

I’m new to the giveaway game, but here goes:

You will win a semi-custom watercolor painting by me, Katie Gavenda. It will probably be an 8″ x 10″ painting, on archival paper, and here’s the best part (for me, at least). You’re going to tell me what to paint! “Semi-custom” means you pick the content, but the style and colors are up to moi. All you have to do is comment on this very post with words, a quote, or a phrase of some sort that you want me to paint for you, in the case that you are the winner. This is an open forum, no one will judge. Liking Blueberry English on Facebook gives you an extra entry- just mention it in your comment.

The giveaway begins now, and ends at 11:59pm on Saturday, May 12. A winner will be selected at random, announced the next day, and will receive a painting in the mail as soon as I complete it. I have decided that at some point during this giveaway I WILL launch my etsy store, and I will certainly tell you all when that occurs. Nice way to give it a deadline, right?

Alright. There are just a few notes I’d like to make:

1. Keep it reasonable. Nothing too crude and no paragraph quotes. I’m thinking at most, several words, but once it crosses the “several” line, we’re looking at a lot of work.

2. I’m comfortable with lettering. Not so much with objects or items, so this is why we must stick to words, people. I will paint (pretty much) whatever you’d like though. Make it funny, make it sentimental, make it factual, I’m fine with it all. If you want “Buffalo Snot,” you, my friend, will receive a painting of the words “Buffalo Snot.” Keep it, give it away, whatever you want. So much freedom! Ahhh!

3. If you don’t want to put the phrase/word in the comment you leave, for any reason, then you’ll have to let me know your request if/when you win.

4. I really won’t do “Keep Calm and Carry On.” I think it’s safe to say that phrase has run its course.

I can’t wait to hear what you all come up with! And I’m pretty ecstatic you made it to the bottom of this lengthy post.

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54 Responses to “News and a Giveaway!”

  1. Hatsie @ TwoRecipes

    I’ve been coveting these on FB for a while.. you’re super talented! I’d like to submit “Two Recipes Kitchen” to look at while I cook :)

  2. Aidan

    By the way I absolutely love this idea. I want to promote it but don’t want any competition! To be clear, this is not my submission.

  3. John

    Would love one of these at my wedding in July. How about: “love is coming home”

  4. Brent Cardillo

    Blue Cranbury (spelling intentional)

  5. Joy Elliott

    “Little Green Living” – it’s the name of an ethical/eco fashion, food & lifestyle blog I’m in the process of setting up – I am really in need of a header banner as I’m not very creative myself sadly – if I could win one by you that would be awesome! Also I have liked you on Facebook :) thanks!

  6. Patricia Crowley

    I’d like to have my favorite line from Ghostbusters…”OK! Who Brought The Dog!”

  7. Andrew Gavenda

    “so on and so forth”

    courtesy of Poppop ha

  8. Todd

    “Laughter is SO good!” -Mary Eaton

  9. patrickemmettfuller

    “Apple bottom jeans boots with the fur”. I dare you.

  10. Rick

    “Home again Home again Jiggity jig!!”

  11. aspiringimagesbyrachel

    I have become a fan of yours due to “Her New Leaf” and I am so happy to have found you! If I were to win, I would love the phrase “Normal people worry me”.

    - Also, I have liked your facebook page too (as Rachel Abrahams)

  12. Karthik Sekar

    “Green is the new black.”

  13. patrickemmettfuller

    Two that I would actually want to have:
    Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. (Oscar Wilde)
    Lose your dreams and you will lose your mind. (Ruby Tuesday)

  14. stephanie salvatos

    Real Eyes Realize Real Lies.

  15. stephanie salvatos

    I liked this on FB. “I carry your heart. I carry it in my heart. I am never without it. “

  16. Katie

    Kathryn! A comment gets you entered, you ARE able to win (picking the winner randomly), all you have to do is tell me what words/word/phrase/quote/name/symbol/whatever you want me to paint! So. GO.

  17. Emma

    “fifty cups of coffee and you know it’s on”

    hooray water colors! hooray blueberry english!

  18. Sandy

    “Paradise” or “Love You Bunches”
    Also liked you on facebook.

  19. Betsy

    “Movies with friends are the best!”

  20. Gary

    Either one:
    “I’ll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours” -Bob Dylan
    “Pretty Pretty Good” -Larry David

  21. Chrissi

    “wicked spesh” or “sign shop, what’s your sign?”

  22. Marla Tarantino

    “Everything happens for a reason”

  23. Nicole

    “keep your head up” or “ti amo”

  24. Megan S

    “Keep your eye on the prize” … I liked you on Facebook.

  25. elise

    You have brains in your head.
    You have feet in your shoes.

  26. jenna

    I’m commenting to be in the running… but I still don’t know what I want yet. Oops.

  27. Devon Torchiana

    Abnormal = what is truly normal

  28. csholl

    she had rings on her fingers and bells on her shoes

  29. allison

    Hey Katie, I liked (but not liked liked) you on Facebook.

    Here’s mine: Sleazy As Pie

    Coolness!

  30. mjohns

    Whale- here are mine: *
    “Nose Goes”
    “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose”

    *These are not the ones my dad suggested, ha

  31. Meg

    “and life goes on” or “leaders never lose”

    good luck, katie! Loved looking at the blog and the FB page! :)

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