8 Days of Giveaways! Day EIGHT: Just Short and Sweet

Dec 15 2015

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8 Days of Giveaways:
Day EIGHT!

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Just Short and Sweet

Here we are! Day EIGHT already of 8 Days of Giveaways, and we definitely get to go out on top, because today I get to give away a fun, trendy, brass necklace with thanks to my childhood friend, Blythe Rhoads who makes cool things AND is working to make life better for our friends across the world in Africa through her work with Ever Increasing Children’s School in Bukasa Village, Uganda. I cannot easily express how incredibly inspired I am by people like Blythe — and so many of our other artists featured this week — who seek to love our neighbors well and who remember we’re all neighbors.

blythe&stephcraftworkshopAbout Just Short and Sweet:

We are Blythe & Stephani…roommates & friends who love Jesus, pizza, estate sales, and all things crafty & handmade. We live in sunny Southern California. We opened an Etsy shop in January 2015 out of an unceasing desire to make pretty things that inspire and bring others JOY. This October, we hosted our very first Craft Workshop, where like-minded lovers of handmade goodness gathered together and expressed their creativity by making three quality crafts…to gift or keep! We can’t wait to host more workshops in 2016.

The Giveaway: A Just Short and Sweet brass necklace (as pictured above). This unique brass necklace is lightweight and super versatile. It will go with everything in your closet, and will soon be your go-to necklace! It makes a super chic (and affordable) gift, and is made from three pieces of hand cut brass pipe and waxed cotton cord, making it both nickel-free and vegan. The cord measures 33″ around at longest length and 16″ around at shortest length, and the brass pendant is 1″ wide by 3.5″ long. Simply adjust the size by *carefully* sliding the knots closer together to make it longer, or farther apart to make it shorter. They are double knotted for extra security, and lightly burned to seal the ends and protect against unraveling. This necklace is available on a black or brown cord.

TO ENTER, simply leave a comment on this blog post anytime until 11:59pm Pacific Time on Thursday, December 17. (Psst… don’t enter on Facebook— though I LOVE comments there and read every one, I’m using the blog comment string to randomly select a winner). Any comment will work to enter, but if you’d like a prompt, let us know what prayer or wish you have for a place in this world that stirs your heart. For example, I’d say, “The Syrian refugee families are in my prayers,” or “I wish for peace and rest from the violence we see around the world.” It’s a way of waving in the dark, I think, to see each other’s laments and offer a piece of our heart to them.

This giveaway is now closed.
Congratulations to Alison of the Hairline Fracture Blog! Check your email for all the details.

Do Note: For those of you who wish to purchase a necklace, $1 of each sale will be donated to Ever Increasing Children’s School in Bukasa Village, Uganda, Africa and will be used for school supplies, meals, and teacher salaries. For more information on Blythe’s work with her dad in Uganda, check out their other Etsy shop here and blog here.

Also: You can also find Just Short and Sweet on Instagram, Facebook and the World Wide Web, and you can always contact Blythe and Stephani by email at justshortandsweetshop@gmail.com.

Also-also: The artists selected for this giveaway were hand-picked by yours truly. They did not pay for these spots, nor do I benefit in any financial way by hosting these. Emotionally? I get a HUGE benefit. ‘Cause this stuff makes me happy. Each artist received a spot on the right sidebar (or, if you’re viewing on your mobile, at the bottom of the page) to advertise his/her stuff (hint: you can catch a preview there of what’s coming over the next few days), which is my gift to them to thank them for partnering with me. They’re rad.

8 Days of Giveaways! Day SEVEN: Blossoms by Branching Out

Dec 14 2015

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8 Days of Giveaways:
Day SEVEN!

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Photo Credit ©Nanci Imagery

Blossoms by Branching Out

Blossoms8Blossoms4Blossoms7I stumbled across Christine at a bazaar a few weeks ago, and I was completely enchanted by her hair blossoms. From teeny, tiny blooms in neutrals to HUGE, full, colorful flowers, I loved every one and bought my fair share because they’re afforable ($2-5 each), and I decided they’re perfect as stocking stuffers. Of course, that was before I decided to keep most of them for myself, but theoretically, they’re ideal to give away.

I tracked Christine down after the bazaar — and after wearing mine and finding them the perfect balance of pretty and durable — and asked her if there was any way she’d want to participate in this giveaway.

She said yes, and here we are! Thanks, Christine!

From Blossoms by Branching Out: My name is Christine and I LOVE flowers! It all started off with a sweet little girl who captured my heart. She came into my life when she was 7 months. She is now 7 and has been “officially” my precious little girl since she turned 3. I am SO grateful!

She loved ‘pretties’ in her hair, and so I started the search. I found the ones in various stores were too flimsy and thin. I really wanted something that was more full and unique. I started looking for various blooms to turn into hair blossoms. My blooms are layered and much more full than those you will find at a store; they have more unique centers and a sturdier clip, too.

I really enjoy custom orders, as well as events. Local customers set up private showings where they come and are able to look through my stock. Most of all, my desire is to provide a fun, cute product that is excellent quality, as well as affordable!

Blossoms by Branching Out offers 5 different sizes of blooms, and I can custom make blooms to fit your needs ranging from the size of a quarter on up.

Our blooms are very versatile. Not only have the adorned sweet little girls’ hair, but all ages of ladies. They can also be used as a brooch, corsages, clipped to a purse, jacket lapel. A couple of others have used it for their flower girls and bridesmaids at their weddings. They can be clipped to sashes of dresses… some gals even used them to embellish their flip flops! If you prefer, we can attach a pin onto the back instead of a clip if you prefer to use it as a pin.

Blossoms10Today’s Giveaway: a Blossoms by Branching Out headband with your choice of either 1 large bloom or 3 mini blooms as pictured right. OR, if you have different colors in mind, Christine will work with you.

TO ENTER, simply leave a comment on this blog post anytime until 11:59pm Pacific Time on Wednesday, December 16. (Psst… don’t enter on Facebook— though I LOVE comments there and read every one, I’m using the blog comment string to randomly select a winner). Any comment will work to enter, but if you’d like a prompt, tell us what small things — like hair blooms or a cup of coffee — make you happy.

This giveaway is now closed.

Congratulations, Pam Zercher! Check your email for a message with all the details. 

You can find Christine at the Blossoms: By Branching Out Facebook page here. For the month of December, Christine is also offering FREE SHIPPING. WOOHOO!

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Do Note: Multiple giveaways are going simultaneously — one every day for 8 days and each of them open for 48ish hours, so check back every day to see what new giveaways there are!

Also Note: This giveaway is open worldwide. None of this “America only” crap. We do not have time for America Only in this ComeUnity. Nathan Rhoads is providing two art prints and U.S. shipping; I’ll supplement shipping if one of you wins from elsewhere.

Also-also Note: The artists selected for this giveaway were hand-picked by yours truly. They did not pay for these spots, nor do I benefit in any financial way by hosting these. Emotionally? I get a HUGE benefit. ‘Cause this stuff makes me happy. Each artist received a spot on the right sidebar (or, if you’re viewing on your mobile, at the bottom of the page) to advertise his/her stuff (hint: you can catch a preview there of what’s coming over the next few days), which is my gift to them to thank them for partnering with me. They’re rad.

8 Days of Giveaways! Day SIX: Nathan Rhoads

Dec 13 2015

Hello, friends and welcome to…

8 Days of Giveaways:
Day SIX!

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Nathan Rhoads, Fine Artist

NathanRhoads2I’ve known Nathan since he was in diapers, which I’m positive is the way he was hoping I’d open this giveaway.

Nathan was one of those kids who was sweet and calm and kind; he reacted to my endearing high volume and my brother’s tendency to headbutt sweet, calm, kind children with bewilderment and confusion. But he was tenacious, man, and he stuck with us anyway, which proves there’s really nothing Nathan can’t overcome. Eventually, Nathan added a wicked funny sense of humor to his repertoire and a healthy dollop of sarcasm. Also, he and his wife named their two sons after whiskey, so I feel like we have something to work with, here.

I love Nathan’s art because it’s fantasy and imagination come to life, and I always feel like I’ve fallen into a C.S. Lewis novel or Tolkein’s world or Lewis Carroll’s when I look at his mind and heart in oil on canvas. Nathan’s art reminds me of all that’s wild and whimsical and also that love and joy walk hand in hand with ferocity and freedom.

The Giveaway: 8.5 x 11 in. Fine Art Print, signed by Nathan Rhoads. Description of Painting Included. AND Nathan is generously allowing me to select TWO winners for this giveaway! Winners may select from the following:

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TO ENTER, simply leave a comment on this blog post anytime until 11:59pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, December 15. (Psst… don’t enter on Facebook— though I LOVE comments there and read every one, I’m using the blog comment string to randomly select a winner). Any comment will work to enter, but if you’d like a prompt, tell us which of the prints you like best.

This giveaway is now closed.

Congratulations to Jennifer Bailey and Missalindadivine! Check your email boxes for details.

Nathan Rhoads is an versatile artist working in Portland, Oregon. He earned his BFA in 1998 from Point Loma Nazarene University. His primary medium of choice is oil. Nathan’s work ranges from abstract to representational. He takes on a lot of commissioned projects, ranging from painting to illustration to graphic design.

Nathan paints live at conferences, church services, private parties, and corporate events around the country. Nathan is also a painting instructor for both kids and adults.

You can find Nathan Rhoads at his website here, on Facebook here and on Instagram here.

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Do Note: Multiple giveaways are going simultaneously — one every day for 8 days and each of them open for 48ish hours, so check back every day to see what new giveaways there are!

Also Note: This giveaway is open worldwide. None of this “America only” crap. We do not have time for America Only in this ComeUnity. Nathan Rhoads is providing two art prints and U.S. shipping; I’ll supplement shipping if one of you wins from elsewhere.

Also-also Note: The artists selected for this giveaway were hand-picked by yours truly. They did not pay for these spots, nor do I benefit in any financial way by hosting these. Emotionally? I get a HUGE benefit. ‘Cause this stuff makes me happy. Each artist received a spot on the right sidebar (or, if you’re viewing on your mobile, at the bottom of the page) to advertise his/her stuff (hint: you can catch a preview there of what’s coming over the next few days), which is my gift to them to thank them for partnering with me. They’re rad.

8 Days of Giveaways! Day FIVE: Sudara

Dec 12 2015

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8 Days of Giveaways:
Day FIVE!

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PUNJAMMIES by Sudara

 

In September, I wrote to you about my successful quest for the perfect pajama pants. It was a quest I’d posed initially and facetiously as “of eternal significance” until I discovered PUNJAMMIES™ which are gorgeous, comfy jammy pants AND are made by Sudara, an organization that works to free women from sex slavery by giving them living wage jobs. “Every pair of PUNJAMMIES™,” in fact, “is named after a woman who is now steadily employed in a stable, living-wage job with a Sudara sewing center partnership.

I mean, who knew buying pajama pants CAN ACTUALLY BE an act of eternal significance? Right? 

Sudara3So here we are 4 months later, and I’m as in love with my PUNJAMMIES™ now as I was then. EVEN MORE exciting is the fact that Sudara eagerly partnered with me for this giveaway so one of you gets to win a pretty pair of the flannel Sara Capris PUNJAMMIES™ pictured to the right.

Gotta say, Sudara gets cooler and cooler all the time.

From Sudara: Let’s get right down to it: No human being should be owned by anyone, anywhere, for any reason — ever. It really is that simple.

We are passionate about India — where some of the highest estimates of slavery and sex-trafficking anywhere in the world are reported. And while it may seem overwhelming, we are hopeful because we are seeing how safe, sustainable jobs are making a way for women to make their way out of the trade- and stay out.

Our PUNJAMMIES™ are inspired by the beauty, colors and textures seen throughout the local culture and are crafted by brave women in the community who wish to remain free from the trade they escaped.

That’s why we say that Sudara goods are made from hope, and made for comfort.

Today’s Giveaway is lightweight flannel Sara Capris PUNJAMMIES™ (pictured above.)

TO ENTER, simply leave a comment on this blog post anytime until 11:59pm Pacific Time on Monday, December 14. (Psst… don’t enter on Facebook— though I LOVE comments there and read every one, I’m using the blog comment string to randomly select a winner). Any comment will work to enter, but if you’d like a prompt, tell us where you’d wear your PUNJAMMIES. Me? I pick Hawaii with all of you.

This giveaway is now closed.

Congratulations to Julia Robinson, winner of the PUNJAMMIES! Look for an email in your box, Julia.

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Do Note: Multiple giveaways are going simultaneously — one every day for 8 days and each of them open for 48ish hours, so check back every day to see what new giveaways there are!

Also Note: This giveaway is open worldwide. None of this “America only” crap. We do not have time for America Only in this ComeUnity. Sudara is providing the PUNJAMMIES and U.S. shipping; I’ll supplement shipping if one of you wins from elsewhere.

Also-also Note: The artists selected for this giveaway were hand-picked by yours truly. They did not pay for these spots, nor do I benefit in any financial way by hosting these. Emotionally? I get a HUGE benefit. ‘Cause this stuff makes me happy. Each artist received a spot on the right sidebar (or, if you’re viewing on your mobile, at the bottom of the page) to advertise his/her stuff (hint: you can catch a preview there of what’s coming over the next few days), which is my gift to them to thank them for partnering with me. They’re rad.

8 Days of Giveaways! Day FOUR: Hooked by Hanna

Dec 11 2015

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8 Days of Giveaways:
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Hooked by Hanna

Hooked by Hanna is a cottage industry offering crochet creations of all kinds: unique hats, toys for babies and children, neckwear, etc. Items can be made to the customer’s preferences and specifications.

I Hanna1admit it; I’m hard wired to prefer buying gifts from artists and crafters and small business owners because, unselfishly, I want my money to benefit real people and not a group of already wealthy shareholders, and, selfishly, I really love giving one-of-a-kind gifts. Last Christmas, I pinged my friend Hanna, a crochet master and fellow bibliophile (pretty sure we could talk about books for hours), and ordered boot cuffs in cream and grey (for me) and in purple (for my high school daughter). Turns out, they were some of my favorite, favorite gifts last year. Pretty. Fun. Affordable. We still have them a year later, and they’ve held up perfectly — just like new, actually. My only complaint is Abby keeps stealing mine, the punk.

In extra cool news, Hanna is giving 25% of all ready for purchase sales in the month of December to efforts gathering supplies for refugee hygiene kits. Supplies will bHanna2e delivered to Syrian refugees through Medical Teams International. Gotta say, in a world that’s full of hurt where words of fear seem to fly unfettered, people like Hanna who find a way to send love and help and hope, using what she has — her hands and skeins of yarn — are light in the darkness, and I am endlessly grateful for people like her.

Today’s Giveaway is the incredibly gorgeous blue slouch hat pictured to your right.

TO ENTER, simply leave a comment on this blog post anytime until 11:59pm Pacific Time on Sunday, December 13. (Psst… don’t enter on Facebook— though I LOVE comments there and read every one, I’m using the blog comment string to randomly select a winner). Any comment will work to enter, but if you’d like a prompt, tell me about a favorite gift — given or received. It can be small or big, cost a great deal or nothing at all. For example, I’d tell you about the Wonder Woman panties Greg bought for my stocking this year which I haven’t mentioned to him yet because I want what he bought me to be a surprise. :)

This giveaway is now closed.
Congratulations, Heather! Look for a message from me with all the details!

P.S. You can find Hooked by Hanna on Facebook here. You can find all of Hanna’s ready-to-purchase items here.

P.P.S. There are boot cuffs in that ready-to-purchase album, and if anyone **ahem*Greg*ahem** wants to buy me blue or grey fingerless gloves, or one of the chiffon/crochet mixed fabric infinity scarves, I’d be OK with that.

P.P.P.S. Or commission Hanna to make me some silver Wonder Woman wrist cuffs. That could work out for you, Greg. Like, that could work out for you real well, man. Just saying.

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Do Note: Multiple giveaways are going simultaneously — one every day for 8 days and each of them open for 48ish hours, so check back every day to see what new giveaways there are!

Also Note: This giveaway is open worldwide. None of this “America only” crap. We do not have time for America Only in this ComeUnity. Hanna is providing the blue slouch hat and U.S. shipping; I’ll supplement shipping if one of you wins from elsewhere.

Also-also Note: The artists selected for this giveaway were hand-picked by yours truly. They did not pay for these spots, nor do I benefit in any financial way by hosting these. Emotionally? I get a HUGE benefit. ‘Cause this stuff makes me happy. Each artist received a spot on the right sidebar (or, if you’re viewing on your mobile, at the bottom of the page) to advertise his/her stuff (hint: you can catch a preview there of what’s coming over the next few days), which is my gift to them to thank them for partnering with me. They’re rad.

 

8 Days of Giveaways! Day THREE: The Sweat Life Shop

Dec 10 2015

Hello, friends and welcome to…

8 Days of Giveaways:
Day THREE!

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TheSweatLife3Today I get to tell you about Rachel, the artist behind The Sweat Life Shop.

<– That’s Rachel balancing her husband on her legs. Rachel’s a weird weirdo who’s weird. Which is synonymous for I like her so much.

I met Rachel when she lived in my neck of the woods, and then she moved away. You know how you can’t go backward in time and meet yourself there lest the space-time continuum is irrevocably disrupted? I’m pretty sure that’s why Rachel had to move to California — because as far as I can tell with the pathetically limited time I had with her, Rachel and I are made from the same cloth. The goofy cloth. The determined cloth. The joyful, optimistic cloth. The creative cloth. And I’m just pretty sure if we’d remained in close proximity to each other, we’d have caused some sort of black hole or vortex to open which would’ve sucked the Earth and all her people inside it to be crushed to death.

In other words, Rachel saved your lives by moving to sunny SoCal, and we all owe her an eternal debt. Nevertheless, I kind of wish she’d stuck around and risked our doom; too many cool people in this world and not enough time, I tell you.

With today’s giveaway, you can get your rainy, blue and green Pac Northwest on, though, because Rachel’s TheSweatLife2giving away a pair of adult Seahawks leggings in any size, valued at $40.

I asked Rachel to tell us about herself and why she does what she does.

I stood there in front of the mirror with my mom peeking through the crack in the door. “Well Rachie,” she said, “Does it make your heart sing?”

The answer to that question has become my motto when deciding whether or not I’m going to invite a new item into my life. When it comes to new trinkets, clothes, a new hobby, art, food, and sometimes even people, I stop to ask myself, “Does this make your heart sing?”

Sports have made my soul sing since I was a tiny tot. I ran before I walked, dribbled basketballs, jumped as far as I could, and went on to play volleyball in college. Since then, I’ve had 3 knee surgeries, run a half marathon, dove hard into CrossFit, all the while enduring many periods of either low motivation or necessary time off from sweating. Life happens. But something that has always remained consistent for me is the inspiration I get from watching people give something their best shot. I cannot hold myself together at the finish lines of races. Nope…tears run down my face. Watching the last person get cheered on during a WOD gives me goose bumps. Laying sweaty on the floor after a walk that I didn’t want to wake up to do reminds me that I actually did do it and can do it again tomorrow.

The Sweat Life Shop is all about making your heart sing. I want the words I use and the design elements I include to say something to you. Sometimes that means that we have the same sense of humor…sometimes we are both inspired by the same words…or sometimes a design might simply express something that you need yourself and the world to know.

The Giveaway: One pair of adult Seahawks leggings in any size, valued at $40.

TO ENTER the Sweat Life Shop giveaway, simply leave a comment on this blog post anytime until 11:59pm Pacific Time on Saturday, December 12. (Psst… don’t enter on Facebook— though I LOVE comments there and read every one, I’m using the blog comment string to randomly select a winner). Any comment will work to enter, but if you’d like a prompt, you can thank Rachel for saving your life or tell us who you suspect you can’t live close to without disrupting the space-time continuum.

This giveaway is now closed.
Congratulations, Shanta! Look for an email with all the details!

P.S. You can follow The Sweat Life Shop on Instagram here and on Facebook here.

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Do Note: Multiple giveaways are going simultaneously — one every day for 8 days and each of them open for 48ish hours, so check back every day to see what new giveaways there are!

Also Note: This giveaway is open worldwide. None of this “America only” crap. We do not have time for America Only in this ComeUnity. Rachel is providing Seahawks leggings and U.S. shipping; I’ll supplement shipping if one of you wins from elsewhere.

Also-also Note: The artists selected for this giveaway were hand-picked by yours truly. They did not pay for these spots, nor do I benefit in any financial way by hosting these. Emotionally? I get a HUGE benefit. ‘Cause this stuff makes me happy. Each artist received a spot on the right sidebar (or, if you’re viewing on your mobile, at the bottom of the page) to advertise his/her stuff (hint: you can catch a preview there of what’s coming over the next few days), which is my gift to them to thank them for partnering with me. They’re rad.

8 Days of Giveaways! Day TWO: Listen for Joy

Dec 9 2015

Alrighty! We’re on to Day TWO of 8 Days of Giveaways which is AWESOME partly because giveaways are rad but MOSTLY because I have now done something I said I would do TWO DAYS IN A ROW, which is, like, a record for me. I mean, not to put too fine a point on it, but my showering regimen could seriously learn a thing or two from my giveaways regimen.

8 Days of Giveaways:
Day TWO!

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Art Print by Melanie Weidner of Listen for Joy

My friend Melanie is the artist behind Listen for Joy. Not to gush, but I love Melanie a lot. A lot, a lot. A lot, a lot, a lot, a lot. Partly because she radiates peace, deep compassion and wisdom, and I want to sit at her feet and learn from her, and partly because she does this one thing that’s super, duper weird. 

I’m going to tell you what that weird thing is, and I think you’ll find it as bizarre as I do.

Ready?

Melanie3Here it is: WhMelanie5enever Melanie and I talk, she really listens.

I mean, Melanie really listens. Like, intently. To everything I say.

She makes eye contact, and nods her head, and then, when I’ve completed a thought, Melanie pauses to think about what I’ve expressed.

Also? She does this to everyone.

She listens to everyone like they have valuable, important things to share and like they’re gifting her with bits of themselves.

In other words, Melanie listens to understand and to love others well, and not simply to respond, which is, obviously, the wrong way to listen and not how we do things in America. And where Melanie finds light, love and joy in others, she reflects that back. With words. In writing. Through art. Because she actually believes there is that of God in everyone.

Melanie’s a love-reflector, and it used to totally wig me out because, you see, I’d talk and Melanie would listen like I mattered and like I was worthy of love, and I’d think the whole time, “I’m not this interesting, Melanie. What I’m saying is dumb, you know. I AM DUMB. What is wrong with you?” and I’d feel squirmy and uncomfortable and afraid that, if Melanie listened long enough, she’d find me out. Discover my unworthiness. Have the “ah HA!” moment and figure out I was smaller and sillier and stupider than my facade.

She never did, though. She never discovered what wasn’t there, after all, because it turns out I’m not small or stupid — just human and divine like all of us, perfect and imperfect and learning to be the version of me that listens to joy and follows the way of love.

Melanie is one of the first people who made me feel like what I have to say, and the things I think, and the way my heart moves is important. Melanie is one of the reasons I write in this space and try to listen well and believe to my bones there’s something holy in all of us.

And Melanie’s art, which I’ve followed for 20 years now, reminds me, always, to seek what is true and what is kind and to extend that kindness even to me. All of which is why I’m excited to share her with you, in the hope you see comfort in her images like I do.

The Giveaway: One 11×14″ color art print in a clear sleeve with backing, suitable for gift giving or easy framing. Choose your favorite image from the ListenForJoy.com Shop. $27 value. Melanie is happy to ship it to you or directly to the person of your choice.

TO ENTER the Listen for Joy art print giveaway, simply leave a comment on this blog post anytime until 11:59pm Pacific Time on Friday, December 11. (Psst… don’t enter on Facebook — though I LOVE comments there and read every one, I’m using the blog comment string to randomly select a winner). Any comment will work to enter, but if you’d like a prompt, I’ll ask you this… who’s your Melanie? Who reminds you to listen for joy? Who whispers to you the truth that you’re deeply worth of love, exactly as you already are?

This giveaway is now closed.
Congratulations to Kristen! I’ve sent you an email with all the details.

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Melanie7Melanie Weidner‘s art inspires people of all kinds, especially those interested in spirituality, mindfulness, and healing. Her images stir the soul and inspire compassion, self-reflection, and peace.

Melanie also offers engaging creativity and spirituality retreats in summer and winter in the glorious Pendle Hill Arts Studio, a Quaker Contemplative Retreat Center near Philadelphia, PA.  See more on her Workshops and Events pages. You can find Melanie’s blog here, her Facebook page here, and her Listen for Joy shop here

Melanie lives with her wonder-full partner, Hollin, their dog Tashi, and Milagrita the cat in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Do Note: Multiple giveaways are going simultaneously — one every day for 8 days and each of them open for 48ish hours, so check back every day to see what new giveaways there are!

Also Note: This giveaway is open worldwide. None of this “America only” crap. We do not have time for America Only in this ComeUnity. Melanie is providing the art print and U.S. shipping; I’ll supplement shipping if one of you wins from elsewhere.

Also-also Note: The artists selected for this giveaway were hand-picked by yours truly. They did not pay for these spots, nor do I benefit in any financial way by hosting these. Emotionally? I get a HUGE benefit. ‘Cause this stuff makes me happy. Each artist received a spot on the right sidebar (or, if you’re viewing on your mobile, at the bottom of the page) to advertise his/her stuff (hint: you can catch a preview there of what’s coming over the next few days), which is my gift to them to thank them for partnering with me. They’re rad.