Thursday, January 19, 2012

Giveaway!!!

I just sold my 100th item from my Etsy store



So, in celebration of my 100th Sale on ETSY, I am hosting a "Giveaway!"  


Wow - One Hundred! 
It is hard to believe.  I can remember my very first sale.  I was driving my kids to school one cold December morning and my daughter had to move some canvases over to sit down in the back seat.  She said, "I don't know why you buy these things if you aren't ever going to sell any of your paintings."  I told her that I opened an Etsy site a few weeks earlier, but that I had not placed anything on the site to sell. 
I left out the part about how I was scared to try and sell anything.  
Scared that people I know might find out I was trying to paint art. 
Scared that I might have to stop painting once I realized no one wanted anything I created. 
Scared that my attempt at art might end up on
Regretsy.  

Instead of explaining my fears to her little 12-year-old self, I went home and took a blurry photo of a Christmas painting I had just created. 



Then I listed the painting on Etsy for $44 plus free shipping.

I then took another photo of another painting to list in my Etsy store, but couldn't find the first listing.  It had already sold!  Within five minutes!  I was astonished/thrilled/amazed/thankful. 
Very, very thankful.
Thankful that I confronted my fears head-on.
Thankful that God knew that I needed the affirmation.
Thankful that some kind person out there felt the need to support my efforts.
Thankful my daughter unknowingly gave me a little nudge. 

My husband had hoped I would dive back into my engineering career.  He now shares his laundry room with paintbrushes and a drafting table.  And spends his weekends building picture frames.  And he has finally learned that most of my clothing will bear a smudge or two of paint, no matter how much the shirt cost.

Enough of me, me, me - here are the details on the Giveaway.

I am giving away a set of five notecards ......

(blank inside with 5 white envelopes)


 one of my original watercolor bird paintings .....

Yellow Warbler


AND a Happy Birthday banner...



Sewn by ME.
 ALL of the above to ONE fortunate winner!!
The drawing starts NOW and will end at midnight eastern on Tuesday, January 24th.
I will use random number generator to determine the winner.

To enter this Giveaway:
1. Leave a comment.
If you would like to enter your name twice.....
2.  Tweet, Facebook, or Blog the giveaway - with a link back to this post - and leave another comment on this post for another chance.  (That gives you two chances, total.)

Thank you for reading!  I truly appreciate each one of you!
Linking to Frugal Friday and Be Different Act Normal and Serenity Now

This Giveaway ended on January 24th! 


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28 comments:

Rebecca said...

Oh. My. Goodness! What a great opportunity. I can't pass up putting my name in the "hat"! Thanks for your generosity in hosting this giveaway - and CONGRATULATIONS on your Etsy Success!

Only your messages exceed the beauty of your art.

The Cranky Queen said...

YOU are so talented...God given talent! Never forget that...glad you took that first step and now WOW 100 sales. Amazing! I am already a loyal follower. Thanx for the fine giveaway! Tiffany

Stephanie said...

The Lord ALWAYS knows what we need. Your story touched me so much. I am following you on GFC. My father, who has survived two massive heart attacks will be having a birthday soon, and he loves your kind of art. I would love to display that sign, so I am entering! The print would also be a beautiful and inspirational reminder of "going for it!" I wish you many more sales, and success in life. Good luck to everyone!

metrocoastmom@gmail.com

Debby said...

I am a follower and would love to win. Such nice things. Love the birdie, the cards and the banner. You are so sweet to offer all of these. COngrats on your sales.

Finding Home said...

I am a huge fan of your work and will hopefully soon find the perfect spot for the perfect piece - in the meantime, I am follower and I would love to win, especially that banner!

Finding Home said...

I also shared on Facebook and Twitter - and I loved your story, so glad you took that first leap!

Isabel said...

Yay Congrats!!!!!:O) Count me in Im already a follower:O) Excited:O)

Jeni said...

what an inspirational story!! So goo d to see that there are others slightly fearful of taking that first step but taking the leap and finding MUCH success. Congratulations. :-)

B'ham said...

I've had you on my "Follow" list for awhile !! Your art and creative design is lovely. It would be grand to be entered in your giveaway !!
xoxo

sherry L. said...

Congrats!! I am new follower! lilsis_75@hotmail.com

chelsea said...

Your story inspires me! Great job for facing your fears! I subscribed!

The Junque Seeker said...

Congrats! I love your art and have been reading your blog for a while now on Google Reader, but signed up today as a follower. Thanks for the opportunity to win these fun creations!

Betty said...

Congratulations!
Never give up...

Betty @ Country Charm

Paula said...

Congratulations on your Etsy success! You are very talented. Please enter me in giveaway! I'm a new follower. Love your story!

Paula said...

I would love to win a set of your beautiful notecards and a fun birthday banner.

Congratulations on your success!

Paula said...

I posted a link to this post on FB.

Farm Girl said...

100 items sold! Congrats, you are an inspiration! I finally became a follower although I check it almost daily.

Katy said...

ha ha, husbands ALWAYS hope that you'll dive back into your engineering career. I'm happy for you that you didn't have to, and totally jealous ;)

stracey2010 said...

CONGRATS!! I love the birthday banner.
stracey2010@live.com

Kathy said...

Your art is beautiful and uplifting. I'm glad you concered your fears. Congratulations!
I'd love to have a set of your lovely note cards, banner and painting.

Erin said...

Congratulations!!! Wow, that is such a wonderful story and 100 sales is an amazing accomplishment (although not at all surprising). I just LOVE that christmas painting. Beautiful. I know how scared I was when I first listed on Etsy. There is a special club for those of us who were scared to death but went ahead and stepped off the boat anyway. Hey, we wanted to walk on water! :)

Oddgirl1 said...

What a great story. I admire your courage to try something new. I can easily psyche myself out of doing the things that I want to do. You give me inspiration! I wish you more success. Love the colors you use in your beautiful artwork.

Nancy said...

I think it is so awesome that you have sold 100 items. I love your paintings and the blog!!!!
Congratulations!
Nancy

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Congratulations on your 100th etsy sale! Your paintings are so whimsical and beautiful and no wonder that you have achieved this milestone. Thanks for the chance at the generous giveaway too.

Stacey said...

Trish, I only found you recently and I just love your artwork. I love the colors you use and your painting style. Also love the scriptures and inspiration you include. Way to go following a dream! Everyone should learn from you. :)

Melinda said...

Wow, 100 items, that is a lot! I went through a lot figuring out my error messages in posting a comment here. I can see your confidence grow in each painting, they are truly wonderful. Sign me up for the giveaway.

CC said...
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CC said...

I'm one of your 100!!!! This is a fantastic giveaway.

 
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