Saturday, November 22, 2008

50th Blog Post Giveaway


This giveaway is to celebrate my 50th blog post. I am giving away sets of eight handmade greetings cards to the lucky winners. There are one each of the four bird designs below and four of my white deer with trees design which I posted a couple of weeks ago. Go down the posts to the 2nd of November to find it. If you would like a chance of winning just leave a comment on this post before Sunday 30th November and I will put your name in the hat. If you are not a blogger you will need to let me know your email address.
These are the greetings cards for my giveaway. There are eight in total - four bird designs and four of the white deer design. All the cards are blank and will arrive with white envelopes and in cellophane wrappers.
I was trying for a dramatic costumed look with this drawing.

This image is called Victorian Necklace
I absolutely adore this wonderfully vibrant and stylised tapestry by Lilian Hill called Crested Birds. If I owned it it would have pride of place as a wall hanging where I could admire it every day.
Beautifully colourful tapestry called Sheep Among Flowers In A Meadow woven by Miriam Bawden The following artworks were all created by the multi-talented Mark Hearld and are a mixture of paintings, collages and linocuts.























This is my 50th blog post. Amazed that I have got this far really. I haven't actually been blogging for nearly a year because to start with I used to post several times a week. I gradually reduced it to weekly for convenience and time really. A weekly post suits me fine at the moment.

I have decided that my blog giveaway will be a set of eight handmade greetings cards featuring some of my new artwork and some of a previous piece from a couple of weeks ago which seemed quite popular. I had a lot of fun producing the four white bird designs but they took quite a long time. I hope whoever wins them will be pleased with their prize. I used to make a lot of handmade cards at one time but they do take quite a while as I print the image and then mount it on the cards. My computer printer isn't up to printing on stiff card so this is the only way I can do it.

I had a birthday lunch with three good friends the other day. It was quite a surprise, but a very welcome one. It took about 20 minutes to eat the meal and then 3 hours to gossip about all and sundry. We used to all work together at one time but three of us have gone on to other things. It was lovely to catch up on what everyone was doing and have a good laugh into the bargain. The world would be a duller place without friends.

My artist this week is the talented English artist Mark Hearld. He produces work via linocuts, collages, paintings and ceramics. He is inspired by the natural world and animals and birds play a large part in his work. He doesn't appear to have his own website but his work can be found at various sites including St Jude's Gallery, and The Yew Tree Gallery which shows some of his ceramics.


20 comments:

~ Phyllis ~ said...

Congratualtions Cathy,
And may you have many more blog posts. I've certainly enjoyed reading your blog. And looking at all the lovely, colorful pictures.
I really like the lady with the victorian necklace. Such a pretty necklace.
You mentioned a birthday lunch. Was it your birthday? If so Happy Birthday. We may have something else in common besides our love of gnarly trees and old churches. Mine was this week also.

Cathy said...

Thanks Phyllis. Yes it was my birthday on the 21st and I don't feel a day over 80..lol. Happy Birthday to you for this week too. Glad you like the pictures too.

Gillian said...

Congratulations on your fiftieth post! I would love to be included in your giveaway - your cards are gorgeous!

Cathy said...

Thanks very much Gillian. I will put your name in the hat on Sunday.

old world primitives said...

Happy Belated Birthday, and congratulations on reaching your 50th post! I'm one behind you at 49 posts currently. :) I would also be very delighted to be entered in the giveaway for your lovely greeting cards! They are so pretty that they would be hard to mail out to people. The rest of your post is just filled with eye candy too.

Cathy said...

Thanks Stephanie. I will have to get a move in with making the rest of the cards now. I have done only one of each of the birds so far.

bunnits said...

Congratulations! I always look forward to viewing this blog because you post so many visually interesting things and have really neat information. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for those note cards (lol!). Really like the rabbit prints you shared with us--with all our pet bunnies, anything rabbit themed has a special place in my heart.

Sandy Mastroni said...

Cathy Happy Birthday you old lady you ....and congratulations on blogging 50
I would love to win your cards

Cathy said...

Thanks Melissa. Glad you like the postings.

Cathy said...

Hi Sandy. I will put you in the "hat" on Sunday.

iHanna said...

Lots of yummy images in all your posts and your own bird cards are so cute! I think blogging once a week sounds very calm and nice - which I could be like that sometime! ;-)

Take care and happy 50th blog post. I'm at 900 so you're only a bit behind!

Holly Zemak said...

Happy Birthday and congratulations on your 50th post. It is Thanksgiving morning and I am supposed to be in the kitchen cooking but stole a few minutes to read. Cards look great, enter me in your giveaway!

BeadBag said...

Congratulations Cathy! - I love all your images - specially your 'dramatic' lady.
Kindest regards,
Shirley

BeadBag said...

I also love the Lilian Hill woven carpet. I dont know if you've heard of John Allen - he also does wonderful woven carpets - http://www.john-allen-london.co.uk/carpets.htm
kindest regards,
Shirley

Cathy said...

It wil be the year 2025 before I catch up with you Hanna and I will then be quite old and most probably in heaven....lol.

Cathy said...

Happy Thanksgiving Holly and I hope you have got all your cooking done now.

Cathy said...

Thanks very much Shirley. I came across John Allen briefly to speak to at the Knitting and Stitching Show in October and had a birds eye view of his lovely work. I even posted a few pictures of it in my blog on the October 12th post. He is truly talented.

Trudy Honeycutt ~ Folk Artist said...

Why, of course!! I definitely want to be the lucky winner, Cathy!!! Whooooo!!! Whooooooo!!! I do feel a win coming on!!! HA!! Love your work, and always love seeing the work of those that you feature, too!! Mark's thing are wonderful!! Thanks again for sharing such great art and inspiration, Cathy!! Hugs, Trudy in Colorado, USA

Cathy said...

Thanks very much Trudy. Glad you like the piccys.

Cathy said...

BLOG GIVEAWAY NOW OVER ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

I am closing the list now so anyone who posts after this will not be counted as it is time to see who the winners are. All will be revealed as they say in the best novels.

BLOG GIVEAWAY NOW OVER ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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