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Sunday, October 11, 2009

First Anniversary Celebration/Give-Away

Welcome to my First Anniversary Celebration/Giveaway. I am so glad that you stopped by.

Please join me and Bentley, my very helpful Studio Assistant, for a cup of tea in my Fall garden for a giveaway to THANK all of YOU for your support of my new blog. Words can't begin to describe how much fun it has been getting to know so many of you in Blog Land, and how appreciative I am of each and every one of you who visited my blog, left comments and are following me on my journey "looking for inspiration for my art - here - there - and everywhere.

I am also honored and would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have mentioned my blog on your blog and have shown The Painted Garden under your favorites.

One day I received a phone call from Barbara Jacksier, http://barbarajacksier.blogspot.com of the Book Blog and author of the fabulous book, Waterside Cottages, asking permission to show my art on one of her blog post. We had a delightful chat and she said something that sums blogging up for me - she said "my husband equates blogging to having lots of fabulous pen pals all over the world".


I poured you a nice cup of hot tea.

The garden is all dressed up for Fall in your honor.

The pumpkins and scarecrows are all in place.

The garden is all decked out for Fall and ready to celebrate all of YOU.

Bentley is anxious for us to get to your Thank you giveaway.

Bentley has a good eye for finding inspiration in my little garden!

I wanted to show you this cute idea for displaying seasonal flowers in an old sap bucket by hanging it on the back of an Adirondack garden chair.

Now that you have relaxed with a cup of tea, it is time for your THANK YOU Give-Away. The first prize is a $100.00 Gift Certificate to Anthropology. If you do not live near one of their fabulous stores, you can visit their on line store to pick out your gift. The second prize is a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Anthropology.


To celebrate the opening of my new website http://thepaintedgarden.net

In addition to the first and second prizes from Anthropology - Your choice of one of my original paintings, on the $50 Gift Gallery, on my new website where you will find a variety of art ranging from my popular Red Bicycle Welcome signs, suitable to hang in your garden or on your front door, tea pots and tea cups filled with roses and pansies, garden chairs, Flower Shopp, etc. Each painting is an original painted on fine linen canvas - the sides are painted and they are all suitable to display unframed and with the exception of the Welcome signs (which come with a ribbon for hanging). Each painting comes with a display easel.

Simply go to http://thepaintedgarden.net- go the the $50.00 Gifts Gallery and pick out the painting you would like to win.

All you need to do to enter is leave me a comment or send me an email at http://erinsart@ca.rr.com and let me know which painting you would like to win. If you do not have a blog you can send me an e-mail. The winner of the first and second prizes will be announced on October 24, 2009.

First Prize - $100.00 Gift Certificate and your choice of a painting under the Gifts Gallery on my new website.

Second Prize - $50.00 Gift Certificate and your choice of a painting under the Gifts Gallery on my new website.

Thank you for stopping by. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your comments and those of you who are following my journey on my blog. I will see you on October 24th and will announce the First and Second place winners of my Giveaway.

Have a lovely week. Blessings, Erin


Rhondi said...

Hi Erin
Congratulations on one year of blogging! I just love visiting you and seeing the wonderful paintings you've created and all your "inspiration" I would love to win the welcome sunflowers sign. It would be perfect at my house! What a generous giveaway. There is an Anthropologie store very close to us. I've never bought anything there but I sure would love to! I never seem to win giveaways but maybe I'll win this time.
Hugs, Rhondi

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Erin, your new website looks so beautiful and I would really love to enter your giveaway...however...I cannot pick a painting I love the most at this moment...definately have to think it over because I love so many of them. : ) Please enter me though..

By the way, I love the addition of the pricing on your site, that is a smart thing that you did.


*Ulrike* said...

Good morning Erin! Congratulations on your blogging. I agree to blogging being as having pen pals all over the world! I use to have pen pals from Scotland and England many, many moons ago! Of course the handwritten letter is still so nice. I have never shopped at Anthropologie or looked at it before. But I do love your paintings. It was a toss up between two of them, but I really like the one with the garden chair and red flowers.
You show us such beautiful things and areas that I am always amazed.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Take Care!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I am SO happy for you and couldn't wait to see your new website! I love the Flower Shoppe and would be THRILLED to win! How sweet you are to have such a wonderful giveaway! Thank you!

sandra Lee said...

Congratulations Erin and Bentley! I love your blog so much as it is like you step into the garden and just feel right at home! Wow, I love Anthropologie , especially their garden things and dishes! All of your paintings would fit into my home as I am a flower, nature person! Please enter me into your drawing and Happy Fall to you!

bj said...

Oh, my goodness..Congratulations on your first year of blogging, Erin.
Talk about a generous giveaway...my goodness gracious.
Anthropologie is a favorite with so many of us. I love their monogramed cups and....Oh, I love everything they have. Thank you for giving us this wonderful chance to win some of your goodies.
IF I should win a painting, the Paris Bicycle is the one for me! :)

I love your new website..and so much good luck to you...I know your paintings are going to sell so so fast.

I will take a photo back with me and put it on my sidebar...helping to spread "the word" can't hurt...right?
hugs, bj

Sue said...

Erin, Congrats on your one year anniversary. I love to visit and partake of tea with you and Bentley... I'm posting your give-away on my sidebar, maybe you can get some visits from new friends that way. If I were to win, I would definitely choose the Paris bicycle. It is so Frenchy cute! And it would go in my red kitchen so well! Thanks for being so generous in your give-away. :-) Sue

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Hi Erin!
Happy First Anniversary! I am sorry I have been absent for the last month...moving has taken up so much of my time.

What a wonderful anniversary celebration you are having. Your giveaway is soooo generous! I would be honored to have one of your loving paintings in my new home. My painting of choice is the red geraniums. I love all that you do, but geraniums are my favorite flower...

Four Paws and Co said...

Congratulations Erin! I love your website - I just drooled all over my keyboard while I browsed. Your bicycle paintings & signs are always a favorite. Hugs for Bentley! ☺ diane

Kathleen Grace said...

Erin, I absolutely adore the red bicycle welcome sign! Congratulations on your one year anniversary of your beautiful blog! Your garden looks beautiful and inviting. I would love to be sitting in it and sharing some tea with you now. Keep on blogging, and I wish you much success with your lovely new website:>)

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Erin! Congratulations ~ I can't believe it's been a year already.:) Your blog is so warm and wonderful to visit, just like you. I am so glad you love having your blog, it IS like having lots of wonderful pen pals all over the world. I happy I can count you as one. xoxo Lidy

Cheryl ~ Casual Cottage Chic said...

Fabulous giveaway to celebrate your FIRST YEAR of blogging. I'm new to blogging, and can appreciate your milestone! I love, love, love the cute painting of the pink bike. So if I WIN, that's the one for me :-)
Hope you'll stop by my online shop AND blog when you have a chance.

Sometimes It's Good said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! I love the "Beach Cottage" painting. It looks like the Harborside in Newport Beach. Is it? I love your art!
Hugs, Susan

Daisy Cottage said...

Congratulations my love! YOU are a beautiful member of Blogland and always an inspiration to me! We are blessed to have you with us - always kind and ALWAYS so giving.

Kisses to Bentley and thank you for all that you have shared.


Anonymous said...

I love color and your paintings are so uplifting and cheerful. I adore the pansy Welcome Sign. Your paintings are a blessing.

Happy@Home said...

Hi Erin,
Congratulations on your one year blogging anniversary. Your blog is such a delightful place to visit. Always puts a smile on my face. You are celebrating in style here with a very generous giveaway. I had a very hard time deciding between your paintings as they are all lovely. I do especially love the red bicycle welcome sign, however.

Thanks for this opportunity to enter the giveaway.

Unknown said...

They are all gorgeous but Sunflowers in Provence steals my heart! Of course, all your work is beautiful and I would be thrilled to have any one of your pieces.

Your blog and website are both precious.

Congratulations and all the best -


kathi said...

Congratulations on a wonderful year of blogging! I'm a big fan of all of your paintings! I especially love the Balboa Cottage and the cute little red bicycle welcome sign!
I can't believe you are having such a huge give-a-way!
I would love to get my hands on a copy of Waterside Cottages too! :)
Thank you so much!
Blessings to you and your new website! It's gorgeous!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. The First Anniversary is wonderful. Besides everything beautiful you do, I am amazed at Bentley. I think Disney Studios might like to use him in a film. He is like a dog movie star. I would like to sign up for the Anthropologie gift and the beautiful painting of pink roses. You are an inspiration to me.

Love, Leslie

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

OMIGOSH Erin, what a generous giveaway! Winning one of your paintings would be plenty, but then you're putting the gift certificates in with the prizes! Congratulations on your anniversary. We must have started blogging at about the same time. I am also celebrating my anniversary with a little giveaway (it was on the post before the one you just visited) - my giveaway doesn't compare to yours though. I have so enjoyed coming here and seeing your beautiful art and being inspired, and I know I will continue to enjoy visiting your lovely blog. I'd love to win any of your paintings, but if I had to pick, I think I'd really like the Red Geranium. Your garden is so pretty all decked out for fall. Love the scarecrow's tea party! laurie

Anonymous said...

Erin, congratulations! It's always wonderful coming over here and being so welcomed by your words and pretty photos....and glimpses of your beautiful artwork!
Hugs! Blessings!

Unknown said...

Congratulations on your anniversary, your artwork and your blog is always a pleasure to visit. What a generous and amazing giveaway. Your new web site is wonderful, did you design this yourself, it looks fabulous. My favorite painting? It is hard to pick, but I love the Garden By The Sea with those lovely french doors escorting you outside for peek at the sea view.

I am so excited Erin, I don't think I have ever seen such a generous and lovely giveaway. Congratulations on your new web site, it's a perfect showcase to show off your beautiful work.


Simply Debbie said...

I see he is still on duty, always out looking for Inspiration. I hugged him through the monitor for Amy and me.
I think I may have heard someone mention Anthropologie before but the greatest give away aside from your friendship would be one of your paintings. Amy and I still take magical rides on the pink bicycle you sent us.
If we were so blessed again to receive a painting of yours I love the flower shoppe. It is so very pretty and there is nothing more rewarding than to walk into a flower shoppe.
If you designed a button with your web/blog address I know there are hundreds of us who would display it on our blog.
I love all the pumpkins you and Bently have decorated with. I especially love the maple sugar can with mums in it on the back of your chair....what an awesome ideal.
Thanks for all your prayers, Erin and for letting me know about your give away. I can't blog like I use to and I know you know that.

Stacey said...

Erin, you are so sweet to have a give away for your 1 year anniversary! Congratulations to you. I always enjoy coming to your blog so much. The colors are just beautiful. To me it looks like you are living the beautiful live there! Bentley is the icing on the cake. :)

If I were the lucky winner, I would definitely choose the red bicycle welcome sign. That painting is perfect in my eyes!


Doina said...

Great giveaway! Congratulations on one year of blogging!

Donna said...

Congratulations on a year of blogging, Erin, and what a very, very generous giveaway you are having. I would love to win and have one of your lovely paintings to hang in my home!!

Your new website is fabulous!

Hugs to you and Bentley,

Jennifer said...

Just came across your blog and enjoyed reading it:)How can I choose between any of your paintings? There all beautiful!! Drop by my blog anytime, i love meeting new people:)

bj said...

G'morning, Erin,
Up early and visiting this morning.
Today is my 2 yr. blogging anniv. and I almost forgot it. :)
Have a good day, bj

Mary said...

Well, if I can't win Bentley, my choice of your beautiful paintings will have to be the WELCOME sign with the bucket of gorgeous blue flowers - that would look delightful on my front porch. All your work is amazing - hard to chose a favorite Erin.

Love Anthropologie - nearby shop recently opened and I was able to get my latte bowls (so nice - strong and glazed for stain-free coffee use!), and it was my lucky day - I bought a gorgeous sweater jacket, an early B'day gift from my DH! Love their offerings so would be a delighted winner - could treat my granddaughter to something special as she loves the store too but is thrown a curve when she reads the price tags, sigh!

Congratulations on one year blogging anniversary. You have certainly showered us with color and loveliness.........and of course handsome Bentley!


sandra Lee said...

The suspense is killing me!!!! (hee! Hee) Have a wonderful weekend Erin!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous - I would love to have the little red bicycle.
Love everything about your blog.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad I found your blog!! Congratulation on one year of blogging!! I would so love the opportunity to win one of your fantastic prizes!!

THank you so much for the tea- lovely place to visit and rest!

Anonymous said...

I forgot to say that I love the pink flowers painting. I so wish I was a creative soul that could paint like this!

kanishk said...

I would really love to enter your giveaway...however...I cannot pick a painting I love the most Work from home India