Win a $30 gift certificate to a Mom-made business

It’s freebie day here at Mummy Deals and this week I’ve got an AWESOME contest for you that I’m super excited about. One thing you probably don’t know about me is that although I can write the other part of my arts brain side is defunked. When it comes to drawing stick figures I stink. In fact when it comes to knowing the difference between a cold and warm colour I’m clueless. I just don’t get it. What I do get though is the way I feel when I spot a GREAT piece of art. We’re not talking the kind that you can buy for cheap at IKEA but a really great piece of original artwork which is why I love my friend Julie (ok so maybe that’s not the only reason! LOL). She’s also a stay at home Mom but she’s an incredibly artistically talented one. I love supporting Mom businesses which is why I’m gonna host a giveaway on my site and help her launch hers. Will you join me? Here’s a little bio on her:

“My earliest memory of knowing that I wanted to be an artist was in kindergarten. I painted a picture of an Easter bunny and my teacher thought it was wonderful and hung it up in the hallway. I remember thinking, “Yes. This is what I want to do.”

I also loved to write. At the start of each new school year, I would change my handwriting until I found a style that I liked. And I would draw letters. All sorts of styles. I was the designated poster-maker in 4th grade because I could draw letters for headlines and print neatly.

I graduated from Columbia College in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and have worked as a graphic designer for over 20 years. In 1998, I found out about a one-year master class in calligraphy with a teacher from Chicago, took the class, and fell in love with letters all over again.

Soon after Sept. 11, 2001, my husband and I found out that I was pregnant. On our 15th wedding anniversary, our first–and only–child was born. After 15 years of working as a graphic designer, I became a stay-at-home mom. During nap times, I began to spend more time in my studio, returning to my love of art and letters. I began to wonder if perhaps I could stay home and try to supplement our household income doing art and calligraphy.

And so I have, off and on. In 2007, my piece, titled Psalm 117, won the Purchase Prize Award at the Newberry Library. My passion is to somehow express, with the talent God has given me, what He has done in and through His creation.”

The piece Julie talked about, Psalm 117, is now proudly hanging in our son’s nursery as a shower gift from Julie. It’s such a unique shower gift that I’m proud to own and it always gets tons of comments. Another great shower gift idea is the Wanna Play print above. Check out her blog site here. This week Julie launched her Etsy site as a way to sell her awesome artwork and I’d love for you to check it out, look around and if you like something, snag it quick! It’s very reasonably priced for unique artwork even for a frugal Mummy!

In conjunction with the Etsy site launch, Julie is giving away a $30 gift certificate to her site to one of my lucky readers. So how do you win? Pop on over to her Etsy site here and let me know which print is your fave. Then come back here and leave a comment below. That’s it!
**Want more ways to win? Blog about the contest on your site and lemme know.
** Want yet one more way? Subscribe to my email feeds or follow me. Any new readers between now and 3/15/09 will be entered.

Contest closes on Sunday March 15th at midnight and the winner will be picked randomly (by random.org) and announced on Monday March 16th. Don’t forget to leave a way for me to contact you!

Comments

  1. Lori O. says:

    I love “Amazing”– maybe because it’s one of the only ones I haven’t seen. Julie is so gifted!

  2. I love the Emerson quote print and the Yorkshire one. Really wonderful stuff! Thanks!!

  3. Hippie Mama Kelly says:

    I really love the color play or the ink splat. These are great, and hurray for local mommy business!

  4. Oh, I LOVE the Psalm 117 print.

  5. Bella Chica says:

    While all of us at Bella Chica love them all and would love to host them at our store. Our fave is Psalm 117. bellachicachicago@yahoo.com

  6. I’ve always loved architectural details, so I love the door series. Double Doors is beautiful!

  7. Ellen C. says:

    I like the wooden door print. Thanks for the chance.

    sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

  8. Anonymous says:

    wow! it’s hard to decide which is my favorite. if i had to pick just one, i think it would be red door. -susanna amosanny@gmail.com

  9. I like the Browning quote and the red door 2.
    chriskimprendergast@yahoo.com

  10. Anonymous says:

    Amazing work!I love the Color play the most.
    annie

    visitme27@yahoo.com

  11. Ok, I just spent way too long trying to decide on my favorite! I think it’s the Browning quote, but they are all beautiful.
    Nice work!
    Laura
    laurasu82@yahoo.com

  12. My favorite print is Red Door2. I love the colors!
    ajl1178@sbcglobal.net

  13. I love the Fall Birches. Fall is my favorite season!!dcli1223@msn.com

  14. Anonymous says:

    There were two pieces I liked. The first being “Yorkshire”, upon viewing it you just felt like you were standing there taking the beautiful view in and breathing in the crisp air. The second was “Color Play”, it was fun and vibrant.
    Veronica, chicana2374@hotmail.com

  15. Anonymous says:

    My favorite at the moment is
    O Come Let Us Adore Him. All of it was great though. Thanks for the info.

    mel.3@juno.com

  16. Anonymous says:

    Psalms 117 Very nice work!!!

    Cindy J.

  17. My favorite has to be “Double Doors. All of them are nice!

  18. I like the Emerson quote print. Very sweet!
    Rebecca at rmk418@sbcglobal.net

  19. Tough choices! Though I’m partial to the Browning quote, I’d have to go with CREATION. I love all the color and all the intricate details! I wish Julie the very best on her ETSY business.

  20. I would vote for Psalm 117 – it’s beautiful

  21. Oh my, Psalm 117 #1, O come let us adore him #2, Red door #3, maybe not even in that order.
    So unique, would love to own any of them!!!
    Thanks for sharing this great site!!!
    lubslady@sbcglobal.net

  22. oneof6billion says:

    I gotta say that I love the doors-every one of them!!!! Red Door is my fav!! sarahw1967@gmail.com

  23. Jeff & Carrie Seeley says:

    I love the Creation one, would be neat for our play area.

  24. Color play…but it wasn’t wasy to pick. Very interesting pieces.

  25. valerie2350 says:

    i like the emerson quote

  26. I love Yorkshire, how beautiful!

  27. Anonymous says:

    I love the Emerson quote.
    joshzyl@comcast.net

  28. My favorite is the “O Come Let Us Adore”. The colors are perfect for my home – I know just where I’d put it.

  29. These are beautiful! My favorite is the Psalm 117 print.

    elissa at huebert dot org

  30. I love “O Come Let Us Adore” — colors are perfect for my office.
    Very talented!!

  31. I like “inksplat” its something funky and different that you dont see often in homes 🙂
    tcna@att.net
    Celia

  32. I love Red Door 2!

  33. Wow! I loved Psalm 117. Thanks!
    bethm1016@hotmail.com

  34. Deanna Brueggert says:

    It’s hard to pick just one so I would say that Red Door 2 is my favorite. I recently have changed the style in my living room so the Quotes would look really nice in there. That would be my second pick. Good work!

  35. Josh and Kelly says:

    I love Psalm 117. I believe it would inspire praise everytime I look at it!

  36. Wow!!! Those are amazing!! I think I would have to say “Yorkshire” and “Red Door 2” are my faves. My daughter wants “Creation” in her room.

  37. Jennifer says:

    Wooden Door!!!!! (and Red Door!)

    jenmojica@hotmail.com

  38. The one that caught my eye immediately was the picture of the tomato and vines. It is so unique. I also love the “Creation” picture. Very detailed and I love the holding of hands.

  39. I like the Creation one the best.

  40. Seattle Coffee Girl says:

    I like Tomato I because it reminds me of the delicious tomatoes my father grew when I was a child. Simple and elegant, I love the composition!

  41. I love Yorkshire!!

  42. Rapunzal says:

    I either like “creation” or “wanna play” Both would fit perfectly into what I’m doing to my son’s room.

  43. My favorites are Funky Moss and Color Play. Gotta love the great colors! katisknowland@gmail.com

  44. I like the “creation” pic.

  45. I love Psalm 117. It is so beautiful and I would love to have it.
    hbkidwell@gmail.com

  46. I love Psalm 117!!

  47. Anonymous says:

    I really like the ink splat, it would go really good with the colors of my room. I really like all your stuff. I also have a shop on etsy and if u have any tips on how to help make sells I could sure use it. Thanx.
    Beth
    mbjanowski@yahoo.com

  48. I would pick Psalm 117 – very beautiful.

  49. Yorkshire

  50. i get newsletter

  51. OOOH. They are all great! I can’t decide between The Tomato and The Red Door. I am redoing my kitchen in red,appliances and all and both would be lovely.

    Haisha9804@gmail.com

  52. Anonymous says:

    I like “creation” or any of the doors. What a great giveaway, and great art!
    jayswifega(at)yahoo(dot)com

  53. I love the Browning quote and the Yorkshire one is beautiful too!

  54. I like the creation. It would look great in my sons room!

    mccataquet@comcast.net

  55. Vmichelle says:

    I like the Funky Moss.

  56. I love the Red Door 2 print. My husband would Love to have it in his home office.
    Thanks!

    mpzpowell@sbcglobal.net

  57. Molly Jean says:

    I love love LOVE the doors! Beautiful!

  58. Anonymous says:

    i loved them all. the psalms 117 was great. khz@cox.net

  59. Yorkshire is really calming. I like that one!

  60. andrea v says:

    Color Play and ink splat are my favorite. thanks

  61. clivingston says:

    I love “Psalm 117”. It has a wonderful message and is very beautiful to look at also!

    mygirls01@yahoo.com

  62. Anonymous says:

    My Favorite is Red Door #2.

    osuab13@yahoo.com

  63. Anonymous says:

    all are amazing. either yorkshire or amazing were my top pics.
    jodicarey24@yahoo.com

  64. Tomato 1 – because tomatoes make me think of summer!

    thanks for the giveaway!

    msanchezmasi (at) fmtcs (dot) com

  65. skalar73@hotmail.com says:

    I really like Funky Moss..it has fantastic colors!! These are all great pieces of art!! Thanks!

  66. Adespain says:

    I love the Psalm 117! No wonder it won an award!

  67. sarahespn says:

    I love the wooden door picture. Thanks for the giveway! sarahespn@gmail.com

  68. I love Psalm 117!!!

  69. hollycros2000 says:

    I love “Amazing” it is so wonderful, she is a great artist.

  70. I am also a brand-new e-mail subscriber. Thanks for the additional entry!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  71. LOVE them all, amazing and psalm 117

  72. Christine says:

    I like the Psalm 117 print.
    Thanks!
    jc.misc@gmail.com

  73. Joy Smith says:

    I like the Sumi Ink paintings…Very cool!

  74. Creation is without a doubt my favorite! I also LOVE the Browning quote! I met Julie at a trunk show a few months ago and I adore her work!

    My email is: Sonshineonme@gmail.com

  75. Terra Jones says:

    Oh my goodness!!!!! I love O Come Let Us Adore Him! Is it breathtaking!!! Thanks for the chance!!!!

  76. peterpiper7 says:

    My favorite would have to be “Fall Birches”. I have always loved any paintings or photos of trees. Also love the Psalm 117. Beautiful work!
    peterson11986@juno.com

  77. I love the Door series. If I had to choose one it would be the Red Door 2 print.
    candyhoch(at)hotmail(dot)com

  78. Anonymous says:

    My favorite is the Sumi Ink Painting II. I like the vertical composition & I'm curious about the 'coke pen' 🙂
    Thank you!
    fanshefolds@yahoo.com

  79. I teach kindergarten. I love Wanna Play~

  80. JamericanSpice says:

    I love the “O Come Let Us Adore Him”

    calliemist@yahoo.com

  81. I really like the “O come let us adore him” – nicely done.

  82. I love the Lavender Door print!

    lensimpressions at gmail dot com

  83. Of her photo-enhanced items, I love The Door. Of her other art, I like WannaPlay. Can’t you just see that in a nursery or in a pre-school? Such talent and she credits the Lord!
    kstar55@hotmail.com

  84. My favorite is Red Door!
    shan_da(at)hotmail(dot)com

  85. I love “Psalm 117” it’s gorgeous!!!

  86. I like “Wooden Door.” It’s fabulous!

  87. I subscribe to your blog via e-mail.

  88. Wow! I LOVE her work!! If I had to pick just one it would be Psalm 117 – it’s awesome!! Good luck, Julie!!

    http://www.savinginstyle.blogspot.com
    jamieandandre at bellsouth dot net

  89. You Are Amazing… yep, that’s a great one Thanks

  90. minishoes says:

    I like the red door print.So nice! thanks jacquecurl@gmail.com

  91. I love all the doors…but the Ink Splat really grabbed me with it's lines & color.

    contact
    tiltcreations(at)gmail(dot)com

  92. I like the Psalm 117 print.
    ruthann (dot) francis (at) gmail (dot) com

  93. I love the “O Come Let Us Adore Him”. Really great stuff! crystal_reagan at hotmail dot com

  94. mylittleducks5 says:

    I like the Creation one. I saw it at Jeni's and thought my animal loving boys would like it. I already subscribe to your blog:)
    :>Michelle T

  95. Jessilynn says:

    You are an AWESOME ARTIST 1st let me say!..wow..great stuff!! I would definately LOVE to have the "WANNA PLAY" one. I LOVE IT! I have 3 kids & it would look great in the playroom or maybe my 2yr olds room! Thanks for the chance & I will be visiting your site often!

  96. I have really loved Julie’s work for a very long time. I deeply feel the talent she has is a gift that God is able to bring joy to those who have the treasure of knowing Julie and her beautiful work. I love everything I have seen of hers and can appreciate all the hard work and love that goes into each piece of art. I am in love with “Psalms 117” but I have a strong drawing toward “Creation”
    The Creation brings out the childlikeness of how everything around us is all that God is, he is simple but at the same time he is in all things and so vast-there is no limit to who God is and how great is his glory.

  97. Anonymous says:

    The “Creation” print is beautiful!

    vandea12681@yahoo.com

  98. I love O Come let us adore-it’s awesome!

  99. Wanna play is great!!!

  100. windycindy says:

    Hello! My favorite is Psalm 117!
    Lovely colors and so meaningful!
    Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

  101. The Parents says:

    Color Play is beautiful!

  102. I love the Creation print!

    wendyriedell at yahoo dot com

  103. Stephanie says:

    I love Wooden Door.

    lesjoujou AT gmail DOT com

  104. Jennifer Zack-Brooks at 8:55pm March 15 via Facebook Mobile
    any chance you could sign me up? I tried on my phone, but couldn’t do it.

  105. all4fun* says:

    I love the Psalm 117, Creation, Wanna Play and Color Play.

  106. Homecooked says:

    Its really difficult to choose, but I love the “Psalm 117”

    My email is homecooked1@gmail.com

  107. I do love the Psalm 117!
    bs.webster(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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