The holiday season is coming up, and soon it will be 2009! Can you believe it?!
Just in time for the new year, my friend and brilliant artist Renee Coates is currently offering 25 free 2009 calendars through her website 52 Pieces – and you have the chance to win one!
52 Pieces auctions a weekly original painting by Renee, and the 2009 desktop calendar features 13 of the most popular weekly paintings to date. Here’s how the giveaway works:
- 52 Pieces has a free subscription service that allows people to get each week’s painting deliverered to their email inbox. Subscribers are the first to see the paintings when they are posted, and never miss out on the latest artwork!
- All you need to do to enter the giveaway contest is visit 52 Pieces, enter your email address in the upper right hand box to subscribe to the weekly paintings, and confirm your subscription.
- On Saturday, November 22nd at 11:52pm (EST), 52 Pieces will hold a drawing from a list of new subscribers and send 25 people a free calendar.
It’s a great opportunity to kick off 2009 with a free calendar of gorgeous artwork by Renee Coates!
The winner of The Great Coloring Book Giveaway is…wait for it…Morgan from Miss Priss!
She will soon receive a free autographed copy of The Road to Hana coloring book, mailed directly from the author, Renee K. Coates. Congratulations, Morgan!
Even though her name was chosen at random from the pool of entries, Morgan had a great description of her ultimate dream vacation. Said Morgan, “My dream vacation has been Paris since I was about 10… I better not have taken 4 years of French for nothing! Hubby better deliver on one of our upcoming anniversaries.” Love it. And I love her blog, which is devoted to all sorts of fun and girly things, from fashion to pregnancy hormones. Go check her out and say hi!
The rest of you also had great ideas for your dream vacation – a family trip to the Australian Zoo, food-tasting in Japan, a trip to South Africa with friends, snorkeling in the Maldives – wow! You guys should plan my next vacation.
Have a great weekend, folks!
* Also, for those who didn’t win the free coloring book, Renee has a special offer for you all: a 20% discount on the coloring book! Just go here and enter the coupon code QHYE9CCG when you place your order. Note that the code is only valid at the above link, and cannot be used at the amazon site.
Win a free autographed copy!
This past week I had a great time with Katy and Emily (pictured on the left), who were in Los Angeles for a short, but lovely visit. They are very dear friends from the old middle school days on Maui, Hawaii. And now we’re all grown up, stepping into adulthood together!
Also, Katy just so happens to be an amazing artist by the name of Renee K. Coates, whose Hawaii-influenced artwork can be found at her website here. Among her many creative endeavors, she recently published a coloring book! Isn’t that cool? The Road to Hana tells the story of a family who explores the little town of Hana-Maui during their vacation in Hawaii. It is filled with gorgeous illustrations, and makes a perfect gift for anyone! The coloring book is available for purchase at amazon.com here. I am so proud of my friend, and thrilled that our shared background of Hawaiian life and culture is such a foundational part of her art.
Here is the good news for you, readers. Renee wants to give away a free autographed copy to one of you! That’s right – you have the opportunity to receive your own copy of The Road to Hana (retailed at $11.99), sent directly from the author. Pretty much as good as winning an actual trip to Hawaii, if you ask me.
So without further ado, The Great Coloring Book Giveaway!
How can you put your name into the running for the prize? Simple! Answer the question below, either in a comment, or via email to larissalmarks (at) gmail (dot) com. Comments will close at 12pm PST on Friday, May 16th. A winner will be chosen at random, and announced here on the blog on Saturday, May 17th. Make sure you leave your name and a way to contact you if you win. And feel free to pass on the word about this, and let others know about the contest!
Here is the contest question (in the spirit of Hawaii), which you may answer however you want:
What would be your ultimate dream vacation? Where would you go, who would you take, what would you do?