Friday, January 18, 2013

My Garden Diaries Giveaway!

Welcome to My Garden Diaries!  I'm glad you popped by! My name is Nicole and I am an artist with a love for the garden and design.

As I was thinking about how to describe my blog for the Grow Your Blog Party at 2 Bags Full, I got some insight from my 3 year old.  My daughter said to me today, "Mom, I like fancy things and not so fancy things."  I chuckled and proceeded to tell her how wonderful it is that she likes all kinds of different things!!

I like to think of my blog as a collection of all of the many passions that inspire me to create.  My Garden Diaries is a mix of gardening, design, art, dIY projects and the list goes on!  Though I started this blog journey in 2011, it wasn't until the summer of 2012 that I committed myself to the process.  Since then, I can honestly say that it has been a beautiful experience.  Being a part of the blogging community has fueled my creativity and inspired me to do more!  And I'm just getting started! 

 



So there you have it!

I want to thank Vicki at 2 Bags Full for hosting the party and for giving us all this opportunity.
 I'm excited to not just GROW my blog, but to make connections, learn, and get inspired!


The GiveAway
The giveaway is near and dear to my heart.  I couldn't think of anything better to giveaway than a  stunning print from my sister Elizabeth's collection. 


A word from the artist...
This print is part of a collection called Dormant.  While I appreciate the hope and renewal of the greens and blooms in spring and summer, I have found an understated silent beauty in these sleepy plants doing important work and I hope you will too.


This print has been professionally printed (12x12), is in a shadow-box frame (20 1/2x 20 1/2) and is the 3rd of 100 prints. 

To Enter
Anyone can enter! And that means ANYONE!

This is the easy part....Just leave a comment on this post and
 your name will be entered in the Giveaway. That's it!

The giveaway will close January 31st and the winner will be announced February 1st right here on my blog.  Your print will ship as soon as I receive your address.  

So get those comments rocking and I hope you'll come along for the ride! 












53 comments:

  1. You grabbed my attention the first time I read about you creating a wonderful New Year's memory for you and your "beans". I loved how your family was so important to you - as mine is to me.

    I enjoy dropping by to see what's up.

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  2. Lovely, Nicole. Your family is beautiful! Please include me in your giveaway.
    ~Diane

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  3. Beautiful print! I visited her shop on etsy.com and the others in the series are lovely as well. :)

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  4. This is such fun and your post is lovely. This is what makes blogging such a joy, we get to know so many marvelous people that we may never meet and yet they become family. Please tell your daughter that I also like things that are fancy and things that are not so fancy too". What a lovely give a way you are providing to your visitors. I know you will receive lots of comments.

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  5. Your family is beautiful Nicole. You all should come visit this summer! Liz you should take some photos of the wild west ;)

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  6. Wow, what an awesome picture! I have a wall of flower photos in my hallway - this one would fit right in. :o)

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  7. What a fun post...& I agree, we're part of a wonderful supportive blogging community.

    I would love to be considered to win.... the print is gorgeous. Bravo to the artist & to you both for the generosity ;-)

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  8. How beautiful, thank you for sharing. The blog party is such fun, lovely to meet you.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  9. That is a gorgeous print! I have many similar interests so I'll definitely be adding you're blog to my follow list.

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  10. I am lucky to have one of this series hanging in my house; luckier to call the artist friend!

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  11. Love gardening! A great print to hang with Love!
    grandmawillcox (at) zoominternet (dot) net

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  12. What a beautiful print! I started gardening when my kids were very small, too. My son loved growing onions so he could pull them up come harvest time. :o) Great blog! I came over from 2 Bags Full.

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  13. I'm so glad to have met you through this blog hop. You have a beautiful site and your daughter said such words of wisdom! I am following you.

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  14. It looks like you have a lovely blog here. Thank you for finding and following my blog. It is fun to meet new blog friends :) I look forward to seeing your fun ideas!

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  15. Beautiful print, love how you have it displayed! Love the artist!

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  16. gorgeous blog - just amazing. glad to have met you through the blog party. hope to see you again soon. please stop by my blog. have a great weekend. take care. ( :

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  17. I'm so impressed you have time to garden and blog while raising young children. A beautiful family!

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  18. I do love gardening, and although I still do it has taken a backseat to my camera. I look forward to seeing more of the garden...

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  19. Hey Nicole! That is a lovely print. I'm so glad to come across your blog off GYB.

    -Jade @ www.muffinteahouse.com

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  20. What a beautiful family. I always love to hear about young people gardening. Thank you for opening your blog and sharing. (I noticed those beautiful white zinnias, and now I MUST go and find some. lol)

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    1. Hey there! I know those zinnias are awesome! Ordered them through Burpee...Do you have a blog??

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  21. Hello!
    Found you via Grow your Blog Party! Your space looks so interesting - am now a new follower!
    Sarah xx

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  22. Newest follower here! Can't wait to see more of your creations :)

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  23. love your blog! found you through the gyb party. hopefully, you'll stop by and visit me as well. happy gardening and creating!

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  24. Such a nicespot you have here in blogland. The print is stunning.

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  25. Fabulous giveaway - your sister is very talented!
    Thank you!

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  26. Most of my "little beans" are having little beans of their own, filling my life with lots of grand little beans. Isn't life wonderful! I also have a passion for gardening and for all the little creatures that call my garden home. So nice to "meet" you!

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  27. I love what your little one said. I swear, it's the kids that come up with the most simple yet profound and quotable words! Also, well said about the blogging community. Last, your sisters photo is lovely! :)

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  28. Out of the mouths of babes... Glad I found you at the Blog Party. It's great fun, isn't it? And your sister's photo is lovely...would look great in my entry hall!!! I live in the woods with very little sunlight, so I leave the gardening to friends with great sun. Happy to follow you. Hope you'll visit me back.

    Aloha from Vicki

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  29. Hello there! I am here from the party and thank you for visiting and following me! I love your blog and love the name too. Your little beans are so precious. Love your home what I could see, especially the bookcase corner. Very lovely! I especially love your idea for the white flowers, especially those white zinnias!

    The print is very beautiful!

    sandy
    http://frenchlaundry132.blogspot.com/

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  30. You have a lovely blog. I'm a new follower and participant of 'Grow your Blog'. Have fun at the party!
    Evalina, This and that...

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  31. What a gorgeous photo! I`d love the chance to enter your giveaway.
    I`m looking forward to reading more of your blog.
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  32. Lovely to meet you at Vicki's party!
    You've created a beautiful blog.

    I'm now following and I would love you to come and visit me to enter my giveaway and follow me too.
    I'll be back to visit when you post again and then I can have a good look around.
    Lovely to meet you'
    hugs
    Shane ♥

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  33. Such a beautiful print. Count me in
    Angela
    tigerlilyandgizmo@gmail.com
    stitchinginthezoo.blogspot.com

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  34. Congratulations on the baptism of your little "bean". Your decorations were so cute (and creative).
    Will check bag again soon.

    If you like, Come visit me at nonniescedarchest.wordpress.com I do reproduction quilts, smock for my granddaughters, and a few crafts things along the way

    Charlsey

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  35. Hello Nicole - I am here from 2 Bags Full.

    Your blog is inspirational. I live in an apt with shade on my patio. But after looking at your post about "Making the Most of Shade," I am rethinking my poor-me attitude. I am going to be getting the book and see what I can do.

    I like plants better than shoes too. When I lived in a house (that had lots of sun and room for plants), I would come home with new plants every week. I shopped at one particular store because it had groceries and a nursery.

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  36. what a beautiful picture! Your sister is very talented and your family is beautiful! I want to invite your kids over for a play date with my daughter

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  37. Hi. I found your great blog thru the party. I would love to be entered in your giveaway.

    Linda
    http://www.bengalcatlover10.blogspot.com/
    bengalcatlover10@yahoo.com

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  38. Hi Nicole,
    It is a wonderful way to connect and to be inspired..Hoping you are having a wonderful crafty week. Thanks so much for coming over to my blog and saying hi!
    Hugs,
    Dagmar

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  39. Hi, Nicole - dropping by from the GYB Party. beautiful stuff happening here, starting with those gorgeous beans of yours! I will live vicariously through your gardening blog, since I live in the desert and most things I plant here make it a few months, tops, between the ground squirrels and the heat! Hope your week is warm and wonderful! Glad I happened along here. Tanya

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  40. Hi Nicole, here I am from my blog and from the GYB hop. You've done a fantastic job with the hydrangias and the burlap ribbon and table runner. I hope you had a lovley ceremony. You have beautiful little children. Take care, they grow up so fast. Much love and happiness to you from me. :)

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  41. Hi Nicole, Have found you and your beautiful blog through Chantille-Fleur. Would love to enter your gorgeous giveaway. Have a great week! Following now :)

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  42. I love the family portraits, Nicole. 43 comments! Good for you! I have always thought that your blog was wonderful.

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  43. Hi Nicole,

    I'm visiting from the GYB party! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Very pretty photos her on your blog. Have a wonderful week!
    sandy

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  44. Hi there!
    I'm a new follower!
    Count me in for your giveaway!
    Nice to meet you
    xoxo

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  45. Hi I'm your newest follower from the GYB party! Would love for you to follow mine at www.thegohmans.blogspot.com
    I Love this picture!! Looking forward to reading more from you!

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  46. Hello Nicole, it is very nice to have found you in blogland! OK, I admit your giveaway is stunning but I would never follow someone just for a gift. Your blog is marvelous, I love your creativity on a budget and your choices of inspiration photos are equally beautiful! I am your newest follower and hope over the months and years to get some affordable but gorgeous ideas from you for my home. Budgets should be banned but alas... LOL So, I will be back to read more of your blog once this amazing blog party winds down. In the meantime, I am having a wee giveaway (nothing like yours I am sorry to say) on my blog as well...
    Hugs,
    Beth P

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  47. That's a beautiful print. There is beauty in the garden even in winter. Please visit me at my blog http://squaregrannie.blogspot.com There's a link in the upper right to my party post. Thanks!

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  48. Your Blog is beautiful Nichole and it is an honor to become a follower... will look forward to seeing more of your posts. Thanks for the opportunity to get to know you. I am visiting through Vicki's Party, of course. Come by and sign up for my giveaway, too. Hugs from Alaska. (www.alaskabluemoose.blogspot.com) or (www.karendorcas.com) - one and the same.

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  49. Glad to have found your blog on the GYB hop! Love the pics of your family! And that is a gorgeous print you're sharing with someone!
    DeniseB
    deniseb777ATgmailDOTcom

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  50. Wow, what a stunning giveaway. You and your sister are BOTH talented! PLUS, you have adorable kids!! I have a brown thumb and may need to come over here for some good gardening vibes.

    Visit my blog and giveaway if you get the chance!

    maggie
    www.themagrag.com

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