2/22/2010

And the winner is....



Thanks so much to everyone who entered into the Easter Egg Giveaway. I have enjoyed reading all of your comments and was so intrigued by your answers to the question “What would you like to find inside your perfect Easter egg?”

We had chocolates, candy, acorns, shells, jelly beans, memories, plane tickets, wild flower seeds, silken thread, goji berries, tea, a tiny cookie, mini eggs, sunshine, signs of spring, a fluffy baby chick, jelly belly favourites, biscuits, cake, paper wrapped hearts, fluffy chicks and last but not least, a lost wedding ring! I was astounded by your creativity, what clever answers you came up with. I hope I have not left anybody out.

All of the above are worthy winners, however I had to choose just one, mmm….
In the end I decided to let fate do the choosing, so the winner as picked by the random number generator is Judy at CJ Stitching and Blooms. So Judy, if you would kindly email me your postal address my little ducklings will prepare themselves for their long flight across the ocean.

The above illustration is taken from my book "Down the Lane", it depicts a blackbird sitting on our hawthorn hedge. If you live in Britain you will be familiar with this adorable, gentle bird with its sweet, melodic singing. We have many blackbirds visiting our garden, they are permanent residents and as I gaze out of my window right now I can see them hopping about looking for worms. The older I get the more appreciative I am of living in a place where bird song fills the air. It is the one thing that I miss the most when I visit inner city London. I will try to get myself organized soon to show you something of our latest trip to the London galleries and museums but right now duty calls. I am busy working on a new Christmas collection for Makower and I have a meeting tomorrow so I better get a move on.

25 comments:

  1. congrats to the lucky winner! That egg tin is really a collectible! So lovely to hear about the many things inspiring you. My soul awakens at the sound of bird song too!

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  2. Oh Valerie, I just love your painting style, no matter what you choose to paint. You have such a delicate touch!
    Congratulations to the lucky winner.
    Diane

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  3. yeah Judy!!
    couldn't of picked a nicer winner :D
    enjoy your day
    tabby

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  4. Hello from Michigan Valerie, WOW I can not believe it, I won!!!!! I have never won any blog give away soooo I am very thrill to win a piece of your very lovely art Valerie, Thank You Thank You. I was off over the weekend to celebrate my birthday and came hone to discover this morning I was a winner. How fantastic is that?? Hugs Judy

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  5. Hello Again. Thanks again for the nice congrats from your other readers. Much appreciated. Yipeeeeeeeeeee Hugs Judy

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  6. Rats, I always miss something when I have a blog break. Congrats to the lucky winner though. I love your blackbird Valerie. We too, have lots of blackbirds visiting our garden. I counted eight males one day. Of course they were chasing each other off. I do love to see them in the garden though. I was interested to know you are doing something for Makower for Christmas though...this early?

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  7. Congrats to the lucky winner.

    Willow

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  8. Hi Valerie! Re: your comment on my blog about orange walls. Funny how what goes around comes around because we built a small home in the 70s (not this one that we're in now) and I had orange kitchen walls! :-)

    Diane

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  9. What a beautiful blackbird illustration ... :0)

    Congrats to the winner!

    Shirl x

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  10. Congratulations to Judy! A wonderful giveaway to win!

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  11. Oh Valerie, I don't know how I missed this one! Wish I had seen it.. I would have entered too, but congratulations to Judy! Thanks for stopping by my blog~ ~Vicki

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  12. Lovely blackbird, Valerie. Over this cold spell we have had twenty one blackbirds at our bird table - or, as the farmer says, only three short of a pie.

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  13. Your blackbird is lovely - I love watching them in the garden, and often see a blackbird and robin together. Also adore your hedgehog puzzle illustration, it's so cute. Bye for now, Lesley

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  14. Beautiful blackbird, Valerie. Your work is really lovely. Congratulations to Judy, so nice to see how thrilled she is to win such a lovely gift.

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  15. Congratulations to the winner - what a great surprise! We too have lots of blackbirds scurrying around the garden - they also wait under the hanging feeders for the bits that fall our when the smaller birds feed from them - we saw a wren and a thrush the other day - not seen either of those for ages:)

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  16. Thank you for that comment, I am very flattered.
    Yes I remember that book from when I was teaching, I will have to look at the library for it.

    I love the blackbird painting. We have them in the garden. Hope all went well at London.

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  17. Valerie
    Every time I visit your blog I feel as if I am back in England again.
    The blackbird is a delight.

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  18. Beautiful blackbird valerie, they have to be one of my favourite garden birds.

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  19. What a wonderful place you have here! As a bird/narure artist I feel so inspired when I see such gorgeous work from other people.

    Truly beautiful!

    Cheers,

    Cindy

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  20. Congrats to the winner. The illustration is just lovely. Your blackbirds must be much nicer than ours, though, by the sounds of things!

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  21. Congratulations to Judy on winning your lovely egg. I love to see blackbirds in my garden, and I encourage them with their own bag of sultanas! A lovely illustration from you. x

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  22. Congrats to the winner.:) Your blackbird is beautiful!

    ~ Carolee

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  23. All my congratulations for winner!!!!
    Judy, you are really very lucky! ;)

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  24. Congratulations to the lucky winner...and my heart is singing...


    working on christmas......yipeeeee

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  25. Lucky girl!

    I am really loving the birds getting into this Springtime lark so wholeheartedly! Our garden is ringing these mornings!

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