$150 gift voucher to give away!

It’s April already, I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown. Here in Cheshire, England where I live the weather has been typical; March winds followed by April showers. Everything is greening, buds are opening and many wild flowers are making an appearance.

I did the painting above some years ago for a children’s book called “Down the Lane” which depicts the sights and sounds over the year. I recently had the artwork carefully scanned and now can offer prints in my Etsy shop. Like many other artists I have been able to use the internet to reach a wider audience. Not only have I been able to sell my wares but I have discovered many new talents, and new ways to shop.

If you appreciate the handmade you may be interested in the second part of this post and a special give away sponsored by Novica. If you haven’t come across this internet marketing company they work with artists and artisans across the world giving them a global platform and enabling them to sell their wares to a wider audience. They are a fair trade company who believe in creating a relationship between their artists and customers, they say:-

- “At the deepest essence of our philosophy, we want to create a bridge between you and the many talented artisans across the globe.”

And now for the fun part, I am able to offer a $150 Novica gift voucher to you! This free drawer is open to anyone who follows my blog, all you have to do is take a look at the website and choose which gift you would like from the many wonderful objects featured. You can learn about the artist who created it and where they are based. Just leave a comment below and tell me if you want to take part and your name will be entered into the drawer. One important thing to consider however is that the winner may have to pay some import duty or taxes on their gift so please bear this in mind before entering.

They also offer an extensive range of handcrafted, fair trade corporate gifts.You can see for yourself the very wide selection they have here.

I will choose one lucky winner on Wednesday the 20th. Good luck everyone!

You can learn more about this company and the work they do by following these links-
Novica Live
Green gifts


  1. I remember seeing Novica on Pamela Terry's blog. I like how they showcase the various artists. Please include me! How wonderful your lovely work can now be purchased on Etsy!

  2. Such beautiful treatment of flowers and leaves, every one of them precise and delicate. I love your botannicals - and Hedgie too.
    I hadn't seen Novica before - what a fantastic website. Please do include me in the draw!

  3. I love your hedgehog painting the flowers and foliage are exquisite; I have just been for a look around the Novica website - so many beautiful and unusual things. Please can you include me in the draw. Many Thanks

  4. It is indeed a wonderful company Valerie - I recently won a one hundred dollar voucher through my blog and spent it on a super handbag from Thailand. Your readers should be aware however that you have to pay carriage and import duty - I posted a picture of my handbag on my blog a few days ago if anyone wishes to look at it. Novica are a splendid site and the staff are so friendly that they answer any queries by return of e mail. There are so many goodies on site that it is hard to choose.

  5. I'm not going for the giveaway but I love your hedgehog and have the lovely book too!

  6. Thanks for highlighting this Weaver of Grass. I did mention the taxes in my post.

  7. I'd like to be included in the give away draw please. Thank you very much. Gilly

  8. A really lovely illustration Valerie, from the endearing expression on the face of the hedgehog, to the different flowers, leaves and grasses portrayed in a very pleasing composition. x

  9. valerie i remember the last little hedgehog i saw as i climed down a style on the pennine way and there was a little guy booking it across a little open space and then freezing so very still. i'm in for a draw!!! steven

  10. Valerie, your tiny, intricate details are amazing. Either little fairies enter your studio at night to do these or you have the smallest paint brushes imaginable! ;-)
    Hugs, Diane

  11. So beautiful! Your hedgehog is great.

    Novica looks like an amazing site. I could find lots and lots of things I'd like (such as the Andean panpipes).

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. I had never heard of Novica before now. I'm very interested.

    Of course, I would LOVE to be included in your drawing. lol I am a big fan of yours.

    Thanks for your inspiring work, and for your friendship.

    This is a lovely hedgehog, by the way! I'm sure he must be able to talk. (grin) But then, I have a GREAT imagination!

  13. I love the precious hedgehog design! Thank you for sharing your work and introducing me to Novica. I would love to be included in the draw as well.

  14. Dear Valerie, what a charming illustration of a Hedgehog. I don't think that we have any here on Long Island, none that I have ever seen. We have possoms and a lot of raccoons, not to mention the Canada geese which are taking over every park and golf course!

  15. Thank you World-wide LOVE.
    and, your encouragement.

    Switch from atomic/notclear energy to Nature energy.
    We will walk the way in the near future.

    From Japan, ruma

  16. Your illustrations are always magical and so beautifully detailed Valerie. You have a way with a paintbrush that the rest of us can only aspire to. Have a great Easter. We have had the winds but very very few April showers.

  17. Oh, I am just about to miss your date of the 20th! Throw my hat in the ring please. Jeri