May 18, 2011

hip hip hooray...it's a give away...times two


the amazing and talented mary beth shaw
is giving away another copy of her new book
and
lucky me
i'm hosting this week's give away
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mary beth and i have known each other since 2005. the hubby and i were living in st. louis then and met mb at a fantastic art show, when we bought some of her artwork from her. after that first meeting, it seemed like every art show we went to, there she was and she ended up calling us her
"art show stalkers."
then
we moved to wisconsin and i thought our stalking days were over, but that was short lived as she ended up having her booth in madison's largest and super amazing art fair on the square
and
as soon as we saw each other, we just laughed. we were still stalking her, even if she did come to us.

{2009 at katherine's house}

i can't even begin to tell you everything she has done with her career, but it has sky rocketed. from selling her art, teaching, designing her own line of stencils to writing a book. she hasn't stopped moving from the day i met her. she's what we call a firecracker. or a little spitfire.
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when she was writing her book, she asked me if i wanted to add some of my artwork to it and at that point, the artist in me was long gone, as the photographer in me had taken over, so i said "bless you for being so sweet, but photography is where my heart is" and she totally understood. she never did ask me for one of my recipes. obviously she knows that i don't cook.
{mary beth, me, elena, katherine}

lucky for me, one of the places she teaches at is valley ridge art studio, which is only about 75 minutes from my house. so last year i was lucky enough to take her class and even though she taught me and a room full of eager women for two full paint filled days, by the end i had mostly learned that i can't even begin to do what she does. not even close. please, give me a camera any day instead.
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so for this give away
leave a comment here telling me either your number one favorite art supply that you can't live without or your one, all time favorite food that would crush you if you could never eat it again.
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a winner
will be drawn monday morning
so you have until sunday night to leave your comment
AND
then you can head over to mary beth's blog to win a give away on her blog
{hint: it's one of my all time favorite photos printed in an 8x10}
~or smaller if that works better for you~
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whew
i think i gave you all the information you need
now
go ahead
and
play play play
*
ps....you can enter this give- away once a day through sunday because we're nice that way



69 comments:

  1. Woot woot, I'm the first one to comment...Never happened before Youpee ;-)
    Going back to read more about mary beth's blog

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  2. How crazy is that, that you bump into MB in 2 different states, ......and the food...chocolate for sure.

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  3. Great giveaway. I recently became passionate about photography so feel as though I couldn't live without my camera. That said I also create artwork and my favorite tool is my fingers!

    As for food I have a crazy sweet tooth and would die without candy or desserts.

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  4. Goodness me, now let me think, I could actually live without sugar, but not without hmm lets pick olives. As for favourite piece of equipment still gotta be the blow torch.

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  5. [i went right over and put my name in for your glorious photo!!!] she's such a cutie!!! love that you guys have formed such a great relationship / stalker awareness...

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  6. Lobster lobster lobster. I may die without it.

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  7. What a wonderful friendship story!! I've already entered at Mary Beth's. Great idea for the give-away - you're too sweet as well as too talented!!

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  8. Watermelon ... sweet juicy watermelon. *sigh*

    So enjoyed your story. Life is so full of surprises!

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  9. thank you for giving us non-creative/non-artsy folks a shot! my favorite food that just brings to my knees every time is a fresh tree ripened peach! oh.... my mouth is watering and it is starting to be peach season. hooray!!!

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  10. great story Beth! fav art supply: my sewing machine. Of my machines that I've loved dearly: my fav. is an old Kenmore, that's probably older than me. It's a work horse that's done me well.
    michelle in CG

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  11. What a wonderful story..It is funny how God has everything already planned out for us..Even if we do not know it..It was just meant to be for you to be her stalker friend..LOL.
    Favorite art supply PAINT>>>>
    Hugs,
    Katelen

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  12. This is rather generic but I certainly would not live long without pasta...any kind of pasta will do but I have to have it regularly:)

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  13. When I'm feeling especially creative, I make my own greeting cards with vintage ribbons and lace. I love Fabri-tac, it works great. I like what you said about photography being where your heart is--although I dabble in papercrafts, writing is my passion.

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  14. My favorite supplies are my vintage ribbons and vintage buttons I suppose. I use them more than anything else though my paints for my new mixed media course are rising on the hit charts...
    Food- Mac and cheese and pot roast for a tie.

    xxx
    z

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  15. it's now 12:01 am so here I am for second entry lol
    add ice cream- Chocolate bordeaux cherry form Blue Bunny
    xx
    z

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  16. Let's see...what food!! Ummmmm...lobster...large olives without pits!! Love those!! Sherbert!! That is just to name a few...oh and Diet Mountain Dew. My main food group! Ha!!
    Love you and Mary Beth
    Hugs
    SueAnn
    My favorite art supply is glues!! I have all kinds!! Be lost without them

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  17. It's the middle of the night and I can't sleep. Food doesn't sound particular appetizing to me right now. #1 art supply would be scissors.

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  18. Oh, this is lovely! :) Such a wonderful tale of friendship.

    I could not live without my Lamy fountain pen. And for food? I would die without greek yogurt and honey.

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  19. What a lovely tribute to a friend! Now you have me excited to go and check out her blog too :) Favorite food- pizza and it does not bode well for my newly developed Vegan diet, but we'll see if I can find an alternative for a gluten free, dairy free, meat free, pizza- now that just sounds all kinds of wrong and that plan may go out the window and I'll just eat pizza :)

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  20. I guess it's my camera that I can't live without. And the one food? Dark chocolate!!!

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  21. So fun that you two teamed up for this !!!
    My art supply would be black India Ink and a dip pen and the food,hmmm, it would be between raspberries and cherries...
    Thanks for the giveaway fun, Bethie and Mary Beth !

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  22. Your blog is such a wonderful antidote to my days!
    So sorry I never met you when you were here in the Lou - and I'm not yet ready to move to WI - altho my relatives in Algoma have almost convinced me!

    Couldn't adjust to a world in which I could never eat another deep red cherry! (and the world has asked for enough concessions already!)

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  23. I love my calligraphy pen, even though I sometimes go months without any contact with it. But that's okay, because it faithfully waits for me while I eat my fave Cowboy Beans & Rice!

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  24. Right now, I'm investigating what things I can make/use with hemp twine, mostly just bracelets, or tying up pretty little packages.

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  25. just picked strawberries...for sure... such a fun giveaway... thank you for the chance!
    -xok.

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  26. You stalker, you! What a great story and wonderful way to recognize Mary Beth -- can't wait to check out her work! My favorite-can't-live-without-art supply is Golden Gel Medium. All weights. And it transcends art projects -- I've fixed stuff in the house with it, jewelry, you name it. I know I don't have to do food, but if I would be at a loss without something it would be lemons (or rather, anything in which lemon plays a key role!) Fun idea!

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  27. oo how fun! i am over here in MN so i hope to visit valley ridge and take a class someday! i hear they have good trout fishing in the area too!! my favorite art supplies are cosmetic sponges...and food? poached eggs with buttered toast...mmmm comfort food..thanks for the chance to win mb's book!!

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  28. Salmon comes to mind but my first love will always be chocolate.

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  29. came to you through mary beth's blog. I would love to win her book! thank you.

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  30. mashed potatoes ... with chocolate as a very close second

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  31. I can't live without....Earl Grey Green Tea. I sip it while I teach my art classes! I stir in a little Agave syrup and it keeps me going all morning long!

    Lovely book, lovely giveaway.Your photos are magic.

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  32. Hello again, the one food I would be crushed not to have anymore would be cheese (any kind of cheese) preferably eaten with a bit of bread. Chocolate is definitely close second.

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  33. Favourite Art supply today.... definitely used dry tea bags! Favourite food should be tea, but no... it is chocolate!

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  34. have you missed me??? :)

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  35. since I'm entering again cuz you said we could once a day, I guess I need to come up with another food to not live without.... does wine count as food. A really nice glass of a full body red does so much. Much more than about 1 1/2 defeats the purpose......

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  36. is a blank white card. I love to make home made cards for friends and as soon I see that all white piece of paper folder into two I get inspired instantly.

    my food choice would have to be lime macaroons. They seems to make me swoon at site, and after the taste, well then I feel like I'm in another place and time.

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  37. Like JaneK, the temptation was too much to not enter again :) I also could not live without my Rotring ArtPen (I have a pen thing, can you tell?).

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  38. How wonderful and generous..Please count me in,I would be so thrilled to win this wonderful book!!Warmest Regards,Cat

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  39. Either prize would be awesome to wind. You are such an outgoing person, Beth, and a woman with a big heart.

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  40. I'm such a goober forget to leave my favorite art supply..well its not one item,but more like my room as a whole.For many many years I played in the den..and now I am so thankful to have my own space,with many areas to play.
    I love my mothers "Sancocho Soup"...cant live without it..hehhehhee..
    Thanks again!!Cat

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  41. LoL...You guys are both so cute! I like the mutual fan club thing you've got going on...so sweet! I would like to know such an interesting person better so her book would probably be a great door opener...Lol !
    A food I would just DIE without...? Apples, Yes Apples. I love them! Any and every way they can be served!Okay now an Art supply,...My Drawing Pencels...I love to draw women & children...& Trees...and lol, everything I see!___=^..^=___Kittie

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  42. Oh, if I could just taste my Italian granmother's homemade pasta with homemade pesto one more time!

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  43. My favourite art supply would be a handmade paper journal

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  44. cannot live without ... chillies!!!

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  45. I wanted to say pizza was my favorite food, but after I gave it some serious thought, my final decision would have to be pierogies. Sauteed, boiled, baked, slathered with butter and onions, stuffed with potatoes, cheese, onions, whatever, who couldn't love these delicious little dumplings!?

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  46. so..for today let's choose lasagna and my scorer board from MS. Use it every week.

    hugs hugs
    z

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  47. My pencil.
    And chocolate.
    (That was easy).
    xo

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  48. Cool story! My favorite art supply is my camera. Does that count? Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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  49. whoa - serendipity. saw this book at borders today and coveted it. my favorite art implement is my iphone. i'm totally addicted.

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  50. Katherine's glasses rock!! I know... that's not following your contest instructions, but I just had to let her know that her glasses rock... LOL

    Di

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  51. Paint and chocolate-supply and "food" i can't live without :)

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  52. I didn't know Mary Beth had a book out!!! How cool! Thanks for the chance to win it. My current #1 favorite art supply is DMC thread. I still love rubber stamps but have not used them in a while.

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  53. Does a full bodied Cabernet count .....if not I would have to say El Phenix Cheese Enchiladas! Art supply would have to be a new one and that is wood icing that Mary Beth introduced me to at VR last week!!! Way cool

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  54. darn, I forgot to enter yesterday..... oh well... another food that has become invaluable lately... greek yogurt.... I don't necessarily love it but it provides great protein on the good without which I would plummet by 10 am. (I know I prob don't have to keep naming foods.. but I like to keep in the spirit of things :) )

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  55. My camera has also been a new companion. I take it with my everywhere--which sometimes poses as a disaster when I forget to recharge it.

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  56. OK I still would love to win your photograph.

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  57. another day another entry :)
    still the same tool: my iphone.
    to be specific, probably the
    hipstamatic app.

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  58. Oh sure, why not one more time. I could not live without sushi (that's for the food, not the art supplies).

    Stephanie

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  59. what a lovely give-away, i'd love to play along...what i couldn't live without, GELATO! grazie, mi amica. :)

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  60. thanks for letting us enter so many times :) another all time favorite although I have had to learn to live since it is not sold in "these here parts:" frozen custard. More specifically Tew Drewes in STL. frozen manna from heaven for sure!

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  61. love your art, your blog and oh btw nice to meet you! My fav food has to be home grown veggies... any and all sorts. And my all time fav art supply, well i would have to say golden's gel medium... so many great ways to use it!

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  62. Third time is the charm...Right ;-)

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  63. sunday...sunday... hoping...hoping...
    (it is a win just playing!)
    thanks!

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  64. last chance *fingers crossed :)

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  65. today it is barbecued brisket because my friend Paula served it a lunch while I was working for her in her studio and old locker baskets..because I used them in her new studio!! <3
    xxx

    z

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  66. I love my vintage ribbons and lace. I like to imagine where they started out and what they adorned before they came to me. And food, I love Brie spread on french bread topped with this heavenly chutney from England called Branston Pickle. It brings back my college days.

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  67. My favorite art supplies are my camera and found junk...and I would be so sad if I could never eat popcorn again!!
    So glad I got here in time to enter!
    Thank you!

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**I love reading the comments you leave, as they make me feel like we're sitting in my kitchen, having a cup of tea, discussing life and wondering where all the time has gone ...beth