Foxy Haiku Contest: We Have a Winner!

Whoops. I'm the worst blogger ever, I was supposed to announce the winner of my Haiku competition a week ago - sorry about that! I've had a hard time picking my favourite Haiku, that's for sure - what a torture - they are all so great!

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But, without further ado, the winner is Rachael, with her sweet little poem about interspecies friendship:

sleek red fox moonlight flanked by a large coal black cat there in my dark garden

Congratulations Rachael! I really hope you like your bracelet!

But I couldn't help myself...I couldn't stop at just one Haiku...they were all so amazing... So I have chosen a couple of honourable mentions & have a little prize for each of them which you can see below - these little Folk Like Us pendants (they will also be available once I launch my shop in a few weeks' time). Honestly, I wish everyone who entered could win, but I don't want to send myself bankrupt bestowing prizes willy-nilly! So, I shall restrict myself to just the two extras & will be sending a pendant to Suki, for her rather dark & moody, Film Noir-esque poem:

Autumn nights grow cold A fox comes to the city A strange cry is heard

And a pendant to bryssy for so perfectly capturing the image of a little fox gambling about on a cheery autumn day:

cracking leaves lay under padded trixter paws cool breezes blowing

Thank you everyone for entering - that was so much fun! :)

Haiku Contest - Come and Join In!

Back in the days of my old blog (three & a half years ago!) I held a little contest where I asked people to write a Haiku about a rabbit. It was so much fun - I couldn't believe how beautiful & inspiring everyone's poems were! I thought it was high time I held another Haiku challenge, & the inspiration this time is another one of my favourite animals - the fox.

The prize for this contest is from my new jewellery range, the Folk Like Us bracelet you see pictured above, which is inspired by folk art & beautiful endpaper patterns of the 1930s & 40s (& also happens to feature a little fox too). It's valued at $95 USD, & if you win, you will be the very first person in the whole world to own one, because they don't go on sale until October when I open my new online shop.

To enter, you must be a subscriber to my mailing list, so if you haven't signed up already, you can do so via the subscription form over to the right on my sidebar, or there's another form down at the foot of the blog, or a checkbox you can tick when you leave a comment.

If you'd like to join in, please post your foxy Haiku in the comments - how easy is that?! I'll pick my favourite poem on Monday the 19th of September - so you have a week & a half to dust off your feather quill, put on your Haiku thinking cap & enter. I am so looking forward to reading everyone's beautiful poems!

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It's the Little Things...

Way back in '07 I blogged about my childhood tin of plastic treasures that I called my Little Things Box. I had an old toffee tin crammed with tiny trinkets that I treasured & traded - much like the tin Amelie finds. I still collect little toys & keep them in vintage cigar boxes.

Imagine my surprise & pleasure to be approached last year by the beautiful Chinese magazine Little Thing to do an interview for their section called Little Paper Magic in the very first issue. They kindly sent me a copy late last year, & I've only just taken a few pics to show you - particularly timely because the theme of this post is all things tiny...

Giveaway Time!

I'm holding a little giveaway of the collages on canvas you see above. They're seriously small - about 2.25 x 3.25" each & come with their own miniature easels.

If you'd like to win the collage on the right, featuring my little illustration of a Death's Head Moth, all you have to do is be a subscriber to my Mailing List - I'll be drawing a name randomly - & to win the collage on the left, featuring Li'l Mary, puffin' on a giant stogie, I have devised a little contest...

Just leave a comment here on my blog letting me know you'd like to enter, & provide a link to a picture of something intriguingly small - something little, tiny, miniature, diminutive, eensy-weensy - you get the idea! If it's a photo or artwork of your own, great, but it can also be a link to something you found tinily appealing whilst browsing the internet, that's fine as well. I'll pick a favourite next Monday, & the winner gets the mini-collage! I'll draw the name of the Mailing List winner the same day too.

Can't wait to see your pics of little things!

We Have a Winner!

Thank you to everyone who participated in my Favourite Shoes print giveaway - what a response!

I had so much fun reading everyone's shoe stories. Stories of love & loss...hope & regret...disappointment & serendipity...

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How come shoes evoke such bittersweetness? We hang so much significance on our shoes don't we? They come to represent phases of our lives & carry such strong memories.

Anyway, enough rambling... Drum roll please...

The winner of the Favourite Shoes giveaway is Johanna of Good Girls Studio whose dire tale of disintegrated Dr. Scholl's combined the perfect blend of tragedy & comedy. I totally identified!

I gave away a second Favourite Shoes print to one of my Mailing List subscribers in a random draw. The name I pulled from the Purple Velvet Fedora was Natalie of Naked Tile.

Congratulations girls - I hope you like your prints!

Thanks again to everyone for your wonderful, poignant shoe stories! This was such a fun contest, I'll make sure to have another one soon!

And the Winner Is...

Hooray! Time to announce the winners of my Super-Duper Mega April Giveaway!

I've drawn the names from my Mailing List for the 4 prizes, but 1 of the people hasn't replied - eek! Shows how important it is to keep your mailing list info up to date! I'm going to draw another person's name if they don't respond in the next 2 days, so stay tuned...

The winners (so far) are...

Lili Wilkinson (goodie pack) Cosy Up (Snap! print) Jen Vecc (goodie pack)

As for the bunny Haiku...wow it was hard to pick a winner - they were all so great! Drumroll please...the winner of the Jack Rabbit print is...

Ashley aka Le Petit Monstre with her poem...

Jack Rabbit stares off sees much to both love and fear. It's a jungle out there.

I thought it was really touching in its simplicity - I particularly love the line "sees much to both love and fear" - beautiful work Ashley! Congratulations! Not only a talented artist, but a poet & bunny lover too!

As I said, it was really hard picking just one. I wanted to give a few more an honourable mention...

The lovely Anna Laura for her ode to vegetarianism...

chicken, pork, beef, fish who eats rabbits anyway? they look better alive!

Goodfeets with a lovely little springtime revery...

green spring leaves unfold lying in the grass, she sighs a rabbit is born

And he also linked to his favourite bunny song... I don't know where he found the time or energy to write bunny poems since I just read in his blog he recently made 24 collages in 2 days!!

And finally, Treet submitted this enigmatic little number...

Quietly I sit Part of all the universe You call me bunny

I'd like to send those 3 entrants a little something too, while I'm in a prize-giving mood.

Wow that was fun! I think I'm going to have to hold another contest soon... Thanks for your entries! :)

Super-Duper Mega April Giveaway!

I have been totally remiss when it comes to my "monthly" giveaways...I think I've only had one since I started my blog last October. Today I'm making good on my promise & launching a Super-Duper Mega Giveaway with not one...not two...but FIVE different prizes to make up for the months I've missed. And I promise to keep up with my monthly giveaways in future!

Here is the little swag of prizes I have to giveaway...

Prizes 1 & 2 are packs of Magic Jelly goodies (value approx. $20 each)...they each contain the following...

  • Sunday Morning 3.5" cork-backed drink coaster
  • pack of 5 1.25" button badges (assorted Magic Jelly designs)
  • pack of 5 Jelly tags
  • a little bag of vintage plastic trinkets & ephemera

Prize No. 3 is a 5x7" print on canvas panel called Snap! & a pack of 5 Jelly tags ( value $18). Prize No. 4 is one of my Fox & Flowers limited edition Gocco prints & a pack of 5 Jelly tags(value $15).

To win one of these, all you need to do is subscribe to my mailing list - that's where I'll draw the names of the winners. If you'd like to leave a comment or email me with your preferred prize, I'll keep that in mind if I happen to draw your name. Easy!

The 5th prize is an extra special one...an original Mixed Media piece called (rather unimaginatively) Jack Rabbit. It's an ink drawing on tea-stained Hahnemuhle paper, on a collaged background, mounted to brown kraft card (sheet size 6x6"). This is an original - not a reproduction - & is worth $85 (the winner gets a pack of Jelly tags too).

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Picking a winner of this one is a little bit different...rather than just drawing a name out of a hat, I'd like you to write a Haiku about a bunny. Either post your little poem in the comments or email it to me & I'll pick my favourite!

I'm announcing the winners in a week's time, so you have until Wednesday the 9th of April to sign up to my mailing list & submit your Haiku if you want a chance to win the bunny! :)

November Giveaway

Hands up who loves free stuff? Yep, me too! I thought it would be fitting for the very first monthly giveaway to be chock full o' jellilicious goodness. The winner of the November giveaway will get:

  • a Magic Jellies cork-backed drink coaster
  • a Magic Jellies hand-printed greeting card
  • a matching Raspberry Jelly 1.25" magnet

Only subscribers to my mailing list are eligible. I’ll be drawing a name out of a hat on Sunday the 11th of November, so if you’re not already a subscriber, you should be! :)

I’ll announce the winner on Monday!