Friday, April 16, 2010

Exciting Giveaway: Spread the Love

You know how kids feel when they get a lollipop? that's kind of how I feel today with this giveaway, yes exactly, excited! VERY!
To the point, today's giveaway come from extremely sweet Melanie of Spread the Love. I am honestly in LOVE with her artwork. Maybe it's the romantic in me, maybe it's the gorgeous colors, or {most likely} it's just the delicious beauty of Melanie's art, that caught my eye. Please tell me these prints wouldn't be a great gift for a couple's first home (or second who cares!)? The custom made wedding poster (for your guests to sign and tell you how much they love you) is also a great idea if you are planning your big day. And on top of all that, Melanie ALSO does truly gorgeous custom wedding stationery at Love Your Invite.
Is it morally ethical to enter my giveaway?


PLEASE Melanie, tell us a who you are.

My name is Melanie Linder and I live in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania with my radical husband and adorable little dog. (along with 4 chickens, a flock of very persistent canadian geese, and whatever else roams around our crazy yard) My work is a mix of new and old. I like to take the familiar PA Dutch style from my area and family roots and combine it with naive illustration, bright colors, and fresh techniques.

I have a long and twisted road of odd jobs and inspirations. I graduated from Kutztown University with a major in Communication Design in '02 and just didn't see myself as a traditional graphic designer. I concentrated in Illustration with my degree and really wanted to make art with my hands first and computer second. So, I got a job at a coffee shop. Ha! Sounds about right, huh? Well, I loved that job and the people it lead me to... I began painting with a sign painter from Kempton and learned that you don't have to be really organized (or even a little organized) to run a business, make a living, and love what you do. Then I got a job designing jewelry for Sorrelli jewelry which is a locally based/nationally sold company out of little old Kutztown! Say what? Yep, crazy. Well, I loved designing and soldiering prototypes for designs which got to be seen in super high-end ads and sold in fantastic places like Lord and Taylor – but there was much more to it and it was not proving to be so great on the creative soul. The highlight was when I got married. The owner/creator let me design fabulous earrings for my wedding and I felt it had all wrapped up so nicely – it was time to move on. A week after returning from my honeymoon I wrote up my resignation letter on my lunch break and jumped ship. It was totally insane. I owe everything to my husband who supported me and lived vicariously through my "quitting with no plan" tendencies. A couple weeks later I created Love Your Invite a small and extremely custom invite shop. From there came the time and inspiration to pursue my wildest dreams – somehow make it as an illustrator and hacking down my own jungle path to get there...

I look around and daydream a lot, watch documentaries, listen to music, relish in color, and keep a sense of humor about it all. But most important : I learned how to work with my inspiration. I must take immediate action or it goes away. I usually get inspired while I'm working on another project – all of a sudden I have a really short attention span and need to work on something completely different. I used to feel so distracted and fight that urge as if it was a negative quality I needed to fix. But now, I bow down to it and give it the respect it deserves and I've found that it always rewards me in the end. Also, I love being inspired by friends, family, and customers. Some of my customers have had the greatest suggestions and I really owe them for their support and contact.

I'd love to keep doing what I'm doing and maybe expand more into textile design. Lila Rodgers as a Rep may be my ultimate dream come true! But mostly, I'd love to become a mother. I've been battling endometriosis and trying for the last three years to make it happen... I think it will be my best job yet.

Just do it! I know so many people held back by fear and perfection. I worked at my shop on the "slow and steady" train and I'd recommend it to anyone. You'll learn as you go instead of trying to predict what obstacles you may encounter before they even happen. Also, people like me shouldn't read those Craft Business books – unless you want to be scared stiff and never try anything spontaneous. Once you got it going – create and list new items as much as possible. Always try to keep it new and fresh, don't under sell yourself , make sure you make money in the end, be good to your customers, make crafty friends, give help and accept help, and most important : don't be a slave to your ego! If you're only pursuing the highlights and cool/hip/awesomeness factor instead of being true to yourself – you may be severely disappointed in the end. I know it sounds lame but make your heart happy first and I promise people will see it and follow –

And NOW the best part:
Melanie is offering my favorite print from the shop, the "Wherever I'm with you..." to one lucky winner.
How to enter - 3 easy ways - 3 separate comments: 
1. Follow along and let me know (if you follow, yay, thanks! let me know too please)
2: Visit  Spread the Love  and let me know in a 2nd comment what you like most.
3rd entry: Twit, blog, FB. Spread the LOVE please, just come and comment so I can account your extra chance to win.
{the giveaway will end Tuesday night and I will announce the winner on Wednesday  xo}

69 comments:

  1. Well DUH I'm a follower!! This is so totally adorable. Off to check out the shop now!

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  2. I really like the Love/Compassion/Hope print, very cool.

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  3. And I just tweeted. Or twittered. Or whatever the heck you say:

    http://twitter.com/AfterIDoBlog

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  4. OMG! Fantastic giveaway...me & the boy are looking for our 1st home (marriage sometime next year & house too) so this is so perfect:)
    And you know I follow you!
    I really like everything from Spread the Love, one of my faves is the "like butter" poster & home is made of...
    Thanks for hosting an awesome giveaway!

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  5. Of course I follow! Love your blog.

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  6. My favorites are "Don't worry (bee) happy" and "Hello Sunshine."

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  7. How can one not adore "Multi Balloon" print :)

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  8. How gorgeous!! Love that print! And great profile on Melanie!

    I'm a follower! :-)

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  9. So glad I just started following! What a darling print. Loving seeing other graphic artist's work!

    Alaina

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  10. I already a follower in my RSS!

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  11. And I love the Home Sweet Home print!

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  12. Thank you so much for this lovely and inspiring interview! It was so encouraging and wonderful. I wish her the best of luck in having her baby!

    And I follow you!

    iamemmamusic.blogspot.com

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  13. And my favorite print is the Multi Balloon print!

    iamemmamusic.blogspot.com

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  14. that turquoise print is lovely.
    :]
    I'm a fan.

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  15. I follow you!
    lindsayrpeterson@yahoo.com

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  16. Ok, I think I am going to have to purchase "Who Sang Best."
    I am a singer and have always been very critical of the way other's sing. I ended up marrying a man that can't carry a tune to save his life. However - he puts so much love and passion into everything he sings that, oddly enough, I LOVE to listen to him.

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  17. Love it so much!!

    I am of course a follower :)
    Here is where I tweeted - http://twitter.com/Slavisa_

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  18. Oh my goodness I love them all so much, but Valentine Home Love is definately my fave! So sweet and girly.
    Would look great hanging in the hallway from the front door.

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  19. I tweeted! Here is where I tweeted - http://twitter.com/Slavisa_

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  20. What a great giveaway! Love her work. My favorite would have to be the three dutch sisters. So sweet!

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  21. I am definitely a follower of your beautiful blog! :)

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  22. Que maravilla de frase...
    Me apunto al sorte claro!

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  23. Todo preciosidades en la tienda....
    Me ha hecho gracia el cartel de d'ont worry be happy ;)

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  24. Ya tienes el sorteo en mi blog!

    Xx

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  25. Muy bonitos, sobretodo me gusta el globlo. Pasa un buen finde Helena!!!

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  26. Oh, wonderful giveaway! Of course I am a follower, Helena!

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  27. I would have to go for "Brooklyn." Love it, and I love her shop, thanks for sharing!

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  28. I tweeted! http://twitter.com/shariknight

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  30. Lovely works made by a lovely person. So nice to get to know the artist!

    The hot air balloon print is a favorite of mine...I have always wanted to take a ride in one of those things :)

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  31. ....and I love your favourite print! It's very sweet :)

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  32. I follow you on blog lovin! and I love this print :) bc it's true!

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  33. Great giveaway! I'm a follower, obviously!

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  34. So hard to choose. Love "Home Love" and "Wherever I'm with you..."

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  35. Hi Helena, I'd love to be included in your giveaway. I'm a total follower! My favourite is "Wherever I'm with you". I like the feeling behind the art. Sending smiles, Emma. x

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  36. i think i like "like butter"...i would put it in my kitchen... by the toaster! :)

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  37. p.s. I've got a new giveaway i think you might like: www.wild-and-precious.com

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  38. Just came across your lovely blog here and what is the first thing I see - an awesome giveaway! I think if I won this I would have to give it to my sister. She recently got engaged and this seems like a cute engagement gift. :)

    ps. I'm following your blog!

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  39. Just stopped by her etsy shop. Love the invincible spring print, but second runner up has to be the bee happy frame worthy card :)

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  40. well i obviously follow your beautiful + lovely blog already. ;)

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  41. i adore the HOME SWEET HOME.
    those are my favorite 3 words.....i always say them when i walk through my front door.

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  42. Awesome giveaway! I would give it to my roomie who is moving in w/ her bf this summer as a house warming gift!

    Enjoy your weekend :)

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  43. this is a lovely little giveaway helena!

    so first off....yes i am a follower :).

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  44. 2. my favorite item from melanie's etsy shop is the one that says "a house is made of walls and beams, a home is made of love and dreams." so cute!

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  45. #3....just tweeted. i really want to win this....can you tell? ha :).

    http://twitter.com/LaurensLoDown

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  46. I am following you now! I thought I was already ;)
    would love to have this one on my gray wall!

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  47. These are so beautiful!
    I heard about it from Lauren - she is super keen and I can see why. Just lovely

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  48. Love the giveaway!!!! porsupuesto ke soy una fiel seguidora (aunke esta semana lo de fiel estubo un poco pobre...si te contarra!) Hope you are havign a fabulous weekend!!

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  49. wuaw hay mas de uno ke me encanta!! Loove Valetine Home love (colors are perfect for a little corner in my house!) plus I would for the kids to read this message everyday...! Don't worry be happy...such a cute mprint...love the colors! ..and invicible spring is soemthing that touched my hear when i read it...!!! me voy aprender las velas a ver si ganooo!!!!

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  50. My favorite is "Home Love." I love the orange, green, and purple!

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  51. I blogged about your giveaway!

    http://pinklemonadeblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/giveaways-galore.html

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  52. What a perfect print. I tweeted!

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  53. Oh, and um, here's the link to my tweet (oops): http://twitter.com/serendipitydays

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  54. What a generous and wonderful giveaway!

    I'm a follower! x

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  55. And the Home is wherever I'm with you print? AWESOME.

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  56. love these three:
    "dont worry be happy"
    "moth"
    "multi balloon"

    such a cute giveway! i am crossing my fingers!

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  57. im a fan of your blog! i hope i win, it is such a lovely giveaway!!

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  58. i tweeted!

    www.twitter.com/spottedlobes

    :)

    LOVE this giveaway!

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  59. oh oh oh!
    she is quite the talented little lady!
    her creations are so beautiful, and colourful!
    thanks for posting lovely things and sharing them with the world!
    you are quite inspirational and it is much appreciated! x x

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