Thursday, September 09, 2010

Anniversary Giveaway: Annechovie (Closed)

The next anniversary giveaway comes from beautiful artist Anne of Annechovie. I'm sure you have seen her work, it really stands out for it's beauty. Her chairs paintings make me really happy, oh how I want one for myself! Plus, did you know one of Anne's prints was on It's Complicated! pretty cool right?


Anne was kind to answer some questions


Tell us a bit about yourself and your work. How did it all start?
I have always had an interest in art and creating, but didn't really start painting until I was about 19 or so. I used to work in a home furnishings store my parents owned and started selling paintings and some painted furniture there. I began to get some commissions from customers and then continued from there, but back then it was more of something I did on the side. I didn't start painting full-time, selling online or blogging until about 3-4 years ago. I started Annechovie in 2006 and then the blog followed about 6 months later in 2007.

Who or what inspires you?
Anything that has developed with me came by digesting tons of paintings, magazines, books, etc. and then working by trial and error to paint what was in my head. I am a firm believer that God gifts us with all and any talents that we have and my personal relationship with Him is a tremendous source of inspiration and motivation that has helped me to grow and develop more than anything else. Never underestimate the power of a little chocolate or coffee, too!


What do you love most of what you do?
I'd have to say the freedom that it affords me, along with the satisfaction of seeing people enjoy my work. The joy from doing something you love makes up for the financial risk, sacrifice of time and the load of responsibility being the one who wears all the hats.



Any advice for aspiring shop owners?
Sell what you love, stock a variety and put your whole heart into it. Develop good relationships with your customers and the dividends will be great! People respond to sincere gratitude and respect like nothing else.
And now for the giveaway! What? 
The winner can pick any 9x12 print of their choice

How?
- Follow A Diary of Lovely and visit Annechovie. Come back and comment with your favorite item.
Extra entries 
- Tweet about this giveaway (use @adiaryoflovely)
- Follow me on Twitter or/and facebook
- Follow Anne's blog here
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry.Thank you all so much! Winner will be picked at random next week)

99 comments:

  1. I love these prints, especially the Ikat chair and Anna Spiro's chair. They are gorgeous!

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  2. Oh... count me in! I love Anne's work. Of course, I already follow u both! My favorite is the Pink and Black Elkin print. xo

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  3. I am a follower (of course) and I love the pink ikat chair print!

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  4. I adore this giveaway...The English roses piece is amazing and all the chair are beautiful:)
    Kisses, darlings

    Ps: thanks so much for taking part in my giveaway:)

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  5. Oh delightful! love the english roses!
    xo tash

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  6. love 'you are completely essential to my personal bliss'

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  7. I think I love the orange chair on aqua! So adorable! I love Anne so much, she was one of the first people to comment on my blog! Fab giveaway, Helena! XX!

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  8. I love the English Rose in Aqua. So pretty. I also follow your blog :)

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  9. And the hits just keep coming! Love Anne's work, especially all the chairs! (thanks again for today, too!)
    xx

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  10. I would be THRILLED to have ANY piece of Anne's amazing artwork! Thanks for the great giveaway.
    Best,
    Colleen

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  11. I follow both you and Annechovie happily!

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  12. And I am your newest FB follower.

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  13. she is very talented.. my fav piece of hers is the VINTAGE MINI!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/6908585/vintage-mini-original-painting

    i love it, my next MINI is gonna b a classic one!

    taylor

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  14. Super cute! Love the trifle quote!

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  15. Ooooh lovely! My favorite thing from the shop is the Courtney Barnes Chair!

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  16. I am already a follower! And have been a fan of Annechovie's work for some time. I love her "You + Me = Domestic Bliss" print!

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  17. "Do Not Trifle With Me" is by far my favorite, but then again they're all pretty awesome.

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  18. I've loved Anne's work for some time now - how to choose a favorite?! Today it's "Courtney's Favorite Things".

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  19. I tweeted about it here: http://twitter.com/soalaurable/status/23977551539

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  20. And I follow you on Twitter @soalaurable!

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  21. I am a follower and LOVE the Courtney Barnes chair!! Fingers crossed! xo Cindy

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  22. Oh, and am already following Anne!!

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  23. I love her Happiness Is Quote print
    tanyainjville@yahoo.com

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  24. I am already a follower . . . a happy one at that. I really like the "Don't Trifle with Me" print.

    Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, Gg - Notes on the Journey. Glad you found your pillow.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  25. Congratulations!
    I follow your blog
    AND
    I follow Anne's too.
    x Felicity

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  26. I'm a follower and I love the blue and white ginger jar!! Such a timeless piece!

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  27. I'm now following you, and one of my favorite items from Annechovie's shop is the Tangerine Elkins Chair print!

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  28. I now follow you on twitter :)

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  29. And I'm already a follower of Anne - love her blog and all of her work!

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  30. i'm a follower and love the chinoiserie chair on color steroids... so eye catching and love the name!

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  31. Love Anne's work, love the ikat chair and anna spiro's too. Am a follower of both you great girls!

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  32. Love her work - I adore the Orange Bergere chair print!

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  33. I follow on Google and Twitter. Love the "New Elkins Chair with Floral Print."

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  34. Oh wow these are all so gorgeous! My favorites are the Aqua Interior and the Amalfi Print! I also really like the palm beach chair!

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  35. And I now follow you on twitter!

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  36. SO GLAD I came across your blog. LOVE IT!! You've got a new follower in me! XO

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  37. I LOVE these! Thanks for the introduction! Loving the interiors notecard set. Too adorable :)

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  38. Love the TANGERINE ELKINS CHAIR PRINT! Such great color and pattern- would be a great accent piece!

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  39. Tweet tweet :)

    http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/26342134.rss

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  40. I love the Chocolate Keep Calm and Carry On print! I'd probably hang it in my kitchen, since that's where most of my disasters happen! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  41. I follow you on Twitter! (@lacretia)

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  42. Ooh lovely work! How pretty!

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  43. I am a huge fan of Anne's talent and love all of her work, but if I had to choose would say the mini in pink or a Keep Calm in any of her lovely shades! How nice to stop by here for the first time, I am now a follower here and on twitter!
    Nathalie

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  44. how beautiful! love the COURTNEY BARNES CHAIR! xo

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  45. She does such great stuff! But I am crazy for her pastel ginger jar and her blue and white ginger jar paintings! Marvelous!! What a NICE giveaway!!!

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  46. I am looking for some prints for my frame wall. I love the pastel ginger jar too!

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  47. I love the Amalfi print!! It's such a cute, romantic painting of that gorgeous coastline!

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  48. i am absolutely obsessed with the happiness quote print - it's not only an incredible saying, but also happens to be in my favorite color. fingers crossed i win it :)
    -kait
    faveprettythings.blogspot.com

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  49. Helena! this has been the best. saturday. morning. ever. Shopping online for things I could potentially snag in a giveaway. I could win nothing and I still walk away happy... ok to the point. Follower AND I love the blue paisley chair. love! Again such a fantastic giveaway!! xo

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  50. ps- already follow on twitter and facebook xo

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  51. Blogged it!

    http://moth-design.blogspot.com/2010/09/diary-of-lovely-anniversary-giveaway.html

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  52. I'm in! Following. And I adore her ENGLISH ROSES ON AQUA PRINT ON CANVAS 8x10. Lovely print.

    Rachael

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  53. Hi! Love all of Anne's work but one of my FAVS is Aqua Interiors!

    Amy

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  54. LOVE it all - especially the Chinoiserie Plate.

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  55. And I follow you on facebook! :)

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  56. My all time favorite print is the ginger jar. Beautiful!

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  57. Been following Annechovie a long time, and now I'm following you. Thanks for the opportunity to ask for the Pink & Black Elkins Chair!

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  58. How very pretty! The Silhouette Chair Notecards are my fave!

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  59. I adore the SUNSHINE QUOTE PRINT :)

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  60. I love: Courtney Barnes Chair print, Amalfi print, Pink Espresso print but I love the most the Aqua Interior on Canvas. It looks like a perfect room, I wish my flat was that beautiful!

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  61. Pink espresso print for me!! Love love love it xxx

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  62. I came over from Anne's blog. Her artwork is so adorable. I would have a hard time choosing between the pink flowers on the aqua picture and the orange chair on aqua background featured in It's Complicated (a movie I watched soley because I was interested in the house and interiors!) And then there's her drawing of the NYC apartment interior....

    Sigh.

    Happy Anniversary!

    Kelly@40isthenew30

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  63. I love them all but the You Are My Sunshine print just makes me happy because it reminds my of my mobile I had as a baby which played that song! I was glad to find both of you and am now happily subscribed to both blogs!

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  64. I love all of Anne's work, it is so hard to choose just one favorite! Love love the blue and white chinoiserie plate with the tangerine background! What a great giveaway!

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  65. I blogged about it!

    Kelly@40isthenew30

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  66. I scream for pink ikat!
    priscilla, michael's ball and chain

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  67. I adore Anne's shop. It's hard to pick just one but I think the Pink and Black Elkins Chair print would look great in my home.

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  68. Super Cute! I loveNEW ELKINS CHAIR W/FLORAL PRINT

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  69. Hello -- I am so happy to learn about your blog. I LOVE the aqua "keep calm and carry on", what a great mantra. I am following you on twitter. I wish I could subscribe to your blog! I have been following Annchovie for awhile and she is on my blogroll. I am starting a giveaway with treats from France in 2 days -- come visit.

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  70. Love ALL of her prints! Too difficult to choose... a chair print would be so neat in the office.

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  71. Following you on Twitter, too :).

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