Friday, August 21, 2009

Giveaway! All weekend!

Just over a year after I began this blog, I noticed that you could put a “google follower” on your blog sidebar. So I did. I had a counter (which I rarely check), but I added a follower icon because everyone else had one.

I can hear my mother now, asking me, “well, if everyone else was jumping off the cliff, would you jump off the cliff too?”

I used to tell her, “Yes, of course I would. It would be a thrill.” Not really. Actually, I would hang my head in shame and tell her that I would never jump off a cliff if everyone was doing it. What I really meant was ‘yes, of course I would!’

On Thursday (or that’s when I noticed it), my google follower list hit the 300 mark, thanks to Raph [link] who has an absolutely charming blog. So to honor Raph, my 300th follower, I am hosting a weekend-long giveaway to celebrate! Here’s how to play along:

Leave a comment telling me which photo you would like to own.

Choose from the following, leaving your choice by clicking on the comment button at the bottom of this blog and following the directions. I will draw the winner at 6 PM on Sunday. Here’s what your choices are:

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YELLOW BOAT (12 X 8 print)

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SEASHELL (10 X 10 print)

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DEER ISLE SHORELINE (12 x 8 print)

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DAISY STILL LIFE (10 x 8 print)

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VIBRANT SUNFLOWER (10 x 9 print)

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PINK BEGONIA (8 x 10 print)

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HAND-COLORED FLOWERS (10 x 8 print)

Rules: Make one choice. Leave a comment with your choice. Blog about the contest and get another chance. To get this chance, return to this post and leave the link to your post. (You must follow these directions to get the second chance).

That’s it! I will announce the winner around 9 pm on Sunday night.

Until later, my friends . . .

72 comments:

TSannie said...

I certainly understand why you have so many followers, my friend. Your blog is just a wonderful slice of life! Enjoyable every dang day!
Yellow boat...love that yellow boat.

(And I think that pink impatiens is actually a pink begonia :-)

Louis Duke said...

I would love this one

DEER ISLE SHORELINE (12 x 8 print)

Lisa A. said...

I absolutely love all of your photos, and George is super cute. I would love the picture of the yellow boat. Congrats on 300 followers! I just found your blog myself a couple of weeks ago and have been reading faithfully since.

Journey said...

They are all so beautiful, it's hard to pick. The Deer Isle Shoreline tugs at the heartstrings. Dad used to take me fishing with him as a small girl...great memories.

Betty said...

They are all beautiful it is hard to choose. I do really love sunflowers they are so happy and bright.
~~ Betty ~~

Coloradolady said...

Well...if I have to pick one...it would be Daisy Still life, but they are all wonderful.

tj said...

...That is because you an absolute treasure and a godsend my dear friend. ;o)

...The "Yellow Boat" please and thank you. *giggle* :o)

...Congrat's on the 300 followers, do I hear 350? lol...

...Happy weekend and blessings too...

Lynn said...

Your photos are so pretty! It's hard to pick but I would say my very favorite is the vibrant sunflower. Yellow is my favorite color (and you have touches of yellow in almost all these -- beautiful :) )

Mental P Mama said...

I love the yellow boat!

♥ Kathy♥ said...

Those photo's are wonderful but I love that pretty sunflower. Just makes a person smile. =)

Lori said...

I would love to win the
Deer Isle Shoreline!

Thanks for having a giveaway!

JeanneWalker said...

Love each and everyone of the photos. I have been on the lookout for a picture for my guest bath for quite sometime. And lo' and behold, there it is...the seashell. Gotta have the shell!!!
Have a great weekend!

Reddirt Woman said...

Since there is no George with wind ruffled hair I'd have to say the Yellow Boat.

But it was a hard choice. Thanks for the give-away.

Congrats to you Kate on your 300 follower mark.

Helen

Marla said...

The DEER ISLE SHORELINE is absolutely beautiful...

But the Yellow boat is great too.

Jan said...

What a great idea. I'd love the Yellow Boat.

Gail said...

Raph, and I was right next to Raph so does that give me an extra entry???

It is so hard to choose, all your photos are amazing.

It is a tie for me...Yellow Boat because of the serenity and Daisy Still Life for the serenity and the simplicity.

Even if I do not get one to hang on my wall, I shall always visit here to enjoy your art!

Jo Whitehurst said...

All of your photos are amazing!!
I would love to have the Daisy Still Life. It has such a beautiful texture, and a peaceful feel.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

What fun, what fun!! Must have the yellow boat. Going now to post about this giveaway, although it is sure to increase my competition...must be altruistic, here! Thanks! C

Anonymous said...

oooooo me me me ;)


DEER ISLE SHORELINE (12 x 8 print)

---melanie

Thistle Cove Farm said...

The yellow boat captures my eye; beautiful!

ZeldaMom said...

I love the sunflower!! I remember driving through South Dakota and passing huge fields of sunflowers all facing their pretty faces toward the sun.

Christine said...

Wow 300 followers? I don't do the Google follow thing but I have followed you for a year now! I love ya!!

I'm torn on your photos... My fav is the yellow boat but the seashell would be perfect for my beach decorated bathroom. :)

Cindy said...

Congratulations on 300 followers.

I love that Yellow Boat.

Bunny Cohen said...

Hello, my name is Bunny and I'm not trying to win your photos nor do I have a blog, but I did want to tell you that I do a appreciate great photography such as yours. The photo that is my favorite is the seashell one, It reminds me of my mother-law and my seven year old son. My mother-in-law loves the beach and my son has inherited that same love and seeing your photo of the seashell reminds me of them walking on the beach and looking for shells and being as happy with each other as they can be. Love your photos.

Bunny Cohen said...

Hello, my name is Bunny and I'm not trying to win your photos nor do I have a blog, but I did want to tell you that I do a appreciate great photography such as yours. The photo that is my favorite is the seashell one, It reminds me of my mother-law and my seven year old son. My mother-in-law loves the beach and my son has inherited that same love and seeing your photo of the seashell reminds me of them walking on the beach and looking for shells and being as happy with each other as they can be. Love your photos.

Anonymous said...

Daily Still Life...you know how much I loved the daisy photo from the spring.
-Lori G.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

I am very honoured, Country Girl! Thank you so much.

All the photos are so lovely that this is a hard decision ... I think I'll go for SEASHELL please. It is so peaceful and I love spiral shapes. Also there are faint hints of giraffe-markings on the shell! It would look fantastic hanging in Necky Knoll House!

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Congrats on 300 followers - quite an accomplishment! I would love to receive the yellow boat. They are all lovely, but I love the reflections in the water with that one.

Char said...

the shoreline!! because I can't find beautiful scenery like that down here. Just gorgeous.

and congrats!

Flat Creek Farm said...

I love your blog. I love your pictures. I love your dog.

Oh, darn, pick just one picture here? I love Daisy Still Life the most. -tammy

Pony Girl said...

Congrats on 300 followers! That is a lot!! :) How can I chose just one print? I love them all! But I like the seashell the best. I have little touches of the "beach" all over my place, since my parents used to live there!
Have a great weekend, Kate!!

elk said...

300 and counting wow...I am not even on there cause I just use a reader...but I love you and your cool life Kate! Daisy Still Life is my favorite out of all the amazing images there!

Anna See said...

I love, love, love the daisy.

Carol E. said...

What a fabulous giveaway! I knew instantly which photo I would like to own... the yellow boat! It is so colorful and serene and... it reminds me of the William Carlos Williams poem about the red wheelbarrow in the rain beside the white chickens. I love that poem! Even though the picture is none of those things, it still makes me think of it. That poem is kind of a "shared secret" between hubby and me. The story is boring.. suffice it to say, the poem makes us look at each other and smile. Your photo does (will, in our house) too.

Cloudia said...

You are so freaking talented!!!!
Love that spiral shell for some reason ;-]


aloha-

Comfort Spiral

Sue said...

Hands down number 1 the yellow boat....what a fabulous simple photo...I love it!! and would you please throw in a photo of George should I win....Not likely I never win anything....but I sure would love a picture of dear George....

Sugar Creek Beads said...

What a wonderful thought for a weekend. It would be a joy to have any of your beautiful photos but my heart was drawn to the Pink Begonia right away. I am a daily follower of your blog. It's terrific and living also in Maryland I appreciate all of your daily photos even more. Thank you for the smiles everyday.

Our Red House said...

I would like the last picture of the pink flower, because pink and green is my favourite colour combination.

Congratulations on all your followers.

Kate

Crystal Jigsaw said...

The Deer Isle Shoreline is my favourite but they are all so beautiful.

CJ xx

Kamana said...

HAND-COLORED FLOWERS (10 x 8 print) seems to be calling my name out ;)

Suzette said...

The seashell. Oh, how I love the seashell!

Daryl said...

Excellent all .. the still life is a keeper ...

Bumpkin on a Swing said...

I want the yellow boat print. But I am so unlucky, that I will just go ahead and ask is there someway I can purchase this print. I love this! New to your blog but I'll surely be back!

Casey said...

I just found you fabulous blog and love it!! Your photography is absolutely beautiful! The Seashell photo speaks love to me. Thank you for the opportunity to win such a fantastic giveaway.

MaggieGem said...

The yellow boat is my favorite, been following your blog for a few months now. And Loving IT

Deb said...

I have won the coveted Chronicles of a Country Girl prize. Good luck everyone.

aspen said...

I love the Vibrant Sunflower...its coloring is amazing!! Beautiful photos!

DianeH said...

The daisy still life for me please!!! Your pictures are amazing, I just stumbled across your blog and I think I'm going to stay! Your George is beautiful, I am the "Nanny" to three wonderful borders, Jess, Sage and Trinity.
My friend is a full time firefighter and I've looked after them for six years now. My Jack Russell loves it (he thinks he is one). Thanks for putting my name in.
laura84watt@gmail.com

Gert's Mom said...

Kate~

You are so incredibly talented! I absolutely love your photographs....it is hard to pick just one because they're all lovely. I certainly can see why you have 300 Google followers...soon you will have 3,000! I sometimes feel that you and I are kindred spirits when I read your posts and see your photos. I too, love flowers, animals, and the outdoors. But, if I have to choose just one, I will pick "HAND-COLORED FLOWERS", as it seems that it is being "left out" after reading others' comments.

By the way... is the "PINK BEGONIA" really an 8 x 101 print? Or just a typo? LOL!

Thank you for sharing with all of us!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

i love the sunflower it would look amazing by the other wonderful prints i have of yours :) i so love your pictures :)

Jo said...

Oh, the boat, the boat. Please may I have the yellow boat? Omigoodness! You have no idea how perfect it would look in my house.

All the photos are exquisite.

Anonymous said...

I am having a really hard time deciding but I think yellow boat is the one I want. Pink begonia was really fighting for the win too.
Your photos are beautiful.
Teresa

Leslie: said...

Sorry I haven't been around much lately, but you know what happens when you're newly in love! lol

I absolutely LOVE those two photos of the yellow boat! We are decorating our place in a sort of water theme with a huge b&w of a sailboat, a lighthouse in a stormy sea, a smaller sailboat picture, etc. AND Lorne used to own a yellow sailboat, so we'd love to get another one.

Hope you guys are doing well - I must scroll back and catch up. Hugs to you both.

Emmi said...

Oh this is too hard to decide! I guess I will pick the Hand-Colored Still Life- the last one, beautiful! Thank you so much for hosting this. Hopefully I get picked.

perfectpunkin(at)yahoo(dot)com

Emmi

Bush Babe said...

I'm for the first one too... the Yellow Boat!

Love your images and can also understand your large following. Keep up the great work.

:-)
BB

elizabethm said...

I have come to you via Weaver of Grass. I am amazed at the beauty of these photographs. I thought I was getting better, but clearly still have a long way to go. Sigh. I love them all but the yellow boat really makes my heart sing.

Ann Marie said...

Yellow boat baby! That is GREAT.... I love it...

Gwen said...

Nearly 1 follower added per day! That's quite a great compliment, I'd think. I'm still relatively "new" here and I'm happy that I've found you.

I love all of your photos but Daisy Still Life is definitely a favorite.

Sharon said...

Congrats on such a big following!

Michele P. said...

congrats on 300 followers, wishing you 300 more! I have been to your blog in the past, and love your photos. The sunflower print would be a bright sunny addition to my kitchen!

Megs said...

I love the daisy still life - so simple and pretty.
What a fin milestone - 300 followers! That's craziness! Congrats!

Arlene said...

Love the daisey still life!!!

Great blog keep it up!!

Erica said...

Pink Begonia!
Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!

Beth said...

I always enjoy your posts and your photography. Now I want to visit Maine after viewing your photos. I also want a Border Collie because of George. Thanks for the giveaway. I have loved the photo of the yellow boat since I first laid eyes on it. Congrats on 300 followers.

Country Girl said...

This is an entry for Kay from Oregon, who wasn't sure how to do this. No print chosen, either.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Congrats on 300 followers...

I love the Deer Isle Shoreline photo, reminds me of a great, and first, vacation I took with my hubby.

C Hummel Kornell a/k/a C Hummel Wilson said...

Your photographs are all so wonderful, but as others have said..."the yellow boat!" There is something very special about this print. Thanks for the opportunity.

Jill of All Trades said...

Okay, that was a little hard as I love all of them but as I've said before, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the first one of the yellow boat. Just beautiful.

Snappy Finger said...

I am torn between 3 of the photos as my favorite so am going with the daisy still live which would coordinate well in a small bathroom I have in the house... They are all gorgeous, Kate. Congrats on hitting the 300 mark!

Snappy Di

Donna said...

The beauty of the pink Begonia is like that of a newborn.....fresh and new.....and pink. It makes me think of my Mom....she loved to pick the first Spring mayflowers and they were a shade of blush...not really pink, but for some reason, this picture hit home. I still miss her.

bv said...

am i to late? i would pick 'yellow boat' but they are all charming.
bv

FireLight said...

Well I have missed the 6:00 deadline (I know you are on EST and I am on CST), but that's ok....because I could not decide between the boat and the shell! I know whoever wins will be thrilled....I love your work!