Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Ringing in the New Year Right - Giveaway #12


This is our last day of giveaways. If you haven't won anything yet, don't give up. There are so many of you who have regularly been visiting and entering, and even if you haven't won, I hope you've had fun. I sure have! I have so enjoyed reading the comments, seeing who has stopped by, talking with the featured bloggers, and composing the posts. Today is my day and you all know my link and what I look like so I am skipping that part!


I've always painted...always. My mom put me in art classes with Ann Haley in elementary school. I remember going every Saturday morning from 10:00 - 12:00. I went for several years, rarely missed, and loved it. I didn't play ball. I wasn't a cheerleader. I felt like I had found a place where I could shine.
When I went to college, I started out in advertising. I wasn't happy, so I switched to graphic design. I picked up a major in book illustration. Again, I loved what I was doing. We lived and worked in Nashville for a while, but it was time to move back home and start a family. I had a hard time finding work and that is when I sort of stumbled into teaching.


I went back to school and ended up with my license and a master's degree. I love teaching because I like something new every day. I found a place where I can mix variety and structure. I can also incorporate creativity and art in my classroom. The kids love it and so do I. I am now also teaching "Art for Educators" for Tennessee Tech, which I so enjoy.
Now I paint just about every night from 8:00 - 10:00. The kids go to bed and eight and I have to go to bed at ten to function properly. I am a busy bee until eight, then I sit down and let myself unwind over a bottle of paint.


Nancy Golden was my first customer. She called me out of the blue one day and said she has some canvases she had picked up at Big Lots. She asked me to paint something for her nieces for their birthday. When I delivered them to her, she told me that I should start a business. I thought about it for a while and talked to my husband about it. I started the blog shortly after and am consistently busy. I owe a lot to Nancy for that initial spark, for that encouragement. The encouragement, support, and kind words I get from you all is immeasurable.


So, what am I giving away today? I wanted to give something special, something to really say thank you. You can see that my desk is ready for this project. I've got a fresh shipment of canvases waiting.
I am giving away four canvases, one for each season to be delivered throughout the year. I have your winter one ready, but it is a new design and I'm not ready to show it just yet. The winner will receive that winter one immediately, a spring surprise in April, a summer surprise in July, and a fall surprise in September. How's that for sharing the love?


1037 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW!! You do such a wonderful job! How Awesome!! I want to win!!!! I hope today is my lucky day!! :)
Ashlee Reep
areep@k12tn.net

Jenny C said...

Love your work and would like some in my own home....

Christy Partain said...

Brandie, your a great!! keep up the good work!!

Lori said...

This sounds great! Enter me!
blessed6mom(at)yahoo.com

Maranda Danelle said...

That is so generous! Enter me please!

Anonymous said...

would love to win today!

cathy
cbennett58#hotmail.com

Kristin Green said...

Oh my! How exciting !!! I want to win this so bad ! Love your work !

Kristin Green said...

Entering again

Leann said...

Really great giveaway!! Enter me please!!

LeAnne Holt said...

Oh girl ~ this would be so awesome to win :~) Please enter me.... I will be posting throughout the day!

Tanya said...

Oh my goodness!!! I would love to win this one. You know how much I love your stuff!! I will be entering a bunch today!!

Alison said...

I would love to win! Your work is awesome!

Tanya said...

Entering again!

Anonymous said...

Please enter me:)
littleladyintraining(at)yahoo.com

LeAnne Holt said...

Oh girl ~ this would be so awesome to win :~) Please enter me....

Tanya said...

And one more time...(for now ;-)

Leann said...

Really want to win this one !!!

Anonymous said...

Brandi your work is great! I hope I win!!
:)

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

stephanie said...

Thanks for hosting the giveaways, this has been so fun! I would love to win some of your art!

Anonymous said...

WOW!! You do such a wonderful job! How Awesome!! I want to win!!!! I hope today is my lucky day!! :)
Ashlee Reep
areep@k12tn.net

Anonymous said...

Please enter me again!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

I hope I win today!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

I really want to win!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

Again!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

And again!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

And again!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

Again! :)

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

Again!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

SocialStudiesSoubrette said...

Oh what a neat giveaway. The gift that keeps on giving :D
laprochaine@gmail.com

Saylorsmom said...

I have been waiting for today and you are doing an awesome giveaway.
Thanks.

Wesley Hillis said...

Ohh Brandie, I want to win this. You will hear from me a lot today!!! Enter me!! =)

Danielle said...

This would be a great prize to win! I didn't realize that you didn't start out teaching, I learned something new.

Wesley Hillis said...

Enter me

Saylorsmom said...

enter me again

Wesley Hillis said...

again!

Saylorsmom said...

one more time for now.

Wesley Hillis said...

again!

Wesley Hillis said...

and maybe again!

Wesley Hillis said...

Enter me all day long! ha

Kristi said...

Please enter me again!!


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Kristi said...

Enter me again!!


usauto1@blomand.net

Wesley Hillis said...

What about again

LeAnne Holt said...

Pick Me :~) Pick Me :~) Pick Me :~)

Natasha Vaughn, Designer said...

What a cool idea.

Natasha Vaughn, Designer said...

Fun fun.

4HMom said...

I stumbled upon your blog from someone else late last year - too late to get my Christmas order in to you :( Now I'd LOVE to win something, but if I don't I will be just as excited to purchase one of your beautiful creations!
Jeni H
tkaysmom@bellsouth.net

Angela Cossey said...

I want to win!! I love your work!

leelea said...

I love your story!!! Glad you are doing what you love!!!! I would like to win and have one of your pieces of art!! I hope i win!!!

mellowmarli said...

..i'm keeping my fingers crossed that today is my day =).

Wesley Hillis said...

Enter me again!

Wesley Hillis said...

again!

Wesley Hillis said...

how about again!

Anonymous said...

I am entering again!!

Lara Kate Haley
Lara_kate@live.com

Wesley Hillis said...

One last time. I will be back!

Holly Bailey said...

I read your blog daily and drool over the things you paint. I would love to win this. Thanks for being such a generous person and doing this wonderful thing!

Anonymous said...

And again!!

Lara Kate Haley
Lara_kate@live.com

jmgamartin said...

What an awesome prize!

Anonymous said...

Again!! :)

Lara Kate Haley
Lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

I am going to be entering all day I really want to win this !

Lara Kate Haley
Lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

And again!

Lara Kate Haley
Lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

Again!

Lara Kate Haley
Lara_kate@live.com

Paula Wanamaker said...

Love you and ALL your special talents:)
Your an amazing mom, sister, daughter, teacher, and friend:)

Ashley said...

OOHHHHH I NEED THIS... i want this sooooo bad!!!!! i am entering this time..

Ashley said...

and again...

Anonymous said...

Again! :)

Lara Kate Haley
Lara_kate@live.com

Ashley said...

and again...

Angela said...

what a phenomenal giveaway! wowza!!! LOVE it!

Ashley said...

and another for good luck... i will be back later!!

LeAnne Holt said...

Pick Me!!!! Pick Me!!!!!

Mim said...

HOW great is this!

Anonymous said...

please eneter me!
jamyejaco@yahoo.com

LeAnne Holt said...

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LeAnne Holt said...

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Patty's Stitches said...

Wow! This is a fabulous giveaway. The gift that keeps on giving!!!! A new canvas every season, that would be just awesome! I'm glad you shared about Nancy being your first customer. I didn't know that. I love her so much, she's a sweetie!

Kristin Green said...

Entering again!

Kristin Green said...

Entering again!

Kristin Green said...

Entering would love to win!

Kristin Green said...

Would love to win!

Kristin Green said...

Entering again!

Kristin Green said...

Again:)

Monti Hillis said...

Let's just try this again, since it worked so well the other day. Enter me!

Kristin Green said...

Again !

Kristin Green said...

Need a updated holiday canvs!

Kristin Green said...

Again!

Kristin Green said...

Again:)

Kristin Green said...

Love this!

Wesley Hillis said...

Entering again!!

Wesley Hillis said...

me again!

Kristin Green said...

Again !

Kristin Green said...

Entering again!

Kristin Green said...

Love your work!

Kristin Green said...

Entering again

Kristin Green said...

Entering one.more time until later

Rachel H. said...

Wow!! That's an awesome giveaway!! I want to win this one too! :)

LeAnne Holt said...

pick me - pick me - pick me

Anonymous said...

Wow-what a wonderful giveaway. I would love to win!
Amy Wilkey
amywilkey@gmail.com

LeAnne Holt said...

pick me - pick me - pick me!!! I love your work - you are super talented!!!

LeAnne Holt said...

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Tina said...

Brandie, you are so talented. I would love to win this one

Tina said...

you were so quiet when we met at Tech in geography class. Never dreamed such talent was there...LOL

Tina said...

would love love love to win

Tammy said...

Wow! How great is that? Love your work!

Tammy L
frugalstitching@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Entering Again .....I want to win!!!! I hope today is my lucky day!! :)
Ashlee Reep
areep@k12tn.net

Saylorsmom said...

Cant wait to see the new winter design.

Saylorsmom said...

This one is for Saylor. lol

Saylorsmom said...

enter me again

Saylorsmom said...

and again

Saylorsmom said...

and again again.

Saylorsmom said...

last time for a few minutes

Wesley Hillis said...

Its me again!!!

Wesley Hillis said...

I really really really want to win!!

Wesley Hillis said...

I love playing though....

Anonymous said...

Great giveaway-we have a spot to hang these in our home that would be perfect.
Aaron Wilkey
aaronwilkey@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Your work is beautiful. I often look to your site for inspiration if I'm working on a project :)
Amy Wilkey
amywilkey@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Entering again, as I would really love to win this one ;)
Amy Wilkey
amywilkey@gmail.com

Jamie W. said...

I love you work! I hope I win.

Amy said...

Wow! Thanks for the give away!
Enter me please
Thanks Amy
amyamyfabulous1@hotmail.com

Amy said...

Enter me again please!

Amy said...

And again

Amy said...

one more time (maybe lol)

Anonymous said...

Please enter me again. I'd love to win this :)
Amy Wilkey
amywilkey@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I want to win!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

Again!


Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

AGain!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

And AGain!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

Entering Again!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

and again!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

AGain!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

LeAnne Holt said...

pick me - pick me - pick me!!! I love your work - you are super talented!!!

Anonymous said...

I really want to win I love your paintings!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

LeAnne Holt said...

pick me - pick me - pick me!!! I love your work - you are super talented!!!

Anonymous said...

Again!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

LeAnne Holt said...

pick me - pick me - pick me!!! I love your work - you are super talented!!!

Anonymous said...

And Again!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

LeAnne Holt said...

pick me - pick me - pick me!!! I love your work - you are super talented!!!

LeAnne Holt said...

pick me - pick me - pick me!!! I love your work - you are super talented!!!

Anonymous said...

Again!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

I really want to win this one!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

Anonymous said...

Maybe this is my lucky day I hope so!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

tiffany s said...

Oh my goodness, you know I will LOVE to win this one Brandie!!!!!

tiffany s said...

I love all the canvases that you done for me!!!!!

tiffany s said...

You are so VERY talent young mother, wife, sister, etc!!

Wesley Hillis said...

Enter me....

Wesley Hillis said...

again

Tina said...

entering again

LeAnne Holt said...

pick me - pick me - pick me!!! I love your work - you are super talented!!!

Tina said...

don't know how you find time with teaching and your kids....awesome

LeAnne Holt said...

pick me - pick me - pick me!!! I love your work - you are super talented!!!

The Trendy Spot Boutique said...

Oh I so need to win this... Perfect for my family! :)

The Trendy Spot Boutique said...

entering again! :)

ChaNikki Imagery said...

Enter me!!

Anonymous said...

Again!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

The Trendy Spot Boutique said...

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Anonymous said...

Again!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

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The Trendy Spot Boutique said...

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Anonymous said...

And Again!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

ChaNikki Imagery said...

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The Trendy Spot Boutique said...

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ChaNikki Imagery said...

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ChaNikki Imagery said...

got to win this!!

Anonymous said...

Again!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

The Trendy Spot Boutique said...

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ChaNikki Imagery said...

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Anonymous said...

I really hope today is my lucky day !!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

ChaNikki Imagery said...

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Anonymous said...

Again!!


Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

ChaNikki Imagery said...

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Anonymous said...

And Again!!

Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

ChaNikki Imagery said...

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Anonymous said...

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Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

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Lara Kate Haley
lara_kate@live.com

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