Sunday, January 2, 2011

A RAK Give-Away for anyone who asks

I was checking out my Ravelry posts today when an idea hit me. I have a number of prints from my original calligraphy featuring quotes from A Course in Miracles, left over from when I used to sell them. I produced these back in the 1990s and I’d enjoy sharing them (read: GIVE AWAY FOR FREE!) with anyone who would appreciate them and might like to have one. 

I penned the quotes myself, had them printed on high quality card stock and then I individually added hearts, flourishes and other design elements to each one with pen/brush and colored inks.

Here are a couple of examples on my Flickr site, and there is an example on my Ravelry profile page (last photo before the listing of Groups I’m in).

I’ve seen give-aways on other blogs and references to a so-called “random number generator” that selects the winners . . .
I don’t know if this is an actual tool or just what people say to attempt fairness when drawing numbers/names. (Guess I could Google "random number generator", but that sounds too much like work . . . ;o)

My point is: I’m really trying hard to implement my New Year's resolutions and let go of some of my hoarding tendencies. I have a serious disorder involving accumulating things and saving them for that all important (but hard to predict) time when I'm absolutely, positively going to need them or use them. It's gotten out of hand, really. (You have NO idea! Trust me.) Giving these away would be a great big step in that direction. And I desperately need YOUR participation in this. 

Can anyone suggest how I might devise a fair way to get these out to any one who might want one? (Remember: I'm really new to all this blogging stuff and its protocols, so if it seems like I am not figuring this out on my own just chalk it up to ignorance and inexperience.) Leave me a comment if you have any ideas you can offer!

There are about six different quotes and about ten different designs. Some of them are in the form of matted or unmatted prints, suitable for framing. Formats are 6"x6" square or 4"x6" rectangular, unmatted.

I've made a few of the prints into blank cards using a high-grade card stock with matching envelopes. I'll be giving these away as well.

Prints will not be framed, but some of them are matted in archaival-grade 100% cotton mat board and have foam core backings. For each print or card I give away I'll include:
1) a little self-adhesive cardboard easel that can be attached to the mat backing and placed on a shelf or other flat surface for display, and
2) a small plastic self-adhesive hanger you can use to hang the print on the wall.
I'll send one of each with every print/card. You choose how you'll display them. 

In addition to the hand-colored prints, I have hundreds of undecorated ones that I'd be happy to give away in bulk. The quotes are as follows:

~ "Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love."
~ "Let miracles replace all grievances."
~ "Today I will judge nothing that occurs."
~ "God being love, is also happiness. To fear him is to be afraid of joy."
~ "I offer only miracles today, for I would have them be returned to me."
~ "Heaven is herethere is nowhere else. Heaven is nowthere is no other time."

Ohand I just remembered! I have a slew of hand-cut mats with beveled edges in 100% rag matboard that I cut for my prints. These are up for grabs, too! Most are either 8"x8" square or 6"x8" rectangles with openings slightly smaller than the prints for which they were intended. I think there are even some double mats in the mix.


If no one responds here by the end of January, I'll be shipping everything off to Omaha, NB to a good friend of mine who leads ACIM study groups. I know she'll be thrilled to have them.

Talk to me, people!

(The photo reolution on the examples shown is blurry, and for that I apologize. They were shot hurriedly primarily for documentation; they'll have to suffice until I can replace them with better photos. The quality of the actual prints/cards is excellent, so I hope the poor photos won't dissuade you from requesting one! Email me directly.)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

"You must do that thing which you think you cannot do."

One of my favorite quotes from the inimitable Eleanor Roosevelt pretty much sums up my approach-avoidant attitude toward launching this new blog.

It's also a good New Year's resolution. For me . . . to consider putting into action in my life. (Notice that I'm not totally buying into it yet?) Though I don't have a stellar record for keeping my resolutions beyond the first few weeks of January (if that long), this one really resonates with me.

You see, I have a tendency to make choices by avoiding making choices. Not the best approach. Trust me.

So now I have a New Year's Resolution, and a goal for 2011. And it pretty much encompasses every other resolution that I could possibly make. How cool is that!?!

Anyway. I'll be back to add to this brief post shortlyor start a new one.
In the meantime, I wish you all a happy, healthy, prosperous and wonderful New Year for 2011. And good luck keeping those resolutions. (A pox on whoever started the blasted tradition. I think it was designed to guilt-induce all of us. I'm just sayin'.)

If you're reading this, Welcome!
Stop by now and then and share a cup of coffee with me.
I might actually find something worthwhile to say.