some news... AND A GIVEAWAY! (now closed)

after going back and forth on how i felt about it, and not being sure i was confident enough to do it (because i really can't handle criticism or rejection AT ALL), one of my best pals, beca, finally gave me the push i needed to go ahead and open an etsy shop for my watercolor portraits.  i won't lie, i'm still super nervous, but it feels good to have a friend (and a few other friends, i won't forget about them!) who believes in you and encourages you every step of the way!  so the news is, here's the shop, and the exciting part is, here's the giveaway:

you won't receive a painting of beca's family, but you will receive a custom watercolor painting of any ONE person or animal you choose on 9x12 watercolor paper.  here's how to enter (please leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry):

-leave me a comment telling me who you'd like to have painted. (mandatory entry)
-visit my new shop and add it to your favorites (1 extra entry)
-follow this blog (1 extra entry)
-blog or tweet about this giveaway and leave me a link (1 extra entry)

please leave your email address with your entry or a way i can get in touch with you if you're the winner.  good luck!

159 comments:

  1. i'm so happy you are doing this! those portraits are amazing! i would get one painted of my husband!

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  2. Eeee! SO exciting!!! <3 I'm so proud of you, girl!!!

    I would have myself or Jen painted!!! Probably myself and I'd purchase one for Jen once I have enough $$$!

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  3. Your shop has surely been favorite-ed!!!

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  4. And of COURSE I follow your blog, sweety!!! (My e-mail addy is: lariatsandlavender@gmail.com)

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  5. So excited about these Danielle! You continue to impress me with all these creative outlets you find - you are seriously so talented! Fingers crossed that I win!

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  6. Obviously I follow your blog! Even though I'm a terrible commenter, I still read :).

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  7. I also favorited your new shop! Love the air plants by the way - genius!

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  8. This is awesome Danielle!! I love them.

    And I would definitely want my mom painted. I would love that :)

    already follow ya on twitter and blog. favorited your shop too!

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  9. I think your paintings are amazing! Congratulations on stepping out of your comfort zone, too!
    I would want a water color painting of my grandmother from when she was young!

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  10. i just started following you on blogger. i am surprised i didn't already, but it is probably because you are in my google reader instead :)

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  11. This is lovely :) I would love a portrait of my Grandmother and I. I have a favorite photo of us from when I was a baby.

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  12. Already following this blog, obviously :D

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  13. These are really beautiful! I'd love a portrait of my kitty, or dog.

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  14. Favorited Girl & Parrot - such a cute name, and the air plants are amazing too!

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  15. I'm also totally following you.

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  16. Oh my gosh-- I'm so excited for you!! I would have a portrait done of my sister, Phoebe.

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  17. Added your shop to my favorites (would've done that regardless)!

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  18. Tweeted it! https://twitter.com/#!/AliviaLynn/status/194798974702596096

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  19. I wish you luck selling on etsy, Your water colours seem like fun pieces of artwork. I would love a portrait of myself, or my dog or both together with my partner like the piece above, find me on twitter @martin_whelan

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  20. followed, favorited and now commenting ... yay! this is awesome and i love your paintings. i think i'd get a portrait of my grandma who has passed away but i have some great photos, as a present for my momma.

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  21. I would totally have a painting done of my mini dachshund!

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  22. I would get one of myself. Is that selfish? Haha! Your work is just too cool, I'd have to be selfish. ;)

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  23. Aaaand I tweeted (@awildtonic). Fingers crossed! :)

    awildtonic@gmail.com

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  24. So cool! I would have to get one of my pups. They are just so adorable. Exciting to see more of your talents.

    Em

    Emilysurface@gmail.com

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  25. so much fun! and you are so talented, danielle!!!
    i would get one done of either posie or veda... or maybe my bf...

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  26. oh, and i follow your blog (of course)!

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  27. Yes!! I seriously love your portraits. I actually linked to them in a recent post. Beca and her fam look awesome. I am really torn as to who I would want you to paint. I am thinking maybe my mother, or Gertrude Stein, my favorite writer, or myself because I would love to see my face in your style.

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  28. I would love to have one done of my family!! It would be me, my son Logan, my man Gray and our two dogs Bacon and Waffles.

    nicole0382@gmail.com

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  29. Following your blog!

    nicole0382@gmail.com

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  30. Favorited your new shop! Congrats by the way!!

    nicole0382@gmail.com

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  31. Gah! Such an awesome giveaway :) Thank you!!!

    If I own I would LOVE to get a watercolor portrait of my son :)

    Kary10024@hotmail.com

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  32. Added your shop to my favorites!
    Etsy Username: Eeyore4eva

    Kary10024@hotmail.com

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  33. I am a follower of your blog :)

    kary10024@hotmail.com

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  34. Oh wow, really beautiful... :) I would like to have me and my cats painted :)

    Cornelia,

    porcelina[at]live[dot]nl

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  35. Tweeted about this great giveaway, @killingbirds

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  36. I would love to have a portrait of my Auntie. She's 95 and my grandma died of MS the year before I was born so my Auntie is the closest thing I've ever had to a grandparent. I've thought about getting a portrait of her on my arm but I don't think she'd like that.

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  37. I also favorited your shop. And great job on putting yourself out there. You are incredibly talented.

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  38. haha. I think all these entries should prove that beca was right. I would love to have one of Lilly. You have got some serious talent lady!

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  39. I would love to have a print of my son, Bentley! These are so beautiful! You're amazing! xo

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  40. I would get one of little hermes bird. I loved your portraits the second I saw them! I'm so so glad you decided to do this. They're going to be wildly popular!

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  41. I tweeted about this giveaway! https://twitter.com/#!/KatlynLarson/status/194846461605838849

    & here's my email address. Sorry I forgot to put it in my other entries (brain glitch) katlyn.larson@gmail.com

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  42. And I favourited your new shop!

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  43. can i say that i am pretty pissed right now that i am not gonna win becca's painting! hahahahah just kidding but only kinda sorta... i am SOOO happy that you are doing this because i think you are extremely talented! way to go lady! so if i were to win, which i hope i do...i would love one of my and tom and of course rosie our little rascal kitty! yay for your new shop and this exciting new adventure!! watercolor pal **high five***
    xo,
    cb

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  44. i would like one done of my grandma! xx tauni

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  45. just favorite your etsy shop - loving the airplants.

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  46. I would LOVE a family portrait of me, my mister and our two grumpy kitties! Beca recommended that I enter because our family is so cute;)

    Jes

    thekitschentruck@gmail.com

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  47. Also, I favorited you on etsy:)

    Jes

    thekitschentruck@gmail.com

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  48. ALSO, I'm following you now.

    Jes

    thekitschentruck@gmail.com

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  49. ALSO ALSO ALSO I just blogged about how cute you are.

    Jes

    thekitschentruck@gmail.com
    www.thekitschykitschen.blogspot.com

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  50. These are so so beautiful! I think I would have a portrait of my youngest son. He's under-represented on my walls. ;)
    lisa@goodknits.com

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  51. I added your shop to my favorites on Etsy (omgknits)!
    lisa@goodknits.com

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  52. oh my goddd!! that is SO AWESOME. I didn't even know watercolors could look like that. Will you do dogs? I want a portrait of my pup :)

    my email is maddy.lessirard@gmail.com and OF COURSE I'm adding this shop to my favorites.. wow!

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  53. I tweeted about the giveaway here-- https://twitter.com/#!/goodknits/status/194875039470985217
    lisa@goodknits.com

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  54. love this! i'd get a little portrait of my dog, who is two today! :)

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  55. I would get a painting of my chihuahua Colby. He isn't represented fairly on our walls. :)
    kirbycolby at gmail dot com

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  56. I also follow your blog. Thank you!
    kirbycolby at gmail dot com

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  57. oh my goodness how beautiful, glad your friend supported you in opening this up!! I'd pick my mum : )

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  58. I follow you on bloglovin : )
    & dusanabotswana@hotmail.com

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  59. tweeted. & would like your shop for sure but am not on Etsy. thanks again!

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  60. Umm, this is amaaaaaazing. I totally want one of these done of my sweet little dog, haha! Love love LOVE it.

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  61. Added your shop to my favourites! I'd love to one day have one of me, my dog & my boyfriend. You're so talented!

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  62. I'm following your blog now. (I don't know how I wasn't before? Haha.)

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  63. I would love one of my sweet little girl Amelie :)

    You do awesome work!

    wingedfaye at gmail dot com

    amelieobscura.blogspot.com

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  64. That is so cool. I would want a portrait of either our chihuahua or orange tabby. They both have eyes that beg to be painted.

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  65. This is so awesome! Becca is so talented. I would definitely get my boyfriend's picture done. :)

    xo,
    Margaret
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    margeincharge(At)gmail(dot)com

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  66. girl fiancee, your work is AMAZING! You are all kinds of talented <3 i'm so in love with these. I would want my little family painted, dogs included.

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  67. OF COURSE i follow you. miss you!

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  68. i'd have my sister and her husband and baby painted :)

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  69. and i added the shop to my favs.

    jlaw1407 at hotmail dot com

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  70. i'd love for myself to be painted, would be great to use as a blog header!

    amyvjoslin@hotmail.com

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  71. added shop to my favourites!

    amyvjoslin@hotmail.com

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  72. follower of this blog

    amyvjoslin@hotmail.com

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  73. First, I need brownie points, bc i added your shop to favorites BEFORE I EVEN KNEW ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY! Mind blown.
    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a portrait of my daughter, Harper!!

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  74. I'd request to get one painted of me and my sisters. Also, congrats on the new shop, Danielle! It's wonderful to see you branching out. I favorited your shop right away, of course.

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  75. I would have you paint my daughter!

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  76. Just started following your blog!

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  77. I just added your shop to my etsy favorites!

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  78. Dude! So awesome! I'd love to have you do a portrait of my daughter Margaux...I may have you do one even if I don't win (but winning would be great!)

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  79. so fantastic!!!!!! i would love a portrait of my bunny rabbit, waffles :)

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  80. i already follow your blog, too :)

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  81. i also added your new shop to my favorites :) (gabriellaaaa)

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  82. I would get myself painted. haha ;D

    mary rebecca
    maryrebeccablog@gmail.com
    www.maryrebecca.com

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  83. Favorited your shop! [maryrebecca]

    mary rebecca
    maryrebeccablog[at]gmail[dot]com
    www.maryrebecca.com

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  84. I follow your blog :D

    mary rebecca
    maryrebeccablog[at]gmail[dot]com
    www.maryrebecca.com

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  85. Woo! I know you'll pick me because I'm sexy. I'd get me, Cypress and Robbie. And you, if you let me win. wink wink. My email is tomakelovestay at gmail dot com!

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  86. Your shop is added to my faves! my username is thebluevixen.

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  87. OF COURSE I FOLLOW YOUR BLOG, F'ING DUH. tomakelovestay at gmail :)

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  89. Added your lovely shop to my favorites!

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  90. These are amazing! I would get a portrait of my dog :) but I guess they aren't technically "a person" so if it has to be a person, then I would chose my husband. I'd love to put it on my side of the bed!

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  91. I'd get a portrait of Josie, one of my pups, if she counts as a "person" :)
    The shop's already a favourite & I already follow here :)
    Your paintings are so stunning! Deceptively simple - they are SO bang on! I can't believe they are so life-like. Hard to believe they're free-hand and not done on a computer from a photo (obviously way more pretty than that would ever be). I think I'll have to get a portrait done either way, when some cash flows my way :)

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  92. * tweeted @_honeywild , but you've probably seen it :)

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  93. I would love a family portrait, but I may have too many pets :)
    So, a doggie portrait would do.

    I also favorited-ed your Etsy shop.

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  94. Yo! No wonder you have been so freaken busy!!! Little secret squirrel!!! Well, you know who I'd pick, my firstborn ;) I am sooooo excited you are doing this you über talented human being!!!
    T xo

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  95. ....and I will so blog about this! Dave said if we were so lucky to win he would pay the difference for a family portrait ;)

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  96. Danielle! Get outta town! You are so stinkin' talented and creative. I LOVE this and am so glad your friend pushed you to open a shop. How have you been hiding this from us?! I so need to win this giveaway. I would want you to paint my cat, Kiwi :)

    My email is: freckled@gmail.com

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  97. Just added your shop to my favorites :)

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  98. I would totally have you paint my family of 3 :)

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  99. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/TyneeTreasures/status/195129034596818945

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  100. one of my sister would be really awesome :) raineoc@yahoo.com

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  101. following :) raineoc@yahoo.com

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  102. Oh My GOSH danielle! That portrait is amazing! I favorited your shop and I follow your blog already!

    windshielddiaries@gmail.com

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  103. So excited for you! Your work is amazing!!! ...I think I'd want a painting of our dog. Weird? I don't think so and I think you'd agree ;)

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  104. We added your shop to our favorites (typewriter boneyard).

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  105. i thought i was already following your blog w friend connect..oops! Well, I am now ;)

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  106. what a great giveaway! a custom portrait painting would be amazing! I would definitely have my better half, aka my husband, painted :]

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  107. now following your blog as well :]

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  109. Wonderful giveaway! good luck with the shop! your art is amazing.

    also...I would have a portrait of my pup, motley marie made!

    creaturecomfortetsy@gmail.com

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  110. Also! I favorited you earlier this week before i even knew about the giveaway!

    http://www.etsy.com/people/creaturecomfort1?ref=si_pr

    creaturecomfortetsy@gmail.com

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  111. I would like to win a portrait of my boyfriend's 15-year-old cat Lucille (aka Brittles). She is the sweetest, most gentle-spirited cat and I think she'd be captured so beautifully in this style of watercolor. Plus, if we win, he'll actually have something to hang on his wall...finally. (p.s. I liked the shop too!)

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  112. Congrats on the new shop! You are so talented! It would be kinda weird to have a painting of Beca's family, although it looks just like her and I love their work :) I would probably choose one of my kitties...

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  113. And... I already follow your blog in my Google Reader! Have a great weekend!

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  114. I'm so happy to see that you're doing this, your watercolours are so so nice. x

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  115. these are great! congrats on your new adventure! i think i would get a portrait of either my dog or my kitteh - i love how these come out! tarynschettler@gmail.com

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  116. added your shoppe to my favorites :) tarynschettler@gmail.com

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  117. i follow your blizzy :) tarynschettler@gmail.com

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  118. i would want the littlest person in our family painted. i think he doesn't get as much attention as he deserves because he's started the terrible two stage, but he's still really cute!

    writekatiecupcake [at] gmail [dot] com

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  119. I would love to have a portrait of my new son. Your work is beautiful!

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  120. Your shop is now in my favorites!

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  121. ohmygoodness, Danielle! this is so amazing! :) I'm so happy for your new shop!

    As for who I'd like painted, I would want my puppy, Ringo-dog, that passed away last year :( I don't know if you remember when that happened but I still miss him like crazy :( PLUS, I'm thinking of remodeling my bedroom and have actually been looking into different kinds of art pieces I could include so this would be awesomeeeee :)

    -Adri
    www.maviecherie.com
    macheriecreations@gmail.com

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  122. also, I just added your new shop to my favorites on Etsy!

    -Adri
    www.maviecherie.com
    macheriecreations@gmail.com

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  123. I have been a follower of your blog for quite some time now, as well :)<3

    -Adri
    www.maviecherie.com
    macheriecreations@gmail.com

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  124. I blogged about the giveaway too! :)

    http://www.maviecherie.com/2012/04/i-have-talented-bloggy-friends.html

    -Adri
    www.maviecherie.com
    macheriecreations@gmail.com

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  125. I'd love to have a portrait of our snorty Boston Terrier! I'm a follower of your blog! So happy I found you.

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  126. You're one of my favorite shops, too. :)

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  127. oooooh oooooh I want one! I would like me and Jacob painted!
    added FB and tweeting about now!

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  128. i follow you already:)
    iheartbueno@gmail.com

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  129. I am so glad you had Bec to encourage you! I'm glad you started this shop!!

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  130. You're SUPER talented!!!
    I'd LOVE a water color portrait of myself. I would say my dog, but she's not very photogenic :)

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