Friday, March 12, 2010

Another Giveaway

UPDATE: TIME'S UP. A WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN!

When I put that little Follower widget on my site, never did I think it would ever get to 500. I hit that milestone today and am celebrating with a giveaway that I hope you’ll all like. I’m offering something a little different this time, however. The winner will receive a 12 x 8 Standout in their choice of one of the photographs below. A Standout is a print that has been mounted to inch-thick gatorfoam. Check the link to get a better picture.

Here are the prints you get to choose from.

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LOOKING UP

Those of you who have been reading this blog have seen this photo before. It’s the one I donated to my school’s auction last spring, and one of my first attempts at applying a texture over one of my photographs. I love the colors, too.

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BELL TOWER

This was taken last fall at historic Hopewell Village in Elverson, PA. It’s the bell tower on the roof of the cast house. (Watermark will not appear in print).

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CARDINAL DURING SNOWSTORM

This one may be familiar to some. It was featured on Pioneer Woman’s Photography site as a finalist in her Holiday Bokeh assignment.

Heading home

HEADING HOME

Taken on a chilly day in Lancaster County, PA.

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HOW TO WIN ~ THE RULES

1. You need to be a follower of this blog.

This is not a blatant attempt to attract more followers. If you want to follow to enter the contest, fine. If you already follow, more power to ya.

2. You need to answer this question:

If you win, which of these photos would you choose?

3. For extra chances, spread the word.

Blog about this giveaway

Facebook this post

Please return after complying and leave a comment for each.

And most importantly, make sure I can link to you to contact you. I can’t stress this enough. I need to be able to e-mail you or link to your blog. See THIS POST if you’re still not sure.

THE WINNER

The giveaway will continue until this Saturday, March 13 at 6 PM (EST). Winner will be announced some time that evening.

So which do you choose?

Good luck.

PS ~ Nurse Nancy was my 500th follower. She will receive her choice of one of the Standout Prints above. Please contact me with your address, NN.

PPS ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHAR. LOVE YOU.

105 comments:

J.L.S. said...

Ohh I love giveaways! :) I'm a follower and if I won, I would want The Bell Tower as my print! As always, I love your photos! Thanks for this opportunity!

Cottage Sisters said...

Your photos are beautiful. I was wondering if you could answer a question for me regarding textures? I am new to PSE and I can't figure out how to add a texture. Can you explain how to add a texture? I would really appreciate it. Thanks, Denise@cottagesisters

Cheryl said...

Wonderful give-away.

I love the one, Looking Up. The glow gives me a feeling for my dad that is in heaven and I'm always look up.

Cheryl

wateroakhill@gmail.com

Astaryth said...

You are always so generous and this time is no exception! What a lovely way to celebrate 500 followers!

Which picture is a very difficult decision as they are all wonderful. I found myself torn between Heading home and Looking Up.. but then Cardinal is also beautiful ;) My final decision is... um... Looking UP! LOL!

Karen said...

The cardinal has been my favorite since his first appearance. He reminds me of my deceased grandparents, who adored the birds and even hand fed the ones who would dare to come close.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

love them all but love the top on most!!! and love you more than all them put together!

Deb said...

oh what a great giveaway...I would love the cardinal photo...especially since I have such problems trying to get photos of the ones that live around here...

Country Girl said...

Cottage Sisters,
This is a post I did on textures last year.
http://chroniclesofacountrygirl.blogspot.com/2009/02/wonderful-world-of-color.html
There's a link to a tutorial. There's more to it than that.

You can also visit here:
http://thepioneerwoman.com/photography/2009/06/he-loves-me-he-loves-me-not-adding-texture-to-flowers/
I don't do it this way. It's just another way to do it. Good luck.

~ C.G.

Astaryth said...

And... I facebooked the link!

Cheryl said...

I just blogged about this giveaway.

Looking Up is my pick!


(on my post, if you want me to remove pic, I will)

Cheryl

Mecha said...

Looking up because daisies are my favorite!

xomecha at yahoo dot com

Julie Harward said...

And here I thought I was already a follower cause I do follow you so close! I LOVE the cardinal, I have never seen one in real life, they are just magical to me! Come say hi :D

The Wife of a Dairyman ~ Nancy said...

It's a toss up for me between the Cardinal or Looking Up. All are beautiful but I love these two the most.

Michelle said...

See, I TOLD you you're popular! I'd take the daisy, definitely the daisy. Now I'll have to think of something for when the 100th person signs up to follow my blog. But first, a lambing contest!

Sara said...

they are all so pretty! I'm a follower, and I would pick "looking up"

Lizzie said...

For me it would have to be 'Looking Up'. I love the simplicity of the daisy with the richness of the texture, beautiful!!
Have a great weekend.
Lizzie
xxx

Ellen said...

I love your photos.

If I won, I would choose the cardinal and give it to my dad - he's a cardinal fanatic.

Nurse Nancy's hub is a wonderful photographer too.

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Cloudia said...

Congrats! Well deserved.
I love the cardinal...now I'm off to facebook this post.



Aloha from Hawaii my Friend!


Comfort Spiral

Barbara said...

I was already a follower and love your blog. I'd chose the Cardinal in a Snowstorm. I think it is sooo beautiful. Plus I'll post your contest on my blog -
www.babybloggingbloomer.blogspot.com

Linda said...

Oh, I love Looking up! Well I love all your photos but that one I immediately saw in the perfect spot in my home.

Patty Mooney said...

Congratulations to you, Kate, your hard work is paying off!

Donna S. said...

Looking up...of course I am a follower.

myletterstoemily said...

i never compete in these, because
i hate to interfere with someone
who's dying to win.

but, your photograpy is exceptionally
beautiful.

the cardinal stole my heart.

Yvonne said...

I've been quietly reading your blogs for awhile. I love your photography. I just became a follower. :)
While the cardinal has been a favorite photo, I would have to choose the daisy. I absolutely love the texture you added.

Shana said...

I am a follower and congrats on so many!!

Shana said...

I would want the Amish print. It would look great in our living room.

Shana said...

I shared on facebook @shana0923

DAnna Lawson said...

I look forward to checking your blog out each day to see your beautiful photographs. I especially love the bird photos, so I would love to have the cardinal! There are no cardinals on the west coast, and I miss seeing them. I am a relatively new follower and your blog is one of my favorites!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

I love em all! If I HAD to choose, it would have to be the lovely cardinal, because they visit the feeder at my window and I love to watch them. I always was told that the appearance of the red bird meant that you were going to have company, and that would be really nice--especially if my house was cleaned up!

alphabet soup said...

Hi Kate

I know distance rules me out but hey I want to join in. It's difficult to make a choice. Will it be the Cardinal or Heading Home?
I love those red cardinals. But today it's Heading Home.

Ms Soup

Sugar Creek Beads said...

How wonderful, having any photo of yours would be terrific. It is a hard choice for me between the daisy or the cardinal but Looking Up I will select because it makes me smile. Thanks for the new giveaway! Jeanne

Marla said...

I love the cardinal picture. It's so pretty. :)

Marla
www.asthefarmturns.wordpress.com

Kristina said...

I would choose "looking up" but the bell tower is soooo beautiful too! Winning would make a fabulous birthday present for myself! I love you pictures.

Kristina said...

I also shared on facebook

IB said...

I am a newcomer since two weeks.

Following you with http://blog.bloglovin.com/

Living in Sweden where we have had lot's of snow on the ground since December 16th.

If you choose me:
I go for the man with the horse.

It gives me a wondering about his thoughts and aims...

My blog: http://ib.xpy.se/

IB ingabritt(at)gmail.com

Jayne said...

And here I thought I WAS a follower, as I have you on my Google reader! Now I officially AM!

I love the Looking Up photo the most, and will be creating a nice linky to your giveaway on my blog tomorrow!

CONGRATULATIONS on reaching 500!

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Congratulations on such a wonderful milestone! 500 followers is an huge statement about the quality of your work and blog.

I am a follower and love the Cardinal in Winter Storm. Thank you.

Nurse Nancy said...

I am so excited! I knew I was #500 but never imagined that meant I would be a winner! How cool. I love the cardinal and that would be my choice. Living in the Northeast, cardinals are just so beautiful and we love to see them. Thanks Kate.

The Lone Star Queen said...

I would choose Looking Up but all of them are beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity. Have a great weekend!

Jennifer said...

I've never been to your site before today, but oh, I LOVE these pictures! Wow. My favorite is Looking Up, with Bell Tower a close second. Stunning.

Steph said...

The Cardinal of course! Two of my favorite things...Cardinals and snow... :) Congrat's on the 500!

TSannie said...

Talk about a difficult decision! I want one of each! And hurray for Nurse Nancy!

Alli said...

Fantastic! Definitely "looking up" for me. Love the beautiful colors in that shot!

A Thousand Reasons to Smile

Mary said...

Congratulations, Kate! You are such a wonderful photographer; it's so hard to pick a favorite! I think that the cardinal is so very beautiful. :)

I have so loved coming here every day and getting to know you. Thank you for sharing your life and your talent and your friendship. :)
xoxo,
mary

tj said...

...Hi Kate! Came over here via PIONEER WOMAN'S LINK...(did ya get that people?!;o)...*giggle* Just click on that killer photo Kate took the other day of "the weed", now on REE'S FAVORITE SITES, and 'Voila!' - you. are. here! *giggle* :oD

...I'm so stinkin' proud of you I could burst! *still doin' funky dance* ;o)

...Oh, and *ahem*, I choose the cardinal please and thank you...

...Blessings my dear... :o)

Andi said...

OH my gosh ohmy gosh - I love each of them for different reason....I caaaaaannnnn'ttttt pick!!! I have to narrow it down to looking up or the bell tower...those are the ones that I think suit my house best....I am off to FB you and make a blog post later today!Thanks for sharing!

Mental P Mama said...

I'll take the cardinal. Thank you;)

Deborah Carlson said...

Hi Kate!
They are all gorgeous, but I have a soft-spot for the country and for the ":beautiful people", so I would choose "Heading home" .
Also Kate, can you direct me in how to upload a full song to my blog, that will play when my blog is opened? Thanks and have a wionderful weekend!
Deborah

Daryl said...

Happy Birthday Char ..

Love them all, love you .. but the first really would work well with the other one I have on my CG art wall ;-)

koopermom said...

OOhh, I just LOVE Looking Up. It's beautiful. I am a follower!

Amy said...

I absolutely love the cardinal print. I saw the one that you recently entered into one of Pioneer Woman's contests and fell in love with it. Cardinal would definitely be my choice! Love your photos. I'm slowly learning, and hope to one day take photos like yours.

Marianne said...

I'm a new follower thanks to a link on my friend's blog. All the choice's are beautiful, but something about The Bell Tower speaks to me.

Congratulations on 500!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I'm doing a giveaway on my blog today also, to celebrate finishing my novel.

All the photos are incredibly beautiful. But I would choose the cardinal, as that one just stands out for me.

CJ xx

Carolynn said...

Congratulations on reaching that milestone! I've loved the cardinal image ever since I first laid eyes on it. So gorgeous!

I won't enter this contest though. The odds are against me winning twice, I think. I will eventually buy a copy of it and support you in that way.

In the meantime, I'm thoroughly enjoying my Bell Tower.

Good luck to everyone.

Blessings,
Carolynn

Bluebonnet Rescue said...

Love the photo of the flower with the textured background..... also love your blog!

Bluebonnet Rescue said...

Love the photo of the flower on the textured background... that's the one I would choose. Also, I love following your blog. Keep up the good photos and work.

Rachel Lynn said...

Ooo I'd love to have that belltower print. All of your photography is beautiful.

suz said...

Great giveaway (and great blog!) I would pick The Bell Tower... beautiful! And the color scheme will match my room.

Anna said...

I am a follower, and I just love the Looking Up picture...

Terri Gordon said...

Wow, your photos are just beautiful. I love the photo with the bird, I love birds. I just found your wonderful blog.

Dara @ AVGCR said...

LOVE the Lancaster pic. :) its so nice. :)

ro said...

Dear Kate,
Although I like all of your photos, I love "Looking Up". That would have to be my choice. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

roking15922@gmail.com

Linda Higgins said...

Hi Kate, I just love the flower "looking up" it would be such a beautiful asset to my guest bedroom! SAME colors! I love following your blog...because of your humor and gorgeous pics it makes me smile every day!
lindalusbtdt.blogspot.com

Christine said...

I became a follower when I found your site. I love the "Looking Up' picture - it's been an extremely difficult year for my sister & this is perfect!

TSannie said...

Bell tower... cardinal... amish... They're all so good!

I guess the bell tower.

Amy said...

Good evening Kate!! Really love all the photos you've displayed for your giveaway and would love any one of them...I'll announce your giveaway tomorrow on my blog ok, already made my post for today and I've been a follower for a long time now ;-) Are you following my blog??? HMMMMMM....hehehe...just kidding with ya- SORT OF...hahahaha...
Have a great evening I'm exhausted after such a busy day and LOTS of sunshine- not bad for March in Norway!!! :-))

herbfarm said...

Love them all Kate, but I'd pick Heading Home. I Facebooked it for ya.
Marcia

Ann On and On... said...

I follow you..with a smile! amerskine at hotmail dot com

Ann On and On... said...

I hope this answer is suffice... I like all of them and do not want to choose because it would be wonderful to receive any one of them. If I were to give it to my mom I would pick the Amish photo. :D
amerskine at hotmail dot comm

Ann On and On... said...

I posted/linked your giveaway. It is on the left side of my blog. :)
amerskine at hotmail dot com

Joanne said...

You're amazing! I'm not much of a commenter on blogs, but every once in a while. Your contests get me commenting!

I would choose Looking Up.

joannereneephotography@gmail.com

sandyandcosmo said...

I love the cardinal in the snowstorm, the red feathers really stand out on a bleak winter day.

Annie said...

How in the world do I choose? All the pictures are wonderful! I think I'd choose the bell tower, however.

I have been reading your blog for a while and am beginning to shoot some photos of my own. I have a Nikon D40x with the standard lens. I LOVE shooting macro stuff, but am hesitant to buy a new lens. Any suggestions on which lens to purchase next?

Thanks, and many blessings!
Annie
The Greyhaired Momma
http://greyhairedmomma.blogspot.com

Annie said...

Hey again! I Facebooked it for 'ya!!

These Nine Acres said...

:0) I am declining the entry into the contest, not because I wouldn't want the beautiful prize, but because I proudly own one of your prints already and want to allow others that privilege!

Congrats on the 500!

glenda09 said...

Im now a follower! Congrats on the 500.. I would pick the Bell Tower!!

glenda.a.silva@gmail.com

RottenMom said...

Congrats on your 500!I would love to have the Cardinal in my home! I just adore him!

Jo said...

Oh, gosh, Kate. :-)

Andi said...

I facebooked about it!? Is that even a verb?? Now I am off to make a blog post.

Andi said...

And I blogged about it!! Thank you so much for not making it a Twitter thing, cause I don't do that! :)

Mandy said...

Beautiful pictures!

I am a follower of your blog. The Looking Up print is my favorite.

Linda said...

I love "looking up"!
Beautiful !

Emom said...

I'm not entering...but I've facebooked you...have a great weekend!

nfmgirl said...

They all are gorgeous! But I think that Looking Up would probably go beautifully in my bedroom. Thank you!

nfmgirl At gmail DOT com

Emily said...

cardinal during snowstorm i think
em
emmy1981@aol.com

Marilyn said...

I love the Cardinal photo. I am always amazed at the color of this bird and have only seen a couple of them so far. I am working on attracting them to my yard.
I have put your blog link on my blog list of interesting blogs to follow and asked my Facebook friends to check out your wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing.

Treasia Stepp said...

You know I've been a follower for a good while now. Love all of them.

Treasia Stepp said...

As much as I love them all the cardinal is my favorite of them. His bright color against the white snow just makes me smile.

Nicolezmomma said...

I love the daisy and I love your blog.

tea4too0 said...

It's hard to choose. Eenny, Meeny Minnee, Moe, and the choise is,,,,,,, the....... Ummm, I know, hurry up and choose. Ok.. I...Pick the.....oh my....Bell Tower. Whew, that was so hard, thank you for giving me the time I needed. Have a wonderful day.
T

tea4too0 said...

I like the Bell Tower, and your blog.
T

Oz Girl said...

Wow Kate, you make it so hard to choose one. :) I've narrowed it down to #2 or #4... hmmmm. I think I will go with #4, because it has a horse in it! I can never have enough horsey things around the house, and it would be gorgeous hanging in the guest bedroom.

And congrats on being one of PW's good reads. That would make anyone's week, and you're more than entitled to a lil toot of the horn on that one! Your blog is definitely a good read, and right up there in the same caliber as Pioneer Woman's blog.

Have a good weekend, and enjoy the cozy, warm house in your jammies!

Kirsten said...

Oh, I am so excited. We are about to invest in a new GOOD camera. I can't wait to start playing! Thanks so much for all the inspiration!

I'd love the cardinal. I have not seen such a vibrant colored bird in our area (yet!).

Thanks! pontessa@gmail.com

Low Tide High Style said...

Ok, not fair that we have to choose! I would pick the Bell Tower if I had to pick just one. It's hauntingly beautiful!

Kat :)

kay on south coast of oregon said...

I will take the Bell
Tower... I thought I was a follower already, but guess not, so I have signed up now.. Kay on south coast of Oregon.

Tracey said...

This is so nice!

I would choose "Heading Home"

mrs mediocrity said...

Such a nice giveaway, I have now officially signed up as a follower (I had already put you on my blogroll).
It would be so hard to choose, but I guess I would have to go with the cardinal. They are really all just beautiful.

zobabe said...

Hm. I thought I was already a follower, but I guess it was unofficial. :) I love all your pics, dearie. You are gifted. If I MUST choose, the cardinal would be a wonderful addition to my living room. :) majrzobabe@yahoo DOTCOM *singing*

Anonymous said...

The Bell Tower!
annaholcombe@yahoo.com

Chrissykat said...

Since I'm not too late I would LOVE a chance to win "Looking Up"...my fave! "I love daises. They're so friendly. Don't you think daisies are the friendliest flower?" ;)

CallMePretty411@yahoo.com said...

I follow on Google Friend.

I would want the daisy print. I just happen to have a bright yellow wall that it would be perfect on!

Suzanne said...

I love the cardinal, and have just the place for it.
Hope you feel better soon. and Wow PW, that's great you two are my favorite reads.

His Song To Sing said...

Love your blog, Kate! If I won I would choose the cardinal print. Thanks for the chance and congratulations on reaching 500 followers. I'm not surprised that you are one of Pioneer Woman's favorite reads ... not surprised at all!!

Oh, and I'm a big fan of all things "George."

loribdot@gmail.com

The Japanese Redneck said...

They are all great pictures.