Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Surprise package

When I got to work this morning, there was a package sitting on my desk waiting for me with the words "congrats on winning!" on it.

I couldn't think what I had won, but the writing looked friendly enough, so I figured it wasn't a bomb. The teacher whose duty it is to be at my desk manning the phones stayed to see what it was.

I'd forgotten that I'd entered a contest over on a fellow blogger's site, Making Room for Serendipity, by Tiffany. And lo and behold, I won. If you haven't been there yet, check out her site. She's always giving good tips about contests out there in blogging land.
My good friend, Adrienne, will be very happy to learn that I won some more tea! I've got a nice big mug, some Celestial Seasonings tea, some stuff for my tootsies and a book to read. Thanks, Tiff!!

Since I wrote the tea post, and read your wonderful comments, I've been having a cup every day when I get home. Lately I've been enjoying a white leaf tea flavored with peach. Ding dang diddly, it sure is good. And at the end of the day, driving home, I find myself thinking about that nice warm cup of tea. I'm trying not to think of a nice cold glass of charonnay, can you tell?

I wanted to give you a heads up about a sale I'm having on my etsy site. It will begin this weekend and run through most of December. I'm offering a buy two, get one free sale. Buy any two photos and get one (of equal or lesser value) totally free. And if you buy one framed print, you get a free 8x12 print.

Instructions for claiming your free print will be on the site. They're simple. After you place your order, you send me an e-mail letting me know which free print to send you.

I've had such great feedback from people who have purchased my prints. I'd like to share something with you that my blogging friend, Maria (Gardening with Turtles) wrote me regarding her purchase. She had initially been concerned about the the intricacies of shipping framed prints that contained glass, as she had ordered one of the preying mantis. And when it arrived, she sent me this e-mail that I've reprinted with her permission.

"Dear Kate,
You know how I went on and on about how you should minimize selling your framed prints? I changed my mind on that.
I got your print last night and I am all for framing now. I cannot believe how excellent that packaging was, there was no way it could get damaged, scratched, whatever. Impressive. And the walnut frame looks fabulous with your print.
So, so pretty . . . it makes your photo look so good. I love it. I hope this etsy thing becomes a big success. I love, love, love my praying mantis print. When I finally got all the packaging removed and saw the photo for the first time, (this is true), out loud I said, "OOOOOOOHHHHH!!!!!!" The birds can back me up on that. :-)"

I'm so glad you liked it, Maria! The pro lab I use is fantastic and they do an excellent job framing, packing and shipping. And Russell, your prize is on its way. The lab e-mailed me yesterday to say it had shipped. As many of you know, Russell was the winner in the most recent giveaway.

Well, until tomorrow, my friends . . .


abb said...

The best of success to you, Kate. Judging on the quality of your talent and delivery of prints (I absolutely love mine, and when you're as famous as Ansel Adams, I'll have my original), you're success is guaranteed! Just lovely!

Carin said...

Congrats on winning and congrats on the successful start to your new business. Best of luck in all you do, though you don't need a ton of luck because your obvious talent will take you far.

Country Girl said...

Ha, Annie! Ha again!

But I'm glad you have an original. Thanks Carin. It means a lot coming from such a talented photographer as yourself.

And I want to add a ps to this post. I just went to put away all my booty from my prize box. (ha) and I found some more treats inside. I ate part of one already ~ a Dove chocolate bar. And there was a nice pin and bookmark.

~ C.G.

Mental P Mama said...

I love my original, too, and have no doubt the etsy shop is just the beginning;) Nice tea thoughts. I think about tea while I'm having my martini;)

Leslie: said...

Well, congrats on receiving your prize package! I'm going to check out your etsy shop now. :D

Oh, and I just read your previous post about the jewelry box your hubby made. Yes, his heart and soul went into that box and I just know you'll treasure it forever.

Jo said...

I just read your post about your jewelry box, and I think it is the most beautiful jewelry box I have ever seen.


You have definitely won the prize. :-)

DesertHen said...

What a great way to start the day....=D Looks like you got some very neat stuff.

Can't wait to check out your Etsy shop and sale....=)

Tiffany said...

Hmmmm.. I'm looking all over that photo and am not seeing any chocolate anywhere, wonder what might have happened to it?
ROFL, just kidding...
Thanks for the heads up about your sale, can't wait to check it out when I get home from work!!
Still hoping to get a button to put up on my sidebar for your shop.

Ellen said...

I'll be over for tea. What time are you serving?

Shimmy Mom said...

I am so excited that your Eetsy shop is doing so well. Your prints are amazing. Congrats on your prize, it sounds like a great one. I just one my first give-away, and I can't believe how fun it is.
I LOVE tea. Didn't used to, but my husband got me hooked and now I drink 10 times more than he does. We have big pull out shelves in our pantry and I have one that is nothing but tea and hot choc. I think it's a good "problem" to have.

Rosezilla (Tracie Walker) said...

It was lovely to see you over at my place, Kate! And I'm so glad you won this contest, such a nice treat for you right when you need it! God knows just how to wrap us in His arms when we need a hug, and He often lets our dear friends help. As for your prints, they really are wonderful and I'm sure you'll be successful with your etsy shop.

Daryl said...

Congrats on the shop, the sale and the satisfied customer(s)

If you ever hold a contest where George is the prize ... well .. lets just say I plan on stuffing the ballot box


Karl Rove

.. no! Just kidding ..


Woman in a Window said...

That's amazing on the shipping. And yes, your work is stunning. Always. Even the ones of George!

Anonymous said...

Missed this post somehow... Now, where do you get the white leaf tea flavored with peach? Sounds wonderful. I'll have to look for something like that at the tea shop.