Friday, 16 November 2012

Still working on my boxes, and two winners!

This week I’ve been busy getting my boxes ready. I have found a shop near Brisbane where I can sell my stuff, and I need to bring it in next week. So I need things for that shop, as well as for the market in December. I’m starting to feel stressed …..

I was pleasantly surprised when I moved to Brisbane and discovered there are shops here where artists can rent a shelf or a cube or a place on the wall for a fixed price per month, and sell their stuff there. You just need to bring in what you want to sell, and the shop owner does the rest. Great idea! I want to try it for three months, mostly for my heavier and more fragile products, like my mosaic mirrors and some of my boxes. I plan on opening an Etsy-shop soon, but there I will mostly sell prints and cards.

But first, well, I have to get the market out of the way… ☺

Here are the boxes that I finished this week. They just need a coat of varnish and they’re ready to go.


 This one is without magnetic closure, so I still need to put the clasp back on.

Text says: "whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows."

the front of my doodlebox

side of the doodlebox

back of the doodlebox

and the other side ....

These doodleboxes are so much fun to do, I might make another one ☺

And these boxes still need some work ….

 I got some great suggestions about the inside of the boxes and how to display them, so thanks for that!

And now for the winner of my calendar give-away. There were not nearly as many names in the bowl as last time. Is my calendar less popular? Was it too much work to write something about it? Or is everybody too busy with their own creations for the festive season? I don’t know and it doesn’t really matter. That way the people that did enter had more chance of winning ☺

Since both of my kids wanted to draw the winner, they came up with a great idea. Both of them would draw one name, and these two names went back in the bowl. Then I would (blindfolded of course ....) draw one of these two names, and that would be the winner.

That got me thinking. For my last give-away, I had two prints made. It was the first time ever that I made a print of one of my paintings, and I had no clue about margins etc …. But they came out really nice, so I’m happy to have found a place where I can go to get them printed. One of these prints went to Gina in the US (last thing I heard it was still on its way ....). The other print is still here. But for the prints I want to sell in my Etsy-shop I want to make the white margins a bit bigger. And since I don’t want to sell two different prints from the same painting, I decided to give this one away as well!


Which means …. I have two winners! A first prize winner, who can choose between the calendar and the print, and a second prize winner, who gets whatever the first one doesn’t choose. Soooo, who might they be?

The first name drawn by my daughter is:

 The second name drawn by my son is:

And lastly, the name that was drawn by me from these two is:


Congratulations Jessica! You are the first prize winner! I know that you already bought a calendar, but you might want a second one. OR you can choose the print! Just let me know, together with your postal address, and I’ll send your choice to you.

And congratulations to Natasha too! You will have to wait for Jessica to know whether you’ll be receiving the print or the calendar. But you can send me your postal address already, so I can send it as soon as I hear from Jessica.

For the ones who didn’t win: thank you so much for helping me promote my calendar, and don’t give up. There will be more give-aways in the future!

Well, that’s it for today. I am linking this to Paint Party Friday again. Make sure you check out all the great artists on there.

Thanks so much for visiting and leaving comments. I hope you will have a wonderful Friday, and a cozy, joyful and creative weekend! ♥ ♥ ♥

45 comments:

  1. That is a really cool idea, to rent a shelf or a space to sell work. Your children are sweeties! Congrats to the lucky winners! Your boxes are gorgeous. I just love your colors... Kath

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  2. BIG congrats to the lucky winners... your print is beautiful Denthe... and your painted boxes... sigh... they are truly magical... so much detail... and luscious color... I love them... the shop sounds fab... am sure you will be selling plenty...

    Jenny ♥

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  3. Congrats to the winners! After your market in December you will have to make lots more to put on a shelf to sell because I think these are all going to sell at the market- such wonderful boxes! The doodle box is my favorite! Happy PPF!

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  4. Congratulations to the winners! I think everyone is busy this time of year Denth. Don't take it personally!! It's a rush just getting around to blogs!
    They look amazing all of the boxes...you should buy some cheap frames add your prints and charge for your mounting services too!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  5. YES!!!!! I won! Tell your kids they're the best in the world.:))) I'll be emailing you right now. Thank you! Love your boxes, too! :)

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  6. Congratulations to the winners, brilliant. Good luck with the shelf, not that you'll need it as the boxes are fab. Happy PPF, Annette x
    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.com/2012/11/paint-party-friday-all-works-in-progress.html

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  7. Congrats to the winners ~ Lovely created and colorful boxes ~ ( A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  8. Your boxes are gorgeous. So colorful. They could only hold the most special of treasures! I look forward to seeing how your holiday sales go. Congrats to Jessica and Natasha. Happy PPF!

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  9. Congrats to the winners and good luck with the art sales, wish we had shops like that here. Well done you! Have fun. Cute kids!

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  10. Oh oh oh oh oh those boxes are amazing on every side...I simply LOVE ADORE THEM! They will be so easy to sell. congrats to the lucky winners of your giveaway!

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  11. Your beautiful doodle boxes will sell like hot cakes, as the saying goes. How wonderful to have a place to hang your paintings or shelve your boxes to sell them! I wish I knew of some similar sales setup around here.

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  12. Lucky winners!! Your boxes are incredible. I think they will fly off that shelf. Happy PPF

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  13. Zit ik hier een berichtje in het engels te maken en bedenk me weer dat het niet nodig is :)
    Je dozen zijn geweldig; lekker kleurrijk en ze stralen blijdschap uit. Ik hoop dat je er veel gaat verkopen op de markt of in de winkel bij Brisbane.
    En gefeliciteerd Jessica en Natasha!!
    Lieve groetjes,
    Marianne

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  14. Congrats to the lucky winners :)

    What a wonderful collection of boxes.... I especially love the first one but they are all so happily colourful.

    Karenx

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  15. your doodle boxes are gorgeous!! congrats to the winners-beautiful prizes to treasure. Happy PPF!

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  16. Your boxes are wonderful, great that you found a place to sell them! And your kids have the most infectious cute smiles, I'm smiling here back! :)

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  17. Your boxes are soooooo amazing and it seems you were very busy ;) congrats to the winners and yes I would rent a shelf too, if that would be possible here...maybe I only have to ask?! thanks for that wonderful idea!

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  18. I SO love your doodle boxes and good luck on selling them. Your kids look really cute and congratulations to the winners.

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  19. I'm sooo thrilled! I would love the print of your beautiful work. I am at 37 Clinton Road, Glen Ridge, NJ 07028, USA! Thank you so much. Best of luck with your boxes. They are gorgeous. xo

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  20. your boxes are so stunningly vibrant! i absolutely love them. and you have such wonderfully uplifting quotes on them as well!

    and lucky jessica for winning the print!

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  21. Congrats to the lucky winners. Your boxes are so beautiful really jewelry boxes.
    But I love so much your painting with the wonderful colors that girl and the birds and fishes, really a favorite masterpiece.
    Dear Denthe, I wish you a wonderful sunny weekend,
    lieve groetjes Anja

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  22. Your boxes are so good! I hope you sell a lot of them. I like that the shop makes it so easy to set up and sell things. What a great idea.

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  23. I love that print and your calendars, i don't think you should worry about them being less popular, they are great... I know for me i had planned to promote for you till my computer died andi can't seem to add links when i blog using my ipad, i think people just have trouble adding links and Such, wishing you lots of sales!

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  24. I am sure you will be happy at the Collective store and your doodle boxes are my favourites... love the designs and how colourful they are... I can see them going well down there...
    congrats on the draw...a fun way to do it...xx

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  25. First, congrats to the lucky winners! :)

    You children are so cute, and so fun that they draw the winners! :)
    Your give away print is also very beautiful! You are fantastic denthe! :)
    It sounds fun to have a shop on etsy.. wish you luck! :)

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  26. So sorry I'd been a tardy blogger your calendar looks great! Congrats to the winner, and your print is superb :) yep I took the Eclipse photo from the back deck, but I did use 'zoom' LOL! My hubby 'the big F' as I affectionately call him can't bear to live too far from the beach, he surfs everyday, me I rather view the beach from the shade, with a book or electronic device to play with!! Wow, love the sound of the shop in BrisVegas, and your boxes look like they will be great Christmas prezzies, good luck at the market, you certainly are multi-talented :) Don't forget to relax for a minute every now and then ;) Happy PPF :)

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  27. those boxes are amazing! cute kids. Happy PPF!

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  28. Cool concept. Glad to see you going for the markets again. :)
    Congratulations to the winners.

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  29. Denthe, I really am fascinated by boxes, especially yours. I have a collection of different boxes from different eras and places. I enjoy tucking special little notes from my children in them, antique jewelry and treasures.

    Your doodle boxes are my favourite and I also love your boxes with the painted dots in the aboriginal style. I really appreciate aboriginal art. I am tempted to give painting boxes a try.

    I visited your website and was surprised to see that you have brown hair...for some reason, I always pictured you with red hair... Maybe it is because of all of your bright colours in your art.???LOL

    Have you ever considered putting some of your calendar girls and one liners on the boxes? I think they would also be a hit. Thanks for sharing again. I hope your sales go well.


    Renee

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    1. hihi ... well, I must admit I have thought about dying my hair red ☺ Never thought about putting my oneliners on a box, that might be a great idea! I have thought about putting sketches on there, but I usually start too late and then I stick with what I know best because I don't have time to experiment .. .

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  30. The print showed up today! I love it and my husband did too - I will take pictures and post either tomorrow or Monday! Thank you so much - I will definitely frame this and hang it on my wall!

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    1. Oh Gina, that's great! I was starting to worry ..... ☺

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  31. your boxes look fabulous!
    congratulations to the lucky winners!

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  32. I love all the wonderful, vibrant colors! Gorgeous!

    I'm having a giveaway over at Art in the Garage to celebrate my 1000th post--hope you can stop by and leave a comment!

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  33. Congratulations to the winners of your give away!
    Your boxes look wonderful and would make a beautiful and unique gift. I am sure they will sell very well at the market. I must get over to The Collective shop where you are selling your work and have a look as I have never been to Wynnum:)

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  34. Your doodle boxes turned out great. I'll bet they get snapped up right away!

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  35. Your doodle boxes are just amazing! Such an amazing collection of art there x

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  36. LOVE your doodle boxes...
    what special things to go in there?!
    inspiring! xo

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  37. Beautiful doodled boxes!. Intricate designs and the vibrant colors make me smile :).

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  38. All of your hard work is paying off! The boxes are beautiful and I know they will sell well. -Terri

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  39. Congrats to the winners, and your boxes are wonderful, Denthe! ♥

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  40. Congrats on the shop opportunity! Your boxes are great...i love the vivid colour and those curly patterns.

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  41. Your boxes are so much fun to see, and the calendar is beautiful! I think people get busy some weeks and they don't check. It has happened to me too... Congrats to the winners! ♥

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  42. what lovely boxes..they should sell well. Congrats to the winners HPPF

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