“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

9.24.2010

we have a winner

and apparently she who covets most wins. 

this was harder than painting the painting.  i wanted everyone to win.  i still want everyone to win.  and maybe we did - i know i did.  y'all just blew me away, and made me laugh and cry and cry some more and think some more.  thank you all for participating in this whim of a whim, if every there was. 

and so.  dear graciel.  it is yours.  please send me your snail mail address via email and it will be on its way to you next week.

oh.  and re: the drawing.  i did it myself.  katie was teaching a class, and i just couldn't stand waiting.  i'd already printed each person's name on a square of paper, folded them, had them all waiting in a bag.  into the hat they went - an old hat i keep in the bag of the jeep, cause you just never know.  i hung the hat on the emma tree and turned on her lights - they haven't been on since maggie died.  there are 2or 3 that need replaced.  i held the camera in my right hand and reached in with my left.  harder than it sounds.

again.  thank you all.  thank you.

26 comments:

  1. Ohhh...congrats to Graciel. What a lovely gift you are giving. xoxo

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  2. oh yay! for Graciel! that just makes me smile my biggest, widest smile...

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  3. congratulations to Graciel!! it was a beautiful day!
    xo

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  4. Yeah!!! Congratulations! I had so much fun following this.:-)xo

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  5. eee! congrats Graciel!
    Debi, thanks again you are right, we are all winners. This was such an enlightening journey I'm happy to have had the pleasure of being on.
    xoxoxo
    PS
    Now take that photo off the light box and put it in the mail, just sayin' :-)

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  6. congrats to the winner...and yes, we all did win !

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  7. Congrats to Graciel! We were all winners here. This was an amazing giveaway Debi!

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  8. Indeed, althought Gracie will have the original, the picture of the painting shall serve as my Computer wallpaper until I find something I like even better. That may mean it's there until your next contest, Deb. Thanks for presenting this and thanks for making all your creative and wonderful freinds and readers available to me to learn from. I so enjoyed the whole experience.

    Peace, Love and Hippy Beads,
    Rhonda

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  9. Let's hear it for the wise gnome with the stack of awesome books under its butt!!

    This experience isn't over for me, I've only made it as far down the list as the letter 'K'. I'll be visiting participants whose names begin with L to T throughout the weekend.

    My Google Reader now glows with the essence of beauty ~ the creativity of the participants, the honesty, the heart-warming comments filled with love and respect, support and admiration ... all of this and more has made me feel like the luckiest person alive.

    I feel so blessed to have been a part of this and I thank you all for sharing your hearts ~ and for investing time with mine.

    Congratulations Graciel - and thank you all.

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  10. Well what fun it was seeing everybody's interpretation.

    And having a drawing was much better than if this had been turned into a contest -- I take contests way too personally sometimes. This was great!

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  11. I had so much fun yesterday, visiting everyone's creative interpretations...what a journey!
    Thank you so much Debi, for bringing us all together.
    Congratulations Graciel!

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  12. i just now got home after a long day of work. the first order of business online was to see who won the gorgeousness.

    and now, right now, i am sobbing. a big ole' messy sob, i want you to know, debi darlin' of texas.

    with my hand over my heart, i bow again. and thank you. so very deeply, thank you. you know i'm gonna treasure this.

    much love and more messy tears,
    graciel

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  13. oh, and thank you to all the sweet ladies who offered up their congratulations.

    thank you debi, for bringing us together. wasn't this just the best??

    xxoo

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  14. Yes, Graciel, it was the best!!! And congratulations! What a sweet, wonderful, messy-tear-loving painting will be with you shortly!! <3

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  15. SO happy for you Gracie. It was really fun and I am pea green with envy...ahhhh, I mean joy for you. I'm not finished reading all the entries so please don't take them down any time soon Debi. I am really enjoying this and meeting these fantastically creative and very pretty women. Again, I'm so happy for you Gracie! Blessings,

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  16. Ahhh, that's from me above,

    Connie

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  17. gracie ..you are so lucky to have gotten this piece..i feel blessed to have experienced the whole thing..debi this was so touching all the way around..glad you turned the lights on!!

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  18. Congratulations to Graciel! And a big thank you to you, Debi. It has been a joyful exercise!! There were so many really wonderful thought provoking posts! Loved 'em!

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  19. YAY! Gracie.....and YAY you Debi...paint on Sister!!! Thanks for a fun adventure!

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  20. Congratulations to graciel. I have to do my own drawings sometimes too.

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  21. Yay for Graciel...I'm so happy that you were the one to recieve this painting dear friend!

    I had a great time and I'm so glad that I was able to connect with such a wonderful group...and thanks to you Debbi for your beautiful inspiration!

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  22. congrats to graciel, and deb-thanks so much for such a wonderful idea on a whim! such fun! off to visit some sites....

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  23. Congratulations to Graciel, and a huge thank you to you, Debi! xo

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  24. That was such a marvelous, inspired idea. I love it!

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  25. I wish I had written a post not just to win the prize - as beautiful and precious as it was - but to be a part of this. <3D

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  26. congratulations to Gracie, and thank you to Debi for including us in the remarkable artist journey. this painting is a beauty, but the know the background makes it even more wonderful. you are a true artist to the core.

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