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Want Fifty Bucks? A Contest! 

When I first got engaged, I did all the disgustingly typical things: The Knot, bought every bridal mag I could get my hands on and generally started to freak the eff out. Let's face it, I had no idea what I was doing. Not a clue.

Blessedly, a recently married Nashville bride turned me on to Snippet & Ink and SMP and I was a goner. Hook, line and sinker, ladies. However, I did not abandon the master and mother of all DIY, The Martha. I signed up on her website thinking I might use her on-line tools. I never did, but I liked them all the same. I liked logging on and having Martha tell me how many days were left until my wedding. It was like Martha knew. I loves me my Martha.

Anyway, after the wedding, I found myself tooling around on her website again and saw this little blurb under "Planning Tools" that read:

Congratulations, Louise! Help out other engaged brides by reviewing your vendors. Choose a free gift from one of our favorite partners.

Free gift? Whoa. What is this? Martha wants to give me a present? Hell to the yeah, I wanna know what she's going to give me. It's got to be good, right?

Yes, there was a small catch. You have to fill out a minimum of 5 vendor reviews to get your free gift. Well, how hard is that? Easy-peasy is what that is! And if you didn't already know, The Martha is linked to Wedding Wire, where I happened to find my florist, Angela Sadler. I think all brides need to take the opportunity to review their vendors with all the honesty they can muster. It provides an excellent resource for other brides. It doesn't mean you have to slam your worst vendor. I did not like my DJ. However, there was a woman at my wedding (planning her own wedding now) who thought the music was awesome. She's like a decade+ younger than me, so our musical tastes have a great chance at polar opposition. Anyway, you get my point. Review your vendors. It helps other brides. And seriously? We need all the freakin' help we can get.

OK, so back to the free goodies. I can't remember all the options, but I know what I chose: Canvas on Demand. Easiest choice ever. Why? Because I am a total whore when it comes to things that go on my walls. I'm not sure which obsession is greater: shoes or wall art. There isn't an inch of naked wall space in my house. Not one. My brother is a painter so I have some of his stuff up. I have friends who are artists. My grandfather was a photographer, so I have tons of his stuff up.  I also collect cool pieces on my overseas trips. It's seriously an issue. I need a bigger house simply because I want more wall space. No lie.

So the freebie from Canvas on Demand was a voucher for $59! Pretty cool right? I ended up getting a framed 8x10 canvas for $35 with tax and shipping. Not bad, right? I'd post the embedded code they sent me to "share with friends and family" but I can't find the damn email. Just know that we used this picture and it looks fab.The only problem is that we have no place to hang it. Seriously, I have no idea what to do with it.


The other cool thing about getting this canvas was that they sent me TWO $25 gift vouchers for Canvas on Demand, or Great Big Canvas or Photo Pop Art! How cool is that? So Great Big Canvas is exactly as it sounds and has a TON of options - like favorite cities, floral scenes, college crap. It's way cool. See:


Now the Photo Pop Art stuff is not my personal preference, but you know, to each his own. There might be people out there who really want an Andy Warhol-esque canvas of their Great Dane (yes, this is for you, Candyman).


Or you can do something with your wedding or engagement pics.

So now, I am finally getting to great part of this post, now that I've forced you to read all my ramblings. You know those TWO $25 gift vouchers? They are yours, if you win the contest! As much as I'd LOVE to keep them for myself and blow some more cash on super-cool stuff to hang in my house, The Candyman might just kill me if I do. So, in order to continue living and to keep peace within the art-laden home, here's what you've gotta do to win. If you opt in for more than one option, you get more than one entry. Easy-peasy.

1. Leave a comment.

2. Follow the RSS Feed (that little orange square right below the Twitter link) and let me know in your comment.

3. Follow me on Twitter (let me know in your comment).

4. Tweet the contest (let me know in your comment). 

5. Blog the contest (share your link-love, baby!).

6. Fan me on Facebook (click on the Facebook link on the right) and let me know in your comment.

Holy crap! That's a lot of options. Oh, what am I getting myself into here? Anyway, the contest will be open until midnight on Saturday, February 20th. I'll post the winner on Monday, February 22nd. Cool? Get to entering folks! I am so excited!

Oh, one last detail - the vouchers expire on April 1, 2010 - so you need to be able to use them by then! Now get busy and enter! Have fun!


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Reader Comments (21)

Ummmmmmmmmmmmm......Fabulous giveaway!

You know I'd follow you to the moon and back, my love...(well, maybe not to the moon...but at least to the gym and maybe even a Bikrim yoga class or two...and then immediately to a bar afterwards).and I'm so glad I clicked on that little orange square so that now I automatically get your feeds! I follow you on Twitter (just tweeted.), and I'm your fan on facebook. Hmmm...okay....so what's that? Like 5 entries?! Look at me go!!! :)

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Kriss

I would love to have these I love photography and would have to check on which photos would be great.

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen G.

I'm a follower.

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen G.

I would LOVE to win this! I've been dying to have one of these canvases.

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

I'm a follower as well.

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

I was just saying last night to my fiance that we need to do something different with our living room decorations... I think this would help TREMENDOUSLY!

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrittney

I'm also a follower!

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrittney

I'm sold!!!Totally a follower now! I'm so with you on the freaking out with The Knot and have recently found SMP, great blog, lot of ideas!!!Thank you for the post:)

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercelticdawn

Love it - and I need more artwork

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavanie

I follow the RSS feed too!

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavanie

My fiance and I were just moping about not having anything on our walls.. this would surely help!

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJD

I follow you through google reader!

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJD

great giveaway! thanks :)

February 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaria

and i'm a follower! :)

February 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaria

OHMYGOSH!!! I've been looking at these online because we are REALLY interested in getting one of our engagement pictures printed on canvas. The picture if mostly of the trees...and we are just a little tiny blurb in the corner...and it's just lovely :-)

It's the first picture on this post:

Jes P.

February 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJes


and I'm totally a faithful follower!

para siempre.
Jes P.

February 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJes

This is what I am looking for!

"I'd post the embedded code they sent me to "share with friends and family" but I can't find the damn email. "

Where's that email, Lou?

February 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralecia

I did it! Loving this fab blog. I laughed so hard i almost peed.

February 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMonique

Yes please! we need help with the besroom, hallway and study walls STAT! And you know I'm on your rss feed and follow ya on twitter already. Off to tweet it now too!

February 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

awesome giveaway!! i could use some more art.

February 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhoneymyheart

Great giveaway -- and so generous of you!

February 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbby S

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