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So, I’m doing a giveaway to promote my new biz. Here’s how it goes–in the comments tell me one thing you like about summer. On Friday I’ll pull a name out of a hat or whatever and that person will win a custom-made original piece of alphabet artwork. I’ve done lots of these with a Louisiana theme for my web site, but you get to pick the letter, the colors, and even the little picture that goes with it–it will be a collaboration. Plus, you’ll be getting an original piece of artwork, hand-painted by me, with professional grade canvas, paint, etc. If you don’t have kids, don’t worry, I can do a more adult version with your first or last initial if you win. My biggest customer so far has been a woman in her late twenties who bought some pieces for her office and then some more for someone else in her family.

After I pick the winner, I will also pick a runner-up. The runner-up will receive a limited-edition print from my store. You can see all the choices here.

I’m also going to pick a Wild Card winner and that person will receive a surprise item that has not yet even been listed in the store. Just for funsies.

The contest ends Friday at five p.m. I’ll announce the winners shortly thereafter.

So. . . enter by telling me your favorite thing about summer. Check out the store and spread the word about the give away! There will be three winners total, so give it a shot!

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  1. Barbara says:

    Swimming in my pool.

  2. Small Town Girl says:


    My favorite thing about summer is lazy days at the lake. :)

  3. Rural Felicity says:

    My favorite thing about summer is the hot, sunny days where the sky is a brilliant blue, the grass is a vivid green, and the clouds float lazily by.

  4. MeghatronsMom says:

    Taking the girl swimming. She is such a fish & can move so easily in the water!

  5. Shannon says:

    Katy, what is that piece? I can’t find it in your store anywhere and I love it!

    My favorite bit about summer is boating. And grilling.

  6. Hanging out with my husband until the late hours watching the stars!

  7. Heather says:

    I have two favorite things. (Do I get my name entered twice?:) I love quiet and cool summer mornings. I equally love summer nights when the breeze picks up and clears away the heat. This experience is all the lovelier while sitting on a porch swing.

    Oh, picking and eating sun warmed tomatoes, crisp green beans, and cool cucumbers from the garden is awesome too….

    ….I think I really like summer.

  8. Warm weather and lots of sunshine!

  9. big puffy clouds and the smell of freshly mown lawns.

  10. beauty obscure says:

    Going camping!

  11. oooo..exciting! I love your artwork…

    I live in Washington State, so my favorite thing about summer is the few weeks we have SUN!!!!

    I’m also looking forward to taking my kids to some park concerts!

  12. Kathy Clutter says:

    My favorite thing about summer is definatly sitting outside with my kiddos!! They love being outside!

  13. Plakidas says:

    Snoballs in New Orleans :)

  14. I love to spend time with my children. It may be my last summer with Morgan she is a senior next year.

  15. Palkidas–you took mine!

  16. just being outside and not freezing my tucca! Its mighty cold in upstate NY in the winter

  17. Anonymous says:

    Spending more time with my kids!!
    Spending more time outside :)
    Tracie Beatty

  18. Barbara says:

    Camping and sitting around the fire at night. Oh and not needing half an hour to get ready to go outside….

  19. blairspage says:

    My favorite thing about Summer is spending lots of time on my back patio sipping a fabulous concoction of some sort and watching my girls play!

    Hugs – Tiff

  20. LOVE your website… gorgeous art!

    Favorite thing about summer…
    hmm… so many things… probably lounging at the beach. :o)

  21. Eating outside on my balcony.

    There are seriously so many things I love about summer but we definitely enjoy that as a family.

    I am excited to see what this round of ABR does for Charlie!

  22. OOO OOO! I can’t decide on my absolute favorite summer thing so I’ll name a few: homegrown tomatoes, the smell of sunscreen, sunsets at 9:00 p.m., sleeping in one hour later–and this might be weird but it goes along with that last one–the kids walking around in their jammies all morning instead of getting dressed right away. Hope you get some business drummed up!

  23. caryanne says:

    My favourite summer thing is morning walks with my boys. Everything is so quiet and I love to hear the birds…it’s awesome!

    Great contest…hope I win!!

  24. Swistle says:

    My favorite thing about summer is not having to make school lunches.

  25. My favorite thing about summer is going on vacation to the beach.

    Cute shop, I hope I win!

  26. luckeyfrog says:

    I love warm summer days when I have nothing to do, and I can climb up in a big tree to read a book just for fun.

    When I was young, we had a perfect tree for this in my backyard. It died, and I’ve gone to college, and I haven’t found one as perfect yet- but I’m always looking. :)

    There are few greater pleasures than reading a good book under branches swaying in the breeze and birds chirping happily.

  27. Bethtastic says:

    Cucumbers and tomatoes straight from the garden! πŸ˜€

    Pick me!!

  28. I love BBQing in the summer.
    Your art is fantastic!

  29. You are so talented!

    The BEST thing about summer is outdoor live music!

  30. caleyadams says:

    The farmers markets and all the yummy fresh vegetables!

  31. ice cream cones!

  32. Lorraine T says:

    Having time away from volunteering to take better care of me and my family…I love it all, but this time of year can get crazy!

  33. Coconut scented lotion. And little girls in swimsuits. Of course!

  34. Beach days with my kids!

  35. Courtney in FL says:

    Fav thing about summer: being out on the lake everyday. Plus, the warm, glow of a summer tan. :)

    CourtneySamantha at aol dot com

  36. Ooo! This is SO FUN. I love your art, and am generally a fan of YOU.

    My fav parts of summer are: baseball, pool, sprinklers, and ice cream.

  37. MrsHaley says:

    Sent here by Swistle — I’ll definitely be back!

    My favorite thing about summer is being able to watch the kidlets play on the swingset with my husband while I’m making dinner.

    Also my garden!

  38. Eleanor Q. says:

    My favorite things are wearing sandals and feeling warmed by the sun. Your gifties are great!

  39. Shelly Overlook says:

    Sitting outside in the evening with a frosty cold beverage listening to the crickets.

  40. CAQuincy says:

    The kids playing in the sandbox while I sit by chilling in the shade with a book. ahhhhh….

    And letting the kids stay up WAY TOO LATE and watching Avatar with them.

  41. Opening the windows – and leaving them open all season, the scent of fresh cut grass, and tall glasses of iced tea enjoyed on the front porch.

  42. I love sleeping with all the windows open..waking up to birds chirping. I also love the SMELL of a summer rainshower.

  43. My favorite thing about summer is how very long the days are!

  44. Summer is my favorite! Baseball games every night! That feeling that each day is long and elastic and that the next day is actually far, far away. Flip flops and tank tops.

  45. I love that period of time in summer refered to as “the gloaming”, when the sun is starting to set and you can still hear kids playing outside, but it has cooled off. Sitting outside, watching my kids eat popsickles and sipping a glass of wine right then is maybe the perfect way to spend time.

  46. Fine For Now says:

    Rain showers…the thundering and lightening kind :)

  47. Walking to the beach. I love Chicago in the summer!

  48. My favorite thing about summer is cooking on the grill.

    And I see that you read Escape and Case Histories. I loved both of them!

  49. sitting on the mood swing at the playground says:

    Favorite thing about summer…cantaloupe ice cream

  50. Smiling Mama says:

    Oh those are so so so lovely! I came over via Swistle and am so glad I did. Hmmm…my fav. thing about summer is definitely the beach! I can’t wait to spend a week there with my extended family in July.

  51. BBQ’s and the smell of freshly tarred streets. That’s the smell of my little home town and NOTHING says summer quite like that.

  52. Hammocks, watermelon, and going barefoot outside. Love, Love, LOVE summer!

  53. bessieviola says:

    Being OUTSIDE with the SUN on my face! I’m in Michigan, so this is a total treat.

  54. Beautiful! My favorite thing about summer is sitting barefoot in my hammock swing and sipping a margarita.

  55. Hillary says:

    Afternoon thunderstorms that pound on the roof and break the humidity for at least a few hours …

  56. Watermelon … a trip home …

  57. Fave thing about summer – Sitting on the patio at my local cafe, sipping an iced coffee and hanging with my hubby and baby πŸ˜‰

  58. Elizabeth says:

    home grown tomatoes!

  59. My favorite thing about summer is just the laziness. No badgering the kids about homework and bedtimes, no rushing through dinner so we can rush through something else. It’s just relaxed.

  60. I really love gardening…but before it gets too hot! Have you ever thought that midsummer in Louisiana is like midwinter in Maine? Nobody leaves their house to do anything but the most necessary yard work.

  61. rccalyn says:

    My favorite thing about summer is the sandal tan my 3 year old daughter gets! Cute!

  62. Running on the trails above my house.

  63. Nowheymama says:

    Fresh fruits and vegetables!

  64. Little-Bit says:

    Summer tans!

  65. Justine says:

    Although it is quite hot in AZ in the summer I love going to baseball games or having bbq’s with friends by the pool. I also love our thunderstorms in late summer!

  66. Oh, the fact that the sky is almost always blue and I don’t have to worry about Boise’s notorious inversion and smog. There are many other good things, but that’s the absolute best.

    caseyoconnell “at” gmail “dot” com

  67. melanie says:

    we have been cooped up like chickens all winter so i am definitely looking forward letting the kids play outside all summer long. the walls were starting to close in on me, so summer couldn’t have come at a better time…


  68. my favorite things about summer are wearing flip-flops, bbqs, healthy green leaves on trees and gentle breezes.

  69. Dipping my feet in the kiddie pool while my son “swims.” Also: margaritas.

  70. Swistle sent me. My favorite summer thing is sandals – I love being sockless but not shoeless!

  71. Swistle sent me too. My favorite thing is being able to use our screened in porch – reading out there, BBQs with friends etc.

  72. Christina says:

    I love sunshine! It makes the blues go away!

  73. I love going to the beach around 5 p.m. It's the best time of day – it gets a little cooler and calmer. And I love to eat PB&J at the beach. It tastes even better than at home!

  74. Sunshine!

  75. sarahvanbrimmer says:

    My favorite thing about summer is the days off! I’m a teacher and will have the WHOLE SUMMER to cuddle and play with my Little Man. Also, barbeques and good times with friends.

  76. the new girl says:

    The abundance of opportunities to eat ice cream.

    Boldly and brazenly.

  77. Chraycee says:

    My favorite thing about summer is riding my horse through the peach orchards :)

  78. Fireflies and humidity.

  79. Elizabeth says:

    Playing hooky from work on nice warm, sunny day and having a Mom and Riley (my son) day. One of those days where you don’t have to do anything.

  80. Going home to see my family and friends!

  81. Kristin says:

    So many favorite things…I think sitting on my screen porch with my husband at night, drinking wine and watching the fireflies is right up there. Your art work is beautiful!

  82. I can’t have just one favorite thing about summer, so I’m going to list my favorites for the months of summer.

    June: Strawberries
    July: Fireflies
    August: Watching a movie in a cold theatre on a HOT day. Oh, and ice cream.

  83. I sure hope this doesn’t effect my chances of winning but…

    I hate summer.

    There I said it.

    It is the bane of my existence.

    So the best thing about summer? When its over, its fall!

  84. EMBelieve says:

    I hope I can still make it in the contest. I love your Art!!! I love so many things about summer……..
    My favorite is seating by the beach and walking on the sand.

    Pick me!!!

    Have a great holiday weekend.