Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Flowers, Postcards and a GIVEAWAY!!

Bath had the most beautiful flowers. In window boxes, hanging from streetposts, in roundabouts - just everywhere. Bath does flowers so well that they are routinely excluded from the "Britain in Bloom" contest for towns, since they always win. For good reason, everyone wins when a town is so full of beautiful, happy blooms.

I love flower pictures - they just make me happy. So I had some postcards printed with a few of my favorites that I've posted here. I got frustrated a few weeks ago when I wanted to send a postcard with a nice photo to someone, something with just a pretty picture and not a touristy one, and I looked all around Milan and couldn't find anything. Along came a discount from Moo (an awesome printing company!) in my email inbox, so I decided to make my own!I went through my posted photos and realized that, for all of the flower photos I take, I really don't share that many of them here. I will have to rectify that! But here are the posts to show the photos I chose a bit clearer:
Making Ideas Real from Murten, Switzerland
Blissful Color from Barcelona, Spain
Abundance from Split, Croatia
Illumination from Nice, France
Stepping Along Flowers from Varenna, Italy

I am sooo happy with the result, I thought I would give away a set of them here. This set of five beautiful 4x6inch color postcards could be yours - to send, to frame, to stick on the fridge or at your desk - whatever will make you smile! All you have to do is enter the giveaway.

Here's how to enter:
- Leave a comment on this blog post by 9pm PST Sunday 5-Sep. Please be sure to include a way for me to contact you (a link to a blog, an email, a blogger profile, or an identifier if I already have your email) so that I can get your mailing address if you win. If I can't contact you, I'll pick someone else.
- That's it!

I'll pick the winner on Monday morning, Italy time, and will let you know. So enter, and you could be smiling at these lovely blooms in person soon. Spread the smiles, tell your friends too!

47 comments:

  1. I think those are great. The rest of you people don't want to comment.

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  2. They look great! I was thinking of trying out Moo as well, might have to give them a try. I used to love sending handwritten letters and cards but haven't done so for years now, might have to revive this habit, there's nothing like receiving a card or a letter through the post.

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  3. What a great idea! I love flower photos as well, I am always out in the garden snapping pictures. It is a special treat when I get a butterfly in there too!

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  4. I love your photos--all of them, but the flower photos are especially wonderful. I'd love to see a series of your window photos as well.

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  5. These are beautiful Kat!
    I've not heard of Moo, but will definitely look into it.
    Thank you for sharing with ABC.

    Lisa.

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  6. You know I am a fan of your art and have been for years. Pick me! Love the photos, gonna go check out Moo now.

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  7. The postcards are lovely. What a wonderful idea.

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  8. I can't think of anything better than a few Kat flower photos... So generous of you!

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  9. Kat, these are beautiful floral photos and I love that you made your own postcards when you couldn't find non-touristy ones! That's the way I would think, too. Whoever wins these postcards will be very lucky! Have a great day.

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  10. PS - Kat, I just signed up to get e-mail updates and mine is the one that has my last name as part of the first part of the e-mail address. :)

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  11. Hello sister of mine! :) I love writting cards to people and have to buy them at cosco warehouse, because I use them so much. I would love some special...beautiful cards that were made by my sister in law, with love. I love looking at your photographs! And get this,...you wouldn't have to pay for shipping. You can send them home with Heather or my parents. PICK ME! Remember, I'm the mother of your 2 precious nephews. ;) -Brooke

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  12. What a lovely idea! Flowers are my all time favorites.....so nice to have an international selection. I think your sister-in-law makes a good case for winning. :)

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  13. Hello, Kat. Glad you enjoyed blooms in Britain. My next-door town Harrogate has won many times too, where has a beautiful valley garden and RHS garden that are to be proud, but just the ordinary streets and buildings have full of flowers all over. (hope this new government knock off the council workers’s job so that they could maintain the beautiful streets!) I bet you would enjoy taking photos here too. I love yours, in particular the one in Barcelona. Stunning colours and composition. Happy creating. xm

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  14. Love the photos, my friend! Love Moo - made little cards with essential info to pass out instead of deposit slip which I no longer carry. Have been using Costco for postcards. Love having these for all sorts of events!

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  15. This looks like a great set with some top notch photography skills going on:D a lovely treat to win indeed...

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  16. Since I am your sister...I shouldn't have to be selected to receive artwork like the masses. Even if I am not selected to be the recipient of your beautiful flower photos I get a copy anyway right? :) I love all your photos...you should make all kinds of lovely art covered paraphanalia and sell it!

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  17. These post cards Rock!!!

    I'm going to check out MOO.

    Love your photos.

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  18. Lovely indeed. Thank you for sharing!

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  19. So generous and so lovely!! I second Karen's request for a set of window photo cards - I love your window photos!! :) Thanks so much for sharing. :)

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  20. Since I really love your photos I of course enter this giveaway! What a lovely idea of you!
    Thank you for your nice email!

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  21. Kat, I'm happy I visited your blog today. I am envy of you because I have always wanted to go to Italy and I haven't, yet. Some day I will visit you! Love the idea of the cards. I will be more than happy if I win. I'll ckeck Moo, too. Keep Enjoying the Ride!

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  22. You wouldn't believe how much my husband brags about you all the time. You have truly grown into such an accomplished artist. He shows your pictures off at work. We just love you blog!! I am so happy that you and your family have had this opportunity. (contact: drcobb13@comcast.net) Are you guys planning on visiting anytime soon?

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  23. I adore flowers and they are such an inspiration! These postcards make me happy! have a lovely merry happy day and love to yoU!

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  24. Cool idea. You'll have to sell a few to the local stores since they don't stock anything like it!

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  25. Thank you, Kat for sharing these glorious images with us. I found this lovely quote I thought I would share with you:

    "Each flower is a soul blossoming out to nature."
    Gerard De Nerval

    Mary
    marycasey927@hotmail.com

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  26. beautiful postcards, thanks for the chance to win some of your artwork, i'd love to post these to friends :)
    jo.marks@bigpond.com

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  27. great pictures! so kind of you!

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  28. I love your photos.... It would be wonderful to have a set of your postcards... p.s. loved your photo from Bath with the water in the evening, it was beautiful.
    Karen

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  29. Your postcards are beautiful! I would love to win a set and would surely find them inspirational. Have fun picking the winner.

    Peace!

    btw I'm going to check out moo.com :)

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  30. hellooo! can i say beautiful postcards you have there! ♥ your photos in all the places you've visited are awesome =) so jealous lol

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  31. They are beautiful and what a great idea :)

    hypersky5@hotmail.com

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  32. They are absolutely beautiful. Viva Italia! :)

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  33. My first post came up anonymous - about my husband bragging about you, etc. Now that people are actually starting to get personal and "beg", lets not forget you were my favorite one and only room mate!! :-) I can't claim I am your favorite sister or have given you nephews and nieces, but I do truly love your photos. Have a great weekend!! (o.k. - I am registered on your site, but it won't post with my name - just anonymous (p.s. choose Darren or Renee Cobb.

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  34. I think all your photos are gorgeous. I like the way these flowers pop against the black background. I'm going to check out Moo, thanks.

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  35. Wow! I am a huge fan of your art! Your blog is always so interesting and inspiring to read. I love the front door post! You are so right about that door, but I have to admit I didn't notice some of those things until you pointed them out. But, this was a great lesson for me to look more closely at my surroundings and make more observations! One of my favorite stores has a bright pink door, and every time I go there I think, "I am going to paint my front door pink." I haven't done that yet because we are moving, but I plan on giving my door some personality at our new home, and you have given me the extra encouragement I need to follow thru! I love your insights! The flower photography is stunning! I cannot go outside because I am allergic to heat so I am trying to fill my house with flowers instead--painting as many as I can! Thanks for sharing your talent and insights with all of us!

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  36. PS--I think you could publish a book combining your photography and thoughtful reflections. You really should send in a proposal to a art photography publisher!!! All your experiences are so unique and inspiring! I'm not saying this to try to win your postcards. I really mean it.

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  37. I love all your photos and your thoughts on them. Glad you and your family ar having a wonderful time in Italy. Love reading your blog as well as Patrick's to see what you are up to. Keep it up for us back in the states.
    Would also love to have your postcards.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Krista Pomeroy

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  38. I just found your blog. It's amazing! And you're living my dream...I love Italy and would love to live there one day. Maybe at least another visit soon....(daydream begins...). Anyway, your photos are gorgeous and I would love a set to hang in my studio for inspiration!

    Esther

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  39. Oh good, there is still time to enter your lovely giveaway of beautiful flower photographs. Thanks...

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  40. Your photography and writing are wonderful!! Thank you!

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  41. Ooohhhhhh!!!! I LOVE postcards! People don't send enough snail mail these days. Nothing is better than opening the mailbox and finding a postcard. Except finding a postcard with flowers on it!

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  42. What a great Idea! I love the postcards and I just might have to try this

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  43. Gorgeous photos - and what a great giveaway! Thanks!

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