Saturday, June 11, 2011

My Latest Obsession and the LAST giveaway from Italy!


At first I thought it was a Greek-inspired theme, the capture of door handles and locks. But my latest obsession continued in Scotland. I have a weakness for doors, that is nothing new. Lately that interest has been specifically focused on colorful, old doors with interesting keyholes or locks. This one is from a church in Inverness, and isn't it cool how you can see the architectural element brought through to the door detail? I also liked how the dustiness reflects the light differently, highlighting the form of the details.

Thank you so much for the many comments on yesterday's post. It is good to know that being real and true to my heart resonates with other people. I appreciated all of the encouragement and support for my transition back to the US. There is truly a wealth of generosity and positive support to be found here on the internet. I am always surprised when I hear people say that things like blogs, Facebook, twitter, etc. are a waste of time. I guess they can be, but they can also be a source of genuine connection and I love that.

As I start sorting things into piles for my move (what to ship, what to give away, what to take on the flight, etc.), I've realized that I have some more things to give away, and time is running short. So today I'm launching my LAST giveaway from Italy. Of course I'll do more in the future, but this will be your last opportunity to get mail from me in Italy

I'm giving away four items and there will be four different winners!  I have a lens cleaning cloth printed with the mosaics from Ravenna (great for glasses or camera lenses), two sets of note cards from Florence, and a set of 5 random postcards of my images that I happen to have left (time to order more!).


You can have up to three entries:
1. Just leave a comment and say hi!
2. If you are a newsletter subscriber, leave a separate comment. (The newsletter is coming out tomorrow with some sneak peek info on my upcoming classes. Why not subscribe today? The form is on the left sidebar of the blog.)
3. If you follow me anywhere, leave a separate comment. By follow I mean through google, facebook, twitter, networked blogs, or rss feed. 
Please leave separate comments for each entry. I'm going to do a random drawing based on the total number of comments, so if you write it all in one comment you will still only have one entry.

You can leave comments through around 9pm PST Monday, June 13. I'll pick the winners on Tuesday morning when I wake up. Please make sure there is a way for me to contact you if you win - either a link back to a website, email, your name (if I know you personally), something along those lines. If I can't figure out how to contact you, I'll just re-draw for your item.

[Update: Giveaway has closed. See Tuesday's post for the winners!]

Along with this giveaway, I just want to give a public thank you to my husband Patrick, for all his help with these giveaways since I've started them. He's the one that goes to the post office and waits in line to mail them while I'm working my day job. Here in Italy, this can sometimes take hours or even multiple trips to get things mailed. If you've ever won anything or received mail from me, he's had a part in mailing it. If you want to visit his blog and leave a note of thanks, he would love it.

Enjoy your weekend!

50 comments:

  1. Time is flying so fast! I can't believe you'll be coming home.

    I love quirky little hardware like what's on the door. I would love to win your giveaway. I also follow you on twitter.:)

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  2. Hi! :-) Good luck with all the packing. I love moving into a new home, the sense of adventure and new beginnings, but the packing and deciding what to keep and what not is not a process I am fond of. It's hard!

    Love the colour of that door by the way.

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  3. I also follow you on rss. Ofcourse.

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  4. Oh, and on twitter. Do you feel stalked yet? ;-)

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  5. Hi!
    I love doors and doorways as well and have a whole board of them on pinterest.

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  6. I follow you on google reader, didn't know I could on facebook.

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  7. And I am subscribed to the newsletter.

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  8. I don't envy you your packing - it must be difficult leaving things behind and giving them away. But I suppose it's a good thing to do - we are, after all, supposed to travel light through this life to enjoy it the most. Please note I don't follow my own advice :-))

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  9. love those doorways! good luck with the packing and the key is to make lists, endless lists!

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  10. Hi Kat, thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. I am alsoa newsletter subscriber!

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  12. Following your blog on Google reader...hi and thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. I love doors too!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  14. Love the dusty door. :)
    I follow you on RSS feed.

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  15. And follow you via google reader. :)

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  16. I share your obsession with doors! Good luck with the sorting and packing -- your engineering side probably has a great system all figured out.

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  17. Love this door image....I wouldn't have thought about the light bouncing off the dusty areas if you hadn't mentioned it-very cool. It's always the details, isn't it.
    Would love for you and Patrick to mail me any of those beautiful items from Italy...or anywhere else. I do have a friend that collects stamps though and who would like to have some from Italy.
    Keep packing, but take time to enjoy too.

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  18. I love the blue blue blue. of the door. and the hardware of course. for a time I collect old hardware similar to that, but it's like anything in my life now I guess - I just don't want much but the essentials. like my camera and food. and my bed. and my kitties. see...the list grows and before you know it - STUFF. but I like your stuff Kat so a yes to the giveaway and a wish to you for a safe journey back to a new normal.

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  19. love the door, makes me want to paint mine...
    i can't imagine the job of moving from country to country...yikes, across town is enough of a workout! hoping you have smooth transition. i'm so impressed you can multi-task a huge move, a postcard swap, and a giveaway at the same time!!!

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  20. Italy has the BEST doors, hardly two the same, although this one from Inverness is lovely. Good luck with the packing... it's such a chore... and safe journey home.

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  21. Dear Kat,

    I just wanted to say how touched I was by your yesterday's post, I've just got back from a small break which too has changed me a little, that's what new experiences do! I agree whole heartedly with the sentiment of 'blogging for me'.

    Sue x

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  22. Yes, this must be a very exciting time for you, yet sad all at the same time. I just recently had the opportunity to vacation in Italy and was overwhelmed by it's beauty. Oh, but there's no place like the beauty of home - where ever that is!

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  23. I also enjoy the pleasure of your company in your newsletter!

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  24. kat, i have a similar time at the post office here in nyc. sometimes it can be up to an hour and i thought that was bad! patrick is a saint :)

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  25. Love that door - so very Mediterranean! Please put me in the draw!
    Good luck with your move Kat... May it be smooth and loss-free!

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  26. Okay - ditto, cos I am a newsletter subscriber!! 'o)

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  27. Hi! I too have an obsession for doors and architecture! Just love to come visit you. I have my postcards ready to mail to you. Thankful we met!

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  28. Great to see the new classes posted! Love the newsletter and just finished reading mine. I'm not a "good mover" and I don't envy you an international move! Can't wait to stay in touch!

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  29. Best of luck with your move.....gently closing the door on your Italian experience and opening the next one. In tune wth your "door theme".....
    I follow y ouro newsletter.

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  30. Beautiful photographs! Moves are hard; what to take, what to toss, what to give away.

    Have a safe trip home.

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  31. I love a good giveaway! Good luck on all the packing.

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  32. Kat,
    I know how hard it was for my daughter to leave after 4 months, so I will be thinking of you during your transition time. Best of luck,
    lynn

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  33. Hello, wow moving from Italy back to the good ol' USA. I'd love to visit Italy and/or own a villa so I can go anytime and stay as long as I'd like...one of many dreams. What a fabulous giveaway, sign me up!

    Bright blessings,
    Kathy

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  34. I also follow you on Facebook.

    Kathy

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  35. I'm also a newsletter follower....wooo...hooo!

    Have a wonderful day.

    Kathy

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  36. beautiful door. going to be hard to leave this land for you but a new adventure awaits. looking forward to sharing it with you through your camera lens

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  37. Hello there, thanks for the newsletter. Like many here I have photos of doors and locks. Some from the Louvre. Often go around snapping according to 'theme'. I'm moving too, in a couple of weeks. 2nd time in 6 months too. I know how you feel!

    Good luck!

    Ann

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  38. Sorry: web sites are:
    www.annisik.com
    www.annisikarts.com
    http://annisik51.wordpress.com

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  39. Time passes so fast! I will miss your photos from your travels and yet will look foward to what you have planned for the future!

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  40. I am a happy subscriber to your newsletter too:)

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  41. I love your door photographs Kat!
    You should make a book from them :-)

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  42. You are a clear thinking person; and you are fabulously connected to life's creative energy!

    Pam Kirch
    Utah

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  43. WOW Kat, what an exciting time for you, as well as exhausting I imagine. Good Luck with everything...its great to follow your journey!
    Cheers

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  44. Love the gothic lines on the door, here visiting from SS.

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