Sunday, July 12, 2009
color my world
Last month artist Karen Harvey Cox had a giveaway at her blog, A Scrapbook of Inspiration. The prize was an original watercolor of the flower of your choice.
I did not win.
In Karen's post declaring the winner, she relayed the sweet custom started when her daughters were small of giving the girls not celebrating a birthday an unbirthday gift on their sisters' special day.
Karen then surprised us non-winners by offering to paint a mini watercolor of our favorite flower as an "ungiveaway gift." Another amazing tale of generosity and creativity in blogland.
I wrote to Karen and told her that I love her paintings of flower boxes because they look so happy.
Karen painted a watercolor of my plate garden and literally-named Shabby Shed. I have never received anything like this in my life. Hand painted ... for me ... of something I adore!
In her card to me Karen wrote, "I know nothing happier than your garden." My gosh, I am touched, awed, moved. Boy, I'm so happy I took up blogging. I can't imagine receiving this kind of heartfelt connection from ... golf! Just teasing, golfers
Karen also has a lovely shop on Etsy where you can buy her beautiful watercolors. Here are two favorites:
I am now on the quest for the perfect frame for my original watercolor, about 5.5" x 7.5". I am imagining reclaimed chippy wood and have been doing searches online and onland (HomeGoods, TJ Maxx). If you have any ideas, suggestions or links, please send!
Wishing you a happy unbirthday today.
note: added 7/12
I just ordered this frame from Fragment Freaks. It's an 8x10 and I will use/make a matte! Thank you for the great suggestions and Amy also for the ringing endorsement of Fragment Freaks. My 1st Ebay purchase!