Giveaway :: Emily McDowell

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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Words have power. They reaffirm, question, challenge, praise. They carry the weight of all of our preconceived notions in the outlines of their individual letters and the spaces between are ripe with intention. This time of year is a perfect reminder to stay conscious of the weight of our words and the power they carry within. Let’s create an abundance of positive energy in our environment’s this season. Let’s collect beauty and display it. Let’s honor the words we love.

Emily McDowell is an artist/illustrator/writer who left her corporate job to fulfill her dream of making a living as an artist. Her risk is our reward. The sophisticated whimsy in McDowell’s work is a perfect reflection of the abundance surrounding us. This print is a particular favorite. And these New Year’s cards? Absolute perfection. Be sure to check out McDowell’s Emily + Ross shop, with fantastic hand-painted scarves. Talk about an abundance of beauty!

Emily McDowell is giving away 2 – 8 x 10 prints (excluding the Design Mom Collection)to 2 winners (one each)! (My favorite is posted above.) To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, December 5th. Comments now closed…good luck!
Which print in Emily McDowell’s shop speaks to you the most and why?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, December 10th, to see if you’ve won!
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    Kate B says:

    Oh, the Secret Garden print is just lovely! I didn’t recognize the quote, but I did love The Secret Garden as a kid. I think just something about the beautiful illustration hits some of my favorite notes (hand-lettered look AND botanicals? yes, please!). I am also a person who is sincerely delighted by things. I think it’s one of my stoic husband’s favorite qualities about me. On one of our very early dates, we went to see a movie that I was very excited to see (Serenity, a follow-up to a short-lived and beloved TV series, Firefly) and upon witnessing my giddiness in the parking lot, he told he couldn’t remember the last time he’d been so thrilled to do something. I don’t understand people who only seem to like things ironically. I love things with joy and abandon and DELIGHT. That print really appeals to that part of me!

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    Lauren P says:

    The “Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle” print is beautifully done and speaks to me on a personal and professional level. Professionally, I work with individuals who struggle with mental illness. These people are usually written off as “crazy” or unworthy of kindness, but I know how hard they work day to day to keep their illness under control. Personally, my dad is fighting a number of physical ailments, so he’s not at his best every day. Still, he deserves every ounce of kindness the world has to offer as he stays strong and persists in his own “battles.”

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    Sydney V says:

    “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my own ship.” Life is hard, life is change, and life throws you curve-balls. But the ability to push through and learn, that can never be taken away from you. It keeps me going because I love to learn.

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    Jenni says:

    “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” I think it’s an important quote to live by and comes from an amazing woman who I aspire to be like.
    I often find myself doubting that I am living up to my full potential. That I could work harder, that I could relax more, that I could be healthier, that I could be smarter… I find these thoughts often associated with words or looks from people I know, as well as from complete strangers. What I really need to learn is to accept my faults and love myself for who I am. Only then will I be free of my own insecurities and scrutiny.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    “You are doing a f*cking great job” i have a bit of a potty mouth, and i love that this makes a “bad word” look so pretty and normal. 

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    heather f says:

    I likd the picasso quote with the bear “everything you can imagine is real”

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    Alexis S. says:

    “Be nice to yourself” spoke to me the most. I am incredibly self-critical and need to be reminded to love myself as it’s tough when you cannot be happy with your own self.

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    Pumpernickel says:

    This would be a very difficult decision. I am trying to instill a high amount of confidence, imagination, and self worth in my son (and soon to be second baby). They were values that were not prized when I was growing so it is very important to me that my children have these lessons under their belts. The “Be Yourself” quote and the “Everything you can imagine” quotes are so relevant to our daily lives. And they both match their soon-to-be-shared bedroom!

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    ren says:

    i have taken the joan of arc quote, “i am not afraid. i was born to do this.”  as my personal manta. granted, i was not born to be martyred (i hope), but it gives me the little boost of courage i need to get through a rough day.

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    sharon says:

    I love the We Are All Awesome Print. I know this seems like an answer to a Miss Universe Pageant, but I know that each and everyone of us are awesome in our own little way.

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    Lydia says:

    I like “I am not afraid of storms…” one!

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    Tabetha says:

    “I am not afraid.  I was born to do this.”
    The Joan of Arc quote brings tears to my eyes!  It is exactly how I feel about what I do for a living {I teach American history at our local college}.  I was born for it– it is what I do.  Its a great thing, loving my career!!!

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    Regan says:

    I LOVE the “don’t shush your inner voice” quote. I’ve always believed that what we love is what we should do, so we should listen to our instincts. Great!!

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    Marifran says:

    The Oscar Wilde quote speaks volumes to every 16 yr. old, struggling to find her place in this world — I’d love to give it to my daughter and have it be the first thing she sees each morning when she starts her day.

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    Angela says:

    “I am not afraid. I was born for this.” Definitely that one. (Hi Emily!)

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    Jac says:

    So many good quotes. I would have to say “You are doing a F**king Great Job” immediately stood out to me though. For some reason it reminded me of a friend slapping my ass and telling me I’m awesome when I’m feeling down.   A little startling but motivating. Is that strange?

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    Nikki says:

    “I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship” speaks to me the most because I am very afraid of “storms” and the anxiety of living in uncertain times with no way of peaking ahead to read “how it all turns out” is very difficult for me.  I have leaned so many years on my husband (20!!) and now, though we are still together, I am having to learn how to sail my own ship and take responsibility for my own feelings–happiness and worry.

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    kristen h. says:

    By FAR, the one that resonates with me is the one that says “Be nice to yourself, it’s hard to be happy when someone is mean to you all the time.” Something most people don’t know about me is that I struggle greatly with self-esteem. I am my own worst critic, and I am not very nice to myself. I have caught myself calling me names in my head, teasing myself, talking down to myself. I need to work on this, I need to be nice. I am nice to everyone, almost to a fault…except myself. That needs to change!! In my own head, when talking to myself, I am straight off the Mean Girls movie. I’m a total Regina George.

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    Natalie says:

    I love the “and delight reigned”. It’s so peaceful/happy/relaxing. That’s how I strive to approach life. It’s like when you’re doing those mundane errands, or stuck in traffic, or your two year old refuses to go to sleep (ugh) – those are the times when you just take a deep breath, smile, and sing along with the radio. Finding delight in the everyday. Not like I’m very good at it, but I try.

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    Courtney J says:

    I really like the “We Are Here to go All In” because it reminds me that everyone I work with (as a high school teacher) are here for the same purpose, even if we disagree with each other and sometimes forget why we work as teachers…

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    Christina P says:

    The Winston Churchill quote print ” Do you have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something in your life.”

    I’m very passionate about my friends and family and sticking up for them against bullying or just stereotypes and meanness. I’m trying to continue to show this to others and with all this bullying going on, its so important to stand up for other people even in the face of a bully or mass opinion.

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    Lindsay says:

    I love a lot of those quotes, it’s a great how a few words can change how you feel and remind you of what’s important. My favourite quote itself is probably “Everything you can imagine is real”. It’s good to remember, when you’re in a routine (either happily, or maybe in a rut) that there is so much out there. We shelve our imaginations in order to get through work, because thinking outside the box isn’t always valued in a workplace. Every now and then it’s important to give things perspective and stretch your brain and do new things! (and all this thought from a single poster!) 

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    melanie says:

    it has to be “we are all awesome”.  beautiful prints.

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    Erin says:

    “Be Kind: Everyone You Meet is Fighting a Hard Battle”
    That is something I strive to remember every day, especially if someone is being unpleasant to me.

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    Trisha says:

    “I love your stupid face.” It reminds me of the playful way my husband and I talk to each other. 

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    Madeline says:

    “We are here to go all in” It reminds me that we only get one chance, one life, one opportunity and we need to go full tilt or else we may miss it.

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    Sarah P says:

    Love will save us (b/c it’s TRUE!)

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    Renee A. says:

    Well, I have 2 that really speak to me,the one featured: “be yourself because every one else is taken”….I had such a hard time being myself around others and was always trying to be someone I wasn’t to make others happy, but I learned recently to be myself and it has freed me from so much stress. I also love the “we are all awesome” poster b/c it makes me think of my family….we’ve recently gone through some hard times together and it would really help to remind us that all of us are awesome in our own ways and bring good to each other in some way,shape or form. 🙂

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    noma says:

    the “Everything You Can Imagine Is Real” typograph. as a college student, my life currently revolves around my dreams and imaginations. I can only hope and pray that what i imagine will one day materialize. this typograph is reassurance that my current efforts are what establish my imaginations to be real, right now.

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    Jennifer says:

    Although there are MANY prints that I love, I MUST HAVE the one that says, “You are doing a fu**ing great job. I am going to hang it right over my desk at work. I run a small business and there is very rarely anyone who says that to me, although I know it’s true. And since I probably don’t say it enough to the people who work for me, I’m going to get them copies to hang over their desks, too. Because you’re right, we are doing a fu**ing great job and it’s time we realized that!

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    I appreciate the Winston Churchill quote. It’s a good reminder that enemies can represent something positive in ones life.

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    echo says:

    I love everything about the Joan of Arc quote and your illustration of it. So beautiful and inspiring. Also, mad props to the orangey-pink bear friend.

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    Tiffany says:

    The “Be Kind” quote is one of my all time favorites. It’s a great reminder for me that I’m not the only one going through “stuff” and I should keep that in mind when others act out.

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    Kath says:

    My favorite is “I am not afraid of storms for I am learning to sail my ship.” 
    With one more semester of schooling to go, I sometimes get nervous about emerging into the “real world” and realizing my dreams that I’ve been working so hard to pursue. But I’ll cling to hope and not be too hard on myself because I am still- and will always be- learning! And that is a beautiful thing.

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    Theresa says:

    The one posted above, because it is all too easy to feel terrible that you are not living up to the expectations of others… We should never be afraid to be who we are.

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    “We are all awesome”, because it’s true! But it’s easy to forget…

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    Aleta says:

    I’ve actually always loved this quote from Oscar Wilde… it’s such a good reminder for me to feel comfortable in my own skin!

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    KC Michelle says:

    I love the Don’t Shush Your Inner Voice quote as it’s a great reminder…

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    Marilyn says:

    I love the “be yourself” quote…would probably give it to my friend because she says it all the time.

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    Heather N. says:

    I love the Picasso quote “Everything you can imagine is real.” First of all, the bear is genius. Secondly, I love the quote because it reminds me that nothing is beyond my reach if I am willing to work hard enough for it.

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    Suzi C says:

    Is it really corny to say most of these speak to me? I’m going through a really, really rough patch in my life at the moment (big breakup with my daughters father – whom I was with for 4 years, my mum’s M.S is deteriorating and I’m just feeling very down and weak all round, really) and I’m looking for answers everywhere I go. 

    Each day is a battle but I’m really trying to love myself- http://www.etsy.com/listing/94479959/be-nice-to-yourself-print-5-x-7-wall-art

    I’m beginning to believe I really am doing my best, as a mother, daughter, friend and lover- http://www.etsy.com/listing/107352609/you-are-doing-a-fcking-great-job-print

    Accepting that sometimes people are assholes, whether or not I deserve it- http://www.etsy.com/listing/115810108/motivational-quote-eleanor-roosevelt-no

    Thanks for the opportunity to win one of these- couldn’t have come at a better time. They are fabulous x

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    Sharon Siqueiros says:

    ~Be Nice to Yourself…..
    Sometimes we need little reminders

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    Brittany K says:

    Definitely the “It’s so easy to smile at people” print. A smile to a stranger or a friend can go such a long way.

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    Athena R says:

    “I Am Not Afraid I was Born To Do This”…that print definitely spoke to me because as a shy person sometimes I can let my fear get in the way of going after my dreams. I just have to keep reminding myself that I wasn’t given the skill I have for no reason.

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    Lizzy says:

    Be Nice to Yourself…. It is something I need to work on.

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    miss james says:

    “no one can make you feel inferior…” has been one of the most profound and impactful quotes of my life. i have carried it with me in one form or another throughout my adult life, and have been so moved by eleanor roosevelt that i named my dog after her (eleanor). her words have never failed to remind me (especially during the times of the most self-doubt) that i have control over my own happiness.
    her words continue to be an important reminder of the value of self-love.

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    Amy Z. says:

    I just love the Box of Love print. Love is truly worth more than any tangible gift, which is a great reminder with the holiday season right now not to get too caught up in those material wants and desires!

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    Anne H. says:

    The quote from Peter Pan.First I am a children’s librarian so the connection, I think Peter Pan was my first crush, and it describes my relationship with my husband, although we have some very different interests we always know that the other will always be waiting <3