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Giveaway :: Hazen21

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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Friends, now that we are full swing into the fall schedule (in a manner of speaking) there could not be a better moment to honor the “Endless Summer” in our lives. This past week, in particular, has sort of taken on a momentum all its own and I feel like the wheels aren’t quite fastened on properly. It is at these moments I hold onto the idea of a long, languorous summer with both hands and inhale. One of the ways I do this is through art. There is just something about finding art that moves you that makes you feel as if you have not a care in the world.

Hazen21 has been on my radar for a few months and I am so excited to be able to introduce you to Lewis Hazen and his amazing work. Hazen’s work is whimsical, abstract, playful, and mixes mediums to create unique textures. His distinct style is the mark of a true artist and I cannot tell you how much this Barn Owl needs to be on my wall.  Finding art that inspires as well as relaxes is something akin to finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Hazen21 is the kind of shop that will make you feel like summer lasts all year long.

Hazen21 is giving away one $50 gift card to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, September 17th. Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit Hazen21 and tell us: How do you express your creativity? Do you write, paint, sew, cook, shop?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, September 23rd, to see if you’ve won!
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    heather f says:

    I’m a gardener and I love to make pretty arrangements for our deck. I also have a super long mantle that I like to do seasonal decor on. It can be a real challenge sometimes because it’s about 10 feet long!

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    Nikki says:

    I nest.  Paint walls, paint furniture, organize drawers and closets, making everything as attractive as possible.  Flower beds, decorating for holidays, arranging the dishes in the cabinet.  I love it all and am so pleased to have an outlet for all of my interests.  Modge Podging storage boxes and starting plant cuttings in pretty jars, I have even tiled two bathrooms (with a third still to do) with some picassiette and made bead and bamboo curtain pulls.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i cook and write, though not simultaneously 😉

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    ren says:

    i am a digital artist (meaning i draw with a computer, not with my digits), a part-time poet and an aspiring mystery writer. and i cook. and i make a living lettering comics, so…i think i’m pretty well expressed.

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    Valerie C. says:

    I love interior decorating and I have worked as a makeup artist 🙂

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    Courtney J says:

    I craft! I enjoy knitting, embroidery, bookbinding (such as using awesome printed papers or paint chips), creating colleges, making jewelry using polymer clay, paint, and cute beads! (I paint too…though not that much anymore, so crafting has taken over!)

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    Jasanna says:

    I do random things. Sometimes photograph, cook, diy projects, etc… 🙂 Some of everything!

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    megan says:

    i write!

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    Jennifer says:

    There are just too many ways to list them all! I express creativity in the way I dress, and clothes I buy. The way I decorate my home is another way I express creativity. I do my best to give creative gifts that are both thoughtful and appreciated. And, I am lucky to have a job where creativity is encouraged and required.

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    Kate B says:

    These illustrations are so charming! They reminded me a lot of the work we just saw while in Alaska by local artist Alvin Eli Amason. (His “Tough Going, Little Darling” just completely captured me.)

    A few months ago, I quit my office job to explore a future as a freelance graphic designer, so I express my creativity every day. I have to balance it with more analytical things (writing contracts, researching product specs, pricing production), but the freedom to create beautiful and useful design for people has always been my dream and when I’m wrapping up my day with design, I practically have to pinch myself to believe it’s finally real!

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    Zandile Ncube says:

    Oh , this is a toughy!! I love shopping and being me through my clothing! I don’t have to say a thing and already i have made a statement with my clothing. I also express my creativity through my art, i love to paint and come up with some new fresh ideas

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    amanda uber says:

    Cook!

    I am unfortunate to have systemic candida so I can’t eat any type of sugar, fruit, grain, starch or dairy. These restrictions mean I have to be creative in the kitchen. With Pinterest its actually fun coming up with new ways to eat cauliflower. I just made tortillas with them – yummy.

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    Anna L says:

    Wow I love these pieces!
    I express my creativity through multiple mediums.  I am a huge man of acrylic painting, though I spend hours getting lost in one painting.  I am also a blogger, expressing my creativity through blogging for my followers daily.  I am very fond of my DSLR or any point and shot camera, shooting what my eyes see and allowing others to interpret.  Lastly, another way I express my creativity is through how I dress. I am a fan of wacky and odd clothing, but giving it a twist to create comfy and wearable outfits!

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    jane says:

    i’ve been trying to get my creative side on, so i picked up crochet over summer through books and youtube and now i can’t stop! i cook and bake as well, although that is borne out more from a love of food rather than creativity :p

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    Tiffany says:

    I tend to go into that creative “zone” when doing tablescapes. I just love dressing up tables for parties. Give me a theme and my face will light up. I adore turning someone’s favorite subject into the form of a party. And age doesn’t matter, adults all still love the idea of a themed birthday party, they just aren’t always ready to admit it 🙂

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    Charlotte D. says:

    Photography. Love taking pictures of nature, my kids and anything else that inspires me. I have used my own photos that I turn into small posters around my house. My son has picked up on photography as well and I have his photos around our house.

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    Pumpernickel says:

    I sew, crochet, knit and craft things for my two boys. Fun!

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    Aleta says:

    I love to cook and decorate. Two or three times a year I have to completely rearrange my furniture to get that feeling like something is new! I wish I was an interior designer!

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    Susan F says:

    I am lucky enough to have a career that allows my creative juices to flow – I design and furnish commercial spaces; working with carpets, paints and lots of fun fabrics.  For fun I love painting using acrylics or watercolors and I call my style  “Whimsical and colorful Pop” 

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    cindy says:

    I dance! I am by no means a “dancer” but I love to let loose and express what the music means to me. 

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    Brittany K says:

    my blog! i love getting new products and blogging about them – even if my mom is the only one reading it! hi mom!

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    Debra Lee says:

    I sew and crochet!

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    Lauren P says:

    I have an (over)active imagination, and I find that writing allows me to more fully create the fantastical worlds that exist in my head. 

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    Elizabeth says:

    I express my creativity by living my life with flair.  Oh certainly I have “creative” hobbies – I love to sew and I adore to refinish furniture, oh and yes, I play the piano, and paint and do calligraphy.  But….creativity, to me, is doing what is boring with life.  So!  I try to express my creativity at the grocery store (not hard because I have a 5 year old) or I try to express my creativity in my college papers (I’ve started including images in almost everything and no one is chiding me!  They love it!)  I try to express my creativity in the morning, when I don’t want to get out of bed.

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    Emily B says:

    A few months ago, my family started a new life in the Air Force and our first assignment is in rural Oklahoma. I have two little boys (4,2), and everyday I stretch every creative muscle I have to find meaningful, interesting, engaging experiences for them in our small (oh, so tiny) town. To create beautiful childhoods for my children has been a creative challenge and daily endeavor. A blessing of approaching life with an eye to beauty and small miracles. And then, in the evenings, when the children are sleeping, I indulge my self-focused creativity by knitting and practicing my violin. I have to say I love the approach of your art. It reminds me of the Li-Young Lee poem “From Blossoms”? Do you know it? There’s this line (speaking of summer peaches) where he says:
    “O, to take what we love inside,
    to carry within us an orchard, to eat
    not only the skin, but the shade,
    not only the sugar, but the days, to hold
    the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into the round jubilance of peach.” I love this concept of taking what we love inside, and I feel like these small landscapes within the animals reflect that urge, to take and carry what we love inside, to hold the trees, the mountains, the dappled sunlight. Even animals have poetic hearts.

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    Cat says:

    I sew – a little of everything . . . it has been a few months since I have been able to and I really need to get back to it!