I remember how excited and nervous I was when I posted my first post about the Widow of Zarephath and how giddy it made me to get comments on it. I guess things haven't changed too much since then because I still get nervous when I post something and I still get giddy with comments... maybe even more so now.
What a wonderful two years it has been for me. I feel like I have grown so much in my testimony of Jesus Christ and in the divinity of women. It is becoming clearer to me just how much God really does love and respect women. In addition I have made so many wonderful friends, "met" amazing people, and learned so much from your wonderful insights. Thank you so much for reading this blog. I can't tell you how much it means to me. You have enriched my life in a way that is indescribable. May God bless each of you!
Now for the good part-- through the generosity of some very talented women-- I have the great joy of giving away some AMAZING prizes in celebration of my blog-iversary. I wish I could give each one of you something but there a few different prizes so you have a good chance of winning something. Here they are:
The lucky winner of the Grand Prize will get a 20x24 custom, professionally giclee print on canvas of Maren Scott's painting "My Beloved Son" worth over a $150. Here is some of the information Maren sent me about her painting,
"On the first "frame" in the painting that looks like carved wood there are pomegranates. Golden pomegranates adorned the hems of the robes of the high priests who served in the temple, along with small bells. Also the pomegranates are symbolic of fertility and blessing. The second carved row is taken from a fragment from the palace of Herod. The white "marble" corner stones are a design from a first century ossuary or bone box, these were used to collect the bones after a corpse has decayed and re-bury them. These boxes where then placed again in niches in a family tomb. The ossuary design is symbolic of death and resurrection. The stone surround is that Christ is the firm foundation, the cross in the stone work behind Mary and the Child is the future torment. Even fabric of Mary's tunic is accurate, it is from a fragment of a first century textile found in the Judean desert."Are you excited about this yet? I really wish this wasn't my blog so I could win it. I've fallen in love with this painting! Maren does beautiful work and you can see more of it at her Etsy shop, her blog www.marenscott.blogspot.com, or at her vintage Esty store. She does custom prints of this painting and you can go here to order one.
The first prize winner will get a print mounted on wood (8 x 12 inches x 1/2 inch thick) of Flor Larios' "Nativity Star". To see the actual one she will send click here. Here is what Flor told me about her painting:
"To create this collage I used a high quality print of my original painting "Nativity Star". Mixed media techniques using acrylics, pastels, gold leaf ink, vintage mica flakes, and stains for the background. Decorated with small designs created with a wood burner. It has a beautiful antique rustic finish with tiny crackles. It comes with a wall hanger on the back. Signed and dated on the back by me, Flor Larios 2010."Flor does amazingly beautiful work and you can see more of it at her Etsy store, her facebook page and her blog Flor Larios Art.
You should go over and see my other favorite painting by her and some of her Frida Kahlo paintings... I think they are even better than Frida Kahlo's :)
The second place winner will get this beautiful vinyl wall art from from iTwaddle.
"Our vinyl lettering is adhesive pre-spaced lettering that can quickly and easily be placed on walls, boards, cars, glass, clocks, mirrors, plates... the possibilities are endless! Our rub-on wall lettering is easy to apply and just as easy to remove. It looks as if it was professionally painted on and its washable! We have pre-made layouts and we do custom-made layouts."I was so impressed with her vinyls. She has some really cute ones! Visit her Etsy store here to see more.
The third place winner will get a $15 gift certificate to Our Happy Home.
She makes these beautiful mini fabric covered Books of Mormon ( 3.5" X 5") that have a magnetic flap. They are the perfect size to throw in your purse, diaper bag, pocket or back pack or when you travel. They each have a coordinating ribbon book mark with handmade fabric covered buttons or cute brads to hold it in place. Custom designs are available.
I am so excited about these little Books of Mormon. I am telling my husband to get me one for Christmas-- it would be the PERFECT stocking stuffer, especially for us scripture nerds!
How to Win
You can do one, two, or all of the following-- each one will give you an entry into the giveaway.
#1- Leave a comment on this post telling me who your favorite woman in the scriptures is and why.
#2- If you are taking the Women in the Scriptures challenge, leave me a comment on this post and let me know how it is going, and I'll give you an extra entry.
#3- Become a "follower" (on the right hand side bar) of this blog and leave me a comment letting me know that you did. If you already are a follower let me know and you can have an entry.
#4- Join the Women in the Scriptures facebook page and leave me a comment letting me know that you did. If you already are one the facebook page let me know and you can have an entry.
#5- Mention this giveaway and link to this post on your blog, facebook, or twitter. Let me know which ones you linked to (you can do all three) and you can have an extra entry for each.
There... that gives you 7 chances to win one of these wonderful prizes!
I am going to let the giveaway run till September 28th at 11:00 PM. I'll announce the winners on my blog and on the facebook page on September 29th.
Best wishes and thank you again for your love, your support, and your comments!