Friday, October 1, 2010

Focus On... Stubborn Dog Artwork! {And A Giveaway!}

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Like most people, I'm a fan of one-stop shopping. I like Target for this reason. I can get toilet paper, shampoo, milk, pudding, and a cute new purse all in one place! This is also why I like Stubborn Dog Artwork (and the sister store, Stubborn Dog After Dark). Though they don't carry toilet paper (drat!), they do offer multiple styles of artwork, so whatever you fancy, you can find it here! Are you looking for nursery artwork? Done! Are you looking for cute watercolor and ink drawings? Done! Are you looking for pink pachyderm gift tags? Done! Are you looking for affordable acrylic paintings on canvas? Done! Are you looking for a light-hearted interview and an awesome giveaway? Read on!

What kind of mediums do you use and why?
Watercolor and acrylic are my current favorites. Most of my subjects are light and happy, so it seems natural to use something like watercolor.  I pair it with ink a lot because I like the simple lines against the color. On canvas, I like to play with acrylic because it feels bigger and bolder to me, which fits with the shapes and ideas I want to create.


What made you decide to sell on etsy?
I came back to painting at a time when I was feeling really crabby about my routine. I was working all day, coming home, eating dinner, watching a little TV, and going to bed. I loved my job, but I was missing something. Once I pulled out the paints, I felt really excited and realized that to be happy I needed to give myself time to create. My mother-in-law and her friend showed me etsy, to which I instantly became addicted, and now there’s no turning back!


Where do you get your inspiration?
To be honest, sometimes I don’t really know. A lot of my ideas are very literal, like making adventures for my sheepdog, Scout, or being inspired by beautiful things like trips to the Farmers Market and hikes in the woods. Other times I just start exploring with the paints and discover an idea along the way.


What is your favorite music to craft by?
Whew. I’m all over the place. Current top picks:
Brandi Carlile
Bon Iver
Horse Feathers
Blitzen Trapper
I’m also a lifetime Beatles fan, a lover of old Motown like the Temptations, and a devotee to classics like Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.  


When it's cold outside... I’m happy. I love flannel and mugs of something hot. 






When I'm hungry... I hope that my husband will cook. He’s really good at it. 






When I need a boost... I cuddle my dog, sing along to Disney soundtracks, or go to Starbucks. 






I wish I was/were... independently wealthy? Ha. No – really, I wish I was more organized. 

{apple to zinnias - a stubborn dog alphabet}

If I could give one gift to everyone I know, it would be... peace of mind, hot chocolate, and a stack of my favorite books.


If I could have coffee with anyone, it would be... Barbara Kingsolver or Cormac McCarthy - two of my favorite authors. 


If you were an animal, what would you be? A loon! Not because I’m crazy, though that might fit, but because they live on northern lakes in some of the most beautiful places I know.






What's your favorite piece of your own?  
I’ve never thought about that before. I guess it might be Scout’s “A is for Ants” because that started me on a great adventure into illustration. I also still think fondly of my first big acrylic to sell at an art fair, “Oh.” I loved it from the start, but it was one of those things that a lot of people just didn’t get. I’ll never forget the lovely mother/daughter duo that came in and felt just as excited about it as I did. That was a kick of confidence that I needed. 

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What are your favorite blogs/websites right now?
I have a substantial blogroll, but a few of my top sites are:

::::Stubborn Dog can be found in the following places::::

Ashley has so graciously offered 2 fabulous prints for a lucky reader. The winner will receive a Fall Critter print set {1 of these and 1 of these}!










- To be eligible for entry, you must be a follower of my blog through google friend connect or through your preferred RSS reader. -
- Make sure you leave me a way to contact you if you win. -
- Please leave separate comments for each entry. -

First entry (mandatory):






Head over to Stubborn Dog and tell me your favorite item!

Extra entries (optional):












Head over to Stubborn Dog After Dark and tell me your favorite item!
- Follow the Stubborn Dog blog.
- Sign up for the Kate and Oli mailing list.
Follow me on Twitter, tweet about this giveaway and leave me the link.
- Add my button to your blog (in sidebar).
- Blog about this giveaway and leave me the link.

Fine print: Giveaway begins when it is posted and ends at 11:59pm pacific standard time October 9, 2010. A winner will be selected by a random number generator on October 10, 2010 and will be emailed promptly. Stubborn Dog will ship anywhere in the world!

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  4. I love the Ground Squirrel Card Set, because me boyfriend and some other friends of mine always say I look like a squirrel. :D

    Hannah-redhead@web.de

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  5. I signed up for the Kate and Oli mailing list


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  6. I am a facebook fan

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  7. I follow the Stubborn Dog blog

    Hannah-redhead@web.de

    PS:sorry for the maaaany comments i had to delete, i am dumb and forgot to write my e-mail adress :D

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  8. I like live simply.
    ale84.vercelli at hotmail dot it

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  9. I subscribe to your mailing list.
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  10. I follow you on twitter (dakha).
    I tweet:
    http://twitter.com/dakha/status/26094909282

    ale84.vercelli at hotmail dot it

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  11. facebook fan
    alessandra lalla vercelli
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  12. I'm a follower via Google. I love the Benny and His Peeps prints!
    irenedesign@ ymail.com

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  14. hey :) sorry for deleting...Had the alphabet print been in the shop, that would have been my favorite, however, I do also like the little chickadee painting. :)I didn't see the squirrel and owl in the shop - I like them too! :D

    What I forgot to say was, can I not say my email here please? If I happen to win, I'd be happy to share it with you, Kate, but I share it (the email)...the other person doesn't want it shared :)

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  15. follow google. Luv the blue chickadee. swiener1@tampabay.rr.com

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  16. follow your blog. swiener1@tampabay.rr.com

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  17. follow SD 'n told them you sent me. swiener1@tampabay.rr.com

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  18. email subscriber. swiener1@tampabay.rr.com

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  19. follow you on twitter. swiener1@tampabay.rr.com

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  20. like K&O on fb 'n left your link. Susan Wiener is my username there. swiener1[at]tampabay.rr.com

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  21. I actually love the little chipmunk, but I know a small boy who would be thrilled with the Hammerhead Shark. Oh, and I follow in google reader.

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  22. I think the Little Portrait - Pink Cactus is very sweet.

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  24. I'm following via GFC as Jasmine1485. My favourite item from Stubborn Dog is the 'Pale Pussywillows' print

    Kate1485 at hotmail.com

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  25. My favourite piece from Stubborn Dog After Dark is 'Sea Curls'

    Kate1485 at hotmail.com

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  26. I'm a fan of Stubborn Dog on Facebook (Kate Ryan)

    Kate1485 at hotmail.com

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  27. I'm following you on Twitter (@NTFancy) and I tweeted about it:

    http://twitter.com/NTFancy/status/26170979121

    Kate1485 at hotmail.com

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  28. I'm a fan of Kate & Oli on Facebook (Kate Ryan)

    Kate1485 at hotmail.com

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  29. My favorite print is the Scout's ABCs C is for Cat

    Donna
    dwarrington1@gmail.com

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  30. I follow Stubborn Dog blog

    Donna
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  31. I "like" Stubborn Dog on facebook

    Donna Hufman Warrington
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  32. I've signed up for your mailing list

    Donna
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  33. I follow you on Twitter as 2Cats2See

    Donna
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  34. I'm a facebook fan

    Donna Hufman Warrington
    dwarrington1@gmail.com

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  35. fave: apples to zinnias
    deannalw47 @ hotmail.com
    xoxoxo

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  36. fave: birch trees on brown @ after dark shop
    deannalw47 @ hotmail.com
    xoxoxo

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  37. kate and oli mailing list
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    xoxoxo

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  38. follow stubborn dog blog
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    xoxoxo

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  39. like kate & oli facebook
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    xoxoxo

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  40. Thanks to Kate and Oli and for all of your visits. Good luck and enjoy the weekend!

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  41. My favorite is the Pale Pussywillows
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. I follow the Stubborn Dog blog with google friend connect
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. I like Stubborn Dog on Facebook - my FB name is Amanda Moore
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  45. I like Kate & Oli on Facebook - my FB name is Amanda Moore
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  46. I like the Pink Tulips in a Row Card Set from stubborn dog.

    debyeo at hotmail dot com

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  47. From stubborn dog after dark I like the moth magnets, moth acrylics and the cactus acrylic!

    debyeo at hotmail dot com

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  48. I follow you on Twitter as dspdavey.

    debyeo at hotmail dot com

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  49. I am a facebook fan as Deborah Davey.

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  50. the HORRAY origina is my favorite, so sweet and festive!!

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  51. I love the Moth paintings at Stubborndogafterdark

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  52. I fan of stubborn dog on fb :)

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  53. I like North Pole Peeps best. thanks
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  54. I love Red Dust from subborn dog after dark etsy shop. thanks
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  55. I Follow the Stubborn Dog blog. Lubaska
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  56. I am a Facebook fan of Stubborn Dog. (Lubka Kotmanikova)
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  57. I signed up for the Kate and Oli mailing list.
    lubaska at hotmail dot com

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  58. I am a Facebook fan of Kate and Oli.
    (Lubka Kotmanikova)
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  59. I follow you on Twitter, tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/#!/Lubaska/status/26275127579
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  60. My favorite is the dandelions print!

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  61. I love the owl bookends print.
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  62. I follow your blog via GFC.
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  63. I'm a FB fan of yours (under my name, PIroska).
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  64. I signed up for their newsletter.
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  65. I'm a FB fan of theirs (under my name, Piroska).
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  66. I love the black bear painting.

    allisonsbj3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  67. I also like the garden moth 4.

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  68. Stubborn Dog facebook fan

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  69. Facebook fan

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  70. I love the zebra card set!

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  71. I love the captured dust from stubborn dog.

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  72. My favorite: the skunk. itßs cute :)

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  73. My favorite "after dark" is the Blue Chickadee
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  74. I am following via GFC as galaxyboogie.

    My favorite is the Peep pyramid! Really cute prints.

    galaxyboogie at gmail dot com

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  75. i like Monarch


    twannywun at hotmail dot com

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  76. Become a Facebook fan of Stubborn Dog.


    karen scammell

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  77. i love
    Garden Moth 2
    from stubborn dog after dark


    twannywun at hotmail dot com

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  78. Become a Facebook fan of Kate and Oli.


    karen scammell

    twannywun at hotmail dot com

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  79. Follow the Stubborn Dog blog.


    as twannywun


    twannywun at hotmail dot com

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  80. Sing a Song of Sixpence is by far my FAVORITE!

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    oh, and i follow!

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  81. follow the other blog!!

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  82. i follow you through Google friend connect:)

    so i headed over to Stubborn Dog and totally fell in love with this Zebra 4pk card set-http://www.etsy.com/listing/51843756/4pk-zebra-cardset.


    thanks for the giveaway opportunity!
    jksutton22@gmail.com

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  83. Whooo would know that I would like a screech owl so,
    He sure looks great in this artwork and makes me want to know...
    How did this awesome artist express
    these critters cute and at their best!!

    pumpkinlady430@yahoo.com

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  84. I like Apple to Zinnias.

    dhesh at webmail dot co dot za

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