Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Focus On... Orange Willow! {and a giveaway!}

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Orange Willow is an etsy shop I found months ago and have been saving for the right time to share with you. Well, now is the time! I love the modern use of color and line in Wendy's work. Her animal/human hybrid pieces are amazing - you will just sit and stare at them for minutes. I love that they almost make me uncomfortable; art should move or challenge you. Wendy, being the super nice human that she is, has offered to give away a print of her favorite work, Sushi. Read on for her interview and details on how to enter the giveaway!


{polly - my fave}

Tell me some basic info about yourself.
I am wife to an amazing man who believed in me enough to take my hand and without hesitation support my leap into self employment years ago. I am mother to three children, all age 5 or under, who provide me with endless inspiration and make me always curious how a simple woman like myself got so lucky. In addition to an incredible family I get to do what I love every day and actually make a living at it.



What kind of mediums do you use and why?
I am always trying new things and exploring new mediums but if I had to choose what I use the most it would be My .05 Prismacolor black indian ink permanent pen. I love the amount of detail I can get with it and the long lasting quality. I still like to mix things up with an acrylic or oil painting and even occasionally a water color piece. If I am creating I am happy.



What made you decide to sell on etsy?
In 2006 my husband read a blog post about this great new tool for artists called etsy. I had been working for years in the mortgage industry and since the birth of my first child struggled with how to spend more time away from work and with her. I had been a fine arts major in college and was still frequently drawing and painting but it wasn't until I discovered this great tool and what it had done for other artists that I really began focusing on creating art for the purpose of selling. 

{happy family}


Where do you get your inspiration?
My family loves animals. We live our lives accordingly as vegetarians and make all our dairy choices with animal care in mind. With that being said in much of my work you can see the respect I have for animals and the joy they bring to our lives. With afternoons spent at the zoo or playing with our dogs its easy to pull inspiration from them.


What is your favorite music to craft by?
Its hard to choose just one. I suppose if you looked up a playlist it would include Kate Nash, Jack Johnson, Madeleine Peyroux, Natalie Merchant, The XX, Tori Amos, or Ben Folds.


When it's cold outside... 
I am cuddled up in front of the fireplace with my oversized PJs on and a warm cup of cocoa in my hands.


When I'm hungry... 
its usually for baked goods. Mmmmm...


When I need a boost... 
I reread my etsy shop feedback.


I wish I was/were...
a writer, fashion designer, photographer, interior designer, and so many other things depending on the day. I thrive on always dreaming of new goals to conquer.


If I could give one gift to everyone I know, it would be... 
if they would open their home I would give everyone I know the love of a shelter dog. With their loyalty and affection I can't imagine a better gift.


If I could have coffee with anyone, it would be... 
Mary Tyler Moore. I would love to hear what it was like starring in a show that depicted a strong independent and successful woman in a time where it was a tough pill to swallow for many.


If you were an animal, what would you be? 
A bird, they have a view on the world I would love to check out.


What's your favorite piece of your own? 
Sushi, its just fun.


What are your favorite blogs/websites right now? 

You can find Orange Willow
on facebook
and on the Orange Willow blog.

Orange Willow has a number of awesome specials going on right now:
FREE SHIPPING on everything in her print shop!
Enter coupon code HAPPY2011 for 11% off anything in her print shop! {good for a limited time}
Buy 1 painting, get FREE SHIPPING on your 2nd painting in her painting shop!

If you'd like to win a 8.5 x 11 print of Sushi, read on for the details!



- 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):
- Visit Orange Willow, select your favorite item and tell me about it.

Extra entries (optional):
- Give a suggestion for an animal you'd like to see in Orange Willow's shop.
- Sign up for the Kate and Oli mailing list.
- Follow me on Twitter, tweet about this giveaway and leave me the link.
- 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 January 20, 2010. A winner will be selected by a random number generator on January 21, 2010 and will be emailed promptly.

88 comments:

  1. I follow on GFC.
    eclairre(at)ymail(dot)com

    My favorite item is the Fox Print FREE SHIPPING. I love how foxes can be cute and sly all at the same time; It'd look great in my bedroom.

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  2. My favorite is the Formal Animals Set of 4 Prints! I am a follower of your blog too :)
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. I would love more horses...maybe dressed up formally!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. I like Kate & Oli on Facebook - my FB name is Amanda Moore
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I like Orange Willow Art on Facebook - my FB name is Amanda Moore
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. I follow @ichbinseins on Twitter - I'm @AmberGoo
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. I tweeted about the giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/AmberGoo/status/25279848662437888
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. aww the hedgehog is sooooooo cuuuuutttte.
    I LOVE the Sushi pic, everytime we go out to eat Chinese, I always have at least one tentacle hanging out of my mouth lol
    earthdancedaph@yahoo.com

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  9. love the squirrels!
    shenais
    divertida at fastmail dot fm

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  10. they really have a lot of the animals i love in artwork. i think owls and spiders would be good subjects too.
    shenais
    divertida at fastmail dot fm

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  11. like them on FB as wren nelson
    shenais
    divertida at fastmail dot fm

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  12. like you on FB as wren nelson
    shenais
    divertida at fastmail dot fm

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  13. I visited orange willow and i loved "Girl with Birdcage" it reminds me of how i really want to be!

    my email is elizabethmedina87@hotmail.com

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  14. i am a follower through Google :)

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  15. i would love to see a dinosaur. i think they're adorable!

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  16. I ABSOLUTELY ADORED the Beagle Print!!!! :D I love everything about dogs!!! Thank's for the giveaway!

    ( alvin _ darmawan at hotmail dot com )

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  17. I would love to see more animals in a formal dress! So cute! :)

    ( alvin _ darmawan at hotmail dot com )

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  18. LIKED Orange Willow Art on facebook, name: Alvin Darmawan

    ( alvin _ darmawan at hotmail dot com )

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  19. I signed up for Willow Orange Art's newsletter

    ( alvin _ darmawan at hotmail dot com )

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  20. I already signed up for Kate and Oli's mailing list

    ( alvin _ darmawan at hotmail dot com )

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  21. Im already a follower of your twitter, @alvind95

    ( alvin _ darmawan at hotmail dot com )

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  22. Shared on twitter,

    http://twitter.com/#!/alvind95/status/25390138120994816

    @alvind95

    ( alvin _ darmawan at hotmail dot com )

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  23. Im already a fan of Kate & Oli on facebook

    ( alvin _ darmawan at hotmail dot com )

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  24. I love the jellyfish print!

    perrijewell(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. Id love to see an otter :)

    perrijewell(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. I subscribed to orange willow's newsletter.

    perrijewell(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. I subscribed to kate and oli mailing list :)

    perrijewell(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. I follow you and tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/#!/mixdspice/status/25402260393562112

    perrijewell(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. I follow via GFC as Tracy Taylor, I adore this:.Tu es ma joie de vivre I am going to Churchill this fall to see "real" polar bears and am quickly becomming obsessed with them, they are so beautiful.
    tracyschultz@yahoo.com

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  30. An "animal" that my 10 year old, who incedentily would have this lovely print on her wall if I won would be a dragon and my six year old is pig crazy and would love to see pigs, lot of pigs she is partial to spotty ones ;)
    tracyschultz@yahoo.com

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  31. the jellyfish print is my fav! jmmccarr@gmail.com

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  32. id love to see a pug or hippo on the site! jmmccarr@gmail.com

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  33. My favorite is the Owl Painting Print....LOVE IT. I am obsessed with owls right now and this one is adorable.

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  34. I would love to see her add an opossum :)

    krista dot rowles at usbank dot com

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  35. I am a fan of Orange Willow Art on FB as Krista Rowles

    krista dot rowles at usbank dot com

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  36. I have signed up for Orange Willow Arts newsletter

    krista dot rowles at usbank dot com

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  37. I signed up for the Kate & Oli newsletter

    krista dot rowles at usbank dot com

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  38. I follow you on twitter as Heckofarush and I tweeted about the giveaway here http://twitter.com/#!/Heckofarush/status/25691973654421504

    krista dot rowles at usbank dot com

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  39. I added your button to my blog here http://theheirloomboutique.blogspot.com/

    krista dot rowles at usbank dot com

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  40. I am a fan of Kate and Oli on FB as Krista Rowles

    krista dot rowles at usbank dot com

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  41. I posted about your giveaway on my blog here http://theheirloomboutique.blogspot.com/2011/01/thursday-giveaways.html

    krista dot rowles at usbank dot com

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  42. ms(dot)verymarried(at)gmail(dot)com

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/57255607/2011-pdf-calendar-modern-hybrid-designs

    i love this calendar!

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  43. I love the Yumi Yumi mushroom print! So clean and simple.

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  44. I think the tapir needs some presence in the shop!

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  45. GFC follow back
    http://aromaticspace150.blogspot.com/
    Liza767[at]roadrunner[dot]com


    Giraffe Print

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  46. pig would be nice

    Liza767[at]roadrunner[dot]com

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  47. Liza Vladyka face book follows art
    Liza767[at]roadrunner[dot]com

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  48. Liza Vladyka face book follows you
    Liza767[at]roadrunner[dot]com

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  49. I love your fox print.

    leahdeighton@gmail.com

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  50. I 'like' orange willow art on fb

    leahdeighton@gmail.com

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  51. i subscribe to orange willow art newsletter

    leahdeighton@gmail.com

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  52. i am on kate and oli's mailing list

    leahdeighton@gmail.com

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  53. i have a soft spot for animals with antlers. so that would be cool

    leahdeighton@gmail.com

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  54. What amazing talent! And such a great article!

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  55. My favourite item is Je t'adore print!

    araxekercadio[at]gmail[dot]com

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  56. Liked orangewillow art on facebook (Araxe De K.)

    araxekercadio[at]gmail[dot]com

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  57. Liked Kate and Oli on facebook (Araxe)

    araxekercadio[at]gmail[dot]com

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  58. my favorite is the one being given away, but i also like dancing pandas.
    eva.rose.dougherty@gmail.com

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  59. my fave is Jellyfish Queen Print

    alejandra.zertuche(at!) gmail.com

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  60. followed you via GFC as Ms. M

    my favorite item is Girl with Dolly Print

    fablanche3petal@gmail.com

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  61. I suggest to see dragon flies, dragons, and frogs in Orange Willow's shop.

    fablanche3petal@gmail.com

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  62. liked Orange Willow Art on Facebook as Mxy Rxy Fernandez.


    fablanche3petal@gmail.com

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  63. followed you on twitter as novice2aica and tweeted here; http://twitter.com/novice2aica/status/26802231831437313


    fablanche3petal@gmail.com

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  64. Liked Kate and Oli on Facebook as Mxy Rxy Fernandez.

    fablanche3petal@gmail.com

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  65. Thanks for the give away! My favourite one is:http://www.etsy.com/listing/65743820/the-peace-keeper-85-x-11-inch-print
    Neus*

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  66. My favorite item is this one: http://www.etsy.com/listing/65221891/girl-with-dolly-print-free-shipping

    tichafipa@gmail.com

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  67. my favorite is Poppy Dreams.

    egle dot mane at gmail dot com

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  68. My favorite is the Jellyfish Queen print! something about it :)

    jbsnow at gmail dot com

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  69. My favorite item is the "Looks Like Rain Print". Maybe it's the current weather that makes me like it so much!

    so.kitsch at gmail dot com

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  70. As for suggestion of an animal, I'm quite fond of the platypus and the kiwi bird. :)

    so.kitsch at gmail dot com

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  71. I like Orange Willow on Facebook as wunderfraulein.
    so.kitsch at gmail dot com

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  72. I've subscribed to her e-mail newsletter!
    so.kitsch at gmail dot com

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  73. I'm on the Kate and Oli mailing list!
    so.kitsch at gmail dot com

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  74. I follow! And tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/my_wunderkammer/status/27862653745500161
    so.kitsch at gmail dot com

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  75. Your button is here: http://skittlefairy.diaryland.com/index.html
    so.kitsch at gmail dot com

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  76. I like you on Facebook as wunderfraulein.
    so.kitsch at gmail dot com

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  77. Blogged: http://skittlefairy.diaryland.com/110119_69.html
    so.kitsch at gmail dot com

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  78. the chihuahua print is definitely my favorite because my littlest chihuahua looks just like that!
    Cerena Leigh
    Luckycldh(at)aol(dot)com

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  79. Love teh poppys.. So simple and pretty..

    malmort01 at optonline net

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  80. Get you email's
    malmort01 at optonline net

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  81. I would love the Great Dane!
    lovekatydid at g mail dot com

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  82. I would love to see a Siberian Tiger
    lovekatydid at g mail dot com

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  83. I love getting your emails
    lovekatydid at g mail dot com

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  84. I love getting Orange Willow emails
    lovekatydid at g mail dot com

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  85. I like your facebook page :)
    lovekatydid at g mail dot com

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  86. I like OrangeWillow facebook page :)
    lovekatydid at g mail dot com

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  87. I tweeted :)
    http://twitter.com/#!/lovekatydid/status/28305836535185408

    lovekatydid at g mail dot com

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