Wednesday, November 10, 2010

It's Heeeere! Contest


The 2011 The Seated View calendar is here! 

I always forget how labor-intensive it is in early November when I make the calendar and holiday art cards, but I don't forget how much fun it also is. Combing through the past year’s photos, trying to find the best ones and then making sure there’s not too much of one kind and not too little of another. It’s one of the tasks that has replaced knitting for me, although with substantially less hand happiness from having soft wool glide through your fingers. Nonetheless, my new baby is ready and unlike a pair of socks, more than one recipient to get their hands on it.


For several years now, I've received requests for prints, particularly of Mystic, but have in a protracted moment of spectacular tech twittiness been completely unable to figure out how to make the image fit the CafePress template. Thankfully The Boy happened to be here as I was wrestling with it and found a solution in what is for me a terribly embarrassing short amount of time. However, the end result is that I have added a couple of posters and framed prints to the shop, primarily of Mystic as it seemed to have become a sort of defining image for me. I don't know what the prints and posters are like "in person," but given that the calendars and cards are very high quality and look great, I expect the prints to look terrific.


One of the new products at CafePress is canvas prints. Any of my images from my Flickr page are available to be made into a canvas print. However, CafePress does not include this in the product you can add to your shop, so this will be on special order. I also discovered Imagekind, which has a couple of other options in canvas prints – canvas and frames – and added Mystic to my shop there, but if you want another image, just let me know.

When it came to selecting images for the annual holiday cards, I hit a bit of conflict. There are two quantities available, 10 and 20 cards, but I don't know which image should go on which card. Right now, Christmas Comes Again 


is on the package with 20 cards and Wish Upon 


 
on the package with 10 cards. And the reason I open this window into my obsessive and weird brain has to do with contest.

To celebrate the annual disappearance into obsessive image editing being completed (and me getting my life back so I can obsess about something else), I'm giving away two The Seated View 2011 calendars. To enter, leave a comment with your preference of the two candidates - Christmas Comes Again and Wish Upon for the package of 20 cards (which does not, by the way, commit you to buy any). Contest closes Sunday, November 14 at 6 PM EST. Winners will be selected using a random method yet to be determined and announced on Monday.

Check out my new products at the shop - no pressure to buy, but if you're so inclined, I'd be proud to be part of your holiday purchases.

15 comments:

colleen said...

I prefer wish upon, simply because I don't celebrate Christmas (I'm Jewish).   But I *like* the photo Christmas comes again better.

AlisonH said...

I do like that Christmas comes again photo! And the Winging in the Rain over at the shop. Cute!

kaliajer said...

Always Wish Upon a Star - fabulous imagery (as usual!) I thoroughly enjoy your visuals!

Diane said...

I think the 20 card box should be Wish Upon.  It is just so unique.

Remicade Dream said...

I love your work - so beautiful!  Both are great, but "Wish Upon" is my favorite.

colleen said...

DId you know that there is a third book in the wolves series?   It's Forever, and coming out in July.   Not sure you'll want to read it, since you didn't like Linger, much (I liked it, but didn't like the cliff hanger), but I figured I'd tell you, anyhow...

Shonnie said...

Your bumblebee coming in for a landing is fantastic!  The detail!  Wow!
As for the Christmas photos, I like both very much, but the Wish Upon is unusual, and would be my pick.  Thanks for showing us.

Jocelyn said...

Congratulations on getting through the calendar prep - that's a huge job! 

I think I'd have to say Wish Upon - there's something about the negative and positive in that one that really captures my attention :)

Becky (knittingyoyo) said...

I love Christmas Comes Again. It reminds me of Christmas when I was a little kid. Of course I love all your photography. soon there should be enough for a 365 day calendar.

k said...

Wish Upon, by a good two lengths.

What is that water/ jelly fish image? I love it.

Julia said...

Wish upon!

deb bennett said...

hard to choose...but I like red so it is Christmas Come Again

Anonymous said...

OOohhh the best prize ever!!!
I love your photographs.

I vote for the Christmas Comes Again image. Something about the spiral on the ball really layers the meaning for me. I've always thought of time as a spiral, rather than a straight line.

fridawrites said...

I vote for Christmas Comes Again. Hoping I can buy some of your lovely work to gift to others soon.

I finally have Dragon software. My writing may be stilted for a bit while I train it, but at least I should be able to catch up with people more and avoid some of the shoulder pain that I know you also have.

india said...

Really well done for the blog.these are so sweet and pretty!

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