Wednesday, 22 April 2009

One year Anniversary Giveaway!


It's one whole year since my first blog post! In this time, I have met so many wonderful people, discovered so many other brilliant blogs, and found such inspiration and support. I have enjoyed every minute of it, and so, in celebration, and in thanks, I am going to hold a draw for this little monochromatic, mixed media sketch of a hare. It's an original, measures about 6 x 8 inches, and is on watercolour board.

So, what do you have to do? Just leave a comment after this post. If it's an anonymous comment, then make sure you leave me a contact email. I will close the comments a week from now, next Wednesday, and draw the winner at random. So, if you want to win a Hare, get commenting! Open to everyone - existing customers, blogreaders, friends, random passers-by, don't be shy!

I am also going to have a celebratory SALE in my Etsy shop, lasting from now until Wednesday next week ( 29th April). All prints in my shop (Any size, includes ACEOs) will have 40% off to all blog readers. To make sure you get this, just convo me after your purchase for a revised invoice, asking for the blog anniversary discount!

And now, I thought I'd better explain the 'nettle thing' from the last post! It all began over an extended family supper at the weekend. We were discussing nettle soup, and all the children promptly went "yeeeuk, you can't eat nettles!", and all the adults said " Oh yes you can, they're delicious!". So, in an effort to prove this I have been trying to cook this week with nettles as a major ingredient. It's been pretty good fun, although they are not all converted yet. Tonight's offering was chholle with nettles ( spicy, sour chickpeas with nettles). A favourite of mine, although my husband felt it was a bit too worthy and good for you. I'll post the recipes if anyone is interested, and likewise, if you have any good recipes using nettles yourselves, do let me know. I might even give away a print for the best recipe!

41 comments:

Maria-Thérèse said...

cool!!
I love how serious this print is, serene, thoughtful.
I remember when I was little - my mum made me nettle soup once and I was so impressed she dared to pick them and that they could be eaten!

Sarah said...

Oh, oh, oh meeeee!! Please dd me to the list!!! Love your work!
Pop by mine if ya wanna- I'm doing a giveaway too.
I've never hd it - but I hear Nettle soup is wonderful!
Namaste and Congratulations, Sarah

Heart of a Cowgirl said...

I would love to add this hare to my collection! Love him!
A year goes by so quickly, doesn't it?

Vickie said...

Hooray, for your first full year of blogging! I would love to win the the lovely hare mixed media art. My first year anniversary is next month. I think I should think up something to do about that.
I don't have any nettle recipes but I have some good recipes on my cooking blog.

Pearl and Daisy said...

Ooh, exciting! I love your work!

Congratulations on your anniversary!

Sue

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

This piece is stunning! I love the moon and the hare's expression!
Love the foals in the last post too. I've always wanted to try nettles but they scare me ever since I road through a nettle patch barelegged and barebacked when I was a kid. My legs stung for ages.

Karen said...

Beautiful picture Danielle!
Count me in the giveaway please :)

Many Congratulations on being a year old! I always love to come and see what you are up to and delight in your beautiful pictures and ponies.

I made nettle soup once, but it wasn't very nice? Maybe I didn't use a good recipe? I'll have another go I think.
x

Chris said...

Oh, congratulations...isn't it a wonderful feeling to hit this mark? Happy Anniversary!

KarenHarveyCox said...

What a lovely giveaway. Congratulations on your blogaversary! There are so many wonderful bloggers and you are right it is so lovely. This is the first time I have heard of nettle soup.
Karen

Carolee said...

What a gorgeous piece! And how generous to give away an original!! Please do count me in....

~ Carolee (crossing her fingers!)

Sonia ;) said...

Oh how beautiful....I would love to try nettle soup...

Smiles,
Sonia ;)

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

I love this print Danielle! But then, I always love your work :-)

Caroline said...

Hello Danielle! Congrats on your one year anniversary! That's a very fine looking Hare there! I've seen lots of recipes with nettles but never tried them - your lasagne sounds delcious!
Caroline

Terri said...

Happy one year Blog-a-versary!

It is amazing how the year has flown by. Mine will be in May.

Looking forward to the blogs you'll post in the comming Year(s)

Alison said...

What a lovely image. I can only hope that the goddess of luck might favor me...

I once had trout with nettle and sorrel sauce, but it was years ago and sadly I do not have the recipe (or live anymore in a place where the neighbors might pass along a few extra trout)

Moonfairys Dreamland said...

Congratulations, one year goes by so fast doesn`t it?

I would love to win a print, so please add my name to your draw :)

Moonfairys Dreamland said...

Oh wow, I now saw that it`s an original, not a print. I would looooove to own one of your originals :D

Magic Cochin said...

Happy blogaversary!

I love nettle soup! Nettles in a fritatta are good too.

Celia
x

teriquilter said...

happy anniversary!
I love the little hare, and would love to add him to my small collection of wonderful art from wonderful etsians!
terbear
www.terbearco.etsy.com
teri@terbear.com

Jessie Lilac said...

Happy Blog Birthday! I'd be interested in seeing a nettle recipe - especially if it's one you've already tried!x

Ally M said...

What a precious piece of art! I would love to win it and would be proud to hang such a lovely work of art on my wall. Thanks for the chance to win.

espressogurl at hotmail dot com

Happy One Year Blogoversary!

Coreopsis said...

I LOVE this hare. It has so much character.

We eat nettles pretty regularly. Usually just steamed on top of pasta with cheese. A friend of mine just posted a recipe for nettle soup that her four kids loved (but it involved a whole stick of butter as well as potatoes and milk, so that was probably why). Do post your recipe--it sounds great to me, and I just wouldn't tell my kids that that green stuff was nettles.

One year, huh? I haven't gone back that far, but I've loved both your art and life posts.

Mary said...

Add me to the giveaway please. I only just found your site from your comment you over at Sarah B's website. I love your art work!!! Congrats on your year anniversary!

Beth Grim said...

I would love to see your recipe for chick peas and nettles. I've been adding nettles to our dinners for the past few weeks. One of my favorites is to saute a bit of garlic or shallot, then add in as many finely chopped nettles and mixed greens (dandylion greens are good, too!) as will fit in the pan, a sprinkle of good smoked paprika, and a splash of stock. Put the lid on and let it all cook down into a green, dreamy mess. It's great on toast, or on top of polenta, maybe with a grate of cheese or a fried egg between the greens & bread.

Julie Magers Soulen said...

I absolutely love your work! The hare is gorgeous and I would be thrilled to win!! I must check out your sale in your shop too! Congratulations on one year blogging. That is quite an accomplishment. Cheers!

Julia Guthrie said...

Congrats on your one yr blog-iversary:) lol

Gorgeous giveaway:) And 40% off eh? You know how to tempt a person Danielle...*runs off to browse Etsy store again* lol
xxx

acornmoon said...

Happy Anniversary, thanks for visiting my blog, it is my blog birthday also. I love your hare image, very lovely.

Kim said...

I'd love to be included in the giveaway, but as I'm a relative newbie, I'll leave it up to you.

As for the nettles, YAAY! You are far more adventurous than I am and I stand in awe :) I will give some new recipes a try and please post the recipe for 'chholle with nettles ' as I'd love to try it.

Kim x

Danielle Barlow said...

Of course Kim, everyone is welcome - the more the merrier!
I'll try and gewt the recipes up tomorrow. We had nettle pesto tonight!

DEB said...

What a beautiful hare! We have a bunny who lives in our family room. He's spoiled, and I think he knows it! I would LOVE to try your nettles recipes! Only one question - where do I go to buy nettles? Our local groceries don't have anything more exotic than collard greens, and the Home Depot doesn't sell nettles plants...Alas, I'll have to just dream of nettles.

goodnessgrawcious! said...

Here is someone not far away from you in Devon picking nettles to juice - http://www.youtube.com/user/hollyoceanwavevibes
She is a raw food lady - click on my blog if you are interested.
Your paintings are lovely by the way!
Fiona

narkeymarkey said...

hi there and thanks for dropping by my little blog the other day.

your artwork is amazing and has such a tranquility to it, count me in as a new regular reader :)

i smiled when i read that you're trying to convert everyone when it comes to eating nettles as i'm also having a similar conversation with my other half at the mo!

to his credit he did try a hawthorn leaf the other day but remained unconvinced when i suggested we include it in our salad!

would love to try some nettle recipes though :)

congrats on a year of blogging too!

Laurel Neustadter said...

Awesome rabbit! I love your work.

Night Owl said...

I love that Hare, he is georgous! Any chance of the recipie, i have a growing patch of nettles :-)

quinncreative said...

This is a great print! I love the rabbit moon, and it seems that the rabbit loves it too! I've never eaten hops (though I've drunk my share--they are a major ingredient in beer) and the hops shoots sound yummy!

Aisling Kiernan said...

Hi Danielle, a whole year, yea! You are such a prolific blogger. I just love your beautiful artwork which I found on etsy, and your inspiring blog.
We have a family of hares in the field behind our house which I love to watch early in the morning. You have caught their expression exactly. Amazing.
By the way, my Grandad used to make nettle soup for his arthritis and I have used nettle tea for prickly heat and hayfever. Great stuff! Enjoy.
Aisling

janice in detroit said...

What a wonderful bunny. I would love to win it. I will definitely be coming back to your blog.

ruthie said...

happy first year blog birthday! doesn't time fly. beautiful hare, they are such fascinating creatures. i am intrigued by the nettle soup, many years ago my grandad made nettle wine, it was a great success.

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

You know how much I love your work; I sure hope I'm not too late to sign up for your grand giveaway. Please add me in if you still can. This hare is so beautiful, I would love to have him come live with me!

Congratulations on a whole year of totally awesome blogging!

franzianne said...

Hi
I've just discovered your blog via illustration friday. I love your work and this hare is so beautiful.
Happy anniversary!

Rusted Wings said...

happy blog birthday!!!
just LOVE your work!!
blessings,
abigail

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