11.19.2010

A Happiness Inducing Giveaway


my debbie carlos "happy makers"...


When you’ve had a series of bad days (or in my case weeks), you tend to ruminate a bit on the things that do in fact make you happy. (Oh who am I kidding; I tend to ruminate on this pretty much all. the. time.) I’m especially intrigued by the small but particularly bliss-inducing experiences….you know all those little fleeting moments that when added up comprise a pretty darn happy life.

The trick I suppose is in noticing them. I am trying to focus more on the noticing.

When I am noticing, here’s what I notice (in case you’re wondering, yes, I am trying to set the record for the most uses of the word {or some variation of} “notice” in a blog post)... Besides the music in the car with the windows down and the kiddos dancing which is bar-none the primo happy-maker, there’s the art. I always, always feel amazing when I’m taking in or making (albeit not very good) art.

I am smitten with my Debbie Carlos prints, I love my crazy exuberant Michelle Armas painting that Bryan and I got for Christmas last year, I dream and scheme about how to one day obtain one of Allison V. Smith’s photos (I’ve considered selling plasma, they’re that good), I could move into the DMA (truly, I would happily live at the museum)…And then there was that three-day high I was on after our aforementioned dinner at Pete and Lucia's art-filled home.

I am hard pressed to maintain a funk in the presence of good art. I am officially noticing.

So in the spirit of sharing my one of my all-time happy-makers, I’m doing an artful little Friday giveaway (not my normal Friday M.O. but I’ts all about spreading the joy here friends).

The lovely and talented Debbie Carlos has offered up a poster of your choice to two of my readers.

Like this one...


or how about this one...



Just leave a comment on this post by Sunday the 21st at midnight, and I’ll announce the two winners the following Monday.


p.s. Debbie also has some great specials at her shop -- free shipping (including international orders) when you buy any 2 posters and $7 off + free shipping when you buy any 3 posters.

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k.krapp said...

super swoon - so very good

Jenn said...

Beautiful! One of those would look amazing in my house :)

Kelly said...

oh, wow. super beautiful work.

xo
Kelly

mamichan said...

gorgeous! i've been on a b/w art kick lately.

de mis sueños said...

i'm with you on this one, her prints make me very happy.

mylene said...

Lovely. And this sentiment makes me think of one of my very favorite quotes by one of my very favorite authors:
"I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.'" (Kurt Vonnegut in _A Man Without a Country_)

Allison and Jonathan said...

There's an empty space in our living room that's longing for a Debbie Carlos print.

jessica mae said...

the clouds just make me so so happy. i think because it reminds me of being on an airplane, and the anticipation of an adventure.

Shannon said...

art makes me happy too!

Lindsey said...

i have her clouds poster in my living room and am completely smitten with it. it reminds me of a beautiful dream!

Kate said...

Mmm these are lovely. I'll take them all!

Marianne said...

Oh, I'd love one of these in my house!

IOOF said...

Wow! Love em!!

Angie said...

I am so in love with her work! I would love the bunny or the window 2.

W said...

I love the deer print! It would look pretty over a bed or couch, I think.

j. said...

this is such a great giveaway - thanks for spreading the happiness :)
jill

Emily said...

wow, no way. I love her work, I love the oversized prints! I crazy would love to win this giveaway--it would totally make my day (and we're speaking of happy makes, no?) xo!

ptkate said...

I just ordered one of her prints this week; I just love her work. I would love to add a poster to our house as well! ;) I have a wall that is just begging for the bunny...keeping my fingers crossed!

Matrioshka said...

oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh! Thank you! So excited

jenny said...

LOVE IT LOVE YOU. :)

Taryn said...

Oh! This would make me soooo happy! A perfect antidote to the gray winter skies and early dark nights!

Lena said...

I LOVE the bunny and the antelope posters for the baby's room.
(parsonslena@gmail.com)

Kelly said...

Oh my, I really do love the bunny poster. Crossing my fingers.

Heather said...

Gorgeous! I have a new home and some big walls to fill!! Yes!

alexb said...

amazing work. i have one already in my apartment. it's lovely.

Ian said...

These are fantastic! Wonderful find, Joslyn. :)

Susan said...

Oh those are great - I'd love to win one.

Maria said...

wonderful work!

happy Friday

http://design-elements-blog.com/

adm said...

black and white posters are my favorite

blauereisenhut said...

I have a Debbie Carlos print in my living room! But I'd love another to give as an xmas gift.

Erin said...

Amazing giveway! I would absolutely love to have one of her prints on my walls.

thevioletpear said...

Love these! I coveted one last time you mentioned them!

satu said...

i love debbie's work!

Megan Elaine said...

I snagged that bunny the day you posted it! Go Debbie Go!

comfies said...

i'm a big fan of debbie carlos! i am happy to participate in your giveaway!

Lianna said...

Gorgeous!

Emily said...

lovely. such a wonderful giveaway for our gloomy friday. thanks!

Paige said...

I love her photographs. I would treasure one of these posters.

Maggie said...

Every morning I wake up and go into my kitchen where I encounter a fruit tree. The poster (D.C's tree) communicates the spirit of that place so well that I am transported somewhere else -- somewhere with that lovely tree.

I can only imagine where I would be transported if I had a poster of D.C's with birds in flight... !

molly ruth said...

how fabulous!

w ko said...

commented! I would be happy to hang either one of those on my wall.

katefaulk said...

i have loved her poster forever!!!!!

sandi said...

so great!

Akendall said...

I love it!

Becca Jane said...

I like her posters!! Would be a fun addition to the limited artwork collection I have....

Samantha Huba said...

I love my debbie carlos poster and would love another one!

Jess said...

I love debbie's work and would love to win a poster!

Natalie Marie said...

Ohprettypleasepickme! I Love these! Thank you!

Elizabeth said...

Lovely. Art is my ultimate happy-inducer as well.

curiouscovetous said...

wow! thanks for the awesome giveaway! i hope your funk has officially lifted :)

I'm Danielle said...

How wonderful!! Gotta love the weekend with a happy induced start :)

TX Girl said...

love her stuff.

oskarknows said...

lovelovelove!!!! beautiful work.

Sue said...

love all of them!
i think my fav is sprout poster(eggplant).
so sweet!

LonePony said...

you are an inspiration! love the antelopes and owls! just got a huge apartment and looking for fancy things to hang. xx

purplepyxie said...

beautiful work and a great giveaway to start the weekend!!
thanks :)

purplepyxie@yahoo.com

Bonnie said...

I have been wanting to add one of her posters to my collections -- I would love to win one!

Mich said...

What an amazing giveaway! I would love to have one of these beautiful posters to decorate my currently sad and artless walls.

debbie said...

My cpa loves his art ;) One of these would be a fun addition to our house!!

Frangipani Decor said...

What a gorgeous giveaway! And I just wanted to say how much I love your blog and the little stories of your life!

Chryselle @Frangipani Decor

Little Bean Shop said...

i just went over to her etsy shop and bought the 'window' print for over our bed. but I would still LOVE to win one....xo

karey m. said...

can i win even if we're besties?

say yes.

i would tell everyone it was serendipity. because i deserve one of these.

i just asked. there. that should seal my win.

xoxo.

Kriscanuck said...

i could definately use some serious funk-busting artwork!! thank you for sharing!

Heather said...

Those are great and would be fantastic in our new home!

Bethann said...

smashing! very beautiful. the first one goes quite well with the weather right now in San Francisco- very foggy.

tammy said...

what beautiful work! so hard to choose. i think my favorite is the window poster 1. lovely.

Lacey said...

Would love to hang one of these in my living room - thanks!

M. Kirstin S. said...

My wall neeeeeeds one of her posters.

Rebecca said...

Great giveaway! Would love to win and spice up the walls in our new home.

Kelly and Kelly said...

wow, happiness indeed.

Lori said...

ooh, nice! Would love to own one!

Kate said...

I would love to be chosen! Her work is mesmerizing. Great giveaway!

Soul Pretty said...

Oh, nice...I'm doing a giveaway too...
www.soulpretty.blogspot.com

Lauri said...

Nice posters!

Jenna said...

I LOVE Debbie Carlos! I've been following her since waaaaay back in 2005 when she was still Bunny Pie - I miss that blog, but have been so happy to see her online reappearance. Of course, I'd love to have one of her pieces.

Jennifer said...

I gotta say, the bunny one is pretty awesome. And I love the dot print (I know, it's not a poster, but damn!).

And I also have to remind myself that life is good. Sometimes it's easy to forget when things aren't going the way you'd like them to.

Hayley said...

Love her Hand Cloud poster.

Cheers!

damomatic said...

woot woot!!

Jillian said...

Swoon! Yes, this would make me happy!

damomatic said...

dam at damomatic dot com

RACHEL WOLFE said...

The first print is my favorite but I'd love either. Watching Debbie's work as been a real, personal inspiration for my own work. Her aesthetic is simply breathtaking.

Amanda said...

i'd love to win one of those!

Indianamig said...

absolutely love the misty Japanese mountain poster

Stephanie said...

i need more art in my life. pick me please. =) thanks!

lynne said...

i love carlos' work. thank you!

Meghan said...

Oh my god. I love them and may need to order one! Mountains, please.

Stacie said...

Absolutely love your blog! Thanks for sharing!

opalp5 said...

I have a hard time picking one. Oh the bunny we chase all different colour bunnies home every day and I tell my son if he can catch one he can bring it home! We would love to catch Debbie's bunny!

the king of carrot flowers said...

oh my! i wanna win this!

lisa tomiko said...

I love these! The forrest! The clouds! They are so good!

Ju said...

I am in love with Debbie's work!! I visit her etsy store like I visit blogs !! Just to remind myself of my faves :)

charley star said...

gorgeous. love her work.

Christine O'Connell said...

I've been dreaming of owning my own Debbie Carlos print ever since I saw the gorgeous bunny print you own. Then I saw her at the Renegade Craft fair & drooled over her work a little more. I would truly cherish one of her pieces!

Katie said...

What fun! I just discovered your blog today b/c I wanted to read all about the Texas Artists Today book. I will definitely add it to my must read list. I would love to win a Debbie Carlos poster, especially her Steam or Window posters. I'll keep my fingers crossed!

Miranda said...

Very cool! Thanks for sharing this giveaway.

Ashley said...

i've admired your bunny print, so i am so excited for the chance to win one of Debbie's lovely posters. thank you thank you!

Sara said...

I love Debbie Carlos' work. I have been wanting to buy one but I still can't decide which one to get. They're all that great.

Tatiana Almeida said...

Love the bunny poster!

talmeida@berkeley.edu

allison said...

i adore the bunny poster!

-allison

http://www.allisonviegerdesign.com/

Kristen said...

Okay, am going to ride the "art as a pick-me-up" train. Grumpy moment with the kids and now I am going to sit and stare at a piece of art we bought in New Orleans.

Would love a new inspiring piece!

photolynn said...

Wow, LOVE those posters and would of course love to have one! Lynn Y

Kate said...

i adore these! great post! xo

Amanda said...

I would love one!

REBrown said...

I love them! They would look great really anywhere!

REBrown
rekdbrown.blogspot.com

Jud and Shannon said...

oh my, how lovely. her antlers one would be such a fantastic "ode to the west" since my hubby and i may be leaving soon for a new east coast adventure.

annd i wanted to say, thanks for sharing! i do love your blog (i may be considered a stalker) but am thankful for all the inspirations & the opportunities to bring a little home!

melanie said...

dang debbie, i'm so proud of you! i wish i could have all of your work, but you know which one i covet the most. see you around town!

Shauna said...

Wow - those are incredible! I'd love to hang either in my bedroom.

Tyke said...

we love debbie carlos' work so much and hope hope hope hope we win this giveaway.

Jennifer said...

Oh my.... the clouds print, I love it! Thank You.
It is always fun to learn of new artists.....nice post.

Jane said...

i've been dreaming and wishing and scheming to get one of these for my house. i hope i win one. thanks for the giveaway!

JY said...

Could I have 2.... 11x14 pictures of you holding the pictures? It would be brilliant and cute.. I already have the white frames to go with it

Janet said...

I am crazy for the bunny. My nickname for my two year old, since I was pregnant, is bunny (because he was hopping around in my belly.) ;)
I would love to have that in my home.

kristen said...

those prints are too wonderful. thank you for the giveaway!!!

Emily said...

me, please. and of course, I just had a similar conversation with my husband. all i am asking for for christmas are several cheap prints that i love and frames. and that they be hung promptly. the end.

Dawn said...

I absolutely love Debbie Carlos' work!!

Mollie said...

Whoa..absolutely beautiful!!!! Looking for some happy makers this week between lots of yucky at work and loved ones passing...

mazen said...

im in love with the bunny poster!

Amber Marie said...

beautiful art!

Ringo, have a banana! said...

Sooo beautiful sign me up!

chainsawhoney said...

So beautiful!

Kat Mokus / chainsawhoney@gmail.com

kelseywild2007 said...

I love Debbie Carlos.

Rosa said...

I love the ranunculus poster! How pretty would that be in a colorful frame? Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

dana b. said...

debbie carlos' work is gorgeous! i would love to have either of those posters in my new apt. pick me! love, dana

Tshering Yangchen Namgyal said...

debbie carlos has been making me happy with art and food stuffs for years! nice sharing a first name with someone so darn talented!--Debbie (TYN)

Chih said...

These are so beautiful.

Lisa said...

Ooooo. I'm in love with the antelopes. Hubby is from South Dakota and that one would be perfect for us. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

Iman Arina said...

Gorgeous!

Heather said...

Breathtaking artwork. Loving Debbie's window prints.

Erin Wallace said...

beautiful!

Mrs. Hot Cocoa said...

Ooh, so beautiful!

jade said...

thanks for hosting! it will be so hard to choose if i win :)

Mari said...

I recently happened across Debbie Carlos and fell in love with her posters. I'd love to own one so sign me up! I also want to thank her for introducing me to this blog which is super lovely as well.

melissa said...

love her photography! i stumbled across her food blog a long time ago, and i've always admired the simple and beautiful style of her photos. :]
fingers crossed!

cerena leigh said...

just beautiful!!

Cerena-Leigh
Luckycldh(at)aol(dot)com

Galaxie said...

the first one, for my living room. next to my dream-catcher. please and thank you! ;)

home said...

i am empathetic. i feel like i am clinging to glimpses of beauty as the past year has been the hardest time for me in my entire life....

thankyou for your gorgeous blog and pearls of beauty you inject into my everyday

-leah
leahluna32@gmail.com

waterloo sunset said...

of they're all so wonderful, can't decide if I prefer clouds or steam or a window or antlers.........
i've loved these posters for w while, lovely giveaway idea !

rebecca
http://iliveinvancouvernow.tumblr.com

Sydney said...

My empty walls are screaming for one of these. They're so lovely!

Rebecca Sliter said...

ooh, WANT.

Mepbeet said...

Oh, gosh, that bunny is so sweet. It would be so hard to pick a favorite. Fingers crossed...

jack, lucy and finn said...

love.

meme said...

i know what you mean about art being a happy maker...
there are certain pieces that draw you in with their weight & power.
they leave a lasting impression for sure.
but then there are those that give you such a feeling of excitement, those that are so inspiring that you almost need to run out of the museum that minute & start to create!!
but you can't because you want to keep taking it in!!!
i think i have almost started hyperventilating on more than one occasion.
art can be so super kick ass!!

Tracy said...

swoon. fingers crossed.

DeAnna said...

beautiful work.

Miss Morgan Rose said...

Thanks for sharing these lovelies. I especially like flock, window 1, bunny (i think he/she is a crowd pleaser), antelopes, and antlers. Art definitely makes me happy too. :)
Have a wonderful week!

Torrie said...

I love her work, and am in dire need of a little artwork in our home!!

CDW said...

Lovely work.

meg said...

I have just the spot!

Diana said...

Love her prints...hope I win!

RIA said...

they are eerie in a way, but incredibly beautiful. i would love to put one up in my apartment.

Filipa Castro said...

i love her posters :)

Rell said...

Oh wow- Debbie Carlos's name keeps popping up everywhere I read- MUST be a sign. I can never quite explain the little leap in the heart that a thing of beauty brings. Crossing all crossable parts x

Elaina said...

Yes, please!

a pine cone said...

mountain poster. wants!

daisy said...

Love Debbie Carlos! Such beautiful work.

Lesly said...

I love her work and have been dreaming of buying a print for my dining room!

kristen said...

Debs!

Chris said...

Gorgeous!!

Meghan said...

Oh Debbie Carlos...........

Livyb said...

So beautiful! And, so true, that art is quite the happy maker.

East Coast-er Momma said...

I'm really diggin' the first poster. Very ethereal to me...

Cory said...

art is what helps me out of a funk as well...

teamdaly said...

Beautiful and inspiring. Would be hard to choose!

stephanie said...

What a great giveaway! I love her work so much!

Lauren said...

So lovely!

Hello, I'm Emily Clare. said...

these are gorgeous. thank you for the giveaway. you're so sweet!

jenn said...

wow. gorgeous. serenity inducing art. thank you for this opportunity.

jeneneng said...

fingers crossed! thanks for spreading the joy

mb said...

You are amazing Joslyn. You find the best of the best, and then tell the rest of us.

mb from Dallas

Anne said...

Oh my gosh, I love her work!

mridula said...

This is a really nice giveaway. I have my fingers crossed.

Jessica said...

I love Debbie's bunny print you used in your daughter's room, so cute. I never win anything but here's hoping.

kacy said...

beautiful photography like this definitely tops the list of what makes me happy

Bryanna said...

Love them all--especially the dot print and clouds!

cori said...

fantastic find! they are lovely, I would love her work to grace my walls!

fentons said...

So lovely -- something to enjoy everyday.

LZalles said...

beautiful!

alexandra said...

Beautiful art! something to really bring sighs and smiles

Emily Katz said...

<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>
those are so beautiful.
I feel like a tiny mountain beside them.
<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Lindsay said...

Me Please! I have always wanted one these!!!!

laura @ so alaurable said...

I love the Dot Print - makes me think of a red balloon in the sky!

Rebecca (Reluctant Floridian) said...

Oooh cool! I have bare walls right now, so this is particularly enticing.

molly said...

maybe i'll get lucky and win :) i'm totally smitten with the ranunculus poster. one of my fave flowers!

Jolin said...

I would LOVE one of these posters! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

.dear.jenny. said...

fab. i always love your taste.

accentuate said...

yesssssssssss

bioEgirl said...

Heard about this just in time. Love them!

tara said...

i adore her work!

rebekah said...

hello...
oh dear two such lucky people here!
:)

just nice things said...

those are quite lovely!!! would love a shot at one.

julie machen said...

What a tough choice to pick just one.

hushaboom said...

Love them! Would love the poster of bunny!

Gina said...

What great posters! Yes please!

Tina Z said...

Nice, thanks! (zacademic@gmail.com)

Melissa de la Fuente said...

Darn, I missed it! But, I wanted to say "thank you" anyway because this post was a happy reminder. Thanks for that hun...
xo
Melis

Melissa said...

Awesome! These would be so great for our new apt!

Amy said...

Gorgeous! I love her work!

Sarah said...

Oh, I love Debbie Carlos. Full Disclosure I have one of the Human Nature series, but I really do need another!

k_darling said...

It would be so lovely to have such a nice large-scale piece.

Annton Beate Schmidt said...

the foggish forrest makes me dream of serene moments, somewhere out there. beautiful!

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