Friday, 25 May 2012

Five years, and a custom FREE painting giveaway!

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(FYI, if you would like to skip all this drivel feel free to scroll down and just leave a comment to enter! A random name will be chosen to win a FREE custom abstract or nursery painting!)

FIVE YEARS.

I have been writing this blog for five years as of today. What? How is it possible that I didn't loose interest after the second week? I'm baffled.

When I first started this blog, I kept it private, thinking it would be just me and my Mom that read it forever. The first 30something posts were about our dog, so it was pretty interesting stuff.

It was only this time last year that I decided to move it to blogger and actually welcome readers. I had since expanded the blog to cover our previous home changes and sale, our wedding, our new home makeover, and our amazing baby Ben. Since the move, I've gone from about 2 readers a day (my Mom, and Billy's Mom, Norine, love you guys!) to hundreds of unique readers. I don't know who all of you are out there, but thank you for stopping by! Say hello from time to time!

Anyway, I am excited about the fact that I've had a writing outlet for all this time (writing was my original dream) and it really does make me happy to come back to this and post little bits of our life. And the occasional list.

I'm also SO excited about how ADOP has done. I've read stories about artists starting out and waiting years (if ever) to sell their work, and I've been selling my work on a regular basis since I launched last Thanksgiving. I'm SO GRATEFUL! And I have plans for the future. I'm currently working on a couple of exclusive painting lines for two boutiques that are opening soon (I'll share the details once it's all live!), I have commissions currently that I'm finishing up, and I have ideas on some additions/changes for my kids line. Big plans. I can't WAIT.

Anyway, to celebrate my big 5th blog-aversary I would like to host my very FIRST giveaway. This probably won't be a regular thing, I think it would be unfair to give my Mom THAT many free paintings (kidding Mom you can have as many as you want). But who knows, if people are into it, I'd love to do more. Any excuse to work on a new painting!

Ok, let's get to it, here's the giveaway!

I would like to give one FREE custom painting, 16" x 20" on regular depth canvas, in the style of your choice, to one lucky reader. You could go for an abstract piece...

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or you could go for a custom nursery painting...

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...whatever you like, as long as it fits in with the painting style that I typically offer. If you have something else in mind, we can chat. I never thought I'd be able to paint the Eiffel Tower after all, and that happened. And in case you're wondering, shipping is also on me.

This contest is for a new painting, but if there's a painting in my shop currently (this size) that you would prefer to have, let me know. Also...if you are really interested in a larger piece (either in the shop, or a custom one you want), we can put the value towards it.

A winner will be selected on Friday June 1st, and to enter all you have to do is leave a comment below. You don't have to say anything at all, a single punctuation mark will do. Or you could be sweet and leave a little note for me. Whatev.

As a little bonus for everyone, A & B readers will also get 15% off anything in my Etsy shop with the code HAPPY5TH from now until June 5th.  If you would prefer to order a commissioned painting, I will give you the discount that way as well of course :)

Ok, common guys, please enter. Please?

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170 comments:

  1. Happy fifth blogiversary! :)

    I love your art! The bokeh inspired ones are my favorite!

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  2. Saw your link through my sis, Becky. Love the nursery art!! You're very talented.

    ~ Jenn Castellano

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    1. Thank you SO much for entering Jenn, and for your kind words! :)

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  4. I like being able to tell people I know a successful artist, makes me sound classy with the ladies! Haha happy 5 years of doing what you love! Pick meeeee! Lol my car would look nice on my wall! :)

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    1. Ha ha, aw thanks Aaron...glad I can help on the lady front ;)

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  5. Saturday plans are quite fitting given this milestone!
    Congrats :)

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  6. No, pick me, pick me!! Kisses and hugs from Thunder Bay xoxo :)
    Ruthie J (or P, if that's better)lol.

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  7. 5 years!!! Great job, your work is amazing, keep it up!!! xo

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  8. I enjoy supporting my local artists... Congrats on your 5 year anniversary! Here's to another 5 fabulous years and more!
    <3 Nicole

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    1. Nicole, thank you SO much!! I really appreciate the support :)

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  9. Nolan hopes he wins so he can have a beautiful painting for his nursery! Great job Adriane!

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    1. Aw, Sarah thank you for entering!! I'm sure I can still whip a little something up for sweet Nolan if you want ;)

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  10. You know how we feel about your work. Just about everyone that comes by the house has something wonderful to say about the pieces we have hanging on the wall.

    I wish you and ADOP all the success in the world

    You're super-talented and a fantastic person to boot. Can't say fairer than that.

    Cliff & Jill F.

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    1. Cliff and Jill, I love you guys! thank you so much for your ongoing support, and for being so awesome to work with! I'm so glad to have met you, worked with you, and now to call you my friends :)

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  11. Everleigh's Mum25 May 2012 at 10:53

    Congrats on your longevity. You know June 1 is my birthday... (if that has any sway on the randomly picked winner). I also love the new format of the blog and the more frequent postings. I get addicted to certain blogs and want to get fresh stuff from them regularly, so I love that even though you're a busy mom, you're still making time for your readers. Wish I could make time the do the laundry, let alone make time for a blog. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Aw thank you so much!!! Writing this blog is one of my favourite things ever, I'll never give it up! Thanks for reading :)

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  12. I enjoy seeing that you're doing what you love! An abstract piece by you would fit nicely in our place :) happy 5th!!! -Christina Miano

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    1. Thank you so much Christina! And thanks for entering :)

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  13. Love your paintings, very unique!

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  14. So enjoy your blog, and love your art :). Thanks to you, Jackson has the sweetest custom painting in his nursery...best part of his room :). Happy 5th anniversary!!!

    Corinne xoxo

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    1. Awww, I love little baby Jacks, so happy that I was able to give you guys something for his room :)

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  15. Great 5 years. Love your work and would be privileged to own a piece.
    Keep up the Amazing Work.

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  16. Hello nursery painting!

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    1. Thank you so much for entering Meghan!! Aw, I'd love to make your little one a nursery painting, you'll for sure get the friends discount ;)

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  17. Andrea Carlson-Ray25 May 2012 at 11:24

    Love you artwork - especially the nursery pieces!

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  18. Happy blog-aversary lovely lady. I love reading your posts- they are so you. Would LOVE to have another ADOP painting in my home....and when I told you the idea for my next commission piece you were so excited about the concept you blurted out that I was your favourite customer...(hint, hint)...no pressure or anything...
    Kim

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    1. Thanks Kim!!!! You are STILL totally my favourite customer ;) so excited for our next project...also a bit terrified, he he ;)

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  19. I love reading Canadian blogs, especially one so close to my home-town! Congrats on the anniversary!I look forward to continue reading :)

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    1. Carlyn, thank you so much for reading, and for entering the contest!! I too LOVE a good Canadian blog, I'll be sure to check yours out as well! :)

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  20. Congratulations on 5 years! You are so incredibly talented and I would so love to win one of your fabulous paintings! Hope to see you soon lovely! xo Robin

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    1. Robin, you are the absolute sweetest! Thank you so much for your kind words, and for entering the giveaway!! xo

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  21. congrats on 5 years! i love lurking your stuff on fb :)
    if i win something travelly/morocco.

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    1. You are so sweet, thank you!!! And thanks for entering the contest :)

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  22. Hi Adriane - I wrote yesterday, but I was a day too early. So I just would like to know - how do you do it all?????? oh the days when I was young and could juggle 25 thing at once!!! now I can bearly chew gum and walk at the same time. With Ben, work, painting, gardening, blogging etc...Anyway, being your Mom's (yankee) friend forever... I think one of your paintings - anyone of them that remind me of the ocean - would look amazing in my NY home!!! LOL Lots of love, Diane Cooper!!!!!!

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    1. DIANE! Thank you so much for entring the contest, and for your kind words! The secret to do what I do is a) caffiene and b) having a rather bad case of ocd...ha ha!! Thanks again....and I'd LOVE to send you a painting, we should chat :)

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  23. Hi! Great work, a friend sent me over (and I'm glad she did) :)

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    1. Hi Nicole! Thank you for stopping by, and for entering the contest! Hope you stick around a while :)

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  24. Happy 5th Anniversary Adriane of doing what you love to do !! I too wrote yesterday, a day early. I was telling you how much of an inspiration you are to me. To see this little girl, who used to play with my Son in his playpen, grow up to be this magnificant women with so many talents. You are a Mother, Wife, Daughter, Grandaughter, Artist, Decorator and to me, the most important... an inspiration. On days when every part of my body hurts, I read your blog, and it gets me moving. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Keep doing what you're doing for years to come. You have amazing talents. Love, hugs & happiness - Jayne Woods

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    1. Jayne, you are the sweetest. I can't thank you enough for reading, and for your kind words :)

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  25. Happy 5th! Just stumbled across your blog today and I can't wait to read backwards! Your paintings are lovely!

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    1. Thanks Kim!! So happy you stopped by, your blog is great as well!!

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  26. Love your blog, love your artwork! I have a 1-week old newborn with a blank wall in her nursery... your art would fill it perfectly ; )

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    1. Hi Nikki! Thank you so much for reading, and for entering the contest! And congrats in your little one...isn't it the BEST?

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  27. Just stumbled onto your blog - fabulous! Happy 5th Anniversary.

    Your work is amazing! - Please pick me. :)

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    1. Thank you so much! And thanks for entering :) I'm so sorry you didn't win, ha ha, I wish everyone could have won! I think there will be another one of these in a while though ;)

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  28. Can't wait to get our little girl's paintings for our nursery! And thanks for being so helpful. We look forward to seeing what else you do for your nursery line.

    The Doublins :)

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    1. Brianne! Thank you so much for reading, and for entering! As you know, your paintings are en route and I hope they are just perfect :)

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  29. Happy Anniversary! Love your artwork! *fingers crossed*

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  30. Love it! Way to go! :) - Robin Ritz-Carson

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  31. Your work is amazing to me - and your blog is a must-read everyday. I particularly love your dedication to doing what you love and I particularly love those rain-drop paintings....hahahaha.
    VM

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  32. Just found your blog today! Love :)

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  33. Hey Adriane, I heard through the grapevine you had gotten into paintings and such, so exciting... I searched but could never see any samples until now :) I love your style (both now and then :P) If you could, please send me the link where I can see the paintings you have for sale, I just bought my first home this past September and Ive been looking everywhere for the right piece!! jpotter@matrixgroupinc.net or jessicapotter777@hotmail.com - Take care and hope to hear from you :) OH, and HAPPY 5th Anniversary too!!

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    1. Hey Jess! I emailed you :) thank you so much for entering my contest!! It's been too long, let's get together some time!! xo

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  34. Happy Anniversary!!! Your paintings are amazing...I would love to win one!!! :)

    xoxo Hira

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    1. Hira, you ended up winning, congrats! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog, and for entering! I will be sending you details very soon :)

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  35. Love a good Canadian blog! Happy 5th!

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  36. Congratulations on your 5th Anniversary Adriane:)
    I love your blog and art work.
    You are a very creative cookie !!
    And Ben is adorable- (you and Billy are ok too I guess ;)
    By the way I am Joan's cousin Carolyn and she introduced me to your site. I'm happy she did.

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    1. Thanks so much Carolyn!! You are so sweet :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  37. Hey sweetie.
    Same comment as yesterday. I showed your Mum a catalog pic of one of your paintings that I really loved. Some things you look at and think, "I get that". And that one I saw completely. Proudest Uncle Andy in the world.

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  38. Wow, time really does fly. 5 years already? Congratulations Adriane!

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  39. You're such a talent and I love that I can call you one of my very best bloggy friends ;) this is the giveaway of my dreams! Here's to another 5 years BBF!

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    1. Sara!! You are the coolest, and we are totally bloggy bfs!! xoxo

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  40. Your art is amazing! So happy to have met you thru Corinne :) Good luck with the shop!

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    1. Molly! Thank you so much for reading and entering the contest! I'm so happy we met too, I miss you! Totally wish you lived close :(

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  41. I just discovered your blog this week and love your paintings. This is a great giveaway.

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    1. Rita, thanks for stopping by! I hope to do another one of these down the road so stay tuned :)

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  42. Keep up the amazing work! you are so talented. Glad to see you doing something you enjoy so much although I do miss working with you.

    Erin

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    1. Erin! I miss working with you too! Thank you so much for stopping by, hope you are doing well!! :)

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  43. Congratulations on your 5th anniversary! The art is amazing!

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  44. Your talent amazes me Adriane. Congrats on everything you have accomplished. - Tammy Forrest Seely

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    1. Tammy! Thank you SO much, you are the sweetest :)

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  45. I'm not usually an abstract painting kinda girl, but I love yours! Congrats on the 5 years!
    - Amy

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  46. You're amazingly talented! Congratulations on five years and all your success! Muah!! Xo Catherine Janes (cat gaspari)

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    1. Thanks Cat!!! Hopefully soon we can chat and get you blogging too ;)

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  47. Wow look at all these comments!!

    You'd be crazy not to enter.

    Your biggest fan,
    Rach xx

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  48. First time visiting your blog and I love it. Congrats on 5 years!

    Heather

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    1. Thank you so much Heather!!! Hope you keep reading :)

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  49. Congrat's to being so successful and wow 5 years. I have been following your blog for about 1 year and I love your art. Thank you for the chance to win one of your fantastic art pieces.

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    1. Cathy, thank you so much!!! SO happy you like the blog, I hope you keep reading! :) And I'm hoping to have another contest down the road so stay tuned :)

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  50. 5 Years! WOW! Congrats! You are actually the ONLY blog that gets hand delivered into my hotmail account. The ONLY one! Not to mention your wonderful art. We NEED this art in our home. Like, yesterday. Hoping I win!!!!

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    1. Morgan! You are beyond sweet, thank you so much for reading, and for entering the contest!!! I promise I'll make sure a piece of mine ends up in your home <3

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  51. Congrats on 5 years! I love your paintings! Thanks...

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  52. Congrats Adriane!!!

    I love the blog, love the paintings you are so talented!!

    Emma!

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  53. Well done! Congrats!! Love your paintings!
    Hege

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  54. How would I choose?!
    Congrats on your anniversary.

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  55. katie macpherson27 May 2012 at 00:38

    Happy 5th year!!!
    I am so happy you are living your dream....your amazing at everything you do!

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  56. Happy 5 year anniversary! Your work is great!

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  57. A chance to win a painting by you? I'm in!

    5 years? Me too! We are almost blog twins. Happy blogiversary!!

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    1. Hello blogtwin! Ha ha, thank you so much Jen for entering, I wish everyone could have won :( but I'm definitely going to do this again sometime!

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  58. Just found your blog through Paper Hearts. I'm happy to be a new follower! Your paintings are beautiful - hope I'm the lucky one... Happy anniversary!!

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    1. Meg, thanks for reading! And for your kind words, you are so sweet! :)

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  59. I seriously love your abstract work!!
    kelynnma(at)gmail.com

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  60. Oh A! AM SO glad I found your blog and your work! Beautiful! Fingers crossed for me :P
    Meagan
    meagan@rowhousenest.com

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  61. Happy 5th! Love your blog and your work :)

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    1. Thanks Lisa!!! So happy to know you enjoy reading, hope you continue to stop by! :)

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  62. Happy 5th anniversary! Quite an achievement! Saw you at BlogPodium and so glad I found your blog! Love your paintings by the way!

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    1. Thank youso much Beatrice! Really hope we get a chance to chat at the next BP!

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  63. Happy 5 year anniversary, what a milestone! I love your pieces!

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  64. Happy five years! I'd love one of your modern abstract paintings - gorgeous!
    Sarah

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  65. Congrats on your anniversary! I have one of your grey and white abstract paintings pinned to go in my new bedroom. :)
    kirbycolby at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you!!!! I definitely hope to have another giveaway down the road so stay tuned ;)

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  66. Wow - what a treat - no idea your blog was here. Glad I found it!

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    1. OMG thanks Erica! I'm so glad you found me too :) hope you stick around!

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  67. Congrats! Happy blogaversary!

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  68. Wow 5 years! Congrats.
    Love you art, especially the animals!!

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    1. Thank you Amanda!! You are so sweet! I'm actually planning on doing a bit more with my animals down the road, shhh ;)

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  69. Amazing 5 years!! Congrats!! I love all of them, but I think I would have to go for one of the black and whites- would look awesome in our living room!!

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  70. This is wonderful! Thank you so much for offering such a lovely and generous giveaway.

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Oh Cindy it's my pleasure! Thank YOU for reading and for entering the contest! Because I've had such a great response I think I'll do another one of these down the road...

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  71. Adriane, you have always been one of the most creative people I know. Congrats on 5 years, what an accomplishment! I loved reading your blog when I started mine on my first mat leave, it's a great inspiration. Keep up all the great work! Hilary

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    1. Aw Hilary you are so sweet!!! Thank you so much for entering :) and for reading!!

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  72. After numerous emails answering my many questions about your wedding venue (and being so lovely in the process!) I took it upon my nosey self to check out your blog as the link was at the bottom of each email. Many moons later and I still find myself drawn to the A & B Stories. :) Congrats on 5 years Adriane!
    Claire Jenkins

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    1. Ha ha aw thanks Claire! You are the sweetest :)

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  73. You are as creative as you are beautiful!
    Luv from Auntie Joan

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  74. Happy Anniversary! I just found your blog - love your art:)

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  75. Happy Anniversary! (Today's my wedding anniversary so maybe that will bring me luck!) Love your art!

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! Happy anniversary to you too ;) Sorry you didn't win, but I think I will do another one of these in a while ;)

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  76. Happy 5! Your blog and artwork is stunning. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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  77. Here's to the next five years being as successful - congrats!

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    1. Marc! Thank you so much for reading, and for entering the contest! Great chatting with you yesterday, VERY excited!

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  78. Congrats on 5 years! I love your work and blog.

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  79. Wow - 5 years. Congratulations!

    I'd love to win some of your art - I love your paintings (and your blog) :)

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    1. Thank you so much Michelle!!! So glad you enjoy my work, and the blog! Hope you keep reading :)

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  80. Oh, I would love to win! My seventeen month old son's room could use an adorable print OR our family room....my fingers are crossed.

    Congratulations on five years!!

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  81. So glad I didn't miss out on this. I'd love a black and white piece for our living room. I'm trying to add more of a modern vibe to our place as a LOT (aka: most) of our pieces are vintage and I worry it makes everything look...well, old. So I ordered some black and white pillow cases and therefore a painting would look fabulous too!

    dear.love@live.ca

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    1. Thank youso much for entering! I'm sosorry youdidn't win, but I think I'll be doing another one of these sometime :)

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  82. Ohhh 5 is just a great number! Personally my favorite. Can only mean great things ahead on your 5th anniversary. Congratulations and oodles of bloggie love.

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