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Giveaway! A Watercolor Palette and Sketchbook

I’ve been enjoying my new watercolor hobby, since posting to that time-lapse video I found so inspiring. It’s only been about a month since I started, during which I’ve probably painted four times, but I’m proud of how I’m progressing. I’ve missed making art, even if I’m just painting what amount to cute spot illustrations.

Watercolors, Making it Lovely

I’ve been experimenting with different paints (tubes vs. pans, student grade versus professional quality), and I’m still finding what I like. You know what turned out to be great though? The inexpensive 36-color watercolor palette I had initially picked up on a whim at Michael’s. I’ve heard from more seasoned watercolor artists that they love it too!

Want to give it a go for yourself? I went back and bought five more palettes, along with some better quality paintbrushes (don’t bother with the one it comes with) to give away to five readers. I also bought five Moleskine Watercolor Notebooks to include as part of the prize for each winner.

Watercolor Palette and Sketchbook, Making it Lovely
(I painted this illustration of the prize using only watercolors from that 36-color palette.)

This giveaway is open to everyone, worldwide. Just leave a comment below by midnight CST, Monday, January 27 to enter. After the giveaway ends, I’ll randomly draw five winners and ship off a palette, brush, and sketchbook to each. It’s a small way to share a little bit of what’s making me happy these days!

My eBay Collections

I’ve been doing a lot of online window shopping lately, like it’s my job. (Oh, wait a minute…) I sometimes get it in my head that I need to find a very specific item, like an antique blue and white vase with brass trim similar to the one I used in this room design, so I keep popping over to eBay every so often to see what’s available. Have you noticed their new eBay Collections feature yet? I’ve been spotting them alongside some of my searches, and finding some fun things I may not have thought to search for otherwise.

I’ve been creating my own eBay collections over the past couple of weeks, too. Here’s a sampling of what you can find in them.

Making it Lovely eBay Collections

You can visit and follow my collections on eBay for direct sources, and also to keep up with new additions. I’ve mostly been looking at stuff for the house, like the aforementioned blue and white vase. I’m also perpetually on the lookout for an antique runner rug, weird old art, and some Milo Baughman (or Baughman-style) chairs. I’m taking my time and enjoying the browsing process while I hold out for just the right items to show up. Of course, sometimes the searches wander over into fashion with boots and purses and the like too.

I’m definitely in research mode more than acquisition mode right now, but I am pretty sad that I hesitated to bid on that awful/amazing lion rug. You know, that frightening orange guy up above, in the circle? It could have been living it up in my entryway by now had I just gone for it! I mean, I know it may not be to everyone’s liking, but I love it. Besides, we all need to indulge a little bad taste every now and then, right?
 

Enter to win $25,000!

There is a $25,000 Share it Win it Sweepstakes going on over at eBay right now, with additional $1000 weekly prizes (complete rules and details are here). You can win just by logging in sharing your favorite eBay collections via social media! I’ll be continuing to add to my collections for the duration of the sweepstakes and beyond, and you can follow me on eBay right here.

Win an Entire Holiday Tabletop

Oh, you guys. I wish I could enter to win the Design and Dine giveaway, but seeing as how I write for The Interior Collective and am working with them to share this with you, I’m probably ineligible.

Design and Dine Holiday Tabletop Giveaway

Design and Dine Holiday Tabletop Giveaway

The tabletop was designed by Brittany Jepsen, of The House that Lars Built, and photographed Cassidy Tuttle. Brittany was inspired by Caesarstone colors, and she kept the decor neutral so that it would work for whomever wins. That one lucky winner will receive everything you see on the table, save for the pomegranates! (We’re hosting brunch on Christmas Eve and then a dinner on Christmas, and I’m tempted to add them to our shopping list just because they look so pretty as decoration.)

Design and Dine Holiday Tabletop Giveaway

Visit The Interior Collective to enter, and to see complete rules and details. You have until December 15, and the winner will receive their prize in time to use for Christmas. Good luck!

Design and Dine Holiday Tabletop Giveaway

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