I have a lot to be grateful for. The end of each year always causes some retrospect, doesn't it? I did a lot of travelling to teach, met so many wonderful people, received an art grant, curated a gallery show, joined Handmade House, was juried into Dimensions once again, and was published 5 times in three different countries. Isn't that unreal!? I'm booked in to 2018, and feel like I have so much on the horizon. I am so very grateful for all the support. I'm proud to be supporting my family financially as well by doing something I love - something so personally rewarding and something completely addicting at that! : ) I'm grateful, though I am so very busy around the clock, to be working from home. It's a big juggle to have a full house and a full time career, but I do love the challenge of working on demand for whomever needs me at the moment.
I could go on and on.. but thank you for listening! : ) And with gratitude comes the desire to give. And so, a giveaway it is! Awe heck, how about three? Here are the draw prizes.
A signed back issue of Quilter's Connection. Inside is my article on Postcards. With it comes a postcard kit. IF the chosen winner does not sew, the kit can be substituted for a blank art print card with envelope.
A signed back issue of Stitch from the UK. Inside is my article on Threadpainting. With it comes an art print card of mine, blank inside with envelope.
A signed issue of the current Noro knitting magazine. Inside is my interview about stitching with Noro yarns. With it will come some yarn samples in small skeins. If you are not a fibre artist, you can request an art print card to accompany the magazine instead.
did I say 3? Nah. Let's go with 4.
A signed copy of Machine Quilting Unlimited. Inside is my article on Threadpainting. With is comes an art print card of mine, black inside with envelope.
Wait - five.
A 'Wish You Were Here' Prairie Postcard that I made. Signed and numbered on back. : )
I won't show you an image of what I select to send. It will be a surprise.
There ya go!
Here's what you need to do to enter:
- Leave a comment here, ensuring you don't sign in as 'anonymous' or I'll never be able to find you.
- Tell me about what makes you feel good to give, whether it's a fond memory or an annual charity you support, how you helped out a friend or was kind to a stranger. It's not meant to boast, it's meant to spread some stories of warmth and love in a pretty tough world full of tragic news. Let's inspire each other. Please do enjoy reading all the stories! Be inspired.
*** The best story is not necessarily the winner.***
We'll will pick five random names by Friday midnight. I'll contact you all the following day and mail everything out Monday morning. Hopefully you'll get things in time to put under the tree. ; )
I'll go first. My story? If I have coins in my pockets, I can't walk past buskers or anyone on the street asking for change. I make a point of saying hello, visiting or listening to a song, and emptying my pockets... and always when my children are with me. They will dig up dimes and nickels from the van to give. I think it's important to teach them to be kind humans. I show them how easy it is to do, and that everyone deserves a smile and some friendship. Everybody matters.
Last week, without my kids in tow, I was in a rush to an evening meeting. I LIED to a young man I passed on the street and I said, 'no. sorry, I have no change'. I was rushing, and I lied. I felt SO shameful about it. After the meeting, thank goodness he and I happened to crossed paths again! Serendipity. I was so relieved - I went straight up to him and told him I lied to him. I told him I was sorry for rushing past, and I gave him my change. I told him I was so thankful that we met up again.
That'll teach me. I've never been a good liar.
So, you know, little or big - even little things are big to someone, right? Tell me something happy, and good luck! ENTER AS OFTEN AS YOU LIKE, but include a happy story. xo
* * * PUBLISHED * * * Artist feature in Stitchillo, a brand new book in a series called 'Encyclopedia of Inspiration' from UPPERCASE (click to link)
* * * EXHIBITION * * * Homeland: A Collection of Prairie Threadpaintings by Monika Kinner-Whalen. Kathy Theissen Gallery in Rosthern SK. July & August 2017 Reception 10 am to noon on Saturday, July 15, 2017 Station Arts
* * * MANITOBA * * *
Sept 2 & 3 Vendor - Proutopia
Sept 9 &10 Teaching - Sketch to Stitch / Runs with Scissors Studio
Sept 15 & 16 Vendor - Manitoba Fibre Festival, Red River Exhibition Park
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