Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Doodle thoughts, mailed out to parts unknown (a little giveaway)

Update:  This giveaway is now closed.  Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by to leave a comment!

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In my last several posts, I've been drawing out my thoughts:
Muchness
A fine mess
It isn't supposed to be easy.  Don't let that stop you.
Different is not necessarily wrong.
It's easier than you think.  It's also harder than you think.  Paradoxes abound.
Listen first.  Talk later.
It's not about the numbers.  (Except when it is.)

I have loved this creative side trip and it's gotten to the point where I'd really love to try sharing my wordy sketches in a new way, perhaps by making them a little more interactive.

Last post, I brought up the idea of mailing them out -- a little side project as I work on longer term goals.  Then, this morning, I was thinking about life and progress and new things -- the usual -- and I drew this into my sketchbook:

Sometimes, seeing the words on paper makes all the difference to my attitudes and actions.  Do you find that, too?  Maybe that's why I'm a little obsessive about words and journals.  :)

So, in the spirit of making today the day, I'd like to announce a doodle giveaway.
I'll start with today's drawing, add a little colour, then cut out the sketchbook sheet and fold it to resemble a note card.  Inside the card, I'll write a short note and mail it off.

I'll plan to do, say, four more.  Five in total.  (If all goes well, maybe a few more.)

If you'd like to enter your name to receive a happy little doodle in the mail, just leave a comment on this post.  Stop by to say "hello" and tell me one thing about yourself.  If you're a teacher and you'd like to tell me about your class, I'd love that, too!

For each of the five doodles, I'll choose one reader to receive it.  If I announce your name in one of the five upcoming posts, you'll need send a quick email to christie(at)graceisoverrated(dot)com with your mailing address (which I would never, ever share elsewhere).

See you back here on Thursday, when I'll post the first finished doodle, plus the name of the person who'll receive it.

hugs,
Christie

35 comments:

  1. Ooh that sounds fun! I'd love a piece of happy mail , so I will tell you that I am vertically challenged being only 4ft 10" but I have the bubbly personality and loud mouth on me so I'm never missed! Lol Take care Zo xx

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  2. You know that I would *love* to get one of your doodles. So, what can I say about me? I love to knit, cross stitch and crochet, and I really wish I could figure out what I want to write about since I really do want to write a book. :/

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  3. This is so exciting! I love getting things on the mail, and I'd love to have one of your doodles! I absolutely LOVE journaling and I recently printed all of your "fill in the blanks" pages. I'm doing one page a day and today I'm on page 3! I'll tell you what I answered for one of today's prompts: "last time I sang:" last night! I was alone with my brother and I said hey, let's listen to some good music, and we ended up singing Michael Jackson at the top of our lungs!

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  4. Your creativity is always an inspiration to me - so having one of your doodles in my studio would send me over the moon!

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  5. What a fun idea! Hope you are enjoying the wonderful fall day! I am a full time employed Grandma who can't wait for the weekend to spend it having fun and taking pics of my precious grandsons. I've got my fingers crossed that the weather holds for it!

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  6. G'day. I love journalling & have recently started doing more doodling. I've got a long way to go to get as good as yours though!

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  7. Hi, Christie! I love happy mail; I'm the person who sends random cards to loved ones so they get happy mail. Love your blog and all the joy you share with us - keep up the great work!

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  8. Christie, you always have something neat up your sleeve! From someone who is a perfectionist, your journals have helped me to fulfill my goal of keeping a journal without having to deal with the nagging "do it over" feeling that comes when it is just my words and doodles. "Make today the day" is what I told myself when I first started journalling. Thank you for being my catalyst!

    Beth

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  9. I would totally love to get a doodle to play with and color and create around! lots of ideas for adding it to a canvas and getting inky!

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  10. I love your doodles! They are so inspiring to me. I printed out all of your journalling pages and pasted them into a blank journal and am trying to encourage myself to visually journal for myself on the pages that are still blank. the first day I took every smencil from my daughter's pile and just colored a dot. . .oh well. . .it's a start, and it smells pretty good.

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  11. Hi Christie, I love your doodles they always give me pause for thought. I have only found your blog recently through pinterest and it is so inspiring. I love to craft - all sorts from card making to sewing and everything in between. Unfortunately work, housework and the kids keep getting in the way!

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  12. I have especially enjoyed your recent doodle posts - so to receive something like that in the mail would be awesome. It would probably end up on a scrapbook page, as that is my favourite creative outlet, which I escape to as often as my job at the local library and work on our olive grove will let me.

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  13. Sounds like fun! I'd love to get a doodle in the mail. My class right now has 11 eighteen to twenty-eight month olds in it. (as well as 2 other teachers!) They sometimes drive me bonkers but I love them!

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  14. Love all your doodles and journal pages they make my smash book so much fun!

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  15. Hi there,
    I'd LOVE to be entered into the draw to win a happy little doodle! I AM a teacher. I have a class of 17 4 & 5-year-olds. As you might expect, they're a handful, but great fun! :-)
    Carly
    x

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  16. A doodle in the mail? YES, PLEASE! I'm a mom and my doodles aren't as cool as yours.

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  17. Your doodles are so lovely, and they make me think too! : ) One thing about me? I'm a mom to an awesome 6-year-old boy, and it's the best job in the world!

    -Michelle (michelleandhub@yahoo.com)

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  18. I must confess that I check your RSS Feed everyday to see what your mind has been up to. If I only had your talent...

    Thank you so much for sharing all of this with us. Win or not, your still my favorite blog!

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  19. I love your website and myself and my daughters have enjoyed using some of your journal sheets to start our personal reflections. Of your recent doodles, I felt a connection to "It isn't supposed to be easy"... this is because I have recently gone back to school for education (at the age of 40!) Thank you, for inspiration, for sharing your creativity and for a mini break during study time when I click on "Grace" in my toolbar :)

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  20. I have been using the journal pages for 22 days now and just love them! Even more, I love that I HAVE to take time to color!

    When I saw "Make Today the Day", I adopted it as my new motto!

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  21. One thing about myself... well, I might as well make it count.
    I found out that I am allergic to bed bug bites- the hard way. And I haven't slept in my own bedroom for two days now >.<
    So, when you say it's not supposed to be easy, you might just have been addressing me!

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  22. Hi! I am a substitute teacher, and love your journal pages. They make for quick activities for almost any age group!
    Thanks for all of the fun doodles and projects. Your gifts are amazing!

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  23. I am a tired, but cheery mom of four kids ages 9,8,6, and 4. I volunteer in kids activities and church. I am always working on sending out happy mail to others and I love to hear how excited they were to receive it.

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  24. Hello! This week I found out that after years of eating like a teenager, I have to now take a two pills for cholesterol and two pills for blood sugars. In addition, I gained 9lbs since my last Drs visit. YIPES!! Time to start a new chapter of health and getting the things accomplished that I have been putting off. Like - writing my book, taking Life Coaching classes, finishing projects around the house, riding in a hot air balloon, work on scrapbooks, etc. Love your doodles!!

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  25. Hi, my name is Kelly and I have a problem. Admittance is the first step right!? Im obsessed with journals, office supplies and planners. Maybe it's because of my insane life I live as a Army wife (husband currentally serving deployed) mother of three under 4; two of which have autism and both a rare disease that requires medical treatments, and our 7 month old born while daddy was gone. Why I tell you this? Bc as crazy as it sound.... It's easy. It's all I know and I love them. So for fun I like doodling, journaling and obsessing over day planners and these new colored staples I found. Creativity is the key to life and my dose of medicine to keep moving forward.

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  26. I love your doodles and think they would make great embroidery projects. I like to embroider cool sayings on pillows, and I keep them around to inspire me. No one gets why I have a pile of little pillows on the bed, but they mean something to me. Would love to receive one of you doodles some day.

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  27. Hi, Christie,
    I love the whimsy in your doodles. They always brighten my day. I'm sure getting a note from you in the mail would brighten my MONTH : )

    I love all things homemaking, which is good since I am the mother of 5. I also love to read, embroider, garden, knit, crochet, sew, and quilt. Never met a needlecraft I didn't love, except tatting!

    Wishing you all the best,
    Mary Renee

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  28. I love all of your doodles! I would love to win one of these cards so that I can mail it off and have it help brighten the day of friend! I love all sorts of inspirational sayings and pictures. I even created a little collage above my bed in frames that are easily changeable so that inspirational quotes/pics can match my life and what I need to hear :)

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  29. I've been following your blog for a few months now... and boy, do I wish I had your steady, creative hand!

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  30. Hi,

    It's already been such a journey this school year, between deciding what to do with our son and his ADHD, and our daughter not understanding 1st grade work... it's just so stressful... I would really like to start painting again but can't seem to find any motivation, for anything at all.

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  31. Your pages are beautiful. And there's just not enough happy mail around these days so this is a wonderful idea. The one thing I'll tell you about myself is that when I listen to music in the car on my own, I turn it up WAAAAY too loud, like it hurts your ears loud. And nobody knew that till now!

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  32. I love your doodles! A happy note will make me happy:)
    I teach second grade and I'd love to use your ideas in my classroom.
    Tania
    My Second Sense

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  33. Hi, I'd love to have a note in the post. I'm lost today. Floating through a clouds of very sad thoughts. The bright colours on your pre-coloured journal pages are very cute.

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  34. Hi, love your doodles! Use some of them in my smashbook :)

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  35. Hi Christie, I'm Mel, and I've lurked far too long... I love your work, and have been filling in one of your journal pages every week this year - thank you!

    One thing about me? I spent last night in Accident and Emergency after falling down the stairs :( Luckily no bones were broken, but I've got a nasty ankle sprain and can only get around with crutches for now!

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