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    I'm loving the way everything looks against these dark walls. Similar to white in an art gallery, but more dramatic. Jazzed up our new curtains with a few supplies and a little time. Read how on the blog now. I think he's trying to tell me something... Perhaps I need to remind him where to start a sentence. Hashtag four year old problems.

Gimme a Giveaway: Studio Cherie

Doesn’t everyone have one ugly piece of furniture?  If you’re lucky, it’s made of wood.  Something easy to sand down to stain or paint.  But what about that super comfy chair, that shows how much it has been loved over the years?  That’s where Studio Cherie’s Custom Slipcover Craftsy class comes in.

With step by step instructional videos, you’ll have a personal seamstress fairy watching your every move.

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Really, you’ll learn about fabric selection, sewing basics, and how to tackle the sticky situations involving rolled arms and piping.

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If you need to give a chair some love, this class is right up your alley.

The Goods:  One free Slipcover Craftsy Class with Studio Cherie.  

To Enter:  Tell us about a piece of furniture you’ve got that could use a new look.

For additional entries:

1.  Like Our Humble Abode on Facebook.  Come back to leave a second comment.

2.  Like Studio Cherie on Facebook and on Etsy for the latest updates.

Contest Closes: Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Number of Winners: One!

Ships: No shipping, hooray for online courses!

Other Info: We will select the winners using random.org and announce on Friday, December 5th.

Gimme a Giveaway: Michael Ellis Studios

This giveaway is now closed.  Our lucky winners are KristenSara, and Margaret!  Congratulations, ladies!  Please check your email.  

Yay, it’s Friday!  To celebrate, we’ve got a fun giveaway from Michael Ellis Studios.

This shop is packed with vintage posters that have been digitally enhanced to make beautiful art.  With so many fun options, sorted categories make browsing easy.  Here are a few of my favorites from several sections.

In the Sky:

Botanical prints:

In the Ocean:

Maps:

Kids and Nursery:

The Goods:  Three winners will receive a $60 shop credit, good for or toward anything in the Michael Ellis Studios shop.  

To Enter:  Leave a comment telling us which art print(s) you’d most want to hang in your home.

For additional entries:

1.  Like Our Humble Abode on Facebook.  Come back to leave a second comment.

2.  Follow Our Humble Abode on Instagram.  Make sure you let us know you’re following.

Contest Closes: Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Number of Winners: Three, chosen by Random.org.

Ships: Anywhere in the world!

Other Info: We will select the winners using random.org and announce on Friday, November 7th.

Gimme a Giveaway: Minted

This giveaway is now closed.  Our lucky winner is Arell!  Congratulations, please check your email.

Allow me to introduce you to a super site for all things paper, including limited edition prints from independent artists, Minted.  Seriously guys, there are some fantastic pieces.

To help narrow your search, you can organize by style, shape, type, or color.   In photography art, I found some of my favorite pieces, including, but not limited to:

King of the Forest

 

and Queen of the Forest by Glenn Carroll.  I think this pair would be perfect for either side of our entertainment center.

Staredown by Amy Carroll, because it reminds me of my Longhorns and I just love the feel of the photo.

A Shadow in a Storm by Leslie Le Coq, if you’re a horse lover.

If paintings are more your flavor, check out my favorites, and many others, Mid-Summertime by Emily Jeffords.  Movement and color, but still simple.

 

Splendid Spring II from Makewells, for a bright abstract to perk up a dark corner.

Rural Midwest created by Robin Ott Design, cute and charming.

Drive Bye Grove by Jeff Preuss, bold and poppy, to make a statement.

Quirky and fun drawings like 4 Robins by Kim Johnson, a conversation starter.

Forsythia from Vanessa Wyler, for fall color you can appreciate after the season.

Grass with Seeds by Jorey Hurley, unfussy for a busy room.

 

Field of Waves from Papersheep Press would look adorable in a nursery or little boy’s room.

The Goods: A $50 Minted credit good for or toward any product, to add some art to your walls.  

To Enter:  Leave a comment telling us which art print(s) you’d most want to hang in your home.

For additional entries:

1.  Like Our Humble Abode on Facebook.  Come back to leave a second comment.

2.  Follow Our Humble Abode on Instagram.  Make sure you let us know you’re following.

3.  Vote for our master bath in Apartment Therapy’s Room for Color contest, then leave another comment.

Contest Closes: Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Number of Winners: Just one, chosen by Random.org.

Ships: Anywhere in the world!

Other Info: We will select the winners using random.org and announce on Friday, October 10th.

Giveaway Winner & Etsy Favs: April

Hope you’ve all had a marvelous spring!  Warmer weather is such a nice change.  I’ve started adding plants to our nearly lifeless yard, even.  Winning.  On the subject of winning, we’ve got the Easy, Tiger giveaway wrapped up.

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Norma, you’ve got a $50 credit to spend on anything at the Easy, Tiger shop coming your way.  Congrats!!

Large Brass Umbrella Dish from The White Pepper

Cloud Bread Board at Snug Studio

Colorado Landscape Painting by John Kline Artwork

Pyrite Necklace at Michabella

Mighty Asterisk Wooden Game from Siam Collection

Custom Braille Necklace at Leigh Luna

Have a great weekend!  See you back on Monday, hopefully with an update on the thrifted couch.

Gimme a Giveaway: Easy, Tiger

Allow me to introduce you to a fun little shop Easy, Tiger.

The shop is stocked with funny cards, shirts, and art prints.  This Best at Life print will get here soon, and I’m so excited for it.

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How about a humurous Blah Blah Blah print?

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Stock up on fun cards like Keep it Down card:

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Or the Wishbone card:

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Maybe you want a cute shirt like the Gray Script Font Shirt:

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Whichever item/s you prefer, one lucky winner will get to choose some favorites.

The Goods: A $50 gift certificate good for or toward anything in the Easy, Tiger shop.  

To Enter:  Leave a comment, which can (but doesn’t have to) include our Just for Fun question.

Just for Fun: If you were to have a personal catch phrase, what would it be?  I’ve been catching up on How I Met Your Mother, and Barney’s Legen wait for it, dary is fun.  So is Whoa Easy, Tiger.

For additional entries:

1.  Like Our Humble Abode on Facebook, and comment again for two total entries.

Contest Closes: Thursday, April 24th.

Number of Winners: Just one, chosen by Random.org.

Ships: Anywhere in the US.

Other Info: We will select the winners using random.org and announce on Friday, April 25th.

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