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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Great Joyful Cottage Giveaway



Welcome to the debut of A Joyful Cottage

The Joyful Cottage Giveaway is now closed to new entries.
We will announce the winner on March 8 at 8:00 AM Mountain Time.
Thank you for participating.
(This update posted @ 8:20 AM Mountain Time March 7)

Source: http://www.stable-cottage-potterne.co.uk/

Do you have a dream home? My dream home looks very much like the one in the photo above. A thatched roof cottage with climbing roses framing the front door. Very romantic. This cottage is a vacation rental, located in Potterne Wiltshire, United Kingdom. 


My own cottage looks quite different.


Our Cottage (A Remodeled 1926 Cabin)


Over the years I've come to appreciate simplicity. British craftsman William Morris said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”


I've had my beloved vintage pinch bottle for 42 years. Found in a dusty antique shop in Taft, California.


My husband Dennis Reinke is a visual artist. One of his early watercolors graces a wall in our lingering room.


We're in the process of setting up our Joyful Cottage Etsy shop where we'll make 5x7 prints of Dennis' original watercolors and oils available for sale. And this leads me to my Joyful Cottage Giveaway. This is your chance to win an unframed 5x7 Reinke print of your very own. The giveaway is open to everyone, no matter where you live. All that's needed is a valid email address so we can contact you for your mailing address.




Here are the rules:


1. Become a Follower of this blog. If you follow on both Google and Network Blogger, you will be entered twice.
2. Browse the display of paintings below and choose your 3 favorites.
2. You must leave a comment and tell me which 3 paintings you prefer.
3. Earn additional chances to win by simply talking about the giveaway on your blog, facebook, twitter or pinterest and linking back to this post.  Please, you must post a separate comment for each additional entry. It's the only way I can track your various entries.
4. Dennis will draw a winner in two weeks, on Wednesday March 7th.  The lucky winner will be announced the next day on this blog and we'll send him or her one print of their choice.


That's it. Pretty easy, huh? Ok, let's get started.


Here are your choices:


#1 - Pumpkin Watercolor 5x7 Print

#2 - Methow River Watercolor 5x7 Print

#3 - San Juan Capistrano Watercolor 5x7 Print

#4 - Winery Watercolor 5x7 Print

#5 -Napa Trellis Watercolor 5x7 Print

#6 - Poppies Oil 5x7 Print


#7 - Quiet Time Oil 5x7 Print

#8 - Silver Plume Antique Shop Watercolor 5x7 Print

#9 - Veggie Still Life Watercolor 5x7 Print


#10 - Water Lily Watercolor 5x7 Print


#11 - Wind Breakers Oil 5x7 Print





Wouldn't you like to have one of these beautiful prints in your cottage? Become a Follower, get your entries in and spread the word.


Blessings,

Visit Inspire Me Monday for more great inspiration!


82 comments:

  1. Yeah! I'm your first follower! All of them are beautiful but if I must choose, Napa Trellis, Quiet Time and San Juan Capistrano would be my choices. Love you, friend!

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  2. Thanks for inviting us to your new blog, Nancy. :-) I like #6, 7, and 10 best... not necessarily in that order. They are all beautiful!!

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    1. Thanks Marilyn. Blessings to you and your lovely family.

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  3. I cannot wait to follow this blog!! I love # 1, #4, and # 11 especially!! Of course I love them all. I am blessed to have two of these originals!! They smile at me every day!!! I will look forward to your entries Nancy!! So much fun!!

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  4. # 2, 5 & 7 are my favorites, Nancy. Thank you for the opportunity to win a print. :)

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    1. Thanks for joining in, Nancy. Good luck!

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  5. They're all beautiful!! My favorites are #5, 10 & 11. I set up a blog but don't know what I'm doing! LOL

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    1. Well, girlfriend, judging by what you've done so far I'd say you DO know what you're doing. Go, go, go.

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  6. What a pleasure to have such incredible art surrounding you. Hard to only pick three, but here goes...#2, 6 and 8.

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl. Do you have a blog?

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  7. I recently added Joyful Altitude to my Google Reader and just now Joyful Cottage! Each of these pictures are wonderful, but my heart was drawn most to #8,9 and 11.

    Joyfully ~ Debbie :)

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    1. Debbie, thank you. Do you have a blog? I can't access your profile to find it.

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    2. I've found that I enjoy reading blogs much more than maintaining one, but the one I did have - "By Grace Through Faith" can be found here: http://fromlaw2grace.blogspot.com/

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    3. I understand, Debbie. There are sooooo many great blogs out there. I wish I had more time to really peruse them. I went to your Grace Through Faith blog and enjoyed what you shared there. Solid stuff. God bless.

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  8. Hi Nancy, beautiful blog, beautiful watercolors. I like Quiet Time, Silver Plume Antique Shop, and Water Lilly. Especially like Quiet Time - you can just feel the sun come through the trees. Let me know when you are on Etsy!

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    1. Thanks, Alison. You'll be one of the first to know. God bless.

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  9. Lovely painting! My favorites are 6,7 and 10.

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  10. I am so excited to have found your blog through your comment on mine....I love these paintings and what a treat to get an opportunity to win one...My favorites are 5, 7, and 11 but I would be thrilled to have any one.....

    I am your newest follower and I am going to put this on facebook......

    So nice to meet you....

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    1. Great to meet you, too. Thanks for joining in on the fun. God bless.

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  11. Wow, this is incredibly HARD! Choosing three out of all those wonderful choices! But I have to say 1) Quiet Time 2) Waterlily and 3) the Pumpkin. Glad I was abler to log on...will follow you and will link to this giveaway on my blog! Have an awesome day and thanks for the opportunity to have a chance to win one of these awesome prints!

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    1. My pleasure. Thanks for popping in and joining our giveaway. I'm pretty excited about it. Have a great weekend, Marie.

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  12. All beautiful! I am a new follower, and I'll choose #5, #8, and #11.

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  13. Love them all but my favs are #5. #8. and #10!

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    1. Janet, thanks for joining in the fun. Hope you're weekend is blessed.

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  14. Congrats on your new blog, Nancy - your husband has mad talent! You should share your photos and his watercolors at Inspire Me Monday! :-)

    I joined you on GFC and had a tough time picking my faves but since you are twisting my arm (smile) I will go with 1, 8, and 11 - but if I win, don't hold me to these - there were 6 that I had a hard time choosing amongst and I'm not sure which one I'd pick if I'm the lucky winner! :-)

    Create With Joy
    http://create-with-joy.com

    email on sidebar

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    1. Thanks, Ramona, for you kind comments. I now have subscribed to Create With Joy via email. Thanks for inviting me. I also linked up on your Friday meme: a post from Joyful Altitude about the Titus 2 woman God placed in my life. Thanks for hosting such wonderful memes. God bless. (By the way, I tried to follow you on GFC, but the screen wouldn't pop up to let me.)

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  15. Your husbands artwork is beautiful! It's so hard to choose just 3 but I will go with #4, #5 and #11. I am now following you and so excited to do so! This is a very generous giveaway. How exciting!

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    1. Thanks for entering, Jill. It's great to have you visit and we appreciate your nice words. Dennis is a very generous man. One of the things I most admire about him. God bless.

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  16. Hi Nancy, What a beautiful blog - I'm a cottage lover too! I do another blog for the Shakespeare Garden in my hometown, you'll have to check that out sometime too! A real thatched cottage in South Dakota, if you can believe it! I'm joining up with your team of followers and if I must pick...#5,#6,and #11 would be at the top. They are all beautiful, your husband is very talented! Thanks for stopping by Sall's Country Life, happy to have you! Have a great day!

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    1. Thanks for stopping in and entering the giveaway. I did a search and found the Shakespeare Garden site. Beautiful! I read a little and if I've got it right the Shays who built the cottage patterned it after Anne Hathaway's cottage in England. I recently saw a photo of the Hathaway cottage and so was excited to see the Shay's cottage. Perhaps one day you could be a guest blogger on A Joyful Cottage and share with the readers about this unusual cottage. Let me know if that's something that would interest you. By the way, I am now following the Shakespeare Garden blog. Nice job.

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  17. I'm following and can't wait to see your Etsy shop. Although I'm particularly fond of still life and do love your husband's Veggie Still Life, I'm voting for #6, #11 and #4.

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    1. Thanks, Charade. So glad you made it here. God bless.

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  18. I pinned! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  19. I'm following on Networked Blogs also! Congrats on your new blog!

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  20. I'd become a follower, well, actually, I just did, even if you weren't having a giveaway. I'm trying my best to give away to thrift stores so much it's getting pathetic. They see hubby coming and run to help him. Squeeeeal!!!!
    xoxo,
    Connie

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    1. Connie, we'd love it if you would come back and choose 3 of your favorite prints from the ones we posted. If you do that we can enter you in the giveaway. If you win, you can always give away the print as a gift. At any rate, thank you for following. God bless.

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  21. Nancy,
    I was looking for a Christian artist blog and stumbled upon A Joyful Cottage's page for a giveaway! Needless to say, I'm very excited to learn more about your husband's art and to read your blog.
    My favorites are #6, #7, and #11
    I follow you on Networked Blogs and on GFC (as Elena V). Thank you so much!

    wildorchad@rambler.ru

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    1. I'm glad you found us, Elena. Glad to have you as a friend. I went to your site. It looks like your primarily list giveaways. Do you have a blog or other website? By the way, feel free to add our giveaway to your page. :) Thanks for stopping in and commenting. Much appreciated.

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  22. Pinned:

    http://pinterest.com/pin/36028865738922230/

    wildorchad@rambler.ru

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  23. I love them all, but I choose #3, #7 and #8. What a talented artist you have for a husband.

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    1. Thank you, Sue. I'm pretty happy to be his wife. :)

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    1. I'm not sure what happened to my other message. If it comes through just delete it.
      I was going to follow you even if there wasn't a giveway. Your husband's art is beautiful.
      I would choose 1,7,and 8. & reminds me of where my daughter got married. It was on a mountaintop in a teeny tiny chapel overlooking the Continental Divide near Estes Park. I travel to Colorado every 3 or 4 months to visit my children and little grandchildren. Where do you live in the mountain? Beautiful state to live in.
      I follow all blogs that have COZY and COTTAGE in their name. Come visit me at Cozy Blanket.

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    2. Debby, it's great to have you as a friend. We live in Estes Park. Would love to have you visit us next time you're in Colorado. I have another blog @ htto://joyfulaltitude.com where I have lots of photos and information about our place. Your daughter picked a beautiful place to marry. I wonder if she was married in St. Malo's Chapel on the Rocks, outside of Estes. I'm following your blog now. Love the quilt on your sofa. God bless.

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  26. I added your giveaway to the Great Giveaways section of my sidebar at Create With Joy!

    Perhaps my view is different because it's Sunday, but today, #7 Quite Time really caught my eye!

    Have a blessed day!

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  27. Nancy, how exciting (and probably a bit stressful) opening a gallery! His work is wonderful... I used to be a watercolorist selling large photo-realistic paintings of old one room schools and pioneer churches (but now 12 hour days five days a week have stopped that process, now I just take photos). My favs are - #1 Windbreakers, #2 Silver Plume Antique Shop, and #3 Poppies. How generous of you both to give one away!

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    1. Thank you, Madge, for taking the time to leave such a nice comment. It's interesting to see what fellow bloggers do and have done with their lives. God bless.

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  29. Nancy . . .
    I think I have found out my problem. I am on my lap top now instead of the iPad and I am not locking up. Apple says it is something between the font/script from one blog to another. I will have to check this out more.

    Your husband is a wonderful Artist and I would be thrilled/honored to receive one of his prints. I liked each one for different reasons but my final choices are 1,4 and 6.

    I enjoy your Joyful Cottage, love your header and look forward to more visits in the future!
    Love, Lynne

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    1. I'm glad you figured it out and made it over to my Joyful Cottage. :) Great to have you as a friend, Lynne.

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  30. Your header is stunning...it is about 2 degrees outside right now & when I saw your top image, it was suddenly a summer day.

    I would choose #2, #7 & #10...all are so appealing, but those 3 speak to me personally.

    So happy Lynn over Irish Cottage sent us over for a visit!
    I will return again.

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    1. Really glad Lynn steered you here. It's good to meet you. Thanks for your kind comments on the header. That is actually a photo I took of The Fawnbrook Inn in Allenspark, CO. My husband and I were married there two years ago. It's the most charming place and gardens. It has the beautiful cottage feel I love. I hope to see you here often. :) And thanks for entering the giveaway.

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  31. Hi Nancy,

    Thank you for your sweet comment and directing me to your blog and this giveaway. Your husband is so very talented!!! These are all so good. I would have to say that I think my 3 favorite are probably # 6, 7, and 11. I just followed via GFC, but I am not set up on Networked Blogs. I don't know if I told you before...but, my husband is from Colorado and this lets me know why he loves it SO MUCH!!! This is such a wonderful thing you and your husband are doing...blessings,

    Erin @ Chronic Christian Crafter

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    1. Good to have you stop by, Erin. I enjoy your blog, as well. God bless.

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  32. Nancy,

    I also pinned it...here it is:

    http://pinterest.com/pin/100205160428988601

    Erin

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  33. Nancy ~ Again I was reminded of Dennis' amazing talent! Wow! I regret that I never got the chance to actually sit and watch his process as he paints.
    My votes are for #1, #6 and #9.
    This blog is precious and so you! Love it!
    Hug!
    Linda

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    1. Thanks for joining in the fun, Linda, and for our sweet comments. Miss you.

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  34. I'm following on both GFC and Networked Blogs!

    My favorites are 11, 6 and 4! They are all beautiful!

    octoberthings at gmail dot com

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  35. I pinned this giveaway:
    http://pinterest.com/pin/246712885806903470/

    octoberthings at gmail dot com

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  36. tweeted about the giveaway:
    https://twitter.com/#!/octoberthings/status/176696460157517824

    octoberthings at gmail dot com

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  37. I shared on FB:
    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=260307427383923&id=100002869910844

    octoberthings at gmail dot com

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    1. Great to have you join the fun! Thank for participating.

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  38. Hello Nancy,
    I found your blog while viewing your comment on A Country Farmhouse. I've become a follower. Love your husband's work, especially Poppies, Wind Breakers and Winery. Best of luck to you both in your Etsy shop.
    Candice

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    1. Thank you so much, Candice. Glad you found us and happy to have you as a friend

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  39. Beautiful watercolors. My favorites are #5, #7, and #8. I am following with GFC. Wishing you much luck with your Etsy shop.

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