Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Maddy picks THE Winners (and shows you ANOTHER new nest design!)

The big day is finally HERE!! I have been overwhelmed with the amazing responses and your sweet words about the nests. To date, there were 275 entries in this contest - it is almost unbelievable that so many people would want to own one of my little nest creations~~




I was recently commissioned by one of our local photographers to create a baby photo prop - a nest/cocoon that could be used to take photos of newborn babies. Always up for a new challenge I agreed to try my hand at creating a really BIG nest!

The nest measures a circumference of 32 inches and is 7 inches tall. It stretches to allow a newborn baby to lay inside for photos. The stretched cocoon measurements are approximately 23-24 inches in length. There is plenty of room for an infant to lay comfortably.



Maddy girl used this baby photo prop nest to hold all the entries in the contest. We placed numbers 1-275 in this BIG nest!







She had a grand time playing with this nest! She was all about drawing a winner from this "big" nest!



First - she had to mix up all the numbers really good! (That's her favorite part! ) At least she doesn't dump all the numbers out anymore! No more chasing those wind blown pieces of paper across the yard!



She said, "here comes the winner Aunt Vicki~~"! (Maddy girl is wearing a new outfit that her Auntie Vicki gave her for Easter. Doesn't she look pretty?)




Drum roll please~~



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Lucky number 38! The winner of the Spring nest is Connie from Connie Eyberg Originals. Congratulations Connie - this is YOUR lucky day! (Please send me an email with your mailing address!)
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And the winner of the Anthropologie embroidered tea towel is Dulcy from Dulcysdoorstep.
Thank you Dulcy and to everyone who was so kind to post about my contest. (Please email me with your mailing address!)


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For those of you who wanted to win - (but didn't) - there will be more nest give aways later this year I promise!


These photography nest/cocoons will be in my Etsy shop soon. They can be purchased by special order only and you will need to allow a minimum of 3 weeks for me to create this design. I am anxiously awaiting the professional photographs taken with the babies - I will be excited to show those to you!




Maddy wants to show you how the nest looks "all dressed up" as a regular nest. If you want to make a real statement in your decor - this would do it for sure. My friend Mary borrowed this nest and filled it with Easter eggs - she displayed it on her dining room table - it was gorgeous! So the possibilities are endless~~

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If you have noticed that I have not been around lately it is because the Gardener and I have been traveling (again!). We have just returned from a fabulous trip to the Canadian Rockies where we visited Calgary, Banff and Lake Louise. The Canadian Rockies must surely be one of the most beautiful places that God ever created~~ I can hardly wait to show you the beautiful photos. I am working on those photos now - (we have only been home for about 48 hours!!)


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Thank you all so much for the amazing response to this nest give away. I am so touched that so many of you would want my little creations. The emails and comments that you sent to me were truly touching and they have meant the world to me. I want to share with you the little note that my friend Deb from Mosiac Magpie sent to me last night~~


"I just went over to visit the nesting post. Vicki - you have 275 entries on that post!!! With that kind of interest - You need to quit your day job and become a bird!"




(Deb - I am still laughing over that one!)

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I will leave you with a sneak peek of our recent trip to the Canadian Rockies~



Vicki


43 comments:

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Maddy is AAAdorable, congratulations to the winners.
Vicki, your pattern came and I'm deciding which stash yarn to use. Thank you so much for your kindness; even if I don't get a chance to knit for a while, I still think of you and tuck you into prayer.
God bless you.

dulcy said...

YIPPEE! I'm so excited! I love all things Anthropologie. Thanks Vicki for such a generous giveaway. I'll email you my address. I've been checking your blog for sometime now, and love your work, and your amazing travelogue. Thanks again!
xo
dulcy

nancarts said...

This is the biggest nest I've ever seen and the most beautiful! I can just see a baby in it. Amazing!
You do a lot of traveling and your pics are breathtaking! Thanks for sharing with those of us who aren't world travelers.
Maddy is adorable!

Smiles, Blessings, and Peace,
Nancy

Createology said...

Congratulations winners. Maddy is just too cute and looks adorable in her outfit from Aunt Vicki. This larger nest for baby photo ops is just perfect. Great idea and execution. Happy knitting nests...

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Oh my goodness!!! Really? I won't be able to sleep I'm so excited! Thank you so much! Give Maddy a big hug for me too for drawing my name. Love the huge nest idea also. I still can't believe I won. The only time I usually win is if I am the only name in the hat ~ lol. Thank you!!!

Retired Knitter said...

How absolutely wonderful. I enjoyed watching the drawing ... what a wonderful little child. But you need to know ... children ALWAYS upstage anything else in the picture. The nest was beautiful but the child was priceless.

Karen said...

Congratulations to the lucky winners! I can't believe how big maddy girl is getting. She looks so cute in her outfit. I just noticed the photo on your sidebar of the little knitted skirt you made for Keri Beth. Super cute! I'm gonna check out the pattern. Glad to hear you and the Gardner have been out and about, looking forward to the pics:)

Dorthe said...

Dearest Vicki,
someone is very happy now- congratulations to the winners.
--I can`t believe you made that wonderful big nest- sweet, it looks gorgeus, and will look even more with a sweet new born inside-fantastic,-I so understand sweet Maddy loves it- she is a cuty in her new dress.
Big hug to you-
Dorthe

PoetessWug said...

Congratulations to the winners!....I'll be waiting for the Canadian Rockies photos!! The teaser photo looks breath-taking!

myriamkreativ said...

Hi my dear friend,
*shriiiiek* isn`t that gorgeous???? What a wonderful real big nest. I bet the photos with the babies will be fantastic... what a good idea! Maddy looks fantastic in her dress and I hope you will have great time travelling. Hugs & love Myriam

Plays with Needles said...

So many beautiful things here today. The BIG nest is amazing -- what a great idea to photograph a newborn in one of your nests! I can't wait to see the pics either! It turned out beautifully! And Maddy as your helper is too too sweet. She is already quite the helper isn't she?

Glad you've been traveling and enjoying your life. That pic is unbelievable. Be well and keep having fun, xo Susan

Silke said...

OMG, Vicki, that little Maddy is soooo cute!! And congrats to the lucky winners! I know first hand how much happiness your little nests bring - I LOVE the two I have!! That big nest is gorgeous, Vicki! How long did it take you to make?

And...you are reminding me of visiting exactly the areas you went to in Canada 26 years ago this summer with my mother. One of the most glorious places, don't you think?

Much love to you!! Silke

mybabyjohn said...

Congratulations to the winners. The BIG nest is a baby photographers dream.

MosaicMagpie said...

This was all too much fun. Congratulations to my friend Connie!!! Love the larger photography nest prop. Vicki, I think you have some feathers growing there on your cheek.
Deb

SuZeQ said...

Commissioned? Baby Photo Prop? Wahoo! Way to go, Vicki. I'm proud of you. Doesn't it feel good? I cannot wait to see newly-hatched/born babies adorning your beautiful nest. And my, how your contest picker has grown ... she's become quite the young lady. Give her a little hug from me! Anxious to see all the photos from this latest excursion ...

T's Daily Treasures said...

That Maddy is adorable and certainly takes her name picking job very seriously. :) Congrats to the winner of your lovely nest. and how wonderful that you have created by request a bigger one for infant photos. I think Anne Geddes will be calling you next. That last photo is magnificent! No doubt you had a fabulous trip. Best wishes, Tammy

susan jenkins said...

What a darling child!!The big nest is awesome!! Looking forward to seeing the photographs of your wonderful trip!
will be looking for your new on Etsy!!
xxSusan

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Vicki, I sure would love to see a picture of a baby in that nest!What a fabulous idea.
And Maddy's outfit is darling~
xx
julie

Paula said...

A hardy congratulations to both winners! WOW, what a gorgeous nest!
Vicki, my mom and dad were just here for a long weekend visit and I was able to finally present them with their nest! It was part of their 48th anniversary gift! Mom was over-the-moon, tickled pink to have one of your creations! :)

Wishing you and the Gardner a blessed and beautiful holiday weekend! Warmest of hugs, I send your way!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Vicki,

Congratulations to the winners! I know Connie is going to adore her nest..I love mine so much and look at everyday.
My goodness Vicki the baby nest is amazing and it so darn sweet!
Your hands are always busy making the most precious nests..
Have a sweet day and big hugs, Elizabeth

RobinBirdsNest said...

the big nest is awesome!!

Bumpkin Bears said...

what a cute idea to nestle a baby in the nest! Little Maddy is growing beautifully :) I too visited those areas of Canada a few years back, it is so stunning. Hugs, Catherine x

Petite Michelle Louise said...

congratulations to the lucky winers. that nest is soooooooooo beautiful! how sweet to be able to have your baby's picture taken in one!! can't wait to see the newest "collection! " ;)

Sea Angels said...

How very very lovely ....your beautiful designs just get more beautiful Vicki...
Have a wonderful weekend you lovely lady xxxx
Hugs Lynn xxxxx

Jeanie said...

Maddie is simply adorable! Congratulations to all!

And I look forward to more lovely photos like that last one you showed of your travels!

Lili said...

Maddy is growing up so fast right before our eyes! Such a pretty little girl, I just love her poses and expressions. Vicki you will be famous with that prop nest for newborns, I can't wait to see some images with them! That nest is simply stunning! And that image from your recent trip WOW! Congrats to the lucky winners of your giveaway. xoxo ~Lili

Sharon said...

Miss Maddy is a charmer and her outfit is wonderful. As is the giant nest. What a project that must have been. Congrats to the winners too. So you were in the Rockies, Gods country. I wish you could have dropped down to Seattle area so I could give you a big hug for my gorgeous necklace. I can't wait to see your pictures. Hugs, Sharon

Jo said...

Maddy is becoming an expert at picking winners. And what a adorable little outfit she is wearing:)

Esme said...

Maddy is so cute-that is amazing 275 entries-I can see why everyone wants a nest.

Enjoy your day.

A time to dance said...

I am in love with your nests...do you sell them on etsy? I would love to buy one...love and hugs Helen

Lois Evensen said...

Congratulations to the winner! What a wonderful prize. :))

Hugs,
Lois

Michela said...

Congratulations to the lucky winner! Looking forward to admiring your last travel pictures!!!
Thank you for your very kind comments on my blog :)

Bonjade said...

Oh no.....did I missed this...?
Such beautiful art you make!!!
And how I love little Maddy she is just like an angel.......
Oh I am so sorry that I have missed this.....georgeous art!
I hope I can join in next time
Congratulations for the lucky one.

Thanks for your lovely reaction at my blog, you made me smile.
Fine new week

Mila said...

Ciao Vicki & thanks sooo much for your sweet note :)!
Maddy is a wonderful pretty baby!
Congrats to the very, very lucky winner!
Sending Smiles,
Mila :)

sophie...^5 said...

Maddy is the best number picker ever...absotootly beautiful nest....I kind feel the softness...NOW...waiting for the pictures from my country in the Cdn Rockies...we cycled these in 1980! Loved it!

myriamkreativ said...

Hi Vicki,
after some really hot days every plant in my yard is yearning for water.... for the afternoon there is some rain announced....we will see... otherwise I will have to water for another hour *sigh*.
Hugs Myriam

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Vicki,
Congratulations to the winners. Your nest are so charming. I can see why the photographer wanted one to use as a prop for babies. Adorable - Maddy is also adorable.
Have a lovely week.
Blessings,
Erin

Joy said...

Maddy looks so sweet! Congratulations to the winners.

Zuzu said...

OhMyGoodness, Maddy is such a cutie pie! Congratulations to the winners! :)

Wishing you & yours a very lovely day,
Zuzu

the fishermans cottage said...

Your nests are wonderful, I don't think I have every seen anything like that before and I loved that comment by Deb lol x

suziqu's thread works said...

I think Maddy looks like the winner!
Congratulations to the two real
winners and to you Vicki for giving us the chance to win!
Hugs from Suzy

Kathy said...

Hello sweet friend!
Still having trouble leaving comments....hoping this clicks!
Your travels look fabulous, I love how you both get so much traveling time in.
Keep it up and thanks for documenting so well!
The GIANT nest is a wowzer!!!!
My daughter the photographer would lose her marbles over that!
Wonderful job...
Maddy girl...STOP growing!
Congratulation Dulcy!
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Elaine said...

Mandy sure is a cutie! I love Banff and Calgary. Nice trip!