Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Art Pieces + Jewelry + Book . . .Give-Away!

"Garden Hat"

This watercolor print will be mounted on canvas board,
with a ribbon hanger and glitter embellishments
"Glitter Shoes"
Glitter embellished photograph
~ shoe and edges are covered in sparkly glitter ~
( both pieces are 5"x7" )
-... and below ...
A silver STARFISH necklace

... just because I bought an extra and have been enjoying
mine so much all summer, I wanted to share ...
~ and ~-

Another fabulous find!
The book, "New Cottage Style"

I just had to have this book, and got an extra to give away!

Four things to share with you

... just because ...
I appreciate you stopping by for a visit,
to look around at my random thoughts and acts of

And because the wonderful Kathleen Ellis
requested to interview me, and we thought it would be
fun to include a give-away to our readers.

Kathleen , of Lifestyle Design, is an interior decorator,
speaker, writer and TV personality, and specializes in inspiring
beauty. She believes our unique sense of style should be reflected
in our life choices, wardrobe and home.

She has a passion for creating romance, beauty and elegance,
and inspires and motivates women to dream
and to create a beautiful life.
She has been featured in several publications
including Romantic Homes, and it is such an honor that she
would want to feature me in an interview.
Her questions were delightful to answer.
If you would like to read the interview, here is a link:
Kathleen Ellis INTERVIEW

-To enter my give-away(s) ~ all you have to do is
leave me a comment. You don't have to become a follower,
but if you want to that would be fabulous!

-Someone around here will put on a blindfold
or maybe just close their eyes real tight
and grab some numbers out of a hat.
Or a bowl. Or a bag.
Or a tea-cup,
depending on how many people leave comments!
(I do hope it needs to be bigger than a tea-cup)
(the process is very hi-tech)

-On Tuesday morning (July 27) I will announce the winners.
(and try to get the glitter out of my keyboard)
Your Glittery Friend,
and don't forget Kathleen's interview!
~ here's the link again ~
If you want to enter the give-away and don't have a blog,
please leave your email address with your comment
so I can contact you if you are a winner.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I'M HERE!!! OH I AM SO EXCITED I CAN HARDLY TYPE!!! And the interview...well, I must go NOW and see this! YOU DIDN'T MENTION THIS! WOOOOOOOO! Put me down, NOW! :)

Everything is just awesome.

Lorrie said...

Kathleen's newsletter arrived in my email box this morning, and when I came to the interview with Violet Skiles, I thought "I know her!" It was fun reading the interview. Congratulations.

Your giveaway is drop.dead.gorgeous.

Janelle said...

Art pieces, jewelry and a book! Count me in.
Best wishes.

Kathleen Ellis said...

Oh, Violet...what a wonderfully generous giveaway you have put together! I can hardly wait to see who the lucky winners will be!
<3 Kathleen

designer, April Force Pardoe, said...

I loved your interview with Kathleen. Your art and approach to life is beautiful!

YourTeaLife said...

So lovely to meet you. Many thanks to Kathleen for introducing you to all of us. I thoroughly enjoyed the interview. Looking forward to following your blog. Also thanks for the opportunity to win the "giveaway"!

Melissa Ellison said...

I so enjoy the "getaway moments" in the middle of my hectic day that come from the blogs and posts like yours and Kathleen's filled with beautiful thoughts, creative ideas, yummy recipes, and inspiring tidbits of wisdom. Thank you!

Georgia said...

Violet! I just came from reading your interview with Kathleen! What fun to get to know a little about you. I do love your watercolors and would be so thrilled to receive one as a prize...or any of the other treasures mentioned!
Please add my name to the drawing....I will be adding myself to your list of followers and will be visiting often!
Thank you for this opportunity to win an awesome treasure!

Grandma G's

BLiSsAngELs said...

YOu have been interviewed, that wonderful I'm so pleased for you I will go read it now, thanks for sharing your good news Hugs Wendy at Blissangels

Kate said...

Oh Violet -- such exciting news! And your "hat piece" is stunning -- but I'm a fan of whatever you do!

Dianne said...

ok, i'm in!! love the starfish necklace, in particular! :-) but they're all gorgeous, my friend. :-)

Charlene said...

Violet sweetie 4 marvelous items to Give Away........ WOW! You are the most generous sweet soul around. I would LOVE to enter your giveaway. Oh the starfish is right up my mermaid alley right now. I had to laugh about your technical way of drawing. That's mine too. :) I will check out your interview. I'm sure it's GRAND. Thanks for the sweet comments about my post on the Mermaid Weekend I just went to. Sooooooooo magical. And a girl can never have too much magic in her life can she? HUGS! Charlene

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Hi dear friend!! What wonderful news to have been interviewed by Kathleen! I am so very excited for you - jumping up and down in JOY for YOU!

I would love to be added to the list for your gorgeous giveaway. Infact, I will do a little post about it as well.

Off for the weekend but will catch up with you soon. xoxo becky

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

I just read of your kindness to my dear friend, Becky.

God Bless You.

Miss Jean said...

I'd love to enter the give-away. Your work is beautiful.

Thank you for giving my dear friend Becky such a wonderful gift!!!

Loui♥ said...

Having just come from Violet's blog " Sweet Cottage Dreams", and seeing your beautiful work, I just had to come and see more!
please enter me in this fabulous giveaway..would dearly love being the winner!
am becoming a follower!!
love your work!!
warm sandy hugs

Kathleen Grace said...

I just came from Becky's blog, what a beautiful thing you did for her! I am so pleased to meet you. Your blog is lovely and your work is outstanding:>) I will be adding you to my favorites:>)

Cherry Chick said...

I, too, came via Sweet Cottage Dreams. What a wonderful gift you made for her and all of us who she shared her intimite and heartfelt gift with. What a special friend you must be.
Your interview was delighful and I'm so happy for your success. Thanks so much for making the world a much more beautiful place.
♥•.*.Thank you.*.•♥
♥•.*.from Vicki.*.•♥

Tins and Treasures said...

Your work is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for entering my name into your generous give away.

I enjoyed getting to know you better through your interview.
Have a fabulous Friday. ~Natalie

La said...

Hello Violet.

I'm visiting from Sweet Cottage Dreams where Becky shared the lovely and thoughtful gift you gave her.

Your work is beautiful. Ccongratulations on the interview.

I would love to be included in your giveaway.

Helen said...

I would love to be included in your generous giveaway!

aunthoney at frontiernet dot net

Skoots1moM said...

I soooo want your studio...beautiful!
One day...

Please add me to your giveaway! what fun...thanks!

Skoots1moM said...

your beautiful digital painting for Becky was sooo beautiful and touching...what a blessing you gave she and her husband!

Captain Hook and Lady Crochet said...

I just found your blog. I wandered over from Sweet Cottage Dreams. I gotta tell you...I am so happy I did! I am really enjoying your blog and website! It is inspiring to makes me want to get motivated to start creating my paintings and stained glass again! What a wonderful give-away! Count me in!!! All of these are so wonderful....especially that necklace. It reminds me of my Uncle Bill's home in Florida. Oh how I miss him..and his home. :0) I cannot wait to hear more from you!
Have a Blessed Day!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Hi Violet,
I am here via Becky's blog. What a loving gesture painting that photograph for her and her family. It was beautiful.

Thank you for this wonderful giveaway too! Well, I am off to read some of your past posts...

Thanks again!

Caryl said...

Violet your work is always so fresh and pretty. Just love it. Wish I could do water colours.

Unknown said...

Kathleen Ellis penned it correctly when she described you as Creator and REFLECTION of beauty. You are not only beautiful on the inside, but you allow the Light in you to be reflected outward.
I've always loved beautiful things and thought it was the extravagant part of my life. Reading the quote from John Eldrege's book enlightened me to the idea that it's a NECESSARY part of my life! And it helped me understand better why the painting you gave me of the irises and the Helen Keller quote brought so much comfort and healing when life was so hurtful 26 years ago. That's why I can't bear to give it away, even though your talents have been so honed over the years that you roll your eyes when I mention that painting.
Good job on the interview! Not only did I think all your answers were interesting, they are also very true to you.

Unknown said...

I will feel guilty if I win one of the giveaways, since I already am favored with so many of your beautiful creations! I might be able to over-ride that guilt . . .

Unknown said...

Hi, I also came over from Sweet Cottage Dreams.....I am so happy to enter your giveaway.
When I read what Becky wrote about the incredible gift you gave their family, I just cried.....what a wonderful memory for them all!

Deanna said...

Beautiful work! I just stumbled across your site and am feeling very lucky right now. I would love a giveaway--that starfish necklace would be a perfect christmas present for my daughter, but the flower print--my mother would love that and....well you get the idea. Any and all would have a happy home. Thanks!

Joan said...

You are truly inspiring!!! I love your art!
My daughter's name is Violet too named after her granma:)

Ginny said...

I just wanted to tell you how beautiful the picture of Becky and her son was. It made me weep. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. Your work is lovely.

BrushedByAnAngel said...

I just came from Kathleen's blog and she was so right. Your art work is beautiful and the give away is wonderful and very generous. I will become a follower, I want to see what you plan to do in the future with your art.

Elsie said...

I would love to be included in your giveaway. Sweet Becky steered my your way. Love your work.":O)

Dana@AdoptionJourney said...

What a nice giveaway! Thanks for sharing and I sure hope I win something.

Debby said...

Beautiful blog. Such a nice give a way. You do such beautiful and thoughtful work

Becky Garrison said...

How wonderful!!! I love all your goodies, and the interview is very nice. Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Your hearfelt gift for Becky at Sweet Cottage Dreams is so beautiful. What a very good friend she has in you.. Louise

Peggy said...

It's nice to be introduced to a new blog and yours is lovely. Your art is amazing. I'd be proud to have it hanging in my home..count me in. Peggy from Pa

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

VIOLET!!!!! I cannot wait to see your BOOTS! I thought of you all day long, knowing that you were out kicking up your heels, enjoying the waterside, being with your Mr. and HUNTING FOR FUN THINGS!!! Isn't Nancy's work just lovely? Her works make me stop and carefully strategize HOW to embellish...or to not takes a talented person to make me restrain my hands, the hands that love to SHAKE ON THE GLITTER like salt onto a plateful of food!

Looking forward to seeing what you have going on......


Kate said...

Just found your beautiful blog. Lucky me you are having a giveaway. I am adding your blog to my list of favorites.


scottylover said...

Oh how gorgeous! I just saw your work over at the Sweet Cottage Dreams blog and had to come look. So happy I did!

Sandy A

Michle said...

What lovely work you do. I came by to visit after reading about you on Sweet Cottage Dreams. Thank you for the giveaway.

Old Machala Farm

Marilyn said...

Very pretty things to give away. Thank you for being so generous! I'd certainly like to be included in the drawing! ♥♫

ledamewood said...

Your work is amazing. And what a generous giveaway.

Gayla said...

Lovely and special!! I am thrilled to find your beautiful blog, the greatest gift... but enter me in the giveaway, too!!!! Your sweet picture of Jordan is so pretty. How kind of you and touching...

The Odd Bird said...

I'm new to your blog. I found it through Sweet Cottage Dreams. Your work is beautiful. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway.

Anonymous said...

I came by Via Kathleen's blog. Who wouldn't want to follow this lovely blog?? I sure do!!

Looking forward to reading more blog entries that I have missed! I am off now!

Oh please do enter me in the fantastic giveaway you are having!

bee blessed

Mystical Gypsy said...

Violet, that was so fun to read more about you! I never dreamed I could actually correspond with the artist who painted the 2 lovely afghan prints I asked for as a birthday gift a few years ago & are now proudly displayed in my office. The blogosphere is a wonderful place. I can't wait to see your crown series!!!! Connie

Deborah said...

I was just visiting Becky and I wanted to say hi and to thank you for your thoughtfullness to her..the painting of her precious son is so are not only gifted in creativity but so kind as well...
may He bless you abundantly for your sweet, loving heart for Becky.
Im following you, and your treasures are gorgeous! I love starfish and anything coastal!!

xo Deborah

Christy said...

I found you through Sweet Cottage Dreams, what a lovely gesture you gave her. I will enjoy catching up on your blog. Christy over at

Lena said...

What a great giveaway count me in please. Your work is beautiful.Lena

Linda said...

Wow, what a beautiful blog. This is the first time I visited you, found you from Sweet Cottage Dreams. That was so sweet what you did for her!

Valerie said...

Good Morning from sunny southern Manitoba! SO GLAD I found your fab. blog...thru 'Sweet Cottage Dreams'!! What a fabulous artist you are! I am now a follower of YOURS! Cheers, sincerely, Valerie.

Suzie Button said...

Such a generous and gorgeous giveaway! Thank you so much! I came over from Sweet Cottage Dreams and I must tell you how wonderful her posting was on the artwork you made for her was of her beloved son Jordan. I'm crying away, but it's tears of knowing the blessing you must have brought her with your wonderful gift! Suzie

Trish D said...

Ooh, such wonderful goodies - I love that shoe print :) Thanks for the chance!

Judith Tetley said...

Oh keep still my beating heart!! what a joy it has been to spend the last hour reading your blog Violet. I adore your dogs and giggle at their willingness to pose so nicely for you (all of the time...right!) Your talent is amazing and inspirational and I love how you "ground" your work with words from "our maker".
Kind Regards
Judith from Australia

Marander Studios said...

Violet, what exquisite images your create ~ it was a pleasure to visit your website and your blog. Please enter my name for the giveaway ... how proud I would be to own a piece of your artwork. Thank you so much for opening this up to your readers and followers. God has truly blessed you!

Privet and Holly said...

Dear sweet Violet,
First, a big
THANK YOU for your
always lovely and
heartfelt comments
on P&H, most especially
your last one about
my friend Kathleen's
journey with breast
cancer. Your words
meant so much to both
of us ~ she has read
every one and it has
been such a comfort.
Now, your interview!
I am popping over there
to have a look. VERY
exciting and very much
deserved; your blog
is full of beauty and
creativity. And, your
giveaway!!! Of course,
I follow, and you know
I'd love to win.
Crossing my fingers......!
Big hugs to you, today : )
xx Suzanne

The Tattered Cottage said...

Violet -
So happy to meet you. Stopped by via Sweet Cottage Dreams. What a beautiful gift you gave sweet Becky! So touching, so lovely, so perfect. I would love to be entered into your giveaway. I'm off to visit with you a little while.

Michele said...

Your work is amazing and this giveaway is stupendous!!! I am a follower and I would be ecstatic to win this!!! Please enter me.


Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

You're not only beautiful, but generosity over the top! What lovely things you're offering to give away!

Will check out the interview!

Happy Day.............

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Hello Violet its so nice to meet an Afghan Hound lover. A few years ago I had 4 living with me and enjoyed every minute of their craziness and joy for life! I would love to have another as part of my life I adore them. At the moment I live with 2 cats.
Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Lemon Lane Studio said...

Congratulations. I can't wait to go over and read the interview. I'm your 100th follower!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Violet,
I found through Becky, I am so glad I stopped over for a visit. I love your blog and you are one talented lady. Your water color is amazing. I so wish I could paint. But I will just have to admire your beautiful work.
Please drop my name into the hat. I have become a follower.
Hugs, Elizabeth

Diana Clark said...

Beautiful work, love your dogs !
I got here by the way of Sweet Cottage Dreams,that was heart wrenching. The glitter shoe pic would look perfect in my Wizard of Oz room !
I will add this to my blog list!

Heather Lee said...

I was introduced to your blog through Sweet Cottage Dreams and instantly fell in love with your work. Please enter me in your giveaway!

God Bless,

Marilyn said...

I love your blog. I was blog hopping and found you through Caryl's blog. I enjoyed your interview with Kathleen too. I agree with you I'd much rather blog hop in the morning than read the paper (so depressing).
You put beauty In my life today, and I'm sure you did in many others as well. Thanks.

D. Jean Quarles said...

What a wonderful giveaway. I'm your newest follower. Have a great week.

Katie said...

I just found your blog and I adore it. It is very inspiring. I love how you have incorporated scripture into your beautiful art. Can't wait to continue to follow your blog.

Elizabeth said...

awesome giveaway! awesome blog!

Jocelyn said...

Beautiful giveaway! I have come over from Becky's blog. I am so pleased to find you. Thanks so much for including me in your sweet giveaway.

Sandy said...

I just discovered your blog and I'm too late for the giveaway. I love your work. As a Decorative painter, I appreciate art,painting, sketching etc. I'm going to add you to my blog list on my blog.
Sandy from:
Love ya to stitches

busyascanbe said...

What a wonderful give away. Thank you so much for sharing. Hope you day is full of smiles.

Marcia said...

Came upon your blog from Sweet Cottage your work.