Rare Bird Boutique Giveaway!


Rare Bird Boutique, my vintage shop, is having a giveaway for a $10 shop credit. You can use the credit in my Etsy or Instagram shops! Contest runs 6/15 through 6/23/2014, ending by 6/24.

Click here for more details and to enter: a Rafflecopter giveaway.

Good luck!

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“Sharing the Love” Surprise Giveaway Winner Is…


**Ding ding ding! We have a winnah!**

Congratulations to Chasity B. for entering my giveaway and earning a $20 shop credit to Rare Bird Boutique. Have fun shopping!

Also, I want to thank you all for participating in my contest, following my FB page, Grateful Pets Rescue‘s FB page, my Twitter and for all of the feedback. You deserve something in return. Please be sure to use discount code THANKYOU10 for 10% off your next purchase at checkout.

Now, stay tuned for more contests in the near future. SHaRinG the LoVe is what I do!


Surprise 2012! I’m having a Giveaway…

    ***This giveaway is no longer accepting entries***


Ends at midnight on 7/25 (EST). Get a jump start by entering now!

Yep, I decided to “Share the Love” by giving away a $20 credit to my shop, Rare Bird Boutique. I am also sharing the love by promoting my friend’s page: Grateful Pets Rescue. You can gain extra entries in the contest by visiting their page! See contest details…


 a Rafflecopter giveaway


go to my Facebook page and click the “Giveaway” app, up top.

I know it’s been quiet this year, but for the sake of the animals, I wanted to promote the pups and get the word out. It can benefit you by earning a chance to win a $20 credit towards some great vintage.

Good Luck!

A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words – Giveaway

***This giveaway is no longer accepting entries***

Summer is almost over and there has not been one giveaway! Have no fear, one is near… like starting today!

Thanks to Etsy shop Photoz by Gary, my father-in-law by the way, he will be sponsoring this summer’s only giveaway. Gary’s shop offers “a variety of digital images and photography services” plus as of recent, has now expanded to include vintage items. Now, on to the prize! You will have your pick of 1 out of the 6 Custom Photography Services available – all at a $10 value. You will receive a high quality digital image to print as many times as you want, anywhere you want. This would be great for Save the Date & Birth Announcements, Custom Greeting/Christmas Cards, Photo Restoration, and more!

(See contest rules at the end of this post.)

Photo Restoration

Custom Announcement – Birth, Save the Date, Your Choice!

Even though I know my subject quite well, I did a Q&A with Gary so you can find out more about him and Photoz by Gary.


MELANIE: Welcome to “Hand on Hip” Gary! Why don’t you tell everyone a little bit about yourself.

PHOTOZ BY GARY: I’ve been doing photography and photo editing for about 12 years now. I’ve worked professionally as a portrait and sports photographer. I like all kinds of photography; portraits, nature, landscapes, sports, etc. I love catching that unique expression in people and animals that tells the character and mood of the subject.

MELANIE: How did you get started in photography?

PHOTOZ BY GARY: I got started with photography as an outlet to the stress I have in my management career. The more I did, the more I found it to be relaxing and a way to refocus my mind on something other than work.

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MELANIE: What is your inspiration/motivation for taking pictures and editing them?

PHOTOZ BY GARY: In photography, my goals are different depending on the type of work I’m doing. When taking/editing portraits, my goal is to show the subject in a way that shows their personality; someone’s expression, their smile and most importantly their eyes. When doing most other types of photography, I’m telling a story about the scene or image in a way that draws the viewer into the picture. I always try to encourage viewers (with the photograph) to linger when looking at the image. Something about the image must draw and keep their attention.

MELANIE: Give us a brief description of your Etsy shop and what it offers.

PHOTOZ BY GARY: My shop offers a variety of photography styles and services. Shoppers can buy one of my images or allow me the privilege of creating, enhancing or restoring their photograph(s). I have vintage post cards which can be customized to meet anyone’s needs; birthday, anniversary, party invitation or announcement of a new baby arrival. In addition, I’ve recently begun to offer a variety of vintage items as well; books, albums, china, furniture, etc. I love to find deals and share them with my customers. One of my pastimes is antiquing. I love seeing the craftsmanship and differences in style.

I hope you enjoy my Etsy shop, Photoz by Gary!

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Thanks again to Gary, my father-in-law and shop owner of Photoz by Gary! Be sure to check out his other photography, custom cards & invitations as well as his vintage items too. Now that you have kindly read the interview, here is how you can enter the contest to win 1 out of the 6 Custom Photography ServicesYour choice at a $10 value!

There is ONE way to enter, choosing from options 1, 2, OR 3:

1) Go to Photoz by Gary and pick out your favorite item, heart it, then comment with the name of the item here.

2) Follow Gary on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know your Twitter name and that you followed him. (I will check. So please, no cheating!)

3) Comment on this post with the words: “A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words“.

…and be sure to show your Etsy love and support by adding this seller to your favorite shops list! Easy as that.

This giveaway will begin as soon as this is posted (8/22/11) and will end on 8/29/2011 at 7 pm CST. One winner will be selected using random.org and will be announced in a post at the end of the contest. One entry per person is permitted. Prize ships anywhere in the world! *Email addresses are appreciated so that I can contact a winner!

Happy shopping, have fun, and good luck!