Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Surprise Give-Away Coming Up for 200th

My next post will be my 200th! Nobody could be more surprised than me that I have made it this long. When I first started blogging in 2006 I wasn't sure what direction this blog would take, and I certainly never dreamed that it could be a source of real meaningful friendships and now partnerships, through Book*Art*Object.

I am so grateful to everyone who has visited my blog, whether that has been a once-only visit, an intermittent drop-by, or the wonderful supportive group who visit me regularly. It is a chance for me to show what I've been up to and to receive valuable feedback on my work. I've been able to share some of the techniques I've learned along the way, and the sense of being able to contribute something, despite my illness has meant so much to me. I am particularly touched by the kindness and support I've felt from some very regular commenters, especially at times of high stress or very low energy.

So to let you know how much I appreciate you all, I've decided to have a Surprise Give-Away to celebrate my 200th Post. There will be three special gifts going out to Three Special People who leave a comment for me on this post between now and midday Sunday 18th April, Australian Eastern Time. At that time I'll use this random list generator to select the three winners. You can compare times here, if you want to know how the times compare in your area.

So go on, give yourself a chance to win, and me a chance to thank you, by leaving a comment now. I'd love to know what drew you to visit me in the first place or why you choose to come back. But most importantly, make sure you leave me an email so I can contact you if you win. Good luck!

Post Script: Sunday 18th
Okay that's it folks - it's 12:07pm and I'm closing the comments for the draw!
I'll be back soon with the results.


  1. how great that you're reaching post number 200..... I'm just as touched as yourself with the friendships I've formed via B*A*O project and blogginess in general - I'm looking forward to hanging around here for another 200 posts!

  2. 200! Congratulations :-)

    I first found your blog in a google search on printing, I think. In any case, what caught my initial interest was your experiment with printing with a pasta machine. It was such a charming idea!
    What kept me coming back here? I guess I like your honest approach in this blog, telling us about reached goals as well as draw backs.

    But most of all I adore your work! I hope we'll see your reach the 400th mark at well!

  3. 200! Well done. Especially in sometimes trying circumstances.
    Like Hilke, I was intrigued by the pasta printer.(A friend started out with a re-vamped washing machine wringer.)
    Keep 'em coming.

  4. congrats! I first came to your blog because I saw you made artists' books and they are my passion - after coming a few times I realised how good you are at writing an interesting blog with good images and showing off your wonderful creativity - I alwasy look forward to your next post which is normally full of your art experiemnts and successes. well done, keep it up.

  5. Well I'm not really commenting in case I win anything but just to congratulate you on your 200th anniversary !

    I can't remember how I found you but I quickly discovered that we had a variety of interests and jobs in common and then I was in awe of the fact that you were working so hard at your course...particularly in, sometimes, very trying circumstances.

    So congratulations on all you've achieved so far and all that I'm sure you will have achieved by the 400th post.

  6. Hi Amanda

    I wonder how many posts I have made on my blog now you've got me wondering. Well thinking back on things I first became aware of you through Flickr and noticed those piece you had made 3d I seem to remember which had been dipped in wax and I thought they were so beautiful. I think you were one of my first friends on Flickr actually!! Then I came across you again when I was looking something up to do with printmaking or it may still have been wax with inkjet cant totally rememeber. Anyway I felt closer to you when I began to read about your difficulties with your health . As you know with a chronic pain condition which additionally has now renedered me physically disabled in terms of independent mobility I particularly felt you would understand where i was coming from with my utterance of frustration, and complaints with how hard everything was to get done because of my health.

    I have always appreciated your policy of sharing your creative work in subject terms as well as technically. Its interesting to have read about both yours and Michael's experiences of losing your mothers. Mine has been totally different being more a sense of relief and release.

    Ours was not a balanced relationship so there you go every ones different. Take care and keep up the good work - I know that almost sounds like something a teacher would say!!


  7. Hi Amanda

    I think I found you thru Ronnie's blog; and then loved your cloud book at the SCU exhibition (my husband's book was also purchased).

    I enjoy your gentle and thoughtful style of work and there's always little bit of something to look at and think about on your blog.


  8. Hello Amanda, congratulations on your 200! I just wanted to say that I get as much out of your blog as you get from mine, if not more. I'm looking forward to the next 200 posts... Sara x