I’m so excited to announce my first giveaway! Who doesn’t love fun prizes?! I know that the few times I’ve ever won anything, no matter how insignificant or small the prize was, it always made my day and made me feel somehow special or lucky that my name from among everybody else’s was chosen. I think it acts as an affirmation that we are all somehow specially chosen and winners of a great prize if only we participate and put ourselves in the game. As a Catholic, I believe that the only way I’ll win or attain the greatest prize of heaven is if I truly live my life as though I was running a race so as to win it. [St Paul in 1 Cor 9:24]
That’s why I’m really going to look forward to throwing out little encouragements in the form of prizes by using my skills and talents that I share with you. I plan to have several announced (and unannounced) drawings, prizes, contests…for my faithful readers. I am no different than you and will sometimes need your support and encouragement as well while I make my way in the world making and sharing my photographs, paintings, and reflections. Do feel free to leave me your comments and questions because I love to hear from you.
My first prize will be an icon pendant of Our Lady of Tenderness. The original icon that I painted is an 8×10″ egg tempera on wood panel that you can see in full HERE (I’ll talk more about the symbolism next time when I announce the winner.) I decided to make my icons into pendants because I wanted a beautiful, colorful, sacred art image to wear as a sacramental rather than just a plain medal made of metal. This pendant was the first in a growing line of pendants that I’m making in collaboration with a jewelry designer. The pendants are made of solid sterling silver and completely waterproof. They are also made here in the USA which I am very happy about. Feel free to get it blessed by your local priest and enjoy it as your new sacramental heirloom. For my inaugural giveaway I am also throwing in the solid sterling silver 18″ ball chain so the lucky winner will be able to put it on right away! The pendant and chain are a $145 value. (My line of pendants are still in the final phases of development and are not currently in stores. But those that are available now, which I’ll be posting soon, can be ordered directly through me. They take several weeks to be delivered because each one is made to order.)
For this prize, those who will be eligible are going to be only those who have subscribed to my posts by email. So if you went to the top of my blog site and entered your email where it says “enter email here,” clicked “subscribe”, and you’ve been receiving my posts in your email inbox, then you’re in! If you are reading this and you are not currently an email subscriber yet and would like to be, you still have time until April 30th at midnight. You must follow the complete instructions to activate your subscription.
I look forward to announcing the winner in my post on May 1st. Stay tuned!
Happy Feast of St Catherine on Siena – one of my heroes!