Friday, October 10, 2008

second sister

This photo was taken in 1980. I was five, and my Irish twin, Heidi, was six. We were born only eleven months apart. We spent everyday of our childhood together. We were everything to each other. My sister spoke for me before I uttered my first word. She was my first confidant and my partner in crime.

When my little sister, Amy, came along five years later. Heidi and I viewed her as the youngster, the interloper. But life is funny, as we have grown older, Amy and I have formed a friendship that is as deep as my childhood bond with Heidi. There is nothing like having a sister that is also your best friend.

My relationship with each of my sisters is unique. We relate to each other in different ways. We live in three different states and at times I miss them both so much my chest hurts and my eyes sting. I long to hear Heidi laugh and listen to Amy use the lingo of our childhood.

I am so excited to feature today's artist and give you a chance to win some of their work. In the spirit of sisterhood, this one's for Heidi and Amy.


Eileen is a ceramicist who works out of Fairfield, California. She started an online company called Clayful Moments which specializes in beautiful clay impressions of the hands and feet of babies and small children. She expanded her work when she opened her Say Your Piece Etsy shop. All of her pieces are customizable and unique. You can also check out her other Etsy shop for more designs.

I am planning on ordering Thom's teachers personalized dishes for Christmas. They are just the right price!
Leave a comment and win this set of "sisters" dishes.
Sleep and Her Sisters

Katherine Quinn is an artist who lives in Napier, New Zealand. She creates the most whimsical and feminine paintings. She sells her originals in several different galleries. Her Etsy shop is Sleep and Her Sisters. She sells prints and magnets that would make a great stocking stuffer for your own family members. You can also read more about her here on her blog.

Leave a comment and win this print from Katherine Quinn!


Okay folks, I'm going to say this again.

You must leave an individual comment for each item you would like to win!

Sorry to yell, but because each item goes to a different winner, I need to have two separate lists. Your comment will not be included in the drawing if you don't specify. Sorry to be so strict, but that's just how the cookie crumbles.

The drawing will take place Monday morning. Please check back in to see if you have won. I will need you to send me your shipping address.

75 comments:

nettie said...

I really love those paintings! they are darling.

nettie said...

the ceramics are pretty sweet too. what a great idea for teacher gifts!

Digital Misfit said...

I would love to win the print from Katherine Quinn. It makes me smile.
My best friend from birth is my niece, Melissa. We are 4 months apart, and were raised like twins (who happened to sleep in different houses most of the time). It is a beautiful and comforting thing knowing that there is someone who shares every single memory of my life. I love her.

Digital Misfit said...

Those wee Sister dishes from Say Your Piece are adorable. I would be pleased to share them with one of my sisters (or my best friend).

Misty said...

The sister dishes are just adorable! I love the little birdies :)

-Misty
Heathen's Hearth

Luck said...

I think Katherine's work is sweet, innocent, and optimistic. It would be a pleasure to hand her work on my wall. Thanks for the opportunity!

kellifrobinson2[at}gmail.com

Luck said...

Happy Thoughts Dipping Bowls are my favorite item in the Say Your Piece shop. I have a dream of one day replacing ALL my dishes with handmade pottery....thanks for giveaway. Great stuff!

kellifrobinson2{at}gmail.com

Jen said...

I love the sister plates...just like you, I have 2 sisters who mean the world to me. We also live in 3 different states and it breaks my heart. I love the holidays when we can get together and laugh about old times. Thanks for making me think about them this morning!
-10oneworld on etsy

Cherrybombe said...

Oh, how charming! I would love to win the print from Katherine Quinn. It's lovely!

Also, I wanted to let you know that you won my featured seller drawing this week!!

http://cherrybombe.blogspot.com/2008/10/featured-seller-second-sister.html

Natalie Hutchison said...

put me in for the dishes!

Amy said...

I love those sister plates

Amy said...

and the print is fabu as well

naphtali said...

Irish Twins...I didn't know that term! My brother are just about 11 months apart. Our bond couldn't be tighter. Everyone thought we were twins growing up. {Loving "Katherine's work"}

naphtali said...

But, though I am so close with my "Irish Twin", I was also blessed with 3 sisters. As they grow older we grow closer!!! I am forever grateful for our bond. {Loving the "Sister dishes". The bird is precious!}

Susan Schrock said...

Your blog posting was so sweet. I have two brothers and I've always wondered what it would be like to have a sister to share with. Brothers aren't really into your feelings, you know!

I would love to enter your giveaway for the ceramic sisters plate. I have a half-sister I recently met and we are trying to forge a relationship!

susanschrock@gmail.com

diane said...

those ceramics are adorable! i would love to win them and give one to my sister!

cheers,
diane

Shelley said...

that's a really good idea, getting those plates for teachers I love it! Maybe I'll get lucky and get it for FREEEE.

Shelley said...

Love the paintings, gotta have it.

kim* said...

The sister plates contest: these goe super well with what you were saying about your bond with your sisters...even your younger one. They are very sweet and perfect for a Christmas present to both sisters, i have 2, how perfect!

Katherine quinn contest I adore her painting as well. They are geared, the ones you shown to the sisterly love story you said and it warms my heart to see paintings that that to brighten your blog entry a lil more.

contact me at circlesareforever.etsy.com if i happen to win. :)

Michelle said...

I would love to be entered into the drawing for the ceramic plates! One of those would make a beautiful gift for my twin sis. Thank you!
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Michelle said...

I would also love to be entered for the painting. It is so cute!

dmbonilla said...

I would love to be entered for the painting. So cute!

dmbonilla said...

I also adore the plates.

Terri Fisher said...

I, too, have two sisters whom I love dearly. I would love to win the sisters dished in their honor!

Terri Fisher said...

The painting of the two sisters is so unique. Please include me in that giveaway, too!

Whimsical Creations said...

What beautiful prints. I would love to win one.

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Whimsical Creations said...

I would love to win the sisters dishes. I would give one to my sister for christmas.

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

justagirl said...

I don't actually have a sister but I just adore the little dishes and have a friend that I would love to share one of the plates with.

heather said...

way to "dish" up something adorable! Too cute!

heather said...

I'm also lovin' the kathering quinn print...lovely!

perilloparodies said...

I really love those sister dishes... they would be a perfect "friendship" gift to my one and only sister... Thank you... perilloparodies.blogspot.com or mrsdayseye@gmail.com

The World's Dresser said...

(THIS IS NOT AN ENTRY!) LOL - I don't have any sisters, so I'm not entering a contest, but I just wanted to let you know that the story of you and your sisters is just lovely. Good luck to everyone who enters.

Jeanne said...

The sisters ceramic dishes are adorable. And I loved your own story about your two sisters. Having four of my own, I know how close the relationship can be...especially with my own twin!

Melissa said...

I want the Katherine Quinne artwork. I just love it. It reminds me of the good ol' days with my sista's.

Jennifer said...

These plates are beautiful. Great idea-perfect for teacher gifts.

Jennifer said...

The paintings are just the right colors and mood for sweetness.

jo marks said...

ymuzzi love the kathrine quinn print, just divine - thanks for giving us this opportunity,jo
jopo@tpg.com.au

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Can you hear me? I am so excited! I love the paintings! Can't wait for you to see my 100th post on Monday. Please stop by.

annie said...

yes i got the necklace. beautiful! thank you! also, sign me up for the paintings!

Amy T (3rd sister) said...

If I win those sweet little sister dishes, I may have to order another...so each of my sisters has a piece! They are very adorable.

Amy T (3rd sister) said...

Very cute that Katherine Quinn. People here are so creative, it's inspiring~

K and/or K said...

I would love to win the sisters ceramics. I am visiting my one and only sis (she has lived away from me, in Cambodia for the past 6 years) over Christmas this year. I would love to wrap one up in my clothes so it safely arrives there and I'd surprise her with it on Chirstmas morning.

K and/or K said...

Of course the Katherine Quinn print would travel to Cambodia pretty ealiy as well! Sign me to win that one too please! Thanks!

mambi said...

Love the sisters dishes. My little sister and I are 10 years apart and are the best of friends. We work together and love spending time together. It would be great to give her one and keep one for me!

Thanks for the opportunity!
Stephanie

mambi said...

The Katherine Quinn prints are charming and I would treasure one!

stephanie

Kari said...

The sister plates are lovely--I only have sisters, so I think my mom should have a set. You start me off with the first two.

Kari said...

And the print is my favorite--cutie little dark-haired sisters. I'll happily take that off your hands.

Anonymous said...

what fun dishes! They are beautiful!

Jenny H.

Anonymous said...

I have got to have that sisters poster! Sisters are so awesome to have as your best friend!

Jenny H,

Lauren Alexander said...

Ok. This post has inspired me to get in touch with my sister. I love the ceramic sister dishes. So beautiful!

threemoonbabies said...

I love the sisters dishes. Although I didn't have a sister, I always wished that I did. I am so excited that I will be able to watch my two daughters grow up as sisters and friends!

Bobbi said...

Hi April. Peek over at my blog. I have a little something for you there.

AlliesAdornments said...

What a lovely tribute to your sisters!
The ceramics are adorable!

KisforCalligraphy said...

The sister dishes are really wonderful! The colors are so vibrant! I would be so excited to win these two fabulous dishes! Off to check out her shop!

KisforCalligraphy said...

Katherine's print is wonderful! This would look so cute framed in a sister's room. Awesome prize!

LazyTcrochet said...

Wonderful artists! The paintings are lovely, but my sister and I would be thrilled to receive the dishes!

lulusparkles said...

thanks for offering such lovelies!
i would love the sister dishes and so would my sis!

Rosebud Collection said...

I think it is beautiful to have a tight bond with family..I always told our girls the same thing and it is a wonderful thing.

tammy g said...

I love the flowers that say "grow." So sweet!

Christie said...

I love those sisters dishes and your blog entry! My sister and I are 16 months apart, and although we've had our moments over the past 40-yikes 40!-years, we are the best of friends to this day! I love her so much!!

Jill said...

Love those plates ... so toss my name in the hat for those!

Thanks!

Jill said...

I love the print from Katherine Quinn. Thanks for finding such great giveaways!

Teresa said...

I would love to Katherine Quinn's print. It SO reminds me of me and my sister, and I LOVE that. Beautiful, beautiful.

Teresa said...

Oh, the sister dishes are so sweet...I would love to share one with my sister!!

M.K. Designs said...

I was really touched by your story of your sisters, especially because I know Amy. I have a sister that lives in D.C., a sister in Utah, and I live in Oregon. They are truly my best friends and I miss them like crazy. I would love to be apart of the ceramics drawing.

Amyesq said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE Katherine Quinn's work! Thay remind me of my girls. I would love to win those!

kim said...

oh, i love those sister dishes! i have three sisters of my own (one's a twin), and they are my most cherished girlfriends. loved your post.

becpuls said...

I have 3 sisters and 7 sister in laws. I would love these. THey would be great for me or for christmas presents.

BJ said...

I think all the prizes are fabulous, but I especially love the Say Your Piece pieces! You have a gorgeous blog. I am envious of your creation. Great jewelry, when I earn enough to buy groceries and have leftover money I will definately be back with money in hand and buy!

Suyai said...

I would love the ceramics, they are so beautiful! They would make a great present for my sisters who live overseas!

Paige Tyler said...

April-- do you remember if I had a sister? Most people for some reason don't...but I do!! 5 years younger just like Amy. Anyhow, LOVE those plates and if I don't win them, I am going to hunt them down anyhow. Put me in for it!=)

Hana said...

Love the sisters dishes..so cute! Perfect for my 2 girls!

Hana said...

Love the print too...although I wish it had a blonde and a brunette (like my little ones). Very sweet though nonetheless!!

Vanessa said...

The sisters dishes are adorable!! Hopefully I'm not too late!

april said...

The drawing is now closed.