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Valentine’s schmalentines: a freebie and a giveaway

January 29th, 2009

[CONGRATS to JessRawk of Ottawa for being picked FIRST in the draw; she's chosen a squid tee as her prize. I'm still waiting to hear back from the runners-up... will post results soon.

I have mixed feelings about Valentine’s, mainly because I can’t believe how quick the Christmas lights get replaced with pink heart garlands these days.


So I got to doodling tonight, and came up with this grumpy fellow…

No chocolates or rosepetals for this dude, no surprise picnic at the planetarium. If you’d like to keep him company (or if you’d like for him to keep yours), feel free to download and use him as your desktop wallpaper*. The actual jpg is 1024 x 768 pixels, so you may need to ’stretch to fit’ your monitor.


It’s been a really terrific couple of weeks in my corner, and this purple grump has me in a giving mood.

THREE prizes up for grabs:

  1. The t-shirt of your choice from my shop (subject to availability).
  2. Any eight greetings cards of your choice from my shop.
  3. For the Ottawans: One pair of tickets to see the Ottawa Senators vs. Vancouver Canucks play on Thursday, February 19th evening. Scotiabank Place, 2nd level end.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here; make sure to include an email address where I can reach you to let you know if you’ve won!

For keeners: extra ballot if, in your comment, you let me know what your favourite item from my shop is.

Nitty gritty

  • Contest is open worldwide
  • I’ll draw three winners at 9:00 a.m. (EST) on February 12th, 2009 — first winner gets dibs on their top pick of the prizes, second winner gets next choice, and third gets the final item.
  • I’ll let the winners know by email, and will also post their names here.
  • Winners will have 24 hours to respond to me; if they haven’t responded by then, I will redraw names.

I think I’ve covered the bases… So have at it!! (And good luck :)

*Just to be all official-like, I should mention that the purple grump downloadable above is for personal use ONLY, on your desktop. I retain all ownership and reproduction rights, yo.

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  1. February 3rd, 2009 at 22:39 | #1

    great giveaway! count me in (I like your little purple grump – cute!)


  2. February 4th, 2009 at 06:22 | #2

    great giveaway… love your raspberry all the kings horses tshirt, fab colours and also your ted card, charming little chap!

  3. February 4th, 2009 at 07:48 | #3

    love the squid shirt! please let me know if I win at gemini5757@hotmail.com

  4. February 4th, 2009 at 09:11 | #4

    Love the Valentine’s Schmalentines pic. He’s cute! How nice of you to let us use it on our desktops.

    My favorite item in your shop is the elephant bag! I love elephants and yours is awesome. I put my contact info up in the required section.

  5. February 4th, 2009 at 11:25 | #5

    This shirt is super cute:

    You have so many great items in your shop…it was hard to choose a fave!


  6. February 4th, 2009 at 12:00 | #6

    I’ve had fun browsing your store. I particularly like the “We all fall down” tee, and the giraffe cards…

  7. February 4th, 2009 at 12:46 | #7

    Fun giveaway – thanks! Nice intro to your store :)

  8. February 4th, 2009 at 13:24 | #8

    Love the grumpy little purple guy–man, do I know the feeling! You’ve got a great shop too–I especially like the All Fall Down tees.

  9. February 4th, 2009 at 17:14 | #9

    I adore your hooded tops and your 2 bright pink tops. Gorgeous colours!

  10. February 4th, 2009 at 17:31 | #10

    Great giveaway! I’m from the Ottawa Valley so lots of Senators fans here!

  11. ashimon
    February 5th, 2009 at 01:20 | #11

    The guy’s version of the See how they run tees are awesome. I was kinda said to realize that the same color is not available in unisex or for women…
    Go Canucks :).

  12. February 5th, 2009 at 15:14 | #12

    Ha! I can’t believe I didn’t heart your shop already! Did now! :)
    Here is my favorite shirt from your shop: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=16396530

  13. February 5th, 2009 at 21:18 | #13

    My favorite- We all fall down – trees on a baby blue men’s tee!

  14. February 6th, 2009 at 09:43 | #14
  15. February 8th, 2009 at 15:16 | #15

    love the cheesy card. mainly because i strive to give the cheesiest gifts i can find. and this card would go perfect with them. i mean. not that the card itself is cheesy. it’s just called cheesy. and i think it’s grate.

    (hahahaha! yes. i just punned. and i laughed at myself for doing so. cheesy.)

    thanks for a great giveaway.

    wendiwinn on etsy.

  16. February 9th, 2009 at 10:15 | #16

    Great contest and oh so generous.

    Here’s my fav item from your shop – http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=16396530 I love raglan sleeves.

  17. February 10th, 2009 at 08:04 | #17

    I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day, so I love your purple grump. I also wanted to tell you that I first explored etsy because of you. I had heard of it, but never bothered checking it out until I saw your stuff. It’s amazing!

    On that note, my favourite thing in your shop would have to be the greeting cards, especially Woof, Ted and Spotty.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. jessrawk
    February 10th, 2009 at 11:01 | #18

    I am all over your audiotape unspooling across a t-shirt. Very swank. Thanks for the Twitter follow, by the way. Valentine’s schmalentines indeed!

  19. February 10th, 2009 at 11:24 | #19

    I love your shop and your art style, I really like your courier bag, probably my faorite right now. See you around.

  20. February 10th, 2009 at 11:26 | #20
  21. Linda
    February 10th, 2009 at 17:43 | #21

    Oh no! You’re on etsy? I’m an esty fanatic . . . I spend way too much money there. Just checked out your shop and I LOVE the Seasonings Greetings card – it’s so cute! Also love Woof – any chance he’ll make it to a tshirt someday?

  22. Robin Souliere
    February 10th, 2009 at 23:02 | #22

    Yo Em,
    Just thought I’d take my chances… and I wanted to tell ya that I think you are pretty awesome:)

  23. Luc Langelier
    February 11th, 2009 at 07:29 | #23

    Woohoo! Pick me Em and I’ll take you to the game =)

    Go SENS Go!

  24. February 11th, 2009 at 07:36 | #24

    Since I can’t afford to buy Jennifer anything nice, I thought I’d enter as MANY contests as possible. I hope I don’t have to face any tears on Friday…. Ok Em? ;)

  25. Nichola
    February 11th, 2009 at 13:12 | #25

    I love your cards. Hope I win!

  26. Shannon Kelly
    February 11th, 2009 at 15:49 | #26

    love u, love your stuff…love Gowan too…

  27. February 11th, 2009 at 16:25 | #27

    oh i just love everything you make, sweetie!

    and i love your blog!
    and i love your ideas! there!

    now… in your shop… i adore everything.. but i love love love the we all fall down tees. love that image… and love the fun colours!

    and this contest is superfun, em!
    what a great array of prizes!
    oh those sens tickets would sure make a certain mr.rikrak delighted! :)

  28. February 11th, 2009 at 17:33 | #28

    i love your valentine, it really sums everything up. :)

  29. February 11th, 2009 at 21:38 | #29

    While everything is just delectable – my favorite is “Ted the Greeting Card” – The expression on his face is priceless & I love the delightful shade of purple his fur is.

  30. Vidia
    February 12th, 2009 at 02:31 | #30

    My fav is the white sleveless hoodie, simply amazing!!! heres hoping!

  31. February 12th, 2009 at 08:53 | #31

    I really love the Pick Up Sticks shirt!! and, Seasoning’s Greetings :)

  32. February 12th, 2009 at 08:54 | #32

    love the sleeveless hoddies! so cute!

  33. Carol
    February 12th, 2009 at 08:59 | #33

    Whew. *skidding to a stop* made it just in time.
    I love the “We All Fall Down” tee’s.

  34. February 12th, 2009 at 08:59 | #34

    What a great store!

    this is my fave:

  35. February 12th, 2009 at 09:36 | #35

    Would love to win! Thanks for the chance!

  36. February 14th, 2009 at 14:44 | #36

    Valentine’s schmalentines is fitting. I was informed yesterday that in 24 years I’ve never done anything for Valentines! Could be true, but you figure I might have weakened once. Not a fan of “Halmark Holidays” in principle.

    ‘Course I usually save it all up for our Anniversary that happens on the 16th! The time I bought flowers at lunch on the 15th I got lots of razzing heading back into work until I said they were for Anniv. Quickly turned all those Nyyyaaa’s into Aaaawwwws :-) :-).


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