Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Underwater Treasure Giveaway

Did you ever go on Treasure Hunts when you were little?

I used to dream of finding treasure under the sea. A heavy wooden chest, bolted tight, filled with a bounty of gold and jewels. I would imagine that I was the only person in the world that had the key to open it.

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I would push aside all the barnacles and crawling seaweed, and miraculously my little metal diary key would open the old chest from centuries ago. I also imagined that I was really strong, because I was able to hoist it onto my back and swim up to the surface of the ocean, where a fishing vessel was waiting for me to take me back home with chest full of golden crowns and diamond shoes.

Another lovely treasure are these journals from Dewdrop Handmade. Gillian's store is full of lovely handmade journals with silk screened images of gorgeous aquatic life, much like the ones I would encounter in my treasure chest dreams.
When I see Gillian's journals I am immediately taken back to my beautiful dreamland under the sea. I love how intricate and delicate her depictions of sea life are, and how beautifully put together each book is.

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Her stunning journals are inspired by nature along the coast, and she loves mixing different types of materials together and putting a new spin on an old item. As well as creating these bound works of art, Gillian likes to spend her time reading, and enjoys photography and design. She also enjoys a good serving of Banana Pudding! You should also check out her lovely blog "Ticklish from a Distance". It's full of inspiring images and a little peeklet into her life.

Gillian is generously giving away a Pink Stargazer journal from her store. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment here telling me what you would like to find in a treasure chest under the ocean. I will announce the winner on Sunday.

*Photos taken by Dewdrop Handmade

81 comments:

Hannah said...

I would LOVE to find a treasure chest under the ocean.

Wonderful post. :)

Hannah

a little twig birdhouse said...

The pink stargazer journal is so pretty! Great giveaway.

I would like to find a rather unique piece of jewelry under the sea, something that just evokes history and mystery. That would be cool!

naturally nina said...

I would love to find old jewelery...and maybe a compass!

Truly Smitten said...

very very beautiful! I love colored journals!

JK said...

How pretty! I'd love to find a treasure chest :) Preferably filled with gorgeous reminders of the past- some beautiful vintage jewellery and antique paper or material!
And chocolate. Lots of chocolate :)

Dionne said...

Hahaha, I agree with you JK. I would so want to find some pretty vintage paper - but even more importantly, some rare, extinct chocolate. Mmmmmmm.

Becca said...

Gorgeous journals!

I think I'd like to find a treasure map in my treasure chest.. let the hunt continue!

alyssa said...

I'd love to find a treasure chest that belonged to my great great great something grandmother (who I'm sure was royalty and had to hide her treasure chest) with her wedding dress and journal!

These journals are seriously gorgeous. Wow.

Nicole Marie said...

adorable! i would want to find beautiful old jewels! or a mermaid and she could tell me all the secrets of life!
:)

SK said...

You have the most beautiful illustrations!

I would love to find preserved letters/photos or maybe a map that leads to more treasure chests in the ocean! hehe

Amanda Nicole said...

Those journals are so so lovely. I used to have one of those little metal diary keys too! I think I carried it around with me so that no one would read my diary, except that there was a latch you could open! Haha.

I think if I could open an underwater treasure chest, I'd hope that it would open into another world, something entirely different from anything else on earth.

xavia said...

i would like to find an old magic lamp which would grant me three wishes :)

Amanda K said...

Lovely giveaway.. I would love to find some antique jewelry.

Shelley said...

I would love to find pretty old jewlery and a few mermaids while I was on the hunt!

Kristin said...

After the movie, "The Goonies" came out in the 80's my sister, cousins and I would dream up all sorts of crazy stories where we were out hunting for treasures. We'd go on grand adventures up at our cottage looking for buried treasures, and it was always so fun. Thanks for reminding me of those great times with your post!

Kaye Prince said...

I would love to find a mint first edition, first printing copy of Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery! Yes...that would make me one happy girl.

Chessa! said...

yes...of course we went on treasure hunts! we weanted to be the goonies! these are fabulous:)

Kris said...

What a fun theme and giveaway! Hmmm what would I love to find in a treasure chest at the bottom of the ocean? The fountain of youth! JK!

I think if it were preserved somehow, I'd love to find someone else's journal from a far away land many years ago. Or a really great message (love letter) in a bottle!

avant garde said...

i love this post! first, whenever i open my treasure chest it would play jazz music for me, it would contain endless art supplies, fabulous breads and cheeses, very old beautiful red wines, vintage hats for me to feel beautiful in and mascara. i just need mascara, even on a deserted island. seriously :)

Ali said...

What would I like to find in a treasure chest?

A mermaid. And a lot of money. And jewelry. And so many other things! I can't name just one.

ikkinlala said...

I'd like to find the seeds for some extinct plant.

Iva said...

ahh!! how cute is this! love it! hmmm I would want to find a mermaid :)

Rebecca said...

hmmm...historical maps and drawings and journals full of travel adventures!

Marietta said...

I think a chest full of precious things is everyone's dream!

ReadyGo said...

Well, I've always wanted an art supply store in my house so I always have what I need... so if that could fit in a treasure chest, I'd take it! :)

frannie said...

I would so love to find a letter to God from someone that just one night decided to spill their story. But it would be even more spectacular if it was a story like mine and one that God allowed me to find so that it could touch my heart...my life...ahhh that would be wonderful, right? Sigh.

Those are beautiful journals...Lord knows how much I adore journals and writing in them. :D

Nina said...

I'd like to find the treasure of Sparta just like what Edmond Dontes found in The Count of Monte Cristo!

Rachel Follett said...

Those journals are so lovely! I would love to find vintage brooches to give to my mom for her purses that she is making. She would be thrilled.

Laiza said...

Hi Dionne!
Back when I was a kid, we would always play treasure hunting together with my cousins and finding a chest full of treasures was one of our dream adventures...
enjoyed reading your post, made me reminisce my childhood days..

Aik said...

I'd love to find some historical artifacts in the treasure chest.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Abigail said...

I would love to find hairpins and brooches and other beautiful things in my treasure chest. Or maybe a set of gorgeous plates. Is that weird? I'm envisioning that a pirate's lady left a chest full of her stuff. Unfortunately, what I'd really want to find is her dresses, but those surely wouldn't have lasted. Or...well...it's my dream treasure chest! So dresses is what I'd love to find! ^_^

Lauren said...

I love your artwork! Do you use a Wacom Tablet? Even how you show your photo's... so creative. What is your job? I'm a graphic designer from PA looking to move to TX (Dallas, Fort Worth area). What's the creative scene like out there?

laurendedionisio@gmail.com

K. Nice said...

I would love to find a chest full of things I could incorporate in jewelry - unique shells, found objects with wonderful stories and of course one or two gold doubloons :)
k[dot]nice[dot]artworks[at]gmail[dot]com

Hello, darling said...

The journals are so nice ♥ What would I like to find in a treasure chest? Happiness and contentment [sad I know!] and every single issue of Vogue under the sun

RhiannonM said...

These are a lovely giveaway!
What would I like in my treasure chest? A large dose of courage and some Lime Tostitos, and a light blue Yaris if the chest were big enough, or just the keys to one that could be mine, if not. : )

Dash said...

Darling giveaway, Dionne! absolutely love love love it. i want to find whole kingdoms under the sea. thatd be fun, wouldnt it?

Elle Bee... said...

These are fabulous!

I totally blame The Little Mermaid for the "under the sea" obsession. Ariel had her little room of treasures that she had found, her made up stories about what they were for and where they were from... and that's most of the fun, I think. But then again, I like anything shiny. ;)

AmandaSue said...

I'd love to find some pretty sparkly vintage jewelry in a chest under the sea, or anything pink :)

LBB said...

Pretty journals! I love your imagination & writing, Dionne! Hmmm...I'd love to find some vintage ribbons or tea cups or something along those lines...or a couple of plane tickets somewhere would be nice too. :)

Dionne said...

Oooh LBB, I love your idea - tea cups would be an awesome find! I add that to my list of pretty vintage stationery and chocolate!

Cabootique said...

I would like to find random bits and bobs that I could use in my jewelry.

carethediva[at]hotmail[dot]com

Kotori said...

Gillian's journals are gorgeous (and her blog is fabulous too!). What a wonderful giveaway Dionne!

If I were to find a treasure chest I would hope to find vintage jewelry and maybe some old plates and silverware... I love old things that have a story. We have some old bottles that were part of a shipwreck (they're about 150 years old) and I just love what the ocean has done to them over time.

Lauren said...

I have family friends who live just north of Dallas and next week I am going out there to visit and check out the area. I would like to move out there for a number of reasons but not sure when or if I will. I am currently going back and forth between attending Portfolio Center in Atlanta or just moving. I do have a BA in Graphic Design and have worked in an Ad Agency, Print Shops, and Stationery Studio. I love the idea of just freelancing, but not sure I have the dedication to go out and find work on my own.

Cathy said...

Wow, these are fabulous! Just stumbled on your blog today, must say you do a wonderful job on it. :)

As for treasure chest under the ocean, I'd say a pocketwatch or an antique timepiece of some sort. :D There's something about it that's so intriguing!

TheBeautyFile said...

I love those journals....so beautiful!! Inspiring to write!

kirstyb said...

Lovely blog xoxoxo

Wehaf said...

In addition to the requisite Spanish doubloons, I would love to find a Greek amphora still filled with wine, a barnacle-encrusted suit of French armor, a lacquered Chinese box filled wit miraculously-intact Indian silks, a cache of ancient Sumerian weapons lost while being smuggled into Europe, and a Viking breastpiece and circlet.

urchiken at gmail dot com

Hannah said...

I've finally decided what exactly I'd like to find in my treasure chest. I would love to open it up, and amidst the sea flowers, there would be a letter from myself, only a letter from myself that was written when I was older, so somehow, I receive it now, and receive the wisdom that my older self would (hopefully) have.

Hannah

Ashley said...

I would really love to find a cute cruiser bicycle that I can ride underwater.

Blair said...

Oh wow! Those journal are stunning!

Danielle L said...

I would love to find a winning lottery ticket inside the chest!

craziedee3@aol.com

Eric said...

I would love to find some old vinyls and a record player. It would have to a be a collection from someone with impeccable music taste.

babalisme said...

This is an imagination question, right? So I can answer with all my heart desire? I wish to find a mermaid stuck inside, and she will thank me for releasing her. ..and we will be friend :)

crystal said...

Very pretty journal!! I would love to find a treasure chest full of Secret Healing Potion recipes;)
cyclona66(at)aol(dot)com

Kristina said...

thank you for your comment on my blog :)
And how cute are you and your blog! definitely following. hehe

TiLT said...

Great giveaway!

Hmmm...could I find a nanny who cooks & cleans in that treasure chest! LOL! no air, so probably no...

I'd love to open the chest to find a sewing/embroidery machine - that wasn't water logged of course :)

tiltcreations.etsy.com

Monica said...

These journals are gorgeous. And I'm glad you're pleased with your bracelet. Enjoy!

Linna said...

I'll be thrilled to find a romantic ancient love letter in the box. :D Please enter me.
linna.hsu(at)gmail(dot)com

Lindsey said...

If I won I could use a new journal for my bible study this fall

Jennifer Fabulous said...

This is an adorable giveaway. So unique!

Hmm...I would love to find a giant stash of gorgeous vintage clothes in the treasure chest. Forget gold coins, that's all I need! :P

Pretty Neat Designs said...

I would love to find the short stories I wrote when I was third grade. What did I have to say back then? I remember writing and writing and writing, but no one seems to know what became of all those words.

minishoes1 said...

I would love to find some old coins,old maps or jewerly. great giveaway! thanks! jacquecurl1@gmail.com

Perfectly Flawed said...

Wow what a lovely idea and those journals are stunning. I would like to find a special shell, it would be the most beautiful and fascinating shell anyone had ever seen and it would give a temporary connection to my brother Thomas, so we could talk - even just for 5 minutes. Because although I love him more than I could ever possibly describe he is severly disabled and so has never spoken to anyone (22yrs but 18mths mentally), I would love to 'know' him a little bit more.Mwahx

Cherry Blossoms said...

I would like to find some gold coins under the sea with the economy the way it is everyone could use a little extra money!

CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail

Minathia said...

I think it would be great to find an ancient artifact. Some sort of knowledge that has been lost.

robin_titan said...

Oh gosh, they are adorable and so unique!

I would love to find a treasure chest full of gold. Yeah I can't be creative at all and with tons of gold I'd be able to buy pretty much anything :)

esther lee said...

It's probably because I'm in a book mood but I think it would be fabulous to find some old scrolls or a family history that had somehow been preserved in a treasure chest under the sea.

And honestly, can you imagine how your heart would beat if you found a treasure chest, opened it and gold coins and pearls and rubies started floating out? Magical.

lyndsey | paper girl said...

those are beautiful!! i LOVE journals and these designs are gorgeous. i can still enter, right? i'd love to find a map to a pirate cove like on pirates of the caribbean in a treasure chest...thus leading to more adventures and probably some good treasures to take home :)

AJ said...

I would love to find vintage items such as clothes, jewelry and other unique items in great quality in the treasure chest ( :

A_C_E_(at)hotmail(dot)com

cgw @ accidentally, kle said...

ahh the memories - my sister and I used to create elaborate treasure hunt maps around our rather large garden when we lived in Malta. we'd even hide little treasures as prizes for eachother. shells or low value coins or stuff like that :)

now however.... hmm jewels or wads of cash would we nice!! ;)

what the pros do... said...

ooh i would like to find gold! then i could pay off all my credit cards :D

Kat C. said...

Can i say 'blank checks?' =)

I wanna find airline tickets for 2 to some awesome destination. that would be very very cool!

katch05 at gmail dot com

noble beeyotch said...

Being the material girl that i am, i would like to find lotsa gift coupons to H&M or topshop or some other retailer!

Ladytink_534 said...

I'd like to find beautiful jewels. Preferably really old ones.
Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

Liv said...

This is beautiful! I love sea creatures, especially turtles. They are definitely my favorite animal.

Growing up I would stay with my sister and cousin at my grandparents lakehouse every summer. They always had a "treasure map" waiting for us to our yearly surprise.

They would put little gifts and trinkets in waterproof containers and tie them in a shallow end that would be hard to find otherwise.

Inside would be notes as well with words of wisdom.

Those are memories I will never ever forget.

Those words of wisdom have stuck with me - and if I ever found a treasure chest - I hope it would be filled with more words of wisdom. Ones that I can pass down along with my grandparents to my own children one day.


(semisettled (at) gmail.com)

lonetree72 said...

I would love to find an old journal in the treasure chest, filled with tales of romance and adventure.

remarker said...

This one will sound corny but your treasure chest at the bottom of the ocean reminds me of a dream I often had when young of a treasure chest I was too scared to open. I've been trying to find out what's in it for years but know it is something really great that will make me happy, hoping it is inner peace.

Swaddle Babies said...

Thank you for the chance to win such a beautiful journal :)

I would love to find chest full of antique jewelry and old photographs, all completely intact of course! I think I would be amazing to SEE history in such a personal way :)

Priscilla@myswaddlebabies.com
Etsy Shop: SwaddleBabies

...fairyland said...

beautiful journal!
and nice color!!!
well, i would like to find and meet nemo!:() and become friendS!!

have a nice day!
neraidodhmiourgies at gmail dot com

Dionne said...

This Giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered!

Jennifer Ramos said...

OH I SOOO LOVE these!! Thanks for posting this will check out her stuff... :)

Jen Ramos
'Cards & Prints You'll Love...' www.madebygirl.com madebygirl.blogspot.com