Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Under The Night Sky Giveaway

One New Year's Eve when I was about 7 years old, all the parents in my neighborhood had given their children a little Parachute Man toy.

A few moments before midnight, we all gathered outside to the park and threw our little parachute men up into the air, so that as the clock ticked down to the end of the year, our little parachuting men were floating all over the night sky.

From that night on, I always thought about going out to play at midnight.

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When I saw the lovely Etsy store Emily Ann Designs, it brought me back to my childhood, and all the lovely, whimsical things that I would dream about. Emily's store contains beautiful stationery and artwork full of lovely color and pattern. It reminds me of candy and playgrounds.

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Emily's inspiration comes from her collection of children's storybooks and toys, which clearly shows through in her work. The childlike innocence in her illustration is very endearing, and her favorite colors of turquoise, fuchsia, yellow and green play an echoing role in her store.

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Emily adores stationery, stickers and all things paper, and loves the fact that technology today has allowed us to reproduce our art by the push of a button on a printer. It's these everyday things that we take for granted that Emily appreciates the most. And something else that Emily appreciates... a just out-of-the-oven gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie with ice cream. Yum!

The lovely Emily is giving one lucky reader the chance to win TWO personalized stationery sets of their choice. To enter, leave a comment here telling me about things you always wanted to do when you were a child. I will announce the winner on Sunday.

70 comments:

Hannah said...

Those are gorgeous! I love her prints! I'm so entering. One of the things that I always loved to do when I was younger was to go out while it was raining, and race bottle caps down the road in the gutters, as the water pushed them along. :-)

Barbara said...

I love the "make your own kitchen" play set! I would have loved that when I was a kid. It's really a lovely store.

When I was young, we went outside at night and caught fireflies in glass jars. So much fun....we also went skinny dipping. Even more fun. :)

Grace @ Front Porch Yoga said...

I always wanted to have a kitty that I could tell my secrets to, but my parents were both allergic. So I would daydream about "Snow White" while brushing my Barbies' hair...

Kelly K. said...

Every birthday, when I blew out the candles on my cake, I would wish for a ride on Falcore the Luck Dragon from the Never Ending Story.

Nupur said...

I always wanted to read constantly as a child. We did not have a public library around, so I read everything, old magazines, borrowed books, even the product information on medicine bottles!

meeyeehere said...

I thought clouds would taste like cotton candy and I thought they were solid,I dreamed of walking on clouds and eating them!

sEy said...

When I was a child, I love to play with my kitchen set brought for me by my mother. You could cook real food on those sets though they're tiny because the're made out of clay.

I have a personal collection of Stationery and my favorite is the one with the picture of a scene from the movie "The Bodyguard" and the envelop is clear. Wow, I love it!

k. davis said...

As a child I always looked up at the sky... I liked to play, "Guess what shape that cloud looks like" game... it made cloudy overcast days quite fun!

such great things that she has... love all the prints!

Maricela said...

When I was little, my true love was books. For some reason, I connected early on with the magic of reading.
I had a book with me at all times, and dreamt of the chance to go to "my tree"--the tree in our back yard where my dad had placed an old door on the branches, for me to sit on (a little scary to think of now!). It was completely hidden and surrounded by the leaves, and when I was up there I felt completely happy and protected, reading my books. Some of my most peaceful moments in my life were spent there :)

These products do capture the whimsy of childhood--they are adorable.

weezie said...

When I was a child i always wanted to play in puddles even in my "Sunday best". One time I actually fell right in the puddle while wearing my favourite pink summer dress. I didnt care, it was pure bliss!

Hannah said...

I always wanted to build forts ans little hideaways. In trees, or by the ocean with pieces of driftwood, my friends and I made the most amazing structures to play in, and decorated them with things from nature.

Annemiek - TwoTreesBelgium said...

Hi, when I was a child I wanted to be an Indian and ride a bison.

Hannah said...

I guess I always wanted a puppy. We tried getting several, but my sisters and mom were always allergic... Every few weeks I change my mind about what kind of dog I'll get when I can. :)

Silver Strands said...

What a sweet memory for you to share Dionne!

As a child, I just wanted to be a mommy. I had dolls till I was about ... well, actually, I've never gotten rid of them :)
oxox
Denalee

very married said...

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I always wanted curly hair. when i was in second grade we had an assignment to draw a self-portrait and i got a bad grade because i drew myself with lovely curls instead of the stick straight hair i really do have... i've learned to embrace it though!

Melissa Blake said...

Great items! Hmmm, when I was a child. I either wanted to be a teacher or a pop star! :)

Lauren said...

When I was little, I always wanted to be an actress. I am not an actress now and have absolutely no desire to be one, but when I was younger I'd dream of getting an Oscar. Hah!

lauren.m.gibson AT gmail DOT com

Kristen said...

I always wanted an Easy Bake Oven so I could bake tiny little goodies in my own oven!

couponboss at gmail dot com

Vanessa Mala said...

cute.

Helen said...

When I was a child, I wanted to own a field full of daisies... I still love daisies!

nitzan said...

i allways want to be astronaut..but i was too afraid from the black holes..:)

Andrea said...

I always wanted to swim with the dolphins! I still do!

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Alessandra said...

when I was a child I dreamt about singing at a children contest we have on television in Italy, I loved riding my bicycle with my grandfather and eat freshly picked figs...so yummy!

Sandy a la Mode said...

when i was younger i always wanted to be on the price is right haha!

Tender Branson said...

In college, my friends and I would go and play midnight tackle football. We couldn't see jack but it was so much fun. It became pretty big as more and more people showed up to it. Male/Female strong/weak didn't matter we all got out and had fun. Your midnight collection of parachuters made me think about that.

Julia said...

I always wanted a dog so big I could ride on its back.. Also I wanted to be very tiny and wear flowers as clothing. Or live in a tree or a castle. These days I just want a big wild garden of my own. And a dog, of course!

sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

kyliept said...

I always wanted to be a writer when I was a child!
kyliept@gmail.com

Mechelle said...

Her work is so adorable!

Jo said...

I always wanted a Barbie because all my friends had one...my parents were more practical and got me books instead...which I did love, but I still wanted a Barbie :P

TopHat said...

I always wanted to join 4-H. We moved away when I was 9 and I never got a chance to try it out.

Jenny said...

When I was little I always wanted to play with paints and beads and stamps. Everything artsy and craftsy! It's something that's stuck with me all this time :)

jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

Elsie said...

I loved to play with my gumball charm collection, when I was a child...I still have the hundreds of charms...I would linet hem up and tell a story...

pumpkinlady430@yahoo.com

Samy said...

I always wanted to play tag and to get one of my kid-sized barbie cars from Toys R Us ;)

samyrocks92 at msn dot com

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debbiekl said...

Very nice! I enjoyed catching fireflies. I haven't done it in years and need to do it with my son this summer!

Kristin said...

Her stuff is adorable. thanks for sharing! Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies?! drooling.

I loved playing after dark, too. One of my favorite things to do on summer nights was run around with sparklers up at our cottage or roast s'mores over the campfire. (I still love to do that!)

Melissa said...

Oh, fun! As a child, I always wanted to go to an outdoorsy sleepaway camp, but never did. Instead, I watched and loved the Disney show Bug Juice.

Amber said...

I always wanted to learn to figure skate but my mom thought it was too dangerous!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

McCarthy Designs said...

What a lovely giveaway please count me in to win! One of the things I always wanted to do when I was little was make all of the great crafty things that I saw them make on the kids tv shows! xx

janil said...

I always wanted to play with my little dolls and their little house... And I loved to craft!!!!

Thanks for the chance. It's an adorable prize!
cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

PoppyLand said...

always wanted a cat. and now I have one:)

Megan H. said...

I wanted to be a children's book author, so kids like me would be able to read books they really liked. And when I was really young, I dreamt about having a pet unicorn that would fly around on a leash.

Megan H. said...

Oh, and my e-mail is noctis dot equi at gmail dot com :)

Angie said...

Paper dolls! I loved barbies and dress up and all those things, but I was fascinated by paper dolls!

Thanks
Angie
rennieangie at gmail dot com

avalonne83 said...

Great giveaway!

When I was a child, all I wanted was to become a (famous) scientist.

Please count me in. Thanks.

avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

Phoenix said...

I think all the things I wanted to do as a kid I still do as an adult. I make forts, blow bubbles, lounge and roll around on the grass, stay up past my bedtime... :)

Kaye Prince said...

When I was a child all I ever wanted to do was read (and not practice piano) and that's just exactly what I did. I used to sleep with books instead of stuffed animals... and now I wish I could play the piano better!

Karen said...

When I was a kid, I wanted to:
1. read
2. play outside
3. be as cool as my big sister.
Guess things haven't changed as much as you'd think....

AM said...

When I was a child, I always wanted to do anything involving glitter or a project!

Thanks for the giveaway!

(email in blogger profile)

Emily said...

A lifelong bookworm, I always dreamed of getting to visit the wonderful places in my stories: Hobbiton (of course), the boxcar where the Boxcar Children lived, Redwall Abbey, and Mrs Piggle Wiggle's house.

BRose said...

I. love. your. stuff!!!!!

Mine is similar to the commenter above me. I was obsessed with the book/movie Never-Ending Story when I was a kid. I used to imagine that if I really tried to feel the things the characters in my favorite books were feeling, I could enter their world and be part of the story. Unfortunately, it never really worked. But if I ever have a son I'm naming him Sebastian in honor of the main character!

Amy B. said...

I wanted to be an archaeologist. I was going to live in the Middle East and discover all the secrets of the Bible. So I spent hours digging up my yard, excavation-style. My wonderful father was even kind enough to have huge loads of dirt delivered to the back corner of the yard to indulge my fantasies.

Heather Taylor said...

Cute!
I always felt like I was seriously deprived of Moon Boots. I always to bounce super high in the air and maybe grow wings while I'm up there to fly...

Domestic Diva said...

As a kid, I always wanted to travel the world (go on an African safari, walk the Great Wall, etc.). I've been slowly doing these things.

Madeline said...

This might sound silly, but I always thought it would be SO FUN to be a grocery store cashier/checker. I'd pretend to scan food items that my mom brought home from the real store and make beeping noises one by one...haha...

Nicole Marie said...

the cards are beautiful!
when i was little i always wanted to be pocahontas. i thought it would be so cool to sleep and live outside and never have to wear any clothes!

Roxy said...

i always wanted to play team sports but was never allowed after my older sister tore her knee playing soccer.

hockiemack at hotmail.com

Torie Jayne said...

Gorgeous prints! I always wanted to find the fairies in the woods! Have a sweet day!

AmbreRose said...

Some of these stories on here here funny. When I was a kid I wanted to stay up late every night like the adults. I wanted to go to the park and not have to be home by the time the street lights came on. I wanted to have my bedroom painted even though it was a rental. ambrerose(!at)aol.com

ipehishere said...

when i was child i always wanted to play with buffalo or cow at farm.. O.O
ipehishere[at]gmail[dot]com

Julie said...

Darling items. I always wanted to learn how to play the piano.

aunteegem@yaho.com

Paula said...

What adorable items..I love the make your own kitchen set! I was forever the Barbie girl as a child...making her clothes clothes and more clothes! ~I had the best dressed Barbie on the block!!~

Cannaria said...

Thank you for the giveaway! There`s one time when I was a kid, I want to be a boy. Well, there`s so much things a little boy can enjoy such as some super hero movies, gigantic robot play toy, and everything a girl shouldn`t do like climbing trees etc.

Now I feel so grateful to be a girl. Boy have so much things to be done, since girl can do whatever she wants :)


XOXO, Ditha.
ladyvogue_cannaria(at)yahoo.com

daisymay said...

They are all great, so pretty!

Daisy Dayz Home

Lyudmila said...

I dreamt to win prizes
lusizova (at) gmail.com

Beetle said...

Lovely.
One thing I always wanted to do when I was a child was to go to a water amusement park. There was one I got to go to about once a year, but it was pretty far from where we lived.
thorandellie [at] gmail [dot] com

T.J. said...

I was always trying to keep up with my brothers and sisters, who were a lot older and bigger than I was.

Rinei said...

I always wanted to wear some gowns when I was child.
With a long veil like a bride.. oh, beautiful

rinei.martiani at gmail dot com

Emily Taylor said...

This may sound weird, but I always wanted to touch a 66 red Corvette that my Dad restored when I was a little girl. He told me that I had teeny tiny small grains in my hand that I couldn't see that would scratch the car. I remember walking around with my hand in my face searching for the tiny grains. Sad.
Oh well, I still had a great Dad, he just didn't want me to touch his car.

nordstromemily(at)hotmail(dot)com

Dionne said...

Thanks for your comments, this giveaway is now closed.