Friday, April 20, 2012

City Love

I'm baaaacck!

Australia was wonderful. Brian and I had the best time. It was nostalgic and new all in one. I hadn't been back to my homeland in 9 years, so it was a really special trip for me, and extra-special that I got to show it to my husbo! :)

I will tell you all about the trip soon, but before I do - since I missed you guys so much, I thought it would be nice to do a giveaway!

Before I left for Australia, I was feeling really homesick - not only about Australia, but the city I used to live in before living here in Houston - Los Angeles. I came across an awesome store called Delovely Arts that is stocked to the brim with lovely prints. What caught my eye especially were the City Prints where owner Stephen depicts a state, and then highlights a specific city on the map of that state. I FELL IN LOVE!

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Are these not the cutest, most lovely little things? SUCH a great gift, and such a perfect addition to any home (especially for those with multiple missed homes like me)!

Stephen is inspired by everything around him - his home, color, everyday life. His favorite colors are green and purple, being drawn to the natural earthiness of green, and then the spirituality of purple. He is a recent resident of Worthington, MA, having moved from New York City, so everything is new and wonderful right now. He loves being surrounded by pretty landscape and the rustic charm that Worthington offers.

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Not only does Stephen have those awesome city prints, but he has a great assortment of other great art to choose from to. So please check out his store, I am a big fan! Lots of great wall art there!

Stephen is a sweetheart and is giving one lucky reader their choice of any of the 11 x 14 prints in his store. To enter, leave a comment here telling me what city holds a special place in your heart and why, and then which print you'd choose if you won. I will announce the winner next week.



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51 comments:

Lemanie said...

Welcome back!! Australia is one of the countries I know if I ever visited I would have a hard time leaving because it must be fantastic!! That's so great you got to go home for a while!! Can't wait to hear more about your trip!

These lil prints are so cute!! I would have to pick New York City because I live near there and everytime I go it's an adventure!! =)

Have a great weekend!!

Lemanie's Randomness Blog

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

nice giveaway! the summery print is very cute. off to see the etsy site.

Kleine Wunder überall said...

I love both Berlin and Melbourne because of their feel. Their really is no other way to put it, except: For me, those cities burst with life, with art everywhere, affordable little restaurants from every country of the earth... I looove both.

And if I win, I'd love the "Sunshine on the Beach" print. That would put a smile on my face whenever I saw it!

lioness4412 said...

I would have to say that I love the Sunshine Coast because within all its elements it encompasses Country, city, upmarket, bohemian, bumpkin, beach, hills and chic. It is a world unto itself and once you have been there and experienced its elements, you fall in love with it!

Debbie @ OtRD said...

Glad you have a wonderful trip, I love Australia!!

What a fun giveaway, I would say Auckland holds a special place in my heart because I lived there for a year a while back and absolutely loved it!!

Dancing Branflake said...

Is Sacramento weird? I'd choose that one. But I love that chocolate one sooo much!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

welcome back Dionne! we missed you! glad you had a wonderful time in Australia. that chocolate print looks delish! hope you have a fabulous weekend, darling!

caroline @ patagonia gifts and jewelry

Alice said...

Hmmm favourite city would have to be Beijing. After being together for 15 years and creating 5 gorgeous little humans we travelled to china last year to finally tie the knot. A group of family and friends spent a week in Beijing exploring and celebrating and it is an adventure of my lifetime I will never forget!!

laura said...

i would definitely choose the atlanta city heart one! i have lived in atlanta basically my whole life and i'm moving to charlotte in a few weeks

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Welcome back, Dionne.

It is hard to choose between Spokane and Seattle ... both Washington state.

So I would choose the custom Washington poster, so I could have both.

amy b.s. said...

i love this! i'd have to choose a custom montana one, but seattle does hold a special place in my heart too. welcome back!

jen @jenbe.me said...

welcome back! it makes me a lil giddy to know you're from houston too! :P (most bloggers i happen to come across are from else where).. if i had to choose a print, i would most definitely choose houston where i was born & raised!

Aleda said...

I'd have to say that Detroit is the city with a special place in my heart - I was born and raised there, moved away, then came back for almost a decade. Now I'm moving away again, and probably won't ever be back. :( If I won, I'd definitely pick the Detroit map heart.

Ľubaša said...

Prague has a very special place in my heart - it was our former capital city, it has great history and it was the first city I used to walk alone and discover all those historical, architectural and cultural treasures, places, corners. I love it although I havent been there for many years.
I would choose ORANGE print. Lubka K.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

New York City is a city that means a lot to me. Never lived there, but i've been a few times and i've had some great memories there.

if i won though, I don't know...Maybe Cincinnati or a city where one of my family members live.

-Lauren
lauren51990 at aol dot com

Lindsey said...

Map of U.S. featuring California is AWESOME. I grew up in southern CA and now live up north. love the whole state. hope i win

cheercfa07 said...

Chicago is my hometown and favorite city ever! I could never imagine leaving!

Print I like:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/94746345/chicago-or-your-town-simple-heart-11x14?ga_search_query=chicago&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_6216121

--Meagan
cheercfa07 at aol dot com

Jill said...

Love this shop - and thanks for hosting a giveaway. :)
I'd choose one of the CA prints. I've lived in CA my whole life...but just need to decide where my 'heart' fits best.

Lianne said...

The family and I are planning a cross country move for next spring and I'm already missing home- Austin, Tx.
I love this print!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/94576715/austin-texas-or-your-town-simple-heart

Lillea said...

Although it has changed a lot, for the worse, I was born in Vancouver BC Canada and there are still areas of Vancouver that have retained their beauty and mystique thankfully

contactlillea at gmail dot com

Lee said...

I am from and love Detroit - I would choose the Michigan with Detroit and the small heart! thanks!

Linda Meyers-Gabbard (LLMG1960) said...

Cincinnati, because I was born there and lived there on and off over my life. I don't live there currently. I miss living there.

My favorite print if course is City Live Cincinnati Heart

Mary C. Nasser said...

The town of Volcano, Hawaii, holds a dear place in my heart because of my time spent their during an artist residency. I would definitely choose the blue Hawaii - Custom Heart the Spot - 11x14 print...with a heart on Hawaii Volcanoes National Park! :)

Thank you for the opportunity to win!
♥♥♥
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

laurenguilbeau said...

Atlanta holds a special place in my heart, because that's where I'm from. I would like the summery print if I win :)
lguilbo@gmail.com

Kairi said...

New York, because our orchestra just performed there in Carnegie Hall a short while ago and even though no one came to watch, I'm disappointed that I couldn't have given a better performance and would love to perform there again some day.
niuniuzheng at gmail dot com

Nadine said...

I would choose Iowa or Minnesota...where my loved ones are.
burkhart.nadine at yahoo dot com

AdelpheBre said...

LOVE this shop! I would get the Arizona Custom Heart the Spot (where we got married!)

breonna dot roberts at gmail dot com

Lkay107 said...

Texas! That's where most of my family lives.

sweeps785(at)yahoo(dot)com

Romi said...

I'm not sure that any city holds my heart- I prefer the country, but I have a thing for NYC, so maybe there!

contact dot romif at gmail dot com

Marija said...

Grand Marais, Minnesota has a special place in my heart. As a kid I spent part of my summers at a cabin near there, and I have grown to love the cozy northern MN town.

marija.majerle at gmail dot com

Julia W. said...

Detroit is the city that has my heart. I grew up just outside of the city, and having moved to Ohio in the last year I miss it desperately!

That being said, I'd get this print - http://www.etsy.com/listing/75673492/detroit-map-heart-11x14-print?ga_search_query=michigan&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_6216121

jwendzinski (at) gmail (dot) com

gail said...

hawaii is where i was born and raised. i'd choose the sunshine print to add warmth to my home
gkuroda(at)gmail.com

kimberly said...

Hello there! I am an army brat so I moved constantly. I never had a place that I remember being consistant. So when my son was born I always wanted him to have those memories to come "home" to. My mother in law has given just that to our family. Her house is loving, fun, and happy! I would give the Indiana print to her with a heart over Kokomo <3

garber_kim@yahoo.com
http://kimberly-theaveragejane.blogspot.com

Blair said...

Atlanta is my fav city. Made a life-changing move here almost ten years ago. Love. If I won, I'd be torn between one of his Atlanta prints and the one that says "Good Day, Sunshine," because GDS is a song that my children and I both love. eblairj(at)gmail(dot)com

Holly Knitlightly said...

What a lovely shop! It must be so hard for you to be so far away from the place that you grew up in!

Even though I've never been to California, I would love a California state print!!

tender b. said...

Welcome back. Can't wait to read about the trip.

Shea said...

I'm torn. Kansas City is the city that holds my heart, but technically it's in Missouri and I live in KS. So I don't know which state I would choose. Either way, these are such fun prints!

TopHat said...

I'm split between Chicago and Oakland, CA. I'm not sure which one I'd choose.

hrfarley at gmail dot com

angie lilly said...

WV has a special place in my heart because that is where I was born and grew up and got married and all my family still lives for the most part.
If I won, I would def get the Orange - 11x14 print! http://www.etsy.com/listing/77776658/orange-11x14-print
I love it and my kitchen curtains are all citrus fruits, so this would look rad there! Thanks for the chance!
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

AmbreRose said...

North Carolina holds a special place in my heart cause I grew up there and am no longer living there. I would probably choose the happy sunshine print, I love the sun and don't get to see it often. ambrerose at-aol-dot-com

johnny & ashley said...

Salt Lake City :)
I love the Sunshine on the Beach - so happy!

octoberthings said...

I would love to get a NY- Heart the Spot Print with the name of our current town on it. My husband and I moved here when we got married and have had our 2 girls here, so it is definitely "home" for us!

octoberthings at gmail dot com

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Jasanna Czellar said...

My favorite city is Des Moines. It's where all my family lives and I hold a special place in my heart for it!

http://munchtalk.blogspot.com/

Amanda said...

I know it is not one of the choices for the giveaway, but I have always loved Paris and always will. Ever since we went there in July last summer I have always wanted to go back.

I would choose a Minnesota print for my sister since that is where she and her family lives.

Soozle said...

I would choose the sunshine on the beach print.

My fav city has to be Las Vegas - I have fond memories of a trip away with loved ones!
sbabij2 at shaw dot ca

Shani said...

I love Sicily because it has a beautiful landscape.If I win then I'd choose the chocolate one

kiss_shani(at)hotmail(dot)com

charoula said...

i love Los Angeles
i ll choose the chocolate print!!
happy_xara@yahoo.gr

bloomers said...

I would say London, because not long after meeting my husband we went out for a day in London and had a fab time!

I would like the Good Day Sunshine print if I win please

robertfox24 [at[ aol [dot] com

Emily said...

I was born and raised in a small town in Eastern NC. It will always hold a special place in my heart. I would choose the North Carolina - Custom Heart the Spot. I love that print!

ani hearts japan said...

My favorite city isn't a choice at his store, but maybe it should be? :)

It's Yokohama, Japan. I used to live/work there and it has an extremely special place in my heart. Also I'm a Texas girl, so I liked the Texas prints, but the print I would choose is the Hawaii print! I also LOVE Hawaii!!