Wednesday, October 6, 2010

And the WINNER is. . .

"Bright Eyes, And A Good Grip"

Having this contest was so much fun. It was awesome to get to know some new people and to see the effort that so many of you put in to help me get the word out. Thank you. :) And welcome new friends!

There were nearly 1,700 entries. Wow! That's a LOT of entries! Amazing. :) It would be impossible for me to pick a winner, so we did the only thing I could think of to make it fair.

 All of the names were entered into a random name generator equal to the amount of entries they had earned. So, if you entered the contest and followed my blog your name went in six times (the number of points you earn for following plus one for entering the contest). If you entered the contest and then earned thirty additional entries (for blogging about it, posting to Facebook, or any of the other options) your name went in thirty times.

My husband totaled all the entries and then we had my five year old son push the key that would pick the winner. I couldn't look. Oh, the suspense!

And so, the winner is. . .

Catie Dutton

Congratulations Catie! I'll be sending you an email soon and we'll talk about your portrait. :)

Now, before you guys go I want to talk about one more thing. Within the next couple of months I'm planning on having another contest and I'm thinking of having a different way to enter this time. Some ideas my husband and I had were: best photo, most inspiring story or something like that. And you, my blog followers, would get to vote on them. What do you think? Do you have any ideas?

Also, I had some requests for me to explain my commission process and some prices. I have a brief overview above. Just click on the tab that says "How to commission a portrait."

Thanks everybody! Have a great day!


  1. Well done to Catie - You lucky thing! I will have to think of some ideas for next years contest and get back to you on that one Crystal :0)

  2. 1700? Holy Cow! Catie is one super lucky blogger. If we were gambling folks, I'd say she needs to buy a lotto ticket. ;)

  3. Congrats Catie..

    Well done. This must have been a huge task and you have done well to carry out the competition and finally declare a winner.

  4. Tallying the points did take a great deal of time. However, the hardest part for Crystal is selecting only one winner. There are several of you that have put a great deal of effort into promoting her and trying to win. She sincerely wishes she could have let you all win - hence the upcomming contest. Thanks.

  5. Congratulations to Catie! I'm sure it was hard just choosing one winner. I think voting on the photo is a great idea. There is another blog that does that and she has great success.

  6. 1,700!!! My head is spinning. That is fantastic Crystal!! Wow. And I bet you have commission jobs lined up for a year. That's great! I'm sure you've made Catie one happy camper : ) (and I just love that face!)

  7. Congratulations to the winner and to you for a wonderfully well organized contest :) and that painting "Bright Eyes and good grip" is one awesome painting !!!


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