Thursday, April 30, 2009

Old Age ~ Free Give Away and Sale

So some days we feel much older than we actually are right? Today was one of those days. I bent over to place something on the floor in my studio and was unable to straighten up, walk, move...anything. I was alone in the house as Mr Shabby was out in the barn and the pager seemed a very long distance. So taking very shallow breaths I finally manged to get a bit upright and shuffle slowly.... much as a very ancient crone.... to the medicine cabinet where I knew I had some Ibuprofen. To make a long story short, I'm slowly mending but my whole left side screams "Mercy Mama!" if I try to do anything that requires fast moving, stretching or reaching. That birthday I have coming next week must be trying to tell me something. And please dear Lord don't let me sneeze! ;-)

So...yes I have a birthday next Tuesday and Mr Shabby leaves for a week long trip Monday and I want you guys to help me celebrate. :-) I decided to have a FREE GIVE AWAY and a STORE SALE! We can celebrate Cinqo De Mayo and my birthday all at the same time. I'll certainly be delighted to raise a couple margarita's with ya!

So I'm giving away a FREE CLASS!!! PLUS beginning Midnight May 4th through Midnight May 5th, I'm having a BIRTHDAY BASH SALE and any order at Shabby Cottage Studio will receive a 25% discount when they check out!

Everyone who leaves a comment on this post (and this post only) will be eligible for a drawing to receive a free registration to attend my Digital Grounds online workshop over at Creative Workshops that begins May 11, 2009! I will choose a winner randomly on Wednesday May 6 2009. Check out the description of the Digital Grounds Workshop.

It's hard to explain (which is why I'm giving the workshop!) but Digital Grounds really has nothing to do with knowing how to do things digitally! They are a product we can use to allow our ink jet printer to print on just about anything you can put through a printer (And some things you might not think to put through a printer LOL)

Samples of skins made and printed on with Digital Grounds. The ledger paper underneath is just so you can see the transparency of these skins.

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I've also been "cleaning house" over at my Etsy stores. I finally realized that having two stores, with everything else I'm involved in is just sheer lunacy on my part. So I have closed The Papier Cottage at Etsy.

And moved all my artwork back to Shabby Cottage Studio Etsy with the supplies and now have a new banner over there. I divided the store into sections so you don't have to scroll through the pages if you are on the hunt for anything particular.







95 comments:

Joy said...

Oh Gail, I wince for you. Yikes. I think Mr. Shabby ought to stay home!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Wow - you've got a lot of agendas!

I would love to enter your class contest! Though, as I'm completely computer graphics illiterate, I would probably be the world's worst student!

Looking forward to your Golden sale!

slommler said...

Hey Sweetie!! I am so sorry your back is complaining so loudly. Maybe you ought to start early with the margaritas!!! woohoo!! As for the class give away...count me in!!
That sounds so cool!! I love it
Take care dear one!
Hugs
SueAnn

Edytheanne said...

I just bought two bottles of this today and wondered where I would learn what to do with it, so I really hope I win.

pammaro said...

Gail,

Well take it easy so you can enjoy your Birthday!

I'll make sure to check out your sale; and thanks for the opportunity to take a class!

pam

Sharon said...

Yikes, I'm with you on that getting too close to the floor thing and not being able to get back up! I hope you have a great birthday next week. If I win the class, you will have to be very patient with me, but I'd love to learn your lovely techniques.

grammie25 said...

Gail,
This is my first post with you and I am so glad that I found your blog. Happy early birthday.
Karen

Sandy..... said...

I, too, am totally "digital art illiterate" - but would absolutly love a chance to learn!
Thanks for the opportunity and I hope you feel better soon!

Lubna said...

Hi Gail:-) My sympathies with your back - take it easy if you can. What a lovely way to celebrate your birthday, by sharing with others:-) Who wouldn't want to win this prize? - me for start! :-)

Sherry Goodloe said...

I used to laugh at the "I've fallen and I can't get up commercials", but now? . . . not so much anymore *smiles*

Happy birthday Gail . . . celebrate all month!

Karen Valentine said...

I can SO understand your pain. Been troubled with a bad back for quite some time, thankfully regular chiropractor visits really made a difference. Happy Birthday by the way. Thanks for the chance to take your class. I've actually been thinking about taking some on-line classes. Thanks again!!!
Karen

Susan said...

I hope your back recovers soon! Thanks for the opportunity to win free class - the digital grounds sounds interesting. Have no idea what it is.
Susan

Charmingdesigns said...

Happy Happy Birthday to your poor aching body!! I would love to celebrate with you and your workshop!!! Would LOVE to learn how those Goldens work! Take care...heal quickly! Laurie

QueenBe said...

Gail I am so sorry about your back.... that's no way to spend the days before your birthday! Even if I were to win your workshop, which I would love to take, I won't be able to manage that one because of time restraints but I did just want to wish you Happy Birthday and feel better soon!

Stacy said...

Count me in for the workshop drawing! I've wanted to try these grounds for a while. AND Happy Birthday!!
Stacy

Risa said...

Happy Birthday! I'd love to learn more about digital stuff. I don't use my computer for near enough when it comes to my art.

susi said...

I hope your back is better, you enjoy your birthday (have a happy one) and I win the class!

L'Hélène said...

I would love a class with you, count me in!

Linda Hardy said...

Gail I hope you're feeling better soon, please take it easy and don't rush it!

Hugs, Linda

studiorose said...

::tapping toes to rainbow song::

Hey Gail, that class looks really awesome! My printer could use a workout - only boring stuff has been coming out of it lately. Thanks for having such a nice giveaway, and I look forward to the sale! (Hope I don't forget!)

zquilts said...

Oh! Birthday month contest! Yeah! Please enter my name - that would be so cool!

My Journey to Hope said...

Happy early birthday! Getting old kind of sucks- my birthday is the 26th & I'm feeling it, too. Please enter me in your lovely giveaway. I hope you feel better soon!

:) Michelle

Recie said...

Oh, My! I definitely want a shot at winning your digital grounds workshop class. You are so creative.....maybe it will rub off on me if I win. LOL. I hope your back is much better! I have followed your blog since you created a etsy banner for me. Happy Birthday!

Val Foster said...

So sorry to hear about your back. I hope you recover soon. Perhaps a chiropractor could help? Hope you have a very happy birthday.

gale said...

Well...I left you a comment but it just went away before I could post it..Don't know where .....The gist is that it isn't fun to have body parts misbehave! I am looking so forward to the "Grounds" class and am going to pick up a few supplies this week end! Please get better!!!

I will be saying a prayer just for you!
Gale

Renee said...

Hi Sweetie,

Happy Birthday! I have been reading about the digital grounds and am very curious. It is on my to do list . . .
Please add me to your contest.

Hugs
Renee

Marie75 said...

Happy birthday Gail ! And thank you for the gift :)

Deb Plapp said...

I'd love to win your class! Sorry about your back. I know what you mean about feeling older than you are. I just got home from work, (I'm a nurse) and I feel so stiff and sore, can't wait to go to bed.
Hope you have a great birthday, and your back is better. Deb

Myrna said...

Ooohh....ooowww! I'm so sorry about your back!! Please take it easy so you'll be up to party for your birthday!! I'll join you for margs on Tuesday! ;-)
Please enter me in your giveaway!
Blessings!
Myrna

Nita Jo said...

Getting old is better than the alternative... lol! But the aches and pains are so frustrating. I hope you get to feeling better very quickly!

Please enter me in your drawing... and have a very Happy Birthday!

Nita Jo

Mel said...

Happy Birthday!
I'd love to win a class! I've just finished the video tutorial on your ning site.

Mary said...

Do I ever feel for you. We put in a garden this past week and I have found pains in body parts I didn't know I had. Theragesic!! I couldn't live with out it.
I hope you have a fantastic birthday and all your wishes come true!!

Thelma said...

Hello Gail, sure hope you get to feeling better! I would love to be able to take your workshop but unless it's an online workshop I wouldn't be able to attend. Just wanted to wish you Happy Birthday and hope you get to feeling better. Your workshop sounds fabulous,,someone will be so thrilled to be able to take this workshop.

Anne, Bulles dorées said...

wow count me in please !!!!!!!!

Cathy W. said...

Happy Birthday! Yes, that age just creeps up on you. As Bette Davis said "Old age isn't for sissies".

JodyC said...

Happy Birthday Gail, from another May Birthday Person (May 6 here). I hear you about age!!! Love your blog.
Jody

Sherry said...

I would love to have the chance to win your giveaway!! Happy Birthday and I want to know why I don't feel as old as my body does??

Have a wonderful birthday week!!
Sherry

whyte said...

Gail, take care, rest up and hopefully your back will work its way loose quickly.

Fingers crossed, hunting 4-leaf clovers, and a pinch of salt over my shoulder would love to win your workshop working with digital grounds!!

Lynn said...

Ohhhhh poor Gail, I really feel your pain girl, been there quite a few times myself and it is extremely painful :(
On another note I had to laugh at the Old Age and the old lady in the photo, you are not old sweetie, just wiser. Big hugs and a Happy Happy Birthday.
Lynn

fromthepines said...

Sounds interesting!

Have a good one!

Cheryl

Penny said...

Hello Gail,
So sorry to hear about your back pain - please try to rest when ever possible.
Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you!
Hugs
Penny Plum

SweetAnnee said...

Oh .. add my name..I've wanted to do a workshop, but things are tight here right now..
I HOPE I WIN!!

take care of you sweetie.

deena

Bunty said...

Hey Gale

You poor thing - I sympathise with you as I am a long term sufferer myself. Hope your back gets well soon so that you can enjoy your freedom while Mr Shabby is away!

Please, please, please put me down for the draw - I would love to win a free class - I have done your two digital classes and would love to try something new. I will be keeping everything crossed!

Get well soon. Best wishes,

Barbara

Joanie Hoffman said...

ouch! it hurt to read about your painful incident.
i've read some things about Digital Grounds and would love to win a free workshop.
i'm hoping you're feeling a little better now.
happy days,
joanie

Luv Creating Cards 'n' Keepsakes said...

Happy birthday to you. I have a birthday next week too so I'm crossing fingers that the sun shines for us both. What a lovely giveaway idea. Thank you for offering the chance to win something so very special.

Astrid Maclean said...

Hope your back will get better very soon, also that Mr Shabby has a very good reason for not being there...
Hope you have a fab day on your birthday and having done two of your workshops already, well in a way three cos I did Pam's, - I'd love to win another...:o)

Lisa said...

Gail,

Sounds like you need the margarita now! I'm always amazed at how the worse back pain is caused by the simplest movement..Hope it feels better soon. I'd love a chance at your giveaway ;). Take care

Summer5 said...

Happy May Birthday...already paid for th digital course...but heck, we could figure out something....right???

Have a cool birthday...girl!

Jo

Marie-Aimée said...

Happy birthday and lovely idea to offer something for your birthday

Laughing Poodle said...

Happy Birthday! I have just past another year under my belt myself. Just think of all the knowledge you are collecting with every passing year. I have to tell you, I absolutely love your site and only dream I could do something like this someday.

Do something great for yourself, your worth it.
Laura

Nancy said...

Gail, Please include me in your birthday bash giveaway! I love to learn new things and especially if it means getting more use out of my printer. Hope I get lucky.
Thank you, Nancy

Francine Cronos said...

A very Happy Birthday! I can really sympathize about your back because the exact same thing happens to me when I bend over to reach for something or when I'm vacuuming! I can't straighten up and I can't pick up my feet, so I have to shuffle along. A heating pad helps me out. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your fabulous giveaway.

Glycérine said...

Oh poor Gail !!! I wince for you.. I hope Mr Shabby will pay attention to you.
I wish you a very Happy Birthday with lots of Margarita's ;0) and I m happy to participate to your Giveaway.
Take care
xxx
Glycérine

Belinda said...

Gail,
Enter me, Enter me, Enter me...I want to learn how to do what you all do....!
The photo at the top of the post is hilarious! I've had birthdays and days that have felt like she looks!
Belinda

Gilda said...

Gail, your blog is wonderful. And thanks for the give-away - I would love to learn more about digital arts. Happy Birthday.

Shane said...

Hi Gail

So sorry to hear - back problems are the worst. Hang in there! Mr Shabby sounds like my own mister!

Best wishes for a wonderful day on the 5th, I hope there's someone there to spoil you. Have a great 'you' day!
The Digital Grounds sound like fun.
Best wishes
Shane

Sharon said...

Oh Gail I feel your pain. Just take it easy and start on the margaritas NOW. I think if you do you should feel no pain by your birthday. LOL But really take care. I would love to enter your contest too. Til next week rest. Sharon

Sue M said...

What a wonderful giveaway!

Elizabeth Golden said...

Gail What a hoot that photo is for the entry to this post. All that poor woman needs is a hound dog. I am still giggling. Sorry about your side, hope that quickly resolves itself. And a pre Happy Birthday to you. I an hoping I will be the lucky one. Also the sale sounds fab!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Oh Dear Gail ~ ouch...take good care, back pain is the worst!
Thank you for the chance to win your lovely and generous giveaway.
Hoping your birthday has lots of special surprises in store for you!
Enjoy * Enjoy

createitcottage said...

Gail~ Hope your back is doing better. I've been in the same predicament before. Threw my back out just bending down. It's no fun. Just needs time for it to settle down. Hopefully it will be all better by your birthday!!!

I would love a chance for your workshop. It looks so interesting!

Happy Birthday a little early!!

Sheila

Sharon Giordano said...

So many wonderful things to see on your website!

Mary Beth said...

Happy Birthday Gail!!!! I would love to win the giveaway-I am in a total slump creatively lately {and pretty much everything else}. I hope you are feeling better.

Nan said...

Hi Gail...Leaving your blog open today for the music :) Anyway...OWWWW!!! No fair about your back on your b'day! But then it never happens at a good time, does it? Here's wishing you a speedy recovery and a very happy birthday. Nan

Christine Thuerk said...

Gail so sorry for your poor back, I have had this too, no fun. I would love to enter your contest for the free class! Thanks!!!1

Jeanet Annoff, the Netherlands said...

So sorry to hear about your backache. I hope you don´t have hayfever???
I totally agree that the name Digital Ground is somewhat deceptive.!
When I went to pick up my digital grounds package (I travelled a hundred miles with the company car with my hubby as my private chauffeur to get a 30% discount, woohoo) and there I saw the brochure announcing the products with the title MIX MORE MEDIA! Now that sounded a lot more intriguing to me!
Take care Gail. See ya soon.

Rose said...

Gail, I've been there too with the back pain. Hope by now you are feeling better. I have my eye on that class so I would love to be in on your drawing for it!

FredaB said...

Hi Gail

Happy birthday and may there be many more.

I sure could use the class so maybe I will get lucky.

Hope the back eases off.

Hugs

FredaB

Bev said...

Gail I feel for you hon...my age today is 100. I even look that age when I'm trying to get up from a chair right now.((gentlehugs)) I'm going to be around for that Birthday, and will have my drink all ready to celebrate!!

You can add me to the list of those who want to win your free class...

Jeanne said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you are out of pain by Tuesday. I, too, know what is like to have back pain. Thanks for offering the giveaways, even if I don't win!

Love your music!

Hope said...

Gail, Happiest of Birthdays! Thank you for giving gifts on your special day, but we should expect no less from someone who is so generous with everything else she does. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the class - looks fabulous.

Ann said...

A very HAPPY NATAL ANNIVERSARY to you!!! I do hope your back is better by then.
I would love to win your birthday givaway..I have read alot about the Golden digital grounds but I think I need special help!!! Hope I win!!

Holly said...

Hi Gail,
Happy Birthday! Please include me in the giveaway-it sounds like a fun time!

lorhen82 said...

I feel your pain...literally! I would love to take another of your workshops, and winning one would be awesome! Thanks for the chance at it. ~Lori

CEA said...

Your story brought back memories of the first time I hurt my back, I was looking for shoes under the bed and couldn't get back up - it's been downhill since!

Love your music selection!

Melange said...

What a wonderful gift to US. thank you so much. How fun.

I hope your back is doing better. Nothing is worse then when that happens.

I chose to not look at it as an age factor; but what happens when you over exercise. Reaching into the chip bowl and getting up to get something to drink are exercise moves correct?

Linda said...

I hope you have a wonderful birthday and that your back gets to feeling better soon! Thanks for a wonderful giveaway...this sounds like a great class!

Lynn Stevens said...

So sorry to hear of your back injury, no fun!
Happy Birthday tho and I'd Love to be entered in yout giveaway
Lynn Stevens
minpinsloveme@msn.com

Dorthe said...

Hi Gail, thanks a lot for wonderfull printable sheets, I love them.
I would also love to be on your class,-- well we will se.
Wishes you a wonderfull sunday.

XOXO Dorthe

Patti said...

Let's see... comment #80, what are the odds:) I'll just sign up for the class anyway and take this opportunity to wish you a very happy birthday!!

Gillian said...

Hi Gail

I would so love to take your Digital Grounds Workshop, I have that kit ... as yet unopened, not exactly sure where I'm meant to be going with it. I can empathise in the feeling older some days, spent the day in the garden today, by this evening I don't know what aches more lol. Hope you have a wonderful birthday and will be hoping over to your store shortly. Take Care, Gillian xox

P.S .. My parcel is awaiting collection at the Post Office (Yipee) :)

White Linen ~ Lavender Field said...

Excellent blog, Gail and Happy Birthday! Your back should be ok by now as it's Sunday evening. Take care.
Linda

Kay said...

Happy Birthday.... I do hope you are feeling better!!!

Dora Haymond said...

Gail,
Though I've been lurking, I've learned a lot here at your lovely site. I, too, have grown old enough to respect my back's aversion to bending below my knees. How did I get here? Thought you might like this quote from Edith Wharton: "It spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in a small way." I think it fits you (though i don't mean to indicate you're getting close to disintegration!) Happy Birthday

Brenda said...

Happy Birthdday, Gail. So sorry about your back, I know just how you feel, many times just moving a certain way through out my back. The worse part is getting up from my painting desk and can't straighten up - getting old is really hard. I love your blog, I, too, am a southern girl and a decorative painter.

Debby said...

LOL...Happy Birthday, Gail! I hope your back is on the mend, the joys of aging. I was just thinking today that it would be nice if I could walk right..hehehe..my old feet are getting tired. I would love a chance to be entered in your drawing for one of your classes.
Take care,
Debby

Paula -Teaberry Cottage said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you are feeling better. I would love to be included in your class. Have a wonderful week.

Paula

Ms. Lahtidah said...

What a great workshop - I must admit I am continually stymied when I stand in front of the mediums selection these days. I just stare and gawk and try to figure out what they all do!
And happy happy happy birthday!

Becs said...

Hi Gail and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! I have been dying to take one of your classes, just been trying to save my pennies...lol, sooooo please enter me in your drawing and of course...PICK ME!!!! Becs

Helen McKinney said...

Happy Birthday!
Mine is the 6th, 59 years, eek! I will join you in those maragritas!
It's also so nice of you to throw a party; I think I'll scoop me up some birthday goodies.
I need a blog, till then,
Happy Birthday,
Helen McKinney

altermyworld said...

Happy Birthday!! SInce i am currently taking three classes i would love to take more, i am addicted
LOL
altermyworld(dot)angw(at)gmail(dot)com

Suzie Button said...

I hope you feel better soon! Thanks for a chance to win, yippee! Suzie

Shari said...

I am comment number 93!!! Happy birthday week---enjoy and be creative.
-shari xo

Amber said...

That pix of the granny is cracking me up so bad, don't-cha love her sweet little face?
I would love a chance to take one of your workshop classes...you are such a sweet and generous soul!

Gail...Happiest of Birthdays to you my dear and I hope your back is feeling better by now. Hope your birthday week is special for you!!!
hugs,
amber

Cindy Shea said...

Oh Gail, I got such a kick out of your take on old age that I just had to share my favorite quote with you.

"You know you are getting old when you bend down to tie you shoelaces and you wonder what else you could do while you are down there".