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Monday, March 9, 2009

My Very First Giveaway!!! SITS!!!

Okay, so this is my very first giveaway!  I read and follow SITS (Secret is in the Sauce) and try to comment every day (almost).  It is this awesome blog that encourages a whole bunch of fellow bloggers to comment each others blogs....So anyways, it is SITS annual Spring Fling and they asked all of their readers to giveaway something so here it is: 

I am giving away a dry mounted 16X20 of whichever image the winner chooses.  The giveaway ends on Friday, March 20th.  Here are the rules:

1. Leave a comment telling me why you want to win for one entry
2. Make sure you're a follower of my blog and let me know when you leave a comment (on the right) for one entry
3. Post my button on your blog (on the right) for one entry 
4. Make sure you have an email on your blog that I can contact you to let you know you have won!

So you have a chance for three different entries into my giveaway drawing! Good Luck!









132 comments:

Rachel Ann said...

I want to win because I am in need of some decorating stuff for my house! I love the flowers you have..beautiful

Denise said...

I hardly have art work on my walls and I love your flowers!

KiraAJ said...

I would absolutely love to win one of your photos! Currenty i am re doing my hallway to my upper lvl of my house and i am collecting framed photos from photographers from around the world and displaying them in my hallway! One of yours would fit in perfectly!

Miss Anne said...

Your work is AMAZING.

the crispness of your photos, the vibrance of the colors, and the attention to detail is impeccable.

Nice work!

Love the flowers too!

Kristen said...

I love the pic of the gerbera daisy. So colorful!

Megan said...

Your photography is GORGEOUS!!!

I would LOVE to win this because I need things to spruce up my house and a nice big picture would so help!

Megan said...

I'm a follower

Megan said...

I'm going to put your button on my blog right now. =)

KatieSaysSo said...

I am a follower =)

I want to win because....I am redecorating my entire apartment. I recently lost all of my belongings because my apartment burned down. I had to replace every single thing and so it has been very stressful.

My favorite thing to do is decorate but I havent gotten around to it yet due to the financial part of it all. I would really like to win something that could help me do that! =)

Love your photos, blog, etc

Have a great day!

Mamarazzi said...

oh that pink gerbera daisy is FABULOUS!!

Happy Spring Fling SITSta!

The Mendoza Family said...

Melissa, I just don't know if I've ever told you how ridiculously talented you really are! You have a way with that camera, you can make the ugliest day look absolutely gorgeous! How honored I would be to display your incredible photography in my home, some actual real art that did not come from Real Deals. I love your business and I am inspired by you. Thanks so much for including me in so much and helping me out. You are truly the most awesome. And I totally mean it, not just buttering you up. But yeah, I wanna win. ;)

sandy said...

I would love to win! The flowers are just gorgeous. What a nice pick me up:0)

Laura said...

I love that barn it is too gorgeous! I always need art in my life! Have a great spring fling and come by my blog for a chance to win a coach purse!

Krissy said...

I want to win because the pictures are so beautifully done!

Rachael said...

i love your work, so beautiful!

LenaLoo said...

I like the big pink flower! And I would put it in my hallway so I can finally get my husband to take down his Lord of the Rings map...

Mimi said...

Wow, you work took my breath away. I love the farmhouse, but anyone who knows me know that I adore sunflowers, so I would pick that one!

April said...

Your follower button won't load for some reason. Please enter my name in your giveaway...your photography is stunning!

Mimi said...

I'm now following you!

LoveMy2Dogs said...

I want to win because these are beautiful pictures, which I need some color.

Pam said...

Visiting via SITS. Great photographs! Have fun with your giveaway.

Sarah said...

These are beautiful! I would love a flower :)

Barely Domestic Mama said...

I would love to win - my walls are bare and need some decorations.

Happy Spring Fling!

carma said...

I like the sunflower photo best - nice!

Tiffany said...

Those photos are gorgeous. I would choose the eagle picture for my sister. She loves eagles.

Beth said...

I love all of the flower pictures, I would have a hard time choosing, beautiful work. manicmotherme@gmail.com

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

Ok...because I SOOOO need to win this...you photos are BEAUTIFUL.

I am following too...

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

Wow, your photos are breathtaking! I would like to win one of these lovely prints to put in my bedroom (Which is still bare).

Thanks for the chance!!

Linda

Janelle said...

I want to win because my daughter would go CRAZZY over these pictures and she has a birthday coming up... :) Thanks for the chance!

nikkicrumpet said...

oh my...YOUR photos are exceptional! I lived in Utah for 40 years and I sure do miss it having been gone the last 8. I'd love to win your contest because I could have a picture of my 3 grown kids who still live in Utah and I don't get to see them often enough. I could put a great big picture of them on the wall and I'd not feel so lonely for them. Thanks for giving away such an awesome prize!

nikkicrumpet said...

I am now a follower..thanks

Alicia @ Oh2122 said...

I am so psyched to see you in the giveaway!

I would choose the sunflower. It's simply stunnning!

T said...

My son is staring over my shoulder saying "whooooooaaa" - is that reason enough? He's impressed with the long tongue on that fox, I'm impressed in general with the composition of the pictures!!! (LOVE the butterfly one!)

Amy said...

Gorgeous photos! I love the pink flower one. It would go great in my bedroom :)

koopermom said...

Oh beautifuL! I love the pink flower. It is exactly my style!!

Joy said...

I'd love to win so I could gift my husband with the owl print as he is utterly enamored of owls. :o)

autumnsensation@yahoo.com

Joy <--visiting from SITS

Lolli said...

Lovely! I think the butterfluy is my favorite!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh the pink flower and owl are beautiful!

You have a wonderful blog. I am visiting via Sits. I hope you will stop by and enter my giveaway too.

Michaela said...

Happy Spring Fling! I would like to win, because I am a decorating failure and these are some great photo's and they would make my place look better!!

Whimsical Creations said...

I would love to win one of your beautiful photos!! YOur photos are amazing!!

Happy spring fling!

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Brandy said...

I'd love to win and put something beautiful on my walls!

Happy Spring Fling!

Tricia said...

I want to win because my husband keeps putting comic posters on our walls, I'm a girl and I want girly things! Help me kick it off my walls! That being said, I would love the butterfly or flowers.

ScrappinAway said...

I really need to win this because I am redoing my bathroom in butterflies and the colors are yellow, orange, and pink and the butterfly on the yellow flower would be the perfect finishing touch!

jennifersusan said...

Why wouldn't I want to win one of your amazing pieces of art??? I love the flowers. You are so talented!
Happy Spring Fling, SITSta!

Michelle said...

Wow, your photographs are gorgeous. I would love the yellow flower if I won.

I'm giving something away too if you are so inclined to stop by. :)

Jacky said...

I want to win because all of those photos are GORGEOUS! And especially the pinkish/redish flower...Thanks for the giveaway! =)

thesweetestpetunia@gmail.com

Amy said...

Beautiful! My walls are still bare...9 months after moving in...I need help

Amy said...

Following too!

Just say Julie said...

Those are gorgeous. I'm digging that barn one, but the flowers are stunning!

Rachel said...

Congratulations on your first giveaway!

I could really use some more artwork on my walls.

Miss Anne said...

Oh and! i'm your newest follower! yay!

scottsgal said...

My husband collects eagle stuff - what a gorgeous pic.

msboatgal at aol dot com

Katie said...

You have gorgeous work, I really like the barn scenic view and the ones the foxes. You got in real close to that fox! But I'd love to win the pink flower as it'd go great in my house I know just the spot!

pam said...

I would love this!! Absolutely beautiful. I would go for a pic of my kids, but I would also love that fox:)

All-American Preppy said...

I would love to win the sunflower photo because sunflowers are my favorite and they are a big part of my Tuscan theme kitchen, so I'd be thrilled to hang this up! Your photography is absolutely stunning :)

News Around The Blogs said...

I want to win so I can tell people that I won this from an award winning Utah wedding Photographer named Melissa Papaj!!

I love the pink flower!

shortmama said...

I love the barn picture! It is beautiful and would look great in my living room! I am also a follower!

Cassie said...

Melissa,

Austin and I are going to eventually build a home in West Farmington. Our new home is very rustic and will look like an old fashioned barn. I would love to display the barn photograph in our home. I love the peacefullness of your photo and the feeling of comfort and familiarity of home that I feel when I look at it. Your work always warms my heart and I thank you for that! *Cassie

Tam said...

I have not a single picture on my walls in my entire home....so this would be a good start if I won! I love the PINK FLOWER!

Single Girl said...

Hey Fellow Utahan!

How Have I not seen your blog before? I would LOVE a nice piece of art for my cube at work. To brighten my day. I Love the Barn!

Single Girl said...

I started following!

Jill said...

I want to win because I am in love with your pictures. I love art work! I added myself to your followers list

Tamara aka Cheapskate Mom said...

Amazing pictures! Ok so this is not a pick me because I have a sad story comment - I just want to share that I love your butterfly photo. I lost my dad suddenly 2 years ago and butterflies remind me that he is still with me - he just grew his wings and flew to Heaven. Thanks for the nice thought today. I have a great contest on my blog if you like being Green!!

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

wow these pics are beautiful!!! Im re-doing 4 rooms in my house this spring/summer so one of these would be so awesome!!!

Sharlene said...

I need art and I love things that aren't the 1 millionth copy of the same painting Joe Schmo has in his house. You are very talented!

Margaret said...

I want to win, because I love your photography. I have been coming by your blog for a little while now, and you photos always amaze me. These are so beautiful.

B said...

I need to win, not want, NEED. Why? Because I am moving in a couple of months and I swore that all the stuff my MIL keeps giving me is not coming with me. This house is going to be ALL ME! And, your images are beyond beautiful. I'd love to have one hanging on my wall. I'd even blog about it when I moved in and show the world your stuff!

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Following for some great tips I'm sure and I would love the Sunflower to hang in my kitchen and remind me of growing them from seed as a child back home in England.

Pop over to mine for a chance at 6 prizes of Jewelry, Make-up & Perfume!

Lori said...

I would love to decorate with a new picture :)

Lori said...

I follow :)

mom2anutball said...

I want ot win because I love decorating with a great new pic! Thanks for the chance!

hawkgirl_16 {at} hotmail {dot} com

mom2anutball said...

Im a follower!

hawkgirl_16 {at} hotmail {dot} com

Amanda and Katie said...

Love your photos! You are so talented.

Amanda and Katie said...

And I am a followers

Amanda said...

Ohh those are some beautiful pictures!

Amanda said...

and I am following!

Megan R. said...

I love the gerbera pic! That would go fabulously in my kitchen!

lynn said...

Happy Spring Fling!
Your photography is amazing! I'd love to win because it would help inspire me to keep going and practicing my photography skills!

I'm a new follower too.

Snarky A. said...

I absolutely love your work! I would love to win to have one of these amazing photos on one of the walls in my house!
Thanks for the opportunity to win!
Happy Spring Fling!

Jessica said...

I LOVE the Gerbera Daisy pic! Beautiful!!!

Mrsfatface said...

Your photography is amazing! The flowers are so beautiful. I follow your blog and would love to be chosen!

Bullfrogs & Butterflies Baby said...

The pink gerber daisy would provide some much needed tranquility to my bathing experience!

Michelle said...

I love the daisy!

Wolf said...

beautiful photography! just amazing!

i'd love to win because we moved in to our house not too long ago and we need things up on the walls!

heatherallebach@yahoo.com

The Eadle Family said...

Wow, I would love to win this! I am in need of something to brighten up my place. I love the ink flower one. :)

The Eadle Family said...

Oh, and I am following you! :)

Kelli said...

I love the pink flower for my little girls room. She loves EVERYTHING pink! I have looked at your site before (because you are usually the 1st to comment on SITS) I also live in Utah! Right downtown.

Cecily R said...

Melissa your work is stunning...

I saw your comment on the SITS roll call and HAD to visit a fellow Utah girl. So glad I did!

missy said...

i am following......i love photography!!!!

Heather said...

Your work is amazing! I'd love to have a print of the pink flower for my pink themed bedroom with empty walls!!

Karen said...

I would love to win this because my walls are definitely in need of some art and your photos are absolutely beautiful!

The Royal Family said...

I love these photos! Where in UT are you? I love the owl!

Jodi said...

Your work is gorgeous! I would really love to get some new artwork up in the bedroom. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Jodi said...

I'm now following your blog too!

Laufa said...

I just got your button!

Laufa said...

Now a follower.

Laufa said...

Those are some beautiful pictures - I would have to go with the butterfly and flower. My daughter likes anything girley - Tink, flowers, butterflies, etc. The fox licking his nose is really cute though.

Tiffany said...

Please stop by my blog, Eat at Home and leave a comment today. Each comment is worth $1 for the Global Food Crisis fund and all you have to do is comment. SITS girls are great at that!

Diana said...

they're all so beautiful! i'd love to win the flowers or the butterfly - to beautify the walls.
thanks
Diana A.
Omaha, NE
dialex1@msn.com

Electronic Goose said...

Sunflowers, love it!

Shannon said...

Hmmm. The reddy/pink flower is my favorite.

But I must say I love your Meez!! It is the best!

Shannon said...

I'm a follower.

Cindy said...

What beautiful photos! I would love to have any one of these. I love the yellow flower!

Gaspegirl said...

Oh my goodness... I am so grateful to have stumbled upon your blog via the GREAT SITS site! I love your work and would be thrilled to win a print! I love the old barn/building photo. The reason?? I am an inspiring photographer and would find great inspiration from your piece. I would also love it to grace my walls in my new home.

THanks for the great contest... make it a great day!

Mandy said...

I don't know how I'd pick just one...your work is simply stunning!
I want to win because I'm moving soon across the country to beautiful but rainy Seattle and would love some new cheerful art on my walls

TattooedMinivanMom said...

K, I want to win because my walls are mostly bare and I don't usually buy this kind of stuff. I just don't know how to decorate.

TattooedMinivanMom said...

I'm following you!

Carina said...

I think... the sunflower! It's so beautiful! I'm a follower now!

Chris said...

Those pictures are really nice, nature is always so relaxing to look at. I would be proud to hang one in my house.

Tulsi said...

After my husband left for Afghanistan June 06, my family had to move to a different city. We still have nothing on the walls in any room except the living room after all of this time. It's quite sad. I love photo's of THINGS. I tend to take more of those, getting family members enough so that they are remembered. I LOVE the barn photo. Great photo's!! I love flowers, too.

I am Harriet said...

Hi.
Beautiful photos!
I'm just passing by via SITS.
Have a great day!

Procrastinator Crafter said...

Wow I would love to win!! I totally pick one of the flowers. Your photos are beautiful and you are very talented!! Thanks for such a great SITS giveaway!!

Maridith

Procrastinator Crafter said...

I am now a follower!

WhisperingWriter said...

Oh wow, you are so talented. I would love to win as my walls are pretty bare.

And also, because my husband has an ugly tank picture in our living room and I'd like to replace it.

christyzee said...

All I can say is...WOW, you are very talented! Very nice blog and very breath-taking photos!
blessings...

Ter said...

Hi I'm new here, I came from SITS. I am an aspiring photographer myself, or well, I like to think I am anyway (I just applied to a photography school, yikes!) Your photos are beautiful and I don't know if I could compete but thank you for sharing your talent! :)

Raney_Rain said...

I am in love with your photography first and foremost. I have seen you take pictures first hand. Before I came to make my own blog, I followed yours since you did my friend's wedding.
I want so bad to win this as
1: I never win anything
2: the sunflower picture is amazing. Sunflowers are very dear to me.
3: I'm not keeping it for my self. I'm giving the picture to my grandfather if I win. My grandmother passed away almost 3 years ago and sunflowers were her favorite flowers. Her and I were very close and she was very dear to me.
I would want nothing more than to honor her life with a sunflower photo taken by you

hellosweetworld said...

Your photographs are absolutely amazing. It puts my photography to shame!

Carter Clan said...

You are amazing melissa, i love your wildlife photography. since you are going to be famous someday I just want one that has your autography on it, lol:)

Jennifer Lynch said...

Look at all of the comments! Woohoo, Melissa! I want to win because I want to win that barn pic. I'm in love with it!

Jennifer Lynch said...

I'm a subscriber (bloglines)!

Troy and Becky said...

Hey Melissa! :) We need to have you, Matt and the kids over so you can see the remains of how Troy had the house decorated! Ha ha ha! Your photography has spiced up the house and made it feel more like a home. You know I've been following but it is about time that I get a button for your page on mine. :)

angelretreat said...

I would like the one on the bottom of the fox yawning, I would like to win because I love animals and wildlife and this would look good

uniquegemini@yahoo.com

BPOTW said...

I would choose the pink flower. Beautiful!

Kari said...

I would love to win the photo of the barn and the field with that beautiful blue sky. I live in the city but dream of the country. I would love to look at that photo everyday.

Michelle said...

Oh such gorgeous images. You do great work!

I would like to win because I have a bathroom that is in DESPERATE need to remodeling, and I'm going to do it in hues that go so well with the flower you show. What better way to get me motivated and start that work? :)

Michelle said...

Your photos are amazing! You are truly gifted. I really like the eagle photo. When my husband I married, we had 2 eagles cirle over our heads as we said our vows. My daughter likes the flower because it is pink!

Michelle said...

Just signed up as a follower! Thanks!

Composing Hallelujahs said...

ok, normally i would totally pick the farm house, i truly hope to be in something like that someday, it would make a great "dream" painting, BUT i think the pink flower would add such a wonderful SPLASH of beautiful color to our living room. it would be good timing too since the painting we have above our mantel is currently on loan, and is soon to be returned :(
thanks for the chance at such a wonderful prize!

Tammy said...

My walls are full of pictures of the kids. It would be nice to have something different in the bedroom.

Tammy said...

I am following.

Samantha said...

I equally like all the photos but I would have to pick the Owl. My Grandmother has always collected Owls and I think that this would be a wonderful gift to her. She is getting older and doesn’t have too much longer to live. Your photograph would be something that will be passed down in my family that will always bring a smile to all of us.

I LOVE following your blog and hope that one day my pictures will be posted. You take amazing photos Melissa looking at them makes me smile, take a break and just enjoy your art. I WILL have you take my pictures one day soon!

I will keep following as I know that you will keep continuing to impress me.

Sincerely.
Samantha