Celebration time + giveaway

stART zine printed
Time for a giveaway

It’s my birthday today! Yeah, I know. Again. Blah kind of, I’m getting older. Who cares? ;-)

But to help me celebrate Tammy of DaisyYellow has kindly donated three copies of her awesome e-zine stART (issue #4). I have my copy printed, as you can see, laying beside my favorite Hello Kitty mug. I have been raving about this zine before, and the latest copy is full of prompts and ideas to get you started with creative thinking and doing!

To be entered in the drawing to win one of the copies we’re giving away: I would like to know one thing you do for yourself (I hope you do many) to make you happy. Share a pick-me-up idea you use on days when you are low, or something that you do often to keep balance in life. I know many of us do artsy things. That’s all, write it in the comments below – and you’ll be entered!

Oh, and join me in wathing this guy sing to me, it makes me smile:

Like I mentioned yesterday I don’t feel happy happy happy today, but a-okay anyway. And I am really pleased to have a giveaway (and more coming up!) on my blog! It’s not something I do often so it feels special and fun to me.

If you also feel like sharing this post on FB, twitter, in a blog post or somewhere else, of course I appreciate that. The drawing will be a week from now (and you’ll know because I will close the comments when it’s final).

Thanks for visiting and reading my blog! And big thanks to Tammy of the awesome blog DaisyYellow for helping me celebrate today!

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100 Responses to Celebration time + giveaway

  1. Happy belated birthday! Wishing you a year full of art and laughter. :)

  2. Madde says:

    Hip hip hurra Hanna! I take photo-walks to make me happy – me & my camera & the world! I take photos, I stop a lot, and I see, watch, observe and contemplate. That´s a good thing for me & it gives ideas and thoughts for my creative life.

  3. Darlene says:

    Happy Belated Birthday. I hope you enjoyed your day!

    The zine looks wonderful.

    What do I do for myself? I make time to sketch daily.

  4. Tammy says:

    Happy Birthday dear Hanna, thank you for all of the PINKS and the MAIL ART and the JOURNAL PAGES and the beautiful STITCHING and your happy outlook on life. It fills our world with smiles. And thank you for your kind words about the Zine!

  5. Christine says:

    Happy Belated Birthday!!! Hope you have a fabulous year!

    When I’m done I tend to do one of three things or all three:

    1. Go for a photo walk in my neighborhood especially now that it’s spring and capture all the lovely greens and pretty flower colors.

    2. Go window shopping with my camera. Nothing brightens a mood better than capturing no and usual things and vibrant colors and let’s forget that little stop at your favorite coffee drink house for a little snack.

    3. I go and create something even if it’s simply doodling in my art journal or writing lists, for some reason that helps.

    Hope you have a great day!

  6. Karyl Howard says:

    Happy Birthday, Hanna! I hope that you have had a good day and that it will continue through the evening!

    What do I do for myself when I want to keep life in balance? I make something for myself or for someone for whom I care! It could be knitting a few inches, cooking/baking something, journaling (both art and word), making books, spending some time with a group of friends… All of those things help me to work through the things that rattle in my brain and/or to keep things in perspective.

    Thank you for sharing all of your good ideas with all of us!

  7. barbara says:

    Hi Hanna, I hope your birthday was great. Remember, when considering the alternative, it’s best to just keep having those birthdays! I enjoy your happy and colorful art on Flickr, and usually forget to come to your blog, unless someone reminds me. Thanks to Tammy….

  8. Bonnie says:

    I just started attending yoga classes. Love it! I am learning how to relax-what a gift! Happy Belated!

  9. Sherita says:

    I’m a believer that happiness doesn’t always show itself in the overflowing bubbles of emotion, but I can often find it as I practice being thankful and mixing layers of paint – COLOR!!

  10. Lizbeth says:

    Enjoy your Birthday Week! What makes me feel happier? Well, yes, arting around, of course, and stroking my almost one-year-old Siamese kitten is always so relaxing and hearing her purr makes me happy, too.

  11. Mindy says:

    Happy Birthday, Hanna! I hope you had a wonderful day. Making arty things makes me happy.

  12. Andria says:

    Happy, happy birthday, fellow April-born lady! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity; I love Tammy’s blog and have been eyeing those zines of hers. When I need a pick-me-up I might have a cup of tea and read a magazine, or listen to upbeat music that I enjoy, or create a simple collage or throw some paint around for fun.

  13. deb says:

    happy artsy fartsy birthday to you from Vancouver Canada

  14. Kristina says:

    I do art when I’m feeling low – especially drawing and painting faces. It makes me feel like I accomplished something, which lifts my mood! Happy, happy birthday, Hanna! You inspire me so much!!

  15. Lena says:

    I listen to music that I love (at the time it’s Jack Johnsons In between Dreams from 2005) and make art in my journal. This makes me happy almost every time!

    Happy birthday – I had mine last week :)

  16. Elena says:

    I doodle while I watch/listen to classical music or children’s television!

  17. I recently bought all of the zines based on your recommendations — so if I win, choose someone else! — but last week I felt very down so I decided to let my sad emotions out on the page… and ended up doing a series of sad girl paintings which I ADORE. I’m not sad now, but I’m still painting my girls!

  18. Milla says:

    Happy birthday, Hanna! Wishing you another year full of art, crafts and everything nice! :)
    Things I do for myself? Hmm, it’s got to be one of the following: 1) play with my art journal, 2) do reiki, 3) create with my son (he’s two years and has an art journal, too! :) ).

  19. Kirsten says:

    Happy birthday (a little late)!
    When I’m down I clean my room and start a new project – usually something I have been thinking about doing for a while.
    The e-zines look fabulous!

    Hugs from Kirsten in Norway

  20. Caatje says:

    Cool! I just had a birthday giveaway too! Wishing you a very happy (be it belated) birthday and hoping you have a wonderful creative new year ahead of you. Enjoy!

  21. malin says:

    grattis! :)
    I do art, I cuddle with kitties, I knit, I drink tea with sisters, I watch stupid TV like Jersey Shore…

  22. Happy belated birthday! Thank you for doing a giveaway. I’m currently doing a Lifebook for year 2012 to document all the happy, strange, unhappy, memorable moments in 2012 and am planning to do a mini zine about my travel to Cambodia. I spend a lot of time on swap-bot lately looking for swaps related to mail art and journaling. Even though I may not have time to do all of those swaps, it makes me happy just to see so many people are creating things. Take Care :)

  23. monica says:

    Hi Hanna
    When I’m sad I go shopping ….. nothing better to get back your good mood!!
    kiss
    Moni

  24. Melisa says:

    I’m a little late making the rounds, but I do hope you had a good birthday. This year was #45 for me so I just wanted it to be over with but my family managed to make it a very nice day, after all. When I’m down, I like to sketch little imaginary animals, people, or robots. Just silly little figures that make me smile.

  25. Elizabeth Hogg says:

    A belated happy birthday to you. Just looking at your blog makes me feel happy but otherwise I like to work in my journal.

  26. Gill says:

    Walking along the beach always lifts my spirits! I wish I lived nearer to the sea!

  27. Kristin M says:

    Wishing you a Happy Birthday. I go shopping without kids usually to the quilt shop or art store, buy a Vanilla Latte, read my blogs.

  28. Happy Birthday Hanna! May this coming year be even better than last year for you :)
    To keep balance in my life, to lift my spirits, I play in my art journal. That has given me more peace than anything ever before.

    Tammy’s ezines are so much fun and so inspirational, thanks for the opportunity to win the newest!

    xoxo MotherDana

  29. Tiffani says:

    Happy Birthday!
    I stay up late reading!

  30. Heli says:

    Happiest belated birthday!

    Giveaway sounds amazing :)

    I enjoy long walks in the nature with my dog, that´s what keeps me balanced :)

  31. Hagit says:

    Happy Birthday! I’ve been reading your blog for years and enjoying it, and I wish you happier times, lots of creativity, inspiration and love! :-)
    For me, what always makes me feel good is art and creating (although when I’m not in the mood, it’s probably just pinning and less creating ;-))

    • Rina says:

      Dear Hanna, happy belated birthday!

      One thing I am doing for myself is NIA. To me it is a lovely way to concentrate, feel the moovements, the rhythm…..

      Thanks for the chance to get an e-zine of DaisyYellow as a giveaway from you. I started my first Journal yesterday. I am looking forward what will happen. *Many surprises await you!* (TDCC)

      Enjoy
      Rina

  32. Grace says:

    Happy birthday Hanna. Making things with my hands make me pretty happy. Sometimes if I don’t feel so good I blast music really loud or go for a walking nature to find an equilibrium. Hope you got the cards i sent. Best wishes

  33. Jokke says:

    Happy Birthday! I like to play with colorful things, like organizing crayons and pencils.

  34. Hope you’re feeling happier about your birthday now that the pressure of the moment has passed ;-) Besides the obvious making art to make myself feel good, I sometimes just have to veg out with an old movie on the TV. Relaxing, no expectations and just a tad bit of guilt afterwards to get me up and moving! Don’t forget to celebrate your un-birthday now!!!

  35. dotti c says:

    I would make time for creativity!

  36. Lia says:

    Happy Birthday Hanna ヽ(*⌒∇⌒*)ノ

    What do I do for myself when I want to keep life in balance?
    – journaling
    – crafting ( i love making something)
    – spend time with family and friends
    – learn and try something new
    – play with my cat ( =①ω①=)
    – praying and be thankful

    I’ve been your blog reader for long time and this is my first comment (^_^) . I love your writing because it’s inspiring me to start my creative life.

    Thanks Hanna 。◕‿◕。

  37. Sarah Martin says:

    One thing lately is to work on my art journal. Sketching and watercolor makes my heart sing these days. It is so simple, not messy and I can just pick it up and go town!

  38. angeline says:

    Happy birthday, Hanna! And you know what makes me happy? Reading your blog, because your pages are always so colourful!

  39. Ninox says:

    Bit late to the bandwagon but Happy Birthday! I hope you had a fantastic day and that this next year of your life brings you what you wanted and more, and when it doesn’t that everything and everyone you need to make you smile or see the brighter side is there too.

  40. Tanya says:

    I take time to read and to try to draw, color, or paint. Basically I try to add color to my life. Hopefully add some way of learning with art and connecting to an art community whether its online or in real life I try to connect.

  41. Amanda S. says:

    Happy Birthday! After a rough day at the office I spend my downtime in creative play, painting or working in my art journal.

  42. Kitty says:

    Happy belated birthday! Just one year older, that’ s nothing ;)

  43. Corvus says:

    Draw. And I need to do more of it lately- seriously neglecting the ol’ drawing side of myself.

  44. Ban says:

    First I want to say, your blog is great. I wish I found it sooner. You’re a great inspiration in so many ways. I really love your work and your creativity! <3
    Thank you for being such an awesome person.

    I love sunflowers, clouds and my blue sapphire ring. On days when I'm feeling down, to make myself happy, I wear the ring and take pictures of the clouds. I find it helpful when I write down my feelings and draw/paint sunflowers around the entry in my diary. And I often make backgrounds that are sky blue and paint clouds at the top and sunflowers at the bottom, kind of like a sunflowers field.
    I hope I gave a good answer for that question. :)

    • Ban says:

      oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY <3 May you find joy and happiness everyday of your life!

  45. I read blogs! I love seeing all the happy creative colourful things out there. Most bloggers are really positive writers too, so I usually cheer up just reading their blogs and looking at their pictures and videos.
    :)

  46. Mary says:

    Happy April Birthday!!! I go for a walk and enjoy nature when I want to feel energized and it does make me feel better. Or it could be nothing more than a nice cup of tea or making some scribbles on paper. I would love to win Tammy’s e-zine….thanks!
    Mary

  47. When I’m having a bad day or just a rough time, I always listen to music. It calms me down and brings me to a peaceful place, almost instantly putting me in a better mood.

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