Wednesday, January 5

against the grain

update: this giveaway is now closed

i love breaking out my new calendar late december every year and transferring all my birthdays, anniversaries, appointments, etc. i actually get kinda excited to do so. if you have not gotten the sweetest of calendars for 2011 yet, today is your day.

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i'm excited to introduce you all to ashley and her shop against the grain|graphic.

i asked ashley to share a little bit about herself:

"Out of high school I accidentally found myself metalsmithing for a local phoenix jeweler and studying industrial design at ASU. When I graduated I was still working for the same jeweler and found myself far more interested in graphic and jewelry design than product design. I began teaching myself more advanced metalsmithing techniques through books and videos and also took a class at Mesa Center for the Arts. Before I even knew it I had started my own jewelry business and became a teacher at the same center that I was learning at. I found having my own business exciting not only because was I able to be a metalsmith (creating designs inspired by nature), but I was using my love for graphic design through creating my own business cards, artists cards, my website, etc... but that wasn't enough. I then created against the grain. | graphic -making cards, calendars, bunting and a few new surprise items for 2011. I am so grateful that I can not only do what I love, but I can create things that other people find just as much excitement in.. and that makes all of the hard work and sleepless nights completely worth it."

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check out all of ashley's fabulous work and her vintage shop here:


ashley is offering this adorable magnetic calendar to one of you lovelies.

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here's how to enter:

leave a comment about what you are looking forward to in 2011.

earn extra entries by:

follow my blog and leave me a comment that you do

follow ashley's blog and leave me a comment that you do
(want another chance to win? head over there now!)

blog, tweet, or facebook about this giveaway and leave me a comment for each of these that you do.

{this giveaway will be open until tuesday, january 11th. winner chosen by random.org, and announced wednesday, january 12th. please leave your email with one of your comments so i can get ahold of you if you win}

happy wednesday, my friends!

133 comments:

  1. omg. i love that i get to transfer all the birthdays, appointments, and shenanigans on a fresh clean calendar!! woot woot! seriously, i'm not even kidding!

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  2. i also follow your magical blog

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  3. Oooh, the one thing I look forward to the most is to be collected from the airport by my lovely Chris after a year of being apart!!!!!!!

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  4. Oh, and I am a loyal follower of your pretty space in cyber space :-)

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  5. Great giveaway!

    I'm most looking forward to whatever misadventures my hubby and I get ourselves into. Life is good.

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  6. meeting our first child in march !!!

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  7. I'm looking forward to a positive pregnancy test : ) Great giveaway!

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  8. I'm looking forward to becoming an aunt this year! My one and only sister is due to have a baby girl at the end of March :)

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  9. I'm following Ashley's blog : )

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  10. ...and now I follow Ashley's too!

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  11. I am most looking forward to growing in Christ, hopefully this year will be FULL of growth! :)

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  12. I am looking forward to vacation with my hubby this June!

    sweetpeasandsassafras at yahoo dot com

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  13. I now follow Ashley's blog. :)

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  14. Just blogged about this fun giveaway :-)

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  15. Cute calendar! I'm looking forward to a trip to California with just my husband to attend a conference. We'll be taking our brand new niece to her very first hockey game while we're there:)

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  16. Also, I've been following your blog since just before Christmas. Love your craftiness:)

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  17. I'm looking forward to losing weight and getting my body back!

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  18. i'm looking forward to seeing what God has in store for me this year.

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  19. what a great giveaway!! I'm looking forward to going to Africa next week to meet our little boy!!! :)

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  20. I'm a new follower of Ashley's! :)

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  21. I'm looking forward to new babies. Between our friends + family we have 4 new littles ones due in February + March!

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  22. I am looking to grow our family one way or another!

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  23. I'm a follower of your lovely little blog.

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  24. following Ashley's blog now too.

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  25. Love the fresh calendar every January! I haven't had a chance to get a really great one yet! And I am loving your blog. Became a follower recently!

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  26. There are so many things to look forward to this year, wonderful birthdays, anniversaries, my Etsy shop will hit its 1st anniversary and Im looking forward to all the great things that God will bring us. Im looking forward to homeschooling my 4 year old, so excited about that! So many things.

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  27. I posted about this Giveaway on facebook!

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  28. saw your blog from Libby @ Bonjour and just started following!

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  29. I am looking forward to God's plan for my family this year :)

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  30. omg love this calender im looking forward to seeing what the new year has coming

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  31. the cutest! i hate calendars though. haha. no, i need them...especially when they are cute.

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  32. super cute! i'm looking forward to a first birthday!

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  33. i follow against the grain now too!

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  34. I am looking forward to watching my oldest son turn 10 and make his first communion!!

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  35. a religious follower
    {pun intended}

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  36. SOOO looking forward to a refreshing year !

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  37. Adorable calendar! I am looking forward to spending even more time with my son and watching him turn from toddler to little boy.

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  38. Oh my!! This is a wonderful giveaway. I am desperate to find original lovely things for my new office. I don't know if I could handle this calendar. So great!!

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  39. I have three sisters pregnant, and my hubby and I might be moving to California. And I'm Canadian so that sounds extremely cool!! Yay 2011
    Thanks for the giveaway
    martha.a.bishop@gmail.com

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  40. I'm a follower!
    martha.a.bishop@gmail.com

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  41. A vacation with my husband! and my sisters wedding!

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  42. and...I do follow you! I'm really enjoying your blog.

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  43. Oooh! The calendar is gorgeous and I'm in need of one! Thank you for this opportunity! :)

    cmyersdoyle@aol.com

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  44. I'm looking forward to a year filled with joy =)
    tamberine317 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  45. I am looking forward to solving my daughters stomach troubles with our new naturapath - he seems to be right on it, and she is six and has never had a day without a stomach ache - well this is her year I hope!
    tracyschultz@yahoo.com

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  46. I follow via GFC as Tracy Taylor
    tracyschultz@yahoo.com

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  47. i'm looking forward to watching what God will do in this crazy life of mine. :)

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  48. found your blog through kirrasue.com & just started following.

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  49. I am looking forward to moving to a new town with my boyfriend.Great giveaway fingers crossed. Helen

    malfie@care2.com

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  50. I'm looking forward to my graduation :) 2pmishere at gmail dot com

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  51. I follow your blog as fanny :) 2pmishere at gmail dot com

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  52. I follow Ashley's blog :) 2pmishere(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. I'm looking forward to taking more adventures with my dear husband and puppy and our 5th wedding anniversary.

    love love,
    Fritzi Marie

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  54. I'm looking forward to a new start at a new job!

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  55. I'm looking forward to actually doing nothing! Nothing to look forward to will allow me to just relax and be zen for a while.

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  56. i am looking forward to running a half marathon in may!

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  57. I am looking forward to a spring and summer filled to the brim with farmers markets and festivals! I can't wait.

    Thanks for the chance!
    bekki1820cb at gmail dot com

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  58. Follower {new to your blog!!}. Thanks again!
    bekki1820cb at gmail dot com

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  59. I am looking forward to celebrating my daughter's first birthday and spending lots of time with my loves.

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  60. And I follow your lovely blog!

    I need that adorable calendar!

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  61. I am looking forward to my wedding ( I actually cant believe I will actually be getting married) =)

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  62. I am a new follower of against the grain =)

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  63. In 2011, I am looking forward to having my sister come and visit me for a few weeks- I will be seeing her after 5 years!!

    onehotstove AT gmail DOT com

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  64. I'm looking forward to watching my daughter grow and learn. She's just starting to walk and it's a miracle.
    nicolthepickle(at)yahoodotca

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  65. I'm looking forward to having my 2nd baby in just a few weeks!

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  66. I follow your blog too :)

    kbcroniser at gmail dot com

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  67. i am looking forward to the wedding of my two best friends!! :)

    xo, katie
    kateandoli@gmail.com

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  68. i follow your blog!

    xo, katie
    kateandoli@gmail.com

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  69. i follow ashley's blog!

    xo, katie
    kateandoli@gmail.com

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  70. Beautiful! I love the sweet drawings. I am looking forward to coming into my own as a mother and crafter and watching my little guy grow!

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  71. I'm looking forward to graduating college and finding out what the world has in store for me!

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  72. i also follow this lovely, lovely blog! :)

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  73. My husband and my brother and I had a rough end of last year. To keep spirits up, we started this thing where we would say that 2011 would be be the best year of our lives.

    "Ugh, I really need to weight."
    "2011!"

    "How will I ever finish this paper?"
    "You're going to be the best student ever in 2011"

    We thought that if we told ourselves, we might actually live up to the idea. Thus, I am just simply looking forward to this best year yet. :)

    Sarah
    bannercat | etsy.com & gmail.com

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  74. I am looking forward to a new summer garden in our new house - nothing better than planning a new garden!!!

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  75. I am looking forward to breakfast with my boyfriend tomorrow. I'm just trying to keep things real

    petmyrhino at hotmail dot com

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  76. For 2011, I'm looking forward to launching a new jewlery line in my etsy shop! I'm nervous and excited all at the same time!!
    www.riggoo.com
    shansy at telus dot net

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  77. I am looking forward to the possibilities of a steady paid job and moving out on my own.
    the_outsider01AThotmailDOTcom

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  78. ms(dot)verymarried(at)gmail(dot)com

    i'm looking forward to a new start. just in general - a lot happened in 2010 and a lot of it was good. but it's important to keep goin!

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  79. i'm looking forward to watching my son learn new things... and hopefully just grow more spiritually and as a person in whole
    taraz9 at excite dot com

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  80. follow your blog
    taraz9 at excite dot com

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  81. follow ashley's blog
    taraz9 at excite dot com

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  82. tweet, http://twitter.com/curious_kitty/status/23614109257826305
    taraz9 at excite dot com

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  83. looking forward to a new wardrobe this yr

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  84. looking forward to marrying the love of my life!

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  85. I came back after I saw your comment to read more of your blog..and now I'm entering this giveaway! Looking forward to hopefully getting pregnant with our second baby. : )

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  86. i'm looking forward to making progress in my life - meeting that special someone? relocating?

    a new year bring new possibilities :)

    stanech at gmail dot com

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  87. I am looking forward to finding balance in 2011!

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  88. I'm looking forward to a fun exciting new year with my family and working on being more organized.
    Thanks, Karen
    lemontart5kb at gmail dot com

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  89. I follow you via GFC.
    Thanks, Karen
    lemontart5kb at gmail dot com

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  90. I absolutely love your blog! It's great. And the shop is awesome too. I'd love to win her calendar.

    I'm looking forward to all the surprises that keep happening in my life. Last year was a whirlwind of activity--started my own business, starred in a commercial, was in a magazine, newspaper articles. Every time I open my email there is something and exciting! My attitude this year is to say yes to everything and deal with the nerves later.
    Janna
    http://lilacpop.blogspot.com
    http://lilacpop.etsy.com
    http://lilacpopphotography.etsy.com

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  91. This year, I'm looking forward to visiting the West Coast for the first time. I've only ever lived in the East Coast, so... vacation, yay!


    windowfog [at] gmail . com

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  92. http://twitter.com/curious_kitty/status/24540261728133120
    taraz9 at excite dot com

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  93. I follow

    tsumetokiba at gmail dot com

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  94. I'm looking forward to getting closer to the end of the world in 2012! Jk... I'm really looking forward to the end of my first year of college~

    tsumetokiba at gmail dot com

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  95. I'm looking forward to working again. I haven't had a job since 2009 and I have some possibilities now. It's so exciting!

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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  96. I follow your blog.

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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  97. I follow Ashley's blog.

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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  98. I'm looking forward to the birth of my baby girl in 2011. She'll be a happy addition to our family sometime in Feb. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  99. I'm a GFC follower. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  100. I'm a GFC follower of against the grain. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  101. I really want to be happy this year. I have been through a lot and I'm definitely ready to put a lot of that behind me and start living life.

    Cerena Leigh
    Luckycldh(at)aol(dot)com

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  102. i follow your blog via gfc

    Cerena Leigh
    Luckycldh(at)aol(dot)com

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  103. I follow ashley's blog too!

    Cerena Leigh
    Luckycldh(at)aol(dot)com

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  104. I'm already looking forward to summer - warm weather and sunshine!
    june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

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  105. I'm looking forward to getting out of debt (hopefully) this year.

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