2013 Photo Contest Winners

The votes are cast, and the ballots have been counted, in the 2013 Warm Faces, Warm Places Photo Contest!

What was a close contest for a number of days, turned into a landslide win, and an unforeseen display of sportsmanship.  For a good part of the contest, two entries went head to head as voters weighed in on one of two images leading the pack.  We then received word from Sandra Nall that she was going to be taking her focus off the contest, and would be unable to continue recruiting votes.

Sandra learned that her husband had a serious health concern that would require her immediate attention.  We can all understand that her focus and her priorities surely should have been on her loved one.

When her closest competitor, Andrea Gerhoff, learned of Sandra’s concerns, she immediately sent a message to us through our Facebook page, making a very unusual request.

Andrea, by now leading and with a comfortable margin, asked that we take all her votes, and re-assign them to Sandra, thereby forfeiting the win.  Andrea reasoned “This contest is just for fun, and I would really like to know that someone going through a rough time could benefit from it, as maybe it would help cheer her up in this time of need.”

We couldn’t agree more Andrea!  Our fans truly are the best! Thank you Andrea for your genuine spirit of kindness. For our part, My Island Art will be awarding prizes to both ladies. If you haven’t already done so, please drop a line here or on our Facebook Page to let Andrea know how much we appreciate her kindness, and be sure to lift up Sandra and her family in prayers. I know they are appreciated.

Here are the winning images:

Image No. 1, Andrea Gerhoff, Islamorado, Florida Keys
Image No. 1, Andrea Gerhoff, Islamorado, Florida Keys
Image No. 5, Sandra Nall, Fanning Island
Image No. 5, Sandra Nall, Fanning Island

Thanks to everyone who participated, and thanks to Andrea for the true spirit of friendly competition!  Keep watching our blog and our facebook page for more contests in the future

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JVbytheSea

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Warm Faces, Warm Places Contest #2

Its time to revisit one of our most popular contests to date.  As you know we love beaches.  And if we can’t be at the beach, we love seeing warm tropical images.  It helps us to dream a bit, and we love to plan for future trips.  As the weather in our home port has turned a “Whiter Shade of Pale”, we’re ready for a little something to help warm our frosty little flip flop toes.  So, we’re kicking off the 2nd WARM FACES, WARM PLACES contest to reward all our great fans for following along with our island escapades.

Starting today, we’re asking you to send us your best island or beach scene photographs.  The rules are simple, send us your best photograph via FB post, tweet, or email, shoot you can even send it via carrier pigeon if you want.  Just get it here by the end of the day Thursday March 14.   And please, it must be your own photographic work.  We’re trusting you on this one!   We will then select our 5 favorite images and post them on our FB page & our blog.  The winner will be chosen by fan voting of the top 5 images submitted! The image that earns the most likes and comments will win a custom Island Art Keepsake Box featuring their winning photograph!!!

Past Contest Winner
Past Contest Winner

So, here’s everything you need to know!

1.  Send your favorite, best, most memorable beach picture you have to us via,

  • Facebook – post your picture to our Facebook page
  • Twitter – Tweet your beach scenes to @MyIslandArtJeff
  • Email your pic to info@myislandart.com

2.  Then check our Facebook page & blog on March 15th to see if your picture made the finals.

3.  If your picture made the top 5, send all your family and friends to our Facebook page to like or comment on your picture to gain votes.

4.  Lastly, check our Facebook page and our blog on March 26th to see if you won!!

The Winner will receive a custom Island Art Jewelry Box valued at over $45!!

So start digging through your pictures, or get the camera out and get busy.  Send in those pictures of your favorite Warm Faces and Warm Places.   We can’t wait to see all the beautiful places you’ve been.

Good luck and think warm!!

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JVbytheSea

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The Real Blessing of Travel

I have had the good fortune of traveling to a good many cultures and climates in my brief time on this big blue marble.  I’ve seen the Rocky Mountains of the western US, and traveled its beaches from coast to coast.  I’ve tasted beaches and ruins from throughout the Caribbean and the Cote d’Azur, and marveled in the history of some of Europe’s greatest cities.  However, when asked, what is the one thing we love most about our travels, we always come back to the realization that the greatest pleasure in travel is in the friendships we develop along the way.

Such was a chance meeting in our recent travels this past summer.  Little did we know that a photo contest we ran in December would pay such lasting benefits to us.  You may recall our Warm Faces, Warm Places Photo Contest,  that featured a prize of a new jewelry box featuring the winning photo.  The contest ended on December 24, and the winning image

Bridget’s Winning Photo on the Finished Product

was this stunning picture taken of Megans Bay in St. Thomas.  As it turns out the photographer, Bridget Skjordahl, lives on a quiet hillside overlooking this familiar beach.  In fact, Bridget has the terrible misfortune of having to view this beach from her home every day!  As they say, it’s tough work, but someone has to do it.

As we began to plan our June buying/sales trip,  we began to target St. Thomas as a destination for this tour.  It was to be our first trip to the island, but I assure you, it will not be our last.  During the planning stages I reached out to Bridget for advice and insights, and found her to be a wealth of information and a most willing guide.

As we finalized our plans, we agreed to meet up while on island, and upon our arrival, Bridget quickly set about arranging a time to meet for an evening together.  We quickly accepted and were supremely rewarded!  Having people on the “inside” is a huge benefit.  Membership truly does have privileges!

They invited us to an evening out and dinner at Banana Tree Grille, on the grounds of historic Bluebeard’s Castle, and overlooking the beautiful harbor of Charlotte Amalie.

View of Charlotte Amalie from Banana Tree Grille…Seriously Stunning!

Meeting her husband Marty, a pilot for Seaborne Airlines, was a another great pleasure.  Finally I’ve met someone who is as supremely Type A as I.  It’s nice to meet a kindred spirit.  They filled the evening telling us of their move from corporate life in middle America, to true island spirits.  By evening’s end, I was ready to toss my return ticket and start my own House Hunters International.

Large Silver Carnival Inspired Red & Gold Tribal Hoop Earrings

And, as an added bonus, as it turns out, Bridget is an artist in her own right. Bridget produces her own line of handmade custom jewelry, created in the islands.  Please take a moment to check out her Facebook Page at B. Skjordahl Studio Handmade Art Jewelry.

She gave us a couple gifts to remember her by, and we are thrilled to see them as our new island friends.  You can see more of her unique creations in her Etsy store at Paradise Made Jewelry.  Quite aptly named we think, given the stunning beach she overlooks from her island home.

We love the words Bridget uses describe her works and her passion,

Handmade Limited Edition Sterling Silver Sea Shell Pendant Necklace

“I live to experience and share everyday love, joy, and beauty through a multitude of methods and media. Every piece of art you find here is my answer to the call, to express my interpretation of these values, through the lens of the paradise in which I live.

Staying true to expressing my heart is paramount. Each day is a new day, unencumbered by yesterday or tomorrow.”  Now that is the true spirit and appreciation of Paradise!  We envy her for her little corner of Paradise, but most of all we are thankful for her genuine spirit of friendship and open arms.

This, my dear friends, is the true blessing of travel.  The people and the open welcoming hearts we encounter.  As we left our evening together, we couldn’t help but ask, “Could this be our future home?”  Well only time will tell, but it certainly has the gears turning, and we know that wherever we travel next, we can only hope it is a Paradise filled with friends like Bridget and Marty.

Perhaps you will see us again in ‘our’ little corner of Paradise.  Time will tell, but keep the lights on just in case!

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JVbytheSea

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March Madness Giveaway

The calendar has turned, and one of the mildest winters on record is drawing to a close in the Midwest. And with that comes one of our favorite times of the year, March Madness!  We confess that really do give the remote a workout this time of the year, and we’ll even proudly state that the cover to the right was a really special issue for us.

Well as the madness is about to kick off, we’re feeling a little Madness ourselves. So with that, we’re kicking off our biggest giveaway yet.  Our Win It All Back giveaway.

From now until the end of March, every retail sales order received will be entered into our latest random drawing. On April 1 we’ll place all entries into the magic, Island Art Bowl of Awesomeness. One order will be drawn completely at random, and the charges of their entire order will be refunded, up to a $100 value.

Waiting For The Race -Antoine Chapon

So if you’ve been eying a certain original, a print, giclee, or maybe you’re ready to get a big jump on your Christmas shipping! Whatever the case, start perusing the site now and fill up that shopping cart. Custom orders are also in the game.  It doesn’t matter what your choice, every order qualifies.

Simply make your qualifying purchase before midnight March 31 and you could have your entire order for free.  If your order exceeds $100, we will credit you back the maximum amount.  That’s $100 back in your pocket, and who couldn’t use that.  Let the Madness begin, someone is gonna Win It All Back!

Winner will be announced on our Facebook Page April 1, and this is no April Fools joke.  You could win, so start shopping!

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JVbyTheSea

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A Super Giveaway!

Finally, we have the first, albeit very slim, signs of winter in the midwest. This morning we awoke to a whopping 47 snowflakes on our front lawn.  But hey it’s something, and since we’re really not fans of the white stuff, it’s quite alright with me.

Feeling a little giddy from the new surroundings, and since it’s the morning of the Big Day, we’ve decided to announce a new contest.  We’re giving away five (5) of our newly released Bag Tags.  Hey these things haven’t even hit our website yet!  You’ll be really cutting edge here.  Now these aren’t the thin flimsy laminated pieces of cardstock you may have seen elsewhere.  These are the real deal!  Here’s a sample of what’s coming…

So, how you ask, can I get one of these beauties?  It’s as easy, as 1 – 2 – Done.
Step 1.  Become a fan of our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MyIslandArt
Step 2.  Post a message on our Facebook wall telling us where this tag would make its first trip with you.

Winner’s will be randomly selected from all the message posts, and notified here, and on our Facebook Page.  So hurry on over and and get your message posted by the end of this week.  This contest ends Saturday February 11.  And be sure to invite your friends.  We’re giving away 5, so make a friend happy today!

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JVbytheSea

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Warm Faces, Warm Places Contest

I suppose it should come as no surprise that we love beaches, and we love seeing photographs of beautiful warm places.  It helps us to dream a bit, and we love to plan for future trips.  As the weather in our home port turns colder, we’re ready for a little something to help warm our frosty little flip flop toes.  So, we’re kicking off a fun WARM FACES, WARM PLACES contest to reward all our great fans for following along with our island escapades.

Starting today, we’re asking you to send us your best island or beach scene photographs.  The rules are simple, send us your best photograph via FB post, tweet, or email, shoot you can even send it via carrier pigeon if you want.  Just get it here by the end of the day Thursday December 15.   And please, it must be your own photographic work.  We’re trusting you on this one!   We will then pick our 5 favorite pictures and post them on our FB page & our blog.  The winner will be chosen by fan voting of the top 5 images submitted! The image that earns the most likes and comments will win a custom Island Art Jewelry Box featuring their winning photograph!!!

Tile Jewelry Box Featuring Shoal Baie, Anguilla

So, here’s everything you need to know!

1.  Send your favorite, best, most memorable beach picture you have to us by,

  • Facebook – post your picture to our Facebook page
  • Twitter – Tweet your beach scenes to @MyIslandArtJeff
  • Email your pic to info@myislandart.com

2.  Then check our Facebook page & blog on Dec. 16th to see if your picture made the finals.

3.  If your picture made the top 5, send all your family and friends to our Facebook page to like or comment on your picture to gain votes.

4.  Lastly, check our Facebook page and our blog on December 24th to see if you won!!

The Winner will receive a custom Island Art Jewelry Box valued at over $75!!

So start digging through your pictures, or get the camera out and get busy.  Send in those pictures of your favorite Warm Faces and Warm Places.   We can’t wait to see all the beautiful places you’ve been.

Good luck and think warm!!

Live the Life,
JVbytheSea

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