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Archive for February, 2011

One World One Heart 2011 Winners!

February 18th, 2011 by Nikki Smith

I’ll be honest, I’ve visited less than 50 of the 800+ blogs so far this year.  I was tempted to do one final mad dash through OWOH yesterday, but I decided to spend some quality mommy-daughter time instead and visit your blogs in a more leisurely fashion over the coming weeks.   So thank-you to everyone who stopped in to say “hello,” and especially to those who took a moment to get to know me a little better.  It’s been a great ride and I’ve discovered some inspiring artists and thought-provoking bloggers along the way.  I look forward to meeting more in the weeks (and months) to come!

Congratulations to the following lovely folks!  I’ve included an image from each of their blogs to give you a teaser and encourage you to visit them as well if you get a chance.   Drum-roll please:

Carmen who said:

“Oh wow thank you Nikki, yours was one of the blogs that really stood out on the tour, your creations are so unusual. Please could I have Wee Planet Swanage? It makes me think of fantasy/folk stories and the edge of the world.”

Planet Swanage
Here is an image from Carmen’s blog.  Do check it out, she has such a fun writing style!
Shelly Massey who said:
“Hi Nikki!  YAAAAAAYYYYY!!!!  I LOVE your wee planets!

Sorry you didn’t make the CPS calendar… I hope you’ll keep trying just like I plan to.  🙂
It is SO hard to pick from all your awesome planets, but I finally decided on Planet Path that you made for Tina.  It only seems right that since I’m lucky enough to be teaching at PC that I should have a wonderful reminder of her.
Thank you SOOOOO much!!”
Planet Path, rural Bryan, Texas
Shelly and I have something in common – we both submitted art to the Cloth Paper Scissors calendar contest this year.  Below is her delightful entry, painted on license plates!  I LOVE it!  Please do check out her blog!
And finally Kim Rae Nugent who said:
“I enjoyed your blog including the book structures. I would love to win one of your prints. Please add me to your drawing. Stop by for a visit if you have the change.
Have a lovely day!”

I’m still waiting to hear back from Kim about her favorite planet…  Please do check out her lovely blog, RAEvN’s Nest:
Thank you to everyone who participated!  I so enjoyed meeting new friends and visiting so many wonderful blogs!
Have a wonderful day!

Wee Planet Historic Downtown Bryan – Cloth Paper Scissors Finalist!

February 11th, 2011 by Nikki Smith

UPDATE: I just found out that my wee planet will be published in the Sept/Oct issue of Cloth Paper Scissors!  Yippee!  Happy Dance!

I was thrilled to hear that my latest “Wee Planet” creation was named a finalist in the 2012 Cloth Paper Scissors calendar contest, “On the Street Where You Live”!

Wee Planet Historic Downtown Bryan by Nikki Smith

Wee Planet Historic Bryan: Detail

Although I’m a bit bummed that I didn’t win (I’ll be honest), this has inspired me to create more artwork for competitions and challenges throughout this year. Congrats to the winners!

Since I always love seeing the “before, during and after” of how artists create their lovelies, I’ll add a “The Making Of…” post soon, so stay tuned!

One World One Heart: Global Blog Giveaway Event 2011

February 5th, 2011 by Nikki Smith

I’m happy to be participating in the One World One Heart (OWOH) global blog giveaway event for 2011!  This is a worldwide meet-and-greet virtual tour for bloggers complete with door prizes.

So, what could be more appropriate for this event than to give away a whole world?  A “wee planet” to be precise.  (Or rather, several…I’ll be adding one giveaway for every 100 comments so spread the word!)

The first prize is an 8″ x 8″ print of one of my “wee planets” (winners choice).  Each mini-world is lovingly created from 360 degree panorama photos and ready to explore.  If you had your very own world to escape to, what would it be like?  Perhaps:

Planet Path, rural Bryan, Texas

Planet Path

Rural Bryan, Texas

Planet Winter Hotel

Planet Swanage

Planet Swanage


Tongariro Volcanoes

Wee Planet: Tongariro Volcanoes

OR, your choice of wee planet from my gallery!

P.S. If you’re a photographer (or just handy with a camera) and live or travel somewhere beautiful, colorful or unique, please remember me — I’m always looking for great 360 degree panorama photos to create new worlds from.  I don’t get to travel much these days as I’m enjoying the company of my toddler and a brand new baby, so all of my traveling is virtual at the moment!  🙂

My other love is the book arts, creating and binding one-of-a-kind artist books by hand.  Last year I also gave away a “mini-booklace” (a mini-book necklace – wearable, functional art).  I’m not sure if I’ll have a chance to create a book for the contest this year, as it is hard to find art time (or sleep time!) with a newborn… =)

B.T.W. – My latest wee planet (shown here) is currently a finalist in the 2012 Cloth Paper Scissors magazine calendar contest, “On the Street Where You Live.”  I’ll find out the results on Friday the 11th – wish me luck!

UPDATE: Regrettably, my wee planet didn’t make it into the 2012 CPS calendar.  It truly is an honor to be a finalist, and encourages me to submit more art in the future.  Thank-you to all of those who wished me luck!


To enter, simply place a comment on this post. Be sure to include a valid email address so I can contact you if you win!

Deadline to enter: Midnight on February 17th

Winners will be announced: February 18th, 2011

Remember to check out the other participating blogs by clicking on the logo to the left.

This is the 5th and final year, and I want to say “thank-you” to Lisa for hosting this event for the past five years and helping so many of us make connections with fellow bloggers.  And of course, a big thank-you to *you* for stopping by.  I hope you can take the time to read some of my other posts to learn a bit about me and my artwork, and if it interests you, please do stop by again. Good luck, everyone! I’m off to visit your blogs now…

UPDATE: Comments are now closed!  Winners will be contacted and results posted shortly.  Stay tuned…