Woohoo, Happy Friday! Birthday time means giveaway time, and this year you have a chance to win one of 3 different prizes! The official le animalé birthday is on May 20, so make sure you enter soon because entries will be accepted only through May 19 (Sunday!).
The first prize is any pewter necklace
of your choice (valued up to $29). Annnd, there will be some new necklaces next Wednesday, so you'll have even more
to choose from! Eee.
The second prize up for grabs is a 5x7 illustration of any (1) animal totem of your choosing! The illustration will be an original mixed media piece on watercolor paper, suitable for framing. :)
The third and final prize is a gift certificate to my shop in the amount of $50! This gift certificate will be good toward anything in my shop, but must be used between May 20 - May 31, 2013. Hooray!
HOW TO ENTER
For this giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. Limit of one comment per person. Everyone who comments will be entered to win any one of the three prizes (i.e. you can't choose to enter for a specific one). There are no requirements to follow me on Twitter
, but it would be awesome if you did anyway. :) Entries must be received by 11:59pm EST on May 19, 2013.
RULES & GUIDELINES
Maximum of one entry per person
Giveaway opens at 2:30pm EST on May 17, 2013
Entries must be received by 11:59pm EST on May 19, 2013
Winners will be selected at random and announced here on May 20, 2013
All prizes must be redeemed by 11:59pm EST on May 31, 2013
Winner of the gift certificate is responsible for any costs beyond $50, including shipping
Giveaway is void where prohibited
Thanks SO much for your support and business throughout the year!! Let the giveaway BEGIN! Have fun!
Couldn't help but share this adorable cheetah photo I came across by Adri de Visser. <3
The birthday celebration continues with an extra hefty what's new post with 20 new totems! Yay!
I was feeling dotty this week! Here are my fun new dotted totems: narwhal, warthog, gecko, and fox.
And of course, a few fabulous new standard totems! These are all from my suggestion box. :)
Le Resilient Ferret Totem
Including a little albino baby - choose your favorite at checkout!
Le Adventurous Narwhal Totem
Ready for grand summertime adventure!
Le Stealthy Silver Fox Totem
Go undercover and find the answers you seek.
Plus, 8 adorable new FAT-FATS!
Ladybug Guinea Pig
Leopard Barn Owl
Eee, I hope you like all of these new additions. I'll be making a limited number of each Fat-Fat totem, and as usual my standard totems are one-of-a-kind. Make sure you check back here or simply follow along on Facebook and/or Twitter, because I'm going to be making a big birthday celebration announcement at the end of this week! You won't want to miss it. :)
Some shots from around the studio and a peek into what's coming this week!
The official le animalé birthday #2 is in just 12 days! Ahh! :D
This week I want to kick off celebrations with a 15% coupon, good toward anything in my shop! Have your eye on something? Use coupon code "bday15" at checkout to receive your discount! Click here
to shop now. Enjoy!
Regularly scheduled new totems will return next week... along with who-knows-what other fun festivities! ;)
I was chatting with a customer this morning and we got into the subject of totem visions, and "How do you choose amongst thousands of animals?". This subject is so fun to consider. I think there are different ways to learn your totems. One is to be patient and let them present themselves to you - because they will. Sometimes it will be vague initially and develop over time. Maybe you know there is an ocean animal trying to speak to you, but you aren't sure which one. Then you start noticing whales, and eventually realize the orca is offering his message. On the other hand, sometimes it's sudden and very clear: a vivid dream, a strong connection (an animal just "speaks" to you), a sighting in nature. I like these organic ways; I think there is a reason for them to develop the way they do. If a particular totem is presenting itself to you, pay attention because it has an important lesson for you at this moment in life. If you've only got a vague idea so far, hone in on it but also be patient and let it work its course naturally.
I also think we should take notice of totems that have been "assigned". These would be something like your Native American birth totem
, or an animal associated with your birth year, or even the result of a survey or suggestion from an expert or friend. These are even sometimes animals that you wouldn't normally pay a lot of attention to, but I think that's important to consider as well. Perhaps there's a strong message you need to receive that you've been blocking for some reason. Why? Open yourself to the idea and new opportunities could arise.
I could go on or into more detail with this, but I'm curious to know what your experience has been. How have you learned your totem animals? Are you struggling to pinpoint one? There's a lot more to say on the subject, so maybe this can be the beginning of a conversation - so please join in! It'll be fun. :) Chat with me in the comments on this post or tweet me
. Maybe I'll open a Facebook discussion too.
Adam's real life bulldog, Swampy, meets itty bitty totem Swampy. Twins!?
Left: Sarah rockin' her husband's birth totem: the falcon! And some pretty sweet aviators. Right: Kate's Sea Elf enjoying the Chicago skyline and a memory of home: the water!
An adorable sleepy pack of canines. <3
Oh, and Rafiki sent me this pic - he's totally diggin' my beaver birth totem! ;)
Yay, it's May! Keep a special eye on my blog, Facebook
, and/or Twitter
throughout the month because I'll be posting about le animalé birthday celebrations, which may include new products, sales, special coupons, giveaways, and who knows what else! :)
Le Towering Giraffe Totem
Do you know what lies ahead? Maybe le giraffe can help you figure it all out.
Le Nice Guy Yeti Totem
All the poor guy wants is a friend! Can you really resist that face?
Le Unusual Naked Mole Rat Totem
Did you know these guys live in colonies like ants? Crazy!
Le Courageous Lion Totem
Choose your favorite: black, white or brown.
Le Creative Tarantula Totem
He'll be your little creative companion when your inspiration has fizzled.
Le Powerful Tiger Totem
Tap into your inner strength. It is there, and le tiger can help you find it.
Le Slow-Moving Sloth Totem
Another slothy friend! Just crawlin' along, slowly and happily with not a care in the world!
It's been such a busy time lately. There's a lot going on with le animalé and just regular ol' life stuff. I was cleaning out a desk yesterday and came across some notes from my first few months of le animalé (don't you just love cleaning and organizing just to find old things and get lost in reflection for a couple of hours? - haha). It was neat to recall some of the ideas I was considering. How some have been implemented and some never came to fruition for one reason or another. It got me thinking about everything I've been working towards these past several months and what I may want to dive into next. My pewter pieces have been coming along very well and I'm excited to continue that line - more on that next month! I started le animalé with a broad range of product ideas, explored some of them (notebooks, pins, illustrations, greeting cards), and over the past year have narrowed the focus in to showcase my totem figurines only. I've recently considered bringing back illustrations in some way, because I miss drawing. The neat thing is that you can do so many things with an illustration: make cards, brooches, t-shirts, notebooks, stickers, prints. Hmmm. I think today will be a day for brainstorming! If you guys have any input - things you've seen, would like to see - feel free to get in touch! I love hearing from you.
Le Fancy Rainbow-Winged Pegasus from 2011
This is Aspen, a recent custom pet totem I made. Isn't she sweet? She's a lab/shepherd mix who loves to snuggle, be with her people, annihilate toys, and have playdates with other pups and her rat siblings! She looks so much like my own dog, Cody. <3 If you'd like your own pet made in tiny totem form, you can find the details here