04 May 2010

giveaway: persimmon & pink prints

today's giveaway is from sweet susan, creator of the popular persimmon & pink designs. her pieces are exquisitely printed, timeless sentiments. i remember eyeing them when i was cruising etsy one night. i wanted something special for benji's room. i told dan, come check this out. it was maybe the first and only time dan has matched me in impulse buying. lets get that one to frame, he said. done and done. couldn't be happier.

giving :: one 8x10 print and two 5x7 prints of your choice. winner can keep them all to enjoy or give one or two as gifts.


please comment today to enter to win.
tell me a favorite quote or song lyric.
you only have until tonight to enter.

congratulations to... johnson who commented, I would love one of these prints!! "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - Ralph W. Emerson. i simply loved reading your favorite quotes and am happy to say this may be the first male to win something on martawrites. woohoo, dan's not the only guy who reads.

a bit of a bio :: I started creating my designs because I wanted to have reminders and art around my home that uplifted and were gentle reminders of my faith. I couldn't find anything that was modern, fresh, and colorful that I would want to hang in my home so I decided to create some myself. I've been grateful and honestly a bit surprised by the success of these designs. It motivates me to create more artwork. I'm also a mom to two young children who I've trained to get shipping labels off the printer for me and who are regular charmers at the local post office.

thank you susan! please visit her blog + shop.

110 comments:

Monika said...

you're gonna miss this, you're gonna want this back, you're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast...song lyrics sung by Trace Adkins

Melissa said...

I love, love, LOVE Susan's designs!

Something I read during quiet time this morning really jumped out at me, so I wrote it down. It's a quote by Henri Nouwen: "Live from God's breath. Recognize the breath of God in others."

So that is my new favorite quote/guiding thought. :)

Jennifer said...

"Without Hard Work, Nothing Grows But Weeds". -Gordon B. Hinkley

I love some of these prints, I would love to win!

juste venteux said...

"There are only two mantras... yum and yuk. Mine is yum."
Tom Robbins

These are beautiful prints, good luck everyone!!

Jessica said...

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
- Emerson

No one else but ourselves hold the key...carpe diem!

Oh Mandie! said...

Love will hold us together,
Make us a shelter to weather the storm.
And I'll be my brother's keeper,
So the whole world will know that we're not alone.
"Hold Us Together" Matt Maher
(Can't get this song out of my head lately!

Love the shop! A few of her prints have been in my favorites forever!

-Amanda
ohmandie7@yahoo.com

AlwaysanEm said...

favorite quote:
Do all the good you can
By all the means you can
In all the ways you can
To all the people you can
For as long as you can
John Wesley

Catherine said...

Love these prints!

Favorite quote:

"Every little trifle, for some reason, does seem incalculably important today and when you say of a thing that "nothing hangs on it" it sounds like blasphemy. There's never any knowing - how am I to put it? - which of our actions, which of our idlenesses won't have things hanging on it for ever." E.M. Forster

Rachel said...

"If you want to make the world a better place take a look at yourself and make a change."
Michael Jackson

Little Mrs. P said...

"Be aware that the tiny fingerprints that show up on almost every newly cleaned surface, the toys scattered about the house, the piles and piles of laundry to be tackled will disappear all too soon and that you will—to your surprise—miss them profoundly."
-Thomas S. Monson

"If you ask me to say why I love him,
I can say no more than because
He was He
and I was I"

Scott and Mary said...

"He who lives only unto himself withers and dies, while he who forgets himself in the service of others grows and blossoms in this life and in eternity." - Gordon B. Hinckley.

Sassy said...

From the movie HOPE FLOATS, Birdee Pruitt: Childhood is what you spend the rest of your life trying to overcome. That's what momma always says. She says that beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it's the middle that counts the most. Try to remember that when you find yourself at a new beginning. Just give hope a chance to float up. And it will, too...

Cass said...

"... love is not love which alters when it alteration finds; or bends with the remover to remove. O no, it is an ever-fixed mark which looks on tempests and is not shaken."

leesh said...

hands down favorite quote...
Thomas Dekker: To awaken each morning with a smile brightening my face; to greet the day with reverence for the opportunities it contains; to approach my work with a clean mind; to hold ever before me, even in the doing of little things, the ultimate purpose toward which I am working; to meet men and women with laughter on my lips and love in my heart; to be gentle, kind, and courteous through all the hours; to approach the night with weariness that ever woos sleep and the joy that comes from work well done - this is how I desire to waste wisely my days.

crissy said...

"These are the days that must happen to you" walt whitman
(That quote helped me to keep a positive attitude during some rough times.)

I love these prints!

Krista said...

love these!
favorite quote right now is kind of a long one so i'll just share part of it.
".....self discipline allows one to feel their individuality, inner strength, and talent. He or she is master of, rather than a slave to his thoughts and emotions." - H.A. Dorfman

darbie said...

Be cheerful in all that you do. Live joyfully. Live happily. Live enthusiastically, knowing that God does not dwell in gloom and melancholy, but in light and love.
-Ezra Taft Benson

Nicole said...

I love pretty much everything that ever came out of Eleanor Roosevelt's mouth. My current favorite is "It's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."

Robyn said...

"Feel the fear and live it anyway" -- such a great quote to live by!

Andy and Jenni said...

Today my favorite quote is: All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.
Tomorrow I'd pick something different...
LOVE these prints!

Eric and Hannah said...

"In all living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured." -Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley

KaylaDanielle said...

My favorite quote is "I was only given this life because I'm strong enough to live it".. I try to tell myself this everyday.

Love these prints! :)

Katie Mitchell said...

My favorite quote is: No one will question your integrity if your integrity is not questionable.

benandkate2000@yahoo.com

jessieasjune said...

"Get busy living, or get busy dying."
From the Shawshank Redemption.

This always inspires me to get over hurdles in life.

Miss Mary said...

lead me Lord, lead me Lord by the light of truth, to seek and to find the narrow way! Be my light, be my love, be my truth my Lord, and lead me Lord today!

Ashley said...

My favorite quote comes from Joseph B. Wirthlin:

"Come what may and love it"

Lena said...

I have always been a fan of "If you're going through hell, keep going." - Winston Churchill.

It's a bit of crude way to sum up the importance of trying and perseverance that is so important to me.

(parsonslena@gmail.com)

Heather said...

"Its never to late ~ in fiction or in life ~ to revise."

My life needs constant revision and I'm thankful I can always change the way I'm seeing or doing things.

campsusie said...

a favorite song lyric,
"in the end, only kindness matters"

thanks Marta, for all you do...

ashlynn said...

Oh, there's music in my soul today,
A carol to my King,
And Jesus, listening, can hear,
The songs I cannot sing.

Love it because I can't sing but when I sing this verse I remember that it doesn't matter because God knows I still mean what I'm singing. :)

Brittany said...

i love ingrid michaelson, one of my favorite lines from her song "you and i" is "and we will put the lonesome on the shelf."

mary elizabeth said...

a favorite quote of mine is:

"the purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer & richer experiences"
by eleanor roosevelt

Linda said...

"There’s nothing like those years when you don’t yet have what you’re working for. There’s a lot of freedom because there’s so much possibility". -Anna Deavere Smith

Jules said...

Oh! I have wanted one of these prints forever! Okay, my favorite music lyric is from an old country song sung by Aaron Tippin.

I may never reach across your body
and kill the light when you're asleep

[...]

but I can touch your hand accidentally
and take that moment home.


Sigh.

erica said...

"Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are." Kurt Cobain

Heidi said...

"how wonderful life is while you're in the world"

and

"i had a dream that i saw Daly in his supermarket trolly, he was trying to throw his arms around the world."

Hil said...

Abide with me; 'tis eventide.
Thy walk today with me
Has made my heart within me burn,
As I communed with thee.
Thy earnest words have filled my soul
And kept me near thy side.

I am getting one of these whether I win or not! Too cute.

Jesse and Lauren said...

Stars and the Moon....
I'll give you stars and the moon and a soul to guide you and a promise I'll never go. I'll give you hope to bring out all the life inside you and the strength that will help you grow. I'll give you truth and a future that's twenty times better than any Hollywood plot. and I thought...you know...I'd rather have a yacht.

Carrie K said...

Believe in the beauty of your dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt

these are great prints!! added her to my etsy favorites...

mandiegirl said...

"Your shining eyes are just a mirror for the sun..."

Road Trippin' by Red Hot Chili Peppers

taadaaammons said...

If grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.
~ lyric from How He Loves by John Mark Mcmillan

erica said...

love love love her work.

"its nice to be important, but its more important to be nice."

Emily said...

I see it often but still love it!
"To love another person is to see the face of God" - Victor Hugo

Shimmy Shake said...

"Families are like fudge. Mostly sweet with a few nuts."

...fantastic giveaway, would love to win!

Anonymous said...

And think not you can guide the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, shall guide your course.
Martifife@hotmail.com

Christina said...

"Because I have been given much I too must give"

Love Susan's work!

Marne said...

Oh my goodness I LOVE her work! Beautiful! One of my favorite quotes is:

"It is the sweet, simple things of life that are the real ones after all."

Laura Ingalls Wilder

erin wilson said...

I love her shoppe! The I Am a Child of God poster is so modern and beautiful. Love it!

Erin said...

"If you have built your castles in the air, fear not. Your work need not be lost. There is where they should be. Now put foundations under them." -Thoreau

"A person's a person, no matter how small." - Dr Seuss

These prints are just gorgeous. I'd love to have a few in my house!

Marti said...

Oh, I've wanted some of these for a while now...great giveaway.

I came across this quote just recently and I really love it:

"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."
Elizabeth Kubler Ross

summer said...

'a cheerful heart has a continual feast.' -proverbs

i'm loving reading everybody's answer to this question! so fun. and also loving these cute prints, of course.

Heather J said...

you do not have to know where you are going to be headed in the right direction.

Barb @ getupandplay said...

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

From "The Summer Day" by Mary Oliver

An excellent poem in its entirety, but this quote (the last two lines) really drives the point home!

Anonymous said...

Romans 10:9-10

9That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

Thank you!

Gabreial
vintagemorning{AT}gmail{dot}com

alex said...

i try to remind myself that "you can't take it with you!" so that i focus on the important people & events in my life, and not the things.

yo.soy.alexa (at)gmail [dot] com

mj said...

i've been eyeing these prints for quite some time now!

lyric for today: "smile 'though your heart is breaking...smile and maybe tomorrow...you'll see the sun come shining through for you."

Sandra said...

"A cup of coffee commits one to forty years of friendship." -A Turkish Proverb

A Toast to Kos said...

"These are a few of my favorite things...." I feel like I'm in a Martha Stewart magazine when I hear that song.

Rebecca Balderas said...

This qoute can be applied to so many things.

"There are those who look at things the way they are and ask why...I dream of things that never were and ask why not" -Robert Kennedy.


rbalderas@nc.rr.com

CharityMay said...

"May God bless and keep you always
may your wishes all come true.
May you always do for others and let others do for you.
May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung
and may you stay forever young.
May you grow up to be righteous, may you grow up to be true.
May you always know the truth and see the light surrounding you.
May you always be courageous,
stand upright and be strong...."
Bob Dylan, Forever Young
Even more true to my heart now that I have my own children.
love her prints- delicious!!

amanda said...

a new-to-me quote that has quickly become a fave:

Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at his disposition, and listening to his voice in the depths of our hearts.

~Mother Theresa

i love these prints!
hello@mielandcompany.com

Amy said...

Love this shop! Here's a favorite quote of mine:

"There is no substitute under the heavens for productive labor. It is the process by which dreams become realities. It is the process by which idle visions become dynamic achievements." Gordon B. Hinckley

jadrysdale at gmail dot com

Paula said...

My fave quote is from Brigham Young: "use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without."

Melanie said...

I have two that I like very much:

- Nothing great has been and nothing great can be accomplished without passion. GWF Hegel

- In 1000 years every dish you own will be in pieces. Chinese proverb (i think i muddled it up but you get the gist). Meaning: it's just stuff. Hold onto what's really important, like good people, memories, laughter, peace.

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

LOVE their prints. My daughters are inspired trying to create prints of their own for Young Womens.

My favortie quote comes from James E Faust:

May we dedicate our lives to serving the Lord, and not worry about offending the devil.

Courtney B said...

"I believe that my life's gonna see, the love I give return to me"
john mayer.

he is a great lyricist.

i bought the "I am a child of God" print when I was pregnant with my son. i would LOVE to have more of her work in my home.

Amanda said...

I love these designs!

"Yours was the first face that I saw, I swear I wasn't alive before I met you."

This is my first wedding dance song with my soon-to-be that I'll dance to in 10 days!

KJ said...

here's my heart, now take and seal it
seal it for Thy courts on high.

love persimmon and pink

Justin + kelly said...

"Dont stop believin', hold on to that feeling."- Journey

These are soo cute!

becca said...

Work is an antidote for anxiety, an ointment for sorrow, and a doorway to possibility.
-Uchdorf

Mel the Music Hunter said...

Before you cross the street, take my hand. Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans..-john Lennon, "Beautiful Boy."
indieridge@gmail.com

Brooke said...

Teach me to walk in the light.

Come what may and love it

are my two favorite quotes or lyrics. I need some of these prints for my sons room. I love them so much.

hiretoinspire@gmail.com

Kirsten Sue said...

"Forget yourself and go to work" -President Hinckely Great giveaway!

stacey said...

I always joke with my husband that we should have "this love is difficult, but it's real" from the Taylor Swift song Love Story put up in our home. Not that our life/love is especially hard, but it's true.

debby said...

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. - john burroughs

Lisa said...

Lonely was the song I sang 'til the day you came showing me another way and all that your love can bring. -John Mayer :)

Season said...

My dad always signs his emails with this quote: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
Mahatma Gandhi

Caribbean Cindy said...

Love this very much. Really great idea for the home! Thanks for sharing!
cindyjenkins07@gmail.com

Caribbean Cindy said...

I forgot to put the lyric: "I don't wanna spend my whole life asking, 'what if I had given everything instead of going through the motions'" Matthew West

cindyjenkins07@gmail.com

Park said...

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover
- Mark Twain

katie said...

"I am the author of the only dictionary that defines me."
Love P&P stuff. so cute! hope I win!

The Turners said...

My fav quote right now is from one of John Piper's children poems. The line goes... "Beware Jemimah, God is kind. In ways that will not fit your mind." We plan on stenciling this quote above the crib in our soon to be's nursery.

{ella} said...

Love these!

Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won't adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean that security is out of the question. The words "make" and "stay" become inappropriate. My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free.

From STILL LIFE WITH WOODPECKER
--Tom Robbins

ellen said...

Fat bottom girls you make the rockin' world go round. (I hate that in vinyl lettering in my bathroom!)

Nancy said...

My favorite lyric from a song:

"Sometimes I ask to sneak a closer look, skip to the final chapter of the book. And maybe steer us clear from some of the pain it took to get us where we are this far. But the question drowns in its futility and even I have got to laugh at me. No one gets to miss the storm of what may be by just holding on for the ride."

Wood Song by Indigo Girls

Ordue Headbands said...

"I won't regret , 'cause you can grow flowers from where dirt used to be "-Kate Nash . I really enjoy this lyric / song because its just fun and happy . I hate that all the songs are about war and things that don't really matter. its also fun to sing loudly in the car with my mom.

Allison and Tyler said...

"and when you get the choice to sit it out or dance....i hope you dance!"
-lee ann womack

Whit said...

i also ran across her shop one time on etsy and fell in love with her simple, lovely designs.
one quote i recite to myself when i just don't know how i'm going to do it is this, by theodore roosevelt: "do what you can, with what you have, where you are." it keeps me in check with the priorities in my life.

Sassy Sarah said...

So adorable!

As an English teacher, one of my favorite quotes is "There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them." -Joseph Brodsky

tammy said...

you did what you knew how to do, and when you knew better, you did better...maya angelou

beautiful prints!

Lizzie said...

"Come what may, and love it!" - Joseph B. Worthlin

Christy Cropper Photography said...

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

-From "The Summer Day" by Mary Oliver

Anonymous said...

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday." John Wayne
schultz.pam@sbcglobal.net

hOoPty dOoPty said...

"C'mon, if you don't drink your fatty drinks you'll never really achieve quality cellulite." ~ sliding doors

Jamie said...

I will learn to love what I cannot change
But I will change, I will change
Whatever I can

sarah r. said...

love love!

"i wish that i know now when i was younger" (faces)

* Dream Weaver * said...

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do... Jess McCartney

Anonymous said...

ohhh i have been drooling over these prints on esty!!!! And my favorite quote is the one i just painted on my sons walls: God bless mommy and match box cars, God bless daddy and thanks for the stars :)

Hannah said...

"whatever you are, be a good one." lincoln.

those are seriously adorable. i am totally going to buy one for my son's room.

Jessica Hills said...

Right now I love "Think happy, be happy"

jen byard said...

I've been wanting something from this shop :)
Favorite quote is by C.S. Lewis...

"Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours."

Carol said...

Just got back from son's wedding so I'm thinking..."Always kiss me goodnight"

Erica said...

"...i will feel a glow just thinking of you & the way you look tonight!"
--hold a special place in my heart!

Aunt Spicy said...

Favorite quote or song lyric is seriously tough...there are so many, but this has been a fav since the song came out:

And take my hand
You know I'll be there if you can
I'll cross the sky for your love
Give you what I hold dear
Hold on, hold on tightly
Hold on, hold on tightly
Rise up, rise up with wings like eagles
You run, you run
You run and not grow weary

U2-War Album-Drowning Man

Leslie said...

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. ~Abraham Lincoln

mandy said...

My pen drips as I scribble my thoughts on thin strips of emotion.

Love your blog!

lacey said...

love the prints

"momma, i love you and you take good care of me!" -my sweet 3 year old today:) melts me

Johnson said...

I would love one of these prints!!
"What lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
Ralph W. Emerson

leni said...

i am me. nothing more. nothing less.

tvmom said...

"i just called to say i love you" i sing this to the hubby when i call sometimes

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