Monday, May 28, 2012

2 years! & a giveaway! -- CLOSED




Last week, Devin and I got back from our trip to Seattle & Vancouver (I miss you already) and it was amazing. But having been out of town, I totally missed the two year anniversary of being in business! Its crazy how time flies like that. I've been so lucky to have had so many opportunities open up for me and so grateful for all the talented and interesting people I've met and have gotten to work with in the last two years.

In honor of this great occasion, I'm giving away a huge 30x40" artist proof of the Antlers Print! This is an archival color print, not a poster!

 * Just leave a comment about a nice trip you've had and your email so I can get in touch with you if you win.

* Extra entries for following this blog, twitter (and if you retweet),  instagram (user: debbiecarlos), liking my facebook page or the AHC facebook page. Be sure to let me know too!

A winner will be randomly drawn Sunday evening and will be announced via this blog, twitter & facebook ! So be sure to check back.

Thank you again for all your generosity, kindnesses, encouragement & support !


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49 comments:

  1. ME ME ME ME

    and i like you on facebook
    and twitter
    and AHC
    and i'm going to retweet

    i have got this in the bag yo x

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    1. You're the best Dianne! Do you have a story about a nice trip you've had? Seems like you're doing so much travelling lately!

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    2. I was so enthusiastic I totally skipped to the end on those instructions!

      I've been thinking a lot recently about a trip to California I went on a few years ago. A friend and I drove from LA to San Francisco up the coast on a hot Novembers day. We stopped at pumpkin farms, we stopped at Big Sur and were chased by a man with one arm trying to sell us lavender oil. We spend the weekend in San Francisco but it was the road trip that stays in my mind. On the way back we sat by someone elses camp fire in Big Sur and watched whales from the top of a cliff. It was magical. And now my friend I went on that trip with has passed away, and I still think about how great it was to have those 2 weeks with her in California.

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  2. Recently I went to a town you know well... Chicago. It was a truly excellent trip. Everybody there was incredibly friendly and kind. We toured around town, saw a bunch of different and interesting neighborhoods on the L. We sampled all the micro-brewed beers our bellies could hold and ate lots of pizza and hot dogs. We saw two ball games and the cubs even won! Awesome.

    I am a big fan of your work! I would love to win! I will retweet your giveaway message from @badgrammartees (I would love a follow too!).

    Keep up the good work!

    www.etsy.com/shop/badgrammar
    www.terriblegrammar.tumblr.com
    https://twitter.com/#!/badgrammartees

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    1. Oh yay! I'm so glad you liked it here. Sounds like the perfect Chicago experience :)

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  3. hi debbie! i'm a huge fan of YOU and your work. congratulations on the two years!

    About 6 years ago i took a trip to Paris that changed my world! i was 19 years old and had never seen any part of the world other than my own. i still daydream about that week I spent in Paris. amazing!

    i love what you do!

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    1. Emily! I know exactly what you mean. We went to Paris last year and I was never so sad to leave a place before. Paris is my ultimate ultimate.

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  4. Yay! Giveaways are the best! And your photos are the best! And YOU ain't have bad yourself, little miss :)

    Last week, my husband and I went on our belated honeymoon. We took a road trip through Tennessee and Kentucky, stopping in Nashville, Gatlinburg, and Louisville. We saw Jack white in concert, I met the lead singer of the Alabama Shakes, I got some killer cowgirl boots, we ate the most delicious southern food, we watched the sun set on the Smoky Mountains, we went to Dollywood and went inside Dolly's old tour bus, we learned about some of country music's legends at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, we had champagne, we took a hike, we sampled moonshine and went on a bourbon distillery tour, we took a workshop in glass making, and we had THE BEST HONEYMOON THAT ANYONE EVER HAD. EVER.

    I follow you on Twitter
    I retweeted
    I follow you on Instagram
    I like your Facebook page
    I like AHC's Facebook page
    I like you

    Hugs!

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    1. You make me want to go! Loved the pictures.

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  5. My husband and i couldn't afford a swanky honeymoon, so we took a short road trip to Tofino and stayed in the sweetest little cabin (http://www.crystalcove.ca/) and ate at this great place (http://www.shelterrestaurant.com/) and just relaaaaaxed. It was only a weekend, but it was sweet and memorable and just perfect!

    TWITTERED(+ retweeted)
    INSTAGRAMMED
    FACEBOOKED( + liked!)
    BLOG FOLLOWED (in my google reader)

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    1. Crystal Cove looks so lovely! I love weekend getaways. Sometimes those are way better than an extended, totally planned out one.

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  6. I really want it indeed!

    I think one of my best trips ever has been going to Finland and being able to see the sun of midnight. It was a family trip which made it really nice too and also seeing antlers really really close to our home was so exciting!!

    followinf following following!

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    1. Oh wow. I always feel like Europeans are so lucky to have different countries to go to that are all relatively close by. Would love to go to Finland some day!

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  7. Congrats on the 2 years! That must be so exciting!

    The best trip I have ever taken was to Hawaii. It was so warm and beautiful and filled with so many colors! I would love to go back some day and get my tan on!

    I follow you on twitter (and retweeted), I follow you on Facebook, on Etsy, and also on you blog. You have some killer skills and I am inspired by you and your work all of the time!

    nclglns@yahoo.com

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  8. Congratulations, I love anniversaries!

    One of the best trips I've taken in a long time was last sumer back to the East Coast where I grew up. I got to see my aunt for the first time in over ten years in her beautiful home that had been converted from the town's old general store. I saw the gorgeous Vermont countryside, crossed Lake Champlain on the Ticonderoga ferry, and heard so many uncensored stories about my parents when they were my age.

    I follow you on the Instagrams, the Facebooks (AHC and DCP), and the blogspots. If I don't win I will definitely be taking advantage of your studio sale, you are a great photographer, so inspiring!

    :) Lis, old.salt.studios@gmail.com

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  9. thank you for making such amazing work, so glad you're on instagram!!! :)

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  10. One of the best trips I've ever been on was probably the few months I spent in the south of France. It was just what I needed at the time. Lots of time by myself, exploring crumbling châteaus, buying delicious food from the market every Sunday and sitting around by the pool.

    Congrats on the two year anniversary!!


    I follow you on Twitter
    I follow you on Instagram
    I like your Facebook page
    I like AHC's Facebook page
    And I'm going to retweet!

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  11. Hmmm the best trip I've ever been on was probably the 2 weeks last summer I spent driving around and camping in Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado before working our way back to Upstate NY. Wishing I could be there again now!

    My crystal poster would love a Debbie Carlos friend!

    I follow you on Twitter
    I retweeted the giveaway
    I follow you on Instagram

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  12. Consider yourself retweeted, shared and liked!

    Also, went to Venice last year with my now-ex-girlfriend. Incredible place. Can't believe it's sinking!

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  13. I just got back from a lovely weekend trip with my boyfriend to Ste. Genevieve in rural Missouri. Rolling hills and vineyards galore, gorgeous state parks, and nice people...it is just beautiful. If only it hadn't been so damned hot...

    Love your work, like ya on fb.

    -Ann, wowhuman at yahoo dot com

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  14. What a fantastic print!

    Best trip I ever took was to Germany with a German friend, driving through the country to Munich in her family's large VW van.

    abigail.wambaugh@gmail.com

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  15. This is my favorite poster! I already bought it in black and white, but it has been destroyed since then by a overenthousiastic kitten (who is also trying to redecorate my house by ripping of the wallpaper)

    My favorite trips must be the camping trips to france from my childhood, with my parents and little sister. Endless days of sun, swimming and reading. Now that my parents are going through a divorce these are beautiful memories to cherish.

    Happy anniversary! As one of the few people without twitter account I do like you and AHC on Facebook very much!

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  16. love all of your photos... the antlers would look fantastic in our semi-mod pad, and remind me of growing up in the north woods of minnesota. trip? hmmm... i will say our trip to Assam in north eastern india (about 90 miles south of tibet, 60 north of burma) - was pretty sublime in so many ways. at any rate I am at andrew at korf.co or oppositionradio@gmail.com

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  17. My husband and I spent 10 days in San Juan, PR, on our honeymoon. You turned one of our underwater photos into a poster ~ which WE LOVE. Thanks for the chance to win!

    nicole.boddington@gmail.com

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  18. Lovely poster :)

    A favourite trip of mine was a long weekend to Italy. Myself and a really good friend went for bike rides in Lucca and drank prosecco in Florence. It was just coming into October, so still warm. It was a few years ago now but remains one of the best trips ever :)

    ooh and I follow you on twitter!

    xx

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  19. oh and my email is meadhbh_cooke (at) hotmail.com

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  20. Hi! What a great idea. I love your work and already my walls grace many of your images (and if I'm lucky, another, gorgeous, quite antler-y one very soon).

    In January, my boyfriend and I had the opportunity to visit one of the most special places in the world to me: the Galapagos islands. As a child, I would daydream of seeing the one-of-a-kind species endemic to the islands and to have the chance to trace the footsteps of one of my heroes, Charles Darwin (as a child, I was always the naturalist. Not surprisingly, I'm currently getting an MS in microbial ecology). The trip was a dream come true! I was immensely touched by the beauty of the biology of the Galapagos and the reverence in which the citizens on the islands and the mainland of Ecuador hold for its fragile ecosystem. I may never get the chance to return, but I will never forget that unique moment I experienced.

    Anyway, thanks for all you do! Keep up the good work (and nature themes). :)

    Amy
    ojyamay@gmail.com

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  21. Hello Debbie, I recently spent a week in Paris for work and fell in love with the city all over again. It had been 15 years since my last visit and for the life of me, I can't figure out why it too me so long to return. My favorite part was just walking the city for hours and popping into little shops and galleries. Congrats on your Anniversary! Julie

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  22. eeeeeee!!! such a magical poster! okay, focus, i like you on Facebook, and i... wait for it... don't tweet (shudder). BUT, i do have a photo of one of your dreamy posters in my new dining room, so that counts for something, right?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/theflyingmagpie/7236520656/in/set-72157629819558314

    the last trip that i took was with my man to, dare i say it, Hilton Head, South Carolina. we went there b/c his work provided us a free room for the week. so we spent every day crossing over the bridge to Savannah Georgia (about 50 minutes each way), and let me tell you that place is like a little slice of heaven to me. we loved it! the city has a really eerie feel to it( in the best way), yummy restaurants, and architecture that is out of this world!! we went on a ghost tour, and visited SCAD, the local really cool art school, and went to Tybee Island. we walked for days in the beautiful parks and had picnics, and shopped in the many local boutiques. have you been? ohhh Debbie, you could nab some truly fantastic photographs in those parks!

    thanks oh-so-very much for the chance to win! and a BIG congrats to you on your 2 year business anniversary!! oxo Nicole

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  23. Last year we (my husband and I) went on a road trip from Austin texas to Ludington Michigan via Dallas, TX & Nashville, TN to visit some friends and follow the bands Battles and Blind Pilot on their tours. It was awesome. Ludington state park is on lake Michigan and it looks and feels like the ocean. It has a tide and a beach and dunes. Where the dunes end the pine tree forest begins and the trees that aren't pine trees their foliage was full of vibrant yellows, orange, and red because it was fall, the end of October. The forest ground was covered in moss and mushrooms, pinecones and paperbark Birch trunks that had rotted out leaving the bark fully intact. it was so peaceful and beautiful. I took some pictures if you want to see http://www.flickr.com/photos/eveneve/sets/72157629345865045/

    Lilah
    eveneve@rocketmail.com

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  24. my favorite trip ever was to new zealand for three months :) it's a beautiful place!

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  25. Congrats on 2 years! I followed you on Twitter--can't think why I hadn't before--and retweeted. I don't do Facebook. Sorry.

    So glad you came out to our fair city of Seattle! I hope you had a great time and got to soak up our beautiful surroundings. Isn't Vancouver great? I used to live close to the border in order to be only 45 minutes to Vancouver. :)

    I spent two weeks in Ireland last October. The Southwest coast is amazing! For anyone going, forget the crowded Ring of Kerry and go to the Beara peninsula South of there. We found ourselves on a single lane road on top of the mountains (Healy Pass) with no one else around for miles but the sheep. Jawdropping views and perfect atmosphere with the swirling fog and mist of Fall. We discovered an awesome music bar/venue in Cork too. Thank you Crane Lane Theater for the two nights of great fun! The Irish are truly wonderful and interesting people. I want to do the whole trip over again, but with way more time for taking photos. I was pretty much depressed for a month after coming back home.

    Cheers, Joann Edmonds

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  26. Congratulations on your 2 years in business, Debbie! I've been a follower for a while now and own two of your large scale B&W posters, I'd love to add a colour print to the mix. The one you've chosen is a beauty.

    I've retweeted and liked the blogs you suggested, just in case.

    Since I've moved to Toronto, my nicest trips are the ones that involve visiting my family and friends back in Winnipeg. My two most memorable trips were to Italy and to New Orleans before the flood's devastation. I also plan to see a lot more of Canada as soon as I can. So here's to trips past, and future!

    Thanks,
    Donna

    dendacott@rogers.com

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  27. if you like Washington you should check out the okanogan, I grew up there and now it is my favorite place to visit!!! totally took it for granted and now I miss the mountains more than anything. conconully, chelan, and the methow are my favorites!!! thanks for the contest and we LOVE our bunny print!!!

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    1. oh and I'm following you on instagram and my email is niccihorner at gmail dot com

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  28. Fingers crossed! I followed you on twitter, liked both facebooks and follow you on Instagram!

    I got married in September and we honeymooned in Kauai for a week and a half. We had a BLAST and are already planning a trip back this fall. We were gifted a book called "The Ultimate Guide to Kauai" and it was the best wedding present we received! We had so much fun doing our own thing on our own on the island, hiking to private beaches where we were the ONLY people for miles, finding really creepy seemingly bottomless lava pools where we had to dare each other to jump in because you couldn't see the bottom, checking out the favorite local shave ice stands, etc. It was so much fun and I am literally smiling as I type this out! :)

    Love your work! I actually own the Crystal BW poster and the Flowers BW poster... I would love to add this colored print to my collection! :)

    alyssakhoff@gmail.com

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  29. hello!

    oh my, congratulations on the 2 years :) how delightful!

    one of my favorite trips (so far) would have to be the first time i visited japan!

    see http://www.pimpampum.net/bookr/index.php?id=3803 for a few snaps.

    x

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  30. - also a twitter follower
    - facebook liker
    - and blog follower!

    x

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  31. Well done!! I love your stuff and I am often ogleing :)

    My favourite holiday that your images often remind me of is a holiday when I was a teenager - lots of nostaligia. I went to a tiny Greek island called Ithaca, which is where Odysseus came from. It is beautiful, barely has a town and has hardly any cars. My memories are of having breakfast in a hut by the port, followed by disappearing along the coast in a tiny boat in search of a deserted beach where I lounged and snorkeled to my heart's delight - bliss!

    - on instagram and the facebooks :)

    lucymeyler@hotmail.co.uk

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  32. The best trip I had was my last real trip, the (almost) annual trip to Seattle and Portland which was last summer. Always such a good time to visit the north and I need to go again so I can stop at all the food places I have noted since last. BTW, I followed your trip via twitter and it made me miss Seattle. SIGH.

    helloambition GMAIL

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  33. I've been going to the outerbanks NC since I was 8 months old, it's my favorite place to travel to out of all the places I've been - wild horses, ocean lounging, lazy hot summer days, mini golf, ice cream etc. I know you said to pick just one but other surprisingly awesome places were Seattle and Nashville - both for some awesome eating adventures I had in those places that were memorable. Congrats on your anniversary Debs XOOooOXO.

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  34. Hi Debbie, I love your work. I bought a poster a while back of the woods. it is hanging in my room and it is so calming and amazing.

    My boyfriend and I have started an annual trip every June up to Sequoia National Forest. We live in LA so it is only a few hours of driving. Each year we've gone with different traveling companions, so they are all very unique experiences. I will never get sick of walking the Trail of Giants and being completely dwarfed by massive trees, (even though the main trail is pretty touristy). After the walk we camp in our own secret campground. One the first year we rolled some logs into a triangle and they are still in the same place every time we've gone back. The next day a visit to Dome Rock (a 360º view) and lunch at the general store in Ponderosa, CA. It almost just so we will be headed up in a couple of weeks!

    i'll for sure follow you on instagram! @elleruthgound

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  35. hey debbie! it´s eleysia from etsy!
    happy happy two years publishing your beautiful work!!

    your deer poster keeps me calm and cool every night (hanging over my bed).
    and that is where i actually had my last trip..

    i dreamed that my friend handed me over a bottle of water...some time later i noticed that the color of the cars on the street look brilliant!
    then he answered something like "no wonder" and i realized that there was liquid acid in the water bottle.
    such a rad dream!

    my last "real" trip was going far over to seattle (from berlin/germany where i live).
    it was my very first time in the states! everbody was surprised and asked me "why seattle???" and i have to say that it was the best thing to do!
    i wanted to experience what the american life feels like and visited a dear friend i met during his europe tours with his band. i was totally psyched by having a little house with a couch infront of it and another one in a little wild backyard (there is nothing like that in berlin) and by the crazy beatiful nature around. there is everything! a desert, vulcano, the ocean and the most surprising - a cold rainforest! we had dinner at an old lodge which totally felt like twin peaks.
    i think if i could choose again between new york and seattle...i would choose the pacific north west!

    okay i am sorry i cant follow you on twitter and instagram but i am not using it and so for it wouldnt help you BUT i liked you on facebook and praise your shop on etsy, oh and your blog is in my google reader.

    °°°°° keep on your fantastic work!
    ines

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  36. Hey Debbie,
    Happy second year anniversary!
    Just come home this afternoon to the island of Tasmania, Australia from Melbourne after a three day break. The main reason we went was to see PRINCE in concert!!!! He was awesome and such a showman and I love him even more! We partied like it was 1999 and wore raspberry berets! Now back to reality to our little humble abode in the country.
    I'm not on Facebook, nor Twitter (old school you see)but my email is gmrhurst@hotmail.com.
    Keep up your beautiful work Debbie :)
    Cheers,
    Georgia

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  37. Hello, Debbie,

    I have a lovely Antlers of yours...it is the black and white one: it is my favorite piece of art. It lives on the wall in the stairwell and peers through the white wooden rails at us. But I have always daydreamed of the colored one, it is so beautiful.

    My grandmother took me to the Galapagos Islands. It was one of the only times I've left the country: my grandma said she wanted to spend my inheritance together, so we hatched a plan for this big rejoicing trip. (You should go there if you ever can; the animals look up at you, or wander past you, or land on your elbow. With such fearlessness).

    We lived on a boat together for a week and all the while she told me stories. We have that time together forever really.

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  38. Hi Debbie, I just recently spent a week in San Francisco, the Mendocino Coastline, and Willits. The hills have been calling me. They've nurtured me back to health. My belly was filled with organic raw foods, sunshine, and love. Northern California is my ultimate ultimate.

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  39. Congratulations!
    One of my favorite trips I've ever been on was with my family to the Yuba River (in Gold Country, California). It was a short backpacking trip (only 3 days) but I felt so close to my family. The trail and the river are beautiful. The only person we saw was a gold-panner who had clearly been camped out there for weeks (he had all of his laundry on a line!). The swimming holes are the most beautiful I've ever seen and we had tons of fun (skinnydipping:) diving and swimming. I highly recommend the trip to anyone who lives in Northern California.
    P.S. I like both of your pages on facebook.

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  40. AHHH you went to Snoqualmie Falls!!! How exciting/spooky! Can't wait to see more pictures!

    I suppose one great road trip I took went from Tucson, AZ to Marfa, TX with my two buddies. This trip included lots of desert driving, White Sands National Monument, the big plains of West Texas, the Marfa lights (just cars on the mountain side? much less other-worldly than White Sands), camping out with wild boars, a day of Donald Judd at the Chinati Foundation, and lots of firecrackers.

    Now on to business: I liked your pages on Facebook, and retweeted your post about the drawing.

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