Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hey! A Giveaway!

Just in case there wasn't enough going on right now :) But I love giveaways! I feel like I get to make someone happy...so here it is:

"Skinny Avocado"
Oil on Ampersand Gessobord, 6x6 inches

How to enter the giveaway:
1. Just leave a comment on this post telling me the best thing you've ever heard a kid say or your best pet story. Like I could say "my cat loves to play fetch" or once a 3 year old told my friend "I love you...I used to hate you, but I don't anymore".

2. For an extra entry become a follower, and then leave a comment telling me you're a follower.

3. For a third entry you can tweet, blog, or facebook to let your friends know about the giveaway.

Make sure you leave an extra comment for each step!


This giveaway will last for one week,
I will announce the winner on Tuesday, August 31st .

97 comments:

  1. OMG I would love to win this painting. You are a very talented artist! I have 2 little dogs. One was born with no eyes. I adopted her from the vet clinic I was working at. She had alot of medical problems and was not expected to live very long. Happily I am proud to report that she is going on 13 years old now and she is not suffering in any way. For safety she sleeps in a mesh playpen with my other little dog at night and if I am away. They never try to get out because they love it in there.
    I am a follower and I Tweeted your give-a-way.

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  2. Yay! I love your work, and would love to win this...

    Okay, here's for a crazy pet story: It was a warm summer's day when my friend Jerry was taking a leisurely stroll through his neighborhood. As he rounded the corner and headed down the homestretch, he saw a dog across the street. He'd never seen this dog before, so he was surprised when the dog bolted across the street to come say hello. Unfortunately for the dog, a car was speeding past just at that moment. The car hit the dog (don't worry, dog was not injured!) the dog flew through the air....and straight into Jerry, knocking him unconscious. So there's Jerry, lying unconscious on the side of the road, and the dog runs off down the street. Can you imagine being that driver?!

    Am I a bad person for thinking this is hilarious? :)

    I'm already a follower, but I'm giving you a shout out over on Roy Joy and FB!

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  3. One time my best friend accidentally set her cat on fire. She cried, but the cat didn't seem to notice.
    My best friend's pet peeve is loud chewing...

    Does that count??? ;)

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  4. I'm a new transplant to CA so I'm a recent convert to avocados and I always love your avocado pieces :)

    Here's my pet story:
    I have 2 great cats that are indoor-only. The female, Daisy, is totally fine with this. Gatsby, the male, however, is always trying to get outside. He's really fast so if you hesitate for even a millisecond when opening or closing a door, he'll dart out. In my last apartment I lived on a busy street so this was particularly a problem. My front door had a screen door and the top half of the door was just a mesh screen. The screen wouldn't stay in the door frame, no matter what we tried, so there was about a fist-sized opening in the bottom right corner of the screen.

    One day I'm sitting in my living room with the door open so just the screen door is closed. I hear the scraping sound of something against metal. When I look over at the door, Gatsby has jumped and dug his claws into the track across the middle of the door where the screen attaches, using his back claws against the bottom of the door to propel himself upward. He then succeeds to pull himself up and catapault out the hole Superman-style.

    It was a particularly hilarious pet moment :) Luckily for me, he only took a few steps outside before I could compose myself to run and get him!

    Christine

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  5. This weekend is bar far the most mind-bending, heart wrenching time with my pet: my deaf dog jumped out of the car window. Whole story here: http://shutterboo.com/2010/08/24/the-bdds-not-excellent-adventure/
    shutterboo at gmail dot com

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  6. When my 2 year old prays, she tells God what we're up to. Last week she told Him, "Daddy work. Mommy laundry." haha!

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  7. It's funny that you said that, because I did used to have a cat that would fetch, but he would only fetch straws. He was obsessed! Anyone who brought a drink with a straw to my house had to guard it!

    couponboss at gmail dot com

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  8. I like your paintings!

    I follow on Google.

    couponboss at gmail dot com

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  9. Oh my! Since we have seven cats and no kids, I'll definitely have to go with a pet story.... One day I was making some lamb stock with some leftover bones from a stew I'd made, and had it simmering away merrily on the stove. I was just out of line of sight of the stove, and suddenly had one of those "hey! it's eerily quiet, so what's going on?" moments. I went back around the corner, and found that Kira, who is an ex-feral cat I trapped, had dragged a soup bone out of the cooking pot and was crouched over it in the middle of the kitchen floor. How she avoided getting burned is beyond me!

    Needless to say, EVERYTHING on the stove gets a lid these days.

    Love the painting -- have my fingers crossed! My e-mail is stockingstufferaday at gmail dot com. Thanks!

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  10. LOVE the painting and now it is making me crave some yummy guac!

    Here is a funny pet story from last night: We own a huge german shep/chespeake bay mix, huge meaning 95lbs. Last night my husband wasn't feeling well so fell asleep in our bedroom very early, the dog, Rivers hopped up on the bed to take a quick snooze as well. About 15 minutes later i hear him doing his low growl half bark thing he does when someone knocks on the door, except no one had knocked on the door and he was still in our bedroom. He apparently caught a glimpse of himself in the mirror on the bed and freaked. Silly dog wouldn't come out of the bed room for 15 minutes.

    leighDOTonedayatatimeATgmailDOTcom

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  11. I follow via Google Reader (and I think I publicly follow as well -- will double check and make sure I do). My e-mail is stockingstufferaday at gmail dot com. Thanks!

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  12. I guess my funniest pet story is when I was walking my golden retriever on a gentle leader, so the leash clip is lower to the ground. He stopped to try and paw it off and somehow, somehow managed to get the leash clip stuck inside of his paw. Basically, he had a bit of skin stuck on both sides of the leash clip, so it was almost impossible to get out. We had to take him to the vet, and they just laughed because they'd never seen anything like that before. They eventually slid it out, but it was a one in a million thing.
    twigerina[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  13. I adopted a beagle from a shelter for abandoned animals in New Mexico. Her previous owner treated her very badly and at first, she was afraid of nearly everyone. Now it's been 3 years and she is so much more friendly and it make me so happy to see her tail wagging every day
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I follow your blog with google friend connect as Amber
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. Fave thing my 6 yr old son loves to say to me... "I have 23 girlfriends... make that 24." as he winks at a pretty 18 yr old. groan!

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  16. Love your paintings Sharon. I've been eyeing the two pairs on the turquoise plate. Love the avacado's too. Something so California about avacados.

    Now for my pet story. My Aunt loves animals and often has local dogs visiting her from time to time. They know a dog lover when they see one! Well, this cute beagle likes to come over and he will howl/sing as my Aunt plays the piano. I've seen him in action and it is so cute...One of these days I'll get a video of him singing. Apparently, he only does this at her house.

    Will click to follow your site!

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  17. Hi Sharon, I love your paintings, and the chance to own one via a give away is a great idea! When my indoor only cat Lucy was a kitten I was panicked because I couldn't find her anywhere...in my one bedroom apartment mind you. I finally heard a peeping sound coming from the sleeper sofa. She had managed to squeeze herself up and into the small space at the back of the sofa. It became her new hiding spot until she grew too large to crawl up there.

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  18. I remember when my sister was around 3 years old, she once packed her clothes and told our mom that she is leaving us. Something had upset her. But packing was so tiring that when it was time for her to start moving out, she just didn´t have strength anymore, she just needed a nap. :)

    egle dot mane at gmail dot com

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  19. I am a follower.

    egle dot mane at gmail dot com

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  20. When I taught first grade, one of my students picked out a plastic silver ring from the prize box. When I asked him what he was going to do with it, he got very excited and said,with a huge smile on his face, "I'm going to save it and give it to my wife." To which I replied, "She will love it."

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  21. And, the best thing I've heard a kid say... well, my daughter says pretty fun things all the time.

    Just yesterday she woke me up at 4:45 to tell me that she needed a hug. Sigh.

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  22. I am owned by a rescue cat! I picked her up off of the parking lot at work. She was crying, her eyes and ears were still sealed and her cord was still attached. It was love at first sight for me! I bottle fed her around the clock every two hours for the first week. She was completely dependent on me. Today, she is 4 and a half years old, healthy and happy. As the only grandchild in my family, she is loved to bits by everyone! Thank you!

    em9499 at gmail dot com

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  23. I follow your blog! I love your paintings, but especially the fruits and veggies. Yum!

    em9499 at gmail dot com

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  24. I am now a follower! I love your work! It's beautiful!

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  25. Funny Pet Story: I have a HUGE Bull Mastiff named Diesel. He weighs about 120-130 lbs! He follows me everywhere around the house and when I start to get ready to leave or pack up my car he tries so hard to sneak out of the house and into the car so he can go with me. One day I was packing my car to spend the day at a friend's house and he snuck out when I wasn't wathing. He jumped right into the driver's seat and sat just like a person would! He looked like he was driving the car! He looked through all the windows, sniffed the steering wheel, and even peeked his huge head out of the sun roof...he approved and he was NOT going to budge! It took all the strength I had and I could not get him out of the driver's seat! So I had to take him with me. I squeezed in the car next to him and he finally moved over onto the center console and finally into the passenger's seat. He rode there the rest of the way. Silly boy!

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  26. Great painting Sharon! I already follow and would love to win this one!

    My son is 2 1/2 and was recently sick. Ever since then he likes to tell me he has a fever, mainly when he needs attention. Today while I was at the computer he came up to me and said, "Mommy, I hab two fevahs. A fevah in my tummy and a fevah in my awm." Then he told me he needed medicine. Little faker!!

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  27. Once upon a time I went to the beach with this super cool friend of mine and we heard a little girl sternly tell her brother, "You will jump out no such window!" ;)

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  28. Well, goodness..I didn't realize I needed to leave a comment for each step. Love the stories so far. I follow.

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  29. I added you to my blog post and facebook! I love your work! My blog is www.alisasgarden.blogspot.com

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  30. my 2yo is just starting to say funny things and my favorite thing right now is every time she sees writing she reads it, "mama loves me". it's so cute!
    love your paintings!!!
    heatheranya at hotmail dot com

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  31. My friend's 5 year old recently told her, "Mom... you're just not DECENT". I laughed so hard!

    bead.eclectic@gmail.com

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  32. My best pet story: When I was little, my cat had a litter of kittens. We were in the middle of home renovations, so there were holes in walls and floors everywhere. Mommy cat decided to "hide" her babies in a small nook between the second floor joists... we had no idea.

    A few days later, we kept hearing faint cries on the main floor - had no idea where they were coming from. We searched everwhere, then realized it was coming from the wall. Apparently, one of the kittens fell all the way down and was stuck behind the wall. My dad had to take a jigsaw and cut a hole in the wall so we could rescue the little guy! He made it safe and sound! :)

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  33. And I just Tweeted about it... good luck to everyone!! :)

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  34. just found you due to Lynn Cyr tweet :] i am currently *sighing* over your work.

    best kid story from 2 weeks ago with my daughter:

    shelby, running around the living room 'c*ck, c*ck, c*ck, c*ck'
    me, 'ummm, what is that word you are saying'
    shelby, 'c*ck'... i verify again, indeed it is 'c*ck'
    me, 'where did you learn that word'
    shelby, 'you know, the sound ducks make'
    me, 'you mean quack'
    shelby, 'oh yeah. quack, quack, quack, quack'

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  35. and i totally tweeted you too. :]

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  36. Wonderful work! Those avococado's look tasty..

    Pet Story:
    Well I don't like housework but this is what I did when my dog Murphy went blind.

    I got on my hands and knees and put lemon oil on all the legs of the furniture in my house. This helped him find obstacles and prevented accidents.

    Mind you I still didn't dust very often but the legs were smelly and clean...

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  37. Wonderful pictures, thanks to Nancy Medina, I am now following.

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  38. best kid story - OMPugness, when my son was maybe 3, maybe less we were in Sears. I sat him on the counter while I waited for my fabric (yes, 30 years ago Sear had everything). Little boy picked up my tape measure, stretched it out from boob to boob and announced very loudly, "22". For a long time after, he always called the tape measure a 22.

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  39. And finally, tweeted for you. BTW, these avacados are perfect kitchen art.

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  40. I absolutely love this print and it would look totally amazing in our mid-century modern home! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Here's one of my favorite pet stories...we've got 7 pets so I've got quite the arsenal but this one stands out to me :)

    We adopted two littermate kittens (a boy and a girl) when they were around 8-9 weeks old from the humane society last November. My husband and I do have 2 other cats that I adopted when I was in college...those two are front paw declawed as at the time they had to be for me to be able to rent housing! But, we decided against it for these two as we've got a giant cat tree with sisal wrapped posts and figured we could train them what to and not to scratch. When they were tiny babies we put them in my office with one of those cardboard scratchers and a hanging sisal board on the door.

    One day my husband was spending time with the kittens and the male kitten decided to scratch on the carpet. Seeing a great opportunity for what it was he corrected him and went over to the sisal door hanging to show him the appropriate place to scratch. At that time we didn't realize the drive our female kitten has to scratch on sisal when she hears someone else scratching on it (she will run from the other side of the house and leap up the cat tree if you start scratching on it). So my husband bends down with Luke (the boy) and starts scratching the hanging with him. All of the sudden Leia (the girl) leaps from out of nowhere and clings onto his butt! He was laughing so hard he didn't know what to do...of course it was extremely painful...and he was reaching back trying to extract her claws from his rear end which was no easy feat.

    I only wish I could have been there to witness this :) Hope that brightened your day up a bit!

    krherning at yahoo dot com

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  41. I am now a follower!

    krherning at yahoo dot com

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  42. the kids i babysit for always say the cutest things. when i put the older one to bed, i always say goodnight, don't let the bed bugs bite! and the other day, he said back to me, good night, don't let herschel walker bite! - herschel walker (i learned from google) was a football player who won the heisman trophy in 1982. how my 8 year old dude knew about it, i don't know, but it was so cute. so now, that's what we say! :)

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  43. i'm a follower! email in profile.

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  44. a crazy pet story...my dog is so pampered that now she doesnt want to eat alone. I have to stay by her side and then she eats!!

    love avocado!!
    thanks!!

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  45. Beeeeyouuuuuteeeeful work!!!! I would love to see your paintings on a much larger scale... 50x50 and up! The colors are so vibrant.

    As for my story, my kids (2 and 5) have soft-boiled chicken at least 5 nights a week. And so they're so used to it and love to eat it that we always trick them into eating broccoli or the veggie du jour by positioning the spoon in front of their mouths without them seeing it, then saying out loud in a sing-song voice "chiiicken!" and they open up and eat it up. Simple case of Mind over Matter!

    Dave
    (pigskin_d@yahoo.com)

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  46. What makes our lives so much interesting is that my son is sure that he has managed to train his cat to play fetch. Gucci (the cat) retrieves little items and returns them to Marco (my son) who then throws them across the room one more time.

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  47. Like SharonSchock on FB
    Adriana Grillo

    adriana dot grillo at live dot ca

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  48. Following SharonSchock on Twitter (Adriana1954)
    adriana dot grillo at live dot ca

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  49. Tweet: http://twitter.com/Adriana1954/status/22176345450
    adriana dot grillo at live dot ca

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  50. This is such a gorgeous painting! :)

    this isn't the BEST thing i have heard a kid say, but it was so random and funny so i have to share:

    When my brother was two years old, we were shopping at Target for household stuff. We put a box of diapers in the cart and he said 'diapers for me!' then later we put a box of always sanitary pads in the cart and after seeing them he said 'diapers for my sister!'

    we couldn't stop laughing- it was so random and funny!

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  51. i tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/vintagefrog/status/22186700876

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  52. The cutest thing I heard a kid say was "My shirt tastes like a mirror"

    luckysluna(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  53. My cat likes to stick his butt in my face if I let him (I don't).

    sswpss at yahoo dot com

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  54. Now following via GFC, my name sswpss

    sswpss at yahoo dot com

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  55. Apropos of nothing, my girlfriend's son blurted out, "Puzzles can't go home because they don't have any feet." Yes, it's true, and it's stuck with me for years now!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    --Liza

    ejm6x (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  56. I want want want this painting!

    My cat loves to play peek-a-boo. It is very cute.

    msred5@yahoo.com

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  57. I'm a follower. Just added you to my GoogleReader.

    msred5@yahoo.com

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  58. Just posted to facebook.

    http://www.facebook.com/zazazu#!/zazazu

    msred5@yahoo.com

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  59. I actually have a cat that fetches. She goes crazy for my ponytail holders. She can sniff them out wherever they are left: on a table, in a drawer, on the bathroom counter. The problem is, she has decided that if she can drop a "pony" at my feet and have me play with her, maybe it will work with other stuff, too. Like with palmetto bugs, for instance! There is nothing quite so horrifying as having your cat come through the cat door from the porch, yowling with pride to announce that she has a prize for you, and run straight to you and drop a big 2-inch palmetto bug (essentially a roach) onto the couch next to you. Nice!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  60. Tweet:
    http://twitter.com/nfmgirl/status/22288467950

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  61. Hi! I love your work. My almost 3 year old called monkeys 'mink-a-monks' for months. I was pretty sad when that ended. Yesterday, he referred to a favorite October holiday as 'Halloweener.' That made me laugh.
    Thanks for doing a giveaway!

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  62. My mom was watching my kids yesterday and my daughter (2.5) was recalling having lunch at McDonald's (yuck!) on our way home on vacation. She said she got to have apple pie, but she had to eat her lunch first. My mom said she also liked apple pie. L (daughter): Do you have apple pie, grandmommy? Mom: No, L, I don't. L: But do you have the INGREDIENTS to make it? Mom: No, L, I don't even have the ingredients. You think they don't get it...

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  63. i teach third grade, and this week was the first week of school. during ask the teacher anything time on one of the first days, one child asked me what my favorite drink was. i said apple juice. then another kid blurts out, "man, i thought she was gonna say beer!"

    :)

    thanks for the chance to win!

    katherine.loiry at gmail dot com

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  64. The best thing I ever heard a kid say was when my oldest daughter at the age of 7 came home and said "wow, my teacher sure has alot of space in her head" Of course she was talking outerspace but I still crack up today

    sweetpeg at gmail dot com

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  65. I love this avocado painting and have just the right wall space for it.

    I had a wonderful dog that saved mmy life. One day she sat in front of the stove and started barking, highly unusual behavior for her. No matter what I did she wouldn't move. Finally I called the superintendent up to take a look. Indeed, there was a gas leak. Lighting the stove would have caused an explosion. This beautiful loving dog, saved my life.

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  66. GFC Follower.

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  67. Once my bro in law was holding a friend's baby, who then petted his face and said, "Doggy!!"
    glass.laurabess at gmail dot com

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  68. My daughter as a toddler asked why did the neighbors newborn baby look like a radish. it was cute. suelee1998 @gmail.com this painting is lovely!

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  69. I have wonderful pet stories - tons. I have two little gatos named Mish and Rosco. Mish is a lovely, regal, stoic little fellow, while Rosco plays the comedic relief at all times. He tips over more than he's upright. Scratch him behind the ears for ohhhh let's say three seconds, and he'll topple off the back of the couch onto the floor.

    He also eats odd things. I cleaned out the junk drawer one day. Rossy got into the trash, and let's just say that eating tape, newspaper, and brads doesn't agree with my little man's delicate palate...

    I hope that wasn't too terribly long!

    - Lindsay
    shrimpsaladcircus [!at] gmail dot com

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  70. I am a new follower and very glad to be. Your work is just beyond gorgeous, and I seriously eat an avocado at least three or four days a week!

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  71. I'm also a new Twitter follower and shared with my amigos on there!

    http://twitter.com/ShrimpSalad/status/22547833246

    Thanks for such a wonderful opportunity. I can't even tell you how much I'd love to see this beautiful piece of art grace the walls of my teeeeeensy apartment!!!!!

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  72. My daughter after preschool: Mama, I didn't hit today!

    Me: Good girl! I'm so proud of you! You were a good friend today!

    My daughter: Mama, I push.

    rebolsen at gmail dot com

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  73. Our kitty once chased a big bull dog out of our yard, it went running so fast and our cats tail was so so fluffed out and straight up it was amazing to see

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  74. At a family reunion, my nephew came up to me and said I love you Aunt Rachel...I said I am Aunt Melissa...he said so matter of factly "You are so NOT Aunt Melissa!!"

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  75. My dog likes to throw his ball for himself. He grabs it between his paws and moves around all funny-like. It goes flying and he has the time of his life. :)

    samyrocks92 at msn dot com

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  76. i want this painting. i want to collect all sorts of painting and this one would be perfect. my husband would especially LOVE it because he love avocados :) a kid once said "i sleep with my brother. i like it when he falls off the bed. i dont like it when he gets back on."

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  77. i tweeted! twitter.com/ashleyggetz

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  78. I follow you on google reader.

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  79. My puppy is funny when playing fetch. We can have around 5 balls being thrown around, she'll take it, and put them in the exact places she wants. She'll move them with her paw and nose until it's exactly where she wants them!
    xbeautifulcoma at yahoo dot com

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  80. GFC
    xbeautifulcoma at yahoo dot com

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  81. Tweet
    http://twitter.com/xbeautifulcoma/status/22586098697
    xbeautifulcoma at yahoo dot com

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  82. My daughter likes to tell people I only drink at night if they offer me drinks LOL.. little do they know is it's because my kids snatch my drinks all day long.

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  83. "I love you>" garrettsambo@aol.com

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  84. Our son, Skyler, learned a new word at 2 1/2 years old. It was not a good word at all. The word was Bulls**t. We were, of course, very upset by this because he was saying it all the time. We tried desperately to get him to say 'mule muffins' instead to no avail. We had guests over one evening. Skyler, of course, had to say his new word. We explained, yet again, that it was not 'bulls**t', it was 'mule muffins'. Skyler sat under the chair in the kitchen for about 15 minutes, repeating over and over again 'Tis not 'mule muffins', it's 'bulls**t'. It was hilarious. Within a few days, the word was gone and never heard again. We do, however, have a very funny memory of that not so nice word.

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  85. My 4 yr old was holding the baby while I was dealing with the 2 yr old, and all of a sudden I heard smothered cries from the baby, and I look around as my 4 yr old yells! I am doing it! I said WHAT??? He says "Feeding the baby" Yup baby is breastfed.
    theknitwitbyshair@hotmail.com

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