Tiny Aviary New Year's Giveaway

December 28, 2011



2011 is wrapping up. Amongst other things that means I am getting ready for my annual trip to the wilds of Wisconsin's driftless region to stay in a cozy farm cottage with beloved friends and family.  It will be my daughter's first experience of this little tradition and I am counting the minutes!

Another tradition is that of first bird sighted on New Year's Day. The first bird I see 
New Year's Day I will make a painting of it, and that painting will be offered up in a little giveaway here on Tiny Aviary. If you wish to be included in the drawing, please leave a comment on this post. You do not need to leave your full name unless your google/blogger identity is very common like "John". Tutto capite, amici?

Ok, I wish you health, happiness and warmth.  Be kind to each other and the critters with which we share this planet. I'll be back to check on you peeps in 2012.

I will NOT be giving away this sublime bird-of-paradise print, but this one and others can be viewed here.

Thanks to my lovely friend Aaron for pointing them out. 

xo Diana


88 comments:

  1. Wishing you a lovely trip! Give Wisconsin a big hug for me :)

    Fingers crossed on the giveaway...

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  2. Have a wonderful trip, and a very happy new year. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  3. Have a great trip & a happy new year!

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  4. hi Diana! the first bird i will probably see is a pigeon or sparrow! would love to win and hope to see you and jay soon! happy new year! xx debra

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  5. thanks for the giveaway
    happy new year

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  6. Happy New Year and I hope you have a wonderful time on your trip! Oh yes, please enter me in the giveaway.

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  7. Best wishes for a happy new year and lots of bird sightings! Thanks for having a giveaway!

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  8. Have a wonderful trip and a very happy new year! :)

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  9. I would love to win a painting of a pigeon, as long as it was done by you! Have a wonderful New Years and give yourself and family hugs from me.

    Cheers, Annie

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  10. Have a wonderful holiday! I know the first bird I see (& hear!) in the new year will be a sassy little cinnamon cockatiel =)

    *fingers & feathers crossed*

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  11. Am I disqualified? If not, I want in on the action :-). Hooray Wisconsin! Hooray first bird of the new year!

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  12. Absolutely not, but I will have to find a way to hide all of the WI birds from you on NYD.

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  13. Diana, Happpy New Year to you, I am sure your daughter will love herr new experience. I've been following your blog for a while and really love your work. Rendell

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  14. Happy Holidays, Diana, your art's looking beautiful!

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  15. Happy New Year to you and your lovely family. Safe travels!

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  16. Can't wait to see what bird it will be! Happy new year to all!

    Rebecca@deutschemexicana.com

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  17. Have a very happy new year! I can't wait to see your first bird painting. Thank you for the chance to win it! Please enter my name in the hat!

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  18. Enjoy reading your blog and interesting stories. Can't wait to see what bird you will draw. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Happy New Year!

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  19. Enjoy your trip! Love your artwork. :)

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  20. I'm a big fan and when I met you a couple years ago you were very nice.

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  21. Hi Diana. I've been perusing your work lately and thought I'd jump on this opportunity. Hope you guys are well.
    Kate (and Kevin and Coco)

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  22. Happy New Year and have a great getaway.

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  23. A happy and prosperous new year to you and yours from one side of the globe to the other.

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  24. Happy New Year! What a great idea for a giveaway :)

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  25. Thanks for the contest! Enjoy your time away. Happy New Year!

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  26. i still think you should bring your beloved friends and family to our house for new year's, even if it's not wisconsin.

    but we'll try to have fun without you all...

    [fixed egregious typos]

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  27. Oo oo! Happy New Year, and thanks for the giveaway :)

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  28. happy new year, diana! thanks for sharing through your always thoughtful and inspiring blog!

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  29. @brink: I will not join your cult!

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  30. Amazing giveaway. I admire your birds paintings so much!

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  31. Have a wonderful adventure! I promise to give your painting a very good home! :D :D :D

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  32. What a wonderful magical giveaway. I love the tradition of painting the first bird you see. I would be honored if I won, thanks for such a lovely giveaway.

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  33. Here's to new year's traditions.

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  34. Have a great new year! Hoping for a flock of birds. :)

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  35. Guess I will be known as unknown (aka Tom)

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  36. have a wonderful holiday
    thank you for your beautiful art, love of nature and generous spirit

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  37. Have a wonderful trip. Getting cozy in a cabin sounds great but I'll be spending part of the first day of 2012 at a wildlife preserve helping people see and learn about it's wetland inhabitants. Can't think of a better way to spend the 1st. Hopefully some Sandhill Cranes will be hanging around in our vicinity. I do love them.

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  38. Have a wonderful trip with your little girl, not sure what birdies you might see in Wisconsin?? But I will hope I might win... I may see a Blackbird if I shake the seed when I feed the birds, he comes for the raisins which I throw under the shrub for him :) Not so easy to paint, Blackbirds!

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  39. I wish you the happiest, most inspiring and productive new year! ( I secretly wish the same for my self!) I look forward to seeing your birdies and a chance at owning one for myself! Take care! :D

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  40. oops, I was on my mom's laptop and I think I used her Google account. I hope this works with mine now!

    prairiebirder

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  41. No problem, but I did remove the previous comment so I don't mistakenly enter you in the drawing twice. Thanks!

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  42. Diana-
    I would love one of your pieces. I'm from Wisconsin, too, so there are 2 things that I love about this giveaway. Have fun! Cynthia

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  43. I am prepared for new and amazing things to happen to me this year!

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  44. great giveaway
    Hope you have an awesome year

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  45. Have a happy New Year!
    Thank you for the contest

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  46. Generous idea.

    Have a nice trip and keep safe.

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  47. Nothing like losing yourself in the wilds of Wisconsin with family & friends over the holidays. Keep up the beautiful work and Happy Holidays! Tony

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  48. Happy New Year to you! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  49. Have a nice trip!
    I hope to see my first bird before April - they all flew south!

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  50. Thank you so much ! What a cool way to come up with a painting and awesome giveaway.

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  51. I've loved reading your blog over the last year Diana. Thank you for this chance to win one of your beautiful paintings. A very Happy New Year to you!

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  52. Have a great trip and a fantastic New Year!

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  53. Happy New Year !!! Keep up the beautiful work !! Thanks for the chance at your work !!

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  54. Happy New Years! Great giveaway!

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  56. Just got back from KS where Canada Geese were everywhere. It made me miss home.

    Happy New Year!

    -Dustin

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  57. I would love to be included. Happy New Year!

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  58. Beautiful work! Happy New Year, and thanks for the opportunity!

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  59. Quite a few bird sightings in Florida- and the gifts were well received. Happy final hours of 2011.

    and thank you for the contest!

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  60. I'm originally from Toamh, WI "where the I divides" and "cranberry country. So how far from the Dells and Baraboo will you be? Will you be able to go and visit the Crane Ranch? I would love to win one of your paintings.
    Thank you and have fun in WI!

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  61. Guessing it'll be a chickadee this time around... Happy New Year!

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  62. happy new year to you and yours

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  63. Have a wonderful new year! Here's to a worthy first-of-year. :)

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  65. 'Gelukkig Nieuwjaar' from the Netherlands and wishing you a good trip... Hans-Daniel

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  66. I love your tradition of painting the first bird you see on New Year's Day! Have a wonderful trip wih your family.

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  67. What a lovely idea. Enjoy your trip and happy new year!

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  68. Best wishes for a joyous New Year's and many blessings in 2012. Happy birding tomorrow.

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  69. What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks and a happy new year to you!

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  70. Have a terrific trip and a happy and healthy New Year!

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  71. Just discovered your blog via a link on Geninne's art blog from 2008. 2012 is already starting to shape up well knowing I have another great art blog to view.

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  72. I would definitely LOVE to enter such a delicious draw!

    May your new year tingle on your fingertips and the scent of possibility waft through the wind towards your dreams and little holiday...

    Happy 2012!

    thea.
    xx

    (spoonfulzine@gmail.com)

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  73. Happy new year, and thanks for always posting such interesting things! Your blog is a wonderful way to get my study skin/ornithology fix.

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  74. Oh, what a wonderful idea! I love your work and I can't wait to see what your first bird is.

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  75. some beautiful images glad to have discovered your site (and sight)

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  76. Looks like you had a great trip :) Excited to see what bird you will paint :)

    ~ Kristen Martyn
    http://naturatours.blogspot.com/

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  77. I hope it's not too late to enter. Birds are my solace and joy and I love your artwork. Wishing you a joyous New Year!

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  78. Comments closed now, folks! Thanks!

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