Monday, January 3, 2011

Special Guest....An Interview With Christie Repasy & A GIVEAWAY

Hi friends and dear blog readers worldwide and Happy New Year to you guys....

Today I have an interview (and a great giveaway!) for you with the renowned rose painter, artist Christie Repasy. Many of you may already be familiar with her work, or perhaps even own a piece...as I do. She's such a lovely and down to earth person and it's my pleasure to bring you a bit more of what she has to say about her life's work and passion, enjoy.....






You are the original shabby chic rose painter selling your work on line for twelve years now. How did you get started with your on line venture?

Due to national TV and magazine exposure that I received thru Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic TV show and articles in Romantic Home magazine, I received many calls requesting to see an online catalog of my art on a website. The timing was perfect as computers were just beginning to be purchased for home use. At that point, I set up an online store for the customers to view and purchase my art.

Why do you gravitate towards roses?

I was a decorative painter working in homes and on furniture when I first started my business. Clients were hiring me to create borders and wall designs out of existing floral and rose fabrics they were decorating with, I found myself really enjoying painting the roses the most. During this time I found myself longing for more instruction and knowledge, so I pursued taking a 2 semesters of oil painting in a local Jr. College.

What is your training, or are you a self taught artist?

I always did well in my school art classes, and took art in College for two years.  I also took special interest art classes with other local artists in Laguna Beach, Ca.  I also love to decorate and use vintage fabrics and wall paper as inspiration.

Who inspires you in the world of design?

My greatest inspiration for painting is not necessarily one person, but the vintage fabric and wallpaper designs found in the late 1800’s to the 1940’s, both American and European. I am constantly keeping my eyes open for new inspiration from old patterns and designs as I’m out antique shopping and treasure hunting at flea markets. 


I find Sue Balmforth of Bountiful Home www.bountifulhome.com in Venice Beach, Ca. to be a very inspiring designer that I can identify with. I remember the first time I saw a room she designed on the cover of the first Shabby Chic book 11 years ago and how I loved her style of combining time worn chippy and rusty garden and architectural elements with European furniture, chandeliers’, lace, vintage accessories and floral fabrics. She was the originator of the vintage tin ceiling tile frame idea! 


I am also very inspired by the many fabulous blogs I follow. There is an amazing amount of talented women out there sharing their thoughts and ideas online.

Where do you see your work heading in the future?

That is such a difficult question. I consider my style very traditional and rooted in the past , although I need to stay in tune with the trends of today and yet produce art that will have a sense of timelessness. I am always open to considering new opportunities that come my way. 


Over the past year I have moved from the beach to the country where I have opened my home and very large yard for a vintage marketplace that takes place every 3 months. Together with my sister in law Rita Reade of www.mammabellarte.blogspot.com I host  this 2 day event which includes 25 very creative vintage style vendors that come and set up their tents, full of treasures to sell. I'm honored to have this venture highlighted in the current issue of Romantic Country Magazine!

What do you enjoy doing when you aren't working on your business pursuits?

I love spending time with my family and my dogs, and I enjoy antiquing with my girl friends.

Thank you dear Christie for sharing a bit about yourself with us....and now, on to the fabulous Giveaway that I'm hosting here for her!


One lucky winner will receive BOTH of these items! 


The first item is the beautiful hand soldered charm made by Rita Reade with Christie's Rosy Bouquet print. So ROMANTIC... it measures 1”x1 ½” and has a rhinestone drop. 


The second item in this Giveaway is a  French Style perfume bottle made with a vintage bottle and embellished with a reduced rose print of "Vintage Rose Study, vintage rhinestone, filigree and old seam binding ribbon. It measures 8" x 3" x 1 1/2".




How To Enter:
Visit Christies's blog at Chateau De Fleurs HERE and become a follower!
Then come back over and leave a comment on my blog, letting me know that you are following Chritie's blog.
For a second chance at winning, post the contest on your blog by linking HERE with the button that I've created for you below, then come back here and leave another comment letting me know.

The giveaway will close on SUNDAY, JAN 9th with the winner chosen by a random number generator. Help spread the word about Christie's new blog ladies.....and good luck!




94 comments:

  1. Thanks for enjoyable post! I have always admired Christie's work...it is just beautiful. I am a follower of her blog and yours. ; )
    ~Michele

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  2. Hello Janet... what a wonderful interview!... I am fortunate enough to own one of Christie's signed rose paintings, and I love her work!...She looks so nice and sounds like such a sweet lady as well... I just found her blog and signed on to follow... please enter me in your generous giveaway!... xoxo Julie Marie PS You are so kind to always feature other artists!

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  3. Oh yes, I also placed your button on my sidebar with a link back to you... much love, kisses to Murphy... xoxo Julie Marie

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  4. Wow I just love her art,,,I have become a follower of her blog,,and also I have added the link to my giveaway links on my blog,,
    That was a great interview,,and beautiful pictures..thanks for having this awesome giveaway..
    Devon
    hanna_563 at msn dot com

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  5. Thanks Janet for a wonderful post. CR is one o my favorite artists & it's always fun to know more about people you admire. I own a few of her beautiful things. Happy New Year to you & yours fufu friend! xo tutts

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  6. Hi Janet,
    What a wonderful, informative interview with Christie !! IO just adore her, and her WoRk !! Please, Please, Please enter me in this fabulous, EvEr soo generous give-away !! She is soo talented, and I am soo blessed to live so close to her and her beautiful market !!
    I follow her and you, and will link this button to my blog .. thanks sooo much, and here's wishing you and yours, a beautifu, happy, healthy 2011 ~
    LoVe and HuGs ~TeA~ xo

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  7. Your interview with Christie was great! She is such a sweetheart. I had the pleasure of meeting her last April when she did a show here in Roseville. I have admired her work for many years so it was terrific to actually meet her. I am a follower of her lovely blog too. Thanks for such a wonderful post and giveaway.
    Happy New Year!
    Denise

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  8. I placed your giveaway button on my blog with a link back to you. Thank you for hosting such a wonderful giveaway. I know you have a great response!
    Denise

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  9. Dearest Janet,

    Happy New Year!
    Am following both blogs. Great artists are you both.
    I've not created a button with a link back to you as the code is missing here...
    Please do see my International GIVEAWAY where there is a code for button.

    Mariette's Back to Basics

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  10. I am a follower of both blogs, beautiful give away!

    thank you

    c

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  11. Great interview of Christine! I'm now a follower of you both!!

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  12. Great interview with one of my favorite artists! I am a follower of her blog.

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  13. I have always admored Christies creations!
    Her roses are so soft and romantic!

    Loved the interview!
    Thank you,
    Smiles,
    Dolly

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  14. P.S. I am a follwer of both yours and Christies blog!

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  15. What a very talented lady! I am a follower of both of these beautiful blogs!!

    ~Trisha

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  16. Happy New Year Janet! I have been a long time fan/follower of Christie's work, but never met her in person until the last year. I think everyone who decorates in the romantic style would cut off their left arm to have one of her paintings! lol..okay, maybe not an arm, but you know what I'm getting at. :) I had the pleasure of meeting her for the first time in our store about 1 year ago, and I was so nervous! Now I look back and have to laugh because she IS the most down to earth, sweetest person you would ever want to meet. She purchased some toleware from us, with roses..what else?! lol Her market shows (about 1 hour from me) are just lovely and to see her studio where she displays her work was just a delight. We always encourage our customers to visit her..I think 2011 will be even a greater year for her marketplace!
    -Nancy

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  17. I have been a follower of Chateau De Fleurs for quite some time now and I love her blog. I have also been a follower of you blog for quite some time now as well.

    I adore the giveaway so please count me in.

    Linda at lindarubin@centurytel.net

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  18. I would love to win your giveaway~I am a big fan of Christies and do follow her, I love her artwork!

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  19. Hi Janet, what a wonderful interview with Christie ~ I've admired her beautiful rose paintings for some time now, and I own 4 of her beautiful Canvas prints. I would love a chance to win this giveaway, and I am already one of her faithful followers :)

    Warmest hugs, Brenda

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  20. I have your button placed on my sidebar, with it linked right back here to you :)

    Hugs, Brenda

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  21. G'day Janet ~Happy New Year. I already follow Christie & you. Christie is over the moon fabulous! What a lovely feature you presented ...

    What a lovely giveaway, please accept my entry.

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  22. Happy Newyear!!!Thankyou Janet for this interview with Christie...I just love following her blog!!!She is really a wonderful artist and a beautiful person....This 2011 I really want to visit her Marketplace.

    Debbie

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  23. What a beautiful blog! I'm now a follower.

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  24. I am a follower of both your blog and Christie's blog. Love these beautiful items.

    -Danielle

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  25. This is a great interview, Janet. I feel I know Christie a little better and yes, I saw her feature in Romantic Country! How talented she us!

    XO,
    Jane

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  26. Hi Janet,
    I love Christie's work! I didn't realise she'd started a blog - where have I been??
    Thanks so much for a fantastic interview!
    Gail xx

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  27. Ohhh Janet... I LOVE Christie's work!! She is an amazing artist & so great to read about her, enjoyed the interview a lot!!
    Thanks for the interview & the generous give a way:)
    Hugs...
    Deb:) xoxo

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  28. Also...I became one of her follower's & re- twitted your twitter news about interview & give a way!!
    Thanks hon..
    Hugs..
    Deb:) xox

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  29. I am her newest follower and might I add while I also the love the bottle the necklace is amazing and I would wear it constantly!!

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  30. posted the button and link on my blog, upper right hand corner, you cannot miss it!

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  31. Hi Janet, I am Janet too, from Graceful Rose. I have posted about your Christie Repasy Giveaway and put the button on my blog. So I hope I win! Great interview with Christie. I have long been a fan and I already follow her blog. Thanks.

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  32. Hello Janet!!

    I am a follower of Christie and just love her beautiful work!!!!
    I am a follower of you as well.
    Happy New Year!!!

    Suzann

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  33. I have followed Christie's blog for a long time now. She is such a great artist!

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  34. What a wonderful interview! I've had the lovely opportunity to meet Christie~she is as sweet and beautiful as her work! Please enter me in your fabulous giveaway..I've been a follower of Christie's for awhile now..
    Blessings!
    Myrna

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  35. Alrighty! I have posted about your wonderful giveaway on my blog! ;-)
    Thanks for hosting such a lovely giveaway!!
    Blessings!
    Myrna

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  36. Christie is one of my favorite rose artist. I am already a follower - thanks for sharing such a great interview and pictures.
    Brenda

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  37. What a wonderful interview..Christie is such a talented artist..I have admired her work for many years. through surfing blogs I am happy to have found your wonderful blog as well.
    Blessings to you...Shannon

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  38. Hi Janet!

    I posted a note on Christie's blog and became a follower of hers. I enjoyed your interview with her very much, and her work is beautiful! I am already one of your followers! Happy New Year!

    kathy.bruner@hotmail.com

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  39. I just found your blog, and I loved this interview. I am following both of your beautiful blogs. Thank you for providing such gorgeous inspiration!

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  40. I just found your blog, and I loved this interview. I am following both of your beautiful blogs. Thank you for providing such gorgeous inspiration!

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  41. Went over and looked at her lovely blog. What wonderful work.

    Also I am a follower of hers, so please sign me up for the great giveaway!!

    blessings

    barbara jean

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  42. Nice interview Janet! I love her work...probably have six of her pieces including the two large matching 2' x 2" pictures. She is amazing...and now I'm following her. Thanks for the giveaway! ~Stacy~

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  43. Such beautiful things to win :)
    I became a follower of Christie's blog. She's very talented.

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  44. I placed the button on my blog with a link back to you. Your blog is very inspiring and you're a great artist. Best regards.

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  45. I follow Cheatau De Fleurs blog via GFC,name:wulan sari
    wulanseries at gmail dot com
    thanks:)

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  46. Hi!! I'm Christie's New follower ^_^ Her wonderful roses arrived in Italy,too!! I hope to be able to win this WONDERFUL giveaway !! Kindest Regards,Debora!!

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  47. I have long been a follower of Christie's work. I only have one piece but would like 20 million more so if I were to win these items I would be over the Shabby moon! I have joined her blog! Abbie

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  48. Gosh ! I am so excited with this giveaway. I would like to participate in it.
    Anw i am totally chateaudefleurs follower through Google Friend Connect name liz.

    Much Thankies for the chance dear
    Good luck for me and everyone :)

    liz_crowny(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  49. Here I spread words about your giveaway in my blog : http://pintaliztiirene.blogspot.com/2010/12/december-january-giveaways.html

    Much Thankies for the chance dear
    Good luck for me and everyone :)

    liz_crowny(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  50. Loved the interview~I LOVE Christie's paintings and now I am a follower of her blog!!
    Kristen
    padodts@ptd.net

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  51. Omg i LOve her work I own 5 canvas prints of hers and am always looking for more!! i just became a follower on her blog

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  52. I just added her beautiful giveaway button to my blog!!

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  53. I follow Christie! she's fab. The interview was great! you did a good job! I would love to be entered in the giveaway! I'll follow you too!
    Hugs
    E

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  54. I'm a follower of Christie's blog already!!! Thanks for the opportunity to enter this wonderful giveaway and the interview was great... it is nice to know something about such a talented ladies!!!
    best regards,
    Wanda

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  55. Love reading the interview... I am already a follower of Christie's, and I just love her work, it's all so beautiful!!! I would love to be entered in this wonderful giveaway. I will try to add the button to my sidebar, I have been having problems trying to do this lately, if I get it up I will let you know! Thanks again!
    Blessings~~ Daphne

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  56. yes, thank you, i am happily following Christie's blog... #351

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  57. beautiful button beautifully posted at FHC ~
    a teacup exchange began today in case you or any other readers are interested? ...
    stop by for tea & take a peek :)

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  58. Hi Janet!
    Love the interview with Christie, I am familiar with both incredible ladies(Rita Reade} and am fortunate to live fairly close to Chateau de Fleurs. I am a follower of Christie's blog and would love to be entered in this awesome giveaway.

    Thank you for this opportunity,
    Irma

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  59. How wonderful of you to host a giveaway for Christie. I have long been a huge fan & follower of hers. I have acquired several (I think 9 & counting) canvas prints over the past 11 years. It would be awesome to own an other medium of her work.

    Warmest Wishes,

    Rita

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  60. Hi Janet, thanks so much for stopping by... I was so shocked that 2 of the rooms that I had showed on my post where yours, how exciting! Your rooms are absolutely beautiful! I just joined as your newest follower!
    Blessings~~~ Daphne

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  61. Hi Janet. What a special treat today. I have so enjoyed all my special finds from you, and then to read your interview with Christie...is so special. I purchased my first Christie Repasy years ago because it was so beautiful...a few days later, there she was on Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic. I am a follower...my fingers a crossed for one of these treasures. - Debra

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  62. Hi Janet,
    Please enter me. I've long admired Christie's art and have the pleasure of calling her a dear blog friend through our visits with one another. Christie's a true lady that inspires us all.

    Love the interview, Janet. You have so many very lovely ideas here at your Shabbyfufu blog, I always love what you share with us. Okay... you know I love you to pieces, dear friend!
    xoxo~Tracie

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  63. Hi!
    Amazing giveaway!
    I love her work!
    I follow your and Christie's blog via GFC - Rosalina

    sweet21@inbox.lv

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  64. I am a follower
    hope this is international
    great giveaway
    thanks
    diarygirl at live dot com
    shaha

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  65. I am thrilled to have a chance to win anything decorated with Christie's work..I am a follower of her blog. Sincerely, Becky

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  66. hello there... now I'm following Christie...your interview was very nice.

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  67. linking in my sidebar...Happy New Year..hugs from Puerto rico

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  68. I became a follower of Christie and I own one of her pieces. I love her work. Terry

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  69. Hello Janet,
    I think I have visited your blog before, but I am officially a follower now!! I have also visited Christie's blog and have been a follower of hers for a while.
    Thank you so much for having this fabulous Give-away. I will place a link to it on my blog ASAP and will let you know after I have done so.
    Please visit my blog. I am having a give-away,too!!
    Happy New Year!
    Warm hugs, Laura

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  70. Hi Janet,
    I have linked your give-away to my blog!
    Hugs, Laura

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  71. Loved reading the interview. Two lovely talented ladies. I'm a follower of both your blogs

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  72. Thanks to your wonderful blog, I have become one of Christie's followers. Enjoyed the article so much and would be thrilled with one of Christie's exquisite works!

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  73. isnt she soooooo talented!!! I am a follower, I never get tired of looking at her roses!!!! thanks so much for the chance!

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  74. Been a Christie collector for year! I can never get enough of her beautiful roses! She has been blessed with a gift!

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  75. I am a follower and friend of the Sweet Christie Repasy! Your interview is so good, thank you for sharing this incredible artist with everyone, she is as beautiful a person as are her paintings...and please enter me in the GIVEAWAY!!!!!

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  76. Put me in the drawing

    I want that cute charm and that bottle also.

    Wish I had talent like that


    Janice

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  77. What a wonderful post...thanks for all yuur great questions I learned a lot about Christie.
    Okay....I am feeling really lucky....please enter me in the give-a-way.....I know follow both of you!!

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  78. Oh, both your blog and Christie's are just beautiful! Thank you for the opportunity to participate.
    I am a follower now.
    many blessings!

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  79. Hi Janet,
    I've been a follower of Christie's since she started her blog so I hope that counts! ;).
    I'll also do a post about the giveaway.
    Blessings,
    Missy

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  80. Beautiful post! I love Christie Repasy's artwork and I really enjoy browsing your blog. I am a follower now! Thanks!
    Jenny

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  81. Hi,just began following Christie.This giveaway is soooo dreamy.Thank you for the chance.

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  82. OMG I would love to own one of Christies gorgeous rose art pieces
    ! Please enter me in this give away!! I am a follower of both this blog and Christies.

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  83. Thanks for the opportunity to follow both you and Christie's blogs and the chance to win such beautiful art! I plan to share with my artist community and vintage loving friends in Michigan! Take care... Sandy

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  84. Love it!
    Want it!
    Ohhhhhhhhhh & Ahhhhhhhhhhh!


    m ^..^

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  85. I am a follower now. I posted the link on my toda's post because for some reason I couldn't get it in my sidebar. I think that I must be sidebar challenged at the moment.
    Have a wonderful day!

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  86. Janet, Thanks for the wonderful interview with Christie. I have been a long time collector of her art and would love be in the giveaway. I am currently following her blog and signed up to follow your.

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  87. Janet, I just posted about your giveaway on my blog with a link back to you. Thanks for a great interview and giveaway!

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  88. What a wonderful interview. Christie is one of my favorite artist and I am lucky to have been collecting her paintings for years now. I am fortunate enough to live close so that I can attend Chateau de Fleurs every three months. I am a follower of Christie's blog as well as yours

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  89. Hi Janet,
    Thank you for the chance to win christie's wonderful give away! I am a follower... I just wanted to say both your blog and her blog are amazing and out of this world beautiful. I am also having a give away over at my blog. If you get the time please stop by. Have a wonderful weekend and thank you again.
    Lorene
    The Gilded Cherub

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  90. I'm a follower of you both & standing in line patiently with my fingers crossed for this giveaway...I would love o own one of these art pieces - always have loved her work. Thanks so much for allowing me to join in this giveaway! xoxo
    Tracie

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  91. I am so happy to say I am following Christies Blog...what an amzing artist she is.

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  92. I love your blog and I am one of your newest followers. I have pasted the giveaway on my blog for you with pleasure :)

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