Well, the big day is finally here! I have to choose just one of the many great entries I got in my blog’s first ever contest to win the first of the two $20 prizes I am giving out. This was no easy task at all… I could name 12 winners, and still feel bad about not recognizing the 13th…. but a squirrel has never backed down from a challenge before, and I’m not about to chicken out on this tough decision!
I had the finalists narrowed down to about 4 or 5 last night. I weighed their good and bad points over and over again… I probably changed my mind a dozen times on which one I was going to ultimately award the grand prize to…
But in the end, there was one entry I kept coming back to. One that appealed to me in a special way that when it got right down to it, I just couldn’t not reward it.
Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of the first annual Evil Squirrel’s Nest’s Contest of Whatever is…………………….
What made Y@50’s creation stand out for me was not just that she made replicas of my characters who inspired the contest, but the fact that she paid attention to the details that make up each character!
The dark grey strip in ES’s tail, the pink in the ears and snout of Buster, and the triple fur tufts extending from each cheek on both that are a trademark of my style… it absolutely made my day when I noticed that! It reminded me of how happy I was when I saw Jennifer’s rendition of my Rainbow Donkey… having a character you created brought to life by someone else is such a wonderful feeling! At least, it is for me….
Thank you so much youngatfifty for your amazing work, and congratulations on winning one of the prizes from my store!!!
Ah, but don’t go anywhere yet, folks! We still have one more prize to give away, and this is the random second chance drawing that all of the non-winning entries are eligible for!
You may remember this list I posted when I announced the entries yesterday:
Well, I got out the cards again… taking out the queen that represented youngatfifty, and did another drawing. Of course, you may have questions about whether the drawing is rigged since you can’t watch it. Well, fear not folks, because I sought out the accounting firm of Ody & Biskit, LLC to oversee the official drawing and ensure all if on the up and up…
I shuffled the cards for several minutes, making sure I would have no idea what card would be coming up first. I laid the pile down on the bed in plain view of the supervisors and turned over the top card, which wound up being………….
Congratulations to Goldfish on winning the second chance drawing!!!!!!
And I don’t think anyone will argue she is a deserving winner since she submitted this picture, which was one of the finalists I was mulling over the last 24 hours….
Congratulations to the two winners of my very first contest, Youngatfifty and Goldfish! You also get this awesome freebie to display on your blog if you wish….
And to those of you who also submitted wonderful entries, but didn’t quite come home with the gold or the silver, you are free to display this badge!
Since I do not have email addresses for either of the two winners, I ask that they get in touch with me at my email which is located in the “Contact Me” section up in my header. The prize is anything from my Cafepress Shop that is $20 USD or less, and if there is a piece of my artwork on this blog that you would like to have on a $20 or less item over there instead, that can certainly be arranged. Since I will be leaving on my annual trip to Oklahoma in less than 72 hours, I will probably not get around to actually ordering the requested items for each winner until next week… but that gives you each some time to decide what you might want!
Thank you very much to everyone who played along, and even to those who just spectated and cheered everyone on! This contest was so much fun, and the results were so fantastic, that I will definitely run another contest just like it sometime in the future!