(The winner of this giveaway has been contacted, and the contest is now closed! Congrats Sarah Kate!)
picture of canvas for giveaway

We’ve been looking forward to today’s post for weeks, not just because of the giveaway but because of what it represents.

As you can see in the photos, Easy Canvas Prints recently sent us a gorgeous 16 X 20 canvas of a picture I took of artichokes a few years ago. We love it. It hangs in our kitchen, just to the right of the sink and cabinets, and we see it every time we’re sitting on the living room sofa or working on our laptops, making us pretty sure that we’re going to add two more similar canvases along the same wall sometime soon.

Easy Canvas not only sent us a canvas, but they’re also giving one away to one of you—maybe to turn into a Father’s Day gift or to blow up a family photo or to decorate your own kitchen with a food-centric theme, whatever you want.

And to enter, here is all we ask: go comment on another blog, any blog, telling them something you genuinely like about one of their posts or about the site in general, and then come back here and link to it in a comment.

picture of canvas on chair

To give you an example:

I loved reading this recent post at Art and Lemons because of the way Nikki tells a story, because of the beautiful light in her photos and because of the way she is celebrating the art of film. So I went and commented at her site and told her so. If I were entering this contest, I’d copy the link to my comment, come over here and say, I commented here! and link to that site.

We know this is a little different than the traditional giveaways where you subscribe to our page or become a fan on Facebook or promote it on Twitter, but we wanted to do it as an intentional way of celebrating the blogging community, of helping to promote someone else. We hope your comments will encourage other bloggers as well as show us some cool sites to check out.

Winner will be chosen Friday. More contest details below.

The Giveaway: Easy Canvas Prints – a Father’s Day gift that keeps on giving!

Prize: One 16 X 20 canvas

Rules and Restrictions:
All responses must be posted in the comments by 7 a.m., CST, June 8, 2012. One entry per person. Winner must be a U.S. resident, excluding Hawaii and Alaska due to shipping costs. Winner will be chosen by random number generator and contacted via email.

Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

This Post Has 23 Comments

  1. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes

    I support completely this twist on a giveaway! Though I´m too far away to participate, I will post my comment:

    Beautiful picture of artichokes, and a great idea.. I just need to learn how to take great pictures, ha!

  2. Ellen

    I LOVE this idea for a giveaway. While as a blogger myself, I understand the need for self-promotion, I also think that we could use a little more generosity toward other writers and bloggers in the blogosphere, for our sake as well as for our readers. What a great idea. I’m not entering the giveaway but just wanted to say thanks for doing this!

  3. Posie

    Such a good idea! And a good reminder to articulate the nice things we are thinking and appreciating about other people’s work, but that we too often keep to ourselves! Here is my comment: http://onehungrymama.com/2012/05/gluten-free-chocolate-chip-banana-bread-recipe/comment-page-1/#comment-15881

  4. Sara

    I’m absolutely in love with this idea! It’s great!

    Here is my comment (at current time it’s “pending moderation”): http://beccasgreenkitchen.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/fro-yo-berry-bites/#comment-373

  5. Sarah Crowder

    Love the twist…I really am neglectful about commenting on the blogs I enjoy. I commented on My New Roots: http://mynewroots.blogspot.com/2012/06/meatless-monday-with-martha-stewart.html

    Oh, and beautiful artichoke photo!

  6. Jacqui

    Hey there. You’re great. I commented over at Happyolks. http://www.happyolks.com/feel-it-coming/#comment-7698

  7. Elizabeth

    Such a great giveaway… and such an awesome way have people enter. I tend to read blogs but never comment on them (yours included). I really need to change that.

    Anyway, I left a comment for Kate (of Longest Acres).


    Thanks again for such a great giveaway!

  8. Kel

    Prints are lovely!!
    I commented here on some brownies:

  9. Will

    My wife and I both enjoy reading your blog and appreciate how honest and open you are. We’re going to try the Kale Almond Pesto this week!

    I posted over at Not Without Salt.

  10. Melissa

    Thoroughly enjoying discovering new blogs, and seeing the connections I have to strangers on the internet (that we read some of the same blogs)!

    I commented on a friend’s sweet blog, Musings on the Simple Life: http://simplelifemusings.blogspot.com/2012/06/fruit-fly-catcher-repost-time.html?showComment=1338989490385#c3396221913874138785

  11. hannah

    Shanna, this is one of the reasons I like you so much. You are so kind & thoughtful. Can’t wait to see you again!

    I left a comment on la porte rouge, that should show up after approval. :) http://laporterouge.blogspot.com/2012/06/walk-in-tall-grasses-underneath-warm.html

  12. art and lemons

    Shanna, You made my day!! Thanks so much for the comment and link and I too believe in supporting one another and strengthening community. Your blog is a constant inspiration.

  13. Lan

    when i read this yesterday i spent the rest of the day reading thru my Feed, going from blog to blog, crafty or foodie or photography related, soaking up what i read, learning & being inspired. it brought to mind, something that i’ve always known: that i don’t comment too often. sometimes a post is written so well that any questions i may have, it’s answered already. and we’ve already gone thru how i feel about the simple “yum” comment :). but reaching out is nice, a word of encouragement to the writer, something to let them know that they’re not posting to a void and so i commented on two blogs today: my darling lemon thyme and nathan williams, a new to me blog..

  14. nadia Dole

    thank you for reminding me that when i am inspired by a post i must take time to tell the author how it has made me feel for it is always special to me when readers leave such comments to me. secondly thank you, people come into my home always surprised that i do not have any of my own work up, this could change it.

    here is the link to the comment, she is an incredible writer and finder of loveliness and makes me think as you guys often do.( silent admirer)

  15. Kris Mullen @munchin with munchkin

    Great idea! I’m a big fan of Love and Lemons. Here’s my comment:

  16. meghan

    Shanna: Thanks for coming by and leaving a sweet comment on my blog this morning. But more importantly thank you for this post of giving. I am discovering so many wonderful spaces this morning, those of the commentors and the ones they’ve shared.

    Thanks to Hannah at honey&jam who shared this post via twitter.

    I commented over at Dixie Caviar. Nealey is one of my favorite food blogging friends.

    I’d love to win this canvas for a friend who just returned from Paris. One of her prints would be stunning in her kitchen.

  17. sarah kate branine

    This is such a sweet idea. Seriously, I thank God for you and for your genuineness and kindness. I couldn’t help but leave a comment on this post

    everything was so beautiful and I felt like I could feel her family and friends’ love for her and her baby girl oozing through the screen!

    thanks so much for the giveaway! I’d love to win a canvas!

  18. jessiev

    LOVE this! what a GREAT idea.

    I left a comment over at Wanderfood Wednesday, on a post by Carolyn Heller about a few meals in Koreatown in Seattle. Can you say YUM?!! Now I am so in the mood for dumplings…. http://wanderlustandlipstick.com/blogs/wanderfood/2012/06/05/wanderfood-wednesday-cycling-to-koreatown/

  19. Abby

    What an awesome idea. I like your twist of showing appreciation for other writers’ hard work.

    I commented on an older post, but one I constantly come back to: http://orangette.blogspot.com/2008/02/consider-it.html#comments

  20. Tammy @ The Sweet Tomato

    This is a wonderful idea! I love love love this canvas print of your artichokes. How beautiful. Here’s the link to my comment! http://www.laurafriendly.com/2012/06/vegan-almond-joy-no-bake-cookies.html

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