Artifact Uprising Giveaway |

I’ve got to be honest with you and say my thoughts are still with Newtown today, but I’m bringing you a fun, light, pretty giveaway from a company I like that has a gorgeous aesthetic anyway because, as Kathryn White put it so well yesterday, “there is a place for the trivial, the normal, the happy humdrum of daily life—even in great sadness.” Even as we weep with those who weep and even as we seek evidences of light, we also dwell in our little worlds and look for ways to be light, in big things and small, in petitions and days of silence and blog posts and prayer and hugging our families and offering a hand to hold, to look for ways to call out truth and goodness and beauty and love, to look for ways to give and to help and to point to the lovely. This is our pointing to the lovely, right now, today.

If you already follow us on Instagram, you know how we love using the network to share moments of beauty from our everyday lives—what we’re eating for breakfast, the light in our front yard, flowers on the table, golden fire in the sky. Since we started using Instagram even before we were married, and since it was the first place where we posted a photo of us on our wedding day (on the cover above!), it was only natural that it would be an Instagram album that we’d want to get printed after a year of marriage, chronicling our first 12 months together as husband and wife. Tim did all the legwork, bless his heart, uploading photos from my phone to the computer, picking which 40 to feature, organizing them into a book at Artifact Uprising, a company whose tagline is “inspired by the disappearing beauty of the tangible” (!!); and when the 8.5-inch square book arrived, you guys, I could not believe how good it looked.

In fact, we like our Instagram album’s thick pages, textured feel and quality binding so much, we asked Artifact Uprising if they’d be willing to give one of these albums* away to one of you—and they said yes. Instructions for entering the giveaway are posted below!

*Even if you don’t have an Instagram account, you can win the giveaway—the prize is good for one of the 8.5″ albums or the equivalent monetary value towards any other Artifact Uprising product, like their gorgeous wood calendars, for example, or another softcover photo album.

Artifact Uprising Giveaway |

Here’s where you can learn more about Artifact Uprising Online!
instagram: @artifactuprising
twitter: @artifactuprsng

And here’s how to enter the giveaway (answering our question in the comments, Tweeting, subscribing to the newsletter**)!

(**Oh, and PS, if you’re wondering what newsletter we’re talking about, see the sidebar at right!)

Contest ends 12/22 at 12 a.m., and winner will be contacted via email.

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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 46 Comments

  1. Kel

    I like the photo book examples you showed. thanks!

  2. Laken

    Such a great idea! As soon as I saw your’s, I told Ty and he loved the idea. And the book looks like such good quality.

  3. Laken

    My favorite thing about FLW…..
    has to be the joint effort it has become. I love that the blog really seems driven by both of you and that your relationship is the main focus. :)

  4. little kitchie

    fabulous giveaway! my favorite part about FLW are the recipe posts, and your beautiful writing. and your photography. ok, love it all!

  5. Ketki

    I love your writing and beautiful pictures Shanna. Have been reading for sometime, but leaving a comment for the first time. People like you are an inspiration to me–following your passion for writing and food–and taking efforts to fulfill it (leaving a job to dedicate yourself to it!!) Reading your blog makes me feel that the day is not far when I actually will do what I am passionate about full time, thanks for the inspiration :-)

  6. Wesley

    Okay I must have missed where the question was but it seems to be what is your favorite thing about foodloves. Can I just say that it’s you? Is that cheating? Because it’s true. You inspire me to be a better writer, blogger, photographer, and thinker, and I miss seeing your face on Friday mornings!

  7. Jacqui

    I have lots of favorite things about Food Loves Writing … Shanna and Tim, of course, and hearing Shanna’s voice because reading a post here is like having a real conversation with her … and remembering what the first post and first layout of this blog looked like, and seeing how much it has grown in so many ways! xoxo

  8. Artifact Uprising

    Thanks so much Shanna! We’re so grateful!

  9. Maegan

    I am enamored with their products! I would love to win! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

  10. Kara

    I am a newer reader to Food Loves but I absolutely love seeing all your Instagram photos. You lead a healthy and happy lifestyle.

  11. Samantha

    I love that you write about delicious, yet smart/healthy recipes. It’s refreshing!

  12. Kendra

    What’s my favorite thing about FLW, you ask? So many to choose from, but purely as a reader, trying to take my personal relationship with you out of the picture, my favorite thing is… how personal it is. And how I feel like your friend. Even if I wasn’t, I’d still think I was. In a totally healthy, non-creepy-stalkish way. You guys speak with such a clarity of voice that your reader doesn’t have to weigh and sift to discern what’s real and what’s not. It’s all real, it’s all true, it’s all you. And it’s impossible to not feel like you’re part of the family.

  13. brooke field

    hi! just ran across your blog and it caught my eye… beautiful!

    xo, brooke

  14. Molly

    I just love the writing here – wonderful!

  15. Amy S

    My favorite thing about FLW is that your topics always seem to bring up something that’s been floating in my subconscious and make it more material so I can think about it. Beautiful, thoughtful writing.

  16. Sarah

    I love reading your writing and the food that goes along with it!

  17. kira

    love the pictures!

  18. Lan | angry asian

    i was just doing a mad search online this morning to find a good place to print out some instagram shots. and here is a possible vendor!

    it’s wonderful that you were able to capture your first year together …

  19. Meghan

    Shannon- i LOVE artifact uprising. I just ordered a book for my hubby from them for Christmas:). ALSO, thank you for stopping by the blog. I clicked over here on YOUR blog, and TOTALLY KNOW YOU!!!!! Your Tim’s wife:) He worked with me through Life Fitness Academy. I was a client of his when you guys were getting married:). SO excited you have a little space on the internet:) ALSO, love that you guys have written an e-book! I may need to chat with you about how you’ve done all of that- my friend and I are in the process of writing one ourselves! It’s exciting. SUCH a small world!

  20. Kerry K

    The beautiful pictures keep me subscribed. I also love hearing about how happy you two are!

  21. Nicole Michieli

    I love the personable stories on the blog! Hope your first year of marriage was just fantastic! I hope to win the book to make one for our one year anniversary!

  22. Madison Mayberry

    My favorite things about Food Loves Writing is by far your writing. Don’t get me wrong, I love the recipes, too, but the passion and conviction in your writing just jumps off the screen. I feel like we’re having a heart-to-heart with every post.

  23. Shalon

    The giveaway wouldn’t let me answer the question, but it entered my empty answer. Anyways my favorite thing about your website is the recipes. I like the gluten free ones so more of those would be cool. I found you a while back on instagram and really enjoy following you.

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Sorry about that, Shalon — This is our first time using Rafflecopter, so we’re trying to get the bugs worked out. Thanks for still leaving a comment! : )

  24. Bianca

    I love Food Loves Writing’s photography and creative posts – they brighten up my day! The recipes are unique and homey. This book would help me piece together some of my moments in the kitchen!

  25. Megan

    My favorite thing about your blog is how I can read a post and feel like I’ve just had a heartfelt conversation with you. It’s rare these days in the blog world.

  26. Lindsey @ Pas de Deux Blog

    My favorite thing about FLW is your voice– you tell such lovely stories! And. I love that the two of you work on this project together.

  27. Rachel

    Shanna, I truly love your beautiful writing!

  28. Brittany

    Your writing is just beautiful and I feel like I’m always being invited into your home, sharing a cup of coffee, chatting about life.

  29. natalie@thesweetslife

    i absolutely love your writing style! the pics & recipes are a bonus :)

  30. Felicia

    Hi shanna..

    I guess I can say very surely that the best thing about Food Loves Writing is how the clarity of your voice is evident in every post, how it always seems to highlight a certain small fact in life that could be very easy missed.

    and the best part of it? Your writing inspires me – so much so that I have written at least 3 posts inspired by what I’ve read – either on your blog or your book “Written Together”.

    It’s been a while since a blogger inspired me to write – and three inspired posts in the past one month since I started reading your blog – that’s a record.

    so thank you for being light, and allowing us to share in it.

    cheers from buenos aires,

  31. alexandra @ sweet betweens [blog]

    I admire your photography skills so very very much. Though your writing craft is a very close second.

  32. Erin Neiner

    Hmmm. I think I currently love EVERYTHING about Food Loves! But one idea would to be highlight an ingredient (say, spelt flour) and give us a little education on its healthy benefits and cost and maybe a couple of various recipes that use the said ingredient. Also some reviews of your favorite cookbooks! (you may already do these things…)

  33. Rachel

    I’m a new follower of your blog, but from what I’ve seen so far I love: the casual, conversation style of your writing and the RECIPES! So many delicious things to try! :)

  34. Monika

    I love the careful stories, and the way uncommon (for most people) ingredients are made approachable. I am coming to terms with a newfound wheat allergy and am glad I can find yummy things made from alternative flours here and not feel like I am “missing out” on anything.

  35. ann

    Love the recipes and photos.

  36. Mattie

    I love the recipes and off the beaten path ideas and the photos are lovely, but what I really love the most and have so much respect for you for, is the precious glimpses of your very real and vibrant faith in God, as an individual and as a couple. The Gospel sparkles through in such beautiful ways in some of your posts and has been a blessing to me and I’m sure many others. I know that takes courage. Thank you and keep up the good work!

  37. Alyssa

    Hi Shanna,

    The giveaway doesn’t seem to be working… there another way I can enter?

    Love the pics!!

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Alyssa, It looks like is down. Yikes! Email me at and I’ll get your entries counted.

  38. Kathryne

    I love your writing (and all the gluten-free goodness!) that you provide here.

  39. Ginger

    I love the recipes and delicate photography – but honestly, I just love the window into a real life with hopes, fears, mess ups, and joys!

  40. Meg S

    I love your photos!

  41. Allison

    I would love to see more week night suppers that are quick easy and healthy.

  42. sarah kate branine

    My favorite thing about FLW? Probably too many things to list, but I love *your* love for life and truth and honesty and good food! and that your photos are just as wonderful and beautiful : ) I’m not sure that I’m technically even allowed to enter this giveaway since I was the winner of the last. We’ll say that this is Stephen’s entry, wink!

  43. Katie

    Ohh – what a lovely lovely book. I keep thinking I need to make some of these wonderful books (especially of our travels). What do I love about the blog? Probably the pictures. I like the stories too, but if I don’t have the time on a particular day – it’s the pictures that bring me to scroll to the bottom of the post.

  44. Mandy

    I like the pictures!

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