Friday, December 26

Who wants to get "fiddled"

I know...she's cute, right? And as the mother of this adorable little Buttercup, I ask you: Is it possible to make this image any more adorable than it already is? Seriously!

Normally, I would say no. I mean, I am her mother, after all.

But then I found out about Photo Fiddle, and got ****this in the mail....


...and realized that it is entirely possible to improve upon perfection. ;)
With Photo Fiddle, the possibilities are endless. You just upload your photo of choice and then fiddle your way through the variety of options (modern, abstract, oil, sketch, Warhol-like pop art, airbrush, comic book, and more) and the end result is a stunning actual pain-on-canvas rendition of your photo.
I loved the concept, but didn't really have a true appreciation for the genius of Photo Fiddle until I got my package on my doorstep. Inside the box was this absolutely beautiful 12" by 18" canvas painting of my baby girl, and I couldn't wipe the smile off of my face the rest of the day.
The image we submitted, and that Photo Fiddle well, fiddled, was from our trip to the Toledo Zoo this past summer. My father died last winter, and my aunts and uncles on his side of the family were afraid that our connection to his side of the family might have been buried with him. That is as far from the truth as things can get, but still...
So one Friday my 10-year-old cousin called and asked if we wanted to take a drive to the Toledo Zoo the next morning with Buttercup and his mom and dad. I thought of all the things I had to do: work, laundry, cleaning the house, blogging...and quickly realized none of it mattered for the next 24 hours. What did matter was a fun-filled day with family that means more to me now than ever before.
So we packed up, drive from our home in Metro Detroit to meet my aunt and uncle at their home, and then piled up in one vehicle for an early morning trip to the zoo on a perfectly sunny day.
We had a great day and saw the entire zoo with me snapping photos on the digital every moment I could. This one we happened to capture in the Butterfly House. Buttercup's daddy was holding her close and as I went to snap a photo of the two of them, she turned and looked straight into the camera as the flash went off.
It was perfect.
I loved the photo to begin with, and still do. But there's just something magic about the Warhol-like canvas waiting to go up in Buttercup's new room. It's a memory that I will always hold on to. And thanks to Photo Fiddle, it's a memory that will be passed down for generations to come.
So *shuffling feet*...um, who might wanna maybe win a chance at a $50 gift certicate to get one of your own photos fiddled like I did? The 12" X 18: stretched canvas I got is priced at $59.95, and is perfectly sized for our little house, so this is a great giveaway to try for! (Thank you, Photo Fiddle!)

To enter, visit Photo Fiddle's site and then leave me a comment telling me which artistic style you would choose for your photo if you are selected the winner.
Entries will be accepted until midnight, EST, Jan. 9, 2009 (OMG! My first 2009 contest!) and the winner will have four business days from the announcement date to contact me with their information or an alternate will be selected.
Additional extra entries are also available if you:
* Write a dedicated blog post with your selected photo to fiddle and a description of your memory and why it's a memory worth saving on canvas. The blog post must link to Photo Fiddle and to this blog post, letting your readers know about the contest. Oh, and don't forget to leave me a comment with the link to your blog post.
*subscribe to my RSS feed and comment letting me know you did so.
* Blog about contest and link to this post.
* Non-bloggers can email three of their friends about the contest at berriesweet.info (at) gmail (dot) com and CC me on the email. Girl Scout's honor that I will never bother these sweet people. I promise!
* Grab my Berrie Sweet Picks button and place it on your blog page. I'll check!
* Follow me on Twitter! (nickname: berriesweetest)
* Tweet the contest leave a comment with your username telling me what you said to your "tweeple"!Please note all entries MUST include a valid email address to be considered for the drawing! That means that well, all entries must include an email address to be considered valid. Simple enough, right? ;)
Sweet! Now go get fiddled!

200 comments:

Shelley said...

I am a subscriber (RSS FEED)

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I follow you on Twitter (vegasweep)

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Shelley said...

I would like to get one of our wedding pics done in the impasto style. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed...

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Misty said...

i love the oil painting one. beautiful.
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The Jacobsen Family! said...

Wow, it's a hard choice! I like the charcoal sketch and the oil painting. Thanks for the chance!
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valerie2350 said...

I like the 11 picture vertical collage

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Staci said...

What a beautiful photo & painting! I love the oil painting style! Thanks for the chance to enter.
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I'm a subscriber.
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shopannies said...

I would love the charcoal art

DMarti2620 said...

Color Sketch is my favorite!

ReggieMann said...

I would choose the "4 Picture Film Strip Horizontal" artistic style for my photos if selected the winner :)

Baba said...

Love the Pop Art colored squares.
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chazvgo said...

I like the Collage 43 picture Panorama :)

Creative Mom said...

Pop Art Colored Squares are the coolest! What a great site!

Terry said...

Pop art colored squares

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Kim said...

I would go with the oil painting style.

Kim said...

and I subscribe!

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and I follow u on Twitter (kgail11)

paula h said...

I like the Comic Book Four Picture panel. I could get one of my 4 kids.

Sandy said...

love the warhol- I think thats so cool

Sandy said...

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cmgnbox01 said...

I would choose the color pencil sketch. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Shari & Andrew said...

I like Color Box Artwork or Pop Art styles the best!

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Jenn S. said...

Either the charcoal sketch or the Metropolitan.

lisagee said...

An oil painting of my niece would be great! The choices were all pretty good.

Stephanie said...

probably modern but pop art is pretty cool too!
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Shannon said...

I like the stained glass.

chromiumman said...

love the Comic Book Four Picture panel

Terra Jones said...

The air brush is pretty neat! I'd do one of my boys :)

thanks!

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Princess Golden Hair said...

I would love the oil painting for my wedding picture.

Karen said...

Count me in.

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Missesprincess said...

I think I would do the oil painting of our wedding portrait ~ I totally heart canvas prints!

Anonymous said...

I'd choose the one picture with sketch. Thanks for a great giveaway.
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mere101 said...

The oil painting would be my 1st choice.

mverno said...

love the pop art colored squares awesome

jassmg2024 said...

I subscribe to the feed.

zekebamm said...

I love the Pop Art Squares style. I used Photofiddle for a gift a few years ago, and was quite impressed with them!

betty R.~Simply Southern said...

i would love to win the oil painting style!my son darrells dad, died when i was pregnant with him,he never got to see his dad.I have a picture i ''fixed'' with him and his dad together a few years ago(darrell is 27 now).I would love to win this and give it to my son.
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Sara said...

i like the pop art style

Don A. said...

I like the colored pencil style

kdkdkd said...

I like the Pop Art colored squares, vibrant and interesting for the kids

caseydeuce said...

I absolutely adore the pop-art style!!

toughturtles said...

the Collage

Shaun Wallner said...

the charcoal sketch is awesome!

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silverhartgirl said...

I like the Color Edge. It was hard to chose.

andeeram said...

I would choose the charcoal sketch

quitecontrary1977 said...

The oil is my favorite!!

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dh said...

fantasy art

Cher said...

Tough one but I would choose Pop Art Colored Squares with pics of my 2 boys.

Cher said...

I subscribe too!

Mae B said...

I like the comic book style!

Devon said...

I like the cartoon style

Melanie said...

I love the warhol like design...so fun!

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LadyJemima said...

It was hard to choose but I really like Airbursh!

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MJ said...

I love the oil paintig! or the charcoal sketch...or....etc. They are great!

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Jesica said...

I would get the oil painting.

Jesica said...

I'm a subscriber

Smooshy said...

oil painting!

Jill said...

I like the oil painting, thanks

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mogrill said...

The oil painting is so cool!!

Jenna said...

I like the abstract photos. Thanks for the giveaway!

Miss Blondie said...

well, i couldn't narrow it down to just one!! My favs are Charcoal Sketch, Airbrush, and Soft Pastel!!

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bocktalk said...

I have totally fallen in love with this site! I like the Charcoal Sketch and the Oil painting!

Tuesday Girl said...

I love the charcoal sketch the best, so unique.
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Ames said...

I like the charcoal sketch option!!

kathy said...

I am definitely going to try this with my new grand baby! Love this! Thanks so much for sharing it

Happy Holidays!

socialwork4kids said...

So many to choose from! I think I like the Metropolitan as one of my favorites!! m_huston(at)hotmail(dot)com

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I subscribe through Google reader.

The Saunders Family said...

i would love to aribrush some photos for our nursery!
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Deb said...

I love the charcoal art style. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Ferguson Family said...

What an awesome giveaway! I'd love to have the Watercolor High Detail.. there are so many awesome options though I never knew they had that many!

Julie D said...

I like the oil painting.

nape said...

I'd love to get the PhotoFiddle "Pop Art" version of a photo I treasure--my daughter standing with a certain President-elect of the U.S.A.

Great giveaway. Thanks!

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cdrury said...

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have a photo of all my grand kids that would be wonderful!

cdrury said...

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wish I had an option of joining via email - I dont have a blog and i dont know how to do readers! but I would read your newsletter!!!

Ashley said...

I like the Charcoal Sketch and the Oil painting!
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Jenndiggy said...

I'd chose the oil painting style.

paryjeja said...

I like the Stitchery - Needle Art style

SeahorseLady said...

I like the Charcoal Sketch the most.
Thanks for the great giveaway.

SeahorseLady said...

I'm also a subscriber.

Stephanie said...

I love photofiddle.com. We already have two canvases from the company in our home, but I'd love to add a third when baby #2 makes her debut in March. I think I'd select the oil painting style to "match" the other two that we have.

Stephanie said...

I also blogged about this contest as part of my Tuesday Tours column: http://metropolitanmama.net/2008/12/tuesday-tours-whats-happening-on-the-web-49/.

JamericanSpice said...

I would definitely choose the Outline Sketch

Jeanne said...

I love the Pop Art Squares.

jennmalan said...

I would love the oil painting, it would look great in my house and i have always wanted one

Kari said...

I love the warhol style!

Kari said...

Im also a follower!

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I am a subscriber

amweeks said...

I'd choose the Pop Art Colored Squares...very cool!

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1agordon said...

the charcoal art is cool.

dhunt said...

nice!

Jennifer said...

Cool giveaway! I would choose: Color Box Artwork - Primary Colors.

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Sherry and Gena said...

I would definitely choose an oil painting and fiddle a beautiful vacation photo.

Summermouse said...

I like the PopArt squares the best. I would hang it in his room.

louiseb130 said...

I like the charcoal art

Whimsical Creations said...

I like the oil painting.

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fluggy said...

I like the Pop Art colored squares :)

:) Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! :)

Ken said...

I like the Charcoal Sketch style. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

carogonza said...

I love the pop art style.

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robt6 said...

My favorite is the Pop Art colored squares, enter me please.

- Marybeth I. said...

Pop art colored squares OR the deep sponge painting

deedleweedle said...

I'd probably go with the charcoal sketch!

Julie D said...

I entered a couple of day s ago, but here's more:

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Sarah Berry said...

I would love the four picture picture pop vertical. Thanks for an awesome giveaway

Tammy Marshall said...

i like the impasto style. Hope to win.

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wigget said...

i would probably choose the charcoal sketch

justicecw said...

It is hard to choose...I love their choices!!! I would probably go with the watercolor or charcoal sketch! thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

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alexandrea said...

id try the oil painting style!

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I would probably pick Charcoal Sketch or the Pop Art.

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Kaycee said...

Hard to pick but I would choose the abstract! We love abstract art in our house.

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Ardy22 said...

CHARCOAL FINISH FOR ME

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AllieOop said...

So difficult to choose; I like the Four Heart Box style. Thanks for the giveaway.

jennem said...

I would choose the Charcoal Drawing, for my daughter's Santa photo from this year.
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Amy said...

I like the oil painting! Very cool!

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angieplays said...

I love the charcoal sketch.

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dbacksfan001 said...

I like Pop Art Colored Squares .

Veronica said...

I have never seen these before, but they look GREAT! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway :)

Mtlgrl4evr said...

I love the Oil Painting style!

Tammy said...

I think the Kaleidoscope art would make a cool picture.

Lisa C said...

The Impasto Style looks amazing!

Lisa C said...

I am a subscriber.

Sherry R said...

My favorite is the oil painting!

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Dumaurier said...

I really really love the sepia tone

leah said...

I love the oil painting style!

Leah said...

I sooooo love the Impasto Painting style!!! Magical! : )))

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Diana D said...

The color sketch artistic style would be my preference. Thanks for having the wonderful giveaway.

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DOODLEGIRL said...

I like the oil painting

Danielle said...

It is tough to chose just one. I would go with the oil painting one.

klp1965 said...

i like the oil painting

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MisfitMookie said...

I'd choose the Oil Painting. I would love to win this! Thanks for the great giveaway!
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Taylor said...

the color pencil sketch and thanks, skyxsky(at)gmail.com

Peggy said...

I love all the styles because I have pictures for everyone. One of my favorites is Comic Book 4 Picture Panel ,so neat.
Thanks

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I subscribe

purango said...

I would choose the Oil Painting. garrettsambo@aol.com

Cathy said...

the oil painting style is my favorite.ashlyn@chuparkoff.com

ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

I love the charcoal sketch & the oil painting.

amyinkamloops said...

Greetings,

The oil painting is my pick. Great blog. Amy in kamloops@ gmail.com

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I am a follower!

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subscriber too!

Rockin' Mama said...

I LOVE it! My favorite is the Green Nastalgia

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chazvgo said...

I like the Oil Painting, Thanks :)

masonsgranny59 said...

I heart the Oil Painting. ty 4 the entry:)

lilyk said...

I would choose the Oil Painting style for my photo if I am selected the winner.

ihchicky said...

I'd love to get the Oil Painting look. They have a lot of neat ideas. Thanks for sharing.