Year In A Garden Instagram project ends today

The Year in a Garden Instagram project started on a whim and finishes today. I wanted to play with my new phone and hoped to spend some more time outside. It has literally been an eye-opening experience, teaching me to actually see what is right in front of me (& not look past the "little things" that make each day great. (For more photos from this series visit http://instagram.com/artsnark).

The Dude at the Yelp booth
On another note, The Dude and I had tons of fun last Sunday at the 9th annual Taste of South Tampa. We have photos and thoughts to share soon. I'm (as usual) burning the midnight oil in order to have a piece ready for group show. So, tune in later this week to check out our day at the foodie festival.
And if you haven't registered for my latest giveaway, please do. Entries are low and there are several ways to put your name in the hat. On 4/24 one lucky reader gets a $25 gift certificate to my online art shop Artsnark.Etsy.com. I'm also having a sale until May 1st, so if the winner cashes their prize in before then, they can get an even better bargain. Click for details and to enter this random drawing.


Year in A Garden Final Countdown

Day 361
Where did the time go?
I can't believe my 365 Days In A Garden project
is almost at an end.

Day 359
What started as a whim has turned into a bit of a passion. (Obsession?) There have even been a couple of nights that I've stepped outside with iphone & a flashlight when I realized the day had almost passed me by.)

day 357
This project has been great fun, making me notice lots of little things (including critters) I would have walked right by otherwise.

Day 355
I'm sure I'll keep going after the photo-year is up. It is just too much fun!

Speaking of fun, tomorrow is the Taste of South Tampa, a family friendly foodie fest. Tickets are still available for this afternoon event (click here). If you are not attending you can still follow along with the fun tomorrow

I'll also be sharing on Twitter https://twitter.com/ArtsnarkTampa and Instagram http://instagram.com/artsnark. I'll also post a recap of this tasty time here next week.

On a final note: I keep forgetting to promote my latest random drawing! On 4/24 one lucky reader gets a $25 gift certificate to my online art shop Artsnark.Etsy.com. I'm also having a sale until May 1st, so if the winner cashes their prize in before then, they can get an even better bargain. Click here for several ways to enter this random drawing.


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Red's Walk

Hey, Hey! 
It is time for a new Thursday Giveaway!

I'm spring cleaning my online art shop, Artsnark.Etsy.com and looking to clear off some virtual shelf space.

Peacock Masquerade

In addition to the 20% off Everthing Sale (through 4/31), I've decided to give a $25 gift certificate to one random Artsnark blog reader. 

Enter the random drawing before 1 a.m. (EST) on 4/24 and that lucky winner could be you! To make things even more interesting, there are several ways to enter. Good Luck!
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Blue Dryad (with frame)

We have a winner!

Congratulations, Lindsey S.!
You are the lucky winner of 2 tickets to the Tastes of South Tampa on 4/13.

A hearty thank you to The South Tampa Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this fun giveaway and the TOST event. 

And many thanks to all who entered this random drawing. Not a winner? There is still time to purchase tickets by clicking here. Looking for more chances to win free stuff? Pop back later today to check out a new prize announcement for Thursday Giveaways!


What's On Your Workdesk Wed. #252

Is it Friday yet? It has been one of "those" weeks and I'm finally getting in some scribble time. Yay! There is no better therapy than creative play.

Art journaling has been super vogue lately (and there are some beauties out there).  However, I find doodling assorted body parts far more relaxing. Tonight I'm playing with Pitt Pens on a paper mâché mask. When it is done I'll give it a hit of gloss spray so the colors will really pop. I am feeling the need to pyro-up some mannequin hands again soon. Having wood-burner withdrawals, I think.

Can you believe it is already Workdesk Wednesday #252 over at the WOYWDW blog hop? Click here to share your space and see what other creative folks are up to today.

By the way, should you pop by here before midnight EST today (& can be in Tampa, FL on 4/13) make sure to enter tomorrow's random drawing for 2 all inclusive tickets to the Taste of South Tampa foodie fest. Click here for details.


April Photo-a-Day Challenge

The Tampa Bay Bloggers have issued a fun photography challenge this month. Each day has a cheery prompt to inspire your creative side. Everyone is invited to play along! Simply take a photo that matches the day's challenge and post it to instagram. Be sure to tag your pictures with #AprilPics and #TBB so that other folks playing along can find them. Also, search these tags to see what other shutterbugs are sharing. And you can find the TBB team instagram page here.

It was a busy day and I almost forgot to post a pic for day #1 - doh! I was making a salad when these happy little veggies reminded me. So, here's a peek at my phone and my contribution to today's "Smile" challenge.  

While we are playing with our food, just a reminder that you could be the lucky winner of 2 tickets to the 4/13 Taste of South Tampa! This family friendly event will be held in the Hyde Park neighborhood, with lots of local restaurants, wineries & breweries sharing samples of their tasty treats. You get to nibble your way down the street, chat with fellow foodies and enjoy the entertainment. You can even vote on your favorite vendors once you have enjoyed their offerings. There will also be kid and pet zones, so you can bring the whole family!

But you can't win if you don't enter! Click here for more info and to enter this week's random drawing. Good Luck! 


Taste of South Tampa Tickets Giveaway - ENDED

Ooh - this is going to be yummy! 

Sunday, April 13th is the 9th Annual Taste of South Tampa outdoor festival. From 1-4 pm a section of Hyde Park Village in Tampa, Florida will be closed and traffic will be replaced by a fun foodie block party! Dozens of local restaurants are providing their tastiest treats. Plus a variety of beverages including coffee, wine, beer and spirits will be available for sampling. Here are some of the participants:

Anaar Bar & Grill
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza
Big Crush Slush Company 
Blue Water Grill (@ Holiday Inn)
Brew Bus Brewing
Buddy Brew Coffee
Carne ChopHouse
China Mist Tea
Coopers Hawk Winery & Restaurant
Crispers South Tampa
Fish Hawk Spirits
GrillSmith Restaurants
Grimaldi's Pizzeria
Irish 31 Pub & Eatery
Kahwa Coffee
Keely & Curley Winery
Kona Grill
MacDinton’s Irish Pub
Press Box Sports Emporium
PRP Wine International
Shell's Seafood
Terra Sur Restaurant & Bar
The Florida Distillery
Two Henry’s Brewing Company

And this luscious list of contributors is still growing! Keep up with the latest additions on these TOST social media accounts :


The Taste of South Tampa is a fundraiser hosted by the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Some proceeds from ticket sales fund their programs. Another portion of the proceeds will be donated to Metropolitan Ministries, who also benefits from a canned food drive held during the event.

I am really looking forward to this family friendly fair! There will be live entertainment, and (unlike some other festivals) kids and pets are welcome. There is a Pet Zone for your four legged friends, and my son is super excited about the Family Fun Zone.  Personally, I am happy that he can't wait to try some new foods; he tends to be a picky eater, so the huge variety and party atmosphere are a big plus.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention, attendees also get to vote for their favorite treats. So, nibble away and then play food critic. The top three restaurants will be awarded "Best of the Taste of South Tampa prizes, plaques, and bragging rights."

Tickets to this afternoon of free samples, festive folks and fun times are $35 in advance ($45 day of event), with discounts for military, seniors and folks under 21. Kids under 10 are free. You can purchase tickets at this link.

Feeling Lucky? Enter the giveaway below and you might win 2 Taste of South Tampa tickets! On April 3rd one random reader of Artsnark's Artifacts will be selected to attend this lively April 13th event. 

Please note, I have received an extra pair of tickets for my use in exchange for hosting this random drawing and reviewing the event.

Hope to see you there - it is going to be a fun (& tasty) day!

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