Friday, June 18, 2010

My 1st Giveaway...

You know all these great giveaway's around blog-world? With each submission, you hold your breath, imagining the wonderful prize hanging on your wall or sitting on your black bench or around your neck. The perfect addition to your home. to your wardrobe. to your creative archive. And you wait. and wait until the announcement. You click knowing the winner will be posted...with great anticipation that maybe, just maybe you will open that blog up and actually see YOUR NAME spelled out??? And for that fleeting moment you hold the hope and imagination of being the great-grand-prize-winner? WELL...we have been "holding our breath" for some time now concerning a wonderful challenge John was invited to be a part of.

Back in May, John was invited to participate in Crane & Co.'s Creative Challenge. This was an awesome opportunity for some of the local "creatives" to submit their design work and ideas to Crane while also getting a grand tour at Crane & Co. and get an inside perspective of what goes on behind those incredibly produced cards and invites, etc. Well, Crane & Co. is literally down the road from our house, but I would have never guessed the incredibleness (is that a word?) of all that was going on behind those closed walls. First of all, this factory has been in working order since 1844. The company dates back to 1801 and had been "green" since day 1 as they use cotton for their papers. They also have been the providers for our country's paper money from the beginning.

All that said, John came home from his tour (which was back in May:::SEE HERE) ranting & raving about this company. So, the next step was for him to submit more design work which was exciting after getting a first hand taste of their style and atmosphere. It was fun & challenging to see what he was working on, talking through each one...tweek this, add that, love that color, don't change a thing about that one! And then......we had to let it rest. It was done. There were many creatives also competing in this challenge, many of whom have been doing this type of thing for a long, long time.

And then, the day came. The email entered into John's inbox and was going to proclaim the winner of the challenge. It would either be a "thank you for your ideas....but..." type of response, or a desired "YOU ARE THE WINNER." Now, back to my blog-post giveaway writings. I neglected to mention that I have been quite avid in submitting my name to recent giveaways...only to be most disappointed...along with all the others...other than that one lucky chosen #. And that is truly ok. The chances are always against you in something like that, right!? And I tend to believe that the person that *really* needed it it. But this would be such a boost and help at this point in our lives. And so, like I said, the email came....and what do you know? It was plain and simple, yet so very clear:

Dear John,

Congratulations! You have been selected as the winner of the Berkshire Creative Challenge with Crane & Co.!

As the winner you will have the opportunity to develop a line of stationery products on a work-for-hire basis by Crane & Co.

...etc. etc. etc.

And here is what the site said:

On May 7, 2010, the thirteen selected participants toured Crane’s facilities in both Dalton and North Adams, and the Crane Museum to learn more about the company’s unique creative needs and production capabilities. (Click here to see pictures!)

“Crane & Co. really pulled out all the stops for the challenge participants”, said Helena Fruscio director of Berkshire Creative. “The participants saw every aspect of the product and production and got the real insiders tour of why Crane & Co. are leaders in their field. It was a great opportunity for all involved.”

Twelve of the 13 participants later submitted designs for review, and John Neiner of Pixel Graphic Design Studio of Pittsfield, was selected as the Creative Challenge winner.

“John stood out to everyone on the review committee. His work was impressive, organized, and imaginative,” said Megan Kuntze, Crane & Co.’s Brand Director, “We are looking forward to working with John on future creative assignments.”

As the winner, Neiner now has the opportunity to produce a stationery collection for Crane & Co.

SO, there you have it! Along with some of the greatest GREATS out there, John's work may indeed be it's new neighbor. And for fun, here are some of my favorites on Crane & Co.'s current site:

kate spade, posters of NY

vintage bookplates

This was such a timely blessing and super exciting opportunity as there are also many changes going on over at Pixel Graphics Design Studio as Doug has been offered a new web position (though still holding ownership of the business) and John will be taking charge of the print productivity aspect.

And, since I ranted and raved about giveaways and I'd like to reward you for making it through my lengthy post, I am going to hold my VERY 1st GIVEAWAY!!!!

AND, to make it oh, so simple, all you have to do is comment. However, your name will only be submitted one time even if you want to comment a hundred times. Just saying. SO, staying in the theme of this post, the giveaway will be this set of what else other than a boxed set of CRANE stationary notecards.

[Product Information]

20 notes, 20 envelopes, 5 each.
Colors included are: Flame Red, Limon, Cambridge Blue, Espresso.
Valued at $24.00.

The winner will be drawn & announced this Thursday, July 1st, some time in the morning.

Good Luck!!!!


sara's art house said...

Wow- that is very impressive about your husband! Good job!!!! And I love the Crane & Co. examples.

Hope I win :)

Debbie Griffin said...

WOW!!! What an amazing thing for John! You guys must both be over the moon excited! I have always been a huge fan of Crane Stationary. Thanks for the chance to win...I, too, enter all the time, but never win! Would love to see this change...miss you, friend!

Beth said...

This is really amazing, Erin. It must feel very good to you to have your amazingly creative and talented husband recognized for his outstanding work. I'm sure you're just a little proud! :) I'm commenting in true sincerity (ok- and crossing my fingers!). Please enter me in your generous giveaway. I enjoyed your "lengthy" post as I got another glimpse into your life. So happy for you!

Beth said...

i promise I'm not trying to cheat and get more entries ;) i just had to say that I love the pics on the side of your blog.

Abby said...

So impressive!!! I know you must be so proud of John :-) Crane & Co. is very lucky!

Karen said...

Congrats to John! What an exciting opportunity!

Mary Ann said...

Congrats to John! You guys are both so super creative. Thanks for the giveaway!

joeandkris513 said...

Congratulations! What an honor!
I totally identify with the "anticipation then let-down" with all my own entries. I've never won anything yet, but maybe this time!

Erin Neiner said...

{thank you all!!! we really are so very excited! this truly couldn't have come at a better time!

OH---and for those still commenting...or if you want to comment again...would LOVE to hear your idea of an IDEAL piece of stationary. What is your current favorite style, color, trend, image, etc.

And sorry if I overdid my bragging rights!!! My husband is such a hard worker and I am so proud of his effort and the Lord blessing that!

{B} said...

this is so incredible!
i am so very, very excited for you!
and, ps, i never win giveaways--i too always see someone else's name.....

but i'm holding my breath for this one! ;-)

congrats friend! ( and John! )

Richele said...

We still have the New Year's card John designed two years ago hanging on our fridge and let's just say that Mr. Big Ideas made a lasting impression in our home so we are not at all surprised he won. A big congratulations from our household as well and we'll look forward to the 9er line!

Oh, and ditto on Mary Ann's comment. You are super creative as well and your artwork adorns my office.

As for ideal stationery, I always thought it would be fun to have a family set, one for dad, mom and children but with a similar theme running through it. Of course, I may be the only one that ever thought that.

Um, I have not 'never won' a give-away. Can I still enter?

Lazy Apples said...

Oh my! what an honor! Congrats to John! I love Crane & Co. You both must be so excited and so proud. I can't wait to see his line!

Thanks for the giveaway Erin!

Katie said...

We are so excited for John. He is so talented!! I'm sure it's so great to have his talent recognized. It's amazing how the Lord provides at just the right time. Also totally know what you mean about the giveaways. :)

Chastity Gomez said...

SO excited for you guys- you have a very creative husband- a perfect match for you, with all of your creativity!

Shyla said...

congratulations! how exciting!!

this is me entering my name one time :) i love me some snail mail!

jeileenbaylor said...

Awesome news! Thanks for sharing ;) I am sure you are thrilled!

Tammy S. said...

Oh...I'm in. Hope i'm not too late! :) Good job Mr. Neiner!!!