Meet Nichole + A Giveaway!

Hey hey, it’s time again to talk about someone artsy!

Meet Nichole Lillian Ryan. She is a lovely person that is extremely talented and I’m happy to call her my friend, for several years now.

Here’s a picture of us last year, when we FINALLY met in person! Her and her hubby came to Florida and we got soaked in the rain.

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I met Nichole first through a pretty rad website, threadless.com. She made some sweet tee designs over there and we chatted in many a blog from time to time.

Then waaaaaay back in 2009, she was so lovely and gave my daughter an image of her mermaid. We framed it up and it still hangs in her room today!

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I have personally admired her work for a long time and I wanted to share how awesome she is with all of you! So I asked her a few questions and she was nice enough to answer them.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself: What got you interested in art?

I’ve been imagining, doodling and creating creatures as long as I can remember. I can’t pinpoint anything specific that peaked my interest in art, it’s just a part of who I am.

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Rollin’ Pangolins

 

2. What is your preferred medium and why?

Currently. I’d have to say paint. But I’m always experimenting

3. Do you have a favorite artist? If yes, what draws you to that person’s work?

Joe Carr. His line work is top notch! He’s a very inspiring artist.

4. Can you remember one of the first things you drew/sculpted/painted/photographed etc.? What makes it memorable?

Bumble Bees! I can remember drawing both my parents each their own bumble bee drawing on some construction paper. I know they still have the drawings today.

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Fish Eating Grin

 

5. Where do you gather most of the inspiration for your works?

Nature, cartoons, outer space, travel, music, life etc… It’s limitless really. I could be anywhere when inspiration hits me. I always try to carry a notebook (or napkins) with me for those instances.

6. Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your artwork?

Zoo-hopping and road-tripping and with my husband. (also… singing to my cats)

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Winter Showoff

 

 

See! I told you she was lovely!!

Her latest project are these amazing little hand sculpted, hand painted brooches of some adorable little creatures.

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You can see the entire creative process she went through to make these on her blog.

The entire collection of brooches are available in her online shop.

I’m excited to tell you, you could win your very own Nichole Lillian Ryan brooch right here on the blog!

Follow a few simple steps and be entered to win!

1. Like Nichole’s FACEBOOK page.

2. Like Get Social Co’s FACEBOOK page.

3. Visit Nichole’s SHOP and decide which brooch you would like to win.

4. Leave a comment below stating which brooch you would like to win and how we can contact you.

That’s it! We’ll be accepting entries until next Thursday, May 23rd. The winner will be posted on our Facebook page Friday, May 24th!

Thanks for visiting the blog and Good Luck!

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Thanks so much to everyone that entered our TwitGift giveaway! I loved reading all the comments and

really appreciate all the RTs and mentions on Twitter and Facebook. I love you guys!!

A really GIGANTIC thank you to the lovely @GenSpin and the entire TwitGift team, whom made this whole thing possible.

Without them, we couldn’t have had a giveaway! Thank you, thank you! xoxo

So now, without further ado…

The winner of one, super fabulous, totally awesome TWITGIFT is…

Nichole Lillian!!

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Enjoy your Twitgift, Nichole!

xoxoxoxox

 

 

Twitgift and a Giveaway

I’m super excited to share this with you all!

My friend, the lovely Gen Spinella, aka @GenSpin and I have been twitter friends for a couple of years now. We’ve never met in real life, but I do enjoy keeping track of her and her family via twitter.

A couple of weeks ago, she tweeted at me (through my personal twitter account) with something totally awesome!

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I had never actually heard of Twitgift before, so at first I thought it was some sort of twitter spam…but it wasn’t!

I asked Gen to explain…

1. What is twitgift?

Our website says “Twitgift is a simple social way to delight your fans & customers
by sending non-virtual gifts on the twitters.” What that means is that Twitgift is an app that allows brands (and very soon small business) to delight and enchant their fans and customers by sending them real gifts via Twitter. Right now we are in exclusive beta with a handful of very cool brands and accepting applications at www.twitgift.me from other uber cool companies that truly care about their customers and fans.

 

The way it works is, a brand may see that a customer tweets about how amazing they think that brand is. The brand’s community manager can then WOW the customer even further by sending them a twitgift as a “thank you” for the tweet! All the social media manager has to do is login to their twitgift account and send the tweet! Our team of twitgift birds take over from there. Once the recipient claims their twitgift, we pack and ship it out. Within 3 days the customer receives a package containing a custom gift from the brand they love so much! TAH DAH! It’s like magic!

 

Another way brands use twitgift is when they see a customer complaining about a failure on the part of the brand. We have seen brands go through their regular routine of fixing the problem for the customer and then as a way of apologizing they send a hand written note and a twitgift to that customer.

Twitgift for Brands is live now and we are currently working on the launch of Twitgift for Small Business.

Once you receive the twitgift tweet, you follow the link provided, enter in your mailing info and that’s it!

A couple of days later I got a package in the mail, from twitgift.

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How cool is that!? I opened it up…

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There was a handwritten tag <3

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Tasty cocoa!! I love it!!!

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It was so fun to get the package in the mail. Cute and super thoughtful!

I was fascinated by this…I wanted to know MORE!!

Gen helped me understand a little better…

2. Is it a franchise thing…or do you own it?

Twitgift is fully baked and frosted by Misfit, Inc. Myself and my husband, Mirko, are co-owners with the Misfit team and Retweet to take this baby to the next level. Twitgift was originally created by AJ and Melissa back in 2010. With the original application, anyone could go twitgift.me, purchase a twitgift for one of there twitter friends, and tweet it out. The original app was very well received by the twitter community. In fact, Twitgift was featured on Mashable and Killer Startups, among other blogs and online publications. It was such a huge success that it grew and grew and GREW! It actually grew too fast! AJ and Melissa decided to put the project on hold at the end of 2011 while regrouping, restructuring, and redesigning the whole concept. My husband and I were HUGE fans of twitgift from the very beginning, so you can imagine how delighted we were when AJ approached us to partner up with him and the rest of his crew on this project!

3.  Anything else I should know?
All of our tweets are authored by the Bird, CGG (Chief Giver of Gifts) and we have a real life twitter bird named Retweet that supervises the packaging and shipping of all our twitgifts from our Super Secret Bird Cave. All of our birdie antics can be found on twitter, instagram, and facebook.
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I have to say…I think this whole thing is an amazingly cool concept!

So…I want to send one of my twitter pals a gift too! It’s not quite ready for small businesses yet, so the team at Twitgift was generous enough to make it possible for one of my twitter followers to win a present, from them!

All you have to do to enter is:

1. Follow us on twitter at @GetSocial_Co

2. Like our page on Facebook

3. Leave a comment on this blog post.

That’s it! I’ll pick a random winner on Feb 14th to show my love <3 <3 <3