Thursday, February 3, 2011

Countdown Giveaway: #1 of SIX Sisters

Julie's giveaway:  Her autographed book, Domestic Vacations

sisters me, lizzie, Julie, Rosie, Jeanie, and Millie

Yes.  It's here.  The giveaway I keep talking about.  The first one is from the oldest sibling and sister that has brought our family much pride.  

Julie Blackmon{pictured above...third from the left}  If you don't know who she is, you've probably seen her work, and chances are you would recognize her unique and refreshing glimpses into domestic life.  She's a self-taught fine art photographer and her work has been much applauded far and wide.  Her photographs  look much like Dutch paintings and have graced the cover of Time Magazine, Vogue Italia, National Geographic, New York Times Magazine, and Real Simple.

I asked Julie to share some things with you and me...

Favorite Quote...  "Most people go through life dreading they'll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They've already passed their test in life. They're aristocrats."
Diane Arbus

Currently Obsessed With...following snowstorms on the NWS animated weather radar map
What film has had the greatest influence on your style/life...everything Nora Ephron 
I'd love to meet...Diane Keaton
Favorite Snack .....  Nacho Cheese Doritoes
Best Memory Growing Up...sneaking in to wake up and play with the baby (whichever youngest sibling it happened to be) during their nap


Julie is giving one of my lucky followers a signed copy of her first book, Domestic Vacations.   Thanks, Julie.  And thanks for being the sister I go to for advice on just about everything in my life.  One of my favorite traits of yours is that you are passionate about standing up to injustices. 

Another trait you have is that you have always been a very generous, insightful, and giving friend. 

One of Julie's greatest unknown talents is how she learned the instinct of survival in a house with nine kids...  Julie is the fastest eater I have EVER known.

Love you, Julie.
OKay, READERS:  Here's how you do it...

Contest Guidelines:
1. To enter the giveaway, simply become a follower and leave a comment on this blog post including your email address so that we may contact you if you should be the winner.
2. Leave ONE comment on this post between today, Thursday February 3rd, and Sunday February 13th.  All winners will be announced on Monday, February opening day at Pickwick House.
For Extra Entries:
3. Link to this post on your own blog (include the url to your blog post in your comment) to receive an extra entry. It is up to you to return to this post to enter your second entry after blogging about the giveaway.
4. Post about this giveaway on Twitter with a link to this blog post for another entry (follow Sharon Taylor Designs on Twitter in order for us to verify your tweet). It is up to you to return to this post to enter your additional entry after tweeting about the giveaway.
5. Anonymous entries will be ignored, so please include your e-mail in your comment. Your e-mail address will never be used for anything other than to notify you if you are the winner.  If you wish to be on the Pickwick House e-blast list, you may make a request to be added.

I hope you enjoy looking at her is

sister photo by janae hardy

Have a wonderful day, loves.



Cydney said...

I would love to win!

HiFi said...

The Fisk's are so excited for you Sharon! I am just sad I won't get to see the shop until spring!

Missy said...

Julie and Sharon, thank you so much for doing this - what a generous gift!! I loved the added info on Julie:)... Nora Ephron? Come on! Girl after my own heart!!

Missy Wade

**** said...

What a great giveaway! And I would LOVE to be included in the Pickwick House email blast :)

Jillybean said...

I want it!

Christine Bonnivier Photography said...

What an talented group of girls! So inspirational! I am the oldest of six (4 girls and 2 boys) and it is a blast.

I'm excited about this giveaway! :)
Email: (add me to the email blast, as well). Thanks!

Christine Bonnivier Photography said...

Blog post:

nicole said...

It's no secret I'm a fan of you and Julie. Would love such a treasure! Can't wait to see you up and running!

Cathy said...

I received Julie' book as one of my Christmas gifts (from a very thoughtful friend). When my daughter in law was here for the Holidays, she loved it, too. I had planned to buy a copy for her, so I would be so excited to win your giveaway!! I so admire all of the sisters!

A Lifestyle Thing said...

Thanks guys! Loving all this local love.

Jan said...

Always excited to see your cool stuff, Sharon!

Dana-v said...


Bmwill21 said...

This giveaway sounds like so much fun...julie's book is great. Can't wait to see your shop!!

cynthialipscomb said...

I'm in awe of you and all of your sisters!

Nicole said...

Such a talented family! I peeked in Pickwick House this morning after breakfast at Tea Bar. Can't wait! --Nicole (

Andrea said...

Love all these giveaways! Count me in please! mindingthegap(at)hotmail(dot)com

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