THIS DRAWING IS NOW OVER, BUT PLEASE ENJOY THE POST ANYWAY…
You know how when you contemplate buying a lottery ticket you say to yourself, “Hmmmmm, I know the odds are against me but … I’m gonna do it anyway! (you say the last part really fast!)” Or, on the flip side, “I might as well burn this dollar as buy a lottery ticket…”
How ever you feel about the lottery, you know that the odds are basically against you winning.
Well, I have a hot tip on something wonderful that you could win… The oddsmakers are with us on this one! No one knows about this contest and therefore no one has submitted their names…. (I feel like a bookie.)
Ay Chi hua hua! Readers, I want one of you to WIN this! If you do win, please please please let me know and I’ll write a whole post devoted to your story and your final prize! OK, here goes…
LESLIE ANNE WEBB
Remember how I told you that famous artist, Leslie Anne Webb, has a drawing going on right now in which someone will win one of her ORIGINAL painting of their choice (here is the former post link). Well, there are only a few days left and I know that there are hardly any names in the hat…
ON THE SWEET AND LOW
Well, I know Leslie’s work, but the only reason I have actually met her in the flesh is because she just so happens to live in the same small town where I live. And, I happen to ride where she rides and I occasionally end up in the same room with her. On one of these occasions recently, we were all chatting, and she told us in an offhanded way that she has been so busy with her summer shows that she has spent no time promoting this drawing.
Hmmmmm. My mind started whirring… a contest with no contestants?
I asked her what that meant… She said that there are hardly any names in the fishbowl. WHA?! Hardly any names? Yup. Very few people know about the contest. Leslie has been too busy to pay any attention to promoting it. And, the contest is almost over (June 30th). Hmmmmmm. Let me do the math here… Are there 10 names? Are there 20 names? Are there 3 names? I have no idea. I didn’t ask… but she indicated jovially that the lack of names in the jar was her fault due to her lack of free time and silly negligence. “Uhhhhh,
should you be telling me this?” Leslie didn’t care. She was just talking… She was saying that picking out a name would be really easy at this rate and maybe she should dump the meager contents of the biggish fishbowl into a littlish soapdish. Huh?!!
Wahoo! The odds are looking really good! I mean, the contest is happening and it WILL have a winner. With those odds, it could be YOU. What an opportunity! I had to tell you readers! (I did ask Leslie if I could spread the word and she was delighted for me to do the work….) So, let’s go for it!
THERE ARE HARDLY ANY NAMES IN THE HAT AND YOU COULD WIN A $4500 PAINTING!
RAFFLES AND CONTESTS ARE FUN!
I mean, consider the jelly bean counting contest at the State Fair. We all think we have a chance to win that. Millions of people buy a lottery ticket when they are fairly certain that they won’t win. I know that I buy raffle tickets/charity tickets/hot dog tickets/car wash tickets mostly every time one comes around. And for all the aforementioned purchases, we have no idea of the odds. We do it because it feels good, its fun and because we all like the “lucky” feeling of being chosen. “I won! I never win anything!” We are tickled pink with our prized T-shirt caught from the cannon (wrestled from the 4th grader in front of you) at the local Triple A baseball game – yet we might not purchase the same T-shirt.
I know. I’m with you. I still cherish the goofy over-sized sponge finger I won at the Giants’ Game…
But, what if you could win something huge, fabulous and unbelievable – easily?! (Now I sound like an infomercial.) I mean, wouldn’t it be fun to win easily instead of trying to turn up the corner on your ticket or trying to gauge exactly when to drop your ticket into the raffle box to make sure it is on top… you know what I mean… There are no sure-things but what if the odds were against the house — and for the player?!
For me, I feel compelled to drive all the way to Costco (gas money…) in order to get more than I really need for more than I really wanted to spend. Translated that means that I do get good deals, no question. But, I spend more because I’m there, I use more gas hauling my load home, I have to open a recycling center to store all of the cardboard packaging that surrounded my goods and then I have to justify to myself why I just spent way more than I anticipated… I do this once a month. Those odds aren’t so good. In fact, they are really bad but I do it because I like the experience, in a twisted way. Costco makes me feel like I’m winning.
For Leslie’s contest, the odds are VERY GOOD to begin with! Way better than most contests (or a Costco visit) and besides, you actually get a great item just for entering – not just a ticket. And on top of that great item, if you win the contest, the prize is quite wonderful and significant!
Now, I’m not saying that the saddle you bid on every year isn’t a good prize. It is. And, I’m not saying the stuff you buy for charity isn’t a good cause. It is. What I’m saying is that you get potentially three wins with this contest. You get a signed print of your choice for your investment, you may very well win, and you are also supporting equine charities indirectly because Leslie donates several paintings to Equine causes annually. She donates a lot. A lot. Here is a link to her current donations and here is a link about her philanthropy.
OK, here is how to get into this contest (now I really sound like a bookie!).
For anyone to get their name into the soapdish, you purchase one of Leslie’s signed and faboo prints ( small =$98). If you purchase a small print your name goes in once. If you purchase a large print ($300), your name goes in three times. Easy.
The winner will receive an Original Leslie Anne Webb painting of their choice ($4500) or an original to be created of the winner’s fav pet.
STEP BY STEP
1) Go to the website’s store and shop for the print you like (click here).
2) Once on the page, to browse the prints, you can choose the color background you like (ie: click here for “shades of blue and green” background)
3) Once in the background color screen, click on the first box which will say “Giclee Prints” (ie: click here for giclee prints in shades of blue and green)
4) Browse and click on the one you want in the size you want!
5) Leslie will SIGN the print and sent it off to you!
6) Leslie will put your name in the soapdish! Done. Easy!
MY PERSONAL FAVS
I’m not having Leslie put my name in the hat because it would be weird if I’ve told you all about this contest twice and then I end up winning… That could be misconstrued. (Even though, I am quite tempted!) However, I did have a lot of fun picking out the prints that I would purchase. And,
I’ve been contemplating which photo of my Aladdin to give to her if I was to win… Maybe you should start playing around with your photos, eh?
OK, here are my favs…
1) The Guardian Angel: “Everyone has their own Guardian Angel.”
I love this one because the horses’ expressions are exactly how they are in a close knit group. So perfect.
2) The Sweetest Thing: “The sweetest thing in life is to love and be loved in return.”
I love this because the tenderness shines through.
3) Oscar Kisses: “Kisses, anyone?”
I love this because I love when my horses give me the kissy-face!
GOOD LUCK, EVERYONE!!
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