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Giveaway: Art That Makes You Smile

Just one look at “George the Silly Sparrow” by Etsy shop, Isabell’s Umbrella and I want to swoop him up and keep him safe in my child’s room for a rainy day.

“George loves to make people smile – it is what he does best. Based off of one of my favorite illustrations, this little guy will brighten any space. George is perfect at spreading happiness” – Ashley . Created by hand with felt, George measures approx. 2.5″ and is enclosed in a wonderful shadow box frame (5.5″ off-white). The frame can stand by itself or hang on a wall (including hardware).

Graphic Designer by day and doodler by night, owner Ashley Giessing has created a line of stationary with the magic to clear the clouds on a rainy day and revitalize the lost art of handwritten correspondence. We wholeheartedly agree with Ashley when she says “There is nothing that means more to me than a kind, heartfelt, handwritten note from someone I love”. Here’s a peek into her sweet stationary designs.

To learn out more about Ashley’s recent work, check out her blog.  To make Silly George the Sparrow a part of your life and room decor…

1. Share with us the last time you took the time and energy to hand write someone a sweet note. Or, let us know if you were on the receiving end of this kind gesture. And okay, if you have been inspired to hand write a note because of George and this post – that counts too!

2. For extra credit, subscribe to Project Nursery via email for our daily postings and your name will be entered twice.

3. A winner will be selected at random using

4. Contest ends 11:59pm pst, Friday, August 15th.


Congrats to Rockin’ Mama Caryn B.!

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  1. I visit a lot of sites and blogs and normally they fail to deliver, but this one is different. It’s the real deal! Thank you, I am very grateful to you and it has helped me, particularly the post – Art That Makes You Smile | Project Nursery. Mary Jane

  2. avatar mel h says:

    I have a very special lady who sends me cards to encourage me.

  3. avatar Donna Kozar says:

    I got inspired to write this.

  4. avatar Donna Kozar says:

    I was inspired to write a note for this.

  5. avatar Sand says:

    I adore the Herold the Faux Prince print.

    I used to write to my best friend all the time and still have those letters but they’ve fallen wayside because of e-mail.

  6. avatar Caryn B says:

    The last really sweet note I received was when I was on bedrest. My husband’s grandmother would write really encouraging, uplifting letters that inspired me to keep positive about my son…he’s 13 months old now and so healthy

  7. avatar C Duran says:

    I actually hand wrote 4 thank you notes on the same day two weeks ago. 3 were for birthday presents I received and one was a thank you to my aunt for inviting me to go to her cabin.

  8. avatar Susanne Troop says:

    Too long…with today’s technology I tend to e-mail more.

  9. avatar Lisa P says:

    just recently i sent a thank you card to my dad for some money he gave us. :)

  10. avatar Elizabeth M. says:

    I received a very sweet note from an old friend with some very kind words on the passing of my father recently.

  11. avatar Janet says:

    I recieved a nice note and card from my mom 4 my birthday.:)

  12. avatar Kelsey Weigel says:

    I haven’t written any notes in a very long time but my grandmother did write me a sweet note for graduatioN!



  13. avatar sharon says:

    I am a bit oldfashioned in that, although I love email, I also love to send thank you notes, hello cards, birthday cards etc.
    It’s a lot of fun…
    Just sent one earlier this week

  14. avatar Heather says:

    Gosh there are so many sweet stories here. I admit I am not a note person and never have been and especially with the convenience of email I never send handwritten notes anymore. My children especially love to receive little “surprise” notes from me saying things like “I had so much fun with you today. Will you read with me again tomorrow”

  15. avatar Samantha says:

    I wrote my husband a note and taped it to the door so he’d see it when he came home late! He wrote me one back, too, and left it on the baby’s changing table for the morning. :)

  16. avatar hazel hunt says:

    I am a huge fan of the monthly “thinking of you” notes.

  17. avatar Eva D. says:

    I send or give out thank you cards often. I think it is important to let some one know you appreciate their kindness.

  18. avatar Jaime C. says:

    The last time I received a note was for my birthday from my grandmother. She sends a beautifully handwritten note every year and uses the most fantastic personalized stationary!

  19. avatar kitty says:

    I sent a nice note to a pen pal

  20. avatar Alecia says:

    The last time I wrote a handwritten note was when I was in college. I wrote a handwritten letter to my parents. I was really homesick and writing a note seemed more personal.

  21. avatar Jodi says:

    Actually I was on the receiving end of a really sweet note from a friend. It was unexpected and out of the blue, and it really made my day so much better.

  22. avatar Alka says:

    My niece has had a string of dramas in her high school and I wrote her a nice little note with a cute picture on it to help her cheer her up. A couple months back I got a note from my ma hand-written and it was awesome :)

  23. avatar Beth says:

    I was recently received a letter from a close friend who moved out of state. She thanked me for being such a great friend and support for the past few years that we have known each other. It was the best compliment I could have received!

  24. avatar domi says:

    The last time I wrote a note was for my niece’s 7th birthday two weeks ago. I made her a card with her portrait, she couldn’t care less, but her mother liked it a lot.

  25. avatar A Casson says:

    A note from my Dear Old Aunt who is 91

  26. avatar Jenn S. says:

    I helped my daughter write several thank you notes for birthday gifts that she received. I also received a very nice note in the mail from my friend.

  27. avatar Stacy says:

    I sent a note to my G-ma with some new pics of my son.

  28. avatar charline s says:

    I just got a sweet note from a friend with coupons.

  29. avatar Wendy says:

    I just wrote a note to my 5 year old Godson, Chad, and his two sisters, Sophia and Darby. We moved to a new state a couple years, so we don’t get to see them very much. I wrote to tell Chad who proud I am of him for starting football. He has been so excited for the practices to begin. I try very hard to keep in touch with him and his sisters. We miss them a lot!

    Thanks for the chance to participate!

  30. avatar Linda Moeller says:

    I’m in a support the troops group so I write letters overseas very often.

  31. I have giveaways at my blog and always hand write a note if I am shipping the prize, even though I don’t exactly have the best handwriting. Great giveaway, thanks!

  32. Last week I sent a nice thank you card to a lady I had met on Ebay. She sold me some gift certificates that apparently were only good for her TX local restaurant, not the whole state. Since I was heading to another part of TX, she apologized and asked me to send the items back & she would refund my money. Instead, I took a chance and sent more money and asked her to get me a gift card to Sonic (none in my area) and she did. I was really happy with her honesty and sent her a card to let her know! micaela6955 at msn dot com

  33. avatar Karen says:

    I created a thank you note to my in-laws and my grandma-in-law to thank them for the beach trip they took us on. The impressive part is not that I made it or wrote it, it’s that I actually mailed it! That’s the hard part for me.

  34. avatar Cindi says:

    I sent a letter to a friend who had lost her husband awhile back. I wrote her a letter and am very glad I did. Thanks, Cindi

  35. avatar beth shepherd says:

    The last time I wrote a letter was to my husband on our anniversary in April. I think letters are more important than cards. Thank you!

  36. avatar Amanda A says:

    I wrote a note to my mother in law last month. But, it is hard to remember to make time to do it!

  37. avatar Alexis says:

    I wrote a handwritten note to my grandmother to thank her for taking me on a special vacation.

  38. avatar Melanie says:

    I wrote a note for my son in his lunch box. He loved it!
    =) melanie

  39. avatar Roxy says:

    Last month I actually sent each of my girlfriends a thank you note for our get-together a while ago. In it I put a group picture of us that is a magnet for the fridge.

    It’s always nice to receive something hand-written and they loved it!

  40. avatar Kathy Scott says:

    I lot of my older relatives do not have email so we try to write to them at least four times a year. I think that it means a lot to them to get the kids drawings and pictures.

  41. avatar catherine copeland says:

    actually i just wrote a handwritten note to my sister in law. she sent me a really sweet birthday card which talked about how much our relationship meant. it really touched me.

  42. avatar Heather Beckstrom says:

    My hubby works from 8pm-4am. So last week I left him a note on his pillow telling him to wake me up when he got home becasue I missed him when I went to bed and I want to tell him I love him.

    hb_carebear_07 at

  43. avatar Shannon B says:

    Just yesterday I wrote a note to a friend of my grandmother who kindly made a stuffed bear for my little guy. We’ve never met so I was touched she thought of us.

  44. avatar Sue says:

    We have wonderful friends who named their 4 year old daughter after ours, and who honors us by teaching her about “Angel Sarah”. Little Sarah “wrote” us a note (well, her mom wrote the note, but Sarah painted the picture) to tell us a story about how Angel Sarah watches over her from heaven AND says that she (little Sarah) should have a new pet! We write a special note to her once a month to surprise her with a story about our Sarah that goes along with a little gift for her.

  45. avatar Jill L says:

    My husband has been traveling for awhile now and we don’t get to see him too often. Last week when he was home, I made sure to write him a little something. Something about handwritten notes can make all the difference to someone.

  46. avatar Megret says:

    I hand wrote a thank-you note just this morning to my orthodontist and staff. I had braces for a year (for the 2nd time in my life) until earlier in July. I wanted to personally thank them for their professionalism and courtesy during my treatment!
    Thanks for the cute contest!
    musesofmegret (at) gmail (dot) com

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  48. avatar Kimberly V. says:

    The last time I wrote a handwritten note was YESTERDAY!!! I wrote my son’s summer school teacher a handwritten note thanking her for all she did for my son at school (multi-sensory class). She was an excellent teacher and I wanted to let her know that. I also plan on writing (yes, handwriting!) a note to the principal too letting her know how wonderful the teacher is.

    Thank you for an ADORABLE giveaway!

  49. avatar Colleen says:

    I’ve had the same penpal for 18 years now, and she just sent me a letter yesterday! I love to get handwritten notes, so I make the effort to write her at least every other month. Thanks for the chance to win!

  50. I am a huge fan of the monthly “thinking of you” notes. I just pick a person from my address book and tell them why they are awesome.

  51. avatar Ellie says:

    My grandma sent a handwritten note to my 2 year old son Max a few weeks ago. In it she explained that she was sorry that she was all out of cookies last time he visited her, and that she just loves his visits. Oh, and that she’s restocked the cookie jar!

  52. avatar Heather says:

    I have one friend in Seattle who always writes the sweetest notes & I hand write one back. It’s not as quick as email, but it’s nice to get her letters in the mail! I always love to take my time & read it & respond.

  53. avatar Melissa says:

    The last time I recieved a note was from my 4 year old nephew to thank me for his birthday present. So cute!

  54. avatar Gina Stratos says:

    Oh… and I subscribed. Thanks!

  55. avatar Gina Stratos says:

    I don’t have family that live in my state so I make it a point to write letters or send a quick note all the time. My teen does as well.

  56. avatar Xenia says:

    I try to keep up with writing notes and sending pictures of my daughter to relatives that live too far away to see her grow up in person. The last time I did one was to my aunt and when she called to thank me I felt so glad that I had brightened her day. Reminds me that it’s probably time to send out a couple more!

  57. avatar Naomi says:

    I just got a thank you note from one of my four year old’s friends for her birthday present. Which reminds me we need to write a couple, too…

  58. I just received the cutest note/card from my 6 year old she drew a picture of me with a crown and wrote Mommy you are a Princess! inside she wrote I love you mom! And decorated the inside with swirls and shapes! She is quite the artist!

    kenzkween at hotmail dot com

  59. avatar sandy says:

    I write people all the time as I think its fun and fun to go to the mailbox and get mailbox. Last time was 3 days ago with a letter to my mom.

  60. avatar Patti says:

    I just finished writing a note to my “grandma” Ruth. She’s not related, but she lived across the street from my grandma all her life. When my grandma died, she sort of took us in, helped us make a memory garden for her, and just took over being a grandma. Now that I am older I am so grateful for the relationship I have with her, that I love writing her letters. Her are amazing, so she still has something to teach me!

  61. avatar Alice Hansen says:

    I write notes to my retired grandmother once a month – she doesn’t have email and its a nice way to feel like I’m doing something personal just for her. Thanks for the giveaway!

  62. avatar Bhavana says:

    I always write a heartfelt note to my daughters teachers for Christmas and end of the year. I am truly grateful for all the effort they put into making my daughter who she is now and I know that they appreciate the note as much as the gift or even more.

  63. avatar Christina says:

    This little guy is very inspirational! I think i will write my mom a letter telling her how much i wish i could with her during this rough time in her life.

  64. avatar Erin says:

    Oh he is just too cute! I’ve actually written lots of thank you notes after just having another baby girl in May… there are still several people on my list, it’s just so hard to get it done! It’s so important though, and I LOVE getting old-school mail, whether it’s invites, thank-yous, announcements, all of it! :)

  65. avatar Ashley says:

    Thank you so much for the kind post! Your site is among my favorites, and I am so delighted and honored to be included!

  66. First of all what a gorgeous blog–kudos to you. The last notes I wrote were for my daughter’s 3rd b-day. She received so many lovely gifts. A special handwritten note went to my mom who baked 2 dozen cupcakes with pink icing.

    p.s. thanks for entering my crayola contest at

  67. avatar Emma says:

    I wrote a nice letter to my in-laws thanking them for taking us on a trip.

  68. The first entry never wins a giveaway.

    But I am here so I am going to enter. I hand write letters every three weeks to a little girl I sponsor in Haiti. Her name is Olphine and she is almost nine years old. You can read more about her on my blog: Ashley has a lot of beautiful cards and address labels in her shop.

    I used to write a few people letters, but they passed away. I send cards every month to friends, but they e-mail or text me and say thanks for your note. It’s a shame letter writing has dwindled down so much. I love e-mail, but there is something special about regular mail.