Thought I'd end the week with a fun give-away.

If you've been reading very long, you know I've been talking about two very large projects at work. One of them was doing all of the artwork, frames and mirrors for the Southern Accents Showhouse, now open at Homestead Preserve in Hot Springs, Virginia.

By "doing" I mean purchasing and proposing art, working with the designer (dear friend Barry Dixon) to choose frames and mirrors, then making the frames and mirrors (right here in our 6,000 sq. ft. studio), and...transporting and installing everything.

This is a huge undertaking, but one we feel very lucky to have. The only thing we're paid for is the transport, so we invest a lot of money and time, in hopes we'll sell some of our art and frames in the end.

This is the third showhouse I've done, and each one requires loads of creativity, patience, hope, faith, and humor....oh, and shots of espresso from Starbucks.

The house is featured in the November-December issue of Southern Accents, and I have three copies to share.

Leave a comment and I'll use a random number generator to draw the three winners Monday morning.



Happy Working Mom :

What a cool job! I'm not creative whatsoever, so it definitely would not be the job for me, but I wish I was and I wish it could be!

Knit-Wit :

Wow! I'm very impressed. Congratulations for getting into a magazine! Please pass me by for the magazine, though. I'm sure it would be put to better use in the hands of someone who appreciates and understands decorating - I am so challenged in this area!

Annie :

Sounds like so much fun to me!!!
I haven't worked outside the home in years and some days I actually miss it! :o)

An Iowa Mom :

No wonder the pictures you post of your house are always so impressive. :) You've got a great talent. Wish you could share some with me.

Please enter me in your give-a-way ... I would absolutely LOVE a copy!

Karla ~ Ainsley's Mom :

This sounds wonderful, Jill! Please count me in!!


Tonja :

What a fascinating process. I bet every day is different. Good luck on the outcome of this project.

jeanetta :

ooo if i dont win one i will definately have to go get one now.

justabeachkat :

Now that sounds like a fun project to work on. I'd love to see the articles.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Susan :

Now that is JUST SO COOL!! I'm going to forgo this giveaway since I won the last one. Don't think for a second however, that I am not going to be looking for a copy of that magazine.

Hugs to you!
:-) Susan

JMom :

Jill- Enter me!!
HIlarious that you work around the corner from my old digs. I lived in Atlanta for 5 years--always within 1 mile of there (East Wesley, Argonne or Vernon) When we go back to visit, I cannot believe all the tear downs and redos in Garden Hills! I loved all those charming houses!

Vader's Mom :

Oh now that's fun!! I'm so impressed by you and the people in your line of work. I sure couldn't do it.

Melene :

Please enter me, too! I would love to see it. Congrats and way to go on all your hard work!

Susan :

Hi Jill, Please enter me in the drawing!!!

To answer your question in your comment to me.....no, the wall paper was not the inspiration for my name, Penless Writer. When I was trying to decide on a blog name, my husband and I were discussing it and I mentioned loving to write and wishing I were a writer and then together we came up with the name. I love it. It is exactly how I feel.

Nadine :

That's very interesting. I bet you are very good at what you do. I can tell because I've seen some of the pictures you posted of your home, very classy.

If I don't win, could you post pictures of it.

Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings :


I would love to win a copy of the issue.

Tammy :

How exciting, Jill!
Please, count me in!

Ashley B. :

Enter me Please!! sounds interesting!!

Kari :

How cool! Sounds like a great job. I would love to enter your giveaway, thanks so much.

Betsy :

I would love one!

Lennye :

Your job sounds like great fun! I would like a decorator come to my fifth grade classroom and tell me how to make it feel like there are less children and more space! :)

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows :

So neat! Count me in!

kelli :

Wow! That's so fun. I'd love to win!


Congratulations! count me in...I am crossing my fingers..

Jody :

Very cool. I can't seem to decorate anything so maybe winning could inspire me!

Steph :

Oooh, definately count me in! I love Southern Accents and used to have a subscription for years! I can't wait to see the article!

Paula :

What a fun project to be a part of. I would really like to tour that home, now that I know about it.

The 5 Bickies :

What a great job! Southern Accents is fabulous so I can imagine how talented you are. I don't have a subscription and would love a copy.

Abbie :

So glad I'm not too late for this.
Thanks for the opportunity.

Momma Roar :

How exciting! Please add me in!

Happy Homemaker :

How exciting to be a part of the house!! We hope to visit it soon! I already subscribe to Southern Accents so I hope to receive it soon!

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