Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Handmade Collage! For You!

Today's giveaway comes via lovely, lovely Yes and Yes sponsor Lesley Denford. And I'm not even just saying that she's lovely because she's also from Minnesota. Lesley creates gorgeous, inspiring handmade collages at great, attainable prices. See?

Would you like one? The winner will get a collage of their choice! To enter, pop over to Lesley's etsy shop and then leave a comment telling us what your favorite (of all time!) quote is.

Good luck!


  1. You do not fib - her work is lovely!

    My favorite quote, that so informs my work as a curator, is "Stories are Data with a Soul" - Brene Brown. Replace the word "data" with "objects," and I am reminded every day to let story drive the process. Always go back to the story.

  2. I think the Beatles got it right - All You Need Is Love.

  3. Those collages are really amazing.

    My favourite quote is from a coffee shop customer I used to serve all the time - he told me he was going to give me some 'old man advice' and said 'the only way to do it is to do it', and it's stuck with me ever since!

  4. I love love love the fruit of the spirit quote!

  5. These are so great!!

    And my favorite quote is the classic Mark Twain:
    "Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

    I love it so much, it's hanging over my desk at work and at home! :)

  6. This isn't flying! This is falling with style!
    Buzz Lightyear

    That's how I live my life :)

  7. So beautiful! My quote actually comes from Harry Potter: "Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."

  8. Awesome! My favorite quote: "Surely joy is the condition of life." - Thoreau :)

  9. My favorite quote is from Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay "Self-Reliance;" he writes that "God will not have his work made manifest by cowards."

    I am also very fond of a phrase in an speech by David Foster Wallace that you quoted some time ago (http://www.yesandyes.org/2010/09/choice.html) which would be beautiful as part of one of Lesley's inspiring collages; I love the idea of trying to see each moment as "sacred, on fire with the same force that made the stars: love, fellowship, the mystical oneness of all things deep down."

  10. My favorite quote is actually from mister Tupac Shakur - "You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could've, would've happened ... Or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the fuck on."

  11. make my dreams come true and let me win a giveaway for the first time ever!
    my favorite quote is from the legendary bob ross:
    "we don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents"

  12. Love her work! Collage is an amazing medium. My favorite quote is: "Be the protagonist of your life - Bestsellers are never written about sidekicks."

  13. 'She believed she could so she did'. I live by these words :)

  14. My favorite quote:
    "If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all."
    — Audrey Hepburn


  15. Lesley's collages are wonderful.

    My favorite quote:
    "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - Plato


  16. "Remember the Ladies," Abigail Adams, 1776

  17. Love the collages!
    Quotes~so many to love!!
    Be still & Know that I am God is a good one....who said that? Oh, God..that's right, He knows.... :)
    ~Chris Ann

  18. one of my favorite quotes (could never pick just one): “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald

  19. "Later that day I got to thinking about relationships. There are those that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and those that bring you back. But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you you love, well, that's just fabulous."-Carrie Bradshaw

    Great giveaway!

  20. what a beautiful etsy shop!! i love the use of words within the collages!!

    my favorite quote is a two-question excerpt from seymour glass's incredible letter to his brother buddy (as reported in j.d. salinger's "seymour: an introduction").

    here's the whole thing:

    "Since [writing] is your religion, do you know what you will be asked when you die? But let me tell you first what you won’t be asked. You won’t be asked if you were working on a wonderful, moving piece of writing when you died. You won’t be asked if it was long or short, sad or funny, published or unpublished. You won’t be asked if you were in good or bad form while you were working on it. You won’t even be asked if it was the one piece of writing you would have been working on if you had known your time would be up when it was finished…I’m so sure you’ll get asked only two questions. Were most of your stars out? Were you busy writing your heart out?"

    so yes. that's it for me.

    were most of your stars out? were you busy writing your heart out?

    when i am lucky enough to say yes and yes (well, look at that!), i feel a deep peace. that quote is my most favorite reminder of what i strive to do ALL the time, not just when it's convenient. put out those stars, write out that heart. :)

  21. i have so many favourites!!! i love the fruits of the spirit collage, and the one of the verse about love, faith, and hope from 1st corinithians, but today i think i'll go with

    "be soft. do not let the world make you hard. do not let the pain make you hate. do not let the bitterness steal your sweetnes. take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place." - im not sure who said it :)

    this isn't part of my entry but i thought i would share this one because i found it in my pictures folder before and thought it was cool: "i myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions." - not sure who said that either.

  22. Wow, those are fantastic!

    Oh, so many good quotes... I think my timeless fave is from JB Priestley:

    "I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh start, one more try, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning."

  23. I have so many. My favourite two lately are:

    "The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." - Michelangelo

    “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” ~ Ayn Rand

  24. Rachelle Mullins11/10/10, 12:07 AM

    I have two absolute favorite quotes...

    "If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there". Lewis Carroll

    From Alice in Wonderland, the Cheshire Cat say this to Alice.

    “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”.
    Oscar Wilde

    Lord Darlington say this in Act III of Oscar Wilde's play Lady Windermere's Fan.

  25. Oh dear, I have so many favorites.

    Pretty much my all-tim favorite: "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death."

    Another fave:
    "I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart." - Van Gogh

  26. These are so beautiful!! I feel so inspired to go out and make my own collages!

    My favorite quote is by Henry David Thoreau: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."

  27. Wow, her collages are amazing. There are quite a few quotes that I love but this one keeps coming back:

    Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine
    - Lord Byron

  28. I really love the Grateful Dead lyric "such a long long time to be gone, such a short time to be there". It always reminds me to stop stressing about transcient things (university essays I'm looking at you) and to just slow down and view the beauty that surrounds us because you never know what is right around the corner.

  29. These are so beautiful! I absolutely love quotes and the idea of using art and words like this is brilliant.

    I have a ton of favorite quotes but my all time favorite today would have to be:

    "We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about." Einstein

  30. Hey! The page from a book on the middle one is in Polish! It's a page from the third part of Sienkiewicz's "Trilogy" ("Pan Wołodyjowski"), a book I really like;) And actually most of the qualities listed in the collage fit the main character.

  31. Love love love it! :D

    My favourite quote would be: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” by Eleanor Roosevelt.

    I think that passion and ambition can go a really long way in life. If you believe it, and are willing to work for it, hook or shnook you'll get there somehow. ^_^

  32. I love the "through the rise and falling apart, we discover who we are" but I also really like Prattchet's "Sometimes it's better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness"...

  33. I love love love today is an adventure! also Through the rise and the falling apart we discover who we are.


    gorgeous work!!!

  34. My favorite quote is from William Shakespeare.

    "Love all. Trust a few. Do harm to none."

  35. Oh my goodness im in need of some positive lovin atm the moment- just about to have both my knees operated on and would love to have this brighten my recovery :)

    Lesley's work is just beautiful- snaps to her for following her passion.

    My favourite quote is
    'she turned her cant's into can's and her dreams into plans'

  36. Always look on the bright side.
    Be eccentric.
    Be inspired.
    Follow your heart and be your funny self.
    -Karine Dupont slogan

  37. Oh my, her stuff is lovely! <3

    And my favorite quote EVER?
    "If you're gonna walk on thin ice, you might as well dance."

    To me, it basically says "girl, you're already taking a risk just by doing this, so at least do it in a way that'll make you happy"!


  38. A cause may be inconvenient, but it's magnificent. It's like champagne or high heels, and one must be prepared to suffer for it.
    ~Arnold Bennett

  39. oh these are simply adorable!

    i especially like:

    thanks so much...


  40. I LOVE these! :) Quote art is my favorite!

    My 2 favorite quotes are:
    “Life loves to be taken by the lapel & told ‘I’m with you kid. Let’s go’.- Maya Angelou


    "A Ship is safe in its' harbor, but that's not what ships are made for..."

  41. Those are fabulous! I always envy the artistic...

    My favorite quote, because I am a poetry person, is from Mary Oliver's poem "Summer Day" --

    "Tell me, what is it you plan to do / with your one wild and precious life?"

  42. I love these. One my most favorites is:

    "With all its sham, drudgery, & broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world" Max Ehrmann

  43. My all time favorite quote, courtesy Jack Kerouac: "The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars..."

  44. one of my favorites:

    "happiness is a choice."

    i'm actually debating about getting it as a tattoo

  45. Mmmkay, I'm not entering my own giveaway...just wanted to stop and say thanks to everyone for all the lovely comments! All of your quotes are amazing, and so inspiring to read. Much love! :)

  46. Wow, they're beautiful. :) Kinda of makes me want to start collaging, cause I am OBSESSED with quotes but don't do anything with them beyond paper my wall with inspirational [heart-shaped!] post-its...

    My favorite quote is:
    "Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?" - Friedrich Nietzsche

  47. Dave Matthews

    "Hey, my friend, it seems your eyes are troubled. Care to share your time with me? Would you say you're feeling low and so a good idea would be to get it off of your mind?

    See, you and me have a better time than most can dream"

  48. All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
    Walt Disney

  49. My favourite quote is: "I'm afraid I'm not cut out for that" I said. "Well, who cut you out"? she said ... "cut yourself out again".

    It always reminds me to try new things.

    My other favourite quote is from my 5-year-old daughter:

    "It's good to tri noo things". (Her spelling obviously!). That was written after she decided to finally try the hydroslide after being scared of it for ages ... and LOVED it!

  50. Lesley Denford ((almost Myrick)) ROCKS! She is so talented, in so many ways as you can see. I spent 6 weeks with her this summer and she taught me SO much and was also an aahhmazing roomie. Her art is just a small token of all the great things she is capable of. <3

    My all time favorite quote is, 'Be still and know that I am GOD'from Psalm 46:10. Also, Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Never miss the opportunity of seeing something beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting."

    Be blessed everyone!

  51. Lesley is simply fabulous. :)

    One of my faves:
    "And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God."
    --Micah 6:8

    or "It's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." Marilyn Monroe

  52. I don't do drugs. I am drugs. - Salvador Dali

  53. "It's life and life only."
    -Bob Dylan

    Awesome giveaway! :)

  54. my favourite quote is a part of a longer quote by Sonnie Trotter:

    "Do what you love.
    Love what you do."

  55. Beautiful work!

    My favorite quote is "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  56. Be the change you want to see in the world.

    - Gandhi

  57. Everyone is submitting such beautiful & inspiring quotes! Mine feels a bit silly after that, but it's been a favorite for a long time. It's from writer Douglas Adams (of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy fame) it goes:

    I love deadlines. I love the wooshing sound they make as they fly by.

    Not exactly inspiring, but I can identify with it, haha.

  58. "All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost" -- J.R.R. Tolkien

    This has gotten me through tough situations, and will continue to comfort me in my travels. I am going to get it tattooed on my body somewhere when the time is right...

    Also, if I win, I am giving the piece to my little sister who LOVES this type of art and makes collages herself.

    All the best! Good work Leslie!

  59. love love LOVE these pieces! So great!

    My favorite quote (more like a saying) is "this too shall pass.." -revised/redused Bible verse.

    great giveaway <3


  60. My fave quote is actually a line from a movie:

    "Why can't you be in a good mood? How hard is it to decide to be in a good mood and be in a good mood once in a while?" --Lloyd Dobler

    I think of it when I'm being crabby for no real reason!

  61. Favorite quote of all time? It's a bit long, but awesome:

    "The truth is you already know what it's like. You already know the difference between the size and speed of everything that flashes through you and the tiny inadequate bit of it all you can ever let anyone know. As though inside you is this enormous room full of what seems like everything in the whole universe at one time or another and yet the only parts that get out have to somehow squeeze out through one of those tiny keyholes you see under the knob in older doors. As if we are all trying to see each other through these tiny keyholes."

    From the enternally brilliant David Foster Wallace.

  62. I already have one Lesley collage hanging on my wall...I would love to have another! (or 3 or 4...)

    My fav quote has already been said...a couple of times. "Be still and know that I am God." I constantly need the reminder to slow down loosen my grip on life.

  63. This is for sure my favorite!

    Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?" Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. -Marianne Williamson

  64. More beautiful work Lesley, always amazed! Here is my fav quote..."We shape our dwellings and afterwards our dwellings shape us" Winston Churchill
    Becky Freeman

  65. "Never take life so seriously. No one makes it out alive anyway."

  66. " Remember to always be yourself - everybody else is already taken". -Oscar Wilde

    Love this giveaway!


  67. Lesley's work is absolutely beautiful :)
    "I have the simplest taste. I am always satisfied with the best". - Oscar Wilde

  68. My favorite is either:
    'So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of it's own." Matthew 6:34


    Let it go,
    Daisy let it go
    Open up your fists
    This fallen world,
    Doesn't hold your interest,
    Doesn't hold your soul,
    Daisy let it go
    ("Daisy" Switchfoot)

    I love the verse because I worry a lot. I actually made a "reminder" on my iPod not to worry with that quote and 3 daisies with the number 3 (for something a friend said and the song "Daisy" by Switchfoot :D)

  69. my favorite, and the one that has been most relevant to my life, is an anais nin quote--"and the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."