To the Moon Alice: April 2010 [Venice & Giveaway]

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April Full Moon

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Hi everyone...
Welcome to April's Full Moon post ..
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A little bit of artistic license here and I have transported La Bella Luna to La Bella Venezia... Hope you don't mind.. I know I've been an absent blogger lately and wanting to bring you the rest of my Venice post and the long awaited giveaway.. I thought I'd just combine the lot ...

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April Moon Notes
The moon is full Wednesday April 28 22:19pm [Sydney time]
The full moon is in the sign of Scorpio
April Full Moon Names: Full Pink Moon, Egg Moon, Full Fish Moon

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The Last Time I Saw Venice
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In my previous Venice post [here] I shared with you my 'First Last View' of Venice... The last photo from my first trip to Venice, and the difficulty to say goodbye and turn my face from the view, wondering if I would ever be lucky enough to see it again. Well I was.. that was 1993.. and this is 1996 and my second trip to Italy...

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After spending my first week in Rome with some work colleagues, we travelled together to Venice and spent a further week enjoying the delights of this treasure. My work colleagues were actually on their honeymoon.. haha.. yes that's right I went on someone else's honeymoon.. sort of.. haha.. More coincidence we had both planned our travels at the same time.. but suffice to say we stayed in different hotels and met up during the day to wander the alley ways and squares and discover all the nooks and crannies many tourists never visit. A wonderful few days getting lost in the atmosphere and beauty and hoping some of the magic may work it's way into our very being.
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Now this might sound crazy.. but when I booked my Venice accommodation, I purposely chose a tiny tiny attic room in a small pensione just back from St Marks Square.. When I say tiny.. well the head of the bed was situated at the top of the stairs.. so close I could lean out and touch the first stair... I had to sleep about face for fear of falling out of bed and tumbling head first down the stairs.. on top of this.. this room was the only access to the rooftop where the staff would regularly come through in the mornings to hang out the linens to dry.... So.. cramped ...no privacy... but.. I had access to the rooftop.. and therefore access to a secret world full of strange views and the beautiful rooftops of Venice.. Yes.. this was my purpose... all for the view.. Of course if I had zillions of dollars I might have preferred a view of the canal.. but my little rooftop hideaway idea paid off and this is the photo to prove it!!
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A bird's eye view of the domes and rooftops from behind Basilica di San Marco.. [low flying bird!]
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And the regular view.. taken from St Mark's Square [not that there is anything 'regular' about Venice]
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The Last View
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A few days later it was sadly time to leave Venice for the second time ... It was also goodbye to my Australian friends as I was off to spend a few days with my friend Paolo in Padua, before venturing off to Florence and two weeks of language school to prepare me for the rest of my Italian adventure . After picking me up from my hotel, Paolo and I slowly made that final walk back to his car.. I think he must have thought me a bit of a fruitloop really... Living so close to Venice it was an everyday thing for him to just walk off and not look back.. But for me it was agony.. My head was spinning and stomach doing flip flops ...I'm not sure whether it was angst to leave Venice or fear of starting out on the solo portion of my trip, but either way I was dragging my feet and when we reached the last bridge... the famous Rialto... and it was here I stopped.. pulled out the camera.. and took my last view of Venice.. facing south down the Grand Canal... My Last Last View of Venice... and now my favourite Venice photo...

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The [Late]Blog Birthday Giveaway
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So that is the sad goodbye to Venice for the moment... and finally this leads me to my giveaway.. I hope you know how much I have enjoyed your friendship, encouragement and inspiration in my first year of blogging.. In recent months I've been asked a few times if I sell my 'artwork'. Well at present I'm not sure if or when I will go down that path.. It still feels oddly strange to put my work up for sale for the first time.. So toying with this idea.. I had some of my photos professionally printed.. a test run if you like. I cannot tell you how strange, exciting and surreal that felt.... As a result.. I decided I wanted to share some of these with you and thought a giveaway would be more suitable... ease myself into releasing my mania onto the world.. haha... So I have picked a few of my favourite prints.... and today offer them up for a giveaway... Both professionally printed on archive paper.. just like the big kids do.... [without the text and watermarks of course!!]
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So here they are ...
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My First Last View
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[8x10" professional print]

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And the head spinning
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LAST View of Venice
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[10x10" professional print]
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Entry to the giveaway is open to all who comment on this post
[closes midnight Friday 7th May Sydney time]

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Three Chances to Win
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1 Leave a comment on this post
and if you'd like an additional entry
2. Leave an additional comment letting me know if you are a new or existing follower
3. Leave a third comment if you blog or post the giveaway button on your blog

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I will be having another Giveway very soon for Mother's Day...
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Thanks again everyone for all your encouragement.. and may my Last Views of Venice bring you the pleasure they have brought me... and to dream.... il Sogno!!!

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Julie b
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IMAGE SOURCE: .. ALL photography and artwork by me [being ruby©]
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140 comments:

Desde my ventana said...

Hi Julie,
Very very very beautiful...I love always Venezia, every small place.... everything.STUNNING images!!!
Have a lovely weekend,
Cecilia

Beautiful new header

sharon said...

Oh Julie, I feel quite giddy from these pictures. The roof views are breathtaking, and I just love the colours you manage to create, and the extra big moon in the first shot - oh boy - I may have to lie down!
This is a very generous giveaway, whoever wins will be one lucky bunny. I'm going to try to pin your button to my blog.
Have a happy weekend, Sharon

becky at abbeystyle said...

O, WOW!!! What a flurry of gorgeousness...I'm the one that's spinning now...this is all just sweeping me away! So glad you got back to Venice because it was TOTALLY worth it!! My heart is in my throat...I want to go back. Instead, I'm stuck in the middle of the USA for the summer, left staring at the pink moon and wishing, wishing, wishing.
You'll have 2,000 comments waiting for your giveway within 24 hours because your fan base must be enormous!
Of course, I want to win your artwork...put my name in the drawing!
And I hope you have fun, fun, fun with your pictures...love the idea that you've printed professionally. It's such an an exciting venture!
Love, love, love your work!!!
XX Becky

A-M said...

Thought I'd pop in while you're online....just received your lovely comment over at my bloggy... finding it hard to visit everyone back these days...oh if only the days were longer. These pictures of yours truly take ones breath away Julie... you are so incredibly talented... they are unique in such a way that they could only be yours...does that make sense?... such a signature style, there's no mistaking that they are your creations..love your little attic room story... you have lived a life worth blogging about! A-M xx

Les Cotrions said...

Hello Julie!!!What a nice story about Venice and your photos are simply amazing!!! Of course I join your giveaway...it'd fantastic having one of your artworks!!!!
Thanks for this opportunity!!!!
Happy week end!
Vale

Les Cotrions said...

Just linked your giveaway on my sidebar!!!
Ciao!
Vale

Charlotta Ward said...

I have not forgotten that I have promised you a Venice post. It will come soon.

Ah the full moon.
I am always so affected by it but even though this one rose in Scorpio it hasn't been that bad. Instead I have found myself inspired by it - full of energy and creativity.

Making the most of it.

Happy weekend to you! Stay warm.

xx Charlotta

Berta F said...

.... Julie.....Tus fotos de Venezia...Son BELLISIMAS...¡¡¡¡¡¡ ¿que tal un viaje a Venezia el próximo año?.....yo ya cuento los días...para volver....¡¡¡¡¡ Un abrazo Berta

mise said...

Oh count me in, Oh do, Oh do! I wish you'd been on my honeymoon too - you could have taken wonderful photos of me in front of beautiful places, partially obscuring beautiful places with beautiful me, for I'm sure your nifty handiwork with images would make me look Incredibly Beautiful. I missed your posts and I'm glad you've popped up again in my reader.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Sorry Julie I hit the post comment button!!!
I was saying HAPPY BLOGGY BIRTHDAY...I look forward to many many more of your delicious posts and images...You Go Girl!!! Dzintra♥x
(And I am an existing Follower)

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Maybe my first comment didn't make it...I was saying what stunning stunning images you have shown us!!! I can truly say I have not seen any others like this...just beautiful. It's always a pleasure to come and visit and see the latest ones...Dzintra♥x

1 Funky Woman said...

After my pilates class I will come back and put your giveaway on my sidebar! Chow!

1 Funky Woman said...

You know I am a follower and a huge fan! You are such an amazing photographer. I hope one day to go to Venice. I love the "Room" you stayed in. I would have stayed there too for the rooftop!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Just me again Julie to say I have put your giveaway button on my sidebar...Have a great weekend, Dzintra♥x

Shellbelle said...

Stunning! So nice to finally be back to blogging after the BIG move, I missed everyone so much. And look at this, I'm back in time for your fab giveaway! Life is definitely getting better.

The photo of the gondolas from your other Venice post took my breath away. I took a moment to relax and be whisk away to Julie's Venice and it was lovely.

Shellbelle said...

I love following you! I know here I will always find art to inspire me.

Btw, I love the new header! You've been a busy girl while I was away. Stop by when you get a chance and get a glimpse of my new little town.

theoldboathouse said...

Okay so I can feel my competitive edge coming out now...I want to win...I am not ashamed to say this, I am greedy, and I want those pics!!! haha...Did I just type that? but seriously they are so wonderful, they truley make the heart ache with longing..I kept thinking of "A Room with a View" when I was reading...Don't you just love that word pensione..it rolls off the tongue so nicley. We had a fantastic moon last night, it sat just on the edge of the horizon and was so big, I thought of you my dear. Please enter me in your competition I would be honoured to own your wonderful pics, cheers Katherine PS I don't know how to do that button thing but i will get my 14 year old son to check it for me...only thing kids are really usefull for..computer stuff haha

Shellbelle said...

I've already posted your giveaway button in my sidebar. Good luck to everyone, how lucky someone will be to own a Being Ruby Print! And yes, you should definitely sell your work, what about an Etsy store? I see them, not only at prints, but as cards also. Wouldn't it be lovely to send a friend a note with such beautiful covers?

Giulia said...

Finally, finally! OK, I'll get off your back (for now). And yes, of course, I'll put the button on both GG's blog & mine.

xoxo

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Oh my goodness! I want these pictures so bad! Thank you for a chance to win! :)

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

I will immediately put this fantastic give-away up on my sidebar!!!!!!!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

I am a follower and would follow you to the moon and back!!!! :)

erin said...

wowy, wow, wow, wow! your images spectacular and i just love the new header and the script you have chosen!! you have such exquisite taste my dear friend and now you are ready to share it with the world!! and the world is ready for the taking!! spread your wings and fly.......i'll be proud to say "i knew you when". i would be just tickled pink to win your lovely, generous gift!! a gift truely from the heart and soul...part of you. i 'm sure you will get a gazillion comments, so chances are slim, but at least i know you WILL be selling soon. much luck with your new venture and career! and happy bithday, sweety!! to the moon INDEED!
ee

erin said...

i'm back again to let you know i'm a huge follower. well, not huge in the fact that i'm not a very big or tall gal, but, you know huge in the fact that i love your blog...i do, i do!

Desde my ventana said...

Hi Julie,
This morning I don't have time...I take your image on my blog
Hugs,
Cecilia

Tamerie Shriver said...

Hi Julie

I would LOVE to win one of your beautiful memories, I mean prints of Venice. Though I never made it there, all of your photos make me want to book a ticket and hop on a plane today!

You asked me a couple of my posts back when my birthday is and I never answered. Well, it is 9 June and I'll be 50!!! Unbelievable! When is yours?

Thanks for offering such a great giveaway!

Hugs,
Tamerie

Princesa Nadie said...

Thank you very much for your lovely comentaries in my blog ,I am really happy hearing from you...
It is very very sad when you say goodbye to Venice,I know it...you feel as something of you stand there for ever...and you dream with a return
Your photos are the most beautiful I have ever seen,Thank you for show us them

Jeanne said...

Julie, I choked up right about here...
"My head was spinning and stomach doing flip flops ...I'm not sure whether it was angst to leave Venice or fear of starting out on the solo portion of my trip, but either way I was dragging my feet and when we reached the last bridge... the famous Rialto... and it was here I stopped.. pulled out the camera.. and took my last view of Venice.. facing south down the Grand Canal... My Last Last View of Venice.."

I could feel your hesitation and longing to stay...well done on the whole piece, I loved reading about your Venice experience. Just the thought of you staying close to a rooftop to get the perfect photos...that is passion and it shows in what you do...ok, I will stop there as you know how carried away I can get.

Great give-away, fingers crossed :)
Off to put the button on my blog...do you really want three comments??
You are going to be one busy girl!!

All the best Julie..

Jeanne xo

Jeanne said...

existing folllower: check
button added to blog: check

:):):)

vicki archer said...

Such stunning shots Julie....Have a wonderful weekend, xv.

Angie Muresan said...

That attic room sounds so romantic, Julie.

And, please, please decide that you'll sell your artwork. I cannot rely on the chance that I might win one of them. I want one badly!!!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Of course I follow!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

The pictures are fabulous as always. You always make me want to travel. Love the idea of winning your artwork!

Pam said...

Extraordinarily gorgeous photos, Julie! I'm thrilled to learn you're taking your photo art seriously; I know you'll find great success.

xoxo
Pam

oldgreymare said...

I'm sorry it took me a while to comment. I was researching on how to delete comments from someone else's blog.

So that I could win!

Pick me! Pick me! Squeezing eyes shut tight, fingers crossed, hoping, hoping, sending it out to the universe.

Off to post your adorable button!

xx
z

oldgreymare said...

Hey hey! I'm a follower and big fan...as if you didn't know that already....

hugs
z

Luiza said...

Oh, Julie, I would be proud to have one of your wonderful, professional, artistic photographs in my home!
Thank you for giving me the chance =).
Your text in this post moves me in a sentimental way!Hugs
Luiza

Luiza said...

Of course I´m a follower, tihi...

Luiza said...

...and I have put your wonderful giveaway on my sidebar =))).

Have a wonderful weekend!
Luiza

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Oh Julie this is the perfect giveaway and one that I hoped you would do. Everyone will want this generous gift for sure....some small part of you which makes it that much more special.
Love that new header of yours....it's really stunning.
xxx
Carole

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Yes yes yes I'm a follower. Kind of one of your stalkers really...lol but don't worry I'm harmless!
xxx

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

I'll be happy to put the giveaway on my sidebar too and if I do another post before summer's over Haha I'll mention it in a post.
xxx

Jg. for FatScribe said...

Julie -- gorgeous photos, but to me and my way of thinking, it's the great stories you layer on top. really love what you share with us about the backdrop of these wonderful trips of yours. ciao bella! ;)

A Refocused Life said...

Julie,
This just made my day. I have absolutely loved your work since day one. The give-away is fabulous news, but hearing that you might be considering selling some of your art just thrills me. I'd love to be lucky enough to win, but to think I might be able to own one of your prints even if I don't win the contest is just wonderful.

You know I'm a huge fan and follower, and I will certain post your blog button. Have a wonderful weekend. Rita

becky at abbeystyle said...

Back to say I'm a follower, you KNOW I am!!!

ER said...

yep, i was right, we were separated at birth. ;) I'm doing the same thing with my images, some i'm saving for the never-ending story i've been writing (which inspired me to do all the PS stuffus in the first place, as i couldn't find an illustrator who 'got me'). Isn't it exciting to see your work printed?! I wish you all the best in this endeavour, Miss Julie. You know... your could write a book, too... ;) ps: love the new header!

Stephanie said...

Beautiful photos and processing ... I love the mood you created with these ... lovely, lovely, lovely, from first to last!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Julie ~ I'm almost speechless. Your photography is nothing short of magnificent. Such a joy to read about your experiences & I know exactly what you mean by taking that final look and wanting to capture it to hold forever. It's like my heart sunk. Love this giveaway..one of us will be a very fortunate person. Hope you are doing well my friend? xx

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Me again..I am installing your giveaway button on my wee blog!! Such an honor : D

xx

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Julie I am an existing follower and always will be!! xxoxo

A Refocused Life said...

Julie,
It seems we've set the blog world abuzz with your wonderful news. I placed your button on my last post - of course you are the headline banner. I've already received comments thanking me for the heads up - everyone is equally excited as I was to hear the news. Rita

La Petite Gallery said...

Out of sight, Awesome. Julie those are so
beautiful.. What did you use to write with ? Looks like lead .. Yvonne

SPLENDEROSA said...

Darling one, your work is simply wonderful. And you should be unafraid to put it in front of the marketplace, as you will most certainly be accepted. My son is a professional photographer, schooled in Parsons School of Design in Paris, his work is drastically different than yours, of course, but artists need to be clear in their own vision, not falter, and if you decide to venture forth, be determined to succeed. And you will. I adore your work.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I think it's the first time I see your new header -awesome, awesome! So expressive (and in a way Italian, haha). Particularly the second picture with the lantern up close hits on an emotion..., can't put my finger on it though right now. And your last view is stunning -what an exit!

Thanks for the chance to win one of your art photographs!!

Beatnheart said...

Oh Julie, what lovely, lovely photographs and I would love to be the proud owner of one of them...I had to leave my home of 30 years , Venice, California, so yes i too know what it is like to "leave Venice"...so the sentiment works for me in my life...I am a follower...I would leave your thingy in my sidebar if I only knew how...

Val said...

Watching your photos is like dreaming!It's hard to wake up...
val

Paula said...

What amazing artwork and pictures, you should definately consider selling them. First dibs please.

Paula said...

This is my second post to let you know that I am a regular follower, I just love the look and style of your blog, not to mention your beautiful images.

Ange said...

PS; Putting you on my sidebar now!
And LOVE your new header... (God - how long has it been up like that with that beautiful Blue R?)

Ange said...

Yeah Julie!! I wish you'd been on my honeymoon too - and YOU STILL COULD BE! We haven't taken it yet ;-) Too busy adventure racing after the wedding. We were planning on the Iles Eloiennes off Sicily. Lots of blue for you. OH WHAT THE HECK! I'll leave Beaker here and we can go together ;-) You could always bring Paolo of course.
Wonderful wonderful photos? But you already knew that!

xxx

Jacqueline said...

Dear Julie,
I'm sorry, everyone but, these photographs are just meant for MY wall !!!! haha. I have chucked everthing else away, just to make room for them. They are destined to be mine.... all mine !!
They are AMAZING Julie and, a beautiful giveaway. I think that you have truly excelled yourself this time. My favourite part was the attic room, where the staff sauntered through to hang the washing out !!.... but, the purpose of booking the tiny garret room certainly paid off and, the photograph from way up high is a triumph.
Thanks so much for the wonderful opportunity to have some 'Being Ruby' artwork on one of our wall's. Lots of love and thanks. XXXX

Jacqueline said...

I think that you possibly know that I'm a follower !! hehe. XXXX

Jacqueline said...

Your giveaway button will have pride of place on my blog. XXXX

Christelle said...

Il faut dire que Venise est une belle inspiratrice : tes photos sont fantastiques !

Greet said...

Julie,
I have mentionned it already to you, that I so love seeing pictures of Venice! I can't get enough of them! Thank you so much for all the wonderful posts you bring! I could feel how you loved taken that view from the roof at the hotel! And I think that you have had a beautiful experience in your life at that little room!There were able to see Venice as others will never see!
I might think that you really have a sort of connection with Venice!
It is a great give away my friend!
xx
Greet

Dash said...

Oh Julie, I am sorry to sound repetitive but those are gorgeous photos and I am thrilled that you have taken steps to have your work professionally printed, ooh this could be the start of something big and wonderful.

Am putting the button on my blog immediately.
XX

Zuzu said...

The rooftop shot - be still my heart. Happy that you are having your photos professionally printed and spreading the love, Julie!!!

JBeaudetStudios said...

I'm also a big fan and follower!

JBeaudetStudios said...

Hi Julie! Well to start off, your goodbye to Venice almost brought a tear to my eye. So beautiful! You photography is awesome and when you do decide to sell them you will do so well! I am so excited for the chance to win your prints! Thank you! Jennifer:)

Deb said...

Gorgeous images & giveaway ~ Thankyou ♥

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Paula
Thanks for you lovely comments and entry... good luck.. xx Julie

FILIGREE MOON said...

Julie, I am so very impressed with the beauty of these photos. Your adventure must have been wonderful. Thank you for visiting my little space today. The only thing made by me is the banner, the other things are just treasures I collected right about the same time as the Alice movie came out. I have joined to follow your stunning blog! ~ Angela

FILIGREE MOON said...

Julie, I posted your giveaway button on my sidebar...a bit reluctantly since that will just add to the competition. :-) Such beautiful images...these could be the beginning of a whole new world for you. You really should consider venturing out and selling! ~ Angela

sweetpea said...

Hi Julie! What a lovely blog. Thanks for commenting on mine and plugging my giveaway. I've joined as a follower and hope to win your giveaway.

Hugs,
Shelley

alice said...

Julie,
Those are so beautiful! I am a follower for sure. I really think you could and should selling! They are beautiful ditto!
smiles, alice

Beach House Living said...

Oh my goodness! Your photos are nothing short of spectacular. I love the dark mood like a stormy sea and the font you use not only is it very nice I like the dimension of it.

I certainly will enjoy seeing the world via your eyes that capture everything so beautifully.

Pinecone Camp said...

Your Venice pics are absolutely breathtaking! I've never been, but you've made me want to go more than ever.
Happy Sunday!

DAVID McGRIEVEY said...

Now you've gone and done it, your going to get thousands of comments.
The photos are hauntingly beautiful. I suspect Venice is one of the most photographed cities in the world but you have captured the melancholy mood the city evokes no matter how much fun you were having on your friend's honeymoon.
The dynamics of your trip sound more French than Italian but when in Rome, do as the Aussies do.
Definitely sell your work.
X David
PS. Did you know that when the Berlin Wall came down the first place everyone wanted to go was Venice? They had to shut down all plane and train arrivals as the city was overwhelmed.

merium said...

Fabulous photos! Makes me want to visit Venice tomorrow! Lovely giveaway!

merium said...

I'm a new follower!

theoldboathouse said...

Hey Julie, Awoke this morning and suddenly thought...did I send the second comment thing? Not sure if I did or not so this is just a reminder that yes I am an avid follower and fan caught under the spell of the adventurous Ruby and the charm of the muse Ethel, not to mention the beauty of Ginger, haha love Katherine

nerines said...

Hi Julie,

I'm glad I've found your blog (with a little help from other bloggers). Your pictures are truly beautiful and I wanted to let you know I've clicked follow and added your button. Thanks for sharing.

Nerine :-)

myletterstoemily said...

i feel embarrassed to have missed out on this lovely
opportunity! your work is extraordinary.

but, what i want to know is, how is your back?

Roberta said...

This giveaway is OVER the moon Julie! Such a tease because we all want one of your photos...your work of Venice reaches out and takes hold of my heart! Love it all Dearie!
xo Roberta

Roberta said...

Hello again Julie..yep, I've been a faithful fan & follower for a while now and 'reupped' just in case...xo

Roberta said...

me again...I've done a little post on Being Ruby and added your button to the sidebar. please say you'll sell Dear Julie! xo

brismod said...

Thanks for your nice comment the other day, Ruby. I love your art of Venice. My father's family is from the Veneto region so I'd love a chance to win one of your prints.

Renee Finberg said...

i am surprised that you haven't sold your work.
it is magnificent....as are you.

xxx i love venice images

Pooch Morning Glory said...

me too.... twice to venice... sad to leave both times. :) thank you for the opportunity to win one of your beautiful photos
~laura

Pooch Morning Glory said...

and, of course i am a follower ( but only on blogs hehe )
dont know how to put on side bar tho
~laura x

sue young said...

Fabulous photos of my favorite city,Venezia!This is my first but not last visit to your blog. I myself don't have one yet.....thanks for the chance to win some magic!
Sue Young

Salut15@aol.com

simon said...

it really is all just too cool! ( i want to be the 100th comment!)

Jane said...

Hi Julie I am so pleased you have taken this step I am dying to see what these professionally printed photos look like and of course I would LOVE to win one.... I still think Etsy shop.. And I too love the Venice rooftops, we had a little apartment there in 2002 for 2 weeks and had views over the roofs just like yours. Such great memories. I will put a button on my B too, when I get some time to do it!! xoxo

simon said...

damn..... I WANT to be the 100th comment.....

SoozNooz said...

wow - absolutely stunning - thank you for being here x Suzi

penny patten said...

Sooooo Beautiful, thank you for the chance to win this lovely print!

penny patten said...

I'm now a loyal follower!

Peter said...

First time commenting! Fabulous blog and these pictures are amazing! Well, I guess you must admit that you are a little bit helped by the motive!

Michele said...

What gorgeous photos! Its been over 20 years since my last view of Venice but your photos brought it all rushing back! Thank you!

Michele said...

Just found you via Enchanted Treasures/Tresor Trouve So glad I followed that link - I'll be back!

scrappydarling said...

You are very gifted and have a wonderful eye for art! Thanks for the chance to win.

scrappydarling said...

This is my first time commenting on your blog! I found you at 52 FLEA..........

Verandah House said...

Your pictures are amazing, well done Julie you are incredibly talented xx

simon said...

Are we there yet!? ( the 100th comment??)

How are you finding the Mac? we have one and it seems to spend a great deal of time "thinking"... drives me nuts. Did a clean up but it is still slow...

Beach Vintage said...

Hi Julie, what a wonderful picture of the last image you saw of Venice, just magical.

Beatnheart said...

I do want to win so here i am again telling you that I am a follower!!!

Chatelaine said...

Fabulous photos! I would love one for my hallway wall. I have been looking for something exquisite to hang there and at present the wall is bare.

I love reading abuut your travels. I would have chosen the room with access to the rooftop as well.

If you haven't been to Venice since 1996 I think it's time you went back. Hopefully you will go again.

Happy Blogaversary!

Jane said...

Hi Julie!
I am trying to catch up with my favorite blogs...that includes yours. Your photos are spectacular. They transport me to whatever place you are featuring. Venice is one of the few locations I have always longed to see... and with your photos, I feel like I have experienced it...vicariously. I definitely think you should sell your photos. Take that leap...as you told me... Maybe we'll both see Venice...again for you, a first for me.
Hugs,
Jane (artfully graced)

LENNU said...

Hello!
What a lovely beautiful pictures.
Have a nice week for you Julie!

Francine Gardner said...

Forgot to mention....you askd who was a follower of your blog...I am a follower and truly enjoy it.

Francine Gardner said...

Julie;
I love photography and your pictures have such a sensitivity, they have a soul, Venise through your eyes is magical.I have not been to Venise in a few years and your images transported me back in time. I would encourage you to have a show of your photography...How about in New York?? Francine

Anne Marie said...

FINALLY!! yeah!!!!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Oh...Those are simply BEAUTIFUL!! Stunning!

MagicMarkingsArt said...

absolutely gorgeous work - and what a wonderful sounding trip you had. how I long to go to Europe and experience the beautiful scenery. Until then, your work brings the country to me.

Thank you for your visit to my little blogging world and for your nice comments. So happy to have found your lovely site.

vintagesusie & wings said...

Yeah, Pick me PLEASSSSSSEEEEEE!!!! ;)
Smiles,
Susie

vintagesusie & wings said...

I follow too friend...I LOVE Florence!
Smiles & Crossed Fingers,
Susie

vintagesusie & wings said...

& Guess What??? Cuz I have so much Blog Love for you I'm even putting your Give-Away logo on my blog!!! Now my legs are crossed too...LOL
Thanks Friend,
Susie

Robyn said...

Venice - beautiful

Photos - outstanding

Galiene said...

gorgeous photos and a very generous give-away! I just know in a previous life I lived in Europe.

Galiene said...

a second chance at winning! I am a recent new-comer, looking forward to following your site all the way back to the beginning. your art is amazing.

Karena said...

What fabulous images, I adore Italy and what a great giveway!!

Karena
Art by Karena

Sharon said...

I love your style -- these are beautiful. I would love to have them hanging in my home.

Thank you for a chance to win them.

Sharon said...

I am a new follower and glad I found your blog.

June said...

Julie I don't even have words to express the delight I feel viewing these amazing pictures. Just magic. What a genius you are to get the attic room.
hugs

The Antiques Diva™ said...

What fabulous photography... I'm dazzled by your vision of Venice.

dogsmom said...

While I am new here, my computer is misbehaving, so may only get one comment in.
This is beautiful and fascinating.

julietk said...

How did I miss this ,sometimes i hate that dashboard as I rely on it to let me know when my fav bloggers post. Your Venice room sounds great and such beautiful photos :-)

Mélanie A. said...

I totally love your work. thnak you for sharing your adventure in Venizia

Blondie's Journal said...

And yes, I am a follower!

xoxo
Jane

Blondie's Journal said...

Well I am glad that I finally came to this post because it was beautiful...one of your best. Imagine that, sleeping without privacy, at the top of the stairs to get rooftop pictures! You are a true photographer! Your leaving Venice was very sad, I felt your pain! And the photo is wonderful.

I think that you are having a great giveaway and I hope it does someday lead you to consider selling your art. It really is beautiful.

xoxo
Jane

tina tarnoff said...

And, I am an old follower and I'm enjoying your posts so much.

tina tarnoff said...

Hi Julie, absolutely stunning photos. I think you shoud deffinitely consider opening up a store and start selling your artwork. On Etsy, perhaps? Good luck!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

From Jay [NZ]

Hi Julie, Jay from NZ here. I live in Hawkes Bay North Island. Just recently found your blog. I LOVE IT!! I love what you do with your photos.
I guess that it is photoshop where you manipulated your pics.
I was recently thinking I might have a go at that, it looks like a whole lot of fun. I went to France and Italy last year and have photos i could play with.
I dont have a blog or anything but would like to be in the giveaway draw.

Cheers Ruby, keep up the great job

Regards Jay

Splendid Willow said...

Oh no, wait Julie!!!! Did I miss this - is it Friday in Sydney yet??? I am all confused!! If it is not too late, I would of course love to put my name in the hat. You have already heard me saying several times that it is time for you to go out broad with your artwork! Your photography is unbelievable. And if I don't win - I would like to buy something! I am serious.

I am also madly in love with Italy. I am pretty convinced that I have been an Italian in former life.

I am pretty sure I am a follower. I better double check!

Cyber hug,

Mon

Millie said...

Gosh I hope I'm not too late Julie! I've been on a bit of a roll with winning a few things lately, so here goes with your fabulous give-away!
Millie ^_^

Gintare said...

Hello! I am glad to hear you are also doing well and enjoying your time off!
This is a beautiful giveaway! Please put my name in it!:)

Gintare

tarnishedandtattered.blogsot.com said...

Julie,
I think I'm too late, shooey. Today, the last day of your giveaway is my birthday. I found you via Laura of 52, How cool would this be for a birthday gift. Your pictures are truly amazing. My MIL spent 3 weeks in Italy last year & is a photographer. I'm sending her your blog, she'll love it. I'll be back often. Lisa

ER said...

I know what you mean about selling your work. I've been getting more commissions as the result of blogging. It's definitely a surreal experience. Next step, ma dearie...ETSY! Yikes! :O xx

Ineke van den Akker said...

What a wonderful pictures! Next week I'm going to Venice too, but I have a Hotel In Mestre. Hotel Venezia.The bus stop is on the corner. So... maybe next time!!!
with love from Holland,
Ineke

KarenB said...

Julie I've gotten lost in your blog, your work is truly amazing. Venice is one of my dream destinations, and seeing your photographs just reinforces my wish to go there someday. I loved your attic room story! I think one of the very special things about travelling is the details like that, and finding a small way to feel part of the landscape.