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visual artist and writer marisol diaz

i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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Happy Easter! And Another Special Delivery!

Easter Basket GIVEAWAY

Today will will be the end of our exchange via an Easter tradition that used to light up our days as little children, THE EASTER BASKET!
I did this giveaway in lieu of paying for advertising and in order to get to know my readers better, so your thoughtful comments were an essential entry rule.

How it will work:

  • Comment for this post today with a NUMBER that you choose between 0-75 BEFORE Eastern Standard Time 9pm (and remember if you see someone else has chosen your number in the comments of this post - you should CHANGE your number becuase that number has laready been claimed).
  • Check that you thoughtfully commented on every other post since the GIVEAWAY began and/or
  • If you have a BLOG or WEBSITE link back to this GIVEAWAY with a post about it that you share a link to with me
  • Be a follower of this blog
  • Check BACK after EST 9pm to see WHO chose the WInning NUmber and wish them well!

Now on to today's business - I received MY FIRST pen pal RESPONSE!!

My Unopened Package from Redstarink fresh from the mailbox

My Pen pal RedStarInk, who I am now a lifelong fan of, sent me a response to my cupcake illustrated letter.

At first I saw only the word 'Girl' through the tissue paper and I knew that Marcie of Redstarink had made a clever choice of a word for me. However I then peeled away the tissue paper to see just how brilliantly thoughtful that gift was.

All of my paper products are handmade. I design, print, and assemble each product myself. I strive to be as eco-friendly as possible, using recycled papers and packaging. I try to create my products in sizes that result in no wasted paper. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me. I enjoy meeting fellow Etsy artists and buyers.

-Redstarink's Etsy Shop

Marcie (of Redstarink) is a graphic designer with an indie printing business that produces functional work that has respect for typography, impeccable, clean, bold lines and a sharp aesthetic. If you ever need any functional paper products you know who to go to - she is fantastic- just look at this:

The opened package Marcie of RedstarInk at Work My gift wrapped in tissue paperMy beautiful Amarettogirl notebook by Redstarink

Reader Comments (20)

Lillian of BRAZIL has made this comment for her last comment and due to the time difference (since I didn't post until after 11amest) I am moving and posting her last entry comment here in the correct spot:

Oops! I forgot to tell you why I NEED to win your gift.
Please, forgive me.

Well, why wouldn't I want to win this lovely basket? It's full of beautiful Hello Kitty things that I don't have here, it has a DAL (wich is one item on my wishlist), I can't find that in Brazil either. It has lot's of yummi stuff. It's has a great cupcake art, printed and signed by the artist herself (I WANT IT!). It has lot's of love... AND it made me know you and your beautiful work.

If I don't get it I'll cry, that's for sure, but I know I already win just by knowing your beautiful website!

Number 08


Boa Páscoa!!!

April 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterAmarettogirl

I love you girl!
Thank you so much!

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLilian

omg! i cussin' love the notebook. i must look into her work. she has a great aesthetic. my number is 15!

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterisabella

oh yeah... heres the video! check it out! http://www.flickr.com/photos/driftwear/4489938212/

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterisabella


Seriously, that is so beautiful! It's so cool that you have a notebook with your own username and such on it!

By the way, I my number is 12.

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHanna

I just love your blog and this giveaway, I will definitely keep visiting your lovely site once it's over. Good luck on my giveaway too! So far only four people have joined so the odds are pretty good ;)

I have thought long and hard about this number, there was one number that's just stuck in my head. However I could not live with myself if it turned out to be my lucky number, so I'm sticking with that.
So 18 it is. (It has been for years. On top of that I am 18, although I'll turn 19 in less than two weeks. So given it's my lucky number, my age and it's nearly my birthday, it has to bring me some luck, right.)

That notebook is so cool and your penpal seems like such an amazing and sweet person.

Because I am so excited I just have to say a few more things about the giveaway. That doll is just amazing! I love koala's and the fact that you'll put in a print of your work makes it even better, even though I didn't think it would be possible.

I hope you're having a great easter!

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlue Eyed Night Owl

What a lovely notebook! I am so jealous! lol. My number is 58 (top of my head!) hope i win! *fingers crossed*

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSalmezan

also, heres the code: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhTa1bGy5xE

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterisabella

whoa whoa whoa! that's the illest notebook. You're super duper lucky! I think it was a good idea to jump on in that indie business thing.

im number 31, dude!

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercolin

I´m very far away too, have no idea if I´m still in the time range... my number is 22 and I have commented on some posts (I don´t like to write when I have nothing to say) but I did a post on my blog here:


I wish me luck!!! I know how badly we all want to win!

Thanks for the chance and for introducing (new to me) your art


April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia

my number is 14!

and i LOVE that notebook!!!
oooooh i'm so excited!!

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi pumpkin pie

HAPPY EASTER!!! Wish i could have spent it with you :P anywho i'm screaming on the inside about the giveaway i have an eager beaver these past few days going on your site and commenting. I realized i really love commenting on what you post so you can count on me to check your blog close to everyday!!!!! I LOVE THIS BASKET LIKE CRAZY because it is my ultimate easter basket. It has things that i love like hello kitty and pinkness pops around everywhere wich could not say "me" better. I love the adorable cute bunny faces on the molds (im a suker for anything cute) and the doll and panda are absolutely adorable and unristbele (litterely). So i really hope my number is chosen, exuse me, I REALLLY REALLY hope my number is chosen, i thought of it from the top of my mind and it seems pretty good so im stickin with it. This basket would really make my easter day (cuz to be honest it was not so great, shhhh) :)

anyway my number is 27

hope like crazy its the one, hope i see you soon. P.s the notebook is awesome!!!!!!!!!

I will visit your site tmrw and the next day and i cant help but be a little in the dumps if the number is not me but congrats to the future person who gets it if its not me. Anyway i got to stop typing i have the longest comment lol (HOPING i win) LOVES YA happy easter xoxoxoxooxoxo RINA

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRina

My number is 24. I don’t really have a favorite number but it is my niece’s 3rd birthday on April 24, thus 24 seems like a lucky number. I want to win this basket because it is filled with things that my niece would like. She is very special to me and I know that I will not be having children of my own so a lot of my energy is put into her. I had a terrible childhood and I know that I would never want her to experience my kind of childhood so I do everything that I possibility can to make hers extraordinary and this basket would help.

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLi Lian

Oh I'm so jealous of that notebook. You must have been so happy when you seen it say Amaretto!!!!!! Because of who you've become you especially deserve recognition like that. Love you and I am so proud of you........

My number is 64!!!! :o)

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTital

I would like #34 please!

I'm a follower of your blog through blogger and thru rss feed!

I've linked your giveaway on my blog sidebar here: rainbowbriteness.blogspot.com

I found your blog thru Willz's blog when she entered my giveaway!

<33 rEna

P.s. I've been thinking about doing a penpal thing too! However, I got myself into swapping instead...LOL

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRena

Ok picking a number was soooo hard. I'm going to go for #23 per kassie's suggestion. I luv the book from your penpal! Those are things I would to get in the mail but I just get bills.

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTai

I really LOVE that notebook!!!

My number: 16

Thank you!

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea Ferreira

OH! p.s.(again) i made a working link on my website under mini contests and your on my spotlight websites page! :)

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRina

this is definetly the ultimate easter basket! i am so excited and i'm crossing my fingers! the gift ur penpal gave u... adorable! my number is12 - my jersey LAX number!

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindz

74 I meant 47

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindz
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