If you like a little FREE shopping money, you’ve come to the right place. We recently met a wonderful artist named Alicia Peck who’d like to give one of our readers a chance to go shopping in her online store and pick out some favorite things to use as holiday gifts or for yourself!
The name of Alicia’s online store is BellaMuse. Her distinctive designs appear on prints, cards, shirts and the most adorable little baby onesies. We think this line of products is particularly fun because of how it combines classic, timeless drawings with modern sentiments that range from endearing to edgy. The soft drawings pull you in and the unexpected messages leave you laughing.
When we met the artist, we were especially intrigued by what convinced her to give up her high-powered corporate life to follow her bliss and launch her own store. When the planes hit the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, Alicia was sitting in her Manhattan apartment about 10 blocks away, watching out her window as the first and then the second tower fell.
Along with so many others, September 11th changed the way she saw things. Instead of spending her time shooting up the corporate ladder, Alicia decided to let that inner artist have a turn behind the wheel. Soon after September 11th, Alicia began taking design courses at night and soon was knocking on the doors of gift shops in New York to see if they’d be interested in her unique line of cards.
By 2003, she’d officially launched BellaMuse and she now has an art stand in the heart of Soho in New York City. Buyers from around the world noticed her work and placed orders. Today, BellaMuse products are sold in upscale home stores and boutiques throughout the United States and also in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the French West Indies.
Women’s Day magazine recently called BellaMuse cards “one of the best ideas for Christmas 2010.” Not too shabby, huh? Amazing what can happen with a little inspiration and dedication.
If you’d like a chance to browse through the BellaMuse online store and shop — for FREE — here’s what you could get:
- One baby onesie (choose from either the Sweet Pea design or Little Peanut design)
- Half a dozen cards (choose from any cards on the website!)
- One 8 x 10 matted print (choose any print on the website)
- Three cards (choose from any cards on the website)
- One dozen cards (choose any cards on the website)
Each option has a retail value of about $50, and each item is an original design by the artist and will be shipped to you from Manhattan.
HOW TO ENTER: To throw your name in the hat, tell us what your favorite BellaMuse item is (choose from those shown in this post or click HERE to cruise her website for shopping ideas). Click the orange comment button below and list a favorite item or two. Artists always love feedback! You can also e-mail your entry to us.
HOW TO INCREASE YOUR ODDS: To increase your odds of winning the shopping giveaway, e-mail your friends about this giveaway and we’ll give you an extra chance to win for every friend you tell. Be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.
I love the nesting cards- how cool!
All of the cards are great. I love the holiday ones.
I love the silkscreens, especially the “Be Yourself” print with the bright yellow stripes. The everyday cards are super cute, too. Unexpected cards are always my favorite.
I LOVE all her ideas with crowns and bees. My fav…Queen Bee cards and pictures!
I love all the baby onesies, especially the one that says “little peanut” and “artist.” Everything is so unique and fun!
I like the Sweet Pea onesie!
I like the simpleness and duty print with the watering can. It would look wonderful in my kitchen!
The bird print is beautiful! I love it and would love a matted print of it!
adorable! and definitely inspiring… I wish I had an investor in my pocket. 🙂
My favorite things on the BellaMuse site are the urban alphabet plaques, but would probably choose the baby onesie package since I have a grandbaby in the house now.
I love the artist onesie!
Tough choice. I think the print is my fave since my sweet babe won’t grow out of it as fast!
I like the All Dressed Up, Twitter, and Artist cards.
She’s so talented — how do I choose??? I love the You Rock with the crown. So cool!
My favorite item from this cool online boutique is the “Prince Charming” onesie. My first grandchild is on the way, due anytime in the next 10 days and this little onesie would be perfect for him!
Love the artist’s direction and drive. What a story to tell. 9/11 hurt bad, but it didn’t destroy us as a nation and she is proof of that.
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I love the Sweet Pea onsie.
The cards are my favorite. I like the idea of everyday cards.
Very cute and unique! I love her prints.
I like the “Manhattan Urban Alphabet” wall tiles.
I love the bug silkscreen. My husband is an entomologist. Nice website!
I’d have to say the sweet pea onesie too! So sweet!
I like the Spring print. Would look great in my bedroom!!
I like the “love thee shakespeare card” so many cute cards though! 🙂 Thanks!
My husband calls me Queen B so you know I love all the crowns and bees and the queen bee cards.
I love the Whoopie card
My favorite is the Princess. Most “princess” items are all fru-fru. This one has spunk and attitude. I love it!
The item I like the most and would love to get for my sis is the little peanut onesie. The reason is she had a premie baby who has had a lot of medical issues but is finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. When he was born we always called him peanut. So when I saw the onesie instantly I thought of her and her baby!
The fat pig is so accepting of her fate!
Ok, it has to be the card “erry-may” on the holiday card section of the Bella Muse website. Pig latin with an adult twist–too funny!
I love it all-so hard to choose. I think I would go for some holiday cards-that would simplify my holiday shopping to do’s considerably!
I love all of those cute little onesies but the artist one is my favorite.