“Playing Santa Again” Giveaway!

early snowYes, dear blog readers, it’s that merry time of year again! If you’ve followed my blog through a few holiday seasons by now, you already know that I love to play Santa—with my family and also here on the blog. Wish I could surprise each one of you with a little gift, but alas, we’ll have to settle for a giveaway with one lucky yuletide winner.

In some of my giveaways this year I’ve had fun offering hand-made products from my very own blog readers, and the “Playing Santa Again” Giveaway is a perfect opportunity to do so once again.

This time I’m happy to feature the work of studio artist Jana Botkin (see photos above and below). You may remember that I’ve featured Jana’s photography during one of my Summer Photo Fun segments here on the blog, but her art work is the star of the show today. You can read more about Jana in my Summer Photo Fun: Artist Jana Botkin post.

The winner of the “Playing Santa Again” Giveaway will win a $20 credit towards any purchase from Jana’s website. If you win, you may want to select some of her beautiful note cards or use the winnings to help buy one of her pencil drawings or oil paintings. I hope you will all go over to her site and check out her work.

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post by 6 p.m. next Wednesday, December 10th. If I don’t know you personally or cannot contact you via your website or blog, be sure to include your email address (such as cheryl at cherylbarker dot net). It’s not required for the giveaway, but to make it more fun, tell us which piece on Jana’s website especially caught your attention. One of my favorites is the Early Snow drawing above.

I’ll announce the winner of the “Playing Santa Again” Giveaway in next Thursday’s Midweek Morsel post. May you all enjoy a glorious holiday season—starting right here with Jana’s beautiful art work!

“From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.” John 1:16

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA*Photos compliments of Jana Botkin.

*Would so appreciate your continued prayers for my husband Don as he slowly recovers from the injuries he received to his spine when he fell from a ladder. I can certainly use your prayers, too, as I care for him and try to keep up with life in general. Thank you!


  1. Thank you for showing off my art today, Cheryl! It is an honor to be on your blog, my dear friend whom I’ve never met in person.

    Special message to whomever wins: My website is a little broken-ish, so if it misbehaves or you have trouble viewing, use the contact button on my site and tell me how I can be helpful to you.

  2. Cheryl, I think of you and Don very often and pray for a complete recovery; for both of you!
    I think the snow, pencil drawing,is amazing. I would love to have that on my wall in our Nevada desert home! Norma

  3. I love the Oranges and Sun Kissed note cards, as well as the Pine Thank you notes.

  4. Yes count me in! Jana’s work is lovely. I especially love the cabin in the winter! May God continue to strengthen you and Don as you walk slowly through these days of recovery.

  5. Continuing to pray for both of you!

    I love Jana’s artwork! My favorite is the pencil drawing cards of the Cabin Chair. Jana, you’re an incredible artist!

  6. Wow, everyone is so encouraging and kind about my work! Thank you, all y’all!

    Here is a little bit of detail: the cabin is a summer place with no insulation or electricity at 7800′ in elevation. One year when we had snow in October, I took the photo from which I did this drawing. Thus, “Early Snow at the Cabin” is the title. (Could have been called “Brrrr”.)

    The painting of the Giant Sequoia (Sequoia Gigantea) AKA “Redwood” is a result of getting to paint an ornament representing Sequoia Nat’l Park for the White House Christmas tree in 2007. Laura Bush chose the national parks as her decorating theme that year, and I may have been the only known Republican artist in our area! (Usually keep my political leanings on the DL in my art circles, so I don’t know how I got found out.) Anyway, my ornament had sequoias in snow on it, and people were so interested in the story that I did this painting and reproduced it as cards.

  7. Beautiful. Would love to have any of Jana’s artwork.

  8. I like how she has murals on her studio doors and the small cabin, big trees drawing.

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