Giveaway | Gilah Press

by , posted on February 20th, 2014 in Features


Failure. It’s been said it’s an opportunity for growth. But let’s face it, it also sucks.

Today’s giveaway, however, does not suck. The amazing team at Gilah Press designed and produced this gorgeous letterpress print. It reads, “Failure gets you closer to what you’re good at. -Louis CK” Dave and I have one proudly displayed in our home to remind us of the Tao of Louis. Today, I’m giving one these prints away.

I’ve been holding onto this print since January for just the right time to giveaway. Then this week, bam! I experienced an epic failure. It arrived like a sucker punch. I wrote to a friend, “My greatest skill is an ability to leave a beautiful string of failures in my wake.” It’s then I realized the timing for this giveaway couldn’t be better.

So here’s to beautiful failures.

To win this beauty, just comment below. Tell me where you’d display this quote in your house, or if you’re feeling extra brave, tell me one of your beautiful failures.

The fine print:
Giveaway closes Monday, February 24th at 3 pm EST. The winner will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. The giveaway is for one 11 x 14 letterpress print.

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23 Responses to “Giveaway | Gilah Press”

  1. Lise Says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I have just come across your site, and I love it. You have brilliant ideas to do with children, just what I need,

    And a giveaway! I would put this in the dining room, which we just knocked through into our kitchen. So when I make failures in the kitchen, I will be encouraged to try again!

  2. Maili Says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    THIS is fantastic! I have a framed print on my wall right now that says “Oh, F*ck it” (with a u instead of a *) and I’d put this print right next to it. LOVE it!

  3. Kirsten Says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Ah I’m sorry about the failure. However: having ogled this print with my own eyeballs, I am *totally* in for the giveaway! It’s gorgeous, and so so true.

  4. Jenny Says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I’m so sorry Jen, but better things are waiting in the wings.
    I would give this to Abby to hang in her room. She is a perfectionist like me, and I want her to learn the value of failure. I want her to turn it on its head and grow from it when she encounters it.

  5. Bethany Says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    I would hang this by my desk in my dorm room. :)

  6. Leslie Says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Sorry to hear you experienced a failure!! They are rough, but we do learn from them. I have been revisiting a time in my life when I made many mistakes, including leaving home at age 16. The truth is that even though I wish I hadn’t left home because of what it did to my family, I’m pretty sure my life would be completely different if I had stayed. I’m coming to terms with that part of my history again, and as a parent this time. It’s kind of brutal but I remind myself that my parents did the best they could, and I am doing the best I can. We can’t do more than that. xoxo

  7. Cindy H Says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    I’d send it away to college with my perfectionist next fall…

  8. Caroline Says:

    February 21st, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Jen, I can’t imagine you failing at anything, quite frankly. But as you know, I’m your #1 fan. :) I think sometimes what we see as a failure is actually just life taking us down a different path. I know you and I were talking about all the failure quotes and how they sound great, but when something doesn’t work out like we planned, it still stinks. But that being said, I love this quote because I really think it’s true. And you are good at SO many things it blows my mind.

    P.S. I want to be able to buy your illustrations somewhere, okay??

    I love you, friend.

  9. Caroline Says:

    February 21st, 2014 at 7:35 am

    p.s. YOU BETTER PICK ME TO WIN THIS! I know where you live!!

    I kid I kid. Just trying to make you laugh.

  10. Jessica K Says:

    February 21st, 2014 at 8:11 am

    In our soon to be living room gallery wall!

  11. Erin Ellis Says:

    February 21st, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I have the perfect spot in my art studio for this! I love it! We support our family with our art, so failure is not an option, and we work so very hard. Trial and error has gotten us to where we are today, so this is just perfect! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    fairyfractal at gmail dot com

  12. Helen Says:

    February 21st, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I would put it in my studio to remind me to take a chance. I think my biggest failure in life is not taking more chances – doing what is safe and what I am guaranteed to succeed in – so I don’t have to face possible failure. The fear of failure is perhaps worse than actually failing.

    But you lady, I love everything you do. And I’m sending you so many hugs to continue inspiring us and creating beautiful memories. Because I know you will. x

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Helen! You won! You won!

  13. Jill P Says:

    February 21st, 2014 at 10:42 am

    This fits too well in my life right now – just ask C-Line! I agree with her on how even though it sucks in that moment it is what is supposed to be happening and will lead us down different paths that we never even knew we were supposed to be on. YOU are not a failure by any means my friend!

    I would love to hang this from a string dangling down in front of my face all day long, but in reality I would hang it in my studio/office to remind me when things don’t work out the way I want them to, life will continue on!

    And yes, when can we buy YOUR illustrations?? xoxo

  14. Jean-Marie Says:

    February 22nd, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Love the quote… I agree with all the comments above… Awesome comments and you have great friends… I would put it in my kitchen or bedroom… Where ever I put it I want it where I will pass it frequently and it gives me the healthy reminder I need to continue on my road to being my best…

  15. daire Says:

    February 24th, 2014 at 4:26 am

    That quote is for me! I had so many failure in my life that I thought it’s ruined. But after some agony I tried another way in another school and now I’m almost graduated. Yay!

    I would hang it in the kitchen (my future kitchen) to viewable for everyone sitting at the table.

  16. Claire Says:

    February 24th, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Wow, what amazing and supportive readers! Let’s see…I would probably display this quote in my entry way or family room. It’s perfect, (Ha!), for my husband, who is a Louis CK fan, and for our son, who is learning to take chances and break from his inherited perfectionism. Hoping sunny, warm weather finds its way to all of us soon…

  17. Lina Says:

    February 24th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    What a beautiful print and powerful message! I would put this print on the wall among similar prints in my future studio/art space (we’re moving soon!) as a reminder not fear failing. It’s a good thing! I need that reminder as I hold back in many areas of my life as a reforming perfectionist!

    Thanks for sharing! I’m loving your blog and all that you do!

  18. Terri Says:

    February 24th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Perfect! It’s something I need to see everyday! I would keep it in my kitchen where I’m sure to read it several times a day.

  19. Jane@Buzzmills Says:

    February 24th, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Oh I love this! (and thanks for the giveaway reminder!) Id likely hang this in the space that i spend a lot of my time…the office/guest room/sewing room….as a reminder to myself as i am working…

  20. Maria B Says:

    February 24th, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I love this and if display it at eye level next to my bed so I could see if right when I woke up. A good reminder for sure!

  21. maddy Says:

    February 27th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I would hang it where I can see it everyday. it would be a good reminder as I am job hunting.

  22. Mary Carrion Says:

    February 28th, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I would hang it in each kids room to remind them that trying is what’s important~ it’s better to try and fail than to fail to try!
    What a great sign!

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