~CLOSED ~ Have You Heard of a Guest Book Tree? {w/Giveaway}

 What is a Guest Book Tree?


 I grew up in Ontario, Canada in a family of 6 daughters. I thought I would stay at home forever, I loved living with my family. Surprisingly, I not only moved away from home but out of the country, and to Texas of all places! There I married and began my own family.

 I started SpottedNest on etsy first as a way of selling heat packs. While living in Texas, I was a massage therapist and my clients loved the heat packs I used in my sessions and wanted a place to buy them to use at home.

Guest Book Tree

However, my shop quickly evolved after one of my co-workers asked me to paint a guest book tree for her wedding. She had the idea but couldn’t find them anywhere!

A guest book tree is an alternative to the traditional guest book that becomes hidden and dust covered in your closet. It is a painting of a tree and the guests add their thumbprint as the “leaves” of the tree and sign their leaf.

Guest Book Tree

Guests from her reception contacted me about painting similar trees for them, for weddings and family trees and business snowballed. I have been so surprised and blessed by the growth of my shop and the popularity of these guest book trees.  I am now at 1461 sales! I LOVE my job!

Guest Book Tree

Guest Book Tree

I now live in Mesa, Arizona with my husband and two daughters and I spend every evening after my girls go to bed painting and listening to audio books. Who wouldn’t love that? My little business keeps our family afloat while my husband finishes up medical school.

I recently started my own website, www.SpottedNest.com and have been able to add many pictures to my gallery for brides to see past examples of my past trees.

Guest Book Tree

Guest Post Author –  Karen is a full time mother and a part time artist. She grew up in Ontario, Canada and went to York University in Toronto for Fine Arts. She currently live in Mesa, Arizona with her husband and their two beautiful girls while her husband attends med school.

Be sure to check out Karen’s one of a kind, gorgeous artwork.  Follow the links to visit her:


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Karen is very graciously offering  a spectacular  giveaway!

GIVEAWAY – One custom Tree Guestbook, any size with up to three add-ons (pets, mason jars, butterflies, etc).

Each tree is drawn by hand after ordering and is original!

These beautiful hand painted originals are designed to replace the traditional wedding guest book. Your guests will bring this tree to life by creating a leaf with their finger print and signing it. This piece of artwork is the perfect way to remember all the people who helped you to celebrate your big day.

Guest Book Tree

(Because each Tree Guestbook is an original, the winner’s will not be exactly as illustrated above)

DATES:  Closes June 12, 2014 @ 11:59PM

ELIGIBILITY:  Open Worldwide

TO ENTER:  Using the Rafflecopter form below, simply follow the instructions, complete the mandatory entry, (which unlocks the optional entries),  plus any or all the optional entries for your chance to win this amazing prize!  {Rafflecopter sometimes takes a few moments to load.} GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

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  1. I made one if these myself as the guestbook for my wedding! It was a huge hit and now hangs in our living room and I enjoy it every day!
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  2. This is beautiful Karen. We have a niece being married this would be a beautiful and such a personal gift for her. She loves nature and I know would love this.
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  3. I would love birds or a dog.

  4. Suzanne G says:

    I would add a dog.

  5. What a great idea! they are beautiful. I’d love to be entered as I’m getting married this summer (hopefully!)!!!
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  6. PS I can’t find Spotted Nest on Facebook at all.

  7. I would probably want the personal touch, I really like the flag idea. But I also like the boots, that way we could add our son to the picture. I also like the pet one, but not totally sure.

  8. Piroska says:

    I love the add-on butterflies.

  9. Gillian Morgan says:

    I would add dog.

  10. kelly woods says:

    I love this!!! These are awesome!!!!! This is a fabulous idea and very creative! I would love the finger prints, I would love the dog, the swing, the hanging sign, The heart on the tree. There are just unique! I would love to win. Thanks for the chance!!!

  11. Tiffany W. says:

    I would add two pets, two dogs to be specific and boots.

  12. Amanda Murray says:

    I’d be adding the butterflies… what beautiful work!

  13. jaimeem says:

    I would like to add a pet, my cousins’ dog, if won . :)

  14. What a great idea! I hate dust collectors! This I would proudly hang on my wall! I would love to add the fence and he dog!
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  15. I love the butterflies and the mason jars
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  16. I think that I’d add some shoes…I love this idea!

  17. Julie W says:

    I would add boots & shoes for my cowgirl. :)

  18. Pets, need 3 X jack Russell terriers added!

  19. Brandee H says:

    These are beautiful. Friends of mine are getting married this summer. They would definitely add their pet, a Griffin.

  20. Veronica v says:

    I would add a pet- my dogs and I also like the butterflies.

  21. Melissa Fowers says:

    I love the add-on butterflies sooo cute

  22. andrea v says:

    I would add a pet dog and hanging mason jars!

  23. shannon b says:

    absolutely love the mason jars! would look perfect for our rustic wedding

  24. cynthia says:

    I would add cowboy boots (because we met in Calgary) and the hanging sign :)

  25. Steph Thomas says:

    I wish I had one of these for my wedding but it would be fun to have this for my family and when I go to our reunion.

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