They Played Me Like a Fiddle

posted by Momo Fali on January 22, 2009
Thanks to everyone for your concern for my son. He did extremely well, and I’m pretty sure it was because heaven was stormed with prayers on his behalf. Blog readers are awesome.

I have never done a giveaway of any kind on this blog. It’s not because corporate America isn’t beating my door down, because they are. The e-mails are relentless. You don’t know how many tubes of lipstick I have turned down. Not to mention the pain relievers and feminine hygiene products. One question, where are the free shoes?

In all honesty, I have never done a giveaway or a review because that’s not what this is about. This is my creative outlet, not a place to offer up goodies and bribe you to show up. Not that I am above being bribed, because I’ve entered into many a giveaway. And won exactly nothing.

There is also a small matter regarding a certain agreement, with a particular company, who may or may not reside permanently on my sidebar, and who shall remain nameless.

But, last week I realized that the real problem is that these companies have been going about their approach all wrong. If you really want me to talk about your stuff, then kick me where it hurts. Right in the sentiment. Also known as “girl parts”.

So when showed me that they could take one of your pictures and turn it into artwork, and that they would let me give away a $50.00 gift certificate in the process? Well, hot diggity! I jumped on board.

One, because I love the idea. Two, because I know what it’s like to have no money. And three, because Valentine’s Day is coming up, and who really ever comes up with an original Valentine’s Day gift? You are all welcome for the awesome idea.

You can take a picture of a pet and have it turned into a watercolor-style, like this…

Or, a picture of your child can be turned into an oil painting-style like this…

Or, a photo from your honeymoon can be changed into impasto-style, like this…

And, there are plenty of other options for you to choose from.

To enter this $50.00 gift certificate giveaway, just leave a comment between now and 6:00 PM EST on Sunday, January 25th. Even if you don’t win, you can get a 15% discount at by entering the code mom15 on the shopping cart page in the promotion code box.

Happy Photofiddling, everyone!


  • melissa

    *squeal* i’m first!!!
    i’m glad to hear you’re son is ok!!
    and…how cool…!! that is THE coolest thing!!
    enter me! to heck with that blogher ad!! it’s fun to have contests and giveaways on the blog!!

  • BusyDad

    Freakin A that’s awesome. Selling out is only if you compromise your values. But one of my values is “free stuff is cool” so I’m totally keepin it real when I do giveaways. Perspective 😉

    SO happy the surgery went ok.

  • Middle Aged Woman

    What a cool idea! Count me in!

  • Rachel

    That’s awesome!
    Selling out for cool stuff, I totally respect you 😉


  • Mama Dawg

    So cool! That’s incredible. Count me in! Thanks!

  • Melissa

    I’m so glad to hear your little guy is ok. God must have thought it weird that I was praying for Momo Fali’s son to have an easy surgery but it sounds like my wish came true. 🙂

  • Lynn (Walking With Scissors)

    Firstly: I’m glad your son’s surgery went well. How did he react to the mask?

    Secondly: Dang, woman! I only get people asking me to push baby shoes and face cream. Now this is my kind of giveaway! Count me in. (I win exactly nothing each time I enter a giveaway also. Maybe my luck will change this time!)

  • Rachael

    What a cool idea! I hope I win! 🙂

  • Carolyn G

    This is so awesome. I love that they can do that.

  • Rhea

    Well, not a bad giveaway to start off with!! I LOVE it. I want to cover my walls in these paintings of my photos. awesome.

  • Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes

    I’m glad your son is ok.

    That’s a cool way to make your pictures look great! Hope I win!

  • Jamie Willow

    very fun idea 🙂 and I’m glad your son is doing well.


  • Ed (zoesdad)

    Glad to hear your son’s surgery went OK. Is it selfish of me to say I’d be even more glad to hear you say I won?

  • okiesister

    Those are fantanstic. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Bec

    I’m glad the surgery went well.

    You know, right now I’d really just prefer the pain relievers…

  • St

    That is so cool!
    And I’m glad you all got through the surgery. Our daughter had surgery (big nasty major surgery) when she was three. Suck.

  • Ashley

    So glad to hear the surgery went ok.

    I’m loving the giveaway. 🙂

  • quitecontrary1977

    I hve a photo of my daughter that would look brilliant in the oil style. I have been wanting to try photo fiddle for a while! Great company!

  • Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing]

    I’m in for the WIN!

  • Jenn

    very cool! enter me please!

  • O My Blog!

    I’m so glad to hear his surgery went well!

  • Heather

    I’m so glad to hear that he’s doing well. I’ve been frantically following you on Twitter all day, so I was relieved to hear that he had made it home alright. Lots of hugs to you and the little man, my favorite little guy :]

    And what a COOL giveaway idea!

  • the planet of janet

    glad things went well… what a relief!

    and now? pick me!

  • Jared

    Momo! Glad your son did great during surgery!

    As far as the give away…those are pretty sweet. We’ve been considering having someone hand paint one of Ace’s pictures…but this would be much cheaper…especially if I won! 😀

  • Captain Dumbass

    Good to hear your son is ok. Those pictures are great.

  • Sadia

    I’m glad he’s well. Have you seen hearing improvement?

  • Weaselmomma

    Count me in!

  • Ashlie- Mommycosm

    Glad to hear all is well.

    I’m all for free schwag on my blog. It’s not selling out if you keep your integrity.

    Those pictures are awesome. What a great idea!

  • Andrea

    Me too…
    I just love reading your blog, it always makes me smile!

  • laurelei

    What Sadia said…

    Any improvement? He’s such a little guy…I know tubes suck when they’re so young, but they’re worth it. How long do they expect them to last, and are they recommending cotton and vaseline or custom ear plugs? If it’s custom plugs, I recommend two pairs. I don’t know how many times my brother lost his, and they can be ‘spensive!

    How did the mask ordeal turn out? There’s gotta be an easier way to sedate munchkins.

  • Amy

    Ooooh! Cool prize!

    Hope the surgery went well.


  • Jodi

    So glad that everything went well with your sons surgery! My prayers for a speedy recovery!

    Those pictures are excellent!

  • Jill

    Glad to hear the surgery went well.

    This is a great gift idea! Thanks for telling us about it.

  • OHmommy

    Im glad the surgery went ok, I have been thinking about you guys.

    And. That company? So stinking awesome as I have a gazillion photos I know I would like to use. So, please, do not pick me…. I would have a panic attack trying to figure out which photo to use. LOL. Kidding, kinda-of.


  • Ms Picket To You

    pick me!

    (PS: yay for your boy!)

  • Shel

    Glad your son is okay.

    Photofiddle is so neat! I’ve had my eye on those Pop Art Colored Square for awhile now.

    shel704 at aol dot com

  • Connect with your teens

    This looks great. Those pictures on your website look like art. I am not artistic at all so if I could do that, it would be worth anything.

    So glad I stopped by your site. I came by because you just joined Lost fans on twittermoms and I wanted to write a welcome message on your page and decided to check out your blog. So glad I did.

  • Melisa with one S

    I’m relieved for you that his surgery went well!!!

    This photofiddle thing sounds totally cool. Count me in!

  • MammaDawg

    So glad to hear he’s okay – that boy of yours is one spectacular kid. 🙂

    And I LOVE this idea – count me in!!

  • mamapajama

    So happy to hear za boy is doing well. I’ve played around with some different printing programs for my pictures, trying to do what Photofiddle does, but they’re not even close to the same quality! Awesome! Yay for giveaways!

  • Josi

    My friend has one of these and it’s awesome–put me in the queue!

  • PG

    those look sweet! sign me up.

    oh, and funny how you do the giveaway thing now – I am just about ready to do my first giveaway at AB? soon, funny how we are both not selling out at near the same time.

  • amy turn sharp of doobleh-vay

    this is awesome awesome!!!!

  • Natalie

    wow! that is a great idea! so cool. i have never seen anything like that!

    happy to hear that your son did well!

  • Smart A$$ Mom


    Now, pick me.

    PS, I am so glad to hear about your son. I simply have not stopped thinking about you all.

  • Lisa@verybusymomwith4

    I have been thinking of you and your sweet, goofy boy–glad things are going well 🙂

    and please enter me. We need art work!

  • Chuck

    Hi Momo and son of Momo. Great to hear the surgery went well.

    Those photos look pretty sweet. I’d like to be counted in on this one. Thanks!

  • Backpacking Dad

    This isn’t a sell-out.

  • Lulu


    Count me in!

  • Tara R.

    Glad to hear you son is doing well. The photo artwork is fabulous. Good luck with your giveaway. Looks like you’re getting a great response.

  • Erin

    What a cute idea! I’ve never heard of

    And I’m so glad your boy is okay!

  • Frogs in my formula

    It is pretty. I use those filters in my job as a graphic designer all the time. If you ever need a photo done for free, send me an email.

    I appreciate your feelings of not wanting to be a sell-out. Glad I stopped by.

  • Ann in NJ

    So who is the surgery worse for, you (waiting and hoping even though you know the risks are small – but nonzero!) or him (who once he gets past the mask, remembers nothing until recovery)? Glad all went well and hope he gets some improvment!

  • Marinka

    What a great idea! I especially like that people would want their bottles of wine artified like that. OMG, do you think they’d do gin, too?!

    I’m so happy that your son is doing well!

  • Christina

    Glad everything went well!

    And count me in for the contest. I love trying to win stuff!

  • meleah rebeccah

    Wow. That really IS waaaaaaay cool. Thanks for sharing!

    Im so happy your son is okay! I’m glad my annoyingly incessant prayers helped.

  • Tom

    It’s a big relief to hear your son did well.

  • holly

    “turn it into art”

    um, momo – ahEM. every stinking photo i take is a freakin’ work of timeless art for the ages.

    i don’t need no stinking photofiddle.

    oh and i’m not just saying that because i probably can’t enter because i don’t live in the stupid states.

    okay i am. truth is, i did take a bad photo once.


    Love photo give-a-ways! Enter me, my dear Momo!

  • musing

    So glad the surgery went well!

  • Jaina

    Those are really neat.

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