Several years ago I happened upon the most captivating artwork at a show I was attending in Minneapolis. My soap booth was set up close to Lucky Nielsen's display and I kept wandering away from my own stand to get lost in her illustrations.
Seriously. So captivating.
We traded soap for artwork that weekend and have managed to stay in touch through the magic of the internet over the past few years. Several Happy Go Lucky creations still adorn my walls. They are among my most treasured pieces of art.
I wanted to introduce you to Lucky's work because I think you'll fall as in love with it as I have. Below is an interview with Lucky, a coupon code for her shop, and a giveaway of a print that I have hanging in my home as well.
Because supporting artists and small producers helps create the kind of world that we want to live in. Can I get a "heck yes"?
Lucky: My freelance Illustration career began with the birth of my daughter in 2003 (it allowed me to stay home with her), but it wasn't until after she started school that I really began to conceptualize my business, which officially became Happy Go Lucky Creations in 2010.
Since then I have participated in craft shows, trade shows, had a solo art exhibition, and licensed art to a toy company. It's been a wonderful adventure that has introduced me to the most lovely and creative people. I can't wait to see where it leads to next and who I will meet in the future!
You can find me on Facebook, Etsy, and Spoonflower.
Rachel: What inspires your work?
Lucky: I absolutely adore the style of mid-century children's book illustrators. I also find my daughter's artwork inspiring as her mind is so open and free. But really, I am inspired by everything I see. I am constantly filing colors and shapes and juxtapositions in my mind. There is very little room left in my brain for anything else!
Rachel: Talk about the goodness that comes from the making and sharing of art.
Lucky: I think amazing things happen when we share our passions with others! Wherever your passion lies, may it be in drawing, cooking, growing plants, singing, camping, healing, etc…, it is likely where you will find your talent and happiness. To share this with others is to share knowledge, demonstrate self expression, evolve ideas, evoke wonder, celebrate diversity, and most importantly (to me), inspire passion.
Lucky: Well, speaking of passion, my daughter, Violet, will be following hers this fall. Feeling that traditional school impedes on the 12+ hours a day she devotes to drawing and writing, she has decided to begin homeschooling. We are very excited. I can't wait to share the details of this journey along the way!
Lucky has generously offered one copy of the unicorn print (above) to one Clean reader!
I have this one hanging in my home and it's even better in person – – if that is even possible. (Lucky also offers a matching fabric that I'm working into a quilt at the moment.)
To enter simply leave a comment below. (For extra good juju follow Lucky on Facebook. Trust me – you won't regret it.)
Comments are now closed. The winner is charlotte l who said…
Love the artwork! Thanks for a chance at wining a little magic!
But wait, wait! There's more! Lucky has offered Clean readers a generous 25% off all items in her Etsy shop through August 25th! Just use coupon code "magic2014" during checkout.
Thank you, Lucky for sharing your magic with us all. x
80 thoughts on “Giveaway: Happy Go Lucky Creations”
I was wondering who this artist was! Now a give away?! YAY!
Why, that’s just lovely. Lovely.
These are SUCH GORGEOUS prints!
Thanks for introducing her work here!
Oh those are fantastic!! My daughters would love them in their room… Off to her shop I go! Thank you for sharing!
That is fantastic! Such neat pictures!
These are lovely
my girls would absolutely love the unicorn picture.zariah spends most of her day drawing and creating as well. I only wish I was as good of an artist so that I could help guide her
I love those prints!
Oh my gosh! We are moving to our VERY FIRST FARMHOUSE and I would LOVE to win the unicorn print for my daughters room! It will be her very first time sleeping in a “big girl bed” after 7 years of bed sharing.
Oh and I “liked” on FB
My boy, Shaymus, would love the ship in the bottle! He’s learning his letters and is forever pointing out, “My S, Mommom!!”
They are all so whimsical, love ’em.
There’s so much love behind such a business. Wonderful!
These are so whimsical and delightful! Thank you for the chance to win!
These are great, thanks!
These really are happy! I’ve liked on Facebook. Thanks for the chance!
Heck Yes! I love supporting real people. And I’d love a chance to win the Unicorn! It would be a great addition to our artwork.
My daughter is in love with unicorns. This would make her day. Thanks for introducing us to this wonderful at Rachel
Oh Unicorn print! Yes please. I was already so jealous of your unicorn cup 🙂
Absolutely delightful work!!
I love it all…love love love.
My niece would love this print! Hope I win!!
Heck yes! 🙂 I, too, love mid-century. And Lucky’s artwork is wonderful! Thanks for this chance.
Such lovely prints, thanks for sharing!
Thank you for the giveaway, and the coupon code! Love, love all of it!
What wonderful art work! I would love to add this to my children’s room though I am honestly thinking of putting it in my room if I win lol!
Beautiful and Fun!
this is perfect! i was just telling someone the other day that i believe in magic.
this would be so fun in my kids’ room!
Super cute! Heading to check out her Etsy shop now!!
I love all the bright colors and simple lines. Wonderful!
How cute, I love the unicorn print! It would look great on my girls’ wall. She’s got some really great prints I need to get my hands on lol.
Beautiful artwork! 🙂 thank you for sharing.
Oh goodness! So lovely!
Love love love these!!!
Your art is beautiful. I’d love to buy a child’s size screen print tee with something like the unicorn/ magic on it. The wall art is just lovely though.
Oh what a lovely print! 🙂
Beautiful art. Thank you for sharing, I will definitely follow Lucky on facebook.
Her illustrations are so happy, thanks for introducing me to another wonderful creative person.
I LOVE these! especially the unicorn and the ship in a bottle. So creative!!
Those prints are beautiful!
Very cute, it would look lovely in my living room.
Such wonderful prints…..please count me in 🙂
I love this!
That is so much fun!
Beautiful artwork and a great giveaway!! Thanks for introducing me to Lucky!!
The colour palette chosen for each print is great, and I love the overall style. Plus, who doesn’t want a unicorn print?
Awesome prints! Always believe in Magic 😉
Beautiful artwork 🙂 I would love to hang this on my bedroom wall 🙂
Lovely creations!!! MAGIC!!
This is so beautiful! Thank you for the opportunity to win one of these beauties!
What beautiful prints! One would be perfect in my soon to be baby nursery 🙂
LOVE this!! My daughter is totally into fairies and unicorns (and mermaids and rainbows, etc.:)
Ohhh…Thank you for this lovely introduction & amazing give away too!
*LOVE* her vintage-whimsy art & would be over the moon delighted to add Lucky’s “I Believe In Magic” print to our space! Etsy shop has been ‘favorited’!
Ironically enough…my daughter (also born in 2003) has requested to home school this year, in order to pursue her interests with more time for writing / drawing / dreaming / creating … & I too, am excited to share this journey with her! 🙂
Thank you for even more inspiration+*+*+
Love the artwork! Thanks for a chance at wining a little magic!
Such a great way you all met! love it.
Wow, great colors, what fun!
Thanks for the chance, sweet stuff.
These are great. My daughter would love the unicorn hanging in her room. She’s a bit obsessed!
oh wow, i love it! the quote, the picture, everything. i’m definitely following her on etsy. whoo!
Omg! I love all her prints! Might be ordering one even if I do win 😉
Happy, indeed! Lucky’s work brings a smile to my face. 🙂
Wonderfully happy prints. Now to decide which one for our space. Love to support local artists!
that unicorn is sweet! in fabric???!! amazing!
Your strawberries are just perfect…and love the unicorn, of course!
Love the unicorn! It would look so lovely in the little’s room. And in fabric even? Just lovely!
Would be beautiful in my daughters’ room!
Absolutely stunning! I would life to win!
These are simply beautiful and magical. I can totally understand why you got pulled away to look at them. I love how she talked about as she goes through her days she is constantly filling in color to everything. I love an artists brain!! I know a few little ones, and a big one, that would adore that unicorn print 🙂
Gorgeous image! Hope I win!! 😀
We do believe in unicorns…fairies, giants and leprechauns. peace.
I love this print and would love to win it.
Such happy pictures!
wow, mot wonderful pictures – that brightened my days today!
Thanks for sharing great art! The ship in a bottle piece is just what I have been looking for for a friend’s new baby.
As for the unicorn, it would be hard to say if I share it with the niece or it goes up on my wall!
I agree that they would all look amazing on shirts too!
This is so happy! Thanks for the chance and introduction.
Great print. I have been reminding my kids about magic recently.
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