Photofiddle: A Review and Giveaway CONTEST CLOSED

After Hurricane Katrina flooded our home, we had to cut our walls out and renovate. We were in such a hurry to get back into our home, that we slapped some paint on the new walls and moved back. We did not take the time to decorate or make our house feel like a home, and here it is, three years later, and our house is still “a work in progress.” Our walls are essentially bare, and what little we have hung up was done with little forethought or planning.

So, when I was contacted by Photofiddle and asked to review their services, I was more than excited to accept! If you are not familiar with Photofiddle, basically you upload a picture and the Photofiddle staff “fiddles” with your photo to create a gorgeous piece of artwork. They can make it look like an oil painting, watercolor painting, pop art, black and white, or a pencil sketch to name a few. There are such a variety of options, you are sure to find one that suits your taste or decorating style.

The Photofiddle site went online in June 2004 and not to long after the launch, received a bit of press from the Washington Post, USA Today, PC Magazine and more. What really put Photofiddle on the map was their selection by Oprah to the O List in 2006, quickly making them one of the top sites on the Internet. More recently, the Today Show picked Photofiddle as a great DIY decorating idea and the CBS Early Show featured us as a best Mother’s Day gift idea. In addition, they were recently voted by the viewers of the CNBC show “The Next Big Idea” as a million dollar idea.

How does it work? I selected a photo that I would like to have “fiddled” and sent it to the Photofiddle staff. This is the photo I selected:


In about 24 hours, I had an email with at least 20 different images displaying my photo in several different ways: oil, watercolor, sepia, comic book, etc. I decided that I liked the sepia image the best and Photofiddle placed my photo on a stretched canvas. Photofiddle stayed in touch with me throughout the entire process, sending me emails when my photo was in production and another when it had shipped. The entire process took about one week.

My stretched canvas arrived a few days ago and I am just elated with the outcome! The canvas even came with a set of white gloves and directions on how to safely handle my new piece of artwork. My husband and I quickly selected a spot on the wall and are now proudly displaying our Photofiddle creation. Here’s the finished product:


Want to try it out for yourself? Photofiddle has generously offered every Not-So-Blog reader a 15% discount with the code: notsoblog15. Just enter the code in the promotion code box on the shopping cart page.

Want more? Photofiddle is also offering one reader a $50 gift card!

How to enter:
1. Visit the Photofiddle site and tell me which style best fits your decorating taste.

Additional entries (please leave each entry in a separate comment):
1. Subscribe to my email updates (available on my left sidebar)!
2. Blog about this giveaway. Show a picture you would love to have “fiddled!”
3. Favorite me in Technorati.
4. Follow me on Twitter (BridgetteLA) or tweet about this giveaway.

Contest ends at 11:59PM CST on December 19th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Contest open to U.S. Residents only.
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  1. The style that best fits my decorating taste is the Color Edge.

  2. Shari & Andrew says:

    I would love to do a pop art photo of my son for his play room

  3. Shari & Andrew says:

    I subscribe!

  4. chromiumman says:

    love the charcoal sketch

  5. charcoal

  6. oneinamil23 says:

    modern for me!

    autumn398 (at)

  7. Charcoal Scetch for sure…thanks

  8. am subscribed. thanks again

  9. Favorite me in Technorati–done
    (mama43) thanks again

  10. am following you on twitter (soxmom)
    Thank u again

  11. The color edge, it reminds me of Family Ties.

  12. color edge is good for me

  13. Missesprincess says:

    Sepia is my fav ~ I am definite a sucker for simplicity at times.

  14. I love the Warhol pop art prints, would fit our modern style!
    smchester at gmail dot com

  15. I like the Deep Sponge Painting Style. These are really cool looking!

  16. I like the pop art squares!

    melanieinaz2003 at

  17. favorited
    melanieinaz2003 at

  18. I like the Impasto painting

  19. I follow you on twitter (vegasweep)

    tskrush (at) cox (dot) net

  20. My fave is the impasto style.

    Too cool.

    Thanks for a great giveaway.

    tskrush (at) cox (dot) net

  21. I like the pop art.

  22. I have subscribed to your blog via email.

  23. Adorable picture of the girls!!
    I would pick the Charcoal Sketch

  24. I subscribe to your blog

  25. I follow you on twitter

  26. probably the modern art but there are many great styles there!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  27. Jennifer from Ohio says:

    The charcoal sketch really appeals to me right now, although I love the canvas that you had done in sepia. It is a toss up.

    hermindwanders at gmail dot com

  28. toughturtles says:

    Kaleidoscopic Art

  29. I think I like the charcol sketch. I love the way yours turned out. Absolutely gorgeous, although I must say the picture of your two children is precious so how could it not turn out beautiful.

  30. I like the Charcoal Sketch style. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

  31. micaela6955 says:

    I love the one you had done in Sepia, but I also think the Stained Glass would go great in my home!

    micaela6955 at msn dot com

  32. The Jacobsen Family! says:

    Wow, it’s hard to pick just one! I really like the Charcoal sketch.

  33. Love the Pop Art Colored Squares, I like things that are colorful and quirky.

    shel704 at aol dot com

  34. I’m following you on twitter (username:auntiethesis)

    shel704 at aol dot com

  35. email subscriber here!

    shel704 at aol dot com

  36. I added you as a favorite on Technorati (username:auntiethesis)

    shel704 at aol dot com

  37. The style that best fits my décorating taste is the Metropolitan. Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. I subscribed to your updates.

  39. I faved you on technorati: cmgnbox01

  40. hminnesota says:

    I liked Picture board, 5 picture collage.wonderful designs.

  41. I’m completely in love with Photofiddle! I’ll narrow it down to one choice: Kaleidoscopic Art.

    (P.S. How long does the 15% discount code last? I feel guilty buying anything for myself this month, when it’s gift-giving season. But I REALLY want to order from Photofiddle.)

  42. I already follow you on Twitter (nape9393).

  43. You’re my FAVE in technorati.

  44. gahome2mom says:

    I like picture collages.

  45. The Oil Painting style would fit best with my decor.

  46. I love the oil painting style. Thanks for the chance! lys76 at msn dot com

  47. Finleypotamus says:

    I lovd the Pop Art Colored Squares. That’s nifty looking!

    shannipooh at gmail dot com

  48. Finleypotamus says:

    i am a subscriber.

  49. I think the oil painting style is amazing! It would definitely fit in with the rest of our decor. Thanks for the chance to enter!

  50. And I follow on Twitter (MommaStaciA)

  51. I like most of the styles, but I just don’t like the Pop Art. I would probably go for a canvas.

  52. Tanya Wilson says:

    I would love to do a pop art photo of my blog picture–I adore the picture of your girls, they did a great job!

  53. Tanya Wilson says:

    I am following you on twitter (Twincere)

  54. Oil painting!

  55. Miss Blondie says:

    So this was a hard choice!! I like the Charcoal sketch, Pop Art, Airbrush, and Soft Pastels!! Sorry i couldn’t decide on just one!!

  56. Miss Blondie says:

    I follow you on twitter!

  57. I like the Charcoal Drawing.
    Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

  58. I really love the pop art style. thanks,

  59. oil painting!

  60. alexandrea says:

    I have a photo or two I’d love to fiddle into a sepia canvas!

  61. I love the pop art colored squares.

  62. I love the Color Edge style–difficult to choose because all are so innovative. Thanks for the giveaway.

  63. oil painting

  64. charcoal ones are my fav

    ardy22 at

  65. The one I would choose is metropolitan.

  66. dbacksfan001 says:

    I love the charcoal sketch.

  67. Luck Happens says:

    Charcoal Sketch definitely best fits our style – we have devoted our bathroom walls to black and white prints and I’d love to add this one to our collection. Thanks!

    kellifrobinson2 AT gmail DOT com

  68. Charcoal Sketch is my fave. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

  69. Pop Art Colored Squares

    dangotmail AT yahoo DOT com

  70. caseydeuce says:

    I really love the pop art and the deep sponge painting!!

    Thanks for the chance!!

  71. i love the Oil Painting

  72. I like the oil painting style-closest I would get to having an oil painting in my home

  73. I’m a subscriber

  74. Oil Painting fits my decorating taste.

  75. Jinxy and Me says:

    I like the stained glass!

  76. I love the Fantasy Art style. Thanks so much for the chance to win I have always wanted to do this.


  77. Your Sepia turned out well so I would likely go with that.

  78. Love the Deep Sponge Painting Style. Heck, I’d want one of every style, I think. 🙂

  79. The Water Color low detail would be great!

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