A Very Bloggy Giveaway!

In honor my sweet little Eddie turning ONE in two weeks, I have decided to do my very FIRST giveaways here at Sluiter Nation!  I have always wanted to do giveaways because I feel like it’s just such a great way to say THANK YOU to all of you for your loyalty and kindness here in the blog-esphere.

For my first giveaway EVER I am teaming up with a close friend of Sluiter Nation:  Mat Nyenhuis of M9design (currently based near Denver, CO).  Sluiter Nation has been great friends with Mat since our high school days.  Cort and Mat were inseparable!  He was the best man in our wedding, and one of our best friends for life.  He and I went to college together where he got his degree in Graphic Design.

Recently I asked him if he would design a button for my blog…he rocked TWO out for me (you know, so I can switch them up whenever I feel like it):

He also created some banners for my blog, but stupid blogger won’t let me put them in (at least not that I have figured out anyway).

He has done graphic design pieces for beer bottles, event t-shirts, menus, and more.  Check out his stuff on his site.

He also does freelance painting and Sluiter Nation has purchased MANY of his pieces over the years.

He did a piece for us shortly after Cort and I traveled to Seattle.  We fell in LOVE with the city and now have a reminder of it, thanks to Mat, in our dinning room.

His paintings also make great gifts.  Each of our siblings got a painting by him for their wedding gifts:

Comerica Park in Detroit for MacKenzie and Dave
London for Cody and Liz
And we gave my brother Mike and his new bride Ashley a painting of Chicago, but it isn’t here yet, sorry!
So for my FIRST GIVEAWAY, Mat and I are giving one of YOU a FREE button for your blog designed by Mat! 
Here is how to enter:
  • Leave me a comment and tell me what you think of the new blog button and the new template I have going on (one entry)
  • Go to Mat’s site and tell me what you like, then leave me a comment (one entry)
  • Grab my button and put it on your blog then tell me you did (one entry)
  • “like” Sluiter Nation on facebook and tell me that you did (one entry)

That’s it!  This giveaway will run through WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16 when I will use random.org to choose a winner!  So get your entries in NOW.

M9 designs creates simple blog buttons regularly for $20 and button/banner combos for $40.  Prices may vary with complexity of design.  Contact M9 design today for your graphic design/art needs!

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. WHOO HOO! I need a button! I love yours because it is bright & cheerful!

  2. i already like you on facebook! yeehaw!

  3. Ok, i can tell i like this guy already! He's got a painting for two of my fave places: MEXICO & SEATTLE.

    Go Mat!

  4. I'm always looking to change things up on my blog – I LOVE LOVE LOVE your new look!

  5. I like the Wrigley Field paintings (yet, I'm a Mets fan, go figure!)

  6. Your button is on my blog!

  7. I'm a FB fan

  8. missy widener says

    1- I love the button- it reminds me of pina coladas on the beach…and hawaii, though I have never been there, it just does..oh and audrey wearing flowers in her hair. so I LOVE it.
    2- I have seen mat's work before, also love, especially "six feet" because it reminds me of my kids and that every moment counts.
    3- please tell me how to do that and I will.
    and 4- you KNOW I am a fan. always.

  9. OK, Your new look is fab and the buttons rock! How lucky you are to have such connections. Jealous! I'm gonna try to add your button to my new button page now. We'll see how it goes. Ya see, it has it out for me.

  10. missy widener says

    okay so apparently comments have to be made *separate* to count…yeah, I am not so good at this blogging business…so please let my first one count as the blogging button liking (and new fabulous layout) and this one will be for the fantastic "six feet" paining by the magnificent mat.

  11. missy widener says

    and THIS one will be for the superfan button (As in I am a fan on facebook, in the blogging world, real life, etc….) like a stalking fan. jeah.

  12. Jeremy and Tonya says

    Your new blog template/layout is lookin' snazzy. Love it!

    We also have one of Mat's paintings. Love it!

  13. punkinmama says

    Would love my very first blog button to be designed by Mat! Thanks for the chance!

  14. punkinmama says

    I like a lot of Mat's stuff… I'll pick Traffic Light at Addison as my favorite!

  15. punkinmama says

    I like Sluiter Nation on Facebook!

  16. Kimberly says

    I love the new look. It is so light and fun!!! Reminds me of sitting on a beach in Hawaiii…ahhhhh. I'd put your button on my blog but my template it lame. Boo me.
    Anyways, I need a button and would love to have one made for me!!!

  17. kimberly says

    I just saw Mat's site and my husband would kill for the Tiger's scene. Any sports related one is awesome. Our entire basement A.K.A Mah husband's kingdom is sports themed related. Mostly tiger and piston and gulp Maple Leafs….

    Thanks for sharing this mans talent with us!!!

  18. Girl, that is an AWESOME giveaway!! And I'm grabbing your button and taking it back to put on my blog roll page – you're button rocks!

  19. Trisha V. says

    Ok so your blog is looking great! You will have to come over some day and show me the tricks of the trade. I feel like on wordpress it is hard to get everything how I want it. Good work though. I am going to try and get your new button now!

  20. Trisha V. says

    I have your button now! I am so excited I figured out how to do it all on my own.

  21. I'm liking the button! Love the hibiscus!

  22. I "like" Sluiter Nation on FB!!

  23. And I like "London." I want to go there someday.

  24. Gretchen says

    Love the new blog design. Very refreshing! and the button is SO Cute!

  25. Gretchen says

    I like Slutier Nation on Facebook

  26. Gretchen says

    I think I like the London painting the best

  27. I love your new button and blog layout, its simple and uncluttered and super cool, I like it a lot!

    jlizgar at msn dot com

  28. I went to Matts site and I think its so cool that he has designed a menu for a resturaunt, I like that 🙂

    jlizgar at msn dot com

  29. I "liked" you on facebook

    jlizgar at msn dot com

  30. Trisha V. says

    I love Mat's website. I HAVE one of his paintings and I think that one is my favorite!!!

  31. Trisha V. says

    Oh yes and last of all I am a lover of Sluiter Nation on facebook! Who isn't??? hahahaha Love you!!

  32. I like your button, I like how bright it is.

  33. My fave of Mat's is his Pike Place photo, I love the colours and just the design of it.

  34. Button is on my site lovingtheburn.blogspot.com

  35. "Like" on FB, done.

    Love reading your blog 🙂