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Big Day of Giveaways: Win an Art Easel/Desk from One Step Ahead!

by Meagan Francis on December 9, 2013

One Step Ahead Easel Giveaway 2 at The Happiest Home

Lately, Clara has been really into taking marker to paper. She draws all day, coming up with inventive characters and practicing drawing letters and numbers on every piece of paper she can find.

And naturally, I’ve encouraged my budding artist and writer.

But a couple of weeks ago, I woke up one morning to find 2’s scrawled all over my bedroom.


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She’d done it the night before, but because it had been dark in the room when I’d gone to bed, I hadn’t noticed. So as I walked around my room getting dressed that morning, I was suddenly met with the sight of dozens of 2’s.

They were everywhere. On every wall. Every dresser. The laundry basket. My desk. My bedside table. Jon’s wardrobe.

It was more than a bit unsettling.

I even found a number scrawled on the footboard of our bed – though, inexplicably, it was a 3. 

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Clara was contrite, and thankfully, the (permanent, yikes!) marker came off all surfaces with the help of a Magic Eraser. But it became clear that this girl needs a larger “canvas” for her scrawlings and doodles. Evidently, she feels the need to draw standing up

Which is why I was so excited to discover the Flip-Down Art Easel and Desk from One Step Ahead.

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The easel is sturdy, versatile, and roomy, offering plenty of storage space for all her supplies. It includes a paper roll (perfect for her larger-scale drawings), a chalkboard, and a white board, paint cups, and five bins for storing markers, crayons, brushes and more. It also folds down into a desk in two steps. This is the kind of gift that achieves hand-me-down status.

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Thanks to One Step Ahead, Clara will be opening this art easel and desk on Christmas morning – I know she’ll be thrilled! – and so could your little one.

We’ll be giving away a Flip-Down Art Easel and Desk to one lucky reader (and lucky kid!) today!

Just leave a comment – one per person, please – and you’ll be automatically entered to win a random drawing. I’d love to hear if you’ve had any “art mishaps” in your house, like our saga of Clara and the 2’s! 

Here are the official contest rules. Good luck!

Entry Rules: The contest will run until 10 PM EST on Friday, December 13, and we’ll randomly pick a winner on Saturday, December 14. You must leave a valid email address to win (email addresses will not be published). Winner will be notified via email on Saturday, December 14 and must respond within 48 hours to notification, or a new winner will be chosen. Thanks to One Step Ahead for sponsoring this giveaway!

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Holly December 9, 2013 at 1:06 pm

That looks GREAT! Wow!

Stephanie Precourt December 9, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Oh gosh, my heart sank when – in our new house!!!- I found Ivy had drawn a very large stick figure in SHARPIE. Magic Erasers do not work on Sharpie, at least not on my wall! It’s funny- when the boys were little we’d find names on the walls here and there and I could always tell who’s writing it was- AND they were always writing each other’s names… I think they thought they could trick me LOL.

Would love to use this as a desk! Have just the spot!


Heesun Grace Shim December 9, 2013 at 1:08 pm

thank you for the chance to win!

Kim December 9, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Nothing major like that…but then I only let them use markers/crayons/pencils/etc. at the kitchen table with me watching them! :)

Tawn December 9, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Oh, that would help contain the crafty mess of my children!

Anne December 9, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I’d love to win the easel!

Anne December 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I would love to win this easel!

Laura December 9, 2013 at 1:13 pm

My little artists would love this easel! I would even clear a space for it in my tiny kitchen!

Amy December 9, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I love this post! My daughter wrote the letter M on our walls, doors and even her bedskirt(it never did come out!). She loves to draw so this would be perfect and she could use it for her homework too since she started kindergarten this year!

Alissa December 9, 2013 at 1:18 pm

We’ve definitely had a few mishaps…thankfully most all accidental!

Bridgette Stewart December 9, 2013 at 1:21 pm

How cute is that!! My 5 year old was coloring with crayons at the table and my toddler (a little over a year old) got a hold of the green crayon and started drawing on my wood floors. Thankfully, I got it up rather quickly. But maybe she was drawing grass. lol. ;)

Danyelle December 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I have three little artists at home who would love this!

Megan December 9, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Nothing disastrous yet, though I’m sure it will happen.

Sarah December 9, 2013 at 1:29 pm

I’m just waiting for my daughter to do something like that. So far any doodle mishaps have been on her play kitchen. An easel would be a great outlet for her :) If I don’t win, I’m certainly going to look into one!! Thanks for the post.

Katy December 9, 2013 at 1:30 pm

My two girls would love this’

Maureen December 9, 2013 at 1:38 pm

It was our sofa that got drawn on. Itty-bitty little hearts. The daughter has to clean up the playroom as the trade off of making more work for me — thankfully the sofa cover is washable. Maybe an easel would solve my graffiti problem.

Chaunie December 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I would love to win this for Christmas!!

Mindy December 9, 2013 at 1:49 pm

We only have washable art products in our house :)

Brandee H December 9, 2013 at 1:51 pm

That is a beautiful easel/ art centre. I love how you can stand or sit.

RMetzger December 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Thankfully not too many considering I have 4 year old twins ;) However, magic erasers and goo be gone are great for removing their “artwork” off the walls and tile floors!

Andi B December 9, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Yes, Magic Eraser is a wall saver! Please enter me in the drawing for the beautiful easel!

Debra December 9, 2013 at 1:57 pm

My almost 3 year old would love this, she is such an artsy girl. It’s always hard for her to have a special birthday because she is a right after Christmas baby.
She has drawn all over her and her big brothers bathroom wall. I was torn between anger and laughter when I found it. That was when she was about 18 months old, now I can’t keep coloring books in the house for longer than a few days before she’s colored them all and filled them with stickers!

Vanessa December 9, 2013 at 2:17 pm

What an awesome Art Desk! Do they make one in adult sizes :P My oldest has selected everything from the carpet to the walls and everything in between as his canvas.

Allison smith December 9, 2013 at 2:17 pm

We are in the process of finishing our basement to be a kid friendly area. We were thinking of an area for a craft corner. This desk looks fantastic!

Jill B. December 9, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Waiting for the big uh oh. Thanks for the giveaway.

Amy December 9, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Thankfully, the only art mishaps we’ve had all involved painting or drawing on their own faces (and maybe one or two eating paint off paintbrushes incidences). And all of that has washed off easily.

Andrea December 9, 2013 at 2:46 pm

So far all our mishaps have been with crayon, however they have been everywhere, including trying to put a mustache on himself. Not looking forward to the day that he finds out where the markers are hidden!

Sophia Strother December 9, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Wow this is excellent. Mu daughter has been asking me for an art desk but they are so hard to find. I’m going to share this with my listeners. Thanks for developing such a great product. I can’t wait to tell my daughter.

Bethany December 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm

This giveaway is amazing!! So far, creative messes have been easily cleaned, but I have the feeling we’re on the brink of some sort of catastrophe any day now with our 2-1/2 year old’s new found love of cutting. I’ve tried to drill into her head that “scissors are only for cutting paper,” so I was horrified to see her seated next to her brother’s rubber grasshopper, scissors in hand one day. “It’s ok, Mama,” she reassured me, “I didn’t cut it. I just tried to cut it, but i couldnt do it.”

Anita December 9, 2013 at 3:04 pm

My grandkids would love this. Mom would love organizing all the crayons & markers.

dona bumgarner December 9, 2013 at 3:14 pm

What an awesome easel! My little artist would love that!

Octavia December 9, 2013 at 3:14 pm

No big mishaps yet! My oldest is 3 and I’ve just discovered finger prints on the walls this past year because she tapes up all her drawings…everywhere! We’d really enjoy this easel!

Jodi December 9, 2013 at 3:18 pm

My 5 1/2 year old just used markers (washable!!) to write her numbers on the top of our ikea toy shelf. She was “just labeling the containers Mom!” What do I even say to that?? Thankfully it all came out!

Michelle Smith December 9, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Wow what a beautiful desk,would love to win my two little ones would love this,maybe they can stop writing on my walls ,everybody that comes by sees their artwork on my walls.

Jan Emo December 9, 2013 at 3:29 pm

That sure beats kids drawing on the walls.

Heather December 9, 2013 at 3:38 pm

We would definitely get a lot of use out of this! Great giveaway!

Jessica December 9, 2013 at 3:39 pm

My sons would love this!

Glennen December 9, 2013 at 3:51 pm

We haven’t had any major art mishaps… just the usual of clothes and faces!

Debbie December 9, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I’ve had marker scribbled on our rugs (luckily it was washable) more than once!

Bonnie S. December 9, 2013 at 4:24 pm

This looks so fun!

Suzy December 9, 2013 at 4:27 pm

This would be perfect to help fuel my five year olds love of drawing and writing—and contain the mess at the same time!

Cory December 9, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Ohhh so pretty! I would want to draw on it myself! :)

Robin December 9, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Great giveaway, my 6 year old wants to be an artist when she grows up, how perfect! Robin

Claudia December 9, 2013 at 4:44 pm

As soon as my son gets his hands on a crayon or pencil first thing I see is the wall colored on. And you are right, good thing for Magic Erasers. This would be perfect for him as he is just starting out with writing.

Kate E December 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm

My daughter loves to draw and paint and will doodle on any available surface. Walls, countertops, windows:) This would be a wonderful thing to redirect her drawing to a more appropriate venue.

steph December 9, 2013 at 6:22 pm


meglacasse December 9, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Yesterday I discovered blue scribbles on one of the outlet covers in our living room. Not on the outlet’s face plate. Not on both of the plug-in covers. Just one of them.

Daria December 9, 2013 at 8:29 pm

No art mishaps yet but crayons are a popular form of entertainment here!

katie December 9, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Oh boy, oh boy!!

Joanna December 9, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Wow my daughters would love this!

Ms Reid December 9, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I’d love to donate this to a child in need we know who loves art. She would love it.

Jennifer H December 9, 2013 at 8:57 pm

We’ve had some coloring on the walls (luckily with dry erase crayons).

Wonderful giveaway! :)

miranda December 9, 2013 at 9:23 pm

We mostly do art outside, so no major mishaps

MomofTwoPreciousGirls December 9, 2013 at 9:32 pm

The “3” cracks me up! That is a really lovely desk!

Natalie December 9, 2013 at 9:32 pm

So cool!

Jess December 9, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Our independent 3 year old said she was going downstairs by herself on an early Saturday morning to “do art.” When we came downstairs an hour later, our kitchen floor was very sticky from glue……

Amanda December 9, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Believe it or not, we haven’t ever had a major art mishap at our house, even with two active boys. I’ve probably jinxed myself by saying this though!

BJ December 9, 2013 at 10:22 pm

We have initials permanently etched into our bathroom vanity counter. Oh, and a couple of windowsills. There’s happy faces on the wallpaper, too.

Amy December 9, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Gotta love those magic erasers — they’ve been used a LOT at our house. Awesome design for the easel!

Bill December 9, 2013 at 10:36 pm

What a cool toy

Gary December 9, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Love this for my grandkids

Cheryl Miller December 9, 2013 at 10:45 pm

My son and daughter would love to use this to play school!!

Sarah Strait December 9, 2013 at 11:07 pm

Wow! Love this table/easel!

Adrienne December 9, 2013 at 11:22 pm

My doodling daughter would love this!

Meredith December 9, 2013 at 11:23 pm

I feel like my house is always covered in markers, crayons, glue and stickers!

Rachel December 10, 2013 at 2:22 am

Nothing too crazy yet – just some crayon on the floor and high chair which cleaned off easily. She hasn’t discovered markers yet!

Kelly Taeoalii December 10, 2013 at 2:42 am

Thanks for the chance to win!

Chris December 10, 2013 at 8:15 am

Love this desk, my girls would just be extatic!

Kasey December 10, 2013 at 9:27 am

I love how the easel turns into a desk- how convenient and clever!

Diane December 10, 2013 at 9:50 am

Live this easel! We had a pink sharpie incident all over upholstery of husbands new car! Plain old rubbing alcohil got it all out. I googled it. A miracle!

Melissa December 10, 2013 at 10:43 am

Wow, my son would love this!

Becky December 10, 2013 at 11:23 am

I have been eyeing an easel for a long time but have yet to make a purchase! My son would love this. He is pretty good about keeping his mess contained but does love to walk around the house hitting chalkboard easers together because he likes to see the “dust fly”.

Amy December 10, 2013 at 2:25 pm

My Kamryn could be your Claire! That youngest, free-spirit child makes for an exciting day – every day :) She would love the art desk!!

Ana December 10, 2013 at 3:17 pm

I have a 4 year old like your Claire. Loves coloring, drawing (and learning his numbers now), painting, you name it (but so so messy with everything)

Jennifer December 10, 2013 at 3:21 pm

My twin two year olds would love this – and we’re currently working on a basement art space for them. :-)

Alicia December 10, 2013 at 4:38 pm

So glad you can see the kid behind the artwork! Mama said there would be days like this!!!!!

Jessica December 10, 2013 at 4:57 pm

I love this easel and art storage unit! My daughter loves pencils, paper, glue, glitter, and clay. This would be right up her alley.

lynne December 10, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I’m lucky that our only art mishaps included overly enthusiastic stickering, but I caught it early enough to avoid permanent damage to the wooden furniture. The kids now know they can only sticker toys and the plastic bins that store them :-) We’d love to include that easel into our collection of toys!

Valarie P S December 10, 2013 at 10:37 pm

I know just how you feel. I came home from work the other day when the Hubby was off and found scribbles on the walls, the door, the kitchen cabinets, the refrigerator and on the tile, lol. My daughter would love to have her own “wall” to create on.

Amy W. December 11, 2013 at 11:02 am

This looks awesome! Thanks so much for the giveaway :)

Erin December 11, 2013 at 11:05 am

This is exactly why I only buy the washable art supplies. If I didn’t my house would have been destroyed by now!

Bryn Boyd December 11, 2013 at 11:34 am

My daughter would absolutely love this! She is 3 and has recently became really interested in drawing and painting!

Lynn Noel December 11, 2013 at 11:44 am

I have learned that “washable” marker isn’t always entirely washable…lol

Marie December 11, 2013 at 11:46 am

We have a few pencil marks on our basement walls-the hubby let the boys draw on the drywall as he was finishing our basement and of course they wanted to continue after it was finished and painted:). Lesson learned, now our supplies are out of reach.

Dayna December 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Oh do I have an art mishap! I wish I could post a photo in this. The worst part is we were living with my in-laws. A classic “I thought they were with you…no they weren’t with me” situation. My then 2 1/2 year old filled in all the grout lines in the kitchen w/ marker…up the legs of the bar stools, walls, cupboards, in side drawers, back of an upholstered chair, a circle on every tile…and more. We were alerted to this when his older brother joined in and started drawing on him. The screams made us investigate. Most of it came off. The grout lines in my MIL’s beautiful kitchen are still a bit green.

Laura December 11, 2013 at 12:12 pm


Vanessa December 11, 2013 at 12:22 pm

My littleman loves to draw this would be great for him.

Autum December 11, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Both my 16 month old and 5 year old have turned my hallway into their canvas. I have washed so many colored pencil,crayon and marker pictures off the walls it’s crazy. :) Nothing like a big blank wall to inspire your little ones artistic talents and imagination.

susan palmer December 11, 2013 at 1:11 pm

I absolutely love all of the products that I have purchased from One Step Ahead!! Great quality!!

Trudy Maus December 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I have a 2 and 4 year old. And they LOVE to draw, paint, color and more. What a great product idea!

Rosemarie Stambaugh December 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I have 5 children,ages 10,8,7,7 & 1. I am constantly finding their art on the wall,floors,dressers,mirrors and even on each other! I dont really mind the art,as i love to see their creativity but it would be nice to have them draw/color on something more cleanable!

Katelyn Heather December 11, 2013 at 2:58 pm

I would have loved this as a little girl! Definitely wishing for one for my son & daughter :)

Katie December 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Oh that would be perfect for my two boys!

Kim December 12, 2013 at 5:03 am

My 2 year old has had some coloring “mishaps.” This would be great!

Ali December 12, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Love the easel. Most coloring mishaps by my 2-year-old have been confined to coloring herself somehow. Luckily not with permanent markers though!

Katherine December 12, 2013 at 3:12 pm

My two-year-old decided to color green marker lines on the wall, but luckily it was washable and came right off.

Laura December 12, 2013 at 8:57 pm

My son is just now learning to write and draw, but I see many incidents like yours in my future! This easel/desk looks great!

Angela W December 12, 2013 at 10:40 pm

My little artist would love this Flip-Down Art Easel and Desk!

Siobhan December 12, 2013 at 10:53 pm

This would be *awesome*!

Amanda December 12, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Mishaps. Yep plenty of those around here! The latest involved a black sharpie on our fluffy white dog. He wanted a pet zebra.

tambi clardy December 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm

My daughter likes to scribble all over her bed sheets! Toddler sheets aren’t cheep!

Kim Schneidt December 13, 2013 at 4:35 pm

My kids love chalk… Would be a great way for them to use it during the long winter months!

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