Pick Miss Gwen's Coat of Arms!

The entries are in! It’s time to assemble our very own College of Heralds here on the website.

Five talented artists have been hard at work assembling coats of arms for Miss Gwen, complete with Latin mottoes. In no particular order, we have….

1. By Alexa J:

2. By Cassandra:


(Motto: “One Stands Upright”.)

3. By Jeffrey:


(Motto: “Vigilance and action with pointed sharpness”.)

4. By Shelli:


(Motto: “By the swift hand of God. But if not…”)

5. By Miss Eliza:

Which is your top pick? Just post your vote in the comments section and I’ll tally them all up and announce the winner on Thursday!

As an extra incentive, I’ll be giving away a signed paperback copy of The Deception of the Emerald Ring (scene of one of Miss Gwen’s parasol wielding triumphs) to one judge, chosen at random.

Huge kudos to all of the entrants! Miss Gwen would smirk with pride.

128 Comments

  1. Rebecca B. on October 2, 2012 at 8:15 am

    These are all truly wonderful! But I have to pick Shelli’s. Love the motto she came up with.

  2. Robyn on October 2, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I pick #3, as soon as I read the mottor I thought of Miss Gwen.

  3. Cรฉline on October 2, 2012 at 8:41 am

    It was hard, very hard, but I finally made my choice.
    I’ll pick #5, Miss Eliza’s! (with close competition of Shelli’s coat of arm…)

  4. Ashley on October 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I vote for #5.

  5. Christine on October 2, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Very tough call, but #4 by Shelli.

  6. Janice on October 2, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Tough decision! But I vote for #4.

  7. JuneA** on October 2, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Very hard to decide!! Kudos to all the artists! I think that #4 by Shelli has edged past #3 by Jeffrey.

  8. AngelB on October 2, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I have to go with #3 as well. The motto is perfect.

  9. Jodi K on October 2, 2012 at 10:28 am

    #4 – love the motto!

  10. Gwen on October 2, 2012 at 10:29 am

    They are all wonderful. If I have to choose I think like #4.

  11. Maddie on October 2, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Definitely number 4 ๐Ÿ™‚ great job all, though!

  12. Sabrina K on October 2, 2012 at 10:30 am

    All wonderful but have to go with #4…#3 was a close second but I love the artwork of #4!

  13. erin on October 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Number 4

  14. Shannon on October 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

    It’s hard to choose! I love 4 and 5 but I think #5 triumphs.

  15. Rosemary on October 2, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I love the 4th one, by Shelli.

  16. Renee on October 2, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Number 4 is great!

  17. Molly on October 2, 2012 at 10:34 am

    #5!

  18. Caroline Dorminey on October 2, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Number 4! The motto is simply divine!

  19. Kristen on October 2, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I’m going to have to go with #4. Loving the motto!

  20. Lisa on October 2, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Jeffrey!!!

  21. jeffrey on October 2, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Do I read “harrumph” down in the lower right corner of Cassandra’s? Now that’s clever!

    For relevant content, I’d reach around, pat myself on the back and vote for my own.

    However, for artistic beauty and cleverness of the motto, I’ll cast my vote for Shelli’s #4.

    THAT WAS FUN !!

    • Cassandra on October 3, 2012 at 1:35 am

      Yes Jeffrey, that is harrumph in the bottom right. I also drew a G on the left side with the rockets. Originally, when I created the feather M’s I also had G’s, but after an edit/simplification I only kept the M’s for Meadows. Since I still wanted a G I just drew one in with the wick designs. Thanks for noticing!

      • Cassandra on October 3, 2012 at 2:15 am

        Sorry, I do apologize as I forgot to mention I love your motto and the humor in your design.

  22. Alex on October 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

    #4!

  23. Gina on October 2, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Tough choice, but I believe Shelli has won me over. Number 4!

  24. Molly Lynn on October 2, 2012 at 10:49 am

    #4 – Shelli’s!

  25. Cathy on October 2, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Really tough to choose, but I’m going with #4!

  26. Diana on October 2, 2012 at 10:51 am

    They are fabulous! My pick is #4, by Shelli.

  27. Krystal on October 2, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Tough call but will have to go with #5!

  28. Pen on October 2, 2012 at 11:07 am

    #5!!

  29. Susan on October 2, 2012 at 11:07 am

    They are all beautiful, and one stood out right away for me.
    I vot for #4 by Shelli. Great work!

  30. Andrea on October 2, 2012 at 11:12 am

    They’re all great — I vote for #5, but think #4’s motto is great — perhaps the #4 motto could be added to #5??? And then two winners???

  31. Jenny on October 2, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Number 3. I love the motto!

  32. Rachel on October 2, 2012 at 11:16 am

    It was a hard decision, most definitely, but I have to go with #4

  33. Michelle Springer on October 2, 2012 at 11:17 am

    This was hard! Everyone’s was so creative! I have to admit… while I loved the motto on Cassandra’s, overall, I have to go with Shelli’s (#4). I also give Jeffrey props for including some innocent victims on his.

  34. Michelle D. on October 2, 2012 at 11:23 am

    #4 by Shelli is great!

  35. Sara on October 2, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I love #4, by Shelli!

  36. Alexis on October 2, 2012 at 11:24 am

    #4. I think Miss Gwen like the preceived formality of it.

  37. Erika D. on October 2, 2012 at 11:29 am

    My vote is for #4. What fun!

  38. Elizabeth P on October 2, 2012 at 11:43 am

    #4!!!

  39. Alison on October 2, 2012 at 11:55 am

    All are fantastic, but myvote goes to #4. Love the motto

  40. Claire on October 2, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I pick #4.

  41. kylene on October 2, 2012 at 11:57 am

    #3

  42. Margaret on October 2, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I like 4 the best!

  43. Nancy Kvorka on October 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    They are all great. I vote for #4.

  44. Ashley on October 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I have to say, #4 by Shelly gets my vote as well! It’s just so Miss Gwen ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Kiley on October 2, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I’m voting for number five, but it i think it could use a motto. I really like the one from number three.

  46. Magda longoria on October 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I am in love with the parasols in #5 and I think it is clean and defined and quite lovely. But I have to say that #3 comes in as a close second. I like the humor in that the umbrellas are poking the men in the arse.

  47. Alice on October 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    #3 JEffrey’s. I love the motto!

  48. Jane B on October 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    #4 looks the most like real arms, with #5 a close second. My years in a medieval recreationist group still influence my taste in these things!

  49. Catie on October 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I vote for #4!

  50. Isabel on October 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I’m loving #4

  51. Terrie Thomas on October 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I love the creativity that went into each design! They are all beautiful. I am drawn to #4 and # 5. Hang on,……I’ll flip a coin…..
    ………#5 it is ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. Sandy on October 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    These are all fabulous, but I have to say that #4’s motto is absolutely perfect. The design is crisp and not overly feminine. I think Miss Gwen would definitely approve.

  53. Rachel on October 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    A difficult decision but I have to vote for #4.

  54. Heather Bond on October 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    4.

    Most Certainly.

  55. AndreT on October 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Number 4 is awesome!

  56. AndreT on October 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Number 4 has my vote. It’s awesome!

  57. Michelle G. on October 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I’m picking Shelli’s. They are all wonderful and it was a tough choice.

  58. AndreT on October 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Number 4! It’s awesome!

  59. Nancy Kvorka on October 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    They are all great! I vote for #4.

  60. Michelle on October 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I’m going with Shelli’s (#4) although all of them are great.

  61. Rachel Adrianna on October 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    number 4 ๐Ÿ™‚

  62. Toni Snead on October 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I like #4 the best!

  63. kristie on October 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I vote for #5!

  64. Sarah W. on October 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Number 5 is my favorite. Simple yet elegant. Perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚

  65. Mazie P. on October 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I would like to vote for number 4!

    Wonderful job everyone!

  66. Amanda B. on October 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    #4 and #3!!

  67. Kayse on October 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I vote for Shelli, because I’m lovin’ those sheep!

  68. Rebecca P on October 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    My pick is #3

  69. stephanie ball on October 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    #4 wins in my book

  70. Marg on October 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Number 4 for me too!

  71. Celeste on October 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    My favorite is #3

  72. Holly Braithwaite on October 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    LOVE number 4!

  73. meghan on October 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Shelli’s for sure!

  74. Amy on October 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Shelli #4

  75. Rebecca M on October 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I vote for #4 it looks great followed by #5.

  76. Amanda B on October 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Definitely #4!

  77. Elise on October 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    They’re all soo good! But the motto for number 4…. and it’s so classy looking! So yes, Shelli’s.

  78. Faith on October 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Love them all but #5 by Miss Eliza is my favorite.

  79. Linnea on October 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I love number 4! it’s perfect! Great job Shelli

  80. Fern on October 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    4 is my favorite!

  81. Valerie on October 2, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    #4 by Shelli!!! Screams Miss Gwen!!

  82. Wes on October 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    #4…hands down! Good job Shelli.

  83. jamie on October 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    #4! shelli does amazing work! (it was a hard decision tho!! so much talent! and appropos Miss Gwen mottos)

  84. NikkiB on October 2, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I pick #5!! But they were all awesome!

  85. Melodie on October 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Love them all. Number 4 is the winner IMHO

  86. Amanda V on October 2, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Number 4 is my fav!

  87. Suzanne on October 2, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    While all of the entires are wonderfully creative, my vote is for #5 by Miss Eliza.

  88. Julie on October 2, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I vote for Shelli’s.

    But Jeffrey, yours is priceless!

    Good job all you artists!

  89. Karen H on October 2, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    #5

  90. Yvette R on October 2, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I vote for #4 (with #3 a close second).

    BTW – Thanks Jeffrey for mentioning the “harrumph”. I totally missed it the first time through.

  91. Carrie B on October 2, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    They are all wonderful! But since I can only pick one, I vote for #4, Shelli’s.

  92. Vanessa on October 2, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    #4 wins my vote, it is spectacular!

  93. Aarthi on October 2, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    I vote #4, but #5 is a very close second! Love the motto!

  94. Emily on October 2, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    I really like #3!

  95. Christy on October 3, 2012 at 12:03 am

    These are really fun. I vote for #4 by Shelli.

  96. Am7 on October 3, 2012 at 12:25 am

    #5
    But I really liked #1 as well. Tough choice!
    Congrats to everyone!

  97. Jenny on October 3, 2012 at 12:44 am

    i love the homemade type of felling from #1, but the motto and design for #4 is sheer genius!

  98. Vanessa on October 3, 2012 at 12:45 am

    *feeling

    • Jenny on October 3, 2012 at 12:48 am

      whoops! sorry for typo

  99. Jayne on October 3, 2012 at 1:22 am

    #4 although they are all very good! #3 amused me greatly. ๐Ÿ™‚

  100. HJ on October 3, 2012 at 4:05 am

    I go with 3, although it’s a tough choice.

  101. Jessica C on October 3, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Number 4 by Shellie

  102. Cyn209 on October 3, 2012 at 6:29 am

    all are gorgeous, but my personal favorite is #5, Miss Eliza’s!!!

  103. Ashley on October 3, 2012 at 6:52 am

    #4 Shelli

  104. Marilyn on October 3, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Love #4

  105. bc on October 3, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Number 4!

  106. Diane on October 3, 2012 at 8:37 am

    So many great ideas! This has been great fun to watch and to help judge.

    I vote for #4. Love love love the motto.

  107. jeffrey on October 3, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Boy, did this go viral! How about it Lauren, do you get a vote or do you remain the impassive moderator? I think we have a clear favorite…..

  108. Abby on October 3, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I like #4, both the design and the motto.

  109. Lauren on October 3, 2012 at 9:25 am

    #4!

  110. Alexa J on October 3, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Nice work to my fellow entrants! My vote is for #3–love the details, use of color, and the Latin motto.

  111. Yvonne D on October 3, 2012 at 9:41 am

    They are all beautiful and creative.
    Number 5 is my favorite.

  112. Emily P. on October 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Oh, number #4 is just lovely! With #3 a close second (for the expressions on the faces of those getting poked!)

  113. Georgia on October 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    4

  114. Maria on October 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Definitely #4

  115. Momma Sue on October 3, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    #4. it’s the least frilly (which Gwen has, up to this point, not been) and the motto sums up her wonderful practical self.

  116. Carolyn on October 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I vote for #4

  117. Liz on October 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    They’re all fabulous but my vote is for #4. The motto is very Miss Gwen ๐Ÿ™‚

  118. Yarnkettle on October 3, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Number 4 (followed closely by number 5)
    But number 4 has sheep so it has my heart!

  119. Sassy on October 3, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    My vote is for #4 ๐Ÿ™‚ I really liked them all though.

  120. Ana on October 3, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Love number 4!

  121. Sarah on October 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I love #4!

  122. Ashley on October 3, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I loved them all and it was such a difficult choice but final answer – #4 Shelli

  123. suzan on October 3, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    I have to say I really love #3 and #4. If pushed I guess 4 goes with my sensibilities but #3 really captures Miss Gwen’s personality. I love the new pic of you on Goodreads also.

  124. Megan on October 3, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I vote for #4,

  125. Pam P on October 4, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Great designs by all. My favorite is #5, Miss Eliza.

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