Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Look at my One World One Heart Giveaways!!!!

I was thrilled to win 3 OWOH giveaways this month!!! Here are the 2 I've recieved so far!The delightful felt bird holds a heart quilt made from tiny map fabric and a ruby red bead hangs from the heart. I just love it and it flew in from Charlene at Puddle of Grace. Thanks!
The Believe wallhanging was made by Cinda at Turquoise Cro.  I love the girl drawn with embroidery stiches!  She even has hugs and kisses stitched onto her skirt. Thanks so much!
I have heard from  3 of the 4 winners I sent to. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the 4th package arrives safe and sound! This has been such a fun, uplifting event and I am happy Lisa cam up with it and that I was able to play this year!!!!

Monday, February 23, 2009

We've Come A Long Way Baby!!! Happy 22nd Birthday!

I am wishing a very happy birthday to my firstborn, who is turning 22 years old February 24th!    I made your card tonight and I will be sending it to Connecticut tomorrow!
I'm sorry I didn't get it to you ON your birthday, but here it is!  Now I'm getting all verklempt because, even though it sounds like a total cliche, it doesn't seem like we've been together for 22 YEARS!  Dad and I are very proud of you and your whole family loves you very much!  
Have a wonderful day and we hope ALL your wishes come true!!!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Map of my heart and a new theme!!!

I did finish my journal page last night and here it is.  Did anyone else want to share the map of their heart?  For Valentine's Day my husband brought home a beautiful journal and pledged to 
write back and forth with me for the next year! He's a keeper, that one!  
For this week's theme I was influenced by our sudden dive into the world of Facebook! Lots of lists of favorites, funny name games and such are all over Facebook. I got tagged to write down the 25 most influential albums of my life. I had my hubby do it first because he has a brain like that.  So, this week's theme is The Soundtrack of Your LIFE. What music speaks to you personally? What song is YOUR SONG? What music brings back vivid memories of a time or place?  Do you play or write music? I can't wait to "hear" what you create in your journals.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

I picked the winners!!!!

I finally got a minute to choose and e-mail the winners tonight!  The four winners are Rebecca,
Dawn Supina, BlueBeardandElizabeth, and Diane ! I have already e-mailed all of them and am anxiously awaiting their addresses so I can send off the pacakges!  I only wish I had more time to visit all the blogs and enter more giveaways! I did find out that I won three, woo-hoo!!!!!!!
I have seen so much incredible eye-candy and I want to try to visit ALL of the wonderful blogs!
I am sending Valentine kisses to all the winners and all the fabulous artists who are part of the Gypsy Caravan ! You all ROCK!!!!!

I will pick my 4 winners tomorrow!!!!

Okie dokie, it is a quarter past midnight here in California and I have just pushed the magic button to keep the comments on my OWOH post at 213 ! I am one tired puppy since I have been working all night to get a submission box into Somerset Studio by the deadline!!!!
I promise I will come home after school tomorrow and work my mojo to find out who I will be mailing my giveaways to!  I'm excited to find out who it will be and I have had a blast meeting so many fabulous artists in every media imaginable! I am wishing sweet rainbow-filled dreams to everyone who participated in this awesome event and a big shout out to Lisa who started it all!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Spirit Animal pages and A Map Of My Heart! Countdown to OWOH drawing!

Here are my journal pages for the spirit animal theme.  I couldn't choose only one! I know lots of people identify with butterflies and I TRIED to be more original. But I have doodled butterflies since I was a little girl. When someone close to me passes away, I often see big beautiful butterflies flying near me and it feels like a message.  
This week's journal theme will be in honor of Valentine's Day. I challenge you to create a map of your heart.  Show in images, words, and symbols all the things you hold in your heart. What colors and designs do you imagine?  How do those compartments relate to each other?  I will be waiting to see all of your creative heart maps in your journals!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Comfort Dolls and Valentine image link

While I was checking out all the fabulous blogs participating in the One World One Heart event I came across the Comfort Doll project.  Artists are making small stuffed art dolls to donate to women's shelters across the country.  I think it's a wonderful idea and I tried to make a few this week.  My husband said they were frightening! I hope that's because he just doesn't get the art doll thing.  I will make some more and hopefully they will turn out better and I can send them to the project to be forwarded to a shelter.  I also came across a link to the free Valentine image a day countdown at  Ten Two Studios.  There are some really cool images to use and all you have to do is post a link to the site!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

My Hopeful Heart !

I'm sorry this post is so late this week.  I just finished my pages last night and wanted to post them before I added the new theme.  Baby pictures always make me feel hopeful. I love modern baby pictures, retro baby pictures, and especially vintage cabinet card baby pictures.  Those fresh little faces are so full of promise and  the mysteries of the path ahead.  I adore how the babies were ALL dressed in ruffled, elaborate christening gowns.  The little boys wore dresses until they graduated to short pants.  I have not researched this, but it makes sense that with many babies it was economical to only have ONE style of baby clothes for boys and girls.  I suspect the MAIN reason for the dresses was for ease of diaper changing and potty training!  So, when I went to do my Hope pages I couldn't help thinking of my own precious baby faces.  My oldest will turn 22 this month and my "baby" is 14 1/2 and towers over me!  But the hope I have for them is ever present.  I hope that the work I have dedicated myself to for 20 plus years is a small ripple in the biggest pond.  I hope that I can still plant seeds of the love of reading, writing stories, poetry, making art, and expressing ideas.  
This week's theme is  MY SPIRIT ANIMAL, what animal do you find yourself drawn to?
Do you feel like you would like to be a certain animal?  What traits or characterisitics do you admire or wish to have?  Make a journal page that tells the story of your spirit animal.
Please let me know when you've posted your page or want to share it here. I'd love to see what animal represents YOU!