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Sunday, January 30, 2011

One World, One Heart 2011!

OOOh, fun!  I will be participating in One World, One Heart again this year.  Participants in this event offer up something they have created to bloggers who wish to enter a drawing on the creators blog.  Bloggers from all over the world join in, and it's a great way to meet new people, get inspired by the art of others, and have your eyes, heart, and mind opened wide.  It officially begins tomorrow, and you can find it via the link on my right sidebar!
Here are my offerings:  
This is an example of a soldered charm you might win if you enter by responding to this post in the comments area.  You must be a blogger to enter, and you must leave a way for me to contact you in your comment.  This is very important!  Since hundreds of people might comment (thousands participate), I won't be able to take the time to search for a way to get in touch with you! could win one of my market bags, of which this is an example......I can offer some choice of size and color to the the winner. could win this burlap stocking with vintage lace trim, and two more coordinating burlap stockings!

Be sure to  leave a comment, and include your email address or blog address!  It all ends February 17!
Good luck, safe travels!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

100th post!

Happy Birthday to my daughter, Natalie!  She is no longer a teenager.  Sigh.  We had a lovely day of pampering yesterday in Tampa, getting our nails and toes done, doing a little shopping (I got a STEAL of stamps at Michaels for only $23), and getting a couples massage with two extremely awesome massage therapists with fantastic sense of humors!  What a blast!

 It's hard to believe that  this is my 100th post!  And what an excellent reason to create it - I won Christine's (Change of Heart) blog give-away, the package of goodies you can see on my right sidebar!  Thank you so much, Christine!  I have a few ideas for many of the items she's sending along, including something special for my sister, who is undergoing radiation and chemo for cancer. 
Hmmm, looks like I will need to create something special for three causes - One World, One Heart, my blog anniversary of 100 posts, and Pam!

No pictures today, since I do not have my own computer at home, but soon......:)  I tried to do my own data transfer from my ancient G4 to the new 27" IMac, but messed it up, so I hauled that puppy down to the Apple store, where those wonderful pros will take care of doing it for me.  The speed and clarity I have gained is absolutely incredible.  Can't wait to make slideshows of my favorite photos!

Keep your eyes open, fun stuff to come!

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Browsing this morning I came across a wonderful blog, sprinkled with gorgeous photos, design links, and is one that struck a chord with me:

in Elizabeth Gilbert's Committed  when she wrote about indecision:

"The problem, simply put, is that we cannot choose everything simultaneously. So we live in danger of becoming paralyzed by indecision, terrified that every choice might be the wrong choice. Equally disquieting are the times when we do make a choice, only to later feel as though we have murdered some aspect of our being by settling on one single concrete decision. By choosing door number three, we fear that we have killed off a different -- but equally critical -- piece of our soul that could only have been made manifest by walking through door number one or door number two. In a world of such abundant possibility, many of us simply go limp from indecision. Or we derail our life's journey again and again, backing up to try the doors we neglected on the first round, desperate to get it right this time. Or we become compulsive comparers -- always measuring our lives against some other person's life, secretly wondering if we should have taken her path instead. All these choices and all this longing can create a weird kind of haunting in our lives -- as though the ghosts of all our other, unchosen, possibilities linger forever in a shadow world around us, continuously asking, are you certain that this is what you really wanted?"

Monday, January 17, 2011

Catch up!

Here are last week's inchie and today's inchie!  The red one is my take on power - I would have added many more words, but couldn't fit them all in.  Maybe I should  have printed them in a spiral....hmmm.....
The one on the  left is today's submission, "caring".  After our experience last week, I felt it only fitting to dedicate this one to the cardiologist!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Curve ball!

Life threw me a curve ball - my husband had a heart attack yesterday.  Doctors and personnel at the hospital were wonderful, and had him transported from his work site, through the ER, and into  and OUT of the cath lab with stint in place in under 2 hours.  I arrived within 20 minutes of being  notified (I had to get my 4th graders situated) and by then he had already been taken to the cath lab.  I waited 45 minutes to talk to the doctor who did the procedure, which was done successfully. 
To those of you who are in the inchie challenge with me, I can pretty much assure you the powerful inchie won't be done this week.  But I have high hopes for the weekend, and plan to get it and the caring inchie done....which will probably have something to do with medical personnel! 

Monday, January 10, 2011


I don't like the inchie I made for today's challenge, "power".  Not one of my favorite words, and my interpretation of it is complicated, therefore very challenging to put into a one inch piece of art.  But I'm not giving up, it will just be late.  :)
In the meantime, I got sidetracked to this site,, where I entered this fanatastic give-away.  Gotta love it!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

One World One Heart

For the third year, I will be participating in One World, One Heart.  All bloggers are welcome to join!  It is so much fun to visit blogs of others around the world, see what their interests are, what we have in common, how we live and think alike and differently.  Check it out!  Join us!