Saturday, April 2, 2011

Welcome Ultimate Blog Party-Goers! Enter to win too!

Welcome to my little corner of this great big Blog World!
Personalized Sketches and Sentiments...
My blog is...

..."a bit about me", our family...
Awesome (aka son-in-law), Girly~Twirly, Girly~Whirly, Heartbreaker, me & my Handsome Hawaiian Honey.
(This is the most current photo of all of us together.)

...a bit about how my blog began:
Before the spring of 2009, I didn't even know what a blog was! 
Our older daughter, Girly~Twirly (aka theluckiest mrs) showed us her wonderful blog!  (I have her on my sidebar, although she hasn't been able to post in 7 months since she has been crazy, busy as a dentist). 
You may have seen or even been a recipient of her Happy 101 Award that she created and passed forward.

I've done Personalized Sketches and taken orders at shows and through word of mouth...and have been asked over the years if I had a website.  

(Computers to me were a challenge!...To give you a perfect example of this...for this post, I had it all set to post, except to add the slideshow, when I ended up accidentally deleting 3/4th of what I had completed!!! Agh!!)

***ALSO, Help! ...regarding a msg when I tried to edit on Safari "Client request is too large". it wouldn't open up to my blog's dashboard. I decided to make each photo smaller and remove some of the links to the blog hop parties.  But it still isn't allowing me to do anything on Safari! Have any of you had this message and problem? I was thakfully able to open up my dashboard on Foxfire.***

When our daughter won a blog design giveaway, she gifted it to me and so I jumped in and started my blog and my etsy shop at the same time.  It was not long ago that I felt "computer confident" enough to get a facebook page set up for Personalized Sketches. 


the Personalized Sketches...
...that's All about YOU!

1. I've been doing this art drawn entirely with a person's name, since 1985. (Wow!  25 years!...sometimes that seems like only yesterday!)

"Reader's Digest" version:  I drew one for my brother, went to a store to get a mat and frame for it... & employees and customers stopped and asked if I could draw any image with any name...   

(This was in pencil...All the art I do is in fade-proof, archival ink on medium to heavyweight art paper).

I took some orders that day, have been blessed and thankful that others have an interest in the Personalized Sketches.

IF you'd like, you can go HERE to read the original post on how I started drawing these.

***I am going to see if I can add this slideshow again (I had taken it out to see if Safari would open up.***    
Music playing are 2 original songs from our son Heartbreaker that I have saved on our computer.

Looking forward to meeting more bloggers during this week at:

This is for bloggers and non-bloggers alike. There are LOTS of prizes.

It's 100% FREE!!

Just write a party post of your own, provide the party URL on Mr. McLinky at 5MFM.
After you have provided your party link at 5MFM go PARTY!!
Start blog hopping, hanging out with new and old bloggers.
Especially try meeting new-to-you bloggers.
Last year there were over 2,000 bloggers participating.


Boost Your Buzz can be entered on  Simply Stacie, Survey Junkie,  or Little Yaya’s (you only have to enter on one of the sites as the forms will be the same on each).

It's always fun to receive a party prize, so I am also doing some art giveaways this week.

I am truly blessed and thankful for His grace, love and mercies and for family, friends & that the Lord has given me the ability to do the art that I do...

For those of you that are new to the artwork I do...
EACH drawing is drawn ENTIRELY with the name of an individual.  Look closely at the samples shown here...Also, ANY image using ANY name can be drawn.
Giveaway #1: an 8x10 eagle with verse (this is one of the first images that I have drawn back when I started taking orders...way back when :o)

Giveaway #2: an 8x10 monogram 

Giveaway #3: an 8x10 drawing with baby info

This baby one, shown here, is just a sample...the winner would let me know what they want drawn.

& Each of the ones that are chosen will pick their choice of name to be used within the drawing. 

(This does not include cost of shipping. I will let you know what the cost of shipping will be if you live outside the continental United States. Otherwise, the cost for UPS shipping of the 8x10 will be $12)
I am also including 2 giveaways for gift certificates to be used towards YOUR choice of image, with YOUR choice of name, in YOUR choice of size (8x10 or 11x14).

These are for the drawing only~ matting and framing are not included. Artwork is carefully shipped in a sturdy mailing tube.

Now here's how to enter (Please leave an comment for each entry, you  MUST leave a comment for EACH entry):

1. Leave me a comment on this blog post. & if you'd like, I'd love to hear about what you would like drawn (you don't need to have a blog to enter, but be sure to leave your email so that I can contact you)....1 entry.

2. Follow my blog...1 entry.

3.  Become a "fan" of Personalized Sketches on facebook by "liking" it...1entry.

 & last of all...I would love to give those that leave a comment a giveaway if you are interested...please contact me during this blog party and I will give you 10% off the cost of a Personalized Sketches art of your choice of image and your choice of name.


I really appreciate your visits and comments! I may be running behind, but I do return your lovely visits.  Please leave a comment at any past posts you take a peek at them and past art orders. And If you do, thank you for taking that time.

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DHidey said...

Wow--what great works of art. I love the eagle one with the verse!

Alely said...

hi friend! you are so incredibly gifted and talented!

what i would love to have hand drawn by you : )

est. 1992
The Lee Family

Alely said...

i'm already a follower.

Alely said...

like you on facebook : ).

Anonymous said...

Newest follower from the Boost Your Buzz Giveaway. Nice Blog, love the pictures. Please stop by A Little of This and a Little of That and follow back. Have a great week.

Coloradolady said...

I am going to cross my fingers!!!! Great giveaway!!!

Coloradolady said...

I like you on facebook....and here too!!! :)

Coloradolady said...

and....I follow your blog!!

The Pilot's Wife said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and readind the post about Patrick. He is on the road to recovery but still has a way to go.

I wanted to let you know that I am following you now and will wander around your site and check it out!

Again, thank you so much for stopping by The Pilot's Wife!

Anna, The Pilot's Wife

Vicki aka Jake said...

Maria, thanks for sending me to your giveaways. I usually don't enter them, but I love your work. And the eagle one really caught my 83 yr old dad's nickname is BUSH :)
And he loves eagles. What a great Fathers Day surprise this would be...

Vicki aka Jake said...

I've been a blog follower for awhile now...

Vicki aka Jake said...

And now I'll go to Face book....

Good luck to everyone :)

taylorsoutback said...

Thanks so much for stopping earlier - to answer your question about the red cherries...yes, they are all appliqued - almost done with that block - 112 cherries!

What a generous giveaway - you are so talented - have to say - my eyes focused on the beautiful monogram - I have a thing for old writing, script, calligraphy - especially when it is applied to an old quilt!

Veronica Lee said...

You know I love your art, Maria!!

Have a nice day!

xinex said...

I have been a follower, Maria. You are very talented and your have very smart kids....Christine

Amy said...

Your sketches are absolutely stunning, beautiful and artistic, as always. I didn't know the sketch is formed with names within them until now! (Shame on me!) Now I appreciate them even more. I'm so not a crafty or artistic person. But I surely do enjoy and appreciate your art. :) Thanks for this wonderful giveaway.

BTW, I'm hosting a tea sampler Giveaway on my blog. Please hop over to enter if you're interested. Have a wonderful day.


Grandma Becky said...

I love your art work. I'd like a design with Air Force emblem and maybe our names on it since both hubby and I served. Eagle is nice as well.

Grandma Becky said...

I follow your blog and am a friend on facebook.

LDH said...

Your art work is really beautiful and so unusual. A special keepsake to each one. I am a follower and want to thank you for this delightful giveaway!

Kathie @ Like A Box Of Chocolates said...

Hi Maria,

I just wanted to leave you the link for how to number your comments.

Susie is the blogger behind it and she is gerat. If you have any questions at all, just send her an e-mail and she will help you. She helped me a few times. She is in London, so don't expect an answer the same day :-)

Jackie said...

Hi I am linked to the blog party too. Here is my link click

I don't understand this though .

Jackie said...

PSS I mean I don't understand your giveaway but thanks for clearing it up . If I win does it mean you will do a sketch of me ?

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