Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Orders, Award, Winnings Part II and a Sweet Surprise

Recently, I have been working full time, for which I am thankful and it is a blessing.  With that though, I haven't been able to be visit the many wonderful blogs I follow.  But I do appreciate you checking in on me and leaving your comments.

I have been keeping up with drawing orders. Thank you for the continued interest.  It's always fun to see what those orders will be of.

Thank you, Pamela for thinking of having this drawn for Amy. (This one was a local order that was picked up yesterday evening).


I received another fun award (AKA blog hug~as Debbie of Heart Choices call them :o)

.... will be hard for me to do, since it involves answering with ONLY ONE word answers!  Thank you, sweet Ave from Made in Canarias!  You'll have to take a peek at her place...she has a great blog with cute photos & stories of her darling little niece.  (I love babies :o)

So, here's my attempt at ONE word answers! Yikes! :

This award comes with some rules and a survey I have to fill out.
1. You Can Only Use One Word!
2. Pass this along to 6 of your favorite bloggers!
3. Alert them that you have given them this award!
4. Have Fun!
The Fun Part

1. Where is your cell phone? desk
2. Your hair? black
3. Your mother? giving
4. Your father? hardworker
5. Your favorite food? pizza
6. Your dream last night? teeth
7. Your favorite drink? frappacino
8. Your dream/goal? grandbabies&travel
9. What room are you in? office
10. Your hobby? Drawing
11. Your fear? ROACHES!
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? NearFamily
13. Where were you last night? home
14. Something that you aren’t? Skydiver
15. Muffins? Chocolate
16. Wish list item? ArtsnCraftroom
17. Where did you grow up? everywhere
18. Last thing you did? ShipDrawings
19. What are you wearing? Jeans
20. Your TV? off
21. Your pets? none
22. Friends? Love'em
23. Your life? blessed
24. Your mood? slightlyself-stressed
25. Missing someone? Family
26. Vehicle? minicooper
27. Something you’re not wearing? watch
28. Your favorite store? Homegoods
29. Your favorite color? sage
30. When was the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? Hmmm
32. Your best friend? Hubby
33. One place that I go to over and over? Bed
34. One person who emails me regularly? Kristen
35. Favorite place to eat? Mexican

(so...hopefully y'all overlooked the "one" word answers that happen to be two words squished together...oops, on #8 I squished 2 with a symbol &, no excuse...  I really tried hard to keep them at ONE word.) 

like another blogger friend has said on her blog... "it's my blog, so my rules" haha
...I'd also like to add two more bloggers here, besides the 6 that we are supposed to pass this award to. 
Our daughter @ TheLuckiestMrs.

...and about #2... that black was written in grey, is not a mistake...yep, my hair is mostly black, with some grey/white sprinkled in there, more and more each day!

*sigh* picking only 6 fav bloggers are about as hard as having to give ONE word answers :o)

I have to pass this award onto 6 of my favorite bloggers:
1) Christine @ Christine's Home and Travel Adventures
2) Angela @ Miss Sweet Tea
3) Gracie @ A Touch of Grace
4) Kathie @ My Net Finds
5) Nan @ Mom's the Word
6) Denise @ Lauren Nicole Gifts

& Tara @ Not so Perfect, contacted me to let me know that I won her UPrinting Poster giveaway! Thank you so much for a wonderful giveaway! wow!'s gonna be hard to decide what to have done!  So many possibilities ;o) (I'm like this when we eat out too...I have a hard time deciding, so usually ask to be the last to order!)

and about my Sweet Surprise...

first I found this:

then opened it to find this...

and this...

This Portuguese Galo is perfect!!

My hubby says he'll have to let his brother know that "It's official...He, and not his brother, is the true "Portagee" (Hawaiian Pidgen slang for someone who is Portuguese) since we have the authentic galo from Barcelos, Portugal."  It is a running joke, that his brother always says that he is PURE Portuguese, in spite of the fact that they do have some Spanish, Irish, and French in their family lineage :o) and even if the other siblings say they are Portuguese with a little of the Spanish, Irish, and hubby's brother loves to say that he is PURE Portuguese.

Nina, Thank you SO much!

It has been so much fun meeting you through the blog world and never would I have imagined that I would meet someone who is in Portugal and would bless us with a special gift!

Nina @ Portugal Bound has fun tales and photos of their whole family as missionaries in Portugal.  She has a great sense of humor and lovely, lovely kids... I am so impressed that the 3 older girls are attending Portuguese-speaking school and I am sure that their youngest daughter and their little guy will be fluent in speaking Portuguese also!  How awesome!

Blessings & Aloha!

Monday, September 21, 2009

New orders, new award and new winnings...

Here are 3 orders that have been completed and shipped.  Thank you Ms. LaVoice for your interest & your orders :o) 
Layton is her adorable great grandson!

Thank-you, Jamie at Beach Family Updates!  
I've seen this award around and have always enjoyed learning more about blog friends...

The rules here are to pass the award on to 7 bloggers who I think are honest in their blogging and to list 10 honest things about myself. Here goes:

1. Some of you already know or have heard me say that computers are not my specialty...but I am doing better  as I do things on it more...and know that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! (even computers haha)

2. If given the opportunity and there were no thought of how or how much, I would LOVE to travel...ANY where!

3. I wish that I could speak Tagalog (my mom's language). (actually, how awesome it would be to speak many languages!)

4. I wish that I could keep up with all the wonderful posts of all the wonderful blogs on my dashboard!

5. I need to be more disciplined at putting things up as soon as I am done using them and also be better at throwing stuff away! (I tend to hold on to some things thinking that it just may come in handy!)

6. I wish that I called my mom every day while she was still alive.

7. I want to live near ALL of our families! (with our kids in Kentucky, dad in Wisconsin, hubby's family in Hawaii, sis in Minnesota, bro and his family in California, and dear family in Alabama, etc... this is sadly, not possible!)

8. I love things antique and especially the stereoviewers, Japanese puzzle boxes, Russian nesting dolls, teeny miniatures, old gadgets...

9. I LOVE my hubby with his short hair and clean-shaven face... (can't help but love my man in a military uniform too :o) (although he is a retired Army aviator now... hm...he still has a couple of flight suits and fatigues around here :o)

10. I am so blessed and truly amazed with the talented, loving, beautiful children that the Lord gave us to treasure... for our son-in-law (also amazing!)... and I know that we will be blessed with our other children's future spouses... and for our future grandbabies :o)

Ok so here are the ladies that I am tagging! (I hope that you join in, but as pressure :o) & you may have already been tagged with this Blog Hug (I first heard blog awards called "Blog Hugs" from Debbie at Heart Choices.

1. Nina at  Portugal Bound 
2. Sarah at  The Animator's Wife
3. Valerie at  Composition Life
4. Christine at Propeller Head Mom
5. Rose at  A Santamaker's Journey
6. Sherry at  EX Marks the Spot
7. Our daughter at The Luckiest Mrs.


Also, I was selected for a wonderful giveaway!  Katie's giveaway was for 500 business cards courtesy of  How exciting is this! Especially, since I can always use business cards! and with a show coming up, I can never have too many!  These are up to 4 colors, can be glossy and front and back!  Thank you Katie! Check out Katie's Nesting Spot, if you hadnt already...she has many giveaways and always has sweet photos of her little girl!

Blessings & Aloha!
(and I appreciate your comments :o)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Art Blog Hop... Personalized's all about You!

I started this blog at the same time as my Etsy shop...It's a wonderful way to meet new people that otherwise, would not have been possible.

~Here are a few recently completed drawings~

The Kentucky map with the "My Old Kentucky Home" lyrics was a donation for the 3rd Annual Smiles for Life Fashion Show, Brunch & Silent Auction hosted by the University of Kentucky's chapter of American Association of Women Dentists.  This was held on Saturday, the 12th. Our daughters are involved with this worthy event. (with organizing, t shirt designs, modeling...) 

100% of the proceeds support women and children in crisis and need of dental care in conjunction with the Bluegrass Domestic Violence program.  One of the speakers was a recipient and not only received dental care, but was diagnosed with oral cancer.  Currently undergoing treatments, she spoke from her heart and said without these funds, she would not be alive today. 
Molly was one of the winners of a gift certificate selected during the Rooster Party Post.  She is a very talented artist and she sent a photo of one of her paintings for her 8x10 Personalized Sketch.  It is done with her name: MARJORIE.

Nancy is another winner of a gift certificate.  She sent me a wonderful photo of her and her hubby and used her gift certificate towards an 11x14.  Her image was drawn with her name: NANCY & her husband's image was drawn with his name: DICK

 EVERY drawing is drawn ENTIRELY using an individual's name.  ANY subject and ANY name can be done.  (I have been asked in the past if I do them on computer.  (Me &'s another story!) 
These are drawn individually by hand.

& if you're curious as to how Personalized Sketches got started, please go HERE.

I will continue to post samples of Personalized Sketches that I have done, as well as, new orders along the way. 

Thank you for stopping by, please leave a comment, grab a button, ask any questions or request...the drawings that have been requested have been of just about anything you can imagine...

Blessings & Aloha!

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Time to Welcome all... & winners announced...

What a wonderful week! I've tried to get to all of the rooster parties and the Baby picture Blog Hop. Whew! There were so many and time just flew by! I have to take a breather and then get caught up on my regular blog reading...

Here's a little glimpse of our humble abode...
Come along... We've had a lot of rain, which has been great for the yard and plants. But, I'm so glad today is so sunny & gorgeous here in Coastal Georgia!

I also want to share a few other homes that I've "visited" over the years, through the Personalized Sketches I do...

I truly appreciate everyone for stopping by & leaving such sweet comments during the rooster party Bella Vista hosted last Friday. I made sure you were given an entry for each possible way:
1. just for commenting... 2. & if you follow... 3. & if you got my button and posted it @ your place :o)

Because of the response, I decided to have my hubby pull 4 numbers out of the entries. In no particular order... they are:
1. Suzanne @ Coloradolady

2. Sherry @ Ex Marks the Spot
3. Molly @ Country Memories Home Place
4. Nancy @ Bacardi Mama
Please contact me with what you would like drawn and with the name of your choice.

I'm thankful & blessed by the interest in the artwork that has been expressed here & over the years.
*I thank the Lord for the ability to do something that I truly love to do...

...I hope you've enjoyed visiting and remember:
"You're welcome back any time!"

Blessings & Aloha!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Bouncing Babies...

I'm excited to share our Bouncing Baby pics on ROXIO. I won a yr's premium from Katie @Katie'sNestingSpot! Some of you know I'm learning, and learning, and learning as I go! ...and I may be a bit slow. (ok...maybe a lot slow...)

So...for your viewing pleasure! (& if I was excited to figure out how to embed the little Portuguese rooster video" on my last, I feel absolutely "computer-tech savvy" excited! least for the moment).

I thought "Bouncing Babies" was appropriate... some of us were a wee bit more "bouncy". :o)

Here are some stats:
*on the birth certificates*

Mr. B: a 10lbs + Christmas baby born @ 4:38pm, Hawaii.
Me: the smallest of us all (of course, that was back in the good ole days!) @ 7lbs + born @2:15pm, Philippines.
Girly~Whirly #1: @ 8lbs.2oz born @ 10:43pm, New Mexico.
Girly~Whirly #2 @ 9lbs.2oz born @ 1:40am, Alabama.
Heartbreaker @8lbs born @ 5:46am, Hawaii.


Here are a few more babies...each drawn with their name.

The 2 boys are not the same, but coincidentally, drawn in similar names. Brantley drawn in 2006, Brant drawn in 2008.

It's been great having you here!
...I'll be checking out more beautiful babies on this week's blog hop...

Blessings & Aloha!

*added note: a blogger had emailed to ask about the 2 gift certificates towards a drawing order that I have on my last post: Tales of the Portuguese Rooster. No, it does not have to be a rooster :o) The gift certificate can be used towards ANY image drawn with ANY name., if you would like, please feel free to check out my Rooster Party & see how you can enter. The winners will be picked on Saturday (Sept 5th) after all the Rooster Revelry is done. :o)

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