Friday, September 17, 2010

At the end of my blog rainbow... a pot of in all the amazing blogger friends I have met since I started blogging...
...and all the new blog friends still to meet!

*Heartbreaker's Hawaiian rainbow* 
~he took this photo when he was there this past summer~ 

Here's a little family trivia...
Our son was born on the island of Oahu.
My hubby was born on the Big Island of Hawaii.
His Mom and Dad were born on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Their parents were born on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Their parents came over from the Azores Island. seems as if there is always a rainbow to be seen somewhere on the islands!
So throughout the many years, 
throughout these 5 generations
...there have been countless, beautiful rainbows that have been observed!

Also celebrating (believe it or not...finally...) 100th post!

And so to thank all of you who have taken the time to take a peek at my corner of the blog world 
to celebrate my 100th post, here are some giveaways relating to the art that I do.

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 of a military insignia
This sample is of the General's star. The winner would have their choice of rank or insignia.

Giveaway #4: 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 5 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).

(***This has an expiration date only because as it gets closer to Christmas, I get a lot of orders to complete. So in order to be sure to get your order completed and shipped out before I get swamped with the Christmas orders, I needed to set that date.***)

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):

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.  Write about this giveaway in YOUR blog (post...a link back to me, please)...2 entries.

4.  If you grab my button and post it on your sidebar with a link back....1 entry.

5.  If you are a "sister in the Bloggerette Sorority"...1 entry.

6.  If you visit our daughter's blog ~theLuckiestMrs.~
& leave her a comment between now and Sept 29th... 1 entry.
(...I added this special entry, because without her, I would have never known what a blog even was! :o)
 ***and she has not been able to post, since she has been a dentist working 5 days a week...but I know that she would love to find your comments :o)***

Giveaways will be open for entries until Sept 29th at midnight EST.  My hubby and I will be leaving to visit his family in Hawaii on September 30th and returning on October 9th, so winners will be announced on the following week's post on Oct 14th.

***Just edited: Also, please leave a contact email, if you are not a blogger or to be sure that I can notify you if you are one of those picked.***


Joining in with:
Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday meme 
and of the colors of the Rainbow.

(our son's Hawaiian rainbow photo flashback from only this past summer
...of all the many rainbows when we were living in Hawaii...
I was not able to find them in time for this post.)

(My walk down memory lane...regarding my fun time since our daughter The Luckiest Mrs. aka Girly~Twirly shared with us her wonderful blog...and opened up this amazing world of blogging to me!
...and to read about how I started doing this artwork using a person's name, please feel free to go to this past post HERE.)

***It has been great to be a part of this amazing world of blogging!***
 Thank you all so much for your kind comments! I always think it is sooo much fun to find a new comment and again...I have to say...I am humbled that you take the time to drop by!

Signature for blog


Debbie Petras said...

Aloha! I already have your button on my sidebar on Heart Choices.

Congratulations on your 100th blog post. I'm so glad you joined our blogging community.

Love you,

Debbie Petras said...

I love the eagle one as the verse is very special to me. But I also love the baby one. What a wonderful gift for a friend.

I love the rainbow photo.

Sending you a blog hug,

Debbie Petras said...

I already follow you!

Thanks for the suggestion and let's go back to sleep; lol.

Unknown said...

Congrats on your 100th post! The picture is lovely.

Terra said...

that rainbow photo is fab! And congrats on your 100th! It is an accomplishment for sure!

Anonymous said...

Maria, congratulations on 100 wonderful posts! I'm so glad that I found you and your blog :-)

I would love to have the monogram one with Joshua and Kathie plus our last name :-)

You are such a dear to have this giveaway, the bloggers who win these are very very lucky!

Anonymous said...

of course I follow! ;-)

Anonymous said...

I have your button!

Anonymous said...

1 of 2:

I blogged about it on my giveaways page:

Anonymous said...

2 of 2:

I blogged about it on my giveaways page:

Susan Anderson said...

I like the baby one best!

And your rainbow photo is wonderful.


Anonymous said...

I follow your blog! I love giveway number 4.

Susie Buetow said...

Love your post and photos! I love rainbows! Congrats on your 1ooth post. Keep on going!!!

Stop in and say HI! I'm your newest blog follower from the Friday Photo hop!


Miss Sweet Tea said...

Oh boy, so excited for this giveaway! I would love to win a piece of your art to give my parents for Mom would just die!

It's tough to choose, but I would go with either the eagle because my parents are very patriotic and this would fit in perfectly with their house, or the rank insignia for my Dad. But then again, my parents anniversary is December 7, and the monogrammed drawing would be a perfect gift for that occasion. So basically, I would pick any of them! Ha :)

Miss Sweet Tea said...

I am a loyal follower!

Miss Sweet Tea said...

I have your button on my sidebar under "Visit My Friends!"

Angela said...

I love your work! It is amazing! Congrats on 100 posts!!

I would love the monogram or the military insignia.

(if the other comment I just tried to leave worked please delete one. I got an error when I posted it)

Angela said...

I am a follower

Miss Sweet Tea said...

I've posted your giveaway on my "Current Giveaways" page with a link back to this post. I will also mention it on my next blog post!

Crossing my fingers and hoping I win!!! :)

Miss Sweet Tea said...

I'm sorry, I meant to include this link in my last comment...

Oh, and congrats on 100 posts! So glad you decided to join the blog world and that we're blog buddies!

Angela said...

I blogged about this

Angela said...

I blogged about this (entry 2)

Kel said...

Congrats on your 100th post! :) If I were to win, I'd love to have an Air Force seal drawn for my father-in-law.

Kel said...

I'm already a dedicated follower! :)

Kel said...

I already have your button too! :)

Jo said...

Congratulations on your 100th post! It has been fun visiting you through Jenny's memes!

XmasDolly said...

I totally love this picture. It's so -- so magical! I thought I posted mine last night & I got home today and realized I didn't, so I just posted mine! Sheesh! Have a great weekend.

Jen Price said...

What a generous giveaway! It's hard to choose what I would like drawn! I do think a Star Wars Lego man for my son would be pretty cool, though.

Jen Price said...

Oh, and I'm a follower!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

I love the action in your photograph.

What a terrific giveaway! I'd love to have my an image of my 3 Sun Kissed Boys of course. Perhaps something I could use for a button on my blog even. Hmmm.

Congrats on the 100th!

Bacardi Mama said...

Congratulations on your 100th post. I'd really have to think about it, but I am leaning towards my beautiful daughters.

Bacardi Mama said...

I'd follow you anywhere and I have been for quite awhile now.

Bacardi Mama said...

I already have your button posted on my blog.

LV said...

You know how I feel about your work and family. Tell "Heartbreaker" he did a super job on that rainbow scene. That is an awesome sight. That would have made a perfect feature for Sky Watch Friday. You and family have such strong ties and love, I do not blame you for sharing them with us. We need more families like yours. I am not sure about doing some of the things to enter your giveaway. At least, count me in as I will take anything I can get from you. It took awhile, but you finally made that 100 mark. When you have so many irons in the fire, you cannot do post everyday. You have done very well in all the things you are involved in. Thank you for being such a good friend.

LV said...

I finally got your button on my sidebar. Most of what I do is trail and error.

More Than Words said...

Hi Maria! Your son is quite the photographer!! Loved all the Hawaii facts, too!!

And what an awesome giveaway!!

If I were to win, I would love a drawing of a cross!!!!

More Than Words said...

And I follow you!!

More Than Words said...

I'm going to visit your daughter now! :)

Veronica Lee said...

Congrats on your 100th post! I'm already a big fan of your blog. So glad we connected.

Blessings and have a wonderful weekend!

xinex said...

HI Maria, I don't know why my second painting disappeared but I placed it back. That is an amazing picture of a rainbow, so pretty. Congrats on your 100th post! Great give aways! And you know I am a follower...Christine

Kel said...

I just visited your sweet daughter's blog. She looks so happy in the top picture! :) Isn't love grand!

Bacardi Mama said...

I left a comment for your sweet daughter.

xinex said...

I am back to tell you I am a follower... Christine

R Montalban said...

Happy 100th post and thank you for popping over to visit me and leave a comment. Aloha!

Unknown said...

Hi, thanks for always coming over to visit me! YOu have been such a wonderful encouragement.

I would love to have my boys names drawn but If I had to just choose one I would love to have my hubby´s name drawn in a picture of a guitar with a rose and the country of Spain as the background. He used to draw that for me when we were dating.

Unknown said...

I follow you.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Congratulations on your blog journey...What great giveaways...I am a follower and a Blogerette...I am going to visit your daughter right now....and will post your good to hear from you

Vivek said...

Hi Maria,

First of all Congrats on the 100 th Post , and your post are very inspiring and you kind gesture ..adds 5 start to this blogger sphere.

Thanks a lot.

I hv been off from this space because of work and Mom was not well and also . was a bit caught in self intro-inspection
Will try to do some of your as said..

And this post really has all seven colors of rainbow ..cheers :)( especially the pic is brilliant)

Will read your daughters blog as well that will be a great..experience to see the ..child's expressions

Happy weekend..

Take care
Keep smiling :)

The Teacup Cottage said...

Greetings Dear Friend! I feel so bad because I don't get to visit much. Now that our lil Monkey is starting to crawl, my life is in constant motion!
I do think of you often and say a quick prayer for you and yours though as we've got your art pieces throughout the house.
I promise to stop in more often and will try to get you a photo of the framed teacup soon!

Unknown said...

loving the adorable monkey in giveaway 4! amazing! here's my email! momostamper(at)

thanks for letting me know about all the excitement here!


Unknown said...

i'm already a follower/stalker!

Unknown said...

...and i blogged about your cool giveaway here

Unknown said...

i have already had that cute BUTTON up on my blog! lol!

Unknown said...

what's a sister in the Bloggerette Sorority? lemme in!

Unknown said...

and i've visited the beautiful luckiest mrs

i hope she's doing well!

Unknown said...

and i forgot to say congrats on your 100th post! yay!

myletterstoemily said...

i love your daughter's blog so much, and she
is even featuring one of my favorite amy grant

congratulations on your 100th post, which is
really like 500 posts to the rest of us, because
you pack so much fun and beauty into each

i have followed you gratefully for almost a year!


~Laurie~ said...

Hi Maria!!
Thanks for coming by my blog and commenting about my son's dragon drawings - I'm going to have him read all the comments - especially yours for the advice of painting!! Thank you!!

I'm so happy that you blog also - it can brighten your day and you can meet so many interesting people from all over the world. On days that I have felt down - I visit my blog buddies and I don't feel so alone!

I just read your tidbits about your hubby's family and where they were born. MY ancestors (starting with great grandparents) ALL came from the Azores!! Wouldn't that be cool to find out we are related!! Someday I will do my genealogy work and find out exactly where they come from - I am of 100% Portuguese descent (from both mother and father).

Well, I've gone on enough - Happy Blogiversary!! Your sketches would be a wonderful addition to my home - my fingers are crossed!!

I would love to win the Eagle drawing with that wonderful verse - an inspiration to all that would enter my home :)

I am already a follower and I will add your button to my blog :)

Take care Maria - I look forward to getting to know you :)

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Congratulations on your 100th post! GREAT JOB!

Free Pretty Things For You said...

I follow!!

The Stylish House said...

I've been a fan of your beautiful work and follower for awhile. I will add your blog button to my sidebar.
Thank you for stopping by and your kind words for my daughter Heather. We feel so blessed to have the wonderful donor family that is helping her.
Hugs, Cathy

DT ~ RDH said...

Hi there! So great to hear from you! i am LOVing the job although exhausted and a little bit cross-eyed. it's wonderful to be on base (feels so comfortable) and my co-workers are all so sweet and helpful. It's a lot to get used to since there's also all that military stuff, paperwork, etc. etc. but I think I've found the right fit for me! :D Hope you are well and excited about visiting Hi!! Hope you have an amazing trip! Eat eat eat! I'd kill for a huge baked manapua right now. ps. hooray for the 100th post!!!!
much aloha!

HeatherOz said...

Way to go on 100 posts! That rainbow pic is amazing!!

~Laurie~ said...

Hi! Back again - I'm a follower :)

~Laurie~ said...

One more time, I added your button to my blog :)

Free Pretty Things For You said...

opps.. sorry!
second entry:
I am a follower! :)

The Teacup Cottage said...

Me again! Hi! O.k. so yesterday I hid in my office and got some playtime on the computer before hubby, baby and pup realized I was AWOL. So I already follwed, but wrote another cute post with 3 links back to your blog (I think that's a record for me!), visited your daughter (which was easy since I follow her too) and put your button on my blog! I don't know what the Bloggerette Sorority is, but now I'm jealous ... do I sign up at the nearest college during Greek Week!?! ;) Well, congrats again on #100! Have a great day!

Jenny said...

What a fun and exciting stop on our little journey through Rainbow Summer School.

You are definitely going to be making a lot of people smile with your giveaway.

Congratulations on 100 posts!

You know I've been a follower for a long time. I'm always impressed with your work and your family!

Thank you for linking.


yonca said...

Congrats on your 100th post Maria!
You know I always enjoyed your drawings and I'm a happily follower:)xo
Have a wonderful day!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Love that rainbow picture. You know, I've been missing to see a rainbow, ever since I came here in the States, I haven't seen even a single one.

Thanks for the visit Kaibigan (friend), greatly appreciate it. If you have time, please join us to Nostalgia every Thursday.

He & Me + 3 said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today. You are so sweet in your comments. What beautiful art work you have. Gorgeous.

LisaShaw said...

It was such a blessing to receive your warm comment on my blog earlier. I adore Debbie. She's very special to me so I'm glad you found me through her blog. You have a very warm and inviting blog and I'm sure it reflects your warm heart.

You have beautiful art here. That Eagle drawing is beautiful! I can see that with a Scripture!!

I look forward to visiting again and getting to know you. Blessings and love!


~ Regan said...

So glad I came to visit! If I were to be fortunate enough to win one of your wonderful illustrations, I would get it for my daughter. I think it would look so good in her room!! ;)

You know I'm a follower! *wink!*

~ Regan said...

Forgot to say "Congratulations on your 100th post!" I just wrote my 200th, so stay tuned for a giveaway in the works on my blog!~

I have your button on my sidebar!

tracy said...

Hey Maria
What a wonderful give away for your 100th POST!!!
Congratulations my friend I LOVE your blog and your work!!!
I'll be back with my next comment!!!

tracy said...

I made a post on my blog about you wonderful give away...You know girl... I just love that Eagle and my name... it would proudly bare..
I have to go back and get your button...
Tracy G...

tracy said...

I have your button once agian, on my side bar or I guess I have a "bottom bar" and on the post I did about your 100TH post!!!

tracy said...

One more comment...I am on my way to your beautiful daughters blog to say "hi"...I know all about working full time and not enough time for one's blog!!!
Many blessings to you my friend...I love the photo of the rainbow, very pretty...It has rained here so much this summer and now fall...but I have only seen a rainbow 2 times...enjoy your time in Hawaii, wish I could jump in your suite case...I am facing the bitter chill of a beautiful but cold Canadian winter soon!!!
Many hugs

Steele Magnolia said...

It was good to see you Friday. I'll tell everyone in dental at AASU you said hello.
Your artwork is amazing! I would love to win the giveaway and gift it to my sister. She works for an Aeronautics company and I would love to have one the company's planes done with her name. She would even love a monogram. I hope I win! Blessings!

Leslee said...

Hello dear Maria! I'm sure you and dear hubs had a fantabulous time in the islands!!!

I am SO excited to enter your celabratory drawing; CONGRATS on your 100th post!!! Since I ordered gifts for my kids last year, I am VERY interested in getting something for ME!!! Most likely I'll have the vow renewal picture we have from Maui with our names...

I already follow your bolg, have your button and visited your sweet daughter's blog! Late reader so I missed posting your drawing on my blog :-( BOO!!

Talk soon :-)

Leslee said...


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