Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Paniolos, Parker Ranch, Princesses & Pochopino

*warning - this is a pretty long post!*

Paniolo... (Pah-nee-oh-low)
"In 1838, at the request of Kamehameha III, Spanish-Mexican vaqueros came from California to teach Hawaiians how to manage the wild herds. The vaqueros became "paniolo," a word derived from "espanol" or "Spanish." The name was also given to the new Hawaiian cowboys. Paniolo music, dress and arts are uniquely Hawaiian." (

Linking up with
Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday meme of the letter "P.

Here's my hubby as a little Paniolo.

(7 months - Hilo, Hawaii)

Here is our oldest, 
Girly~Twirly (aka theluckiestmrs.) 
our little Paniolo princess.

(10 months - Kona,Hawaii)

...tried to find the photos of our other daughter Girly~Whirly and our son Heartbreaker wearing cowboy hats...(I have so many photos not in albums and too many to go through!)... but I did find these two when they were in high school.

Girly~Whirly and a friend during Homecoming Week in high school.
(Ft. Campbell, Kentucky)

Heartbreaker with one of his friends at the beach.

(Tybee Island, Georgia)


Parker Ranch is among the largest ranches in the United States, spanning thousands of acres across Hawaii’s Big Island. It is also one of the country’s oldest ranches, with more than 160 years of history.
The story begins in 1809... A nineteen year old sailor named John Parker jumps ship and hides in a thicket as the ship that brought him to Hawaii drops below the horizon.
(photo from
Yes, that is snow on the volocano that is in the background.

John Parker comes to the attention of the great King Kamehameha I, the monarch who fought to unite the islands in a single kingdom, and John is given important tasks by the king. John returns one more time to the sea for adventure in China during the War of 1812, but then returns to Hawaii to stay for good...." (to read more go to

On our way towards Parker Ranch, we stopped in a cute diner style eatery. This was when we were visiting family in Oct 2010.
 (Mr. B, me, sweet sister-in-law, & brother-in-law.

(Mr. B's older brother and Mr. B give the thumbs up).

Princesses (These princesses also have ties to beautiful horses... 
...this time not ranch horses, but race horses...

...Girly~Whirly is a 2008 Kentucky Derby princess)....


Pochopino (Poh-cho-pee-no ...aka Filaguese(Fih-leh-gheez...this doesnt start with a "P", but I thought I would include this variation too :o) 
(slang combination of words for someone that is of Portuguese and Philippine descent).

And although my hubby is not "pure" Portuguese and I am not "pure" Filipino...our kiddoes are pochopinos :o)

 Mr. B + me =

1st photo: on our wedding day, where Mr. B first met family on my dad's side. (West Allis, Wisconsin)
2nd photo: at our wedding luau, where I first met many of Mr. B's relatives. (Hilo, Hawaii)

one Portuguese + one Filipino 

(@ his home in Hilo, Hawaii) &    
(@ my grandpa's in Sorsogon, Philippines)      
(both at 7 months old)

= 3 little Pochopinos :o)

...little 7 month old Pochopino #1
aka Girly~Twirly

(at Mr. B's parent's house-Hilo, Hawaii)

...little 7 month old Pochopino #2
aka Girly~Whirly

(at my parent's house-Eagle River, Wisconsin)

...little Pochopino #3
aka Heartbreaker

(at Mr. B's parent's house-Hilo, Hawaii
Mr. B is holding him and Great Uncle D gives him a kiss)

Here a few photos of when they are older. 
...our 3 Pochopinos :o)

University of Louisville, Kentucky
Girly~Twirly (2003 UofL Homecoming Queen)
Heartbreaker & 
Girly~Whirly (2006 UofL Homecoming Queen) 

"hear, see & speak no evil"

...warming up to Play some tunes :o)

Here are some Past orders...

...a couple of "Paniolo" (aka Cowboy) inspired orders:

This cowboy hat and rose were for a wedding which was centered around the cowboy theme wedding.

This horse was drawn for a lover and collector of horses.

What about a saddle too? This was taken from the photo of another's favorite saddle.

and here are a few that start with the letter "P".




...& remember Perdita from 101 Dalmations?

Whew! I did say this was a long post!  Thank you for your "P"atience while "P"erusing my "P"ost!... (if you've been by may remember my love of alliteration :o)

Last week, I had thought the letter "P" was what we were on in our Alphabe-Thursday journey and had been able to work on it earlier...but was able to quickly post last week a few photos of our wintery Oklahoma. Thank you for stopping by! I will be sure to return your visits :o)

I am also behind on last week's visits, but will be get by this weekend.

** more "P" word~ "P"lease...take a look at my facebook art page...It is just beginning, so am really hoping to have more that become "fans" by liking the page... 

You can take a look and become a fan, by going to my sidebar and clicking on to the facebook banner...(still learning more about navigating the facebook page myself! and slowly posting past orders there that are separated into categorized albums, so that you can find different ideas more easily.)**

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Friday, January 21, 2011


Here are a few past photos from Oklahoma after an unexpected snowfall...
This was on Mar 9, 1994.

Girly~Twirly & Girly~Whirly
...snowballs ready...

Heartbreaker about this snowball?

...instead of a snowball fight...
they made this snowman.

This is a huge tree full of snow!

Stay warm, wherever you are! :o)

****I have to admit...I actually thought I was ahead of the game this week, cuz I was able to work little by little on my post (a little sooner than normal), so I was excited to think that I would have my post up sooner than now.  Well...what happened was, for some reason, I thought this week's letter for Alphabe-Thursday was "P"!  So...when I went to link up with Jenny, I realized...there was no "P" link up! Ahhh! I quickly went through a list of "O" words in my head and thankfullly, Oklahoma popped in there!****

...but Yay! I have next week's post ready to roll! (...I know that "O" comes after "N", but for some reason...I was pretty focused on "P" haha)

 Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday meme of the letter "O.


Some past "O" art...

State of Okalhoma

Seal of Oklahoma

Oklahoma Sooners

U.S.S. Olympia

Otter & turtle

Ordnance crest

Oh, & please do become a fan of my facebook page...I hope to get past orders into separate, category albums...that way, the images will be easier to look up for ideas. The link is on my sidebar.

Thank you for stopping by and for leaving a comment. 
I will be sure to return your visit :o)

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

N is for Nine!

Nine Years old...

Some photos of each of us when we were NiNe :o)
(I was thinking of other "N" my Numerous Nesting dolls (Russian Matroyshka and Japanese Kokeshi ones)...but I would have had to find all of them, since I have them packed thought this would be faster :o) and I hope to get linked up with

Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday meme of the letter "N.

Mr. B

Nine years old in 5th grade.
Hilo, Hawaii

Me :o)
Nine years old in 5th grade.
San Antonio, Texas

(aka theluckiestmrs)
Nine years old in 4th grade.
Schoffield Barracks, Hawaii

Nine years old in 5th grade.
Ozark, Alabama

Nine years old in 4th grade soccer photo.
Ft. Campbell, Kentucky

Mr. B, Girly~Whirly and I were all December babies...and when we each started kindergarten, we were able to make that state's age cut off to we were all 4 years old when we started school.  Girly~Twirly and Heartbreaker started kindergarten at 5 years old.

Thank you again for all those that entered my recent giveaways....and thank you to the winners for contacting me. I have started on the ones that have given me the details of the ones that they chose to have drawn.
Here are some orders just shipped.

"Hi Maria! I wanted to contact you to place another order now that we have moved back from Germany. I would love to order an 11" x 14" Fleur de lis using the name Winters, calligraphy l'amour dans notre maison (translates to English to say love in our home). I also want to order an 11" x 14" welcome pineapple also using the name Winters, calligraphy WELCOME."



Thank you Cassie, for these of the fleur de lis and the pineapple. I love the quote you chose for the fleur de lis. And the pineapple is perfect for a Welcome, since it is the symbol for hospitality.

And Cassie's mom~ "Dr. D" requested:
"Hello Maria:  It has been a while since I ordered my last design.  It was for my son & new wife with the two doves holding a banner in their beaks with the 5 childrens names. My son & daughter-in-law love the drawing--so unusual.

So now I have a new neice and would like something unique.  My daughter...suggested a  princess crown/tiara for her.  The mom is definitely a princess and little Kyla will be as well.  Something which can grow with her over the years."

I truly appreciate you both for keeping my contact info or for finding me again.

Thank you, fellow bloggers, for stopping by and for all your comments. 
I look forward to returning your visits. 

(Oh! One more exciting thing...with the wonderful help of Kathie of Just a Happy Housewife, I was able to put up my facebook business page "badge" on my sidebar. Puh-leeze, feel free to click onto it, take a peek and become a fan! Thanks Kathie!)

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