Friday, April 29, 2011

Blessed because He LIVES!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

I am  joining in this week's  Alphabe-Thursday's "B" with Jenny!

Although our family is scattered physically, living in various states, we are so thankful that no matter the miles between us...our love is forever connected and brings us together in thoughts and hearts.

While our children were able to spend a wonderful day at our son-in-law's parent's home to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, Dave and I were blessed to spend the day at the beautiful home of our dear, dear friends here in Georgia. 

It was fun to be there with their children and their 10 grandchildren!

Here are some past "1st Easter" photos...

My hubby's 1st Easter... with his big brother, who is 14 months older. 
~Hilo, Hawaii~
Their mom sewed a lot of their outfits, although these matching ones was sewn by one of their dad's sisters.

Girly~Twirly's (aka theluckiestmrs.)1st Easter
~Hilo, Hawaii~
This was taken in front of Mr. B's parent's home.

 Girly~Whirly's 1st Easter. I sewed the girls dresses and the bonnet and hairbow.
~Ft. Walton Beach, Florida~
This was taken when we went to visit Mr. B's uncle, aunt, their daughter and granddaughter.

Heartbreaker's 1st Easter.
~Schofield Barracks, Hawaii~
It was a beautiful, sunny day...the little tshirt dresses, I drew a little bear, bunny and racoon on with fabric paint and sewed the bottom to create the dresses and Heartbreaker had the t shirt with the little racoon drawn with fabric paint.

We have so many other past Easter photos, but thought I would share just a couple more:
I love that Mr. B's mom sewed the matching shirts and the dresses. Love the matching colored purses and shoes that his mom and sister have. (Mr. B's 5th Easter)
~Hilo, Hawaii~

Here we are also in Mr. B's parent's home...about 22 years later :o)
I was pregnant with Heartbreaker. (That dress made me look Humongous!!)

And then these were taken this past weekend with our dear friends (B & T) after church.

These are the desserts that I made to bring to their home. The cute bird's nests I tried from Lorraine's recipe.. There also was the Strawberry pretzel dessert, the Chocolate Krinkle Cookies, and the pretzel turtles.

They have a gorgeous home.
This is one of their beautiful grandchildren helping bring some of the amazing food prepared by B.

And here are some art orders recently sent in the mail...some of the recent winners of the recent giveaways on my blog and my facebook. I will be posting more after they have been received. I love to do these and appreciate everyone's interest.  I'm very blessed that I am keeping busy with so many great requests for the art that I do.

"I have received the wonderful gift you made for me and I am amazed at your talent!  I plan on purchasing a mat and frame to display it in my home.
Thank you so much!  I will always think of you and your sweet family when I look at this lovely and inspirational drawing."   

Thank you, Lorraine!

This eagle was drawn for Michelle's military hubby.

"OMG! OMG! I won! Yeah! Woohoo! ... o.k. I've got it out of my system. What info do you need?"

She sent me this quote of General Douglas MacArthur's to add to it.
Thank you Michelle for also being a wonderful repeat customer!

And this monogram...
"Maria, I am so excited!!! What info do you need? Just let me know:)"

Thank you Amanda for also being a past customer.

 Thank you for your visit and comments! I love to find that you have been by and will be sure to return your lovely visit.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Armed Forces family...

This is from a previous post about "veterans" that I had posted last June...but it had the photos of some of our military family members, so I am sharing this again for this week's  Alphabe-Thursday's "A" with Jenny!

And I also am sharing some other Armed Forces Art that was not on the original post.

The following are some past photos of some of our family who have served in the Armed Forces...

This was taken on our wedding day with my dad and my honey in their Air Force uniforms.  

Dad, me, Mr. B, my little brother, Mom
(February 1982)
West Allis, Wisconsin

Here are some of my Mr. B aka Handsome Hawaiian Hubby aka Honey, Sweetie, Hubba-bubba (I really don't call him this, but thought it's a cute nick name :o) 

He was in the Air Force, 
as a Space Shuttle/Crash Rescue/EMT fireman.

And this was during flight school:

And this was taken of my mom, hubby, me and my dad 
at the Flight School Graduation Ball as an Army Aviation Warrant Officer:
Since I could not find the photo of Dave's dad in uniform, I am posting this one.

Mr. B's dad served in the U.S. Army.  During the Korean war, an explosion occurred and he was blinded for 2 weeks and also told that with injuries from shrapnel, he would not have kids. he is with Mr. B's mom right after they came home with their second of four children. This was  Mr. B as a baby.
I am sooo thankful that the docs were wrong! :o)

 Mr. B was born about 14 months after his older brother, followed by their sister - 13 months later and then 6 years after came their younger sister.

This Mr. B's Uncle Delbert in the Army.
(his mother's older brother)
He has such a sweet, loving way about him.
(late 1940's/early 1950's)
He lives in Hawaii.

This is Mr. B's cousin Bobby leaving for the Army.
He was taller than Mr. B's dad who was 6'1".
(Uncle Bobby was also much older than Mr. B and his siblings, so out of respect, 
the kids called him Uncle Bobby):
Uncle Bobby, Mr. B's Dad, Mr. B
brother Joey

This one is a photo of Mr. B's Uncle Peter also leaving after being on Army leave.
Uncle Peter and his wife, Aunt Darlene, were the first of Mr. B's family 
that I met when we first started dating in New Mexico.
(Sept 1966)
at the Hilo, Hawaii airport.
Voovoo, Uncle Bobby, Uncle Peter, Mr. B's mom
Mr. B, brother Joey, sister Sandy


One of Mr. B's Dad's brother-Uncle George-retired Army colonel, 
gave General Westmoreland daily briefings during Vietnam.
(Nov 1966)
Aunt Patty and Uncle George
Mr. B and brother Joey


My dad is retired Air Force.
We traveled & lived mainly in the United States and the Pacific...
moving about every 2 years.


My Lolo served in the Philippine Army: 
He helped take care of me when I was really little :o)
 I remember him being fit and strong. 
I have more family on my mom's side that served in the Philippine Army.


This is my brother Leo, who is currently in the Navy.
 holding their pretty princess, SIL, and little cutie. 
This was taken after his promotion to Chief Ceremony in San Diego.

And if you  have been to my blog before, you have seen this photo of Mr. B.
It is one of my favorites. :o)
I asked him to "Please" take this photo.
***Isn't it great what our loved ones do for us? :o)***
(My Awesome Army Aviator!) 
It was taken after his last official flight.
Now he says he "flies a desk."

We both have more family that have served in the military, but these are the photos that I was able to find.  Thank  you to all those who have served or are currently serving in the military.  And also to all the families of military men and women.


Thank you Denise for your recent order of these two for thank you/farewell gifts.


 & These are past orders representing:

Army Seal

Air Force Seal

Air Force crest


Chief Petty Officer coin I drew for my brother's promotion.


Marine Corps mascot


Coast Guard aircraft

Thank you for your visit and comments...I will be sure to return your visit.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

ABC's of me!

~Kindergarten - 4 years old~
Hanscom Airfield, Massachusetts


I saw this not too long ago on Bacardi Mama's and Sweet Tea Diaries' blogs... 

...they were so fun to read & what a perfect post to do for this week's Alphabe-Thursday's "Alphabet Soup" with Jenny!

Please let me know, if you've already done the "ABCs of me", I'd love to read it...

Or if you do an "ABCs of me" post, after learning about it from here, I'd love if you link back to me, like I've linked back to Bacardi Mama and Sweet Tea Diaries.

Age: 47...I often have to subtract my birth year to the current year! or have to think about how old our oldest child is and add how old I was when I had figure out my age!   Is there anyone else like that?

Bed size: Queen

Chore you hate: cleaning toilets (when I read this of Bacardi Mama's, I had to agree!)

Dogs: None right now, but we do have two "granddogs".

Essential start to your day: Thank the Lord for a new day (especially on days vacationing with family)...& then put on my glasses!

Favorite color: white, black, lots of different colors...sage green, dark burgundy (when I was little, I loved yellow)

Gold or Silver: Gold
Height: 5'7 and a half...our kids say that I am shrinking...

Instruments that you can play: the musical genes, for singing and playing instruments, went to my hubby, mom and our 3 kids...I make a joyful noise...sometimes to the beat of my own drum  :o)

Job title: Artist...Dental Hygienist...("full-time gramma" sounds real fun!!!)

Kids: 3 wonderful, beautiful, loving, caring, talented, thoughtful, fun children who love the Lord with all their hearts. & of course 1 equally awesome son-in-law!

Live: southern, sunny, coastal Georgia...would love to live closer to our kids...

Mom's name: Remedios (nick name: Remie)

Nicknames: "Bing"...from when I was itty-bitty...some family still call me "Bing"

Overnight hospital stays: ...after giving birth & staying with our son when he was going through chemo.

Pet peeve: Any one in a customer-service type position, working with people, that are not courteous or friendly.

Quote from a movie:  for some reason this came to mind..."for-ever, for-ever..." (The Sandlot)

Righty or Lefty: Righty

Siblings: brother (11 years younger than me) & sister (20 years younger than me).

Time you wake up: On weekdays~6:30...on a weekend ~usually around 7-ish.

Vegetables you dislike: as a kid..I only liked a few I got older, I liked more and, I eat everything! (which my weight reflects!)

What makes you run late: With my hubby around, not a problem with being late. :o)

X-rays: ...mamograms, dental, chest xrays

Yummy food you make: fav requests from our kids ~ Chicken parmesan & skillet bread ...~Korean chicken...

Zoo favorite animal: ...monkeys, cuz they're so fun to watch... & giraffes, zebras, bears, panda bears (I agree with Sweet Tea Diaries...pandas are adorable.)

I believe I've posted this recent order, but thought to share it again, since it fits in well with the ABC theme :o)

The baby blocks have the initials of this cutie's first, middle and last name. And surrounding the blocks is her birth info.


Again...thank you to all those that entered my art giveaways by commenting on my post from April 2nd to April 9th.

Here are the comments that were drawn:
Giveaway #1: an 8x10 eagle with verse 

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!

Thank you for replying back about your win...I look forward to drawing this eagle for you using the name of your choice.

Giveaway #2: an 8x10 monogram 

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.

Amy...please excuse my error when I left you a comment about your win...I meant to say your name was drawn, not that it was not! oops!

Giveaway #3: an 8x10 drawing with baby info
Alely said...

like you on facebook : ).
Thank you for emailing me confirming your win. and I look forward to hearing what image you would like drawn for this category.
This baby one, shown here, is just a sample...the winner would let me know what they want drawn.

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).

#1 certificate: DHidey said...

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

DHidey, hope you got my comment that your name was drawn for one of the two 20% off certificates. Please let me know if you are interested in it. If not, not a problem :o) I will draw another name, should you decide not to accept.
#2 certificate:   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...
Thank you for your email and I am looking forward to drawing the image of the arrowhead for your dad! It is fun to do new images and I have not done an arrowhead before. I try to do them within a week from getting all the final info and confirmations.

(& if your name was not drawn for one of the giveaways, but you had commented on that post, I extended a 10% off special to be used on any art that is ordered. Just contact me via my email:

Thank you for your visit! I am behind in returning your visits from last week, but will get over there! I truly appreciate your kind comments...please come back again.
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