Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Opposites attract...

"Opposites attract..."  ...& yet, in so many ways... "two peas in a pod"

~ taken at our Hawaiian family wedding luau~
..My handsome hubby's mom sewed my blouse and his shirt.   

We were married in Wisconsin with all of my dad's family present. And then we flew to Hawaii as newlyweds and I met his family and friends for the first time.

I was thinking how blessed I am that of all the people in the world, the Lord knew who was the one for me...

...that my handsome Hawaiian hunk's  first military duty assignment was in Holloman AFB, New Mexico...which was also my Air Force dad's last military assignment, before he retired.

Here are....

...& this phrase ~ "in or at the exact moment!" ~ , my hubby and I have said to each other...and it so very, very often fits how alike we are in so many ways.

Perhaps it is that we have grown to think more and more alike after knowing each other for almost 31 years and being married for over 29 years.

Yes, I am so very thankful and blessed to have a loving, caring, man who loves the Lord and his family with his whole heart.

 ~ taken in Hilo, Hawaii~
...about 28 years after he first brought me home as his new wife. 

I love when we either say something "at the exact moment"... or one of us says something and the other was thinking the very same thing  "in the exact moment". (I do admit that I still like when we "coordinate colors" with what we are wearing, when we are out and about. haha)

Joining in 
...with  Marine parents, Life with my Littles, & Semper Wifey for Military Monday blog hop.
...with Trisha's Follow Me Wednesday.
...Free Pretty Things For You's Whatever You Want Wednesday.
...with Jenny's  Alphabe-Thursday's "O" 
...and with Alicia for Friday Photo Flashback
...and with Mel for Fancy Friday.


Here are some more art orders:

The first three were created for a husband and wife
...& whether they consider themselves "opposites" or "like two peas in a pod",  my well wishes to them on many, many years together to grow in love, laughter and memories.

Thank you Jordan for ordering yet another of the art that I do for another friend's wedding gift. The photo of the actual puzzle pieces to secure their envelopes that this couple used was such a creative idea. Like "pieces in a puzzle...a perfect fit."

This one is from a dear blogger friend! I love her ideas for this family tree.  LV, thank you again for another order and for your email:
"...I received my package today.  You did a marvelous job.  I truly like it and sure they will....Thanks so much for everything.  You are just the best in the line of sketching..."

Another dear blog friend sent me this email when hers arrived:
"I literally just got my picture from UPS!  I LOVE it!!!!  It's so awesome.  Thank you so, so much.  I can't wait to hang it up :-)"
 Thank you Kathie, it was fun to do your monogram with the style lettering you chose.!

And this one was an order for Kayla's husband with her email: " Thank you so much!!"

Thank you for thinking of this rank insignia for your husband and please give our thanks for your husband's military service!

Thank you also to Melodi for thinking of the art I do for a gift for her husband and thinking of tying in together his rank insignia and his unit crest! And thank you for your sweet email:
"You are a truly talented person! The art piece was in excellent condition when I received it, and thank you for rushing it to me..."
Thank you to your husband's military service.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What's in a Name?

Throughout this post, I share some past orders of Personalized Sketches that I've completed.

To those that are already familiar with the art I do...Thank you so very much for your interest.

& Thank you to those that are new here on my blog and for your time visiting...

Each drawing is entirely composed of the name of an individual.  
Each one drawn specifically with the person in mind... an image of a family member, pets, homes, hobbies, careers, ...something of interest that is significant or special in their lives.

This post and first drawing was from part of a guest post that I had written previously.
(this rose was drawn with the first name SHIRLEY)

Although Shakespeare's Juliet is correct in that a rose would smell as sweet regardless of what it is called, names play a special part of who we are.

Often, even if we’re not fully conscious of it, names affect us in some way.

Thank you Julie for another order. 
I appreciate you thinking of these for farewell/appreciation gifts.

For example:

...Deciding on names for your child. Have you ever thought of a name, and because of someone that you had known with that particular name, you had a positive association with it and moved it to the top of your list?

Or, you had a negative association and immediately eliminated it as a contender?

 Thank you for thinking of this one of you and your hubby.
This was drawn from a photo sent to me from Angelica.

I love to learn the meaning of names.  And when doing the drawings for a baby, it is fun to learn how a name was chosen...

 This handsome little boy has a unique first name 
and carries on a family name as his middle name.

Some are chosen for their meaning or how the name sounds or with a family member in mind.

Thank you Chris for thinking of this one for your dad who is a Georgia Bulldog fan!

With all three of our children, we love the meaning of each of their names.

I loved the name we chose for our older daughter first name. I had loved this name even when I was still in high school!  (Today is the birthday of Girly~Twirly aka the Luckiest Mrs. and a couple of days ago was my dad's bday...)
Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday!!! Here is a past birthday post done last year for them both.

And although not officially included with our daughter's first and middle names,  I love the Hawaiian names that my sister-in-law helped me to find for both our girls. "Makanani" means "beautiful eyes". And "Kaleonahe" means "pleasant voice".

(these are 3 separate drawings that I drew, but put them together here to view).

 (and these are the 3 photos that I drew them from).

And when we were expecting our second child, we loved the name of our dear friends beautiful and sweet chose that name for our sweet Girly~Whirly.

(Girly~Twirly, Girly~Whirly and Heartbreaker are just my nicknames I use for my blog :o)

Also with our son, we wanted to be sure to have both dads names included in his middle name, so he does have two middle names (my hubby's dad's name in Hawaiian and my dad's first name).

Thank you Kayla for this order for your husband's promotion. 
& Thank you to him for his military service.

Joining in 
...with  Marine parents, Life with my Littles, & Semper Wifey for Military Monday blog hop.
...with Trisha's Follow Me Wednesday.
...Free Pretty Things For You's Whatever You Want Wednesday.
...with Jenny's  Alphabe-Thursday's "N" 
...and with Alicia for Friday Photo Flashback
...and with Mel for Fancy Friday.
...and with Stacy for Friday Follow Fun.

Later in life, some people define and categorize a person when introductions are first made.  First impressions are often based largely on the name.   This may be why some have changed their birth names—to be more memorable or easier to pronounce, or to evoke a different persona.  Some famous examples include:
  • Bob Hope – Leslie Townes Hope
  • Chuck Norris – Carlos Ray
  • Demi Moore – Demetria Guynes
  • Harry Houdini – Ehrich Weiss
  • John Wayne – Marion Michael Morrison
  • Judy Garland – Frances Gumm
  • Marilyn Monroe – Norma Jean Mortenson.
  • Natalie Portman – Natalie Hershlag
  • Natalie Wood– Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko
  • Pelé – Edson Arantes do Nascimento
  • Shania Twain – Eileen Regina Edwards

There are many sites and sources for learning the meaning or origins of names. And whether someone realizes it or not, it can’t be helped but to associate a name with the individual. A name is a treasure that helps identify an individual immediately.

Many things change, but one thing is certain—names are part of an individual’s identity.

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