Wednesday, October 31, 2012

X-tra, X-tra... all about it!

Yay!  Yahoo! Yippee!

(This could have been my "Y" post! ...but today I am linking up with Jenny's X-traordinary, X-tra special Alphabe-thursday's "X"!!

In case that little newspaper print is too small to read.
This is what it says:
Excited "Lolli", aka "Bunny's grandma", flies out to visit this lil' Bunny and her family!

 (Looks like she is saying "Can I help put your luggage here?")

& "Papa", aka "Bunny's grandpa", flies shortly afterwards, to join in the fun.

Those also in attendance will be:
Lil Bunny's Auntie Girly~Whirly & Uncle amazing, who will be driving there.

& Lil' Bunny's Uncle Hert~throb & Auntie-to-be Sweetie take to the roads too!

Soon the family will be there to hug & hold lil' Bunny...and celebrate family time!

(So, I will be away from my computer, but was able to get these posts made before I flew out!)

And also coming up...more news...

I joined in with the Madam Samm's upcoming blog hop called U R Priceless Coin Purse Blog Hop!
(...from November 5th through November 13th).


Here's some artwork...
"hot off the presses...well...not really "hot of the presses", since I do them all by hand... should I say..."hot off my drawing board"?
Any way you say it, I greatly appreciate everyone's interest and recent orders!

This was Christmas Order is for two brothers of their family crest. Each of the crests are drawn entirely with their last name. What makes these so special, is that their sister who ordered these, will have a copy of the explanation of the crest in their dad's own handwriting. He has passed away since having written down all the family crest info, so how wonderful to have that history written by him.

The Georgia G shown at the top is in black and white. And the bottom is a photo of it after color was added. This Christmas order will be given to a young 11 year old Georgia fan, who had seen some of the Personalized Sketches artwork and said to his parents that he really would like the Georgia G in his name :o)

Remember Nov 5th through Nov 13th to stop by and see all the fun coin purses.  Here is the schedule for that event. Katherine @ Sew Me Something Good
...and also stop by on my next post ~ November 9 for a chance to win one 8x10 personalized art of your choice of either a monogram or a fabric swatch/thimble/needle image.

And also check out all the great giveaways for the Marine Corps Birthday Bash! @ Semper Wifey's 2nd Annual Marine Birthday Bash!
With a chance to win, on her November 9th post, an 8x10 Personalized Sketches monogram too!

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Winners & What's coming up?

First of all...the Winners of the Viper Pilot books.
Thank you all who commented and entered for a chance at one of the two books given by William Morrows Books/Harper Collins Publishers. And thank you to all that stopped by. I enjoy finding and reading your comments, and I do know that it takes time to do this!

Winner #1: Darlene

Winner #2: Jenny

I will be contacting you to get your mailing address. I need this so that I can give it to the publisher and they will send the book directly to you.

Joining in with Jenny's Alphabe-thursday's "W"!


And next...What's coming up?

I joined in with the Madam Samm's upcoming blog hop called U R Priceless Coin Purse Blog Hop!
(...from November 5th through November 13th).

Our cheerleader (aka helper extraordinaire!) for this fun, fun, fun blog hop is Katherine @ Sew Me Something Good.  (Katherine posted the schedule of all those participating).
Thank you both for being "my go-to gals for all the help and encouragement :o)

I have not done a blog hop like this before, so I hope that I get it all done correctly :o)

I was excited to see this and thought I would give it a try.

Be sure to stop back and see the cute, chubby, chunky coin purses created for this event.

My day to share the coin purse I made will be on November 9th.

& from November 1st through November 14th is Semper Wifey's 2nd Annual Marine Birthday Bash!

Also on November 9th, I will be donating one 8x10 Personalized Sketches of a wedding monogram of the winner's choice. (Mat, frame and shipping are not included). Be sure to go to Semper Wifey's blog for a chance to win an 8x10 Personalized Sketches on November 9th, as well as something each day of this fun event.

(You do not have to be a military spouse...EVERY one is welcome to enter!)

& for those that are new to my blog, I try to share some past art orders.  These are some representing the letter "W"...  Every one is drawn entirely with a name.

This water skier was drawn from a photo of Alec. 
He comes from a long line of amazing water skiers!

This was drawn of a windmill in the Netherlands.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Viper Pilot (Book Review & Giveaway)

VIPER PILOT is the personal account of Lt. Col. Dan Hampton.

This book was sent to me, by William Morrow Books (Harper Collins Publishers) to review and to giveaway ...a copy to two of my blog readers.

I enjoy reading all types of genre of books...from historical fiction to action/adventure to autobiographies to how-to books to cookbooks...

Joining in with Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday's V! 

I am only a third of the way through this one, but wanted to post about it as soon as possible, since it was sent to me so quickly!

Growing up in an Air Force family and then marrying a military man, I do enjoy military-related books.

This book was interesting to read coming from the perspective of an Air Force fighter pilot.  In the beginning, he touched on the experiences as a student pilot. As well as a brief history on how the Viper unit came to be. I am at the point in his book about some first experiences in the beginning of the Iraqi war. He recounts some hair-raising moments that one can only imagine and he also has moments interspersed with humor.

I do appreciate the section at the back of the book that is a glossary of military acronyms.  Even if there is someone that is familiar with military acronyms, the glossary serves as a great resource.  It definitely be helpful to someone not familiar with the military acronyms.

I think that someone in the aviation field or interested in military aviation or the military, would enjoy the insight of these accounts.  For me,  I would rather have done without the foul language.

I have great respect for all our men and women in uniform.  And have great appreciation for all those who have served and sacrificed with their time, duty and lives for our country.  It takes very special, motivated and dedicated men and women to serve in our armed forces.

1.  If you would like to enter for a chance to win a copy of this book to read or for someone you know, please leave a comment stating that you would like to enter.  Your name will be entered to win, if your comment indicates that you are entering.  One name will be drawn from these comments on this blog post.

2.  Go to one of the following fb albums and leave a comment beneath as many of the images in those albums. I will draw one name from those comments left between October 17th through October 23rd. Each comment left will have a chance to win a copy.

I will draw the names on October 24th. (The book will be sent to you directly by William Morrow Books/Harper Collins Publishers).

Here are a few aviation-related artwork.

And here is a recent art order for a gift to young man that completed training for his private flying license. It is taken from a photo of the Cessna that he flew.

Also...if you haven't already read my previous "V" post...please feel free to go to ...Veterans and Vaters. And if you get a chance to do so, please leave  a comment there, so I know that you stopped over.

 (1991 flying relief missions as a Blackhawk pilot, over Bangladesh)

My husband is a retired Army helicopter pilot, who flew two different helicopters and types of missions.  He flew the UH-60 Blackhawk (utility, rescue) and also the AH-64 Apache (attack).

 (2003...With a fellow Apache pilot in the deserts...)

I love to hear the many stories shared between him and his buddies over the years about their military adventures.

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Teeth, tooth brushing baby, & tooth fairy pumpkin...

Our little grand baby "Bunny" got her first two teeth at 6 months old.

Our daughter brushes her teeth and then she loves to "brush" her teeth herself. Her favorite thing to do on the changing table is brush when her diaper is changed.

Joining in with Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday's T!

Our daughter sent us a video of her getting the toothbrush from our daughter's hand and then doing the brushing up and down all by herself! Hilarioius! I showed it to everyone at my dental office and they all said she should put that on the American Dental Association website or You tube it! haha
(With a dentist mommy, dentist auntie, 2 dental uncles and one great-uncle that is dentist...oh yes, and me her dental hygienist "Lolli", we have to say: "Way to go baby girl! on your brushing skills!" lol

I need to figure out how to post the little video of her here.

For now, here is a close up of her that you might be able to see her little teeth peeking through. She loves to smile a lot, but it's hard to catch a glimpse of her teeth yet.


Also here is a photo of the pumpkin I carved from the foam pumpkins. It was fun to do, but boy that foam was pretty messy too! :o)

It's for a little contest hosted by the local ortho office. Our office is one of the four in our town that is part of this. So, if you have facebook, please take a look at this Tooth Fairy Pumpkin...and we'd love your "vote" by liking our tooth fairy pumpkin. Every "like" for the photo will count as a vote!

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