Wednesday, February 16, 2011

OWOH- 2011, Welcome! Welcome!

This post will stay at the top until 2/16/2011
just scroll on down to see what Art from my Heart is about and my most current post.
There will also be updates to this post if you want to check back.
*Updated 02-01-11, scroll down to see the heart*

Welcome to my blog, Art from my Heart. I live in beautiful southern california, USA
My name is Marie Segal and I am a stay at home gramma and artist. Sounds like a 12 step meeting doesn't it?
In a way it is. I work for myself and I create, teach, and live my artistic life, I also watch my 2 year old grand daughter, Madi, 5 days a week and sometimes on the weekend when her mother has appointments or things going on!
I mostly feel grateful for this, except when I want to go to the bathroom by myself, eat my own food with out sharing, work on my pieces uninterrupted, or have a moment of silence from 2 year old chatter. ;-D
We, though, are learning to share with each other.
The thing about working as an artist sometimes is that if you do not do the work or you are sick, you will not get paid, so it has been a process of learning how to stay motivated and make things, write about them, and teaching. I can not just play when the muse comes to visit. I have to play whether the muse comes or not.

I entered in to the OWOH giant blog meet and greet last year, at the last minute, when I my Mother in law had just passed away and I needed something to fill up my brain instead of the sadness. This was actually one of the best things I could have done.

Thank you, Lisa Swifka (she runs this thing), at A Whimsical Boheimian. There were 1100+ bloggers participating in this last year. I loved visiting and finding out about my fellow bloggers and looking at their pages and the art work or writings, I felt like I was spending time with dear, like-minded friends, and sitting in their studios with them. You may still have time to sign up if you want to and you can do it here
http://awhimsicalbohemian.typepad.com/a_whimsical_bohemian/2010/12/annoucning-the-fifth-and-final-one-world-one-heart-event-.html
This set me down right in the middle of a huge creative community, people searching for themselves and looking for what makes their hearts sing. It also became the time when I started feeling like a blogger and relating to the other bloggers around me. Being a stay at home gramma and artist can be an isolating experience, but not now, I have a community here and you can too. Visit the other multitudes of people here.
http://awhimsicalbohemian.typepad.com/a_whimsical_bohemian/one-world-one-heart-1.html



Bluebird of happiness



Here is the bird finished

 Also if you leave a comment below I will give you a entry in to my giveaway. I am going to make something out of this OWOH bird, either a necklace or pendant, I have even been known to add a few more pieces if I have a lot of comments, I do have my comment moderation on and I will be out until tomorrow until 1/31/11, leave your comment anyway, they will post when I get back.
Thank you for spending a few minutes of your precious time with me, I am honored by your visit.

1/31/11
I was gone all weekend in Los Angeles, thus the brief post for OWOH. I am going to be closing this early on the 16th, but will posting the winners on the 17th and sending my stuff out from the other side of the US. My daughters got me a ticket to go see my mother and father. It was my Christmas present, along with a scrapbook already set up for florida and my visit. I couldn't figure out why they would give that scrapbook. I kept looking for clues and they said MOM, don't you get it? You are going! It was one of the most heart loaded surprises of my life and I get to spend a week with my mom and dad. I just wanted to share this with you that are going through some tough times too. You just never know when someone will likely make your day. Keep your chin up and keep smiling.

When this ends I will be on the other side.

I was gone to CHA/Los Angeles for work purposes and preparing for it weeks before, at the start and at the end of OWOH I was and will be gone, but I just couldn't miss Lisa's final OWOH. It has been a light in my life this year and I can honestly say that I have met some outstanding, honest, talented, caring, and genuine people through this event! Yes indeed, there are tons of good people out there, I have learned and lived the law of contrast ;-D

I am now working on some more pieces for this event.
This is a glimpse of what is coming next and it will evolve in the process, but this is commemoration piece for this OWOH Journey we are now on.
Blessings all over you all.
2nd piece, not finished yet though!
Finished


This how Lisa describes her wonderful event!
One World One Heart is a worldwide event for bloggers only. It gives all those who blog a chance to meet and mingle and form connections with those they may not have otherwise met from all over the world. In the past 4 years this event has grown to over 1,000 participants with lasting friendships (and even one love connection) formed along the way. Think of it as a GIGANTIC open house allowing you to travel without ever leaving your home........going from blog to blog(in various countries) seeing the wonder each one has created and meeting all the fabulous people behind those blogs. As a bonus each blogger participant will offer up a "door prize or prizes"....just for dropping by, saying hello and seeing their world. It's really that easy.

198 comments:

  1. Marie, before you get a deluge of visitors to take a chance in your incredible creation, I just want to tell you that the best past of this post is your description of your lifestyle. Thank you for making me smile today. Tsup!

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  2. Excellent Marie ;o) I love your blog! The Bluebird of happiness is so beautiful!

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  3. Hello, dear Marie! I feel like knowing you is prize enough for moi! :) You are one of the sweetest people on the planet, and so talented, and I am a little bluebird of happiness just having you in Blog World with me. xox!!

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  4. The Bluebird is wonderful. I knew but I didn't realize that you were the fulltime grandma during the week. I do so empathize and give you congrats for getting your stuff done anyway...it ain't easy. The Olde Bagg,Linda

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  5. Marie, I just had to laugh about the lack of privacy during those potty breaks with your granddaughter. When I used to take care of my 2 youngest grandsons, during the time my daughter was finishing up college, I too felt I had no privacy in matters of the my bathroom was like Grand Central Station!! So I invented the "Potty Pals" method...one grandkid at at time!!! LOL

    Love your little birdie and I too shall be posting for OWOH....this is my first go at it and I'm quite saddened that this will be Lisa's last year, but then, this has got to be one heck of job to unite all these wonderful global bloggers in a matter of a few weeks...amazing!

    Again, thanks for the morning chuckle on the value of privacy during the potty breaks...know what you mean!! Have a wonderful week.

    xxoo,
    Georgina

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  6. What a darling little bird and so perfect for the OWOH event. Love the color and crown. Can't wait to see what you decide to do with the birdie.
    Jody
    visionquest2020 AT msn DOT com

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  7. A Royal bluebird this is! Aw, Marie, I'm so glad to have you as a friend and very grateful to know you. Hope you are having a wonderful time away!

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  8. Always an absolute joy to see your items you've made. I've been a follower for a while and am also taking part in the OWOH evert. Hope to meet lots of new people x

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  9. Hello dear Marie! Happy OWOH! You have created such an amazing and beautiful bird to celebrate this final event. :) My post will be up very soon. Thanks for offering such a wonderful gift!!! xoxo Theresa

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  10. Please add my name, and visit my giveaway too! :o)

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  11. Hi Marie! The blue bird you created for OWOH is so pretty as is all your work! I hope you have a chance to stop by my blog, too!

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  12. well!

    first: this bluebird is my favorite of everything you've done and i've seen or am wearing. what joy, marie. you have it, girl. you do.

    second: how anyone gets what you get done while sharing life with a two year old is beyond my comprehension. you know i have a two year old of my own and no way jose. you are a marvel.

    third: i want to participate in this but i am afraid i won't be able to keep up. i have made so many wonderful friends already here in blogland (you of course) and how will i respond in kind to even more kindness? thinking, thinking

    fourth: do you like long comments? hahaha! i know i will hear from you! i'll try to remember what i said. :)

    fifth: TSUP! SMOOCH!

    ps if i win the bluebird, i'm keeping it for myself. :)

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  13. Hellooooooo Marie!

    I am winging by to pop my name in the hat~~your post is marvelous dahling! ;-D
    Stop by when you have a moment; I managed to get a OWOH post up and would love to have your name on the list to pull the prize from!
    Take care my friend....

    XXOO~~♥
    Anne

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  14. I have been reading your blog for a while now but feel I know you a little better after reading the above post. Love the little bluebird.

    I am a mainly stay at home mum (I teach in a primary school 1 day a week) so I can relate to you having your grand daughter around.Luckily I can now normally go to the loo on my own now my kids are a little older (4 and 6) and the chatter is more complicated these days! i try and spend as much time as I can playing with my polymer clay - so many new things to try...

    Cara

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  15. Hey Marie. Can you believe that a year has gone by. We met last year at OWOH. Considered my good friend and in my circle. Yess you know I want to win your art!!!
    XOXO
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  16. Oh a blue bird of Happiness!!!

    Please oh please enter me Marie...

    I'm also having a giveaway!
    XXX Pattee

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  17. Such a sweet little happy bird.

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney.com
    homemakerhoney@ gmail .com

    My OWOH giveaway:
    http://www.homemakerhoney.com/2011/01/one-world-one-heart-giveaway.html

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  18. How cute is that!
    Thank you for offering this item up!
    Heidi #259

    http://heidishappystamping.blogspot.com/2011/01/it-is-time-for-owoh.html

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  19. Great blog and nice to meet you.Awesome giveaway. Please enter me and stop by my blog too. I hope you are having fun with the OWOH event and thanks.I'm number 96 on the list.

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  20. It sounds like you have found your "gramma" niche :) Your bird is cute - that crown makes her adorable! I'm still waiting for my OWOH #, but my post is up :)

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  21. I hope you are enjoying the OWOH. I know I am. You've got a great blog and such a wonderful prize. Thanks for the opportunity to win. It's so good to meet you! Hugs!

    Thespa
    www.vintiquitiesworkshop.blogspot.com

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  22. Thank you for stopping by my blog http://artinmybag.wordpress.com/ and saying hi and inviting me to check yours out, I am thrilled to see your work and glad you could do OWOH this year.
    http://artinmybag.wordpress.com/

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  23. Thank you for being apart of the OWOH journey!

    arya_wiese@yahoo.com

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  24. Greetings!...So pleased to visit your lovely blog. I am a Canadian Mixed Media and Digital Artist and look forward to meeting a new friend. I hope you will visit my blog as well.
    http://gaylepage-robak.blogspot.com or #230 on the OWOH list.

    Thank you for including me in your wonderful gift draw.

    Hugs, Gayle
    e-mail: gaylepage-robak@westman.wave.ca
    my blog: http://gaylepage-robak.blogspot.com

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  25. Thank you for taking the time to offer this lovely gift and thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  26. What a Beautiful blog!
    please count me in your drawing
    hugs Belinda

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  27. Hi,
    I enjoyed browsing through your blog- This is my first year enjoying the OWOH event..So much fun! What a great way to meet new friends. I hope you visit my blog and join in on my giveaway as well!
    Lori

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  28. Hi Marie, thanks so much for stopping by my blog and entering my giveaway. Love the bird, its adorable. I hope you're having fun traveling around blogland.

    Bright blessings,
    Kathy
    myametista@live.com

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  29. Please put me in the pot for your OWOH Door Prize!
    Thank You,Tee creationsbytee@gmail.com

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  30. Hi Marie, just have to say I really like the way the ribbons stream off your piece! I like this look. And the blue bird of happiness is a good choice. Have fun with the blog hopping.

    many hugs,
    Lisa

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  31. Well, Marie, your artwork makes my heart sing. I really liked reading about you, and I am really excited about the possibility of winning your art.
    jennifergrieco@verizon.net

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  32. You do fabulous work! Love your designs.

    Jeanie Callaghan
    jeanieatc@gmail.com
    http://jeanieatc.blogspot.com

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  33. OH my goodness, look at the vibrant colors! And an Etsy shop too? I'm going to be doing a lot of exploring! Yay!

    If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll drop by both of my giveaways (at Twigs and Tulle and Kindergarten’s 3 R’s: I’m giving away a mini bunting and some pattern blocks) during this awesome blogging event! Happy OWOH!

    Michaele

    michaelek1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. Fantastic OWOH Heart!! And the bluebird of happiness - adorable.
    Happy OWOH ~ I'm glad to have found your blog :)
    Pam

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  35. Hi Marie, I have a Maddie too!
    We call her Maddie Cakes!

    Love your blog....its so nice to meet so many new artists!

    Hugs, Dolly

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  36. Marie! I stopped by another blog and saw your profile picture and had to stop by. My LOVELY goddess is in my dining room window SHINING! (Even through the ice storm!) I have a thank you sitting in my car waiting to be sent to you. These past months I've been moving slow as molasses. I would be honored to be entered again in your drawing! Have a wonderful trip to visit your parents. Sending love from NY. Patricia OWOH #498

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  37. Hi Marie. Thank you for welcoming me to your Blog. Your creations are so very sweet and inspiring! Love them all. Please feel free to visit me and enter my OWOH drawing. Just click on the kitty icon and he will take you there.

    Thanks again!

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  38. Hello Marie,

    I'm really happy to meet you. I wanted you to know that I did child care for many years and I know just what you mean about taking care of a two yr old. It's worth it, though.

    My 93 yr old Father came home from the hospital on Sunday - He gave us such a scare. I thought I was going to lose him, but he's doing better now. Anyway, I felt close to you when you said you joined OWOH last year just after your Mother-In-Law passed away. I love being able to meet so many wonderful creative people through OWOH. It's an uplifting experience for me.

    I hope you stop by my blog. I'm offering a shabby chic necklace that I made as my prize! Feel free to email me if you'd like to talk. I'm 61 - not a Grandma yet (but a wannna be!)...Take care.

    Creatively Yours,
    Linda Lamore #509
    www.LamoreAllure.blogspot.com
    email: Azurlin@gmail.com

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  39. What great pieces! You're lucky that you are going to be able to visit your parents. I haven't seen my mother or siblings in over seven years!

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  40. So happy to meet you! Love your outlook on hanging out with a 2 year old! So fun... Anyway, you are offering a great giveaway! Please throw my name in the hat for your drawing. And, if you are out and about in blogland, drop in #521!

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  41. Greetings from California

    Thanks for visiting my blog :0) I am enjoying yours ! Please enter me in your giveaway... I like the art you do.


    I would love for you to become a part of my blog family, ...later when you have time please visit back and join? I will attach myself to yours as well. On google friend connect I'm the pink flower on yours.
    thanks so much!

    http://favoritethings.typepad.com/delightful_whimsy/
    ♥ tere

    emailwhimsy@yahoo.com

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  42. Hello from the Philippines, Marie! Nice to meet you! I am amazed you can find time for your art if you have to take care of a 2 year old! I know how demanding toddlers are! Do come by and see if you'd like to win my prize! Patsy.paterno (at) gmail.com from
    HeARTworks

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  43. Greetings from Fresno, California :-)
    Please enter me in your drawing for your lovely give-away gift.
    ~Cheryl over @ Artsy Fartsy
    cheryl-comfort.blogspot.com

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  44. Your clay work is fantastic! I love that little bird and the heart!
    Stop by and visit my OWOH giveaway!
    I'm #50 on the journey.
    www.inspiringadventuresofalwaysinspired.blogspot.com/

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  45. Hi Marie,
    Your bluebird and owoh heart are so sweet! I especially like the bird's crown.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog:-)
    http://spiritmama-art.blogspot.com/

    Blessings,
    Waxela (wa-shay-la)
    aka SpiritMama

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  46. ¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨
    How lovely! I would love to win it!
    Please come to my Blog to win a real crystal ball!
    http://rich-witch.blogspot.com
    Be well & wish well,
    RichWitch
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  47. Hi,
    nice to meet you I am Hoopie from Nevada .Your blog is great and your door prize would be fine at my house !

    OWOH 2011

    visit my blog www.hoopiesart.blogspot.com

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  48. Hi Marie!
    I love your Bluebird of Happiness. I actually made one too for this weeks "A Bird A Week" Challenge. San Diego is a beautiful city - my son goes to college there. Thanks for stopping by my blog too!
    Linda

    http://lutkaandco.com/2011/01/30/one-world-one-heart-2011/

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  49. what lovely polymer pieces! thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great day!

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  50. So very nice to meet you, I love visiting all these wonderful blogs and seeing what everyone is working on, there are so many talented people here..

    Please enter my name in your lovely drawing
    Bonnie in Florida
    ladycolmn(at)aol(dot)com

    Visit my blogs
    # 566 and # 567

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  51. Your claywork is absolutely amazing! These are such fabulous pieces! I'd be thrilled to win one of your wonderful creations! I'd love for you to stop by my blog, too! #357 jinglesells at gmail dot com

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  52. Greetings from Wisconsin! It is lovely to 'meet' you. Thank you for taking part in One World, One Heart. Please come stop by my blog if you haven't already. www.squareonebeads.blogspot.com

    Heather
    hhertziger at mac dot com

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  53. I would love the chance to win your lovely giveaway..
    OWOH #502
    chrissylytle@yahoo.com
    http://christinalytle.blogspot.com

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  54. Hi Marie, so lovely to meet you! I can just imagine how thrilled you were to find out what your daughters had given you for Christmas:-)

    Please add my name for your giveaway, I would so love to win any one of your gorgeous prizes!!

    Make sure you come by and enter my own giveaway if you haven’t done so already!!

    Hugs, PEA from Canada xox

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  55. Please add me into your giveaway. I adore your work and would love to have a piece of it!
    -Brandy

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  56. What a beautiful tribute of this great event! Happy OWOH, nice to meet you :)

    http://MistyMoonCreations.blogspot.com

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  57. What a great prize!
    Please include me for a chance to win...

    also please visit my site for a chance to win one of my online classes OWOH #450

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  58. Hallo , nice to meet you.
    Thank you for giving us the chance to win your great doorprice.
    This is beautiful.
    Please count me in.
    Please come visit me on my blog too,I join the OWOH- event too.
    Regards from Germany and happy OWOH
    Janine

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  59. You make such beautiful things! I LIVE in Florida and I would be thrilled to win! Thank you! ♥ I'm # 389 ! Please visit me! ♥ http://lavenderdreamstoo.blogspot.com/

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  60. Your prize is a wonderful work of art. Please visit me at Irish Muses at #678.
    Micki

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  61. Marie this is stunning, I totally adore it!
    I also looked around your galleries, you do amazing work!!
    I hope you have the most wonderful visit with your parents, (I also want to say I feel quite jealous you were able to attend the CHA lol)

    Thnak you for visiting my blog and leaving such a lovely comment.

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  62. Hi Marie, I love hat you have created!! It must be nice to have a grandma as you with all your color in your life!
    warm regards from Holland, Susanna

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  63. Hi Marie and Hello from India.
    I am a first time visitor here and it was nice to meet you. You are so talented and have a beautiful blog
    I just learnt of the wonderful initiative of OWOH, I am too late to give a give away myself but you are welcome to visit my blog.I learnt this is the last year of OWOH, I do so hope and pray someone else takes up the initiative and this beautiful concept does not die out. I would so like to be able to give away a door gift next year.
    My email: lukathewriter (at) gmail (dot) com

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  64. I am already one of your followers and was so glad to see your blog in the roll as I love your designs. And I was right. I just adore the OWOH heart.

    I am also joining in the fun. Be sure to stop by and say hi. I am number 650.

    Shaiha
    blogbaby(at)comcast(dot)net
    http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/

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  65. sweet marie, so sorry to hear of your recent loss.

    i was wonderful seeing your name pop up on my comments. :) made me smile.

    please sign me up for your giveaway!! Would love to add your artwork to my heArt collection. :)
    hugs!!
    tejae

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  66. Hi from Ohio. I love your clay work. it's beautiful. I'll be back to visit after the event.

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  67. I've been following your blog for a while now and I'm so glad to have a chance to win one of you wonderful creations. When you have a chance stop by and enter by giveaway at #703

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  68. Fabulous Giveaway - please include me and do come and visit my blog and enter mine too –if you haven’t already – I am #139 – Cheers Britt in Australia :-)I will be back for a more leisurely look around your blog after the event :-)

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  69. I love seeing all the neat things that people create!

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

    Amy from Pennsylvania
    AtypicalMusings.com (OWOH #520)
    artsyrockerchick at aim dot com

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  70. Oh, you're one adorable granny..:) I'm sure your grand daughter enjoys your art and company.

    The OWOH bird looks fantastic! count me in your give away.

    Here's my OWOH post..please click here.. :)

    laetriciajaniel (@) gmail (d0t) com

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  71. Dear Marie, Your creations are just the most beautiful!! And I just looked at the finished pieces on your later post - you are uebertalented!! Please count me in!!! Love, Silke

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  72. Great giveaway! Please enter my name! Thank you for a chance to win such a great offering!!

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  73. Ciao! I am so happy to meet you today on the wings of OWOH! Thanks for a chance to win your wonderful giveaway - your owoh tribute!! Glad to meet you as I take my slow journey around the world...
    Hugs, ♥ ♥ ♥ Antonella ♥ ♥ ♥
    wing stop #153, snowy New Jersey
    Please stop by #153 for a chance to win my giveaway!

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  74. Greetings from Louisville, KY - USA
    Nice to meet you and visit your blog.
    Winning your give away would be awesome!
    Thanks for including me in your drawing..Come visit me, I am playing too.

    jacque4u2c.blogspot.com
    jacque4u2c@gmail.com

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  75. Such precious door prizes!
    binafan at hotmail dot com

    http://musingsofamilitarymommy.blogspot.com/

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  76. So nice to hear of those that create and carry on with a song in their heart, even when the music is harder to hear :)

    Your bird and heart are simply lovely!

    Smiles,
    Cameron #83

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  77. It's just so very pretty, thanks for the chance, etlinder at aol dot com

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  78. your blog is beautiful and your offerings so lovely!
    please come visit my blog #30 on the list!
    http://rustedwingsstudio.blogspot.com
    warm hugs & blessings from Montana!
    abigail

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  79. i'm the 84th comment????!!!!

    holy double moly!

    it's so nice to see you having fun like this. and to think you will see your Mom and Dad in florida! when you get there please look northward and wave to me, marie. i had a quick tinge of wishing you were coming to hartford ct. (hahahaha, selfish of me to wish all this snow on you!!)

    83 visitors.....oh la la


    kj

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  80. Oh you have such a wonderful blog and great give away! I shall have to keep my fingers crossed! Visit me too #220 needlewings at mac.com

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  81. Hello Marie! It is so so nice to meet you and learn more about what's going on in your life and what you like to do and create. That's what this is all about. What a lucky granddaughter you have! You are just a delight!

    I was so happy to have you visit my blog post for the OWOH. Thank you for your sweet heart felt comments, I really appreciated them. I have met so many sweet and caring people doing this blogging thing that I cannot imagine going back to how it used to be without it. I too felt isolated a lot of the time, not any more. Your sweet spirit comes shining through.

    Jaime
    artsyfartsyme
    Indiana, USA

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  82. Oh, Marie it´s always such a joy reading your blog. The bird is so wonderful!!! A big hug and love from Lone

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  83. Beautiful! That heart is perfect as is the little bird - your work is so detailed.

    Have fun on your trip and thanks for a chance to win,
    Grace
    #399

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  84. Your giveaway is so beautiful!!! I would love to win something so special!
    Thanks for the chance to win :D

    by the way, I love your post, specially because is about LOVE =D

    Come to enter my giveaway if you have time!

    http://rey-gato.blogspot.com/

    Hugs !!

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  85. I am totally impressed with your work and your style. I love the heart you have chosen for us, too. It is so meaningful. Can't wait to see the other one, too. I'm number 11 and hope you drop by.

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  86. It was wonderful wandering through you world today on my OWOH journey. Thank you for having me and thank you for visiting with me today. You are always welcome.

    Thank you for the chance to win your giveaway ^_^

    Hugs,
    Regi

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  87. Marie, I enjoyed reading your blog post and your openness in sharing your ups and downs in the creative world. I have been where you have and yet, I wouldn't change it for a thing. Have a fabulous time in FL and thank you for the opportunity to win your beautiful bird and heart...Susan

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  88. Hello from Navada! I love your giveaway! Please count me in! Thank you!!

    ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*´¨)
    (¸.•´ (¸.•´Keisha

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  89. Marie,
    Keep doing what you love. My words of wisdom. How blessed we are to follow our passions. Count me in on your giveaway please. And visit me at Salt & Light #663
    Danelle
    jcarvell@frontiernet.net

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  90. Hi Marie! I already love your art and been following you since last year. Happy to see you on this trip through OWOH!
    cathyguitarteacher-01 at yahoo.com
    http://www.cathyhorner.blogspot.com

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  91. I wish we had a craft show here on the east coast.
    I love your handmade pieces, especially the one commemorationg OWOH-I did a collage card like that.
    Please toss my name in the hat for your door prize and come to my blog and do the same there-#348 if you wish. Thanks!

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  92. Wow, amazing Marie!!! And so happy to meet you!!!
    Happy OWOH!
    XO

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  93. Oh Marie what a wonderful gift from your daughters. You have an amazing time. As always your creations here are just gorgeous - thank you for the chance to win. Did I tell you how well the Angel pendant went down with my sister at Christmas? She couldn't believe it, there was much stroking... of the pendant not me! *g* If you get time please feel free to visit my OWOH Post :)

    Whoopidoo[at]btinternet[dot]com
    OWOH# 365

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  94. Lovely idea for your giveaway gift.
    Hope you have a great time visiting your parents.
    OWOH hugs.
    Carol H.
    http://stitchacrosstheborder.blogspot.com

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  95. It’s lovely to meet you Marie. Thanks for the chance of winning your heart prizes (I just sneaked a peek at your post below showing the finished pieces and they're both beautiful!)

    Thanks for already stopping by my giveaway - good luck.

    Sherry from England, UK (OWOH#133)

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  96. Thank you for for offering this beautiful gift and thank you for the chance to win. Your hard work really shows!

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  97. Beautiful work. So nice to see you and your blog on my journey around OWOH 2011. Enjoy the rest of OWOH. Kim (No. 724)

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  98. What beautiful pieces! Please throw my name into the hat for a chance to win.

    I would love it if you would stop by my blog for a visit. I am #78 on the OWOH participant list. *hugs*,
    Jenn
    justjenndesignz.blogspot.com
    justjenndesignz@gmail.com

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  99. Marie, this is a delightful piece!! I like that you shared some of the process, too!

    Happy OWOH to you!

    If you get the chance, stop by and say hi--I'm OWOHing, too!

    :)
    trishatoo at hotmail dot com

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  100. Wow what a lovely giveaway! Please add me to the list !Thank you for the opportunity to win!
    Willnnabel@catel.net

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  101. Hello! I am just flying in from OWOH. Please enter my name in your wonderful prize and pop on by my blog if you would like to enter my OWOH giveaway. You are most welcome to visit my blog any time. :) I love visitors. :)

    http://smittenwithspirit.blogspot.com/2011/01/one-world-one-heart.html

    email- serenite_50@hotmail.com

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  102. beautiful!!count me in please
    thank you for your visit at my blog
    bye,
    vesna

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  103. Greetings from a tatter in Singapore :) Please include me in the drawing of your most unique works! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  104. sounds like a wonderful life- I have three boys and am patiently waiting for a little grand daughter to spend some time with. Love your pieces- Please add my name to your generous give away and stop by my blog if you are able-lucky #777 on the long list.

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  105. Hello from Oregon! Thanks for allowing me to peek around in your blog and join in on your giveaway. Your bluebird is so pretty. I'm glad she is visiting you now. Enjoy your visit with your parents!
    Please feel free to come to my blog and enter my giveaway also.
    :) Gale OWOH #473

    http://galevarland.blogspot.com
    gizmo01@charter.net

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  106. LOvely commemorative heart!
    -Andrea

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  107. Hi Marie,
    Greetings from Pennsylvania! Please enter me in your wonderful drawing and come visit if you haven't already. Have a creative day! Lisa

    http://lisanelsonart.blogspot.com/2011/01/one-world-one-heart-giveaway-mermaid.html

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  108. Hi Marie, your work looks great. I like that you put a photo of the unfinished heart, it gives me a clue on your work process.

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  109. Greetings from Massachusetts! Love your blog and your art is amazing! Awesome prizes! Thanks for the chance to win.

    I hope you will come and visit my OWOH post and check out my blog!

    illtemperedink AT msn DOT com

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  110. HI from Canada, Marie-your work is lovely! I got a big grin on my face when I saw your crowned birdie!
    I hope you can find time to stop by and say Hi-
    http://wishiniknewhowtoblog.blogspot.com/

    vegginout1@shaw.ca

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  111. Love it! Please toss my hat in the ring. Stop by mine if you get the chance.
    Dawn
    OWOH #733

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  112. thank you so much for visiting my blog..your door prize is amazing!!...i love it!

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  113. What a beautiful bluebird of happinesss, I would love to own your lovely piece.
    please enter me in your draw and pop by and visit my giveaway too if you get a chance. I'm loving the OWOH Journey this year, amazing artists and creative talent everywhere I go!

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  114. aww, the heart and the bird are so cute!!! Happy owoh!!! this is really fun right! come and visit me too when you get the chance!

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  115. I love your bluebird of happiness!!!! It was so nice to stay awhile and enjoy a coffee with you. If you get the chance I would love you to visit me downunder (Australia) so I can return the favour. #819 mustlovepaint.blogspot.com

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  116. It is so wonderful to meet you and visit your lovely little part of blogland. I would love to enter your OWOH giveaway. How wonderful. Please drop in for a visit during your journey.
    wishes and whimsy
    WeNdy from WonDErLand

    http://candydelane.typepad.com/curiosities

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  117. Beautiful blog!
    Your creations are amazing. The Bluebird of Happiness is just wonderful, and the OWOH heart is divine!
    Thank you for participating in OWOH 2011. Pop by my blog, #51, if you get a chance.
    hugs from ON, Canada
    Heidi
    heidig@gmail.com

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  118. I would love to be included in your wonderful drawing, if you get a chance to stop by my blog is #809

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  119. Hi Marie - thanks for stopping by my blog and inviting me to yours - what a wonderful blog you have - you made me smile with the tales of your granddaughter - I have exactly the same only its my two year old Welsh Springer Spaniel! I adore your OWOH heart - count me in please!

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  120. Thank you for visiting my blog. I certainly enjoyed visiting yours. I love your bird and heart door prizes.I can imagine how "interesting" it is to have a two year old apprentice with you as you create (I get distracted the few times I dog sit for my daughter - her dog is a lot taller and more curious than my dog and loves to put his nose into things on my art table).

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  121. Oh is that ever cool! Count me in! Thanks!

    Rayna - Minnesota
    northstarshetlands AT gmail.com
    OWOH blogger #836

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  122. Hello Marie
    First let me say Im sorry for your loss.
    You have a wonderful blog!
    Gee, Living in southern California sounds pretty good to me right now! heehee
    Hugs,
    Mary #787

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  123. Sweet Giveaway~Hello from Ontario Canada. Please count me in for your giveaway.
    canadianmadeskyy @hotmail.ca

    Please visit my OHOW giveaway:
    http://creativeskyyphotographydesign.blogspot.com/2011/02/one-world-one-heart-2011-giveaway.html

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  124. What a lovely bird, Marie! I checked out your esty shops, wow!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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  125. Thank you for visiting my blog and entering my OWOH giveaway! I really like your little bird and the heart turned out lovely, too! Enjoy your trip and the rest of the event!

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  126. Hello Marie, what a lovely OWOH post. I like your writing, and I very much love the cute bird. I'm your newest follower!
    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and inviting me over to yours.

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  127. Hi Marie, lovely to meet you, I am a new follower. :)
    Thanks for visiting me, and good luck in my draw! Please include me in yours, I LOVE the bird and the heart! very cool.
    Thanks, Susan
    (Pieces of Fate)

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  128. Hi Marie, I love the Bluebird of happiness. I'm gonna have to check your blog more often it's fun reading everyone's comments. I'll miss seeing you at clay day in a week or so my hubby is having surgery. Love your stuff and really enjoying getting a chance to know you. Shelley (pheonix boh)aka Untidy Hedgehog

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  129. Hello Marie,
    I am returning your visit to our blog (#208 on Lisa's fab list) thanks for visiting us!You wrote such kind things, thank you so much, there are so many inspiring blogs here on OWOH. I especially love the commemorative heart you have made, it is beautiful and I really like the aging effect you gave it. The Bluebird necklace too is special.
    Please enter us in your prizedraw for these lovely pieces.

    http://brittanyfaeries.blogspot.com/2011/01/one-world-one-heart-2011.html

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  130. Beautiful! Oh please enter me in your OWOH Giveaway! If I am the winner, you can contact me at BREATHofART@aol.com. Take a moment to visit my blog and enter my OWOH Giveaway at www.breathofart.blogspot.com

    Lezlei

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  131. Awesome work! I've favorited you on Etsy!

    Please count me in. Thank you!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

    http://heatherseden.blogspot.com

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  132. Woohoo!
    Please add me to your drawing! I love your work and enjoy your blog totally! lol!
    Lotus
    lootsvele@yahoo.com

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  133. Hi Marie- How wonderful to meet you. Your clay creations are adorable. I spent some time looking at your etsy shop - your work is amazing - you have serious creative juices my friend! Stunning creations!

    I hope this event is wonderful for your blog and your business - I can only imagine that it will be.

    I appreciate your stop by my blog this afternoon. You seem so very nice - It is wonderful to make new blogging friends~~

    Vicki

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  134. Hello from beautiful NW Arkansas! Please enter me in your fantastic giveaway and be sure to enter mine, too (if you haven't already.) #215 on the list.

    Warmest Regards,

    Wanda Eash
    Two Crafty Mules
    http://craftymule.blogspot.com

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  135. Hi Marie,
    Loved your post and share! The little birdie is too cute, and the heart beautiful as well. THanks for the opportunity to win.
    Hus,
    Sharon F
    OWOH #262

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  136. Greetings from the mountains in western North Carolina. You have an awesome blog and giveaway. I am having so much fun checking out OWOH participant's blogs.

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  137. You are a talented artist Marie

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  138. Please count me in for your lovely giveaway please! #269

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  139. Isn’t this fun? I just love OWOH! Thank you for participating… please count me in for your terrific giveaway. If you get a chance, I hope you’ll visit me too (if you haven’t already).

    Beckie =)
    artbeckons at hotmail dot com
    San Diego, California, USA

    OWOH #119 http://artbeckons.blogspot.com
    OWOH #132 http://papertraders-art.blogspot.com/search/label/Home

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  140. Hi from chilly England. Thank you letting me take a peek into your world, that bluebird of happiness is too cute! Please count me in and if you get a chance pop by my blog #404 a warm welcome awaits!

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  141. Hi Marie,

    Looks like we have a few things in common. I'm also self employed and also baby sitting my 7 month old grandson. Not sure how much work I'll actually get done when he's here. :)

    Wow what a fabulous door prize. Please add me to your drawing.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog to visit during OWOH. I really appreciate it. I hope you visit again soon.

    And thanks too for participating in OWOH event. I'm having such a great time visiting all the wonderful new (to me) blogs like yours.

    Linda

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  142. I have played only a little bit with polymer clay- and regular clay. My first love is creating quilts from fabric- Thanks for the opportunity to win your lovely pieces.
    There are some wonderful bloggers to meet and objects to be admired. I hope you are having a terrific OWOH experience.
    Warmest regards from Western Canada,
    Anna
    http://quiltmomsjourney.blogspot.com/

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  143. i enjoyed your post and i'm delighted that you received that wonderful surprise. you have a gorgeous giveaway and such a lovely reminder of this special event. thank you very much for the chance to win it. i agree, there are so many wonderful people in blogland. if you haven't yet, i hope you can drop by my blog at http://peggyapl.blogspot.com/ (#544) and join my OWOH giveaway. hugs and blessings!

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  144. Isn't funny how being an artist can be so solitary and then along comes Blogland and you find yourself with so many friends who understand you and your way of life! I too work from the home, and was a stay at home mom- still am, except for the fact that my kids are older now:) and not at home during the day.
    Anyway, I love your offerings especially the second one- I'm a fool for bluebirds, but a FREAK for color and all those colors of your OWOH keepsake really sing for me!
    Please stop by and see me too at:
    http://dragonflydegignstudios.blogspot.com/
    Hapy OWOH- very glad to meet you!
    Stephanie #677

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  145. Hello from Iowa,
    What pretty prizes, please enter me in your drawing.
    Come visit me, I'm #417.

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  146. fantastic clay art!!
    Please include me in
    your giveaway.
    Come visit me at
    http://designforty-8.blogspot.com

    Thanks Teri abella4@att.net

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  147. Hello, Marie
    You look very familiar. Did you ever live in Norco or Bloomington?
    You remind me of one of my sister Rebecca's friends, who is now in Massachusetts.
    I am in Central CA, but lived in Bellflower and Fountain Valley.
    I love your blog. You are very creative.
    Teresa in CA
    tscat@sbcglobal.net
    I would with Sculpey clay making dolls and am in: Nancyes Art doll ning, and also in Cloth and Clay doll ning site with Jane Des Rosier.
    The dolls are made out of cloth and have a Creative paper clay sculpted head, torso, hands, and feet...it is tedious work but richly rewarding. Cloth and Clay has videos and the fee is only $10.
    Thanks!

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  148. Me again...
    P.S. from tscat@sbcglobal.net
    My sister is at:
    Rebecca's Rainbow Kisses and she makes dolls out of Sculpey clay. She is giving away a few crystal suncatchers for her OWOH giveaway event...please check her blog out...I think you'll enjoy it!

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  149. Beautiful giveaway! Please enter my name.Hope you will drop by my blog too!

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  150. Hello from Cody, Wyoming, USA. I enjoyed visiting your blog and getting to know a bit about you. I am an arting grandma too...don't you feel sorry for those people who don't know how much fun this is? What a fun blog you have - and so many things to see. Thanks for participating in OWOH - Please enter me in your birdie drawing.
    ( stampgram AT yahoo DOT com )
    If you haven't done so yet, please stop by and enter these giveaways too.
    # 385 http://stampgram.blogspot.com
    # 132 http://papertraders-art.blogspot.com/search/label/Home

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  151. holy moly marie!!!!

    what fun!!!! i couldn't do it. please let me enjoy all this vicariously through you. :)

    tsup & mwah & one extra warm hug. i was glad to hear from you today. :)

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  152. Oh I love your little clay creations. Had to smile at your comments about your granddaughter. We watch our little two year old granddaughter Becca Rose while her Mom works too....she follows me everywhere and is really becoming a chatterbox (she just turned two last week but is very chatty!) I would love a chance to win one of your adorable creations.

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  153. beautiful work...so happy to meet you through this event and to spend time browsing your blog!

    please stop by my blog (#851) and enter my drawing as well, if you like!

    namaste'
    joe in montana
    http://manhandledthreads.blogspot.com

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  154. From the Florida Gulf Coast
    I am entering for my daughter Melanie, she had wanted to participate in this year's event, but a fire changed her plans... I thought I would surprise her and do this for her..
    Visit the site I set up for her on my blog #579.. and enter her name in the contest, thank You

    USA

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  155. Greetings from Ipswich, MA

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m a jewelry artist, watercolor painter, and over all creative adventurer!

    I’d be please to have you follow my blog.

    Great bird! Please enter me into the OWOH give away. I’m giving away a shabby chic denim necklace. Come any time to chat.

    http://www.LamoreAllure.blogspot.com
    email: Lamore225@gmail.com

    Hugs¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*´¨)
    (¸.•´ (¸.•´Linda L

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  156. Hi Marie & thank you for stopping by!
    Lovely giveaway! Pls count me in !
    Thank you for the chance to win!
    Hugs from Italy,
    Mila :)

    #58 on Magic Carpet
    http://bellbookandcandleseason.blogspot.com/
    milamarchetti@libero.it

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  157. Hi Marie - thanks so much for visiting me on this OWOH tour. So happy to have found you. From the sounds of it you have a great sense of humor and alot of energy. I love your work too. what a combo ! :-)
    Enjoy your trip
    Lois

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  158. ... we can see where your talent lays,.. wow.. fantastic.. great give-a-ways.. thanks for the opportunities..( sorry for your loss.. hoping things are a lil easier now )
    mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

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  159. Beautiful work here Marie. Count me in too and thanks for visiting on this wonderful event!
    Suzy
    suziqu@tpg.com.au

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  160. what a blessing you are to your granddaughter (and your daughter as well!) :)

    I just love the bluebird and your little heart! Please count my name in your 'hat' :)

    Hope you're enjoying the fun of OWOH. I still have so many blogs to visit, but I will be back!

    Please come visit when you can;
    www.thelightifind.blogspot.com
    (#535)

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  161. Marie~your work is amazing.. so glad I found you.. or you found me first on OWOH.. Count me in girl!!
    Smiles~
    Cricket

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  162. What a lovely giveaway; thank you for the chance to enter!
    :)
    ~Becca~

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  163. Hello Marie! Hello from Chilliwack, BC, Canada! Thanks for dropping by my blogs during the OWOH 2011 hop! Hope you’ve had a fabulous experience! It’s a pleasure meeting you! Keep your art alive!
    Hugs
    ~Spike

    http://spikescreativeside.com (#22)
    http://spikestutorials.wordpress.com/ (#24)

    spikelikeart at gmail dot com

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  164. Hi Marie... Thank you for leaving me a nice comment on my OWOH post.
    Great blog you have, love your work. Please enter me in your give-away, that bluebird is adorable.

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  165. Hi Marie, your little bluebird turned out beautiful...please enter my name in for a chance to win! If you haven't already, please stop by my blog where I'm giving away an original painting, painted by me :) I hope to see you there!
    Peace & Love from New Zealand,
    Shariyah

    www.shariyahgarner.blogspot.com

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  166. I love your clay work - it's really transformed in your hands. I'm a really shy person myself but it was heartwarming to read such an open introduction. best wishes to you - I'd love to be entered into your drawing and please feel welcome to enter mine if you get the chance.

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  167. Hello. Marie. thanks, for stopping by my blog. What wonderful prizes that you have created. Please enter me in the draw.

    Good luck :)

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  168. Hi Marie,

    I guess I made it to your blog just in time! :) I have spent so much time checking out everyone's blog that I have had a really hard time to make progress on the actual list of OWOH participants. Hah! Anyway, I am here now -- thanks for your sweet introduction. You know that I have followed your blog for quite some time now -- it's lovely. I just love all the things you create.

    Thanks for offering two such lovely prizes -- both the bird and the heart are precious.

    Hugs,
    Birgit

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  169. Marie your "door prizes" are wonderful, love both of them, thanks for visiting my OWOH post, I will be back,to see more of your blog.
    Anni

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  170. Dearest Marie, what a lovely blog you have! I'm so happy to have found you. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your kind words of encouragement. I'm off to take a tour to see more of your unique and wonderful creations! Blessings~Sharon

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  171. Hi, it's wonderful to meet you through this lovely event. I'd love for my name to be entered into your giveaway. Thank you in advance and have a wonderful day. :-) I'm off now to look at more of your blog!

    Michelle
    http://dasmauspad.blogspot.com
    mouse1996@gmail.com

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  172. I love your gorgeous pendants! So intricate and colorful. :) Thank you for including me in this fantastic giveaway!

    Itaya
    http://itaya.blogspot.com

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  173. Hello Marie, thank you for visiting me, I did enjoy reading your blog love your giveaways. I have heard your name in connection with clay many times, so glad I found your blog.
    Jackie

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  174. So charming and colorful! Thanks for coming to see my and entering my give-away, as well! Peggy www.misspproductions.blogspot.com

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  175. Hi Marie, I would love to win your beautifully handcrafted blue bird art project. How sweet! Please visit my blog, too. I am the author of "16 x MOM: A Mastery of Motherhood." I am giving away my book and a couple of laminated 4 leaf clovers.
    #844
    barbara@barbaracagle.com
    http://blog.barbaracagle.com

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  176. Colourful and very creative!

    Come and visit my giveaway too if you didn´t do it already!

    Warm regards
    Susan nr 471

    susanlotus@gmail.com

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  177. Marie, your art truly is from the heart...and what lovely giveaways you have :-)So nice to meet you here through OWOH...hope you get a chance to drop by my blog, too

    Jo-Ann
    www.jdmstudios.blogspot.com

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  178. OMGoodness!!! This is amazing!!! Please count me in!

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  179. Hi Marie, Loved your blog and art. I'm also a polymer artist. I live in Arroyo Grande Ca. I think I saw a zippered heart on polymer clay daily, was it yours? Stop by Crimson Heart Studios and say hi. Thanks, Cindy

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  180. Your bird and heart are lovely! Please enter me into your draw-- thank you so much!
    ~martha (#384)
    (from Toronto :)

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  181. Your OWOH heart pendant is wonderful. My eye was drawn to the 26 gear head and woodland face at your etsy site - amazing! BonsaiHabits.blogspot.com #875

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  182. Lovely art, Loving this OWOH and meeting everyone. Come by for a visit www.beckoningoflife.blogspot.com Leslie

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  183. Greetings from Clovis, California
    I’ve enjoyed looking through your blog and your work is wonderful! Stop by and visit mine, if you haven’t already, for a chance to win my door prize. In the meantime, I hope this journey is as fun for you as it is for me.
    Best, Holly
    My blog: http://tuscanroad.blogspot.com/
    Email: tuscanroad@sbcglobal.net

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  184. Hey Marie, It's lovely to meet you via OWOH. What great giveaways. I love both the heart and the bluebird. You're very creative. Please count me in. ~Michelle, OWOH #598

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  185. Lovely give away. I love the blue bird and heart you made.
    Hugs, Sonja (#785)

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  186. Greetings from North Carolina. Enjoyed hearing about your life. Love your beautiful giveaway.

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  187. OOOOOOOoooooooooo Marie!!!! I am madly in love with the bluebird of happiness!! He is pure JoY! You are brilliant! I have missed you and have been in awe of you, now that I have a little one running circles around me! I must tell you, you are AWESOME!!! Big Love ♥♥♥ Deb

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  188. Thanks for the great giveaway. I hope I win. Best wishes...

    annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

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  189. Oh, that's fantastic! I'm not sure which one I love more, the blue bird or the heart world.
    It's amazing what you do with polymer clay!
    Please, please include me in your draw.

    Ducky Doo
    http://whazupduck.blogspot.com/
    nutamuATaolDOTcom
    (just replace AT with @ and DOT with . I do this to dodge email grabbing internet bots)

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  190. Hello Marie S!
    What a stunning Bluebird crowned with Happiness!
    Thank you for entering my name into your hat!

    xox
    Constance

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  191. Nice to meet you, what fab clay work you make, just sneeking in b4 the deadline, would love a chance to win your fab door prize
    hugs Minxy

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  192. Hi, thanks for visiting my blog. I hope I'm not too late for your giveaway, but if so that's ok. Your have a great talent. I need to check out your etsy.

    Enjoy your trip!

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