Wednesday, January 21, 2009

One World One Heart. . .


I will be using the random sequence generator to see who will win the pins. I will post the winners on February 12th, 2009!

If there was ever one week in the year to host this One World One Heart event...this is the week!!!

I decided to jump on board and participate in this event. One World One Heart was started by Lisa Swifka from A Whimsical Bohemian in 2007. The idea behind the event is to make connections and meet new bloggers from all around the world. The event is open to everyone, even if you don't have a blog. Click the logo button to find out more and you will find a list of all those that are participating.

My name is Lisa and I'm a native Oregonian. I started my blog almost one year ago as a way share and meet kindred spirits and to support others that inspire me. Creating has been in my heart and soul forever. I think I was born with a needle in my hand because I love to stitch. I enjoy most needle arts but my latest passion has been learning bead embroidery. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend. My other interests include nature, gardening and photography.

If you would like the chance to win one of two prizes below, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post. This giveaway is open to everyone who leaves a comment. However, if you don't have a blog yourself, please leave your email address so I can contact you if you are a winner. This event will end at midnight, February 11th, and I will post the winners on February 12th.

My first giveaway is a bead embroidered pin/brooch. The focal piece is a copper color Czech glass button. The pin measures approximately 1-3/4". It is embroidered with 11/0 and 15/0 seed beads and is stitched and backed with Ultrasuede.

The second giveaway is another bead embroidered pin/brooch. The focal piece is a resin face cabochon. The pin measures approximately 1-1/2". It is embroidered with 11/0 and 15/0 seed beads, Czech flower beads and a Swarovski crystal butterfly. It is stitched and backed with Ultrasuede.

Good luck and thank you for stopping by...I hope you'll come back and visit! I'm off to visit other participants and hope you enjoy doing the same! ~Lisa ;-)

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year!

Hi friends...Happy New Year! I hope 2009 will be filled with inspiration, creativity, good health, peace, and the love of family and friends for us all!

I've missed making a few posts that I would have liked to have made because I have been sick since Christmas day. What I thought was a sinus, sore throat, coughing-thing for a sinus infection and bronchitis. I am finally beginning to feel better, think clearly and have some energy again! It has been a whole month of sickness in this house. My oldest got it first, then my husband and finally me.

I wanted to share some photos of our snow and freezing rain event that we had for two weeks and through Christmas day. We had more snow than anyone's seen here (Portland) in forty years. When it does snow, it usually only lasts for a day or two and we may get 2-6". Mother nature certainly put on a show that was truly amazing and beautiful too. However, with that beauty came the other events. We lost electricity twice, have lots of broken branches and plenty of trimming to do in our yard, and many trees fell in our neighborhood. I really felt bad for all those trying to get somewhere for Christmas though. So many plans were changed for so many people. A lot of the highways were closed, trains and buses were not running, and hundreds were stranded at the airport and other terminals for days. It was just as bad in Washington and I know we in the Northwest were not alone in being snowed in. It was quite the event for us in Portland. It has since thawed and we've had a lot of rain. Now the rivers are cresting and flooding and landslides have begun.

Black bamboo is not happy with ice and snow!

Digging out and getting some weight off the deck. See the aqua line in the is the ice layer from the freezing rain.

Friends out and about. . .

On our way to the store we pulled over and took a picture of Johnson Creek flooding. It was roaring! I feel so sorry for all the people who are being flooded by our rivers and creeks.

This last picture is tracks of a visitor we had in our yard when we woke up this weekend. And, yes, it's still been snowing on and off per the temperature. There were actually two sets of prints. The two sets of prints meet up and then disappear at the fence. Mark thinks they are raccoon prints.

Well, I'm off to make tracks of my own! I'm catching up with you and finishing up a few pieces that I have been working on. Thank you all for your thoughtful comments over the past year, they are so appreciated. The wonderful friendships I have made in ten months...mean so much! ~Lisa