It's that time of year again. Welcome! Welcome! The fun, crazy chaos of the One World, One Heart blogging event begins today. Sure, it's a great way to enter tons and tons of great handmade item giveaways. But it's really a way to visit lots of blogs and find some that really speak to you. I participated last year for the first time and made several cyberfriends that I connect with frequently. I hope you'll stay and take a look at what I'm up to, let me know that you're here, subscribe or at least come back as often as you can.
Lisa Swifka, from A Whimsical Bohemian, is the creator and host of this event that started in 2007. She describes it best in her blog: "the original idea behind this giveaway event was to bring bloggers together from around the world who may never ordinarily meet. It closes the gap of the blog community and enables us to interact, discover new and wonderful people, and in the process possibly win a prize or many prizes along the way. 2007 had roughly 85-90 participants and many connections were made because of it......friendships that are still going strong."
She continues, "We had a strong showing the first year for sure, and then in 2008 we had just about tripled that number. In 2009 there were 911 participants, to say I was amazed is an understatement. 28 countries were represented in the 2009 event as well."
I am Lorrie Grainger Abdo, a paper artist living in Kalamazoo, Michigan USA. I make paper from 100% cotton linters. I also use various surface design techniques, like pulp painting, paste painting, resists, acrylics, texturing mediums, etc., on commerical papers to create papers with color, depth and interest. Of course, all this paper begs to be used! My current artistic directions are paper mosaics, which is a very controlled artistic experience. And, painting highly textured handmade papers which then are included in paintings on canvas or used on home decor items. This is much more intuitive and free. Working with both sides of the brain seems to be working for me right now. Regardless of brain function (or brain disfunction!), my work is almost always full of color, color and more color.
On to the good stuff... My giveaway is a picture frame covered in handmade paper, painted in blues, greens, purples, red and black. It has a protective varnish. It measures 8" x 8" and holds a 3" x 3" photo behind glass. I normally sell these for $20. Leave a comment and it could be yours.
* You must leave a comment on this post in order to be entered into my giveaway drawing.
* You must be a blogger in order to participate.
* Your comment must provide a way for me to contact you in case you win.
* I will pick a winner (random number choice) at 9:00 pm EST on Monday, February 15, 2010. Anyone that posts after 9:00 pm EST will not be included in the drawing. The winner will be notified that evening or the following morning.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I look forward to hearing from you today and, hopefully, in the future. To continue on your blogging journey you can click on the OWOH logo and find all kinds of other bloggers with great giveaway. Have fun and best of luck!