Monday, January 31, 2011

One World, One Heart

It's that time of year again. Welcome! Welcome! I'm Lorrie Grainger Abdo, paper artist, from Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Today, the fun, crazy chaos of the One World, One Heart blogging event begins. 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 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.

The Event:
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."

The Artist:
I am Lorrie Grainger Abdo.  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 commercial 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 dysfunction!), my work is almost always full of color, color and more color.

The Giveaway:
My giveaway is a paper mosaic heart on a wood pedestal.  It is about 8" tall and 5" wide.  It's a sample of some of my more intricate mosaic work.  This type of piece would usually sell for $20.  Leave a comment and it could be yours.

Side one:  could be front or back

Side two:  could be front or back

The Rules:
* 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!



Kim Mailhot said...

Happy OWOH flying, Lorrie !
Your heart piece is lovely and a great giveaway prize.
I hope you enjoy meeting and greeting.
Hugs !

gpc said...

What a fun prize! I enjoyed visiting your blog, and I hope you will visit mine, too (#307).

Gloria said...

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.

Amy said...

Lovely piece. Thanks for this giveaway. Please feel free to visit my blog and enter my giveaway. avennett AT verizon DOT

Arya said...

Thank you for being apart of the OWOH journey!

Connie said...

What a terrific prize you are giving away! Please enter me in your draw. I really enjoyed looking around your blog!
connie from kauai, hawaii


Gayle Page-Robak said...

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. or #230 on the OWOH list.

Thank you for including me in your wonderful gift draw.

Hugs, Gayle
my blog:

Homemaker Honey said...

This is beautiful!

homemakerhoney@ gmail .com

My OWOH giveaway:

Saskia said...

You've got a lovely heart Lorrie! Someone, somewhere is going to be very happy with your beautiful giveaway...I can only dream it's me! :)

OWOH is a great trip around the (blog)world! I enjoy it, thanks!

Sweet greetings from Belgium,
Saskia :)

Joanne Huffman said...

I'm doing OWOH, too. I'd love to win your heart - and, you could save on postage,if I do : )

Dymphie said...

you're a papermaker! How cool is that♡ I've made some myself but never good enough to use it...
Love the mosaic heart you made, wonderfully executed! It would be great to have my name in your drawing ♡

You are most welcome at my blog
papieren avonturen too for my little OWOH giveaway

xox Dymphie (#160 on the OWOH list)

Anonymous said...

How lovely! I would love to win it!
Please come to my Blog to win a real crystal ball!
Be well & wish well,

Jeanie Callaghan said...

What lovely giveaways. It must be very interesting to make homemade paper.

Jean Callaghan

Cherry said...

Yea! So glad to be here. You have an awesome blog! Come check mine out sometime. Thanks for entering me!

Tumbleweed Trails said...

Hope you have oodles of fun during OWOH. I've enjoyed it so much over the years. Thanks for your generosity and participation in the event. Love your creativity. Count me in please.
visionquest2020 AT msn DOT com

The Altered Paper said...

Please put me in the pot for your OWOH Door Prize!
Thank You,Tee

Cheryl said...

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

Michaele said...

Oh, your double sided heart is like two prizes in one!

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!



Mimi said...

Wow, that's really pretty!

Please stop by my blog and enter my OWOH giveaway also! I'm #590.

hoerauf at comcast dot net


Dolly said...

Hello neighbor.
I am a michigander too!
On the east coast though!

Nice to meet you!

Stay warm

Sunshineshelle said...

How adorable your heart, so sweet, I can feel the love!!! Anyway, so pleased to meet you (I'm Shelle by the way)! Now I want to ask you to please, please come comment at my OWOH post too :) I'm number 120 on the list yey! (oh & please feel free to drop in now and then after OWOH if you're in the bloggersphere) Now let's keep enjoying this hurly burly wonderful One World One Heart EXTRAVAGANZA :)

Diana said...

ooooo you mosaic is beautiful. I like it!! Hi from Ohio. it's nice to meet you. I'll be back to visit when the event is over.

AlwaysInspired said...

Such a lovely prize!
Stop by and visit my OWOH! I'm #50!

Hoopie said...

I enjoyed visiting your KEWL blog

Please stop by mine OWOH 2011

Janine said...

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

Micki said...

You are so talented and I do thank you for giving us a chance to win your wonderful prize.
Please visit me at Irish Muses #678

littlepurpleroom said...

Hi Lorrie.

Your paper art is really cool. Love that mosaic table and those pine trees.

The heart is fantastic, A really cool piece of art that does not need to be hung on the wall.

Thanks for stopping by Turn Left at the Pigs,
Happy OWOH,

PEA said...

Hi Lorrie, so lovely to meet you! Please add my name for your giveaway, I would so love to win your delightful heart mosaic, it's gorgeous:-)

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

Hugs, PEA from Canada xox

Karla Rosendall said...

Beautiful work!

Art by Ruth Sagrario Macotela said...

Hi Lorrie, your artwork is really interesting, I love it! :)

Nice to meet you, and thanks for stopping by, please enter me in your giveaway.


Nanbon44 said...

So very nice to meet you... I am having so much fun reading all the wonderful blogs..

Please enter my name in your lovely drawing
Bonnie in Florida
Blogs Southern Style #566 and Nanbon's Corner #567 USA

BabesbyBarb said...

love your pink heart, you do great work, it sounds complicated
please visit my blog

Teresa Carns said...

Greetings from Pleasanton, California
Please enter me in your lovely giveaway
If you have time to visit me

I am giving away 7 different things 

& if you want, please join my blog too!

Thanks for the entry & consideration.
Blessings ♥ tere

(")_(") "Kung Hei Fat Choi!"
happy chinese new year!

Healing Woman said...

These two prizes are so lovely. Please add my name to your drawing. I'm at number 92 and I sculpt and do some mosaics too.

Jingle said...

It is great to get to know you! This is a wonderful piece! I love the mosaic!!! jinglesells at gmail dot com #357

jinxxxygirl said...

What a lovely heart! Please count me in your giveaway!

Belinda said...

Hi Nice To meet you ! Love your blog ! I am also participating in owoh too!! hopefully you can visit my blog if you get the chance .My giveaway is a ooak polymer bunting baby.
Hugs Belinda

Aimee Jeffries said...

Beautiful heart! Happy OWOH, nice to meet you!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How pretty! You are very talented! Thank you! ♥ Please visit me soon! I'm # 389 ! ♥

Carol said...

Very pretty heart. Looooove the color :)
OWOH hugs.
Carol H.

silvia said...

Hi Lorrie!! I've enjoyed visiting your blog! Your mosaics are awesome!!

Shaiha said...

Oh what a great blog and an awesome giveaway! Please enter me in your drawing.

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


Brenda said...

I just love this - the mosaicking is gorgeous.

ANGIE said...

Hi Lorrie. Your mosaic heart is lovely! Thanks for welcoming me to your blog. I want to extend the invitation to visit mine and enter my drawing also. Just click on my blog link, or I'm #625.

Happy OWOH!

jacque4u2c said...

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.

Sarah said...

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

Heidi said...

Thank you for offering this item up! I hope you will stop over to my blog as well, I am giving away some handmade cards.
Heidi #259

CathyH said...

Hi Lorrie, your heart is lovely! I love handmade papers and use them in my collages.
cathyguitarteacher at

Rusted Wings said...

your paper heart-art is amazing!!
please come visit my blog #30 on the list,
warm hugs & blessings from Montana.

Doreen G said...

lovely prize-please swing by my blog and enter my giveaway.
Doreen #573

Antonella said...

Ciao! I am so happy to meet you today on the wings of OWOH! Thanks for a chance to win your wonderful paper mosaic heart!!
Hugs, ♥ ♥ ♥ Antonella ♥ ♥ ♥
wing stop #153, snowy New Jersey
Please stop by #153 for a chance to win my giveaway!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am totally impressed with your work. I make handmade paper, but nothing as grand as yours. I love the heart you have chosen for us, too. I'm number 11 and my contact information is on my profile page.

My Journey to Hope said...

I would love to win your heart! Please enter me in your drawing, and be sure to stop by my blog to enter mine!

:) Michelle

Gracie "Neky White" said...

Your giveaway is so beautiful!!! I love the quote on it
Thanks for the chance to win :D

Come to enter my giveaway if you have time!

Hugs !!


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

Dianne said...

This is very pretty and nicely made.
Please put my name in your draw
and come on over to mine-#348 and try your luck at my door prize. Thanks.

Digital Misfit said...

Lovely blog and beautiful mosaic heart!
Thank you for participating in OWOH 2011. Pop by my blog, #51, if you get a chance.
hugs from ON, Canada

Lezlei Ann Young said...

Oh please enter me in your OWOH Giveaway! If I am the winner, you can contact me at Take a moment to visit my blog and enter my OWOH Giveaway at


Gale Varland said...

Hello from Oregon! Thanks for inviting me to peek around in your blog and enter your giveaway! Very pretty and so very appropriate for this hop!
Feel free to come to my blog, look around and enter my giveaway for some homemade cards.
:) Gale

Kim Dellow said...

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

Susan said...

Hi Lorrie, Thank you for such a lovely stop on the OWOH tour. I've enjoyed getting to know a little bit about you and your many talents. I've dabbled a little in making mosaics, but nothing like the beautiful heart you've made. I think it's neat that you're a paper maker, as well. Please enter me in your drawing. I'll be back, I'd like to keep in touch and see what you're creating. And thank you for stopping by my blog to say hello. Warm regards, Susan

Lalaine said...

hello from Thailand!

I've just browsed through your blog and I love the paper you make. The paper fish are adorable.

please count me in your giveaway. Would love to own that Heart shaped giveaway..:)

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

laetriciajaniel (at) gmail (dot) com

Debra said...

Wow what a lovely giveaway! Please add me to the list !Thank you for the opportunity to win!

trisha too said...

What a fun piece!! Happy OWOH to you!

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

trishatoo at hotmail dot com

Beadwright said...

Hello Lorrie you have a lovely blog. Please count me in on your giveaway.

carylsrealm said...

What a wonderful heart! This would be great on my art table! :) :) :)
Please add my name!
Caryl OWOH #270

Shar said...

Greetings from Massachusetts! Love your blog! Awesome prize! 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 combe

Wendy said...

It is wonderful to meet you and visit your lovely blog. I would love to be entered into your OWOH giveaway. Please do stop in and visit during your journey.
wishes and whimsy
Wendy from Wonderland

NatashaMay said...

What a fabulous heart art! :) I would love to win it. Thanks for the chance.

s hyler said...

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

Flathead Quilters Guild said...

what a beautiful heart! Thanks for the chance to win.

I hope you can come by and visit me when you get the chance as well.

SLucy said...

very cute heart Sweet Giveaway~Hello from Ontario Canada. Please count me in for your giveaway.

Please visit my OHOW giveaway:

Donna said...

Hello from Iowa, it's nice to meet you. I enjoyed stopping by your blog and would love to be entered in your giveaway.

~Donna #792

...Darlene said...

Thank you for stopping by. I see your are from Kalmazzo. I grew up in Elkhart IN not far from you.
Please enter me in your gift giveaway and Stratmore is having two more online classes.

darlene armstrong

Wanda AKA "Craftymule" said...

Well, hello there from snowy Arkansas! Please enter me in your fantastic giveaway and if you haven't already, be sure to stop by my blog and enter my giveaway, too. #215 on the list.

Warmest regards,

Wanda Eash
Two Crafty Mules

Beckie Holso said...

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
OWOH #132

JBlanton said...

Hello from western North Carolina
You have an awesome blog and giveaway- I am having so much fun checking out all the OWOH participant's blogs.

Deedra said...

I adore this, Please count me in!

Jen said...

How gorgeous! That is so unique!

Azurlin said...

Greetings from Ipswich, MA

I'm glad to meet you. Neat gift! Please enter me into the OWOH give away.

Also, I hope you can visit my blog, too. I'm giving away a shabby chic denim necklace. Come any time to chat.
Hugs¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*´¨)
(¸.•´ (¸.•´Linda L

Leslie said...

Your giveaway is lovely. I really like hanmade paper too...well actually just bout any paper! Thanks for the chance to win.

Chris said...

Awesome work. I love your giveaway. Please stop on by my blog as well. OWOH 760.

stampgram said...

Hello from Cody, Wyoming, USA. I enjoyed visiting your blog and getting to know a bit about you. What a fun blog you have - and so many lovely things to see.
Thanks for participating in OWOH. Please enter me in your drawing for that gorgeous mosaic heart!.
( stampgram AT yahoo DOT com )
If you haven't done so yet, please stop by and enter these giveaways too.
# 385
# 132

Teri said...

How sweet! Your heart is wonderful.
Glad I found you! Please include me in your giveaway.
Come visit me at

Thanks Teri

joe said...

what a nice door prize and a wonderful blog!

thanks for the opportunity to win a bit of your world!!

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

joe in montana

Sean said...

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


cottageprims said...

Count me in on the lovely giveaway.If I should be the lucky winner just email me through my blog.Warm Blessings!~Amy

martha brown said...

Oh, Lorrie -- I love this heart! I can't believe that we only have a few days left and I'm only down to you -- half way through..... I'm thinking that this year I won't make it to the end!

Birgit said...

Hi Lorrie,

What a beautiful heart -- and it's the perfect prize for the occasion. :) Thanks for the chance to win it.

Greetings from Germany,
# 66

Que Bella said...

Hey Lorrie, It's wonderful to meet you and visit your lovely blog via OWOH. What a great giveaway. Hearts are always in season at my house:) Please count me in. Cheers! ~Michelle, OWOH #598~

Chelle said...

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!


Barbara Olivo Cagle said...

Hi Lorrie, I would love to win your beautifully handcrafted heart 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.

Carolyn or Connee said...

What a lovely way to make a hearCarolyn Kight Michigan USA
My blogs in OWOH

another email (I like this one the best.)
t. I hope I win.

Sussie said...

I love your gift! "Follow your heart" is the best advice... <3

Please come and visit my blog too if you didn´t do it already! Thank you :)

Warm regards
Susan, nr 471

Stephanie said...

I would be honored to win.

isastephanie at yahoo dot com

I invite you to stop by my blog and enter my giveaway at


Leslie H. said...

Lovely heart, Loving this OWOH and meeting everyone. Come by for a visit Leslie

TuscanRoad said...

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:

CreativSpirit said...

Hi Lorrie,
Greetings from Australia. Great to meet you and visit your blog. I would love to be the lucky winner of your gorgeous heart. Please come by #9 and say hello.

Kells said...

Lorrie, so pretty! Thank you for your generous giveaway!

And greetings from the Pacific Northwest where I am sliding in late and saying, yes, please add my name to your drawing!

I'm a writer who blogs at Book of Kells,

Thanks again for participating! I'd love to win!

Wishing you all good things,

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