Sunday, January 30, 2011

One World One Heart 2011!

Welcome to the 2011,  5th annual (and FINAL) celebration of the One World One Heart bloggers' event.    If you 'click back' to the beautiful site of A Whimsical Bohemian, you will find countless blogs - from all over the world - and each one will be hosting a giveaway!   As Lisa explained when she founded the event, it's a giant open house, with door prizes at each stop -- what could be more fun?!    It's too bad that this is the last OWOH giveaway, because it is also my FIRST time to participate in the event!   The only rules for entry are that you must be 18 (or have adult permission), you can be anywhere in the world, and you must leave a comment with contact information to enter into the random drawing for each prize.   A sort of Meet and Greet for grown-up bloggers, no admittance charge, no travel required.     How cool is that?!

So hello! to any new visitors, I am so happy to meet you, so glad you could stop by.   And welcome back! to any regular visitors -- I met many of you in last year's event!

My name is Gail, I used to work as a government lawyer until I lost my job a year and a half ago and so far I haven't found my way to replace it.    Some days I think I will -- I must! -- work again, if only to earn more Island Time (because I am a Sanibel Island junkie).   Other days, not so much, as I find myself content with my own cooking and my own backyard.    If left unchecked, I tend to be a hermit, although I fight that impulse when I remember to do so.   I am a grandmother, and those little faces are my primary addiction.   I travel when I can, visit New Orleans most years, and have been to Alaska a couple of times.   I spend time on Sanibel Island, Florida, whenever I can, where I visit friends, enjoy the beauties of nature, and pick up seashells to add to my collection.    Here at home, I target shoot, work on learning to fly-fish, bake, and cook.   My life is mostly calm except when calmness is outside my control.  No drama, please, I have had my fill of drama.   But that's another story.  When I started this blog, I intended it to be more about environmental issues, but as you can see, it ended up being about me, me me.

About my door prize:    Unfortunately, I have no authentic creative talents to share, so my prize is an tribute to my preference for calm.     When things get frantic and I need to find my center again, these are little things that can help me get there.    Sipping chocolate or tea and a snack.   A little quiet time to remind myself how lucky I truly am.    I recommend the sipping chocolate from Trader Joe's, which you would add to milk -- yummy.    But when you aren't in a chocolate mood, another favorite is Tazo Chai tea, guaranteed to warm your tummy.   The winner will receive both beverages, along with a tiara, because really, who doesn't need a tiara!    There will be a snack, too, but I don't know yet what it will be.    And maybe I'll toss in an extra surprise or two, just so you'll know how special you are to me!

To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment, along with the link to your blog and contact information.    I will number all comment-ers and do a random drawing on February 17.   I will announce the winner here and will also send them an email to notify them that they have won.

Thank you for stopping by, it is so nice to have visitors.   I hope you will come again!   And good luck!


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Hope said...

what a lovely thought...we can all use something to help us just sit down and relax for a few minutes!

Honey from the Bee said...

You and your blog are exactly what I was hoping to find in OWOH. I feel a kindred spirit - connected with the hermit thing. : ) Love my friends and family, but love spending alone time maybe a little too much.

Best wishes on my OWOH giveaway. Following you now!

Janet, Pacific Northwest, USA

Jaime Haney said...

HI Gail, I'm so glad to meet you on the the OWOH tour. I love your door prizes and who knows, maybe you just haven't found your inner artist yet, try a class or two and you might just find your new career! I love Florida too!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog and leaving your comments. Have a great day and try to stay warm!


Terri Steffes said...

Thank you for coming to visit me. I am your newest follower...your sense of humor caught me!

I have to win... I don't own a tiara!

See you soon!

Anonymous said...

Hi! COUNT ME IN,PLEASE! I do not have to be creative to have a giveaway. Your act of generosity is all that matters


Diane said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog, and yes, this is a great giveaway--Thank you!! Diane

Amy said...

Thanks for the drawing. If you only knew how much I could use a tiara!!! Please feel free to enter my drawing, as well. avennett AT verizon DOT net

Sherry said...

Hello and it's lovely to meet you! Your lifestyle sounds quite idyllic to me and money isn't everything is it - although it's nice to have some of course! I like your thoughtful prize and can just imagine sipping chocolate whilst wearing that very fine tiara!
Thanks for already visiting my giveaway today and good luck!

Sherry from England, UK

Cherry Chick said...

Hi there GPC and thanks so much for stopping by during One World One Heart. I've enjoyed poking around your blog this afternoon and chuckling a little. I can relate to alot of what you have shared with us. I've been very fortunate to spend some wonderful time on Sanibel as well. Many years ago I would travel there to work when I was a maufacturers rep in the gift industry. I made some really wonderful friends with the various shop owners. It's a beautiful place to gather ones thoughts together.
I will put your name in the pot for my Very Cherry earrings giveaway. I think your giveaway idea is wonderful. I know that I could surely use a new tiara, I LuRv Tazo Chai tea (have you tried the liquid kind?) and some of Trader Joe's chocolate might be just what I need this winter. It does get cold here in FL but nothing like what you guys go through up north.
A pleasure to meet you and best of luck on the giveaways.

Karen said...

THis prize was made for favorite tea and a crown! ; )
In love with your blog...wonderful giveaway!
I would love for you to come to mine and follow new followers but most of all I love new friends!


Elizabeth Johnson said...

What nice thoughts. And oh yes! Everybody NEEDS a tiara!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Yummy I am hoping I am the lucky winner.
Nice to meet you and hope your return to work soon

vintage wil said...

Great giveaway!!!

I'm Toni said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your comments. But even more, thanks for the laughs when I visited your blog! I LOL'd at the Valentine lap dance classes! I hope I win because I so NEED a tiara! Have fun with OWOH!

"MOI" Freubel said...

Hi Gail
Nice to meet you.
First I took the time to discover your blog and i've browsed a while through your earlier posts.
I must say...I'm glad I did !!
Loved your snowy photos but I share with you that I hate snow to !! LOL
About your giveaway; It would be a present to treasure so please draw my name !!
Kind greetings Rian from the Netherlands.

Lori said...

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!

E Makes Art said...

Hi! So glad you stopped by my blog for OWOH! Nice to meet you! I love your giveaway! I agree everyone needs a tiara and I don't have one yet!! And sipping chocolate AND kinda gal!


And I too think you should take a fun art class, cardmaking or may surprise yourself!!

Fallingladies said...

I love your choice of a giveaway... everybody needs a little relaxation!
Thanks for sharing your story, I plan to come back and read more after I visit a few more blogs today, so many blogs, so little time. oh, and I vote for waiting as long as possible before jumping back into the working world...

Susan said...

Hi Gail, thanks for visiting me, and here I am visiting you :) I love Chai! Please count me in :)

Mrs A said...

hi Gail, thanks for visiting me Aussie land - its a great way to meet hey!(thats a qlder thing, we often say hey at any given moment)
i like your sense of humour particularly re: lap dancing! Glad to have found you! ps i love snow, and your giveaway is priceless!

Linda said...

What a wonderful giveaway...I can just picture myself sipping tea in my new tiara! Thanks for your visit and kind words....

dandelionlady said...

I had to leave a comment for a local girl! I'm from lansing, it's great to find another Michigander out here in the wilds of OWOH!

Nancy said...

Who wouldn't want a tiara! What fun.

Unknown said...

Well, i need a tiara...Please enter my OWOH at

Connie in Hartwood said...

Today has been a busy, frantic day, and you have made me smile. You're right ... everyone needs a tiara. Thank you for reminding us!

Linda said...

Hi Gail,

First I want to say thanks for stopping by my blog to visit. I really appreciate it.

Thanks for participating in OWOH event. It's such a wonderful experience getting to know all new people out in blogland.

Jessica said...

I think most people would love something to help them relax. You have put together a thoughtful giveaway!

Blessings from Jessica in Colorado

Mrs. Cherry Heart said...

Every girl needs a tiara!
Even us princess' in training! :-)

Oh la la anything chocolate and chia is what I call comfort food!

Thank you for the opportunity to win your wonderful give away!


Barbara said...

I have enjoyed reading your blog and I enjoy your sense of humour. It has been good to meet you. I would love to be included in your giveaway - I think you could use my scarf.
Very best wishes,
Barbara from brushes and cloth

Elizabeth Johnson said...

What a perfectly lovely door prize. And, of course, EVERYONE NEEDS a tiara! : )

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:

Arya said...

Everyone needs a tiara!!

Thank you for being apart of the OWOH journey!

Ellie-TheForgottenMuse said...

OH MY! Chai and chocolate...2 things I can't live without. And a tiara too...I haven't had one since I was a little girl. I'd love to win, please enter me in the drawing.

Marianne @ RuffHaven said...

Ha ! I was on Sanibel yesterday and I bought a bright orange
t-shirt that says...
I'm on Island Time
I am...
thanks for the comment on my post

Joanne said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog. I am glad your blog is all about you - so's mine - nothing wrong with tooting your own horn!!
Great giveaway - every one needs a tiara!!♥

Homemaker Honey said...

G'Day from Brisbane! Poppin' in from OWOH. Your giveaway is indeed relaxing and special.

homemakerhoney@ gmail .com

My OWOH giveaway:

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

How nice to find your blog through OWOH! Thanks for visiting me. I'm not such a crafty person either but I love the arts and it's fun meeting new people. I hope your job situation turns around soon ... it's been a tough situation for many the past few years.
Love your give away!

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

Anonymous said...

Hoq did you know I am the QUEEN and I LOVE chocolate? I would love to win this fab give-away! Thank you so much for visiting my world and I am so happy to visit your world too! You can email me at:
kottagekreations_2009(at)yahoo(dot)com WHEN I win!

peggy said...

I'm hopping around the world tanks to OWOH !!!
Love your prize, and I would looooove to win.
Thanks for the chance.
Lots of greetings from Belgium.

Jeanie Callaghan said...

I love your homey blog. And what's wrong with a blog being about me-me-me? You are very interesting!

Jeanie Callaghan
I am #249 on the OWOH list.

Her Art Nest said...

Glad to meet you! Thanks for dropping by during this amazing event. Would love to be included in your giveaway. I collect tiara jewelry, so this would be great addition for my display shelf in my art room. Good luck to you as well on your journey around the world! Take care, Nancy from Rochester, Michigan (We're practically neighbors LOL)

Angela said...

great blog-thanks for commenting on mine.

Cherylyn Gnadt said...

Fun blog. this is my first adventure on the OWOH event. Loving all the inspiring blogs. including yours!

Blondi Blathers said...

Who doesn't need a tiara? Hee! You are a girl after my own heart.
Very pleased to meet you. I'll bookmark your blog and come back to visit.
~Blondi Blathers
blondiblathers at gmail dot com

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. Count me in please.
visionquest2020 AT msn DOT com

AlwaysInspired said...

Thanks for reminding us all to take time for ourselves!
Stop by and enter my OWOH! I'm #50!

Mixed Media/ Altered Crafts said...

Count me in your OWOH Door Prize Please! Thanks,Tee

Wildflowerhouse said...

What a wonderful idea. Count me in please!I was reading your about me and I just know you have already re-invented yourself! Each day is a gift to treasure. I think you are doing that. :-)

spindelmaker said...

Curly Girl has a wonderful quote on tiaras: Given a tiara and a really nice cape, I´m sure I could rule the world! Have a nice OWOH!

Nic said...

OK, you have like 5 of my faves in there. Love Sanibel, we were there last May and have been there several times. You are so right! Who doesn't need a tiara?!?! Love the tea choice and I am sure the chocolate is divine. We need lawyers (my hubs) just as much as artists (me)! ;) Thanks for stopping by my neck of the woods, neighbor!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

OH MY! I really DO need a tiara and the teas sound wonderful! Thank you! And thanks for stopping by to visit me! ♥

Christina Lytle said...

Thank-you so much for visiting my blog, and count me in for your giveaway...

Cindy said...

Thanks a bunch for visiting my blog! I have truly enjoyed meeting you. Count me in for your giveaway 'cause it sounds like the perfect pick me up.

Hugs XX Barbara

Jingle said...

It sounds like you like you and are enjoying just being you and I think that is absolutely the best thing to be! What a neat giveaway. I wholeheartedly agree that everyone needs a tiara! :-) jinglesells at gmail dot com #357

Aimee Jeffries said...

Happy OWOH! Nice to meet you :)

Theresa MacNaughton said...

Hi Gail, Happy OWOH! Thank you so much for visiting with me. I very much enjoyed meeting you. Thanks for offering such lovely goodies - I adore chocolate and chai. Yummy! And what girl doesn't need a tiara? :) Thanks again for visiting with me and enjoy the festivities! Theresa

Anonymous said...

I am returning the visit you made to me and agree "Tiaras are essential" but so too is a good sit down and a warm beverage. So please enter me into the draw.
My timing is often off too -here it is because I am trying to go back to work after several years off and am at an age when others go the other route! Darn!
I like your blog and wish you well in re-inventing yourself.

yoborobo said...

Who wouldn't love tea and chocolate and a tiara? I think it sounds like the perfect trio. :) PLease come visit me, too. I'm over at #278! Nice to meet you! Pam

Shirley said...

A tiara? I don't have one and would love to! Wouldn't mind the hot drinks either.

Lori Bergmann said...

Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my own OWOH blog post. I'm having so much fun visiting everyone's blogs on the tour! Love your life philosophy and that fact that you like to travel and island hop too. Can't say that I can relate to the cooking thing though? LOL

These days, I think we all would appreciate the little things that help us to stop and take a quiet moment for ourselves. I think your prizes are wonderful to that purpose!

Lori of Ashlyn Design (OWOH #347)

Anonymous said...

Hi Gail! You look so young to be a grandmother, lol! (from one young looking grandma to another).

Please enter me in your giveaway (calm is good)!
I’ve enjoyed taking a look around and getting to know you a bit; I was happy to see you at my blog. (#429 ).

Gail said...

Hi Gail! I'm Gail too! I live in Nevada and write now it's so cold! It snowed yesterday and your drinks would have been such a great tummy warmer :)

#499 on this journey

Diana S said...

Hi from Ohio. I too could turn into a hermit - especially in the winter. :) you have a wonderful giveaway. A tiara would be very fun to wear while I work on my jewelry.

Unknown said...

Hi Gail, so nice to meet you! These are great prizes - please enter my name in your hat. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Lisa

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Who needs to be crafty to offer a great giveaway??? Thank-you so much for visting my blog, and stop byn anytime...

Cheryl said...

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

MissKoolAid said...

Hello Gail,
From what I've read on your blog so far, you seem to have a wonderful sense of humour.
I think that the prize you are offering is wonderful. I would love to have my very own tiara!
Thank you for visiting my blog.

Angie said...

Hi Gail. Thanks for visiting my blog. Gee...You love my hometown of New orleans! I lived there until 2005 (Hurricane Katrina). Your giveaway is too cute....and too true. One should always have chocolate, while wearing a tiara!

Let's stay in touch!

Anonymous said...

Love your giveaway....perfect for anyone...add me to your list....and thanks for stopping by my blog.

Michaele Sommerville said...

Well hello there Happy Traveler! I've become a bit of a U.S. tourist over the past eight years after marrying a soldier in the U.S. Army- originally from Alaska, I'm now in Kansas, enjoying some much missed snow!

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!



SharDon Exclusives said...

Thank you for your prayers for my son and daughter. Your wishes ment alot to me,
Bless you,

Lelia said...

What a wonderful giveaway - the gift of calm! What fun to have a tiara and beverages - taking the time to relax. Awesome.

Always, Lelia
Leliaevelyn at gmail dot com

Mimi said...

It looks perfect!

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

hoerauf at comcast dot net


LauraO said...

Hi Gail, nice to meet you through OWOH. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Oh yeah - I can relate to the hermit tendencies :-). I also love Sanibel - maybe see you there one of these days! Your giveaway is thoughtful and SO perfect! I mean, chocolate AND a tiara?

Anonymous said...

Also in Michigan - I hope you are staying in and staying warm! Great blog and adorable giveaway! Sending you warm wishes and a Happy OWOH!

Nice to meet you - and thanks for stopping by my blog too!

Clayworks by Lisa Boucher said...

Hello Gail! Great blog - so very nice to meet you. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog earlier. I hope you're staying warm and toasty in Michigan! Lisa :)

Glenda said...

hiya. you have an awesome blog I love it,. Please add me to your giveaway for a chance to win your great gifts., Thank you for coming to my blog., love from Glenda

BabesbyBarb said...

what a yummy gift, please visit my blog to sign up for mine

Esme said...

I love the tea. Do not worry I am not creative either. What type of government lawyer are you. As a fellow lawyer it is an overrated profession.

Michelle said...

What a wonderful giveaway! Every woman should have a tiara. Thanks so much for visiting me and commenting on my OWOH post, Michelle.

Anonymous said...

So nice to meet you & I believe everyone has a little creativity in them. You just need to find the right outlet to release those creative juices. I enjoyed reading about you so maybe creative writing is your thing? I love the needle arts and find it very relaxing. Maybe you like to try one of the many fiber arts while you sip a nice cup of tea. I love a good cup of tea and who doesn't enjoy coco? Anyway given all our icy snowy winter in the Northeast my mug is always in use.

Waving hello from NJ,

jude said...

Hiya Gail,
thanks for passing through and visiting my blog .Wow what alovely thought we all can do with winding down what better wya than with chocolate!
thanks for the chance to win and lovely to meet you.
hugs & greetings from the UK

Shama-Lama Mama said...

Hey Gail! I told you I would stop by! I just discovered Tazo tea myself, recently, but I have to admit, I have never had it with a tiara! But I can totally see where you are coming from with that! lol

Thanks for the chance to win! I am keeping my fingers crossed!

Shawkl said...

I so need a tiara! Sending big hugs to you too!

Noemi said...

Hi Gail,
Thank you fro visiting my blog. I truly hope you enjoyed it. I am also starting to rediscover myself. I am starting anew.
Your giveaway is great. Who needs handmade when there is chocolate? ;)

A big hug from Spain, and enjoy your day.

steufel said...

Thanks for stepping by - and I love the idea of your door prize! Happy OWOH Stefanie

Healing Woman said...

Nice to meet you Gail. You are so right, who doesn't love or need a tiara? I attend a lot of theme parties and I really would use it. Also, Trader Joe's. You have struck a note there. We don't have one in our little mountain town so I have to travel three hours away. I love their chocolate. I also love the cheap wine there but that's another story. I hope you will fly on over to visit me at my blog, Healing Woman, at number 92. I'm primarily a sculptor and I also love to travel.

Isabelle said...

Hello Gail ! I've been to Sanibel 19 years ago and I still remember as it was yesterday. So beautiful ! I would enjoy your conception of calm.

ByLightOfMoon said...

You Michigan snow is beautiful to an one in Alabama Gail, So pretty!

I went to Sanibel and saw the shell Museum, it is awesome! I love any beach too and seashells, seaglass, the sand and surf!

Your tea would be delightful!

Thanks for my blog visit and I am number 627 on OWOH list!
You DO have a Beautiful blog!
Smiles, Cyndi

Anonymous said...

My little girl, who is sitting beside me right now, saw the tiara and would not let me leave this site without entering to win it for her. She loves it. I like the tea, but she could care less about the tea, all she sees is the tiara. I guess if I win then there will be something for us both. I liked reading about you. I kknow what you mean about drama, as I have had my share too.

Fiona said...

You are so right - we all need a tiara. And the chocolate sounds yummy. Please enter me in. Thanks for dropping by my blog and I will certainly be back to read yours in more detail.

Caroline said...


Greetings from a fellow blogger / crafter in the UK. Yummy give-away!

Thank you for being part of this event and for visiting me, it's nice to meet you.


Micki said...

So nice meeting you and what a lovely prize! Please visit my Irish giveaway at:

MarieNeige said...

I love both chocolate and tea... Nice to meet you; do come and visit my french giveaway!

Carol said...

What a fun giveaway :)

OWOH hugs.
Carol H.

Unknown said...

What a "sweet" giveaway...:-)

Stace said...

Tea and chocolate? Sign me up! The crown is a bonus :)

bub said...

What a great give away You have !

Thanks for participating in
One World One Heart

check out my blog

Thistle Cove Farm said...

I've got this image of me, wearing the crown and the sheep looking at me saying, "whaaatttt?" I'm a simple soul and that makes me chuckle. Please visit Thistle Cove Farm when you've time.

Amy S. said...

I love your giveaway! Seems pretty authentic to me!

Janine said...

Hallo , nice to meet you.
Thank you for giving us the chance to win your great doorprice.
This is really glamerous.
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

Carole Burant said...

Hi Gail, so lovely to meet you! Please add my name for your giveaway, I would so love to win your wonderful prizes:-) Just mention chocolate and I'm there! lol

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

Hugs, PEA from Canada xox

Anonymous said...

Hi Gail
Thank you so much for stopping by on this incredible OWOH flying adventure and for your warm comments. Simply had to return the visit and so glad I did! I'm sad that you have had things very tough in recent months but it must be wonderful too to have more time to enjoy life more, in all its beauty and richness.
I adore your generous give-away gift - so very thoughtful! Just what so many of us need to enable us to feel calm and restored once more... and to know much joy wearing a tiara too!
Hugs Jo xxx

Upcycler said...

What a fun blog! Glad to be part of OWOH. I enjoyed reading your snow stories. I went to college outside of Chicago, and I am so glad to be south now! It's been snowing all day here, but it isn't sticking! Good old southern Indiana in the Ohio River's good for something besides sinus headaches!

Laurie said...

I’m so glad you stopped by to visit and enter my giveaway! I like your blog -- you're funny! I'm sorry about all the snow, and also a little bit jealous because I live in Colorado and we've had warm winter and hardly any snow!!

danit said...

Don't worry, not having an authentic creative talents is legal in most countries. Your giveaway is lovely, and anyway it is not about the gifts at all.

K Shiroma said...

Oh, I definitely need that tiara! I MUST make sure to let the people I work with know who the 'queen' is. LOL! And tea plus chocolates? Oh, yeah!

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

Thespoena McLaughlin said...

You are a sweetie! Some calming warmth is just what everyone needs right now during this monster strom. I'm glad to have found your blog and I hope to come and visit again soon. Hope you are having lots of fun on the OWOH, I know I am. Hugs!

Vintiquities Workshop

Lucy Ladham-Dyment said...

Very neat prize.

Wendy said...

Wonderful choice for a giveaway. I love Chai tea, I often have it with friends after we've been to Tai chi.

greenest mermaid said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! I LOVE the Tazo Chai!! LOVE LOVE LOVE! I hope you enjoy your journey! :)

Kathy said...

HI thanks so much for visiting my blog.. loved reading yours.. will be back.. and of course everyone needs a tiara!!!
# 617

Colleen said...

Thanks for stopping by Edge of the Woods Studio. I love your blog and your give away. I NEED a tiara! My mother said "If you are going to cry I'll give you something to cry about". And right now it's the now in Jersey. Not as much as you have, but too much at this point. A tall tropical drink is in order! So nice to meet you. Your list is terrific too!
OWOH #313

Paula said...

I think you door prize shows a lot of creativity. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Mallory said...

Fun giveaway! Definitely count me in! :)
goodasgoldie at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

What a lovely giveaway! Thank you for your generosity and a chance to win.
Please stop by my blog, I'm #323. Greetings from Mexico~

Paper Bagley said...

Here I am...I have been busy...Love your crown and tea with chocolate what a cool potential party for my class'...Liking your fav's.
Snow...I think we are done with it here in Oregon and the flowers should be blooming within 2 weeks or less...I will post for you to enjoy. What I do know is that if we had more tough weather to drain $ we would not make it.
Well I am going to hit the hay for the nite...Tootsie

Lezlei Ann Young said...

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Georgina said...

Hey Gail, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me your sweet comment. A lawyer...and with the govt.... yikes!! LOL Hey, as long as your enjoying life, that's all that matters. Like you, I too have to stop myself from becoming a virtual hermit...I love staying in and working in my studio or reading or watching tv...yeppers, love that tv!! LOL Fortunately, I have some very wonderful friends that drag me out now and then.

Please throw my name into the your prizes. Have a great week and stay warm like most of this who are digging out from this arctic mess!!


silvia said...

Hello Gail!! Nice to meet you. I am so sad to hear about your unexpected loss of employment.
I was reading your post above about cancelling your "snow plow guy" and had to chuckle.We live 30 miles south of Chicago on a corner lot and do not own a snow thrower beacause "shovelling is such good exercise" (yeah right~ shovel this!).
I sooo love that you are gifting away a tiara because YES~ we all need one!!
Have a happy day!!

Digital Misfit said...

Indeed, we all DO need a tiara :)
Chai is my favorite hot drink, with creamy cocoa a close second, so I love this giveaway!
Thank you for participating in OWOH 2011. Pop by my blog, #51, if you get a chance.
hugs from ON, Canada

just me said...

yummy i love your list of things to do! sounds like you are accomplishing alot!! please throw my name in the hat or crown;)

Unknown said...

I adore your give away. I could use some tea and a tiara right now...
please add my name to the list and thanks for stopping by my blog as well!

Mapi said...

Hello Gail
Nice to meet you this way.Beverages and a Tiara what a lovely idea !
Some special Dutch Love from Mapi

Redeker said...

Love your story!! And in your wau you are creative with words! I'm not!
So like this everybody has so them talents in this world!
Warm regards, Susanna

Unknown said...

Hi Gail! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your lovely comments . . . it was very much appreciated!

I just love your bucket list . . . good for you! I had one last year as I was turning 50 - the only one that didn't get done was parachuting - maybe this year! LOL!

Your give-away is splendid . . . I love that tiara!

Thanks for sharing!

Blessed Be,
Embracing My Goddess-Self

Unknown said...

Gee I sure enjoyed flying from the mountains of VA to your lovely blog!!! Plz add me to your giveaway, happy you visited mine!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Chocolate? Tea? Tiaras? What's not to like! Please include me in your giveaway & stop by mine if you get a chance, #331.

Sylvia Smiser said...

Hi Gail,
YUMMM!!! Chai Tea and hot chocolate are two of my favorite beverages. Especially with all this snow we've gotten here in the midwest lately. Please enter me in your drawing and I hope you will come visit me in my blog world too!
Thank you,


Lynn said...

Hi Gail, thanks so much for stopping by and I love your blog too it's very interesting!
The winter photos you have look so magical, although the cold may be a bit much! You may not know it, but if you took those pics that is creativity right there!
Lynn xx

CathyH said...

Hi Gail, glad you could join us this year! It really is inspiring to visit all these blogs and get a glimpse into everyone's world
cathyguitarteacer-77 at

knitalatte said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a lovely comment over on my blog. I'm glad I stopped by. I'm still blown away by your photos of all that snow! Wow, talk about a winter wonderland. Very pretty, but I imagine, very cold. Will stop by again soon.

Unknown said...

I love hot chocolate! And the tiara is so cute!

camcraft said...

Hello :-) Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. :-) Just love your thoughts on your 'Door Prize' We all most definately need 'calm' and 'centering' in our lives and with the added bonus of been able to do that wearing a tiara .. sheer luxury. I so love your 'arty shots'
This is my 1st time been part of this fab. blog event - have so enjoyed seeing all the talent and creativity on the blogs I have visited.
Carole x

Downunderdale said...

Thanks for visiting me - I hope your snow vanishes soon.

Shauna Henry said...

OOOHH chocolate! AND a tiara? Doesn't get any better than that!

While you may say you don't have any "authentic" creative talents - well I don't believe it for one second!

I never thought I was or could be a creative artsy person either - until I was laid off in 2009 and was searching for something to fill my time. Little did I know that I would stumble upon making art dolls - and that it would become such a passion for me!

Keep plugging along - you'll find what you are meant to. :)

And I love your list of 61 things - especially #61. It's a much needed reminder.

I hope you have a wonderful journey through OWOH!

Please stop by my blog if you have a chance.


Lynn Stevens said...

A tiara and chocolate, What could be sweeter! Just me enjoying it!!!LOL
Stop on by and enter mine too if you havent yet #65 on the list!

Villa-loredana said...

Well dear, thanks for passing by, take care of yourself, enjoed in your free time and family, all the rest is just like a caravan which is passing by. Hope that the prize stop in front to my door in Peroj. Loredana

Michelle Remy said...

Hi Gail! So nice to meet you and get to know a little more about you! I completely relate to the "hermit" tendencies...I also find home very comforting...sometimes too much so! lol I also wanted to say thank you for visiting my blog (Lost Coast Post)! Please enter me in your lovely thoughtful drawing!
Cheers, Michelle

carylsrealm said...

Hey Gail, what a fab gift! I agree! who doesn't need a tiara! But guess what? I don't have one, so please throw my name in!
Caryl OWOH #270

Barbara said...

Hey kiddo, How right you are "Who doesnt need a Tiara?" I would like to win the giveaway. Thanks for stopping by my blog Blossoms Bloomers.

Gracie "Neky White" said...

Your post make me laugh!! specially for the tiara thing, I need a tiara! hehehe
and I love to drink hot beverages =p

come to visit me if you have time!


My Journey to Hope said...

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

:) Michelle

Yitte said...

Hi Gal, Love to visit your blog ANs sure i need a tiara too. So please count me in. Thank you for visiting my blog.

Dianne said...

Love that Tazo tea-and tiaras are a must for Mother's Day and birthdays.
Please enter me in your draw and come on over to my blog #348 and toss your name in the hat if you wish. Thanks!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am totally impressed with your honesty. I also love tea and chocolate, so I love what you have chosen for us. I'm number 11 and hope you drop by.

Danielle said...

Yes! A tiara!! How fun
binafan at hotmail dot com

Novelda said...

Aloha! Thank you for coming over to my blog! I soooo need a tiara. It's very nice to meet you.

Helen Campbell said...

What a perfect giveaway! I'm a tea lover, and I have this thing for tiaras! Thanks for visiting my blog. Hugs!

Klik said...

Thanks for visit to my blog! Your gift is soooo nice! I would be very happy to win! :)))


DVArtist said...

Hello it is nice to meet you. I really enjoyed visiting your blog.
Please count me in on your prize.

ChatElaine said...

Lovely to meet you, I know all about snow we had our fill before christmas here in the UK! We now have very very high winds!! More October weather usually.

Your door prize is very pretty but I have tiara making skills so I sort of 'dont need a tiara'!!!! Ha ha! I am sure my hubbie would love the tea!! As I am also not a hot drink drinker!!

Saying all that I still would like to enter your draw, as I recognise you from previous years visiting my OWOH blog entry!!

Thank you and Best Wishes
Elaine #730

Maggi said...

Flying in from One World One Heart! :)

Ooooooo, a tiara! Woo hoo!!! lol Your gift pack is generous and lovely, thank you so much for a chance to win it! Great to meet you Gail!

If you haven't already, you're welcome to visit my OWOH post anytime!

Happy Blog Discovery!

Birgit said...

Hi Gail,

Can you believe that I have never even tried on a tiara? Hah! So thanks for including one in your prize package of goodies -- what a lovely idea for sure. :)

It has been great to meet you!

Greetings from Munich,
# 66

Ksenia said...

Hello! Your door prize is wonderful! i love tea!
I’d love to be a lucky winner!

Oxana from Moldova
fancyscrap at

RobbinB said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. We have much in common as we are both unemployed. Somedays I want to go back and others day..... not so much, lol.
Would love to win the tiara. I might vaccum up some dog hair around here, while wearing it!!Stay warm up there MI.


Oh you have such a wonderful blog and great give away! It's all about who wears the crown! lol I shall have to keep my fingers crossed! Visit me too #220 needlewings at

Gale said...

Hello from Oregon! Thanks for inviting me to peek around in your blog and enter your giveaway! Chocolate, chai tea and a tiara. Oh my......only one thing to add (I'll get that from the hubby, LOL) and this would be perfect!
Feel free to come to my blog, look around and enter my giveaway for some homemade cards.
:) Gale

Dawn said...

This is the perfect giveaway! During the winter, we drink so many hot drinks to try to stay warm :) I love the tiara too!
I hope you'll visit my blog (#602)
Art of Humungous Proportions
Best wishes from snowy Alberta ~

Elena said...

I could relate to your profile description! Thanks for visiting and hope to see you again.

Elena of MyQuest

Michele's Treasures, Teacups, and Tumbling Rose Cottage said...

Ah...tea! What a fabulous offering. Who doesn't need tea...and, yes, a crown too. ; ) Thank you for the chance.

Unknown said...

Wow you have a lot of snow there! We get mostly rain on the west coast of British Columbia. I really like your list of 61 things to do before your 62. How is that going? Thanks for commenting on my blog!


Caroline said...

I love tea and chocolate! Please enter me--thanks :) OWOH #318

sue in mexico mo said...

I don't have a blog, because I'm lazy, but I love reading your blog. Thank you to all the people out there who have blogs. Love the tiara and TAZO!

Miriam said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! Of course I would like to enter your draw as well.

Greetings, Miriam the Netherlands #781

Carolyn or Connee said...

Hot Chocolate, tea, a snack...yes, yes, yes! But it's the tiare that really seals the deal, isn't it? I'm a retired teacher, and I always told me students I was the "Queen of the Classroom;" guess that's where the attraction comes from! Hope you can stop by my blog!

Carolyn Kight from Michigan, USA


Another email: (I like this one the best.)

JoAnne said...

Hi Gail,
I really enjoyed your insightful and straightforward post. And you're so right, who doen't need a tiara?
Happy OWOH!

Susan said...

HI Gail, Thank you for such a lovely visit on this OWOH journey. I've enjoyed getting to know a little about you and what you are up to. I'm a HUGE fan of calm time, so I can relate. I hope 2011 will be a wonderful year for you as you find your way. Please enter me in your drawing and keep in touch. Warm regards, Susan

PS Thank you for visiting my blog, too.

Kay Lynne said...

I like the quiet life to. Michigan--one of my favorite vacation states that our family has shared many wonderful memories. I'm from Ohio.

Carapace said...

Hahaha, a tiara! I love it! Much as I would like it (and oh yes, I would wear the grocery store!) I sort of hope the winner is some big burly bearded guy who sends pictures!:D


Unknown said...

Hi Gail!

Isn't this so much fun meeting new people? I think your giveaway is lovely! Chocolate, Chai tea and a tiara! That is so cool. :)

Thanks for stopping by "Once Upon A Moon" :)
I hope you visit again soon!

Moonbeams & Blessings,
Jesi Ferguson
onceuponamoon (at)

michelle said...

Hi Gail, thankyou for stopping by my blog ! i love your give away right up my street ! nice to meet you !!

Keisha said...

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

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´Keisha

HeARTworks said...

Greetings from the Philippines, Gail! I never thought a tiara can reduce stress! Maybe I should buy one if I don't win your prize! I can just imagine myself wearing a tiara in my office. If you know how my office looks, the picture of me in a tiara, on my seat surrounded by my mess, will make you double up in laughter. If only for that, you made my day! Do come by and see if you'd like to win my prize if you haven't already! Patsy.paterno (at) from

C5 said...

Wow! Who doesn't want a tiara and some beverages with it? :) I'd love to relax in that...but probably my girls will be loving it too! :) Thanks for dropping by my blog at :)

Halle said...

Love chocolate...all I'm missing is the tiara!! Pick me...please!
Thanks for the chance at your doorprize!
Stop by my giveaway as well.

stampgram said...

Hello from wonderful wild Wyoming. I certainly enjoyed visiting your blog and learning a little about you. Love your giveaway...Please enter me.
(stampgram AT yahoo DOT com )
If you have a moment stop by and enter my giveaways too.
# 385
# 132

Cory said...


artbeckons 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

Francine Cronos said...

Hello from Northern California. I've really enjoyed visiting your blog and meeting you. Sipping chocolate, Chai Tea, and wearing a Tiara sounds peaceful and fabulously decadent to me. Thanks for the chance to enter your wonderful giveaway.

Stephanie said...

How creative....I can see myself sipping a wonderful drink with my tiara on!!

I would be honored to win!

isastephanie at yahoo dot com

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


Wendy said...

It is so wonderful to meet you and visit your little part of Blogland. I absolutely adore your giveaway and would love the opportunity to be a part of it. Happy OWOH. Please do drop in during your journey.
Wishes and Whimsy
Wendy from Wonderland

Wanda Maria Designs 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

Donna said...

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

Tiina said...

Hi, greetins from a snowy and cold Sweden. Please enter my name into your magic hat and I cross my fingers and hope to win your fantstic giveaway.!!

The Gingerbread Lady said...

Just passing through on the OWOH magic carpet. I love looking at photos of other people's neighbourhoods and reading about other people's lives in such exotic and far-flung places as ... Michigan!! PLEASE take the lap-dancing class. They say laughing keeps you young and I think 90 minutes prancing around a lap-dancing pole would certainly knock off a good 20 years of your life :-)
Best wishes from not-very-exotic Bavaria
The Gingerbread Lady

Quilt or Dye said...

Oh, YES! I need a tiara!!! LOL

I have been to Saginaw Michigan doing geneology. My great-great grandparents arrived in the US from Germany in 1860 and lived in Saginaw working in the salt works. My great grandfather married a woman who had traveled "west" from Ellsworth Maine in a covered wagon.

Willnnabel said...

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

trisha too said...

Delightful--you are so right, I DO need a tiara!! Happy OWOH to you!

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

trishatoo at hotmail dot com

Anne said...

Thank you for dropping by my blog. I love your door prize and enjoyed read your blog.
I am so glad you joined the OWOH event.

Mom of 3rd Culture Kids said...

Oh it's great to be here. Would love a sip that chocolate or tea ..:)

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

laetriciajaniel (at) gmail (dot) com

Teri said...

Hello! Nice to meet you! My name is Teri and I've been blogging
since December 2010. I love to scrapbook and create altered art
jewelry. Your blog is very nice. Please stop by mine! Thanks for
sharing your blog. Have fun on your blog travels.


HippieDog said...

Hi are so right...every gal needs a tiara :) Nice to meet you! Take care, Michelle of HippieDog #15

Gina said...

Sounds like I need to check out this island! Come visit me when you can!
:-) Gina #299

s hyler said...

I would love to be entered in your wonderful drawing, If you get a chance I am #809 on the OWOH tour.

Deedra said...

What a thoughtful giveaway! Please include me in your draw!

Deborah said...

Please throw my name in the pot. i can always use another tiara. I am #229 on the list so come over and visit me too.

artangel said...

Gail I do love your prize - I can really pictuire myself sipping my tea wearing that tiara! Lovely to meet you and thanks for stopping by my blog too :)

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