Thursday, February 04, 2010

One World, One HeArt Giveaway...

Thank you for participating this year!

The giveaway has now ended... The 2 winners are posted on blog post 2/15/10 (Kathy V & Jona P).

Congrats! And thanks to all who entered!


Some of you may know I do art on the side.

That sounds so odd to write, my first question is, "On the side of what?" And I guess the answer is, "On the side of my writing life..."

In past posts, I have shared some photos of these boxes I make, I call them "God Boxes." Actually, my friend Nancy coined that term and it stuck. These are small boxes individually created and not one of them same, where the owner of the box can put his/her fears, worries, prayers, dreams, and or/wishes.

But depending on your faith, you can call them Universe Boxes. Or Spirit Boxes. Or Faith Boxes. Or Hope Boxes. Or Box of Dreams. Or Trust Boxes. Or Buddha Boxes. Or Synchronicity Boxes. OneWorld Box. Or ArtBox. Or WishBox. Or _______________ Boxes, fill in the blank for what works best for you.

Here's my original God Box I made 5 years ago--

As you can see, it's bursting with notes, prayers, wishes, worries... Many of the names in my God Box are for people how have asked for prayers or good thoughts. A friend may email me with a relative in the hospital and I put their name in my God Box.

Some of the notes in there are just worries I had. Those are always fun to go back and look over, all those fears and worries I had that never happened. It was nice to have a place to place them so I didn't have to carry them with me.

So you might ask, why is this writer talking so much about God Boxes and not about poetry? Not about the writing life?

Well, the reason is A Whimsical Bohemian started a giveaway idea in 2007. And it's grown. Big. This year it looks to top 1000 blogger/artists/people, worldwide.

Here's what she wrote about the event:

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.

You can learn about all the details here at her blog.

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What I like about this, is it's just about giving something away to another person.
That's it.

There's nothing to buy, you don't have to jump through 1000 hoops by posting this info anywhere to telling me anything wonderful about yourself. You just have to leave me one comment in this post to be part of my drawing. That's all. No strings attached.

I will pay shipping costs to get my items to you if you win. All you would need to do is send me your mailing address so I could get it to you.

So here's what I'm giving away...

1) A GodBox

2) 2 handmade postcards with an original poem (by me).
One is sealed, ready to give to a friend, and one is open for you to do whatever you want with it. (The poem is on the reverse side of the woman with typewriter postcard.)

The Gifts in Detail--

Here's a photo of the GodBox I'm giving away.

I may add some ribbon or detail to the top of the box before I mail it, we shall see... or I guess I should shall see.

The inside of it looks like this--

There's a sentence that reads: Creating the Life you Want along with an old saint medallion I glued in for you.

Also, what I love best about this box are the beads I added. They are old vintage glass Czech beads that were from a Mardi Gras parade many many years back when they used to throw glass beads from the floats instead of plastic. I even kept it on the original string the Mardi Gras necklace came on. On the top of the box is an image of prayer flags. There is a pressed flower inside as well.

Here's another inside image:


The second gift I'm giving away is this Poetry Postcard I made these a couple years or so ago for Dancing Girl Press. I realized I have two left over.

Here's the image of the poem I wrote that's on the back of woman with typewriter postcard:

You have until Valentine's Day to leave me a comment under this post to be entered for the drawings.

My only rules for you to be entered are:

1) Leave only ONE comment below to be entered in the drawings.

2) If you don't have a blog, you are still welcome to be in the drawing. Just post anonymously or with your blogger sign-in, but make sure include your EMAIL ADDRESS in your post so I can contact you.

3) You must have left me a comment by Sunday, Feb 14th, 2010 by midnight (Pacific Standard Time) as I'll do the drawing on Monday, Feb 15th.

****To choose a winner, I will use a random number to generate a number then count down the number of entries (aka comments) to that person.

If for some reason, I can't get ahold of that person in 14 days, I'll choose another winner.

I'll have two drawings. One for the God Box and one for the Postcard Poem set. Your one entry/comment below will enter you into both drawings.

I think that's it!

Oh and for those of you who do not know me (I know some of you will have found me through Whimsical Bohemian's links), I am a Northwest poet/writer/editor who loves mountain biking, art, my family, friends, pets, and dessert. I think that pretty much sums up my life.

If this is fun for everyone, maybe we can do it again sometime.

Thanks for stopping by! Oh and if you any questions, leave them here.


  1. Lovely giveaway- your Godboxes are beautiful! Please count me in. Enjoy your magic carpet ride. #276

  2. So glad the magic carpet ride took me to your blog. I enjoyed taking a peek at it. Awesome God box... I love this!

    Regina :>

  3. Nice site and nice giveaway. I'm more of a dreamer than a religious man but I like your idea. Please consider me for your giveaway.

    Check mine out at #1064 (a.k.a. Mr. Hatter).

  4. What a lovely idea! It's more concrete than journaling, and in many ways, more accessible. I did actually make a Buddha Box for myself a number of years ago, but it was filled with small bits of paper that had inspirational or meditative thoughts or quotes on them. I could pull one out when I wanted and sort of carry that idea with me throughout the day. Not sure why I stopped, but I might start again if I were lucky here! :) Thanks for reminding me...fabulous idea, and a perfect choice for this event!
    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  5. How beautiful, count me in please.

    My OWOH giveaway is for one of my fine art photographs - stop by and see what strikes your fancy.

  6. How pretty. I would love to be entered into you drawing. So glad OWOH brought me to your blog. :-)


  7. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving the breadcrumbs for me to find my way here - what a treat! I've enjoyed reading through many of your posts, and I know I can find my way back as I've become a follower now!

    I've never heard of a God Box before, but I love the idea - and I love the way it looks.

    Please enter my name in your drawing - and thanks for entering mine!

    Happy Valentines Day!

  8. Such pretty prizes! :)

    Christina from Manila, Philippines here! Nice to meet you!

    I hope you can also drop by #615 on these last hours!

    ♥ Blessings! ♥

  9. Such a beautiful box and your writing is fantastic. Please include me in your drawing. Thanks for dropping by mine, too!

  10. What an interesting concept. If I'm not fortunate enough to win yours, I am going to make one. There are many times when I feel that if I could put my worry aside life would be so much better. Love both parts of your giveaway. Totally taken with the picture of the cats in the bins. We have 4 and if I had the bins I
    m sure I could nave the same picture. Can't wait to come back and visit your blog at my leisure.

  11. This is an amazing beautiful gift in the physical and spiritual sence. Love it. Happy Valentines Day. I'm right there with you on the need for balance of art, writing and life. So glad we met!

  12. 'I am a Northwest poet/writer/editor who loves mountain biking, art, my family, friends, pets, and dessert.' - LOL! Love the dessert part.

    I really love your blog. Very happy to meet you. *waving* hi from Nova Scotia, Canada.

  13. --Ohhh my Gosh.. this is so
    ** box-tacular** fantastic..
    thanks for the opportunities t c

  14. Love the idea of the God box. Hoping to win!

  15. oh what a wonderfull giveaway, sorry no two of them, i´m a little late...but I hope to win one of your genours gifts.
    cu byby hellerlittle

  16. "God box" works for me; great idea and love the work of your hands and heart.

  17. OH how so very wonderful! Thanks for visiting my blog!~~~XXOO, Beth #295

  18. Hi,
    Thanks for stopping by and visiting me at #593
    This is the first year for me on OWOH. Tis amazing how many of us have connected. All the best!

  19. What an awesome giveaway! I would love to win.

  20. OH MY what a wonderful idea... a God box. I have been reading so much of your blog... you are practically down the street... I am in Silverdale!!!

    What a wonderful magic carpet ride this has turned out to be. Thanks for stopping by my blog and entering my giveaway. GOOD LUCK OWOH. I am #177

  21. thanks for hosting :)

    misaacmom at gmail dot com
    #752 OWOH ticket holder

  22. Please count me in. The God box is lovely. I'll be back! Happy Valentine's Day! Warmly, Cathy in New York. #1061 xo xo

  23. Neat idea! Please count me in. Thanks so much!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

    #273 on the Magic Carpet tour (southwest Florida, USA)

  24. Greetings from Juneau, Alaska. I am having a wonderful time visiting all these fantastic art blogs. Fantastic giveaway. I would love a chance to win. Please enter me.

    I am giving away a piece of sea glass jewelry I created on my blog.


  25. Wonderful giveaway! I'd love to win this! Thanks for visiting my blog as well.

    OWOH #102, #558

  26. please enter me in your giveaway!

  27. I love it that you are a writer as well as creative in other ways too. I am running out of time so I have to post and run but have bookmarked you and will be back! Please enter me in your giveaway. I am no. 26 on the Magic Carpet Ride.

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