Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Splenderous 2012

Wishing You and Yours All the Best in 2012

Lets Make this Year Count Like none Other

Really Make a Difference

 Ride Like the Wind! Feel the Breeze!
Live Life to its Fullest

Shine Your Light Upon the World

Pay it Forward, Brighten Someones Life,

Smile, Smile Smile

Thanks to all of  you for the Joy, Encouragement and Friendship You have brought to me!


Art by Karena

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Joyeux Noel

Blessings to you and yours this Holiday!

Wishing you the magic of the Season

The Golden Glow of Love in your Heart

The Mystery of Faith & Belief 

Love and Hugs to All!!


Art by Karena

Thursday, December 15, 2011

On the 12th Day of Holidays..... Fine Art from Mary Maxam

Artist Mary Maxam is offering an original work of her fine art for the 12th Day Of Holiday Giveaways!

Red Clouds
 This is a 6" x 6" original work of art of oil on Canvas

This little treasure will be perfect in any spot of your home.

Mary is an artist and painter based in Idaho.  Accepted into the prestigious Oil Painters of America exhibition in '09, she finds her inspiration in the beautiful scenery, of the Northwest. Mary works  in oil, acrylic and watercolor mediums for her still life and landscape paintings and is published in both book and magazine articles -"Watercolor Magic," "Gray's Sporting Journal" and "Paint Mixing, the 12-Hue Method." Her website is Mary Maxam Fine Art

Summer Sky


 I love her description of this 9 x 9 painting below titled "Breakthrough"

This is a sky that is part from a reference and part from memory. You know how it're traveling, you see the storm in the distance, and now and again there seems to be a breakthrough of light and rain that just couldn't be held back. Then it always makes me think about that one place, what's happening right underneath that spill of light and rain?This is a sky that is part from a reference and part from memory. You know how it're traveling, you see the storm in the distance, and now and again there seems to be a breakthrough of light and rain that just couldn't be held back. Then it always makes me think about that one place, what's happening right underneath that spill of light and rain?


Under Cover

 Mary's Blog, Mary Maxam Paintings is wonderful. She does painting demonstrations, shows videos of works in progress and displays her daily paintings! 

Her vivid color palette and brushstrokes evoke the passion she has for art and painting

This Giveaway of her Original Painting "Red Clouds" valued at $150.00 is open Internationally!

1) To enter visit her website Mary Maxam Fine Art or her blog,

Mary Maxam- Paintings , come and tell us what work of her fabulous art you like the best!

2) As an Extra Entry Link or Post  about this Fine Art Giveaway on your site! get in the Spirit and Spread the Love!

The Winner will be Chosen on Thursday December 22 at Midnight EST This will not arrive for Christmas, however you can look forward to it arriving for The New Year 2012




Art by Karena

 Remember to enter all of the other Open Giveaways!!

The support for our Blog Friends and Sponsors has been tremendous .... Come back tomorrow for a huge surprise!!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

On the 9th Day of Holiday Giveaways......from Decor to Adore

Our friend, fellow Blogger, entrepreneur, and shop owner, Laura Ingalls Gunn, has offered a very generous surprise to one fortunate winner!

A $25 Gift Certificate to her Etsy shop plus several special gifts!

Velvet Bookmarks

Laura is always busy being very creative. I have asked her if her fingers are ever NOT moving!

Assorted Gifts such as Lavender Sachet and More....

I love these patterned pieces in her shop!

Antique Covered Soup Tureen

Antique Luncheon Plates from Austria

Vintage Deer Ornament or Gift Embellishment

Laura always has an open and giving heart! Her Faith and family come first to her.

 She and our friend Andrea are partners in Metis Linens!

This wonderful Holiday Giveaway is open to USA residents. International entries accepted if the winner agrees to pay shipping fee.

1) To enter this Giveaway, Please visit Laura's Blog Decor to Adore, visit her Etsy Shop and tell us what you love!

2) For an Extra Entry, Post or link to this Giveaway on Your own site!!

The winner will be chosen on Monday December 19th at 12 EST


Art by Karena

Please enter all of the open Giveaways by scrolling down or clicking on the Buttons in the right hand Column!

Thank you for supporting all of our generous sponsors and blog friends!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A French Delight on the 5th Day of Holiday Giveaways and a Winner!

The 5th Holiday Giveaway is from a well known and loved blogger and author, Vicki Archer of French Essence!

Vicki has an amazing blog about all things French. Even a daily click of a special image that is meaningful to her and to her faithful readers all over the world!!

As an author Vicki has written two books, the 1st is My French Life

My French Life

A beautifully photographed romantic book about French style and culture—and making a new home in Provence
The synopsis on Amazon reads:

In 1999, Vicki Archer, with her husband and three children, made a lifelong dream a reality when she bought a seventeenth-century property in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. She spent three years lovingly restoring the farmhouse, bringing back to life the abandoned apple and pear orchards, and planting an olive grove of more than two thousand trees. In My French Life, Vicki shares an insider’s view of life in France— from its landscapes, delicious food, and scents to its charming people. And she offers an intimate portrait of what it’s like to adopt a new home on the other side of the globe. It’s a personal tale of taking risks, facing challenges, and the joyous experience of falling in love with all things French.

With lavish four-color photography that captures the essence of French style, My French Life is a book to cherish. It is the perfect gift for the holidays.

In her Second Book French Essence
She  returns with a breathtaking, full-color tour of the culture and style unique to Provence. 

French Essence
Again here Amazon describes that:

Ten years ago, Vicki Archer and her husband began restoring a seventeenth-century olive farm in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, resurrecting the ancient orchards and renovating the farmhouse. The story of Archer's dream come true is an enchanting one, captured on the pages of her debut book, My French Life. Now fully at home in this magnificent corner of the world, she brings us a guide for celebrating and re-creating Provençal ambiance. 

A lover of architecture, art, furniture, and décor, Archer knows that the best interiors are inspired by the heart as much as the mind. French Essence is designed to spark both, with gorgeous photographs of lush gardens, timeless interiors, hauntingly beautiful village lanes, and inspired aesthetic details. Sumptuous cuisine and charming shops are also essential features of the tour, giging all readers the chance to vicariously savor the sensuous pleasures and effortless chic of this region. Reminiscent of Frances Mayes's lavishly illustrated books, In Tuscany and Bringing Tuscany Home, Archer's captivating words and scenes open the doors of inspiration for all who cherish the French way of life.

Vicki says....
On French style...

I think I wrote it best when I said,

 I like to think that in France there is a sixth sense - a French sense... French sense is simple - it is chemistry, a magical mix of the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures... As a nation France has chemistry, as individuals the French have spark.’
Thanks to Vicki's generosity, she has given  Two sets of Both of her books Valued at $80 a set! A  gift to Two,yes, Two fortunate winners of this Holiday Giveaway! 
The entrants must reside in the United States.

To enter simply Visit Vicki's Blog French Essence 
1) Go to her Shop French Essence Image in the right column
then come back and tell us what you love most in her shop.

I know I would love several of these mercury Glass Votives!!

2) Unless you want an extra entry for posting on your own site!
Thats right spread the love for the holidays!!

This Giveaway will end on December 17th  at Midnight EST

Now for the winner of the 30 inch  Princeton Pine Wreath strung with 100 lights from The Christmas Tree Market !
It is Amy of Maison Decor!
Congratulations Amy!! Do visit her wonderful blog!

Thank you to all for helping to make this such a fun event! We are  highlighting so many wonderful sponsors and bloggers! 

You still have lots of the giveaways to enter in the right column!


Art by Karena

Sunday, December 4, 2011

On The 4th Day of Holiday Giveaways!!

Precious Jewels!

Many of you are very familiar with a Jewelry artist who is so revered and excellent at her craft; well lets just say she is extremely busy, always!!  Her works of art take my breath away. Her Jewels shimmer and shine and make you feel like a million dollars to wear them!

Maddie Earrings

Karen  has so many fabulous designs, you must visit her simply for the Eye Candy! ( of course you will have quite a hard time leaving without making a purchase for your collection.) I first heard about her through my friend Joni at Cote de Texas. Joni has one of her fabulous necklaces. I mean Really Fabulous!

 Black and white with Gold Quatrefoil Design! Is there anything you could NOT wear these earrings with for the Holidays?!

Classic oh, so Classic!

Maddie Earrings - Brushed Gold Vermeil Quatrefoils with Black Onyx Teardrops and Mystic Corundum Frills valued at $165.00!!

This Gift of Karen Sugarman Earrings is available to friends and followers worldwide!

1) Simply visit Karen Sugarman Designs and come tell us what piece of jewelry you would put on your Holiday List!

That's It!!

2) Unless you want an extra chance, then simply link this amazing Giveaway on your own Site!! Share the love!

Winner will be chosen on Friday December 16th!

 Remember that most of the Holiday Giveaways will remain OPEN until at least mid month. Take some time in the evening when things have quieted down and go through to enter ALL that you want. Also the Giveaway items will all make fantastic gifts for others even if you don't keep them  for yourself.


Art by Karena

Saturday, December 3, 2011

On the Third Day of Holiday Giveaways.....

Traditions, there are so many and each family has their very own special memories of traditions that occur year after year. Are the Holidays ever the same without these beloved traditions?

Decorating the house, both inside and out, going to the Holiday plays and ballets such as The Nutcracker Suite, Baking treats to eat and share!

The Second Day of Holiday Giveaways  is a very special 30" Princeton Pine Wreath from The Christmas Tree Market!

With the Princeton Pine Christmas Wreath you can spread the holiday spirit to every corner of your home. The wreath is generously outfitted with vibrant green needles accented with pine cones and holly berries.The wreath comes in three different sizes to accommodate many different spaces. It is strung with 100 clear lights for in or outdoors!  You can add a special ribbons or elements  to personalize to your own decor.

There is a garland that matches( to be ordered separately) Enjoy the serene beauty of this essential holiday accessory this Christmas Season.

This Giveaway is open to the 50 United States, Puerto Rico and  Canada!

To enter for an opportunity to win this gorgeous 30 "wreath valued at $130....

1) Visit The Christmas Tree Market and take a look around their site. Come back and let me know where you would likely hang the Princeton Pine Wreath at your home. (you can never have too many)

2)Extra Entry:  Be a Follower of Art by Karena

3) For another extra chance to win, post this giveaway event on your site in your right hand column!  Share the Love!

Please enter separately as I use Random,org. to choose the winner.

The winner will be chosen on Monday Evening Midnight Dec 5th. It will be shipped immediately for you to enjoy through the Holiday Season!

Love and Hugs!


Art by Karena

The next several Gifts will be for International Followers!! So stay tuned all!

A special Thank You to Linda of Coastal Charm I won a gorgeous necklace from Shanti which includes a Starfish! It will be a favorite! 

Remember you can enter all of the Open Giveaways in my right hand Column!!  Yay!!

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