Sunday, 30 January 2011

The Princess and the cocky bird - a OWOH story

Readers, it seems something of a tradition for me to write a story for these blog events and so I couldn't resist having another go this year. Inspiration came from the event itself for surely there was a tale to be told in the girl riding a bird...



Welcome to One World One Heart 2011. A BIG thank you to Lisa Swifka for organising this event for the 5th year running. Last year I made so many new friends, had a whale of a time and even won a little something! Who knows what this year will bring - I know I can't wait.

Now, before you start, I should warn you that there's a bit of a twist coming up - all might not be what it seems...

Once upon a time a Princess was imprisoned in a floating tower that drifted aimlessly across the enchanted Kingdoms. There was no way into her prison nor exit save for a barred window where the Princess was apt to sit and watch the clouds and treetops drift past. Her food was brought every day by feathered couriers who provided her only companionship. After dropping off her meagre rations of bread, cheese and dried fruits, the birds would often stay a while to nibble at the crumbs she shared and listen in one-sided conversation as she dreamed of the life she had known.

For the story goes that the Princess had been set to marry the most handsome of Princes whom she loved with all her heart. But after their engagement had been announced a wicked witch had captured the lovers and imprisioned them in matching enchanted towers just visible to each other in the distance but so tantalisingly out of reach. The witch had loved the Prince, but her advances toward him had been rejected (it was hard for him to see past the warts and green skin). In a jealous rage, the spurned woman had decreed that if she could not win his love then nobody should and certainly not a beautiful young Princess. She cruelly tore their hearts apart and doomed them to a lifetime of loss.

As the months went by the Princess grew weak and sad as she pined for her lost love. The birds, sensing her distress spent more time keeping her company, the cockiest and most handsome of which became her true confidant. It was as one day, she poured her heart out once again to the poor beast that a clever idea began to form. Grabbing pen and paper (with which the tower was fortunately equipped - handy that, as there was not much else), she penned a love note to her sweetheart and begged her winged friend to deliver it to the distant tower, just as did her the food.

And so the romantic correspondence between the Prince and his Princess began. It was at least some small comfort to share words of the heart and dream about their future should fate intervene and put them back in each other's arms once again. Yet as the seasons drifted past it seemed as though they would be trapped beyond reach for eternity.

Until... one Spring morning, the handsome bird arrived with his regular letter in a state of extreme agitation. He chirped and sang until the Princess awoke and pushed the letter towards her with his wing. When she read the words it contained, she understood his excitement for they spelt out nothing short of a miracle.

A fairy had visited her lover and promised to perform magic beyond their wildest imaginings. By eating the small seed contained within the envelope, the Princess would shrink to the size of her feathered friends. She would then be able to climb upon the handsome one's back and fly across the clouds to join her lover. But there was a catch (isn't there always?). There was only enough magic for the Princess to shrink and once with her Prince she would be forced to remain tiny forever. The Princess didn't think twice. No matter that she would swap one prison for another and shrink to the size of a bird, she would be with her Prince.... She would sacrifice her life for him if need be.

She popped the seed in her mouth and swallowed.

The world span and pain racked her bones, light flashed and thunder clapped and everything seemed upside down. The Princess collapsed in a crumpled heap before being roused to consciousness by the gentle stroke of... a wing... a very large wing. Looking up into the bright eyes of her avian friend she realised the spell had worked.

Climbing aboard the soft feathers was harder than it looked and she gripped the coloured barbs in terror as they took off across the sky. Keeping her eye fixed on the twin floating tower was all that kept her safely aboard her unusual mount. However, the closer they came to the tower, the more something seemed awry and as they reached touching distance the Princess let out a cry of fear, for the tower was nothing but illusion and they flew straight through it. As she screamed the bird swirled and plummeted earthward. The wind rushed and the ground grew closer. Again the Princess blacked out.

This time when she awoke the touch was one that brought tears to her eyes for she recognised it instantly. She was in the arms of her Prince! In a storm of confusion she tried to make sense of what had happened and where she was. Who on earth were all these people cheering and why was she wearing what looked like a wedding gown?

The Prince set her on her feet, took her hands in his and told his story. As heir to the vast Kingdoms, he had always known he should choose his bride wisely. She would be kind and beautiful and an adored future Queen, but above all he must be sure that she loved him, for without true love the trees would surely wither and enemies break through defences. The truth was that there never was a jealous spurned witch. There was only one tower and one prisoner. The handsome bird had been the Prince - every day he had eaten one magic seed to grow feathers and then another to return to a man. To be sure of her love, the Prince had tested the Princess and when, after all she had been through, she still chose to be with him, as prisoner and shrunk in size, then he knew her heart was truly his.

As the marriage ceremony and feasting concluded, the citizens of the Kingdom rejoiced into the night and the Prince and his wife made their way to their honeymoon bedchamber.

"So," laughed the Princess. "I passed the test then. You realised I did indeed love you. Do you love me too with all your heart?"

"Of course" implored the Prince. "I am yours. I will do anything for you." As he moved to kiss her, the Princess became shy. "I am too used to talking to your bird self" she sighed. "He was my best friend. Will you change for me just one more time?"

The Prince, happy to oblige took one of the last remaining two magic seeds from the pewter pot by the side of the bed and with a tiny chirp became once again the handsome bird. He hopped onto her finger and gazed lovingly at his wife.

At which point the Princess popped the bird into a gilded cage and fastened the catch securely. "LOVE ME?" she cried at the startled creature. "LOVE ME? What lover locks me up alone for months on end until I go insane and start talking to wildlife? What lover half starves me on dry bread and fruit, shrinks me causing excrutiating pain, tricks me, drops me from great height AND doesn't let me arrange my own wedding, let alone pick out my own dress? What were you thinking - meringue is just so last century..." She gave one last glare at the startled bird before uttering her parting words..."I told you I loved you a thousand times. You blew it sunshine...."

And with that she filled a bag with the crown jewels, wrapped herself in a cloak and let herself out down the fire escape (for this was a health and safety compliant Kingdom).

The following morning Granny Bains, needing a new companion after her husband of 40 years had run off with a scullery maid, bought a handsome bird in a gilded cage from a pedlar in the market and took him home to talk incessantly to for a few years (until an unfortunate incident with the cat... but that's another story).

And what became of the last seed? Well, dear readers, seeds get planted...



Thank you for reading and visiting my blog. If you're a new visitor and have time, do take a browse around. I usually write about my art, creativity and anything else that might take my fancy - usually injected with a dose of humour, for I do struggle to take life seriously, as you may have gathered!
If you would like to win a giclee print of this mixed media painting I created just for this event (the Princess and the bird at the top of the post), then leave me a little comment. The original painting is made up of many layers of collage, painting, fibres, stamping and different paint mediums. It was a pleasure to create.

4 runners up will win some large postcards of the same artwork.

Please post your comment by 17th Feb when the winner will be drawn.

The other two drawings are some quick sketches I did to break up the text a bit - I was trying to be short in my storytelling, but as usual I got carried away!

171 comments:

  1. Lisa!! Wow..oh SO fabulous.. enchanting story...i LOVE this art piece..she is stunning...magical and full of soul..her butterfly..gorgeous!! Wonderful work!!
    Shine on!
    Hugs
    Victoria~

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  2. Great story Lisa, and I'm so glad that she stood up for herself--he got what he deserved :)
    Now, she would be very nice in my art room--more special, because I know her story.

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  3. You Who!!!!!
    I LOVE it here...love your story and you beautiful ART!
    You were my very first, visitor this year, how special, how very special!
    Wishing you a magic, wonder and fun, fun...
    xoxo Eden

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  4. P.S....i am following you on your journey of art and words!

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  5. Great story, Lisa! Love that girl. You always enchant us with your stories.

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  6. Lisa,

    Oh I love the story it is fantastic. You really do write well, I can't wait for a book of yours to come out. Oh I sure would love a print of this piece, I love your art.

    Kate

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  7. This story was great! I laughed so hard at the sudden twist.

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  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love, love, love, love, LOVE this painting! I've been so fascinated by mixed media art, lately. In fact, I just picked up the book Mixed Media Paint Box (Ed. Tonia Davenport) this afternoon and am excited to start trying it out! I would swoon into my bird-lover's wings if I won a print!

    Oh. And THANK YOU for that awesome ending to your story!!!

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  9. Love it! Bravo! I am so glad the story took the direction it did, for I was really beginning to get worried - yay princess! This was brilliant - you have such a gift with storytelling...I love your humour. And I also wanted to thankyou for your lovely notes on my blog - it has been wonderful getting to know you x

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  10. Lisa,
    You amaze you really do!!! I love this story! What a great ending to...that'll teach 'im to play games with our princess!!!

    You really do have a great gift for story telling and this proves it! More more more...

    Smiles and thanks for making my day that much brighter!

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  11. You were right to get carried away! Thank you for the delightful story!

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  12. Wonderful!! My first OWOH stop. Hugs, Gayle.

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  13. Oh, dear friend, what a delightful fairy tale with a twist. Loving it! Well Done. :D

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  14. Ooops, me again! And a wonderful girl painting. Love the color choice of the shading and all the textures. Good on you! ;)

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  15. I really loved the story, especially the twist at the end - that was great. Love your illustration too.

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  16. Lisa,
    I love the story. I know you had as much fun writing it as we did reading it.

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  17. Oh yes this is so beautiful both

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  18. Great story Lisa :~) How very creative you are on many levels

    Love the artwork,love mixed media work myself,pop over and meet me if you like lol

    Enjoy and thanks for sharing

    Jinny :~)

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  19. Such a beautiful story. Please count me in to win. I'd be honored. I'm #131 on the event list...stop by for your chance to win.

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  20. What an enchanted story, I didn;t want to stop reading (lol). Happy OWOH!

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  21. BRILLANT! Two thumbs way way up! I love your blog and am now following you.

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  22. Loved your story.

    Hugs,
    Penny

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  23. Fabulous piece and what a story - it made me smile - please come and check out my OWOH giveaway also

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  24. What a wonderful story! The print is gorgeous! jinglesells at gmail dot com

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  25. Wonderful story!
    Come visit my blog to see my OWOH giveaway! I'm #50
    www.inspiringadventuresofalwaysinspired

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  26. great twist, I too thought it was a harsh test, maybe he has been watching too much reality tv!

    once again brilliant story with your wonderful humour injected in its words.

    I would love to win one of your works of art, its been a wonderful ride watching your art evolve this year.

    xxx
    sheree
    raven moon magic

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  27. Nice to meet you! That is so cute! I would love to be in your giveaway, please count me in. Thank you!

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  28. Hello from Germany. It's nice to meet you. Your door prize is great. Thanks for entering me in your contest. Please visit my Blog too. I'm #116 on the flying wings

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    How lovely! I would love to win it!
    Please come to my Blog to win a real crystal ball!
    http://rich-witch.blogspot.com
    Be well & wish well,
    RichWitch
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  30. This has to be the most charming blog post I have EVER read, especially with the wonderful twist at the end, which he totally deserved :D LOL
    thank you soooo much for making me smile and actually laugh outloud, not an often occurrence for me!
    I of course would love to have a chance to win your lovely painting...
    Hugs from very snowy New Hampshire USA
    Beth P
    http://elizabethstudio54.blogspot.com
    (I will be back often)!

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  31. So very sweet... I'm glad I stopped for your lovely fairy tale!

    MB

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  32. In love with your blog...wonderful giveaway!
    I would love for you to come to mine and follow too...love new followers but most of all I love new friends!
    http://creativeyearnings.blogspot.com/

    {{hugs}}
    Karen

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  33. Your giveaway is gorgeous and beautiful, would love to win!
    Hugs from bonny Scotland.

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  34. Hello! I found you just before OWOH via my friend Cheryl at Healing Woman - what a terrific blog you have! I really enjoyed the story, totally charming and very funny - you are an extremely talented lady! I'd love to be included in your draw for that gorgeous print, and look I forward to reading, and seeing, more of your blog this year.
    Please do drop by and visit me too if you have time.
    Jules x
    http://adventuresinthread.blogspot.com

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  35. 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.
    http://gaylepage-robak.blogspot.com

    Thank you for including me in your wonderful gift draw. Hugs, Gayle.

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  36. What a wonderful story! Thank you so much for telling it! And your give-away is simply stunning! I'd love to win it :) Please enter my name into your draw! And pop over to my blog and enter mine, too, if you haven't done so already!

    Greetings from Germany,
    Dagmar #88
    http://quiltmoose.blogspot.com/

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  37. I am so glad to have met you last year on OWOH. Since then, I have been enchanted by your wonderful stories and even had the honor of having you write one for me. Your writing,so contemporary and yet so ancient, stirs a distant note with me. I too, would love to read the book that hopefully you will someday write.

    Please add me to the drawing. I'd love to receive another of your beautiful maidens-this one with story included.

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  38. Very unusual blog! Love the writing and the artwork.

    Jeanie Callaghan
    jeanieatc@gmail.com
    http://jeanieatc.blogspot.com
    I am #249 on the OWOH list.

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  39. Thank you for taking the time to offer this lovely gift and thank you for the oppertunity to win!

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  40. Thank you for being apart of the OWOH journey!

    arya_wiese@yahoo.com

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  41. This story is such a gift there really is no giveaway necessary, Miss Lisa ! What a great one it is ! Love that the Princess stands up for herself in the end.
    Wnjoy the OWOH lovefest, My Friend !

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  42. Great story, beautiful give-away!

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  43. 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.

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  44. We all love a good story! Thanks for the ending, great! Happy OWOH! When you have a moment, come visit with me...and I'll be back here again too!
    Kathy
    www.shawkl.com

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  45. Flying in from One World One Heart! :)

    LOL That story was great!!! I was so sure how it would end but it did indeed take a twist (or two!), it was a pleasure to read and your work is awesome. Thanks for having me over.

    You're welcome to visit my OWOH post anytime!

    Happy Blog Discovery!

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  46. Hope you have oodles of fLove the pics you included. un during OWOH. What a great story and post. Thanks for your generosity and participation in the event. Count me in please.
    Jody
    visionquest2020 AT msn DOT com

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  47. Oh, I would LOVE to have a print of this art! You are very talented...and wrote a delightful story! What a joy to visit you tonight! Please come by to visit me, too! ♥ http://lavenderdreamstoo.blogspot.com/

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  48. Hallo
    Thank you for giving us the chance to win your great doorprice.
    Your paintings are beautiful.
    Please count me in.
    Come visit me on my blog,I join the OWOH- event too.
    Regards from Germany and happy OWOH
    Janine

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  49. What a story! Love it :)
    Please feel free to visit my blog (greenestmermaid.blogspot.com - #462 on the OWOH list!) to check out my giveaways :)
    Thank you!
    ~Cecilia

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

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  51. Great Post!Count me in for your OWOH Door Prize Please! This is my first time participating in this great event! So Many Creative Bloggers Out Here! creationsbytee@gmail.com

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  52. Great giveaway! Please count me in!

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  53. What a great story that is! Thanks for the chance to win! Please enter my Irish giveaway here:
    http://thedote.blogspot.com/2011/01/one-world-one-heart.html
    Micki

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  54. OMG, Lisa! You made me laugh so hard, I had tea come out my nose. Here I am, reading this sweet fairy tale - hahaha! Thank you for the giggle this morning. You are a very creative and talented person. Please stop by and visit me at #278. There are no birds, towers, or lousy princes, but there is a skelly plushie waiting! Pam

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  55. Hi Lisa, I already follow your blog and love visiting here... what a fabulous giveaway :))) Please include my name in your draw and it would be terrific if you could drop by my blog for a visit too.
    Hugs
    Martina from Stuttgart/Germany ♥♥♥

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  56. Yea! I'm so glad to be here and to meet you. You have an awesome blog, and I love the adorable matchbox! Come check my blog out sometime. Thanks for entering me in your contest!

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  57. Flying in from One World One Heart!

    So nice to meet you, fab blog,
    beautiful gift, hope to win.
    Greetings from Finland;-))m
    (451)

    leikkaanATgmail.com

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  58. Hi Lisa, so lovely to meet you! I loved reading your story and never once expected that ending! lol Good for the princess! hehe

    Please add my name for your giveaway, I would so love to win any of your gorgeous artwork:-)

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

    Hugs, PEA from Canada xox

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  59. Oh Lisa - I always love your stories... this one had such a fabulous twist!
    xo
    Kkristin

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  60. LOL I LOVE your story! Fairy tales that involve princesses loving someone who treats them horribly to "test" them have always bothered the hell out of me. Your story is MY kinda fairy tale!
    Your artwork is beautiful, and owning it would make me smile, thinking of the story it inspired.
    Thank you for participating in OWOH this final year.
    Please stop by my blog, #51 on the list, if you get a chance.
    hugs from ON, Canada
    Heidi

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  61. Oh please enter me in your OWOH Giveaway! If I am the winner, you can contact me at BREATHofART@aol.com. Take a moment to visit my blog and enter my OWOH Giveaway at www.breathofart.blogspot.com

    Lezlei

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  62. Surprise ending! What a lovely giveaway - someone will be blessed! I'm enjoying my worldwide blog tour! If I'm lucky enough to win, please contact me through my blog

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  63. Such a lovely print, thanks for the chance to win in your OWOH giveaway.

    Please stop by at mine http://fairlygirly.blogspot.com/ #636

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  64. Just lovely!

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

    hoerauf at comcast dot net

    Mimi

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  65. A great blog. Thanks for being part of OWOH .

    If you have time stop by my blog
    Hoopie

    www.hoopiesart.blogspot.com

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  66. Glad to have found your blog. Your story was marvelous. I would like to be entered in your giveaway. Thanks!

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  67. Happy OWOH! Nice to meet you :)

    http://MistyMoonCreations.blogspot.com

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

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  69. Please enter my name in your lovely giveaway- Bonnie in Florida
    Bonnie ladycolmn(at)aol(dot)com
    Blogs #566 and #567 USA

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  70. sweet blog & lovely offerings!
    please come visit my blog #30 on the list...
    http://rustedwingsstudio.blogspot.com
    blessings & warm hugs from Montana!!
    abigail

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  71. You always write the most beautiful and seriously funny stories with OWOH. So enjoyable visiting and reading.

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  72. What a fabulous tale! I loved it - and the illustrations that went along with it. Thanks so much!!! :) Your artwork is amazing! The Princess and the Bird is just lovely. I warmly invite you to visit with me:
    http://www.faeriemooncreations.blogspot.com/2011/01/one-world-one-heart-final-flight.html
    Sincerely, Theresa
    #377

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  73. Oh I so enjoyed your story!

    I would be honored to win!

    Please enter me in your drawing.

    isastephanie(at)yahoo(dot)com

    I invite you to stop by my blog and enter my giveaway:
    http://luluscottage.blogspot.com/

    Take Care,

    Stephanie
    Northern California

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  74. Lol!! You are awesome! Thanks!
    cathyguitarteacher-77 at yahoo.com
    http://www.cathyhorner.blogspot.com

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  75. The things some guys have us do, huh...haha! I was enthralled, really!
    Thanks for the tale and chance to win :)

    Smiles,
    Cameron #83

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  76. Your painting is AMAZING!

    I love seeing all the neat things that people create!

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

    Amy from Pennsylvania
    AtypicalMusings.com (OWOH #520)
    artsyrockerchick at aim dot com

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  77. What lovely work and what a lovely story! Thanks for the chance to win! lynnf_99 at yahoo.com

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  78. Well that certainly was interesting! That prince certainly had it coming to him! But now every time I'll see the OWOH logo, I'll think of your sad story! But you made a beautiful painting! Would love to win it! Do come by and see if you'd like to win my prize! Patsy.paterno (at) gmail.com from
    HeARTworks

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  79. I LOVED your story.....it had me from the start..but the ending...priceless!! I love that a story is part of your OWOH post - as someone who loves storytelling herself I so thank you for it and for participating in this event.
    Enjoy the flight.
    Lisa
    host/creator OWOH

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  80. Hello from Oregon! What an amazing storyteller you are. I had just thought that she was crazy to marry anyone that put her through all that and then........totally awesome! Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.
    :) Gale Feel free to visit my blog and enter the giveaway if you get a chance.
    http://galevarland.blogspot.com
    gizmo01@charter.net

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

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  82. Great! A wonderful Giveaway and very nice blog.
    Also I have a Giveaway. Show, nevertheless, sometimes past OWOH#646

    Greetings
    Sigrid

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  83. Lisa,

    It's always good to see a familiar face in the crowd. You KNOW how impressed I am with your art. It's always fun to see and appreciate. I am, as always impressed by the story you weave into your art. Love it. I'm # 11 and thanks for stopping by.

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  84. Hello Lisa, I remember your stories. This tops it though. Very nice. Your blog is so inviting.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  85. Oh I'm so happy for that ending!!! I was getting worried for a moment. Yay Princess!!!

    :)

    Please stop by for a visit when you get the chance:
    www.thelightifind.blogspot.com

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  86. Yes! Please enter my name! :)
    Caryl #270

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  87. I would love to win something so wonderful! I like the story =D Thanks for the chance to win.

    Come to enter my giveaway if you have time! I'm # 516

    Hugs from Mexico :D

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  88. Your story certainly had a modern day twist. Very cool! Your painting is awesome!
    Please include me in your draw and come over to mine #348 and put your name in mine if you wish. Thanks.

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  89. So glad your story ended the way it did! The moment the prince revealed that he was behind everything, I got righteously angry. Seems you're a girl who knows her worth, too :-)

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  90. Lovely story/blog post.
    Would love to win

    HarajukuGirl92[at]gmail.com

    My blog, Not much YET!

    http://southerngypsywannabe.blogspot.com/

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  91. Hello from snow-covered Arkansas! It's nice meeting you and checking out your blog. Please enter me in your fantastic giveaway and be sure to stop by and enter mine, too. #215 on the list.

    Warmest regards,

    Wanda Eash
    Two Crafty Mules
    http://craftymule.blogspot.com

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  92. Greetings from Cody, Wyoming! Isn't this fun? What a fun story. I will be back to browse some more when the event is over! Please enter me in your drawing.
    If you have a moment stop by and enter my giveaways too.
    # 385 http://stampgram.blogspot.com
    # 132 http://papertraders-art.blogspot.com/search/label/Home

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  93. 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.

    jacque4u2c.blogspot.com
    jacque4u2c@gmail.com

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  94. Hahaha funny ending! It has a deeper meaning for sure. I will think about it more. That prince had it coming.

    Hope you can join in my goodie giveaways as well! :)

    Blessings!
    calej

    calejbitsvyk at gmail dot com
    calej d'art
    http://calej.blogspot.com
    http://twitter.com.calej

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  95. This is a lovely giveaway! fernandez.gen@gmail.com

    Please visit my page too:
    thiskidlovesvintage.tumblr.com

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  96. Girl! You just ain't Right! That was one of the funniest stories ever. By the end I thought the princess was gonna toast the bird for dinner! What a way to end my night, with a bedtime story. Thanks for the fun! I think you should take some time off to go visit other blogs and maybe win yourself some goodies! You deserve it. Tina (I think I may have overfed the fish!!)

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  97. Hello, It's nice to meet you! I'm from Malaysia & also participating in OWOH 2011.
    Please come visit me at:
    http://whimsyloft.com/2011/01/owoh-2011/

    Grace
    whimsyloft [at] gmail [dot] com

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  98. Wonderful story, love the ending! Thank you so much for the chance to win!
    Holly
    HBKHotie1@msn.com

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  99. Really enjoyed reading your fabulous story - it had me engrossed in fact! I'm so glad she stood up to her Prince in the end - what a cheek he had - LOL. Love your painting too and it'd be a great reminder of the story.

    I hope you'll stop by and see my giveaways too on my blog.

    Sherry also from the UK (England)
    (OWOH#133)

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  100. Whew...for a moment there I thought it was going to be a traditional fairy tale...Loved it! Now that's a true woman for you! I love your giclee print...the blues, reds, browns all together, the texture of it. Gorgeous. Thanks for a great offering.

    Bright blessings,
    Kathy
    myametista@live.com

    PS I loved your story too!

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  101. 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 http://artbeckons.blogspot.com
    OWOH #132 http://papertraders-art.blogspot.com/search/label/Home

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  102. Great story...Yup, sometimes things are not what they seem.
    Greetings from Vermont.
    Please add my name to your fantastic giveaway, and thanks for the opportunity to win.
    I hope you are having a great time during this OWOH tour, I know I am.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a sunshine day.
    Michele
    http://nookcrannygifts.blogspot.com

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  103. Hey
    Sooooo enjoyed your fabulous story - really made me smile! Such an imaginative and creative haven you have created here too. Thank you for sharing so generously.
    Hugs Jo xxx #263

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  104. omg what a story! I am still laughing at this fairy tale. Your art is just as wonderful as your story. You have an awesome gift and heart! I feel we all won a great e book already and now fingers crossed for the art. #220 needlewings at mac dot com.

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  105. Hi Lisa,
    Greetings from Australia, it's great to meet you and visit your blog and read your wonderful story. I would love to be the lucky winner of one of your lovely gifts. Please come by #9 and say hello.

    Cheers,
    Rob

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  106. Hello from snowy Massachusetts. Your blog is fantastic! I am now a follower. I can't wait to come back and visit. Blessings in the journey, Rebecca #393
    http://rebeccasrainbowkisses.blogspot.com
    or my blog about raising triplets plus one
    http://4goldeneggs.blogspot.com

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  107. One World One Heart is such a fun way for all of us to connect. How I would love to own your lovely creation. Count me in:) Come by to see me at #234 when you have time:)

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  108. I hope you send the story with the painting. Both are wonderful.
    OWOH hugs.
    Carol H.
    http://stitchacrosstheborder.blogspot.com

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  109. LOL, that was funny! Thanks so much for the chance to win your gorgeous giveaway! If you have the chance, I hope you can come to visit me at http://peggyapl.blogspot.com/ and join my giveaway. Happy OWOH travels!

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  110. Lovely Art and a really great blog! I'd love to enter your drawing.

    Hope you'll stop by for a visit!

    Robin
    Naked Heart Studio
    #217
    http://nakedheartart.blogspot.com

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  111. WOW!!! What an amazing story and artwork to go with it!!! Please include in me in your drawing and come enter mine too!
    Happy OWOH Days!
    Coralie (Michigan/USA)

    A Vintage Cottage Home
    OWOH #303

    P.S. I am your newest follower...maybe you'll join me too!

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  112. Great imagination and creativity, you little romantic of heart, funny too, add me to your hat! Love the art, love the story

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  113. Fabulous story! And art! Please include me! :)

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  114. Gorgeous work. Nice to meet you and to see your blog. Enjoy OWOH. Kim (No. 724)

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  115. Lovely to read your blog post, such a beautifully written story - was thinking I wouldn't have been so meek and then she gets him back - way cool. I would love such a reminder of OWOH and your story! Please count me in and if you get a chance drop in at my blog #404 a warm welcome awaits!

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  116. I for one love your stories, that's part of the charm of swinging by.

    limes.sweet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  117. What a wonderful story! I would love to win a print of your painting!

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  118. Greetings from the mountains of New Hampshire! Please enter me in your drawing for your beautiful give-away gift. Great story and really love your artwork. :) Lisa #338 http://lisasclayhappenings.blogspot.com/

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  119. Please include me in your amazing giveaway! It's beautiful! And so is your blog!

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  120. Greeting Ms. Lisa- I finally made it to your entry! I would be thrilled to have one of your beauties displayed in my home! As always, the words behind the work are just as meaningful to me- I would have literally "behind the art" - attached to the back just so I could share your wisdoms and dreamings with my friends!
    Stop by and enter my giveaway if you like, I'm waaaay down the list at #677- my email to the other Lisa kept showing up as spam :)
    xoxo
    Stephanie

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  121. Your story is wonderful!
    Nice blog! I've enjoyed it. Glad I found you! Please include me in
    your giveaway.
    Come visit me at http://designforty-8.blogspot.com/

    Thanks Teri abella4@att.net

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  122. Hahahaha! You could've been a Grimm sister! I was hoping she wasn't going to swoon into his arms :D Brilliance!

    Thank you so much for the chance to win the gorgeous print and also for that fabulous tale.

    Please feel free to drop by my OWOH post :)

    Whoopidoo[at]btinternet[dot]com
    OWOH #365

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  123. LOL Lisa..how are ya hon!! I loooove your treat..ya know I want it ....I SO do!!! ARe ya having fun doing this...I so love it every year!!! Hugs to you hon!!! Sarah

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  124. Lisa, How wonderful to meet you . I loved the story and so did one of my little hatters. I read it to him. I would love to win your wonderful giveaway. Please come and visit me in my world. Happy OWOH.
    Wishes and Whimsy
    Wendy from wonderland

    http://candydelane.typepad.com/curiosities

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  125. Fun Fun Story! Thank you!
    :-) Gina #299

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  126. That was a joy to read this morning and your artwork is absolutely beautiful.

    Ali x

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  127. Hello dear, thanks for offering so nice prize and story, take a time and pass by me. Loredana

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  128. Greetings from Victoria, BC Canada

    I loved your story. Being a story lover, it was delightful to discover.

    I enjoyed poking around your blog. So much so that I became a follower. Thanks...

    Sharon
    http://mystoryart.com
    #298 on the list

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  129. What a fabulous story I loved reading it and I always love your artwork, so I would be very happy indeed to win. I havent been in to see you for ages and I must come over more often as I do miss your humourous stories.

    Dont forget to pop over to enter mine.

    See you again soon

    Elaine
    #730

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  130. Wow what a lovely giveaway! Please add me to the list !Thank you for the opportunity to win!
    Willnnabel@catel.net

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  131. its a lovely story. you should submit it to be published!!! happy Owoh!!!

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  132. I would love to be entered in your wonderful drawing. Please visit me I am #809 in the OWOH tour.
    Sandra

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  133. What a fabulous story! And such a great giveaway! Please count me in. ~Michelle, OWOH participant 598

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  134. Hey there, greetings from southern California.
    What a wonderful place to land on this OWOH journey.
    If you get a chance come by my blog #442 on your flight and spend a little of your precious time with me.
    Thanks
    http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/01/owoh-2011-welcome-welcome.html

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  135. A great story, thanks for taking the time.
    Please enter my name and stop by my blog to win a crazy girl bracelet. Www.polymerclayetc.com
    Thanks so much, Alice

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  136. Thank you for your visit to my blog and for your comment. I would love to win your giveaway!!! Please count me in.

    And thank you for taking all this time to write the story!!

    Greetings from Norway!!!

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  137. Hello, it’s nice to meet you! I appreciate your stopping by my blog and must say, I've enjoyed your blog... Go princess! :) What a fabulous story!
    Enjoy the rest of your OWOH tour!
    natureswalk at comcast dot net

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  138. Your story is as darling as the artwork. Thank you for sharing with us.

    Jules
    onebookshy at yahoo dot com

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  139. Great story!!!! It was so nice to stay awhile and enjoy a coffee with you. If you get the chance I would love you to visit me downunder (Australia) so I can return the favour. #819 mustlovepaint.blogspot.com

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  140. Hello from Australia!
    I love the story! I guess the moral of the story is to never mess with a woman...the end! :P
    The artwork, both the main piece and the sketches you drew for the story, are stunning.
    Can you please enter me in the drawing for your great giveaway? Thank you so much!!
    You're more than welcome to visit my blog, where I'm also having a OWOH giveaway! I'm number 591...
    http://livluvsscraps.blogspot.com

    --Liv from Australia--

    gloomy_liv AT yahoo DOT com DOT au

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  141. Hello You have a lovely Blog ,Very nice giveaway!! Please come see mine,
    My giveaway is a ooak bunting baby doll
    Hugs Belinda
    lbjnflower@gmail.com
    #425

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  142. Oh you are a true fairytale teller, and a wonderfull artist- I love your pictures/collages- and your prize-away- id gorgeus- such wonderfull colors,too.
    Please visit my OWOH post ?
    Dorthe
    denlillelade@mail.tele.dk

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  143. I guess a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush! What an ironic story about the princess and the prince! And he WAS a jerk too! Men!
    Hee! Hee!
    I do like your giveaway and you are a great story teller too.
    The best to you!
    Teresa in California
    tscat@sbcglobal.net

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  144. Hello. It is so very nice to meet you. I just love your little story... as the reader, we really do expect a happily ever after ending. I must say your ending to the story was awesome, and funny! Thank you for sharing your story with us. Also, your artwork is beautiful... please enter my name into your drawing.

    I would love it if you would stop by my blog for a visit. I am #78 on the OWOH participant list.
    *hugs*,
    Jenn
    justjenndesignz.blogspot.com
    justjenndesignz@gmail.com

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  145. Greetings from Ipswich, Ma.
    Awesome story! Please enter me into the OWOH give away.

    I'd love to have you visit my blog and have a look around, too.

    I'm offering a shabby chic denim necklace from my ReStyle Studios designs.

    Hugs from Linda L

    http://www.LamoreAllure.blogspot.com
    email - Azurlin@gmail.com

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  146. What a hoot! You are one talented lady! Peggy www.misspproductions.blogspot.com

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  147. What a great story!! And your painting is beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win.

    http://leslie-mylifeandtimes.blogspot.com/

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  148. This is absolutely gorgeous!!!! :)
    Thanks for the chance to win!!!

    I'm Polinka from France
    http://polinka.canalblog.com
    polinka_scrap @ yahoo.fr

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  149. Hello "Wrightstuff." Thank you for welcoming me to your blog. I loved looking at your art and reading the lovely story that went with it. Just what we all need to get us out of the winter doldrums!

    Please feel free to visit me and enter my giveaway also Just click on my blog link, or I'm #625. Happy OWOH to you!

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  150. 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

    USA

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  151. Beautiful! ~Cassie angelandspot{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  152. Hello! I'm so glad I found One World One Heart and was able to visit your blog! I'm pretty new to the blogging world and I love seeing the different ways of blogging. I hope you will check out my blog and maybe find something useful there. I'd love to be entered for your door prize, thanks for adding my name to the list!
    lauren_renfroe@yahoo.com

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  153. I've enjoyed visiting your lovely blog and would love a chance to enter your wonderful giveaway!
    Thanks so much :)
    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

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  154. 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!

    Michelle
    http://dasmauspad.blogspot.com
    mouse1996@gmail.com

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  155. ... you are quite the talent.. and so generous in your give-a-way.. thanks for the opportunities
    mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

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  156. Lisa what a great story and love the illustrations. You know I love your art.
    Hope I win something even though I am already a winner of your beautiful postcards I won at IA. Love to you.
    xx

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  157. Hi Wright STuff, what an enchanting story. Thanks for taking the time to write it. Please count me in, I would love to win any one of your prizes. 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.
    #844
    barbara@barbaracagle.com
    http://blog.barbaracagle.com

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  158. hello from Thailand! That's a lovely story with lovely illustrations.. please count me in your give away..:)

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

    laetriciajaniel (at) gmail (dot) com

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  159. Cool story! I loved it! So nice to meet you here through OWOH...hope you get a chance to stop by my blog, too :-)

    Jo-Ann
    www.jdmstudios.blogspot.com

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  160. What a wonderful story, and an impressive princess. I'll never look at a birdcage the same way again! :)
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
    OWOH giveaway

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  161. Hi from OWOH in Leicester! Nice to find your blog - Hope to see you at #728

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  162. Fabulous story! What a lovely place you have here! Thank you so much for the chance to win your awesome giveaway!

    Outrageous joy,
    Kathy #655 on OWOH tour

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  163. I love this-what a great story.

    chocolate and croissants at yahoo com

    please stop by.

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  164. I would like to have my name submitted for a chance to win your drawing!

    I love to meet fellow crafters so if you have time stop by for a visit!

    Thanks so much!!
    Sarah
    roughseasdesigns@gmail.com
    http://www.roughseasdesigns.blogspot.com/

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  165. Greetings from southern California. Love your amazing giveaway. Please add me to your hat. I'm flying in during the final hours of OWOH. Thank you and cheers!http://sewingthroughthemuck.blogspot.com/

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  166. Greetings from NY! Please count me in and enjoy your flight. Patricia OWOH #498

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  167. Hi Lisa - I don't think further introductions are necessary for us :)

    I loved reading your fairytale - I actually did laugh out loud when I read "meringue is so last century"!

    Beautiful prize, I'd love to own some of your work - please count me in!

    If you've not already (sorry, have completey lost track at this point!!) hope you'll pop over to enter my giveaway too -
    #837 http://artangeloriginalart.blogspot.com/

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  168. Once upon a time there was a beautiful & entertaining blog... ;) Don't know if I made it or not, but either way no worries the door prize is the catalyst but it's all about saying Howdy too ;) I'd love you to come on over check out my giveaways & comment at my OWOH post if you haven't already I believe there are a few minutes (??) before close off :) oh & please feel free to drop in now and then after OWOH if you're in the bloggersphere :) that'd be cool! Now let's enjoy the final countdown of the final One World One Heart EXTRAVAGANZA :) Up, UP & AWAAAAAAY!!
    http://sunshineshelles.blogspot.com/

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