Monday, January 19, 2009

One World - One Heart 2009

Welcome all to my corner of Bloglandia!

It is time once again for One World One Heart.

This is the third annual blog-wide giveaway hosted by Lisa Oceandreamer Swifka. According to her, "The original idea behind this 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." Here is her intention: "The blogging world is vast with more created all the time....and through blogging we can learn new things, read about other countries, learn of new ways to promote those vital issues, support causes as well as learn about new artists, writers, photographers, et al. By having a list of those with a giveaway it is like a home tour with a map......going from place to place to see how others "live" and perhaps along the way make fabulous new connections and maybe win a door prize in the process."

A wonderful plan! I traveled far and near last year and have made connections that I treasure. For those that have not traveled here from the main site, clicking the badge above (or on my side bar) will take you to home base where there are hundreds of participating blogs. They will be left up for the better part of the year, so you may take your time browsing the treasure trove!

Last years theme for me was about dreams. This year it's all about wishes! Wishes are rather just the waking manifestations of our dreams - no?

As we inaugurate our 44th President, Barack Obama, here in the United States, we are full of hope for the future. I wish for him wisdom to make the decisions he must in the coming years. I wish for him the support he needs to make things happen. I wish for him safety in his journey. I wish for him blessings for his family.

I also wish prosperity, creativity, health, and peace to all my fellow bloggers.

When you hear the word wishes, what images come to mind for you? Any wish making traditions? I love when people comment here. I know I have made a connection with someone, and that is so special. Of course this type of event is rather like having a captive audience, but I can't wait to see what your thoughts are! So let's hear about wishes...

Is it about blowing out your birthday candles?
Releasing dandelion seeds?
Snapping the wish bone from the Thanksgiving turkey with your little brother?

Let's hear it!

Also, I've talked before here about Make A Wish. Their motto is that they "grant the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy" Wishes take the form of "I wish to Be", "I wish to Go", "I wish to Meet", "I wish to Have". It is a wonderful organization. I'm excited that the young women of Chi Omega Fraternity at John Carroll are very close to being able to grant a wish. I would love to help them get there! You can help me.

Please share your thoughts on wishes in the comment section below. By doing so, you will accomplish the following:

for each unique poster, I will donate $1.00 to Make a Wish (up to $150.00, which would more than double my hits from last year!)
infuse me with inspiration to create a wish book for a lucky winner! (do you enjoy how I am providing a clever diversion from you noticing my not actually having the piece made yet!?) I plan to create a small book of mixed media, photos, and fun with places to add secret wishes. With all the good karma of One World One Heart they are sure to come true!
possibly even BE the lucky winner!

Some important details:

To be eligible for the drawing, post here (specifically in THIS post) by midnight February 11th. Please be sure not to comment anonymously - how can you win If I don't know who you are? You do not need to have a blog, but gee, why don't you? It's tons of fun! International participants are welcomed! Selection of a winner will be completed using a random number generator. Winner will be announced February 12th. I will contact you, but you are welcome to stop back and see the prize!

So stay and visit a while if you'd like, use the side bar list to poke around and see the sites: my jewelry (BlingBling), Art Journal (MyArtJournal), or maybe papercrafts, cards, or scrapbooking is your style? (ScrapPaperScissors) I've been trying many new avenues for creativity!

Jump on the Gypsy Caravan - I wish for you new friends, new inspirations, and new adventures!


Shoozles said...

That is a beautiful thing!!!

please visit my blog too it's not as sweet as your offering.

Moonfairy said...

What a wonderful giveaway :)

I always make a wish when I see a falling star. One of my favourite childhood songs is "When you wish upon a star", I still love that song very much.

thismuseofmine said...

I LOVE you idea! My cousins daughter died 2 years ago of CF, and she was able to have a wish from Make A Wish, so it is an amazing organization. I applaud you for your donation! Thank you for helping us help these kids!!!
If you end up making something, I would love to be entered, and if not, just make a donation with my cousins daughter's memory in mind.

The Rose Room said...

what a lovely idea! Nice to meet you! If you haven't already, come by and visit me, I have a giveaway ~ Rachael ~

Tina- said...

for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song


sweet wish is for everyone to make a difference and leave a positive impact in their lives

Elizabeth said...

I also think a lot about dreams, wishes and children. My wish is that every child would know love and have his/her needs met.

LW said...

This is a wonderful give-away.
I think Make A Wish is one of the best.

When my kids were small each night before their went to bed we would check the skies for
Stars.. When the first star was spotted, we would recite this poem.

Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.

Then a wish would be made.

It's funny because both are in college now, but every once in awhile
I will hear my daughter recite this poem..

We also love bubbles in our house.

A bubble carries your wishes to the fairies…and when it pops the fairies will hear your heart’s desires…


Dawn said...

Wow this is wonderful - such a great thing to do!

Wish, wish I wish for this, I wish for that, my mum always used to say you're wishing your life away!!
Where would we be without wishes something magical about a wish made when blowing out a candle, when a star falls, wishes filled with hope and love...

Stop on by!

Latharia said...

Connie, hello!!!! :D I have to say most of my adult wishing has been on falling stars. And during meteor showers, I get a LOT of wishing in. :D What a clever idea to make a wish book ... and to donate to Make A Wish foundation, too! :D You are too sweet! Don't forget to visit my blog to enter my giveaway as well!

Geri said...

Great Giveaway! Great Blog!!

On this day of great wish realization what a great idea! Wishes are the voices of dreams!

Sherry Goodloe said...

I love your gift idea! Please enter me in your OWOH giveaway. And if you haven't done so already, please stop by my blog and enter my giveaway as well. I'm #73 on the list GOT ART?

Have an art-filled day today!

Ellen Lyn said...

I certainly wish more of the biggest wishes could be granted...and I happen to think Make a Wish handles some of the biggest, most important wishes ever!! Love your idea, please add my name to your list--and my dollar to the pot!
hammgood at yahoo dot com

Studio Marcy - Marcy Lamberson said...

Has anyone recently told you what a good person you are? I think you're great.

I would wish for more people to support Beads of Courage which is a national organization working with children with life threatening illness.

I hope you'll check out my OWOH giveaway, a cute little handmade glass puppy.


Vivian Deliz said...

What a nice idea. BTW, love your blog, very pretty. Keep it up.

Janet said...

Great idea! My wish is for everyone to be more tolerant of our differences and to see beyond the surface to who we really are inside.

Please add my name to your list! And if you haven't already, stop by and enter my giveaway, too.

Jingle said...

Right now. Today. My Wish if for the Hope to come to fruition. My Wish is that this man will be able to lead this nation to new places. My Wish is for us to see true growth. Not financial growth, or physical growth, but true, personal growth in our nation.

The Odd Bird said...

My wish is that there were no more homeless, abused animals out there and that all people would spay and neuter their pets.

Thank you for a wonderful giveaway.

barb cabot said...

I wish you a heart warmed by much love daily. Barb Cabot

pinkglitterfae said...

I really hope you reach your maximum donation! what a great thing to do!
My wish is for people to finally realize, we are all on this earth together, and stop seeing differences.

thank you!

Whimsical Creations said...

I wish for this new CPSIA law to be rewritten so handmade businesses do not go out of business. The people who make handmade items for children make so many people happy with their work. After feb 10th many will be out of business.

Fabulous! Thank you for the chance to win.

=) melanie
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Tina Holden said...

Lets hope 'wishes' do come true. Being the mom of a special needs adult child with autism, I wish for her to have some dreams full-filled however simple they may be. Would love to be entered for your wish book. Come over and enter for my humble offering of a heart.
I can hear Bono sing...
that is my word auspicious is that! bonosing, lol

Vicki Priebe said...

As much as I love and believe in wishing (on a falling star, throwing money in a wishing well, the wishbone of a turkey, finding a 4 leaf clover for luck, etc.), I LOVE being able to grant wishes. I believe in this so much, I created a website dedicated to just that wishing and granting wishes. Now, people have a place to post actual items they are wishing for and people can grant them. We no longer just need to throw them out into the universe, we can use people power. I just love my title Wish Grantor too - how many of us can claim that title in an organization!
Thanks for donating a $1 to make-a-wish (they are some of the best Wish Grantors around), so I had to post my comment. I'll be sure to pay your kindness forward. I'll be a regular on your blog - I love it when people love wishing and being kind (as you do).
~Vicki Priebe
Wish Grantor

Laume said...

What a great idea - pledging for each comment. I did a bit of that for gifts this past Yule and really enjoyed it. I'll have to go poke around, I did not know you had other web spots. But I'll be back later - right now I'm too busy celebrating this happy new day and I also forgot (thanks for reminding me) to sign up over at OWOH.

Jodi - mommyto4 said...

I think your donation to Make A Wish is incredible! What an awesome gift to give. I still make wishes (helps keep the kid in me)and love to watch/listen to my kids make their own wishes. Thanks for the chance to win.

Linda Sue said...

This is so sweet and right on target! Cheers!

trisha too said...

In my own life, I'm going for a less wishing and more doing!

This is a lovely concept for a book; makes me thoughtful . . .

:)Was glad to see you on the OWOH list--I'm playing too!

BrieBrie13 said...


check out my blog....

daydreamstudios said...

Your giveaway is awesome! Please count me in!

khhast said...

What an amazing giveaway!

Keep dreaming, keep believing.

I have a OWOH giveaway too, pop on over and have a look:

Deborah said...

You lovely! I wish I wish that no child would pass through this life without their wish coming true.

Glassgrrl Studios said...

I wish for enchantment to touch every life, joy to conquer fear, and a safe, loving home to all kittens. :)

Evidence of an Artistic Life said...

Make a Wish is a wonderful organization and a charity of my choice always. Today, fo me, wish means hope and dream-for a brighter future for our youth and for our country. I see it in the eyes of the citizens-there is a whole lot of wishing going on today!
I would love to enter!!
chris p

Lola....L..O..L..A....lo--oh--luh! said...

The donation idea is a great one! Thanks for sharing your wishes!

I wish for happiness this year.

Nino's Mum said...

what heart-warming generosity!
Would love to be one of the reasons for your charity towards the Make-a-Wish foundations - They do brilliant work in my country, India, as well.
We're a culture of hope and dreams, so it is but natural that we have 'days' for our wishes! specific days for specific material and spiritual wishes (such as money or wisdom), days for specific people to wish for (family, husbands, siblings).
And even if it does sound corny, most of our prayers end in wishes for world peace!

jojoebi said...

how generous, I hope you can make the wish come true!
please pop my name into your hat and then pop over and add your to mine :o)

Bibi said...

Hi there. I make wishes when I pray to God and sometimes He grants them! :) If you haven't yet, hop over to my blog as I'm putting a giveaway together too :)

carylsrealm said...

I wish for the health and safety of all. And of course for world peace! Please enter me, and please stop by my blog give-a-way!

sewfunky said...

Please enter me in the draw and don't forget to come on over to enter the OWOH giveaway on my blog... (I'm #144 on the gypsy caravan!)

Diane said...

"If wishes were horses, beggars would ride." I remember Mom saying this to us now and then when we'd get whiney about something . . . I still believe in wishes,but I believe more strongly in action to make wishes come true. Congrats on your donation to the MAW foundation!

burntofferings said...

hi, how very wonderful!!! and come on over to enter ours.

Strickmuse said...

This is a wonderful idea and a great cause and I wish you will have a lot of participants here on this site.
Stop by to say hello.
bearliner at gmail dot com

Dschrader said...

I always believed that fairies carried our wishes to waiting ears! I think what you're doing for the make a wish foundation is so very moving! Love your site! Please enter me in the drawing!
Thanks, Donna K. Schrader

The Giveaway Diva said...

amazing!! I would love to be entered!!! thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

I wish that everyone finds their purpose, spreads their wings, and fully participates in life. BTW, I wish that for me too!
Please count me in, and if you haven't already, do come to my blog and enter my giveaway.
I am #21 on the Gypsy Caravan, and I am giving away a necklace.

Reeva said...

I'm having so much fun making friends and blog-hopping again this year.

Thanks for such a generous giveaway! I hope I'm chosen as the lucky winner!!!

Pamela said...

what a loving heart you have. my wish is that my children grow up to be loving, considerate adults. i went to school in cleveland, and lived in the john carroll neighborhood. it was a lovely place.

Lucy said...

your gift is brilliant!
I wish i wish i wish I was a fish.
no that is silly... how 'bout..
A dream is a wish Your heart makes
( cinderella? I think!)
hope u enter my giveaway too

ThisGirlRemembers said...

Oh, what a lovely thing to do! I am charmed by the idea of the wish book, and think it is awesome that you are donating money to "Make a Wish"!

My thoughts on wishes.... I guess they're sort of skewed right now, because all I truly wish for is something that's not possible. I just lost my granddad a few weeks ago, and I'm still pretty emotionally raw. I guess I wish for peace. I wish to feel like my grandmother's going to be ok. I wish....

Sorry to be a Debbie Downer. :) Really, I do wish for lots of good things. I'm just sort of stuck in the sad these days, is all. But a wish book would certainly brighten my day!!

Please do feel free, too, to stop by my blog to enter my own OWOH giveaway. :)
thisgirlremembers at gmail dot com

ladybug said...

For me a wish a way to focus and channel a thought to action. By wishing, we form the words that we can then follow and help fly out into the world and reality.

So today I wish that all who read your blog will find more doors to open on possibilities for helping a stranger smile with unexpected joy.

Hope you can stop by and visit my blog at some point too! I've enjoyed yours!

SpiritMama said...

I love that you are donating to "make a wish"!
Thanks for including me in your awesome giveaway!

Waxela (wa-shay-la)

Anonymous said...

My wish is that our new president makes it possible for everyone to receive the health care they need, no matter what their income is, or their age.
I believe wish/dream he can and will make this possible.

Andreah @ Life's A Hoot said...

What a lovely thing you are doing! Thanks for the chance to win =)

Melanie said...

thanks for such a generous giveaway,love your blog :)
mel xx

Janine said...

What a heartfelt give away! I am participating too

MissKoolAid said...

What a beautiful gesture!

I often wish on the first evening's star. Or if I say the exact same thing at the exact same time as my mother or a friend. I love wishes. They are powerful. (And I love reading what everyone else is saying in here!)


Karen Klomparens, Glass Addict & Artisan said...

Such beautiful entries everywhere!
My first year participating in the OWOH event.
Thank you from the chilly Midwest!
Visit my blog too, Karen

valerie2350 said...

fabulous giveaway - please enter me :)

JennTRC said...

how amazing that you are donating to the make a wish foundation! :)

I think that's absolutely fabulous and I am totally interested in your book as well. please enter me.

jrerwin6 at gmail dot com

Diana said...

good luck, I hope you get to 150. Stop by and enter mine when you have time if you haven't done so yet.

crazierinreallife said...

OK, this is the most unique posting I have seen so far and by far the most generous. I love this idea.

My wish these days is for a world free from fear and filled with joy and laughter. There is definitely not enough laughter in this world.

please stop by my blog and enter my give away.

Elsie said...

Make A Wish is fortunate to have concerned, caring people like you...I am a neighbor to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, they make wishes happen, too.

A wish gives hope, it's like whispering to the angels.

Best wishes to you!
What is your wish book going to contain, besides your talent and kind spirit?

Elsie said...

oops, my email was a mistake on the last post...

it should be:

Lisa "Oceandreamer" S. said...

Thank you for participating in this years event. I am delighted to see so many return for the 2nd or 3rd year.
Ah wishes, when I think of wishes i think of standing at the edge of an ocean. Waves lapping and except for that sound your mind is clear to think, dream and make wishes. It is when you realize in the vastness of that ocean just how small we seems anything is possible.
Nice to meet you!
if you haven't already do stop by my giveaway as well.
Lisa Swifka
OWOH host/participant

3rdEyeMuse said...

clever, clever Connie! love your post & your connection to Make a Wish ... ok, I'll be a good sport (and will cross my fingers that the Wish book lands in my lap) ...

I wish on everything and anything that is rumored to work - on stars, birthday candles, necklace clasps fallen and being fixed, eyelashes, etc., etc., etc. ...

I wish that all the wishes wished in hopes based in goodness & kindness & love are granted (as long as the granting is the best outcome in regards to the wishes) ... too wordy?

I wish for World Peace ... too pageant?

... I wish I knew what to wish for ...

ah well. such is life. :) please toss my name into your giveaway hat.

thank you & Happy OWOH-ing!

Oops! Desperate Blogger~ said...

I wish...that I had done something as wonderful as this! Sending you a hug and a pocketful of wishes from Northwest Ohio. Your blog is very nice!

Franny said...

My wish is to have "LOVE & WORLD PEACE". There is too much talk on the news about war and violence, we need to spread LOVE to everyone we meet!

I have never been to this event before so after seeing so many wonders, I became a participant!

I am so amazed at the generosity. I am particularly moved by some of the comments that are so heartfelt.

This has really inspired me to be more creative and to blog more. I have enjoyed meeting you and getting in touch with your blog.

Come and visit me on Picklebeans!

Jennifer said...

What a fabulous and generous idea! Count me in.
My wishes for this year...

Stop by my place if you have a moment. I'm number 351 in the OWOH page.

AngieHallHaviland said...

What a FUN event this is….making friends through ART is always WONDERFUL!! Please enter me in your drawing!!

Be sure to stop by my blog :O)

Val Braun said...

Hello from Northern Alberta. What a generous giveaway. My wish is for tolerance and acceptance by others of others as well and more personally, good health and happiness for my children and grandchildren.
Please enter me in your draw. Thanks.

Beadyjan said...

I wish for everyone - a life full of fragrant flowers - (where hay fever doesn't exist)

What a fun way to spend a chilly Sunday afternoon - wandering around blogland visiting tons of talented artists and making new friends along the way.

Please include me in your owoh giveaway and pop by my blog to see mine

bb king said...

Please enter me..what a wonderful site you have.

Anita Kurtz said...

Whoa - CMACK!!! Looks like your commenters far surpassed your expectations - WooHoo!!!

When I think of wishes, I think of fairy tales - And they lived happily ever after - it's all good in the imagination :-)

Sam said...

what a fabulous thing to do - here's another dollar commentor for you!! ;-) When I see the word wishes I think of the simple every day things like a warm cat on the lap, a cup of tea and a pile of biscuits while reading a book!

Ann said...

I make wishes when I blow out my birthday candles, when I see the first star of the evening, when I catch an eyelash on my finger...any time and any excuse I can come with, really!

Please enter my name, then stop by to enter my giveaway, too. ;)

cox_cchs AT hotmail DOT com

Renee said...

well my wish is for health. i would like to have as many years as i can. xoxo


"Stampgram" said...

I wish for lots of things, most of them too trivial to mention. But the thing I wish for most is for happy healthy children and grandchildren.

One time I was telling a friend who was going through a difficult struggle that things would get better in time. She said, "You promise?" And I said, "I promise." My hubby overheard this bit of the conversation, and later told me that you can't promise things unless you are able to make it happen...otherwise it is just giving false hope. I right then committed to be the kind of friend that she needed in order to make sure that things did get better for her. And you know, being a friend is all it took...someone to talk to, someone to cry with and laugh with...that is all she needed to get help her see her way forward.

I think this is kind of what Make a Wish does. They can't make these kids well, but they can give a smile, a day of fun, an adventure, or that one thing that would bring a little joy and comfort into a world turned upside down.

My niece's daughter fought for 16 years to beat Cystic Fibrosis and lost her battle two years ago last week while awaiting a double lung transplant. A few years before that Make a Wish had granted her a wish and it really made things so much better for her.

What a great organization, and what a great thing you are doing. We too give to them to help in their effort to help kids. Bless you for what you are doing.

Jax said...

What a great thing you are doing! I work in hospice and it can be trying sometimes but all in all really rewarding. It does keep my head level and reminds me to enjoy all the little things in life and that is my wish for my children too. Please count me in and come stop my blog to check out my giveaway too!

Mary said...

I always make a wish if I find one of my eyelashes. I'm wishing you all wonderful things. Your giveaway is so inspired and so full of your heart. Thank you!

Beckie Holso said...

i love the make-a-wish foundation because they granted my cousin's daughter's wish. she lost her battle with cystic fibrosis two years ago. please include me in your drawing =) OWOH #433

Anonymous said...

love your idea! i wish for you to get at least 150 hits so that your donation (and blog visits) is as high as possible! please add me to the draw for your book. sounds intriguing.


Jewelry Elegance by jill said...

I wish for a world at peace...

WendyP said...

I wish that my cancer will not return (smiles)

thanks for sharing your thoughts and giveaway with the world
smiles Wendy
hope you will drop by my blog too

Liv said...

I think it's a great idea that you'll be donating to Make A Wish - they're such a great organisation that do so many fabulous things for children who really deserve something special! :)
I love the child-like innocence of making a wish through blowing out candles or a dandelion, wishing on a star, and so forth! My favourite when I was a kid was when you have an eyelash on your face, you remove it, make a wish and then blow it off your finger! :)
The concept of a wish book sounds nice - I've not heard of it before, but it sounds adorable.
Please enter my name for this giveaway!
Thank you for your generosity!
All the best,

gloomy_liv AT yahoo DOT com DOT au

Linda said...

The donation is a wonderful idea!!

Please stop by my blog and enter my giveaway.


Ragamuffin Gal said...

Lovely ~ I would love to be included! Please visit my blog and enter into my OWOH drawing too! Many Blessings,


R. Bungart said...

Wow- great.Please enter my name in your drawing.

Hugs from germany

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Wishes, what an awesome concept. I think my biggest wish is that after many, many years of inane government, we can get back on track. I also wish everyone, the world over, could see the advantage of getting along, just like this little community we have formed.

Please stop by my blog and enter my giveaway also.

hfsolutions at juno dot com

Rusted Wings said...

A wish, a wing, and a prayer...for each and every being on this planet....that they would know the Truth that will set them free, that they would have the peace that passes all understanding, the joy of contentment with simple things, and the heights and depths of Love!!!

My heart unites with yours in this gift... and come visit our new gallery and blog #470, Rusted Wings!

Karen South said...

I'm so glad I found your blog. What fun! Thanks for offering up such a great giveaway. You are a very generous person!

Lori Roberts said...

Count me in! Stop by mine if you haven't I am #554 on the list! Angels are by wishes!

Anonymous said...

How wonderful! One of my favorite songs from my childhood is "Got a Penny in my pocket" If you haven't heard it, it's all about making wishes.

altermyworld said...

thank you for such a giving heart pls add me


"Fear is a mindless killer"
My friend Els has this as her tag and i love it.

onscreen said...

Please enter me into the draw and don't forget to head on over to my OWOH giveaway to enter mine!

Anonymous said...

Wishing is a quiet whisper to yourself reminding you about what you really truly want from your life.

What a nice idea to donate along with a giveaway.
Please count me in,

Amy said...

When I sew gifts for people I really feel like I'm sending them a physical representation of all the good wishes that I have for them. There's nothing better to me than finding that perfect pattern and the perfects fabric for them and my wishes! The quilts are like hugs from me to them.

Sharon said...

OK, I did not read the other comments, but I'm going to after I post mine. I love to make wishes and I may just find new reasons to do so after I read what others have said. :)

I wish on falling stars, when I'm lucky enough to see one! I wish on eye lashes that come out and stick to my cheek (or anyone else's cheek that I'm near enough to touch). I wish on birthday candles.

Now, this one I made up myself, but it works for me and it makes me feel great -- in the dead of winter, when it's all dead and grey outside (especially in Jan. and Feb.) I wish on male cardinals when I see them! Then I say a little prayer of thanks.

melanie said...

wishes are about dandelion clocks, and birthday candles, and falling stars.
and I love your idea of giving to the Make a Wish foundation. That is very cool :) I'm pleased to be one of your dollars :)

KKJD1 said...

What a wonderful thing you are doing.
Don't wish it were easier,wish you were better. John Rohn
Thanks for the chance to win. Blessings, Karen

Lorrie Grainger Abdo said...

My inspiration is my niece, Taylor, who passed away on May 15, 2007 at the age of 14. Her dad, my brother, is heavily involved with Make-a-Wish in Michigan. Team Taylor, my brother's bike team, raised over $56,000 last year to grant sick kids' wishes. I love that you are doing this in honor of kids everywhere.

Lorrie Grainger Abdo

Lezlei Ann Young said...

What a great idea! Please enter me in your drawing.
My email:

Don't forget to stop by and enter my giveaway! I am #208.

Thanks! I'll be back!


Connie said...

when my children were little I had a little round padded box with tiny chinese dolls on it and a lid. I think it was a pin cushion and other stuff could be put inside. anyway, we called it the "wish box" and my boys could leave there wishes in there, or sometimes, when they opened it, there would be a surprise in there for them. i totally had forgotten about that!
i still wish on stars.
please come enter my giveaway, too!
connie williams

BurningRubber said...

Thanks for donating. I realy enjoyed looking at your blog. Your jewelry is so pretty. Please sign me up for your giveaway :)

nfmgirl said...

What a nice idea! Please include me. I'm full of wishes and dreams...

grouchy whitecat said...

My wish is not so grand as your other posters. My wish is simply that my son will find the strength to stop drinking. Please enter me in your drawing

Mimi said...

Fantastic idea.

“Stop the habit of wishful thinking and start the habit of thoughtful wishes.” ~ Mary Martin

Please enter me in your giveaway, then stop over & enter mine!

OWOH #640

Kathy said...

What a wonderful thing for you to do. My wish is for everyone to keep some of their childhood magic present through out their life.
Thanks for the chance to enter.

Kathy $577

ikkinlala said...

Your mention of the wishbone reminded me of how we used to save wishbones (chicken as well as turkey) to dry so that they'd snap more easily. We had a nail on the kitchen cupboard to hang them on, and sometimes we'd end up with half a dozen hanging there before we made wishes with them.

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

My Child's Diary said...

This is the second time I comment. I hope this is alright. Just wanted to let you know that I have joined the Gypsy Caravan. You are welcome to enter in if you haven't already done - Thanks, Miri. samjerus[at]

Erika Lynn said...

that is a beautiful idea!

dreameyce said...

What a wonderful offering! Your donations to Make A Wish is a gracious offering :) Thank you!

SuseADoodle said...

wishes are the things that hold our hopes together when faith is about to give up ...

a wish book sounds wonderful! and supporting the Make A Wish Foundation is even better!

Enter me in your drawing -- PLEASE! :-)

Have a Great OWOH Blog-Hop!

"Suse Bee"

cheryl said...

Wonderful giveaway! What a beautiful idea. I wish that everyone who wishes ~ gets a wish granted.

If you get a chance, stop by my humble OWOH:

baglady said...

What a beautiful idea-donating to make a wish. I am an occupational therapist and have had several children of mine benefit from that wonderful organization. I wish I could do some things over- and better- but I am making the effort everyday to connect. Please enter my name to your generous drawing- thank you- Nancy

Melissa said...

I make wishes on everything, falling stars, birthday candles, eyelashes that have fallen out & been caught. Wishes make your dreams come true!

Thank you for the great giveaway & the chance to win! :)


Sarahlé said...

Wow, what an original givewaway... You seem to be a very kind person, with a huge heart.
I'd only say one thing: among all the wishes, I'd be extremely pleased if each of us had the mental power to feel happy. Whether poor or not, ill or not, well, I think happiness is something that helps bearing whatever life can bring to us.

Anyway, many thanks to you, have a nice day!

Ps: please forgive my poor English, I'm from Paris...!


Devonna said...

I wish that everyone remembers that we are here to help each other. Many blessings to you sweet lady. Devonna

jamaise said...

Ah, wishes. In thinking to answer your question, I realized just how wish-y I am. I subconciously make a wish every candle I blow out not just my birthday. I am several times a week reciting star light, star bright with my little one who at the end when he makes his wish, blows like he is blowing out a candle :)) We do every wish bone & I always end up with the kiss the first person who comes in the door part. We blow dandilion puffs & make wishes on necklace clasps that get turned back around. I say a silent Hail Mary every time I hear a ambulance siren, which is a wish for someones Mother, or child to be ok. I too wish for the success of President Obama - I believe in the America he envisions. After responding to your question with a novel, I will finish with one last wish, to get a surprise email on Febuary 12th :))

Vicki Page said...

I wish that people would pray! In this day and time we do need more prayers. Wonderful idea to have people post their wishes. Someday I do wish for a blog so I can be more a part of the blogging world I have no idea where to start should I say I'm not computer savy...Vicki Page

Bee said...

what a fab give away. Please add me to your draw.

My wish for everybody is that they would have compassion for all of G-d's creatures.

Why not pop over to my blog and enter my draw too. My blog is at

Look forward to seeing you there.


Carolee said...

What a beautiful and generous idea for a giveaway...Wishes make me think of stars (my own offering is a tiny trinket box lettered with "Star light, star bright" inside)...

Thanks for your generosity in donating to Make a Wish, and please do count me in. :)

~ Carolee

Just Jenn Designz said...

What a fantastic idea... to donate to such a wonderful charity as the Make a Wish Foundation. I must say that this giveaway has certainly touched my heart. A wish that I have is to see ended suffering of little ones. So many of them endure more pain in their lives than we can ever image.

Angelfeather said...

What a wonderful idea and generous spirit. Please enter me and do visit at


Barbara said...

What a beautiful thing for you to do. As for wishes, I seem to have spent way too much of my past time wishing for things that I've learned I really didn't need. Now my wishing is limited to wishing for my depression to lessen.
I'd love to win your wish book.
Thank you,
Barb in TX

s hyler said...

What a wonderful giveaway, It is so nice to meet you during this event.
Have a wonderful day,

crystal said...

Hello Connie
I am so happy i stopped by!! I have always loved the Make A Wish Foundation!!
My wish is for all children to be happy and have loved ones care about them to no end:)
Bright Blessings from a Fellow Northeast Ohion:)(Cleveland Rocks!)
Hope you are staying Warm here!!
I am looking forward to visiting again for sure:)

Anonymous said...

Such a wonderful idea, count me in! I'm also in OWOH this year, drop by at

malleycc said...

Great cause. My wishes is that every child be happy, healthy and no more hunger. Wouldn't that be a wonderful world where that happened. Thank you for what you are doing.

Thanks for your gerosity.

A Beaded Affair said...

What a nice idea, to do the donation to Make a Wish. Lovely!
Visit me at #795 too if you can.

Jan said...

Great idea. I'll help you get to that 150 donation. Feel free to stop by my drawing, #7799, whoops I meant 799. Wouldn't be great if there really were 7799?

Renata Pacheco said...

Please, enter me in your drawing. I’m participating in OWOH too. If you have some time (and if you didn’t do it yet), please, stop by my blog to see my giveaways. I’m #611 on Lisa’s list. Greetings from Brazil!

Tumbleweed Trails said...

Make-a-Wish is wonderful. I remember watching for those falling stars to wish upon. Thank you for participating in the wonderful giveaway. Please enter my name into your drawing. It would be such a delight and honor to win. Jody

Jennifer R.D. said...

When I was a little girl I loved blowing on dandelions and making a wish! Please enter me in your cool giveaway and enter mine as well!
Jennifer R.D.

Barbara Olivo Cagle said...

Your site and prize is so beautiful. I would love to win your prize. After this is all over I’m going to spend more time viewing every ones. Please stop at my site too. I’m giving away my new book.


Barbara #830

jolt said...

I love the fact that your donating to a charity that needs it! That's more amazing to me than a lot of what other people are giving away! Good job
and good karma!
thank you

Mari said...

Please enter me for your lovely giveaway, this is the best idea I have seen so far!
I wish for peace of mind. Some people take it for granted but I have had issues in my life that make it hard for me to find it. So I wish for peace of mind not only for me, but for all the good people.


marilavado at

Nikki said...

It is so wonderful you are donating to Make a Wish. Our friend's daughter was born with a severe heart defect. She had begun her wish granting process, but sadly she never recovered from her third surgery. Make a Wish is a wonderful organization that brings joy to the child and the entire family! Thank you.

Angela said...

I'd love to be entered in your giveaway! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

My wish is that you will get those 150 comments (at least) and that you will be blessed for your generosity.

Sugar and Spice Art Confections said...

Lovely giveaway! I wish that there were more people like you out there!
Please visit me at:

CoffeyHouse Collection said...

How sweet are you??? Please come by and enter my giveaway if you haven't already! OWOH #834

Chris in Oz said...


Isn't this a wonderful event??? I'm in for my second year and I'm sure I'll be back for more. Oh, I'd love to be entered for your give-away and if you haven't dropped by my blog yet, then please do, I'm #838 in the Gypsy Caravan.


Kathy said...

Wonderful idea!

My mother passed last May. The song we had at her funeral was: Wings of a Dove". I think that image would make a great book.

You are the only person outside of my family that i have heard use the phrase: finer than frog hair!

I love it!!!! I want to win it!!!!!!

I would love to enter (and hopefully win) your drawing!
Please drop by my blogs if you get the chance:

Kathy said...

I messed up. Can't believe I gave you the wrong song title. It wasn't Wings of a Dove but "I'll Fly Away" that we sang at mom's funeral.
How could I have gotten them confused?

Ingrid said...

My wish is for World Peace.

Cowgirltazz said...

What a wonderful and generous thing you're doing. How fun to involve "new friends" while doing it.

I think my wish is for better health for all of our loved ones, human and furry.

Thank you for this.

Margo :-) said...

I always wish on the first star of the night... and I won't tell what I wish for, because then it won't come true! :-)

What a wonderful give-away!!!! :-)

Alisa said...

How wonderful. Make A Wish is such a great organization. Please include my name in your very generous give-away. Thank you.

*Birgit* said...

Great idea -- I love your big heart! :) So with my comment being # 149, you have nearly reached the goal. :)

Greetings from Munich,
# 756 on the caravan :)

Betty Boogie said...

not sure this is "original" but I always liked to wish on a dandelion when you blow the fluff away. I would take a deep breath and hold it while I thought my wish then blow the fluffy seeds away. even if I didn't get my wish the
dandelion did.

Christine said...

I love your idea. As life goes on, you don't think to wish on the first star of the night. Quite frankly, I'm seldom outside to see the first star. In the summer of 2007, I was in Utah living at my sisters house waiting for a heart transplant. I would take my puppy out each night as the sun was going down and wish not only for a successful heart transplant but for blessings healing for the family that would be suffering a great loss in order for me to get the new heart.

I would love to be entered in your giveaway. Thanks for participating in OWOH. It's so much fun seeing all of the blogs.
Christine from Idaho!!!

Antonella said...

Connie - What a beautiful idea. I have a fun wish for you... may you try quilling in 2009 :-)

I stop and wish a lot that my mom was still around to be able to enjoy all the fun things a grandma can with all of her grandchildren. I know she watches over us, but I do miss her terribly.

Hugs from your quilling friend Antonella (thanks for stopping by my wintry giveaway #273)

Sandra Evertson said...

Come by and enter my giveaway too!
Sandra Evertson

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

My wish is to walk again so I can ride my beautiful horse and play with my children and go hike in the forest.

Anything handmade is a gift from the heart to treasure.

Please enter me to win:
Twinville2 @ yahoo dot com

New Mexico, USA

Enzie at World Market Portraits said...

What a lovely gift! If you have not already stopped by my blog please do so and check out my different giveaways.

Artseyanne said...

Cool, please include me in your draw.

Alex said...

I have two wishes -that are first to mind.
1- learn to play the drums
2- have breakfast with my Dad again (he died in 1998)

quiltmom said...

my wish is that each generation will leave this world a better place for all who continue to live on this earth.. we all make a difference to our world

what a wonderful giveaway- I work with young children -

We all need hope and inspiration- your giveaway is one that offers that to others.
You can find me at
Regards from a Western Canadian Quilter,

Candie said...

I like the unique concept of this giveaway. We have a child with our local elementary school who is going through the Make a Wish Program. I love the idea of the wish book too. It would help me realize all I have that I do not need to wish for more.


Valerie said...

wish there's a giveaway everyday so someone will be a winner. this is a better world because of the givers. cheers!

Corinna Nitschmann said...

I cannot find words at first, I'm touched of such a loveable idea with this wishing-book!!! Really. You are a dear and creative person!
My wish is harmony. Because harmony is balance an that means, everything is quite ok inside (and outside): family, job, hobby, life, everything at all. And if not everything, you have the power to manage it the best way if you have harmony inside. Harmony for everyone. And the world will be better.
I'd like to enter your draw from Hungary. It would be great winning a hat full of positive energy.

Best regards.
Corinna with the felted vessels
PS.: Let me invite you to my giveaway at Nr.802

Kelly said...

What a fantastic idea all around!

I always make silent wishes--on birthday candles, shooting stars, at 11:11, wishbones, etc. I do kind of adhere to the idea that wishes have a better chance of coming true if you keep them to yourself, so the idea of having a wish book is totally intriguing! Thank you so much for this giveaway! :)

krtrumpet [at] aol [dot] com

Ginny said...

What a great contest. Glad you got over the 150 comments, good for you & make a wish!

My wish is for everyone to leave the world just a bit better then when you got here!

Michelle said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful donation you're giving to Make A Wish! My biggest wish is that there would be no child abuse of any kind. It has deeply affected my life and I feel I will always be recovering from it. HUG YOUR KIDS!

Michelle in Oregon

Vanessa said...

I would love to win your wish book!

Wanda AKA "Craftymule" said...

Well, hello, there:

Please sign me up for your terrific giveaway. And, if you get a chance, please stop by my blog to enter my OWOH giveaway for 2 handmade resin rings.
Hope to “see” you there!

Warmest regards,

Wanda Eash
Two Crafty Mules

Paisley Girl said...

Hi, nice to "meet" you. I'd love to be entered into the drawing for your amazing giveaway. I'm off to pop around your blog a little more. Once again, lovely to "meet" you. :-)


Anonymous said...

This is very nice of you. I like your idea of donating to an organization for those children. It is a very nice organization. They will definitely make them happy. My wish? That the "Make A Wish" foundation will continue bringing smiles to those kids.

Kristal said...

I've tried to turn my wishes into prayers. Prayers for my family, for my friends and for the whole world. But also for myself, that I can be a better mother, wife, friend and human.
What a great idea you have for your giveaway. I wish you lots of luck not only with it but throughout your whole life.
It's nice to meet you and be sure to stop by #718, Bella Grace, for my OWOH giveaway!

Kim said...

Please enter me in your great giveaway - Thank you!

kimberlybreid [at] hotmail [dot] com

Anonymous said...

Such a cool idea! Back in high school, my friends and I used to always notice when it was 11:11 - all the same number, so you make a wish, and then, if you stay up late enough, you get to make a wish twice a day. :) Thanks so much for the chance to win!

demmi said...

wishes are dreams come true con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea. I still believe in wishing on the wish bone after Thanksgiving dinner :)

Lydia said...

Oh, Wow! Love to win!!! Thanks so much for your giveaway! So much talent !

I'll be stopping by later to browse around at leisure. :) #908 Lydia:)

Prpldy said...

Thanks for the wonderful chance to win. Please enter me into the draw. And visit my blog when you have time.

BrendaLea OWOH #754}

StMaryGypsy said...

My mom used to tell me that the butterflys would hear your wishes and carry them to heaven. When I lost her this july, at the grave site several butterflies landed by me and fluttered around my head. I knew she was right. Please enter me for a chance to win, I love your site. You have made my day with your jewelry and art journal pages. I'm inspired, and already a winner. Thank you!

JoaniB said...

As a fellow procrastinator--I mean last-minute inspiration seeker--I was entertained by your tactic of distraction. Seriously, I think it would be enchanting to have a book made with me in mind, and I assume everyone else would feel the same way--doesn't everyone think like me? It's an awesome gift you're offering. Maybe I could get so lucky.........Joani

ozlynda said...

A wish from the heart is stronger than any string.
A quote I heard when I was younger. But it just stuck with me.
Please enter me into the draw and thanks for your generosity.
Lynda - Australia
lyndat65 at