Friday, February 4, 2011

One World One Heart 2011

Welcome to 2011 One World One Heart. This is the fifth and final event of its kind organised by Lisa Swifka, at 'A Whimsical Bohemian'. A wonderful opportunity to visit hundreds of blogs from talented creative people from all corners of the globe.

My name is Wendy and I live in rural Cambridgeshire. I grew up in Zambia, Africa and moved back to the UK permanently just two years ago with family, four cats and lots of books! To avoid putting my kitties in quarantine I spent some seven months living in Brittany, France. I fell in love with this beautiful part of the world and was able to indulge in one of my passions, visiting brocante markets to find all the vintage stuff I love to collect.

I started a blog as a kind of journal to record our big move to Europe adding photographs of some of the amazing places I have been privileged to visit and of course share some of my bear creations. It has grown beyond my 'imaginings' and has helped me to keep in touch with special friends that I had to leave behind as well as given me the opportunity to make new friends around the world. The many comments, kind words and sharing that I have experienced have kept my spirits up when the going has been tough. I have had the privilege of reading fellow blogger's jottings, sharing joy, tears and laughter.

I am a soft sculpture artist specialising in miniature teddy bears. I also love beading, cross stitch and embroidery and just about anything creative!

My door prize is a book entitled 'Micro Macramé Beaded Jewellery'. The book is brand new and was a prize from a magazine competition. It contains some very lovely items of jewellery worked with fine threads and exquisite beads.

Please note the velvet flowers are not included, just needed something pretty to add interest to the picture.

To participate and be eligible for the draw in my give away you should do the following:

1. be an active blogger

2. leave a comment on this post along with a link or e-mail so you can be contacted in case you should win

A winner will be chosen on Thursday February 17th.


Aviya Glass said...

Lovely to read your blog post. I gave up most of my books when I left South Africa - very traumatic. Please count me in and if you get a chance drop in at my blog #404 a warm welcome awaits!

flyingbeader said...

Hello. I had a friend many years ago who also left SA to live in the UK. She had to leave one of her dogs behind & had her other two quarantined for 6 months.

Nice to met you. I've never made a whole bear, but I have needle sculpted some attitude on old beanie bears before I beaded them.

come visit me at #599

Janine said...

Hallo , nice to meet you.
Thank you for giving us the chance to win your great doorprice.
This is beautiful.
Please count me in.
Please come visit me on my blog aswell,I join the OWOH- event too.
Regards from Germany and happy OWOH

Threads of Inspiration said...

Hi Wendy,
I think your adventures sound really intersting. I understand why you wouldn't want your kitties in quarantine, that would be so hard. Thank you for the opportunity to win a book that sounds so intersting.

The Altered Paper said...

Hello from KY! This is my first time participating in this great OWOH event! So many creative blogs! Please Count me in your drawing! Thank You Tee

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Greetings!...So pleased to visit your lovely blog. I am a Canadian Mixed Media and Digital Artist and look forward to meeting a new friend. I hope you will visit my blog as well. or #230 on the OWOH list.

Thank you for including me in your wonderful gift draw.

Hugs, Gayle
my blog:

Stitchety Grub said...

Fabulous Giveaway - please include me and do come and visit my blog and enter mine too –if you haven’t already – I am #139 – Cheers Britt in Australia :-)

Lemondrop Marie said...

What a great book!
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
OWOH giveaway

ziggy stardust said...

thanks for a great giveaway!


Mimi said...

I would love to win this book!

Come on by my blog & enter my OWOH giveaway also, I'm #590.

Enjoy your journey,

Hoerauf at comcast dot net

Thespa said...

I'm glad to have found your blog. Hope you have a wonderful time on the OWOH, I know I am. Hugs!

Vintiquities Workshop

Hoopie said...

Visiting blogs and making new friends is a great way to spend the day !

OWOH 2011

Kathy said...

What a grand prize. Looks to be a lovely book.
We have something in common. I also have the Butterfly project on my blog.
I love bears and collected them for years but they took over the house and I had to send them to new homes. I have kept a few special ones and I do miss the others.

Amy said...

Greetings from Northern Virginia. I'd love a chance at your prize! Thanks.
Please feel free to enter my drawing at
OWOH participant #523
avennett AT verizon DOT net

Sarah said...

Great giveaway! Please enter my name! Thank you for a chance to win such a great offering!!

Tumbleweed Trails said...

Love your creativity, and your Etsy shop. Hope you have oodles of fun during OWOH. I've enjoyed it so much over the years seeing all of the wonderful blogs and meeting everyone. Thanks for your participation in the event.
visionquest2020 AT msn DOT com

Belinda said...

Hi Im Belinda Nice to meet you .Love your Blog!!
Please visit mine.My door prize is a OOAK polymer bunting baby
hugs Belinda

Jeanie Callaghan said...

Hello, and nice to meet you! You seem to have many varied interests! I do too and I find that way, I don't get bored! Thanks for letting me visit.

Jeanie Callaghan

Que Bella said...

Hey Wendy, Greetings from Kentucky, USA! It's so lovely to meet you and to discover your wonderful blog. What a great giveaway! Please count me in. ~Michelle, OWOH participant, 598

Regina said...

Greetings was wonderful wandering through you world today on my OWOH journey. Thank you for having me.

I would LOVE the book you are giving away. I love working with twisted knots ^_^

I hope that you will come and visit me too in Alabama on your next outing. #104 Southern Ooaks



oh you have such a wonderful blog and great give away! I shall have to keep my fingers crossed! Visit me too #220 needlewings at

Pam @ The Blue Between said...

Hi there - nice to meet you :) That looks like a fun book, what a great give-away. Happy OWOH ~ hope you stop by my blog too!

Novelda said...

Love your blog and your creations! Aloha from Hawaii, and it is nice to meet you!

Fun With This and That said...

The book would be fun to have love book I'm from North Dakota Happy OWOH traveling Laura

Cherry said...

Yea! So glad to be here. You have an awesome blog! Come check mine out sometime. Thanks for entering me!

Artseyanne said...

Hi there, hope you are enjoying the ride. Please feel free to call on me at #100 if you have a chance.

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for the chance to participate in your Giveaway!

Doreen G said...

Hi from Canberra Australia--please enter me in your giveaway and then swing by and enter mine as well.
Doreen #573.

Hermine said...

Its a great give away!

Pam said...

Wendy- What a pleasant surprise to find your blog through OWOH. This is Pam from Michigan in the US. Please put my name in for a chance to win your delightful prize book. I do enjoy beading and cross-stitch too. Moving is can be very hard- my family & I moved halfway across the country to Texas, but it turned into a time for personal growth for me, and I was able to do things that I might never have had the chance to do.Thanks for sharing & hope you can visit my blog too!
Have a Great Day!

OWOH 2011 #776!

vintage wil said...

beautiful giveaway!!!

bockel24 said...

That book looks very interesting to me as I already own a lot of beads but don´t work with them very often nowadays ... so please count me in for your drawing and hop over to my blog for a visit.

SilverNikNats said...

cool giveaway, and such a lovely blog can't wait to read more. Happy OWOH!
Niky x

Teri said...

Hello from Michigan! Nice to meet you. Your blog is very interesting.
I like your talents. I enjoy scrapbooking and creating altered art
jewelry. Please include me in your doorprize giveaway.
Thanks for sharing your blog. Come visit me at


Anonymous said...

Sounds like you have had an interesting life and love your art and cats.
Please check out my blog if you get a chance http://www.artinmybag/

cottageprims said...

Love the bears! Count me in on the lovely giveaway.If I should be the lucky winner just email me through my blog.Warm Blessings!~Amy

crafty creations said...

Hi - I'm from the UK too - beautiful blog you have and that books look real interesting I would love to win - please add me to your draw and maybe join mine I'm No 177 and No 727

Have a great Saturday

Deci said...

I would make great use of this book! Please enter my OWOH at

Artful Musings said...

Hailing you from sunny Arizona USA. I've enjoyed visiting your blog and learning about you and your art. I hope you’ll visit my blog and signup to win my prizes. Laura

Carmen said...

I always love reading about people that have travelled like this - I've onlly been outside of the UK once and that was to go to Euro-Disney so I am not sure if that even really counts ;)

Thank you for the chance to win your book - you might be interested in my giveaway - part of it is sort of soft scuptury... well a book about it ;) Please feel free to drop by my OWOH post :)

OWOH #365

SpiritMama said...

Hi Wendy,
It's so nice to meet you and your blog!
Wow, you must be really dedicated to your cats to seven months in France so they could avoid quarantine. I bet it was wonderful though!

Stop by for a chance to win on my blog too:
#28 OWOH

Waxela (wa-shay-la)
aka SpiritMama

Birgit said...

Hi Wendy,

It has been great to get to know you. :)

Thanks for offering such a great book. It sounds very interesting! :)

Happy creating,
# 66

Janine said...

Hi Wendy, you have a great blog and I great give away, thanks for this opportunity, best wishes from Janine

Karen Taylor said...

What a Fantastic giveaway!! I am enjoying this trip in blogworld and making friends along the following you now and would love for you to come by my blog and check it out (if you have not already0...follow and become a friend if you like!!


Sam Bonney said...

Hello, it's so nice to visit you and your blog, this book looks really interesting, I would love to learn a new craft!

Mary said...

Hello nice to meet you :-)
your beautiful Giveaway
cross my fingers, hello Mary

Fidget said...

Hi, Wendy! I really enjoyed reading about your interesting life. We share a love of cats, and embroidery and beading and bears, but you do a lot more creating than I do. Your miniature bears are darling. Thank you for allowing me to be included in your drawing.

Best Regards
flossylady12 at gmail dot com

trisha too said...

Very nice--this book sounds wonderful!

Happy OWOH to you! Stop by and visit me if you get the chance; I'm flying along the OWOH journey with you!

trishatoo at hotmail dot com

jacque4u2c said...

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.

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Beautiful beads...m.......

Nanbon44 said...

So very nice to meet you, I love visiting all these wonderful blogs and seeing what everyone is working on, there are so many talented people here..

Please enter my name in your lovely drawing
Bonnie in Florida

Visit my blogs
# 566 and # 567

Boom said...

Hello. Your bracelet is lovely. I am flying around the world on my first (and last alas) OWOH. I enjoyed visiting your blog and please come and see me too.
I am Boom in KS USA

GoldenAngelsWorks said...


What a great drawing.
Please include me in the giveaway. Thank you.

Alice Stroppel said...

I'd love to win the....please enter my name....
Stop by my blog to enter my giveaway for a crazy girl bracelet.
Thanks Alice

Geri Centonze said...

So many beautiful things indeed - in fact so many that I am adding your blog to my google reader. I'm enjoying my worldwide blog tour! If I'm lucky enough to win, please contact me through my blog

Paper Bagley said...

You sure do have a handle on your choice of art...I admire that...I I looked at your give away...maybe that is my nitch...maybe...interested...
I have been getting a grip on life for now and got a aroma therapy today...I learned alot and now I need to work it for now and live...tired in Oregon...come for coffee in the morning...Tootsie

Carolyn or Connee said...

Original choice of a prize! And it looks fun and interesting. :o) Hope you get the chance to stop by my blog as well! :o)

Carolyn Kight from Michigan, USA


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

Villa-loredana said...

Hello dear, you have a very nice blog, and you are very gentle to offer the book, I'm an retired librarian and the prise really suit me. Come to see my blog and my prize. Loredana.

BabesbyBarb said...

Love meeting you and your bears. Your book giveaway is nice. Please come by my blog for a visit and enter my drawing

Arya said...

Thank you for being apart of OWOH's journey across the world. I have met so many wonderful talented people - and your one of them!

Flutterby Trina said...

I have come to your blog from OHOW! your teddies!!! OH i'm melting with LOVE!!!! all your creations are beautiful!

If you have time feel free to take a look at my blog i'm # 801



Gabriela said...

hello from Ohio,US! I like your blog and the beautiful beading!Looking forward to knowing you better!
gabriela #439

CreativSpirit said...

Hi Wendy, greetings from Australia. Great to meet you and have a look around your blog. Your teddy bears are gorgeous.
I would love to be the lucky winner of your lovely book. Please come by #9 and say hello.


Anonymous said...

What a lovely blog and giveaway! I would love to be entered in the drawing. Please do come by for a visit at my blog (#409 on the list) to enter my drawing as well. I will return once the event is over and there is more time to visit.
Hugs from snowy and icy New Hampshire USA
Beth P

SharDon Exclusives said...

Thank you so very much for your sweet thoughts and prayers for my son and daughter. I can not say anything except that the Lord will bless you for your compassion toward strangers.
p.s. Enjoy the ride on OWOH!

Keisha said...

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

¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*´¨)
(¸.•´ (¸.•´Keisha

Dolores said...

Thanks for the blurb on your life. I have followed you for a while now and it's nice to get to know you better. Thanks also for the chance to win the book. It looks like something that my daughter and I can do during our craft nights.

sweet limes said...

I have a friend that makes jewelry and if I win it I'd ask you to send it to her because she'd love this book. Me? I sew and do mixed media, but nothing like this.


lori diane said...

hi wendy-i'd love to be entered to win your book...i used to do macrame and have forgotten how so this would be neat to try again...visit me at #49 lori diane

stampgram said...

Hello from Cody, Wyoming, USA. I enjoyed visiting your blog and getting to know a bit about you.

Thanks for participating in OWOH - your offering is great. I love books and this looks like a great one. Please enter me in your drawing.

If you haven't done so yet, please stop by and enter these giveaways too.
# 385
# 132

Aimee Jeffries said...

Great book! Your tiny teds are so sweet! Happy OWOH, nice to meet you :)

Annie said...

Your creations are beautiful. I love your work!!!! 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 said...

hi love your blog and your door prize. hi from perth western austrlia. come say hello to me tooooooooo. will retaurn again thanks for sharing

Connie said...

terrific book! great giveaway prize! please enter me in your giveaway and come enter mine!

Tanya said...

Hi Wendy, thanks for coming by my blog. You were very clever to go to France so that you could get around the quarantine in the UK. My orange boy is still in SA with his 'grandparents' , with all the traveling we do we couldn't take him with. I miss him so much though. Now we are moving again back to the Caribbean.
It's nice meeting you.

My name is Cindy said...

A fellow UK crafter!! Hello there from London. Thanks for dropping by my blog, enjoy the rest of your OWOH journey. Cindy #487

Elaine Akers said...

Hello from southeastern Massachusetts, USA. I enjoyed looking thru your blog. I will be back after OWOH is over to spend more time. Thanks for the opportunity of winning your lovely giveaway.
Stop and visit my blog #634, as I have several giveaways.

Debra said...

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

Shaiha said...

Oh what a great blog and an awesome giveaway! Please enter me in your drawing.

I am also joining in the fun. Be sure to stop by and say hi. I am number 650.


Deedra said...

I would love to win this! Please count me in!

Cheryl said...

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

SLucy said...

Great giveaway hello from Ontario Canada

Micki said...

What a wonderful door prize! Thanks for the chance to win! Please visit me at Irish Muses #678.

Laurie said...

Thank you for entering my OWOH giveaway and visiting my blog! I adore your bears -- what a fun passion you have!

Wendy said...

Hello from Wonderland. It is so nice to meet you and visit your little part of Blogland. I would love to be included in your enchanting giveaway. Happy OWOH! Please do drop in during your journey.
wishes and whimsy
WenDy from WonDErlanD

Kim Dellow said...

Beautiful Wendy! So nice to see you and your blog on my journey around OWOH 2011. Enjoy the rest of OWOH. Kim (No. 724)

Sara said...

Oh, that would be an awesome book to learn how to do some beading.

nhsarab at yahoo dot com

Carola Bartz said...

Oh Wendy, you've got a wonderful blog, I am your newest follower! This is a beautiful place to linger.
If you have time I'd love to welcome you on my blog. I am #188 on the list.

s hyler said...

I would love to be included in your wonderful drawing, if you get the chance my blog is #809

Mandy said...

wow...i love your art...seriously brilliant!!!you sound blessed...i am in owoh too.number pop on by....
please put me in your draw...

Arzu said...

Wow, sounds like you've had an amazing wealth of experience, living in such different places. So nice to meet you Wendy!

Barbara Olivo Cagle said...

Hi Wendy, I would love to win a piece of your beautiful beaded jewelry. How sweet! 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.

Mervi said...

So nice to meet you,
gorgeous gift, hope to win.

Greetings from Finland;-))m

I have also Valentine candy:

leikkaan @

Leslie H. said...

Loving this OWOH meet and greet. Come for a visit. Leslie

Beckie Holso said...

Isn’t this fun? I just love OWOH! Thank you for participating… please count me in for your terrific giveaway. If you get a chance, I hope you’ll visit me too (if you haven’t already).

Beckie =)
artbeckons at hotmail dot com
San Diego, California, USA

OWOH #119
OWOH #132

TuscanRoad said...

Greetings from Clovis, California
I’ve enjoyed looking through your blog and your work is wonderful! Stop by and visit mine if you haven’t already for a chance to win my door prize. In the meantime, I hope this journey is as fun for you as it is for me!
Best, Holly
my blog:

Ellen said...

greetings from Canada.
Nice giveaway!
Visit me at #336 -Shimmer and Tulle

Dianne said...

Macrame-now that is something old that is new again. Pretty pieces!
Please put my name in your draw and come to my blog-#348 and add your name there if you like. Thanks and Good Luck!

CathyH said...

Hi Wendy, thanks, the book looks wonderful! Sounds like you had wonderful travels and have seen beautiful things
cathyguitarteacher-77 at

Wanda AKA "Craftymule" said...

Hello from beautiful NW Arkansas! It's nice meeting you! Please enter me in your fantastic giveaway and be sure to enter mine, too (if you haven't already.) #215 on the list.

Warmest Regards,

Wanda Eash
Two Crafty Mules

Debbie said...

Looks like a good book. Wendy. Annabeth looks so cute in blue and yellow! Thanks for counting me in. When you have a chance, please come visit my OWOH, if you haven't already. I'm #48 - Jerusalem Notes - Fiberwork by Debbie

What's up Duck? said...

Hello from Canada!
Lovely book. It makes a wonderful door prize for the event.
Count me in for the draw.

Ducky Doo
(just replace AT with @ and DOT with . I do this to dodge email grabbing internet bots)

Fallingladies said...

looks like a great book, come see my giveaway too!

Sigrid said...

You have here a very nice Blog. And your Giveawy is great. Please, writes me on your list.
Visits me please also OWOH #646
Greetings from Germany,

danit said...

Hi Wendy, how are you getting used to the european wether after living most of your life in Zambia?
I would love trying some designs from the beading book. Please add me to your draw.

Gracie "Neky White" said...

Your giveaway is so beautiful!!! I would love to win this interesting book!
Thanks for the chance to win :D

Gracie, #516 on the list
Hugs !!

FairlyGirly said...

Hi Wendy, I would love to win your amazing jewellery book. Thanks for the chance to win. Please pop over to my blog and enter mine #636

Tahnya Marie said...

Hello! I am just flying in from OWOH. Please enter my name in your wonderful prize and pop on by my blog if you would like to enter my OWOH giveaway(if you have not done so already). You are most welcome to visit my blog any time. :) I love visitors. :)


Leslie said...

Wendy, I love your little bears. I have collected many bears over the years. I dabble in jewelry making and would love the book you are giving away. Thanks for the chance to win.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You have a lovely blog. I really enjoyed my quick look around. Please enter me in your bookgiveaway and visit me, if you haven't already. I'm number 11 and my information is on my profile page.

Anonymous said...

You have a very beautiful blog - the photos are truly stunning. I'd love to be entered into your drawing for the book - I remember doing macrame in school, but we just made big chubnky owls. It would be fun to see finer work. Please feel welcome to drop by my blog too, if you get a chance

joe said...

this book looks wonderful! i'm certain i could spend hours and hours applying the techniques to some of my own work! thanks for the chance to win.

it's so nice to "meet" you and to enjoy exploring your beautiful blog!

please stop by my blog for a chance to win my gift as well, if you haven't already!

joe in montana

Lululiz said...

That looks like a rather fascinating book. Perhaps it would inspire me to do something with that bead stash of mine. Fingers crossed. Liz (831)

Brenda said...

So macrame has made a come back - it looks a lot nicer in micro style than it did in its previous life :)

Carol said...

This book looks like it would be super interesting.
I really enjoyed my visit to your blog. Your bears are gorgeous.
OWOH hugs.
Carol H.

K said...

What an adventure, coming over from africa, living in France etc. I always love reading how people, fairly new to the UK see the UK. I think we take our home countries for granted most of the time. So I'm now a follower :)

Your giveaway book sounds fab, shall be keeping my fingers crossed.

shawkl said...

That book looks so interesting...I'll just be heartbroken if I don't win it! I hope you come and visit with me some...I'm going to follow your blog and will be back to visit longer!

janil said...

I'd love to win this lovely book!
Greetings from Spain and thanks for the chance!!!
cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

LamoreAllure said...

Hello Wendy...Greetings from Ipswich, MA USA
I'm glad to meet you.

I'm a jewelry artist of sorts, a watercolor painter, an upcycler, and an over all creative adventurer!

I'd be honored for you to follow my blog!

Please enter me into the OWOH give away. I hope you can visit my blog, too. I'm giving away a shabby chic denim necklace. Come chat any time.

Hugs¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*´¨)
(¸.•´ (¸.•´Linda L *

Chelle said...

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!


Damla (Sweepstake Lover) said...

Thanks for the great giveaway. I hope I win. Best wishes...

annabell_lee_dk (at)

peggy aplSEEDS said...

hello, i'm glad i visited your blog in time for a chance to win your giveaway! if you haven't yet, i hope you can come and visit me at and join my OWOH giveaway.
hugs from peggyapl(at)!

Gale Varland said...

Hello from Oregon! Thanks for letting me peek around in your blog and enter your giveaway. Books are always a wonderful prize.
Thanks for the chance to win!
Please feel free to come to my blog and enter for my doorprize as well!
:) Gale OWOH #473 said...

Hello, It's nice to meet you! I'm from Malaysia & also participating in OWOH 2011.
Please come visit me at:

whimsyloft [at] gmail [dot] com

Emakesart said...

I'm so jealous of the places you've lived! I've been in So. California all my life, although I have traveled a lot so I guess I shouldn't complain! Thanks for stopping by and entering my OWOH giveaway and good luck! And please enter me in the drawing for the wonderful book.


Stephanie said...

I would be honored to win.

isastephanie at yahoo dot com

I invite you to stop by my blog:

Susanna said...

Hi Wendy!! Lovely story from you. Very nice blog. Nice to meet you! What a way meeting people from the world!! Fantastic!
Great inspiring creations here!

Love from Zutphen, the Netherlands.

Sean said...

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


Gina said...

I like micromacrame, which in some ways is similar to my tatting, but different. Love the bead you used too!
:-) Gina #299

jasminduft said...

This sounds like a very interesting book! I'd love to win it! Please count me in your draw!

Sunshineshelle said...

Beautiful book! 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!!


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