Wednesday, February 2, 2011

One World, One Heart Blog Event

I heard about this wonderful event linking bloggers from all over the world and am excited to participate this year! The One World, One Heart blog event is described in detail at this link.  It's a way to reach out and connect with other bloggers from all over the world.  In order to participate, all you need to do is to link up (in a proper format, see the link for details), introduce yourself, and offer up a prize, with the winner to be selected on February 17.  Here's what I have to offer:
It's an altered slide mailer, with the Maya Angelou quote "Let nothing dim the light that shines within" stamped inside.  If you would like an opportunity to win my slide mailer, simply leave a comment (and make sure there's some way I can contact you, like a blog link or email address).  
Now to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about my blog:
My name is Maria Ontiveros, but I go by Rinda in blogland.  "Rinda" is a childhood nickname, a derivative of my full name "Maria Linda" (which became "Marinda" and then simply "Rinda).  IRL, I am a law professor who specializes the the area of labor and employment law. I have been married for 25 very happy years and have two fabulous, sporty children (DD Clara is 12 and loves the water, especially the beach; DS Henry is 15 and loves soccer and baseball - not necessarily in that order). I live in beautiful Northern California, in a coastal town about 20 miles south of San Francisco.
I am a photographer, scrapbooker and mixed media artist, and my blog focuses on my art (with just a little of my life thrown in).  I love to tell a good story, too (something I inherited from my father).  Most recently, I have been spending most of my creative energy working in my art journals and learning a little about photoshop.
So, new readers, welcome to my blog.  And old, dear friends, thanks for being part of my blog world.  It's sunny and beautiful today in Northern California, with clear blue skies and a calm ocean outside my window. I'm sending a little of that your way . . .


Saskia said...

Someone, somewhere is going to be very happy with your lovely giveaway...I can only dream it's me! :)

OWOH is a great trip around the (blog)world, thanks!!

Sweet greetings from Belgium,

nr 214 on the list

Peggy said...

I'm travelling around the world thanks to OWOH. !!!
Nice to meet you and your blog , your prize is just stunning !!! I would looooove to win.
Keep my fingers crossed
Lots of greetings from Belgium,


Amy said...

Greetings from Virginia, US! Thanks for your giveaway. I'd love to win your lovely prize. Please feel free to visit my blog and enter my contest. - OWOH participant #523
avennett AT verizon DOT net

Jane said...

Hi I am also travelling around the world! Nice to meet you, warm greetings from the UK

Gloria said...

Hi, nice to meet you. I'm 96 on the list and from CA. Hope you are having fun with OWOH. This is a great giveaway, please enter me and stop by my blog for a chance to win too. Enjoy yourself and thanks.

Janine said...

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

daffy said...

i enjoyed checking out your blog the mailer is really cute . your mermaid and farie card are beautiful and yes i do believe .
since this is a get to know you type of event below is a bit about me
I am a fellow blogger I live in Missouri with my husband and 8 cats who i know run the household
I love odd and unusual i do a little bit of everything art wise , I like to work with paper , clay, found objects , most anything really ,I love the challenge of trying something new , I even write poetry on the rare occasion that my mind wonders in that direction
carolyn h

scrappyjacky said...

As always,Rinda....a beautiful piece of art....would love it.

Doreen G said...

Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway and please drop by and enter mine.#573

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:

The Altered Paper said...

Hello From Ky! Stopping in for a visit from the OWOH Bloggers Event! So Many Talented and Creative Bloggers out Here!
Count me in for your door prize please! And Thank You! Tee

Donna said...

Thank you for taking the time to offer this lovely gift and thank you for the opportunity to win!

Lizzie said...

Hi Rinda, I've been playing catch-up today and reading your recent posts.
Well done to Clara's team, even if they lost the Championship match, they got a loooong way!
Belated happy birthday to your DH :-)
Hope Henry's team manage to win that crucial match!
And... I was admiring your art projects and journal pages etc. So much gorgeous stuff - I do love to see it all. You choose wonderful strong colours and your work always has such impact.
It's been a fun catch-up! XX

crafty creations said...

Great blog and stunning gift - thanks for sharing - I would love to win and treasure the slide mailer

Hilda No 177 UK

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

sounds like a fun liky party. That's such a cute gift you made for one lucky winner.

It's nice to know all these things about you. We are very lucky to have nice weather.

artworks_studio said...

I am so glad to have this opportunity to meet you. This is my first year with OWOH and it has been an amazing adevnture. I have made new friends already! If you have time please wander over to my blog and say hello. I am #476 on the list.

Alice Stroppel said...

I love it and the quote..Please enter my name.
Stop by my blog to win a crazy polymer clay face bracelet.
Thanks so much,

Kim Mailhot said...

What a great and inspiring piece ! Thanks for the chance to win. Enjoy the OWOH ride !

laurie said...

your slide mailer looks absolutely magical. sounds like a fun way to check out new blogs.

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.

Carola Bartz said...

Hello Rinda, I'm living fifty miles north of SF, so we're almost neighbors. It's nice to meet you - I like your blog and the way you introduce yourself. Your giveaway looks very creative. So - I've added myself to your "followship". I think I like to come back to this place.
Please come on over and visit my blog if you like. #188

Pixie said...

Lovely to meet you Rinda! thanks for offering your little slide mailer. It is a real treasure!

vintage wil said...

Beautiful giveaway!!!

Sarah said...

Oh I'm so excited to have found One World One Heart. What a great idea! I'm having a grand time visiting blogs such as yours and hopefully it will help my blog to grow in the process! I'd love to be included in your drawing. Sarah

Lauren said...

LOVE this card!

I'm signed up for 'Got Paint' at BPC in attempts to get me to do more then just scrapbooking.

I also recently dug out Kelly Rae Roberts "Taking Flight" in hopes to try something from it (even though I've had it over a year)!

Tumbleweed Trails said...

It's so nice to meet you and visit your blog. 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

Nic said...

SF is one of my fave cities!! We honeymooned there (and Yountville & Carmel). In fact we are making a return trip in May! I love the mailer! Shooting stars to you from COLD Wisconsin! Visit me at #517!

Hoopie said...

One World One Heart

Wonderful to visit your blog and meet you. Put my name in your draw, then take a minute to visit my blog, and I will add your name to win one of three prizes.


S. said...

What a lovely giveaway! Thank you for your generosity and a chance to win. Please stop by my blog, I'm #323.
Warm greetings from Mexico ~

Christina said...

A lovely giveaway... Thank-you for the chance to win..
OWOH #502

Artful Musings said...

Hailing you from sunny Arizona. 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

humel said...

I accept your blue skies and calm ocean with pleasure :-)

The mailer is beautiful, Rinda xx

Linda said...

Greetings from Ipswich, MA. I love OWOH and the chance to meet so many wonderful creative people.
I like your offering!

I hope you will visit my blog and look around.
I'm offering one of my shabby chic denim necklaces as my OWOH gift. I'm #509.

Linda L

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

Regina said...

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

Love the gift you are offering.

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 story and great give away! Love the slide! I shall have to keep my fingers crossed! Visit me too #220 needlewings at

Gabriela said...

Hello from Ohio....great getting to know you!
I would love to win your giveaway!
Gabriela #439

Cheryl said...

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

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

Lucky us to have a chance to own one of your delicious art pieces (the slide mailer is so fabby), and lucky clients who have a chance to have you represent them. Wonderful choice of employment. It's an important service. Bravo! Well the little art mailer is so great I'd love to have a chance to win it. Will you please enter my name in for a chance to win it? Thanks, Norma (95)

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


Aimee Jeffries said...

Happy OWOH, nice to meet you :)

Debrina said...

Thanks so much for your awesome comment on my own OWOH giveaway! I just love Maya Angelou so I couldn't possibly let this one slip away! So neat to meet you and learn something about you too

Cindy said...

Thanks for coming over and sharing a sip of coffee with me! I am glad my art speaks to you - isn't that the secret desire of every artist's heart? I loved reading your "When I grow up" story on the first post I came to today - that might be a prompt to a project for myself! I would love to win your mailer (hope, hope, hope)


michelle said...

Hi Maria, thankyou so much for visiting my blog and for your lovely comments ! it's lovely to meet you ! please add my name for your doorprize it looks wonderful !

michelle x

Micki said...

Your work is stunning!Thanks for a wonderful prize and so nice meeting you. Please visit Irish Muses at #678.

Sharon said...

I like your mailer and the wonderful quote. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Debra said...

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

Atypical Girl said...

I love seeing all the neat things that people create!

Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

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

HHCampbell said...

Hello, it’s nice to meet you! I appreciate your stopping by my blog. I've enjoyed your blog... it's so fun to see others family as well as their artwork.
Enjoy the rest of your OWOH tour!
natureswalk at comcast dot net

Quilt or Dye said...

It is nice to meet you. In Maine we could use a bit of the sun, clear blue skies, and warm calm ocean you have.

PEA said...

Hi Maria, so lovely to meet you! Please add my name for your giveaway, I would so love to win your delightful slide mailer:-)

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

Hugs, PEA from Canada xox said...

hi from perth western australia
love your blog and really enjoyed looking at all your wonderful work.
please call past my blog if you haven't already
thanks again and i will return from, time to time

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's so nice to meet you! I live in Florida and we had a beautiful day today, too! Love your sweet gift! Thank you and visit me....I'm #389! ♥

stampdiva said...

Hi. Thanks for visiting my Blog (Adorn #798). I have visited your Blog in the past to see your beautiful art.
Would love to win this prize.
Lynne M

Kim Dellow said...

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

Carolyn or Connee said...

I really enjoyed your blog and good ideas...I want to borrow a few and try them the Christmas Journaling. Please enter me in your drawing. Please visit my blog and see my giveaways.
Carolyn Kight from Michigan, USA


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

s hyler said...

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

Gracie "Neky White" said...

Really cute item!! I love the quote on it. Thank you so much for the chance to win =D. I'm Gracie from Mexico City and I love to learn new things, specially about other cultures =D

Come to enter my giveaway if you haven't already


Rusted Wings said...

i love that quote on your sweet card!
please drop by my blog #30,
warm hugs & blessings from Montana,

Dianne said...

This is so cute! I love the theme of it!
Please enter me in your draw and come over to my blog-#348 and try your luck there. Thanks and Good Luck!

A Fanciful Life said...

Stopping by for OWOH to say hello. I also live in No. Callifornia, although a 20 miles south of San Francisco in the midst of the Peninsula. I'm #86 Please stop by!

Sharon :-)

stampgram said...

Hello from Cody, Wyoming, USA. I enjoyed visiting your blog and getting to know a bit about you. I love your altered mailer
Thanks for participating in OWOH. Please enter me in the drawing for your awesome gift.
If you haven't done so yet, please stop by and enter these giveaways too.
# 385
# 132

Leslie H. said...

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

CathyH said...

This is very sweet, thank you Maria!
cathyguitarteacher-77 at

Flowermouse Design said...

Greetings from Norway!! Nice to meet you. I´m impressed by your work. I´ve just started learning about art journaling. It´s amazing!!!!

Please enter me in your giveaway (my email is in my profile) and stop by my giveaway if you like.

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

Laume said...

Half Moon Bay area perhaps? I used to live in the Bay Area, Marin and Sonoma county actually. Miss it sometimes, not the traffic, but the weather and all the city amenities being nearby.
I've never heard the term "slide mailer" used before, but it's very cute. It makes me smile.
We do share the same blog template - it's an old one! I'm actually planning on upgrading it but I keep postponing all the work involved.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I love the slide mailer and the color is perfect. Please enter me in your giveaway and visit me, if you haven't already. I'm number 11 and my information is on my profile page.

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:

Lemondrop Marie said...

What lovely work!~
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
OWOH giveaway

Esme said...

what a lovely giveaway-someone will be quite fortunate

chocolate and croissants at yahoo . com

Gale Varland said...

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

Digital Misfit said...

What a lovely gift. I love the Maya Angelou quote inside.
Thank you for participating in OWOH 2011. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog, #51, on your journey.
Hugs from ON, Canada

Sussie said...

Pretty slide mailer!

Come and visit my giveaway too if you didn´t do it already!

Warm regards
Susan nr 471

Chris said...

Whate a lovely giveaway. I'd sure like to win. Please stop on by my blog as well. OWOH 760.

Lezlei Ann Young said...

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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

Sunshineshelle said...

How nice to meet you you talented babe! Actually here to say 'Hi' the giveaway was just the catalyst :) (I'm Shelle from Sunshine Coast Australia)! please come comment at my OWOH post too :) My talent lays elsewhere (eating leftovers LOL) Please feel free to drop in ANYTIME if your in the bloggersphere) Now let's keep enjoying this hurly burly wonderful One World One Heart EXTRAVAGANZA :)

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!


Thistle Cove Farm said...

Great quote and worthy of the work of your hands and heart. When you've time, please visit me at Thistle Cove Farm.

Barbara Olivo Cagle said...

Hi Maria, I would love to win your beautifully handcrafted altared slide mailer art project. 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.

ladybug said...

fantastic! I just LOVE the quote..I must wright that everywhere I can so I read it every day. :) Thank you! Count me in for your give-a-way, and I hope you can swing by and visit me as well.
(#535 OWOH)

Kells said...

Thanks for such a sweet giveaway!

And Greetings from the Northwest where I am sliding in at the last moment to say yes, please include me as well!

I'm a writer who blogs at Book of Kells:

thanks so much for offering this! I'd love to win!

all best and wishing you all good things,