June 22, 2011

500th Post Giveaway ... TODAY

A box full of Mexico.
This is it.  The BIG day.  500 posts ago, this blog came into being.  I had no idea the journey it would take me on.  Certainly no idea it would bring me here with all of you.  Putting myself 'out there' into the 'big wide world' of the internet was a little scarry.  I felt a little exposed.  Half expected myself to quit because I didn't like it.  I had read somewhere at the time the average person who begins a blog quits in less than 90 days.  That category felt comfortable.

It didn't happen.  Here I am, 500 posts later.  This blog has changed incredibly.  It has grown into a wonderfully comfortable space where I am able to share my art, creativity and a little of myself with other like minded people.  Talent beyond anything I could have imagined exists out here in blog land.  Like minded people attract other like minded people.  Bonds are formed, friendships carved out of thin air.  Life time connections are made.  People in the land of blog are incredibly giving.  They share their knowledge, pass on their techniques, give their time, and above all share their joy and passion for what they do.  Incredible when you think about it.  I'm proud to be part of that.  It warrants a celebration.

I especially want to thank you.  Thank you all for being here.  Thank you for popping in for a visit.  Thank you to all those who leave their magical words of encouragement on these pages.  Thank you to those who have become my friends.  Thank you to so many who give me daily inspiration to grow my creativity, to expand my art and try new things.  

So .. today ... please make sure you are signed in as a friend of this blog.  Please leave a comment.  Tomorrow I will draw one name from the goblet.  I have put together a very amusing, very Mexican box of goodies which hopefully will inspire you.  It's full of colour, and sunshine and life.  It's full of "Mexico".  So ... help me celebrate.  Good luck.

There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.” — Edward de Bono

“The highest prize we can receive for creative work is the joy of being creative. Creative effort spent for any other reason than the joy of being in that light filled space, love, god, whatever we want to call it, is lacking in integrity. . .
– Marianne Williamson

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” –Osho


  1. Congratulations for having the 500th Post!

  2. Congratulations, and jubilations - Donna has written 500 posts - and we've all survived them! Donna, the world would be a poorer place if you weren't here. You have talent, enthusiasm, a big sense of humour, and above all, a big heart, which often sends comfort and hgs all the way to my part of the world, which I very much appreciate! Have a great day, and stay as lovely as you are! Hugs, Valerie

  3. Congrats dearie! It is a pleasure to call you a friend!I too have been amazed as to the wonderful people in blog land...if I had known, I would have started sooner.LOL. You asked about metal flowers...I got them from the flyingunicornstore, in a free giveaway. But I think Tim Holtz and others are starting to do them too. I bet in your land you might be able to find metal flowers too. take dearie and thanks for all your kind words. gerri

  4. Congratulation on your 500th post, I so glab I discovered your blog, you have an amazing talent. Thanks.

  5. Donna, I enjoy the color and spirit and message of your blogs! You add ART to the world! Thank you...xx jane

  6. Donna, it has been my absolute pleasure to share this journey with you! (altho you are waaaaay ahead of me with your 500 posts.) We have had similar experiences in many ways and I am as dumbfounded as you are at the power of connection that happens through our blogs. You have been one of my most faithful, loyal and enthusiastic supporters and, for that, I am eternally grateful!! Carry on and here's to the next 500 posts!!!

  7. Good morning, Donna. You so graciously thanked your fellow bloggers; however, we thank you for sharing your life with us. It has been a fun 500 posts covering the time line of your arrival in SM, building your new casa, adding a studio and most of all your love and caring reflected in every post. I am proud to be a follower and friend. May you write a zillion more posts and treat us with new adventures and artistic accomplishments.


  8. dear Donna,
    what a grateful post! I loved reading it. Your quotes are always awesome and I save many of them to my quote file as we think alike! And what a bright and beautiful box of Mexico you are giving away in celebration of your milestone, you are very generous in many ways. I am glad I have "met" you. xo lenna

  9. Congratulations on your 500 th !!!!! amazing achievement. Although I am a relatively new follower I have often been touched by your words and moved by your beautiful art , long may you reign.


  10. I stumbled upon your blog after google searching artists living in Mexico and there u are....In a few months Mexico will be my home base and i am excited!!!! San Miguel was one of the places i visited when i traveled about Mexico 2.5 years ago.

    My home will be in Ajijic..do u come that way maybe we could have a playdate,for sure i will be in San Miguel often as i have friends there.

    I took 2 days and read through all your blog posts couldn't get enough and have loved following the studio build..Thanx Donna

    In Artistic Solidarity;

  11. Well happy 500th! Glad you've stuck around blog-land and shared all you have. That big box of color will be welcome in my sewing room should I be so fortunate!

  12. Donna - Your posts/pics/words/quotes are all wonderful and inspirational. Congrats from San Diego on you 500th post - hope we all can make it there some day soon. The goodies are tantalizing and spark my creative juices just looking at the pic. Good luck to all who post a comment and put their name in the goblet. *Tifiny

  13. Congratulations for the 500th post! What an accomplishment, especially when you consider the content in addition to the quantity. Good going!

  14. well, it seems I have come back to blogland just in time for your fabulous post and giveaway! wow! I have much catching up to do after a little vacation.
    I always love seeing what you are working on and what your life holds- always good friends stopping by, projects, and outings. It's wonderful! take care, Donna. xo

  15. okay my dearest Donna, here I am leaving my congratulations to you- 500 posts! wow...you are as always,one of my mentors and one of those I most admire and look up to in my life...much love from the home front, xo Lynnie

  16. Congratulations - that's a lot of posts! I'm new to your blog but find it inspiring -thank you for sharing your talents.

  17. Wow-what a giveaway. congrats on your 500th post-here's to many more to come!

  18. Hello,Donna! Congartulations on your 500th post! That is quite an accomplishment!

    I hope you are having fun with the FTB class!


  19. Love all the colour and passion here. So lovely to bathe in it.

    Hi Donna! I feel moved by your comment at my blog. Lovely to meet another kindred soul.