One World, One Heart 2011 – Congratulations to the Winners

Update:  Thanks to everyone who came by to visit and to Lisa for this event.  Tons of fun as always.  The two lucky winners of my give away are:

Kelli from Book of Kells who won the heart pendant, and

Heidi aka Digital Misfit who won the Art Treasure Box.

One World One Heart

Hello to all of you who are first time visitors and have found me through One World, One Heart.  A brief intro:  (More detailed info about me can be found here) I live on Vancouver Island in British Columbia on the west coast of Canada.  My family and I just recently moved here to bring our lives back in to balance, allowing me to pursue the arts full time.  I am just in the process of setting up my studio again in our new place, and have also recently created this new website/blog as my studio’s “cyber-home.”  I have been making stuff since I was a small girl.  I remember getting into a bit of trouble at school when I brought beaded keychains and pet rocks I had made to sell to my friends on the school playground!  Forty years later, I am still making things and sharing them with friends and others who fall in love with the things I have created.  (For those who keep asking me….yes, I will have an Etsy store set up soon, I promise.)   I am also very passionate about the process of creative activity as I know it has created such renewal for me personally.  In fact I credit weekly time in my studio as a critical part of my recovery from post-partum depression after the birth of my first son.  So, in many ways art has saved my life….and certainly at minimum, my sanity!  I am a mother to two wonderful boys who are now 14 and 11, and a partner to a very supportive husband, who is also creative in his spare time.  His outlet is music and video.

For this last year of One World One Heart, I wanted to do something special for everyone who visits here.  I thought long and hard about how I could give something to everyone, and not just those who would win my give-aways.  So, here’s what I came up with:  As you can see by the banner on the right column of my site, I am also participating in The Sketchbook Challenge.  January’s challenge is “Highly Prized.”  I decided to use this prompt to create a project that I could document in a Step-by-Step tutorial.  This is my “Virtual Give-Away”, one I hope is a treat for everyone.  You can find the first of three parts of that project here.

Give-Away #1

The outcome of the aforementioned project, the “Highly Prized” Art Journal Treasure Box, is an actual item I will ship to the winner of this give-away.  The fun and mystery of this one is that you can watch the unfolding of it’s creation here in the posts that will occur over the next few days.  (If you are worried you might forget which blog you’ve found this on, since you will probably be visiting so many wonderful blogs in the next few days, you can sign up to follow me via email on the right if that is easier for you.)

Update:  Project is complete.  Find it here: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3

Give Away #2

One of the crafts I inherited in my family’s history is blacksmithing.  My Grandfather pointed out to me that I am a fourth-generation blacksmith.  His comments are generous.  My time on the anvil and forge making large scale items is limited.  But, what I have done is take the tradition and style of blacksmithing steel and miniaturized it – bringing it into my jewelry-work.  I just love finding ways to marry different disciplines.  In this series I worked glass together with steel links and components and then combined it with delicate ribbons to create what I call, “Medieval Heart Pendants”  This one below will be shipped to the winner of this second give away.

Medieval Heart PendantMedieval Heart Pendant - detail

So, how do you participate?  Here are the rules as outlined by Lisa Swifka, the creator of this event:

A. The “contest” is open to all active bloggers worldwide.  This is, after all, about meeting and connecting those who are actively blogging.

B. To enter, please leave a comment on this post, making sure there is a way for me to contact you if you are a winner of one of the prizes and also so I can visit your blog too.

C. The two winners will be announced Feb. 17th and I will email the winners as well as post it back on this very post as an update.

That’s all there is to it.  Thanks for stopping by.  I look forward to meeting you.


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143 Responses

  1. Annie Cahill

    The art of a Blacksmith how interesting!!!! 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

  2. Nancy M

    How generous of you to let us all follow your progress with a tutorial- I will definitely be back to learn from you. I also love the blacksmithing brought down to jewelry size- turned out lovely. Please come visit my blog lucky #777 on the ever growing list.

  3. JenniferB

    Greetings from western North Carolina.
    You have an awesome blog and giveaway. I am having such fun checking out all of the OWOH participant’s blogs.

  4. Beckie

    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

  5. Jules@OneBookShy

    Thanks so much for sharing your talents with all of us. My dad has been a farrier for over 60 years ~ all I did was run the forge for him 🙂

    #511 & #515
    onebookshy at yahoo dot com

  6. Gale Varland

    Hello from Oregon! Thanks for letting me peek around in your blog and enter your giveaway. Your work is beautiful. Wouldn’t have thought of blacksmithing as an art until I read here. Always adding new ‘ventures’ to the art title! LoL
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Please feel free to come to my blog and enter for my doorprize as well!
    🙂 Gale OWOH #473

  7. Jude Armstrong

    You are one talentd lady!Hiya from Suffolk uk.Your blog is amazing and so are your creations.Would love and be honoured to win one of your creations they are beauitful.
    Hope you find time to pop by my blog for OWOH and enter my door candy!
    hugs and thanks for the inspiring browse!
    hugs judex

  8. Kathy

    Hi from Manitoba…thank you so much for the steps on the box.. it turned out fantastic.. now which box should I choose? lol… the necklace is lovely too..I enjoyed my visit with you and will definitely be back.. I share your thoughts and feelings on how important art is..
    # 617

  9. SANDY M

    OWOH is so cool. Nice to meet you through your blog. Please count me in for your giveaway. I didn’t participate in OWOH as I found out about it too late. However, I am enjoying getting to see all the wonderful artwork. Thanks so much for participating.

  10. Leslie

    Loving this OWOH meet and greet. Hi from Colorado. come for a visit. Leslie

  11. Cath

    Lovely to meet you through OWOH. That is so cool that you’re a 4th generation blacksmith. What a wonderful legacy. I love that you’ve shown how to make your box too, and the necklace is beautiful. I’d love to be entered into your drawing, and thanks for stopping by and entering mine too.

  12. teri-Design 48

    What a beautiful necklace!
    Nice blog! I’ve enjoyed it. Glad I found you! Please include me in
    your giveaway.
    Come visit me at

    Thanks Teri

  13. Deborah Bonner

    So interesting to see the development of your box. I think I am going to try the tissue paper for texture idea on a book I am working on right now.Please add me to the giveaway for the lovely necklace and treasure box and come over and visit me too. I am #229 on the list.

  14. Kerin Gale

    Hi Cheryl!

    I was so happy to see your comment. Wow we really are on the same path aren’t we?!?!? I definitely would love to stay in touch and get to know you and share raw food recipes, etc.

    Coincidentally (or not!) I have also done some blacksmithing and love it! I made a ladle with a large copper bowl riveted onto a twisted iron handle which is proudly displayed in my kitchen. : )

    Here’s to west coast artsy girls going raw! : )

    Please come join my MMA site at and let me know if you are on FB.

    Happy Valentines!!!


  15. Lezlei Young

    Please enter me in your OWOH Giveaway! If I am the winner, you can contact me at Take a moment to visit my blog and enter my OWOH Giveaway at


  16. Susan G

    I have one of those ferraro roche plastic boxes, WOW what an awesome transformation, I just glued a nice picture to the top of mine, :::hanging head in shame::: LOL
    I would so love to win this box, please include me in your draw. I am basically homebound and do not wear jewelry much, so if my name gets drawn for the necklace, please draw another name to be fair.
    Thanks so much and please come visit #209
    Thanks, Susan
    (Pieces of Fate)

  17. Heidi aka Digital Misfit

    Thank you for the great tute! I have a plastic Ferrero Rocher box that I have been saving for the right project and now I have found it! (btw – I agree with you on the Cadbury thing. Their Canadian quality has dropped. Did you know that the British Cadbury Fruit & Nut bars have WHOLE almonds? yeah they make the good stuff over there now)
    It is so cool that you blacksmith. Love that necklace.
    Thank you for participating in OWOH 2011. I hope you get a chance to pop by my blog, #51, on your journey.
    Hugs from northern Ontario,

  18. Leslie

    Oh my, what fabulous giveaways. And how generous of you to give us all the gift of the tutorial for your box. I love how it turned out….the colors are so great. I would be thrilled to be the lucky winner of one of your grand prizes!

  19. peggy aplSEEDS

    hello,Cheryl! thanks so much for the chance to win your giveaways! i hope you can come and visit me at and join my OWOH giveaway.
    blessings from peggyapl(at)!

  20. joe madl

    a big howdy from montana! thank you for letting me mosey around your blog. you are very talented and i have enjoyed my stay and will return again soon!

    i love your work and style! please add me to your drawing.

    stop by my blog and drop your name in my hat, too!


  21. Kathy Shaw

    Wishing you luck in setting your studio…just the way you would like it! I would not want to be too many days away from my own little “artsy world”…or I’d go nuts! So hope it doesn’t take too long for you to get yours back into an organized (is there such a thing!) fashion!

  22. Becca

    Thank you for the chance to enter your lovely giveaway!

  23. martha brown

    I love this heart pendant — and the metalwork is wonderful! Please enter me into your draw– thank you so much!
    ~martha (#384)
    (from Toronto 🙂

  24. Spike

    Hello Cheryl! What a wonderful and unique talent to have blacksmithing passed down through your family! Your work embodies that artful craftsmanship, simply gorgeous.

    Greetings from Chilliwack, BC, Canada! Thanks for dropping by my blogs during the OWOH 2011 hop! Hope you’ve had a fabulous experience! It’s a pleasure meeting you! Keep your art alive!
    ~Spike (#22) (#24)

    spikelikeart at gmail dot com

  25. quiltmom( anna)

    Cheryl, You sure do lovely work – I love your necklace- such interesting lines and contrasting textures.
    Thanks for the chance to win your lovely work.
    I hail from Edmonton Alberta and enjoy playing with beads and fabric.
    You can find my blog here:
    Warmest regards,

  26. Monique

    I did the same thing in grade school! I used to have a a box full of ‘goodies’ to sell at every recess! 🙂
    Love the idea of the mystery box and what a wonderful thing you’ve done by taking the knowledge of your grandfather into a new realm! Please enter my name in your give-a-way and drop by my blog when you have a moment:
    (#535 OWOH)

  27. Connie

    Hello from Cody, Wyoming, USA. It is taking me a long time to get through the blogs (I am working backward now just for fun) as I have to read and browse so I don’t miss some awesome eye candy or words of wisdom. Isn’t this event fun? I am having a ball with it. Your necklace is awesome – Please enter me in your drawing. Now I am off to see the tutorial!

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

  28. Carolyn Kight

    Lovely blog and lovely giveaways…I hope I win.
    Carolyn Kight Michigan USA
    My blogs in OWOH

    another email (I like this one the best.)

  29. Chris

    Fun and generous giveaway! Lovely work. Please stop on by my giveaway as well at OWOH 760.

  30. Tammy

    Very cool necklace…your giveaways are great, but the necklace is just very cool…

  31. Jen

    Wow! I think your grandfather was being more than kind — blacksmithing is not something everyone can do!

  32. Bleubeard and Elizabeth

    You have a warm and charming blog. I really enjoyed my quick look around. 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.

  33. Michelle

    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!


  34. Damla (Sweepstake Lover)

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

  35. bonnie

    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


  36. Barbara Olivo Cagle

    Hi Cheryl, I would love to win your beautifully handcrafted art journal treasure box “Highly Prized” and Medieval Heart pendant. 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.

  37. Patricia

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

  38. Emily R

    That is so pretty!

  39. stephanie

    I would be honored to win.

    isastephanie at yahoo dot com

    I invite you to stop by my blog:

  40. Kathryn Kelton

    So nice to meet you, Cheryl =) This is my first time participating in OWOH, and I am loving it! Stop by and register for my giveaway, if you like. Kathryn, from Florida

  41. Wendy from Wonderland

    Hello and it is wonderful to meet you. I loved taking a little visit through your blog and hope to come back for more. I would love to be part of your OWOH giveaway. So exciting. Please do drop in for a visit with me during your journey.
    wishes and whimsy
    Wendy from Wonderland

  42. Megg

    Hi Cheryl,

    Wow ! what a wonderful tutorial series ! Well done !
    I too love colour….come and visit my colourful world here
    Love Light and Rainbows
    Megg from Down Under
    m.jack47 at

  43. Kelli RA

    Thank you for your generous giveaway!

    And greetings from the Pacific Northwest where I am sliding in late and saying, yes, please add my name to your drawing!

    I’m a writer who blogs at Book of Kells,

    Thanks again for participating! I’d love to win!

    Wishing you all good things,

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