Monday, January 31, 2011

One World One Heart 2011


The Amazing Lisa Swifka is our wonderful hostess.  Please visit her blog to say thanks for all the hard work she has put into this event & to visit new blogs & make friends.  This has been a spectacular event for the last four years, so come join in on the fun (click the link or the picture below to be taken to the list of participants)

If you are a first time visitor, welcome to my blog Creative Musings.  My name is Nerissa Alford & I am a jewelry artist, mixed media artist & photographer (I can't just pick one medium).  I am an American ex-pat currently living in Kuwait with my family. This is the 5th Year I have participated & the first that I am in the same location as the previous year. We move around quite a bit!

Camel Prints Card: taken during my first camping excursion

Up Close & Personal Card: Another camping excursion

This year I am giving away a little package of things that remind me of Kuwait.  The first items in my Kuwait care package are the photographs.  I have taken all these photos here & turned into 5x7 greeting cards.  You can send them with a sentiment & they are suitable for framing when it's done with it's job as a card.

Camel Silhouette: Ditto - you'd think I was a camping fiend, but really my first camping experiences came right here in Kuwait.

Kuwait Skyline Card: from a Dhow cruise

Kuwait Towers Detail Card: This is a landmark that Kuwait is known for

The second item is a woven ring band.  You'll have to send me your ring size & favorite color.  I have been so fortunate to find a bead store right here in Kuwait & take classes from the talented owners.  I would be so delighted to make you a ring from the techniques I learned from them. 

Woven Ring Bands: I took the class here in Kuwait

The last of the items will be some mystery items from Kuwait.  Here are some clues:
  1. Since Arabic is read from right to left, all the journals & notebooks here open backwards, although they would argue that my journals open backwards.
  2. Sweets are a big deal here & since it's not so hot, I don't have to worry about them melting.
  3. Some of the food items here are totally cool!!
If you are interested in more of my posts of Kuwait, just type in Kuwait on the search bar on the side or click on the Kuwait label at the end of the post.

To be eligible you must comment on this blog post.  You must be an active blogger & leave an email or link back to your blog so I can contact you if you are the winner.  It is open to all bloggers world wide.

I hope you enjoy the last year of this event.  I am so blessed to have been a part of it & meet so many new bloggers - that is what this is about :)  A million thank you's to Lisa!  We cannot thank you enough for what you have done for us!


Amber Dawn Inventive Soul said...

I had no idea that you lived in Kuwait.
I saw that you were participating this year, via the International Charm Day blog roll and wanted to drop by to invite you to my blog!
~*Happy OWOH!*~
Amber Dawn

Amy said...

Thanks for the drawing. Your work is lovley. Please feel free to enter my drawing, as well. avennett AT verizon DOT net

apinkdreamer said...

hi!!!i'm eleni from greece! please enter me in your wonderful givaway! thanks for sharing!!!!!
visit my magical owoh post too:

Janine said...

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

Anonymous said...

How lovely! I would love to win it!
Please come to my Blog to win a real crystal ball!
Be well & wish well,

gpc said...

What great gifts, such interesting work! I enjoyed visiting your blog, and I hope you will visit mine, too.

Deci said...

I especially like the beadwork! Visit mine and you'll see why. Visit my OWOH giveaway at

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:

Homemaker Honey said...

G'Day from Brisbane! The camel pictures are fantastic. And, if I win I'd like a pink ring.

homemakerhoney@ gmail .com

My OWOH giveaway:

Jingle said...

I totally understand not being able to stick to one thing! I'm the SAME way! Your giveaway is amazing! I would be so excited to receive such a fun, culture based gift! Thanks for this great chance! I hope you get a chance to stop by mine! #357 jinglesells at gmail dot com

Tumbleweed Trails said...

Hope you have oodles of fun during OWOH. Oh how I'd love to be the lucky recipient of your Kuwait Care Package. Love the photo of the camel prints and camel. What a great door prize package. Thanks for your generosity and participation in the event. Count me in please.
visionquest2020 AT msn DOT com

AlwaysInspired said...

Stunning images on those cards!
Stop by and enter my OWOH! I'm #50!

The Altered Paper said...

So many creative blogs! WoW! Count me in your OWOH Door Prize Please! Thanks,Tee

MarieNeige said...

So pleased I stopped by your blog... it is lovely; do add me in your draw.
Greetings from France.

Cherry said...

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

Sunshineshelle said...

I just learnt something new!!! Thanks for that :) Anyhows, Great to meet & greet you, my name is Shelle I'm from Sunshine Coast Australia & I'm thrilled at the opportunity One World One Heart has given me to fly around the virtual World!!!! WOOOOO!!
Now back to enjoying this hurly burly wonderful One World One Heart EXTRAVAGANZA :)

Cheryl said...

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

Mimi said...

These are so different, I would love to win them.

Please stop by my blog and enter my OWOH giveaway also! I'm #590.

hoerauf at comcast dot net


baglady said...

your photos from Kuwait are so interesting- love the camels- they seem like such goofy animals. Thanks for your participation in this wonderful blogging event and I agree- thank you to Lisa!

Brenda said...

I just love your photos, especially the camel. How interesting it must have been to go to Kuwait.

Micki said...

Thanks for the chance to win the wonderful door prize!
Please visit my Irish giveaway at:

PEA said...

Hi Nerissa, so lovely to meet you! Please add my name for your giveaway, I would so love to win any one of your wonderful prizes from Kuwait:-)

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

Hugs, PEA from Canada xox

Hoopie said...

I enjoyed viewing your blog very much. Isn't Blog Hopping fun ?

Thanks for participating in
One World One Heart 2011

check out my blog #635

Karla Rosendall said...

Beautiful work!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

All of your gifts are oh so nice! It would be wonderful to win any of them; you've got a great eye for photography and really enjoyed seeing your photos.
Please, visit Thistle Cove Farm when you've time.

Nanbon44 said...

So very nice to meet you,
Please enter my name in your lovely giveaway-
Bonnie in Florida
Blogs #566 and #567 USA

Anonymous said...

I love your camel photos. I never really realized before how cute a camel is up close.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How wonderful! I especially love the woven ring! Thank you! ♥ Visit me soon! I'm # 389 ! ♥

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I am so happy I happened upon your blog. I love, love, love the camel photo cards! My family went to Egypt over the summer & my daughter & I rode a camel for the first time. You could probably hear us screaming in Kuwait! I hope you have a chance to stop by my blog & enter my giveaway, too! #331

Aimee Jeffries said...

Great pics! My mother-in-law just moved to Kuwait, it's great to see and learn more about it. Happy OWOH, nice to meet you :)


Lezlei Ann Young said...

Oh 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


Mallory said...

very cool! Count me in :)
goodasgoldie at yahoo dot com

Digital Misfit said...

Your cards are lovely, as is your beading. How wonderfully exotic it must be to live in Kuwait as an ex-pat!
Thank you for participating in OWOH 2011. Pop by my blog, #51, if you get a chance.
hugs from ON, Canada

Connie said...

what great giveaways, and what an interesting blog....i'll have to come back! Please come by my blog too....
connie on kauai, hawaii

Gabriela said...

Hello from Ohio! Nice meeting you and getting to know your blog! The giveaway is great!How exciting to receive something from Kuwait!gabriela #439

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.

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

CathyH said...

Hi Nerissa! Love your awesome photography and reading about kuwait.
cathyguitarteacer-77 at

Susan Faye said...

Greetings from Oregon, USA! What an exotic giveaway--your photos and creations are beautiful! Stop by and say hi at my OWOH post...I'm # 457 All the best, Susan Faye

Dianne said...

I love photographs and these are so unique!
Please enter me in your draw and come on over to my blog #348 and enter mine if you wish. Thanks!

Sam Bonney said...

Hello from Cornwall, So pleased I visited your blog, amazing photo's.

Gracie "Neky White" said...

Your giveaway is so beautiful!!! I would love to win something so special! I love to know more about other countries
Thanks for the chance to win :D

Come to enter my giveaway if you have time!

Hugs !!

carylsrealm said...

Wow! Fabulous photos! And the ring band sounds marvelous! (Fingers crossed and checking my size!) :o)
Caryl OWOH #270

Maggi said...

Flying in from One World One Heart! :)

Wow, what an AWESOME gift pack! Kuwait must be such an interesting place to live! Great to meet you!

If you haven't already, you're welcome to visit my OWOH post anytime!

Happy Blog Discovery!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am totally impressed with your work and a view of your country. Love what you have chosen for us, too. I'm number 11 and hope you drop by.

Danielle said...

very interesting items!
binafan at hotmail dot com

Gale Varland said...

Hello from Oregon! I have enjoyed peeking around your blog. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway. I love your photographs. The one of the city skyline at night is amazing
Please stop by my blog and enter my giveaway if you get a chance. OWOH # 473
:) Gale said...

WOW! Beautiful photography and jewelry. I look forward to checking out your blog in more depth to read about your travels- I've been bitten by the travel bug as well!

Please visit my blog to see my OWOH giveaway.


Seattle WA


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

Deedra said...

These are beautiful! Please count me in!

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

Carolyn or Connee said...

How interesting! I like all of your creations (I'm particularly intrigued by your clues to the 3rd one!), but the ring particularly appeals to me! If you should by chance draw me in your giveaway, I wear a size 8 ring and I love green and purple together. Hope you stop by my blog!

Carolyn Kight from Michigan, USA


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

Donna said...

Thank you for for offering this beautiful gift and thank you for the chance to win. Your hard work really shows!

Kim Dellow said...

Wonderful post and I love your photographs. So nice to see you and your blog on my journey around OWOH 2011. Enjoy the rest of OWOH. Kim (No. 724)

Keisha said...

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

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´Keisha

stampgram said...

Just flying in from Cody, Wyoming! Isn't this event fun?
What lovely photos, all of your offerings are awesome. Hope I win. Please enter me in your drawing. (stampgram AT yahoo DOT com )
If you have a moment stop by and enter my giveaways too.
# 385
# 132

Wendy said...

It is so wonderful to meet you and visit your little part of Blogland. I absolutely adore your giveaway and would love the opportunity to be a part of it. Happy OWOH. Please do drop in during your journey.
Wishes and Whimsy
Wendy from Wonderland

Belinda said...

your blog is beautiful .please visit mine #425
my giveaway is a ooak polymer bunting baby

Belinda said...

your blog is beautiful .please visit mine #425
my giveaway is a ooak polymer bunting baby

ladybug said...

Fabulous! I love traveling all over the world (without even leaving the comforts of my chair by the fire!)

I hope you'll come by and visit me as well:

Debra said...

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

trisha too said...

These are lovely, and your photos delightful!

Happy OWOH to you!

If you get the chance, stop by and say hi--I'm OWOHing, too!

trishatoo at hotmail dot com

s hyler said...

I would love to be entered in your wonderful drawing. Please stop by my blog #809 for a chance to win my door prize.

Annie said...

I love your Camels!!!! 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

Teri said...

Hello! Nice to meet you! My name is Teri and I've been blogging
since December 2010. I love to scrapbook and create altered art
jewelry. Your blog is very nice. Please stop by mine! Thanks for
sharing your blog. Have fun on your blog travels.


Mom of 3rd Culture Kids said...

hello from Thailand! Those are great photos from Kuwait. Would love to win your Kuwait 'care package'.Count me in your giveaway.

Here's my OWOH post..please click here.. :)

laetriciajaniel (at) gmail (dot) com said...

Hello, greetings from Malaysia. Happy OWOH to you.
I'm also participating in OWOH 2011 and here is my link.
Please come visit me too!

whimsyloft [at] gmail [dot] com

Rayna said...

Ooh those rings are cool! Please include me :)

Rayna - Minnesota
northstarshetlands AT

yoborobo said...

What gorgeous photos! : I love your rings, too. That skill is something you will take with you on your next adventure. :) Nice too meet you! Pam (at 278!)

Gale said...

Hello! What interesting pictures, and your mystery giveaways are so intriguing! I love finding out about new places. I can't afford to travel overseas, but have been lucky enough to know people from different countries who help me explore from home.

I've love OHOW because of that...and am sad that it's ending. I've been pondering a similar event, only focused on the places we live and love. I posted about it here if you think this might be something you might want to join in on if I do it:

ecarian at yahoo dot com
OWOH #506, 508, 793

martha brown said...

Your camel photos make me smile :) I'd love to win something from Kuwait! Please enter my name into your draw -- thank you so much!
~martha (#384)
(from Toronto :)

greenest mermaid said...

Gorgeous! I love the photographs!
Please come by my blog (#462) to check out my giveaways! Thank you!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

thanks so much for the chance to win your Kuwait inspired giveaways. i hope you can drop by my blog at (#544) and join my OWOH giveaway. blessings!

WW said...

Hello from Iowa,
I love your blog, very interesting.
Come visit me, I'm #417.

SLucy said...

Great Giveaway~Hello from Ontario Canada. Please count me in for your giveaway.

Please visit my OWOH giveaway:

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.

Holly Days Closet said...

WOW what a wonderful giveaway I would frame the card they are beautiful. Thanks for letting me droop by I enjoyed my visit.

Azurlin said...

Greetings from Ipswich, MA

Very nice to meet you. Please enter me in the OWOH drawing.

I hope you have a chance to visit my blog, too. I'm offering a shabby chic denim necklace. And...please, come by again later so we can chat. :)

Que Bella said...

Hey Nerissa, It's lovely to meet you and to discover your blog. A giveaway based on Kuwait sounds wonderful. Please count me in. ~Michelle, OWOH #598

Lauren said...

Hello! I'm so glad I found One World One Heart and was able to visit your blog! I'm pretty new to the blogging world and I love seeing the different ways of blogging. I hope you will check out my blog and maybe find something useful there. I'd love to be entered for your door prize, thanks for adding my name to the list!

Top Floor Treasures said...

Hello from England :) Great giveaway! Please count me in.
Here's my O.W.O.H. post

rebecca's rainbow kisses said...

Greetings from snowy Massachusetts. Wow! Kuwait sounds so exotic and dangerous. I love your photos and the bracelet is wonderful. Blessings in the journey, Rebecca #393

Birgit said...

Hi Nerissa,

Your new life in Kuwait must be intersting. :)

Thanks for the chance to win some goodies which are typical for your new home.

Greetings from Germany,
# 66

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!


Barbara Olivo Cagle said...

Hi Nerissa, I would love to win your beautiful photos in your "Kuwait Care Package. 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.

Shama-Lama Mama said...

Hi Nerissa! Wow, this is a fun and different kind of giveaway! I love things from other cultures than my own... had a good time spinning through your blog. The camping in the desert looked amazing and the photo of the camel races was so funny, with all the guys jumping out of the way and the determined looks on the camels' faces! I live in San Diego with my hubby and three sons. I love photography, too. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

CreativSpirit said...

Hi Nerissa, Greetings from Australia. Great to meet you and visit your blog. I would love to be the lucky winner of one of your lovely and unusual gifts. I'll be back to have another look around and please come by #9 and say hello.

calej said...

Love those woven ring bands!

Hope you can join in my goodie giveaways as well! :)


calejbitsvyk at gmail dot com
calej d'art

Damla (Sweepstake Lover) said...

Thanks for the great giveaway. Best wishes...

annabell_lee_dk (at)

Gracey is not my name.... said...

Very interesting giveaways..I love the first card of the camel prints and the ring is intriguing...I will read more on Kuwait..

Just Jenn Designz said...

Hello and greetings from Virginia. How exciting to hear that you live in Kuwait. It would be so fantastic to win one of your prizes from the area you are living.

I would love for you to hop on over to my blog for a visit. I am #78 on the OWOH participant list.

Meg said...

Someone else who moves around a lot...!

Anna Circo said...

Greetings from southern California. Love your amazing giveaway. Please add me to your hat. I'm flying in during the final hours of OWOH. Thank you and cheers!

Rough Seas Designs said...

I would like to have my name submitted for a chance to win your drawing!

I love to meet fellow crafters so if you have time stop by for a visit!

Thanks so much!!

Esme said...

I like your photography and am quite curious about the food from Kuwait. I am sure there are some amazing spices there.

chocolate and croissants at yahoo . com

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:

Susan said...

what an interesting giveaway, how do you like living in kuwait? is it much different than here in the states?
I'm at the NJ shore.
Please include me and please come visit #209
Thanks, Susan
(Pieces of Fate)