Monday, January 31, 2011

One World One Heart (Giveaway Closed)

Welcome to One World One Heart and Texifornia!

One World One Heart is a fun event where bloggers around the world post giveaways and share a little bit about themselves!  If you still want to join in, you can until Feb 12.  Find out how here.

Sadly I hear this is the final One World, One Heart!  I've had so much fun the last two years I've participate!  I have been pondering over an idea for a similar type of adventure and if you might like to ponder with me me please visit my post here.

Now, about me and Texifornia...

Texifornia is a little spot I created for Californians living in Texas (like me)
Publish Post
and Texans in California, and anyone else who'd like to stop for a visit.I try to post news, humor and other tid-bits about California and Texas (and especially anything that relates to BOTH states) but lately on the blog I've mainly been posting pictures of wildflowers and sunsets.

Since many of you are traveling in from other places, let me share a little bit about California and Texas with you.

Texas is the biggest state in the US other than Alaska.  And people here are proud of their no other state that I know of will you find everything from swimming pools to waffles made in the state shape.

Texas is hot in summer (days and days over 100 degrees) and bleak in winter (dead grass not often covered by snow, which is rare here).
Picture by Jollyville

But what it lacks in winter snow it makes up for in Spring wildflowers...

Picture by Malloy

Plano Texas Wildflower
Picture by Ruthie On Art

Californians, on the other hand, don't tend to brag as much about their least until they leave it and realize what they missed!  California has just about as much beauty as nature can offer:  mountains, deserts, forests, and of course, beaches.

Picture by Peggy Farnsworth, My Mom

Pounding waves against the obdurate rocks along Glass Beach near Fort Bragg, CA - glassbeach03x

Picture by Me!

And California has wildflowers too!

So, from wherever around the world today, Hello and welcome to Texifornia!

And, now...on to the giveaway.  It's small, but fun!  Just like last year, I'm giving away:

A Post Card from From Texas (From Me)

No, this isn't the actual one you'll get. It's a picture I found on Flicr and doctored up (with permission - love Creative Commons!).  The real one will be a surprise (don't you just love surprises)!   And, like last year, I'll pick one person at random and probably send a few more postcards...just because.

I know this isn't a big prize, but the main idea of the of the One World One Heart  is to explore and meet some fun people around the world...the giveaways are just a good excuse to do that.

Leave a comment below.  Pretty simple.  If you don't know what to say, just tell me where you're from.  :-)  Make sure to include an e-mail or a link to your blog so I can contact you.

Anyone can participate, worldwide. Giveaway ends February 17th at a9ish (pm, CST).   Prize might possibly be forfeited if you wait more than a month to claim it, and definately will if you don't leave a way to contact me.

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  1. LOL I'm giggling at the name of your blog! You are so right about Texas Pride... I think it's bigger than the state! *wink* I grew up in Louisiana and then Mississippi but I escaped to Texas as soon as I could! *nodding*

    You asked if I was Irish, only a little, but my husband is and we have as much Irish pride in this house as my son and I have Texas Pride. The Irish outnumber the Texans 2 to 1.. that's how it's the same amount of pride. LOL

    I am most pleased ta' make yer acquaintance ma'am!

    shadohart (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for commenting. If you can do fimo, you should have no problems learning PMC. Be prepared - it's addicting!
    I had to chuckle about Texans having everything in the shape of Texas - even waffles!

    I collect postcards, so I would love to win you surprize pc! And OWOH IS all about the visit! Enjoy!


  3. Hello Gale! Thanks for showing us your country!! Great introduction! And it would be great to receive a postcard from the other side of the world!!

    Sweet greetings from Belgium,
    Saskia :)

  4. What a clever idea and who doesn't love "real" mail?!

    As a California transplant now living in Indiana, I have always appreciated CA, now more than ever with a massive storm brewing outside my window,

  5. I love the name of your blog...gave me a giggle. And all of your photos are gorgeous. I have to visit sometime. I actually some long-lost relatives in Texas.
    I would also love to receive a postcard from you...Here is my entry...
    Have a great day,

  6. Thank you for being apart of the OWOH journey!

  7. I love your pictures!
    This is my first time doing OWOH but I'm having so much fun traveling around the world just by sitting in my livingroom here in Sweden :) //Lisa #151

  8. Thanks for showing me the best of both states - I´ve never been to the U. S. and love to see pics of the different landscapes and specialties. Your Texifornia idea is just great, and I also love the project of sending a postcard! So please count me in and hop over to my blog for a visit, too!

  9. Hi Gale. Nice to meet you and hope you are enjoying the OWOH event. That would be an awesome door prize because like you say, the idea is to explore. I'm 96 on the list. Please stop by my blog for a chance to win too. Have a great day.

  10. P.S. I love the name of your blog and I am from California, always and forever.:)

  11. texifornia may just be the newest state! i've heard of a place called "mexicali" in mexico! the TX-shaped barbecue grill is hilarious!

    i've seen the grandeur that is TEXAS a few years ago. went to fort worth, dallas, houston and san antonio. i got to eat bull's balls innocently called "calf fries!" i hope to go back there!

    i love postcards! that's why we named our collective blog "postcards from miss igorota!" thanks for dropping by!

    howdy from snowy jersey!

  12. Hi! I'm from Ohio, living in Idaho! I've love to hear from you!
    goodasgoldie at yahoo dot com

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

  14. Ok, I'll send you one too...from Kansas. Hope I win!

  15. I enjoyed your photos on your blog, I agree both Texas and California are wonderful places to photograph
    Thanks for visiting my blog today and entering my giveaway

  16. Please put me in the pot for your OWOH Door Prize!
    Thank You,Tee

  17. 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:

  18. G'Day from Brisbane! Poppin' in for OWOH event. Pleased to meet you!

    A postcard from Texas sounds fun!

    homemakerhoney@ gmail .com

    My OWOH giveaway:

  19. How fun! A simple post card! really, I want to win!! I love getting mail

  20. I love my home state so much I have a tiny little Texas tattooed on the back of my left shoulder. Born and raised in Wichita Falls, now (after much moving w/ Air Force) living in San Antonio.

    Your post was fun--thanks for sharing it!~

  21. Hope you have oodles of fun during OWOH. I've enjoyed it so much over the years. What a great post and photos. The photos are spectacular. Thanks for your generosity and participation in the event. Count me in please.
    visionquest2020 AT msn DOT com

  22. I do love a good surprise, and you're right...the giveaways are really the excuse to make yourself take the time to wander from blog to blog! :)

    Please stop by for a visit when you get the chance:

  23. I collect postcards and would love to win one from you!

    Please come by my blog and my OWOH giveaway as well. I'm #590.

    hoerauf at comcast dot net

  24. ive really enjoyed my visit not just to your blog but also the beautiful pics of Teaxas and California..thanks for visiting me and thanks for a chance to win a postcard jenxo

  25. 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.


  26. Hi I used to live in Texas - you are so right about that Texan pride - but I'm now back in England - does that make me a Texlander? Pop by my OWOH giveaway also x

  27. yay..
    I would love to receive a postcard from Texifornia ! :D
    they would completely decorate my craft room !!

    greetings from cold berlin/germany

  28. How fun! I've never been, but it would be fun to have a postcard!
    Please stop by and enter my OWOH! I'm #50!

  29. That's a great giveaway...I like the idea of getting to know someone's home state...

    nhsarab at yahoo dot com

  30. 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

  31. Cool prize! And we have the same blog background hehe. Gotta love the palms, Texifornia to S.C.! Happy OWOH, nice to meet you :)

  32. tehe, Texifornia. That is so cute. I have been to Texas once, we even stopped at the Waco K-mart. Thanks for visiting Crafty Geordi and commenting on my "Phil" post. Did you have a chance to check out my prize?

  33. how fun...a true penpal!I am so excited to participate in my first OWOH blog tour . I hope I am lucky enough to win.
    please check out my blog

  34. Hello from England. Nice to have mail and not just bills! Thanks for the chance to win. Please pop over to my blog and enter mine #636

  35. This will be fun! Mail from Texas would be great for me! I lived in Texas...MANY years and LOVED it! Now I live in Florida! ♥ Thank you! Visit me soon! I'm # 389 ! ♥

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

  37. I do love surprises. I would love a postcard from TX as I used to live in the Woodlands and taught in HISD. I also lived in Austin.
    Now, I am married and live in Ireland. Pleas visit me at Irish Muses #678

  38. Hi Gale, so lovely to meet you! I love that...Texifornia! hehe Please add my name for your giveaway, I would so love to receive a postcard from you:-)

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

    Hugs, PEA from Canada xox

  39. Ciao! I am so happy to meet you today on the wings of OWOH! Thanks for a chance to receive a postcard from you - i so miss the fact that people don't send snail mail much any longer!!
    Hugs, ♥ ♥ ♥ Antonella ♥ ♥ ♥
    wing stop #153, snowy New Jersey
    Please stop by #153 for a chance to win my giveaway!

  40. Hello from California! I have been to Texas several times and love it. The photos of the wildflowers are absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway.

  41. Hello. It is so very nice to meet you. You certainly have a wonderful place here :) I would love to receive a post card from Texifornia. I think you have a neat idea going on here.

    Please stop on by my blog for a visit... I would love to see you there. I am #78 on the list.

  42. A post card is a fine prize!

    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

  43. Postcards are a fun and unique giveaway! I hope you can stop by my blog at #331 and enter my giveaway, too!

  44. Looking at the photos of the flowers has me really yearning for spring! The white stuff can go away any time now! Thanks for the virtual visit! Wanda in Ohio #220
    needlewings (at ) mac (dot) com

  45. I live in California, but my parents grew up in Texas, and they used to drag us down there every year. So I have a bit of understanding of your sense of humor!
    Rinda #695

  46. I would love to receive a postcard from you! It's such a thoughtful, personal type of gift. It is so much fun seeing all the different types of things being given away and meet new(to me) bloggers! Please enter me in your giveaway!

  47. I would love to win something so wonderful! I love postcards XD Thanks for the chance to win.

    Come to enter my giveaway if you haven't already ! I'm # 516

    Hugs :D

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

  49. Hi Gale! Great photos, makes me want to visit both places. Ha! Like your idea. Originally from MD and now in TN, I need a Maryennessee :)
    cathyguitarteacher-77 at

  50. 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. You are most welcome to visit my blog any time. :) I love visitors. :)


  51. Hi, I've spent half my life in California and half in Alaska, wonder what you'd call me?

  52. Hello, I'd love a postcard from Texas! Thanks for the insight into the two places, very interesting.

    I hope you'll stop by and see my giveaways too on my blog.

    Sherry from England, UK

  53. thanks for visiitng my blog - I have enjoyed looking at yours

  54. What a fun idea. Loved reading your blog post.
    OWOH hugs.
    Carol H.

  55. I would love to be included in your wonderful drawing, if you get a chance to stop by my blog is #809

  56. Hello from Oregon! Thanks for letting me peek around in your blog and enter your giveaway.
    Please feel free to come over to my blog and enter the giveaway there.
    :) Gale OWOH #473

  57. Yes, I will be happy receiving a postcard, that will be cool.

  58. Anonymous8:41 PM

    Thank you for sharing. I love your enthusiasm.
    Have your best OWOH ever.

  59. Size is only important in Texas. It's a great gift. Just came from your scribbles blog, too. I'm number 11 and my information is on my profile page.

  60. Hello from Canada! I love your pictures, what a treat!
    I would love to have you stop by and visit, if you haven't already- Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  61. This is fun! 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


  62. 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.

  63. Thank you for sharing so many gorgeous photos of Texifornia! I have never been to either state - actually the only states I have been to are MI and AK.
    A postcard from a new friend is a lovely gift.
    Thank you for participating in OWOH 2011. I hope you get a chance to pop by my blog, #51, on your journey.
    hugs from ON, Canada

  64. 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

  65. 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

  66. Hello nice to meet you. I enjoyed your blog very much. Please count me in on your giveaway.

  67. I love snail mail!! Always love to get something handwritten in the mail...great idea! The photos on your blog are gorgeous by the way.

  68. What a neat gift!! I used to live in Houston Texas!! The weather was nice.
    Please include me in your drawing.
    Come visit me at


  69. thanks for being a part of OWOH so that we could find you! i'm enjoying your blog and look forward to spending a lot more time here!

    thanks, too, for a chance at winning your amusing prize! i grew up in a little town of 637 people in southern kansas and have family across the state line in burkburnett, texas!

    i hope you will have a chance to stop by my blog and enter my give away, too!

    joe in montana

  70. Greetings from Ipswich, MA
    I'm glad to meet you. I'm #509

    I'm a jewelry artist, watercolor painter, and over all creative adventurer! And...I'd be honored to have you follow my blog!

    I enjoyed your photos very much! Please enter me into the OWOH drawing. Thanks!

    I hope you get to visit my blog, too. I'm giving away a shabby chic denim necklace. Come any time to chat.

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

  71. I've been to Texas once and loved it! And I'd love get apostcard from you :-) Please enter my name into your draw! And pop over to my blog and enter mine, too, if you haven't done so already!

    Greetings from Germany,
    Dagmar #88

  72. Hi Gale,

    Fun postcards are just that -- fun! :) Thanks for the chance for a little fun in my mailbox.

    Greetings from Germany,
    # 66

  73. 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!


  74. Hi Gale, I wrote Ca history in my book. I would love to win your beautifully handcrafted post card 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.

  75. Hello from Cody, Wyoming, USA. I enjoyed visiting your blog and getting to know a bit about you.
    Isn't this OWOH event so fun! I loved your little picture essay of California and Texas. We lived in Texas once upon a time...and I agree...spring is spectacular. I would love to see it again!

    Please enter me in your drawing. ( stampgram AT yahoo DOT com }

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

  76. 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.)

  77. Hello Gail,
    Does a Texan in Arizona count??? In between I spent 15 winters in Minnesota. Hot & HUMID to really COLD to really HOT. I guess that makes me an extremist. I'd love a message from home. My family has been taken over by the darkside of the electronic age and I never get snail mail anymore. Sigh. I love to write letters and send handmade cards. Thanks for the trip down memory lane! Tina

  78. It's not the prize that counts!! Actually here to say 'Hi' the giveaway was just the catalyst :) Soooo... pleased to meet you chilled out talented babe (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 :)

  79. Hi there! My cousin lives in Texas, and you know what? I've never received a postcard from him! So...Please enter me into your draw! So nice to meet you here through OWOH! I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog , too:-)


  80. A postcard from you is a great gift!

    Please come and visit my blog too if you didn´t do it already! Thank you :)

    Warm regards
    Susan, nr 471

  81. 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

  82. HA! I'm from Oregornia! lol! And, I LOVE surprises! :)