Sunday, 26 February 2012

A Quiet Birthday and a Giveaway


Today, I turned 36. It's been quite a long journey to be where I am today, and I can't help but think that my life still, and probably will always remain as unpredictable as the weather. Plenty of blue skies and storm clouds are waiting on the horizon. Inevitable changes, options to choose from and decisions to make. All I have to do is surrender and run free. Hopefully another year adds a good amount of faith and wisdom to my pocket, so I wouldn't have to stumble down too many times from this day on.

Well, there won't be any celebration today. Just a nice quiet day for me to rethink about the past and try to visualize what the future may bring.  But most of all, to pause and remind myself of life's littlest wonders and magic to be thankful of...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

My huge thanks to these photographers for their brilliant images:


But hold on, I'm not done yet. What would a birthday be without gifts??? And this time, the gifts are from me, to you. Yes, you! All my darling friends and followers who have all been so kind and supportive throughout the years, no matter how tough times were. It's just a way for me to say how grateful I am for YOU. :)

And for this SURPRISE GIVEAWAY, I have a very special gift for the winner... 
...my very own original piece!


And THREE $10 shopping vouchers to use in my shop!

All you need to do is be a follower of my blog, like my facebook page, leave a comment here, and you're good to go! The giveaway will end on Saturday, 3rd of March and I will announce the winners after that.

Thank you, again and again for being the wonderful souls and friends that you are. I hope the sun keeps shining and the stars sparkle even brighter each night wherever you are!


33 comments:

  1. Lovely post!
    Happy Birthday : )

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  2. Happy Birthday to you! I love your work, please be good to yourself, and do celebrate; even if it's just a little treat here or there; you deserve it
    trish
    Loganberrylane.blogspot.com

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  3. ok, so my spirit must have known today was your birthday! it just seems so comedy after the email i just sent you. Your world today, my world tomorrow is your birthday! good timing eh, we must exist in a magical realm.

    your post is beautiful in every way and then you offer a give away of your lovely art! thank you for your generosity!

    Happy Birthday dear lady, mamma of sweet children, artist that enlightens and brightens our world, friend to far and near....
    may your new year overflow with days that feel wonderful to you~

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  4. I just adore your art!!!
    On your birthday
    stretch for a sunbeam...
    Reach for a star...
    Go for a beautiful dream.

    Pick out some wishes,
    no matter how far,
    or how hard to reach
    they may seem.

    Cherish some hopes
    that are dear to your heart.

    And as a new year comes in view,
    treasure and keep them
    and know from the start
    that this year you can make them come true!

    Celebrate this day, and embrace all the reasons to believe in wishes again.

    Happy birthday!!
    Regina Burgdorf from Germany

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  5. Happy Birthday, Amalia! What a great way to celebrate. :) Thanks for the chance to win your fabulous painting.:)

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  6. ~brightest of bright birthday wishes and blessings be with you...ever so kind are to be giving on your special day...may this year be filled with moments that make your spirit soar...memories that make your heart skip a beat...inspiration to remain flowing from your beautiful mind and love always filling you with warmth...a quiet birthday...my dear little fishy we must be swimming in similar seas...all my best and always much love and light~

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  7. Happy Happy Birthday to you, Amalia. There is nothing wrong with spending a quiet day to yourself to reflect and think on the year to come. Especially when thinking of beautiful images such as these. And how kind of you to offer something so special. :) I follow you here and on FB. :) Enjoy your special day!

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  8. Happy birthday dear Dreamer :)

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  9. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

    What do you mean by NO birthday celebration? Unless it is a sin to celebrate, you should not say you are not going to celebrate it. Having a quiet day is a celebration. Yes, celebrate it with a quiet contemplative day but call it CELEBRATION. I know, it is just a word but a word with meaning. You see, there are so many events and happenings in life but very few that actually hold meaning and importance. In the end we have no one and nothing but ourselves and those we love and who truly love us. When our spirits leave this world, it is set free and everyone should rejoice. Here's the catch. Our spirits touch other spirits, beings. They are the ones who feel with and for you, rejoice with and for you, ache with and for you. So please do not say there won't be a celebration.

    I shall light a candle for you, because you are a bright stop and a bright spot here.

    You are a good and gentle soul, Amalia.

    I wish you the happiest of birthdays. Celebrate it starting today until the next.

    Repeat, Refrain.

    TSUP!!!!

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  10. Thank you for sharing the lovely pictures. Have a beautiful day!

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  11. Happy Birthday! Beautiful post and work....:)
    xo

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  12. Happy Birthday Amalia, I just found you not so long ago and inmediately fell in love with your art, your hands have been blessed. Thank you for your beautiful art because after a busy day it is nice to see your drawings, they have a calming effect on me, like every dream can come true, like every dream is worth of dreaming, just like sweet dreams are. Feliz cumpleaños.

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  13. Happy Birthday Amalia, I just found you not so long ago and inmediately fell in love with your art, your hands have been blessed. Thank you for your beautiful art because after a busy day it is nice to see your drawings, they have a calming effect on me, like every dream can come true, like every dream is worth of dreaming, just like sweet dreams are. Feliz cumpleaños.

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  14. Happy birthday! Thank you for sharing the beautifulk pictures.

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  15. Amalia Happy Birthday. May your day and the rest of your life be full of beautiful and fantastic dreams. May you always be love. May your hands always be bless.
    You make me and lots of other people all over the world soooo happy with your art. Thank You.

    Vivi

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  16. Happy, Happy Birthday! ♥ I am off to visit the photographer's sites after I leave this comment (such beautiful photos)...

    I'm VERY sad that I won't be eligible for this giveaway. I love your work and follow your blog, but I don't have and don't want a Facebook account. So, I guess I'm out. =(

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  17. Happy Birthday! I hope great happiness for you every single day.

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  18. Awwwwwww, Amalia. Happy, happy, happy birthday to you. No worries. I will celebrate here for you. :) You are much too generous and beautiful and talented. Wishing you so many years of happiness to come.

    xoxoxox

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  19. Happy belated birthday! Ah...to be 36 again! Count me in your give away. I have always loved your art! I am a blog follower, I will go check out your facebook page!

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  20. Happy birthday for yesterday! It's miserable feeling ill isn't it? I hope you're feeling better and enjoyed your birthday. We had a nice sunny weekend here and I managed to get out and about a bit.I feel better already looking at your lovely images. :)♥
    Jess xx

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  21. Just found your lovely art blog. Happy birthday!

    -Gigi

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  22. Happy birthday!! I hope you thoroughly enjoyed your day. Count me in for the giveaway (hoping, hoping...) Lovely art as always.

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  23. happy belated birthday Amelia! thanks so much for having my photo in this gorgeous collection! I also admire several of these photographers as well. I'm so glad you found me and now I've found you! hope you had a relaxing , pleasant day. I'd love to have a chance at enjoying your work and I've followed and subscribed. It looks like I've found a nice place to visit! btw, my dreams are full of puppies, kittens, flowers, cameras, chocolate, coffee and a little yarn - peace and hopes!

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  24. Dearest Amalia, Happy (Belated) Birthday!!! Let all your dreams flourish and you - don't stop nourishing them, taking care of them and just prepare for the moment when they'll say "Here we are!":) You are so sensitive, intelligent and talented, that I believe you can manage with all the challenges that inevitably appear in our lives and make us feel "alive"; sometimes confused, but sometimes strong... But if you have loving people close to you, then everything is easier!
    You are so generous to give gifts to us for your birthday, like Pippi Longstocking!!:0))) This just shows again what a wonderful person you are!
    I'm sending you my warmest kisses and hugs!xx

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  25. ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I missed your birthday! So sorry, I have been working like crazy. Happy belated birthday, beautiful Amalia :) I usually have a very quiet birthday myself. And, look at you, giving a present away for your birthday. I hope that you had a wonderful day and that you got exactly what you wanted ;) Wishing you many more beautiful birthdays to come.

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  26. o wow....Happy belated birthday!!!!! Can't wait to see the paintings :)

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  27. Hello dear Amalia... you & your dreamy works have been an inspiration to me and many others.
    So glad I've stumbled upon your magical forest about 2 years ago and I keep coming back for more till now.
    Hope you had a great b-day even without a big do.
    Happy Belated B-day, my friend :)

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  28. Greetings Amalia!

    Heya and Happy Birthday !!! Hippee Hippeee hooray! Well I know all the cerebrating will be over by now, so I must commismerate that I am late (did you know cerebrating was a word? it means holding your breath so long that things start to go all white .... Personally I only do it at bus stops ... people let me have the seat all to myslef when i do (It also helps to make a little buzzing sound out of the left hand corner of your mouth at the same tie - not too loud though)

    Okay enough nonsense! I love all the pictures that you picked - so white and fragile and tactile - but that first one for me is a little sexy! And you know what they say about cats! Hmm, I am going back for a second look to make sure I didn't miss any other hidden signs!!!

    ;) But seriously twice over. I hope you are well, things don't sound the best but I am sure that they will pick up.

    Just remember what they say "life begins at 36".

    :) see you hugs from oz

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  29. Hmm so how do I subscribe to comments? I been away too long :(

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  30. Happy, happy, belated birthday dear Amalia!!! Wooot woot! I'm wishing you a most wonderful year ahead..you deserve it! Love your post..such dreamy photos and wow, your original painting is gorgeous! Thank you for being here for all of us to enjoy visiting each week.

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  31. I love this images collections.It all are different to each others.Many colorful Balloons look in the picture that picture is one of the best images from it.

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