Monday, January 31, 2011

One World One Heart 2011


Hello! My name is Marissa Fratoni. I am from the snowbound, freezing cold state of Massachusetts, USA. (How many days till spring?) I wear many hats in my delightful little life. I am a massage therapist, student nurse, writer, doula-in-training, avid yoga practitioner, and mixed-media artist. My artwork helps me to make sense of my crazy life while my husband, family, and friends help me keep at least one foot firmly planted in reality. I prefer to leave the other foot dancing in the rain and mud! I doodle, sketch, sculpt with clay, sew, paint, and try to find as many uses for superglue as humanly possible. And then I typically use all of these mediums to create art dolls, ornaments, magnets, greeting cards, figurines, and stop-motion characters. (I plan to use my spring break this semester to create a short stop-motion film. We'll see how that plan works out!)

I am very new to blogging. I created my blog this year...sort of a New Year's resolution to connect with like-minded individuals, show my art to the world, and get back to writing which has always been a positive outlet for me. I felt that a blog was the best vehicle to fulfill all three resolutions.

I discovered this awesome blog event via Christine Alvarado's beautiful blog. Then I discovered that another amazing artist, Lisa Swifka, created and participates in this incredible blog event. 

I quickly found out that this is the fifth and final OWOH. I just knew that I had to be a part of this event. Bottom line, I fell in love with the idea of traveling around the world, meeting new people, and reading their stories...all from the comfort of my cozy recliner, sipping on a nice, warm cup of tea with Wylie the Tuxedo Kitty snuggled up next to me. Ahhh...Love my life! So welcome and thanks for visiting! I am looking forward to making new friends, sharing stories, and staring at beautiful artwork in complete awe!  

My Door Prize Offer 

Introducing Lil' Lady Blue, Elegantly Refined Magnet Doll. She's Lil' Violet Valentine's fridge buddy right now. (See my previous blog post.) She's about 3.5 inches long, 1.25 inches wide. Lil' Lady Blue is sculpted from paperclay over 18 gauge wire armature. She is painted with a variety of acrylics and paint pens. Her clothing is designed, pinned, and sewn directly to her body. Her brooch is made of glass beads that are hand-sewn directly to her dress. The same glass beads accent her heart-shaped purse and hat. Her hat is superglued to her head and a small, round magnet is superglued to her back. The winner of Lil' Lady Blue will receive her in gift wrap that belongs to a by-gone era and a copy of the original sketch that inspired me to sculpt, paint, and sew her into functional reality.

So how can you have a chance to win Lil' Lady Blue? To be eligible to win this prize, you must have an established blog, you must leave a comment below, and you must leave me a way to get in touch with you should you win. The winner will be chosen via random number generator and will be announced on February 17th, 2011. I will let you know by personal message/email that you have won Lil' Lady Blue...and I will also post the winner here on my blog. I will send Lil' Lady Blue as soon as I have an address for the winner.

In addition to Lil' Lady Blue, I will be offering sketches created with a variety of pencils, ink, and Sharpie markers. These sketches may be used as blog buttons, on greeting cards, flyers, decorative wall-hangings, etc. Please view my Journal Sketches here on my blog for ideas. Two winners will be selected for the sketches via random-number generator. I will draw anything you'd like though I specialize in colorful, playful angels, floating flowers, busy butterfly, and crazy heart designs.

Comments, comments, comments. As a mixed-media artist, I am always looking for new methods to add to the madness. Please feel free to share with me your favorite methods, techniques, perhaps even your mixed-media secrets? I also love to cook. So recipes are always welcome as well. Anything yummy that goes into a crockpot would be incredibly helpful right now! Thanks in advance and many, many blessings! And Lisa Swifka, thank you for this opportunity to be a part of the world in such a unique, accessible way!


  1. What a whimsical gift to offer. I hope you're enjoying your start in blogland. Its amazing to see the talent out there!

  2. A snowy hello from Oklahoma! I'm not liking these blizzard conditions we are having so I can't imagine living somewhere that has weather like this all the time!

    Your doll is precious! I hope you are having a good OWOH.

    I'm participating as well, so pop on over to my blog if you like :)


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

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

  5. Thank you for taking the time to offer this lovely gift and thank you for the opportunity to win!

  6. 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:

  7. Thank you for being apart of the OWOH journey! It's been a pleasure to come to your blog!

  8. lil lady blue is adorable! come visit my blog too!

  9. Hello Marissa! Nice to meet you!
    Lovely dolly!

    Come see my dolly giveaway too at

  10. Love Your Art Dolls! So many creative bloggers! Put me in the pot for your OWOH Door Prize Please! Thanks,Tee

  11. Hi, nice to meet you. I'm 96 on the list and from CA. Hope you are having fun with OWOH. This is a great giveaway, please enter me and stop by my blog for a chance to win too. Enjoy yourself and thanks.

  12. Ah, your dolls are wonderful, and you have so many great ones shown in Flicker. I love your creativity. Hope you have oodles of fun during OWOH. I've enjoyed it so much over the years seeing all of the wonderful blogs and meeting everyone. Thanks for your participation in the event.
    visionquest2020 AT msn DOT com

  13. You're very talented, I would love to win!

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

    hoerauf at comcast dot net

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

  15. Nice to meet a happy doll artist!
    Happy OWOH to you!

  16. 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

  17. love your fridge magnet lady, she would make me smile each time I made a trip to the fridge. I enjoyed meeting you and seeing your art, please stop by my blog for a visit

  18. So sweet! Happy OWOH, nice to meet you :)

  19. Hi Im Belinda Nice to meet you .Love your Blog!!
    Please visit mine.My door prize is a OOAK polymer bunting baby
    hugs Belinda
    I hope this is not a double post if it is please for give me

  20. Hello! So great to meet you! Your dollie is adorable! Please sign me up for your give-away! And, please be sure to visit me at #319
    sending some smiles...:o)

  21. Hi Marissa,
    Your dolls are really cute! Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks!

  22. She's darling - thanks for making her your prize.

  23. What a cute doll. I adore dolls so it will be wonderful if I won one of your art dolls.

  24. You are a very talented lady! I love dolls! Thank you! Visit me soon, I'm #389 ! ♥

  25. Hi Marissa, so lovely to meet you! Please add my name for your giveaway, I would so love to win your delightful little doll magnet:-)

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

    Hugs, PEA from Canada xox

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

  27. Hello Marissa, Loved reading about you and glad you are a part of OWOH. It's awesome to see so many talents, minds and hearts come together. You have a sweet whimsical give away:) Come visit me when you have a chance. Wanda in Ohio #220
    needlewings (at ) mac (dot) com

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

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

  30. It was wonderful wandering through you world today on my OWOH journey. Thank you for having me. It's always great to meet a fellow whimsy artist.

    Thank you for the chance to win your giveaway ^_^

    I hope that you will come and visit me too in Alabama on your next outing. #104 Southern Ooaks


  31. Hi from London, UK. So nice to see you and your blog on my journey around OWOH 2011. Enjoy the rest of OWOH. Kim (No. 724)

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

  33. I'd love owning some of your sketches. Thank you.

  34. You have a very warm and inviting blog. I really enjoyed the visit and the dolls. 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.

  35. Love dolls! So nice to meet you :) Have a great weekend! Take care, Michelle of HippieDog #15

  36. She can hang around anywhere (I'm thinking fridge) how super cool & super sweet, love to see what inspired her :) I'm pleased to meet you (I'm Shelle from Sunshine Coast Australia) If you have time (I don't think I've seen you visit, but could be just dazed from dancing around the world LOL) I'd love you to come on over check out my giveaways & comment at my OWOH post too :) oh & please feel free to drop in now and then after OWOH if you're in the bloggersphere :) that'd be cool! Now let's enjoy this hurly burly wonderful One World One Heart EXTRAVAGANZA :) There's lot's more blogs, I feel like I'm in a marathon LOL!! Up, UP & AWAAAAAAY!!

  37. .. that ol' gal blue.. so whimsy.. thanks for the opprotunity at your give-a-way mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

  38. 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

  39. Hello neighbor! I am in Pepperell on the NH border. I just began working with polymer clay three years ago and make ooak art dolls. I am always interested in meeting other artists and learning more. Your work is adorable. Come visit me when you have a chance. Blessings, Rebecca #393

  40. 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


  41. She is so sweet! I love OWOH, and will be sad to see it finish.
    Hop by my blog, #51, if you get a chance.
    ON Canada

  42. What a cute little dolly! I love her lips!

    Please stop by my blog at
    Include me in your giveaway.

  43. 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

  44. 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!

    You sound like a very busy gal...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

  45. Ithink it's unique and lovely!!!

    Please pick me up!
    cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

    Greetings from Spain!

  46. 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!


  47. Lovely artdoll!

    Come and visit my giveaway too if you didn´t do it already!

    Warm regards
    Susan nr 471

  48. Hi Marissa, I would love to win your beautifully handcrafted "Lil' Lady Blue." 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.

  49. Hello dear. It is so very wonderful to meet you and take a lovely walk through your blog. I have enjoyed the visit and would love to be entered into your OWOH giveaway. So Exciting.
    Please do drop in for a visit with me during your journey. It would be lovely to have you.
    wishes and whimsy

    WenDy from WondERlanD

  50. Hello from Cody, Wyoming, USA. I enjoyed visiting your blog and getting to know a bit about you. Your dolls are so sweet. Thanks for participating in OWOH - isn't this fun!
    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

  51. Hi Marissa. Greetings from Virginia. I absolutely love your little magnetic doll.. please throw my name in the hat for a chance to win such a lovely gift.

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

  52. Hey Marissa, It's lovely to meet you via OWOH. Your doll magnet is amazing. Please count me in. ~Michelle, OWOH #598

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