MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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My niece Avery has drawn the name of the winner of my “Peppermint Rose” Statement Clutch!


Congratulations to Ms. J. Hale Turner!!! Your clutch has already been ordered and is in production. As soon as I receive it, I will forward it to you.

This hand and wristlet clutch is the chic, new way to carry a clutch. It’s the clutch that literally has staying power, and it’s one of spring’s most must-have handbags with an innovative strap and handle! A new way to work a clutch, you no longer have to carry it, but you can wear it, too!!!

I’m sure that once Ms. Turner receives it, she’ll be happy to share some pictures of her posing with it to give us some ideas of how to wear and/or carry it. 🙂 To order yours or any other designs from my collection, just click here.

Thank you all again so much for being so supportive of me! As always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours ❤ !

Maxine 🙂

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Only one day remains to shop VIDA designs at up to $250 off.

Take $15 off any purchase (with code ARTSTYLE15),

$100 off a purchase of $275+ (with code ARTSTYLE100) ,


$250 off an order of $650+ (with code ARTSTYLE250).

Offer expires May 28th, 2017 at midnight PST.


Also, the drawing for the free VIDA statement clutch will be Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. EST.

From my heart ❤ to yours ❤ !

Maxine 🙂




I recently announced that I would be having a drawing to give away one of my VIDA “Peppermint Rose” Statement Clutches. Well, that time has come!!!

This hand and wristlet clutch is the chic, new way to carry a clutch. It’s the clutch that literally has staying power, and it’s one of spring’s most must-have handbags with an innovative strap and handle! A new way to work a clutch, you no longer have to carry it, but you can wear it, too!!!

I am now only three products away from escalating to VIDA Gold Status!!! Therefore, the names of everyone who orders from my Collection from today until Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. EST will go into this drawing according to the number of items purchased. So, if you purchase two items, your name will be entered twice, and so on.

In order to qualify for the drawing, I must receive proof of your purchase(s). When you place your order, you will receive from VIDA an order confirmation e-mail. This confirmation does not contain your payment information or details. Just forward a copy of the e-mail to me at If you like, in the subject line, you can put “Free VIDA Clutch” or something else to that effect.

REMINDER: VIDA’s “Art of Style” sale which allows you to save up to $250 expires Sunday, May 28, 2017 at midnight PST. In addition to this fabulous sale, VIDA now has ongoing FREE US-WIDE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OF $150+.

But wait . . . there’s more! To also show my deep appreciation for my previous customers as well, the names of everyone I know of who have purchased from my Collection will also go into this drawing!!! Again, the number of items purchased will determine the number of times your names go in. So, for any of you who have made purchases that I’m not aware of, now is the time for you to upload your pictures of you or the recipient of your gift wearing the items to my Facebook page Modeling Maxine’s VIDA Designs. This will allow me to place your name into the drawing.

To shop my Collection, click here.

And as always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours ❤ !

Maxine 🙂



BIRD (TITMOUSE) 11 (NF).jpgI have another nature puzzle to give away! This time, it’s my cute, little tufted titmouse also created by Shutterfly! And the giveaway also includes a $100 wine voucher from Naked Wines! The 252-piece puzzle and the voucher will be given away on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. EST.

You must be 21 years of age or older to enter the drawing. Also, in order to receive free shipping of the prizes, you must reside in the United States; otherwise, you will be responsible for postage. All you have to do to enter is respond in the affirmative (YES) to this post, indicating that you wish to have your name entered into the drawing.

As always, this is from my heart to yours !

Maxine 🙂



CAMELLIAS (WET) 14 (NF).jpgI’m currently seeking serious puzzle lovers who would like to enter a drawing for a FREE 252-piece puzzle of my “Regal Camellia” pictured above. Shipping is also free to any U. S. address.


I love photographing God’s awesome natural creation so much that I want to give this beautiful puzzle to someone who will really appreciate it. So, if you are a serious puzzle lover, all you have to do is respond in the affirmative to this post before 3:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 26, 2017.

A drawing of the names of everyone who entered will determine who the winner is. HAPPY PLAYING!

From my heart to yours !

Maxine 🙂



“Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their hard work.  For if one of them falls, the other can help his partner up. But what will happen to the one who falls with no one to help him up?”  (Ecclesiastes 4:9 & 10 — New World Translation)


Well, now that I’ve finally introduced Eevie to the world, I wanted to share with everyone some of the work that went into bringing her to life.  I chose the above Scripture as my caption because most of us have heard of the familiar saying, “Two heads are better than one.”  So if two are better, can you imagine what four can accomplish?

In this blog, I want to share with you how three particular individuals helped me to reach my goal of bringing Eevie to life.  Whether she realizes it or not, it all began with my dear cousin and friend, Jacquelin Thomas, who is also an author. JACQUIHere’s her picture.  Isn’t she lovely?  When she became a published author in the late 1990s, I was so inspired by her wonderfully creative way of writing that I decided that I wanted to attempt to write and publish my own novel.  And to make a long story short, thanks to all of the support and encouragement she extended to me, my first fiction inspirational novel, A MEASURE OF FAITH, was published by BET BOOKS in April of 2004.

But what Jacquelin did for me did not stop with my writing.  She had also introduced me to her friend, J. Hale Turner, who is also an author.  And now, Ms. Turner and I are not only close friends but also spiritual sisters.  JOANNHere she is, dancing.  Isn’t she beautiful, too?  Well, just like my cousin Jacquelin, this lady has a wealth of remarkable talents, which includes drawing.  Some years ago, she had allowed me to see some of her artwork, and I was extremely impressed.  So when I decided a while back that I wanted to bring Eevie to life, I asked her if she would sketch her for me.  And to make another long story short, she hesitantly agreed but after a while, advised me that it had been so long since she had drawn anything that she did not feel she could do it.  I was disappointed, but as her friend, I did not want to put any pressure on her.

CAITSo, I eventually learned of a very talented illustrator named Cait Maloney via a blog that my friend Ms. Turner had shared with me.  After I visited Ms. Maloney’s Web site and saw more of her incredible work, I started corresponding with her via e-mail.  Here she is.  Hi, Cait!  Isn’t she cute?  Anyway, in the meantime, unbeknownst to me, JoAnn (Ms. Turner) had changed her mind and started on Eevie’s sketch.  And to make this last long story short, I submitted it to Cait who added the fabulous colors which helped to accentuate her appearance, and the finished product is what you see above and what I revealed recently in another blog during my interview with Eevie.

I am so excited about Eevie and the launch of her Web site, ASK EEVIE!  And I wanted everyone to know that even though I created her in my wild and crazy imagination, giving her extra life, charm, and personality was a team effort–and I could not have done it without the help of these three wonderful ladies.  Sometimes, we may not want to admit that we need help , and some find it hard to give credit where credit is due.  But I am a firm believer that we don’t have to be hoarders when it comes to giving others their proper and deserving honor, praise, and recognition.  I greatly appreciate these ladies for being my team players and helping me to make my dream come true!  So may we all remember that teamwork makes dreams work!

Before I go, I want to thank two more ladies who have also been a tremendous source of support and encouragement to me–Ms. Sonia Moore, owner of Keighley’s Salon, Day Spa & Boutique, and my hair stylist, Ms. Michelle PattonFRONT ENTRANCEHere’s a picture of the entrance of Sonia’s salon.  The photo on the right is one of her many extravagant and comfortable sitting areas.FIREPLACE (BIG)  Isn’t her salon gorgeous?  Michelle has been my stylist for years.  Sonia and I just met recently when she and Michelle went into business together.  Sonia’s incredibly awesome business is located near the historic district of downtown Douglasville, GA.  She always shares with me inspirational thoughts that I can write about on my blog.  As a matter of fact, I got the title of this one from her.  Thank you, Sonia and Michelle!  Love you both!  Both of these ladies are great at what they do.  Please show them your support.

Well, that’s all for now.  HAPPY READING!  And as always, this is from my heart to yours.



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Wouldn’t it be nice to have some extra cash in your wallet the next time you shop at Wal-Mart? Well, here’s your chance to win a Wal-Mart gift card valued at $25.00! My contest is still ongoing. Be the first person to answer correctly the two-part question below about one of my characters from ONE OF A KIND. In the event of simultaneous correct answers, a drawing will be held to determine the winner.

QUESTION: Who is Taylor’s favorite male solo recording artist, and what is her favorite song by this artist?

In addition to the winner receiving the $25.00 gift card, the first five people to respond will receive a personalized ink pen and a personalized keychain flashlight! Remember to include your mailing address so I’ll know where to send your gift card and/or other gifts.

HAPPY READING! And as always, this is from my heart to yours,