MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

Fine Art Photography Inspired By Natural Creation & Wholesome Reading For Your Family's Entertainment


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GIFTS FROM THE HEART

I feel so very blessed to have a family who dearly loves me!!! Two of my greatest gifts from God are my children, daughter Natasha and son Stefan. It is not uncommon for them to just come home with something they’ve surprisingly gotten for me. Recently, my daughter gave me a Coach handbag and matching wallet.

Today, my son surprised me with the “Hidden Figures” DVD and book!!! I didn’t even know there was a book! Can’t wait to read it!

I’m not sharing this post to brag about what little I have materially but because I am so thankful for my family and their gifts from the heart. Even if they are something some may consider small (washing the dishes, running errands for me, asking about my day, etc.), I greatly appreciate and cherish it all.

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

MaxineΒ πŸ™‚

http://www.maxinebillings.com

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MAKE ART MAKE CHANGE

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Do you agree that beautiful art has the power to change our perception about life? We can be having a really rotten day but look at an exquisite piece of art, and suddenly, our mood changes to one of sheer exhilaration!

You are cordially invited to help me #makeartmakechange by shopping my VIDA collection, and to assist you in doing so, here is a 15% off credit from VIDA that you can use to shop any designs from my collection. This unlimited use offer expires at midnight PST on 4/11/17.

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Your purchase not only supports my collection but makes a global impact. VIDA is extremely passionate about helping to drive social change for artists and makers. Their company offers literacy and empowerment programs for VIDA’s factory workers so they can build a better life for generations to come.

So please join me and VIDA in our mission to #makeartmakechange.

As always, this is from my heart ❀ to yours ❀ !

MaxineΒ πŸ™‚

http://www.maxinebillings.com

http://www.naturesartblog.wordpress.com

http://www.askeevie.wordpress.com

http://www.pearlspearlsofwisdom.wordpress.com


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HEALING PHOTO ART

Scientific studies indicate that art heals by changing a person’s physiology and attitude. Physiology changes from one of stress to one of deep relaxation. Perceptions of the world are immediately changed from darkness and despair to hope and jubilation.

The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals is an organization founded by Elaine Poggi. I recently had the wonderful pleasure of meeting her via the Internet during my research of children’s hospitals to whom I was seeking to donate some of my nature art. I e-mailed her, and right away, she responded back. Well, to give you the short version, I am now one of the Foundation’s contributing photographers!!! πŸ™‚ Below is a picture of my “Regal Camellia” which has been added to their website. This image is also available on various products in my VIDA, Fine Art America, Pixels, and Zazzle online stores.

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Please visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about its founder Ms. Poggi and her extremely worthy cause. You can also show support for her organization through Amazon when you make purchases. If you buy items on amazon.com, please consider using smile.amazon.com/ch/76-0720368 which is the same as Amazon, except that it donates 0.5% of the price of your purchases to The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals! Just click on the link and choose the Foundation. Then shop always from smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com. The Foundation is receiving more than $200.00 a year from Amazon, and if more people do this, they will be able to fund a whole photo project in a hospital very soon. Please help spread the word about this among your friends and family.

As always, this is from my heart ❀ to yours ❀ !

Maxine πŸ™‚

http://www.maxinebillings.com

http://www.naturesartblog.wordpress.com

http://www.askeevie.wordpress.com

http://www.pearlspearlsofwisdom.wordpress.com

 


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SENDING LOVE, HUGS & FLOWERS

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A beautiful photo book of various, colorful flowers from my gallery that I designed on Shutterfly and ordered recently. It went to someone whom I felt would appreciate the beauty of the flowers and expressions as much as I do. πŸ™‚
From my heart ❀  to yours ❀ !
Maxine πŸ™‚


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SOMEONE WHO CARES

I wrote this poem, “Someone Who Cares,” around 2004 to be included in my second published novel by BET Books, “A Test of Faith” (released April, 2005.) I’ve also made it part of my Zazzle greeting card collection. In the book, my main character Andrea finds herself consumed with grief and despair when her beloved husband Clayton is killed by a drunk driver.

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One of her dear friends gives her a card that contains the poem. The poem is also near the front of the book before the story begins. Losing a loved one to death is the most tragic and painful heartache we can ever experience. Yet, not everyone grieves in exactly the same way. During this time, it is important that we have family and friends by our side to help us through the process of bereavement.

Sometimes, however, even in the midst of such support, our sorrow may cause us to feel lost and alone. Even with the support of her devoted family, this is how Andrea feels as she is being tested in so many ways. But with the progression of time, she wrestles with her sadness, anger, and faith–one day at a time.

A Test of Faith” is now out of print. However, you can still order a paperback copy via Amazon. Why not order one for yourself or someone else? Also, if you like it, I would greatly appreciate your writing a review on Goodreads and/or Amazon.

From my heart ❀ to yours ❀ !

Maxine πŸ™‚


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ZAZZLE GREETING CARDS

Do you like to give and/or receive greeting cards? Although they are usually given on special occasions, they are also sent to express gratitude or other feelings. Today, I’m sharing with you six that I received just today from my Zazzle collection for my personal use. All contain images from my Nature’s Finest photo gallery and inspirational words written by me and/or Scriptural quotes.

To browse and shop my Zazzle store, just click here.

All of these beautiful cards plus more are available for purchase in my Zazzle online store.

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

Maxine πŸ™‚


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WELCOME, MRS. ANNIE

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Please help me welcome the newest addition to the BOOKS page of my author Web site, Annette Bentley Smith (aka Mrs. Annie)!!! πŸ™‚ ❀

Mrs. Smith is a children’s author whose latest release NYRAH’S BULLY focuses on how to be a friend instead of a bully.

To find her on my BOOKS page, just scroll down to the bottom of the page. Links to some of her sites are also included for your benefit.

Welcome again, Mrs. Annie, and thank you so much for allowing me to include you on my site. Continued best wishes to you!!!

As always, this is from my heart ❀ to yours ❀ !

Maxine πŸ™‚