MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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

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As you know I design wearable art for VIDA, an eCommerce company that creates original, inspiring apparel and accessories while promoting literacy programs for our makers.

I am extremely proud to be a VIDA designer, and from now until July 12, 2017, you can help me earn a chance to have my designs presented to Home Shopping Network (HSN)! If I sell $500 or more from my Collection, I will qualify for this wonderful opportunity to have my work seen by one of VIDA’s most influential partners and for potential exposure to HSN’s massive audience of over 90 million!

I’ve recently added jewelry to my Collection. Special jewelry prices expire July 11, 2017 at midnight PST. Use the codes below.

$10 off
Any 2 Jewelry Pieces
Use code JEWELRY2

$25 off
Any 3 Jewelry Pieces
Use code JEWELRY3

$40 off
Any 4 Jewelry Pieces
Use code JEWELRY4

Or to enjoy 15% off your order, use code DISCOVERVIDA.

Click here to shop now!

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

Maxine 🙂



Thanks to the generosity of so many people, my win for this week is that I reached my goal to become a VIDA Gold Status Designer by my one-year anniversary as a VIDA designer!!! This means I have sold my first 50 pieces from my Collection!!! WOW!!! I am beyond excited!!!


In VIDA and its designers’ endeavor to bring you beautiful, inspiring apparel and accessories, we also provide literacy programs to our makers which help them to learn to read, write, and do basic math and build a better life for generations to come. VIDA also rewards our customers with VIDA gift cards and awesome, regular sales. And last (but not least), they reward us designers by featuring and showcasing our work on their social media pages and home page and with VIDA gift cards as well.

Thank you again so much to all of you who helped me to reach my goal!!! And as always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours ❤ !!!

Maxine 🙂

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VIDA SCARF (SIGNATURE-MIDNIGHT BUTTERCUPS) 5.jpgIn order to reach VIDA Gold status, I need to sell ten more products from my collection which means I will have sold 50 pieces total!!! I will then be featured on VIDA’s home page and will receive a $100 VIDA gift card. In addition, all customers who purchased my last 25 pieces will receive a $15 VIDA gift card.

Remember: When you purchase from VIDA, not only are you getting an elaborate piece of art to add to your fashion or home design, but you are also contributing to VIDA’s Literacy For Life program which helps our makers learn to read, write, do basic math and also build better lives for generations to come.

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

Maxine 🙂

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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.


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 !

Maxine 🙂

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My two VIDA tote bags arrived yesterday! My “Peppermint Rose” and my favorite little titmouse bird, “Who You Lookin’ At?

Don’t forget that when you shop VIDA, you also help us support our LITERACY FOR LIFE program. We provide literacy programs to the makers of our products. They learn to read, write, and do basic math which helps them to build better lives for generations to come.

To shop my collection, just click on the links in this post. And as always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours ❤ !

Maxine 🙂

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JOSEPH'S SURP GIFT (FRONT)Look at what I got in the mail today!  My new book by children’s author J. Hale Turner, Joseph’s Surprise Gifts.  This is Book 2 in the Joseph Land series, and I can’t wait to read it.  Ms. Turner is an awesome storyteller, and she also has other books for you and your entire family to read and enjoy.

When you have an opportunity, why not take a look at them on her website.  To buy Joseph’s Surprise Gifts, please click here.JOSEPH'S SURP GIFT (BACK)

Happy reading!

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

Maxine 🙂



JOSEPH (166x318)Literacy.  Is it possible to take this precious gift for granted?  Well, meet Joseph.  He is author J. Hale Turner’s Spokeskid For Literacy.  Although he’s fairly young, he still wants everyone to take literacy seriously and be able to read.  In addition, his creator, Ms. Turner, is also an advocate for literacy.  Yes, Reading Is Fundamental.  While it’s true that none of us all have the same abilities, don’t you agree that if we are to improve in any area that we must start somewhere?  As an encouraging article about How Bible Education Promotes Literacy points out,  many people have learned to read and write simply by incorporating the two into their Bible education program.

Knowing how to read can open our minds to a world chock-full of wholesome discovery!  Even those who do not have their senses of vision and hearing can learn to read.  Isn’t that amazing and wonderful!  Certainly then, the ability to read is a gift from God which really does make reading fundamental.



(Photo of Joseph: Courtesy of J. Hale Turner)







Oh, I am so excited!!!!!  I had an experience this morning that had me feeling like a little kid in a candy store!  While in my former city of residence in Carrollton, Georgia, home of the University of West Georgia, I discovered a small gem of a treasure that brought me so much delight.  Since my love of reading began when I was very young, I still love reading books just as much as I do writing them.

Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that promotes literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.  For more information, please visit their official website or their Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest pages.  Here are some pictures I snapped this morning of the Carrollton, Georgia, City Hall Building where theLITTLEFREELIBRARY3 town’s neighborhood little free library is located, including  some of the little library itself.


I just had to share my new, interesting, and exciting discovery with you.  When you have an opportunity, please check out the sites of Little Free Library.  Okay–now that I think I’m finally getting over my excitement, time to move on to something else.  🙂

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


(Photo of Man Reading in Library-Courtesy of Clip Art)