Friday, January 18, 2013

Time for the Grow Your Blog Party!


 
I took my 3 wonderful followers and joined the party!
Actually, I read about this on my Superstar Serial Starter & Divined Disciplined Diva Facebook group (yes, it's a real group...I love all 1,120 members!) Since I am now a "blogger" and know just enough to be dangerous...I thought I would give it a try. Here's the problem, I'm away at college right now - well, visiting a college for my son, so I realized that I didn't have great pictures to post - but we'll try this anyway.

A beautiful day on Wartburg College campus.
As part of our college search, we are here for a Scholarship Weekend.

Vicki of 2 Bags Full is hosting the Grow Your Blog Party (see a link to her blog on my sidebar). She suggested we do several things in our January 19th post: introduce ourselves and have a giveaway. So I'll start with introductions.

Obviously, you can read the little bio below my picture. I'm involved in the needlework industry, but I also work part-time in a quilt shop where I maintain the shop's web-site, work with customers & recently learned how to operate the shops long-arm quilting machine. I love being surrounded by all of the color & pattern when I am there.

I plan to talk much more about the needlework finishing & design part of my life as I grow & build up Hands On Design. I hope that you will check back to see updates.

 
Enough about me...these are some very important members of my family. Sisters Zeza & Whisker were rescued as kittens 5 years ago and Cassie, below, rescued us 3 years ago. I never really thought I would live with such a zoo, but they bring us joy every day. (My husband also likes to remind me that we are at the legal city limit!)



Speaking of cities, I live in Sioux City - home to Jolly Time popcorn, Palmer candy, Sioux Bee Honey, and Jumpy Monkey coffee - yum! This leads me to my giveaway! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post (with an email address so I can contact you for an address)! You do not need to follow my blog and I will close the contest on Feb 1st.

Your prize will be a little taste of Sioux City...some of the wonderful products from our hometown businesses. Please indicate if you are a knitter, quilter or stitcher - I would like to include a little something "extra"! Thanks for playing!


I always like to include at least one stitchy picture. Boo's There? is a current WIP. I am visiting an LNS tomorrow (yippee!) to pick linen and threads for my next BAP (Ink Circles, Cirque de Coeurs) which will also be a SAL! Didja understand all of those initials? Hope so!

Have a great time at the Blog Party. I believe if you click on the Blog Party icon on my left sidebar - it will take you to Vicki's post which will include a listing of all party attendees. (on the 19th)

Have a great weekend!
Cathy

54 comments:

  1. Wonderful blog. Great start on stitching. Love the design choices.

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  2. Continued success in your new journey. U were great with Cherrywood Designs you will be a success with Hands On designs. I would love the tastes of Sioux city, Iowa. I am a stitcher, needlepointer, quilter, knitter, beader and a reader. Love the blog

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  3. Great start to you blog, I look forward to seeing new designs from you and seeing more pictures of your furbabies. I am also a stitcher and a quilter.

    Talarra@aol.com

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  5. Hi Cathy, I hope you liked Wartburg, I lived near there and thought it was a beautiful campus, exciting time for you and your family as he makes this decision. Look forward to hearing about your "new" journey and of course I love giveaways...you know I love CrossStitch, Needlepoint and making baskets.
    deboswell@cox.net
    Deb

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  6. Hi! I am your 6th follower coming from 2 Bags Full!

    ~ Darlene
    www.stork1.blogspot.com

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  7. hi. i'm a new follower. that is so funny - they really do have a limit as to how many animals (pets) you can have? really? seriously? that is wild. ha. ha!! i would think it would be a good thing to have pets off the streets & taken care of. Merry 2013. hope you will stop by my blog. have a great weekend. ( :

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    1. Beth, the city ordinance actually limits us to 3 per type of animal. DH thinks he is being funny, but mostly it is a warning to our son who volunteers at the animal shelter. We have to check his pockets when he comes home to make sure he didn't sneak a kitty in! While we live in the "suburbs", it is fairly rural...turkeys, deer, and raccoons are regular visitors to the neighborhood!

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  8. Cathy, I am already one of your followers, and would love to enter your drawing. Good luck growing your blog! -- Pam

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  9. coming through 2 bags full, lovely start to your blog :) Would love to enter the drawing, kaliedra @ yahoo.com

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  10. Visiting from the blog party. Looking forward to following along with you and seeing more of your craft projects. Love to knit, and stitch but have yet to attempt quilting.
    Kim

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  11. You have a lovely blog! I love your WIP!

    Please enter me in your giveaway! I am a cross stitcher. :)

    ~McKenna
    mckmuff(at)gmail.com
    http://chiccrafting.blogspot.com/

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  12. Newest follower and fellow quilter here!

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  13. Hi! Found you at the GYB party too, will be adding myself as a follower. Can't wait to see what you got at the LNS, I'm a cross stitcher too.

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  14. Great blog post! I hope you are having great fun at the Blog Party. I know I am! I am a knitter. Not a very good one, but I can knit a scarf a mile long:) And here in the northeast U.S. to wrap and wrap, and wrap again a scarf around your neck, head...yes it's long enough for the whole body...well it is just fine for winter warmth! BLOG ON!

    Aloha from New York!

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  15. Hello,

    Nice to meet you.
    I would like to try my luck in your giveaway.
    There is a giveaway on my blog,too.
    http://petite-armoire.blogspot.com/
    betikarauski@gmail.com

    Greetings.
    Bernadett

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  16. It is so nice to meet you. I would love to be included in your giveaway as I am an avid stitcher. I am also hosting a giveaway on my blog. Stop by anytime.

    Angela @ stitchinginthezoo.blogspot.com
    tigerlilyandgizmo@gmail.com

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  17. Our zoo includes 5 dogs and 2 cats and we are a tad over city legal limit (shhhhh). LOL. What can I say? Looking forward to following you and getting to know you. Would love to be entered in your giveaway and I am a fellow stitcher :)
    http://stitchcrazy1.blogspot.com/

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  18. I love to sew, knit and I use to cross stitch but now that is difficult with my eyes and wrist! Now I am drawing and using mixed media. Thanks for allowing us to visit and would love to be entered in your giveaway, Di@Cottage-wishes

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  19. Hi Cathy, nice to read you blog post, and see the pics of your animals. I'm very much a cross-stitcher for sure ;)

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  20. Hi Cathy! So glad to have found you through Vicki's party! I love your furbabies; I too have been told by hubby that we are at our legal city limit too! We have three cats and 1 dog (oh and two birds and some fish...). I am your newest Follower and will be back for sure! Oh and I am a cross stitcher too albeit a very slow one... I have been working on my latest project for years now. *sigh* ;)

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  21. Hi Cathy!

    Great blog! I cross stitch first, read second, and dream of finishing the 4 quilts in my basement craft room third! Too many crafts/hobbies and not enough time!!! Chele

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  22. Good evening Cathy! Well, you may have started with 3 but now you are up to almost 20!! and before you can turn around twice, click your heels together, and say "There's no place like home".. you will have 200 followers! That is what it was like for me when I started blogging.

    I am seriously licking my lips at that Jolly Time popcorn! My granddaddy raised his own popcorn so we grew up with never a shortage around us and still love it today. I don't think you can ever not like popcorn! And the idea of sending some of your area goodies is such a fantastic giveaway!

    I sent a friend in The Netherlands a box of old time candy that I grew up with and she sent me a box of candoes from her world. I really like our candies better but I did enjoy sampling all that she sent. Their licorice is much sweeter than ours... and the chocolate is really mighty fine!

    Thanks for joining the party!

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  23. Hi Cathy, I just found you through the Grow Your Blog party and I am a new follower. It's nice to meet you!
    xx, Sherry

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  24. Nice blog Cathy, I have become a follower. I am a cross stitch designer/stitcher and would love an entry into your giveaway. I look forward to reading your blog. Cathryn (blueladie at hotmail dot com)

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  25. So glad you joined the party- your beautiful blog will grow in no time! Have fun with the blog hop ;)

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  26. Sounds great, loving this blog hop. I am a newly returned quilter.

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  27. It's so nice to meet another stitcher! You have a lovely blog. I'm a new follower and participant of 'Grow your Blog'. Have fun at the party!
    Evalina, This and that...

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  28. Hi! I'm Patrice from Everyday Ruralty www.everydayruralty.com
    I'm visiting from the blog hop at 2BagFull. I have followed your blog and I hope you will come visit mine and maybe follow me too. Please enter me in your giveaway. I knit and I'm a wannabe quilter.

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  29. From one Cathy to another, welcome to blogging! Yours looks great, and you have cats and stitching to talk about also! Come and visit me at CraftyCat when you get the chance!
    Cathy

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  30. You have a beautiful blog here. I would certainly like to be entered for your very nice giveaway : )

    I am a stitcher.
    Lesley x

    www.heartforhome-making.blogspot.co.uk

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  31. I`d love to enter your wonderful giveaway. I do all sorts of crafts and needlework, but I`m a stitcher foremost.

    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  32. Hi Cathy,
    Glad you came to the GYB party!. Nice to meet you.

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  33. Naw, Cassie is so cute. Love your stitches, I'm predominantly a quilter, but I find cross stitch calling me a little louder every day.

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  34. Enjoyed reading your blog. I am visiting through GYB. I am a quilter, cross stitcher, smocker and crafter. I am over at nonniescedarchest.wordpress.com

    Charlsey

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  35. Hi Cathy - I'm here from 2 bags full.

    I have never seen a light bulb flash drive. So of course I took a detour to Amazon to see if I could find one. I couldn't. BUT. I never knew there were so many choices in flash drives: cartoon characters, jewelry, THUMBS, and a teapot to name a few. ;)

    I am making time in my schedule to get back into regular crafting. I am working on a quilt (just a bunch of green squares) and I am knitting an afghan. I am not a fancy needle crafter, but I hope to get better, especially at knitting since I will be grandma soon. And grandmas HAVE to know how to knit hats, sweaters, etc. Right?

    Please enter me into your giveaway.
    Susan2009@gmail.com

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    1. My husband said he got the lightbulb flashdrive from Best Buy! Cathy

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  36. Hi, Cathy. Have enjoyed visiting your blog. I also became a follower - you are up to 30 now! 10 times what you started out with! Hasn't this "Grow Your Blog" Party been great for all of us?

    Thank you so the chance to win your wonderful prize package. I am a quilter and a cross-stitcher.

    blessings, denise :D
    http://tomorrowstreasurestoday.blogspot.com/

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  37. Found your great blog thru the party and became a follower. I would love to be entered in your giveaway.

    Linda
    http://www.bengalcatlover10.blogspot.com/
    bengalcatlover10@yahoo.com

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  38. Nice to meet you I'm a stitcher and I'd be interested in entering your give away (I'm on The SSSDDD group as well I just don't post often).

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  39. Thank you - your blog is really lovely. I am a knitter and will follow... kareninkenai@gmail.com (www.alaskabluemoose.blogspot.com or www.karendorcas.com) - Hugs from Alaska. Karen

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  40. Loved to visit your blog. The party goes on. And do come to visit my blog, since the party goes on. I have a nice vintage lace book to giveaway. See you there.

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  41. Oh yeah another Halloween stitcher. I'm stitching a pirate bookmark right now.
    Loved looking though your blog. I scrapbook and cross-stitch and have started needle point.

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  42. Looking forward to reading your blog.

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  43. Hi. I look forward to reading your blog ;) I like to quilt, myself.

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  44. Nice to meet you at the party!
    Beautiful blog and I love your lovely giveaway...I love to quilt :D
    Cheers!!

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  45. Hello Kathy, it is great to meet you through the GYB party! Welcome to Bloglandia! Blogging is truly rewarding. You have a great start on your blog for sure. Your furry babies are sweet. I have two yorkie sisters and they also bring us much joy.
    I am a beginner quilter and a stitcher as well as a mixed media girl. I love all things paper, glue, and stuff : )
    Hugs,
    Terri
    artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com

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  46. Congrats on your new blog! Someday I'd like to start one but haven't taken the time yet. Good luck on your new designing venture also. We are at the legal limit for dogs too- told my kids it's 2 dogs per household not 2 dogs per person or we'd have more.
    I'm a stitcher and a knitter.
    bunkercdb@yahoo.com

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  47. Nice to meet you! I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts. Wasn't this GYOB party a great idea? Please enter me in your giveaway too.
    Thanks!

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  48. So nice to meet you at the party! I think it will take me a month to meet everyone! Love your blog.

    Hugs,
    Terri

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  49. Hi Cathy! OMG, this post had me laughing to the point of tears rolling down my face! I love your blog! It is so homey feeling it's as though we've been friends forever... and speaking of friends, I've just become your newest follower! Yep, I'm not letting you get away! :D I have heard of all those wonderful products made in your fair city except for jumpy monkey coffee, omg what a great name for a coffee! LOL! Well, I could babble on and on but I should continue blog visiting ... so, I'll be back for a proper visit soon. Oh, if you haven't been by my blog yet I am having a wee giveaway as well.
    Hugs,
    Beth P

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  50. Hi Cathy I just found your blog through the GYB party .... yep I'm still partying after all this time, there are so many wonderful spaces in blogland to visit on the list. I've really enjoyed my visit to your blog. I love the Whoo's there? pattern. I'm looking forward to following your adventures in the months to come.

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  51. Hi,nice to discover your blog!Check mine out if you can!I do a little of everything, wool felting , crochet, started knitting basics, mixed media....quilting!You name it I try it!

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