Saturday, January 25, 2014

GROW YOUR BLOG PARTY!!!

2 Bags Full
 
Well here we are again, one year later with another 'Grow Your Blog Party'. And I've got to say that I am super excited about it!! Last year I went from 14 followers to my current 108 followers, and a good deal of those came from this party!!
 
I want to say a huge thanks to Vicki over at My 2 Bags Full for hosting this blog hop and all the time and detail that she puts into this event. She says that there are over 600 bloggers participating in this hop, can you imagine? WOW!!
 
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Okay, so we are to talk a bit about ourselves and why we blog or what we blog about so here is a little about me...
 
My name is Shannon and I am a town girl (not city girl though:), living out in the country. My husband and I bought our small house and 10 acres 7 years ago and love the peace and quiet of country living. We have a 14yo daughter whom we homeschool. She loves animals and currently volunteers at our local small zoo two mornings a week. Right now we only have cats, a dog, a couple rabbits, and a guinea pig, but we've also raised a few cows, a couple goats, loads of chickens and even a couple ducks in the past. I'm hoping to be able to get chickens again this year as I love having them follow me around the place and I also love having the fresh eggs.
 
My blog is mostly about the different crafts that I do. I love cross stitching and crocheting and would like to get more into quilting and to learn how to knit. All are in the plans for this year. I participate in many SALS (stitch-a-longs) and well as challenges and blog hops, most of which you can find out about in the tab on top of my blog. Feel free to join in if you wish, most are still available to participate in:)
 
I also occasionally blog about homeschooling or do an 'Around the Homestead' blog about what is going on here. This summer we will be growing a garden again too, so I'll probably have some posts about that as well, hopefully showing LIVE plants, but you never know!! :)
 
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Lastly, I have a give-away available to anyone who leaves a comment (and no, you do not need to have a blog, and yes, this is open to everyone, no matter where you live:).
 

 
I made several of these wash cloths as Christmas presents and made a couple of extra just for you!!! There are 2 in this set and they are 100% cotton and so very soft:) I love using homemade crocheted wash cloths because they are soft and pretty and just fun to have something homemade to use while washing up. I will announce the winner of the wash cloths on February 15th, so come back to see who won!!!
 
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Well, that is all from me and my little corner of the web. Maybe I will make it over to your blog as well. Hope you all enjoy your blog hopping!!!

41 comments:

Christine said...

I'd love to keep a couple of chickens but I think my cats would think I'd bought them for them to chase

Joyce Clark Frank said...

Looking forward to being part of the Grow Your Blog party. I am a follower of yours and always enjoy reading and checking out your blog.

Sowing Stitches said...

Good Morning!!!!
:) I'm smiling at your 'town girl'....I'm a country girl...living in town, not the city.
Hope you get tons of visitors today!:)

Kay said...

How lovely to meet you on the blog party. I enjoy doing cross stitch too but learning to crochet is still on my list.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

I love the idea of living out in the country on a small "farm-ish" kind of place. But, in truth I could never give up living where we are on the sea. I am visiting from grow your blog and am looking forward to getting to know you better.

gin said...

i'm already a recent follower of your blog. I love checking in on you everyday to see what you are up too.

Shirley said...

Good Morning Shannon, Welcome to Grow Your Blog. I am volunteering to help Vicki this morning. I have been to so many interesting places and enjoying every moment of it. I think I am already one of your followers, but I will check to make sure. It is so much fun to have this party. A wonderful way of traveling without leaving the house. Have fun Shirley@shirleystitches

hula-la said...

Popping in from the Blog Party. I love the crochet wash cloths, and can always use another! Already a follower...Blog on! Aloha

lynn cockrell said...

Not my first visit to your blog, as I have been reading your posts for some time now. Dropping by today and wishing you fun with the Grow Your Blog party!

Connie Meyer said...

I found you through Grow Your Blog. We are urban homesteaders: chickens, bees, and I also cross stitch and am in the process of learning to knit. You have a nice blog.

kathyinozarks said...

So glad to have met you Shannon. I really grew my blog last year too-and gained some wonderful friends-the party is so much fun.
I look forward to seeing all your crafts and knowing you better Kathy

Pam Bustin said...

Hey Shannon - so glad to explore your lovely part of the blog-0-sphere.

I smiled to see your "weekly checkins"
I do a similar thing over on my blog.
I'm not sure why, but I enjoy ... tracking things this way. Helps me keep my intentions clear and to see ... forward movement. I think.

I look forward to exploring some more.

Enjoy the party ~ pam

Laura said...

Hi-
It is so nice to meet you. I am visiting from the blog hop party-

I look forward to reading further and I am a new follower.

Laura
WSP

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

hi there. i'm Beth from E. Lizard Breath Speaks - so nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog get together/party. ( :

have a happy weekend.

knitalatte said...

Hi Shannon,
Thanks for stopping by knitalatte and reminding me to get my blog post up for the party! I enjoyed visiting your blog today and seeing that we share a love of handmade. Hope you learn to knit soon as I know you will love it! Your crochet washcloth is just adorable.

Sarah Craig said...

Lovely blog, Shannon, and so nice to meet you!! I'm a new follower...

Joluise said...

Lovely to meet you, isn't this such a great way to meet new people from all over the world:)) This is my first "Grow your blog" and so glad I did.

Your wash cloth is lovely. It is one of the things I have on my to-do list make some clothes myself!!

Blessings from Australia.
Joluise

Ms Misantropia said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and great job on the blog party!
Lovely wash cloths too :)

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Hi, I'm Linda from craftygardener.ca and I found your site from the Grow Your Blog event. I'm a crafter too and always have a project or two or three on the go. I'd love to be entered into your give away. I can be reached via my site or at craftygardener at xplornet dot com. Hope you have time to stop by my site and enter my give away too. It has been nice browsing through your blog.

Becky said...

Hi Shannon! Happy to find your blog. We have just moved to a small town. We don't have farm animals, but our neighbors do. Looking forward to getting to know you better. Have a great Sunday!

Bernadett Rauski said...

Hello,

Nice to meet you.:)
I would like to participate in your giveaway.
petitearmoire2@gmail.com

Greetings.

Bernadett

Bonnie said...

I love hand-made wash cloths. Please include me your giveaway draw.

Kathy said...

It sounds like a lovely rural lifestyle! Thank you for stopping by my blog and thank you for sharing.

Cathy said...

I've been a follower of your blog for a while, so have been enjoying your posts. You make some lovely things. I can't stop looking at the striped baby blanket! The colors are awesome!
Cathy
CraftyCat

Foxxy said...

Hi Shannon, found your blog through Grow Your Blog party. It appears we share a lot of the same interests. following you now.

averyclaire.org said...

Hi Shannon....nice blog, love the photo banner. Love the colours in your lovely baby blanket. Enjoy the blog hopping!

DebraKay Neiman said...

New Follower. I am having fun finding new bloggers to follow...love sewing and quilting. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Gill said...

Hello Shannon
Good to meet you!!
I'm visiting from a wet England!
I have chickens, cows and dogs too!!

Jo said...

I really like your police officer cross stitch. Will be showing it to my father-in-law, as he is a officer. Thanks for shareing your creations and your life on your blog

Marit Johanne said...

One of my goals for this year, is to do some cross-stitchng again. I used to do that a lot, but now I have not for many years. I got a kit for a cross-stitch kitchen wallhanging from a friend for Christmas, so that's a push to start :)

Sarah and Dan said...

Great blog- I have enjoyed several blogs today, yours included!

Kaisievic said...

Happy party, Shannon, please count me in for the crocheted washcloths - they are such a great help.. I am having a mystery GYB party giveaway, so please come visit me at http://kittenstitching.blogspot.com and join in the fun (if you haven't already).

hugs, Kaye

A Nudge said...

Always wanted to be a farm girl, but have been stuck in a city for 50 some years. Maybe in another life. Your cloths look charming.

cmoh said...

Looks like your cross stitching is coming along! I love seeing the progression of projects. it has been lovely meeting you.

Hugs
Caroline

nicolesender said...

Enjoyed visiting your blog. I really like the crocheted washcloths.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

good for you to homeschool! visiting via Vicki's GYBP and enjoying meeting you.

Dasha said...

Hello Shannon, paying you a visit from Australia via the GYB party. Love your banner. Its such a peaceful scene.

Dawn Castrova said...

Hello , my name is Dawn your my one stop on the blog party, Hope that I soon will be friends with all of you cyber neighbors. I just say that 600 plus bloggers that sign up to the Party and I am only up to 299 whew a lot of good read and great giveaways. Thanks for this opportunity to join friends with you and be apart of your giveaway. Can't wait to see more of your great projects in the making. My site http://overboardcreations.blogspot.com/and contact info is ovr_brd@yahoo.com
I don’t have a lot of blog time in. but I like all things creative.

macmillanmarie said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely blog. I have enjoyed my visit immensely. Thanks for sharing.

SoCal Debbie said...

Hi Shannon, I'm late to the party but I'm already a follower of your blog. It's great to know more about you and all your critters out in the country! I would love the chance to win your crocheted wash cloths!

Patty Antle said...

I love craft blogs. So nice to meet you!