Saturday, 19 January 2013
Grow your Blog Party
Welcome to the Party!!
I'm Jo, your hostess for the day. I comment as "Jo who can't think of a Clever Nickname" because when I started blogstalking I was very impressed by the neat nicknames people had but couldn't think of one for myself so I thought I'd make a virtue of my lack of imagination!
I started blogging nearly 2 years ago, for two main reasons. One was that I didn't like "hijacking" other people's blogs and forum threads by going off on tangents triggering by random comments within the posts. The other was that I really really wanted to join in with Daffycat's TUSAL!
So here I am, 2 years later with a great group of blogging friends and followers and loving every minute of it. The name of the blog is explained in my header and comes from my love of words. So many times things have just worked out perfectly (in my stitching life at least!) and I get such a buzz from that.
My two main stitching interests are Fantasy and Samplers. You can see from the labels down my sidebar which designers I stitch the most. Joan Elliott is up there with 29 posts! So here is my latest Joan piece:
She's the January lady from the Diary which was the cover gift from World of Cross Stitching mag issue 198. I'm in a FB SAL to stitch each of the designs this year. Joan has joined us too!! I'm stitching her on 28count evenweave with a silve sparkle woven into it.
Here's another FB project, Dragon Dreams 12 Dragonlets of Christmas:
This is a Partridge (and a Dragonlet) in a Pear Tree. Again the plan is to stitch one a month until next Christmas then I'll make them into some sort of apres-Christmas "advent" calendar for my son who loves dragons.
The final project to share with you is my evening project. I always have 2 projects on the go, a small one for daytime and a larger more complex one for the evening once the boys are in bed. At the moment it's my Mirabilia Round Robin. The blocks are twice as large as the usual 50 x 50 so there are only 4 people per group and the posting date is Monday so I don't think I'll be finishing my block by then!
No prizes for guessing which design this is!! The other three will be August, July and June's Birth Stone Fairies to accompany my September Fairy.
As well as stitching and blogging I do like to organise Blog Hops of my own. the next one is the Secret Stitching Sweetheart, all details found in this post - Secret Stitching Sweetheart. If you'd like to join in then leave me a comment, make sure your email is attached to your profile so I can contact you! All the details for the other Blog Hops I do are found on the special page in my top tabs - blog-hops-throughout-year. For most of them you need a blog but for Easter and Hallowe'en non-bloggers can enter the competitons too.
Finally, it wouldn't be a party without a party bag. Sorry I can't give you all a balloon and a piece of cake but I can offer some nice presents, three cover gifts from the magazines I subscribe to:
Prize 1 - giant floral chart
Prize 2 - chart, aida, threads and a card to mount it in
Prize 3 - booklet of 35 Rustic style charts
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post ONLY telling me which prize you would like.
I'll choose the winners on the 1st February.
Bye for now, safe journey home!!
Please call round again soon