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Friday, 24 January 2014

Grow your blog...

Hello and welcome to those of you who are visiting my blog for the first time. This is my first "Grow your blog" adventure so I just wanted to share a little 
bit about me and why I blog....

My name is Melanie; I'm a wife, daughter and mum to 2 DD's (teenage years!). In my professional life I'm a Registered Nurse but due to some health problems last year I'm reassessing which direction I need to take my life in next.

I'm a newish blogger. I opened my blog in February 2012 but didn't have the courage to actually post anything until October 2012 (oops). I "peeked" at others blogs I bit the bullet and just did it.

I blog a little about my life (my DD's achievements in Scouts and a little bit about me & DH); but my main blogging is reserved for my craft. I enjoy showing other crafters my creations and items I swap and receive.

I love taking part in swaps from all over the world and have made some new friends this way who also share a passion for craft. My main craft is quilting but I dabble in other crafts too - an angel upcycled from a book, cross stitch and paper folding. I'm no chef or cook (not my passion at all) or artist but I do love to see others work who were given these gifts.

So while you're here have a look around - see some of my creations - you may even find a photo of me (something else I don't do well) but you'll have to go back to Oct 13.

Why have I joined in Vikki's blog party? Simple to make new friends who share a passion for sharing. This can be anything; families; friends; crafts; faith; pets; likes; dislikes....... the list can go on forever but the passion everyone puts into their blogs doesn't ♥♥

As a small thank you for taking the time to visit and look around I'm having a giveaway. My main passion is quilting and fabric so just by leaving a comment (about anything at all) you could win 2 fat quarters and a skein of thread. 

The winner will be drawn February 15th and they can choose either a theme or a colour and I'll find fats to suit. 

Don't forget to go see who else is "growing their blog".


I'm going to make new friends now.........

Melanie
XXX

51 comments:

Lisa V said...

Soo glad you stuck to blogging. I would love to be entered in your giveaway please, thanks for the opportunity

The Mayo Family said...

Let me add you are a beautiful quilter and make the sweetest quilted cards! We still look at it in awe!
Blessings~
Lori USA

Sharyn T said...

I too like to stalk other blogs. Lots of talented people to get inspiration from. Thanks for the chance in your giveaway Melanie. Sharyn:)

debbie said...

Ohh, I love that little card holder you made!! So clever and so very useful too. I must look into that. You are going well with your blog, keep it up! xx debbie

Susan said...

It takes a while to get going with a blog...but a give away is a lovely idea.

Susan said...

I'm a regular to your blog, but it's nice to get to know you better Melanie.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Very nice post Melanie...I am Marjorie. Thank you for letting us get to know you and for this chance to win...

Shauna said...

Thanks for the chance, as a fellow quilter, I love fabric...ok I LOVE fabric!!!

LittleHouseontheDairy said...

Hi! Just found your blog from the Grow your blog hop. Your creations are lovely!

MARYNAN said...

YOU'VE GOT TO BE IN IT TO WIN IT,so the saying goes. Thanks for the giveaway Mel.

Maryanne

Emily C said...

I love quilting, too. While relatively new, I really enjoy making fabric creations.

Wendy said...

so good that you continued to blog...look at all that fabric goodness!:)

Kaisievic said...

Happy Blog party, Melanie. Please count me in the draw - I think that Spring colours would be nice.

hugs, Kaye

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Hi Melanie, I am a quilter too. I am amazed at all the swaps you guys in Australia do. I like your quilting style and put your blog as a link on mine, so I can see your creations. I am visiting from GYB. Thanks!

Pickles Quilting said...

I just found (and now follow) your blog. I am a newbie quilter and I absolutely love your work! The card wallet is exactly what I need. :) I'm glad that I found you!

Berina RGA said...

I'm a new follower.. came from GYB.. I haven't tried quilting yet... but will love to try... pls do visit my craft blog
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

Jen Barnard said...

I really like the reindeers in the christmas wall hanging in the post above this. Thanks for the giveaway.

Bernadett Rauski said...

Hello,

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

Greetings.

Bernadett

JoyceLM said...

I'm a new follower with Bloglovin'. Thanks for the chance to win.

rockgranny said...

We already met before, but from today I'm "offical" follower.
Have a nice day

Linda said...

I'm adding you to my bloglovin list. I'd like to enter your giveaway.

liniecat said...

Im following along too, you see blogging was right for you!

Judy said...

Nice to meet you. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Judy in Colorado
judy@atticraggedys.com

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. I design & create textile art. Nice projects.

Sarah and Dan said...

Your latest Christmas fun wall hanging is so lovely!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Visiting via Vicki's GYBP and enjoyed your post. Those scissor holders are totally cute (in your next post)!

Kathy H said...

Glad to find your blog. I like the projects you have been working on. Looking forward to your posts.

macmillanmarie said...

Nice to meet you here. I too like to share, even some of my failures sometimes. Your work is lovely. Keep up the blogging. Happy hopping!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I've been blogging for about 5 years and, it's fun to see where everyone comes from. It's so nice meeting new friends through the GYB hop.

Gill said...

Hi Melanie
Good to meet you - I;m visiting from England!

Caitlin Jordan said...

Hello it's nice to meet you :D Does your daughter collect badges? I love swapping my district badges if she wants.

Tisha Dolton said...

Thank you for sharing your blog/ story! I hope to visit again soon. Please consider coming over & visiting my embroidery/ redwork blog. I'm in the 1st set of the GYB list.

My mom is a quilter & she puts my embroidery in quilts for me all the time.

aprilsongstress

cmoh said...

Hey Melanie

your scissor holder is so neat. I need one of those I'm always misplacing my scissors while working and I have three pairs! It has been lovely meeting you.

Hugs
Caroline

Wendy said...

Hi Melanie, nice to meet you! Good for you for plucking up the courage to start a blog, starting mine has lead me to meet so many people, some of them in real life. Good luck with your plan to change your career to something involving craft, it's my dream.

Sharon Jones said...

Your blog is awesome, and your work is gorgeous.

Hope your Blog grows and same with your craft career.

hula-la said...

Very nice work you do here. I really like that scissor holder. Quite a stash of fabulous fabrics you have. Enjoy the blog party! Aloha

Amy said...

Hi Melanie,
It is nice to meet you. I, too, am a quilter. I have been quilting for almost two years and completely enjoy it. I love you finished Christmas Fun quilt. It is just adorable. I look forward to seeing what you create through the year.
~Amy
Sew Incredibly Crazy

OhioLori said...

Been lookin around your Blog...you have a great one!! No worrying anymore..okay? :)

Have a grrrreat Weekend!!

judith said...

Hi Melanie, I found you thru GYB, cause you first found me,. lol I want to say I LOVE GREEN, although I really like almost all colors. . I will follow because, I like what you said about sharing a bit about a lot of different things. That is what I seem to do. Hope you continue to meet new friends all over the world. As we all are doing, blessings Judith

Wandering Wren said...

Hello Melanie
Am I the last one standing at the GYB party, I reckon I can go on for months, there are so many interesting blogs out there. I'm a crafter at heart that has to prioritise at the moment but one day... I hope you achieve your dream for a career direction change this year and that the Year of the Horse will be excellent for both of us!
I am happy to be your latest follower and very much appreciate you following me.
Wren x

jackie vernon said...

Glad you kept blogging. Your projects are great. Please add my name to your drawing. Thanks, Jackie

~ Toni ~ said...

Hi Melanie, nice to meet you. I'm also a quilter and a cross stitcher. Have a wonderful day, Toni from Easy Street Ramblings (peddlerjo.blogspot.com)

Cheryll said...

Not a new follower but an old friend...this is a great idea for spreading your word. Fingers crossed for lots of new readers xx :)

WhoMom said...

Having so much fun blog hopping. My first hobby is quilting/sewing at the moment. Following the Celtic Solstice by Bonnie Hunter. I also make cards and scrapbook and am busy with my youngest daughter in Girl Scouts too. Thanks for sharing on your blog.

hafza said...

Today i spend most of my time visiting other blogs...there are still many in the list that I've yet to visit. Glad that I meet you. I'm a new follower of your blog today. Thanks for the chance with the lovely giveaway.

ACBeads said...

Hi Melanie! Greetings from Portugal. I love this sentence you wrote "(I joined this party) to make new friends who share a passion for sharing" and I love your quilts too. Even if I don't make quilts myself, I'm now following you with Bloglovin and Pinterest. Nice to meet you. Ana

Patty Antle said...

Hi Melanie. So nice to meet you. I love fabric too!

lynn cockrell said...

Hi, Melanie! You blog is lovely. I, too, love fabric.

I have enjoyed the time I have spent reading your blog this evening as I have been checking out the blogs at the GYB party!

I am signing up to follow you. Please take a moment or two, when you can, to check out my blog where I write about a variety of things that make me happy!

Lija Broka said...

Welcome to the party! It is my second year, so I am somewhere down the list. Thank you for sharing a bit about you!

I hope you will enjoy the party!

Lija
http://stitchingincrossesandmore.blogspot.co.uk/

nicolesender said...

Enjoyed visiting your blog! New bloglovin follower: Nicole Sender.

Dawn Castrova said...

Reviewing being a newbie blogger I missed some minor details like making comments... But Vicki's Grow Your Blog Party entries are 600 bloggers. My reading was a little tasking. I wanted to read and get to know the girls so I did read everyone's bio 24 hours left to go now I just review at much as I can. If you like come visit My site http://overboardcreations.blogspot.com/and contact info is http://ovr_brd@yahoo.com I believe inspiration comes from all facets of life even knowing the great people out there with wisdom and knowledge the do's and don'ts and even the wonders of life from a personal point of view. I liked you following you on goggle connect and Bloglovin you. hope to see you in the cyber neighborhood I am new to blogging so I don't have a lot posted because I got side tract with GYB party. Kind of felt it was important to have some one read my silly chatter. I can't remember a time I didn't dabble in something creative. I tried a little of everything. But, my new love these days is Card making I just love it.
Oh thanks for letting me enter your give away.