Saturday, January 19, 2013

Welcome and A Giveaway!


Today I'm taking part in the Grow Your Blog Hop :)
If you are new here
I'd love to welcome you!
We are supposed to tell a bit about ourselves,
so here goes.....
That's me in the middle of the photo above.
My handsome hubby of almost 33 years,
our children and our 6 grands 
are the jelly in my donuts....
They certainly make my life sweet!

I started this blog in January of 2009.
To be honest, I started the blog
just so that I could take part in an apron swap :)
I also thought it would be a fun record
for my grandchildren someday
to know what their Nana did with her time.
I know that I would have loved to get a glimpse
of my Oma's daily life.
I certainly NEVER thought that anyone
other than family would care what I wrote about.
This blog has changed my life in ways 
I could never have imagined.
I have made the most wonderful friends
and I continue to meet more!
I have re-kindled my love for sewing
and even opened an Etsy shop.
I try to share what I've learned growing up 
with a professional seamstress for a Mom.
I was literally covered in thread
from the time I could walk!
I had my first full sized Singer when I was 8.
(and I still own it!)
My Oma taught me to embroider when I was 10.
And I started Cross Stitch about 3 years ago
and I've been hooked ever since.
I tried to knit once,
but it was a dark experience that I don't like to talk about......

So look around,
check out a tutorial or two
and don't hesitate to say "Hello"!
Your comments are the highlight of my day!

OK...enough about me..
on to the Give-away!
Anyone interested in a pair of mug rugs?
Some bright and happy toasters
to start your day?
A lovely spot to park your coffee or tea
and plenty of room for some cookies 
or perhaps a piece of chocolate (or both?)

Alrighty then,
all you need to do is leave a comment.
You don't have to be a follower 
but if you are please leave a separate comment
telling me that you are for a second chance to win.
You have until Feb 1st to enter!
Click on the "Grow Your Blog" button on the right sidebar
to see a list of all the blogs offering 
fun giveaways today too!
Good luck everyone!!!





92 comments:

  1. Hello - These are darling.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  2. I am following you as Renee G on GFC
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  3. Lovely mug rugs, I'm a follower too!

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  4. Hi Karen
    Thanks for a great giveaway - I hope your blog grows!!

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  5. I am already a follower. Thanks for the cute giveaway.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  6. The blog hop should be fun, it is always great to find a new blog you really like. The mug rugs are so cute, thank you for sharing.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  7. Knowing a bit more about you and your family is lovely... Your mug rugs are so cute, I would live to have a chance in winning them x

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  8. I am a follower thank you for the giveaway xxx
    http://myfrozensunshine.blogspot.com/

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  9. I love your blog and enjoy seeing all the designs you make - thank you for sharing
    Lesleyanne xxx

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  10. They are gorgeous, I'd love a chance to win

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  11. OOOOOOOOOOO I love your blog & you had such a lovely post - Beautiful family ;)

    Your mug rugs are adorable & you can never have too many of those - Thank you so much for offering as your giveaway :)

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  12. I don't want to be entered in the giveaway, but did want to tell you I love your story! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. They are beautiful and I would love to win one! Thank you for the chance of winning.

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  14. I am also a follower of your blog.

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  15. I love your blog , I love the fabrics that you use, and I enjoyed reading "about you" today. Of course, I'd love to win your giveaway! :)

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  16. Those are adorable, would love to win!

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  17. I am a follower of your blog :)

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  18. loving' those really sweeeet mug rugs, please count me in! you have a lovely family, and i really enjoy visiting your blog -- you have some of the best ideas. thank you for this opportunity.

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  19. Love your blog!! Thanks for sharing:):) Have a blessed day:):)

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  20. What a lovely family you have. I love that you call your grandkids the jelly in your donuts, too cute.
    Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

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  21. The mug rugs are so fun and happy looking. It looks like a great project to practice binding.

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  22. I follow your blog and would love to be a lucky winner :-)!

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  23. Sure I am! You have a lovely blog, thank you for sharing. I am a new follower and 'Grow Your Blog' participant. Have fun at the party!

    Evalina, This and that...

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  24. Thanks for sharing a bit about you and your family. I'm a nana who adores her grand kids to pieces too. Never thought of them as the jelly in my donuts but a very appropriate phrase! Love it

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  25. I sure am a follower and one who would love to place my coffee cup on your adorable funky toasters. Did I mention I don't even own a mug rug yet? I just joined a mug swap so am hoping to change that soon. Maybe I could get lucky and win yours.

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  26. Ha! I started blogging for the exact same reason...apron swapping! I love those little toasters.

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  27. I have been a fan and a follower since the beginning...before you was famous. SSS SSS SSS

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  28. Hi Karen!! Cute Mug Rugs!! I am definitely a fan of your blog.

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  29. You have a very nice looking family. Thank you for the chance to win those lovely mug rugs.

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  30. I'm a follower of your blog via GFC.

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  31. Beautiful family! Your toasty mug rugs darling! Thanks for sharing and the great giveaway. jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net I am a follower so off to get my second chance!

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  32. I am a follower! jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  33. I follow you :^)
    c.teasley@yahoo.com

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  34. Like your mug rugs. I have been up to the same thing. Love mug rugs.
    c.teasley@yahoo.com

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  35. Darling mug rugs. Haven't tried making any yet. thank you for the chance to win your giveaway.

    thelady(at)hotmail.com

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  36. I'm a happy follower.

    thelady(at)hotmail.com

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  37. I am allready a follower of your blog.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. Cute mugrugs. I like the colors you chose to use. Thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. Lovely family! It`s always nice to make new friends. Thank you so much sharing a little bit about you. Bless you and your family.

    Cathy

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  40. I`ve been a follower for a short time. Every visit here is a pleasure. Thank you for offering such a thoughtful and cute Giveaway!

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  41. So cute!! Existing follower here & I just love visiting your blog!

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  42. You have a beautiful family, and it was a pleasure to read this post. I would love to be included in your drawing and look forward to stopping by again some day.

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  43. What a lovely family. Thanks for the chance to win the nice mug rugs.
    vlhill3459(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  44. I have been following you with e-mail
    vlhill3459(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  45. Those mug rugs, which are totally a new conception to me as a new arrival in western world, are soooo adorable! >0< I'm sure my 10 months Adam will love them so much (should I now learn how to use the sewing machine which has stayed at the corner for almost a year!) now and aim to make such pretty little cuties?!

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  46. BTW I'm also a follower on Google. Thank you very much! xxx

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  47. Hi! Very cute mug rugs and congrats on your accomplishments!

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  48. I love these cute mug rugs. I enjoy your blog and the email. My email is sandrag.aiken@gmail.com

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  49. You have a beautiful family!!! I'd love to park my tea on one of your mug rugs!! Thanks for the chance!

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  50. I am a follower for some time now!! Thanks for a second chance!

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  51. what a lovely blog so glad to have found you. please do stop by my blog & say hello. have a great weekend. ( :

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  52. I love your mug rugs, the project bags and the organizers, you are so creative!

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  53. I have just become a new follower of your blog

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  54. Ooooooooo- i forgot to get that second chance- i have been a faithful follower! :)

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  55. Those mug placemats are beyond cute! Who wouldn't want one? :)

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  56. BTW, I am a follower of your blog, too! :)

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  57. The mug rugs are delightful. I would love to win them. Toaster fabie is too cute!

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  58. I'm already a follower, love your blog, grow, grow, grow.

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  59. Those toasters are so cute. I have been following your blog and enjoy it so much.

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  60. This is great, a fun sewing blog and a great time to party! I'm from New Zealand and enjoying some extra visitors dropping in.
    Thankyou for your giveaway, love being in on it

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  61. SO cute. I love to win this giveaway!

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  62. Hello,

    Nice to meet you in this party.:)

    There is a giveaway on my blog,too.

    http://petite-armoire.blogspot.com/
    betikarauski@gmail.com

    All the best.:)
    Bernadett

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  63. Awwwwwwwwwwwww what a great family picture, but I have to ask --- how long did the kids' shirts stay so nice and clean and white after the photo was taken? LOL!

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  64. Oh Oh sew sweet! I am looking forward to learning more about sewing. I have fallen in love with sewing, but there is so much to learn

    Lesley

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  65. I have enjoyed reading your blog. You have alot of good information. Nice meeting you from the Grow Your Blog party!

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  66. Thanks for the generous giveaway! The coasters look so homey...I'd love to use them in my cubicle at work to make it more cozy.

    tariqsaleemrana@yahoo.com

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  67. I am a follower of your blog who has not visited many blogs lately. I found this Grow Your Blog hop and thought I would take a little time to visit some old friends and visit a few new friends too. It was great reading this post and learning a little more about you.

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  68. I love popping by to see what you've been up to. I hope for a sew along soon!

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  70. I've been following your blog for awhile now, but I'm finally near the end of the blog list and wanted to stop and say hi! I would also love a chance in your giveaway. Thanks so much!

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  71. What a lovely, lovely blog you have here! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  72. Howdy Neighbor; I'm in southwest VA and think your blog is totally cute. The mug rugs are cute as well; did you make them?

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  73. Those are so cute. Enjoyed visiting.

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  74. I love your blog!!! Your mug rugs are adorable and I'd love to put my coffee, cocoa, or tea on them along with some sweets! Thanks for the giveaway!

    darlene
    kittyklaws13411@yahoo.com

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  75. Hi Karen what a gorgeous and cheerful blog - so glad I found you thanks to Vicki being a quilter and mixed media artist myself.
    What a wonderful family you have to treasure too!
    I'd love to share some of my creations with you also.
    My current post shares a quilt that has just been chosen for a Treasury on Etsy - you may like to come and share with me also.
    It is a small window of opportunity for us to share with each other but I will be back to look at more of your gorgeous work.
    Suzy

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  76. What a beautiful family! I have enjoyed visiting your blog. Thank you for the chance to win a mug rug for my cup of tea.

    blessings, denise :D

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  77. A quick second post to let you know that I have become a follower of your blog. I look forward to visiting often. Love all your projects.

    blessings, denise :D

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