Friday, January 24, 2014

Grow Your Blog!!!



Hello and welcome to my blog!  I saw this lovely idea of Vicki's pop up on lots of blogs around the world last year and was a little irritated that I was disorganised enough to miss the closing date.  However.... as you will see from the post before last, changes are afoot, Mrs WT isn't going to procrastinate/miss deadlines/will finish her WISPs (WISPS?  Works in SLOW Progress), blog frequently, keep to a stash spending budget (Ha!) and generally be a (more than ever) delightful person!

So... for those that don't know me, who am I?   I am British but have lived in the US for 25 years, in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Illinois and Michigan twice, yikes. Well, actually not strictly correct as we sneaked back to the UK for two delightful years in 2010 then we were made to come back as t'boss decided the World Traveller was needed more back in the US, sadly.

Right now we live in Michigan on a lake, a frozen one,

The view new every morning!

and a snowy, windy, frigid and chilly place it is right now as we have an Alberta Clipper bearing down on us, having just waved a thankful good bye to the polar vortex that kept us frozen in place last week!
The view from V Avenue
In the summer, sweet corn grows here!

 
Saturday morning - edited to include these pictures!

$7.97's worth of dorky hat from Gander Mountain!

What the stylish snow blower is wearing this season
in south western Michigan!

The banquet is ready!

I have been married to the World Traveller for more years than either of us can remember and he still makes me laugh!  I am an Army brat so moving is in my blood, born in Scotland and left at six weeks old and have kept moving ever since.  We have three children all living somewhere else, sadly, though they all assure us that they do quite like us..... the Wyoming Cowboy who lives in the Equality state with his lovely wife and three little Wyoming cow persons, DC Girl and Big Cousin (our #1 grandson) and Pittsburgh Girl who lives with her partner and his son in the 'burgh.

This is mainly a stitching blog though knitting makes frequent appearances and crochet is creeping in too.  I rarely leave home without my camera and have a sadly neglected photo blog here that I have great intentions (see first paragraph) of bringing up to date. 

Of all the social media platforms (such a pompous phrase) blogging is the one that appeals to me the most.  I have a Twitter account that I rarely use, I go on Facebook to leave smart/sassy comments but the blogging community is the one in which I feel most at home.  I have made friends around the world that sadly I will never meet face to face but with whom I feel a kinship and have also made friends that I HAVE been fortunate enough to meet in person and can quite honestly say I have never returned home wishing the meeting had never take place.  Bloggers are nice!

Thank you to Vicki for putting this whole event together and thank you for reading this far.

Please leave me a comment and tell me if you would like to enter for a small drawing, a Moda charm pack 'Cornucopia'.....

whoops forgot to tell you that I quilt too, but only if the points don't have to meet, as Shirley Conran might say, life's too short!

Another Saturday morning edit..... going to be brave and make a small something for the giveaway too, might be crazy quilting, won't promise but it will be something and small!  Got to be brave and not just talk about CQ!

55 comments:

  1. Leaving a comment! :) Would love a chance to win the wonderful charm pack! Thanks!

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  2. So glad you got in on this year's GYBP event! It's a real hoot. Man, you do get around, and I hope you are keeping warm in Michigan! Old man winter sure is giving us a doozy this year! Count me in for lovely charm pack, please! Hope you'll stop by to enter my giveaway. PARTY ON! Aloha

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  3. Impressive views of your lake! Very pretty charm pack. Hope you like my giveaway too.

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  4. Oh a GYBP, no maybe next year, have to get back in the swing, hey I was stash shopping today :@ and for quilting material for a baby to be quilt, will have to get a photo up. Looking forward to the year ahead.
    Libbie :@

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  5. What a great idea - GYBP. Lovely pictures, especially like the lake view. May have to borrow your new acronym - WISPS - absolutely fabulous and I have a fair few of them.

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  6. I agree about the social media,I'm OK with FB but I can't get on with Twitter at all. I always say blogging is like Facebook, only with sentences, and Facebook is like Twitter only with spelling (sometimes).
    The points in my quilts never line up. That's a creative design thing right? Please put my name in the hat for the draw

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  7. Hi there Gillie .
    I like the idea of GYBP wondering if it is too late to
    join. I do not do facebook etc just stick to blogging.Hope youare managing to stay warm and yes please to the chance to win your charm pack , They are just the right size for ornies and so pretty. Are you joining us in the parlour this year?


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  8. Hi Gillie! I am freezing right along with you, only on the other side of Lake Michigan, over here in Wisconsin. Glad to learn a bit more about you. Please count me in for the charm pack. Thank you.

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  9. So fun stopping by your lovely blog and hearing about all of your amazing adventures. Definitely looks pretty cold where you are. I grew up in Chicago on lake michigan, so can empathize right now about frozen lakes Will definitely be back to visit, and am interested in joining up for the opportunity to win your giveaway! Have fun at the party, and hope to see you there.

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  10. Hi, I'm Linda from craftygardener.ca and I found your site from the Grow Your Blog event, where there are so many great sites to visit. I'm originally from Britain too and now live in Ontario, Canada. I'd love to be entered into your give away. It has been nice browsing through your blog.

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    1. Just popping back again. Thanks for visiting my site. I can be contacted at craftygardener at xplornet dot com

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  11. Hello from one Army brat to another!! I also married a world traveler but he retired a few years after and I have been more or less stationary since than. Although I do have the need to move every few years - I counter it b changing something here in the house - drives this Hubs crazy!! LOL! Ummmm, points in quilts are *supposed* to line up?

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  12. Good morning. Glad to see you are part of the Grow your Blog party, me, too. I always enjoy your blog and yes, please enter me in the give a way.
    http://joycesloveoflife.blogspot.com

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  13. What a lovely write up Gillie. Great pics of the chaps knee deep in the snow...brrrr, we've had a thunder/hail storm here this afternoon and that was bad enough.
    I'd love to enter your giveaway and hope that you get lots of visitors who come along and 'meet you'
    I don't do twitter or facebook, much prefer blogging and visiting the odd forum.

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  14. I cannot imagine moving that often...I've only lived in one state except for the first six months of my life and in the same city on the same street for most of my remaining years. Looks like you are enjoying as much snow as we are! :)

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  15. I have enjoyed visiting your blog! Please enter me in your give away! Greetings from Norway

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  16. what a beautiful sunrise/set! We get beautiful twilight scenes here as well and it is one of my very favorite things to see.

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  17. What what beautiful pics of ice and snow. Thankfully we don't have to deal with that.

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

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  19. Wow......I can't being to imagine so much snow, it's very pretty! Isn't that fabric gorgeous, just how I imagine an English country garden would look.

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  20. Ah, Gillie! A delightful post! I wish I were home to participate! I would love to enter your giveaway! You are right about bloggers being a friendly lot and am thankful I live near your frequent travels! *Hugs*

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  21. Hello,

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

    Greetings.

    Bernadett

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  22. GYB has been such fun. I will be visiting often. We have similar interests. Moda is one of my favorite fabric lines.

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

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  24. Hi Gillie
    Good to meet you - I'm visiting you from a very wet England!

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  25. Hi Gillie! Thanks for visiting me at Adirondack Girl @ Heart :) We have a few things in common: my family and I lived in the UK for two years (09-11) and loved it! My husband is from Pittsburgh--great city. And I just rediscovered crocheting! Blessings in your blogging adventures from your newest follower, Diana

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  26. PS Please sign me up for any and all giveaways!

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  27. Hi GIllie! Sounds like you are "on the go" alot! I used to be but my sewing machine was always with me! I will enjoy following you and your escapades!!! I am a Grow Your Blog blogger too..
    www.fabricandmemories.blogspot.com
    I know I could put those charms to great use! I am teaching my 8 yr old grand daughter to quilt and she loves it!

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  28. Sounds like you have a great time traveling around...a great way to spend retirement...please sign me up for your giveaway...

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  29. I mostly quilt and play with my grandkids. Love to win the charm packs!

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  30. I love how many blogs participated in this years grow your blog hop. I love that charm pack, beautiful colors.

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  31. Hi Gillie from a new follower and fellow stitcher.
    Donna

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  32. Great Post! I quilt too and when I first started I was fanatical about matching points....these days I don't care so much.....my justification is that it adds character if the points don't always meet!!
    Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

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  33. That looks like a wonderful place to live. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  34. You quilt but only if the points don't have to meet up- ha! Agreed!

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  35. hello from a fellow nomad! Your life sounds fascinating, all that moving, I can certainly relate to. Love the photos of all that snow, particularly the bird feeder. Happy to "meet" you on this blog hop party!

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  36. Oh what a pretty part of the world you live in! your stitch work is lovely and I really like your yarn work in the post below. It has been lovely getting to know you.

    Hugs
    Caroline

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  37. It's only 2 months til spring...I keep telling myself that and I may come to believe it. I'm tired of cold and ice but today was a gift in the midst...warm, sunny and above freezing...a GIFT! Visiting via Vicki's GYBP and enjoying your blog post.

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  38. Really enjoyed reading and finding out more about you. And I always always miss deadlines for anything in blog land.

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  39. You have some wonderful projects. I really enjoy quilting and am getting back into cross stitch too.

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  40. Hi from the UP. I used to live in the Grand Haven area, don't know it that's near you. I can remember several winters there where we got a fair amount of lake effect snow (for the lower peninsula). Up north we've had over 214 inches of the white stuff so far this year, Enough. Bring on Spring!

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  41. Great post! I love your WISPs and I might have to steal that word.
    I totally agree about the social media, blogging is so much nicer. And more organised, I can never find older posts on FB and spend alot of time thinking "where did I see that?"
    Please put Christine's name in for a second go in the draw and not mine thanks!

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  42. Welcome back to the US again, Gillie! Your icy snowy weather looks dreadful! I don't do any quilting so don't put my name in the drawing. Thanks!

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  43. Nice t learn about you and your family. Blogging is a great way to make connections with people all over the globe. This hop is a great tool to help us connect. Thanks for sharing.

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  44. Enjoyed my visit! So nice to meet you at the party!! ~Terri

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  45. Hi and thank you for visiting my blog. You're so right. The way I hate the cold I won't willingly visit your part of the world except through your blogs! How do you manage to keep track of all your blogs? It must be a full time occupation.

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  46. Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.
    I just started following you on Bloglovin.

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  47. Oh, I love your view, Gillie--I always wanted to live on a lake! Even in the winter it is lovely and peaceful looking :)

    I totally agree--bloggers ARE nice!!

    I'd love to throw my name in the hat for your giveaway--thanks for the chance... Stay warm now!

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  48. Thank you Gillie for visiting my blog so that I could find you. Such brave statements in your first paragraph!! Now that you have aired them to the world at large girl, you are just gonna havta DO IT. LOL

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  49. Hi Gillie..thanks for visiting my blog. What delightful work you do! I am so happy to meet you and see your work! Look forward for more to come.

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  50. Hi Gillie, so nice to meet you and see that others are dealing with the snow. But you seem to be enjoying it! :) I would love to be entered into your drawing. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  51. Did someone say Moda fabric, where, where lol I found your blog via the Turtle Trot since I'm slowly (I mean slowly) working my way through all the blogs in the GYBP. You may figured out I'm a cross stitcher and quilter. Not quite a world traveler but blogging allows me to travel the world and meet wonderful people. I also have a GYBP giveaway at Easy Street Ramblings (peddlerjo.blogspot.com) Cheers!

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  52. Greetings from the Pacific Northwest. I enjoyed visiting your blog.

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