Saturday, January 19, 2013

Blog hop & a Giveaway!

Welcome to Vicki's grow your blog hop party. 

 

My name is Valerie and I've made some wonderful friends because of blogging and my life is fuller because of them.  

For those popping by for the hop:
I enjoy crocheting and am learning to knit.  
I make mosaics and enjoy sewing but since I don't have a lot of downtime, I make small projects.  
I love to play with new elements because I think it is important to keep learning.  
I drop toys each month because I believe surprises are important...and it makes me feel good to know I made someone's day.

I am married to a wonderful man and we have 2 amazing children.   They are teenagers so we don't travel much but we do a lot of fun things as a family.   I stay busy but between work and my family, I love to create things and cook to unwind.   




Our family includes 4 pets.  We never set out to have 4 fur babies but things happen and they are precious members of our family. 

In honor of this party, I made a Valentine's pincushion to give away so please leave a comment before you go!  No strings attached, anyone can enter.




The drawing will be held February 1st and one winner will be chosen via random number generator. 

Thank you for stopping by and thank you to Vicki for hosting!

30 comments:

Terry said...

Your cats are beautiful. You seem to be a very busy lady. I used to crochet, but never liked knitting. I enjoyed visiting your blog.

Quinn said...

Hi Valerie - thanks for visiting me at Comptonia! I like your blog, and you certainly have a chock-full life :)
I've tried to pick up crocheting but it didn't "stick" - maybe because I learned to knit as a child. Fortunately, I know crocheters who say the same thing about knitting, so we can trade :)

Sherrie {Bird Lady} said...

I love that you have bird swaps! Perhaps when I learn a bit more about them, I will participate. You are quite crafty I see. The aprons are fun too. I'm not much of a crafty type when it comes to knit, crochet, or sewing. But I love admiring others creations.

Thank you for stopping by Bird Lady Blog. It's fun getting to check out so many blogs!

http://birdladyblog.blogspot.com/

The Sage Butterfly said...

What a pleasure it was to meet you and your family--pets included! Our Siamese cats are a big party of our family, too. I would love to be included in your giveaway. I really enjoy your blog...came here through the Grow Your Blog party.

LauraO said...

Oooh, swaps! Love them. Thanks for being the first to comment on my blog.

Laura

Tammy said...

Hi Val, I just love that Mojo! Such a cute face! Your heart pincushion is lovely. I've been making some little crocheted heart sachets. Have a great rest of the weekend. We have a three-day weekend starting Thursday. Woohoo! Hugs, Tammy

StarTraci said...

I feel the same way about mosquitoes -- haha!
You have a beautiful family and a lovely blog -- I love the name (I just came home from a trip to New Orleans and they are getting ready for Mardi Gras right now.
Happy Blog Party!
:-)
Traci

Kay Eyles said...

How lovely to meet you on the blog hop. We have a dog that gets called baby as often as by his name. Thank you for a cute giveaway, I collect pincushions so was very happy to see it.
ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

EvalinaMaria said...

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...

kathyinozarks said...

Hi I love the descriptions of your furry pets. Your swaps sound fun, I may try one of those when I have some down time. thanks so much for stopping by my pages Kathy

Sarah Jane said...

Your fur babies are gorgeous - I especially like your choc lab!
Thank-you for your lovely remarks on you blog; I am looking forward to following you back!
xox

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

i must admit these those zombies are not so scary - like they make them on tv these days. please stop by my blog. have a great day & weekend. take care. ( :

Reel Girl said...

I am glad I am not the only one with a house full of fur babies! :)

You host great swaps and I am glad I was introduced to your blog!

Shelly

jillytacy said...

What a great family picture! Are your glasses new? They look like nice.

A Little Creation said...

I finally have a couple of toy to drop this week. It will be my first time. Do you add the toy society website to your note?
Chris =]

AutumnWind said...

Great pictures!! We currently have 3 fur babies :) Down from an all tiome high of 5.

September Violets said...

Hi Valerie,
I'm your new "Heart Swap" partner! and am popping in to say hello. This is the first swap I've participated in, but after looking through your blog, it looks like you're very busy with swaps! Wendy

Shawnee Halligan said...

Too cute!!

Birgit said...

Val,

I can't believe how tall your son already is! What a lovely introduction to you and your life. I am sure you will get lots of new followers.

As you know, I always enjoy visiting your blog -- thanks also for the sweet comments you leave on my blog.

Hugs,
Birgit

hueisei said...

Nice to meet you at the party!
Beautiful blog and I love your lovely giveaway...
I am looking forward to more inspiration posts from you :D

Kadee Willow said...

Hi, Valerie! Yes, you are right! I forgot to leave a comment here so this should fix the problem.. LOL! Great meeting you!

Donna Heber said...

It is so nice to meet you. Your blog is lovely and you are very crafty. I'm still making my way through visiting everyone from Vicki's Grow Your Blog party. I hope you will stop by to say hello.

Veronica Roth said...

Hello Valerie, hopping over from GYB. I've only recently started to crochet again but am completely hopeless at it...lol. I've got it in my mind to make those Japanese flowers and then make a scarf or shawl out of them. Do you know the ones I mean? They seem to be a bit of a fad right now and, while I don't really go for fads, these are so pretty I'm completely and hopelessly adicted to them. Made one good one out of about seven attempts...oh well, only 149 more to go :)

annemarie said...

Love your pincushion - hope all is well with you and your family!

lynda said...

Happy to have finally fond your blog...it's taking me awhile to get through the list! I would love to enter your giveaway too...looking forward to reading more

Thistle Cove Farm said...

name of your blog is fantastically cute! visiting via Vicki's GYB Party and having a nice chuckle, thanks.

mybearsnme said...

oh I sooooo want that pin cushion! lol
I found you through the blog party - if you need a giggle - come and visit me at
http://leftoverchocolatestitches.blogspot.ca/
:)

Deborah Hamilton said...

Hi, I also love to crochet. i hope you will visit my blog and see my doilies.

Dragonflymomof2 said...

Would love a chance to be in the drawing. Too cute of a heart there not to pass up for a chance to win it.

vicki said...

Hi Girlfriend --
What a beautiful photo of you here! So glad you made lots of new friends at the party --- this has been such a great success thanks to everyone like you who participated!

I love that you started blogging when you moved to a new place - that is an incredible story --

xoxo
Vicki

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