Saturday, January 25, 2014

Welcome to "Grow Your Blog" 2014

Welcome to each of you who are here to visit, make new friends and to grow your own blogs! We have almost 500 blogs participating in this second international blogging event.  I am so very excited to once again host this "party" and to provide you all with the opportunity to help make your blogging experiences more rewarding~

For those of you who do not know me~~

Photo taken at the Montreal Botanical Gardens
"Chinese Lantern Festival"



I'm a lover of yarn -- actually it's an obsession. Well,let's just say that if there was a 12 step program for yarn addictions, I would have to be there!  The colors and textures fascinate me. My husband and I have been blessed to be able to travel the world -- and for me that includes visiting yarn shops everywhere we go~

~when you are obsessed with yarns and your craft room is overflowing -- you need to find a project. My love for yarns is more than just the textures,~ I am in love with the knots and tangles-- for me it is the way the colors mesh together so beautifully and the way each fiber seems to tell it's own special and unique story. When I am not knitting -- this is what I do with my beautiful yarns~ 

(you can read more about my nests on the sidebar of my blog)



or sometimes I do THIS~




yarn shopping in Montreal, Canada



Blogging has changed my life. When I first started blogging, I had no idea that I would meet people from all over the world and that we would form friendships that are so very special to me. I remember when I first started my blog and I had NO followers.  I desperately wanted to reach out and bring people to my blog -- but I did not know how.  Some wonderful bloggers went out of their way to help me~ their efforts rewarding me in so many ways, that still, to this day, I am so very grateful for their help. Thank you again dear Lynn and Dawn~xoxo

This party is my way of giving back to the world of blogging. I will never forget what it was like to go for almost a year with 3 Followers.  In most cases it is not "cool" to say "please follow my blog"-- but this party is THE exception. This is your unique opportunity to Meet and to FOLLOW and to GROW your blogs.

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Some notes in reference to the blogs that are participating~

1. the blogs are listed in categories based on the number of Google Followers that are shown on their blogs. (If you do not have Follower gadget then I used the number that you gave me when you signed up.) I have made small (random) divisions in each catagory so that it will be easier for you to keep your place on the list as you visit the blogs.

2. if you are participating in this party and there is an issue with your own blog that needs to be corrected -- I am here all day.  Just send me an email and I will correct it ASAP.  Don't panic -- just email me~~ You can email me at
vboster1@windstream.net

3. This post will stay up indefinitely -- after a while I will place a link to this post on my sidebar.  So don't feel as though you need to quickly make it through all of these blogs -- you can take as long as you wish -- last year's party post is still on my sidebar and continues to get visits. To this date the 2013 Grow Your Blog party post is my all time most visited post -- those blogs are continuing to get new readers and followers:)

4.  If you find blogs that have "forgotten" to participate properly in the party --- don't worry.  I have a wonderful group of volunteers who will be helping me to visit every blog the first day. I will delete those blogs who are not properly participating -- so please allow me 24 hours to make that right. 

5. Those of  you who are hosting a giveaway on your blogs -- please remember to make the drawing on February 15.  There should be no requirements of any kind to win the giveaway -- and the contest must be open to everyone regardless of where they live.   ~My own giveaway will be shown at the end of this post~

6. In loading in these blogs I noticed that many of you still do NOT have a Follower gadget, or email sign up -- or any way for folks to sign up to follow you.  If you are one of these folks -- I would urge you to add something to your blogs so that your new friends can sign up to continue to follow you. Without that availability on your blogs -- this may be a disappointing party for you. (and we want everyone to have fun!!)  

7. and lastly~~ please try to remember what it was like to be a new blogger.  Please show support to those blogs who have only a few followers and if possible offer inspiration and advice if asked to do so.   Those of you who are listed in the  "LESS THAN 50 FOLLOWERS" category -- this party is truly FOR YOU!!  (because I will always remember how hard it was to struggle for Followers -- and my desire is to help you get a better start with your blogs.  It's just no fun if you think no one is out there for you!)  Perhaps you might try to show great support to each other within this catagory so that you can more quickly
Grow your blogs~




A loving THANK YOU to my friend 
for the unending support and encouragement
that she gives to me - always~
and for creating this beautiful badge for the party!
(without her help -- I'm just a fool sitting in front of a computer!)
xoxo



Grow your Blog 2014 participants
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Less than 50 Followers

1.
Musings of the Puppet Lady
my meller
Needle Arts on Paper
Nonnie's Observations
One Creative Cat
Patching Pixies
Piece*Love*Quilt
Peg's Place
Pepsi Max addict

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8.
Petite Armoire
Pickles Quilting
Pieces of My Heart
Pinnylea Creations
Pookledo
Plum Hollow
Purrfect Lady Muses
Purple Cobwebs
Putting the Pieces Together
Quilt Paradigm
Quilted Chocolate
Quilter's Playhouse

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9.
Rai Rai's Stitches
Ramblings of a quilter
Rambling Prose
Reconstructed Fabulousness
Red Door Quilts
Scene by Minerva
Scrappy Pieces
Seams To Be Sew
Sew Knit Create

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10.
Sew Much and More
Sew we go
Sewing After Seven
Shabby Royale
Shauna's World
shhdesigns
Shroo's World
Slightly Off Quilter
Smelly Nelly
Spices up your Life!
Spruce It Up Quilting


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11.
Steam Fairie Craft
Stitches and Seeds
Stitchings of a Raving Lunatic
Susan's Scrappy Domain
Susan Studio Arts
Susie's World
Tangle Street Studio
Tanya Quilts in CO
Tasty Textiles
Teacups and Toadstools

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12.
thebeautifulmatters
The Baul Crochet and Loom
The Country Witch's Cottage
The Crafthopper
the east coast desi
The Drowsy Bee
The Invisible Piper
The 7 Pillars Home
The Phantom Zucchini
The Polka Dot Chicken
The Ravell'd Sleave of Care
The Writer's Pipe
This Country Life
Through a Glass, Darkly

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13.
Tidbits and Treasures
Time 4 Tea and Cake
Todolwen (new blog)
Tosty's Quilting Tidbits
Val's Quilting Studio
View From the Teapot
Viv's Crazy Quilting Journey
Walk The Wheel
Wendy's Quilts and More
Wired Nan



Kathy In Ozarks Pages 
Katie's Salt Marsh Path
Kluless
Knitalatte
Silver Nik Nats


201-500 Followers







A huge thank you to my "party helpers"
who have assisted me in reading all of your blogs,
(checking that your links all work, and that everyone is participating properly --
making this the best of experiences for everyone.)

Last year's event was huge -- but this years party -- is even bigger! 
There is NO way that in this first day I can possible visit almost 500 blogs --
(I work full time, have a busy life, play with my Grandbabies, and 
I'm in the middle of nesting season!)
~~
I will be by to visit each and everyone of you - but please understand
 that it might actually take me a couple of months! 
~~
These wonderful folks will be visiting you all this morning on my behalf --
they are all listed above in their respective catagories --
but you can meet them all again- here in this space~

Maureen -- (Victorian Studio)
Elizabeth --(Sew in Love)
Kathy--(Kathy in Ozarks Pages)
Loreena -- (my way of...)
Shanna -- (Sparrow in Flight)
Shirley-- (Shirley Stitches)
Karen-- (Todolwen)
Karen -- (Cotton Spice)
Kristen -- (Meadowbrook) 
Marjorie-- (Marjorie's Busy Corner)
Beth -- (E Lizard Breath Speaks)
Lorraine-- (Colour Complements)
Pat -- (Life in the Scrapatch)
Shannon --(Around the Homestead)
Patty--(My Mountain Blessings)
Melody-- (The House on the Side of the Hill)
Marcheterre--(Comptonia)
Linda-- (Crafty Gardener)
Andrea --(My Everything Corner)
Monique-- (A Half Baked Notion)
Valerie - (Val's Quilting Studio)
Tanya -- (Bead and Needle)
Silke - (Metamorphosis)
Angie -- (A Quilting Reader's Garden)
Marti -- Aunt Marti and 52 Quilts 
Suzy --(Suziqusthreadworks)
Sandra -- (Thistle Cove farm)

My Giveaways for the party~




This year's giveaway prize allows me to support my friend and Author Karen Gass.  Karen (who is also participating in this event) has written a series of books that will touch your heart.  Everyday people -- faced with everyday challenges -- a series of books that bring faith and encouragement into the lives of each of us who read her beautiful stories.  Karen is donating 2 autographed sets of her Morningshine series books. You can find Karen at her blog
 Cotton Spice-- and you can read more about her books here. 


and---


once again I am sharing some wonderful sweet treats from my favorite lady bakers -- these cookies will be shipped freshly baked to the home of one of my lucky blog readers.  These are one of my very favorite cookies and I wanted to share them with you~


~~~
the drawing for prizes
will be held on February 15~
the winners names will be announced 
on that date
HERE.
~~

UPDATE FEBRUARY 15-
1. the winner of the cookie selection is
Nicole from My Garden Diaries. 

2.  the winners of the books written by my friend Karen Gass
are Bird from Bird's Earthly Spirit
and also

This contest is now CLOSED.



Thank you for visiting here and participating in this year's
 Grow Your Blog party~~
~~
a most heartfelt welcome
to those of you who have signed on as Followers
and wish to spend a little more time with me
here at my blog
2 Bags Full~ 
xoxo
Vicki




If you would like to follow me on my Facebook page ~
you can find me here~

225 comments:

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Patty Antle said...

Vicki, I have been so excited about this party again this year! Many thanks to all of your efforts and to those who are helping.

Wandering Wren said...

Hi Vicki, a massive thank you to you and the team for making this happen. It is a wonderful idea and I look forward to meeting many amazing bloggers.
Wren x

Melody said...

Thank you so much for organising this party. I, too, plan to visit everyone even if it takes me a few months. It will be great to make new bloggy friends, hugs

Fat Dormouse said...

Lovely lovely!! I've just sent you 2 emails which are now redundant. Just ignore me!

Thank you for offering such lovely giveaways and for hosting this wonderful event. You are a star! (as are your co-pilots on this event!)

M.K. said...

Good morning, Vicki! I'm having so much fun sitting here, sipping hot tea and visiting all these lovely blogs, and finding new ones to follow. Thank you so much!

A Scattering said...

Good morning, Vicki. The post looks wonderful. Kudos to you and your team of angels for this great project. Thinking of you<3

Denise said...

Vicky,I had to continually hit "newer post" to find this post.I've missed so many of Your wonderful post.Your badge only took Me to the sign up There was no way to see Your more recent posts.I'm so happy to meet You.What a lovely talent You have.all those beautiful colors of yarn mix together magically in Your hands.I love Your nests,how enchanting-Hugs and blessings Your way.Denise

Bette said...

I would love to join the party but can't find the rules on your post. Can I play too?

Kelly said...

Thank you Vicki for hosting the party! I can see a lot of work into setting this up. It's most appreciated. Enjoy your day and the party!

CYNTHIA CRANE said...

What a kind and dear soul you are Vicki, and I can't thank you enough for this year's blog party to help us newbies jump start our blogs. Its comforting to know I am not the only blogger out there longing for love!

Maureen said...

Yay it's time! So excited to get out and meet friends old and new! Vicki, as usual, your huge kind heart has given so many this incredible opportunity... "Thank you" doesn't seem like enough. But know that your generosity and hard work is appreciated so very much! Happy Party! Now I must start visiting the participants!

Liz said...

Vicki, this is such a great idea. Thanks to you and your friends for organising. I am looking forward to spending the next few days (probably weeks) reading new blogs.

Puppet Lady said...

Thanks for all your work, and now let the party begin!

S said...

Thanks so much for hosting. I've already popped around quite a bit, but there's enough party to last all week!

Joyce Clark Frank said...

Thanks Vicki for hosted the 2nd Grow your Blog party. I enjoyed and my blog follwers grow during it last year. I am looking forward to finding new friends and renewing friendship from older blogs.

kathyinozarks said...

Good morning Vicki, thanks again for all you do for us-I have had several readers this week that have told me they couldn't wait for the party to begin-
I am off to read my section and meet new friends. Kathy

Emma Elliott said...

I have only just found out about this wondetful event:) is it too late to sign.up? Thanks Emna

Lin Marsh said...

I have a new blog, happened upon your blog, and wondered how one gets into this. I'm not blogging to become famous, but more for myself. Does that make a difference? Thank you.
linsquilts.blogspot.com
lin3841@gmail.com

Sowing Stitches said...

Thank you Vicki and your team of assistants! I've looked forward to this event visiting with friends near and far...Thanks for gathering us together!!!

Sheila said...

Thanks for this huge effort of making this party happen and I enjoy reading your blog !

111 LaLa Lane said...

Hi Vicki! Thank you so much for the time you've spent in helping us grow our blogs. And, thank you to your many volunteers. I feel like a kid in a candy store as I make my way through the list this year. I'm sure it will take me a while to visit everyone, but I will. As far as your blog, love it! And I love your sweet spirit that comes through each and every post. Thanks again!

Carol said...

I've just started following your blog...nice to meet you! Thanks for hosting this great party!

Di said...

Wonderful way to start the day!! Thank you for a party on a very cold day here in North Carolina. I can't wait to meet some new friends. My beautiful nest reminds me of you everyday! Di@Cottage-Wishes

Deborah Weber said...

Thank you so much for hosting this delightful party, and kudos to all your helpers as well. While I'm not a knitter I have to say I love yarn and share your delight. Your nests are truly things of wonder - they make my heart happy just looking at them.

MooseStashQuilting said...

Thank you thank you for this huge undertaking! We all appreciate everything you have done for us! Absolutely beautiful knitting projects you have done! Yarn has sure come a long way since the ole 4 ply worsted weight I grew up with! LOL!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What an amazing party! Enjoy your weekend!!! Hugs!

Bird said...

Thank you so much, Vicki. This is unbelievably huge. I cannot believe the bloggers who have turned out for this. It's incredible. I appreciate the work and all your friends who have volunteered to help you with this.

I adore your nests and the knitting you do. I would love to be able to knit, but alas, I don't have the gift.

Thank you for this event and for the opportunity to win such lovely prizes.

Bright blessings,
Bird
http://birdsearthyspirit.blogspot.com/

Melissa Bishop said...

So sorry to have missed the sign up for this. I've been stuck at just over 100 followers for a very long time. I'll be sure to visit some of the blogs featured.

Izzybeads by Laney said...

Just found the list, going to be a while reading all those! thanks for doing this Vicki. Laney x

Gypsy Rose said...

Thank you again for creating such a lovely event. I look forward to replying to everyone as soon as I'm off work. My posts were up a bit late this morning on Dancing With Stitches and Gypsy's Random SAL. Thanks again Vicki! Beautiful post and yummy treats!

Patti G said...

I just found out about this event through my friend, Kathy, at You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!
Bumming a little bit, would love to play along if at all possible?
Love your addiction - I've got somewhat of the same problem, but I dare say, not quite to your extent…...

Shirley said...

Good Morning, I am ready to party and meet new people. I have been looking forward to this day. Your blog is awesome and I know how busy you are. You are a very special lady and friend. Count me in for your giveaway. Have a wonderful day. Shirley@shirleystitces will be my signature for the day.

LuAnn Braley said...

I could have sworn I signed up for email last year, but I guess not, because I missed the sign-up. :( Oh, well, I will be here next year! I had "Grow Your Blog 2013" pinned on my toolbar for a.g.e.s.

Scrapatches said...

Thank you, Vicki! I am really enjoying this big beautiful hop! I am sure it will take me a week or two to visit all the lovely bloggers here. It is great to be a part of all this ... :) Pat

Betty W said...

Thanks so much for having this wonderful party.

Scrapatches said...

Thank You, Vicki! I am really enjoying this big beautiful blog hop. It will take me a week or two at least to visit all these lovely blogs. I have already found some great blogs to follow. It is fun to be a part of all this ... :) Pat

Ms Misantropia said...

What a feat this party is, putting all of these blogs together and allowing for us all to find each other more easily!
I first heard of 'Grow Your Blog' a month or so ago (through Pagan Culture) and I'm amazed to see over 600 participants! I'm sure to find many new favorite blogs through your hard work :)
Thanks for hosting!

Lululiz said...

Vicki, you are amazing! I joined the party last year and found some wonderful new blogs to follow. I'll be visiting lots and lots of blogs again this year, this is such a great opportunity for new(ish) bloggers to make themselves known, and of course a fabulous opportunity for all of us to make new friends. Thank you so much for your incredible dedication and work. xxx

Neesie said...

Wow Vicki this is one amazing Party! Thank you so much to you and all of your team for organising and hosting this event.
You are so kind and thoughtful to spend so much time and effort to help everyone grow their blogs.
Last year was such fun and this year is even bigger! You're a star ;D
Well I'm off now to start mingling!
xoxo

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Wow, thank you so much for doing this, what an astounding amount of work. This is so much fun, and you are right it will take days to visit all the blogs. It was so nice to get to know our hostess and I have been following you through Feedly.

Susan said...

Dear Vicki...Loved reading about your party on Tammy's blog (from Kuwait).

I'd like to sign up but don't know how. You know how it is...some of us are not at all techie.

Can you sign me up? My blog is Writing Straight from the Heart and I have 394 Followers.

Thanks a lot! And thanks for hosting. Sincerely, Susan

Niky Sayers said...

I love your photo at the Montreal Botanical Gardens really lovely and wow your nests are stunning, I'm off to find out more about those. Thank you so much for all the work you have put into this blog hop x

barbara woods said...

Thank you so much, that's a lot of hard work

gin said...

Thank you Vicki for making this happen. It's a great party!

Magaly Guerrero said...

Oh wow, Vickie, I haven't been visiting your blog for long, but again, wow! What you do with yarn is magical. Your creations look soft even through the screen; they make me wonder about the real thing against my skin.

Thanks so much for hosting this event!

P.S. I emailed you about my blog being listed erroneously (my writing site, instead of my personal blog). Hope you got the message).

gin said...

Hi Vicki. Thanks for making this happen. It's a great party!

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Mornin', Vicki! I am very slowly starting my rounds this morning, beginning with "my" little section, and l'll get back to you with stats ASAP.

Your post looks amazing, girl! You deserve a million hugs for all the hard work you have put in (and are continuing to do) to spread the love of blogging!

marie said...

I am so excited to visit new blogs through your "Grow Your Blog" event. I really appreciate your time and energy in putting this all together. Thank for the numbered groups of blogs. It sure will make keeping track of which blogs I've visited so easy.
Thanks for the giveaway chance too....yummy!!

Catherine said...

Thank you Vicki for sorting out this massive party. I really appreciate all the work it must have taken and want to make full use of the opportunity and the chance to meet lots of bloggers

pambustin.com said...

Hey Vicki - off to the party! Thanks for welcoming me in to this fantastic event.

the east coast desi said...

Thank you for hosting this wonderful party Vicki.........really appreciate the effort that you and the blogger friends have put into making this happen.
Warm Hugs,
Sruthi

fairyrocks said...

Thank You for all your hard work putting this together. I am amazed by the things you do with yarn. {not my forte, but that's a long story, ends with my DD in a straight jacket made of lovely pink baby yarn}I am wild about those bird nests you craft !! At any rate, Keep smiling and creating

Patrica said...

Vicki, this is my first time participating in GYB and I want to thank you so much for your generosity in hosting/organizing this fun party. I'm so looking forward to finding new interesting blogs to following beginning with yours!

Marilou said...

Thank you for. Hosting this wonderful blogging event Vicki! Your the best!
hugs and love, Marilou

kacky said...

What a neat idea!!! Bummed I missed the sign up- looks like fun! I know what I am going to be doing for a while- blog surfing!!! Great idea!

Kathy said...

Thank you, Vicki, for hosting this party. It is a huge undertaking and you have done an amazing job!

Julie said...

Such a splendid idea and so wonderful for you to host this, what amazing friends you have to help you out.
The crafting world is such a wonderful place and full of help and enthusiasm as well as comfort and support when needed.
I'm going to enjoy working my way through this list and finding some new friends I hope....thanks.

Tami Von Zalez said...

It is my second year participating! Thank you for hosting such a fun hop.

Now, off to visit the others~

thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

Tanya Rachelle said...

Vicki, I am so excited for this party! Last year you so generously included me-- and I was a brand new blogger. What a year it has been and am so looking forward to continuing the journey of growing my blog. You were so right when you said what a wonderful experience blogging would become. Thanks for your kind and generous heart.
~Tanya

Sandi said...

Hi Vicki,

Thanks so much for including me in your party. I'll make sure I visit some of the under 50's group that I'm a part of.

I recall visiting your blog last year when the party was on and discovering a few new places to revisit again and again.

Happy Robbie Burns day!

A Quiet Corner said...

What a wonderful idea....SHARING,,,,:)JP

Mascha said...


Thank you for all your trouble with this great party, it's a famous idea :-)

Renee said...

Vicki, thanks so much for hosting this blog party! I can only begin to imagine the amount of time you put into it. Thank you!

dosierosie said...

Thank you so much for hosting this, you certainly have my admiration for taking on such a mammoth task.
Gillx

Cally said...

Oh my goodness,all those blogs to look at.
I shall visit a few every day until I reach the end ;0)
Hugs x

Busy Lizzie said...

Thanks for hosting the party ^_^

Bogomilla Hopp said...

Dear dear Vicky,I'm thrilled to be part of this wonderful group of 600 people and their blogs! I will never forget the help I received from you last year. Now, I know a little more, and I'm trying to learn and improve. I would like this blog to become witness of my work and what I create became a job to all intents and purposes. Creating for me is a passion, but I would like to make it coincide with the work. Who knows that this dream comes true! A big hug to you and your fantastic team.
Thank you so much!! Bogomilla

Ellie said...

Hi Vicki, this is my first year into your link up and I have to say what a great idea!! Well done to you for organising it all - what a huge job.
I'm following you now too.
I just wanted to pop on to say thanks so much for this :))
Now I'm off to visit some of these blogs.

EvalinaMaria said...

Thank you so much for organizing this event again. I love your yarn and I have to admit that I was 'suffering' from same addiction. Now I'm addicted to embroidery and again I'm overflowing with stash... I do knit once in a while still.

Evalina, This and that...

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

This is a marvelous event. I'm posting about it tomorrow on my blog.
Thanks so much. Unfortunately, I forgot all about signing up but there is always next year? Hopefully.

Lou Anne Hazel said...

Hi Vicki. Thank you again for hosting this fabulous event. I know it's a lot of work and I appreciate it greatly. Last year I made some wonderful friends and I hope to do the same this year.

Gillian Salmons said...

Dear Vicki, thank you so much for setting this up, already I've had so much fun and have four new followers today alone. I appreciate your hard work and look forward to an interesting year or blogging and following! 🎁

Tammy Lawrence-Cymbalisty said...

Just found your blog today - looks wonderful Vicki! I'll look forward to connecting to some of the bloggers here... wish I'd found out about it sooner!

SoCal Debbie said...

Good morning, Vicki! Thanks so much for hosting this Grow Your Blog party! I'd love to be entered in your drawing for the books and cookies. Now off to visit some blogs!

Janina Lynet Rolin said...

Hi Vicki, Im very happy, thanks you very much, by to make this!! Im very bussy following now a my new friend!!

Silke said...

Dear Vicki,

I've been on your blog countless times today and have totally forgotten to leave a comment and tell you how fun this party is!!

You have worked so hard on this and I appreciate it. I already met a few fellow bloggers I am sure I will visit often...

Lots of love!! Silke

Rhonda H said...

This is so much fun! Thanks for posting my blog! ALready I am meeting new friends and finding some incredible blogs to follow! Thank you for doing this Vicki!

Crochet Bliss said...

Thanks Vicki for hosting this party! I can't wait to see all the awesome blogs!

And I love your nests, they are so beautiful!

Ella and Nesta said...

Sorry, I've noticed my blog hasn't been listed. Is it still possible to add it? Thank you for your help.

Tanya Breese said...

it's nice to meet you and thank you for hosting!

hkittypink said...

Thank you so much for setting this up! I've already had loads of visits to my blog today and a few more followers!

I'm looking forward to visiting everybody's blogs!

I'd love to enter your giveaway - I love reading and those cookies look yummy!

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Hello Vicki, Thanks you a million times over for hosting this most wonderful GYBP.. It is such a lovely event. It is always great to see your lovely photos. Those cookies look very delicious indeed. Have a lovely weekend. Hugs Judy

Kathy H said...

Thanks for hosting this. Last year I met you through your blog (enjoy it very much) and several other new blogs. Looking forward to this year too.

Melissa said...

Thanks for hosting! I didn't get my post up until this afternoon, so if you're friends saw it earlier with no post - please don't remove me. I'm all good to go now! Now off to check out everyone else!!

Homelight said...

Great idea - how do you join the party? I've posted your party on my blog site. Peace Out

DebraKay Neiman said...

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

Homelight said...

Great idea - how do you join the party? I've posted your party on my blog site. Peace Out

Mosaic Magpie said...

What a fun time already and I have only visited a few of the blogs....so nice to see what everyone is creating and getting to know them. Thank you for hosting, you always do such a great job.
xo,
Deb

2Turtle Doves Designs said...

I was cruising Blogs and just found out about this Blog Party ... I know I missed the signup deadline, but will still be visiting EVERYONE who is listed. A return visit would be nice :-)

Thanks in advance ~ and i will be putting your party Button on my Blog Page today @ http://2turtledovedesigns.blogspot.com/

I'll definitely be looking for the next signup!

~Val

Lynne said...

Thanks so much for hosting this lovely party!

Mara Paz said...

Thank you for organising this event. I can see it has been a mammoth task. This is my first time participating and I am overwhelmed!

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

I have found your blog through Cindy's blog and what a fantastic idea to host a 'grow your blog' party! I missed the sign up for this year but I will look forward to adding my name and blog on the list next year :). I am so glad I found you as I just fell in love with your birds nest - they are so adorable! Here's to the new year of creative blogging and you now have a new follower, too! x
__________________
Best wishes from Asia @ Under a Creative Spell

Sue H said...

Sorry - life 'events' (unexpected new arrival in the household!) have overtaken me & I haven't managed a post for this year's party! I will do my best to drop in on those who are taking part as and when.I can! Wishing you all well, anyway! :-)

Susan said...

I'm just adding my voice to the thanks comments. What a day. I'm proceeding very slowly. The blogs I'm finding are so good I get caught up in reading them. Blessing to you Vicki.

Linda Powell said...

Hello, thank you for this wonderful idea, I started my blog in Jume 2013 and I love doing it. I have already met some wonderful blogging friends and I look forward to meeting new friends over the coming months.
My blog is a crochet blog and I'm making baby clothes for my baby grandson.

Quinn said...

Vicki, just a quick Thank You before I take a break from the computer...my eyes aren't really focusing anymore!
You are AMAZING, and your generosity and kindness and patience are vast. Thank you again for pouring so much heartfelt effort into this huge project :)

Laurie said...

Thank you so much for hostessing! I'm an alumni of your party but am not participating with my own post this year. But I can't wait to go visit as many others as I can!

Maggie said...

Such a fabulous blog party, Vicki!! An amazing number of participants and an amazing feat organizing this huge event!! Thank you so much for fixing that little glitch with my blog in your listing. And ooh, do those cookies ever look delicious ... But not nearly as scrumptious as all of your gorgeous knitted creations!! Omg you're an artist painting with that yarn :-)

Becky said...

Thank you, Vicki for organizing and hosting this blog party! I look forward to visiting a few blogs each day and making new friends. Take care!

Susan Studio Arts said...

Thank you Vicki, this party is a blast!

Vicki H said...

Thanks for organizing the party. Having fun.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

This is such a lovely way to meet new kindred spirits and get to know blogs we follow in a more personal way. You know how much I adore you! You have such a kind and loving heart and I am so very blessed to call you "friend." thank you for all that you bring to this wonderful world of blogging. Many blessings...;)

Bead and Needle said...

You ROCK - nothing more need be said! XOXOXOXOXOXOXO

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Thanks for all your work in coordinating this fun hop!

Yarni Gras! said...

Thank you for hosting this lovely party. I sequestered myself away for 4 hours to hop but it is time to reenter the household and get dinner made!

Tracy said...

I found lots of new to me blogs via the party last year and I'm sure I will this year too.
My first visits will be to the <50 follower blogs and then the rest in the coming weeks.

make.share.give said...

Thank you for this wonderful list! I'll be visiting new bloggy friends for weeks!

Createology said...

So many blogs...so little time. I will keep visiting and supporting bloggers just like me who want to be part of this amazing creative community. Thank You Dear...

Patty Sumner said...

Thanks Vicki for hosting.. It has been fun! Blessings!

DeAnna S said...

Thanks for all the awesome work you put into getting this Hop together. I've been visiting and following folks all day!

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

Vicki - you rock!! thank you for having this party again this year. it was such a blast last year & i am glad to be in the bunch again. i was happy to be a volunteer to help you out. so fun. i look forward to next year. big big hugs.

thank you again for all your hard work & efforts. ( :

Susie Murray said...

Hi Vicki! Just found out about grow your blog party. I hope it isn't too late to be included. Please! My friend and I started sketchygirlz and have no followers!!! I'll be forever grateful. breesmimi at gmail dot com. Thank you !

Mom E. said...

Vicki, Thanks so much for all your hard work and to all your volunteers as well! It is so much fun to meet new bloggers!
Hugs,Betsy

Di said...

You are awesome. I am having so much fun visiting everyone! I am going to bed now. But I have visited several ladies. Di@Cottage-wishes

quiltgirl said...

Vicki, thanks again to you and your support team for putting this on- it's so much fun! Along with many others, I plan to visit the entire list over the next couple of months. It's a wonderful way to spend snowy evenings in midwest :)

Patricia Dolton said...

Thanks for stopping by. I added the link back to your Grow Your Blog party post like you requested. Another blogger offered to help me with the Google Connect feature I have not been able to set up. Thank you for this event!

Beth said...

Vicki, Thanks so much for hosting this wonderful party! I am looking forward to visiting many wonderful blogs. Thanks for the giveaway, too. Very nice!

Sarah Craig said...

Thanks for hosting this party, Vicki! It's great fun, and I've already had lots and lots of new visitors to my blog!

Lisa Marie said...

Wow, what an impressive list of blogs you have compiled! Can't wait to discover some blogs that are new to me.

Cindy Gay said...

Thanks Vicki! It's been fun!

Joluise said...

Vicki, you are a star and MANY THANKS for doing such a great job:))))))))

You are an angel.

Joluise xx

Ida said...

I forgot to mention in my blog post how much I appreciate your hosting this wonderful event. So I'm doing that here. I've already met some great new bloggers and have really enjoyed browsing through some of the blogs in the hop. You have a very nice blog. I'm not great at anything "Sewing" related but I do admire those who are.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Thank you for hosting again this year Vicki and I'm glad you have helpers checking on posts for the party. I think a lot of people must forget they signed up.
I enjoy the meet and greet aspect and if I get new followers, that's a bonus.
Judith

Carla said...

My blog is growning, but I don't think I'm on the list. My email is on the page...
Maybe I'm blind.
Creatin' in the Sticks.
Thanks for the party. I'm having fun!

Heather said...

What a great event! I didn't find this soon enough to list my blog, but will looking for your next event! I'm having a wonderful time just visiting new blogs and following lots of interesting bloggers! Thanks!

Kaisievic said...

Hi Vicki, Thank you so much for hosting this party again this year - such a great chance to meet new bloggers. Please count me in your lovely giveaway, please.
hugs, Kaye

joanne said...

I'm so excited to have come across your blog for Sherry's place. Love your beautiful bird nests. Love the idea of the party too...hope to see you soon.

Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife said...

Your yarn creations look lovely. Thanks for coordinating this!

peggy gatto said...

I would love to join up!

My Garden Diaries said...

I can not thank you enough for setting up this party! I can only imagine how LONG it takes to link it all up and for that I send you a giant hug! It has been so beautiful to meet such amazing bloggers from all over the world! Thank you for connecting us Vicki! You are amazing! Nicole xoxo

suziqu's thread works said...

Dearest Vicki
I've been quite busy assisting you with my section as a helper so I have absolutely no idea how huge the whole party would have been on your very own!

You are such a kind and loving person and I appreciate just how much you have done for the blogging community and for us all to gain the benefits of your very dedicated and hard work.

This year's party will be another absolute success and I am sure many new friendships will be found for all including myself.

Thank you so much again for being the perfect hostess. I hope we have also lived up to your expectations.

Merci and big hugs dear friend,
Suzy

A Quilter's Mission said...

Thank you so much, Vicki! This hop is amazing. I love your work, and maybe someday I will learn how to knit. I do crochet, so I'm not totally yarn challenged.

creations.1 said...

I am having a wonderful time Vicki - I have been away and put my post up early - I have come home to a swag of new likers and a bigger swag of comments - so I am working my way through all of them first and then onto your lists!!! Such a great event and thank you!!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello dear Vicki
We are so lucky to have you in our lives - thank you for everything you do for others.

It's a wonderful opportunity to find new blogs, meet new people and be inspired to see the world through fresh eyes again!

Love your 'giveaway' goodies!

Hugs and love
Shane

Tina said...

Dear Vicki, thanks for hosting this party! It is already working: my horizon is growing by finding beautiful new blogs as well as my blog is growing in readership.
My stash isn't huge, but I wish I were as creativ with it as you are!
Tina

Marissa Napier said...

Hi Vicki! What a wonderful thing to do!! This is my first time visiting your blog, I saw it on Ellie's Place & Nancy's Rural Journal. I would have liked to participate, seems I've made it here too late! :) Maybe next year!

I know this must be a huge effort for you (and your helpers) to take on. Bravo to all of you for such a lovely gathering.

-Marissa
www.ahomemakersjournal.com

Sharmayne said...

Thankyou so very much for all the work you and your helpers have put into this blog party! I have to say that I have had the most relaxing and wonderful time all afternoon hopping from one blog to the next and have become a follower of many lol.
Big hugs Sharm (Australia)
www.the7pillars.blogspot.com And
www.countryfragrance.blogspot.com

Pinnylea Creations said...

Not quite sure how I found you but so pleased I did. Thank you for hosting this party and helping my blog to grow XX

BluMoon said...

Hello Vicki, what a wonderful blog hop this is I am enjoying visiting so many blogs and I think it will take me many weeks to visit everyone! Thank you so much for making it happen.
I am following you but don't seem to be getting any posts!
Jackie

Birgit said...

Vicki,

You are the very first one I visit during this event -- after all, you brought it to life! :) Thanks for all the time and effort -- that's so very much appreciated.

Even though I have had 239 followers at the beginning of your party, I have had the feeling that very few people check out my blog. I found that it's not so much about the number of followers, but rather about followers who want to get in touch and form friendships. That's what I hope for during this event -- that something about what I share and post will touch someone in a way that he or she wants to connect and come back.

Anyway, I will surely visit your blog more often to see your yarn projects! Thanks also for the chance to win inspiring books or cookies. :)

Lots of greetings from Germany,
Birgit

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Thanks so much for hosting this event. Vicki I had lots and lots of new visitors to my site, new followers and new friends. I also had great fun exploring many new sites to me.

I'd love to be entered into your give away this year.

DebraKay Neiman said...

Wow, what a great way to meet some wonderful bloggers. Thanks for all you do. I am having fun finding new bloggers to follow...love sewing and quilting. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Vicki, just wanted to stop by and say hi. Goodness, I can't believe how many people are involved this year. So many to visit. So little time. Will just slowly make my way through as best I can. I sure hope you are taking a much needed breather now. :) Thanks for all your efforts. You are amazing! Tammy

Lorraine said...

Thank you for hosting this wonderful event Vicki. I appreciate all your time and effort. Those cookies sure do look good!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Hi Vicki - this is, almost, too much fun! Thank you for all your hard, long hours of work and organizing the 2014 GYBP; it's so exciting, visiting all the participants! I'm one of those people who use the word "love" quite sparingly but I truly love you...for reasons not gone into here. The GYBP is an indication of the wonderful woman you are, sharing your heart and abilities with others; passing along life's kindness, bestowing that kindness on others. You have, greatly, blessed me; whenever you're brought to mind, you're tucked into prayer.

Bonnie said...

Karen visited my blog and commented yesterday. I'd love to win her books. Thanks for offering them up.

Heidi said...

What a wonderful idea for a linkup! I am not sure I will make it through them all, but I am enjoying it, and I am happy to have found your site:-)

Leslee said...

I have a blog with very few visitors and would like to increase my viewers. It is great you organize this. Not sure how to get on your list? Hopefully you can help and I look forward to checking back. I go in spurts with my knitting.
Leslee
http://mtcanuk.blogspot.com/

hafza said...

Hi Vicki. Karen visited my blog
and I would like to participate in your giveaway for the chance to win her books. Thank Vicki for hosting this party.

averyclaire.org said...

TY for the Grow Your Blog Day...I have met so many nice people. It is been really fun!

prettylittlethingsinabox said...

thank you very much for the opportunity of a blog hop and organising it.. it is fun to find other like minded bloggers.. wishing you many happiness ahead.. :D

WhoMom said...

Yowzah! I never expected to see so many blogs listed in one place. Thank you for the opportunity to visit so many blogs and investigate the whole blog idea.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Thank you Vicki for all you do and for putting this blog party together!! Soooo many artists and talents!!

JoyceLM said...

Thanks for hosting the Grow Your Blog hop. I've found some wonderful bloggers to follow. And thanks for the chance to win.

Karen said...

I am enjoying the blog hop. Thank you for hosting. I am seeing lots of inspiration.

Julie Corbisiero said...

Hi Vicky, I'm now following you by Bloglovin and all your Pinterest boards. I found you and your blog from some of my blog friends. I hope to be able to participate in the next grow your blog event that you have. In the meantime I am enjoying visit some of the other blogs. I look forward to getting to know you and your blog! What a great way to meet other bloggers! Take care.
Julie at Julie's Lifestyle
julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

Dorthe said...

Hello sweet ,wonderful lady-
such fantastic power and energy you offers us, in doing this....I so hope my situation will be ,as to take part next year dear Vicki.
You have changed the life for so many persons, and bloggers,- and your love shines through all you do!
Thank you for having been one of those,- that love reached out to, in 2013- you are a very dear friend to me.
Love from Dorthe

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

hi Vicki....I have finally found my way here. It has been a busy weekend. I love your blog and what you do with your yarn. thank you for letting me take part with all of you.

Mina said...

This was such a wonderful idea, Vickie. I too, remember being new to blogging and having the sweetest ladies, who I didn't even know, help me in so many areas.

Your blog is beautiful and your nests simply enchanting. Well, I'm off to meet some new friends. ;-) Mina

hula-la said...

Once again Vicki, you have outdone yourself with the awesome blog party. I was happy to join you for the maiden voyage, and happy still to be joining in again. Thank you very, very much! Your gorgeous yarn creations are exquisite. My tea is craving a sweet treat companion from your lady bakers. Hope you are putting your feet up and enjoying right along with us! Aloha

2Turtle Doves Designs said...

Hey ladies; thank you all so much for opening your lives and homes to so many eyes :-)

I truly enjoyed my cybertrip and will be planning future visits the Blogs I now follow.

Thanks bunches for the Party Vicki!

Yes ... I DID visit every Blog listed and every commenter that was not in the original lineup; I hope to be listed in the next Party Invite :-)

~Val

Jean said...

Thank you so much for doing this. I cant imagine all the work that you put into it. And I blew it...I joined late and you allowed me and and then I didn't post on the 25th. I am ashamed but have posted. I cant wait to look through more of the wonderful blogs here.

OhioLori said...

What a fun Hop!!! Have already found some cool Blogs...and knoooow will be makimg special new Friends too!! Thank you soooo much for setting this up!! I am Following you too, thru Bloglovin.

Angela Venable said...

Aw, this is so awesome. I am new to blogging. I had started one a while ago and I decided to switch to blogger last night. I still have some things to transfer, but I am wondering how I can join in on this!? Thanks so much!!! :)

Marti said...

I wish I had heard about this earlier. I'm enjoying reading the participating blogs and next year I hope I see your announcement before the sign up date ends.

Marit Johanne said...

Thank you so much for hosting this party and the big job you had to make the list of all those bloggers!
It has been great fun, I have got new followers and I have found new intersting blogs to follow.

Mokki said...

This is a great idea! I love finding new blogs. I find that lesser known blogs are the more interesting because they are more creative and less commercial. Thank you for this awesome list.

Shirlee Fassell said...

Awesome GYBParty!! Found some great new blogs to follow and have 10 new followers!!! Thanks so much again for all your hard work in hostessing this party! I looked at every blog!
Shirlee

M D Roque said...

Sad not to be chosen... perhaps next year ?
Neverthless if you need any help in helping new bloggers, and if I can help, just let me know, ok?
Thankx. D

Art and Sand said...

Wow! What a huge turnout at your party.

I was on vacation when I hit publish and am just now back home. I am so far behind at visiting blogs and responding to comments on mine.

Last year I visited every blog at the party and I plan to do so again, but it is going to take a lot longer this year.

Thanks for being the "hostess with the mostest".

Mario Zeleny said...

Thank you for such a fabulous event and allowing me to participate. I am please I got to post early because I had a family crisis this weekend. I look forward to visiting as many blogs as I can this week.

Many Blessings!

Mario

LeAnn said...

Hi this looks like a great idea. I can't tell how you join or if it is too late to do so.
I loved the whole idea. Your blog looks awesome.
Blessings for your efforts to help others grow their own blogs.
Living Waters by LeAnn
http://lgwilliams.blogspot.com/

ranjitha@Hookingtheyarn said...

Hi Vicki,
I was not aware of this party before and I missed it :( Will there be a similar event soon or is it only next year ? :( :(
Thanks!

-Ranjitha

kathyinozarks said...

I can't believe it myself-lol-but I made it through the whole list-wow so many creative people out there.
Thank you again Vicki for all your hard work hugs Kathy

Shaiha said...

What a wonderful idea! I am only sorry that I didn't participate this year. I didn't realize that it was going to be aimed towards craft bloggers. I would love to be included in your drawing.

Andrea said...

Vicki, you are an amazing young lady. Your party waa on a weekend that I was committed to four days of being personable and informative to a large number of people, so I wasn't sure I would have the energy to get into a party mood. But, I didn't want to pass it up, and I couldn't be happier that I pushed myself to do it. I have found many blogs that interest me and hopefully will expand my circle of blog friends in a positive and rewarding way. Thank you for all of the work you put into this ... I said it before and I'll say it again, you are brilliant!

Andrea @ From The Sol

Sarah and Dan said...

Would love to be included in your giveaway. What a fun idea!

Linda said...

I just found your blog tonight through another blog. How kind of you and creative to host this party! Thanks. My blog is on a restart since I changed to wp.org so I am rebuilding and hopefully adding and expanding too! I'll be checking out my fellow bloggers over the next times.

Outback Craftaholic said...

Hi Vicki. What a fantastic idea! Unfortunately I missed your party as I had a frantic weekend celebrating Australia Day. I would love to join in next year though as I am keen to meet other bloggers and expand my list of followers too :). I don't get much time in front of the computer but will definitely be checking out as many of your blog party participants as I can. Thanks very much. Tracy.

Cindy said...

Thank you Vicki,
And to the others for making this blog party happen. I'm excited and can't wait to get my blog post done. I'll be the first to say I've been blogging for 3 1/2 years and have 3 faithful followers. I scrolled to the bottom of the list reading the names of the over 500 comments list and am amazed. Ready and anxious to meet new friends along the way. Today is Jan 28th and I'm just finding this but already thinking of something exciting I can mention for a give away. Thanks again, Cindy of 3-followers, lol

Betty Manousos said...

hi vicki, thank you for hosting this wonderful party! i love finding/following new blogs.

have a great day~

Derrith said...

Thanks again Vicki, for hosting this wonderful event. You have blessed many lives and enhanced the blogging experience for hundreds of friends!
I would love to be entered in your Give Away drawing. Thank you!

Eugenia Maru said...

Hi Vicki. I don't know what I did wrong. Maybe because I could not put the 2014 bannet because I have problems with Java. 279 Followers I have, but I do not appear in the list. Maybe there is something that I have not done well. The language plays against me.
Well, I hope everything goes well. You're a great person.
Kisses
Maru - Chile

Louise said...

I just wanted to say thank you for hosting this blog, and especially to let me join the party when I was late to sign up. You are so kind to do this, and I can only imagine how much work it is. All your helpers are appreciated as well!

Susan Barclay said...

I think I may have missed a deadline for joining the party, but I'd love to be entered into your giveaway and will visit as many of the partiers as I can!

Janice Petty said...

Greetings Vicki! How lovely of you to give us this opportunity to make new friends and grow our blogs. This is so much fun and I have already met some new friends. Stay well and be blessed! Jan

Brenda DeBord said...

Great idea, wish I had found you earlier and had my blog listed. Will enjoy visiting the blogs listed.

cindy craine said...

I'm so bummed I missed out on this! I've been MIA for months, bad blogger,bad bad blogger!!! What a great idea! Karen is a doll and will always help! Thanks for the list!-xox-cindy

Gail Griner Golden at Gail-Friends said...

Hi Vicki - I'm so excited about your party. I found you through Create with Joy today. I'll be following you, and visiting others. Thanks for this great idea and all your help.

Elise Lea said...

Thank you so much for putting this on! I have been having a wonderful time so far and have been getting quite a few visitors myself. I really appreciate all the time and effort you put into this!

Elise

Carolyn said...

Thank you for including me and my blog in your blog hop.

Carolyn
Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

by Gill said...

Hi Vicki, I love the sound fo your grow your blog party. I currently have 57 Google followers on my blog. Can i be included on the 50-100 list please? I take it this is the way to enter as i cant see any other instructions.
thanks
Gill xx
http://stampinglemons.blogspot.co.uk/

alissa said...

Thanks for the party i am going down the list

busybusybeejay said...

How do I join?

Lady of the Manor said...

I just read about this party from Nicole at mygardendiaries and am so disappointed I missed it. I'm enjoying reading everyone's blogs and hope you host again next year. I'm following you now, so hopefully I'll be able to participate next year.

Phoebe @ Lou Messugo said...

Thank you so much for hosting this party. It's my first year and I'm very excited to participate. I can't imagine how much work you must have put in, it's amazing!

knitalatte said...

Hi VIcki,
The party is so fun this year. Thanks for hosting this amazing event again.
Hugs,
Karen

Heather O said...

Thank you so much for hosting this hop! What a great idea and a great way to bring together a mass of similar minded people. I am slowly but surely making my way through the list and am having a great time seeing little glimpses into people's busy lives.

Nita Davis said...

Wow! This is such a wonderful thing you are doing. I just learned about it from Nancy Claeys. I am following you now and will visit as many of this years participating blogs as I can and hopefully next year I can join the party.
Have a great weekend!

Mexitali Rose said...

Thank you so much for hosting the Grow Your Blog event. I went from 11 to 33 followers and now have a nice cozy community to blog with. Thanks again and brightest blessings on your endeavors.

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