Sunday, January 25, 2015

Welcome to the 2015 "Grow Your Blog" party

Welcome to my "grow Your Blog" 2015 party! 

I am so very happy to have the opportunity to host this party once again!  My sincere welcome to those of you who are participating for the very first time and to all of you who have come back once again to visit and participate with us here.  I am just blown away by the incredible response to this party -- I think we have over 400 blogs participating this year --(the final count will be made tomorrow.)

The purpose of this party is to meet new blogging friends and to extend an open invitation to "follow" each other.  There are SO many blogs in the "less than 100 Followers" category -- more than ever before.  I have met so many wonderful folks and seen some truly amazing blogs in this category.  So while, you are visiting and making new friends,  please take an extra moment or two to make a special effort in visiting these blogs who are just beginning their journey and want very much to make new friends.  We do all remember what it was like to start as a new blogger and to want so desperately to have a dedicated family of followers!

Before I briefly introduce myself -- I just want to take a moment to tell you that it has not been all that long since I was a brand new blog writer.  I remember all to well what it was like to publish my blog and wonder -- "is there anybody out there who reads this?" 

In my early days of blogging, there were some wonderful ladies who, through their own blogs, helped me so very much--- Lynn and Dawn.   I will always remember their kindness in helping me to bring attentions to my blog, and through their kindness, I was able to truly Grow my blog.  

Now, I am so happy to pay that kindness forward.  This party is my way of sharing that with all of  you --- sharing with you the opportunity to meet new friends and to "Grow your own blogs".

 My name is Vicki -- your host for this blogging event.
I love to knit 
Am admittedly obsessed with yarn
(I have more yarn in my craft room than should be allowed!!)
I love to travel
I love my family, my husband, sisters,and our precious
I blog about all of these things. 

just a little sample of some of the things
that I do with yarn...

and that other little thing I do with yarn--
I make nests...
(you can read about them on my sidebar)
If you would like to join me in my
2 Bags's Full Facebook page
you can do so

Some of the folks participating in this event will be hosting
a giveaway on their blog--
I would like to use this space
to introduce you to one of my dearest
and-- most talented friends--

My friend Sharon Lovejoy is an amazing author.
She has dedicated her life to writing
for children.
Her latest novel,written for young adults,
is a captivating story of young courage
that takes place in the
pre-Civil War era.
You can read about Sharon's latest novel
 by clicking here 
My giveaway will be an autographed copy
of Sharon's latest novel.
The giveaway will take place on February 15.  
Everyone who visits my blog and leaves a comment
will be entered in the contest.  
I will post the winner here--
so please make sure that I have a way to contact you.
You can find Sharon at her blog
where she shares her gardening expertise
and talks about her 
wonderful life in sunny California and coastal Maine.
Be sure to visit her and say "Hello"!
Update --- 
the winner of the book -- "Running Out of Night"
is Sherry from the blog Createology.
This contest is now CLOSED.

NOW --- on to THE PARTY!!!

Before you begin -- a few brief notes to mention -
 My email --

1.  please check your own blogs for any mistakes I may have made.
I have 40 wonderful volunteers, if your link is wrong they will catch it -- but you are free to email me as well. No need to panic.
 I will be home and at my computer all day --- if there is a mistake I will fix it very quickly I promise! 

2. There are so many new blogs this year in every category -- but especially the "less than 100 followers" category.   Perhaps you might especially try to visit some of those folks and become friends with them.  We all remember how hard it was to start into blogging and to begin to grow a follower family. 

3.  This party post will remain up for the entire yearThere will be a link to it at the top of my sidebar for the year.  So please know that you will continue to receive visitors throughout the year.  I would suggest that you consider leaving your party post up for a minimum of 2 weeks before you move on to you next posting.  You should also consider a link on your sidebar or someplace easily found that will take folks to your party post after you have moved on to other postings.

Welcome to the party!
Meet my wonderful group of Party Volunteers !
(this party has become so BIG --- I could not possible host this
event without their help!  A huge THANK- YOU to everyone who volunteered to help me this year!) 

A Half Baked Notion -- Monique

Alaska Blue Moose -- Karen

Apple and Apricot -- Wendy

Aunt Marti and 52 Quilts -- Marti 

Back Porchervations --LuAnne

CatieAn and Company -- CatieAn 

Comptonia --Quinn 

Deb's Artistic Impressions --Deborah

Debbie's Corner -- Debbie 

Dreaming of Vintage -- Kelly


Fil's Place- Old Songs and Memories-- Fil

From My Carolina Home --Carole 

Full Circle --Rhonda 

Good Golly Ginger --Katie

KathyinOzarks Pages -- Kathy

Hooked on Quilting -- Gloria 

Home-Ec-Mama -- Jennifer

Lou Messugo -- Phoebe

Mosaic Magpie -- Debbie

My Painted Garden -- Erin 

Nanmade -- Nan

Normandy Life -- Maggie 

Pretty Little Things in a Box -- Angela

Roses, Lace and Brocante -- Shane 

Shauna's World -- Shauna

Shirleystitches -- Shirley 

Stitch Lines -- Linda 

Stitch and Quilt -- Thearica

Stitchin At Home -- Cindy

Sugarplum Patchwork-- Laney 

Sunflower House Art -- Debbie 

Suziqusthreadworks -- Suzy

The Crafter's Apprentice --Wendy 

The Enchanting Rose --Stephanie  

The Seared Blue Haired Comment -- Tammy  

The Whimsical Dowager --Beth 

Thistle Cove Farm --farm life, travels 

ThreadPainter's Art -- Sharon

Under a Creative Spell -- Asia

Val's Quilting Studio -- Val

Less than 100 followers

Section One

A Bit About Britain -- Great Britain history and travel photos

A Country Chick Retreat- crafting at retreat

Addicted 2 Fabric  -- textile art, quilting

A Symphony of Stitches --cross stitch

Adventures in Mixed Media --thrifting/collecting,creating,cooking, life in country with chickens and dogs 

A little love everyday-- crochet, paper crafts, drawing

A Focused Journey --art journals, mixed media, photography 

A Grandma's Blessings --faith, family, tea time

A Quilted Passion--quilting

Applique and...knitting, stitchery, genealogy, food

Around the World (As Voltas no Mundo)--travel photos, running

Arranged Words--knitting, painting, writing

Art, the Beautiful Metaphor --embroidery

Section Two

At the corner of Scrap and Quilts --quilting 

Barbara Lilian in France --country gardening, watercolor painting, photography

Blessings in the Country --cross stitch, primitive/country crafting

Bluejeans and Tea Cups -- all things TEA,Christian historical fiction, hospitality

Brownie's Chair -- cross stitch

BQuiltin' Studio -- quilting

busybusybeejay-- knitting, crochet, reading 

Catie An and Company --mixed media, DIY projects

Catrinket --polymer clay creations

CHANNELBANK CREATIONS --crafts, gardening, simple life

Chasing the Sun -- photography

 Section Three

Cheeky Rose Boutique -- doll maker

Christ in Me--spiritual faith, weekly "word bytes" 

Cloister of the Heart --mixed media art, soulcollage, assemblage art

Colourful Cross Stitches -- cross stitch

Colours In The Breizh--travel sketching, nature, book binding, dress making

Cooking with Amanda -- recipes, food photography 

Coser Tejer Crear

Country Fragrance --knitting, sewing, crochet, gardening

Country Lady Quilts --quilting 

Country Wife --lifestyle

Cozy Expressions --folk art fabric creations, primitive art

Crafts, Cavies and Cooking -- quilting, cooking, guinea pigs 

Section Four

Crafting Paws -- cross stitching, candles, mason jars 

Crochet Bliss --crochet

Cross Stitch Angel --cross stitch 

Dapple Design --photography, sewing, crochet, snippets of life

Debbie's Corner --knitting, cross stitch, cooking

Doodles"n" Daydreams --outdoors, family, life in general

Diary of a Novice Quilter -- quilting 

Ditsy Gran Quilts--patchwork, quilting

Dillman's Dallies --lampwork beads, jewelry, upcycle leather crafts

Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry --jewelry, beading

Duchess Declutter --retro/vintage, decluttering, life in Australia

Section Five

 Easy Street Ramblings --quilting, cross stitch, country life

Fabric and Memories --quilting, sewing

Fabulous Frivolities -- quilting

Fancy Foot Farm --quilting, sewing 

Felt by Rae --crafting 

Fitz's Stitches

Flora's Bee Crazy Quilter --crazy quilting, beadwork

Field and Fen --food, character dolls, nature walks

Fil's Place - Old Songs and Memories-- singing, travels

Finding Simple Treasures 

 Section Six

Four Miles North of Nowhere -- knitting, quilting, card making, life in general

Frances Lilly Designs -- quilting 

Fresh Off The Frame --quilting

Full Circle --mixed media, quilting/textile arts, natural dyeing fabrics and wool

Fun with This and That - painting, mixed media, fabric arts, travels 

 Gentle Wanderings --getting fit and healthy, food,gardening, crafts

GEM'S PC CORNER --polymer clay creations  

Ginko et Coquelicot --beads, jewelry making

Glass by Lindi --stained glass,quilting, sewing, jewelry making

Gone Beading --jewelry making, crochet, random life

Great Balls of Wool --knitting, crochet, sewing

Gypsy Spirit Rising -- everyday life as wife and mother 

Section Seven

Hand Embroidery Journey -- hand embroidery 

Hattie's Attic --primative decor  

Heather's Sewing Room--quilting, box making, crafting, living in Asia 

Hexe im Hollerbusch --knitting, stitching,quilting, gardening


Jennifer's Vintage Paperie--card making

Judy Cooper Textile Images --textile art, hand/machine embroidery, felting

Judy's Fabrications Art and Craft Creations --cloth dolls, lace creations, patchwork, Zentangle drawings

Just  A Little Stitchin'-- cross stitch

Section Eight 

 Keeping it Real --sewing, crochet, crafting

Kiwirachfindinghome--crafting, vintage items, self-reliance

KNETTYCRAFT--needlework, soap making, family life, mixed media

Leaning into Life -photography

Lessons on Linen --embroidery, cross stitch, sewing

(Life and Creativity) with Four Quirky Greers 

Little House on the Dairy --quilting, sewing children's clothing

Living My Dream --crazy quilting, embroidery, cross stitch

Living to Work -Working to Live -- machine embroidery, mixed media

Making It From Page to Table-- crafting

Marly's Quilts --patchwork, quilting

Section Nine

Marti's DIY --quilting, home remodeling

Measi's Musings -- cross stitch

Mel Makes --crafts, sewing, vintage items

Memorias Coloridas -- cross stitch 

Modern Parti Quilts --quilting 

Mountain Stitches 

Muffin Tea House --painting

Section Ten

My Paper Daisey-- paper crafts, stamping, card making 

Nan Made -- jewelry making

Needleworker's Samplings --needlework, reading, knitting

Neverending Book Quest --a quest to read all the Newbery Award Winners

New Horizon Reviews --book reviews, cooking

Nonna Rose Creates and Cooks --knitting, cooking, photography, gardening 

North Yorkshires Craft Guru-- crafting, upcycle crafts

Of Art and Other Things --drawing, painting, mixed media

One Crafty Creature -- card making, mixed media 

Section Eleven

OUTBACK CRAFTAHOLIC -- quilting, embroidery, soft toys, family life 

Paper Vernissage --hand made cards, photography, Zentangles, recipes 

Patching Pixies --patchwork, embroidery

Patchwork Allsorts --patchwork, quilting, embroidery,crochet 

Peachy Pages --quilting, travel scrap booking

Pedal Sew Lightly --quilting, crafting,bicycling 

Pepsi Max Addict --life with cats 

 Section Twelve 

Pickles Quilting --quilting, sewing, crafting, photography 

Pink Doxies --modern quilting and sewing

Pinkz Passion -- home decor, art, travel 

Q is for Quilts -- quilting

Quiltn 4 Fun -- quilting

Quilting Fun -- quilting 

Quilting Nonnie --quilting 

Section Thirteen

Rainbows and Sunshine -- crochet, knitting, jewelry making, photography

Reflections of a Desert Rat--cross stitch, knitting, crochet, jewelry making

Red Eye Crafts --quilting, knitting, baking, papercrafts

RobinSueQuilts -- quilting

Romancing the Ordinary --cooking, knitting,crochet, pets 

Sarah Lizzies-- quilting, sewing, knitting, gardening

Sanderella's --crochet, knitting, baking, gardening 

Sami's Colourful World--life in Australia, travel, cats,crafts

Sarah's Uncensored --photography, writing, crafts, cooking

Section Fourteen

Sew Much to Quilt --sewing quilting, embroidery

Sew..... This Is My Blog --quilting 

Shabby Royale --fabric/lace books, vintage crafts, personal wedding gifts

Sharing Divine Inspiration -- knitting, crochet, needle felting

Shellsaquiltin -- quilting, teaching young girls to sew

She's Lady of the Manor--gardening, tablescapes, crafting

Shroo's World --art

Silver Springs Acres Labors of Love -- art, gardening, lifestyle 

Simple Things --family time, crochet, sewing 

Simplicity and Domesticity --cooking, baking, reading, stay at home daughter

SIN-Sometimes I'm Nice --- cross stitch

Southern Charm Inspired --quilting, sewing, cooking

Spud's Daily Photo --photography, travel 

Section Fifteen

Stitch and Sow...the handwork of home and garden--gardening, simple living, sewing, quilting

Stitch4therapy--cross stitch,crochet,beading

Stitched Together --stitching, embroidery

Stitchin At Home --quilting

Sugar Moon -- faith, crafts, gardening, quilting, photography

Sugarplum Patchwork --sewing, quilting, drawing, painting

Summer's Sewing Room --cross stitch, sewing, latch hooking 

Sunflower House Art

Susan's Scrappy Domain--quilting, embroidery

SuZeQ Creations --paper creations

Sweet Serendipity --reading, cooking, family time

Section Sixteen

Tasty Textiles by Textile Cottage -- textile art and embroidery

Temenos of the Blessing 

The Cat's Meow --jewelry making

The Country Witch's Cottage --witchcraft, herbalism, divination

The Crazy Earth Mama-- parenting a toddler

The Lady of the House Speaking -- lifestyle, scrapbooking, reading, travel 

The Mag Rag --mixed media, jewelry design, paper crafting

The Misadventures of Myrtle Grace --cross stitch, punch needle, recipes

The Next Stage --life after retirement 

Section Seventeen 

The Phantom Zucchini--humor 

The Seared Blue Hair Comment --art, stitching, nature photography 

The Victorian Gypsy -- living life, crafting with joy

(th)INK Positive --rubber stamping, mixed media, art journals

ThreadPainter's Art --machine embroidery, pen/ink drawings

Threads of Inspiration --cooking, sewing, crafts, fiber art 

Section Eighteen 

Through a different lens --photography

Timeless Romantic Designs--sewing, crochet, knitting, roses

Toothpaste and Orange Cat --quilting, sewing, cross stitch, life style

View from the Teapot -- life in France

Through my hands --living in Oregon, fiber arts, embroidery

Where Blessings Gather -- rustic vintage and shabby creations, everyday blessings

With Work in Hand -- cross stitch, knitting, embroidery, crochet

Wuthering Stitches--cross stitching

Wyrd Needles --embroidery, cross stitch

100-200 Followers

Section Nineteen

Accroquilt--quilting, free motion journey 

Africanaussie --crafting, cooking, gardening in Australia

Alaska Blue Moose --book arts, photography, knitting, mixed media 

A Half Baked Notion -- jewelry design

Anne's Attic--interior design (French Nordic/Shabby Chic), weekly craft projects

A Prim and (not so proper) Quilter --quilting

A Spirit of Simplicity --photography, writing

All Thingz Sewn --sewing, farming, family

Anna Nowicki - Textile Artist ---embroidery, art to wear costumes, thread painting

Section Twenty

Ariadne from Greece -- sea glass collecting, crafts, cross stitch, traveling

Beads and Birds --crazy quilting, sewing,crochet

Beth's Raggedy Attic Prims --primitives, folk art, country style crafts

Beneath the Witch's Moon -- magical life and life in general 

Cache-Mire --making pine needle baskets, knitting, travels

Comptonia --cashmere goats, fiber art, nature

 Section Twenty One

Conversations from My House --crafting, flea markets, Tea Cup Tuesday 

Cup on the Bus --raising 2 granddaughters, weaving, current events

Cynthia Crane's Art and Gardening Goodness -- gardening, decorating, pottery making 

Deb's Artistic Impressions -- watercolor painting, sketching, textile designs 

Dogwood Lane Rambles --quilting, cooking, country living


Section Twenty Two

Everybody Loved Clark --cross stitch, quilting, soap making 

Fat Dormouse getting thinner--food, nutrition

French Oddities--sewing with vintage linens, quilting, embroidery 

Gadget's Joyful Page -- cross stitch

I Dew Quilting --quilting

Jayne's stitching tales --cross stitch, knitting, beading, sewing 

Judy Cooper Textile Images --textile artist, quilting, sewing, embroidery

Section Twenty Three

Just Another Flamingo on the Lawn --stitching, parenting, life in general 

KathyinOzarks Pages -- soap making, fiber arts, hand dyeing, weaving 

Les Quilts -- quilting, stitching

Liniecat at Large -- quilting

Magpie's Mumblings-- crazy quilting, knitting, crafting 

Maureen's Vintage Acquisitions --pin cushion dolls, crazy quilting, small stitching projects 

Mia's Creations-- making bags, quilting, crafting

Mooshie Stitch -- embroidery

Paisley Rain Boots --writing, photography

Phoenix Heirlooms --quilting, sewing, textile art, painting

 Section Twenty Four

Pug Mom Quilts --quilting, pug doggies 

Quilt Fabrication -- quilting

Quilting through Rose-Colored Trifocals --quilting, nature 

Rosy Stitches -- cross stitch, beading, crochet

Sewing After Seven--sewing, quilting

Shauna's World --quilting, digital scrapbooking 

 Section Twenty Five

Shirleystitches -- embroidery, family 

Stitch Duchess Crazy and Sane-- quilting

Stitching in Crosses and More --cross stitch, growing orchids, reading 

Stringing Fool --photography, create nature inspired jewelry

Sunshine Reflections --paper crafting, sewing 

Tanya Quilts in CO-- quilting 

The Crafter's Apprentice--crafting

The Dusty Cellar --travel photography, historic places photography

The Flying Needle -- cross stitch

Section Twenty Six

The Quilting Queen Online --quilting, crafting, cooking, gardening 

The Summerhouse by the Sea--crochet, sewing, papercrafts 

Things I Make --quilting, sewing children's clothing, cookie decorating

Through My Window -- cooking, knitting, fiber art, art quilting 

Tosty's Quilting Tidbits --quilting

UK City Crafter -- quilting, sewing,crochet

Under An English Sky --homeschooling Mom, knitting, gardening, stitching 

Valley Primitive Stitches -- primitive creations

200-500 Followers

Section Twenty Seven
A Cozy Little Place for Stitching-- cross stitch

Apple and Apricot -- mixed media, embroidery, sewing, crochet

Back Porchervations-- reading challenges

Butterfly Tales : Metamorphosis from the Cocoon --photography,journaling, travel, family

Caring Stitcher--cross stitch, bead weaving

Cottage Wishes-- repurposing, junking, painting furniture, mixed media

Crafty Cat -- cross stitch, beading, sewing

Crafty Gardener --gardening, crochet, knitting

Creatin' in the Sticks--sewing, quilting, crafting

Section Twenty Eight

Donna's Designs --paper crafts, gardening, photography 

Dragon Stitches and Stuff by Astrid --cross stitch, Pintrest interests

Dreaming of Vintage --scrapbooking and crafting

"E." Lizard Breath Speaks -- travels, camping, hiking, kayaking

From My Carolina Home--quilting, crafts, hikes, sewing

Gilly makes--sewing, crochet, knitting,quilting

Good Golly Ginger --fabric, quilting

Section Twenty Nine

Hooked on Quilting --quilting

Joyce's Love of Life --cross stitch, greeting cards, scrap booking

Julie's Lifestyle--crochet, knitting, cooking 

Kitten Stitching --cross stitch

Kwilty Pleasures -- quilting 

Little Wandering Wren --life in Australia, travel, family/pets

Lou Messugo -- life in France, travel

Section Thirty

Michell's Place --patchwork stitchery, cross stitch

Moose Bay Muses --quilting

Mosaic Magpie -- needlework, smocking, crazy quilts 

Mountain Quiltworks --quilting, photography, outdoor life

Needle and Hook --Tambour embroidery, needleembroidery, sewing 

Nellie's Nest --paper crafting, sewing, gardening 

Normandy Life --life in France 

Patty's Pretty Things --paper crafting, crochet, sewing

Picking Poppies --lifestyle, photography 

Section Thirty One 

Pretty Little Things in a Box--cross stitch, knitting, crochet

Sew. Darn. Quilt -- quilting, sewing, cross stitch, mixed media

Sew. Knit. Create.--sewing, knitting, home decor, cooking  

Sew Many Yarns --quilting, embroidery, knitting 

Shelia's Quilt World -- quilting, wool, embroidery

Silly Goose Quilts --quilting

Silver Nik Nats-- jewelry designs

Step by Step until you can run--reading, writing, traveling, music

Stitch Bitch -- cross stitch

Stitch Lines --quilting, gardening, reading

Swapping Howdies --photography, digital design, crafts,... life in Munich, Germany 

Sugar Lane Designs --quilting, recipes 

Section Thirty Two

Super Mom-No Cape!--sewing, homemaking, recipes, crafting

Todolwen (old to new)--creating from old, tattered, and tarnished

The Alchymyst's Study--cross stitch, sewing, knitting

The Whimsical Dowager --wool projects, paper arts, mixed media, jewelry making

Thrift Shop Commando -- thrift shopping, sewing

Val's Quilting Studio --quilting

Villa Loredana - life in Croatia

Section Thirty Three

What Happens at Grandma's-- quilting, crafting with grandchildren 

Wendy's Quilts and More -- quilting, cross stitch, embroidery 

Wisdom with Needle and Thread --cross stitch, needle point, paint Limoges boxes 

wont-to-be-quilter-- quilting

World of Charity Stitching 

Greater than 500 Followers

 Section Thirty Four

Altered Book Lover --mixed media, altered books, gardening

Artsy Fartsy --crochet, mixed media, Pirate back yard

Aunt Marti and 52 Quilts-- quilt making, knitting

Books, Books, the Magical Fruit -- book reviews

44th Street Fabric--quilting 

Faeries and Fibres --quilting 

Section Thirty Five

Fit, Fun and Fashion After 40

Heartfelt Balance Handmade Life

In The Boon Docks --quilting, sewing,crafts, raising kids and chickens 

Kiln Fired Art -- arts and crafts

Martha's Favorites -- tea cups, Tea Party Tuesday, decorating, grandchildren

Mindy's Needlework Mania --crochet,cross stitch, needlepoint 

My Painted Garden-- painting, gardening, photography

PREFERABLY PRIM-- primitive country decorating, cross stitch

Section Thirty Six

Roses, Lace, and Brocante --photography, gardening, travel 

Sew in Love -- needle arts, sewing

Stephanie Farris --lifestyle

Stitch and Quilt --crafting, crazy quilting, quilting 

Suziquesthreadworks --mixed media, lace/fabric journals,creating with beautiful laces

The Enchanting Rose -- crafting, recipes, spiritual encouragement, book reviews

Thistle Cove Farm --farm life, travels 

Under a Creative Spell --paper crafts, card making, home decor, mixed media

Thanks so much for visiting us all here at the
 2015 Grow Your Blog Party --- just a reminder that a link to this post will remain on my sidebar this entire year -- so feel free to come back and visit whenever you wish!


ps -- a huge thank you to my dear friend Karen Valentine for her help in the design of this years party badge.  Karen is a wonderful resource person for bloggers everywhere.  If you would like help with your blog design, need help setting up your blog or making changes -- she would be happy to help you!


none said...

Hi Vicki and team - can I put in the under 100 followers please? I only have 3 and I'm currently in Section 22 in the 100-200 catagory. Link works though :) Thank you :)

Little Wandering Wren said...

Vicki - here is a massive hug sent with some Aussie sunshine to you for organising Grow Your Blog 2015! I had a ball at last years GYB party, I am so happy to be back & I thank you.
Can't stop long I'm off visiting the wonderful blogs out there...!
Wren x

Unknown said...

Hi, i only discovered this today, is it too late to join? i only have 1 follower haha so it's a little lonely over here :)

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Than you so much Vickie, My link works perfect.Si many blogs to see, where to first! XX Jo

susan hemann said...

Hello! So kind of you to do this every year! Maybe next year I will have to add my blog. Can hardly wait for my nest! Please enter me in your book contest. I love to read!

Kim said...

Thank you so very much for hosting this wonderful party, Vicki. I cannot begin to imagine the effort involved on your part to make this fun party happen! 'Tis a delight to wander around different blogs and discover the uniquely, beautiful imaginations of so many clever and creative bloggers! In closing, I must say that your own beautiful yarn makeries are quite simply sublime! Each and every one is a visual feast!!

creations.1 said...

You have done an amazing job setting up all the links Vickie - what each blogger writes about has made it so easy to start visiting. Enough for me tonight I will be back each day to meet more of these wonderful bloggers!!

Holly said...

Thanks for hosting again this wonderful blogging events. I know your pretty busy but can I have the link to Gypsy Spirit Rising changed? Since the sign up I have transitioned my blog over to wordpress and that is were my blog is at. Thanks in advance.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I wasn't able to join this year but have made some wonderful new friends in past GYB parties.
Even with helpers you must spend a lot of time setting everything up and I plan to visit participants to support your efforts as host of the party.
I'd love a chance to win Sharon's book and hope you acquire new followers yourself.

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Thank you so much Vicki for hosting this event! Happy hopping everyone! ♥

moongirl said...

Thank you, Vicki, for all your work to put this together – and thank you to all of your volunteers as well! Can't wait to see my blog grow! :)

gpc said...

What a fun idea! Why did I never know about this before?!? I can't wait to meet all these new Bloggers. :)

Maggie said...

Bonjour Miss Vicki and merci madame for this wonderful blog party!
As one of your willing volunteers I'm having a great time visiting not only the blogs in my assigned section (35) but the others which I keep coming across on sidebars.
I'm going back to your post again now to drool some more! Love your "stuff", Mrs!

Birgit said...

Hi Vicki,

First of all, a BIG thanks for organizing this party again. It's such a lovely way to connect with people.

Thanks also for bringing your friend's book to my attention -- sounds like one I would love to read (I have a master's degree in American history and culture).

I have been following your blog for quite some time now -- always a pleasure to see your projects and what you have been up to.

Lots of greetings from Munich, Germany,

Pinkz Passion said...

I appreciate your every effort and just dropping to say thank you for everything. Love Pinkz

Sue Kosec said...

YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No other words necessary ... you just ROCK.

Thanks from the bottom of my heart.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

What a great opportunity! Hello, Vicki - new follower.

My Painted Garden said...

Hi Vicki, I am so excited to finally be able to participate in your fabulous Grow Your Blog Party and so looking forward to meeting and greeting and making new blog friends.
Thank you for hosting and all of the hard work that goes on behind the scene and to your volunteers.

My Painted Garden said...

Hi Vicki, I am so excited to finally be able to participate in your fabulous Grow Your Blog Party and so looking forward to meeting and greeting and making new blog friends.
Thank you for hosting and all of the hard work that goes on behind the scene and to your volunteers.

Elizabeth Braun said...

Thank you very much again, Vicki, for your hard work in putting all this together. You are greatly appreciated! xx

SuperMomNoCape said...

WOW what a list! I'll try to visit as many blogs as I can over the next few days.

I also wanted to thank you and your volunteers for all your hard work in putting this together and hosting it.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Vicki, thank you so much for hosting this wonderful hop. I cannot imagine how much work, time and effort goes into such a huge project. Thank you for all you do!

Jeanne said...

Vicki I am just stopping by to say that I love your blog and so so so appreciate all of the hard work that you put in to this amazing event every year. I think you are an incredible lady. This is my second year here and am looking forward so much to all of the fun this event brings, and all of the opportunities to meet new folks. Thank you SO MUCH!

Unknown said...

Hi Vicki! I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you so much for hosting this event! What a neat way for everyone on BlogLand to connect :) hope you have a wonderful weekend, Ash xo

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

Thanks so much for taking on this wonderful project yet again, Vicki!

What beautiful prize you have chosen; it will be a treasured memento of this event, not to mention a beautiful read to share with special friends, young and old :)

Your exceptional photography and delightful text are always a treat for the eyes and heart. Hugs!

RedSetter said...

Thank you so much Vicki for hosting this again this year. I love being part of this as it is a delightful part of January to find lots of new-to-me blogs and great bloggers.

Ariadne said...

Dear Vickie thank you for organizing all this! This is my first year but I had met many blogs last year that had your badge and that's how I learnt about you!You and your assistants did a great job! It is election day to day and we are staying in listening to all the news so I am "travelling" to blogs through Grow Your Blog and am enjoying it! I'd love to take part in your giveaway too. I love reading books especially with children and this summer I visited Beecher Stowe's house/museum as I love Uncle Tom's Cabin and everything about the freedom and equality. Bytheway Zenobia was my late grandmother's name!!ariadnesky(at)hotmail(dot)com AriadnefromGreece!

Tamara said...

Hi Vicki,
I just want to say thank you so much for hosting this party. It must be a lot of work. You 're so gracious to take this on. It will be so enjoyable to make some new
friends. And I just love your work. Thank you for sharing your talents and being such an inspiration to so many. Hugs to you and have a blessed week.


Sandra Cox said...

What a fun idea. Your craft pics are beautiful. And you don't look old enough to have grandbabies:)

Stephanie Faris said...

Nice to meet everyone!!! I changed my no-reply status and it put my email address right up there in the top corner--I'm told you should never, ever do that unless you want to fill your life with spam, so I'm going back to no-reply status. I'm told some people can't find my blog unless I have that setting? I didn't realize that! I'll start putting my blog URL in the comments I leave.

Heather said...

Thanks for hosting another lovely blog hop! Can't wait to visit all of these amazing blogs!

Heather said...

Thanks for hosting another lovely blog hop! Can't wait to visit all of these amazing blogs!

Heather said...

Thanks for hosting another wonderful year of GYB, I can't wait to visit all of these wonderful blogs!

Christine said...

Thank you so much for doing this agian this year!

Tami Von Zalez said...

Such a fun event - thank you again for hosting!

Fat Dormouse said...

One thing you didn't mention introducing yourself dear Vicki is that you inspire others to do things for charity and to help others. Through you I have been honoured to help both those going through breast cancer and Josephine's Children. You are a beautiful, inspirational person and bring out the best in us!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Thanks so much for the party! I would love to win one of Sharon's books--they look wonderful! I'm off to check out some blogs......

Debra said...

What a great idea and what a list of bloggers - Thanks! I missed joining this year, but I will become a follower so I don't miss it again! I would be in the under 100 followers section. :-)

Lupe Meter said...

Hi! Thanks for letting me join the fun and for hosting this party! :) You creations are beautiful! Your designer nests are fabulous! Please enter me on your to read books too!

Gill said...

Thanks for hosting the party!
I'd love to win one of Sharon's books!

Deborah Weber said...

So many thanks to you Vicki for hosting this fabulous party. And it's always such a delight to see the peeks into your world and your art - a wonderful dose of inspirational eye candy!

Cache-Mire said...

Oh Vicki, you have done it again! Thank you for hosting yet another Grow Your Blog party. I can't wait to see who my new friends will be this year! Such fun! Thank you!!!

Rhonda Halushka said...

Thanks Vickie for hosting such a large and well organized blog hop party! I had fun being one of your helpers and have already found many new blogs I want to follow!

Eugenia Maru said...

Hi Vicky and all. I am very happy to participate in this great event again.
I have faith in increase my followers on my blog, which is made with love and is completely eclectic, try a little of everything. Especially in this crazy mind he touched me, lol.
I hope your visits and also promise to visit.
Maru from Chile

Renee said...

Vicky, thank you so much for all of the work you put into make the Grow Your Blog Party a success! Your hats and scarves are absolutely lovely!

Unknown said...

Greetings Vicki! I'm not sure how I arrived here to this post, but figure it must be fate. :D I tend to "lose my way" in Blogging and I'm never sure I'm doing it "right" anyway, lol, so if it isn't too late, I'd like to participate as well.

Even if I'm too late to join in, I look forward to browsing participant's blogs and I wish everyone great success.

Sandi said...

Thank you so much Vicki for doing this. I met Sharon Lovejoy years ago at a herb conference and have her first gardening books but will definitely check out her others.
Love my nests and so happy to be on next year's list.

Carol said...

BIG THANKS to Vicki and all of her wonderful volunteers who put this together!!! It will take me most of the year to get to all of the blogs ...but oh what fun!!!! I love Sharon's books and would be thrilled to win one :)

Sheila said...

Thank you so much Vicki for a job well done , your work is incredibly beautiful too !

J said...

Vicki, I thank you so much for all the fun this link party has brought me today! You really are a magnet for creativity and support of one another! I am intrigued that you are a personal friend of Sharon Lovejoy. I have two of her books - the gardening ones - and just adore her. I emailed her once to say I mentioned her books on a blog post and she was nice enough to visit and comment. I had no idea she wrote fiction stories and will look into these. In the meantime, I'd love to win her autographed new book! THANK YOU!

Amy at love made my home said...

So wonderful of you to host this, I know that it is a massive amount of work and I am sure that all the participants really appreciate it. I am amazed that there are so many people joining in. How wonderful is that! Thank you for all of your hard work on this! xx

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi Vicky, I'm stopping by from the GYB and I love your blog and I loved seeing your photos of your vacation trip. Thanks for hosting this wonderful party for us to grow our blogs. Thanks too for the chance to win your lovely book giveaway.
Julie at Julie's Lifestyle said...

Thank you Vicki and also you Karen for taking your time to set this up. I had so much fun, met a lot of new sites, got a lot of new inspiration! Again, thank you!

Fil said...

Hi Vicki
Thank you so much for organising this great party. I've met so many lovely women today all around the world - so much creativity - it's been an inspiration and so much fun.
Best wishes to you
Fil’s Place - Old songs and Memories

Shirley said...

Hi Vicki, I am having so much fun reading blogs in between ball games. To go across the ocean and see some more beautiful country that I can only dream about. You do such an awesome job with whatever project you decide to do. Your friendship is heartfelt. Thank you. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend Shirley. said...

Thank you very much for all this work and there are going to be so many wonderful evenings for me whilst
making my way through the list. Gilli @ Tasty Textiles by Textile Cottage

BizyStitches said...

wow, I'm amazed at the number of blogs you have posted. Hope to visit some each day. Thanks.

Dasha said...

Hello Vicki, a big wave from Australia. Thanks heaps for organising this. I can't even imagine the mind boggling amount of work you have put into this party just so that we can all have fun.
And thank you for the opportunity to win that lovely book.

Mary Huey said...

Thanks so much for all the work you've put into organizing this year's party. I've had lots of traffic to my blog today!! When I click on the "link" I've posted on my blog's sidebar, it goes to the sign-up post from October rather than today's post with the party list. Did I copy the wrong info?

Buttercup said...

Great group of bloggers. I know I signed up and can't find myself.

Phoebe @ Lou Messugo said...

Sending you a big sunny thank you for organising and hosting this great party from the French Riviera. Last year's GYB was one of my most popular posts ever and I'm already loving being back this year. Happy to help out too!

Stephanie said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Vicki! You are a doll for hosting! Bless you for your hard work. HUGS!

Felicia said...

Looks like an interesting read, thank you again so much for hosting this event!

Kathy H said...

Hi Vicki, thanks so much to you and your helpers for organizing this hop. I found your blog through this hop last year and enjoy reading your posts. I found some other new blogs too so am looking forward this year to seeing some old friends and making new ones.

Sara said...

Thank you so much for hosting this again, looking forward to meeting some new friends!

Elizabeth Edwards said...

hey, Vicki ... lovely to be apart of the get together for a 3rd year. so fun!! i love your travel shots. what fun. have a lovely year. looking forward to next year. have a happy happy day!! big big hugs. ( :

Anonymous said...

Thank you for not having an embedded comment box, so I COULD leave a message for you. Thank you so much for hosting this blog hop. There are so many lovely blogs to explore, I'm happy it's going to stay up all year - it might take me that long! Thank you for the book giveaway. It looks so interesting, and thanks for her link.

HeathersSewingRoom said...

Hi Vicki this is so much fun so thanks for the opportunity to grow my blog and meet so many interesting people.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello gorgeous Vicki
Thank you for hosting and pulling together another Grow Your Blog party this year!
This is grand scale with precision planning and you do it with such aplomb - a world wide event is amazing - could you ever imagine it would become THE party of the year with so many participants!!!

Love your post and seeing all your gorgeous yarn and pieces you've created - I'm sure there's more than 2 Bags Full by now!!
AND oh those nests - I'm so glad I reserved mine when I did!!!

You're a very special human being my sweet friend.

Much love

Sarah said...

Hello Vicki! I saw that book the other day at the library and wondered about it! Would love to win. I'm so enjoying the new blogs you've linked up.

Paula said...

I am not part of the party but I am going to check out many of these blogs. Thank you for listing them. I am always on the hunt for more blogs to follow!

Deb said...

I would like to be added to the party please, if it is not too late.

Pamela said...

Thank you so much for hosting Grow Your Blog! Looking forward to meeting new bloggers and having a great time.

Corrie H. @ Mountain Stitches said...

Vicki, thanks so much for this opportunity, looking forward to Growing My Blog! I was unable to find my link. I hope I simply overlooked it!

SueFitz said...

I didn't see my blogs on the list - not sure why not - oh well.

I am going through to see what I might follow anyway.

Do you just do this once a year? Have you thought about doing on linky - so that people could put the links on their post?

Know it's a lot of work thanks for hosting

Unknown said...

Great idea! I love your view on yarn. I would love to have your yarn. I am out, the store is 2 hrs away, I don't drive so I have no way to get any. Put a halt to my crochet madness. I have never got to work with anything but Red Heart. I would love to make myself a luxurious something. I signed up. I would love to have more followers. I shared. Thanks so much!
Crochet A Day In The Life

Coser Tejer Crear said...

Hello Vicky! I cant find my blog. Im number 102 in the Sign ups. But now that I see it, I made a mistake and said I had 188 followers when I actually Follow 188 blogs! Hahahaha, sorry about that! I have 93 Followers. If by any chance my blog was not listen (which I think happened) could you please put me in the right spot? Under 100 Followers? Thanks a bunch! I hope you see this comment, as I see there are so many. Thanks again!

Mosaic Magpie said...

And so it begins....I am sitting here in awe....First it would have taken a man with a team of secretaries to pull of this post! Yet you my dear have it all under control. Just the mere fact of alphabetizing all the blog names...boggles my mind. Grouping, counting, hat is off to you! Not the hat you knitted for me, but a hat. It is so cold I have my knitted hat on and will keep it there, thank you very much.
You are one of kind, my friend.

chasing the sun said...

A huge hug to you and your team for this party..And thank you for your help when I had technical issues !
Your blog is beautiful
I tweaked my blog some more, a few minutes ago.. I didn't realize I had made it difficult for people to figure out how to follow me until another blogger brought it to my attention..
Your friend's book looks lovely..

Karen B. said...

My dear Vicki,
I just wanted to say 'thank you' again for taking the time and make this event happen for all of us. You are such so thoughtful, kind ...and just amazing!
Many hugs,
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

CatieAn said...

Hi Vicki
I just want to thank you for all of your hard work in this huge endeavor. I enjoyed helping you and have been a follower for two years now. I am always touched by your giving heart and selflessness.

Patrice said...

I had such fun the year that I did this blog hop. I am currently without my own computer, so blogging is on hold. The lovely things you knitted are so creative. I love the way you add flowers to your scarves. My knitting is not in that league at all. Please enter me in your drawing.

Quirky Homemaker said...

Thank you so much for hosting, Vicky! I've already met a couple great women and I'm going to go try to do some visiting today. Hoping to make it to everyone over the course of this week! I have learning to knit on my 50 before Fifty list, but haven't put much effort into it yet! Have a great week. :)

Vickie Lynn said...

Thank you, so much, for hosting this party again this year. I participated for the first time last year and loved it!

Vickie @ Teacups & Toadstools

Debby said...

I'm visiting your people. Thanks for doing this.

Createology said...

Vicki you are amazing and I have been following you for years. I so admire the charity work you do. Love your travels and photos too. Thank you and your team for GYB 2015. It will definitely take a year to visit all of these participants. Creative Bliss...
P.S. Wonderful give of Sharon's book.

Shirlee Fassell said...

Love your blog! Enjoy seeing pics of your travels and adore your knitted nests, hats, scarfs etc.
Thanks again for throwing a great party!!

pippirose said...

Thanks for hosting this blog party! It's such a great way to find new blogs to read.

africanaussie said...

thank you so much for doing this again Vicki, and I am excited to be epxoring many more new and different blogs. It is a pity when new and lovely blogs stop blogging and i am sure it is becuase they dont feel a conneciton with their followers. Thanks for giving everyone this opportunity. what a wonderful giveaway you have - I am one of Sharons avid followers.

Julia said...

Hi Vicki.
It's so generous of you to do this again.
I'll be sure to go check some blogs throughout the year.

I've been rather busy with work lately and I'm almost ready for a 10 day vacation in February.

I really love your blog and especially all you do to help people who matters to you.

You are talented, full of fun and industrious and caring and a lot more. Your work is a step above...

Have fun with this Grow your Blog Party.

DMS said...

What an amazing post! I love the idea behind this blog fest! I am so impressed with the things you do with yarn. Awesome! Lots of blogs to check out. :)

Catherine said...

Just popping in to say thank you for hosting the fab GYB party. It is only Day 2 and I have 8 new followers and so many comment emails it is a bit difficult to keep up.
I love your work and have followed since last years party from South Wales, UK.

Dorthe said...

Oh my dearest Vicki, you are such a wonderful person, beautiful inside and out, my friend,- and doing so much to help other friends and bloggers.
Yet another year with a fantastic work organizing all this ,to give lots of bloggers the possibility to be seen more !!
You have such a big heart, and I love you, dear friend.
I send you warmest hugs and kisses.

Lorraine said...

Vicki - thank you so much for hosting this wonderful blogging event. I've been following your blog for a while now and always enjoy seeing what you create, where you've been and what you're doing. Thanks for being such an inspiration!

FeltByRae said...

Hi thank you for hosting a lovely party and letting me join in.. I'm really enjoying meeting so many new fellow bloggers


Living to work - working to live said...

Lots of blogs to visit. I have hardly begun to scratch the surface of all the wonderful blogs signed up to this party. So much creativity my head is spinning. Thanks Vicki and all involved. Hilary

DreamChallenge said...

I am amazed at the magnitude of people who are participating in this years party . God bless you and the volunteers that helped you are an amazing woman my dear friend . God bless you

kathyinozarks said...

thank you so much Vicki for all you do for us

Lululiz said...

Thank you, Vicki, for working so hard once again on helping out bloggers all over the world. It is such a fabulous event, and I'll enjoy visiting many many blogs I haven't come across before.
You are amazing! xxx

Karin G said...

Thank you so much for organizing this fabulous party, I'm having a lot of fun visiting all the blogs!

Deb said...

Looking forward to visiting a lot of these links!

Carrie said...

Thanks Vicki for putting this together! I've been to visit so many new blogs--and there are tons more to see! I really appreciate all your efforts (and those of your volunteers).

Debbie said...

Thank you so much for hosting the GYB party. I'm so happy to be part of it. I'm off to visit other blogs.

Thanks again.

Debbie said...

Thanks Vicki for hosting the GYB party. I'm so happy to be a part. There are so many creative and talented folks. I'm off to visit more blogs.
Thanks again.

Unknown said...

What a great idea!!! is it possible to add my blog to the party?!?!

Joyce Clark Frank said...

Thanks Vicki and your team for hosting the 2015 Grow Your blog.
I am still making my way thought the blogs. I have already made a number of new friends.
Please enter me in your give a way.

Summer said...

Thank you Vicki and all the helpers for making this wonderful event possible! I'm really enjoying seeing all the different blogs out there! great event. Thank you :)

Dixie @ Arranged Words said...

Many thanks, Vicki for hosting the GYB party!
I am really enjoying visiting so many delightful blogs!

Cheri the Quilting Nanny said...

Vicki - just finished the entire blog!! much talent and inspiration is out there is unbelievable! Thank you for hosting this every year!

Linda H said...

Thank you Vicki for all your work organizing this event, blogging about it, and all the time you must spend answering emails, questions, etc. A huge job, and you do it so well. I gained a good number of followers last year and am on my way to upping the numbers again this year. I've now visited over half the participants, so I'm making progress through the long list. Thanks again. Your blog is awesome, it's so inspiring.

Mokki said...

This party has been so fun! Ive visited so many awesome blogs with such talented people behind them. Thanks for organising this. Maybe one day if I start my own blog I can join in too.

Maiah Harrison said...

Oh your blog is wonderful and you are very kind to host this party. This party looks awesome. Please kindly tell me, how may I join this party please? I have less than 100 followers. I read the entire post but I did not catch how to join. It looks like a really great party!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Vicki for hosting this event. I don't have a blog but I do have a few favorites that I follow. Yours is one of them. I have found a few more that are just as beautiful as your. Thanks for sharing. Keep up the great work.


Anonymous said...

Hello Vicki! Thank you so much for this wonderful GYB-party, for caring and hosting this... now I'll take time to poke around on your blog!!! Kind regards, Annett

jodie said...

I would love a chance to win that book! She is author of one of my favorite gardening books for kids!


Thank you!

PaintedThread said...

Thank you, Vicki, for hosting this. I've had a blast checking out all of these blogs. I don't have enough time to read the blogs I follow, and now I've added a bunch more to my feeds! :-)

On the flip side, I've nearly double my readership. So exciting!

I can't imagine organizing all of this. Thanks so much (you and your volunteers) for taking the time to do this.

Anonymous said...

What an undertaking. It is so wonderful that you host this opportunity for so many bloggers. You are a kind soul!

Anonymous said...

Hi Vicki
I am so glad to have found your blog, although just to late to join in this year!
I will try and visit as many of the blogs as I can
Love from Lauren
x at

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Vicki - I just wanted to stop and take a minute to send you some virtual love and thanks for all that you and your helps have done to make this such a fun party. I have paid a visit to all the blogs on the tour and have discovered a great many that I hope will become regulars in my life. Thank you SO much!!!

BluMoon said...

Hi Vicki, I don't know how I could of missed it this year how very disappointing I enjoyed it so much last year and made some new friends"

Angela Perez said...

The party is interesting. It helps to learn about other bloggers. It would be cool to win one of Sharon's books. They look great.

Tanya said...

Another huge undertaking, my selfless friend! I knew that my homeward travels would keep me from taking part this year. Here's hoping you are headed for a year full of fun and travel. XOXOXO

Esme said...

Vicki-you have really outdone yourself this year. I am going to try to visit every blog. how are you?

AppleApricot Wen said...

Thank you thank you so much dear Vicki for organizing this wonderful party again this year. I've participated in all three of them and every time my blog has grown. Thank you so much! I also loved helping you with the party and count me in again if you're going to organize another party next year and need help! Your blog is such a wonderful place full of beauty, I should visit you more often, and so I will! Sending you big hugs, Wendy of Apple and Apricot

LittleHouseontheDairy said...

Thanks for hosting this again. I was on vacation and am finally getting back to visiting some of these wonderful blogs!

SarahGeorge said...

Hello Vicky!
What a great gesture towards helping new bloggers as well the ones who are keen to have followers! I came to know this through Stephanie's the enchanting rose blog. How can I participate? Is there still time left for me to enter my blog?

Jean | said...

Hi Vicki, I just came over from A Bit About Britain (I love Mike's photos!). This week I made Pastry Heart Jam Tarts in honor of my Fifth Blogiversary. Can't believe I've been blogging this long! I'm looking forward to checking out some of your yarn projects. I have a bunch of friends who knit and/or crochet but I have, so far, resisted all offers to teach me! Attempts at any sort of needlework have always made me cross-eyed and crabby! :D

suziqu's thread works said...

Hello Dearest Vicki
There are no words to really thank you for all that you do and it's not just putting on this party - it goes way beyond what any of us could dream you do for humanity!
Love you dearest friend and I am so full of gratitude for making this party such a success.
I'm still enjoying visiting so many blogs and it will take sometime yet to get through them all.
Love all that you create and especially you!

Lorraine said...

Hello Vicki, Thank you soo much for hosting this event, I signed up but unfortunately I didn't make the list this time,probably too close to the deadline!despite this I have grown my blog with other quilters/crafter's coming over to me from other blogs. I am having a great time visiting all the blogs out there. Will keep popping by to check out a few more. Thanks again.
at Monkey Business and Quilts.

Somerset Wedding Gal said...

This is such a lovely idea, and a wonderful way to make friends!