2/01/2013

Let's Party - Grow Your Blog Party

 Giveaway Winner - Emma/Itzy


This post has been edited so that it stays to the top until February 1, 2013. For any new post between January 19, 2013 and February 1, 2013 check below.) 



It is time to sit back with a glass of wine, a cup of tea or a mug of hot chocolate and start blog hopping to meet new friends and visit some old. (Click on the logo below to go the host blog 2 Bags Full for a list of the participants in this Party.)



To those of you new to my blog, my name is Loretta and I started this blog on September 1st, 2007 to make a visual recording of my cross-stitching projects.   I tend to work on several projects at a time - some are finished in a timely manner and some take years (and years!)  I don't have a deadline on my projects anymore (except for those I do for exchanges) .  They are done when they are done. (Less stress that way which makes sense since I use stitching as a stress reliever.)

My preferred stitching themes are Christmas (my favourite time of the year), Halloween and Wildlife - especially birds.  I also like some Samplers and the occasional primitive.

Below are pictures of some of my most treasured pieces that I have stitched over the years.





In recent years I have added knitting to my repertoire - mostly dishcloths and scarves - as I try to hone my skills for bigger projects.  I also love to read and I keep a list of books I have read here.  You may occasionally see a recipe or two thrown in (as I also enjoy cooking and baking) along with a sprinkling of  vacation pics.

I will end today's prose with a giveaway.  It is a set of 6 Prairie Schooler Santas - 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2008 and 2010.


This giveaway is open to everyone - whether you are a follower or not.  All you need to do is leave a comment on this post only.  Make sure there is a way for me to contact you - leave your email address if I can't access your email through your profile.

I will be announcing the winner on February 1st so you have until midnight (CST) on January 31st to enter.

Good Luck!!!!

Thank you for visiting!!!
(I try to respond to everyone's comments via email.  If  you come through with a No Reply email address I will post a reply in the comment section of the blog.)


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52 comments:

  1. Thanks for those gorgeous pics. My favorite is that wolf. I would like to participate into your giveaway.

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    1. Thank you for visiting! The wolf seems to be a favourite. I always thought it was a beautiful animal.

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  2. Hi Loretta, love your stitched pictures, I think the wolf is my favourite :)

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    1. Thank you for visiting. I have several "Wolf" charts in my collection and couple that are in my UFO/WIP pile. I think it is a beautiful animal.

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  3. I admire your talent... you create works of art. So nice to "meet' you!

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    1. Thank you visiting my blog. I just visited your blog and I am blown over by your pictures.

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  4. I love your blog and am glad to be a reader here.

    Please enter me.

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  5. So nice to see some of your favorite pieces. There is a lot of time and love in those for sure! What a great give away ~ please count me in!

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  6. Hi Loretta, I am always in awe of people who have the patience (and the eyesight!) to cross stitch! I have stitched my share of projects and I never seem to improve -- so, kudos to you! I hope you'll come by and see my blog and giveaway, too, during this party! Thanks!

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  7. You have a lovely blog and some lovely finishes too! Have fun at the 'Grow Your Blog' party!

    Evalina, This and that...

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  8. Loretta, I've enjoyed following your blog and seeing your amazing stitching.

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  9. Loretta, I love your low stress approach to cross stitching! I really try and live by that same philosophy. There are plenty enough deadlines at work - why apply that to the fun stuff? :)

    Can you believe I don't have a single PS Santa in my collection? What's wrong with me?

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  10. Hi Loretta. I've been reading your blog for a while. I would love to be entered in your giveaway.

    Linda

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  11. This blog party is so much fun. Thanks for sharing your favorites with us.

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  12. Aww such lovely treasure,,I love your blog so much..
    Big hugs x

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  13. Love your blog, Loretta! Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

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  14. I would love to win your giveaway. I love to crossstitch many years ago and have quite a few beautiful ones my sister in law did. I also dabble at mixed media and knitting. So fun to find you. Di@ Cottage-wishes.

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  15. Just stopping by to say Hi, found you on the on the Grow Your Blog Party

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  16. Enjoy the blog hop! Enjoyed the visit here!

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  17. Nice to meet you through the GYB party. I really like the woman in the garden you stitched.

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  18. so glad i stopped in. please enter me. thanks!! i wish that you would stop by my blog when you get a moment. do take care. enjoy your weekend. ( :

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  19. Your stitching pieces are beautiful. I did not join the Blog Party but I sure do look forward to looking at the blogs out there. Please include me in your PS giveaway.

    Thanks and have a great weekend!

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  20. Loved seeing some of your favorite works. I would like a chance of winning those Santa's. I don't have any of them.

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  21. Absolutely love these Santas. Would love to make these up.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  22. What a generous giveaway I would love to be included please!

    Emma xo
    http://myitzycreativecorner.blogspot.co.uk/

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  23. Hello Loretta, I am so glad to meet you! You do the most gorgeous cross stitch! I have always admired it, and I love seeing what you have created. Your giveaway is very generous! Thanks so much for such an opportunity.
    I am your newest follower : )
    Hugs,
    Terri
    artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com

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  24. Your work or should I say art is beautiful. No need to enter me in your draw. You have a lovely blog. B

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  25. Beautiful stitching. Glad I found your blog. I have been looking for some inspiration to return to some cross stitching. Thanks for sharing those lovely pieces.

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  26. Beautiful stitching. Thankyou for your giveaway, I'd like to be in on it.

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  27. It is nice to meet you Loretta through this fun linky party. Your embroidery is beautiful. I would love to be entered in your giveaway.

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  28. Great post! I love your lovely giveaway...
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  29. Hello,

    Nice to meet you in this party.:)

    There is a giveaway on my blog,too.

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

    All the best.:)
    Bernadett

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  30. Hi Loretta,

    It is great to meet you through Vicki's GYB party. Your cross stitching is wonderful. I love the Prairie Schooler Santas

    If you have a chance, please drop by nonniescedarchest.wordpress.com

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  31. You have done some great stitching over the years Loretta. I particularly like the second photo and the wolves one :-)

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  32. Hi Loretta! I've been a member of your blog for a while but need to get back here to visit far more often than I do. Your work is beautiful.

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  33. Hi! You have some lovely finishes there and some really big projects too. They take forever, don't they, but the pride when they're done!=)

    Thanks for subbing to my blog, that's nice of you.=)

    PS I don't do Xmas stitching, so no need to enter me - best leave it for someone who'll enjoy the subject.=)

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  34. Loretta you stitching is beautiful!

    I'd love to be entered in giveaway for the PS santas!

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  35. Thank you for stopping by my blog and your kind comments. And you nailed it....HUGE "Christmas Story" geek here :). You do such lovely work, I so wish I had your talent AND the patience necessary to accomplish what you do. I've added your blog to those I must visit to stay up to date on :)

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  36. Your cross stitch work is lovely. It has been a while since I've worked on cross stitch. I'm your newest follower! I'm here from the GYB party!
    sandy from Hob Nobbers

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  37. Hello Loretta,
    I finally made it from the GYB party! I must say your stitching is beautiful. I've only ever done one project whilst waiting for my daughter to 'bake'! I was nine months pregnant at the time and I have to say it did make me sit and relax which was a major achievement!
    Your giveaway is exquisite and I'd love a chance to win them. Thanks for opportunity to win :D

    Neesie ♥

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  38. I have finally made my way to the end of the wonderful list of blogs from the party...and it is such a pleasure to find a fellow stitcher! I am really looking forward to reading more of your posts and getting to know you. Please add my name to your drawing too. Thanks!

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  39. Lovely stitching, Loretta! I'll pass on the giveaway with thanks, as I have some of the charts already. Have a great weekend!

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  40. I introduced my mom to CCS sooo many years ago and she loved it so much. Always doing these extremely time consuming pieces, but she was always so pleased at the end to see it framed.
    I love CCS but haven't done it for many years. Mixed media art got in the way!

    You have a lovely blog and i enjoyed so much seeing your work, Jan

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  41. You are SO clever! Visiting via Vicki's GYB Party and enjoying your blog. The wallpaper is fabulous and your stitching beautiful.

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  42. Visiting from Grow Your Blog and admiring your lovely cross stich, Betty

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  43. Beautiful stitching :-)) I love garden scene a lot.
    I would love to be entered in your giveaway.
    Thanks!

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  44. oooo... cross stitch goodies....I found you through the blog party - if you need a giggle - come and visit me at
    http://leftoverchocolatestitches.blogspot.ca/
    :)

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  45. Beautiful stitching! I recognize that wolf - I cross stitched him too! Hubby just loves wolves and that was my very first cross stitch project as it was a Christmas present for him many years ago! It still hangs in our home.

    So glad to have found you via Vicki's party! I will add myself to your Followers list now!

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  46. Lovely stitching, Loretta!
    please count me in for the giveaway..
    thank you x

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