Saturday, January 25, 2014

Grow Your Blog.......

Hello everyone:)

I'm participating in the Grow Your Blog 2014 event hosted by 2 Bags Full which starts today.

Click on the above picture to go to 2 Bags Full

Since some of you are obviously new visitors I thought I'd tell you a bit about myself. 

My name is Mary Ann. I'm married, have two sons, a wonderful daughter-in-law and a beautiful granddaughter.  I also have two cats....Deva and Smokey.


What do I like to do?........lots of stuff. Actually I think that is one of my biggest problems....LOL

I like to sew, make cloth art dolls, make felt mice, embroider, cross stitch, do crazy quilting and I'm addicted to genealogy.  I also like to last count I have 7 blogs...not all public of course. I have four that are dedicated to genealogical research and are for family only. 

This blog is mainly about what I WIP's and my finishes. I have some page tabs across the top to show what I have made in the last few years. I like to add lots of pictures to make it as interesting as I can for my followers. I also like to add videos and links that I find as I go along that I think my followers might enjoy.

I have giveaways for my Blogoversary and special events such as this. I do this because over the years I have won a lot of giveaways and I like to give back in turn. 

This giveaway is open to everyone. I doesn't matter where you live or whether you're a follower or if you're interested please leave me a comment indicating your preferred choice. Please remember if you win and are a "no reply" blogger I won't be able to contact you. So please leave me your email address in your comment. Thank you:) 

Here are my giveaway of the following gently used books from my library.  I need to down size my craft book collection and I hate to throw away perfectly good books.

If you click on the books below you can go to Amazon and see inside:)

I'm going to leave this giveaway open until February 15th.  I want everyone to get a chance to leave a comment if they wish. Good luck!!!!

So there you go.....I hope you have enjoyed your visit.

Take care:)


dosierosie said...

Hi Mary Ann. I love the idea of having a blog for your genealogy stuff. I'm doing my family tree and might have to copy this idea if you don't mind. I love your blonde doll, she looks so whimsical. All the books look great but I think the cloth explorations is the most interesting.

Dolores said...

Well, I usually go directly to Amazon to check the books and did so for the first one only to scroll down you post and find that you already provided the links. Clever girl. I would dearly love to win the last one, "Embellishing with Anything." I like the second one too.
Good luck growing your blog.

Rachael Farmer said...

............ yep....that's me, speechless! What....AMAZING work! Ok, so I love EVERYTHING, but especially your dolls - and particularly the mermaids! They are completely fabulous! So thrilled that I found your blog through 'Grow Your Blog' and will look forward to your work this year. Best wishes - Shroo:)x

Rachael Farmer said...

Still here! Your awesomeness is slowing my blog hopping! I ALSO wanna go downstairs to my own fabric pieces shoe box and just go comepletely mad with sewing stuff! Only thing is... YOU'D make something lovely - I'll make a colourful representation of a pile of rubbish! So awesomely envious! - Shroo:)x

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I plan to visit some of the blogs on the tour (didn't get mine on the list) just for fun. I'll happily put my name in the hat for the third book (have the other two in my library already).

Starr White said...

Hi Mary Ann! I just wanted to let you know that I have truly enjoyed following your blog and getting to know you better. Everything you make is a work of art! I also use your blog as a resource because you have provided so many wonderful links in your sidebar. I look forward to seeing more of what you're up to in the year to come :))) Take care!

The Stitch Fiddler said...

Hello Mary Ann, Your blog update is wonderful. Everything looks so crisp and clean....just like your works of art. I've enjoyed your blog articles and I always can't wait to see your next post. I didn't join in on the Grow Your Blog this time around....maybe next year.
Your giveaway is wonderful and if I'm the lucky winner I would choose "Embellishing with Anything".

Have fun
Bethann :)

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

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

Purrfect Lady said...

Hi Mary Ann, Just a quick wave as I pass by on the Grow Your Own Blog tour :) Lovely to see other people appreciating your work as well :) I'd love to be included in your drawn, any of the books would be great :)
(I may have to kidnap your kitties as I pass :D)

Donna Heber said...

Hi Mary Ann,

I'm visiting from the Grow Your Blog party. It is so nice to meet you, Deva and Smokey. I just love cats and my kitty Cheops would appreciate a visit from them ... LOL. I plan to look around a bit more and then be on my way to visit the others. Please stop by to enter my giveaway. I'm a new follower. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs – Donna

Bernadett Rauski said...


Nice to meet you.:)
I would like to participate in your giveaway.



Karen H said...

Hi Mary Ann - I've been having a look around your blog and love your dolls. The zombie bride is hilarious! I also love the art deco woman with the papier mache dog!

Thanks for the chance to win the really interesting books - I love to embellish my quilts so if I win they will certainly come in handy!

Karen H

DebraKay Neiman said...

You are so talented. New follower. I am having fun finding new bloggers to sewing and quilting. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Gill said...

Hi Mary Ann
Great to meet you - I'm visiting from a very wet England!
Thank you for a lovely giveaway - I'd love to win 'Stitch Alchemy'

Cheri, the Quilting Nanny said...

I used to scrapbook and always wanted to do an altered book, but just never got to it! If I win, I would like Creative Cloth Explosions. I am a Grow Your Blog follower!

Robin said...

Hi Mary Ann, just found you through the "grow your blog" list. What a beautiful array of creations you have! Looking forward to stopping in again for a visit. Your giveaway books all look fabulous, but I was intrigued by the "Embellish with anything" book....looks interesting. Have a great day.


Emily C said...

Hello. I love your creations and am interested in the Embellishing with anything book.

doloresfegan said...

Hi Mary Ann,
Stopping by from the GYB party. Thanks for visiting me. I love your whimsical work! Am following on bloglovin. Thanks for the giveaway chance. I'd love to win 'Embellish with Anything"
Have a wonderful weekend!

jinxxxygirl said...

Well! Hi there Mary Ann! You and i have something in common! We have our hands on everything! You know if could just settle on one craft i'll bet i sure would get alot done. But NOOOO i have to do them all! :) I look forward to visiting with you some more and i hope you'll pop on over to visit me! Hugs! deb

Reconstructed Fabulousness said...

Hi Mary Ann

Thanks heaps for the encouraging comments you left on my blog. I am loving this party although haven't had much time to surf the list yet. I too am like you and can't settle to just one style of craft. I make cloth dolls also just not since I started blogging. Have you tried any of Jill Maas dolls, she is a local teacher and her dolls are a hoot.

The books look real interesting especially the first two covers.


liniecat said...

Love your CQ block, now need to come back and see the finish lol
That third book looks really interesting so think Id opt for that one please : )

Christina Paul said...

Visiting from the blog party- Your work is lovely- the little well dressed mouse is too precious! All the books look lovely :)

Christine said...

Hi Mary Ann, nice to meet you and thank you for visiting my blog. You do lovely work, I love the mice and dolls.

Bonnie58 said...

Great blog. Thanks so much for sharing. My husband and I have been researching our families history the past few years. It's amazing what is now available on the internet.

elle said...

7 blogs. I'm hard pressed to keep up with one. LOL

suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Mary Ann
Thanks for your lovely visit.
I here to see your amazing creations too - you are so versatile with your artwork. Beautiful dolls, shoes,embroidery and patchwork.

Your Giveaway looks fantastic and the book on Embellishing with Anything looks so appealing to my eyes.

Have fun at the party!


suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Mary Ann
Thanks for your lovely visit.
I here to see your amazing creations too - you are so versatile with your artwork. Beautiful dolls, shoes,embroidery and patchwork.

Your Giveaway looks fantastic and the book on Embellishing with Anything looks so appealing to my eyes.

Have fun at the party!


Terry Aske Art Quilts said...

Cute cats! Fabulous dolls!

Sheryl S. said...

Hi MaryAnn, Thank you for visiting my blog via GYB, so many more on the list to meet. I like your beautiful work and am a new follower. See you soon. Sheryl

cmoh said...

Hey MaryAnn, Oh you have some very cute four legged friends. I really like your art dolls they are so sweet. Your pieces are lovely. It has been nice getting to know you.


Thistle Cove Farm said...

I think you make the prettiest faces I've ever seen! Visiting via Vicki's GYBP and enjoying your blog, great giveaways too.

Cache-Mire said...

What delightful creations! I am enjoying meeting so many crafty people at this party. So nice to meet you! ~Terri

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Hello. I live in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Nice to meet you. Lovely work! Thanks for sharing.

Dawn Castrova said...

Hello , my name is Dawn your my one stop on the blog party, Hope that I soon will be friends with all of you cyber neighbors. I just say that 600 plus bloggers that sign up to the Party and I am only up to 299 whew a lot of good read and great giveaways. Thanks for this opportunity to join friends with you and be apart of your giveaway. Can't wait to see more of your great projects in the making. My site contact info is I don’t have a lot of blog time in. but I like all things creative.

macmillanmarie said...

What a beautiful blog. Thanks for sharing. It has been fun spending time reading your entries. Thanks for sharing.

Wendy said...

what a wonderful giveaway, thank you! I'd love to win embellishing with anything

Patty Antle said...

Love your projects Mary Ann. So nice to meet you!


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