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Friday, January 18, 2013

Grow Your Blog Party - Giveaway

Thankyou for visiting my blog.
I love having visitors and your comments are especially

This blog party is an idea of Vicki at

A little bit about myself...
I live in the South Island of New Zealand.  I enjoy gardening, especially when the roses are in full bloom.  The scent, colour and variety are a delight to me.
With four grown children our empty nest suddenly comes alive again when our Grandchildren visit.
We have six and we love their visits, bringing with them the 'joy of life.'

I work with the elderly in a local rest home.  This is voluntary work helping with art and crafts and
other activities.  I love this and feel that I receive more than I give and have lots of laugh as well.

I love the photograpy side of blogging as well.  I am self taught and am not great at it, but I sure
enjoy playing and having a lot enjoyment and a few surpises too!

- Margaret Merrill in my garden.-
a very beautiful rose

This giveaway is a way of saying thankyou to my followers.
Also, I want to encourage others to join in the party fun!

My giveaway includes a some of my  handstitched hearts and a
beautiful vintage doiley to complete the package.

I hope you will join in. Just leave a comment so I can contact you if you win.
The winner will be drawn on February 1st.
 Thankyou for your visit.

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  1. lovely blog. I am new follower from Italy. hugs

  2. Hi Joan, I'm visiting from the blog party. Happy to find another fibre fanatic.

  3. Those little hearts are so adorable and so pretty. It is very nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog party. Glad to connect with someone who loves to photograph as much as I do.

  4. Lovely to meet you on the blog hop. The photo of the Margaret Merrill rose is stunning, I also like your layered peonie brooch too.

  5. I'm smiling because your comments give me a 'buzz'

  6. wow, what a sweet giveaway. please enter me. thanks!! i hope to one day see your area. the hubby & i dream of that. we love traveling. love the blog party. please stop by my blog too. have a great weekend. take care. ( :

  7. You have a very lovely blog. I'm a new follower and a 'Grow Your Blog' participant. Have fun at the party!

    Evalina, This and that...

  8. Hello Joan, You have a lovely blog and I especially enjoy your lovely photos of your garden. Truly beautiful. I also struggle with taking good photos and making them unique to put on my blog. Always a challenge. I flew over NZ once on my way to Australia for a visit. Unfortunately I never got to see NZ. I reckon it is truly very beautiful. Hugs Judy

  9. hello Joan, I found you thru the blog party. You have a beautiful blog and I love your handmade hearts-I will back to check into needle felting. I live in rural Missouri, retired, and love creating lots of things from fibers. Kathy

  10. hi Joan
    thank you for coming by my blog party to visit. It appears that we have so much in common, nurse, married 40 years, grandkids--we have 7--working with others---fascination with textiles and photography ha---want to go for coffee?

  11. Lovely blog post!! I love fabric books!!! They are very yummy:):) and the heart is super sweet :):) Happy hopping!!!

  12. Your work is beautiful and I would love to win such a sweet gift. It was fun visiting you. Di@Cottage-Wishes

  13. I love your handful of love. Your hearts are delightful. Blessings to you as you continue to bless others.

  14. Joan, I LOVE your hearts! ALL OF THEM! LOL I struggle with my blog photos...I could slow down a bit and that might daughters are very good at photos and editing, and I usually send them my work to fix. But I am trying to be independent of my children...isn't THAT a funny change!
    I would love to be included in your giveaway, your art reminds me of one of my beautiful sister's art...
    I love your mother's singer Sewing Machine, aren't those fun to use? I have one as well! and I would love to learn how to do felting. I love my flowers too, but that is not one of my strong points...I am excited to see more on your blog, thanks for coming by mine!
    Hearts to you,

  15. I am slowly making the rounds and trying to visit all the participants in the Grow Your Blog Party.

    Your hearts are adorable.

    It is a pleasure to meet you and I would thank you for visiting my blog.

    Take care!!!

  16. I am a follower now :D
    Beautiful blog and I love your lovely giveaway...
    I am looking forward to more inspiration posts from you :D

  17. I have a soft spot for hearts
    It is very cold here It is nice hear it is warm some where.
    If you visits I will

  18. Nice to meet you Joan! I love your blog and your interests, and your handmade hearts are so sweet! I love gardening also. Thanks for a chance at your lovely giveaway! Please stop by my blog also!

  19. Lovely blog - Beautiful hand sewn hearts. I would love to volunteer/work in a rest home like you do - there isn't one near enough for me really,I always enjoy being with elderly people.

    I'm also a newbie follower


  20. hi there from Vancouver Island! lovely blog... and I have tried to sign up as a follower but its not cooperating with me today.
    I used to live in Dunedin and attend Otago Girls High School too many years ago to say now. Are you up by Christchurch?

    Thanks for visiting my blog Thrums...

    All the best, Susan

  21. Hi Joan,

    It is so nice to meet you. I see you are all the way in New Zealand! I'm a gal who likes crafting too. I'm still making my way through visiting everyone from Vicki's Grow Your Blog party. I hope you will stop by to say hello.

  22. Hi Joan. I love the header image! Lovely pile of lushesness. Oh, I love roses too. Last year I bought seven new ones and I'm a sucker for trying to save every poor abused rose in mid summer from those horrible Wal-Mart...who have no business having roses for sale anyway. My most favorite ones are yellow roses, like the relatively new Julia Childs, because they were my grandfather's favorites. I have a saved rose in my garden in England which starts off yellow and then turns pink. It's the most amazing rose int he world. I keep toying with the idea of smuggling a few slips to my Vancouver garden and propagating it here although I know it's a great big no no to do that and I could get in serious trouble. But I've just never seen its like here in Canada. Hmmm...dilema. :)

  23. I think your photography is lovely! Expecially love photos of flowers and roses! So nice to meet you!


  24. So nice to meet you!I love your blog!I will follow you so I get to know you better!Come visit mine also!

  25. Hi Joan! Your photography is lovely...very well self-taught, I would say! Your stitched hearts are very sweet, and I like all of the work of yours I see here, like the coiled fabric bowls and the needlebook. Nice to "meet" you via the blog party!

  26. Ooh, you love to enjoy your fabrics, like I do! I have made some little hearts this month, too! So nice to "meet" you on this blog hop. I appreciate the work you do with the elderly!

  27. visiting via Vicki's GYB Party; enjoying your blog and beautiful work of your hands and heart.

  28. Was just searching for some blogs that might interest me, and came across yours. I previously worked as an activity director at an assisted living home. Loved that job. But am a SAHM now. Love your projects. Blessings your way!

  29. Hi Joan! Wonderful needlework and flowers! So nice to see when we up here in Canada are under a heavy layer of snow! I am your newest Follower; thanks to Vicki, I am so glad to have found your blog!

  30. Thanks for finding my blog and leaving a comment. I sometimes do a little simple sewing. Your projects are beautiful.

  31. Joan, you have very beautiful handwork. It will be fun to visit and view more. I volunteer at the local hospital full-term care facility where my Mother and her husband, my step-Dad, both were and died there, too. We all (even the grandchildren) helped there. It is a worthwhile cause. I commend you for your gift to help them. Please stop by if you haven't already and sign up for my giveaway. (I'm tardy because my motherboard died and went to the grave!) But, I have a replacement now! Hugs from Alaska. Karen

  32. ..thanks for letting me tour your blog.. and great blog candy.. mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

  33. I just LOVE your hearts! I found you through the blog party - if you need a giggle - come and visit me at

  34. It is taking me time to work though as many of the blogs on the list as I can, but I am glad I found you. I love your little hearts and your photos and your blog is very calm and welcoming.

  35. Lovely stitched hearts! I am dropping by from the GYB hop!

  36. Hello Joan
    I'm so glad Vicki's party bought me here again to look at your beautiful fibre art and stitching. Your flowers - hand made I have admired for a very long time. Your embroidery, felt work and stitching is just gorgeous.
    I will continue to pop in and out to view your lovely blog but I'm feeling really over extended to follow completely any more blogs at present Joan but at the same time express my sincere appreciation for following mine.
    Please do come and put yourself in my Giveaway and I'm wishing you the best of luck.
    Thank you so much for all.

  37. Fibrefascination grow your blog party has ended. Thankyou for the many visitors and the amazing comments some of you have made. I have many new followers. Welcome to my 'creative journey.' I hope you will join with me as we enjoy more creativity togethor.
    I will ask my husband to pick a winner in my giveaway and let you know as soon as possible.
    Its been a great party and many thanks to Vicki.

    See you soon