Hello, and welcome to the party!
This evening is about meeting up with like-minded friends and having some fun. If you started the hop at the beginning you'll have joined me from Lizzie's, where I'm sure you had a great time. Did you check out her recent snaps of a trip to London? She must have caused a whirlwind with all the sights she managed to see! If you haven't been to Lizzie's then make sure you head back there, otherwise you won't be able to complete the master phrase for the big giveaway! You have to hop all the blogs in order and collect letters along the way. For my piece of the puzzle, and to see who you need to head to next, you'll have to read to the end of my post - where you'll also find a personal pass the parcel giveaway from me!
I am so grateful that I discovered the world of blogging. It has supported, inspired and entertained me in so many ways! I created this page for my 'Why do I Scrapbook Album' back in January this year:
It's great how I do really feel like part of a community through blogging. I don't go to any crops to meet to people, so I meet them online instead. I think blogging is like pen-pals for the modern day. I get so excited when I see someone has posted a new story or craft for me to have a look at, or when lovely readers have left me a comment. It's the same thrill as I get if a letter from a friend arrives via the postman!
One thing that's been inspiring me lately is bloggers knitting projects. Especially Rachel's knitted thingy, Sian's knitted dogs, and Deb's knitted blanket. These are all so cool in different ways, and I keep wishing I could knit. I have tried to learn many times, but always get in a tangle. However, a few months ago I bought a crochet magazine, and decided to give that a go. I managed to crochet a few flowers thanks to the Little Birdie Secrets blog, but hadn't made anything else. Until the aforementioned ladies kept blogging about knitting and making me want to try more of a project. So I decided to crochet some gloves:
I got the pattern for these here, and they were really easy to make. Well, one ended up slightly smaller and neater than the other, but for my first proper project I think they turned out okay. I've already started work on a second pair, some mini ones in pink, for my daughter! So thank you to all the knitting bloggers who helped give me the push to try more things! And thank you to everyone who blogs, for providing stories that are heartwarming, funny, intriguing or emotional, and for showing off your crafts that give me tons of ideas and make me happy to be a creative person! Thanks for leaving comments that let me know I have friends who understand my life! I LOVE blogging!
Okay, enough of that! Onto the really important stuff - how can you win yourself some goodies? Well, for the grand prizes, kindly given by Jo, you'll have to hop all the way along, and collect letters. At the end of the hop, you'll reach Jo's blog, and she'll tell you how to enter!
The letter you have to collect from me is cunningly concealed in the paragraph above. Did you miss it? It's big. It's party pink. You only need one of them from me, not twenty-one!
And finally, here's the chance of a prize from me! As I've said how blogging is a bit like having pen-pals, the prize I'm giving is a set of greeting cards that feature my artwork. You could post them to a friend in need of a chat or a cheer-up, you could gift them to someone for Christmas, or, if you like them enough, keep them for yourself! Here's the set:
To win a set, all you have to do is leave a comment here, before 8pm Sunday 21st November, answering this question:
'If you were a fictional creature, what one would you be?'
You'll need to check back on Monday 22nd Novemeber to see if you've won, or to be extra sure you don't miss the prize, then leave your email address in the comment too so I can let you know that way if you win.
If you don't win the prize and you wish you had, then don't worry, you can buy them in my new etsy shop:
There's only the cards in there so far, but watch out for other bits and pieces that I'll be adding this month!
That's it from me, hope you had a great time! Now you need to hop over to Mel's, who I'm sure will have a photo of something to make us drool, whether it be papercrafts or food! Cheers to all! xx