Friday, January 24, 2014

Grow Your Blog

Welcome to each of my visitors
A warm welcome to all those of
you who stop by from time to time,
to see what I have been up to and
those faithful friends that visit
most every post.
There are a variety of topics
that interest me, but I would
have to say my heart belongs
to a needle and thread.  From
Crazy Quilting to delicate embroidery
stitches, needlepoint, knitting, crochet
and most recently smocking, all worked
with a type of needle and thread.
Another thing I love is blogging,
getting to know other bloggers
and sharing talents with each other.
Here is a look back over my blog
and some of the things I have
created.
First with Needles and Thread
A  Heart Swap, I hosted.
There have been crazy quilting block
swaps and Round Robins.
Heart and Hands for Sendi
 Chains of Hearts block swap.
Cuff Bracelets
 Created with silk and vintage buttons.
Felt Christmas Ornaments
Whitework Stitching
 Crazy Quilt stitching
 Block Swaps
Stitching Covering Pebbles
 A Stitching shaped into pebbles
Lots of different stitches
 Pebble necklaces
 More pebbles
 Crocheted Boho bracelets
Schwalm Whitework 
 Pincushions
 Leaves for Vicki's nests
 A treetopper
Scarf for the Pink Scarf Project
 More Pincushions
 Bridal Garters
 Muslin Strips with Hyacinth Flowers
for Vicki's nests.
 Boho Bags
 Altered Clothing, lots of lace added.
 More Bridal Garters
 A wedding pillow
 My adventure with smocking begins:
 First Bonnet
 First Wee Care Gown
 Pretty In Pink
 Suitable for a sweet angel boy.
 Gowns with beading and made from eyelet.

The following are the things
I love to create that a needle
and thread never touch.
 Altered Bottles
and Sun Catchers
 Soldered charms for a swap
 Repurposing a sewing machine into a lamp,
 Pie Safe Redo
 Soldered Charms
 Altered Bottles
 Birthday Necklace
 Catchall
 Altered Bottle "The Proposal"
 Christmas Bottles
 Angel Snow Bottle
Wow, looking back I have been busy.

Smocking is now my main focus,
the opportunity to create
the tiny "Wee Care" gowns
has blessed me in so many ways.
Vicki was instrumental in
encouraging me  and giving
me a place to share
my works from the heart.

With smocking comes an interest
in heirloom sewing and vintage sewing
 techniques.  I found a "Beauty Pin"
 created by my Grandmother.
The pin was used to close the front
 of my baby dresses or kimonos
 as they were called.
Here is the pin she created.
 Finding that pin lead me to try
my hand at making my own.








 I will have a bit of a tutorial on my next
post.  Since you have hung in there
until the end of this very long post.
I have a giveaway for this Beauty Pin 
Leave a comment below and I will
choose a winner on February 15th.

I will leave you with one thought.
Always Remember You Are
Stronger Than You Think
And Most Of All

Love to all,
Deb

125 comments:

  1. Deb I have enjoyed your blog and all that you create with your heart and hands. I love seeing the recaps of so many varied accomplishments. You are such a kind and generous and loving soul. The little Wee Care Gowns are truly your angel wings my friend. I am looking forward to your tutorial on making my very own Beauty Pin. I adore yours. Peace Joy and Creative Blessings...

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  2. I have been following your blog for a long long time but I don't leave comments because I am terribly shy....true. But it's time for me to start letting you know how much I appreciate the time you take to sit down and share a bit of your life with me(us). I love to stitch too. The only time I did smocking was when I was in grade school . . . my mom made me do her smocking because her hands hurt and she couldn't stitch anymore. I wonder if I still know how.

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    1. I would think that smocking is a bit like learning to ride a bike....it will all come back to you. Don't ever be shy about leaving comments, bloggers love to hear from people that visit our blogs! Glad you stopped by and thank you for taking the time to comment.

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  3. Wow seriously - How can one person be SO talented? Your work is hypnotically beautiful - such intricacy! I love the hearts, the pebbles, the charms, the pins....gorgeous. I'm so happy to have found your blog via 'Grow Your Blog' - best wishes - Shroo:)x http://artyshroo.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I am not sure how much is talent as it is having to have my hands busy....I even take things to work on when we go on vacations!

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  4. Hi Deb, goodness, you have been busy! All your work is so very beautiful! Such patience and talent it takes to make so many wonderful things.And, of course, your care gowns are a blessing indeed! Best wishes, Tammy

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    1. Those little gowns bless me! I find such peace and contentment while stitching on them.

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  5. Oops, forgot to say how awesome it is that you found the pin made by your grandmother. That is really very special. :)

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    1. That little pin has been in my jewelry box since I was a girl.....big smile.

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  6. Hi Hi.. I came via the blog hop and came across your beautiful blog..
    wow.. you sure are busy and I love the snow bottles.. thank you for sharing the posts and many pictures. :D

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  7. Travelled here from Grow Your Blog, love the altered art

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    1. Thank you Kate, I hope you will visit again.

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  8. Oh Deb; what a wonderful trip back in time! So much accomplished; so much more to do! Creativity is in your soul for sure! Not only have you gathered many friends during this period, you have inspired us to be giving and sharing persons. Keep on trucking girl!!

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    1. I hope you noticed the block from our swap! XO!

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  9. Hello dear Deb
    I knew you did some of those things but not everything - WOW - you are such a talent.
    I remember when I first saw the buttons you covered and embroidered in Karen's class - they blew me away! I still hope to do a class with her one day!
    Love your beauty pin and the story behind it - what a thrill for you to find yours done by your Grandmother - very special.
    Do pop over and enter my giveaway too Deb.
    Hugs
    Shane

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    1. Oh, yes the whitework class....I collected so many linens for that class!
      I always enjoy my visits to your blog.

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  10. Wow..gorgeous creations...a girl after my own heart...lol...my sister and I spent years working with repurposed and vintage "things"...love...love what you do...that smocked baby hat...oh my, so adorable..love!! I too have a lamp out of an old Singer machine I just love....and make jewelry and so on...wonderful blog!!

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    1. Diane you do sound like a kindred spirit! Repurposing is so much fun. I can see beauty, where others see just a piece of junk!

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  11. Very Unique and interesting work - I love the covered rocks - very unusual and very pretty

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    1. I saw those rocks used as table favors once....would be lots of work but a great favor.

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  12. WOW, that is a LOT of hard work and SO many beautiful things:) Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

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  13. Wow!!! You are so talented, I am amazed at the variety of things you can do. I love the little quote at the end of the post too. Thank you for a beautiful giveaway.

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    1. I love that quote as well....I mean really you have to believe you can, to accomplish most anything.

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  14. Good gracious, but you are a talented and creative and productive person!!
    I am one of Vicki's Volunteers for the GYB Party, and I'm so glad you are one of the bloggers on my list! :)

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    1. Thank you for the visit! After looking at the photos, I made myself tired thinking about all I had made! LOL

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  15. OMGosh Deb, You gathered an amazing array of your talent to share in this post! I always love visiting here. You are always up to something wonderful.
    Have a great HOP!!
    xx, Carol

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    1. And I always enjoy seeing your beautiful ribbon work!

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  16. Dear Deb,-
    Oh my goodness, you have created so many,many beautiful and gorgeous art pieces with your hands. I love all your stunning embroideries, the heart ,pebbles and so much more-,they are just so beautiful,- and your new pins are a wonderful idea,- how talented you truly are my friend.
    The one winning your pin, will be so happy being able to wear it.
    Hugs and love, Dorthe

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    1. Dorthe,
      You are always such a faithful visitor! Thank you for your friendship and the inspiration I find when I visit you!

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  17. What a lovely overview of all you do. That pie safe would look like mine except I didn't whiten mine, and mine has a scalloped bottom board. Your hinges are fancier and my drawer is flush with the surface of the front. But other than that ... LOL!

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    1. The hinges are new and the front of the drawer was replaced, once upon a time....that wood does not match the rest of the pie safe that was one reason it is painted! I am glad it is almost like yours!

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  18. i am visiting from the grow your blog party. Your creativity is boundless and so beautiful. It must keep you very busy with your hands. It is absolutely beautiful.

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  19. Hi Deb,

    I'm visiting from the Grow Your Blog party. It is nice to meet you. You are a very talented lady, and an inspiring one! I plan to look around a bit more and then be on my way to visit the others. I do hope you will stop by for a visit and enter my giveaway. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs – Donna

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    1. I will look forward to visiting you too!
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  20. Wonderful blog! Visiting you from GYB party! I love, love this beauty pin! Truly wonderful. You have a new follower in me!
    ~Tanya

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    1. Thank you Tanya for choosing to follow me. You never know what you will see on here!

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  21. Hello Deb. It was great to see all your most wonderful and beautiful creations you have stitched. You are a very talented lady and I admire all your work.. Nice to chat again.. I wish you the most wonderful weekend and year. Hugs Judy

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  22. Hi Deb
    Good to meet you - I enjoyed seeing all your wonderful creations!

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  23. What a treat to revisit all your creations (and I see my pincushion that I treasure so much in this post!!). Have fun on the tour!

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    1. I remember making that pincushion and finding the old German cup too!

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  24. My goodness but you have so many talents! The Beauty Pin is so sweet - I had never seen one of those before. Thank you for commenting on my blog today! Cindy from TheCranesNest.com

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    1. I enjoyed seeing all your talents as well!

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  25. greetings from a fellow magpie!! Goodness, you are a prolific and multi-talented girl! I too like to dabble in lots of different things. The little pin you are giving away is so wonderful and maybe, just maybe, you'll draw my name to win it :-) I'll be back to visit again!

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    1. Nice to meet another magpie! I will look forward to seeing you again.

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  26. You are one well-rounded crafty sewing person! I wish I had met you sooner in my life, but I'm thankful we have met through blogging.

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    1. If only you lived next door and DeeDee on the other side! Thank you friend!

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  27. wow! you do a little bit of everything - I do quite a few different things, but no where near as many as you do. lol..

    found/followed you from the gyb party! can't wait to see what you're up to!

    hope you'll visit me as well!

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    1. Yes Cristi, I will be by to see what you have been up to. Always nice to see all the various projects others spend their time creating.

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  28. Oh my, your needlework is exquisite, but you can do 100s of things beautifully - just gorgeous!
    Thanks for stopping by yesterday and leaving a lovely comment on my blog - afraid I haven't kept up my Pinterest boards for months - I hope you weren't disappointed...
    I'll be back when it's less frantic - still catching up from the GYB party x

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    1. I enjoyed seeing your Pinterest boards. Thank you for visiting and taking time to leave a comment!

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  30. Hi Deb, you're so talented and all your works are gorgeous! Glad to know you through GYB party.. Hugs:)

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    1. Thank you Anitha! I will be by to visit you as well!

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  31. Beautiful photos showing your creative talents Deb! Am hopping in for a visit. The response to GYB this year is fantastic. I love this pin so look forward to your tutorial AND I have LOTS of safety pins!

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    1. Yes the GYB is great this year I am glad so many are participating! You will need lots of safety pins as the beauty pins are fun to make!

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  32. I am having fun finding new bloggers to follow...love sewing and quilting. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  33. Good morning Deb, your work is so lovely. I am just getting ready to learn some embroidery stitches for my wool crazy quilt purse with an under water sea-I remember when I was a little girl-way way back-lol my Mom made us allot of hand smocked dresses and blouses-good to see that craft is still alive.
    I am a new follower Kathy

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    1. Embroidery on wool....is so yummy, wool stitches like butter! Under-water sea theme sounds neat!

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  34. i had a flower girl dress that was very similar to that bonnet design. what amazing work you do. wow!! hi there. i'm Beth from E. Lizard Breath Speaks - so nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog get together/party. ( :
    elizardbreathspeaks@gmail.com

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    1. Nice to meet you as well and Thanks for visiting!

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  35. Hello,

    Nice to meet you.:)
    I would like to participate in your giveaway.
    petitearmoire2@gmail.com

    Greetings.

    Bernadett

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    1. Nice to meet you as well. Good luck in the drawing!

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    1. Blushing,,,,,thank you, but really it all comes from a desire to create, keep my hands busy.

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  37. Hello- visiting from gyb. Lovely sewing, altered bottles and smocking! Have a nice week ahead :)

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    1. Glad to have you visit! Have a nice week and stay warm!

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  38. Thank you for commenting on my small stones today... I forgot to add the link I usually add http://www.writingourwayhome.com/
    I'm doing the January Writing Challenge :)
    My other stones are gathered on the Mindful Writing page of my blog, if you're interested x
    btw I meant to ask - did you want to enter my giveaway? I couldn't tell from your comment on the GYB post x

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    1. Yes, I do want to be included! I am looking forward to reading more about the mindful writing.

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  39. What a lovely pin. I hope it goes to a good home. I know I would love it.

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  40. Hello Deb
    I have so enjoyed visiting you here today and viewing so many of your gorgeous creations. I am so glad you posted them all here so we get to see your many and varied stitching talents. You are surely an inspiration to anyone who comes.
    I love the very first heart you have created, your stitched and embroidered pebbles, your totes, those gorgeous vintage pincushions (and I am so proud to own one which you so generously offered up to me last party!!!), your soldered pendants and smocking - just to name a few.
    I am thrilled that i will be sharing with you on Vicki's upcoming Vintage nests some of our little pieces of
    artwork too!
    So glad to see that your beautiful pin created by your grandmother was the inspiration for you to create your very own.
    And finally your words of inspiration at the end are just special!
    I am your newest follower,
    Warm hugs,
    Suzy

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    1. Suzy,
      I always enjoy my visits to your blog. Thank you for visiting me and taking the time to leave a comment. So glad you are happy with the pincushion I sent you....I loved that cup!
      xo

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  41. What an awesome post! I love all the crazy quilted items and those stitched pebbles...your work is just beautiful...please enter me in your giveaway...have a blessed day.

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    1. Wendy thank you for your visit and kind words. Those stitched pebbles are so much fun to make. Good luck in the drawing!

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  42. Too many different crafts to comment on each type so I will just say, "you are an extremely CREATIVE person!"

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  43. Creative, may just be the best word to describe me!
    Thanks!

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  44. Hello Deb, I'm visiting from GYB. It's lovely to meet you and see your passion for stitching. You make some lovely work. I Love to make things but mostly art, (although I've just taken up silversmithing), but I do some stitching. I'm going to have a nice explore of some of your posts and then figure out how to follow. Hope you come see me too. :)

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    1. Veronica,
      Thank you for visiting me and taking the time to leave a comment. I checked out your jewelry making, very interesting! I look forward to reading more.

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  45. A great post Deb and just wonderful to see so many lovely and creative items you have made!!

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    1. I sometimes forget things I have made, so it is good to a have a sample all in one place!

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  46. You are a very talented lady! In a cedar chest we found my Mother's kimono gowns made by my Grandmother, but I've never heard of beauty pins-lovely! Thank you for sharing your talents with us. Smocking is satisfying but haven't done it in years, your gowns are pretty. Thanks for fun.

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  47. Tomorrow I will be publishing a post on how to create the Beauty Pins....without a crochet hook!

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  48. Hey Sweetie! I can't tell you how many time I "oohed" while looking at all your exquisite creations! OMG...you really have been a busy bee...and such a talented one at that! I love your new photo. What a beauty you are! xoxo

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    1. Paulette, you are too funny! Love the new pin you have created!
      xo

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  49. So many pictures, so many projects-- do you ever sleep!?!

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  50. I've enjoyed reading your blog....you're so talented Deb. I look forward to following your blog.

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  51. As a pediatric nurse and gram, I so appreciate your stitching for our precious little ones -- it's such a beautiful gift of love and caring directly from your hands and heart. A favorite quote from Michael Bridge says that "When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, the circle of Creation is completed inside us. The doors of our souls fly open and love steps forth to heal everything in sight."

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    1. Wendy,
      That quote is beautiful! There is such a feeling of peacefulness that I find when stitching on those tiny gowns....I am the one being blessed.

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  52. I think the name of your blog describes you very well and I loved the tutorial for the beauty pin. How special to have one that your grandmother made.
    Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

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    1. Yes, I think the name of my blog, sums me up pretty well...you never know what you will see on here!

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  53. Some really beautiful, and different makes. I love your pebble in particular, the variety of texture from embroidery:) Vicky

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  54. Your stitch work and needlework is simply amazing! Visiting via Vicki's GYB party and am gasping at your work!

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    1. Thank you for visiting....no need to gasp, I think I must have a little ADD and feel the need to many things!

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  55. You have made a lot of really pretty things. i am looking forward to reading your posts. your smocking looked beautiful too. i used to smock when my kids were little and i loved it. i have a new granddaughter now so might have to get back to it.

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    1. Kathy,
      Congratulations on a new granddaughter! The perfect reason to smock!

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  56. Hello from the Yukon! I hope you're enjoining this party as much as I do :)
    Evalina, This and that...

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  57. I loved seeing your projects. I would like to learn how to solder someday. I have a penny with my birth year on it. Love how you made a necklace with it. The pie safe looks great!

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    1. Soldering is a great skill and it comes in handy for other things. The pie safe has been around for many years, I love having it in my sewing room.

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  58. Ahhhhhhhhhhh - what a prolific soul I have found here...all of this, incredibly beautiful. Newest Follower from the Blog Party - so, SO excited to be here!

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  59. Visiting from the GYB party. You are one talented lady:)

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  60. Wow! What fantastic talents you have! I love crafting. There is just nothing like it. :-)

    Thank you for the opportunity to win the lovely pin.

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    1. The art of crafting is fun from beginning to end. Gathering supplies, finding a special piece to work with, the process of creating and the end product!

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  61. Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Very nice to meet you. You have lots of interesting projects! Thanks for sharing.

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  62. Wow, what a talented lady - I do love your smocking - the bonnet is especially lovely - my daughter wore a bonnet like yours until she was 4 or 5. We never had to worry about her hat blowing off. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work.

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    1. Smocked bonnets always seem to be perfect for any baby. They are a nice project to have on hand for a nice baby gift.

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  63. Hi! Thanks so much for visiting me via the GYB party--hasn't it been fun? You are such a talented artist; thanks for sharing all your projects. They are just beautiful. I'd love to be entered in your giveaway. Thanks! Diana

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  64. Thank you Diana for coming over to visit me! Good luck in the drawing!

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  65. hello and nice to meet you! Your work is beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Wendy it is nice to meet you as well.

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