Sunday, January 25, 2015

Grow Your Blog 2015

Welcome to "Grow Your Blog 2015"!

Hi, Diane here with you today.
For the last 3 yeasr Vicki at "2 Bags Full" has sponsored and worked very hard at bringing
bloggers together from all kinds of talent for a "meet and greet".
I have joined since the first "Grow Your Blog" in 2013 and have "met" some
wonderful blog friends.

To those of you that are familiar with me already know that my passion is 
"paper crafting" and "gardening" and "cooking" and "sewing".  
I have been blogging since February 29th 2008
and have never looked back.  Here is my very first post I did, I thought it would be fun (and to share it Nellies Nest!

I decided not to talk too much about me 
(you can read my profile at the top tabs "About Me" at the top of my blog) 
if you would like, 
but to share with you some altered projects I did for Christmas presents .  
My sister, Mom, daughter and niece and I do a countdown to Christmas
every year and we each buy each other 8 gifts, 
they can be whatever we want, and I normally make at least one gift.  
This year another friend "Judy" gifted a group of friends with the most adorable
little altered birdhouses, I just loved it, so thought I would make some for gifts.

The first one I did for my niece "Amy" as she is a fan of owls.

The second one was for my sister "Linda", I tried to make hers a bit more "shabby chic"
and she is a collector of "teapots" so I added a bit of those as well!

The third one I did for my daughter "Lori", 
she is a photographer, so I had to put that little camera
on hers, as well as the squirrel, it was a joke between us, so perfect!

The last one was my Mom's...
her favorite color is yellow, so that kind of says it all I think.

I will leave you with a few of my garden photos,
yes, these are from my own gardens
and they make me happy just looking at them
knowing that in a few months time
I will be out there enjoying them once again...let the countdown begin!

I hope you have enjoyed your visit with me...and not required, but I  WOULD LOVE
for you to become a follower, I really need to "Grow My Blog"!!

Mark Feb 29th on your calendars as I will be having "blog candy" celebrating my 
SEVEN years of blogging!!


Diana Seal said...

Hi Diane, just stopping by to say "Hello". Been following you for a while and loving it. Beautiful creations! Have a happy blog party!

Leslie Miller said...

You've been great since your very first post and you've only gotten better! These darling little birdhouses are just amazing! Wow! And I always love seeing your garden photos. Unfortunately my first blog got deleted (not by me), so my first blog post is gone forever. I enjoyed seeing some of your early projects!

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Hi Diane! You've always had a lovely blog and your creations are gorgeous! I'm already a follower.

Stamping With Bibiana said...

love all those bird make want to make one of these for me! so cute

Ros Crawford said...

The time flies doesn't it ... I loved reading your first post and seeing your creations ... Your little houses are magnificent and your garden is a pure dream! Have a beautiful day!

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, the birdhouses are amazing, Diane!! You decorated each one so perfectly!! I know they all loved them!! And I just love looking at pictures of your amazing garden!! I want a garden just like yours!! What are the flowers in the bottom picture - the beautiful pink ones?? I can't wait for flower season to arrive!! Thankfully we don't have the forecast of snow that the east coast is expecting today...ugh!! Have a great day :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

New Creations said...

Love those bird houses, such precious creations and stunning decoration, a treat to eyes!!! I always love to see your amazing creation and enjoy them, but sorry for less commenting. I am already a follower.
Have a fun week!

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Hello Diane! Your birdhouses are absolutely adorable. Loooove them! I'm already your follower and I hope many more peeps will discover your fabulous blog via GYB! Hugs xx

Cheri the Quilting Nanny said...

visiting from GYB....and now following! Love the bird houses! They are stunning! And I wish I could have a garden like yours! In this high desert of CA...nothing grows!!!
Cheri, the quilting nanny

Sue Kosec said...

From a former Ohio girl, I sure miss those lilacs ... thanks for sharing. You throw a great party. Thank you for inviting me!

So that you know, I've become a Follower and when time permits, I'll be back to see what other beautiful things were made by your hands!

What this party is all about is to GROW your blog and I'm hoping to do the same. When you get to Section One, check out A Country Chic Retreat and SuZeQ Creations, my personal blog, in Section Fifteen I'd love for you to follow and subscribe to.

Happy crafting!

Linda H said...

HI Diane,
Dropping by on the GYB party. I've enjoyed a look around your blog. Your cards are lovely- love those pink snowflakes!!! Have fun on the GYB journey!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Your little birdhouses are adorable - fun to make and even more fun to receive I'm sure. Your gardens are lovely - I miss ours now that we live in an apartment. So nice to meet you - have fun on the tour!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Finally getting around to the blogs toward the end of the list, sorry it has taken so long. There is so much interesting to see! Your blog is calling to me too, I love the same things you do, and blog about all of them. I miss my garden in the winter, thanks for the pretty flower pictures. Will follow on Bloglovin.

afistfuloflemons said...

Your houses are adorable and inspiring!