Saturday, January 25, 2014

Grow your blog and a give away!

Hi
 my name is Peg and I am married to the wonderful Mr B, we have 3 grown offspring, 8 grandchildren and share our home with 4 Shih Tzus and 4 Lhasa Apso's, all rescue dogs. Along with my crafting I am one of the directors of a small rescue for small dogs. I am taking time out at the moment due to ill health.
This is my daughter and I on a girly weekend at our holiday home and a very young me knitting :)

The ever patient Mr B on a break from work with 4 of our munchkins.

I have been blogging since about 2005 and although I've gone through barren patches when I've not posted due to the demands of having a family and running a rescue I have thoroughly enjoyed my blogging experience.
I absolutely love making these


I have only been quilting for a few years, I've always enjoyed sewing and began in earnest when I was about 13yrs old. I was the 4th daughter in a family of 5 daughters, the sewing bug grew in all of us apart from the youngest. My Mother was a very accomplished sewer, curtains, cushion covers, clothes were always homemade and lasted a lot longer than shop bought. I did the same with my own children making theirs and my own clothes unless it was something that I definitely couldn't make. Quilting came about after I had taken part in a xstitch stitchalong I chose small samplers from the designer Lizzie Kate. When the samplers all returned to me I decided to make them into a wall hanging which included quilt blocks and borders
 I liked my wall hanging so much I decided to make this Prairie Schooler Autumn sampler into one also.
I love cross stitching also this is a sampler I made for a friends anniversary 
My lounge walls are covered with samplers which were my favourites to stitch but I also love to stitch the Mirabillia and Lavender & Lace beautiful fairies.
Mid summer nights Fairy
LL Celtic Noel



and I enjoy making these

I have rather a lot of stash for cross stitching, knitting/crochet and of course my quilting, some ladies collect shoes I collect stash :)

Why do I like blogging, well I enjoy talking to people, I enjoy spending time on my computer, I have learnt so much from fellow bloggers who have shared their talents in tutorials both on their blogs and through You Tube. Yes I've had the odd spammer but I just press the delete button and they're gone!

I have to be honest and say I've met some pretty awesome people out there in blogger land, I have had so much support and encouragement from them and have been able to give it back. They make me laugh, they make me cry when they're going through tough times, they inspire me and I am so glad I've come to know them.

To say a huge thank you for visiting my blog I am having my first GIVE AWAY
it is open to all bloggers new, old. Included in the give away is a  copy of Mollie Makes magazine, a pack of 15 new 18" x 6" pieces of Shirting all pressed and ready to cut out plus a pack of 2 Needle Grabbers for the hand quilters amongst us. All you need to do is leave a comment here on my blog saying you'd like to be included in the drawer. I will leave this open until February 15th to allow everyone the chance to be involved, all names will be put in the hat and then the winner picked out.

MY GIVE AWAY

I am so looking forward to visiting the blogs in my group and getting to know new friends, I hope you have enjoyed your visit and enjoy the blog party arranged by the lovely Vikki at 2bagsfull.blogspot.co.uk


Take care and enjoy your weekend wherever you are.

Peg xx





89 comments:

canuckquilter said...

You're a multi-talented lady!

Silke said...

Dear Peg,

I am a volunteer with the Grow Your Blog party to make sure that the links on Vicki's post are working correctly.

You have a beautiful blog and are very talented with all of your creative work - your cross-stitching, your quilting and your crocheting!

I also love that you have a small dog rescue. How wonderful!!

Greetings from beautiful Savannah!! xoxo Silke

Emily C said...

I also tend to dabble in different crafts. My go-to craft depends on my mood. I love how you describe your stash =) Your cross stitch is lovely.

CYNTHIA CRANE said...

How blessed you are to have so many loved ones around you! I hope every day brings you improvements with your health issues. How wonderful it is to have art to sustain us when life throws such challenges our way! And bless you for the work you do with the little doggie rescue - I recently adopted a little rescue Cavie/Border Collie mix and she is such a joy! I'm visiting via the GROW YOUR BLOG party and am so glad I did! Your handwork is absolutely lovely - the mint green quilt my favorite! I hope you will come visit me soon, Cindy of TheCranesNest.com

averyclaire.org said...

Hi Peg...nice to meet you. You have a lovely blog and do beautiful work. I am also a quilter and stitcher. Hope your health improves!

cmoh said...

I too stitched that fairy! How long did it take you? I think it took me about a year. I ended up giving it to my little sister as a graduation gift. The sad thing is that I haven't stitched since then. Your quilts look lovley and all your puppies are darlings. I too am a rescue girl, but cats are my poison. It was so nice to meet you.

Hugs
Caroline

Judy Corner said...

What a lovely Blog you have. I love your creativity. I am a cardmaker and know the pleasure that making something can bring. Happy Weekend. Judy x

Gillian Salmons said...

Hello fellow blogger, I'm so pleased to have found you and look forward to friendly times, Gilli

Sandy Campbell said...

Good morning Peg! What a cute blog, and enjoyed all of the pictures of your work! I especially liked the 'dogs'....I am an animal lover....they are so cute. I have two cats.

I crochet, knit, sew, embroider and enjoy paper crafts too. Stop by and say hello! I am also a new join on your blog! Sandy www.sanderellascrochet.wordpress.com

Erika Schindler said...

You had me from the moment you mentioned dog rescue. I just love my critters and every one of them is a rescue.

But I also very much enjoyed browsing through your crafty world and all the beautiful things you have made. Thank you for sharing them with the rest of us.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Julie said...

Los of wonderful things you have created Peg, the quilts are wonderful
Good luck to everyone who enters your giveaway, a lovely prize.

Janina Lynet Rolin said...

Hello I 'm very happy, and nice to meet you!! .... your blog is very nice! I'm following now, happy Grow your blog!!

Linda said...

HI,LOVE TO ENTER MY NAME IN YOUR DRAW! THANKS FOR SHARING!

cobaltt16@yahoo.com

barbara woods said...

love your work, i am following you now by email

Busy Lizzie said...

Beautiful crosstitching and quilting, happy to found your blog

Bernadett Rauski said...

Hello ,

Nice to meet you.:)
I would like to take part in your giveaway.Lovely presents.:)
petitearmoire2@gmail.com

Greetings.
Bernadett

Peg said...

Hi Judy

I can't respond to you I can't find a link to your blog. My only excuse if I've missed it I'm tired LOL.

Peg x

Caz said...

Love all your work,,love to be in your giveaway!!

hazel said...

Such an interesting post Peg. The lavender and lace pictures are beautiful also the wavy crochet is pretty.

Hope you are feeling better and please enter me in your 1st giveaway,
.
Hugs
Hazel c uk

kim leavens said...

OMG,,,I love you, you dog rescuer you!!! I only have one rescue, DaisyMay-aYochon, but love her to death and believe in helping them. I also love Mollie Makes magazine, anything Blue, and hexies and....well I'll be following along and give those pups head scratches and nose kisses!!

xx's Kim

secondhandroses said...

You have a lovely blog--how do you find the time? It's a wonderful thing you do with your dog rescue work. I always wonder if we rescue them, or do they rescue us?

Good luck with the GYB party.

Kathy and Deb

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

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

was that 4 puppies - i love that they are all watching the tv with your husband. that is precious.

Sowing Stitches said...

I am a happy new follower!

2Turtle Doves Designs said...

What talent!

Thanks for sharing :-)

~Val

macmillanmarie said...

Very nice to meet you. You wear many hats and they all look wonderful! Have a great time hopping!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

All of your projects are so lovely! Thanks for the chance to win some shirtings--love them!

Vicki H said...

You do have lots of things going on and are so creative. I hope you get feeling better soon.

DeAnna S said...

You are very talented indeed. Thanks for sharing all your beautiful work. I commend you on your work with the rescue dogs...we have 3 of our own that we adopted and they are loving members of our family.

Sherry said...

Really enjoyed visiting your blog and seeing your lovely work. Thanks for offering the nice giveaway. I will be visiting again since I love quilting and am a new follower.

Kathy H said...

You have a lot of beautiful projects. I am looking forward to reading your posts. Thanks for the chance in your wonderful giveaway.

DebraKay Neiman said...

Love your projects...I want to use my completed stitchery in quilting projects. Actually saw a quilt with Aida blocks stitched up and it was gorgeous. New follower. I am having fun finding new bloggers to follow...love sewing and quilting. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Wendi said...

Just love the green quilt... so soothing

Maggie said...

I collect lots more "stash" than shoes, too! I enjoyed seeing all of your handiwork and your little furry friends... I have a spoiled little Lhasa Apso that likes to hang out in my studio while I work on my projects. I'd love to enter my name to win your giveaway.
Maggie
Www.themagrag.com

Caitlin Jordan said...

gorgeous stitching :) and everything else! I love all your projects!

Suze said...

I read that you live in England. My paternal grandfather came to the States alone when he was 17. We have some things in common. I like to cross stitch. I haven't been able to do that in quite some time. Last November I had to have surgery on both my eyes. I also like to knit and I love to quilt. I even like to hand quilt. I am currently hand piecing a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt in a queen size with 1" hexies. I, too, am disabled. I had breast cancer and still take oral anti-estrogen therapy ten year later. Six weeks after the cancer diagnosis, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Sleep is a huge problem with it in addition to the aches of the muscles. I pray that you will feel better and at least be able to craft some. Thanks for growing your blog.

Thea Wilson said...

I'm a GYB visitor and a fellow stitcher! Your work is beautiful!

New GFC follower.

Thea @ Gizzimomo's Stitchy Place

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. I design & create textile art.
Please include me in your draw.

Dirty Martini Queen said...

Nice to meet you Peg and I love all your crafts and I'm an avid stitcher as well.
Donna

EvalinaMaria said...

Your work is lovely and doggies are adorable! I hope you're enjoying this party as much as I do.
Evalina, This and that...

Jo said...

You are one busy lady I admire people who are multi talented when it comes to crafting me I just struggle along trying to get one quilt made a year. Thanks for sharing your life with us thru your blog.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Visiting via Vicki's GYBP and enjoying your blog and the work of your hands and heart.

Fignie said...

You are so talented! Beautiful!
And the 4 dogs?? Adorable!!!

lynn cockrell said...

Peg,

I am continuing along today with the party at 2 Bags Full and I am very happy to find you and your lovely blog.

Your quilts and samplers are lovely, as well as the cross stitch projects(I especially like the Celtic Noel).

I, too, am an avid sewer and, like you, I constructed many of my 2 daughters' prom dresses, as well as their wedding dresses. I have 3 granddaughters and also enjoy sewing things for the, though not as often as I would like.

Your afghans are very pretty. I like the portability and versatility of using granny squares and love the colors you have chosen for the ones on your post.

I very much enjoyed my visit with you today and I hope you will drop by my blog to check things out if you can find a moment! Have a blessed and beautiful week ahead!

hula-la said...

Lots of things going on here. Glad to meet you along the party route! Count me in for the giveaway, please, and stop by to see about mine! Aloha and enjoy the party!

Michele T said...

Hi Peg! Greetings from Ontario Canada. You have a variety of creative skills and lovely pieces too!! Thanks for sharing in the hop!!

Tisha Dolton said...

Thanks for sharing your blog. I can't wait to read more posts. I am an embroiderer participating in Grow Your Blog too.

aprilsongstress

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Nice work I am seeing here....very nice to meet you.

Bonnie58 said...

Great looking blog. Thanks so much for sharing

suziqu's thread works said...

Hello Peg
What a busy and talented lady you are with quilting and stitching and crocheting and...and.
Your furbabies are gorgeous too!
What a generous giveaway you are offering.
Have fun visiting lots of new blogs.
There are heaps of new people to meet who love the same crafts as you.
Don't forget to visit my blog along the way too and join in the Giveaway!
Suzy

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I love quilting cross-stitch and crochet, too. Unfortunately, I don't quilt because I never learned to sew. A shame since now I don't have the patience for it. My mom sewed things for me when I was little but she never passed on the sewing bug to me. I learned to cross-stitch in high school and my cousin taught me how to crochet. I do crochet more now since it is easier to carry around. When I cross-stitch, I do small projects. Even better if there's only one color involved. :) I love Mollie Makes but can only get it when we travel to Dubai. Can't find a lot of magazines where I live. Wishing you a wonderful week. Tammy

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

P.S. I love samplers, too. God bless you for taking care of all the little pooches. :)

kathyinozarks said...

Hi Peg, I am visiting from the Party-your quilts are beautiful as are your other crafts.
I like to do allot of different things too, and I am a quilter also. I love the shirtings you are offering-thanks for the chance.
I live really rural in Missouri and am retired so I have more time now to play with my crafts. stop by when you get a chance. Kathy

Sarah and Dan said...

I'd like to be considered in the drawing, thanks!

LittleHouseontheDairy said...

Lovely quilts! I enjoying quilting and sewing kids clothes as well. I have heard great things about Mollie Makes magazines. They look fun!

Angela @ Cottage Magpie said...

There are such lovely people out here in blogland, I agree! I also understand completely about stash collecting! Hee hee! Nice to meet you! ~Angela~

Anitha said...

Hi Peg, you're so talented! The mid summer fairy cross stitch is very beautiful! Your 4 munchkins are so adorable..love your posts and looking forward to read more.. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hugs:)

Claire said...

Hi Peg, thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a lovely comment - I'm finally returning the favour :)
I used to love to cross-stitch before the stroke - your pieces are just beautiful!!
Lovely to meet you and my fingers are crossed for your giveaway xx

Judy said...

Hi Peg, Wow, your a busy gal. Beautiful work. Nice to meet you. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Judy in Colorado
judy@atticraggedys.com

Gina said...

Peg, Wow! your x-stitch is fabulous! I would like to be included in your giveaway, thank you. You are very talented! Thank you for visiting my blog. I am a new follower!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Hi Peg, so nice to meet you. You do such lovely work!

Eugenia Maru said...

Me encantaron tus trabajos, sabes hacer muchas cosas. Lindo blog.
Saludos desde Chile
http://lulurulitos.blogspot.com

Tamie said...

What a generous giveaway. I have seen this magazine on the stands but haven't had a chance to look at it.

Shauna said...

awesome blog, I love quilting too, so for sure enter me into your drawing. :)

jan said...

Hi Peg!
Your projects are all very pretty.
I love your cross stitch that you made into the wall hanging with the quilt blocks. Great idea. I am visiting from GYB and I would love to be entered into your giveaway. I am also having one on my blog if you would like to enter http://sewandsowfarm.blogspot.com/
Happy Stitching! xo jan I am a new follower.:)

Silly Goose said...

Hi there Peg

I'm visiting from the GYB party and just wanted to say hi.

I'm Suzie from South Australia, and I've really enjoyed looking through your posts. You seem to dabble in a lot, just like me - I find it hard to focus on one thing at the moment and I envy people who can!

I have a small blog at www.sillygoosequilts.blogspot.com that I'd love you to visit - I think we have a lot of shared interests.

I've just become a follower via email (I think that I've done it right) so I'll be able to see what you've been up to.

All the best,

Suzie

Sara said...

Hi Peg,
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Lovely work you do! I'm following you now ;)

Mokki said...

Hi peg, it's nice to visit your blog. Your cross stitch and needlework are so pretty. I like the lace effect on the Noel piece. Thank you for a generous giveaway.

Peg said...

Thank you all ladies for visiting, I promise I will get around to visiting you all, one of my favourite pastimes. I love reading your blogs and always enjoy my visits.
I'm so pleased I joined in the GYB party I'm enjoying meeting new people.

Peg x

LJRandolph said...

Love your little dogs. Shih tzus are the best. I have 1 1/2 shih tzus - 1 full blooded and 1 that is half poodle.

Patty Antle said...

Your work is lovely and I would love to have a chance to win your giveaway. Nice meeting you!

Vickie said...

Beautiful work! You are so talented. I would love to be included in your drawing.
Thank you,
Vickie

BluMoon said...

Hello Peg, I enjoyed seeing you Shih Tzu dogs I had two years ago they were great company and went everywhere with us. I think your fairy samplers are so beautiful, my mother did wonderful embroidery, I am afraid my sewing is a lot plainer. I hope you will visit my blog when you get a minute.
Jackie

Gill said...

Hi peg
Good to meet you! I'm visiting from SW England!

Tina said...

Hi Peg, this is Tina dropping in from Germany via the GYB party. Love all your artwork and of course you being involved so much in dog rescue. My current dogs are rescues from Spain and Greece, and I was in fostering, too. Recues rock!
Perhaps you want to drop into my place and see them (along with some German landscape and my knitting and my garden?) at ...

Ruby Mole said...

Hello Peg. Just stopping by to quickly say a friendly "hello" from the UK via GYBP.

I'm mainly a knitter/crocheter but I do dabble in other crafts.

Do please visit my blog www.moleymakes.co.uk if you have time. I'm also having a giveaway. Happy blog hopping :)

RedSetter said...

Hi Peg, visiting from GYB and loving all the lovely craftiness on your blog. Looking forward to reading more about you and your crafts as well as hoping to see more of your furry friends too.

I'd love if you would enter me into your giveaway too.
Love and best
RedSetter
Craft blog http://gonebeading.blogspot.co.uk/
Cat blog http://pepsimaxaddict.blogspot.co.uk/

dcargill said...

Peg,
Seems you & I like to do the same crafts. Your things are beautiful. Please enter me in the giveaway.

Marti said...

So impressive how much you have going on. I quilt and do some cross stitch, but that is the extent of my stitching ability, and I can't say I have any ability in those areas, just interest.

I love your little dogs. So cute to see them all in a chair with your husband.

I'm following along with the Grow Your Blog Hop and hope to be able to join in next year.

Lija Broka said...

I know how you feel about stash [sigh] ... gifts of clothes and jewellery leave me cold (unless they are handmade).

Would love to be entered. I am having a giveaway myself ... which is a surprise even for me.

Lija
http://stitchingincrossesandmore.blogspot.co.uk/

Renee said...

Your work is lovely! I would love to be included in your drawing. I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.
Hugs,
Renee
monkeyandmutt.blogspot.com

annmarie said...

Thank-you so much for your small dog efforts. You are an angel. I applaud you.

Elita@Busy Needle Quilting said...

What beautiful things you make, m'dear! I too used to cross-stitch but fell in love with quilting and that was it! Thank so much for the generous giveaway!

scenebyminerva said...

Hi Peg,

Just dropped by as part of the GYB party. You have some lovely crafty thing going on here. I especially love your Mirabilia and Lavender and Lace cross stitches pictures. I've just started the Angel of Summer as my project for this year having previously completed the Autumn and Spring ones some years ago. Love your rescue dogs too - brave to have so many, we can only cope with one rescue labrador! Look forward to reading more and will follow you so I can keep up!

Alison x

Kristen King said...

I sure looks like we have a lot in common. I am visiting you via the Grow Your Blog Hop and am now your newest follower with Bloglovin. If you get a chance, please visit me at http://meadowbrook-Kristen.blogspot.com/. Happy Stitching!!

pippirose said...

You have a lovely blog, and a talented hand! I, too, have a wide range of interests (obsessions?).
I look forward to reading more of your blog.
:o)

Dawn Castrova said...

GYB party hopping, my first time in a blog hop and I just started my first blogging efforts. I don't have much blog time when i caught a glimpse of growing first. I got a Robo craft and cuttle bug last year and started studying about how to use it and what to use it on. but, and love all things creative. Inspiration is why i got into the blog party plus the chance to meet wonderful ladies. Thanks for letting me get to know you. Oh yes thank you for the chance to join your giveaway too.

Diana Petrillo said...

Hello Peg! Thanks so much for visiting my blog [and saying nice things!]. Your quilts and cross stitch and crocheting are all lovely -- you are so talented. I love England so much!! We lived there for two years (09-11) and we miss it terribly. We lived in Derby and traveled all around the country and Europe. So glad to meet you, Diana

Gillie said...

Do hope your health is improving - I am racing round in the last few days trying to say hello to everyone! Would love to be in the giveaway and will be back!

Birgit said...

Hi Peg,

It's lovely that you included photos of you, your daughter, your husband, and your sweet dogs. :)

Are those Granny Squares I spy in the later photos? Just great -- as all your projects.

Sure thing I would love to be included in your generous giveaway. Please feel free to come over to my place, too, if you want to win a doll pattern (could be your new hobby).

Lots of greetings from Germany,
Birgit

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