Friday, January 24, 2014

GROW YOUR BLOG, 2014 - It's a PARTY!

AND a GIVEAWAY...all rolled into one!

The perfect start to a new year, thanks once again to our fearless leader, Vicki, at  2 BAGS FULL. Those who know me already, know I've been missing this past month due to travel home - since coming back I've been sidelined with a bad cold.  On the mend and ready to partake in the festivities...
Those who haven't happened through here before, I'm glad you dropped by.  This blog tends to serve as a place for an occasional creative tutorial or tested recipe; a way for me to keep family informed of what's going on in my life; a travelogue - both places in and around Las Vegas (concerts and shows are a biggie for us here, and those reviews are always fun), and further reaching (one reader, from afar, has contacted me and told me she is planning on a trip to Hawaii this summer, and was excited to read about a few sights she wanted to take in - sometimes I can be pretty helpful); and mainly, just because it feeds my soul.
A Colorado girl, born and raised - the west is where my heart is.  With that in mind, and in keeping with the party theme - a GIVEAWAY for someone special...it could be you!  Everything crafted by me - my hands are ALWAYS busy with one thing or the other, when home.  This includes a double-sided, silver-soldered 3"x1" pendant/necklace featuring Annie Oakley; and a custom quilted western themed cosmetic bag (10" at widest x 7" tall) with a detachable silk ribbon rose brooch (3").  I dabble in a little bit of everything, "back at the ranch".
To enter, all that's required is a comment below (be you near or far), making sure I have a way to get back in touch with you on February 15th, when the winner will be drawn.  There is nothing more dreaded than a "No Reply Blogger" or an anonymous comment with no name or email link (if you're unable to leave a comment, you are MORE than welcome to write to my own posted email address (up by the envelope) and I will make sure you're entered).  I hope you have a chance to look around a bit - "Travel Tuesday" starts again in a few days, now that I'm "up to snuff".  I hope you drop by Vicki's list of participants at 2 BAGS FULL - WELCOME TO GROW YOUR BLOG 2014...we had a great roundup of blogs last year, and am sure 2014 will prove the same ~ 
Happy Trails, and happy reading...Tanya 

83 comments:

Quinn said...

Hi Tanya - nice to see a post from you! Welcome home and I hope you feel 100% soon :)
Great giveaway - wowza!

hula-la said...

Glad to be partying along with you Tanya! The perfect winter time event, for sure! Your giveaway is FANTASTIC...every little bit of it!!! Aloha and enjoy the party!

prettylittlethingsinabox said...

hi hi.. i just came via the blog hop.. is great way to find many creative blog like yours.. I just added my name to your GFC.. thank you for the post and giveaway.. :D

Everyday Things said...

enjoy the party Tanya, and yes... the suitcase is out and I've started thinking about packing!

111 LaLa Lane said...

Good morning Tanya. Glad to see you are back to blogging and hope you feel better soon. Have a great time at the GYB party this weekend.

Janina Lynet Rolin said...

Hi Tanya, Thank you very much for visiting my blog this day is very special, thanks to vicki. I send you a hug! and I scored the draw you have, of course I follow you from now on.

Scrapatches said...

Welcome to the big beautiful Grow Your Blog Hop! I volunteered to help Vicki as a GYB party volunteer. Vicki will stop by sometime I am sure, but with over 500 blogs participating it will take her time to visit everyone so she asked for volunteers to help today. I offered to help. I am so happy I did because I have found your blog. You make beautiful things. Now that I have found you I will be back. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat @ Life in the Scrapatch

Dorthe said...

Hello dear Tanya,
Good you are feeling well again my friend. I`m sure it will mean that you will soon be on new adventures and trips, to feed your soul, and to see more beautiful creations from your hands.
Your Annie Oakly pendant is so beautiful,-- and I know how amazing your pieces are in real, too, thanks to the most beautiful pendants you so generouesly gifted me some years ago! I so love them, dear woman.
The cosmetic bag looks wonderful, too.
I wish you well and happy months to come, and send you a big warm hug.
Dorthe,x

Donna Heber said...

Hi Tanya,

I'm visiting from the Grow Your Blog party. It is so nice to meeet you. You are very talented and have such a pretty blog! 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

Tanya Rachelle said...

Have enjoyed reading & following your blog since last years GYB party! Welcome back! Wonderful post.
~Tanya p.s. great names!!!

Izzybeads by Laney said...

Hello from across the pond! Love your pictures I am rather enjoying hopping around the blogs on the Grow your blog..athon!

Jackie said...

I am an OLD follower, I LOVE your travel tuesdays!! I can't wait to read them again! It makes me want to jump in the car and go somewhere! You are so smart and informative, anyone who reads this blog, you must go back and read some of Tanya's travel tuesday posts! Fabulous!!!

Tami Von Zalez said...

I would be thrilled to receive some of your handiwork!

Visiting from GYBH - come on by for a visit.
thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

kathyinozarks said...

Hi I am visiting for the first time from the Party-I love your giveaway! just awesome. I am off to browse your blog (I am having a giveaway too) Kathy

the east coast desi said...

Hopping in Via GYB party.....it's wonderful to have met you and I'll definitely be visiting often to read more of your wonderful posts....
Thank you for stopping by my blog.
Hugs,
Sruthi

My Garden Diaries said...

So happy to see you back friend! And I'm glad you are on the mend! Ok your necklaces never cease to amaze me! Pure gorgeous here lady! I hope that your time home was filling for the soul! Missed ya...Happy weekend to you!!! Nicole xoxo

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

So happy to have found your blog during this hop…your work is beautiful and enjoy all your pics!!

Susan said...

Thanks for your kind words on my blog. What beautiful things you create. Very imaginative and a little bit quirky which I find appealing. I'll come back and look at the rose tutorial, roses are a passion of mine.

Susan said...

PS. Do you have a follow by email thingy? I find it easier to keep up with posts that way.

Teresa Young said...

This is my first visit, and I enjoyed your blog and love the soldered jewelry. Those western themes are also attractive to us Oklahoma girls. Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope to be back soon to see what you are up to!
Choose To Be Happy: A Guide to Total Happiness
by Rima Rudner

Heather said...

Hi Tanya! Your blog is so fun! I LOVE the pics of what Christmas is like on the Strip-we used to go to Vegas every year for DefCon (a "network security" conference that happens yearly) and I always wondered what it was like when it *wasn't* 109 degrees outside. I will certainly be back to read again soon!

Pickles Quilting said...

Hello! I am a new follower via Google Friend Connect. I just found your blog through the Grow Your Blog Party, and I am very happy that I did. I love just browsing around your blog, it is very interesting. :)

Busy Lizzie said...

thank you for visisting my blog. Your work is beautiful

Catherine said...

Hi Tanya from the UK,
Thank you for coming to visit my new blog. I really appreciate that you took the time to leave a comment. Your "Blogging without obligation" is a very similar idea to the "slow blogging " concept.
Glad you like Kaffe Fassett too. I went to an exhibition of his work called "Kaffe Fassett in Wales" during the summer and was bowled over by all that colour
Keep well,
Catherine

Hettienne Grobler said...

You blog is indeed soul food!! and I have joined up and in and look forward to sharing in your travels and art. I am now hopping over to Etsy to follow your shop! This blog hop has kept me going for two days now and I just love all this inspiration - my creativity will be going into overdrive!! please have a look at my http://hergracedevata.blogspot.com

Dawn Williams said...

Hi Tanya, it's very nice to meet you and thanks for following my blog. I love your creations! Happy hopping. We certainly have a lot to read!!

Claire said...

Bless you, Tanya, for stopping by my blog yesterday and leaving such a lovely comment :)
I'd LOVE to be entered for a chance to win your giveaway - I can wear longer necklaces which slip over my head, and I LOVE the look of this one :D
I'll certainly be back when it's less frantic - I'm still catching up from the GYB party...
xx

Hannapat said...

Hello honey and welcome back. I was so pleased to read that you have been home and I really hope that it has been good for the soul. I have missed you!! You know I love this space and oh what a fab giveaway. Yes please is the answer, pop my name firmly in that hat as I would love to be the very proud owner of your gorgeous work. Sending you much love xoxo

Karen H said...

Hi Tanya - I just had a poke around your blog and I love the quirkiness of your pictures and posts. The slice of agate staircase is amazing and I would have been right there down on the floor with you having a good look! I've just signed up to follow you with Bloglovin so I'll be looking forward to some more wonderfulnes from you! Thanks for the chance to win the lovely AO necklace and the cosmetic bag!
Karen H
http://faeriesandfibres.blogspot.ca/

creations.1 said...

Hi Tanya - thank you for visiting my blog today. The GYBP is huge this year isn't it - I will be visiting blogs for months to come. I have enjoyed my look around and I will be back because I am now a follower!!

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. ( :
elizardbreathspeaks@gmail.com

we went to a museum recently all about Annie Oakley - what a lady. can you imagine shooting like her? that would be a real sport.

Bernadett Rauski said...

Hello,

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

Greetings.

Bernadett

Gill said...

Hi Tanya
Good to meet you - I'm hoping your lovely giveaway would be happy to travel to England!!

Bluefinch said...

Hey! Good to see you again! Love that Annie Oakley pendant! Thanks for stopping by my blog too. I'm looking forward to more of your adventures!
XO
Rachel

DebraKay Neiman said...

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

cristi wuenschel said...

found/followed you from the gyb party. looking forward to seeing what you're up to in the coming months...

cristi wuenschel said...

found/followed you from the gyb party. looking forward to seeing what you're up to in the coming months...

Shirlee Fassell said...

Enjoyed meeting you through your blog!! The GYBParty was a blast...so nice to see so many blogs.
Shirlee

Wendy said...

What a lovely blog...I am slowly making my way through the blog hop list...your giveaway is so awesome! Thank you for being so generous.

amanda ferguson said...

Hi there just popping over to have a look..noticed your wee bears very cute :) your work is amazing will follow your blog. Beary wishes Amanda x

DearHelenHartman said...

Neat stuff! Hope your blog grew and grew some more.

cindy lanier said...

i love your blog. would love to win your giveaway!!!

Louise said...

Hi Tanya, I am hopping and skipping around the party and always love to find other beaders. I play with beads of course but I also do a bit of everything else. Your giveaway is so very generous, and I will be back to visit your blog. Have fun!
Louise @ Lily and Jasmine Treasures
http://lilyandjasmine.blogspot.com/2014/01/grow-your-blog-party-and-blog-hop.html

Valerie Reynolds said...

Hi Tanya! Returning the visit. The GYB list is long!! So glad we met. A added myself as a GFC follower! :)

Createology said...

It was definitely MY lucky day when I found your blog some time ago. You are uber talented and a wonderful travel guide. I enjoy all that you share. Thank you and GYB!! Hee-Yaw from the West Dear...

Farm Gate Creations said...

Your blog is great, the photos you take are wonderfully interesting and your a dabbler too. I'm now a follower.

Tosty's Quilting Tidbits said...

Hi Tanya,
Returning the visit. Your giveaway is fabulous! I'm transplanted to WA State from AZ.
Will be following your blog, have it bookmarked.
Mary

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Hi Tanya! Thank-you for visiting my blog earlier, and for the lovely compliments. I can see already that I will enjoy your blog too. Have fun with the party, it's a big one! And I'll look forward to my next visit.

Silva said...

Wowza!!! So happy to see you back in action! I LOVE YOUR BLOG... it is the inspiration for mine. You ooze creativity and mad skills...I love that about you!

Pam Bustin said...

Annie Oakley....yes PUHLEEZ!

Love the post and look forward to following your adventures.

This is my first Blog party and I am so glad to be involved.
S'fun, eh?

Bead and Needle said...

Ok-I could not get my comment on your blog to "stick". Here it is...

Ooh! I've never done this before and it is a KICK!

Tanya, you truly are one of the most gifted people I've ever known. These are
SUPER!!


Thanks for your help getting my comment on...BOBBIE GROSS-ANDREWS

Jo said...

Hi, I so enjoy blogs that tell us abut other places and travel, if you can't go live vicariously

Wendy Welsh said...

I love your photos. You're very clever to make these.

Phoebe Thomas said...

Hi there, thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, now it's my turn to take a look around all your amazing stuff. It seems you are super busy and super creative. Wow! I wonder if your giveaway will wing its way all the way over to France?! I look forward to reading more over the next few months.

Wendy D. said...

Hi Tanya, I enjoyed visiting your blog today! You and Vicki have such a nice serendipity and I love both blogs. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity -- your work is lovely and one of us will treasure it, Happy blog hop!
Wendy.DiMicco@gmail.com

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the things you make and I'm a big Annie Oakley fan! I like to make a variety of things and blog all over the place. Hope you'll visit me, too! Hugs!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Tanya, what a lovely giveaway. I hope that cold of yours is gone. Found my husband home yesterday when we got back from school. He had come back from work at 10:30 a.m. and slept all day -- headache, dizziness, sore throat -- but he is fine today. Weather is constantly changing around here but today we had beautiful blue skies and managed to take our first walk in weeks. Best wishes, Tammy

Cache-Mire said...

Hi Tanya, Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind comments. This is my second GYB party and I had forgotten how much fun it is but also how much time it takes! But I'm glad I got to meet you. Your blog is lovely and I'll be following! Hugs, Terri

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello Tanya
How lovely to meet you through Vicki's party.
I've really enjoyed reading your post and your mix of tutorials, recipes and travel are much like what I do and enjoy too!

I've always admired soldered pendants and it's is something I would like to try one day - your Annie Oakley one is beautiful.

I would love you to pop over and visit me where I have a Giveaway of a Vintage fabric and lace Collage.
I'm following you and I'll be back once the party winds down with my cup of coffee in hand to meander at leisure through your lovely blog!

Hope you're on the mend!
Warm hugs
Shane





Sarah and Dan said...

Cute cute cute, even if Annie is supposed to be a tough kind of cute!

Mary Ann Potter said...

Hi, Tanya! New follower here! I love your blog and your creativity and am anxious to see what's next! The giveaway looks wonderful --- Annie Oakley makes it even more special. Sending blessings from here on the farm where it's finally warming up!

AutumnWind said...

Thanks for visiting me, I had to stop in and say WOW, I love your blog. I am absolutely a follower now!!

Vicki Boster said...

Tanya- I'm so happy you are here at the party this year!! I love that so many folks will get to meet my dear friends---

Love you-
Vicki

knitalatte said...

Hi Tanya,
Thanks for stopping by for our 2nd annual gyb party. Such fun, right?
Love your blog, so pretty…
Karen

Vicky Myers said...

Stopping by from GYB, good looking blog:) Vicky

Deborah Montgomery said...

thanks so much for visiting my blog through the GYB party! I was unable to comment earlier b/c blogger comments wasn't working for me (scroll bar seized up). Love your giveaway items, beautiful!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Vicki is a huge blessings to so many people and her GYB party is so needed this time of year. Visiting via Vicki's GYB party and enjoyed this post and the one prior...a lovely tribute.

cmoh said...

A woman of many talents! I am impressed, and really like your soldered necklace. I took a stain glass class and you would think after that I would be able to put something together like that but I can't LOL. It has been lovely meeting you.

Hugs
Caroline

Nelly May said...

I love your creations and your blog. Both a little bit quirky and a little bit retro. Rally enjoyed visiting and I'll be back again for sure!

Dawn Castrova said...

Hello Tanya, my name is Dawn your my one stop on the blog party, Hope that I soon will be friends with all of you cyber neighbors. I just say that 600 plus bloggers that sign up to the Party and I am only up to 25 whew a lot of good read and great giveaways. Thanks for this opportunity to join friends with you and be apart of your giveaway. Can't wait to see all your great projects in the makings. My site overboardcreations.blogspot.com

Leslie said...

Neat blog. Loved that recent post about Trinidad. What a pretty town, at least the parts of it you showed lol.
Also love your giveaways and will bookmark you to look around more when I have time in the evening.

Astrids dragon said...

Perfect timing - I just received an email on the comment you left me, and from working my way down on the blog hop I found you! Looking forward to reading your blog and your giveaway looks great!

fairyrocks said...

Thank You for your visit and kind words. I am thinking I will be your newest follower here too. We don't get to travel as much as we would like, but I will be checking your log to see where I should visit if I am in the area. Keep smiling and creating

Jo said...

Laughing hysterically because i love the Annie Oakley pendant ... I have been looking for the perfect A.O image to make a page in my Art Journal with!!! The 2 images you used are fabulous! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such very kind words ... I am following you back, your blog is fun!

dosierosie said...

What a lovely giveaway. thanks for stopping by my blog.
Gillx

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

What a fun giveaway! Thank you for your awesome comment - it truly made my day! I think your blog is beautiful and I am happy to follow along!

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Very nice to meet you.

Dasha said...

Hello Tanya from the Central Coast, NSW, Australia. Found you on the GYB party, and have finally got down the list far enough to visit you. Your work is lovely.

Cindy said...

Hi Tanya!

Thanks for your positive comments on my blog! Yours is also a wonderful positive experience! Looking forward to seeing the rest of your Valentine week too! Hugs!
Cindy :)

lapayasa75 said...

Hey Tanya,
I always enjoy seeing you at the knit shop-but never seems like it is often enough. I enjoy your blog so great creativity. Must be the Colorado in you. Happy Valentines Day.

Melinda

lapayasa75 said...

Hi Tanya,

Was glad to see you at Sin City Knit Shop. I love your blog and your creativity. Must be because you're from Colorado. See you soon.
Melinda :-)

Patty Antle said...

I am always making something too - I loved how you said that. I enjoyed seeing your vintage valentines, especially the Shirley Temple ones. Happy Valentine's Day and so nice to meet you!

secondhandroses said...

Hey Tanya--

Thanks for visiting us and are we ever happy to find your blog! We'll be following you! Love your jewelry and travelogues--you take some lovely pix on your trips.

Deb and Kathy
thesecondhandroses@gmail.com