Saturday, January 25, 2014

Welcome to the " Grow Your Blog 2014 " Party

Welcome and thank you for joining me.  This is my first Blog Party of this type and I am so excited to have you join me and I really look forward to viewing the other participants blogs during this Party.....

This event was " Dreamed and Designed" by Vicki at 2 Bags Full.  A chance for Bloggers to meet, visit and
Grow their following based on each designer ( bloggers ) speciality.


Let me tell you a bit about myself..... I am Catherine of Ravens Call Designs and Catherines Musings, a bead embroiderer, a Art Doll beader and loving ( and I do mean Loving ! ) Chainmaille.  I am member of " The
Ladies of the Evening Bead Group" where the Teachers and Designs located in St. Lucie County, Florida gather every other week to spend time, design, critique and learn new techniques.  We have become the greatest of friends and each of us have a specialty that facilitates the others.  Actually, this is the only time we can catch up between work, teaching beading and chainmaille and our families.   I belong to the Florida Jewelry Artists Yahoo Group which facilitates " Retreats " for its members through the year and our 2014 Retreat will be this February outside of Live Oak, FL and have been a member of the Yahoo Beaded Art Dolls Group for the past three years.  We have a new Round Robin beginning on the 1st of February 2014 as " Under the Sea " and the doll forms are wonderful.  I am an advid follower of Heidi Kummili, Sherry Hutchinson Serafini and Jamie Cloud Eakin, bead embroiderer's extraordinaire.  Actually, I follow all Bead Embroiderers.  And finally,  I just adore blogging and blog hops which you can see by the banners on blog.

I am the proud Mom of two wonderful sons, the Mom of a lovely little Cocker Spaniel " Brianna Grace " and I do manage to Bead Like the Dickens, while still working as a Contract Manager for a Large Construction Firm in Florida.  Beading is my YOGA and my " Sacred Bead Room" has now taken over the guest room.

2014 has already begun as a growing year.  This is my first year participating in the Bead Journal Project.  A new Designer mascot, " The Raven" , ( must be old age ).....just lots of firsts.  Please do take a moment to visit the blog posts.  I do love comments!  I have a second page linked as " The Heidi Project" which is my personal challenge to make my interpretations of Heidi Kummili's wonderful "  The Spirit of Bead Embroidery".

I hope you will visit the " Grow Your Party 2014 " participant lists as shown below.  Vickie and her wonderful Elve's have put together a spectacular party lists broken down by the amount of followers.  Party On with us and grab a good cup of Coffee, Tea, Macchioto, 2 or 3 cookies and justs enjoy the beauty of each participants page.


And now......The Party Designer:  Vickie of 2 Bags Full:
http://vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.ca/





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    1. Thanks Elizabeth...I thought the Elves should be first..... :). I enjoyed my visit on your blog. The Raised Embroidery caught my attention.
      Bead On!

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  2. Lovely to meet you, Catherine! I'm slowly working through the list of fewer than 50 followers, as that's my section :)

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  3. Thank you Claire....I'll be visiting you soon.

    Catherine

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  4. 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

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  5. It's gratifying to find out that blogging has affected many women in a positive way. It's a huge party this year!

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  7. Hello, Vicki asked me to be a helper; I'm Sandra from Thistle Cove Farm. Welcome to the GYBP; thank you for participating this year. Your work is extraordinary!

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    1. Another helper Elf Tanya....thank you for stopping by and anytime you wish to talk Bead Embroidery.....just drop me a line.

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    2. Thanks, Catherine...I am having a hell of a time with comments crashing, and Google Friends not allowing me in this afternoon - Happy Blog Jumping - maybe this one will stick.

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  13. Catherine -- Thank you for participating in the GYB party -- I hope that over the next few days and even weeks -- you make lots of new friends. I've seen lots of blogs participating that share your similar interests -- bead embroidery is an amazing talent -- I am sure that you will make new friendships.

    Vicki

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  14. Wonderful. work. My attempts at beadwork ended when my daughter quit dancing but I still admire the talent involved (maybe more so)! Amazing. Enjoy the hop.

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  15. Catherine, just stopping by from the GYB party. You have very lovely beadwork. Stop by my site to for a chance to win my fabulous fifty giveaway. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  16. Hello Catherine
    I love how you said "beading is your Yoga"!!!!
    I've always wanted to try it, so I'll keep my eye on your blog in case I can glean some of your wonderful knowledge.
    I'll be back for a more leisurely stay once the party is over.

    Thank you for your lovely comment and I'm following you now too.
    Shane

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    1. Lovely beadwork. New follower. 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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  17. Wow!
    You have trully some great work around here!!!
    How do you do it!
    I'm a fan!
    Happy Grow Your Blog Party!
    xoxoxo

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  18. Hello from Yukon! The bracelet is gorgeous, you are very talented woman. I hope you're enjoying this party as much as I do.
    Evalina, This and that...

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  19. Glad to meet you Catherine! Fun visiting GYB party sites! looking forward to following your blog posts. best, deborah http://deborahstanleyinspirations.blogspot.com/

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  20. What a lovely piece you have there! Hope you are enjoying the blog party! ALOHA...blog on!

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  21. I am very looking forward to following your life and creations! xoxo Jen

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

    aprilsongstress

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  23. Very nice blog. The projects you display absolutely amaze me. I do a tad of embroidery and I cross stitch and quilt, but this is beyond my ability. You are amazing to tackle this. I am glad I found your blog and I wish you success in growing it.

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  24. Your bead embroidery is stunning. Some day I will be able to bead like that! It has been great to find blogs like yours.

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  25. Hi, I found you through GYB, your beadwork is amazing, I'm enjoying finding new blogs to read
    Jill

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  26. Lovely work you do here Catherine! I love the red beading! Blessings Jan

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  27. Hi Catherine, beautiful beadwork and I'm so glad I dropped in to say hello from the GYB party. Wishing you a lovely day! Carole xox

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  28. Lovely beadwork, you do a fine job!

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  29. Hi Catherine,
    Visiting from the GYB party. I love your Indian summer piece. It is so pretty. I am a new follower.
    xo jan @ http://sewandsowfarm.blogspot.com/

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  30. Hi Catherine, I'm visiting from GYB and delighted to find another beader and chainmailler. Your work is absolutely gorgeous and so neat. I am going to enjoy following your posts.

    Recently I've been diversifying into different crafts but jewellery making is one of my favourites and agree totally about the zen-ness of it all.

    Love and best
    RedSetter
    Craft blog http://gonebeading.blogspot.co.uk/
    Cat blog http://pepsimaxaddict.blogspot.co.uk/

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  31. Hi Catherine.
    I love your beadwork and chain maille so I'll be following your blog.
    Have a great day.
    Ana

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  33. Hello Catherine, what lovely beaded work you do although I don't do bead embroidery myself I really admire it.
    I hope you will find time to visit my blog.
    Jackie

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  34. You have me hooked. I love chainmaille even though I only know a couple of weaves. Hope to learn more. Visiting from GYB and looking forward to following you.

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  35. Hello , 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. Can't wait to see more of your great photos . My site http://overboardcreations.blogspot.com/ and contact info is ovr_brd@yahoo.com
    it actually caught my eye the beautiful peace sign in your photograph. I am always siting peace, love joy hope wisdom. etc....and it looks pewter from afar

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  36. Hello Catherine. Nice to meet you. I'm visiting from the grow your blog party and i'm "meeting" all kinds of wonderful jewelry artists. You of course are multi-talented which I so appreciate. Some day I hope to participate in some blog parties which i'm slated to start this month. I think it'll help keep me motivated. You do gorgeous chainmail work. I may one day get up the nerve to try.

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  37. visiting from GYB, you have definitely found your passion!

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