Friday, 18 January 2013

The Growing of the Blogs!


Strangers are just friends waiting to happen ~ Rod McKuen

Thanks to Vicki, for organizing this Grow Your Blog party - come join the fun!
 
 
So who am I?  My name is Astrid, and in this picture I was 8 months pregnant with our now six year old, Nathan!  In addition to him, I have 14 year old identical twin boys, Garrett and Griffin, our gmen.  My DH, Paul, and I have been married for 17 1/2 years, together for 22+ years.  We have two Tonkinese kitties, Ming and Max, who are spoiled rotten!

I was born in Wales, but moved to the States with my family when I was two years old.  Thus, the love of dragons!  Growing up, we would travel to Germany (Mom's family) and Great Britain (Dad's family and friends) every two years for the summer.  I have such wonderful memories of those times and my dream is to take my family to the wonderful places I remember.
Me in '76, a little Welsh girl, wearing a German dirndl, in Clovelly, Devon.
 As noted in my side bar, I have been stitching since the sixth grade, ages and ages ago!  Most of my older pieces are Christmas related and are in my parents house.  I've made lots of other smaller ones for friends and family, but that was long before I started taking pictures of them.  You can see all the ones I made my parents and other miscellaneous ones by checking out my older posts.

This blog was originally supposed to be just about stitching, but life gets in the way and there's so much more to tell!  I've been cooking and baking more and there's always something entertaining going on with the cats, family, or friends.  And then there are quiet moments or actual moments of stitching!  I also like to knit, but only scarfs... so far.  Jewelry making and card making are also on my can-do list, just throw it at me cause I'm willing to try!

So even though this isn't a requirement of the "party", I will be having a give-a-way.  What you ask?  I have no idea!  But I do have a great LNS nearby, I'm sure I could find something fun!  Just leave me a comment telling me your favourite cartoon character.  Why?  Just cause I wanna know.  Mine is Odie!  The winner will be picked on February 1st - along with all the other blogs participating.  Be sure to check them all out!  I was hoping to stitch this weekend, but it looks like I might be doing my fair share of reading too!

39 comments:

Shanda said...

My favorite cartoon character is the Taz, the Tasmanian devil. I just love him :) I certainly don't like Spongebob!

Denise said...

My Favorite cartoon character is Mickey Mouse. I enjoyed getting to know you.
Happy Stitching
Denise

Christine said...

It's nice to learn a bit more about you.
Favourite cartoon character, that's a tricky one.
Can I say all the penguins from Madagascar?

Emma/Itzy said...

Great story about you life growing up - it must have been lost of fun travelling to all those places and seeing family! I would love to be included in the giveaway :)

Emma http://myitzycreativecorner.blogspot.co.uk/

Vickie said...

Good morning Astrid! Please include me in your giveaway. Thank you very much. My favorite cartoon is Pearls Before Swine. I just love all those little critters and the sense of humor. http://astitchersstory.blogspot.com/

Katy said...

I'm jealous of your international experiences growing up! How wonderful!

My favorite cartoon character...hmmm that's tough because I have little children who watch lots of cartoons...I'd probably have to say either Belle from Beauty and the Beast or the Tasmanian Devil, because goodness knows there are days I feel as crazy as he is!

Parsley said...

I enjoy your blog so much! Hope you meet lots of new friends. Please include my name.

Gill said...

Great to learn about you! I'm from England and living only 2 miles from where I was born!
My favourite character is Road Runner!

The Sage Butterfly said...

So nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog party. It was a joy viewing your family photographs including your lovely cats. We have two Siamese cats. Enjoy your weekend.

Kerryp77 said...

ooh favourite character - probably Eeyore. I know what you mean about a lot of blog reading this afternoon. My kitchen really needs a clean but some how I got distracted!

Kay Eyles said...

Lovely to meet a fellow stitcher on the blog hop. I am not really into cartoons but I always loved Belle from Beauty and the Beast because she was clever and read a lot of books. Thanks for a fun visit.
ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

this is such a fun blog hop. nice to meet you. i wish you a great weekend. have a good one. please stop by my blog some time soon. take care. ( :

Sara said...

Always nice to meet a new stitcher, especially one who has a passion for dragons! Not sure how I've missed you since we seem to frequent many of the same SALs judging by your sidebar but you're on my list now:)

Joyce Clark Frank said...


what a fun way to meet other stitches and crafters.
Grow Your Blog Party is fun.
http://joycesloveoflife.blogspot.com

Velody Dark said...

I also love Dragons. I've started my two young children on them also by ensuring they watch cartoons like Dragon Tails and have sewn them fun Dragon cloaks for when we go to the Renaissance fair or really just whenever they want. I think though my favorite cartoon character will always go back to Garfield. :)

Velody of
www.treegoldandbeegold.com

Veronica Roth said...

Hi Astrid, I love your name! My daughter has chosen it for her future daughter. We have similar stories; I was born in Prague, Czech Republic to a Czech mom, British father. Canada since I was 9yrs old. Oh, I just remembered, my mom is a twin! Probably has nothing to do with anything but it doesn't matter...lol. Haven't had a chance to have a good mooch thru your blog so am on my way to do that now. See you soon.

DJ said...

Hi Astrid!! I hope you gain tons of new followers from this!! I always love your blog posts...my favorite cartoon...hmmmm that's a toughie, but I think Garfield is my favorite since he and I share the same passion for lasagna...LOL Can't wait to see you Thursday, I hope you don't mind I invited Alice to have lunch with us. See you then!! *Hugs*

MarchAnn said...

Hi Astrid I am a Scobby-do fan myself have been since I watched them with my daughter many years ago. I have been to your site before but figured I make myself a follower on the GYB tour.

Angela Cruz-garcia said...

Hi Astrid, I have to say that Garfield is one I can relate to the most these days. So far I love what I see.

Angela
stitchinginthezoo.blogspot.com

EvalinaMaria said...

I'm delighted to meet another stitcher! You have a lovely blog. I'm new follower and 'Grow Your Blog' participant. Have fun in at the party!
Evalina, This and that...

Jennifer Shelby said...

Hi Astrid! My favourite cartoon characters is Hobbes, from Calvin and Hobbes

Gabriela said...

Nice to come by your blog!!!!Check mine also!!!!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

visiting via Vicki's GYB Party and your blog is cute. I've some giveaways on my blog; if you've time, come for a visit.

pippirose said...

I love your blog, and am looking forward to read more of it.
I'm also a stitcher, though I do many other arts and crafts.
My favourite cartoon character is Woodstock, from Charlie Brown.
:o)
Rose
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

wilma boer said...

Hi Astrid, just became a follower of your great blog!

hueisei said...

Nice to meet you at the party!
Beautiful blog and I love your lovely giveaway...
I love Bender from the cartoon Futurama

Dani - tkdchick said...

Nice to meet another stitcher through the blog party!!!

Maureen said...

Hi Astrid! I just became your 100th Follower! So glad to have found you via Vicki's party... looking forward to reading more of your posts! Oh, and my fav cartoon character is Bugs Bunny. I just love that wascally wabbit!

nonniescedarchest said...

Hi Astrid,
It is great to meet you through Vicki's GYB party. Looking forward to seeing more of your stitching.

If you have a chance, please drop by nonniescedarchest.wordpress.com

McKenna C. said...

Great pictures!

I feel like I know you really well now! :)

My favorite cartoon character is Linus from Charlie Brown....so cute!

~McKenna

Kathy H said...

My favorite cartoon character is snoopy. He makes me laugh.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Congrats on the 100 followers!!
Favourite cartoon character is sooooo tricky! Toothless IN THE BOOKS because that's the real Toothless and the film isn't LOL.
Also my little bro used to do loads of cartooning, his main characters were Albert the wonder hamster and Theo the Leper.

Cindy said...

Isn't it funny that the blogs begins with one idea, and life just takes over! I'm looking forward to looking back through your posts and learn a little more! BTW, my favorite cartoon character is Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh!

Peggy said...

I guess my fav cartoon character is Spongebob-my granddaughter loved SB when she was little and still enjoys watching it (she's now 16). I had to watch a lot of SB and read lots of SB books.
Thanks,
Peggy
peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

Denise Bryant said...

Found your blog from the GYB hop! I love seeing your pics of Ming and Max.... beautiful!
My favorite cartoon character? I'm a bit out of the loop, as my daughter is now 30 (!) but I love all the Disney characters, especially Tinkerbell.
DeniseB
deniseb777ATgmailDOTcom

Bears with a HEART said...

The garden SAL sounds great, have fun making this all.

About the cartoon; well, I love Snoopy. Just the way he "talks and looks".

Kind regards from YokkoBears

Linda said...

Hi Astrid. I just found your blog thru the party and became a follower. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. My favorite cartoons are Yogi Bear and The Flintstones.

Linda
http://bengalcatlover10.blogspot.com/
bengalcatlover10@yahoo.com

Lija Broka said...

I am jealous of the craft stores you get in America. Dragons are great. My little brother and I have been watching Fantasia recently - and talking about dinosaurs ... a little like dragons. Can I please enter your giveaway too. Whatever it is it will probably be exciting. My character was Sailor Moon ... many years ago.

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

Sherrie {Bird Lady} said...

hmmmm... favorite cartoon character? I loved the Smurfs... Smurfette in particular. But RoadRunner and Tweety Bird are some of my 'bird lover' picks.

~ Sherrie (Bird Lady)

http://www.birdladyblog.blogspot.com