Saturday, 25 January 2014

The Growing of the Blogs has begun!

"A friend may be waiting behind a stranger's face."
~ Maya Angelou

Thanks to Vicki @ 2 Bags Full, for organizing this Grow Your Blog party!  
 

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Astrid, and I love dragons!  And mermaids!  And cats!  And polar bears!  And that's it... for now!

My DH and I have been married for 18.5 years, together for 23+.  We have identical twin boys, the gmen, who are almost 16 and are just learning how to drive - very scary!  Nathan is our seven year old and keeps us all on our toes.  Our furbabies are Ming and Max, and they are very loved!  We are in the process of rebuilding our home, but that's another "blog".


I was born in Wales, but moved to the States with my parents and older brother 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 and a couple of times I went on my own.  The last time I was in Wales was for my Pop's funeral, about ten years ago.  I know things have changed, but I would love to take my family there one of these days!

This blog was originally supposed to be just about stitching, but then I found more "stuff" to write about!  I'm hoping to get my mojo back to start this little guy from HAED.  I just got some new fabric today, I didn't like what I originally used - luckily it was only a few lines.  The artist is Randal Spangler and he's supposed to be at a craft show I'm hoping to go to tomorrow, too cool!  (Really, it's been freezing here!)

My latest big finish was my Trick or Treat Fairy, I just need to get her framed.

So even though this isn't a requirement, 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 can find something fun.  And if you're not a stitcher?  No worries, I'm sure I can find something else just for you.  Just leave me a comment telling me your favourite dessert.  Why?  Because I want to know if I'm missing something good!  I would have to say my favourite is lemon meringue pie, yum.  
The winner will be picked on February 15th - along with all the other blogs participating.  Be sure to check them all out!  I can't promise I'll be able to look at all the blogs this weekend, but I'll definitely start.

33 comments:

Linda said...

It was nice to get to know you a little better Astrid. Love the family pic. My favorite dessert is anything chocolate - cake, pie, brownies, ice cream, etc. I would love to be entered in your giveaway.

Linda

Christine said...

Oh that little bookmark dragon is sweet. I don't really do desserts very much, I don't have a particularly sweet tooth and I'm far more likely to order the cheeseboard if we eat out, though I do have a fondness for a good old fashioned rhubarb crumble

Vickie said...

Hi Astrid! Nice photos you have posted today. My favorite food on this earth is brownies. =) Please count me in for the giveaway. Thank you.

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Hi, I'm Andrea, one of Vicki's volunteers for the GYB event. You sure have a fun blog here. I especially love Halloween and that wonderful 'Trick or Treat fairy'. That is just beautiful!
Welcome to the party and have a ton of fun!
Andrea

myeverythingcorner.blogspot.ca

Kay said...

How lovely to meet you on the blog party. I love to cross stitch too and really your like your Nora Corbett Trick or Treat Fairy, I am part way through the Winter Elf from the same series. Thanks for a fun giveaway too.

Joyce Clark Frank said...

I am a follower and always enjoy your blog. Your trick or treat fairy is really pretty. Great work. I have also joined the Grow your Blog party, which is really great.
http://joycesloveoflife.blogspot.com

Angel Blue said...

Very nice to meet you love the cross stitch.

Julie said...

Wonderful picture of your family Astrid. I think my favourite dessert would have to be bread and butter pudding with custard of course.

Tami Von Zalez said...

That trick or treat fairy is just stunning.

I am a stitcher and I love fresh blackberry pie.

tvonzalez at gmail.com

Popped by from GYBH. Stop by and visit me some time ~
www,thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

Lee said...

I love your cross stitch - the Treat or Treat Fairy is fabulous- the webbing is great! I enjoyed reading your blog!

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

favorite dessert - any kind?? i love banana pudding, ice cream, red velvet cake, cookies fresh out of the oven, chocolate, i think i have listed way to many. ha. ha!! hi there. i'm Beth from E. Lizard Breath Speaks - so nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog get together/party. ( :

DJ said...

Wish I were there to go to the craft fair with you!! Miss you my friend!! Love the idea of a grow your blog party, I'll have to try and participate next time. Can't wait to see progress on your HAED! *Hugs*

Bernadett Rauski said...

Hello,

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

Greetings.

Bernadett

My favourite dessert is chocolate creme.

DebraKay Neiman said...

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

Emily C said...

I love dragons too. For dessert I love a good chunk of chocolate cake. Preferably a torte.

jinxxxygirl said...

Hi Astrid!

OMGosh i love dragons too and mermaids and polar bears and cats and and ... lol My favorite dessert right now anyway.....you know these things are constantly evolving....is Tigerbutter....... if you don't know what that is i will totally give you the recipe! :) I hope you'll pop over for a visit! Hugs! deb

sew.darn.quilt said...

Strawberry Shortcake! Yumm! your stitchery is lovely :)

Caitlin Jordan said...

It's lovely to get to know more about you.

stitchinpeanut said...

I am still learning about this and would like to try to take part in it... I have had the flu so I am doubtful I will be able to this year. It is so good to get to know everyone. Thank you for this giveaway.. Please add my name to the drawing. My favorite dessert is a coconut cake... I love coconut. lemon cake with a clear sugar glaze for icing is my second favorite.

Sarah and Dan said...

I have done some cross-stitch over the years- lovin' the Halloween one! Fav dessert has to be warm chocolatey anything with hot fudge.

Rowyn said...

Hi Astrid, I found your blog through the GYB event. Love your Trick or Treat finish, and you are very brave tackling an HAED design! I look forward to following your blog. My favourite dessert is a good old fashioned chocolate sundae.

cmoh said...

Hey Astrid, Wow those are some incredible dragon cross stitches, I love your little witch and pumpkin. You have a lovely family. It has been nice getting to know you.

Hugs
Caroline

Fat Dormouse said...

Hi Astrid! I like your blog - even though I'm not a stitcher, it's lovely to see what other people are creating. I knit wobbly blankets for stray cats and make cards. I look forward to coming back to see what else you have been creating.

I don't really eat desserts myself, but the two I make most are banoffee pie and White chocolate & Ginger cheesecake, with chilli sauce. Having said that, I love a really tart Tarte au Citron, and also my Mr FD's Pannetone Bread and Butter pudding.

I hope you can pop over to my blogs to join in my Giveaways

fatdormouse.blogspot.com
dormouse.wibsite.com

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

Great introduction to you and a lovely picture of your family.

Favourite dessert? Yes. Dessert is my favourite! I will always go without a starter to make room of dessert, or afters as we call it here.

Given a choice I would say lemon meringue (like you) or maybe apple crumble with custard. When I was pregnant with the Large Boy I craved custard every lunchtime. Some days I just had a bowl of custard if I didn't like the hot dessert that day!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

visiting via Vicki's GYBP and enjoying your blog; you have a lovely family. I've never been to Wales but plan on visiting in the next five years.

Fit and Healthy Baby Boomers said...

Hi visiting from GYB. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for following. I am now your newest follower too.

Bead and Needle said...

What a fun place, this Dragon's Den...working my way through the Blog List...happy to have landed here. Off to look around a bit more before traveling on. I will be back - Happy Tuesday - Tanya

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.
Chocolate cake is my favorite dessert.
Interesting blog. Thanks for sharing.

Dasha said...

Hello Astrid. Visiting from Australia for the GYB party. Its been great fun, and I have enjoyed reading about you. Love the thought of deer coming in the garden! And your fur babies are just beautiful.

macmillanmarie said...

Thank you so much for sharing your lovely work. I had such a good time looking around.

Tina said...

Hi Astrid, I am visiting late with the GYB party. From Germany ;-) There is also some Dragon Saga, that took place close to where we live, the Nibelungen Saga... Am a new follower of your blog :-)
My favourite dessert? All kinds of fruit, ice cream, especially homemade, and homemade Tiramisu with lots of coffee, amaretto in and cocoa on it!

Patty Antle said...

My favorite dessert is ice cream! Any kind at all! So nice to meet you Astrid.

nicolesender said...

Enjoyed visiting your blog. I like to knit, crochet and quilt.