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Celebrating blog friendships, party and prizes!

Hello, and welcome to the party!

This evening is about meeting up with like-minded friends and having some fun. If you started the hop at the beginning you’ll have joined me from Lizzie’s, where I’m sure you had a great time. Did you check out her recent snaps of a trip to London? She must have caused a whirlwind with all the sights she managed to see! If you haven’t been to Lizzie’s then make sure you head back there, otherwise you won’t be able to complete the master phrase for the big giveaway! You have to hop all the blogs in order and collect letters along the way. For my piece of the puzzle, and to see who you need to head to next, you’ll have to read to the end of my post – where you’ll also find a personal pass the parcel giveaway from me!

I am so grateful that I discovered the world of blogging. It has supported, inspired and entertained me in so many ways! I created this page for my ‘Why do I Scrapbook Album’ back in January this year:

It’s great how I do really feel like part of a community through blogging. I don’t go to any crops to meet to people, so I meet them online instead. I think blogging is like pen-pals for the modern day. I get so excited when I see someone has posted a new story or craft for me to have a look at, or when lovely readers have left me a comment. It’s the same thrill as I get if a letter from a friend arrives via the postman!

One thing that’s been inspiring me lately is bloggers knitting projects. Especially Rachel’s knitted thingy, Sian’s knitted dogs, and Deb’s knitted blanket. These are all so cool in different ways, and I keep wishing I could knit. I have tried to learn many times, but always get in a tangle. However, a few months ago I bought a crochet magazine, and decided to give that a go. I managed to crochet a few flowers thanks to the Little Birdie Secrets blog, but hadn’t made anything else. Until the aforementioned ladies kept blogging about knitting and making me want to try more of a project. So I decided to crochet some gloves:

I got the pattern for these here, and they were really easy to make. Well, one ended up slightly smaller and neater than the other, but for my first proper project I think they turned out okay. I’ve already started work on a second pair, some mini ones in pink, for my daughter! So thank you to all the knitting bloggers who helped give me the push to try more things! And thank you to everyone who blogs, for providing stories that are heartwarming, funny, intriguing or emotional, and for showing off your crafts that give me tons of ideas and make me happy to be a creative person! Thanks for leaving comments that let me know I have friends who understand my life! I LOVE blogging!

Okay, enough of that! Onto the really important stuff – how can you win yourself some goodies? Well, for the grand prizes, kindly given by Jo, you’ll have to hop all the way along, and collect letters. At the end of the hop, you’ll reach Jo’s blog, and she‘ll tell you how to enter!

The letter you have to collect from me is cunningly concealed in the paragraph above. Did you miss it? It’s big. It’s party pink. You only need one of them from me, not twenty-one!

And finally, here’s the chance of a prize from me! As I’ve said how blogging is a bit like having pen-pals, the prize I’m giving is a set of greeting cards that feature my artwork. You could post them to a friend in need of a chat or a cheer-up, you could gift them to someone for Christmas, or, if you like them enough, keep them for yourself! Here’s the set:

To win a set, all you have to do is leave a comment here, before 8pm Sunday 21st November, answering this question:
‘If you were a fictional creature, what one would you be?’
You’ll need to check back on Monday 22nd Novemeber to see if you’ve won, or to be extra sure you don’t miss the prize, then leave your email address in the comment too so I can let you know that way if you win.
If you don’t win the prize and you wish you had, then don’t worry, you can buy them in my new etsy shop:

There’s only the cards in there so far, but watch out for other bits and pieces that I’ll be adding this month!
That’s it from me, hope you had a great time! Now you need to hop over to Mel’s, who I’m sure will have a photo of something to make us drool, whether it be papercrafts or food! Cheers to all! xx

43 thoughts on “Celebrating blog friendships, party and prizes!”

  1. Yay! Great post, Jennifer – I love the knitting projects and your lovely crochet gloves. I agree with your thought that blogging is a bit like modern-day pen-friends. It’s a good analogy..And what fictional creature would I want to be? Hmm…. perhaps I’d like to be the Easter Bunny – not as hard work as poor Santa, but still giving lots of enjoyment to so many!

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  2. What a fun question! I would be a fairy, because I want beautiful, glittery wings and stars on my cheeks. And my magic wand would create amazing works of art with just a touch!

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  3. A fictional creature? Um, I haven’t a clue – I quite like being real :)Your gloves are fab! It’s lovely to think that you’ve been encouraged by my own crafty efforts. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you over the past years and I’m looking forward to many more years of reeading about what you’ve been up to x

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  4. If I were a fictional creature, I would be something that has yet to be discovered; a newfound creature, beautiful, gentle, and full of love for everyone. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  5. I like the idea of a phoenix or griffin, some big flying mythical creature 🙂 Maybe one that breathes fire, though my kids may say I already do that! Congratulations on the new ETSY shop! Best of luck to you 🙂

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  6. Fab post Jen! I love the gloves, they are really cute and I think you’ve done a great job. I love the cards too, they are so pretty! Finally, I love the name you’ve given my knitted object! Lol 🙂

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  7. Think I ned to come back and read more of your blog it looks great! My fictional character would be variable depending on my mood, someth=imes i’d be Shrek, sometimes Hermione and occasionally Snoopy xxx

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  8. Thanks for a lovely post, your cards are indeed fabulous.I would be Marge Simpson, just for the hair! or the ‘Snowman’ as I would really love to go to that party! 🙂

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  9. Congratulations on your Etsy shop! The cards are beautiful 🙂 And the mitts are fab, I’m suitably impressed. Love your post xxFictional creature, hmmmm…. Maybe a mermaid, because I love the sea 🙂

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  10. Very sweet post, Jennifer! And your question about which fictional character I would be is very clever. Hmmmm…let me see…maybe Alice (of Wonderland).I liked your celebrating blog friendships post! Well done. xo

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  11. Okay, the only fictional character coming to mind is Minny Mouse – I guess because I’ve been scrapping with black and red lately. Well, at least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. It’s been fun.

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  12. Hi Jennifer… I love how you compared bloggy friends to modern day pen-pals… I so agree! So happy to be finding more pals on my hop around the world tonight. Love your cards! What fictional creature would I be? Being a huge nature freak, I would have to say I’d want to be a forest nymph (spirit living in a tree) or a water nymph – if I could be both at once, that would be a happy thing. 🙂

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  13. I love your blog!! Your community LO is lovely! Blogging friendships are such fun! If I were any character I think I may want to be Mrs. Claus….she just bakes for all the elves and I LOVE to bake!!!

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  14. Your cards are gorgeous and good luck with your etsy shop, as for a fictional character would have to be cinderela because I would love to go to ball and wear the big dress lol. Will be popping back soon x

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  15. Your cards are beautiful! Such bright colors. I love the feel of them. I will check out your etsy shop.I love the way you concealed your letter – clever. Thanks for a fun post!

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  16. Ooh yes, I forgot to answer! I would be a unicorn, when I was very small I was fascinated with them and wanted to own a White one with pink hair. Probably similar to a ‘my little pony’ I had! 🙂

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  17. Hi Jen! What a great post. Your gloves look neat. So cool that you are making a little pair for your daughter too. : ) I am going to have to work out a way to keep all the blogs I look at on a reader or something cos I never manage to get round to everyones in a day…If I was a fictional character I would be…superman (but a woman) so I could fly super fast back home for a visit in NZ then be here again!

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  18. I’m not sure what creature I’d be but a fictional character would have to be Scarlett O’Hara. To have the love of Rhett Butler would be pretty special! I guess if I HAD to chose a character, it would need to be Pluto – the loveable goof! The cards you ahve features are really great and I love the look of those gloves! Great blog hop.

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  19. A fictional character? Hmm so many to choose from! Well I love mysteries so I would like to be Lincoln Rhyme’s assistant Amelia Sachs in the Jeffrey Deaver novels! Can’t stop, still got many blogs to check!

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  20. Oh, lets see I would love to be Father Christmas (Santa Claus) I love buyig that perfect present for people, but never have the money, so I would love to have lots of elves to make them for me!

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  21. I LOVE your connection between blogging and pen pals! I would definitely want to be a mermaid. The water is a huge draw for me and I love being underwater. I feel most at peace when I have some body of water in my line of vision 😉

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  22. I came back by for a visit and realized I didn’t answer your question for the prize – glad I’m not too late because I LOVE your cards. I would like to be Alice in Wonderland if only so I could wear around her lovely blue dress and headband! : ) But her adventures would be pretty cool too provided I could find a way back to my own life.

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