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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Grow Your Blog

Have you heard about the "Grow Your Blog"party?  I will tell you all about it in this post but if you are new to my blog, then allow me introduce myself. My name is Lynn Cockrell and, among other things, I am a wife, mother and grandmother. The things I love most are God, my family and my friends and I enjoy spending time with all of them.

In addition, I enjoy crafting, sewing, reading and DIY. Visiting thrift stores is a favorite past-time of mine. It brings me satisfaction to take old or used items and give them new purpose and a chance to "live" again in the form of home design projects and/or gifts for family and friends.

I also love to travel though, as I have stated before, I am certainly not a world traveler. There are many places which I aspire to visit in the future and I have dreams of such wonderful and exciting destinations. My Pinterest boards are somewhat of a testament to those aspirations.

There are some places that I have visited many times over the years and that are very beloved by my family and I. These are the places that hold sweet memories of time well spent with loved ones. These places are just like old friends and I never tire of going back to visit them, again and again.

My little corner of Blog Land has opened up doors to meeting new and special people.and making some wonderful, talented and caring friends.  It has also been and continues to be an expressive outlet in which to share, through writing and photographs, some of the people, projects, places and experiences that are a part of my little world.

Now, it is my pleasure  to tell you about the party that will be taking place on January 25, 2014. I am excited  about it and I hope you will be joining in for the fun!

The sweet and talented Vicki, author of the blog  "2 Bags Full,"  is hosting a "Grow Your Blog" party for 2014. The party is taking place January 25, 2014. The party is designed to do exactly what the title implies "grow your blog!."  She hosted a similar party last year and it was a major success.

If you would like to increase your following and/or readership please join me as I visit over at Vicki's blog. Just click on the following link to go there: http://vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.com/2013/10/grow-your-blog-2014-this-is-official.html. I have also placed her pretty "Grow Your Blog" badge on the sidebar of my blog. You should be able to go directly to the party and visit some of the blogs that are participating in the party by clicking on the picture.

It is not a requirement, but I have chosen to give a prize to the 10th visitor to leave a comment on my blog. If you win, you will receive a small gift, handmade by me. You do not have to have a blog, but if you win, you will need to provide a mailing address to which the gift can be delivered. For privacy's sake, you can contact me by e-mail, once I announce the winner. Vicki has chosen February 15, 2014 as the date for announcing the winners of the prizes.

66 comments:

  1. looks like I'm not number 10, but good luck growing your blog.

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    1. Shauna,
      I am trying to catch up on some of the comments left on my Grow Your Blog post. I really appreciate your coming by. I have visited your blog several times and your quilts are gorgeous. I thought I had signed up to follow you already with Google Friend Connect, but I cannot find my "mug" among your followers with Google Friend Connect. Perhaps I just overlooked it.Every time I try to sign up with GFC, I get an error, so I have also signed up with Bloglovin to follow you.

      Have a beautiful weekend!

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  2. I enjoy making things from used and old items as well! I look forward to looking around your blog to see what you have made.

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    1. Thanks so much for checking out my little blog! The Grow Your Blog party has been a lot of fun, so far, and I still have a lot more blogs to check out. I am going to head on over to yours right now. Have a great week!

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  3. My dear dear friend! I met you last year when I had a handful of followers and you had another blog with so many followers! you are following me since then, and believe me, when I read your comment ... I'm really happy. I know you've commented with your heart and not because you must do it. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
    I would like to meet you in person and I know we 'll stay really well together. You are a wonderful person: your husband, your children, your grandchildren and your friends are lucky to have you near. With lots of love, your blog frien Bogomilla

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    1. You are so sweet to take the time to stop by here to visit with me and leave such sweet comments. It means so very much to me. You have been there for me, through the ins and outs of trying to learn how to make my humble little blog worthy of reading from time to time. You have given me some kind suggestions and a helping hand when I so obviously needed one.

      You are a beautiful lady and a very special friend. I, too, honestly do hope that we will meet in person some day. Travel to Europe is on my "bucket list" of things to do, so believe me if I am ever going anywhere near Italy, I will be sure to let you know and I sincerely hope you will do the same if you come back to the U.S.

      By the way, how is the weather where you are? We are expecting icy conditions and maybe even some snow here tomorrow.

      Have a beautiful week, stay warm and happy!

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  4. hi there, i'm Beth from "E. Lizard Breath Speaks" & a "Grow Your Blog" party volunteer, i'm helping Vicki out by visiting several of the blogs from the link up. so many folks to see & we volunteers are all working together to check you guys out. i want to welcome to the party!!! i sure hope you are having a great day. be sure to go check out some great blogs. there are so many to see. ( :

    nice to meet you. hope you are having a warm & safe weekend. take care.

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    1. Hello, Beth! Thanks for stopping by to check things out and for helping Vicki to make the party this year a great success. I am glad you left a comment, so that I could know you were here and so I can visit your blog, as well. I have been having a lot of fun hopping around Blog Land and meeting new people, seeing what their interests are and signing up to follow quite a few, so far. I have a lot more to visit.

      I am going over to check out E. Lizard Breath Speaks right now! Thanks again for helping to make the party a great success, Beth!

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  5. We do have a lot in common. I will enjoy visiting with you.

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  6. hi Lynn what a lovely post for the party. It reminds me of how much we share as common interests. Enjoy your day and boo hoo I am not the tenth visitor but someone will be delighted.

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  7. Hi friend! I am so glad to be a follower of yours! You always brighten my day! Happy partying you!! Nicole xoxo

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  8. Hi Lynn, I have heard of these grow your blog parties, but I have never attended. Sounds like a great way to expand your circles. Congrats to whomever will be lucky #10!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  9. Lynn, I am so excited to meet you! I love thrifting as well! I am very looking forward to following your life, adventures, and creations! xoxo Jen

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  10. Very nice to meet you. I love to get a hidden treasure from a thrift store or tag sale and re-purpose it and make it fabulous

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    1. Dear Wendi,

      Please forgive me for being late in replying to your comment on my blog and for thanking you, not only for leaving your sweet comments, but especially for signing up to follow my blog. I am truly appreciative and grateful for your comments and following!

      We have had a severe ice storm down here in S.C. and our power was out for some time and then, we had our daughter and her family staying with us for several days until their power was restored. Her husband, our son-in-law, has cancer and must have oxygen, so they were here until this afternoon, when they were able to go back to their home.

      You may recall that when you read my Grow Your Blog post that I said I would be giving away something handmade, by me, to the 10th person to leave a comment. I published another post on 2/15/2014 and announced you as being the winner of the pendant and earring set which I made, especially for you. There are some pictures on the post, as well. Now, mind you, I am but a novice when it comes to making jewelry, but that fact never stops me from trying anything!

      If you would like to accept the gift, I will need a mailing address of some kind to send it to you. I certainly understand privacy issues, but if you would like to send me an email at my g-mail address which you can find on my profile and you should be able to reach me directly from my profile. If you cannot do so, my g-mail address is mimilynn01@gmail.com.

      If you do not wish to accept the gift, please let me know, so that I can give it to the next person who commented after you.

      Have a blessed week! Again, thank you so very much!

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  11. Hi Lynn,

    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog!
    It's nice to meet you and I hope you are enjoying the GYB party!

    Sara

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  12. Hello,

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

    Greetings.

    Bernadett

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  13. Hi Lynn,
    Thank you so much for your visit and your comment.
    Wishing you well too !! It's great to have so much in common!
    Enjoying the GYB Party !

    Blessings to you,
    Wilma.

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  14. Lovely to meet you, Lynn - still working my way through the GYB party list...
    I've become a follower so I can keep up with your posts :)

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  15. Hi Lynn.... thanks for your comment over on my blog. Isn't this fun! I fell in love with all the lacy moss hanging from the tree in your header! sooo beautiful. I use lots of it making my Spirit Dolls.
    Sweet Blessings!

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  16. Hi Lynn, thanks so much for your sweet comment in my blog.. So happy to know you through this GYB party.. I'm your new follower now.. Cheers:)

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  17. Well, I don't think I am #10, the winner, but it's just nice to meet you! Isn't Vicky THE BEST?
    SuZeQ

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  18. Hi Lynn, thank you for visiting me yesterday,,,following you on G+, looking forward to visiting often. xx's

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  19. Very nice to meet you! Thanks for visiting my redwork/ embroidery blog yesterday. My follow button is working now if you would like to stop back...

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  20. So nice to meet you at the GYB party! Looking forward to following your adventures in blogging! Hugs, Terri

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  21. I have enjoyed looking around your blog and I am now follower. I am so busy visiting the blogs on Vicki's list there will be no time to do anything else !!

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  22. Hey Lynn, thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday. I'm trying to make the rounds. There are so many great blogs to visit this year. Can't wait to catch up! Talk to you soon. ~Laurie

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  23. Hi Lynn It is so nice to learn more about you even though I am a follower already. Hope you are having fun meeting lots of wonderful people.

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  24. thanks for visiting my blog, Love the photo;s you make.

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  25. Nice to meet you. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Judy in Colorado
    judy@atticraggedys.com

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  26. Hi Lynn, it is very nice to meet you. First I want to thank you for visiting my blog and the kind words offered. I too love to travel and have a long bucket list of places to visit. I will certainly be back to visit! I will definitely be a follower.

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    1. Dawn, thanks so much for stopping by my humble blog. I have been pushed for time to work on my blog and to answer comments, but I am slowly getting there and trying to visit more of the blogs at the GYB party.

      Thanks for following!

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  27. Greetings, Lynn! Thanks for coming my and checking out my little corner of the world. Blessings, Jan

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  28. Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Great photos.

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  29. Very pretty blog! I am now a follower!

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  30. I am a new follower of your blog! I love the photo of the trees you used as your header...just lovely!

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  31. Thanks for sharing your interests with us!

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    1. I am so glad you stopped by my blog. I apologize for the late reply. We have a lot going on at my house as we are taking care of 3 of our grandchildren while their father is in the hospital and my daughter is with him.

      I went over to pay a visit to your lovely blog and enjoyed so much learning more about you and your precious family. There did not seem to be a way to follow, but perhaps I missed it.

      Thanks again for your visit and I hope you will have a blessed day!

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  32. visiting via Vicki's GYBP and enjoyed your post. your blog header is beautiful, where is it located?

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    1. I am so glad you stopped by with the GYB party and leaving your sweet comments! You asked about the header to my blog and the location of the moss covered trees. I took the picture in Saint Simons Island, Georgia. We love to visit there when we can.

      I am popping back over to Thistle Cove Farm again to see what you have going on!

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  33. Hello from Yukon! I hope you're enjoying this party as much as I do :)
    Evalina, This and that...

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  34. Hi Lynn
    Good to meet you - I'm visiting from England!

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  35. Thank you for sharing your blog with us. It is a pleasure to learn about your life. I love how your can develop friendships with people from all over the world. This hop is a great vehicle to do that. Happy hopping!

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  36. Popping in during the GYB blog party, what a lovely blog, I'll be dropping in now I've found you.

    Peg x

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  37. 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 projects in the making. My site http://overboardcreations.blogspot.com/ and contact info is ovr_brd@yahoo.com

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  38. Hi Lynn, I'm dropping by from GYB. Thank you for sharing your blog with us :) x x

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  39. hi good to 'meet ' you following you

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  40. Sweet Lynn, thank you for popping by my blog and taking the time to leave a comment for GYB party! I am so thrilled to meet another kindred spirit! I will be poking around visiting your blog but for now, know that I am your latest follower and look forward to growing our friendship via this wonderful cyberspace world of Blog-land!
    Hugs my sweet blogging sister,
    Beth P
    (http://elisabetpollockstudio.wordpress.com)

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  41. I just joined to follow via google...look forward to seeing what you create!. Cheri at Fabric and Memories

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  42. Great posts, I really like the photos of Disney Christmas! I want to go there!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  43. Greeting from the Pacific Northwest. The snow has come but just south from where I live. Cold Alaska air has been here all week. Brr!

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  44. I have enjoyed reading your blog. Jean from French oddities

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  45. Hi Lynn, stop for stopping by my blog and I hope you come back soon. Here is Oklahoma it is rare to get snow like you so we enjoyed it while we had it...we have many of the same interest. I look forward to coming back and reading your blog again!
    Teresa
    www.foxhollowstudio.com

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  46. Hi, Lynn! Nice to meet you. I'm visiting from the GYB party. I love your photos, you may not be a world traveller (but how many of us can say that?), your travel photos are appealing and make me wish I could travel more. Have a great Sunday. Ana

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  47. Hello Lynn, thank you for visiting me, I like your travel photos I also enjoy traveling. I am also working my way round all the blogs and it will take me sometime, I will enjoy visiting again soon.
    Jackie

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  48. Hi Lynn, thank you for visiting my blog, Easy Street Ramblings (peddlerjo.blogspot.com). It is also taking me awhile to get through the long list of blogs on the GYBP list. So thank you for finding me first. In just a short while, I will become your latest follower. Have a blessed day, Toni

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  49. Hi Lynn! Thank you again for stopping over at my blog. I have signed up to follow you. You have such beautiful grand kids. Hope you have a great time with GYB party and it is so nice to meet you.
    Jennifer
    www.karmas-journey.blogspot.com

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  50. Thanks for dropping by my blog, I love seeing what everyone gets up to in blogland, I will also be following you.
    Jayne

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  51. Nice to meet you Lynn, and thanks for stopping by my blog. i have joined your blog as a follower, and had fun reading the past posts, especially the infinity scarf and the stress relief doll stories.

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  52. Thanks for stopping by my blog! It is nice to meet you, Lynn. Your grandchildren are lovely. And your home looks like my dream house :) I hope you are enjoying the unusual winter weather. I'll be following you and looking forward to learning more about your corner of the world :)

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  53. Nice to meet you Lynn, i will swap our heat for your snow. Least we have our craft to keep us sane. Your blog is great. have enjoyed visiting and have joined :)

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  54. Hi Lynn, I'm a late visitor from GYB and loving the posts I've read so far. I'm following you and looking forward to reading more.
    Love and best
    RedSetter
    Craft blog http://gonebeading.blogspot.co.uk/
    Cat blog http://pepsimaxaddict.blogspot.co.uk/

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  55. Hiya Lynn thank you so much on sharing your blog with us during GYB. You have done a beautiful job on it. I look forward on seeing more in the future as I'm a new follower. And thank you for the chance to win that Oh So Fab necklace and & earring set.... I LOVE Moonstones.

    In Kind Regards,
    Tricia

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