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Monday, September 8, 2014

Blog Hop Monday:)

Welcome To My First Blog Hop
 I am very excited to introduce three very lovely ladies
Sister Bloggers
To You Today.
 Their names are Katie, Patricia & Marie.
Their blogs are very different from each other's
and at the same time they have very much in common . . .
with each other & with each of us.

First is Katie, 
 Hi friends! 
I am Katie from Blessed By 3 Miracles Blog. I adore my children more then anything in the world. I have been a stay at home mom for almost 12 yrs. I am by no means a expert but I would say I have had my share of kid related adventures. 
I love to make my house a home and have become very creative and enthusiastic about decorating. I have had years of lean times where I had a very small but creative budget. I am so glad that I am able to stay at home and that the Lord blessed me with some creativity. It really has helped me keep my sanity for the long days of having little children at home. My kids are now in school so I have a little more time for projects and just keeping my house organized in general.
 We have moved several times and I have had to start over meeting new friends on our journey. It can be fun but somewhat lonely at first. I am so thankful for a supportive husband and for the three most wonderful children. Blogging has also been such a gift to me. I have met a great community of like minded friends. Reading blogs is like watching a great movie or reading a great decorating magazine that never ends. I am amazed by so many of your talents out there. I hope you stop by and say hello. I would love to chat with you about mothering, crafting, decorating or adoption. Adoption is the other huge near and dear gift to our life through our daughter Lauren. You will find a honest family that loves each other and truly loves to have fun. 

Second is Patricia,

 My name is Patricia, most of my friends and my readers know me by Pat...

I blog @ a little known place called Corn in My Coffee-Pot!  I love to craft and create something from nothing. To re-purpose and give something old a new part of the fun for me. I do like to challenge myself once in a while to get things done! BUT... I AM A PROCRASTINATOR!  Because of that, I am also a list maker-- and love marking my list "To-Done!" 
I crochet with rags (usually old clothes and sheets) I crochet with frogged yarn (yarn that has been previously crocheted).  I'm also learning to create clothes for me, from thrifted clothes -turning them from something old and outdated into a newly sewn; a stylish sweater, shirt, etc.  I am not afraid to use hand tools and like to work with wood, wire, paint and brush!  I will try anything once...with in reason, of course. ;) 
I love to re-purpose just about anything and give it a second life...even if for just a little while.
I hope YOU hop on over from here... I've got so much more to share with you about being a frugally minded crafter
I'm looking forward to your visit! 

Third is Marie,

Hello, my name is Marie and I'm a word nerd.
 I love to read and I love to write.  I also love photography, cooking and my family, not necessarily in that order.  

I have five children and six grandchildren, currently waiting for two more to make an appearance.  (Grandchildren, that is!.)  I've been married to the same man for coming up on 35 years.  We are total opposites in just about everything except for our dedication to family and each other, so it works :)  

My four older children are grown, but my last child is what I like to call my 'caboose'.  She is still in middle school.  She keeps me young :)  It's been a blessing having another child later in life because I am so much more relaxed and laid back about everything!  So many things I worried about with my older children I now know just weren't worth fussing over.  It's kind of like having a 'do over'.

What I love about blogging is the support and friendship from ladies all over the country.  Many of us are at home part of the day, but may not be home at the same time as our neighbors.  Women used to be home all of the time and spent their spare time visiting with each other over 'the back fence' as they worked in their gardens or hung the laundry out the dry.  I remember my mom spending each afternoon with our neighbor lady, sitting in a lawn chair, watching us swim, while the two of them chatted.  I wish that could be me every day!  But now, it's more difficult to keep in touch with other women in the neighborhood and it can be lonely.  It's wonderful to be able to check in with blogger friends whenever you have the time to sit down at your computer.

My blog is mainly about appreciating what is good about life.  I had a life-threatening illness three years ago and since then I have vowed to see what is beautiful and good in my life and relish, cherish and share it.  And since I turned 50, I made a vow to do one thing each year that places me out of my comfort zone.  Man, do I regret that one!  But I'm sticking to it, and it's scary, but exhilarating at the same time.  So far I've taken a horseback ride on a steep mountain trail, and went on an extreme backpacking climb up a mountain.  Do you see a theme here?  I'm afraid of heights.  But this year I think I'll come up with something different...

I'm looking forward to meeting more ladies 'over the fence' through the Blog Hop! 
Thanks Connie, for the invite!

 This Blog Hop asked me to answer these 3 questions

 What am I working on now?

At the moment I am working on my new studio, which I have named my Art Barn.   
We moved to the country this last spring 
and are now living in a smaller home than before.   
There was a wonderful shop for my husband’s woodworking and welding, 
but no space for my studio.   
So, we purchased a 14 X 24 foot barn and have been turning it into my dream space.   
I think that the task of organizing and decorating 
is just as creative as the projects that will be done after it is finished. 
All that is left to do to be finished is
getting the electricity in,
and we have an electrician working on in this as I type.
I am so excited!!!

How does my work differ from others in my genre?

Well, they say that there is nothing new under the sun, 
and I think that pretty much goes for everything that we create.  
 Not to say that we all don’t have our own twist on each thing that we do.   
I enjoy getting my hands into all things creative.   
If I see something that inspires me I just want to try my hand at it.  
 Whether it is in the field of arts, crafts, sewing, or wood working, I’m always ready. 
  There is nothing that makes my heart happier than taking some old abandoned piece of something and turning it into a beautiful or useful item  . . . this just thrills me.   
I not only love doing this, but I love seeing what others in blog-land are doing 
to up-cycle and renew.

Why do I create what I do? 

Why?  Because, it brings me joy and makes me happy.   
I love decorating my home in handmade and unique items 
and I think that they make the best gifts, too.   
When you make or re-purpose an item, 
you have the ability to pick your own colors and make things that work well 
for your particular needs and styles.   
 My favorite things to do have got to be trash to treasure items.  
 They just make my heart sing :)   
I hate cookie cutter, everything store bought homes.  
 There is something about them that is not cozy and homey to me. 

I do hope that you will visit each of these three sister's blogs.
That you will love their blogs as much as I do.
Show them by hitting the follow button
or leaving a comment, or doing both:)

Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister, 


  1. Hi Connie!

    Great post!!! I'll be hopping over to the three that you passed the torch to probably in the middle of the week. I just want to pop in and read yours (shh, I'm at work).


    1. Hi Kay, well as you know this is my first time at doing anything like this.
      Thank you for inviting me and even more, thank you for walking me through the steps.
      You're the sweetest sister ever:)

  2. Wonderful post. I will go visit these crafty women for sure.

    1. Hi Nancy, thanks so much for stopping by. I am very happy that you are going to visit these sweet gals.
      I think that you will find something about each of their blogs that interests you.
      Have a lovely week:)

  3. This is great fun! Thanks Connie for tagging me in this HOP! I'm looking forward to meeting the others!
    I feel the same as you about trash to treasure and the joy it brings to create something one-of-a-kind!

    1. Patricia it is great to see you . . . I am so happy that you are having fun with this.
      It was wonderful for you to volunteer to do this.
      I know that it takes some time and I truly do appreciate your kindness.
      It has really given me the opportunity to get to own you better and to have a more solid bond through blogging.
      Your blog is wonderful and I am sure that you are going to meet some great blogger from doing this:)
      Trash to treasure is the best!!!

  4. How nice and what lovely art. I love your new studio. I really like your answers today to the blog hop questions.

    1. Thank you . . . you are so kind.
      I love my studio,too.
      I had to put everything into the middle of the room, so that the electrician could do his work.
      Now, I'm putting it all back and feeling so gleeful . . . like a kid at Christmas.
      It is finally done! If you lived closer I would invite you over to play:)

  5. Nice to meet you Ladies and what a lovely idea Connie. You have given me some blog reading to do tonight, so got to shoot off now and get started. Lots of love xxx

    1. Hi Fran, I am delighted that you are going off to visit these sweet ladies.
      Blogging is such a lovely way to make new friends and to see that we all have so very much in common.
      By the way . . . I Love Your New Hat!

  6. Hello Connie,
    Such a fun post! These blog hops have been so fun, and it really is nice to get to meet other bloggers :)
    I learned a bit more about you, and I will have to visit your blog sisters and learn a bit about them too.

    Have a wonderful week!


    1. Hi Kerin, I know . . . with each visit we learn more about each other.
      It doesn't matter if you live in the USA, the UK or even Timbuktu, we all have so much in common.
      Similar interests and a love for home and family.
      We are women, daughters, mothers, and grandmothers . . . and what a wonderful thing to be:)

  7. Hi Connie
    What lovely ladies and such interesting and different blogs. Will be paying them all a visit.
    Ali xx

    1. Hi Ali, thank you . . . I think that you will enjoy their blogs.

  8. Visiting from Corn in My Coffee Pot. Nice post! Love your art barn!

    1. Thank Diane, it is always a pleasure meeting a new blogging sister:)