Friday, 18 January 2013

Grow Your Blog Party Time

A case of the winter blues was just starting to take hold when I learned of Vicki's "Grow Your Blog" party. What a fun idea!  You join the party and get a chance to meet some new blogging friends. I jumped at the opportunity. Thank you for hosting this Vicki. 

Let me tell you a little about myself. My name is Lynn and I've been married for 11 yrs to my wonderful husband, Bob who works as a church organist and choir director. We live in a small village in eastern Ontario, Canada which is very close to the country's capital city of Ottawa.

 I have been blessed with 3 sons, none of whom live at home any longer, and 2 granddaughters.

 I worked for 34 years as a medical lab technologist in a nearby hospital and have been retired now for almost 2 years. I'm an avid cross stitcher and have been stitching for over 30 years although I do have other hobbies which include reading, singing in choirs, photography and boating. I'm also a big time cat lover and we share our home with a sweet Ragdoll named Clarisse. 

It was stitching that brought me to blogging. I connected online with some other women in my neck of the woods who liked to get together every few months to stitch and gab. Two of the ladies, Dani and Rebecca, convinced me to try blogging and were instrumental in helping me set up my blog. They told me it would open up a whole new world for me where I could meet others who enjoyed cross stitching and where I could obtain info and help with my passion. It has been an amazing journey!! I've been blogging now since 2007 and have met an incredible group of women worldwide who share my passion.

We've shared so much more than stitching though. We've shared
books, recipes, our families, hopes and dreams. 

My blog is a chance for me to share photos of my stitching and share ideas and finishes with friends although there are plenty of vacation and family photos as well. To show you exactly what my stitching is all about I'm offering a giveaway of a stitched item done by me. This giveaway is open to all. You need not be a follower and  anyone can enter, regardless of where they live. The giveaway winner will be drawn on Feb. 1st and all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. Make sure you leave your email or a link to your blog so that I have a way to contact you if you win.

 I thank you for taking the time to drop by and hope you find something of interest here. Thank you again Vicki for hosting the party. I look forward to visiting many of you who have chosen to participate and hopefully making many more new friends. 


  1. Wow, great job on your blog for the party! Thanks for sharing your photos too!

  2. Thanks, Lynn, for sharing your stitching and your life. It's really going to be fun learning more about our blogging, stitchy friends through this grow your blog "party"!

  3. Love your blog! Glad I have found you thru the party :)

  4. Yours has been my first stop on the grow your blog party! You have a very nice blog, and I have enjoyed visiting it many times in the past year. Thanks for sharing your family and your stitching.

  5. I have followed for years but am glad to know more about you and the family.

  6. It was really interesting to read who you are. Thank you =D. Your job sound so interesting. I have studied chemistry and also soil chemistry but haven't been in the lab for a long time...

  7. I have been a follower for quite a while and enjoyed reading this post and getting to know you a little better.
    Happy stitching

  8. Always a follower here !!!!
    Great Post :)

  9. A lovely post about you and your family, I would love to be included in the giveaway please :)

    Emma -

  10. It's good to learn a little bit more about you, Lynn! :)

  11. I learned something new about you today Lynn. =) Please include me in your giveaway. Thank you very much.

  12. I have no blog but love to visit your blog! Very nice to learn a bit more about you.
    Greetings from Germany

  13. Great post! Loved seeing your pics and reding more about you. Count me in, please, for the give away!

  14. It's so nice to meet old friends at the party! Have fun sweetie!

  15. Thank you for sharing with us at your Blog Party today. Your stories and photos are great, and now I feel that I know you even better! It is wonderful to have you for a stitchy-bloggy friend!


  16. So nice to meet you and Clarisse. She is so beautiful. I have two Siamese that bring my husband and I much joy. You have a lovely blog!

  17. Enjoyed your post, Lynn. I only found out about this party today. What a fun idea!

  18. happy for this blog party hop - glad to meet a new friend. do have a great weekend. take care. please come by my blog for a visit. ( :

  19. Hi Lynn! I love your blog and your stitching group - it looks like so much fun. I must be nice to have buddies close by for those get-togethers! I just became your newest follower and will look forward to future posts and visits!
    I'm off to visit a couple more blogs before calling it a night but I'll be back.
    Beth P

  20. Such a lovely post Lynn and nice to see photos of your family and loved ones. I love that photo of Clarisse. She's such a pretty ragdoll. Titus would be VERY into her!! I love that photo of you, Dani and Lianne. So lucky to have friends who share your passion nearby!!


  21. Love your photos Lynn, thanks for sharing. Your kitty is just gorgeous!

  22. What a great blog post Lynn and so nice to read more about you.

  23. Enjoyed your post and looking forward to reading your posts.

  24. Beautiful blog! I am sharing my projects on my blog too. I think that is the reason why I am blogging :D

  25. Hello,

    Nice to meet you in this party.:)

    There is a giveaway on my blog,too.

    All the best.:)

  26. Great blog! I've been following for a little while now, but I too joined in on the fun for Grow your own blog...I'm a little late in getting to visit everyone but what a great bunch of blogs!

  27. Hi Lynn, I already follow your blog, but it was fun to learn more about you. it's going to take me awhile to get to read through all the blogs, but wasn't this party fun? I look forward to reading more, and I would love to be entered in your giveaway too. Thanks!

  28. So glad to find your blog! I will certainly become a follower!

    Thank you for a chance at your giveaway.


  29. Always fun to learn more about you and your family, Lynn :) I'll pass on your giveaway since I have already been lucky enough to win one from you!!

  30. ..isnt stitching a joy ? I just luv it like yourself.. thanks for the chance at your blog candy,, mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

  31. Hello Lynn

    I'm so glad you just visited me, because I was sure I had already joined your blog on my rounds....

    I'm so grateful to our dear friend Vicki for staging this amazing party to bring like minded bloggers together!! Amazing that no one else has thought of it before??!!

    I remember you and Bob, maybe it was late at night and I thought I had joined as a follower... but obviously I didn't - oh dear.

    We have all those things in common, crossstitch and french speaking grandchildren and Bob as well playing the organ at church - I love the organ and hymns!
    My french is very rusty too! my granddaughters are bi-lingual so they help me!

    I'm hopeful you and I could have a little swap later, that is if you aren't too overloadad...

    This time I've crossed the T's and dotted the i's so everything should be ok!

    Shane ♥

  32. Happy to meet a fellow Canuck, hello from Winnipeg! Your stitching is beautiful, and I LOVE your Ragdoll kitty - we have one too, named Tawnee! I do hope you are feeling better soon. Glad to have found you via Vicki's blog party!

  33. Hello Lynn,
    The GYB has been so great in introducing bloggers to each other.
    You stitching is wonderful. I have several of those in my stash and when I see them stitched up it makes me want to drop everything and do them.
    I love Clarisse! From your visit to my blog you know I'm a cat lover. She is absolutely beautiful.
    Please throw my name in the hat for your giveaway.
    It's so nice to meet you and I'll be back often.

  34. Nice post and I enjoyed seeing your family pics.... Clarisse is beautiful! I came here through the GYB hop! Fun to see so many creative projects!

  35. Hi, Lynn,

    Thank you for stopping by my blog! Your stitching is lovely, and Clarisse is a BEAUTIFUL cat! She looks happy to have you for a loving momma. :) Looking forward to more great posts from you!

    Less B*tching, More Stitching!