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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow your blog 2015


2 Bags Full

Welcome to the Grow Your Blog Party hosted by Vicki of 2 Bags Full.  Check out Vicki's blog for the listing of this year's bloggers.   2BagsFull

Have fun with the blog hop!

And thank you for stopping by my blog.

My name is Debbie.  I live on the West Coast of BC.  Married to DH, now 25 years together. We have one adult daughter and two grandsons.

I love stitching, knitting and crochet.  I'm sure I have many lifetimes of projects yet to be done!   There is something special about items made by hand.   One can never have too much stash be it patterns, fabric or wool!


Add to this a passion for cooking and baking. All things fresh. I've  also rediscovered making bread.

Once the weather improves I'll be busy in the garden.  This will be my first year post retirement  and the plans that I have will more than fill my patio space.

We travel as time permits, usually every 2nd year or so.  In a heart beat, my favorite place is Venice Italy.   To me, it's like stepping back in time.  Perhaps a slower pace  ,,,,  the colors, the water, the food.

From this tiny balcony (white building), it was our vantage point to watch ...... take pictures, drink a glass of wine and dream............



I leave you with these, sunflowers to brighten your day!





and this




Thanks for visiting!

p.s.   I will be putting together a small giveaway. 




68 comments:

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

On behalf of Vicki at Two Bags Full and myself, welcome to the Grow Your Blog blog hop! Your pictures are lovely, I took a look at some of your previous posts too. I can't cross stitch anymore, the patterns are just so tiny. Hope you get a lot of traffic today.

Fil said...

Hi Debbie
I love your sky photos - just beautiful ... And on my wishlist is to visit Venice some day.

Enjoy the Blog Party
Best wishes
Fil
Fil’s Place - Old songs and Memories

KimM said...

Debbie - I look forward to following you. I love stitching, not so great at cooking. (Good thing DH likes to cook, or we'd both starve - HA!). I popped over to your blog via the GYB Party and hope you will take a gander at mi e
WisdomwithNeedleandThread.blogspot.com.
Best wishes

prettylittlethingsinabox said...

Dear Debbie,
Welcome to Grow Your Blog party. I've share the same passion as you too.. and i love Europe.. Have not been to Italy yet.. but loving Budapest. Hope you'll made some new friends and have new followers in the weeks to come. Big Hugs from Singapore

Michele T said...

Hi Debbie! I come from Ontario, no plans to even think about gardening until maybe late April!!! This summer we travelled around Europe and Venice was a favourite spot too! I would return in a heartbeat!! Thanks for sharing in the hop!

Shauna said...

Happy retirement, I look forward to doing that some day. I always have some type of project to do, and would love the extra time.

Pauline G said...

Isn't retirement wonderful - we loved Venice when we went and also Norway. Love your stitching and your photos

Terry said...

Thanks so much for visiting, lucky you getting to travel to far away places. Have fun on the hop

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Dropping by from eastern Canada and also participating in this blog hop.

Threads of Inspiration said...

Debbie, You sound like me, although I am not retired but I blog about creating, cooking, knitting and things that pass into my life. I look forward to following your blog.

Jeanne said...

Your photos and blog are lovely. I too love Venice and travel is my passion. Am always planning trips whenever I am not on one. So nice to meet you and will look forward to stopping by to visit again soon! Also love British Columbia and think it is just a gorgeous part of this world!

sew.darn.quilt said...

I look forward to seeing more travel snaps and your stitchery.

Kathy L said...

Enjoy your retirement.

kathyinozarks said...

Hi Debbie, thanks so much for visiting, love those pretty sunflowers
enjoy the party
Kathy

Blessings in the Country said...

Hi Debbie! I cross stitch too. I also love Venice, Italy. I went once back in 1994 and it was one of my favorite places to experience!
Jessica

Lorraine said...

Hi Debbie. Thank you for visiting my blog. I love your photos and your stitching projects are so sweet.

Heather said...

Hi Debbie...visiting your blog makes me miss the many years we spent living in Europe! I'm really hoping to move back someday! Thanks for the memories...I love Venice, too!

Veronica Roth said...

Oh my gosh, hello fellow West Coast of BC blogger. :D How very lovely to meet you thru the GYB hop. Venice is also my daughter's favourite place to go to, and I try to take her there whenever I can. (It's only an over-night train ride from where we usually hang out in in mainland Europe). It truly is fantastic there, isn't it? Have you ever gone to Lido for the day? That beach with the tiny perfect sea shells and that warm water...heaven. Anyway, I'm off to follow and read some more of your posts so I can get to know you a little better. X

Measi said...

Hi Debbie! Greetings from a fellow cross stitcher on the other side of the continent! I've added you to my bloglovin' feed, and look forward to seeing your progress through your blog posts. :)

Thearica said...

Oh to go to Italy... but alas, I do not fly. I would die of fright when the plane too off.

SueFitz said...

New follower - will be coming back to see what you are stitching.

http://suefitz-fitzsstithing.blogspot.com/

creations.1 said...

Hi Debbie - I have become a follower and look forward to following your life and creations!!

Sue Kosec said...

HOWDY!!!!!!!!!!!! I've just become a Follower over here and would love it if you did the same when you get to SuZeQ Creations.

Thanks!
SuZeQ

Cherie said...

Hello there. I love those sunflowers and had to stick around for a good browse. xxx

Lisa Comperry said...

I like to crochet as well..Such a pretty blog!
I will be following..Stop by to visit me when you have time :-)
http://lisacomperry.blogspot.com

Felicia said...

Love the photos of Venice!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Oh Debbie
There is something so very special about Venice, it is my favourite city in the world too!
Where you stayed looks wonderful, I can see myself on that balcony too! Is it a rental apartment?
I Love travel too and broadening my horizons – New Zealand is so very far from anywhere!
Apart from that it's lovely to meet up again Debbie - I read a few of your previous posts and saw where Target was closing - you haven't mentioned it again but is your DH ok?

I'll keep in touch
Hugs
Shane

Mosaic Magpie said...

So very nice to meet you! Sounds as though like me you have many interests. Enjoy those grandchildren they grow up too quick!
Deb

Shannon Meyer said...

You have a lovely blog, and what a dream to be able to visit Italy!! I too am a stitcher, crocheter, and just recently, a knitter. I'm visiting from www.withworkinhand.blogspot.com

The Quirky Homemaker said...

Well, thank you so much for those cheery sunflowers on this cold, snowy day! I like baking bread too, although it's harder to do with whole wheat and it definitely has a learning curve. Following you on Bloglovin' via the GYB hop! Have a great week!

DJH said...

Hi Debbie! I am a new follower! I can't wait to see what you are stitching up.

lynda said...

I'm already a follower of your blog, but just wanted to stop by and say hi (a day late!) I'd love a chance in your giveaway too...thanks!

kath001 said...

Gorgeous photos! Sounds like we have a few common interests. I look forward to visiting again. :)

Conversations from my House said...

I enjoyed seeing your photos. Especially the sun flowers that help a lot on a day like this!!!

summer said...

I'm your 100th follower :)) I came from the GYB party. Love your blog.

Debby said...

I'm here by way of the blog party. Beautiful pictures. I don't think you will miss working with al those fun things to do. Aren't grandchildren a blessing.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I'm SO with you regarding stash! I'm a crazy quilter and it's absolutely a necessity to have lots of stash. Maybe not as much as I have, but lots nevertheless. Thanks for inviting us to visit you! Enjoy the tour.

Karin G said...

Lovely blog, beautiful pictures, it is nice meeting you.

Laura Quaglia (Fun With This and That) said...

Italy is so wonderful.Today I got a letter from my DH cousin from Italy we do not speak any Italian so do not what they wrote I e-mail the daughter in hopes she can tell us. we have been to see them but alway had someone that could translate. I think it is they are coming or want us to come???
Hope you have a great GROW YOUR BLOG
Laura

My Painted Garden said...

Hi Debbie, so nice to meet you and visit you delightful blog. I am looking forward to following you.
Have a wonderful day.
Erin

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

I'm visiting via GYB from St. John's, NL Canada. Thanks for sharing your photos and having a giveaway. I have a giveaway on my blog too.

Nan Smith said...

Thanks for visiting. I'm amazed at how many Canadians I'm meeting here today. There wasn't so many last year but clearly the blogosphere is becoming more civilized these days, eh?
I'm following you and would love to hear all about your crafts and your travels. Venice is one of those places I never made it to during my younger travels and I'm not so keen on traveling now that I'm older and have some medical conditions that make it difficult to think about travelling. I'll just have to do virtual travelling with all my new blogging friends.
Hope you have a great time hopping at the party.

nicolesender said...

I'd love to travel to Venice! Enjoyed visiting your blog!

SUGAR MOON said...

Nice to meet you. Now following and will be back to visit soon.

Catherine said...

I really enjoyed the photos on your blog post for the GYB party. We need all the colour we can get in the UK at this time of year. The sunflowers were lovely.
Have a successful GYB 2015.

Maggie said...

The one and only time I visited Venice I was ill after eating something that didn't agree with me! I do love Italy though and visited the Amalfi coastal towns of Positano, Pompeii & Ravello in 2012.
Gorgeous images, especially the sunflowers.
Maggie in Normandy

Country Wife said...

love the sunflowers and it was great getting to meet you.

Kaisievic said...

Nice to meet you at The Party, Debbie, you have a sweet blog and I wish you every enjoyment in your retirement. My favourite Italian city is Florence, bellissimo! Please feel free to come visit me at http://kittenstitching.blogpsot.com

Clare said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'd love to go to Venice and Tuscany one day. The Sunflower made me smile, how could they not.
Clare

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Hello Debbie, I'm visiting from the Grow your blog event ... so many wonderful sites to see and new friends to meet. It's lovely to meet another Canadian. I'd love to be entered for your give away when it is organized and if I'm the lucky winner I can be reached at crafty.gardener at yahoo dot ca

Sheryl S. said...

Hi Debbie, thank you for your visit. Pleased to meet you and see your wonderful interesting photos. Will be back.

Sue Kosec said...

Debbie, thank you so much for undertaking such a HUGE task of organizing this endeavor. I appreciate you.

When you get a chance, I'd love for you to visit me over at SuZeQ Creations and my other blog at A Country Chic Retreat.

Thanks a bunch!
xo
SuZeQ

Maria said...

Hi Debbie,I do so agree with your comment that you can never have too much 'stash'! lol

Beth P said...

Hello Debbie! Thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave a comment! As you can see I too am still making my way through the blogs entered in this year's GYB party! Travelling is such a wonderful gift, you are lucky to be able to do it so often! Enjoy the rest of your day and have fun blog hopping.
Hugs,
Beth P
The Whimsical Dowager

Lija Broka said...

Welcome to the party! Hope you are enjoying it and congratulations on reaching 100! Your picture of Venice is lovely and I hope your mum feels better soon.

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Alexis Borsboom said...

Hurray from another coastal BC gal!

alexis@cobcottagectaft.com

Havplenty said...

After not having crocheted since elementary school I recently took a renewed interest in crocheting again. I have made one afghan so far and have lots of yarn and inspiration for other things. Thanks for an opportunity to visit your blog.

tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Kathy H said...

I am already enjoying your blog and look forward to following you.

Quinn said...

Hi Debbie - thanks for visiting Comptonia on the GYB Party list :)
I've never been to Venice, but your photograph makes me want to go. Especially right now, since I doubt they have a lot of snow there?
Nice to meet you, and good luck in the giveaway!

Sara said...

Found you through the GYB party, looking forward to getting to know you!

Sandy Campbell said...

Hi!! Enjoyed visiting your blog very much! I too crochet, love coffee, gardening!

I look forward to having you visit my little place in the world sometime too...sanderellascrochet.com

Enjoyed all of your photos!!

Sandy

Carol D. said...

Visiting from GYB. It is taking me a while to get to all the blogs. Hope retirement gives you lots of time to do what you enjoy.

Hexe im Hollerbusch said...

Hi Debbie, Thank you for visiting my blog! Your photos are great. It's been a long time since I visited Venice the last time. But I remeber the good food and the special feeling of this city very well! I too like your cross stitch projects.

Angela Perez said...

Hello, Its nice meeting you and learning more about what you do. I love your pictures and blog.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

OH wow! I could, easily, join you in a glass of wine -grin-. Visiting via Vicki's GYBP and enjoying your blog, greatly.

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Hi Deb! I am very belatedly returning visits via GYB. I see from later posts that your family was busy fighting illness as was ours. Hoping everyone returns to full health soon :)

Thistle Cove Farm said...

visiting via Vicki's GYBP and am envious...have never been to Venice but have been to Italy. One of these days...