Friday, January 24, 2014

GROW YOUR BLOG 2014 -- Welcome!!

Greetings, blog guests!  Welcome to my tiny little corner of cyberspace.  My name is Barb and I’ve been blogging since about 2009.  My blog focuses on the multitude of hobbies and crafts that I’m interested in, including cross-stitching, sewing, quilting, scrapbooking, card-making, other paper crafts, and photography, as well as cooking and recipes.  In general, I do NOT blog about my personal life or include personal photos in my posts.  At the top of my blog, you’ll find tabs separating the recipe posts, as well as crafty tutorials and cross-stitch finishes.  A "Gift Ideas" tab is in the works. 

With respect to cooking and recipes, my focus is on things that taste good!  Well, I guess there’s a little more to it than that.  I work full-time outside of the home as an attorney (I work in tax policy), so I love recipes for quick and easy dinner entrees, and I especially love good recipes for the slow-cooker.  Beyond that, I am always collecting recipes for interesting finger foods, appetizers, and desserts – these come in handy when I’m planning to make snacks for the big game, as well as those times I need to bring a treat into the office.

So that you can see what I’m all about, here’s an example of one of my crafty posts, a tutorial I posted awhile ago on how to make adorable painted plant pots.  Polka Dot Flower Pots  And here’s an example of a recipe post, showcasing a delicious and easy muffin recipe I discovered over the holidays: Cranberry Muffins  Finally, here’s an example that will eventually appear on the “Gift Ideas” section of my blog – a recipe and cute presentation idea for an easy and budget-friendly spiced tea mix, perfect if you like to give just a little something to your co-workers at Christmas:  Hot Spiced Tea Mix 

If you like my blog, I’ve tried to make it easy to subscribe or follow.  There is a subscription gadget to the left, as well as a separate gadget if you’d like to follow my blog by e-mail.  I love following blogs by e-mail, as I’m more likely to take the time to click a link right from my in-box, especially if the title of an update post has really caught my eye. 

So, welcome to my blog, and I sincerely hope that you’ll find something you like here.  Please feel free to leave a comment to let me know what you think -- I would love to hear from you! 

Thanks for visiting!


  1. Happy Blog Party, Barb - I'm one of Vicki's Helper Bees today...LOVELY blog - looking forward to some great recipes and tutorials from you. Have fun on your hop around blogland - you're SURE to find something to your liking! Happy Saturday - Tanya

  2. Hi Barb,

    I'm visiting from the Grow Your Blog party. It is so nice to meet you. I too enjoy making cards and papercrafts. I plan to look around a bit more and then be on my way to visit the others. I do hope you will stop by for a visit and enter my giveaway. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs – Donna

  3. Hi Barb

    I enjoy your posts very much and have been following since late last year when I stumbled on your most excellent pyjama pants tutorial. I was specifically looking for a construction using french and/or flat-felled seams. I made 2 short pairs for my husband - he loves them and I am very, very pleased with the seam finishes.

    Happy 2014 and happy blogging.


    1. P.S. I cross stitch too :)

  4. I'm visiting this evening as a GYB blogger. So happy to meet you...and looking forward to coming back and learning more about you! Sara

  5. Gretings, Barb... I'm dropping in via Vicki's GYB post :) Though my eyesight no longer permits me to do cross stitch, I would very much enjoy following you and vicariously enjoying your projects.

  6. Hi Barb from a fellow stitcher. I look forward to reading your posts.

  7. So nice to meet you Barb via the GYB party. I look forward to following your blog.

  8. Hey Barb, Oh that Cesar Salmon looks good! I wish my husband ate fish, guess I will have to wait to try that one until he goes out of town. It has been lovely meeting you.


  9. your recipes looks quick and easy, since my husband died, it's quick and easy or junk food. after I take care of all the animals, taking care of me is the last thing I want to do. visitinf via Vicki's GYBP and enjoying your blog.

  10. Hi - nice to meet you. I am enjoying browsing through your blog. Thanks for sharing. I am going to try your recipe for spiced tea. Happy hopping!

  11. Hi nice to meet you, I'm going to have a little look around

  12. 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 and contact info is And boy i am happy to be watching your post kinda close to my own concepts. But whew i having only a few weeks under my belt and still in the investigated stages. I stumbled on GYB party and its side track me a bit in a good way. building friends is so important too! So i hope you come and visit me top. Happy new year to making new friends