Friday, January 24, 2014

GROW YOUR BLOG Party ~ And Three (yes 3!) Giveaways!

This is my very first GROW YOUR BLOG party so I'm putting on my best dress.

Meet Fifi Fashionista. Just like me, she needs to clean her room and finish some of her projects. Like this sketch that I had planned to "someday" turn into a collage painting.

Hi, I'm Cindy and I think I have a pretty wonderful life. Its not perfect mind you; its just, well, pretty wonderful. That's my story and I'm sticking to it! Seriously though, I'm over the moon excited about today's GROW YOUR BLOG party! Do I have your attention now? Ok, then, read on.....

Thank you for coming to my party, and if you are a fellow blogger joining in on the 2 Bags Full GROW YOUR BLOG party as well, I may just dash over and visit you, too! Now lets get this party started!

When it comes to blogging, I'm just a baby.
I've had my blog for a while now, but I had a bit of a "train wreck" occur soon after I created it so I had to put it aside for a while. I still consider myself a baby at blogging, but I'm back on track now folks so I have lots of goodies in store for you. Now, I won't be posting often, just a couple times a month maybe, plus (drumroll please) I design a monthly FREE downloadable desktop calender. But you gotta remember to come back and visit if you wanna get it. (Hint: This is where JOINING MY BLOG would be useful!)

Now for a sampling of those goodies.

How about a cutesy recipe card you can download and print out?
Or a tutorial on making snow globes?





Have a passion for gardening and garden books?
Well, as you can probably tell by now, I am an artist and a crafter and a gardener. I love to cook and I love to play and I love to make new friends. 

A peach orchard a couple miles from my new home.
And I love my new home. I've recently moved back to my home state of West Virginia - rolling hills and valleys full of orchards. This was not planned, mind you. I married my high school sweetheart in 1980 and moved to Richmond, Virginia where we stayed for 32 lovely years. I never thought I'd ever move back here, but fate has a way of turning the tables on you, so here we are.

Welcome to My New House....I Mean Home
My world for the past 18 mos or so has been very small, but doors are opening....slooooowly....and I'm finally settling in here. I'm so grateful for this opportunity to meet new friends and expand my circle in the blogging community.

So you see, although my life may not be perfect (is anyone's?), I still thinks its pretty wonderful!

Warmest thanks to Vicki of 2 Bags Full for hosting this party! And especially to Jill of Fiberluscious for, among other things, sharing this opportunity with me. Now, don't run off yet, cozy into your chair because its now time for not ONE, not TWO, but THREE

GIVEAWAY CONTESTS!

Enter to win these Ceramic Buttons from Cynthia Cranes Pottery and a Very Special Pincushion by Fiberluscious!
Speaking of Jill, we collaborated on a GIVEAWAY earlier this week which is still going on. So check out this post for the details and to enter to win. So that's 2 Giveaways! Now for the 3rd:

To celebrate my very first GROW YOUR BLOG party I'm having a special GIVEAWAY CONTEST today! The winner will receive an 8 x 10 archival print (unframed) of my "Baby Great Horned Owl Sleeping" watercolor painting, a Victorian style necklace made with a small print of my "Proud Parents" owl family watercolor painting, and my handbuilt and handpainted "Tiny Tia" porcelain ceramic plate.

This Contest is open to anyone and everyone both near and far. All you have to do is comment on this post and be sure to leave me an email address to contact you if you win. The Contest closes on February 15 and the winner will be announced soon thereafter. Good luck everyone and thanks for coming!

***How to Comment: I use Disqus and the comment link can be hard to find. It will say "comment" and is either red or gold. When the comment screen opens you have the option to comment as a guest by clicking in the tiny box at the bottom of the screen. Then you'll need to put your email address in the comment of separately email me (claybakin247 at Yahoo dotcom) so I'll be able to contact you when/if you win.

100 comments:

CynthiaCrane said...

Remember to email me your email address if you comment as a guest!

Diane said...

I found it rather easily! I enjoyed stopping by your blog today! I joined your site via G+. dianebakerwilliams@gmail.com

Donna Heber said...

Hi Cynthia,
I'm visiting from the Grow Your Blog party.
I look forward to getting to know you better and seeing more of your art and paintings. Thank you for the opportunity to win one of your three wonderful giveaways. I plan to look around a little 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
www.donnaheber.com

averyclaire said...

Your artwork is lovely! Beautiful! Love the garden photos. I love gardening also.

Vickie Wiggins said...

This is a wonderful blog. You are a talented painter. I joined you with Google+. Looking forward to vicariously enjoying West Virginia!

Tammie E said...

Cool blog Cynthia, I love a lot of the things that you like too. Looking forward to following you!

Tammie Everly /TTE Designs [tammie@ttedesigns.com]

kim leavens said...

Oh your artwork and ceramics are wonderful!!! So glad to meet you.....a new follower via bloglovin. Kim (in Wisconsin)

Sruthi Singh said...

This is so wonderful Cynthia..........we have a lot of interests in common. Painting, gardening and crafting (when ever I can). I love the picture of the orchards that surround your home. It must be beautiful to wake up to such beauty every single day:) Wishing you luck and glad to have a chance to connect with you through the Blog Party :)

Deborah Montgomery said...

such lovely and adorable art. reminds me of Beatrix Potter. And West Virginia is a beautiful place to live! I'm visiting from GYB; thanks for visiting me too.

Vicki Boster said...

Cynthia -- I am so happy that you are a part of this party -- I am anxious for folks to meet you and come to love your wonderful talents --- we must meet someday --- send me an email and tell me where you live!

Vicki

tonia conner said...

Well that was confusing. I posted just to have it lost.
O.k. new start, I have enjoyed this post so far and have followed several, but yours put a great big smile on my face. your style of writing makes it seem like your sitting in the same room. and your work is beautiful. You should get many followers . and the give away should help too. (tonia.conner@twc.com) had to get that in there. I'll wish you good luck but don't think you will need it.
Blessings
Tonia

Peg Botham said...

hello Cindy, lovely to meet you, thank you for popping by. My goodness your works are beautiful! It never ceased to amaze me the talents that are out there in blog land. So so pretty creations I'm looking forward to catching up with you regularly.

Have a good weekend ours is rain and thunder storms but I don't mind I'm looking through sunshine blogs :)

Peg x

Mary Ann Potter said...

Your blog is beautiful, Cynthia! Thanks for joining my site --- I look forward to sharing life and art and joy with you. We drive through WV every summer on our way up to Michigan. Truly a beautiful state. Sending blessings from the farm here in NC! My e mail is maryannpotter@gmail.com.

Jackie said...

Hello Cindy, nice to meet you, I really enjoyed your art work, I am following you and hope to see more. I would love to be included in your contest.
Jackie

Lou Anne Hazel said...

Hi. I'm visiting because of the Grow Your Blog Party. I loved seeing your art and the beautiful place you live.

Susan Clark said...

Your blog is charming and your sketches adorable. I've just moved too. Still going through an adjustment period. I'm fond of owls, I keep hoping to see one on our property but I know it is difficult. I would just like to know they are here. I'll email my email.

Rhonda H said...

What a sweet blog! Found via Grow Your Blog... lovely garden photos!

Wendy said...

Visiting via the GYB tour ... your artwork is beautiful and I have joined your site since I love gardening, birds, and beauty which you seem to enjoy too :) Thank you for sharing today and I wish you all that is good and happy! Wendy of why-knot-kwilt.blogspot.com

Judy said...

Love your sketches, they are beautiful. Thanks for visiting my blog today. Please enter me in your giveaway.


Judy in Colorado
Attic Raggedys
judy@atticraggedys.com

Judy said...

Nice to meet you. I too am new to blogging but it can be a wonderful experience. I enjoyed your blog and will stop by again.

deb applin said...

I love your blog and attitude! Your art is lovely and so are your pictures of your gardens.


Good luck with the Grow Your Blog party!


Deb
thesecondhandroses@gmail.com

Lynne Collins said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I just joined yours too -- it's lovely.

Diana Petrillo said...

Hi Cynthia! Thanks so much for visiting me at Adirondack Girl @ Heart and for entering my contest. I am now a follower of yours and would love to be entered into your give-away contest :) My email is adirondackgirlatheart@gmail.com You are such a talented artist and fantastic gardner; I look forward to learning from you. Blessings, Diana

Elaine Dale said...

Your work is positively lovely and what's not to love about owls?! I hope you'll have a chance to visit my blog as well at ascattering.blogspot.ca Cheers!
Elaine elaine489@gmail.com

Bird said...

Wow, Cynthia, I am thoroughly impressed and enthralled by your art. It's so beautiful and adorable. I am very happy that I found you through Vicki's blog party. It's the first time I've ever done something like that and it's so huge. I can't believe how many people are part of it. I very much enjoy your work and cannot wait to see more and even though you only post twice a month or so, I'll definitely be paying attention. I favorited your shops on Etsy too so I could follow along with what you've got going on. I would love to be entered in your generous giveaway. Thank you so much. Hugs and warm wishes, Bird http://birdsearthyspirit.blogspot.com/ hedgewitchbird@gmail.com

Kathy h said...

Beautiful paintings. Iam looking forward to reading your posts.

Beth Edwards said...

i wonder if the Shenandoah Valley is the same one i grow up in? amazing country. ( :

hi there. i'm Beth from E. Lizard Breath Speaks - so nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog get together/party.

michele said...

Visiting today from 2 Bags Full blog party, what a great time I am having visiting all these wonderful blogs. I love, love your paintings of the owls. Thanks for the wonderful chance to win your fantastic art.
http://nookcrannygifts.blogspot.com
Michele

Mara Paz said...

Hi, I'm visiting from the GYB party. Thank you for you visit to my blog.I love yoru art and am looking forwrd to reading more.

Beth Laverty said...

I have enjoyed my visit to your site with the Grow the Blog party. I enjoyed your art so much. Thanks so much for sharing all of the pictures.

nicole said...

A girl after my own heart! I love your art and have a strong passion for gardens as well! SO lovely to meet you through the party! Please come on over and visit my blog....mygardendiaries I look forward to following along with you! Nicole

Bluefinchjewelry said...

Hello! So glad I found your blog! It is quite lovely indeed! I'm moving to the mountains of Western Maryland in the next few months so maybe we will be close?! I just signed up to be your newest follower and cannot wait to see more of your blogs! Hope you will stop by and view mine too.
XO
Rachel
www.bluefinchjewelry.blogspot.com

Betsy said...

Your art is beautiful!
hugs,
Betsy

mkuppe said...

Wow, you are quite the artist Cynthia! I love your little animal drawings, so cute! I would love to be entered into your draw. So glad to have found you through Vicki's GYB party! I shall be sure to become a Follower.

lynn cockrell said...

Cynthia,

It is so nice meeting you through Vicki's GYB party today. All your pieces of artwork are wonderful. I especially like the little woodland creatures in them.

You are blessed with much talent!

Perhaps you will stop by my humble little blog to check things out.

Dolores Fegan said...

Cynthia, enjoyed stopping by your blog and seeing your delightful watercolors. I also love gardening.

Dolores Fegan said...

Hi Cynthia, Loved seeing all your delightful watercolors. My email is dolores@doloresquilts.com

Evalina said...

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

Susan said...

Howdy from a transplated Wild West Virginia now in OK. I miss WV everyday and think about moving back but... One of kids lives in OK and the other in NM so it's not very feasible for being close to the grandkids. I am a crafter and absolutely adore the buttons. I don't have artistic ability and am thrilled when those who do utilize it. You work is amazing. I haven't had flowdies in my yard in years and I think this is the year to do that, again. It makes a house seem more like home. You are very generous with your giveaways - thanks for the chances. I am a follower now via Bloglovin'.

suzy said...

Dear Cynthia
I am here to welcome you to the GYB party hosted by dear Vicki, as a Volunteer to support her in visiting and welcoming you and the 500 plus blogs.
Your lifestyle is a little like my own.


Your pottery and water colour paintings are so very beautiful - you are a woman of great talent.
Those owl parents are some of the most gorgeous owl paintings I have ever seen here in blogland.
I wish you much success and an opportunity to be inspired and to make some lovely new friends,


It would be an honour to win a little of your creativity.
Suzy

Caitlin Jordan said...

so many gorgeous projects :D It's wonderful to see what you do.

Judy Cooper said...

Hi, I'm visiting from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Nice blog! Thanks for the giveaway.

Connie Cain said...

What beautiful work you do! Love your paintings!
craftyccain@gmail.com

Melody Daly said...

Si glad I found your delightful blog through Vicki's GYB party. You are very talented. I'll make sure I let people know about your gorgeous freebies. Hugs Melody in Melbourne.

minibea12 said...

Love your owls! They are such wonderful birds. New bloglovin follower: Nicole Sender.

Shane Pollard said...

Hello Cynthia
Your blog is beautiful!
I first saw it over at Mary's (A Breath of Fresh Air) a while ago. I tried to leave you a comment but for some reason it wouldn't work...
So I'm doubly pleased to see you've joined the party!
Your art work is stunning and that baby owl is very special - who could resist him!

I would love you to come over and enter my giveaway too! Enjoy the party!

Shane
Contact email: pollardshane6@gmail.com

Bruna Melo said...

Hello!
Happy Grow Your Blog Party!
I'm a new follower.
I fall in love with your designs! I'm in love with the owls!
You're a true artist!

Dosie Rosie said...

Your work is adorable. I especially like your buttons.
Gillx

Lucy said...

Hi Cynthia, I've popped over from GYB. What a lovely blog and beautiful creations you make. I've joined your followers and look forward to returning.
Love and best
RedSetter
http://gonebeading.blogspot.co.uk/ - my crafting adventures
http://pepsimaxaddict.blogspot.co.uk/ - tales/tails of my two cats

Jules said...

What adorable paintings! Popping over from GYB and so pleased to have found your blog Cynthia!

Patricia said...

Your art is delightful! I love owls so this would be very, very special. quiltinglinesblog@gmail.com

Sandra at Thistle Cove Farm said...

Howdy Neighbor Cynthia...I'm Sandra, in southwest VA, Tazewell County, and love your art...reminds me of Miss Potter, whom I adore. I'm still reading Susan Branch's book, A Fine Romance, and am visiting, with her, Hilltop Farm.
Here, I'm visiting via Vicki's GYBP and enjoying, greatly, your blog.
thistlecovefarms at gmail dot com

jo said...

It sounds like your life is wonderfully peaceful, this is something I strive for but have yet to achieve. Your artwork is beautiful, I am so glad I found your blog so that I can enjoy it on a regular basis. ( mrsunclefuzzy (at) gmail (dot) com )

deborah lyn said...

Glad to meet you Cynthia! Fun visiting GYB party sites! looking forward to following your blog posts. best, deborah http://deborahstanleyinspirations.blogspot.com/

Nantucket Daffodil said...

What a lovely blog you have….and the sweetest header I have ever seen. Please toss me into the giveaway! I am a bit obsessed with owls lately. I hear one every night and I am dying to photograph that elusive creature! So nice to find you!

Nantucket Daffodil said...

Oh and I am also having a giveaway!

kathyinozarks said...

I found you from the party-and I am in love with your blog and would love to be entered into your giveaway.
I am following too so I can find you again. If you have the chance please visit me too my blog is kathyinozarks nice to have met you Kathy

Patricia Dolton said...

I love Fifi Fashonista. My daughter's name is Fiona & though I call her Fi, her friends call her Fifi. & she has quite the unique fashoin sense! Thanks for sharing your blog. I can't wait to read more posts. I am an embroiderer participating in Grow Your Blog too.

aprilsongstress.blogspot.com

Patty said...

I love your art Cynthia! I especially have a thing for owls too!

Tammy said...

Hi Cynthia, nice to meet you. My husband considers West Virginia as his home state since he went to college there from Kuwait. He lived in Wheeling for many years. It's a beautiful state, especially during the Fall season. Your paintings are so sweet and lovely! Wishing you all the best. Tammy

Tammy said...

tsdailytreasures.blogspot.com
tammy.asadq8@gmail.com

Sarah said...

Great art- Love the detail and owl theme! mysweetpumpkins at gmail dot com.

Mary Ann said...

Love your owls! You have such talent!

Thearica Burroughs said...

Wow! I would love to see that orchard in person when it is in full bloom like that! Beauty at it's best! I love your artwork and plan to come back and read back through your blog. Your giveaways are very generous! Thank you for sharing with all of us.


justcallmeq (at) centurylink (dot) net

KarmasJourney said...

Hi Cynthia! Stopping by from GYB party. You have lovely artwork and pottery. I am currently enrolled in my first clay class right now so we shall see what I come up with. :) Hope you are enjoying this blog party!
Jennifer
www.karmas-journey.blogspot.com

Christina said...

What a lovely blog- am now following- you live in such a beautiful part of the country! Your work is delightful and I'd love to be entered in the giveaway! The logo of my blog is an owl and I just love them! :)

Neesie said...

Hello Cindy...I'm waving from rural Scotland and I'm a little late visiting from the GYB party...but it's better to be late than not arrive ;D
It sounds like we have a lot in common and your owls are so cute! I'm hoping to have one come into my garden...I've heard him but he's being very shy so far!
We have just arrived back in the UK from 24 years of travelling and our last destination was Australia...not a lot different from Scotland eh?
I'm now following as I'd love to see more of your artwork and possibly be lucky enough to win your giveaway :D
Enjoy the party and thanks for sharing a little of your world (sorry...wonderful world)!

Elise said...

Beautiful paintings! I am so amazed by them - they are just simply gorgeous! I am stopping in through the GYB hop and I hope you have nothing but success and blessings in the new year!

Thanks for sharing your incredible talent with us!

Elise @ http://loveleadesigns.blogspot.com/

Tina said...

Not sure if my comment went through... might try as a guest...
I am visiting you from Germany with the GYB party and love your place. Your art is beautiful! I am a new follower and am looking forward to learn more about you.
Tina

Cindy said...

Hi Cindy
Nice to meet you, I'm visiting you today via GYB and have found we have a number of things in common and would love it if you would find my blog. Can't say anything red in the comment will apprear but do know we share the same name, love gardening and making friends. Oh that train wreck, must have colidded somewhere with the train I was on.
Take care, hope to become your new friend and follower, Oh, ya, love the owl, wish me luck would love the locket also, lol
Cindy

Renee said...

Cynthia, I was admiring your buttons a couple of days ago. Your work is just lovely! I have had the pleasure of visiting WV for a few family reunions. It is such a pretty state. I hope you feel settled in soon. Hugs, Renee (from Living My Dream on the GYBP.)

Wendy said...

So pleased I found your wonderful blog, your artwork and gardens are gorgeous.

Annmarie Tegen said...

Joining your blog thru the hot - you are a wonderfully talented gal - can't wait to see more!

Tammy H said...

Very talented! Thank You for the chance
hoffat at gmail dot com

Gill said...

Hi Cynthia
Good to meet you - I'm visiting from England!
I'm a new GFC follower!

Lija Broka said...

Love your drawings! I have to admit I have slightly downcast my art in recent years. And do mostly crafting. Will keep an eye out on your baby steps.

Would love to be included in your gorgeous giveaway. I am commenting through my google account (so not sure if you get an email with that, but it can also be found via my blog on my profile).

Lija

http://stitchingincrossesandmore.blogspot.com/

Neena Shilvock said...

what a fab blog, and how creative you are - I love my garden too, and make jewellery in my spare time. Do come have a look at me when you have a mo on www.capriliciousjewellery.com
Neena
xx
nnhoneychile@gmail.com

Shabby Chic said...

hi, this is such a beautiful blog... your calender designs are to die for :)

a new follower from GYB

Angie in SoCal said...

Greetings, Cynthia! I'm here from GYB. Glad to meet you! Love that photo of the peach orchard near your home. What a lovely area you live in. anudgeatgmaildotcom.

Kristen said...

I am visiting you via the Grow Your Blog Hop and
am now your newest follower with Bloglovin.
If you get a chance, please visit me at http://meadowbrook-Kristen.blogspot.com/.
Happy Stitching!!

piroska said...

Your artwork is just gorgeous! I adore owls! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

DearCreatives said...

Hi Cindy, just dropped by to say hi and I see your having a lovely giveaway. Thanks for the chance! I love your artwork and the orchards near your home are beautiful! Theresa @DearCreatives
dearcreatives at g mail dot com

Stephanie O said...

Love the art work. The owls are adorable, would look great in nursery. Shuttermom77 (at) gmail (dot) com

Dawn Castrova said...

Reviewing being a newbie blogger I missed some minor details like making comments... But Vicki's Grow Your Blog Party entries are 600 bloggers. My reading was a little tasking. I wanted to read and get to know the girls so I did read everyone's bio 24 hours left to go now I just review at much as I can. If you like come visit My site http://overboardcreations.blogspot.com/and contact info is http://ovr_brd@yahoo.com I believe inspiration comes from all facets of life even knowing the great people out there with wisdom and knowledge the do's and don'ts and even the wonders of life from a personal point of view. I liked you following you on goggle connect and Bloglovin you. hope to see you in the cyber neighborhood I am new to blogging so I don't have a lot posted because I got side tract with GYB party. Kind of felt it was important to have some one read my silly chatter. I can't remember a time I didn't dabble in something creative. I tried a little of everything. But, my new love these days is Card making I just love it.
Oh thanks for letting me enter your give away.

Birgit said...

Hi Cynthia,

How lovely to meet you! :) I see that you also love owls -- great mind think alike (and like the same stuff). :)

You find the link to my blog Swapping Howdies on Vicki's party list -- just in case you want to come over to my "home," too.

Thanks for the chance to win one of your lovely prizes -- that's very generous of you.

Lots of greetings from Germany,
Birgit
swappinghowdies(at)yahoo(dot)de

Judy said...

Hello Cynthia, I just discovered your very very lovely blog thru Fiberluscious. Nice to meet you. Oh how I would love to have "Sheep" as my neighbors.. LOL Your Pottery is most beautiful.. Love them. I am your newest follower. Hugs Judy

jan said...

Hi Cynthia!
First I must say that I love your Baby Owl. You are so talented. Glad to hear things are going well for yall as yall settle into your new nest. Such generous giveaways too. I look forward to following your creativiy..
xo jan@ http://sewandsowfarm.blogspot.com

Ruby Mole said...

Just stopping by to quickly say a friendly "hello" from the UK via GYBP.

I love your artwork. You truly are a talented lady :)


Do please visit my blog http://www.moleymakes.co.uk if you have time. I'm also having a giveaway. Happy blog hopping :)

Suzie said...

I'm visiting through the GYB party - so nice to meet you and read your blog.

Suzie sillygoosequilts.blogspot.com

Marti said...

You are such a talented artist. I'm most impressed. I could go on but I've never had luck commenting with Discus, so I'll leave it short in case it doesn't work again. Those buttons are the cutest!

Trina Autry said...

Hi, Cynthia! Your work is beautiful! Thank you for stopping by and inviting me over! We definitely have some things in common. I love to cook and garden as well. There's nothing like sticking your bare feet in the dirt or the yummy smells in a kitchen!

Sarah Goode said...

Hi there! Lovely owls :)

Ad the peach orchard is beautiful!

pookledo at googlemail dot com

Debra Kay Neiman said...

I love your artwork. I used to paint on porcelain, years and years ago. Follow on Bloglovin. I am having fun finding new bloggers to follow...love sewing
and quilting. Greetings from Oklahoma,
USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

DeAnna S said...

Your artwork is awesome and I enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for the giveaway chance. djstanga@aol.com

jackie said...

Love your art! I cannot garden as I live in Las vegas, trust me I tried..I do better lounging in the pool...but I do love reading blogs and seeing their gardens!! Looking forward to reading your blog!

Mary Ann said...

Hello Cynthia....I love your work....very sweet. I also am very fond of owls:)

mabtate@gmail.com

Laurie Cox said...

OK, let me try this again. I've never used disqus before. Sorry.

Laurie said...

Hi Cynthia. I'm visiting from Grow Your Blog.... Absolutely love your artwork. The owls are precious! Can't wait to see more.

Mosaic Magpie said...

Love your blog header and all the rest of the page too! I am following on Bloglovin. Off to check out your pinterest boards.
Deb

Bernadett said...

Hello Diana,

Nice to meet you.:)
I would like to take part in your giveaway.Lovely presents.:)
petitearmoire2@gmail.com

Greetings.
Bernadett