Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Welcome To The Party!


A warm welcome to new visitors...and one to my many regular readers as well! I started this blog November 1st, 2007 with this awkward post. I blog to share my love of cross stitch and my general joy of life. From that first post with no comments to five years later of having 1300 subscribers is unbelievable. I never once dreamed I'd have so many beloved friends from ever corner of the globe. Blogging is truly an incredibly important part of my life. We've shared our ups and downs, had arguments (not many,) given advice, cheered our victories and mourned each other's losses. I'm terribly grateful for every single visitor here. 

Vicki over at 2 Bags Full had the wonderful idea to throw this Grow Your Blog party. While I am not hurting for readers I remember the excitement of that first comment:

1 comment:
Rachael said...
Hello Daffycat and welcome to the world of Blogging ;0)


I remember the thrill of that first "Google Follower" Mine was Patti.

I remember the fun of hosting my first giveaway and then coming up with a silly way of choosing the winner.

Yes, I remember just starting off, thinking no one would ever care a whit what I had to say. I learned early on that the more blogs I visited and left comments on the faster my own blog grew. To make friends you gotta BE a friend! Go make friends! Visit some blogs. Leave comments so people can find their way back to your blog. This Grow Your Blog party is an awesome way to start. 

to see Vicki's Grow Your Blog guest list. 

Now for some more good stuff...


I promised a giveaway right? I'm offering this treasure box I made last year. If you would like to be included in the giveaway leave a comment on this post. This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere...no hoops to jump ~ except for the comment!

I will put the names in my "hat" and draw a winner on February 1st as the Grow Your Blog party instructions indicated.


Hmmmmmm, the box looks empty...I just might have to fill it with something for the winner!

Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox

120 comments:

Giovanna said...

It's always so nice to visit your blog. That's a very pretty box.

Cathy Pavlovich said...

Love this blog! I'm a frequent visitor. Nice giveaway too!
Cathy

Robin said...

I always love reading and seeing what you are doing, keep up the fun.

Robin in Washington State
assweetaspeaches hotmail

Susan in SC said...

What a sweet little box. Oh do include my name. Thanks!

Parsley said...

You are a treasure to us here in blog land. I admire your crafting so much and that you have shared your life with us. Give your pup a hug for me. Please enter me.

Virpi said...

It was interesting to read your blogging history =D

Angela said...

I've been a follower (and hopefully friend) for the past 4 or so years :) Your blog is one of the first that I found and I enjoy being able to share the joy of stitching with you.

Please include me in your giveaway, I'm having one too :)

Catherine said...

Always love seeing and reading of what you have been up to. Your little box is so sweet and I'd love to have it come to my home! Thanks for the chance!

Lesleyanne Smith said...

I love your reading and have done so for the last few months, you are a wealth of information and a joy to follow. Please include me.
Love Lesleyanne xxx

Fiona said...

hey Daffycat! I began following your blog when you took over the TUSAL mantel from dear yoyo and although I struggle to keep up with TUSAL posts these days i look forward to every one of your posts :)

Fiona x

ps I'd love to enter your giveaway :)

Lynda Ruth said...

I just love boxes, can't get enough of them. please enclude me too. lol Lynda Ruth

Diana said...

Cute little box and great blog!

Becca-Lou Creates said...

I completely get what you say about followers and comments, I started blogging some years ago and the stopped and am going through all those emotions again

Loretta said...

Hi, Daffycat! You have a beautiful blog and I always love visiting it.

I like your comment in your first post about talking to thin air. It feels like that until you get your first comment and/or follower. But it was also therapeutic just putting my thoughts down.

The box is lovely and I would like to enter the draw.

Have a great day!!!!

gracie said...

I did not officially join the blog party but l plan to visit the listed blogs to meet new friends. I would love the chance to win the lovely box...

Jodi S said...

Enjoyed reading your blog history. Please include me in your treasure box giveaway. It is lovely!

Lija Broka said...

Your blogging experience sounds amazing ... when I started my blog I thought I'd never find another like mine ... spending almost hours on the random generator and google. The box looks gorgeous. Please enter me. Thank you.

karamino said...

Love your blog, especially tutorials page) thanks for sharing! i parcipate in blog hop also and having giveaway too
hugs from Turkey!

Vickie said...

Your blog is always a treasure! Please include me in the drawing thank you very much! http://astitchersstory.blogspot.com/

Denise said...

You all ways have an interestin post to read and your stitching is lovely too!
The box is very cute and I would love to be entered into the drawing.
Happy Stitching
Denise

Susan said...

Thank you so much for your help when my blog moved and was very lonely. Your mention revved things up for me and I appreciate it. Always a joy to read your blog.

Teresa S. said...

I had no idea what a blog was five years ago!

What a long way we have come, baby!

Please enter me in your giveaway.

Jackie said...

I've been a follower for some time now and always enjoy your posts. Good advice about how to grow your blog - that's how I got started too!

I'd love a chance to win your box! Thank you!

CJ in OK ;-) said...

Been reading your blog for years. Love your take on life and your stitching. It would be an honor to win one of yourstitched pieces. CJ in OK

CJ in OK ;-) said...

I have been reading your blog for years and love your take on life and stitching. I would be honored to win a stitched piece of yours. CJ in OK ;-)

Charlene ♥ SC said...

I'm a frequent visitor, but you're the first I've come across on the GYB event.

Angela Cruz-garcia said...

I found your blog not long after I started blogging myself and love seeing every post. Please include my name in your box.

Thank you,

Jennifer Blake said...

Daffy, it's always a pleasure to visit your blog whether it's to update my TUSAL or to read up on what is going on in your world.

Kerryp77 said...

Hi Daffycat, I'm a very recent follower, after decieding to do tht TUSAL this year, lovely to start to get to know you and what beautiful stitching too. Beautiful prize.

Mouse said...

ohhh I missed the party :( will have to go and find some links and say hello to folks I have yet to be friends with ...
gorgeous wee box with my favourite colours too .. would love the chance to popped into the hat :)
off to go and wave a paw to some peeps :) love mouse xxxx

Boyett-Brinkley said...

Hi! I have been reading your blog for quite a while -- I found you while looking for cross stitch blogs. I have been blogging for a while now and have the same 17 loyal followers that I have always had. In fact, my blog this a.m. was about my own blog and how I felt about it! I would really like to be entered in your giveaway -- you do lovely work! Thank you!

Cole said...

Your blog has been a must-read on my list since I first found it! Thank you for sharing with us my friend!

Manon said...

How wonderful to meet you and reading how it all started for you! I guess reading it encourages me to keep going:)
ManonX

rosek1870 said...

I always love reading your blog posts - please keep them coming. Please enter my name in your generous give-a-way!
Rose
ChristmasCityStitcher.blogspot.com

Peggy Lee said...

You are an inspiration to all of us here in blogland! Thanks for blogging so faithfully.

I would love to be entered in your giveaway! I learned how to make these boxes from your blog (but not the top part)...that's just beautiful!

Patty C. said...

Awesome blog! Enjoyed the visit as always ;)
You don't need to twist my arm- include me in your beautiful Giveaway! Have fun at the party...

liniecat said...

I enjoy your blog already and love your little trinketty box........lovely design, calming and peaceful!
Good luck and onto your next 1300 followers!

Janet said...

Wonderful treasure box. I have just the pins to add to the top! Always enjoy visiting you Daffycat.

Sara said...

Came across the GYB event on your blog. I've been following since you started hosting TUSAL as well and love following your stitchy adventures.

Shanda said...

ohhh, love the box!! so pretty!! I've been a follower, I'm just a horrible commenter!!

CalamityJr said...

Love your first post! It's more than I've done - yet, haha. Thanks for sharing. Oh, and that treasure box would look wonderful in my stitching area!

Judy said...

Hi Daffycat. I've been reading your blog for over a year and just realized, I've not signed in to be a follower. I don't have an active blog--this would have been a good time to start. I am still figuring out how it all works! Would love a chance at the cute little box.
Thanks Judy heartland stitcher

dq said...

Hi Daffycat
would love to win and i love my collection of your reindeer freebies and look forward to the next one!
dq

Kimberly Scott said...

Love your blog! It was one of the first i stumbled upon when i came back to blogging last year and i always enjoy reading would love to be in in the contest as well
~kimberly

capecodgirl565 said...

I have enjoyed your blog for some time now. I would love a chance at the adorable little treasure box.

Linda said...

I enjoy reading your blog and would love to be entered in your giveaway.

Linda

Erica said...

What a nice look back at your blogging history. You certainly deserve all the followers that you have because your blog is always an enjoyable read!

That's a lovely treasure box. Is that a pre-made box that you mounted your lovely work upon?

Laura said...

Yours is my favorite stitching blog. Thanks for the give-away!

Bea said...

First posts are always interesting. I think we were all very unsure of what we were getting ourselves into and how much we should share. I haven't been a follower for all that long, but I enjoy your blog very much. And I love your treasure box.

Elisabet said...

I just couldn't resist purring on your blog! :D I love your stitch work on that little box, quite pretty and I love the colors. I love cross-stitch but my older eyes seem to argue with that form of creativity these days. Currently I crochet and am getting ready to learn how to spin, wool that is, not the bicycle exercise thing! LOL.
Great to meet you and thanks for sharing with us!
Hugs,
Beth P
a brand new follower

xstitchlibrarian said...

Hi DaffyCat,
Please include me in your give-away. It's a beautiful treasure box.

EvalinaMaria said...

You have a lovely blog, thank you for sharing. I know you but I am a new follower and 'Grow Your Blog' participant. Have fun at the party!

Evalina, This and that...

The Sage Butterfly said...

Just love your blog...so nice to meet you. I came here through Grow Your Blog party.

lynda said...

Hi...isn't this fun?I always enjoy visiting your blog...and I'd love to be included in your giveaway. Thanks!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

You were one of the first blogs I started to follow and the TUSAL is the reason I started my own blog!
I love your stitching and my son loves the dancing cow!

Lisa V said...

Hi Sharon, I remember your blog being one of the first I found, and then you became my flossmom. WOW those were the days hey!! hehe
I would love to be entered in your draw please.
Hugs

Chris said...

What a lovely giveaway.
Please put my name in the hat!
Hugs to you and Molly!

Lindsay said...

You know I've been reading from the start I just don't comment often!

Sarah Beth said...

I love blogging so much too. I love meeting so many people and making friends as well:-) your blog was in a small group of the first blogs I began reading two years ago. I love it:-) please include me in your giveaway.

Di said...

That sounds awesome, I haven't crosstiched in awhile but do love it. Visiting from Cottage-wishes, Di

Joy said...

What a lovely little box!

Monica said...

I am quite happy to have found the blog party through your site! The box is very sweet!

kathyinozarks said...

I am new to your blog-come from the blog party-this has been so much fun for me today-meeting new people
what a beautiful giveaway, I love it, thanks for the chance.
I am retired and live in rural Missouri-so my blog is about my doings, all my numerous craft projects, canning, recipes and more Kathy

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

i love how you call it a "treasure box" that is too fun. what a great giveaway. please enter me. have a great weekend. do stop by my blog. take care. ( :

Tazzy said...

I'm very glad for your blong because not only do you have such interesting things to blog about, but your TUSAL has insured that I post every month on my blog. *laughs* Strange, but without at least your TUSAL, my blog would have fallen away a long time ago.

Deborah said...

Have loved reading your blog for years. I would like the chance to win the sweet box.

Katy said...

Always love your blog, and TUSAL is my favorite SAL there is! Please count me in for the giveaway!

Nima said...

so good to read your post. Whenever i read daffycat, your reindeer patterns come to my mind. your treasure boox looks beautiful..

Anne said...

How's puppy doing?? I hope your blog grows and grows, it's a good one!! :)

Christine said...

It was because of your post a week or so back that I found out about the blog party and joined in, and I've found some wonderful new (to me) blogs already, so thank you.
It's always fun to visit here :)

Carol B said...

What a lovely giveaway. Please enter me too. Carol B

Annette-California said...

Your post made me smile. I would like to be entered for your precious giveaway - beautiful box you created. love Annette

Anne D said...

I enjoyed reading how your blog got started. Thanks for offering this giveaway! The box is lovely. Anne D

Jan said...

Well, you know I have to have my name thrown into the hat.

Emily C said...

Very cute box. loving all the new blogs i'm finding.

Julie said...

It was nice to red your first blog post. I think we were all scared no one would want to easy our wafflings.

Tami Von Zalez said...

You are kicking arse and taking no prisoners! *grins* Nice to meet you!

Popped in from Grow Your Blog hop.

Give me a visit some time ~
thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

Carol's Stitching said...

The blogging event sounds fantastic! I love your giveaway treasure box; it is adorable. Fingers crossed I am the lucky recepient of this treasure.

Ziggyeor said...

Always love visiting your blog. I hadn't read all the posts so I'm cracking up over the BoD. I've used my hat before but I couldn't have used the ferrets when they were around, they'd have ignored it or stolen the name!

SoCal Debbie said...

Welcome to the party! I'm a long-time follower of your blog. I'd love to have a chance in your drawing!

Marsha said...

Sounds great to me!

Jenny said...

I joined your blog just a week ago but already love it ! Love your treasure box!

Carol said...

I always love seeing a new post from you, Sharon, and your little box is so sweet. No need to enter me as I was already lucky enough to win one of your beautiful creations :)

valerie said...

What a pretty little box! I'd love a chance at your giveaway. Thanks!

FIONA said...

Gorgeous Daffy!! Please include me in your giveaway!!

hueisei said...

Beautiful blog and I love your lovely giveaway...
I am looking forward to more inspiration posts from you :D

msmartello said...

Love your blog! Please include me in the giveaway of the sweet box. I moved to wordpress so I could post pictures again. It is http://stitchorizeit.wordpress.com
Maureen

Becky K in OK said...

Love your blog. Wish I could remember how I found it! Please include me in your draw. I keep thinking we should meet at the Silver Needle some Saturday!

Bernadett Rauski said...

Hello,

Nice to meet you in this party.:)

There is a giveaway on my blog,too.

http://petite-armoire.blogspot.com/
betikarauski@gmail.com

All the best.:)
Bernadett

foxyloon said...

I like your purring reference, very friendly.
Laureen (a recent visitor)

Lynn said...

Glad to see you at the party! I think I heard about it from your blog originally. I'm so glad that I was referred to your blog a few years ago. I love hearing and seeing what you've been up to. I've learned some great stitching tips from you too!
BTW, there's a giveaway over at my blog too.

works4me said...

Hi. I just discovered your blog recently while looking for ways to dye Aida fabric. I've now tea-dyed and dyed with black cherry juice and with raspberries. Thank you. :)

kj_hahn(at)telus(dot)net

The Inspired Stitcher said...

I remember taking the plunge into the blogging world too. I also remember the first comment from someone other than my local peeps. It was exciting and it still is. What a cute box!

Dee said...

Congrats on so many happy years of blogging. Wishing you many, many more.

Kate said...

I always enjoy reading your blog posts. That's a lovely little box.

jadesmom said...

Thanks you for all your inspiration. I'll have to start blogging after I retire tjhis summer.
Sandy/Albany NY

Retired Knitter said...

What a charming treasure box, DaffyCat!! I would love a chance to win it. Stop by my blog to post a comment as well. I am making a handwoven scarf for some lucky commentor.

Elaine
RetiredKnitter@gmail.com
http://mynext20yearsofliving.blogspot.com

McKenna C. said...

What a darling box!

I love your little story! It was the same for me and being excited about everything! :D

I'd love to be entered in your giveaway! I'll post about it too.

~McKenna

Peggy said...

What a pretty little box.
Thanks for a chance to win it.

Peggy
peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

Wagapapa said...

Please enter my name too, pretty box.
I also remember my excitment with my first follower and my first comment :D

I'm running a giveaway on my blog too, come visit me and join it.

have a nice day! xoxo

Dani - tkdchick said...

Daffy I'd love to be included in your giveaway!

Pilar said...

Please, enter me!
Thanks.

Maggie said...

hmmm...102 comments ahead of mine; my odds of winning the precious little treasure box are not looking so good...

So nice to stop by here for a visit your wonderful blog!

maggie
www.themagrag.com

Musicwoman said...

It's always a fun for me looking at your blogg.
I do like all these things you do. Please put my name also in your hat.
I hope that you'll have a good weekend
Love
Judith

nonniescedarchest said...

Its nice to visit your blog again.

Love Molly's 4 week old picture!

It is nice to meet you through Vicki's GYB. If you have a chance stop by and visit me at nonniescedarchest.com

Kathy H said...

Such a cute little box. I have been happily enjoying your blog for a while. Always fun.

kareninkenai said...

What a beautiful blog; I can see why you have so many followers. Please stop by if you haven't already and sign up for my giveaway. (I'm tardy because my motherboard died and went to the grave!) But, I have a replacement now! Hugs from Alaska. Karen

www.alaskabluemoose.blogspot.com

Faith... said...

I have been following you for a while now snd I love your blog! What beautiful stitching on the treasure box top!

quiltma said...

I'm a new follower. I just love your cross stitch box. You are going to make someone very happy.

Shpinelka said...

What a cute box :-)) I would love to be entered in your giveaway.
Thanks!

Terri said...

I think I actually first learned about the Grow Your Blog "movement" from your blog! LOL

mitz said...

..thanks for letting me tour your blog.. it was a joy.. and what a great blog candy you are doing...
mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

mybearsnme said...

oh I LOVE your wee box!! Very lovely!
I found you through the blog party - if you need a giggle - come and visit me at
http://leftoverchocolatestitches.blogspot.ca/
:)

fawn said...

I love that pretty box! I'm a new blogger and loving the outlet so far! :)

Kathy Bradford said...

Hi I just found your blog and love it I don't have a blog but I love everything to do with cross stitch you have a wonderful blog and I wil be e-mailing you sson for reindeer charts they are so great Sincerely Kathy B in Ohio

Deb said...

What a wonderful way to inspire other bloggers. I have enjoyed you site and posting, I was thinking of you and your new puppy the other day and hope all is well with training, I have been giving serious thought to getting a dog. Have a great day.

Anne said...

Hello, my Dear! I've come to you from The "Grow Your Blog" party...it was over before I knew about it, but it was so nice of Vicki to leave the list up! Anyway, I always welcome new blogs to enjoy, and yours is delightful! I am now following you ~ please come and visit me if you get a chance!
So nice to "meet" you!
Hugs,
Anne

Smily - Света said...

Hey-hey, are you ok? Haven't heard from you for a while.

Rach G said...

Oh gosh was that me!! Six years!!! Well done daffy

Stitchingranny said...

lol as its now March I missed the blog giveaway - such a pretty box, what a shame I dint get here on time. I am now back blogging after a long rest (well not a rest but a long time away). Hope to keep up a bit better now and maybe I will catch the next one Daffy.