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Friday, January 23, 2015

Grow Your Blog

Hello everyone and welcome to the 2015 Grow Your Blog event hosted by Vicki at 2 Bags Full.  This is a blog event to bring more readers and followers to your blog.  Most importantly, it's to make new friends from around the world!
2 Bags Full
My name is Kelly Deal and I've been married to Ed for almost fourteen years and have a little fur child named Dexter.  I live in the Chicagoland area, about 30 minutes southwest of Chicago.  I started blogging, in 2010 and I love it, yet sometimes I can get into that blogging rut and it feels like I have nothing to blog about, but I get over it eventually!  I'm a Youth Job Coach who worked hard for my Masters Degree in School Guidance and Counseling.  I love to travel and create.  My hobbies include reading, walking among nature, bird watching, gardening, scrapbooking/card making and creating just about everything!   Below is what my work table looks like right now, it's in total shambles.  I tend to work on more than one thing at once!  Not good!!!  I love vintage, glitter, paint, lace, fabric, patterned paper, markers, paper and fabric flowers, vintage images, rubber stamps, buttons and found bits and bobs that can be used in my creative process!


I'm trying to complete an album of the gorgeous Elizabethan Gardens located on Roanoke Island in the Outer Banks North Carolina, but I'm also in the midst of creating lovely things for Valentine's Day!  Oh I wish I could be home all day and just create!  There is never enough time in the day to do what you love!  The next creative endeavor I would love to try out would be Project Life.  I'm not sure when I'll start that, because I made a vow to complete a 2014 December Daily and that never happened!  Oh well, we can only do so much!  I've learned to enjoy the creative process, not be in a rush to see how many scrapbook pages I can complete in a month!  My favorite quote is from Vivien Leigh from the movie Gone with the Wind, "after all tomorrow is another day."

Ok, enough about me!  Here is the fun part!  I'm having a Grow Your Blog giveaway, because I want to!  It's NOT a requirement to become a follower of my blog, but it would be kind of cool if you did!  Anyone can enter and anyone can win, even if you do live outside of the United States.  Just leave your name and contact information in the comment section of this post!  The winner will be announced on my blog on February 15th, so you have until midnight February 14th to enter.  You will win both pretties below, a je t'aime sign and a tulle heart, both made by me and ready for hanging.  I know my giveaway looks like Valentine's Day, but if you like Shabby Chic and or the romantic look, what's wrong with keeping these two beauties up all year right?  Good Luck!!!!


Last, but not least, thank you for coming over to say hi and I hope we become life-long friends!  I can't wait to meet everyone else!

50 comments:

Patty Antle said...

Hi Kelly, it's so nice to have met you a little while ago. I enjoy your blog. Thanks for the chance to win your treasures. Hope you get to create some things this weekend!

Tete said...

I hope you get many to stop in and sit awhile in your blogplace. We took another drive today, so stop by next week to see the photos. Its an awesome sunny day out and I found sheep!

Stephanie said...

Hey there, pretty lady! Your blog is always a source of beauty and inspiration - I love seeing your unique creations.

Your giveaway is simply gorgeous! I am in love with that pretty heart :) Hugs to you!

gpc said...

How very nice to meet you! This is so much fun! :)

Thearica said...

Love your blog! And your work table looks like mine... except mine is strewn with lace and beads as I mainly crazy quilt in my studio. I too find myself promising to do this or that and then find myself lacking so I have vowed no more list, just have fun. Who needs a list to meet them every morning when they get up. :)

I love the heart and sign and would proudly display them all year! They are gorgeous!

Please come and visit me over at www.stitchandquilt.com

prettylittlethingsinabox said...

Dear Kelly,
Welcome to Grow Your Blog party. your give away is really pretty and i love anything vintage too.
Hope you'll made some new friends and have new followers in the weeks to come. Big Hugs from Singapore

cristi wuenschel said...

hi Kelly! found and followed you via the gyb party! I scrapbook as well, among a lot of other things! love your desk right now! lol... hope you'll stop and visit me as well! have a great weekend!

Pickles Quilting said...

You have such a fun blog! Following your blog via Google Friend Connect. :) Thank you for the opportunity to win your beautiful creations!
-Brittany @ Pickles Quilting

Threads of Inspiration said...

I was so excited to see you mention the Elizabethan Gardens on the Outer Banks. I used to live in VA and when we would go to the Outer Banks that was always one of my favorite places to go. Now we live in WI and it's cold a lot! Anyway, I love your work table - creativity isn't neat!

Sandi Moran said...

very vintage and very pretty. Lots of beautiful things on your blog. Am intrigued by Elizabethan Gardens. Will have to investigate.
Found you at GYB party. Glad I did
Sandi
www.thevictoriangypsy.blogspot.com

Jeanne said...

Am stopping by to visit from the GYB event and have really enjoyed browsing around. hOpe you have a really great time at this party! Your giveaways are just lovely! I will be back to visit again soon

Kathy L said...

Your work is very creative. Thanks for the chance to win.

Sarah Huizenga said...

I totally understand about having many interests and wanting to do them all. I have lots of rubber stamps, I use to work at a rubber stamp store. I don't use them often but I know I will one of these days.

Veronica Roth said...

Hello Kelly, lovely to meet you via the GYB event. I completely agree with you; nothing wrong with having pretty, vintage, Valentines around all the year long. Last year I made a puffy red heart bunting for Valentines Day and it stayed up until we reluctantly replaced it with Christmas lights, so there. :D I'm off to figure out how best to follow you so I can get to know you a little better. :D

Shirlee Fassell said...

Enjoyed poking around your blog! Thanks for helping host the party.

CatieAn said...

Hi KeLLY....thank you for visiting my blog and your kind comments. I love your creativity and both your give aways are very pretty. I also like your work table......I too work on multiple projects at a time i thought every artist did that. :;)

Lisa Comperry said...

Stopping in to visit from the GYB party..What a lovely blog! I will be following..Please stop in to visit me when you get time :-)
http://lisacomperry.blogspot.com

Vickie said...

Oh, My! another GWTW fan! I do love that line also. Your crafting is just beautiful. Scrapbooking is something that I love looking at, but just haven't had the time or patience to develop. Although I do have a very large (army-sized) tote full of pictures and many discs and jump drives full of digital pictures that I would love to get into scrapbooks. Perhaps when I retire! :-)
Looking through your posts, I see how talented you are, and plan on enjoying many more of your posts as time goes by.
Hugs,
Vickie @ Teacups & Toadstools

The Quirky Homemaker said...

I always have several projects going on at once, too! In fact I have some projects that I wanted to begin years ago and still haven't done! Following you on Pinterest now via the GYB hop. Have a great week!

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Hi Kelly, thank you for stopping by at my blog. Your blog and designs are beautiful and your craft desk looks very similar to mine lol. Lovely to meet a new crafting friend!
Have a happy GYB! Hugs and best wishes from your newest follower, Asia from Under a Creative Spell

Conversations from my House said...

I enjoyed my visit to your blog. I would NEVER show my worktable... even at its neatest. I too have so many things going on at once. But never a dull moment. Those are lovely items you are giving away. I have joined your blog as a follower.

Debby said...

I am here by way of Vicki. I love your cards and your other projects. I think your desk looks pretty organized compared to when I am crafting.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Loved seeing your work table - it's ever so much neater than mine! Thank you so much for inviting us over for a visit. Enjoy the party!

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

I like your work area it looks like pretty things
have a good GROW YOUR BLOG
Laura

Eugenia Maru http://lulurulitos.blogspot.com said...

Lindo tu blog. Me encanta lo vintage y tus trabajos son muy bonitos.
Ya era tu seguidora desde hace un tiempo y hoy vuelvo a pasar por aquí.
Cariños
Maru

Nook and Cranny said...

Hi Kelly,
I see your work space looks like my work space, a glorious mess. I also notice you have a matchbox there, hee hee!
I myself don't like to commit (not following through is not a way I want to feel) to any project that is to large, hard to stay committed when life stuff gets in the way but that is ok, too.
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs
Michele

Maggie said...

Kelly your blog is gorgeous, full of beautiful things! I took a peak at the previous post and adore your tags, I love to make them too and try to include at least one in every scrapbook layout that I do.

KimM said...

Hi! Popping in from Vivki's GYB party. What a delightful big you have! I've become a follower and look forward to your creations.
Best regards

Gill said...

Lovely to meet you and thank you for a fabulous giveaway!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi Kelly, it's so nice to meet you through the GYB party! I love your blog and your pretty creations. You are so talented and I am now following you via google friend connect. I hope you can stop by and visit and enter my giveaway too and become blog friends.
Thanks for the chance to win your creations from your giveaway.
Julie at Julie's Lifestyle

Janice Petty said...

Hi Kellie! I love shabby chic and pink. I am a dollmaker and crafter in Cape Coral. Happy blogin'!

Cheri, the Quilting Nanny said...

Hi Kelly - visiting from GYB...and now a follower. I am really getting into vintage, lace etc. for altered books and the like. I love that style and that leads to shabby chic which I love. So...teach me what you know!!! I enjoy your blog..will return!
Cheri, the quilting nanny
quiltingnanny(at)yahoo(dot)com

Decor To Adore said...

I learned a few new fun facts about you!

Have a beautiful day!

Sue Kosec said...

You throw a great party. Thank you for inviting me!

So that you know, I've become a Follower and when time permits, I'll be back to see what other beautiful things were made by your hands!

What this party is all about is to GROW your blog and I'm hoping to do the same. When you get to Section One, check out A Country Chic Retreat and SuZeQ Creations, my personal blog, in Section Fifteen I'd love for you to follow and subscribe to.

Happy crafting!
SuZeQ

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Hello KellyLi, I'm visiting from the Grow your blog event ... so many wonderful sites to see and new friends to meet. I'd love to be entered for your give away and if I'm the lucky winner I can be reached at crafty.gardener at yahoo dot ca

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You are TRULY multi-talented. I enlarged your work table and think I saw a matchbox that has a crocheted piece on top. I also think I saw a bird, too. Regardless, I scrolled down and saw some of your other lovely art. I so enjoyed seeing yo8ur different Tag Tuesday tags. "Take a picture" had me in stitches!

Needless to say, I really enjoyed visiting your blog. Creativity abounds at your place.

http://alteredbooklover.blogspot.com/2015/01/grow-your-blog-blog-hop-event.html

Sylvia Anderson said...

Hi Kelli...I'm pleased to meet someone else from the Chicago area. and love your vintage creations. They are all so pretty and I'd be so happy if I were fortunate enough to win the lovely giveaways you have made. I've got to tell you that my sewing tables look just like your little table, so think nothing of it. I consider myself a 'messy quilter, always dragging out more fabric, tools, etc., and it never gets put away till I'm done with the project. We live in a small town about 16 miles due west of Naperville on Route 34, but we were both born in Chicago and met in high school over 60 years ago.
lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hi Kelly

It's great to meet you at Vicki's party too and thank you for leaving me a comment.

Your work desk looks very tidy and organised compared to mine! While making my giveaway collage I snapped a couple of photos which I'll post next week and you'll see what I mean!

I liking creating all sorts too - I'm a member of Tag Tuesday but I haven't posted for ages - I must do that!

Well had better visit some more blogs - I'm following you now.

Hugs
Shane

Lija Broka said...

Welcome to the party. You know 'Gone with the Wind' was a lot better as a book than a film. Mind I never released that's how the quote was pronounced, I always assumed it was 'I will think about it tomorrow' (I read the book when I was abroad so just translated the quote back to english as that ... I know weird thing to do). Anyhow, hope you enjoy the party.

Kathy H said...

You are right, pretty things can be up all year long. Looking forward to reading your blog.

Sara said...

Nice to meet you through the GYB party!

My Painted Garden said...

Hi - so nice to meet you and visit you and your charming blog. Your creations and art are lovely - from Grow Your Blog Party.

Have a wonderful day,
Erin

Angela Perez said...

Hello, its nice knowing about you and what you do. I love your blog and your creations.

Wendy Sylvestre said...

Hello Kelly, so nice to meet you! You make beautiful creations. I love the vintage and shabby chic. I'm following you now through google+. Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog :) Wishing you a beautiful day ~ Wendy of Apple and Apricot blogsvanwendy@live.nl

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Hi Kelly, I do like your vintage inspired projects. Visiting from GYB hop,

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Visiting via Vicki's GYBP and enjoying your blog...beautiful! Must say, there are a lot of days I agree with Scarlett but not sure that's how the name is spelled -lol.

Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

Wow...those are so pretty...I love that heart! BTW, I am following you on GFC as Rose Santuci-Sofranko. God bless!

ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

suziqu's thread works said...

Hello Kelly
Lovely to visit you here for the party! I'm really looking forward to seeing your album about the Elizabethan Gardens - I can only imagine how gorgeous this will be!
You create some gorgeous artworks with your huge array of materials.
Thanks for visiting me to and all the rest as well lately!
Very much appreciated!!!
I'm already pleased to be following you!
Keep up the lovely artwork and never stop!
x Suzy

Judys Fabrications said...

Thanks for the opportunity to enter your give away!
many thanks
Judy McCarthy
kevin_mccarthy@adam.com.au

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

Hi Kelly! Belated greetings for GYB 2015 :) I love the sweet designs you are offering and would be proud to display them. I love blogging because I get to see so many styles that are different from my own :)