Grow Your Blog 2015 plus giveaway (now closed!)


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Hello hello and welcome to the Grow Your Blog Party of 2015!!
Well, my spot in the party anyway :)

Dear Vicki of 2 Bags Full has generously offered to host this wonderful party again this year. Thank you Vicki!!! It's a huge party with lots of beautiful blogs participating. And it's all about sharing and exploring, having lots of fun and making new friends in the world of blogs.




So here I welcome you in my little nook, where I share with you what my blog is all about. And be sure to check out my little giveaway too! Enjoy your stay and thank you so much for visiting me!

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My name is Wen.

When you visit me, you'll find different kinds of hand crafts. I love making books and collages.
Be it made from fabrics, laces, paper or whatever.

And of course there must be cards.
For that's what we love to send each other, don't we?






I love making little presents for friends and family.




And wrapping them carefully in sweet packages.





Making fabric hearts.




And hand made books.






Glue books too. And ATCs.




Flowers are essential to me in both my work and life.




So you will find lots of those too.

For example in my embroidery pieces, which are mostly incorporated in collages or books. I plan to make more projects with embroidery, like this brooch I made.




And hand made fabric flowers.




An example of a fabric collage:




I love to work with laces, old and new.




You'll also find here some faith inspired projects,
like this fabric embroidered tag.




Or a collage on bark and an altered jar.




Sometimes I add a little tutorial or "making of"
like here of the collage below: 




Sometimes I share my thrifty finds here too.






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GIVEAWAY


*** THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED ***

 Well, this is a lot of photos already, so I better hurry to my giveaway now.




My giveaway to you is this little roses notebook that I made.




There are watercolour paper pages in it where you can add your thoughts
or memories or quotes or whatever you'd like to pen down.





I wish you all a wonderful party time!
Thank you so much for visiting me, it's very much appreciated.

Sending you big hugs and happy smiles.

xx Wen



110 comments:

  1. Wow I love your flowers and books - very inspirational! I am visiting via Grow Your Blog and will be back to visit you again soon! Have a great day. Sunshine Girl - Grow Your Blog section 24.

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  2. a great overview of what you do and the little book is lovely. I wish you a lot of new readers. You 're worth it.
    Love from Alice

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  3. Hi, Wendy. Your creations and your blog brighten my day every time I read one of your posts. You are always such a source of inspiration. XO Sue

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  4. It's so lovely to see everything you do put together here in your photos ... I love the new roses book ... so pretty makes me want to make one too!
    Have a beautiful Sunday!

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  5. Hi Wendy,
    so nice that you joined the party. I hope you will have many visitors today. I love all your work. You are a very talented lady.
    Many hugs,
    Karen B. ~ Todolwen

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  6. Nice to visit you again, Wendy. I've stopped by to visit you many times ... thought I was a follower, but guess not (I am now!) I've also been a subscriber and love when something pops up in my Inbox from you.

    Your work is exquisite and that little notebook giveaway is absolutely stunning. I'd be honored to win but would understand if it went to somebody else's home.

    Thanks for opening your blog!
    SuZeQ

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  7. Your creative gifts are a wonder! A lovely blog post and opportunity to see your wide-ranging interest and talents. Tatting? Interesting... and it's a less common craft. I know only two people who do this. But it will add a lot to your books, cards, and other projects.

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  8. What a beautiful blog! So many talents! I came over from the blog hop. Thank you for sharing. :)

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  9. Hi Wendy, Welcome to the Grow Your blog party. I love your work and embroidery. you are lucky to live in the heart of all the beautiful nature and that's really great for inspiration.. :D
    Hope you'll have many new friends and followers this coming week. Huge hugs from Singapore

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  10. Hallo Wendy,

    Wat een prachtig blogbericht,
    een groot plezier om te lezen en vooral ook om te zien.
    Wat een mooi overzicht, de kleuren en foto's zijn heel inspirerend!
    En je werk natuurlijk helemaal.... Ik ben weg van je rozenboekje !!

    Ik zag dat je bij de vrijwilligers staat :).
    Wens je een hele gezellige Party toe !!

    Liefs, Wilma.

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  11. Well I already know your blog and admire your work and your diversity in your skills, you can make so many beautiful things!Your latest books are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the comment on my blog!
    ariadnesky(at)hotmail(dot)com AriadnefromGreece!

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  12. Bytheway you are no-reply blogger!AriadnefromGreece!

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  13. Love your work!
    Thank you for letting me join! Love your work! L

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  14. Hello from Canada. You do so many beautiful things - each new thing I came upon as I scrolled down the page made me say "I like this one best". I'd be hard pressed to actually choose only one. Thanks for giving us an opportunity to win your lovely book.

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  15. Hello from Canada. You do so many beautiful things - each new thing I came upon as I scrolled down the page made me say "I like this one best". I'd be hard pressed to actually choose only one. Thanks for giving us an opportunity to win your lovely book.

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  16. What beautiful work you do!!! I'm so glad I found your blog . I'd love to win your book.

    Synthia

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  17. Wow, I am so impressed with your creativity! I am visiting from the hop. I would love to win the rose book, so pretty!! I, too, love to create and craft! Will be following you on Bloglovin.

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  18. so gorgeous! love it! found you via the gyb party! hope you'll stop and visit me as well! have an awesome weekend!

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  19. Hello Wendy, So nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog party. Your blog is charming and your creations are beautiful. I am a new follower and look forward to your posts.
    Blessings, Erin

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  20. Hi Wendy...on behalf of Vicki at 2 Bags Full...WELCOME to GRB 2015!! Your post looks great and we hope the hop brings you many new followers and friends! (PS...you stitiching is beautiful!) Val from myplvl.blogspot.com

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  21. What a charming peek into your world! Love your work.

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  22. Such a beautiful blog and lovely vintage looking art!

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  23. Your work is simply beautiful, thank you so much for the chance to win.

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  24. Hi Wendy, I've just discovered your blog and I enjoyed reading through it. Your creations are so unique, diverse and beautiful.

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  25. Oh I just love your sweet blog and all your flowery and fabric creations. You have inspired me to take up needlework again. The Netherlands is someplace I would love to visit if I ever get another chance to go to Europe. I have been to Ireland and England but never really into Europe. I have started following your blog and look forward to seeing all your lovely creations in the coming year. Thank you for the chance to win your lovely giveaway.

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  26. Geweldig om te lezen en te zien wat je allemaal hebt gemaakt en aan het maken bent Wen, heerlijk! Je moet toch ├ęcht eens serieus gaan denken aan een eigen winkeltje hoor, al is het op Etsy! Weet zeker dat jouw werk veelgevraagd is, omdat het zo fijntjes en stijlvol is! Ik heb weer genoten om het weer te aanschouwen! Geniet van je zondag, dikke knuf, Ira xox
    Ira’s Crea Corner

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  27. Your flowers and colors are so vibrant and beautiful. Everything you do is feminine and pretty and what I would love in my life. Blessings, Nancy Carr nancythedove@aol.com

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  28. Wendy, everything on your blog is so very pretty! I live in a land with a lot of cows and farm land as well! Thank you for entering me in your drawing. Susan

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  29. You have some beautiful photos and a great talent. Please pop by and take a look at my blog, I missed out on taking part but am visiting all those who are participating.
    https://wisewomancrafts.blogspot.com

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  30. Hello Wendy, lovely photos of gorgeous pieces of art. I'm sure I'll be visiting you quite often. Gilli

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  31. Your fabric collages and pendants are beautiful! You have so many precious and wonderful talents!

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  32. Love all of your projects and creative talents Wendy. What fun you must have doing these. Have so enjoyed stopping by your lovely blog and will see you again soon

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  33. Greetings from Canada. So nice to meet you! What beautiful and stunning work.

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  34. So glad to meet you! I'm here from Vicki's GYBParty. I'm so glad to have found your blog. I can tell you will provide a LOT of inspiration for me. Hope you can pop over and take a peek at my creations. Best wishes

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  35. Dear Wendy
    Know how very blessed you are with all of your wonderful and varied talents. You are such an inspiration to so many including me.
    Your little books with glue, paper, fabric and laces are so very light and sweet. I love the flower and rose themes so much.
    Love all the flower collages interspersed with your pretty works.
    Thanks for all you share inc. the vintage images too and for coming over to leave such a kind comment too. Enjoy the party!
    Loving hugs to you sweet friend,
    Suzy

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  36. Love your work. Just beautiful. You put a lot of love into the things you make.

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  37. Beautiful, beautiful works! Now following so I can see more in the future. Would LOVE to win your book.
    kathleen, fourmilesnorthofnowhereATgmailDOTcom

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  38. Hello Wendy Dear...I adore your blog and all that you create. I have been following you for some time yet it is so nice to learn more with this GYB party. Lovely give you are offering. Creative Bliss...

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  39. I love your works so beautiful and heartfelt. I am a follower and so enjoy stopping by. I would love to have a chance a your giveaway. di@cottage-wishes

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  40. Oh Wendy, it was such a treat to see so much of your beautiful work and the things that inspire you altogether in one post!
    I just adore your sweet handmade fabric flowers and you put your collages/assemblages together so well!
    Wish I could be as neat with my embroidery! :)
    Your giveaway is so generous and of course beautiful! ♥

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  41. Wendy, That booklet is absolutely beautiful.
    I'm following:)

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  42. Love your blog your collages are wonderful! Thanks for helping to host the party!

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  43. Hello fellow artist and crafty girl! So nice to meet you thru the GYB event. I'm so pleased to see some of your wonderful art, and especially tatting! That's something I'd love to learn how to do. Off now to figure out how to follow you so I can get to know you better. x

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  44. Hi Wendy! My name is Kelly and it's so nice to meet you! You have a lovely blog and your creations are gorgeous!

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  45. Stopping by from Grow Your Blog. So glad to have found your beautiful blog.

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  46. What gorgeous books! I can't imagine making them! I would certainly love to win one. I would have my little grand daughters write something to me on each page if I win it... I am all into memories!
    Cheri
    fabricandmemories(st)yahoo(dot)com

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  47. Your blog is ever so delightful! Love the fabric flowers you create and your book journals! They are fabulous! Thank you for the chance to win one of your creations!

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  48. Love your creative use of lace with photos! So pretty!

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  49. Hi Wendy, I'm joining your blog through the GYB party and I really love all of your creations and the photos are just beautiful! You are very talented and creative. I look forward to becoming blog friends. I have a love for crocheting too. I do hope that you will stop by my blog Julie's Lifestyle to enter my giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway too.
    Julie

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  50. You're work is beautiful! Thank you for sharing :-)

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  51. I must say I always enjoy my visits here but this one is really special! So many pretty things to see. I do love that tatted cross and have not as yet had a chance to work on one...but very soon! The journals you create are very nice and as I told you before, I LOVE the fact you add real paper to them, beautiful and useful!
    I think it was dear Marie that got us together and I am so glad she did.
    Enjoy the party!
    Deb

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  52. Wow! What a beautiful blog and your work is so very lovely too! I love the quote and image on your sidebar, the one about friends being kisses from angels! This party is a wonderful way to add some new friends to our lives!
    http://lisacomperry.blogspot.com

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  53. Oh my goodness - you do such lovely things...definitely a delight to see (especially your flowers!). Thank you for inviting us to visit!

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  54. Hi Wendy,
    Your blog is wonderful! Beautiful photos. You are so talented!

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  55. A wonderful blog!
    Thanks for showcasing so many beautiful things!
    Enjoy...☺
    joining

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  56. All of your stuff is very cute. I love flowers, too. It's nice to meet through the GYB hop. Thanks for being a volunteer!

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  57. So many wonderful photos my friend. What a beautiful blog you have. I LOVE my stop here...

    Hugs~

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  58. I love all your beautiful projects and the pictures you use. Did you paint the picture of the girl in one of the first pictures.
    So glad to meet you.

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  59. I am so happy I found your blog. I Love lace! and fabric and fibers of all kinds. And books... I have made a few and done some altered books too. Your work is really lovely!

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  60. Beautiful! Pink is my fave color. I am a new follower and a doll maker. Please stop by! Jan

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  61. What lovely items you make! They are just delightful. I do love to tat, as well as crochet and knit and embroider and other hand sewing.

    Please see some of my handiwork on Teacups & Toadstools.

    It has been a pleasure visiting with you.

    Vickie @ Teacups & Toadstools

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  62. Love your blog I'm following you So I will be back
    Your things are so nice and sweet.
    Have a good day
    Would really like to win your giveaway.
    Laura

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  63. You have a beautiful blog! So warm, cozy and welcoming. Your work is very pretty. I'm following you now. So nice to meet you.

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  64. Hi Wendy, just stopping in to say "Hello"! I been following your wonderful blog for quiet a while and it is always a joy to see what you been up to!
    Happy blog party!
    Diana

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  65. Hi Wendy--you do such BEAUTIFUL collages with fabric and all that glorious lace! I'm already a follower and love your work. Please enter me in your giveaway---it is SO lovely!!

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  66. What a beautiful notebook. You are so talented and very creative. Thanks for the giveaway. I loved all the pictures and seeing your inspiration behind your craft. Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess

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  67. Everything here is just so beautiful, your work, pictures and life!

    t_ktl at yahoo.com

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  68. Visiting you from Normandy, another of Vicki's Volunteers!
    Wendy, your creative talents know no bounds I love everything that you make and would love to learn from you, that's why I'm your newest follower.
    If you get the chance to pop down and visit me I'd love to show you around my little corner of France.
    a bientot
    Maggie

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  69. Oh dearest sweet Wendy, what a stunningly beautiful post!
    Your many amazing creations are so wonderful, to see again, and the new ones totally to fall in love with. Your fabric flowers are so very beautiful, and so are your garden photoes !! I love every bit of this post , and your art, and wishes you a lovely week ahead, dear friend.
    Hugs,Dorthe

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  70. Hi Wendy it's nice to meet you. Wonderful pictures and beautiful handiwork.

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  71. It is just so pretty.. I would like to be able to do this as well.. ( I know I would need a lot of practice:)

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  72. What can I say, Wendy? Your creation are gorgeous.

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  73. I always love love to come visit your blog Wendy!! You are so talented and your fabulous vintage lace collection and creations really are the most delightful! I can look and look over and over again at all your lovely things. This one is especially fabulous :)

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  74. I'm not even sure where to begin. Your art blew me AWAY. I kept looking and looking and getting more and more excited with each photo. You have an amazing talent, whether it's collage, mixed media, or fabric. I am truly IN LOVE. It was a genuine treat to visit and see all the beautiful things you create.

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

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  75. Hello Wedny, I'm visiting from the Grow your blog event ... so many wonderful sites to see and new friends to meet. Your embroidery is gorgeous. 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

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  76. Ooooh, ik hou van je mooie zelfgemaakte roosjes. Diegene die op het boekje zitten, met die parel in het midden. Mooooooooi.
    Lieve groet, Daphne

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  77. What beautiful work you do Wendy, and I appreciate the opportunity to participate in your giveaway. Each year, at Christmas, one of the trees we put up is all done in a Victorian theme, with ornaments I spent years collecting, mostly handmade from craft fairs and on vacations to Europe. I made bows from lace which hang from the ends of the branches and use garland made from pearls. It makes for a very old fashioned tree, and that is why I love what you do. lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

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  78. Lovely to meet you - your work is fabulous, I especially like your books!

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  79. Beautiful blog! sarah@forrussia.org

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  80. Pretty work and photographs Wendy and your giveaway just beautiful.

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  81. Lovely work - I love the mixed media

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  82. Your blog is so beautiful, as is your photography. Thanks for sharing all this beauty with us. Have fun on the GYB party...

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  83. Visiting from Vicki's party and so, so happy I did. Your blog is beautiful, Wendy. Love, love, love everything you do; there is so much gorgeousness to drink in!

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  84. Hi Wendy :) Nice to meet you :)
    My name's Nataly. I'm from Russia and I admire lace and flowers :)

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  85. What a lovely little notebook. I love your mixed media collage style; so pretty!

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  86. I am so glad to have found your beautiful blog, such lovely photo's
    Lauren
    from
    www.artramblingsatlavinias.blogspot.co.uk/

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  87. Hello Wendy. First time visitor to your blog via GYB to which I am participating for the first time. Right now, I am simply floored by your work. AMAAAZING ! does NOT describe it. You have a keen eye to put just enough "prettiness" on the books. ♥ it.

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  88. Very happy I found your blog via the party! Your work looks amazing, and the colour and themes romantic and nostalgic at the same time. Hopefully will get a chance to catch up with more of your project. Come by to enter my giveaway as well.

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  89. That is a lovely little book, but I just wanted to tell you that I love your honoring of our Lord and The Blessed Mother here...it is wonderful to see. God bless!

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  90. WOW! Your projects are simply amazing. I love using laces too and I have really enjoyed seeing everything you did. Thank you so much for a chance to win that lovely, sweet little book.

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  91. Your work is wonderful! I love it! I love lace, its so feminine. your giveaway notebook is beautiful.

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  92. Your creations are simply beautiful. I love things with lace and buttons. I use to hand embroider many years ago.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  93. Via Ira ben ik hier op deze blog beland. Wat een prachtige en beeldschone creaties maak je Wendy!
    Het is een ware lust voor het oog!
    Groetjes, Odetta

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  94. Hello Wendy, visiting you from Australia for the GYB party. Your work is absolutely stunning. Every photograph was even better than the last. Thank you for sharing your work with the world.

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  95. It's always a treat to see your creations. I would like to learn how to make alot of these beautiful things. Thanks for the chance at your beautiful giveaway!

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  96. Hi - so nice to meet you and visit your beautiful blog and see your lovely art. I am a new follower and also just became a friend on Face Book.
    Have a wonderful day,'
    Erin

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  97. What a stunning, stunning blog you have and your work is simply beautiful. I love all of your flowers too...I can't imagine a home without flowers and plants.

    You have so many beautiful talents and I sat scrolling with my mouth wide open looking at so many lovely pictures of your work.

    I started off great with this event, then my blog and domain I had transferred to another host...I am self hosted at wp.org...and oh my such a mess! Lol! All better now so I am starting from the top of the list this time and going to work my way down to visit all blogs. I love this event so much.

    I hope you will visit my corner of the world, sanderellascrochet.com

    My things are not even close to the beauty of yours, but I certainly did get some ideas on how to make my own work better!!

    Sandy

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  98. Hello dear Wendy
    What a talent you are.
    All your work is so beautiful, I love the little embroideries you include here and there on your pages.
    And now I find you paint too and very well, your painting of the young girl is lovely.

    I enjoy creating glue books too as I love working with both paper and fabrics.
    I just wish I had more time to create and do the things I love.

    It’s a pleasure visiting your beautiful blog Wendy.
    I’ll be back soon.
    Hugs

    Shane


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  99. Hello, sweet Wendy! It's a joy to "meet" you, my dear :) First of all, thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such sweet comments - I had to giggle about the glasses... I must confess that my new reading glasses have a made a huge difference.

    Your blog... oh, it's so beautiful! I was ooohing and ahhhing the entire time I scrolled through your pictures - you are very talented and the love you put into your creations is evident.

    I am a very happy new follower and I look forward to many more visits. Hugs to you!

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  100. Hello, its nice meeting you and know more about what you do. Thanks for giving us a chance at your beautiful giveaway.

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  101. Your work is stunning! I do embroidery too so I'm so pleased to see your pieces!
    - afistfuloflemons @ gmail.

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  102. visiting your lovely blog via Vicki's GYBP; the work of your hands and heart is totally beautiful as is your blog.

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  103. Not sure if you have already had the give away, i love it. Please add my name if it is still open. Blessings, Martha

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  104. I am so happy that I found your blog. I will be following now. There is so much to see and so much to inspire me that i must come often to visit
    Janice

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  105. What a talented lady! I love all your wonderful creations! Enen tatting! So nice to meet you, and thanks for your visit!
    Ruth

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  106. Oh my all your creations are just lovely, I have wanted to try tatting but I have not tried it yet, enjoyed looking at all this beauty in your post!

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  107. What a beautiful notebook! I don't know if just anyone can enter the contest so delete me if I am mistaken... but if so, your gift is just lovely!

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  108. You have a beautiful blogs and you are very talented in your creations.

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  109. Wendy, thank you for visiting me and for your comments.
    I love your blog, your photographs are gorgeous
    x

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  110. Hello Wendy! I am very late visiting as illness was at our home the past 2 weeks :( So I am trying very hard to catch up! Your little notebook is very beautiful!

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Thank you so much for leaving me a sweet message, I love reading your comments. Hugs and happy day to you! xx Wen