Sunday, May 22, 2011


One of the reasons I began blogging was to connect with others who enjoy crafting. I enjoy being part of a creative community and really enjoy getting to know and being inspired by other crafters. What do you like to see or read on blogs? Do you like to get decorating or gardening ideas, see finished projects, learn new techniques...? Help me be a better blogger by leaving me a comment and letting me know what attracts you to a blog. If you enjoy seeing fancy, decorated cookies, you'll probably never see that here, but I do want this to be readable and worthwhile, so please give me your thoughts.
Celebrate! Penny Rug
The Giveaway: I'll give away this penny rug when I reach the magic number of 100 followers. This is a Maggie Bononomi design and I thought the little stitched "Celebrate!" banner made it appropriate for this giveaway.

The Rules:  You'll be entered in the giveaway if you leave me a comment. Two entries if you comment and become (or already are) a follower. Three entries if you post about my giveaway on your blog. Please let me know so I'll give you credit for that.


Shelley said...

Love your giveaway and your blog

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

Hi Roberta-I'd love to win some more of your work! Please enter me.

As far a suggestions for your blog...I think you are doing a good job...a little of your life...a bit of your crafts, some giveaways, a nice background and friendly place to are doing well!

Gayle said...

I'm a follower!

I think the most important thing for a successful blog is lots of pictures - at least those are the ones I enjoy the most. And I'd suggest not sharing TOO much personal information - I just don't think it's safe out there on the internet! I love Seeing projects and crafts!

moosecraft said...

I read blogs to see what the creative community is creating and doing. I do enjoy seeing finishes as well as works in progress. Inspires me to get going on a project of my own!

Patti said...

What an incredible giveaway! Maggie Bonanomi is my favorite designer and I keep looking at this design, but haven't made it yet. Your version turned out fantastic! I'm a follower and enjoy your blog so much! I think your blog is great just the way that it is. My favorite is seeing what projects others are working on. Often times it inspires me to pull out a pattern...

Blessings, Patti

Mindy/Raymond Homestead said...

I love your blog! I enjoy blogs with lots of pictures, decorating ideas and projects people are working on. Oh my gosh, I love love love that penny rug, if I won that I would think I had died and gone to heaven! I love Maggie's patterns and you did a fabulous job on it. Please enter me as I am a follower and I will post your giveaway on my blog! Thanks Roberta!

Farmhouse prims said...

I love your blog. I am a new follower and I would love to be entered in your giveaway!! The penny rug is beautiful! I will post your giveaway to my sidebar. Lecia

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

oh Roberta-forgot to mention that I'll be posting this on my blog! Thanks again

Tammy ~ A Primitive Place said...

Glad to have found your blog.
Just signed up to follow.
Love your gorgeous penny rug.

I agree with others, I think you are doing a wonderful job with your blog.
With mine, I try to make it fun.
Offering swaps and giveaways.
I also try to post lots of photos.
Even though lately I haven't had much to share.
I try to keep my blog an up and positive place.
Though sometimes, I do turn to my blogging pals when I need a little support.
But I try not to spend a lot of time complaining about life woes.
I want my followers to leave feeling better, not worse.

Glad to have found you!
Take care,

paulette said...

Hi Roberta!
You wool penny is gorgeous...what a lot of work to give away!!! Please throw my name into your give away hat!! I have been drooling over this little mat ever since I opened my copy of the new Primitive Quilting Magazine!! Thanks for the chance to win it!

Raspberry Lane Primitives said...

came over by way of Ravenwood Whimzies...nice blog...keep doing what you're doing.

paulette said...

Hi Roberta!
Yes, I signed up to follow! What makes a great blob? For me lots of pics...I love to see what people are making and quilting...lately I have been doing wool work too so love seeing what others are making out of it! Thanks for the chance to win!

dee begg said...

Love the penny's gorgeous! Wendy sent me over to check out your blog....very nice. I am now a follower.

You asked what keeps me coming back and reading a blog...I love reading about and seeing pictures of peoples homes, projects that they have completed both handmade and home renovation, recipes, kids, pets and reading about the blog author as a person. Turn offs are blogs with "this is what I have for sale" if they aren't specifically a selling blog.

Anyway, good luck in your quest for 100 followers. I will post to my blogs sidebar for you.

Primitive Echoes said...

I love your penny run. I am a new follower. I love all the pictures and stories. People creations, tutorials, funny happenings. All those things. I am pretty new too and I love it. So many incredible people.
Thanks for hosting.
I will post on my blog as well.

Lois--Huckleberry Lady said...

Hi Roberta,
Found you through Ravenwood Whimzies. Please enter me and will post on my blog.

rachel said...

Hi! I just found your blog thru Ravenwood Whimzies ~ your mat is gorgeous! I love to blog ~ love to see what others can create & have met some wonderful people because of blogging. I would love to be entered into your giveaway & I will post on my sidebar. I'm having a giveaway too so sign up for mine if you get a chance! Hope you reach 100 followers soon! Have a great week!

annie said...

I also signed up to follow, I'm new at all this, am still trying to learn how to post. I've been reading many blogs the last several years though. I like simple crafts, garden pics. and old things, cupboards, frames etc. Rustic, primitive & country farm style. One thing I have always loved is folk art, I cut my "teeth" on the magazines from the late 70's & early 80's, I still love Early American Life! I found you through Ravenwood Whimzies. Hope you will enter me!

basketsnprims said...

I just found your blog and it's wonderful. I am a new follower and would love to be entered in your fabulous and very generous giveaway. Thank you so very much.

The Primitive Skate said...

Hello Roberta-
I just found your Blog through Ravenwood Whimzies. I Love your penny rug. I am now a follower. I will post your giveaway on my sidebar. Thanks for the chance.


Danice said...

Hi. I am a follower, and want to be entered in your giveaway. Nice blog, I will be returning often :)

TheCrankyCrow said...

Hello Roberta!
I am, at this very brief moment in time, your newest follower - and so happy to be so. This is a wondnerul little penny mat! I love it and would be delighted and honored to be entered for a chance to win it. YIPPEE!!!
As for blogging ~ I enjoy blogs that reflect similiar interests to mine: crafting, prim decorating, antiquing/junking, history, everyday life, etc. I prefer those with a more personal touch (i.e., that aren't afraid to tell me their first name or show pictures of the outside of their homes, etc. Yes, the internet is a scary place, but, hopefully it isn't blog friends we need to be frightened of...that much info can be found on other sites as well...) I wish you the very best of luck in reaching your 100 follower goal - and me the best of luck in winning your giveaway!! ;o) Smiles & Hugs, Robin

Trace4J said...

Hello Friend!
I am new to your blog. I love wool and like to visit other blogs for inspiration of all kinds.
Projects, recipes and just uplifted. Your so very talented. Glad Wendy at Ravenwood Whimzies shared your blog with me.
Stop over and visit me sometime
Granny Trace

Me 2 U Primitives said...

Hi - I'm a new follower and found your blog by Wendy at Ravenwood Whimzies posting about your 100 follower giveaway. What a wonderful penny rug. Thanks - Trish

Lauralee @ The Eclectic Stitcher said...

Hi ~ found your blog today from Raymond Homestead! I've become a follower also ;o)

Love the penny rug and love love love Maggie Bonanomi. Beautiful work on your part!

Would love to be entered in your contest and good luck!

Jean @ Prim Crafts said...

Hi Roberta,
I'm your newest follower at 46! I'd love the chances to win this beautiful penny rug. I love blogs that show there creative talents, share how toos and there love of primitives.

I don't care for wordy blogs or blogs that put stipulations on there followers ~ such as you must comment at least once a month to follow or participate in giveaways or bingos. That's just my feeling. And I like blogs that don't have a lot of frills like those pop up players~ not everyone has the same taste in music and sometimes they can be scary.
Your blog is very simple and I love it!
I'll add your giveaway to my blog sidebar.
Thank you for the chances at this gorgeous penny rug.
Prim Blessings,

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Hi Roberta,
I'm a new follower, Wendy sent me over to check you out. Hope you reach a 100!
You have beautiful creations. I like your blog and I think you are doing just fine. I like to follow blogs that have some of the same interest as mine.
I would love to be entered in your fabulous giveaway!
Prim Blessings

ohiofarmgirl said...

I love your wool mat. I make some of them for my own pleasure. The one you have featured is just beautiful.
I wish yoy much blogging success...and who knows, we may be kindred spirits! Dianntha

cottageprims said...

I'm a follower and commenting so put me down for two entries.What I enjoy seeing on blogs is pics so many people don't post pics.I'm a visual person so love seeing what your talking about.I enjoy seeing home decor,gardens,finished projects and occasional recipes.I also enjoy reading about daily life.So far I've loved what I've seen with your blog.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Anonymous said...

Hi Roberta,,,

I love your blog, so glad to be following. I'd love to be entred in your giveaway...I'll post on my blog for you..

Have a great day!


Christine said...

Hello Roberta! What a wonderful wool rug you are giving away! The colors are lovely!
I like seeing what other talented crafters are making,just like yourself!
Blogs and bloggers are inspirational to me!
So please keep on blogging and I'll post about your giveaway too!
Best wishes

Robin said...

I am now following your blog. Love primitive stuff and crafts. I just love the blogging world!!

Holly Hills Primitives said...

Woo Hoo! I'm number 50 on your followers list, maybe that's a lucky number. So glad to find your blog, your work is beautiful. Love seeing what other people do with wool. Keep up the good work, Dawn

Barb said...

Hi Roberta,
Came here by way of simple thyme prims.
What a fun blog and I would love to be entered it your giveaway for the fabulous penny rug.
Good luck on reaching 100 it will probable be very shortly.
I will post to my side bar!
Enjoy your day,

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

#54 here---visiting from Wendy's blog.
Following and commenting.....
For me--make the print bigger so it's easier to read. On my blog, I have info on how to make your blog more reader friendly. I like your layout. I love the penny rug.
I love before and after pictures, gardening pics, occasional family pics, happy and upbeat news, things that peak your interest.
Turn-offs----too much religion, complaining, too much about health problems, trying to sell me something in a post ( use the sidebar ), too many gadgets that slow down the upload....
I like the looks of your space--nice colors.
Did you know you have 2 email gadgets? I don't use Outlook so I'd prefer just your email address on your profile for we can respond directly to comments.
I am posting your giveaway on my sidebar.
Good luck.
Hope to visit often!

The Farmer's Attic said...

Beautiful Penny Rug!!! I am now a follower and would love to be entered in your giveaway.

I enjoy pictures and tutorials on blogs as well as recipes.

Thanks for the chance to win!


Deppen homestead 1862 said...

hi, Roberta
Just found your blog through Ronda at
Beautiful Penny~ please enter me in your generous giveaway~

I enjoy reading about everything~seeing pics~ prim decorating~colonial decorating~ seeing all the talent( amazed by the creativity!) getting ideas~ fun~ friendly blogs~ I love comments~reading over them~getting connected with folks from all over with the same interests~
So glad I found your blog~ a new follower~ I invite you to visit me~

Kim said...

Woo hoo - I'm a follower - I would love to win this beautiful table mat! I love pictures of projects in the works and completed that is what usually attracts me to blogs!

Meadowbrook Cabin Primitives said...

Hi Roberta,

Just found your blog through another blog.. please enter me in your sweet penny rug giveaway and I have just become a follower !

In general, just love to hear what folks have been up to or places they have gone and creations they have made and recipes, etc.

Welcome to the blog world !


Carol Stuck said...

Please enter me in your drawing for the adorable penny mat. I am a new follower. I love all sorts of blogging styles. My favorite: a "how to" or perhaps following a project in the making with pictures.

Thanks for offering this great giveaway!!

hugs and smiles,

Allenz said...

I love wool penny rugs, mats, pincushions and more. I also love anything designed by Maggie B.
Your blog is great. Easy to read and full of wonderful inspiration. Thank you for such a great giveaway. I'd L-O-V-E to win.

Rachel said...

HI from your newest follower. I love your beautiful hand crafts. If you have a web site i would love to exchange links. I will go post your giveaway on my fan page now at Our Creative Hands.
Sincerely Rachel

Linda said...

I've been reading your blog through Google Reader but hadn't clicked the follow button until today. I enjoy blogs depicting finished projects and techniques. These give me inspiration! I love Maggie B. designs and projects. I'm in a wool phase right now!

LibbiesHome said...

I just found your blog and it looks like a great day to find it! I love the penny rug you are giving away and would love to be entered. I just became follower #80 which made me laugh because I have 79 followers on my blog. I love noticing little coinky-dinks like that. :)
Most all of the blogs I like to follow post pictures of things they are working on, or of displays they have created in their homes. I am drawn to a good sense of humor and posts that make me think.
I will post about your giveaway on my blog!

Doris-Ann Savoie said...

I just found your blog through the Prairie Patch and I would have become a favorite anyway even without the giveaway if I had found your blog another way. I really like the things you make and would love to win your penny rug. I would put you in a sidebar for giveaways but have been trying for an hour and can't figure out how to do this, so will post you on my blog list for sure anyway.

Homespun Handcrafts said...

Hello! I am now a follower, posted to my blog sidebar and am happy to be entered in your giveaway. What a wonderful creation! I am very new to working with wools so I would love to see tips and tricks of working with wool. I prefer a blog where the author shares all kinds of things. Personal or not, I like to know we are all human. Keep up the great work!

Beckyjean said...

Hi Roberta~

I love to see lots of pictures. I look at blogs to get inspiration for projects for my home & gardens. I'm a new follower & love your penny rug. I would love to be entered for a chance to win.

Enjoy your day~Becky

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

Yippee - You are up to 85!

Firecracker Kid said...

Hi Roberta:) I'm a new follower and I love helping others gain new followers. Please enter me and I will post your giveaway on my blog home page, which in turn will publish it on my facebook wall. In addition to, I'll put it on my giveaway page.
I like to see the different projects everyone is working on to help me get inspiration and a little pet news to top that off:)


just found your blog at Firecracker carol Anderson's blog and am glad to get to know youl
please sign me up for your giveaway.. thay are gorgeous...

Tins and Treasures said...

Good evening, Roberta,
Is so nice to meet you. I am your newest follower! Thank you for entering me into you generous giveaway.

Have a terrific Tuesday ~Natalie

dee said...

Hi Roberta, I am now following your blog. Your creativity is very inspiring. Please enter my name in the drawing for the beautiful wool applique. Thanks, Dee

*Kountry*Porch*Primitives* said...

Hi Roberta, just found your blog! Please enter me in your giveaway. I added myself as a follower(up to 94!!)and this will post on my sidebar for you. Take a peak at the giveaway I'm having on my blog also!! About what I like to see in pics of prim homes etc. but like the personal side of getting to "know" bloggers too. It's like having an extended family!! Hope you hit your 100 soon! ~Kriss~

JenR65 said...

Hi, I just found your blog too. Your work looks beautiful! I would love to be entered in your giveaway. I love tutorials and learning new crafts.

jennifer said...
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jennifer said...

Posted on my blog:)

jennifer said...

Lots of pictures and I'm now a follower.

Shirlee said...

Hi Roberta! Wendy sent me to see your blog. You do beautiful work! I have become a follower & I would like to be included in the giveaway drawing. Please come visit me if you have the chance : ) Blessings, Shirlee

myomyohi said...

I have just become a follower. I'm not sure how I didn't find you before. I would love to win your giveaway. Your work is very pretty. It would go perfectly with my old house built in 1882.

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Roberta!
I was finally able to leave a comment!! Yippee!! I love your blog and think you are doing a wonderful job, plus I love you work too!! I have been following for a while now and enjoy reading your posts!!
Please enter me in your fabulous Giveaway and thank you for the opportunity to win one of your handmade creations!! You did Maggie B. proud!!
Blessing and Hugs~~

Anonymous said...

I would love to be entered in your giveaway... what beautiful work you do! I am a new follower! hope to see you make 100!
... Elisha at Grown by Grace blogspot

Ellie's Country Accents said...

Hi! I've just become a follower of your blog. I love your penny rug. Beautiful work. Please enter me in your giveaway. I'm a new blogger and still trying to figure out how to get pictures on. Hope you make 100 soon.

Linda said...

Hi Roberta..........I found your blog from over at Carol's blog.
Like everyone else today I couldn't comment earlier on anyone's blog today. I wanted to tell you that I really like your blog and will have to real all of your old post.
I would love to be entered in your give away. You do beautiful work.

maureen said...

Hi Roberta,
I am follower 109-Congratulations on reaching over 100 followers. I found you by way of Carol's blog. I would love to be entered in your awesome giveaway. The wool rug is primtastic!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing.
As far as blogs go.....I like to see what others are working on. I like to see pictures of projects in the works as well as pictures showing the finished projects. I also like to learn some new tips and techniques. But mostly I like a blog to be a friendly place where I can sit with a cup of tea and enjoy reading. So far you have nailed that....Keep up the great job.
Thank you again for offering this wonderful giveaway.

lilraggedyangie said...

I found you through Carol at THE FIRECRACKER KID , such a lovely blog I am now a follower and look forward to getting to know you. Your Give Away is so generous , if you would please enter me I will post on my sidebar. And Congrats Im follower 110 ! Also please stop by my blog Im having a give away as well! Enjoy
lil raggedy angie

Michele said...

Roberta ... Congrats on reaching your 100th!
Your "Celebrate" penny rug is stunning and a true piece of art!
I don't know how you can part with such a time-consuming creation, but I promise you it would be treasured for years to come in my home, if you would please enter me into your giveaway.
You will be @200 in no time! ~.~

Karen said...

I am drooling over the wool mat!

Karen said...

That rug is to DIE for! Love it! Just found your blog and became a follower also.

Patty C. said...

Beautiful rug
Please include me in your Giveaway

I think we are all attracted to the same things with this blogging - Introductions to creative & talented people !!!

Good Luck reaching your 100 followers

xsgail said...

I enjoyed looking at your blog, nice layout and I love seeing pics of everything including pets, projects, recipes, etc. That rug is so pretty. You are very talented.

Becky said...

I love your blog. I am a new follower and I would love to be entered in your giveaway!! The penny rug is beautiful! Love Maggie B.'s patterns!

Lisa said...

I am so glad to have found your blog. I think the giveaway is beautiful. I would just love to have it. I will definatly be back to see what you are up to. I will have to come back and become a follower. It isn't showing up right now. All I see is the empty space under followers. I will be back. Lisa

Wendy said...

Your penny rug is lovely, I especially love the yellow petals on the flowers.

Cindy B said...

I enjoy reading blogs from all over the world..each area has such unique artisitic talents to share its readers...yours is no exception!. I will post your blog on my site and am now a follower!

old crow said...

Hi Roberta, what a beautiful rug!! Don't you just love Maggie B.? She has the most wonderful designs, and you did a lovely job!! I am a new follower, please sign me up for a chance to win!! Thank you for offering such a beautiful piece of artwork!!
Hugs, Mona

Allenz said...

I love your giveaway and a chance to win such a wonderful penny rug. I love to read blogs that talk about the things I love.... Wool applique, cross stitch, antiques, gardening, receipes and primitives.

Phyllis said...

I just came home from a jaunt to the flea market. No treasures today. I just signed up to be a follower of your blog. I love the wool giveaway. Working with wool is so satisfying. I love quilting, remaking treasures that need to come home with me, decorating my home and working in my garden. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thank you.

bszejk said...

Hi, Roberta! I just became a new follower and love your penny rug! I don't have a penny rug in my prim collection yet and would love to start my collection with yours should I win! : D I am going to post on my blog as well! Thank you!

Prim Wishes,

Michelle said...

Hi, I'm so glad to have found your blog.
I just signed up to follow and hope you will come by me and do the same!
Love your gorgeous penny rug.

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Hi, Roberta:
I've been a follower and I think the penny rug is beautiful, I'd love to be in the giveaway. I've posted to my sidebar under my giveaways category. You're doing great with your blog, I do recipes sometimes, tutorials, feature lots of artists and their work, giveaways, and some of my work in progress. I share about my day and what's going on in my life sometimes. A little of everything, just like you're doing. I started blogging to connect with other crafters, too and it has enriched my life beyond my wildest dreams.

Carol Stuck said...

Hi Roberta: I am already a follower of your blog and would love to be entered for a chance to win your beautiful penny rug. I love the design.

What keeps me coming back to a blog...I love seeing other artists work, pictures of their home, shring tutorials and just plain connecting with others who share my love for primitives.


alltheseboys said...

Your penny rug is beautiful. While I'm not even a little bit "crafty" I LOVE seeing what others have done. I actually have been inspired to do a few things on my own. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. I will post on my blog too. Katie