What is THIS all about?

Thanks for coming to my Blog! I am a Daughter of a King, Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother of five, MomInLaw of two, and Gram of three. Designing and creating feeds something inside of me! This blog will be sharing about my faith, my family, my life, my creations and collections. I am on a journey to learn balance and will be sharing about that as well. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Grow Your Blog!

I am so happy to see you here at my blog! I am excited to be participating in the "Grow Your Blog!!!" party  sponsored by Vicki at 2 Bags Full Blog. Vicki, thank you so much for hosting this party. I am looking forward to meeting and greeting other members of the blogging community. I love hearing from those who come to Betsy's Heartstrings and getting to know you through your comments here and following your blogs as well.

I would like to introduce myself .... I am Betsy, Child number 10 of my Parents, Sister number 9 to one Brother and eight Sisters, the Only Woman in the world to my "Perfect for Me" Hubby, Mother of 4 Girls and 1 Boy, and Gma to 2 Lovely Grandgirls. My Very First Post, which was only 3 months ago, talks about how my nickname, Betsy, came to be and about why I decided to write a blog. I hope you will read about it there.

I am a "creator" of many things. . .and I like to share them with people. I have taught many friends how to create lots of different things, and have loved learning how to do the creative things they know how to do. Some of the things I have learned and taught are playing the guitar, cross stitching, playing the piano, sewing children's clothing, sewing swimsuits, sewing curtains, sewing my own clothing, hanging wallpaper, cooking, baking, singing, silk ribbon embroidery, sewing and hand quilting quilts, making bread, designing floral arrangements, designing wedding party florals, wedding decorations, reception decorations, balloon bouquets, stamping cards, Tye dying, beading jewelry, cooking gluten free, vinyl and wood boards, embroidery with floss, primitive country painting, sewing dolls and doll clothing, bumper pads, sleepers for toddlers, and...the list goes on.....

There ARE some things I'd still like to learn to do, believe it or not! How to decorate cakes and cookies better, hand dip chocolates, Brazilian Embroidery, how to EDIT PICTURES....(it has been a DAY for me trying to get my new header pictures right and they are still not correct...oh, well...I am not perfect at anything I do!) paint vinyl floor mats, tole painting with detail, play the cello, play the mandolin, sing soprano, and improve on the piano....and that list goes on as well...

Here I post pictures things I am making, things that my friends are making, things I am dreaming about, things I am learning about and some things I want to do better at. I hope to have an exercise post where I keep track of my daily exercise, I have been doing better at that. I want to have a place where you can find Gluten Free Recipes that I use that are yummy and good, and give you the information I have gained about GF Cooking during the 12 years I have been eating Gluten Free. I hope to keep in touch with friends and family, lots of times they want to see what I am working on, and I want to show them! And I hope to make new friends and learn what is working for you in your lives and what I can glean from your knowledge. I like friends!

So, thanks for coming by! Please come again, follow my blog, if you'd like and if you post a comment I will come and see your blog, if you have one. AND....Since this is a PARTY, you may as well know that......


I LOVE a party and I love to bring a hostess gift when I go to one...but since I am the hostess, I will give a lucky person who leaves a comment on my page a "party goer" gift!
You don't have to have a blog, you don't have to post anything anywhere else except on the comment section of this post.

   This is what one of you will receive from me, as a "Thank You for Posting on my Blog at the Party" gift...
           
       1  ~ 2 serving bottle of Classic Sweet Flavored
                                  Non-Alcoholic
                      Sheffield Cider Sparkling Cider

If you click on the link above, you can read my post about this yummy stuff my hubby and his brothers and nephews make with the apples grown on our farm....

           
   You will ALSO receive

        1 ~ 2 serving bottle of Cherry/Apple Flavored
                               Non-Alcoholic
                    Sheffield Cider Sparkling Cider


        This stuff is really good over vanilla ice cream...it makes a special occasion "float"..... LOL
    





And I think you will need a. . . um  . . something new to YOU! to drink this fresh appley tasting stuff....don't you?

What do you think of a vintage champagne goblet that is very pretty with a wintery snowflake or star pattern etched in it? It is a very thin glass and I will pack it well so it does not break in shipment to you. I have made a wintery sparkly goblet marker just for your goblet with a heart and a heart key on it. I think a key to my heart is lovely comments on my blog.....and I love hearts....which will come as no surprise, I think! I will also include some bubble bath and some pretty soap and a few surprise bubble bath treats. That way you will be all ready to enjoy your sparkling cider in a beautiful goblet while you also enjoy a bubble bath!

So, it does not matter where you live, I will be happy to ship this gift to someone who leaves a comment on my blog...your comments warm my heart and help me get to know you....I hope that you enjoy your visits to Betsy's Heartstrings, and that you will return often. Please remember to leave me your email address so I can contact you, should you be the party favor winner! I will announce the winner here on February 1, 2013.

Hugs to your heart and happiness today and always,




If you would like to know more about our sparkling cider you can read my post about it Here!


Happy February 1st!!!  The day has come to announce the winner of my Grow Your Blog Party Favor!
This morning and early afternoon I have been relaxing and recovering a bit from a twisted ankle and subsequent fall yesterday.....it hurt...my shoulder, my arm, my elbow, my hip, my knee my ankle, my hand....and my pride....just a bit....I was walking along Las Vegas Boulevard with my hubby, heading to the Mon Ami Gabi Restaurant at the Paris Hotel for lunch. A friend of mine (who has a vintage antiques and gifts boutique in her home the first weekend of a each month, which is another post in and of itself!) has a son who is a chef there and we were taking him a bottle of our Vintage Dry Sparkling Cider. I had carried the large bottle in my purse all day, the day before, because he had not been at work the first time we went. So, my upper arms were sore from that, and are STILL sore from that, BEFORE the fall....hmmm....I am SUCH a clutz, I do that kind of thing so often... So, this morning, I couldn't walk well...my foot is swollen and I pretty much hurt from head to toe...on one side of my body...
Okay, Mrs. ADD, get back on track....I used a random number generator to come up with winning number, and then counted the posts and the person who posted 10th became my winner...and

The Winner Is....
Joey Lea of Lady Locust

Congratulations, Joey Lea! It looks like you will be enjoying a bubble bath with sparkling cider soon! I hope to get it into the mail to you the beginning of the week at the latest! 

Thank you all for visiting my blog, and I hope you that became followers will enjoy what I post. It has been such fun to get to know you and I look forward to getting to know you better! I wish I could send all of you something....I give a gift to everyone that comes to my home on Christmas Eve, so this is feeling foreign for me to give just one gift....I hope I give you the gift of beauty, or laughter or comfort when you visit my blog...I'll do more giveaways, I promise! 

Hugs from my heart to yours,
Betsy


159 comments:

  1. Betsy - what a huge family. I too am one of ten yet only two have survived - my parents also long gone. I too have many children and grandchildren (I guess its par for the course coming from a large family). You sound like superwoman with so many accomplishments - a scary person to have as a friend!
    Your giveaway glass is a beauty. x

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    1. Thanks for coming Annabelle!
      See you at your blog.
      Hearts to you,
      Betsy

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    2. Annabelle, I hope that I am not scary...I am definitely NOT superwoman....I am messy everywhere....I remind myself of "Pigpen" in the Charlie Brown Comic series.....I seem to fluff up a mess where ever I am and whatever I am doing....Just yesterday walking out of the Dr. office I lost my shoe....and just about tripped...I said "Hello!" to the couple who had opened the door for me and we all laughed together. I dont' remember what I said, but the Gal laughed and said "Well, thank you for that good laugh, I'll laugh about that all day!" I said "Well, that is about all I'm good for, a GOOD laugh!" I am not a competitive person, I love rubbing shoulders with others and enjoying whatever it is that we are doing together. I am a social worker, a social cleaner, a social player ...I get energy from people. That is one of the reasons I wanted to blog....my kids are almost all grown up and I don't have anyone to play with all day anymore! LOL So, I am hoping to get some energy from blog friends, I have already started to work on some things that I have put off for a long time. Did you read my third post? About Halloween...you have to read it, it is SOOOO me! and you will see just what THIS superwoman is REALLY like. . .I am TRULY the BABY of the family!
      Hearts,
      Betsy

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  2. Wow that's an impressive set of sisters, your brother must have felt quite out numbered!
    My OH also brews cider etc (both alcoholic and non) and it's just sooo tasty!

    I love your pictures they are really bright and vibrant. Will be taking tips from your page with me to mine :).

    Rache xx
    Popping by from Mystic Spirit for the GYOB party!
    http://mysticspiritshop.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Rache,
      Thank you for coming, my poor brother, he WAS outnumbered. He is a kind man and I am grateful we have him as our brother. See you at your blog soon!
      Hearts,
      Betsy

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  3. hey there!! i'm glad to have a new friend - i'm a new follower - love your blog. what a great giveaway. please enter me. thanks!! have a wonderful weekend. enjoy your day. big big hugs. ( :

    elizardbreathspeaks@gmail.com

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    1. Beth!
      I have a niece, who also goes by Betsy, whose nickname was LizardBreath from her siblings....Elizabeth gets lots of fun nicknames....
      I will see you on your blog!
      Hugs,
      Betsy

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  4. Popping in from GroBlo13 - What a wonderful list of crafts you have tried! And such a generous giveaway as well!!! I never knew cider could be sparkling, I imagine that would be really refreshing. I look forward to learning more about you :)
    x x x

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    1. Thanks so much for coming by! The really yummy thing about our cider is that is has less carbonation than most sparkling ciders. It actually tastes like an apple in a bottle...
      Hearts to you!
      Betsy

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  5. Hi Betsy, sounds like a very busy creative live!!!
    I sure like the idea of bubble bath and sparkling cider especially on a cold snowy day!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Diana

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    1. Oh, Diana,
      When you put it THAT way.....I want to go get in my tub right now and have my own cider bubbly bath....
      it is cold here today...I hope your weekend is wonderful also!
      Warm Hearts,
      Betsy

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  6. What a gorgous blog! Very nice getting to know you.
    ManonX
    http://manonpopjes-manonpopjes.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I love your picture! I am anxious to see your blog! Thanks so much for popping in!
      Hearts,
      Betsy

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  7. what a sweet post about the hop and your photos are amazing. I hope to win...I love apple cider. BTW, pop over to see me, I have a giveaway too!

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    1. I am so excited to see everyone's blogs! I forgot to even say anything about knitting and crocheting.....
      I do those as well....I have a dear friend who keeps me going on that, as well as my Mom~in~law...
      See you at your blog soon!
      Hearts!
      Betsy

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  8. Hello Betsy. Your blog is lovely, and homey and feels really comforting. It is lovely! Your present is amazingly generous too. I look forward to following you and getting to know you better.

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    1. Yay, Yay, and thrice yay! I am so happy you came to see me at MY blog!
      I admire your cycling....I have attempted that, my hubby wants me to do more of it...that "should" thin me down....as my blog grows, Right???!
      I looke forward to reading your blog as well,
      Happy thinning hearts to both of us!
      Betsy

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  9. Nice to meet you Betsy. If you want to learn how to make a floor cloth, just pop on over to my blog and hit the tutorials button. They are really fun to do - although a little time consuming. I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you for coming by, I cannot wait to make a floor cloth! I am so excited to use your tutorial! I do time consuming....**rolling eyes at myself**,
      I took HOURS trying to fix my header picture, and it is still a problem....hmmm....sometime I will fix it. I need a tutorial from my daughter!
      I bought a floor mat from a friend and she asked, "Why are you buying this, you should make it yourself!" but I value other's talents and sometimes would rather pay than learn!
      Hearts to you,
      Betsy

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  10. Your blog is absolutely beautiful. I love that you have color! I found you through the grow your blog event - am only on the 'b's and am keeping a list to come back through and add to be followers - so I don't have to be clicking back and forth.
    Smiles,
    JoeyLea
    PS I have a blog too if you would like to take a peek
    http://thelocustblossom.blogspot.com/

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    1. I am happy you came by! I will visit your blog as well!
      Hearts,
      Betsy

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    1. I have been very busy, at times, over the last 30 years...I have learned lots, but I think other people know as much as I do....I love creating with friends!
      Hearts to you!
      Betsy

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  12. Hi Betsy, just stopping by from the GYB party. I'm following you, so when I'm done blog-hopping and I can come back and read more. Love your giveaway (I have one as well).
    ~Diane

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    1. Oh, Diane,
      Please do come back again, I will visit your blog as well!
      Hearts to you!
      Betsy

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  13. How nice to meet you on the blog hop. I am in love with anything pretty and vintage and adore your baby spoons on the previous post. Thank you for sharing such a generous giveaway too. We don't have these drinks in England and it is always great to try new things.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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    1. Kay, I have shipped these to Germany in the past and they arrive in perfect condition! I am so glad you came by!
      Hugs,
      Betsy

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  14. Nice to meet you! You have a pretty blog!

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    1. It is nice to meeet YOU! I am happy you enjoyed my blog.
      Hope to see you again!
      Betsy

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  15. Hi, stopping by from the blog fest that Vicki is sponsoring.

    What a lovely blog. You are so new at it and have created just a lovely space. What a great start.

    I think I will be stopping by a bunch.

    Hope to get a visit from you too

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

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    1. Elaine,
      I love your name, one of my daughter's middle names is Elaine, I had a wonderful Aunt Elaine...
      and I KNIT too! I learned that early, when I was 12 or so, and then have knitted off and on for the last 40 years. I started knitting Baby Sweaters with the zipper up the back when my Granddaughter was born. They are fun...but I get distracted by my too many ideas and it takes me awhile to finish one. I know if I focused on just that sweater while I was working on it it would turn out smoother. My MIL is an excellent knitter, she is very patient with me. See you soon at your blog!
      Red Hearts <3 ;) to you!
      Betsy

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  16. Nice to meet you Betsy. Your blog is beautiful. http://katstitching@blogspot.ca

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    1. Nice to have you here, Kat...I am excited to take a peek at your blog, anything that has to do with ANY stitching I am thrilled to look at.
      I probably could have a store of my own in my studio....wow, I actually called my craftroom/sewing room, floral shop, balloon shop, a studio! I ahve been trying to do that to make me feel like my "work" in there is more important than I give it credit for!
      Hugs!
      Betsy

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  17. Hi,
    Just popping in from the party trail to visit. Enjoying seeing your pretty blog. And, wow what a great giveaway too!

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    1. And the Eater Bunny song is stuck in my head now.....
      "poppin' down the party trail...., hippity, hoppity....knitalatte's on her way!"
      So glad you enjoyed the blog, hope to see you again!
      Betsy

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  18. Hi, Betsy! I'm visiting from Vicki's blog. I enjoyed your blog. I'm a home schooling, farm wife. I'm a former chef who is more than full time cooking for four sets of allergies within my family. All four are gluten intolerant(including me). I like to create too. I paint, draw, sew, and do pottery when I can get in a studio.

    I have followed your blog and I hope you will come visit my blog. Don't forget to say hello when you do.:)
    www.everydayruralty.com

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    1. Oh, oh, oh....we have definite things in common....I have done some home schooling, I love the reading program we have used, I introduced it to the tiny private school my kids went to for a few years...loved the small school, but it was a long drive each day. We farm 800 plus acres, mostly orchards. My hubby and his brothers are partners and we have some wonderful full time employees that make all the difference in a good operation. I am NOT a chef, but you will LOVE this cider! It reduces wonderfully for sauces and dressings. The Cherry makes a great Cherry Vinegrette Dressing, I will share that recipe with you, you probably have some great ones yourself. I would love to paint and draw and do pottery...I have always wanted to do pottery, but I guess I cannot do everything... I can't wait to visit your blog!
      Hearts to you!
      Betsy

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  19. HI Betsy I am visiting from the hop as well-Looks like we have lots in common-I love to create many things too, love to cook, bake, can, I have had celiac for over 15 years now so I share lots of tips and recipes too and enjoy finding new recipes. I live in the woods in Missouri, and am retired-no children though-your giveaway sounds too awesome-Kathy

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    1. Kathy,
      I am canning applesauce today! WE keep our aples in a cold storage area and so they are still in good shape. Usually it happens in late October, when the Fujis are ripe. But today we are making sauces from Pinata apples, one of my favorites!
      Hope today is a great day for you, I can't wait to see some of your recipes!
      Betsy

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  20. Hi it is nice to meet you. I have enjoyed your blog.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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    1. Nicole,
      It is nice to meet you as well and I am glad you enjoy my blog. hope to see you again!
      hearts,
      Betsy

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  21. Popped across for the party and love your photographs....what a delightfully presented blog!
    Not far away from me, as Im in Hull, and gosh the non alc. ciders sound DIVINE!

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    1. Are you near Mt. Hull in Washington State?
      I just looked it up on google earth....If that is where you are, it is a beautiful place...
      Hearts,
      Betsy

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  22. I always wanted to learn to PLAY the piano (you just want to get better)...that and tap dance!!! Happy Blog Party Saturday - glad I stumbled upon your beautiful blog. Hope your weekend is wonderful - Tanya

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    1. I REALLY want to learn how to clog...I used to do it a little, my Hubby was in a dance group in College and they clogged....but that has been lots of years ago...I like to Zumba and just dance around the house for exercise.... I am so glad you stumbled here as well, I hope it didn't hurt you too badly... ;) !! Can't wait to check out your blog...I love beeds and needles!
      Hearts,
      Betsy

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  23. Sparkling cider and a bubble bath - how could it go wrong.

    I look forward to reading more.

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    1. Yep....bubbles and bubbles...nothin' bad about THAT!!!!
      Thanks for coming! It is so nice to have you!
      Heart Hugs,
      Betsy

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  24. Oooo la la...what a beautiful blog! I am blog partying with Vicki @ 2 bags full, and I am loving it! And your giveaway sounds quite delightful...delectable...delicious...please count me in! I am now a follower, hope you'll visit me back! BLOG ON!

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    1. You're IN!!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!
      And for signing up to follow!
      Hearts,
      Betsy

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  25. Betsy! Great giveaway, I hope I win :) Found you on GYB and I look forward to reading more!

    -Jade @ www.muffinteahouse.com

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  26. Hi Betsy, Please put me in the draw for the cider. I grew up in England and haven't been able to find a good local cider in N. America. Let's hope yours is "the one". What a busy girl you are, I am in awe.

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    1. Oh, don't be in awe....I just play A LOT....and all these things I started learning when I was 5...that was the beginning of embroidery...and I just do a little of a lot of things...I don't know that I am good at any one thing...
      The cider is amazing....and I am not just saying that because we make it. When I do tastings for businesses, many people who do not usually
      like sparkling apple cider taste ours and are happily surprised. So, you might like it as well!
      Thanks for coming by, I truly appreciate everyone taking the time to come...
      Hearts to you! Have a wonderful Sunday!
      Betsy

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    2. you have the most lovely blog. I have enjoyed looking at your great photos..I would love to taste your sparkling cider.. I look forward to reading more of your blog .. great party, hey??? Hugs judy

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  27. Oh my goodness, I love the look of your blog!! We love history and the photos in your header are worth staring at for enjoyment!!

    Very pleased to meet you!! I would love to enjoy this drink! We drink on occasion and tasting something new would be wonderful!!!

    Stopping by from Kay's Little Korner

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    1. Welcome, Kay!
      I am glad you love the photo's....I am truly going to get them fixed so they are clearer. I worked so hard and just have not had enough experience to get it right on the editor I used. My daughter is an editor, and I was trying to be "in-de-pen-dent", like Hermie, on the Rudolph Claymation Christmas Show...I guess I need more training so I can be successfully independent! LOL ;)
      Hearts to you!
      Betsy

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  28. hi betsy! as soon as i saw all your great crafts i knew i had to follow your blog! we are so lucky vicki is doing this for us! don't forget me in your drawing! aloha, angi in hana

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    1. I agree! WE are so lucky she is doing this, I am glad my blog friend Liz, at Lululizinlalaland, told me about it! I have had such a good time learning how to blog. I have enjoyed computer graphics for years, and it's fun to be able to get things to look like I want them too....mostly...!
      You're in the drawing!
      Hearts to you! and Aloha!
      Betsy

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  29. The cider sounds yummy! And you make it? How awesome is that! Enjoyed visiting your blog and hope you'll come over sometime:-)

    Hugs,
    Terri

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    1. The cider IS yummy, and our family produces it here in a commercial facility on our farm. I will be over to your blog soon!
      Hearts,
      Betsy

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  30. Enjoyed your blog, have become a follower. The cider sounds and looks so good. Count me in .
    http://joycesloveoflife.blogspot.com

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    1. Joyce, thanks so much for following!
      It will be fun to get to know so many people, and see what other bloggers are enjoying in their lives!
      You're in the drawing, glad to have you stop by!
      Betsy

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  31. Hello,

    Nice to meet you.
    I would like to try my luck in your giveaway.
    There is a giveaway on my blog,too.
    http://petite-armoire.blogspot.com/
    betikarauski@gmail.com

    Greetings.
    Bernadett

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    1. Bernadett,
      I knew a gal named Bernadette while I was growing up. She is a very gracious French woman that lived a few houses down from my family.
      Her younger sister, who was the same age as I, came one summer from France and we visited quite a bit. I was able to try my French with her....I was not real great at it. I only had one year in High School at that time, but I knew to tell her that we were going to the "cinema" when she did not understand when the other girls said we were going to a "movie".
      I cannot wait to see your blog! Thanks so much for coming!
      Hearts,
      Betsy

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  32. Hello Betsy,

    Happy to have found you in the list of the "Grow your blog" party. Signed in as a follower. I saw some of your posts and want to come back to read more of them !!
    You have a lot of talents !
    Nice Dutch tags too. ( I'm Dutch, you know :)
    I love to get to know more friends in Blogland and welcome you on
    my blog.... Shabby Royale.

    Blessings,

    Wilma.

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    1. Wilma,
      I am so happy you are happy to have found me! I apreciate Vicki doing all this work so we can meet new people. It will be
      fun to share with so many the things of my heart....I have a dear friend whose Mother's name is Wilma, I love her Mother too!
      and they are Danish...I am excited to see your blog!
      Hearts,
      Betsy

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  33. It's so nice to meet you and visit your lovely blog! What a sweet giveaway...wow! You've outdone yourself with beautiful gifts! I'll go look around your blog some, too! Hope you'll visit me!

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    1. You are so sweet....I am happy you think my blog is lovely. I hope you enjoy looking around on it and I am excited to visit yours!
      I love the Lavender that grows in my yard. I am hoping to plant a LONG row of it this spring along with a row of Rosemary...for rememberance.
      I love making lavender sachets and hanging them around my home.
      Hearts to you, please come again!
      Betsy

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  34. I would love a chance to win your amazing giveaway. Your family seems talented, growing and making!

    http://stitchingincrossesandmore.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Lija,
      What a beautiful spelling of a beautiful name! I can't wait to see your blog, Cross stitch was probably the first thing I was really good at. I started doing it when I was 16 and continue to do a little now and then. I have very few pieces I have kept, so many of them went as gifts to friends. I wil do a post about some of those I still have. When my mother Passed away 4 years ago, I did get the thinhgs I had stitched for her and my father back. So, now I have a few pieces in my home. SEe you at your blog soon!
      Cross stitch warms my heart and yours as well, I'd bet!
      Betsy

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  35. Love your blog. Especially love the post about spoons. I collect spoons.
    Thank you a chance to win the yummy cedar and beautiful goblet.
    I have become a follower and look forward to returning to your blog often.
    blessings, denise :D
    http://tomorrowstreasurestoday.blogspot.com/

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    1. Denise,
      I didn't realize I had a spoon fettish...but I see that I do now! Thanks for following me, I look forward to viewing your blog as well.
      You are in the drawing!
      Hearts to you!
      Betsy

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  36. Hello Betsy, I have had an enjoyable look around your lovely blog! We have many things in common as well as GF cooking. I am glad to have had a chance to meet you at this fab blog hop. Those Dutch girls are so sweet, and the charm too.
    Hugs,
    Terri
    artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com

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    1. Terri!
      So glad you found my blog, finding Gluten Free cooks is always such a joy to me. I finally started handing out business cards to people that were anywhere near the Gluten Free section of any store. There are many of us in my extended family that eat Gluten Free. My niece produces Gluten Free mises and has 2 Gluten Free cook books. She started working on recipes so that we could all have ymmuy food instead of the cardboard tasting food that was the only thing available in 2000. I will share about that later on, but I am so glad you came! I look forward to seeing your blog, too. I really loved making the tags...I have a few more to make and I am excited planning them in my mind.
      Happy hearts to you!
      Betsy

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  37. Wonderful tour of your lovely blog. I am glad to meet your thru 2 bags full. Visiting from Cottage-Wishes,Di

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      Thanks for coming, it is such fun to meet so many new people that I never would have met before!
      I am glad you enjoyed my blog and hope you come again!
      Heart hugs,
      Betsy

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  38. What an amazing image of the castle in your blog header!

    Visiting from Grow Your Blog hop and throwing my hat in the ring for your giveaway.

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

    tvonzalez@gmail.com

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    1. Tami,
      Thanks for visiting today! The picture of the castle is one we took from a distance while driving up to it in Braunfels, Germany. Our daughter and her family live in Germany and we enjoyed the tour of this castle. I have lots more pictures of the castle and the town around it.
      I am excited to see your blog....I love thrift shops!
      Hearts,
      Betsy

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  39. Well, I just love your blog. It's the kind of blog I was hoping to find during this fun party. It really speaks to me and I have become a follower. I loved seeing some of your creations and look forward to more! Your give away prize is pretty spectacular too! :-) -Derrith Scarbrough tiedupinribbon.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Derrith....
      I feel honored that my blog would speak to anyone besides me! I have enjoyed blogging for the few months I've been doing itl I have so many things I want to share and it will be so fun learning from others' blogs. I look forward to visiting your blog, I LOVE ribbons....I have a ribbon fettish too....
      Hearts and hugs,
      Betsy

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  40. Like your style
    very cleaver
    will be back Come by any time
    Laura

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    1. Laura,
      Thanks for thinking I am cleaver. Mostly I am very silly....but I am happy you came and I will check out your blog as well!
      Hope today warmed your heart!
      Betsy

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  41. Interesting blog. Love your party favors! Think I will hang out for a bit.

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    1. Emily, Thanks for coming! Hope you enjoyed it!
      Hugs,
      Betsy

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  42. I love your blog. You are an amazingly talented lady. I am very interested in GF and appreciate your knowledge. I am a quilter, crafter, and "jack of all trades" too. (Much less of a musician than you are though!)

    Will be back soon. This blog party is fun!

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    1. Yes, it IS fun! There are so many blogs I would never have known about! and now I get to see so many!
      Thanks for stopping by. I hope to be doing a GF post sometime soon. Yes, Jill of all trades is a perfect way
      to describe me! LOL
      Hugs,
      Betsy

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  43. Hi Betsy, so good to meet you, and see and hear of all the things you create!! Thanks for a chance at your lovely giveaway!

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    1. Sharon,
      So good to have you here!. You're in the drawing!
      Hope you have a lovely weekend.
      Hugs,
      Betsy

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  44. What a beautiful Blog, Betsy. I must find the followers now. Thanks for joining the Party. Hugs from Alaska. kareninkenai@gmail.com (www.alaskabluemoose.blogspot.com) or (www.karendorcas.com).

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    1. So glad you enjoy my blog,
      I am thrilled to meet so many bloggers and will get to see all these new blogs myself!
      Thanks for following, you are in the drawing...
      Hugs,
      Betsy

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  45. You have a lovely blog and a lovely giveaway. I'm a new follower and participant of 'Grow your Blog'. Have fun at the party!
    Evalina, This and that...

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    1. EvalinaMaria,
      Thank you for stopping by! Hope you enjoy the thinkgs I love, too! I looke forward to getting to know a bit about you on your blog!
      Hugs,
      Betsy

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  46. Hi Betsy, Welcome to the party, I have enjoyed reading your blog. We have some things in common, I am one of ten 6 brothers and three sisters, I love to hand embroidery, cross-stitch, and meet new people. I like your header and I will be back to visit. I would love to enter your giveaway. Have fun at the party. A New Missouri Friend.

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    1. Shirley,
      WE DO have a lot in common! Large family, love embroideries, meeting new people, and every gal I know named Shirley is someone I truly love and respect! I have some cousins in Missouri, so glad you came by! You are entered in the giveaway!
      Betsy

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  47. Hello Betsy, thank you for sharing your nice stories with us. Your blog is really fun to read and I'm so happy whenever I learn that there is someone else with a big family and some tiny problems with blogging and doing everything right. I'm looking forward to your next post.
    Magdalena

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    1. Magdalena,
      I know I talk talk talk....and I am glad someone enjoys my stories! I couldn't pretend I did everything just right....No.....I couldn't! LOL I see other's blogs and wish I could be so neat and orderly and calm.....but that just is NOT me most of the time. Every once in awhile I get organzied and plans go smoothly, but not as often as I think they should...so we laugh a lot around here...did you read my post about Halloween?....you will get a kick out of THAT!
      Thanks for following! Hearts to you,
      Betsy

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  48. I eagerly looked for the things you have shared with me. Some I found and some I did not but I am still thankful for all. You lift me up whenever I think of you. You have shared so much with me throughout the years, and I have been able to share some of the bounty with others. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!!

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    1. Dawnie....I hope you will come again....and again....and again....and we really need to create some fun thing the next time we are together. I wish you were coming THIS week! You, my dear, are the "sweetest and the best". AND though we are not sisters, we ARE sisters....Thank YOU!! My life has been dearly blessed by your love for all these years....I have learned from you MORE than you will ever know...
      Hugs and love,
      Betsy

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    2. And you want in the drawing too! RIGHT?....LOLOL

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  49. I am so inspired that you have learned and taught so many things. I will be hoping to some myself this year. Lovely blog - Lesley

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    1. I have had so much fun learning creative things in my life, and sharing that knowledge with others, I think it is a baby sister thing, I just want to have fun with all my sisters and enjoy their friendship and love...and we can all rise together.
      Hugs,
      Betsy

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  50. Your blog is so full of pretty things! I know it will be wonderful to visit here often.
    Cathy

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    1. Cathy,
      Thank you for wthat wonderful compliment, I look forward to visiting your blog! In fact I think I have in the past!
      Heats,
      Betsy

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  51. It is so nice to meet you through the GYB party and I am a new follower. We have a number of things in common and I look forward to visiting again.
    Judith

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    1. Judith,
      Thanks so much for following! I love your beautiful blog, I am not very good at pictures yet, I hope to get better. Your gardens are so lovely, I have been tryhing to figure out hos to do that in my yard....with only apple trees around and a few Aspen trees...it is hard to get that cozy garden feeling here...I LOVE country English decor, and I'd love to have an "English Garden" spot, at least in my yard....maybe I will get some good ideas from your blog. See you soon, at my place or yours!
      Hugs,
      Betsy

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  52. Lovely. I came here from Vicki's party, still going strong. It's certainly lively on your blog, non-alcoholic drinks notwistanding,.. Do stop by my blog too and enter the giveaway. See you there.

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    1. Socrates,
      Thanks for coming by! There are so many blogs to visit! Your blog is beautiful and I love your art....LOL, we can be lively without alcohol, let me tell you! I look forward to seee more of your artwork on your blog!
      Hearts to you,
      Betsy

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  53. I love your blog, and am looking forward to spending more time reading it. Thanks for the lovely giveaway!
    :o)

    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for coming by, I am so glad you enjoy it! Do come again!
      Hearts to you,
      Betsy

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  54. Wow! what a busy party. Its really happening at your place. Love your posting and your giveaway is delightful. Count me in thankyou.
    Cheers from another party participant.
    Joan.

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    1. Joan,
      You are in, Girl! thanks for keepin' my blog hoppin'! I am anxious to visit your blog. I have a friend in New Zealand.
      I would LOVE to see your country someday!
      Hearts to you,
      Betsy

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  55. Hi Betsy,
    So nice to meet you via GYB. It's been so much fun reading everyone's blog. Your blog is beautiful! Excellent photos. I'm a new follower.

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    1. So glad you like my photos, I am still learning lots about how to do it....
      I laugh about myself and these photos....a lot....
      Thanks for following!
      Hearts,
      Betsy

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  56. Your give-away is so different! How fun! You must be SO CREATIVE to make so many things! How wonderful! I'm here from GYB! Nice to "meet" you here.
    sandy :)

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    1. I knew whomever received the giveaway prize would love the sparkling cider, and I never know if someone is going to really love something I make..so I took the SAFEST ROUTE! LOL It is nice to have you visit here!
      Hearts to you,
      Betsy

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  57. Hi there Betsy,
    You have a delightful blog and I can see you love to try new things while creating, I always say I'm a creator of many arts and master of none. Great giveaway too I might add.
    Have fun blog hopping and making new friends!
    Hugs Marilou

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    1. Marilou,
      Thanks for coming by, so glad you enjoyed my blog. You are in the drawing for the giveaway!
      Hope you come again and visit another time.
      Heart Hugs, Betsy

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  58. Found you on the GYB party. BTW, I'm not perfect at anything, either. LOL

    Stop by when you can. Great to meet you.

    http://airolgmd.blogspot.com/

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  59. Hi Dear Betsy
    Thank you girl for your kind comment! I am so glad you drew me here. Oh Boy you are one extremely talented woman having tried so many different arts and crafts. I'm dying to see some creations coming out of that treasure box of yours - it's definitely time! Love you little tags - sooo pretty!
    Wishing you much success with your blog and without thanks to wonderful Vicki this meeting would never have probably happened - at least so soon anyway.
    Amazing that your family are involved in the cider making industry. Looks beautiful!
    Blessings,
    Suzy

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    1. Suzy,
      Thanks for stopping by! I just love looking at your art...Hopefully sometime mine will be as pretty as so much of what I see and enjoy on other's blogs.
      Liz was sweet enough to blog about our sparkling cider when I sent some to her last summer...
      Vicki IS a sweet heart for doing all this work so we can meet new bolg friends!
      Hearts,
      Betsy

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  60. Hi Betsy,
    I just found your wonderful blog through Vickis Party (Vicki- you're the best :-)) and love being here! You make so precious and beautiful things...for sure I'll return to read and see more!Started following you. And the giveaway- I really want this stuff *hihi*
    So- with warmest regards from my heart to yours

    Ines/ E. Blumenstengel- Germany

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    1. Ines,
      So glad you could visit! Just so you know...I love Germany...if you didn't get a chance to see that on my other posts. The castle picture at the top of the page is of Braunfels, Germany. We were able to tour the castle and have a wonderful lunch in an amazing Greek Restaurant there...that will be a memory I keep in my heart for a long long time...You would enjoy the cider, I am sure!
      Hearts to you and Germany,
      Betsy

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  61. I'm loving your blog and so inspired by some of the things you have done and wish to do. I think your header looks great, by the way. The cider sounds and looks awesome and I would be happy to sample some. I'm a new follower and will certainly come back to browse around..I'm also going to pass your blog info on to someone I know who needs a gluten-free diet. Nice to meet you ~ Laura

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    1. Laura,
      Thanks for coming by, and for following my blog. I would be happy to email with your friend about the Gluten Free information I have. It is such a relief to have someone be able to help you find you way when it comes to eating Gluten Free. Thanks for passing on the information to her.
      Hearts to you!
      Betsy

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  62. Visiting via Vicki's GYB Party and I'm having some giveaways as well.

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  63. Thanks for coming by, I think I have been to your blog before, I will definitely go see it!
    Hugs to your heart!
    Betsy

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  64. What an amazing post Betsy! You are definitely hands on! My grandmother was one of eleven girls with one brother. It's not fair! haha! SO many wonderful fun things to try. I have done almost all the needle arts. Learning to blog now! Thanks so much for the sweet feedback!

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    1. Jacquline,
      Thanks so much from stopping by! A large family has been so much fun in my life....I cnnot even vbegin to tell you how much fun....I would have loved to talk to your Grandmother! I know you could teach me lots of needle art things...my Mother and MILaw have encourgaed me and instructed me in so many things...I feel very blessed.
      Hope to see you soon!
      Hearts,
      Betsy

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  65. ...its always fun to read about someone with a huge family.. what fun that must be!! Lucky you.. and your give-a-way sounds Yummy/delicious.. thanks for the opportunity.. mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

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    1. Oh, the sotries I could tell about our huge family....so much fun. There was a lot of love in our home and that makes all the difference...
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Hearts to you,
      Betsy

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  66. Glad to find your blog through the Grow Your Blog party. It was fun getting to know you and all that you do and I look forward to checking back again. Please visit me at http://donnafussell.typepad.com when you get a chance.

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    1. So glad you found me, too! I will definitely go to your blog, and visit!
      Thanks so much for coming by!
      Hearts,
      Betsy

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  67. Nice to meet you at the party!
    Beautiful blog and I love your lovely giveaway...
    Cheers!!

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    1. Nice to meet you, as well!
      I am glad you enjoyed the blog and hope y ou'll come again.
      Maybe you will be the winner of the giveaway!
      Hugs,
      Betsy

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  68. I love meeting someone who has so many interests! Such a creative person, you are! Thanks for posting on my blog and thanks, too, for extending an invitation to come to yours!! What a delight!

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    1. Kadee,
      Thanks for coming by! I love many of the same things you do! I will see you at your blog as well!
      Hugs,
      Betsy

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  69. What a gorgeous blog! I love the spoons and the birdhouse reminds of a one a friend made me years ago! Beth

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    1. Beth,
      You are so sweet, thanks so much for droping by....Your post made me smile!
      Hugs to you!
      Betsy

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  70. It's taking me awhile, but I am gradually making my way to all these wonderful blogs...I'm so happy to have found yours and look forward to reading more.

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    1. Lynda,
      I have not made my way through them all as of yet either! and the Party has officially ended! but I will make it to them all eventually!
      I am glad you found me too!
      hearts,
      Betsy

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  71. Hi Betsy, I came back again! I had left comments on the later post, and thought I better do so here to be on the hope list for your Giveaway!

    Hugs!

    Jan from The Pink Geranium

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  72. What a wonderful giveaway... sounds heavenly! I found you through the GYB hop!
    DeniseB
    deniseb777ATgmailDOTcom

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  73. Hi Betsy. I'm still plowing through the LONG list of blog party people, and am so glad I came across your blog. You sound like a fun, busy lady. I'm trying to figure out where you are from--I went to your post about the cider, and I get the feeling maybe you are a NW girl--maybe OR or WA? I'm in Portland so maybe we are neighbors? Your giveaway is wonderful, and so cool that your husband and family make the ciders! Please include me in the giveaway---you will have to use lots of bubble-wrap on that beautiful goblet! I have a sister named Betsy (shortened from Elizabeth), another named FaFa (from Martha) and DiDi (from Christine)...funny how nicknames are derived.

    I'm having a giveaway, too, and invite you to come visit my blog as well!

    maggie
    www.themagrag.com

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    1. Maggie,
      Thanks for coming by! I will be by your blog, somehow I missed your comment here...Yes I am from Washington State, We love the Oregon beaches and go almost every summer for a few days.
      I do like nicknames, but I am not one who likes to "name them This and call them That" for nicknames, I like "evolved" nicknames. My children's nicknames evolved from their original names, or from family situations...Mushi, mushi is what Hubby calls our youngest daughter...she had mushy cute cheeks on her face.. and at 16 he still calls her that..
      hugs,
      Betsy

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  74. Hello Betsy,
    I've had a wonderful time reading all about you here on your delightful blog. I'm visiting on Vicki's GYB party invite and I'm having such a fantastic time.
    You sound like a very busy creative lady and I look forward to reading back through your posts. I know I'm going to have a great time.
    I'm a Brit and living in Melbourne Australia at the moment...I'd love to see you over at my place.
    I'm having a 'giveaway' too.
    Have fun blog hopping ;D
    Neesie ♥

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    1. Nessie,
      Thanks so much for coming! It has been so much fun to "meet" so many new people! I am so excited to visit your blog again!
      Heart hugs to you,
      Betsy

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  75. Visiting all the blogs on Grow Your Blog is taking longer than I expected but I made it to yours today! It looks like you are overseas - I am UK - so if I was a lucky winner I would not expect you to post your giveaway! it would cost a fortune in postage and might break - but nonetheless I am enjoying browsing through you blog. Betty

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    1. Betty,
      So sorry you did not win the giveaway, I wish I could send one to everyone who commented! I have shipped it to France and England and not one bottle has broken in shipment yet. And I would have shipped it to you regardless of cost. Maybe another time you will win the giveaway!
      Hearts to you,
      Betsy

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  76. Hi Betsy!

    I commented on your first post, as well. So happy to meet you via the Grow Your Blog Party. I am a new follower.

    :-)
    Traci
    http://www.astarinmyownuniverse.com/

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    1. Traci,
      Thanks for becoming a follower. I am excited to visit your blog as well!
      Hearts,
      Betsy

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  77. Well, I don't think you need any help with photo editing! Your blog photos are lovely! And we like many of the same things, so I hope to see you on my blog, too!

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    1. thanks you so much for your lovely comment...I still am just trying things out, I still do not KNOW what I am doing! LOL
      Thanks for coming by!
      Betsy

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  78. Stopping by from the GYB party. Impressed by your list of hobbies! I'm not a drinker of alcohol, so your sparkling cider sounds lovely with the sweet little snowflake glass. How fun would it be to win something from one of the blogs?

    ~ Sherrie (Bird Lady)

    http://www.birdladyblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Sherri,
      Thanks for coming by the blog! I look forward to visiting your blog!
      Hearts,
      Betsy

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  79. It is taking me some time to visit as many of the blogs as I can and I am so glad I made it here, your blog is lovely and you have some beautiful things on it, I love the tags you made for your sisters.
    Carolyn
    http://messmuddleandfun.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Carolyn,
      Thanks so much for coming by my blog! your blog name sounds like SO much fun! Can't wait to visit it!
      Hearts,
      Betsy

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  80. I forgot all about the blog and I'm so glad you reminded me! It is beautiful and you are too!

    You take lovely pictures of your projects! We'll have to make one together next time we're there!

    <3 Erin

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    1. You are a sweet adopted niece, I must say! Thanks for loving me. We will do something fun next time you are here, can't wait for that new baby!
      Love ya,
      betsy

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  81. A HUGE THANK YOU - CAN'T WAIT TO RECEIVE IT! LOVE YOUR BLOG - LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT YOU HAVE UP YOUR SLEEVE FOR FUTURE POSTS - THEY ARE JUST BEAUTIFUL.
    JOEYLEA

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    1. Hey, girl!
      I found you!!! Still haven't figured out what was up....but I will mail your prize tomorrow! PrizES!!! will email you soon!
      Hugs to your heart,
      Betsy

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