Sunday, January 25, 2015

Grow Your Blog Party 2015

Welcome to Full Circle, a ragtag mix of mostly paper and textile arts and crafts, painting, yoga, photos, travels, thoughts and quotes, an occasional recipe and other assorted nonsense! Today is GROW YOUR BLOG Sunday!


If you are here for the first time and came via the Blog Party, I welcome you and would like to thank you for dropping by! My name is Rhonda and I am blogging from Sacramento, California.

I am a recently retired middle school science teacher and now that I have more time, have gotten back into the arty side of my life. I have been doing some form of art most of my life and now I am finding I want to do everything! So I divide my time with some painting, art journaling, crocheting, natural dyeing, bookbinding, sewing and quilting. When did I ever have time to work before? I think the best way to see what my blog is all about is to scroll down through the posts. As you can see it is a bit eclectic!

It is time for Vicki's Grow Your Blog Party and this year I am participating! This is my second year to participate. Her "GROW YOUR BLOG" event is designed "to bring more readers and FOLLOWERS to our blogs. The premise is simple-- just visit as many blogs as you wish and sign up to follow those that interest you. In turn, all the other folks will be doing the same thing~ we will all be growing our blogs!" Last year she had over 500 people sign up! I visited a bunch of cool sounding blogs and found many I still follow today -- not all arts and crafts or cooking, but some just an interesting life somewhere else. So I am hoping some of you will visit my blog and find things you like that will keep you interested in more. Either way, I am so thrilled you have stopped in and would love to hear from you!

One of the keys to discovering new blogging friends is to leave a comment, which I always do when I visit a new blog for this kind of event. So please feel free to leave me a comment below if you are visiting for the first time or a repeat visitor! And of course, always feel free to follow or subscribe to my blog. If you use a blog reader, please add my blog to your reader. I usually post a couple of times a week. Welcome to my blog today! I hope I will see you again in the future!

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  1. Well welcome to the party Rhonda... Both of us retired, and i would join your blog, but already have. Hope you are having a great new year so far.

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    1. Hi Jeanne! Glad you popped in today to take a peek! Yes, isn't retirement wonderful? LOL Love your photography! Thanks again for stopping by!

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  2. Hi Rhonda, I'm one of Vicki's helpers checking out all the links. I love love love your art journaling. I wish I had a talent for that, but my creativity comes out in quilting. I hope you have a wonderful day.

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    1. Hi Shauna, glad you stopped by! Love your quilts! Thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoy the art journaling -- it is one of my favorite things to do!

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  3. Hi Rhonda - it's Laney. As a helper with Grow Your Blog I want to welcome you on Vicki's behalf! I love your blog! Great art work and photos. I love art journaling, too. :) Have fun with the hop!

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    1. hi Laney! Thanks for stopping by! Glad you enjoy the blog! I am amazed at the variety of blogs in this year's hop! I am happy to find your blog as well -- such inspiration!

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  4. Hi Rhonda,
    We have some similar interests. I've just followed you and look forward to reading more when I have time.

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    1. Hi Holly! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I also have put you on my Feedly reader and will check out some of your creative endeavors soon! Glad to have found your blog!

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  5. Hi Rhonda - it's lovely to meet you here through the Blog Hop today ... I love your art - Art journalling fascinates me, but I don't quite know what to do with it, so I"m going to follow along for a while and see if I get inspired and at least get cheered up by all your lovely colour :)
    Enjoy the Party today
    Best wishes
    Fil @ Fil’s Place - Old songs and Memories

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    1. Hi Fil, thanks for stopping by! I think the thing I love about art journaling is that it doesn't really need to have anything done with it -- it just exists for me as a creative outlet in itself. I am happy to find your blog as well -- I love Ireland and Irish music! I look forward to exploring more of your talents!

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  6. Hi Rhonda,
    I am visiting from grow your blog party. I have just started following you and am looking forward to seeing more of you in the coming year. I almost always comment when I visit as well and I always return a comment to anyone who comments on my blog. It seems more like a little conversation that way.

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    1. Hi Kara. Thanks for visiting my blog today! I really enjoyed visiting your blog today as well... what a nice welcome to new and continuing readers! Glad you came by for a visit!

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  7. I'm really happy to have come across your blog thanks to the GYB party! I love all the diversity and am looking forward to reading you!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by my blog Karin! I also checked out your blog and found a lot of fun things to go back and read more about! You are very creative! Glad you came by from Grow your Blog hop party!

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  8. Visiting via Grow Your Blog. I live in eastern Canada and also participating in this blog hop. I will be back :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting Judy! I just peeked at your blog as well, looking forward to spending more time checking it out! I spent a month in Nova Scotia this last summer, sort of close to your part of the world! I hope your winter wasn't too awful!

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  9. Thanks for your visit, Rhonda, and I'm looking forward to spending some time in this blog. Very interesting approach.

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    1. Glad to have found your blog Boud. Say hi when you visit again! Thanks!

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  10. Thanks for helping with the blog party and for visiting mine. Rebecca

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    1. Glad to see you here too Rebecca! Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Hi,
    Visiting via the Blog party. Lots of great things to see here. I am following you now.
    Sandi
    www.thevictoriangypsy.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Sandi! I am so glad you visited! I read through some of your blog and you have sure been through a lot lately! I look forward to seeing how you move forward and back into your crafting life.

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  12. visting from Vicki's but already a follower

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    1. Glad you came by again Barbara! Thanks!

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  13. Hi Rhonda,
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog.
    There's much to see here. I love your artwork!
    Joining....
    Dixie

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    1. hi Dixie, thanks for stopping by as well. Come back anytime and I will share a cup of tea with you!

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  14. Love your art Rhonda, and it's always a delight to see what you're blogging about.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Deborah! I look forward to exploring your blog as well. Glad you came to the Grow your Blog party!

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  15. It all starts with a comment and can lead to great friendships! Stopping by from Grow Your Blog to say hello.

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    1. Hi Carol, thanks for stopping by my blog! Nice to see yours as well!

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  16. I stopped by because I wanted to see about your dyeing techniques. Then I scrolled down and saw we are both on WOYWW together. What fun, and I didn't even realize it. Sometimes all we see are desks, but don't learn much else about the other person.

    Loved the visit and look forward to seeing more of your incredible art. Glad I stopped by from GYB. http://alteredbooklover.blogspot.com/2015/01/grow-your-blog-blog-hop-event.html

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    1. Hi! Thanks for stopping by the blog! I think a lot of us are more interconnected through our art these days and it is so great to discover that when we read each other's blogs! I am also interested in seeing your eco-dying projects. That has become a fascination for me lately and I plan on trying it out more in the spring this year.

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  17. Good morning from a rainy North Carolina!

    www.stitchandquilt.com

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    1. Thearica welcome to my blog. Thanks for stopping by.

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  18. Thanks for visiting my blog, art journalling is something I just started too.
    Clare x

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    1. It is a lot of fun, art journaling! Thanks for stopping by my blog as well! Glad you were part of the Grow Your Blog hop party!

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

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

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

    Happy crafting!
    SuZeQ

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    1. Thanks for visiting Sue! Hope you come back and find something you like here! I will check out your blog as well!

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  20. Hi Rhonda! I enjoyed scrolling through your blog...beautiful quilts and art. Enjoy the blog hop!

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    1. Hi Susan! Thanks for coming by for the blog hop! I will take a look at your blog in more detail too! Looks like some fun inspiration!

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  21. Haha. I hear so many people say that they wonder how they ever had time to work! I'm following you via Google + now from the GYB hop. I like a variety of arts and crafts as well, although I do more crafts than art. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks for visiting during this blog hop! I hopped over to your blogs as well (wow 4 of them!), what fun! Thanks for following me!

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    2. Hehe. Yep. They keep me busy. I'm having a slow week on them this week because I'm trying to take care of some things in the house! I have so many projects I'd like to work on & blog about but all of life's other things seem to keep getting in the way! Thanks for stopping by my blogs!!! Gotta go workout now!

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  22. I very much enjoyed visiting your blog. I plan to spend more time here in a few days. But wanted to say I really liked your quilts. I signed up to be a follower.

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    1. Hi Beth! I enjoyed taking a look at your blog as well. Thanks for stopping in during the blog hop!

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  23. I scrolled down and discovered your sandhill crane pictures - I saw a pair of them for the first time last fall - so exciting. Beautiful birds! Thank you so much for the invitation to visit. Enjoy the party!

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  24. Your blog is fun I really like the art class. Never been able to do that .
    Have a fun GROW YOUR BLOG
    Laura

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  25. Hello from an ozzie GYB'er ! Im a first time commentor.. and fill follow. I love Textile Art Too!
    Great art work!

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  26. I'm also an ozzie GYB'er and I also love textile art and create fabric and lace journals. Love playing and manipulating fabrics. You create such a diverse number of works. All looks great - especially love those sari bracelets I see further down.
    Enjoy the party!
    Suzy

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  27. I play with quilting and knitting, and audiobooks. I'm into Kate Wilhelm right now.

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  28. Hi Rhonda - don't you love the way all the Aussies have arrived together and late?!!! It's because we're all enjoying the last weeks of summer, been rushing around as school went back today, and we're all exhausted watching the tennis until the wee hours of the morning... massive generalisations here but you get my gist!!
    I did what you suggested and had fun looking at your previous posts, I like eclectic and am your latest follower.. I love the poem your yoga teacher read at the start of the year and your inspirational quotes!
    Hope you are having a great week
    Wren x

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  29. Hello Rhonda, I'm a retired teacher too...an Aussie. It's been lovely to read all about you :-)

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  30. Hi Rhonda
    It's lovely to meet you at Vicki's GYB party!
    Like you, I enjoy dabbling in many crafts, especially creating collage, both fabric and paper journals and quilting!
    I love the idea of wrapping bangles with sari ribbon too – maybe you can point me in the direction of a “how to” and a good place to source the sari ribbon!
    It's lovely meeting and getting to know like minded souls from around the world.

    Enjoy the party - I'm now following you and I'll be back to visit again once the party quietens down!
    Hugs
    Shane

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  31. Stopping by from GYB, you do wonderful work! I took a look at some earlier posts to see what kind of art you do. YOu are a talented lady!

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  32. Returning a visit via GYB ! I LOVE your profile pic! xx

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  33. Your creativity shines through, and your style resonates with me! I love color, too. Looking forward to keeping up with you while following.

    Julie @ Pink Doxies

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  34. You have a stunning blog!! I am in Hemet, Calif., Riverside County...Southern California and I am retired as well! I enjoy crocheting, knitting, sewing, decoupage...which I need to get some more supplies to work on...everything is yarn these days! Lol!! Baking and cooking, gardening a must!

    Stop by and say hello! sanderellascrochet.com

    Sandy

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  35. It sounds like you have lots of wonderful hobbies. I love being creative. It is nice to meet you in the GYB hop. I hope you will visit my blogs. www.jennifersvintagepaperie.blogspot.com www.drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot.com

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  36. Hi Rhonda! Belated greetings for GYB 2015 :) I love discovering all the ways we can express our creativity and hope to come back for another visit soon :)

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