Sunday, January 25, 2015

Grow Your Blog Party & Giveaway!

Thank you for visiting!  And a big thank you to Vicki for again organizing this event!!

My name is Terri and I am a basket maker, knitter and photographer with a travel habit.

My blog is mostly about my creations with needles, both pine and knitting. I love texture. The softest yarns and silks and the smoothness of a finished basket are some of what I live for. And although these crafts seem to be opposites, I've found that my creativity blooms during the in-between times of working on one or the other. 

I love designing and creating unique baskets and jewelry out of long leaf pine needles. As you can imagine, baskets take a remarkably long time to make, and most I keep or use as gifts. But some are also sold.  I went to China a few years ago on a mission trip and that inspired me to turn my basket making into a ministry. When an item sells, the money is used to help support missionaries in China. 
I also make jewelry out of pine needles.  Using semi-precious cabachon stones with pine needles wrapped around and sewn, creating unique, one-of-a-kind pendants.

Another favorite hobby is knitting and crochet and, like many of my fellow knitters, I always have a few projects in process. I am blessed to have three beautiful grandchildren and enjoy spoiling them with handmade treasures. 

My church has a knitting group and we make items to sell and then donate the proceeds to missions. This has been a great way to learn new patterns and techniques and to make things for a purpose.  Fringe scarves and fingerless gloves were a big hit this year!

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As I mentioned, I have a bit of a travel habit.  My husband, the Captain, and I enjoy traveling and are always looking for new places to explore. When we travel I enjoy sharing our journey with anyone interested or will sit still for a few minutes.  

This past year we went to Alaska.  We saw spectacular scenery, wildlife, and what can only be described as raw nature.  

Mt. McKinley was behind us but the clouds kept coming and going.

We finally got to see the mountain!

The sunsets were fabulous!

And the leaves were turning at just the right time.

The glaciers were awe inspiring.

You can read about our entire trip in previous posts on this blog.

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Now for the giveaway....

 This year's giveaway is a handmade designer fringe scarf! 
Lilac and lavenders, shades of green, hues of blue and some pink and purple sari silk.

This scarf is made with lightweight, multicolored, and multi-textured yarns and ribbons and several pieces of recycled sari. The sari silk is hand cut by women in India who recycle their beautiful saris (the traditional clothing of Indian women) by cutting them into strips. My purchase of their product gives them an opportunity to enhance their lives.

The scarf is lightweight--almost like wearing a necklace, which doesn't limit it to cold-weather apparel. In fact, it were designed especially for springtime, full of the colors of everything in bloom.   Each scarf has about 20 strands of the softest, silkiest yarns you can imagine! Keeping the number of strands less for the spring scarf also keeps it from being too warm as the temperatures rise.
To enter, just leave a comment on this post!

***The winner does not have to have a blog -- anyone can enter -- anyone can win - regardless of where you live.***

The winner will be drawn on February 15, 2015 and will be announced here! 

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So that's all about me :-) 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will leave a comment so I'll know who you are and can visit you too!

Until next time ~


  1. Hi Terri - I have been a follower since last years GYBP - and have enjoyed reading all of your posts since then. It was lovely to read todays post and learn a little bit more about you and your passions - you are a beautiful and caring person. Don't add me into the giveaway (as lovely as the scarf is) - you will have lots of new followers I am sure and I would rather my entry be filled by one of your new friends!! Have a wonderful week!

  2. Hi there, just noticed your post and had to say, I love your baskets! And making jewelry by weaving pine needles around cabochons is genius! Thank you for including a giveaway with your blog post.

  3. My first visit to your blog via Vicki, love the photo of the mountains and enjoyed reading about your knitting projects. I would love to enter your giveaway, thank you xx

  4. Good morning Terri, Welcome to the Party. Your basketry work is so beautiful, and I love your photography-what an awesome trip.
    I am one of Vicki's helpers welcome and have at the party
    Kathyinozarks (Kathy)

  5. I'm glad you are still making your lovely pendants.I was lucky enough to win one last year. I won't be greedy, so I'm not entering the scarf giveaway but it is absolutely stunning. Someone will be very happy to win it.

  6. I'm so thrilled to 'meet' you Terri, and thank you for visiting my blog. Your baskets and jewelry are absolutely beautiful, as is your lovely Giveaway. Love those photos of Alaska; it's a trip we plan to do this year along with visiting my DsD3 in Vancouver. The name you chose for your blog is delightful and I enjoyed reading how that name came about.

  7. Hi Teri,
    Lovely to meet you!
    An absolutely wonderful blog with beautiful pics and great baskets.
    BTW, thanks for visiting my blog.
    A new member...

  8. It's nice to meet you! You make incredible things with pine needles! We visited Alaska too, this summer, and it is breathtaking.

  9. Good morning Teri, I am visiting on my own now-lol Your work is sooo beautiful, so glad to have met you at the party-I hope you get many more visitors
    enjoy the party

  10. Hi Terri, it is so lovely to meet you through the GYB party. I love your blog and we have some of the same interests! I'm now following you too and look forward to becoming new blog friends. Thanks for visiting me today.
    Hugs, Julie at Julie's Lifestyle

  11. Hi Terri,
    Just stopping by to say hi! I always enjoy your blog!

  12. Terri--- ohhh such a beautiful blog post!! Your baskets.... Sigh..... And your travel photos!! I'm so envious-- we loved Alaska.. Went several years ago... Want to go back. Especially loved Talkeetna--

    Thank you for once again contributing to the success of this blog event:)
    I'm excited that more folks will get to meet you --

  13. Ohhhh forgot to mention how very beautiful the yarns are in your special scarf-- just gorgeous!

  14. Gosh Wow Terri. Your blog oozes your creativity with compassion, mixed with some exotic travel. I am so excited to have found you through GYB2015. I loved everything about Cache-mire from the name to your baskets and jewellery, your fundraising and your travels.
    Can't wait to be back!
    Wren (

  15. 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!

  16. Hi Terri! I'm visiting from GYB and really admiring how talented you are! I am so impressed by your necklaces and your basket weaving is beautiful, too! Enjoy your travels!

  17. Hi Terri, nice to meet you on the GYB hop. Really enjoyed your photos from Alaska- I haven't made it there yet -travel is such fun, isn't it? Your baskets are lovely. Hope you'll be able to stop by and visit me at Stitch Lines. Cheers!

  18. Hi from BC Canada! What beautiful photos you take. And the baskets are astounding!

    t_ktl at

  19. What beautiful weaving! I am in awe, what a lovely talent to have. I've enjoyed my visit here, it was so nice to meet you! :)

  20. Love your pictures of your travels! And the scarf is beautiful! i enjoyed my visit here to your blog.

  21. Hi Terri, stopping by to return the visit from the grow your blog party! I have a fetish for baskets lol your pendants are amazing, very clever indeed & I would love to be in the draw for such a fabulous scarf!
    Look forward to stopping in again
    Hugs Sharm

  22. Hi! Great post. I love the colors in this scarf. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  23. Hi Terri lovely to meet you and learn a little about you!
    Your photos of Alaska are stunning!

  24. Nice to meet you. I'm visiting via GYB from St. John's, NL Canada. Great photos of your trip! Your work is delightful. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Hi Terri, I'm not entering the giveaway, just stopping by to say hello. I do love purchasing with a purpose and using our talents to give back in big and little ways. Alaska looks awesome. Travel has opened my eyes to so many things. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Tammy

  26. Oops! Forgot to say that I love the baskets and necklaces. Very unique with the pine needles. :) Best wishes, Tammy

  27. Thank you so much for inviting us to pop in for a visit. Enjoyed seeing some of the photos from your trip and am in awe of those beautiful baskets you create (the jewelry too!).

  28. I love the baskets and jewellery from pine needles - I can imagine that it really must be a labour of love! You are very talened! Nice to read about your trip to Alaska too.

  29. Visiting from GYB, your baskets are gorgeous! Love your photography. Thanks for being a part of the hop.

  30. It's so nice to meet you through the GYB party. Your baskets are wonderful!

  31. Thank you for visiting my blog through GYB party. Love your hand work. Who knew pine needles could make jewelry?


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