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 ~