Friday, January 18, 2013

Get to know me at the Grow Your Blog party!

My latest handquilting project approved by Mr. Wienie
I'm participating in a great Grow Your Blog event by Vicki at 2 Bags Full. I really appreciate that she has done this and hope you will take a look at her blog (she has some beautiful photos)!

Hi -- my name is Beth and I am an old goat :)  Other than being old as dirt, I'm also kind of a farmer....of goats (I have six of them, all with names), umpteen chickens, 1 pony named Clover, and a cantankerous llama named Dolly (Dolly Llama).  That is outside.....I share my home with my 3 youngest children  - 15 year old twin daughters and a 13 year old son.  I have two older children - a 26 year old son who lives in Colorado and a 30 year old daughter who lives in NW PA. I have the most gorgeous 6 year old grandson and will have a brand new grandchild in July/August!  I also have 5 dogs who live in the house with me and many of my blog posts relate to my adventures with them.....particularly my deaf boxer Casper.

I started sewing very young....my grandmother taught me in her little sewing room. I can still remember sitting beside her at her sewing machine in between lunch and the start of her soap opera.  For many years afterward, I sewed lots of clothing and things and when I was 25, I decided to actually make a quilt.  I've always, always loved quilts and fabrics.  But like many things, I never brought myself to actually take the next step and make one.  My first quilt was the world's heaviest quilt.  I made it from a kit from Hearthside Quilts. It was a tumbling blocks quilt sewed to a foundation and then quilted.  I hand quilted it in the ditch and it took forever to get it done.  It really was a bear to handquilt through all of that fabric and batting!  But the work was worth it because my mom still loves it! And uses it!  Right now, I'm finishing up a quilt for her - a very, very happy quilt - one that hopefully will make her smile whenever she uses it.  I still handquilt - partly because I could never get the hang of machine quilting and partly because handquilting is very relaxing for me.

And now for my first giveaway ever.......a name will be randomly chosen on February 1st for a package of 3 OneOldGoat soaps. Included will be a coffee soap, a shampoo bar, and a marigold bar. To enter leave a comment, for a second entry follow me and leave me a comment telling me so.


48 comments:

Charlene S said...

Quilting gets you every time! Please to meet you and hope to visit many times to come.

Fat Dormouse said...

It's great fun to read about your animals. I love the name of your llama!! Together with cats, donkeys and goats, llamas are a favourite animal of mine. I'd love to have a donkey and a goat (I have their names picked out already!) but I don't think they'd be very happy in my tiny French courtyard!
I am happy to become a Follower!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

hi, my name is Beth too. that is so wild - to keep finding so many folks that are named Beth in blog land. i love it. (:

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

ok, i got really worried - your name is Beth, right? i would feel really silly if i was wrong - following you now - new follower that is - did go & re-read you post but each time i get to thinking maybe i missed something- think you are pulling our leg so to speak - saying you are "old goat"... i think? i could be wrong. ha. ha!! ( :

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I feel as old as dirt most days!!!
and I love blogs that talk about their animals and kids and quilt too--
Hugs, Di and miss gracie

Jade S said...

Great giveaway! I don't think I've ever used a shampoo bar. Found you on the GYB trail and I look forward to reading more!

-Jade @ www.muffinteahouse.com

McKenna C. said...

You have a lovely blog!

Please enter me in your giveaway!

~McKenna
mckmuff(at)gmail.com
http://chiccrafting.blogspot.com/

Lesa said...

I remember sitting beneath my mom's sewing machine when she was working on my clothes. My great grandmother did the "finger work". Wonderful memories! I found you during the blog hop and it's nice to see you share similar memories and interests. Looking forward to reading more!

Fit and Healthy Baby Boomers said...

Hi I'm sharon and I'm happy to be following you. Count me in for the drawing. Please stop by my blog as well.

Ronda Walker said...

Hi Beth, With the ages of your children I bet I'm older than you are. We "oldies" still know how to party! Look forward to following you and your adventures.

Tami Von Zalez said...

Ah, age doesn't matter in the blogosphere!

Popped in from from the Grow Your Blog hop.

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

Shanda said...

Oh I can already see you are going to be fun to follow :) I have 5 doggies also :) 2 kitties add to the mix...all inside :)
http://stitchcrazy1.blogspot.com/

J said...

I think you have a very nice life! Thanks for offering the give away!

wilma boer said...

Lovely blog...great pictures and stories!

Maureen said...

So glad to have found you through Vicki's party Beth! Love all the pics of your furry and feathery friends. I have never tried quilting, one day I hope to. Looking forward to reading more from you!

Retired Knitter said...

I love your blog, the description of your family life, the pictures of your goats ... the whole package. What a full and busy life you lead.

I will be back to follow you for sure.

And if you have time, visit me at my blog home. It is not quit as full as yours, but we still have a bunch going on. And I love blog visitors.

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

Deb C said...

Found you through GYB, had to visit because of the blog name! Love the fact that you quilt and make soap. I do both also. Nice to meet you!

Linda said...

Your farm and life sound wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win.

xo Linda

Linda said...

I am following your blog now! 8-)

Fun With This and That said...

It wood be nice to have some woods
will be back if you visit I will too
Laura

Katherine McNeese said...

thanks for the giveaway

budgeteer said...

Thank you for running this Giveaway I look forward to reading more of your posts

Lesley

budgeteer said...

I am a follower too : )

Cassie said...

Coming through on the blog tour! I don't quilt but I do enjoy looking at them!

gypsyelves said...

As mom to two long-hair dachshunds, I love seeing your Mr. Weenie! I will be following your blog, thanks for writing it.

111 LaLa Lane said...

Hi there. I saw that you became a follower of my blog. Thank You! So, I came over for visit and your post about the trail run next weekend caught my attention. I'm a runner, not trails though. I'll be interested to see how it goes. Glad I found you. Have a great day!

EvalinaMaria said...

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

Rhonda D. said...

I just found you through 44th St
Fabrics. Love your farm! Thanks for the chance to win!

wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

Rhonda D. said...

I am a new follower by GFC.

wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

sharon said...

Hi Beth, so nice to meet you! I love your hiking pics and your quilt is beautiful! My plan thi syear is to get out more in nature, being part of the rat race is awful, but pays the bills. Thanks for the chance for your lovely giveaway, stop by my blog also! Oh, and your goats are so precious, wish I had one!

pippirose said...

I'm looking forward to reading your blog. I'm going to be moving to the country this spring, and while I don't think we'll get any goats, we will have some chickens. And...we have 4 dogs (one, a puppy), so I'll be busy!
:o)
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

pippirose said...

Oh, and I'm a new follower.
:o)

Angela Cruz-garcia said...

So pleased to meet you. I believe I am going to enjoy being a follower and watching your quilts/animals/kids grow.

angela
stitchinginthezoo.blogspot.com

nonniescedarchest said...

Enjoyed meeting you through Vicki's GYB party.

I am a quilter, smock for my granddaughters and a few crafts things.

If you have a chance, Come visit me at nonniescedarchest.wordpress.com I am featuring three hand pieced quilts.

Charlsey

fruitfulwords said...

Hello Beth - I am here from 2 Bags Full.

What an interesting life you live. Someday I hope to have a pygmy goat and llama. I won't name my llama Dolly since that name is already taken. ;)

I also hope to make quilting more a part of my life. I do most enjoy quick projects so maybe I will never become a quilter.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

goats are delightful creatures! visiting via Vicki's GYB Party; enjoying my visit. I'm having some giveaways, come visit if you have time.

A Half-Baked Notion said...

Beth, I have just spent the last half-hour or so reading your amazing posts. I'm also a fifty-something orphan who still feels like a little girl on the inside a lot of the time... despite the four adult sons! Your stories are compelling and I will definitely be back to catch up. Keep sharing, please!

All my best,
Monique from Eastern Canada

hueisei said...

Nice to meet you at the party!
Beautiful blog and I love your lovely giveaway...
I am looking forward to more inspiration posts from you :D

The Pink Geranium or Jan's Place said...

I left a comment on your post about Dolly, but wanted to here as well! I am your newest follower, and enjoyed reading your posts!

Jan from The Pink Geranium

Deborah Hamilton said...

You are a very busy lady. It must be interesting having all those animals and three teenagers. I'm in the learning stages of quilting. I'll be following your blog and would love to win some soap. I'm also having a giveaway at http://squaregrannie.blogspot.com/2013/01/grow-your-blog_18.html

Cache-Mire said...

So nice to meet you! I think you have the most original giveaways that I've seen thus far:-) Hope you will stop by and visit me. I also have a little giveaway.

Hugs,
Terri

Karrie S said...

Thanks for the chance to win ;)

Karrie S said...

I'm a new follower. Thank you

Denise Bryant said...

Love seeing all your animal pics.... I have pet chickens. Just lost my cat Yoda last month after many years. Found you by way of the great GYB hop.... so many fun and creative blogs to visit. Having a ball checking out a portion of them!
DeniseB
deniseb777ATgmailDOTcom

kareninkenai said...

Love your blog... how industrious you are for an "old goat." LOL - I don't know how you do it! Hugs from Alaska. (www.alaskabluemoose.blogspot.com)

Shirley said...

Hi Beth, It is nice to meet you. Your blog brought back memories because my mother loved to quilt and I have several. I don't quilt like you do, but I hand embroidery baby quilts. You aren't that old, but I love the title to your blog. I imagine teenagers keep you very busy along with all of your critters. Have a wonderful day. A New Missouri Friend.

Maggie said...

It was a pleasure stopping by from Vicki's blog party! My mom and sister quilt, but i didn't inherit that gene! I'd love to be entered in your giveaway. I love all of your animals....please accept my condolences on the loss of your dear llama. I am so very sorry.

Stop by my blog and giveaway if you have the chance!

maggie
www.themagrag

Ziggyeor said...

Lovely quilts. That's a lot of animals. I am sorry to hear about Dolly Lama. It's not easy losing our buddies.