Friday, January 18, 2013

The More the Merrier - Grow the Blog Party

Hi Everybody

I'm Monica, The Hoopless Stitcher.  I named my blog that since I don't use a hoop, Q-snap or scroll when I cross stitch.  I use to, then I tried it without the extra thing to hold...and the weight.  I found I did very well with out it, thank you very much.  I started blogging July 14, 2011.  I think I started for a couple of reasons.  My daughter started a blog.  She isn't as prolific as me. I thought this could be fun.  I have a set of boy-girl twins and they started college just after I started blogging.  I guess I started for something to do.  I have found it very entertaining.  I love hearing from my gang.  I have met some really great people online who have been wonderfully encouraging and supportive.  But, hey, the more the merrier.

I primarily blog about cross stitching, knitting, shopping for stash, cooking and a few other things.  I have blogged some interesting recipes such as bear stroganoff.  I also blog about my dog, Buster and his cone of shame...for now.  He does not like to have his picture taken.  And right now you don't want to get in the "cone zone."

 He really does prefer his sweaters.

I have also found some really fun blogs along the way.  I'm hoping to find more blogs to follow.  I love seeing what other people are doing and what they are interested in.

So, to make this a little more interesting, I have a drawing. This was the gift I made for my stitching group this Christmas and I have one left.  It is from a With Thy Needle and Thread design.  It is a wooden box with a hinged top  to keep your essentials in:  a pincushion on the inside of the box top. a needle keep and a scissor fob.  These are hand made, hand painted, hand there are imperfections.  You know only God is perfect.

If you want a chance to win, send me a comment with your name and email addy.  You don't need to be a follower but, if you are I will enter your name twice in the drawing.  Anybody can enter.  Anybody can win.  You don't have to have a blog. The winner will be drawn and posted on February 1, 2013.

Thanks for stopping and I look forward to hearing from you.

Keep on Stitching


  1. I have enjoyed reading your blog and this post with a little about you in it. I have a twin brother so when you said you had girl-boy twins I thought of us growing up together. would love to join your giveaway.
    Happy Stitching

  2. This a lovely little set, I would love to be entered into your draw. Your little dog looks so cool in his sweater. We will just ignore the cone! Irene xxx

  3. Glad to find your blog today via GYB. I hope many more readers will join me in following you. Pam

  4. I'm a fairly new follower and I enjoy your blog both for your lovely stitching and Your adorable Buster! Anyone who loves a dog is ok in my book, lol. I'd be thrilled to own your beautifully finished stitching box, so please throw my name into the proverbial hat.

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  6. I do not cross stitch very often, but I do knit quite a bit. So nice to meet you and find your lovely blog through the Grow Your Blog party.

  7. I enjoy reading your blog. Great little box!

  8. I really enjoy your blog. You're on my list of favorites. I admire you for hoop less stitching. I need something. I have been trying to use Q snaps, getting better at them. I love seeing your completed works. Keep sharing.

  9. Hey Monica,
    Your designs are so pretty. My the creative people that I'm coming across for this blog party.
    I'll check back often. Love your work.


  10. Aawww....poor Buster and the cone!
    What a lovely giveaway ~ please count me in!

  11. I have really enjoyed your blog, you do some lovely work. What a nice giveaway, I would love to have my name thrown into the hat!

  12. What a lovely blog! I'd love to be entered into your giveaway!


  13. Hello Monica! It is so nice to "meet you" through this GYB party. I too am a hoopless stitcher. I've been browsing through your posts and your stitching is lovely! I am going to become a follower as soon as I finish leaving this comment.
    I would love a chance to win your beautiful stitching box!
    Please include me.

  14. hi there. please enter me into your give away. so fun!! glad to find you thanks to the blog party. i hope you will have a chance to see my blog. wishing you a great weekend. ( :

  15. I'm already a follower, Monica!
    Your giveaway is so cute and all my handmade stuff have imperfections, too.
    We are our own worse critics.
    Please enter my name in your drawing!

  16. Hi Monica, i would love to be entered in your give-away. I always enjoy your blog and it was fun learning a bit more about you!

  17. Hi Monica...nice to meet you! Bear Stroganoff???---I'm not sure I'm that adventuresome! Such a sweet givaway--I love that little box!

  18. Hello,

    Nice to meet you in this event.
    I have a giveaway on my blog,too.
    I am your new follower.


  19. Hi Monica,
    I'm visiting from, "Grow Your Blog".
    I love your work, I've been looking and looking and am now a follower! I've done a bit of handwork, but none as beautiful as yours!
    It's nice to meet you, Greetings from Texas!

  20. What a lovely giveaway!! Who could pass up a chance at that!! I look forward to following and getting to know you!

  21. I too stitch without a hoop! ER I did, when I stitched. Not much going on there these days. But, your work is wonderful!

  22. Nice stitching Monica but I can't do in hand any more I am a Q-Snapp lady. I love your giveaway and your blog is great. Love Buster's sweater but glad the cone is going.
    March Ann

  23. What a lovely stitched gift! Please consider me for your drawing. I bet Buster can't wait to get the cone of shame off! ;)

  24. Hello Monica! I am in agreement with you about being a bit blog hung over! I haven't finished visiting yet - still got about half to go! - but I'm having a great time. I'm not a stitcher - altho I have done some free embroidery and some tapestry work: I'm more a paper crafter - but your creations are lovely! It's nice to meet you!

  25. LOL!!! I am laughing at your newest post!! Yes...I feel like I have a blog hop hangover as well :):):) ...and I am not done yet...still looking!! Lovely blog!!! hugs

  26. You are funny and creative!!
    if you visit I visit

  27. I'm so delighted to meet another stitcher! You have a lovely blog. I'm new follower and 'Grow Your Blog' participant. Have fun in at the party!
    Evalina, This and that...

  28. I wanted to thank you for participating in the blog hop. It is so nice to see other stitchers online.

    Your work is stunning.


  29. Hello :D
    Nice to meet you at the party!.
    Great blog! I am a follower now.
    Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

  30. It's so nice to meet you. I'm a *hopeless* stitcher--it doesn't matter how many projects I have on the go, I see something new and I want to do it! So my pile of waiting-to-be finished...or framed...just grows by the year!
    I *do* use a hoop, though, as it's the only way I can control the tension.
    Your blog is lovely, and I'm looking forward to reading more of it (I'm about halfway through the blog hop).
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

  31. I am glad I found your blog. Am trying to find some inspiration for stitching again. Very pretty pieces. Looking forward to following your blog.

  32. It is great to meet you through Vicki's GYB party.
    There are a lot of cross stitches. I am a quilter but love cross stitch. My eyes can't do the little linen anymore. I did buy the magnifying lamp but it takes time to get used to. I'm pulling for Buster and his stitches. The backs of my legs stayed bruised when my Labrador Retriever had to wear one!

    If you have a chance, please drop by

  33. I'm already a follower of your blog, but just wanted to say hi from the party...I'm slowly working my way down the list! Would love a chance in your giveaway!

  34. Hi Monica,
    I'm enjoying your blog and so glad that the party lead me to your site.
    Lovely cross stitching work, very pretty.

  35. Thanks for participating in the blog party. Your handwork is lovely. Your day of running back and forth to the dentist, groomer and home made me need a nap. I remember days like that very well. My girls are grown and on their own, so things are much quieter most days. I should be getting a lot more knitting done, shouldn't I? Take care!


  36. It's so nice to meet you! And I love your blog title. When I used to cross stitch I also did it freehand. But now I knit... and more... Stop by sometime. I also have a little giveaway.


  37. ..luvin touring thru your blog..( am a cross-stitcher also ) really enjoyed this.. and fantastic blog candy.. thanksss

  38. Happy to have come across your blog on the GYB hop! Your stitching projects are lovely!

  39. Hi. I just found your great blog thru the party and became a follower. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. I love the Prairie Schooler piece your working on.


  40. Hi Monica, I found you through Vicki's GYOB party and I'm so glad that I did. I'm also an avid cross stitcher although I'm definitely not hoopless. Hopeless maybe but not hoopless, lol! I love you little box set and would love to be included in the draw. With Thy Needle & Thread is one of my favourite designers. I hope you'll drop by my blog as well and enter my giveaway. It was lovely to meet you and I've added my name as a follower.