Blog Fodder

When I first started blogging back in 2004, I had intended to write just about my stitching endeavors – sort of a way to keep myself motivated by posting my plans and progress reports. Then I started designing, and it went from my "Cranberry Crossing" blog (the name coming from the primitive/folk art craft business I had for a few years back in the '90's) to my Plum Street Samplers blog, where – again – I had intended to write strictly about my stitching, whether it be my own designs or others I was working on.

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Soon, however, I became bored with my slow progress reports, and decided to branch out and start sharing a little bit about my family, although I was afraid it might annoy some people. Seven years later, I'm amazed at how many people have written to me to ask about my family… you show your concern when I express mine, and you share in my joy as well. You have no idea how much that means to me! I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who are annoyed, as I'd feared, but that's what makes us all different; it's nice that everyone is not the same, or there really wouldn't be anything at all to blog about, no matter who you were.

So now I have a stitching/designing/dogs/family/cooking/photography/andsometimesTraderJoe's blog. And I'd like to thank you for allowing me to share it all with you.

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Today is my blog's anniversary, so if you're still reading, I'd love to have a giveaway to celebrate! Just leave a comment (and if you don't like comments, your name will do – or you can email me) in the comments box of this post for a chance to receive 3 currently-released Plum Street Samplers charts of your choice*, as well as an e-voucher for any one future Plum Street Samplers release through December 31, 2011.  The winner will be announced this Friday, July 22nd.

*This is the fine print: I'm sorry, but I cannot give away any current or upcoming Just Cross Stitch magazines, nor can I give away anything that is or will be released as a retreat or shop exclusive.

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Thank you so much for always taking the time to stop in and see what we're up to. I feel like I've gotten to know many of you, whether it be through your own blogs or emails, and I'm thankful for this new, "modern" way of making friends!

See you soon!

234 Replies to “Blog Fodder”

  1. I am certainly not put off seeing your family on your blog. It’s heartwarming to see good kids and families! Congratulations on your blog’s anniversary and thank you for sharing.

  2. i agree with julie…thank you for sharing your family with us! you make some of us feel like we’re your long lost aunt (or twin sister to your mom!) you’ve got a lovely family and i know i enjoy seeing pictures and reading about you as well as the stitching you all do!
    ps…loved sophies flip-flop shop! has she and her friend had any nibbles yet?
    LLLY!!!

  3. Love your blog. It really is nice of you to share your daily happenings with all of us. I really enjoy reading about all of you. Please enter my name in the contest. How fun!!!

  4. As much as I love your patterns and love seeing your cross-stitch, I REALLY love reading about your beautiful family…and seeing your silly comments about your husband! I have two wonderful daughters of my own (and one silly husband), one daughter in college and one training to be a Navy pilot. I’ll sometimes mention something I saw on your blog and my younger daughter said the other day,”Mom, isn’t that kind of like watching reality TV?” lol

  5. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog, plus I think you should include whatever makes your heart happy! I just finished your Font Sampler–since I used to teach “typewriting” years ago, I simply had to have it. Thank you for your design.

  6. Paulette –
    I love reading your blog. Love it. I started one this year with the same intentions — my stitching stories/progress/adaptations/designs — but I find myself branching out to other things, most especially my gluten free living.
    Thank you for sharing so much with all of us! I love reading your posts. And, thank you for the giveaway opportunity! So kind and generous of you!
    Stitching love from the sweltering East Coast,
    Jacki

  7. You KNOW I have always loved your blog as soon as I discovered it, whatever you blog about! Happy Blogaversary!!! πŸ˜€ Please enter me in your giveaway. Love you, love your blog(s) Cathryn

  8. Congrats to the anniversary! You and your family made me often laugh while reading your posts…! Keep going on that way! :o) I would love to be drawn in your giveaway!
    Best wishes for many more blogaversaries!
    Cathi

  9. Paulette,
    I’m a big fan of your designs and enjoy reading about your family. My son went to school in Omaha and seeing pictures reminds me of how much I enjoyed visting your city. Happy Blogaversary!
    Linda

  10. I always enjoy reading your blog Paulette, even if I don’t comment very often – and I enjoy your superb photography. Congrats on the anniversary, and thanks for offering the giveaway!

  11. Paulette, I love hearing what your family are up to..your daughters are gorgeous and a credit to you and Mike…even with having to play bored games now and then LOL

  12. I’ve got you as one of my blog favorites so that has to mean something! LOL! I enjoy all of your posts and do get excited when I see some of your stitching and sneak peeks of things to come. You keep me entertained and that’s what it’s all about!

  13. I love reading your blog–seeing your lovely stitching and patterns and seeing your beautiful family. I don’t comment often, but I check your blog regularly! Thank you for such a generous giveaway, and I would love to enter! Congratulations on the blog anniversary! Frances
    fnelson1@comcast.net

  14. I love your blog Paulette! I enjoy hearing all about your family. I often feel as you do that some will be annoyed when I post of my family and life but this is me and it’s what I enjoy doing. Thank you for continuing to share a piece of your life with us. I would love to be entered into your generous giveaway and thanks for the opportunity.
    Happy Bloggaversary!

  15. Great giveaway, please include me. I enjoy your blog and reading about your family, photography business and stitching. I am always checking for new posts. Keep ’em coming!

  16. I’ve been a long-time reader of your blog, however this is my first comment. I’d love to be entered into your anniversary give away. Thanks for such a great blog! Lynn

  17. I have been reading your blog for some time now, and find that I really miss it on the days that you don’t post. I think that you are hilarious and I really get a kick out of Mike’s antics. You are one heck of a designer and your family is blessed to have you. Thank you for making me laugh!
    Amy Varnell-Miller

  18. Happy Blogaversary! I love your blog and reading about your beautiful family, keeping up with your stitching and Starbucks passion. (I’m a Dunkin Donuts coffee fan…hee-hee) Thank you for your generous giveaway, please enter me. I too love the new way to make friends!

  19. Congrats on your blogoversary!!!! I love reading your blog and your entries most often do crack me up.
    Oh and what a fantastic price. I love all your releases, so pretty please, count me in. πŸ™‚

  20. I love your blog, I love your designs, I love reading what you write about here!! You are quite the package, young lady!! And I mean that in every good way! Congrats on your blog’s anniversary, wow what a long history of lovely blog posting!! xoxo Jan

  21. I found your blog initially when it was Cranberry Crossing and through cross stitch and then as you expanded to other things I continued to read. You are a great writer and I enjoy your humor. I also enjoy seeing your family, probably because I have a 17-year-old daughter and have related to the events of your daughters along with mine. πŸ™‚ On a stitching note, I do own some of your patterns and have even gotten a few stitched. I did meet you years ago at a market, probably about the time of Salem Sisters, when my sister owned a CS shop, although sadly she has since had to close it. I hope you continue your blog as is, it is always fun to read!

  22. That is the wonderful thing about blogs. They are our own and we can say or show whatever we want in them.
    That having been said, I truly enjoy all of the pictures that you have been putting in your blog. Each time I see them, they inspire me to get out there and play with my camera. Of course, camera time has to compete with stitching time which has to compete with quilting time which has to compete with Hubby time………..WHEW!!!
    Congrats on another blogoversary!

  23. I love reading your blog and your photos are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your world. I’d love a chance in your drawing. (I even like board games!)I’m resisting the urge to start Paradise Lost but I do believe resistance is futile! Nancy D. in NY hedghogmom@aol.com

  24. Paulette…
    I enjoy seeing and hearing about your family. My heart smiles when I see a dad spending such quality time with his girls.
    Your designs are just beautiful.

  25. I originally came here to read about stitching, but found myself coming back to read about your family – that’s quite a cast of characters you’ve got there in Nebraska! And of course, I’ve really come to love your beautiful photography.
    Happy Blogiversary, Paulette! πŸ™‚

  26. Happy Blogaversary Paulette!!!
    You are a very talented lady with a beautiful family, I havent been following your blog for long but have been hooked since the day I stumbled across it! I love the fact you include snippets of your family life, recipes, your photography etc…it makes it feel more personel – thank you for sharing, please dont change!
    Sending you and yours BIG ((hugs))
    Wendy xx

  27. Paulette, I always enjoy reading your blog, seeing what you and the family are up to, and everything else! Thank you for your blog, and thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Happy Blogiversary Paulette! Your blog is one of my must-reads every day. I love reading about and seeing the photos of your family (including the doggies). And your designs are awesome! Please enter me into your drawing. Kim Lewis

  29. Paula, I check your blog every day to see if you’ve added a new entry. I love to stitch, but enjoy the cooking and family entries as well. Happy anniversary of your blog.
    Carol

  30. Paulette,
    Congratulations on your blog anniversary! Although I don’t always comment, your blog is one of the first things I look at while having my morning coffee. I thoroughly enjoy each and every post, as well as your talent of designing!

  31. That Yorkie just looks too innocent to do the things you say it does! LOL πŸ™‚
    Please toss my name in the hat for your anniversary giveaway.
    Happy Blogaversary Paulette.

  32. Two of my stitching friends turned me onto your blog about a year ago and I have been hooked ever since. I love reading about your beautiful daughters and your crazy family. Thanks for sharing your life with us. Happy Anniversary. Thank you for the contest!
    Denise ,

  33. I love your blog and reading about your family. I especially love your designs. Congrats on the blog anniversary. Your blog is one of my favorties. (picture me jumping up and down clapping each time you post something new!)

  34. Paulette….if I didn’t stumble upon your Blog I would not have become such a huge fan of your designs..I LOVE stitching them! I love hearing about your wonderful family…etc…….
    thank you for sharing all that with us….
    And I’d love to enter your giveaway!!!
    Marion

  35. Crawling out from behind the woodwork here…
    I do always read but only occasionally post replies…bad me!
    I love to hear about your life: your girls, your dh, your dogs, all the fab photos etc.
    This is not to sound creepy, or gushy, or stalker-ishy, but I do think you have the perfect All American Family – and I mean it in the nicest way πŸ™‚ Honest I do!
    Keep on making us smile, laugh and occasionally cry with you.

  36. Hi Paulette,
    Today it’s my 25th wedding Anniversary so we both have something to celebrate.
    I am a regular reader of your blog and like looking at your photos of when you are out and about to see how different it is over there,to where i am.And of course peeks of your latest stitching.Please enter me for your draw. Thanks.

  37. Thank you for sharing your family I read your blog every day. You have 3 beautiful daughters! And also, your designs I’m looking forward to stitching the autumn, Halloween, and winter Hares. Would love to be entered in the giveaway. Debbie

  38. Hi Paulette, I have been following your blog for some years now and although I enjoy it enormously, I don’t normally leave a comment as I have subscribed to your RSS feed. I would very much like to enter the draw for your giveaway please! Congratulations on the ‘blogaversary’
    Thanks,
    Jackie x

  39. I love hearing about your family. I think they are beautiful. And I love the dogs also. I check your blog everyday to see if there is anything new. I love the photography also. You are doing a great job with that and I wish you luck with the new business.

  40. I love your blog and enjoy reading about your family and all your endeavors. Congratulations on 7 years! Thanks for the giveaway – I would love to win some of your designs; they are so beautiful!

  41. Thank you for sharing so much with us… I feel as if I know your family and find myself praying for your girls… and hopeing that all is going well for each of you! This is a great little contest… hope I am chosen! Thank you for thinking of us in this way!

  42. Yes it is good to be all different. Lucky us .. how boring it would be if not. It is just the mix of news about stitching and family that makes it fine. I just got your “Salem Sisters” pattern and I’m eager to stitch it for Halloween.
    Happy anniversary and thank you for your giveaway.

  43. You have a delightful blog, I look forward to seeing your beautiful family and the smiles your quirky humor brings!
    Quirky you ask? Think about the arm hair pic…
    Congratulations!

  44. I love to read about your family. My son is the same age as Sophie and it is so nice to see if other kids think the same way. I get so tickled reading about Sophie and thinking my son Brandon and her would get along just great. Both very out going young individuals.
    Please include me in the drawing for your charts.
    I love all of your designs.
    Happy stitching,
    Thomasina

  45. I love reading about your life and family, and all your little doggies. πŸ™‚ I already own many of your designs, but what a treat it would be to complete my collection! Thank you for the great opportunity!

  46. Paulette, I love your blog and I especially love reading about your beautiful girls, and Mike and the dogs. I have even showed my mom your little yorkie because she has one just like yours. I think the best part of your blog is the love and fun you and your family so obviously have together! Happy Blogaversary to you!

  47. Congratulations on your blog anniversary! Thank you for sharing your life outside the needle. By sharing other aspects of your life, you give us a glimse of the inspiration behind your designs. I enjoy reading your blog and stitching your patterns. Thank you for including me in your giveaway. Sandy πŸ™‚

  48. Paulette,
    I think it’s wonderful that you can share your entire life with us, not just your stitching and designing. It really does make you seem like more of an internet friend rather than just an anonymous stitching piece finished by a faceless, emotionless stranger. I love reading about your family and encounters because that’s where your humor, love, and passion really come out and it just completes the big picture behind your designs.
    I would love to be entered into your drawing!

  49. I love to hear of your lovely family, it reminds me of when my 3 boys were growing up. Your love of family is certaqinly apparent in every way. We laugh when you laugh, cry when you cry, and rejoice when you rejoice. Keep it up. I am very excited about the prospect of getting more of your creations, by the way I love the bunnies.

  50. I first started reading and following blogs for the cross-stitch inspiration and needing to fill the human connection void in my own life.
    It has been my pleasure to get to know more of your great design patterns and also you and your family via the blogging.
    Congratulations on your blogging aniversary and many continued wishes of success in your life.
    Thanks for sharing so generously with so many.

  51. Congratulations on your blogaversary. I has been lovely reading of you and your interests and your lovely family. Many happy returns on this lovely day.
    Thank you for your generous gift of the giveaway opened to your followers. Like all of them, I honored to recieve your generous gift.

  52. Paulette, I feel as if I have known you forever, even though we have never met face to face. You are the little sister I wish I had! I enjoy whatever you choose to blog about, because we all have different interests, not just stitching. I am glad to know that there are people in the world like you, and I thank you for letting us be part of your family. (((hugs)))

  53. Obviously, I will not toss my name in for the giveaway, but you really do have a wonderful blog, and it is my morning “click” with coffee. Um, since I don’t need the charts, can I have three models instead? Tee! LLLY

  54. Please enter me in your drawing. I love reading your blog! It’s make me laugh! I am still laughing about the gnome posting. Keep up the great posts. Maureen

  55. I absolutely adore your blog! I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing yourself, your family, your talent, your doggie stories, your laughs, your tears – with all of us.
    Linda in VA

  56. Congratulations on having your blog for 7 years! It’s nice to see your latest designs as well as seeing what’s going on with your family. Thanks also for the freebies you have had on your blog. I look forward for many more years of your blog!

  57. Congratulation for your blog anniversary
    and thaks for sharing your family with us,
    seeing your girls growing up is a special gift
    my DD is 25 but I still call her my little one
    so you may too, if Sophie allows it lol
    Blessed be
    Alba

  58. Your blog is an enjoyable read. From the antics of your family, your wonderful stitching & designs, to the furry beasts that prowl the carpets. I look forward to every entry and every new design. Please keep it up ;0)

  59. Happy Blogiversary! I enjoy reading about the stitching, family, dogs, cooking, vacations, not to mention the overgrown board game loving boy who tries to hone in on the action from time to time.
    Please enter me in your contest and keep on blogging, it keeps me sane from my boring bank job!

  60. Happy anniversary, Paulette! Love your blog precisely for all the reasons you were listing. I feel like you are an extended part of my family, although you don’t know me πŸ™‚

  61. Don’t you dare change what you’re doing! It’s so much more interesting to see the life behind the creative mind. Finding like-minded bloggers is like finding a group of girlfriends to lunch with and laugh with — and there’s no tip to figure out at the end! Happy anniversary!

  62. I just found your blog about three months ago and I love it. I’ve never commented before – but I love reading anything you write, and I really enjoy the gorgeous photos that you take! Oh, and the stitching designs too! πŸ™‚ Thank you for keeping up your blog! I am a busy mom of two little boys, ages almost 2 and 4 years, and it’s nice to read about a mom of older children and know that they will still be as fun later as they are now.

  63. I always read your blog first. I love seeing the pictures and hearing your fun stories. I also love all of your patterns. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thank You, Beth N.

  64. I’m a recent follower and even though I started reading because I’m stitching The Flood I have quickly become addicted! Thank you for the wonderful stories and beautiful photos.

  65. Paulette, Your blog is a favorite of mine, and don’t change a thing. I love admiring those beautiful photographs you take, and sharing your family news.
    It makes me feel as tho I know you all. (hope that doesn’t sound creepy.
    I’d love to be in your drawing. Thanks for sharing.

  66. I enjoy hearing what is going on with the family almost as much as I love seeing new cross stitch designs. Both are beautiful – and hubby is a hoot!
    No one else need comment . . . . . ’cause I’m the winner!!!!!!
    claudia

  67. Congrats Paulette on your Blog Anniversary!! Love reading about you and your family! I love all your desugns too! Please enter me in the giveaway.

  68. My granddaughter is crazy about your blog and your family. Although Lily is only five, we share your blog on a regular basis. We enjoy it so much. She watched the video of Natalie over and over again and she always likes the times that your girls dress up for prom and such. She always says that Bean’s shoes are her favorites! Congrats on your anniversary and thanks for the giveaway.
    Lillian Carol

  69. I like your sense of humor. Your family is gorgeous (and you too). Love your designs. But really, that entry with the snow, how beautiful it is and ….. what’s this?, marring my beautiful snowfall?! I still LOL when I think about it. Love the blog.

  70. I love your blog Paulette. I rarely comment but I always visit to catch up with the latest happenings in the Stewart household. Thanks so much for your generous giveaway, I’d love a chance to win. πŸ™‚

  71. I enjoy your blog so much. I love seeing your photos of your lovely family and read about what you have all been up to. And of course I love your designs. Please enter me in the draw. Congratualations on your blogaversary.

  72. It is great to read about your family. I am not your follower. I have bookmarked you in my Designer section in IE:)
    Thanks for your posts on your daughters, your husband, your dog and the occasional flowers.
    I love to drool over those MIGHTY samplers you are doing.

  73. Your blog is a part of my day! I’ve enjoying getting to know you and your family after meeting your designs several years ago! Count me in for your give away and thank you! Linda in CO.

  74. Congrats to you and your whole family, since they are a big part of this blog as well! I’m also one of those who love reading about your sweet family. I’ve never been in USA or anywhere on that side of the ocean, but every time I read your blog I feel so close to being there. It’s like a whole different world! And I’m waiting for your every post impatiently.
    Btw, tell to Mike that I’d LOVE to play some board game with him some day! πŸ™‚
    Liga from Latvia
    liigucs at gmail . com

  75. I love your blog!
    I check it everyday. It’s such a pretty blog, and enjoyable to read.
    I love the Four Seasons Cafe also, and the pics of the doggies too. πŸ™‚
    Keep the great designs coming!
    Marilyn

  76. Since I started to read your blog, I’ve loved it. It is the way you tell stories and your sense of humour that first got my attention and now, I’m hooked, even if I don’t post comment very often, I keep reading every article… and as many, I think, I got attached to you and your family (I guess because we can feel all the love you have for them)…
    I would love to be entered in you giveaway.
    Happy anniversary to your blog, may it last very long.

  77. Happy Bloggaversary?…Bloggerversary? I love reading your blog after finding it. I got sad when I was home on maternity leave and knew I was checking for updates waaayy to frequently from all the blogs I read. I wish I could meet your family cause I feel like I know them!
    Lindsey

  78. Since I won five charts in one of the last giveaways, please do not enter me in this one. I feel blessed to have won those!
    I do want to tell you how much I have enjoyed getting to read about your family, your passions, and even the trials and tribulations that are a good part of life. I enjoy your humor, the photographs (I wish you were close enough to be the photographer at my daughter’s wedding…sigh…), the recipes and everything else.
    I wish you much success in all of your future endevors, especially the ones near and dear to your heart. Keep loving your family, having fun and counting your blessings!

  79. Happy Blogiversary!
    It’s great watching the comings and goings of your family and business. I certainly watch for your updates as much as for anyones. Hope you’ll decide to come to the seashore in October with the other PALS! Oh, and thanks for the opportunity to add to my stash of PSS!

  80. Congratulations.
    Stitching, your family, the dogs, coffeeaddiction and even cooking….it all is a part of you and of who you are Paulette.
    And that’s what we readers like and we keep coming back for it ☺
    greetings from the Netherlands
    Ine

  81. I almost never comment on your blog, but I have read every post… you’ve had me giggling more often than not, and made me teary-eyed more often than I’d care to admit. Happy Blogiversary πŸ™‚

  82. Herzlichen GlΓΌckwunsch on your blog anniversary!!
    I am so happy to be invited from you every day. Please, Paulette, oh please never stop.
    Oh, oh, dear Mike, you will never feel what a cross stitcher feels when a chart arrives. This great moment when you open the chart, the first look at it, then diving into the stash to look for the right fabric and the right colors while the fingers are trembling because it is so exciting. Sooo exciting !!
    Liebe und herzliche Grüße von
    Anja

  83. I can’t remember if I have commented but I do ready you regularly! I too like photography and you have given me some great ideas/tips for taking pictures of my grand daughters.
    Thanks for the giveaway–I hope I win!

  84. I love your unique blend of stitching, photography, family, recipes, etc. It makes it much more interesting and I’m always happy when I have a new PSS in my reader.
    Have a happy blogiversary!
    maurer dot katie at gmail dot com

  85. So nice to know what is going on with the Stewart/Kwaak family. Especially after losing touch with your mom. It’s been a joy watching the girls and your designs grow. There are just so many of your designs that I want to stitch!

  86. I love your blog and your designs. I don’t comment often, but I read regularly. I think Mike’s antics are hilarious.
    Thank you for a fabulous giveaway. I would love to be entered. πŸ™‚
    kellieps3 at windstream dot net

  87. Happy Blogoversary! I always enjoy your blog, especially the non stitchy ones. You have a beautiful family and it is wonderful to share your special moments. Thank you for all the designs, recipes, and fun! I would love to be included in your give away drawing.

  88. Congratulations on your blog-aversary! I love reading about your stitching, your family and your life. Please include me a your drawing for your gorgeous designs.

  89. Paulette, I adore reading your blog and even though I sometimes don’t reply you and your family are always in my heart and prayers.
    I adore your love for the “normal” things, and then your “not so normal” posts too that make me smile! It somehow always helps me reconnect with my growing up in the midwest myself. I know they say you can’t go home but I disagree. There is something I love growing up on the farm and being from a small town and everything good and bad that goes with it.
    God bless you and all you do.

  90. I have been enjoying your blog as it is too darn hot to be outside. At least 90ΒΊ in Rhinelander (that is Northern Wis!)
    I would love to enter your drawing for some of you beeautiful charts!
    Thank you,
    Rita Shores

  91. Paulette – You are the first blog I check when I turn on my computer and I’m always happy when you have a new post. I get a kick out of your humor. And I LOVE your cross stitch designs. Unfortunately my local shop just closed so I could use some new patterns for my stash!
    Judy

  92. I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now I love reading about your family. I grew up in a family of three girls (I’m the youngest by 6 years so I relate to Sophie well!) and had my grandparents, uncles and aunts live in the same town too. It brings back happy memories for me πŸ™‚ I’m amazed at how talented you are with your stitching, photography and room decorating πŸ˜‰ Your writing is a talent too your sense of humour makes reading about your activities funny and more often than not make me smile.
    Kind Regards,
    Lisa

  93. Your blog always brings a smile, Paulette–I love reading about your three girls (especially since I had three boys!!), your pets, and your new designs. Your photography is amazing–wish my photos looked half as good πŸ™‚
    Congratulations on your blog’s anniversary and here’s to many more! Thanks for the giveaway chance πŸ™‚

  94. Paulette, Congratulations on your blogaversary! I always enjoy reading your blog. It’s such a nice mix of stitching, family stories, recipes, photography, re-decorating, and, of course, coffee! Thanks for the generous giveaway!
    Carolyn

  95. Congratulations on your blogaversary!I so enjoy reading your blog ~ I always get excited to see a new post and yuor posts always make me smile πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing a glimpse at you life. Please enter me in your generous giveaway! (I’ve been coveting yout “Favorite Things” pattern πŸ˜‰
    Blessings, Patti

  96. I have many of your charts in my stash!! Also your blog is one of my everyday blog reads….and I have a Golden! I dearly love hearing about your various adventures with you family and your girls are just beautiful!
    Thanks for the opportunity to be added to the list!

  97. LOL….there are tons of stitching blogs and everyone is always stitching “the flavor of the minute”….they tend to run together!! I find your family much more entertaining!! Your blog really works for me…so don’t change it!!

  98. It’s always big fun to read your stories and to see your amazing designs. I love to pop in your great blog.
    Please keep me in the drawing, thank you.
    Hugs, Eva from Germany

  99. Well, Paulette, I must say that the www would be very dull without your blog… You have the cutest daughters and your love for them and handsome Mike is so beautiful.
    I’m weak, please enter me for the drawing. Even if I’m not a winner, this will have been an occasion to say Hi lovely Paulette and family, instead of just popping and boucing again. πŸ˜‰
    Take care. πŸ™‚

  100. Your blog is very well put together. It is always enjoyable, the pictures are great. You are very talented. And very generous. Please enter me in your celebration giveaway. Thank you.

  101. I would love to get some of your designs, this is an amazing giveaway. I am still trying to get hold of your Olga pattern, that is my favourite at the moment but a lot of your designs are on my wishlist.
    I love reading about your family and life in your blog, please keep it up.I think we all feel involved and part of your family from reading your blog.

  102. Your blog brings a smile to my face every time I see a new post. You are blessed with a lovely family, a successful business and a hunky husband!
    I hope you continue to share your adventures for many more years. I would love to be entered into your generous giveaway, espcially since I have several of your charts on my wish list already!
    Congratulations on your success!

  103. Okay, when I clicked from Google Reader to comment on this post, I ended up commenting on your latest. So, I just want to say, that I DOUBLY loved your interview, and I would love to be in your giveaway drawing! I have a few of your charts on my wish list, and winning some would just make my day.
    LauraB in Utah

  104. Your blog is wonderful! And your family is just as important as your needlework. You have to include all your beautiful creations in your blog. Happy Blogiversary! I’d love to be entered in your giveaway. I’m loving my Bible story charts!

  105. Love, love, love your patterns and so appreciate the chance to enter your drawing.
    NEVER apologize for loving and being proud of your family. If anyone is offended by your posts, they know where the ‘back’ button is!
    -Sherry-

  106. Your blog is beautiful, I really love reading it! I must admit, I am really lousy at posting. I now take the opportunity for an “outing” as anonymous reader. πŸ˜‰
    Anne

  107. I know the giveaway is over, but I wanted to stop in and say how much I enjoy spending virtual time with you and yours. πŸ™‚
    And, that new kitten is adorable, and adorably photographed. πŸ˜€

  108. I love your blog! I remember back at Christmas time (before I had started my own blogging) I started reading your blog. I was so excited to show my mom too – we both loved your patterns and thought that it was so neat that you had a blog too! It makes you and your patterns have even a bit more meaning, if that makes sense!
    ps: tell Bre I said hi!!! and that I hope her running is going well!

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