Saturday, January 25, 2014

Welcome to Grow Your Blog day

Thank you so much to Vicki at 2 Bags Full for organizing Grow Your Blog. Vicki mentions there are more than 500 bloggers looking forward to meeting you and growing their blog readership.

Welcome to my blog. My name is Erica and I blog from southern Alberta, Canada in a place where the Rocky Mountains are generally easy to see from my bedroom window and where I am only a short drive from the border which takes me into Montana.

I am married; have been for more than 28 years (to the same person!):


We have three children and they share with us their three wonderful spouses; to get to this point, there were weddings and quilts - all in the past few years!

I followed an interesting path to the job I have right now. I work at a college, but in my specific role I manage the police academy and its programming. No, I've never been a police officer (or played one on TV) but it is a really neat job. I did go to school (which may or may not have helped) but I didn't start until I was 31 years old and then I didn't stop - I finished my undergraduate degree the same year my son (our oldest) finished high school and then I finished a master's in Organizational & Workplace Learning and Performance a little more than a year ago.

Sewing and crafting has been part of my life as long as I can remember. I always dabbled in and around quilting but I would say I let it take over the sewing room about 12 years ago. I really liked very traditional patterns and fabrics (e.g., Civil War) but then one day, a few years back, my tastes changed overnight and I embraced contemporary (some call it modern) design and fabrics. The truth is, I like all kinds of fabric (except batiks, don't like those) and try to make the best choice for each project I take on.

This week, I have been working on a table runner based around one of my favourite designer's (Lizzy House) newest line - Catnap!


Other things I really like to do include going to Disneyland and taking Disney Cruises (are you sensing a pattern, there?) In case you wonder the answer is no, I do not have a house full of Disney stuff, and I'm not trying for that. I do, however, like mid-century design and there are a few vintage attraction posters at Disneyland that might find their way into the family room, one day. I also like to play outside; how could I not want to when outside looks like this?

There you have it; a little glimpse of me. Thank you so much for taking time to visit. I will be making my rounds of all the participants' blogs over the next few days and look forward to learning more about YOU.

e.

30 comments:

  1. we are hoping to see the Canadian Rockies some day soon. amazing!! love the breakfast shot - i would love to have a meal with Tigger - so fun!! ( :
    hi there. i'm Beth from E. Lizard Breath Speaks - so nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog get together/party.

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  2. Hi stopping by from the GRB party!! Wow nice to meet you, I used to live in Alberta, my boys are still there and I visit often. I miss the prairies and the mountains. I made a quilt for my sons and their wives when they married also. I'll be following along! xx's Kim

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  3. Wonderful photos Erica! I am helping Vicki out for the Grow Your Blog party, and wanted to thank you for participating! I am sure you will get many new readers and Followers... it's a huge party this year for sure!

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  4. Hi stopping by from GYB party I dabble in quilting just love your Christmas stockings.

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  5. I had such fun visiting your blog! My father is from Canada- British Columbia- and we're venturing up there in about a month. Canada is truly beautiful! I'm hosting a fun giveaway, so stop by if you get a minute.:) Lori

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  6. I love your work. I am from Calgary and have likely hiked over some of the same trails. I try to get to the mountains every Friday no matter the weather. My passion is jewellery making so find inspiration in colour. Happy hopping!

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  7. Hi Erica, I have to say that I simply love your blog. You showcase some fab quilts and since I live on the other side of the world, I love bloggers who get out and about in their own part of the world. Look forward to visiting again.
    Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

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  8. What beautiful children and quilts. Here from GYB. Sounds like you are a busy person. Great that you take time for quilting.

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  9. Hi! I'm a new follower! Love your work! Come visit my blog - I'm having a giveaway! Looking forward to more inspiration! Cheery wave from Bev

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  10. Stopping by and now following you from the GYB party. Love your photos and the quilts are yummy. Looking forward to getting to see more, your part of the world is so beautiful. Stop by and see my world at dogwoodlanerambles.blogspot.com when you get the chance. Cheers, Patrica in Northern California

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  11. HI Erica, Dropping by on the GYB hop, waving at you from the other side of Canada - NB. I've enjoyed visiting you and seeing your quilts. Hope you'll stop by my blog too and enter my Giveaway!
    Linda

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  12. You have made very pretty quilts. I love the heart quilt.

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  13. Popping by for a from GYB. Your quilts are beautiful and so is the photography. I was more of a traditional quilter until I started liking bright and happy fabrics. Now I am hooked on more modern looks.

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  14. Hello I'm Lynet, nice to meet you, your blog is beautiful, I following now,I love to share with you from now on and we are good friends!Happy grow your blog

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  15. Oh it looks like you have a lovely life up there in Canada. Your quilt work is gorgeous. It was so nice to meet you.

    Hugs
    Caroline

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  16. Your quilts are lovely. (My mom is a quilter & doesn't like batiks either.)

    I'm still making the rounds from Grow Your Blog. Thanks for sharing your story & blog. My redwork/ embroidery blog is aprilsongstress.blogspot.com!

    aprilsongstress

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  17. Hello you, nice to see you again. Your quilts are beautiful as is your family.

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  18. Oh fantastic quilts!! So nice to meet you...I am from New Brunswick

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  19. Hello from the Yukon. I hope you're enjoying this party as much as I do :)
    Evalina, This and that...

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  20. Wonderful quilts Will be following along to see your latest projects. Nice to meet you.

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  21. Wow! Your mountains look like my mountains! :-) I do love living in a postcard for sure. I'm visiting thanks to the GYB party. Happy to "meet" you!

    http://www.busyneedle.ch

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  22. beautiful country, and lots of family fun, enjoy your tour thru GYB.

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  23. Beautiful job on the Catnip quilt...working personally on Celtic Solstice by Bonnie Hunter. Bigger job then I thought it would be...

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  24. Greetings from South Carolina, USA! I am joining you as I make my way around at the GYB party. You are such a talented quilter. Your creations are beautiful!

    Our family are big fans of Disney, as well. We hang out at Walt Disney World in Orlando a lot! We also have 2 daughters and gained 2 wonderful sons through their marriages. We have been blessed with 5 precious grandchildren. I love crafts of most every description and method. I love learning new things to do. It keeps me going and enjoying the world around me and those who are in it!

    I am signing up to follow your blog posts. Perhaps, you will drop in on me sometime to see what is going on over at Mimi Mine! Have a blessed and beautiful weekend!

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  25. Racing round trying to leave a comment everywhere! Will be back!

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  26. Wow I love my visit. Forgive me for coming to the party at the last minute, But 600 blog reading was a little tasking. I wanted to read and get to know the girls so I did read everyone's bio. Your my 515 blog and 24 hours left to go. If you like come visit My site http://overboardcreations.blogspot.com/and contact info is http://ovr_brd@yahoo.com I believe inspiration comes from all facets of life even knowing the great people out there with wisdom and knowledge the do's and don'ts and even the wonders of life from a personal point of view. I liked you following you on goggle connect and Bloglovin you. hope to see you in the cyber neighborhood I am new to blogging so I don't have a lot posted because I got side tract with GYB party. Kind of felt it was important to have some one read my silly chatter. I can't remember a time I didn't dabble in something creative. I tried a little of everything. But, my new love these days is Card making I just love it.

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  27. Hi there! I am still making my way through all the blogs on GYB party. Hope you are staying warm in Canada. We are a little warmer in Virginia but just got about 16 inches of snow. Love you sewing projects and that is one of my favorite hobbies. Looking forward to following you.

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  28. Hi, I am visiting from the GYB hop. What a neat job you have. I'm impressed that you still have time to blog and quilt after work too.

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