A Hopping New Year...with more to come!

Good morning peeps! Viki over at 2 Bags Full blog is hosting the 
"Grow Your Blog" hop today and I couldn't be more excited to be a participant! Thank you Viki for all of your hard work putting this all together!

My name is Beth and I was until recently a mixed media artist, which fit quite nicely with being  addicted to art supplies! I know most of you are probably shaking your heads up and down in an "I understand" sort of way about now!  I live in rural New Hampshire in a 100+ year old converted barn in historic Harrisville which boasts one of the few remaining active mills in the country! (pics will follow once I stop babbling but need to tell you a couple of things first...)

With the New Year having recently arrived something has shifted with my muse and I find myself in old familiar surroundings with a rekindled love of fibers and beads. There are so many gorgeous new and inventive stitches to crochet - using some of the most exotic fibers - that if you have ever knitted or crocheted the temptation will be unbearable and not easily ignored. I am even planning of raising angora bunnies and learning to spin my own yarns this year!

And then there is my old passion of making jewelry using beads and silk ribbons to embroider little stories onto cuffs to be worn as a reminder about different parts of our lives. Isn't creativity and art so much fun?! There is no limit of things to do... What's a girl to do? Give in of course!!!
But before I go any further...

What would a hop be without some sort of handmade goody? 
You all know the point of this hop, for all of us to meet and great with the goal of meeting some new friends and followers but we all love little giveaways so... 
before you ask, No you do not have to be a follower of my blog nor do you have to have your own blog to be in the pool to win my giveaway... just make sure you leave me a comment and your email address so I can contact the winner!  Okie Dokie, that's fair I think... right? right!
What's that? Oh, you want to know what you will win? Well since you asked... I'll tell you...a hand crocheted V-neck mug sweater! Just let me know what color you like and I will make one Just For You! :D
And, on the runway is Beth's mug sporting a spiffy little number in variegated cotton yarn with a great little collar that can be worn down for that carefree look, or on those brrrrr cold mornings turned up to protect your beverage from the cold.
You also protect you hands from a "steaming too hot to drink yet" beverage as well as keeping your beverage all snug and warm...and did I mention saving those trees... no more cardboard sleeves, just take your mug sweater with you to your fav coffee shop!

Now for a little sight seeing (yes, this is where I stop babbling - this is the town I call home (pictures from late Fall)...

Our tiny post office, quaint all the way. Our postmaster even has one of those lovely New Hampshire accents to greet you with as soon as you walk in the door!

If you are into fiber arts and especially weaving and spinning you may be familiar with
Harrisville Designs, yep that's it! If you're ever in town you must stop in... you won't leave empty handed!

Little tables set up outside to enjoy the nice days and fresh breezes

Inside our General Store is just as quaint as one would expect of an old New England Mill town

Ancient wood paneling and mismatched tables and chairs

and here is a little peak into my house in the woods...it's a converted 100+ year old barn on 37 acres of woods, alas we only rent but still it is my dream house! New garden coming this coming summer... can hardly wait to get started! Pictures were just taken two days ago...


My front yard
Well, that's about it for now. That is my trusty little furry helper Raphael my brown tiger cat resting
in his basket in my studio after a long night of mousing!
Thanks for popping by for a visit and don't forget to leave a comment with your contact info to be entered in the giveaway. I will have Mr Honey Bunny draw a number out of the hat on February 1st, (so much more personal than the random number thingy - I mean technology is great but sometimes we need the ambience)!
Hugs and feel free to wander about...


Diane said…
Love your blog and your humor :)

I had a fun time looking around, so much fun that i became a follower :)

Pam said…
Hi Beth! Love the mug cozy, I made a knitted one myself, but don't have a mug that it will fit!!! A super prize to giveaway, they are really great! And love the pics of your town, it looks so cozy!!
Holly said…
Oh my goodness, such a lovely place you live! What fun to take a peek into New Hampshire and your home! Love the mug cover...aren't you creative.
Nice to meet you! I am your newest follower.
Bead and Needle said…
SO, glad this blog party is going on...I've already found a new favorite blog, right HERE!!!! Jealous of your town? How much charm and character can you get out of flashing neon on the Las Vegas Strip, but I can live, vicariously, through others! Hope your weekend is wonderful - the mug sweater is pretty darn cute on that morning table runway! Happy Saturday, Beth - Tanya
Casa Mariposa said…
LOVE your blog, town and cozy surroundings! I'm not really that crafty but have a huge appreciation for people who are. I occasionally coerce a few beads into a necklace and once decorated a pot with broken plates, but that's about it. Plate smashing is amazing and quite underutilized. So glad you like my gardening blog. :o) Your cup sweater is fabulous but count me out on the give away. One of my dogs is quite the fabric thief and would steal it/shred it in minutes. It needs a less menacing end.
I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of your surroundings and your lovely feline. Your creations are beautiful. So nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog party. I would love to be included in the drawing...something in a dark blue would be nice. Enjoy your weekend!
Donna said…
Hi, Beth! What a sweet blog and I love your introductory post! Thanks for coming by my place. I'm following you back!

Would you believe that I have been to Harrisville Design?! Oh my, it's been a long, long time though. Probably 25 years. We bought weaving yarn while we were there on a vacation. I remember the sweet little town. And a lake too, perhaps? We used to weave (DH's was a noted professional weaver back in the day, when she was still alive). But we gave up our looms when we moved into this smaller cottage.

I'm looking forward to getting to know you in the days ahead! And yes, please count me in on your giveaway! My e-mail address is built into the blogger system and available through my profile page.


Carol said…
It's wonderful to meet you, Beth! So glad you stopped by & became a follower. I'm now following you. I have always wanted to visit New England. I enjoyed seeing the pictures of your charming town. I'll be back to check out more of your posts.

Hi Beth
You do live in a quaint little town and I like your header depicting your home and crafty side.
I've never seen a mug sweater before, rather a good idea.
I'm a new follower and will visit again.
Your New England town looks charming along with everthing else on your blog. As an avid knitter I've heard about Harrisville Designs for years! Your house looks cozy and welcoming! Thanks for visiting today and happy weekend! Best,
Hello, Your New England is very quaint and charming. Love it. Your home is lovely. I have never seen a mug cozy like your creation. Hugs Judy
Kellie Reynolds said…
Hi Beth!

Your so cute! I enjoyed reading your post today. Your home is charming. The east coast sure has a lot more of that than we do here out west.

That is a LOT of snow in your yard. WOW! I'll have to stop whining about our pitiful amounts of frost and ice on the roads. Ha!

Crafting is such an evolutionary journey that changes from time to time. I can totally understand your craft supply addiction. I do the same thing. Isn't it wonderful?!

It's nice to meet you. I'm Looking forward to getting to know you better. Here's wishing you a blissful day!

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Barbara F. said…
Love this post, what a great little town, love your home, your bedroom is beautiful. Thanks for the visit and the follow and I am following you back. xo
Carol Z said…
What a great post. I lived in New Hampshire and grew up in Connecticut and not sure how I missed your beautiful town. I was a little late for "Grow Your Blog," but I'm enjoying some great blog visits today. Love the mug sweater. Green and white -- for my favorite New Hampshire school -- would be fine!
Terri said…
Hello Beth, I truly enjoyed reading your post. You have such a natural way of expressing yourself with words. A pleasure! I am already a fan of your gorgeous blog : )
Isn't this blog hopping party fun???
hi Beth, I'm a Beth too. it is amazing how many you can find within this blog land. amazing!! nice to meet you. i will go look around more. please do stop by my blog soon. wishing you a great weekend. take care. ( :
Sea Witch said…
So glad you stopped by my blog via the Grow YOUR OWN Blog Party. How marvelous that you are a New Englander. I am happily married to a New Englander and we go back to visit once a year. I miss the lovely old historic homes but not the cold. LOL. I am your newest follower and look forward to future posts.
EvalinaMaria said…
You have a very lovely blog. I love everything white, or black, or green, or yellow - oh, my, I like them all! I'm a new follower and a 'Grow Your Blog' participant. Have fun at the party!

Evalina, This and that...
sharon said…
Hi Beth! Thank you for your visit and kind words! I am so glad I am part of the hop and get to meet amazing like minded creative people like you, your creations are gorgeous, and so are your photos of your beautiful little town! Thanks for the chance at your lovely giveaway!
Di said…
Fun! I love cream and would love to win. Fun visiting with you, Di@Cottage-wishes
Oh you live in a barn. How cool is that!! I've always wanted to live in either a converted barn or a converted little country church. Thanks for visiting me at my blog and for joining in on this party.
Michelle said…
Beth, I cannot believe I am living YOUR dream; it looks like you are living MINE! I love quaint, old things and you live in the midst of so many. And all those beautiful things in your header that I'm sure you created yourself make me feel very uncreative and unproductive. (I'm SURE I could be more productive if I had a studio in such a lovely old cottage.... ;-)
Christine said…
Hi there, it's nice to meet you, thanks for visiting my blog.
Your home town is so pretty.
I look forward to getting to know you
Annabelle said…
How lovely to let us into your world - I enjoyed the tour and joined for more of the same. I live in London, which is so different but have visited New England for ski trips in the past and found it adorable.
kathyinozarks said…
Hi Beth, I loved your blog and the tour, sounds like a friendly place to live. and your cup cozy is too cool-have not seen one like that-and would love to win--thank you for visiting my blog Kathy
Jennifer Shelby said…
my mug was just telling me this morning that it felt a bit naked. Love your blog, your home and your town! New England always feels like home
Donna said…
I enjoyed your story and the lovely tour...it is wonderful to meet such talented people and I hope to get to know you and your blog better. What a great giveaway and if I win I will think about the colors...
africanaussie said…
Thank you so mcuh for stopping by my blog, and yes I think we are kindred spirits, although you are so much more artistic than me! I look forward to following along and learning some new things from you!
Diana Seal said…
Hi Beth, I enjoyed looking around your wonderful blog and the tour of your hometown! Glad I found you through the GYB party!
Looking forward to stopping in often!
McKenna C. said…
Hi Beth,
I love your intro! Especially your pictures! You're home is so pretty!

I'd love to be entered into your giveaway! I've made coffee cozies before, but never for myself. :D

I can't wait to see more of your work!

Celestina Marie said…
Hi Beth, What a wonderful blog and delightful post. You are so blessed to live in such a quaint little town and your lovely home. So enjoyed my visit, your writing and pics. It is great to meet you through GYB and I look forward to more visits soon.
Have a creative week.
Hugs, Celestina Marie
Sandra Kaye said…
Very lovely blog:):) Nice town..very pretty to look at :):) Happy hopping!!
Kim said…
I'm so happy to find your blog. This GYB party is so much fun! I do love those little mug sweaters.
I'm following you now :)
Nook and Cranny said…
I so love the looks of your little town there in NH, looks like my little town here on Isle La Motte in Vermont. I have been doing some looking around and can understand why you would want to get back into knitting and crocheting, the items in your next post are fantastic. Good luck with what you choose to do.
Lou Anne said…
Hey there, I miss you! I participated in the blog hop too but didn't know you were doing the same. Your new work is beautiful!
LisaS said…
Hello Beth! A wonderful post wooo... look at all that snow ;) Please sign me up for a chance to win that mug cozy.
gilly said…
Hi Beth - loving having a wander around your blog and seeing all your beautiful things. And oh-my-word, that's a whole lot of snow in your front yard! Love your house and town too - thanks for sharing the pics with us.
Have a great week,
Gilly xx
Amber said…
You have a beautiful blog and a beautiful home! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love the look of your little town - so quaint!
111 LaLa Lane said…
My gosh, Beth. Your blog is awesome. I'm now a new fan and follower. One of my favorite movies is "Baby Boom". Your little town and home makes me think of that movie. Can't wait to get to know you better. Happy Monday!

Oh, btw, my favorite colors are of the sea...blue and green. I love the little mug sweater you're giving away.

Buttons said…
Hello nice to meet you I love your town and your rented farmhouse. What a wonderful place you live to draw inspiration from.
My friend raised Angora Rabbits and made wonderful woollie mittens and things. It is very soft and lovely. B
Acorn to Oak said…
What a wonderful area you live it! Sounds like there's so much to see and do. And, your old barn house sounds wonderful!

I found you from a sweet comment you left on my blog about my kitty. Thank you!

I'm enjoying your blog and will definitely add you to the list of blogs I follow.
Cheryl said…
Hi, Beth, just want to thank you for visiting my blog, and to return the favor, here I am. Your blog was perfect! Friendly, chatty with pictures that really gave your readers a sense of your surroundings and who you are. I think I'll be learning lots from you. I'm signing up to hang around your neck of the woods!
CatieAn said…
Hi Beth
Thank you for your visit at my blog. We do have a lot of like interests. I have signed up as a new follower and look forward to sharing together in the future.
Beth said…
Good to see you, Beth, and your town. It looks very charming!
Blessings, Beth
Thanks for stopping by Bird Lady Blog Elisabet. Your place in New Hampshire is fabulous. What a quaint town you live in. I am intrigued by the photo of a hawk? perhaps (after the candle shot). I can't quite perceive what it is that I'm looking at, except the silouette of a bird. Can you tell me about the photo?

- Sherrie (Bird Lady)

Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. What a great place to live, it looks very enchanting. I'll enjoy following you too.
Miss LindaLee said…
Hello Beth! I'm so glad you came over to visit my blog. Otherwise, I may not have ever found your beautiful blog. What lovely work you do here! Beautiful!
I have been in your town several times over the years. I was born and raised in Dover, NH. A beautiful state for sure and there's still so many things that I miss.
Oh! By the way....I'm your newest follower.
LindaLee from
CrossN' My Stitches
Stopping by your blog as part of the GYB party. I'm so glad I had a chance to meet you. Cutest giveaway of the day! Please stop over and meet me when you can.
Kathy said…
Oh what a delightful tour! I will be following along and looking forward to your beautiful and creative adventures!
Donna Heber said…
Hi Beth,

Your mug is adorable and I like your blog. I love the photo you have of the cat groovin' to some tunes :-)
Mary said…
Hi Beth, Nice to have you drop by... Love your blog and your humor. The photos of your town are amazing.... It looks like a truly magical place, and your home as well!
gin said…
Hi. Blog hopping here. Enjoying strolling thru your blog! And following too.
Tracie Dean said…
What a charming place you live. I have often thought of living somewhere beautiful and a small town where people wave as you walk by.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I am now YOUR newest follower.

Look forward to seeing what comes next!!

Quinn said…
Hi Beth - thanks again for visiting Comptonia and leaving a comment that made ME laugh :)
I love Raphael's little furry foot, and the picture of your local dog park. But really, I had no idea how close Harrisville Designs is, and that they have such a delightful online shop. Good gracious, and here I was thinking I could extend the Great Yarn Embargo of 2012 right into 2013...not looking very likely at the moment!
Following :)
Magdalena said…
How lovely to see these lovely photos of your surroundings and your ideas.
Julia said…
Hi Beth!
Are you sure we are not related? I love beading and crocheting is my relax therapy.
You live in a lovely town and your house is beautiful. One day I might surprise you with a visit.
Big hug,
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
Cache-Mire said…
Oh...I want to come visit you...in person! Your blog is so warm and inviting! I'm so glad we had this opportunity to meet. I'll be following...

Becka said…
Dear Beth,
I'm returning the visit from Girasole Farm via GYB party.
I have to say I a so excited to meet you.
As well, I confess, your blog has especially drawn me in. I feel as though I just ran into an old friend.
First- I am fascinated that you live in New Hampshire, and in a barn no less! I have a love of the New England area, even though I have never been there at all. The pictures of your home are beautiful. I especially like the one with the lamp on by the book shelves. I am a huge fan of lamp lighting, it creates something so peaceful and homey. And of course your kitty, Raphael, as no home would be complete without a cat.
I will be following and chatting often.
Hugs- Becka @ Girasole Farm
Una said…
Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I'm learning to crochet and have joined to follow your blog for inspiration. Best wishes.
Laurie said…
Hi, visiting from the blog hop. My husband and I spent one night in NH on our way to Maine and I thought it was lovely -- lucky you! Fun to meet new friends!
lorik said…
Nice to meet again Beth:) After reading about your house I was hoping to get a glimpse - and I did. It is beautiful - and to think it is an old converted barn. I live in an old house too. You certainly have a lot of snow in your front yard! Very pretty, but i suppose, a lot of work too. Love your general store too! And your mug warmer of course:)
Patty said…
I enjoyed reading your post. Very fun. I am a new follower. Would love to win your giveaway!
eileeninmd said…
Hello Beth, I am visiting from the blog party! Nice to meet fellow bloggers and I enjoyed reading your post and seeing where you live. You have a lovely blog. Have a happy day!
Oh Beth I think you live in a fairy tale place! Not only your quaint town but your 100+ year home. It all looks so warm and cozy...the kind of place I could curl up with a good book and relax. It's interesting how our paths change and suddenly we have a re-kindling in our passions and our hearts. As Martha would say...it's a good thing. And it sounds like you are in the best spot for your re-kindling. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I appreciate the visit very much!
visiting via Vicki's GYB Party and am SO glad I don't live in your village! I can resist ordering over the i-net and telephone but in person...naw, I'd be a pauper in less than a year. Yarn, yarn, yarn...oh my!
Thanks so much for the visit to my blog. I am a new follower here. I love the town you live in. It is so New England with a capital E. I would love to win your little mug cozy.
vicki said…
Hi Beth- I'm so thrilled to have you participating in the party!! Your home is so beautiful- love all the pictures-- and your little town looks so quaint and charming-- the perfect place to call home.

I'm sure you are making lots of new friends-- so wonderful to find a beautiful blog like yours!

Hi Beth, what a lovely blog! I am in awe of creationists like yourself and what a clever idea for a mug warmer. Thank you for adding my button to your sidebar; things like that will make me a better blogger! You are entered in my giveaway as well. highknollhomestead@gmail.com
Oh my Oh my! Where do I even start! In another life I lived in New Hampshire...just gorgeous! The history of your surroundings is out of this world cool! I used to bead quite often but haven't since our trusty little bead shop closed in town some years back. Your bead work looks incredible! I wish you lived closer so you could show me a thing or two!!! Can you tell I am excited that you found my blog!!! SO looking forward to journeying along with you!!! Can't wait to learn more! All the best! Nicole
Love your blog - you sure have more snow than we do! Your town is so -- New Englandy! Looking forward to visiting again - thanks for visiting me. Love, Linda
knitalatte said…
Hi Beth,
I've stopped in via the gybp event. I really enjoyed looking around your blog and seeing all the lovely crochet work you've completed. I love crochet too!
I look forward to stopping in again soon. Happy Blogging.
CATHY said…
What a charming town you live in! I look forward to reading about your new hobby....Is it really just an excuse to buy more art supplies : )
kareninkenai said…
What a beautiful blog. I have already joined as see that you have me on your sidebar. Thanks bunches. hugs from Alaska.
mitz said…
..this hop has been so much fun.. and what fun it was to tour your blog.. THANKS.. mitz_zee@yahoodotcom
hula-la said…
what a great blog! I am having a great time at the Blog Party. Hope you are, too! Love the little cup cozy, too!

Hope you'll visit me back!

Aloha from Vicki
Christina said…
That little mug sweater is just too cute! And you are so lucky to live in that charming town- thoroughly enjoyed visiting your blog and will join up for more
What great fun at the Blog Party! Love your photos...pretty blog! Hope you'll visit me back.

Holly said…
Hello! I'm just returning the visit from Holky Marie Knits. Thank you for stopping by! This GYB party had been such fun! Lovely post. I'm looking forward to looking around your blog!
What a cool blog. You are so creative! I haven't met anybody EVER who was looking for a spinning wheel. My mom always used drop spindles--WAY old fashioned but they took up very little space, were quiet, and you had to be pretty skilled to keep your yarn size consistent. I have to wait until May to garden too so I am planning and scheming and getting excited to see what I can manage this year! Super glad you stopped by my blog so I could meet you!