Friday, 18 January 2013

Grow Your Blog Party and A Giveaway

Hello, and welcome if you have come here as part of the "Grow Your Blog" party set up by Vicki at 2 Bags Full
If you are new here you are probably wondering what kind of place you've come to. To be honest even if you've been dropping by for ages you probably still wonder that, so here is a kind of introductory thing:-
I'm Christine, aka Alchymyst in some parts of the internet.
We live in a small village just in from the north coast of Cornwall, where my husband, David, and I run a photography business. We have two beautiful daughters, the elder, Eloise,  is 18 and away at university studying maths whilst the younger one, Naomi, is 16, and in her last year at secondary school.
I'm a very crafty person, by which I mean I'm always making things, I don't want to imply that I am particularly cunning.
I am, I just don't want to imply it.
"I have a cunning plan, my Lord"
(OK, so that probably gives you some idea of my sense of humour too)
My cunning plans often include taking old unloved pieces of vintage tat and transforming them into something new and (hopefully) lovely. Or maybe just slightly trendier tat...
I stitch, knit, sew, paint, you name it, I can't sit still and not be doing something with my hands.
I'm also a Grade A Geek, and an aficionado of fantasy, science fiction, comic books and action heroes. You have been warned.
Oh and I like love shoes. And penguins.

So, what are you likely to find on this blog? First and foremost I'd say this was a stitchy blog, so you're going to see a lot of needlework, there is also quite a bit of knitting, sewing and general crafts. Upcycling features quite heavily too. I try and include tutorials if I think I've come up with something you might want to copy. (There is a new one coming in a couple of days.)
You'll find pictures of flowers and of my garden and general pictures from around Cornwall, pictures of my girls and of our cats, Loki and Jinx (see note above about comic books and action heroes), odd bits and pieces about our lives and the occasional spot of out and out geekery.
I hope you think it sounds like a place you'd like to visit again

In honour of the event I'm offering a small giveaway. This little (about 3" across) springy zingy citrussy corsage is made from felt with a crocheted flower and vintage button centre. If you'd like a chance to win it just leave a comment on this post. That's it. No hoops to jump through. The giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere. I'll draw a winner on Feb 1st.
Now, why not hop back over to Vicki's and check out some more blogs.

25 comments:

Gillie said...

What Christine modestly doesn't tell you is that she is a cross stitch designer and I am stitching one of her small pieces for the third time!

Linda said...

Okay, Christine, now I know what to expect of your blog. Have you heard of this cookbook? Dining with the Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook by Chris-Rachael Oseland
I thought it was written with you in mind. ;-)

Kerryp77 said...

your post did make me smile! cute corsage too!

Cathy Pavlovich said...

I'm glad I found your blog! Looking forward to your future posts.
Cathy

Wendy said...

hi there Christine! Thank you for popping up at my blog, I'm loving the GYB event already!
Love your sense of humor and your crafts. And your corsage looks yummie :)
Lucky girl to be living in Cornwall by the way...

Hugs, Wendy

Astrids dragon said...

I wish I liked to sew and I can't paint/draw worth anything!

I love seeing pics of Cornwall, keep 'em coming!

Gill said...

Thanks for telling us about yourself! Cornwall is one of my favourite parts of the UK!

Elisabet said...
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Elisabet said...

Oh my gosh, Rowin Atkinson (sp?) and Jean Luc... too much for one blog hopping girl... and what is wrong with those fab green shoes I ask?! They are amazing! Oh, hi, I'm Beth and I am one of your new followers and I totally love your blog. I'm off hopping for now but be sure I'll be back.
Happy hopping today,
Hugs,
Beth P

Sandra Kaye said...

Very cool blog post...you sound a lot like me:):) Happy hopping:):)

The Sage Butterfly said...

Such a wonderful blog, and you live in a beautiful spot of the world. So nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog party.

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

i love Rowan Atkinson ... Mr. Bean ... such a great actor. nice blog you have here. i'm going to look around a big. please stop by my blog when you get a moment. have a great weekend. take care. ( :

EvalinaMaria said...

Hello sweetie, are you having fun? Enjoy the party!

Art and Sand said...

I have not been to the sea in England (referencing your comment on my blog), but we have dear friends in Cornwall. We met them in Mexico and they have visited us twice yet we have yet to see Cornwall.

The sunrise photo you shared is "brilliant". That's the word our Cornish friends always use.

Julie said...

There is always something lovely to see when you do a blog post. X

Diane said...

Enjoyed reading your post....and scrolled thru your blog a bit...that sunset is amazing....come for a visit, would be glad to have you at my blog!!

Carolyn Phillips said...

Sci-fi, Craft, Vintage and Blackadder - what more could anyone want apart from Cornwall?

Lovely to meet you,
Carolyn
http://messmuddleandfun.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/grow-your-blog-party.html

stitcheranon said...

Well. There you go: I have been coming by for ages and never realised you are a fantasy/sci fi fan just like me. A lovely post and I would love to win your little flower; I have just the plan for it rofl xxx

hueisei said...

Great post! I love your lovely giveaway...
Thanks for the chance to win.

Andria said...

Hi Christine! Gorgeous sky photo in the post below. Nice to meet you through the GYB event!

Donna Heber said...

Hi Christine,

It is so nice to meet you. Your blog is lovely. I too like to garden. I'm still making my way through visiting everyone from Vicki's Grow Your Blog party. I hope you will stop by to say hello.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello Christine

How lovely to meet you via our dear Vicki's Grow Your Blog Party!

I’m your newest follower and I love to create too!
I share your love of penguins – they’re cute and I love them too but I really would love to see a Puffin – they’re super cute!!

Love your sweet crocheted flower Giveaway!

I do hope you'll pop over and see me too and enter my GYB Giveaway!
Enjoy the party
Hugs
Shane ♥
http://roseslaceandbrocante.blogspot.co.nz/

knitalatte said...

Hi CHristine,
Stopped in via the gybp event. So nice to meet you and have a look around at your lovely blog. Love the pink coin purse you made,

mybearsnme said...

lovely blog with some great photos! Still working through the blog party list, lol- come see me for a giggle at http://leftoverchocolatestitches.blogspot.ca/ :)

Lija Broka said...

Looks very good. Would love to be entered.

http://stitchingincrossesandmore.blogspot.co.uk/