Grow Your Blog

67443_10200322085152766_2090120505_nI’m part of the 2015 Grow Your Blog Party, and hope some of you who have found me decide to stay around a while and are interested in what I’m talking about over here. I hope to also find even more people to follow on their blogs.

I’m Mindy, and I’ve been blogging off and on for quite a while. For several years, I had a blog where I talked about whatever came to mind, including my cross stitching. Then I discovered Facebook and other social media outlets and blogging was left behind. I had a few false starts on this blog, but now seem to be in the swing of things again — and have added crochet and needlepoint to my main hobbies. I also sometimes fiddle around with embroidery and crewel, and want to start crazy quilting on a small scale. I live just outside Philadelphia, where I’ve lived for nearly 20 years now. I grew up in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, and still have family there.

In my work world, I am a Communications Manager and write a lot about criminal justice issues. I’ve had similar jobs at other employers, writing human interest stories, articles about various programs that help people, and even about the dangers of mold and why bleach does not destroy it on porous substances. (That’s a blog post for another day, if you’re interested). I’ve created and maintained social media accounts for my past few employers and just enjoy writing about every day life, sharing what I know, and learning so much more than what I know.

Growing up, I wanted to be a teacher. However, by the time I got to college I knew I did not have the fortitude to put up with so much that today’s teachers deal with, so I majored in history — which I was planning to do anyway, but I didn’t add the teaching part. I still tend to read mostly nonfiction and enjoy learning about various types of history. I do love to tell stories (“Mindy Memories,” my old friends call them), and I like to teach people who want to learn. I taught needlepoint classes for a time in Philadelphia, until my main job changed and made it too difficult for me to continue teaching the weekly classes.

So, all that to say that I enjoy writing and talking about my interests, and have found many others who share them and I have so much to learn from them. I have discovered blogs from around the world, written by people I would never have had a chance to “meet,” otherwise.

As far as my crafts go, I’ve been cross-stitching for over 30 years after learning the skill in 4H when I was a child. That was my main hobby until about five or so years ago when I discovered a new needlepoint shop in Philadelphia. I quickly became addicted to it and cannot believe how many canvases and how many threads I’ve accumulated since then. About two years ago, I joined my church’s women’s circle. We crochet prayer shawls, prayer squares, scarves for the homeless, baby hats for hospitals, etc. My grandmother had taught me how to crochet granny squares when I was little, but that’s all I knew and I hadn’t done it for decades. Now, I’m crocheting all sorts of things and it’s hard for me to decide what hobby to work on when. That’s not a bad problem to have, but I do need to start finishing some of these projects I’ve started. πŸ™‚

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  1. Hi Mindy, just popped in from the GYB party to visit, I envy anyone who can crochet, I just never got the hang of it myself although my Nana tried many times to teach me how.
    Enjoy the party, I hope you’ll have a chance to fly over to France and visit me in Normandy later on today.
    Maggie

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  2. Hi! I came over from the GYB party. A lot of participants are all quilts and crafts–but your blog seems more than that! Not that I don’t like reading about those things–I just don’t think quilters and crafters who just blog about that would be interested in my blog, which is mostly about life! I’m a full-time freelance writer, so I can relate to your job, since I work for several marketing firms. Sounds like you see a lot of interesting things. (I’m watching Criminal Minds on Netflix as I type this, so I have a weird interest in that sort of thing that makes no sense, since I’m a children’s writer!)

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    • Hi Stephie. I tend to blog mostly about my hobbies, but I throw other stuff in there, too. I’ve worked a variety of jobs and they always keep me on my toes. I’m also working on finding some freelance writing work to add to my income. Glad you stopped by. πŸ™‚

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  3. Thanks so much for visiting! and for letting me see into your blog, too. I came here via your blogger entry, good idea.

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    • Thanks, Liz. I realized that half of the blogs I’m following are through Blogspot and thought I should add a link to my main blog. I’m glad it is working, and that you found me. πŸ™‚

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  4. Yay! A fun blog to read. I crochet too (very slowly!!) and cross stitch but its been a while since i did any of that.

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    • Thanks! I try to add a little humor to my posts, and am glad you enjoy it. Now to combine my hobbies with getting out and moving a bit more. πŸ™‚

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  5. Hi, Mindy!

    Thank you for following me on Bloglovin. I look forward to reading more about your adventures in life.

    Terry

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  6. Thanks, Terry. Glad you found me. πŸ™‚

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  7. Hi Mindy, I’m visiting from GYB and it’s nice to meet you. Thanks for the follow on bloglovin and I see that we have a love for crochet in common. I too belong to a crochet group at my church that crochets for the homeless, hospitals and for our annual craft fair. I will follow you too on bloglovin!
    Julie at Julie’s Lifestyle

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    • Hi Julie, thanks for the follow. I really enjoy our women’s circle. We crochet on our own and get together one day a month, though I think we get less done in the group meet than we do when we are on our own. πŸ™‚

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  8. Hi Mindy, thanks for following me on Bloglovin, I am following back! I will look around your blog a bit!Ok? I am a teacher from Greece, I guess since you once wanted to be a teacher too there muct be something in common between us.AriadnefromGreece!

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    • Hi Ariadne, thanks for the follow. I haven’t been to Greece but a friend of mine visited a few years back and she talks about it all the time. Some day… πŸ™‚

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  9. Hello Mindy!
    Thanks for following my blog. I am now following yours. I can’t wait to see what your up to if its crafts or life. Have a great day!

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    • Thanks for the follow, Carolyn. I’m usually up to way too much nonsense, both in my crafting and in my life, lol.

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  10. Hey, neighbor! I found you through GYB, and I too live just outside Philadelphia (western suburbs). I’m a cross-stitcher and crafter and I look forward to reading more about you.

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    • Hi Anna, thanks for the follow. I just read your “About Me” section of your blog and love it! I’m in Drexel Hill.

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  11. Hi Mindy! I knit more than I crochet, but plan to follow and see how you inspire me with your beautiful creations. Hope you get many followers via this party.

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    • Thanks, Rose! My mom knits and I crochet. Not sure exactly how that happened, as her mother was my grandmother who taught me how to make granny squares so many years ago. I can’t get the hang of knitting, forgetting if I’m knitting or purling – oh, it’s a mess, lol.

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  12. I found your blog by clicking on your link in a blog of someone who follows you. I too am a cross stitcher for more than 30 years. Love fabric, fiber and all Needlearts. I shall enjoy following your projects.

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  13. Hi Good Woman – glad you found me! I always enjoy making connections with other stitchers. πŸ™‚

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  14. SuZeQ

     /  January 28, 2015

    You throw a great party. Thank you for inviting me!

    So that you know, I’ve become a Follower and when time permits, I’ll be back to see what other beautiful things were made by your hands!

    What this party is all about is to GROW your blog and I’m hoping to do the same. When you get to Section One, check out A Country Chic Retreat and SuZeQ Creations, my personal blog, in Section Fifteen I’d love for you to follow and subscribe to.

    Happy crafting!
    SuZeQ

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  15. Stopping in from GYB. I do admire someone that can knit and crochet. I used to cross stitch more, but the charts got really small, LOL!!

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    • Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚ Some of the charts are small. Some of my friends find it helpful to make working copies so that they can enlarge them and mark them up. As long as the original is not given away at the same time and the working copy is later destroyed, it’s OK.

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  16. I’ve done many different crafts too – but they’ve pretty much all culminated into my current passion for crazy quilting. Now I can’t imagine doing anything else. Thank you for joining the party and for having us over for a visit with you.

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  17. No… not a bad problem to have, especially as you enjoy them all. yes, blogging allows us to meet so many people in so many lands… all good, clean fun! πŸ˜‰

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    • One of the best things about the Internet: meeting people from all over the world, people you wouldn’t otherwise meet. πŸ™‚

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