Friday, January 24, 2014

Grow Your Blog 2014 and A Giveaway

Hello and welcome to those who are visiting from Vickie's party at
 Grow Your Blog 2014!


For those of you who are first timers here, my name is Cheryl and I love blogging!   I grew up on a farm, thus my blog name "The Farmer's Daughter".   I'm married to BG and we have 2 terrific adult children, a son and a daughter.  I'm a stay-at-home wife and reading, gardening, and taking photos are at the top of the list of my many interests.  In my blog, I share my photos as well as musings of everyday life and a few of my memories plus the occasional recipe.    

                          Some of my favorite photos of each month last year starting with January in the top left corner.

My furbabies inside and my feathered friends outside are all well fed and get a lot of my attention.  I love to point my camera at them and snap away!   Sunsets, flowers, and old barns are also frequent targets for my camera.

My sewing machine has been gathering dust in recent years, but I want to put it to use soon.  We are in the middle of several projects, but when they are completed, I hope to have room for a work area for sewing and other interests.  Visiting flea markets and thrift shops are also high on my list of things I love to do, and most of all I love to visit my favorite weekend (or longer) getaway, Branson, MO.

I look forward to visiting as many of you as I can through this fun party and making new friends!  Thanks for visiting and I hope you will come back again.   If you sign up to follow, let me know in a comment and I will gladly follow you back.  Thanks to Vicki at 2 Bags Full for hosting this fun party!


The Giveaway - I will be having a drawing and the details will be announced the first of the week.  Be sure to come back to enter the drawing!  One of my prizes will be a gift card and other gifts yet to be determined.  If you would like to go ahead and enter now, please let me know in a comment that you want to be entered in the drawing.   This drawing is open for everyone!

Until next time...



60 comments:

Sue said...

I am up late , Cheryl, looks like I am the first to comment, This looks like a fun Meme, I always enjoy your photos and your shared thoughts.,these are beautiful!
I too am planning to dust my sewing machine off this year, for now we are just trying to get through this deep freeze.~smile~
Yes I would love to be entered in your giveaway! Enjoy your weekend.

weekend et coup de brosse said...

Very nice post!
Have a lovely weekend!
Cath-(Cath CH Photography)

TARYTERRE said...

I love visiting thrift stores and flea markets too. Looking forward to hearing what fun projects you complete on your sewing machine. You can enter me in the drawing. Sounds interesting, for sure.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Your photo collages are absolutely stunning Cheryl!!!

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

why i love Cheryl's blog - those flowers, her cats - i think she has 4 or 5 ... or was it 6? they are all so precious. her travels are the best. i love it when she gets her toes done. ha. ha!! she leaves the greatest comments on your blog too! please stick around you will be glad you did. big big big hugs. ( :

eileeninmd said...

Wow, gorgeous flowers and mosaics. I also love your feathered friends. Great post, Cheryl!

PS, This would also be a great post to add to my Saturday's Critter party. Have a happy weekend!

EG CameraGirl said...

Your photos are as wonderful as always, Cheryl!

Nancy Claeys said...

... I don't know how I was not following you Cheryl but I am now! Love your post today and I learned more about you. Have a blessed weekend! xo

Terri Buster said...

I always love to visit & see your photos Cheryl- have a great weekend!

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Cheryl I have been enjoying your blog a long time! Love your photos and stories about your kitties.. :) I would like to be entered in your giveaway please! Thank you!

TexWisGirl said...

your redheaded woodpecker made me homesick for wis! :)

Sandra said...

love that zinna collage, they are all beautiful shots...have fun with your blog hopping...

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a beautiful post! I love your blog! Hugs!

Nancy said...

It's always fun to learn more about a blogging friend...Your collages are gorgeous and would make wonderful cards....We do love our fur babies don't we?
Have a great weekend....

Shug said...

Good Saturday Morning Cheryl....I always enjoy reading about the new happenings around your place....You Bet, put my name in that drawing FOR SURE. Hugs to ya..enjoy a day full of happiness!!
Shug

Debbie said...

hi cheryl, this was a sweet reminder of why i follow you and why i enjoy your blog so much!!

we have many things in common and the images you shared today are just beautiful!!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful! I love the zinnias.

Tanya Breese said...

i think i started following you back from barn charm days...i loved the introduction though!

Shirley said...

Good Afternoon Cheryl, I thought I would pop in before I head for the nursing home. The party is so much fun and of course I always enjoy your blog. The temperature was warmer when I got up then it is now. It is continuing to drop and the wind is out of the NNW this morning. I love your pictures as always. Have fun at the party. Hugs and Prayers from Your NW Missouri Friend.

Lorena Rey said...

Welcome and Thanks for participating in the GYB event. You have a really beautiful blog. Lorena (GYB volunteer)

Prince Snow Farm said...

I am chuckling right now as I visit from the party….saying why don't I follow this blog….we are a LOT alike….in fact our photos are very similar in vibrance and style. Please stop by for a visit!

annie said...

love the flowers, but the birds, they are stunning! yes, count me in.

Gert said...

Oh, I love following your blog! Your photos are amazing! You are so gifted!

Please sign me up, I would love to win! And I will be back tomorrow to see what all you're giving away! Thank you!

Blessings,
Gert

Betty W said...

I am coming from the party too. It is so great to see so many bloggers I have not met before. I am your newest follower.

Shirlee Fassell said...

Your photos are wonderful! Just stopping by via the
GYB Party.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Thanks for stopping by my GYB post Cheryl, and we have crossed paths a few times. I'm a new follower and I'd love a chance to win your giveaway.
Judith

Laura said...

Hi Cheryl-

I am visiting from the blog hop party.

Your photographs are wonderful and I look forward to read your gardening posts.

Enjoyed visiting and i am a new follower.

Laura
WSP

Joluise said...

From one farmers daughter to another, please to meet you:)

Your photography is gorgeous - we share similar interests and we both have adult children!! But I noticed you are owners of 4 cats, I have 2 and would love one more but hubby says no.

I am now following you.

Blessings from Australia

SweetMarie said...

Pretty flowers! I love your blog! :)

Jen Ham said...

Your photos are just beautiful! I am your 200th follower! Looking forward to following your life and adventures! xoxo Jen

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

Good luck to you and your endeavours.

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

Sheila said...

Greetings from Nova Scotia , I am your newest follower and really enjoyed your post , your photography is gorgeous , really love that centre photo , what a great landscape quilt it would make , you might guess I am a quilter . I'd love to be entered into your giveaway , thanks for the chance .

Bernadett Rauski said...

Hello,

Nice to meet you.:)
I would like to participate in your giveaway.
petitearmoire2@gmail.com

Greetings.

Bernadett

kathyinozarks said...

Hi cheryl-so glad you found me-I have not been to your area yet,but I always wanted to take some weaving classes there.
yes please enter me in the drawing so I don't forget-lol glad to meet another Missouri friend
Kathy

Susan said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm a farmer's daughter too. I also love flea markets and thrift stores but trying not to buy too much as we have just moved and still trying to fit everything into the house. you might like my other blog where i blab on alife on 5 acres in an isolated but beautiful spot on the west coast. www.aslongasyouhaveagarden
.blogspot.com

DebraKay Neiman said...

New Follower. I am having fun finding new bloggers to follow...love sewing and quilting. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Fit and Healthy Baby Boomers said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and following. I am following you now too. Your photos are nice and I especially like the one of your kids a few years back. It's sometimes fun to 'remember when'
Sharon

Mary Ann Potter said...

Oh, what fun! The party continues for me; I wasn't able to devote enough time yesterday, so here I am. Your blog is beautiful. I'll enjoy reading more about your life there. Sending hugs and blessings from here on the farm in NC!

Nan Smith said...

I'm still working my way through Vicki's list and I'm very happy to find your blog. Your photos are beautiful....quite breathtaking. Please enter me in your giveaway and drop by my blog for a visit.

Emily C said...

Hello. Your pictures are beautiful. I would love to be entered in the drawing.

Janine Avery said...

Your photographs are amazing!!! I've found you through the GYB and hope you pop back too! I'm your newest follower! J9 x

LeAnn said...

I always love your photos and thoughts. I think the Blog link up looks fun. I went in on it but I can't tell how you join or if it is closed off. It's a great idea.
Blessings for the beautify you capture on photo's.

Art and Sand said...

Oh, my!

Your photographs are absolutely amazing.

I am so glad you visited me and left a comment because it will take me awhile to look at all the posts at the party.

Please enter me in your giveaway.

Cath said...

I just love flowers so could not resist following you in case you post more photos. I also love cats (not allowed to have one though)and dogs and birds (although we see different ones to you here in Australia). I hope you pick up your needle and thread again soon as we will have something else in common.
Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It was nice to read more about you, Cheryl. I love your blog and photography. Wish I knew about this fun blog meme but I never would have ben eable to keep up with it!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hi Cheryl
Lovely to catch up with you here!
You take amazing photos - the first collage of last years photos is a winner - those two little kittens have won my heart!
Your giveaway sounds lovely - I'ts always nice to get some new earrings!

I'm following you now so I'll be back again when this party quietens down!

I would love you to come over and meet me and enter my Giveaway - a vintage fabric and lace collage.
Have fun and enjoy the party!
Hugs and blessings
Shane

Linda H said...

Hi Cheryl, Stopping by on the GYB party. I have visited you before during Vee's Notecard parties. Love your photography and all your furbabies. We have similar interests, so hope you'll stop by my blog too and enter my giveaway. Waving to you from snowy cold eastern Canada.

CatieAn said...

Hi Cheryl. I am late to the party but nonetheless here!Please enter my in your giveaway. I have enjoyed visiting your blog. Your photography is so beautiful. I absolutely love cats so enjoy meeting yours. I am a happy follower.

cmoh said...

Your photography is stunning! And you made me hungry, I will start with the chili and then have two servings of the cheesecake shooter please :) It has been lovely getting to know you.

Hugs
Caroline

Fat Dormouse said...

What beautiful photos on your blog! They are lovely! This GYB event has been such fun and I have really enjoyed visiting other blogs that I would not ordinarily have found!

I hope you might pop over & join in my Giveaways too

fatdormouse.blogspot.com
dormouse.wibsite.com

Carole said...

Hi Cheryl, what a splendid showcasing of flowers, they are beautiful as are the beautiful birds. I'm looking forward to following and having a wee bit of trouble signing up. Will return again soon.

Barbara Lilian said...

Hello Cheryl
I'm still catching up on GYB party.
Love your fantastic photos of the pretty flowers & beautiful birds you have where you live. Love the style of your blog. I'm going to enjoy following you. Sign me up for your give away. Look forward to reading some more about you.

Maggie said...

Well, I'm a farmer's GRANDdaughter, but I still think we have lots in common:-). Zinnias are my favorite flower and your photos are stunning. Glad I stopped by to visit and I'd love to be entered I your giveaway.

Bead and Needle said...

Ohhhhh, I miss cardinals - we have limited birds here in the desert...none of them really as striking as those little red lovies! Count me as your newest Follower, and I would love to be entered in your giveaway (dropping by from the Blog Party). Happy Tuesday - Tanya

Dawn Castrova said...

Hello , my name is Dawn your my one stop on the blog party, Hope that I soon will be friends with all of you cyber neighbors. I just say that 600 plus bloggers that sign up to the Party and I am only up to 320 whew a lot of good read and great giveaways. Thanks for this opportunity to join friends with you and be apart of your giveaway. Can't wait to see more of your great projects in the making. My site http://overboardcreations.blogspot.com/and contact info is ovr_brd@yahoo.com
I don’t have a lot of blog time in. but I like all things creative.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Your photos are wonderful - especially the birds! Please enter me in your draw.
I will be back for a longer visit.

macmillanmarie said...

Hi, your photos are lovely. I especially love your flower shots. Nice to meet you and see your "work". Thanks for sharing. I have subscribed to your RSS feed.

Patty Antle said...

Love your photos of the birds! Would love to have a chance at your giveaway. So nice to meet you!

Patty Antle said...

Love your photos of the birds! Would love to have a chance at your giveaway. So nice to meet you!

secondhandroses said...

Visiting from the GYB party and have to tell you how lovely your blog is! Great photos and "musings", looking forward to following along.

Cheers,

Deb and Kathy
thesecondhandroses@gmail.com