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Monday, August 24, 2015

Reneé Rodgers - Last Day of Book Blog Tour : Review of Colorful Crochet Lace and Book GIVEAWAY!

Crochet and Knit Designer
Reneé Barnes
(Crochet Reneé on Facebook)
I'm very proud to announce the next participant in the Colorful Crochet Lace blog tour. Her name is Reneé Rodgers (Ravelry) and you can see her blog post  (Make Life DIY) with a review of the book and a chance to win your own copy! Click HERE. Reneé was the first person I ever had the privilege of mentoring in the CGOA mentoring program for those who have aspirations of becoming a professional designer. I instantly liked Reneé because she's interesting and so easy to talk to. Even though she's gone through trials in her life, as we all do, she still seems to really enjoy life and is a pleasure to those who are around her.

Of course in the mentoring program we don't teach people to design. We just kind of lead the way by answering questions, giving advice, and giving them contacts in the business where they can submit their designs, whether it's to a magazine, book or other places.
I knew Reneé was very talented and I quickly found out she had experience with everything including spinning her own yarn. She even spun some yarn she made for me from her Angora rabbits with Alpaca added to it. I was very impressed and it was so soft that I knew I had to design something with it! I ended up getting a scarf  accepted for the book One Skein Luxury Yarns by Story Publishing. And guess what? My mentee, Reneé, had a design accepteed for the exact same book where she landed a cover design!

Not only that but she became known very quickly when her gorgeous crochet dress design won the Grand prize in the CGOA yearly design contest that is held every year at Chain Link Conference! (Also known as the CGOA Knit and Crochet Show)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Haute Couture: Atelier Versace Fall / Winter 2015 - 2016 Collection

                                                These are a few of my favorites!

Love the big bell sleeves. This is feminine.

Very pretty. Love the color and style

Pretty but the color is a little too muted for my skin coloring
These next ones are interesting!


To see the whole runway show click HERE

http://beauty.bgfashion.net/article/11361/35/Haute-Couture-Atelier-Versace-Fall-Winter-2015-2016-collection

Saturday, August 22, 2015

New York City Newspaper, Times Union Interviewed Me!

When Tommy Semosh from Interweave Press told me Times Union wanted to interview me and do a book review I didn't think anything of it. I've given so many interviews the past month that I figured it was from some small town. But today I ran across the interview before Tommy has even had a chance to send me the link. I found it on my own by accident and wasn't even looking  for it.

 Anyway, when I started checking that website to see just where this newspaper was, I was so surprised to find out it's in New York City! That was exciting for me!  See the interview with me and their review of the book in their Fiber Arts section.

Read my interview HERE.
http://blog.timesunion.com/fiberarts/book-review-and-a-giveaway/17002/

Friday, August 21, 2015

Susan Lowman of The Crochet Architect Reviews Colorful Crochet Lace - Day 13 of Book Blog Tour

Susan Lowman of
The  Crochet Architect
I am thrilled to introduce this next designer who is so graciously participating in my book launch of Colorful Crochet Lace . Her name is Susan Lowman and she's very special to me as we bonded while she was tech editing my book, Crochet That Fits, back in 2008. I instantly felt a connection with her, mainly because she's sweet, personable and she took care of my "baby" (the book) as she looked over it to make sure everything was right. As designers, having our books tech edited is quite a stressful thing for us to go through, but Susan made me feel at ease through the whole process. She did a great job because there are no major errors in the book. There are a few minor issues but nothing that would stop a reader from being able to make the projects without problems. You can see a variety of beautiful designs on her Revelry Designer Page. For the book GIVEAWAY and review go HERE! She is extending her GIVEAWAY through Aug 31, so you will have a chance to win through that date and all you have to do is make a comment at the end of her post! Thank you Susan for being a part of this special time for me!

  Next stop on the tour is with Renee Rogers on Monday, Aug 24. See schedule below.

Colorful Crochet Lace Book Blog Tour Schedule

  1. Knit Crochet Craft – Vickie Howell (Mary Jane will be Vickie's guest blogger that day, kicking off the tour 8/4)
  2. Outstanding Crochet – Natalia Kononova (review and promotional giveaway 8/5) +photos of her project
  3. Bonnie Bay – Bonnie Barker (review, interview, and promotional giveaway 8/6) She's making a project
  4. Crochetville – Amy Shelton (she'll show the Au Naturel Top she made, review, promotional giveaway 8/7) Amy 
  5. made the Au Natural Cropped Top and will share her picturesj
  6. My Little City Girl – Alla Koval (she'll show the Juliette Scarf she made , interview, and review 8/10). Alla made a project which she will share.
  7. Yarn Thing Podcast – Marly Bird (author interview podcast 8/13)
  8. Hook & Needle Designs – Lisa Gentry (8/14)
  9. GoCrochet – Ellen Gormley (review and author interview) (8/17)
  10. Turquoiz Blue – This is Crochet - Turquoiz Blue (8/18)
  11. Cute Crochet Chat – Jocelyn Sass (review and promotional giveaway 8/19)
  12. Hot Lava Crochet – Tammy Hildebrand (interview, review, and promotional giveaway 8/20)
  13. The Crochet Architect – Susan Lowman 8/21
  14. Crochet Renee – Renee Rogers 8/24
  To order Colorful Crochet Lace click HERE. To see all the designs in the book of 22 lace garments and accessories, please visit my Ravelry designer page HERE.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Interview with Mary Jane Hall by Turquoise Blue

Today, August 18, is the next stop on my book blog tour. The blog featuring me and Colorful Crochet Lace today is This Is Crochet owned by Turquoise Blue.

See her post HERE - http://www.thisiscrochet.com

 Colorful Crochet Lace Book Blog Tour Schedule - 6 more days!

  1. Knit Crochet Craft – Vickie Howell (Mary Jane will be Vickie's guest blogger that day, kicking off the tour 8/4)
  2. Outstanding Crochet – Natalia Kononova (review and promotional giveaway 8/5) +photos of her project
  3. Bonnie Bay – Bonnie Barker (review, interview, and promotional giveaway 8/6) She's making a project
  4. Crochetville – Amy Shelton (she'll show the Au Naturel Top she made, review, promotional giveaway 8/7) Amy made the Au Natural Cropped Top and will share her picturesj
  5. My Little City Girl – Alla Koval (she'll show the Juliette Scarf she made , interview, and review 8/10). Alla made a project which she will share.
  6. Yarn Thing Podcast – Marly Bird (author interview podcast 8/13)
  7. Hook & Needle Designs – Lisa Gentry (8/14)
  8. GoCrochet – Ellen Gormley (review and author interview) (8/17)
  9. Turquoiz Blue – This is Crochet - Turquoiz Blue (8/18)
  10. Cute Crochet Chat – Jocelyn Sass (review and promotional giveaway 8/19)
  11. Hot Lava Crochet – Tammy Hildebrand (interview, review, and promotional giveaway 8/20)
  12. The Crochet Architect – Susan Lowman 8/21
  13. Crochet Renee – Renee Rogers 8/24

Hot Lava Crochet with Tammy Hildebrand - Next Stop on the Colorful Crochet Lace Blog Tour

Tammy Hildebrand
of Hot Lava Crochet
Next stop on my book blog tour is at the Hot Lava Crochet blog owned by my designer friend, Tammy Hildebrand. Tammy has been designing crochet for many years and authored several books. She is always bubbly with a smile on her face and encourages everyone she comes in contact with. I'll never forget the pep talk she gave me when I first started designing. I was really upset when a person in the field made some comments that were negative. Tammy came to the rescue saying not to let that person get to me because she was that way with everyone. Tammy made a big difference at that time and she will never know how much that meant to me. I was so new and didn't know anyone yet. 

You may or may not agree, but through my experiences in life, I have learned that people who are always negative, constantly critize and put others down, are miserable themselves and they don't want anyone else to be happy. For some strange reason, they think it makes them feel better, but how could it? No one likes to be around a person who is always focused on themselves. Anyway, Tammy is the opposite if this and is a delight to know!
I've seen Tammy's designs evolve over the years and I have especially
admired her "lace" garments and shawls. She doesn't even know this, but I have told a few people Tammy is one of my favorite designers. Not only is she a super talented designer but she is so sweet and I love her to pieces! Click HERE to see her Ravelry designer page.

We'd both love for you to go to her blog and read the interview she did with me plus her review of Colorful Crochet Lace! You will have a chance to win one of the books in her giveaway! Thank you Tammy for taking time out of your busy schedule to support me in this and in promoting my new book! Next stop on the tour (Friday, Aug 21) is at The Crochet Architect with Susan Lowman!

Colorful Crochet Lace Book Blog Tour Schedule

  1. Knit Crochet Craft – Vickie Howell (Mary Jane will be Vickie's guest blogger that day, kicking off the tour 8/4)
  2. Outstanding Crochet – Natalia Kononova (review and promotional giveaway 8/5) +photos of her project
  3. Bonnie Bay – Bonnie Barker (review, interview, and promotional giveaway 8/6) She's making a project
  4. Crochetville – Amy Shelton (she'll show the Au Naturel Top she made, review, promotional giveaway 8/7) Amy 
  5. made the Au Natural Cropped Top and will share her picturesj
  6. My Little City Girl – Alla Koval (she'll show the Juliette Scarf she made , interview, and review 8/10). Alla made a project which she will share.
  7. Yarn Thing Podcast – Marly Bird (author interview podcast 8/13)
  8. Hook & Needle Designs – Lisa Gentry (8/14)
  9. GoCrochet – Ellen Gormley (review and author interview) (8/17)
  10. Turquoiz Blue – This is Crochet - Turquoiz Blue (8/18)
  11. Cute Crochet Chat – Jocelyn Sass (review and promotional giveaway 8/19)
  12. Hot Lava Crochet – Tammy Hildebrand (interview, review, and promotional giveaway 8/20)
  13. The Crochet Architect – Susan Lowman 8/21
  14. Crochet Renee – Renee Rogers 8/24
  To order Colorful Crochet Lace click HERE. To see all the designs in the book of 22 lace garments and accessories, please visit my Ravelry designer page HERE.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Cute Crochet Chat withe Jocelyn Sass - Next Stop on the Book Blog Tour for Colorful Crochet Lace

Jocelyn Sass
of Cute Crochet Chat
I have never met designer, Jocelyn Sass, in person, but feel a real connection with her and am honored to announce her participation in this blog tour. She was having designs published in magazines way before I got into it, and you really should go to her Ravelry Designer page to see her creations. You'll be amazed at her many unique designs! When I first started my designing career, she was one of the persons who welcomed me and supported me in my career. She is a super sweet person and I think I told her once if we lived near each other, she would be one of my best friends. She has made a real impact on me, and I appreciate her for supporting everything I've done in the designing world.  Thank you Jocelyn for being the friend that you are, the wonderful review of my books and for participating in my book blog tour for Colorful Crochet Lace! I really appreciate your for everything!

To connect with Jocelyn and have a chance to win a copy of Colorful Crochet Lace, in her giveaway, please go to her blog HERE.
Next stop on the book blog tour is at Hot Lava Crochet with my designer friend, Tammy Hilderbrand. See her link below.

Colorful Crochet Lace Book Blog Tour Schedule

  1. Knit Crochet Craft – Vickie Howell (Mary Jane will be Vickie's guest blogger that day, kicking off the tour 8/4)
  2. Outstanding Crochet – Natalia Kononova (review and promotional giveaway 8/5) +photos of her project
  3. Bonnie Bay – Bonnie Barker (review, interview, and promotional giveaway 8/6) She's making a project
  4. Crochetville – Amy Shelton (she'll show the Au Naturel Top she made, review, promotional giveaway 8/7) Amy made the Au Natural Cropped Top and will share her picturesj
  5. My Little City Girl – Alla Koval (she'll show the Juliette Scarf she made , interview, and review 8/10). Alla made a project which she will share.
  6. Yarn Thing Podcast – Marly Bird (author interview podcast 8/13)
  7. Hook & Needle Designs – Lisa Gentry (8/14)
  8. GoCrochet – Ellen Gormley (review and author interview) (8/17)
  9. Turquoiz Blue – This is Crochet - Turquoiz Blue (8/18)
  10. Cute Crochet Chat – Jocelyn Sass (review and promotional giveaway 8/19)
  11. Hot Lava Crochet – Tammy Hildebrand (interview, review, and promotional giveaway 8/20)
  12. The Crochet Architect – Susan Lowman 8/21
  13. Crochet Renee – Renee Rogers 8/24
  To order Colorful Crochet Lace click HERE. To see all the designs in the book of 22 lace garments and accessories, please visit my Ravelry designer page HERE.