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Friday, February 25, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

 I've Been Awarded!


I'd like to thank  annielizabeth for bestowing me with the Stylish Blogger Award! What a nice person. Go to her blog here and see all the creative things she does. She runs a small retail/service business, she creates craft and art projects, talks about crochet, cooking, recipes, and organic gardening.

With this award, the following applies:
Post linking back to the person that gave you the award.
Share 7 random things about yourself.
Award 15 recently discovered bloggers.
Drop them a note, and tell them about it!

7 Random things about me:

1) I grew up in the deep south in a family of 5 children. I'm the middle child and was super shy. I live in Ohio now, but have lived in Texas (where I was born), Tennessee, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. (where I graduated) I have been across the Pacific ocean twice and my parents were missionaries in the Philippines and Lima Peru when I was young. I was taught the first grade in Spanish and my teacher couldn't even speak English.

2) When I was growing up my sisters and I had a singing group and we got paid to perform at events weekly and had our own radio show. We sang Folk songs and were called the "Harmony Folk Singers".  I have been performing solo for the past 30 yrs at festivals and fairs in a 3 state area. I sing songs of Karen Carpenter, Anne Murray, Amy Grant, Gloria Estafon, Linda Ronstadt, the Judds, Patsy Cline, and lots of others. I have a CD that will be for sale soon on my blog.

3) I manage a free clothing store that my church owns. It's huge and we give nice clothing away to around 1,000 individuals each year. I work there 1 day a week. In the past (before I started designing), I have been a Realtor, a supervisor for Christmas Around the World, and child care in my home, but the most important job was being a stay at home mom when my kids were growing up.

4) I have been crocheting for over 30 years and started designing professionally in 2005. I love it! I have authored Positively Crochet!, Crochet That Fits (voted "Best Crochet Pattern Book of 2008"), Crochet in Style and Crochet Young and Trendy. I also design for crochet magazines and some yarn companies. I love to cook and have a huge cookbook and crochet book collection.

5) I am a very positive person and try to look for the good in others. It's hard for me to be around negative people or people who complain constantly.

6) I was married for 38 years to the love of my life, until I found out one day that he was having an affair with another woman. This devastated me and it's been the worst time of my life. That was 3 yrs ago and I finally filed for divorce, which isn't final yet. I'm trying to live "one day at a time", and depend on God, friends and my family to get me through.

7) I have 3 grown children. They are: Brian (married to Anca from Romania), Jamie (married to Virgil, Anca's brother, from Romania), and Tracy (married to Ashley from Nashville).
They have given me 5 precious grandchildren! (Jade, (age 9) Chloe (age 7) Sophia (age 7) Coen (the only boy-age 4) and Amelie (age 16 months) They are double first cousins!


15 recently discovered blogs. They are in no particular order:

I'll have to come back and add these blogs when I have more time! If anyone has suggestions please let me know.

 Have a wonderful day!

Mary Jane Hall

8 comments:

  1. Congrats! Great way to get to know you a bit better too. :)

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  2. Good for you. What a wonderful list of fun facts you have. You have a very interesting life. I really look forward to visiting often. Have a perfect day.

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  3. I'm following your blog now! Sorry I'm just now doing that! I made some comments on the crochet books you mentioned. I have designs in 2 of those books :)

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  4. That is a great list and very cool awards. I love your books and I can't imagine how proud your family must be!
    Have a great weekend,
    machelle

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  5. My congratulations! And this award is well - deserved! You are always on tune with World of Fashion and Style and give me an opportunity to make a quick look to know news. When I start my blog here, your blog was the first one about crochet I discovered and still is my favorite.

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  6. You all are so encouraging! I really appreciate your kind words :)

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  7. Dear Mary Jane, Thanks for linking me!! Wow, you are a busy lady and even make time to manage a store that helps people in need! I love all those artist's songs that you sing. I'm gonna keep a look out for your cd. In regards to your #6, I admire your incredible strength.

    Yeah, it took me awhile to link up 15 new bloggers but I just worked on the post a little at a time. I got your messages just now and I'll join up with your group on Ravelry and friend you next time I log on. Looking forward to visiting you often and hope you are having a terrific weekend!

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