Welcome to my blog!

Welcome Friends! Please be patient while I add more info. I have SO much to share with you. Thanks for visiting!

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


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

  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.

  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 :)

  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,

  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.

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

  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!

  8. I made $20 for each 20 minute survey!

    Guess what? This is exactly what major companies are paying for. They need to know what their customer needs and wants. So large companies pay millions of dollars each month to the average person. In return, the average person, like myself, participates in surveys and gives them their opinion.