This has been a wonderful week for ES!!! Not only did I participate in my first Blog Hop - Jo's Advent Calendar Hop (please click the door in the sidebar for more info!) - but I was also invited to my very first Link Party too! Not only that, Allison kindly featured my Chicken Scratch Sampler in her awesome Link It or Lump It! Party:
Here's a little preview, you can hop on over and read the full post at DALB:
I'd like to share a little information about the Link It or Lump It Party! because Link Parties aren't that common in the stitchy blog community. They tend to be hosted by lifestyle bloggers with the real business benefit of generating blog views and gaining brand exposure. But, as this Party shows, these events can also be a very fun way to find new projects, meet new bloggers and help your projects find a larger audience!
Which is why I'm absolutely thrilled that Allison chose my Chicken Scratch Sampler post instead of another project! CS is a wonderful traditional needlework technique that is in very real danger of being forgotten, and if this simple little pattern inspires even just one other stitcher to try Scratchin' (like the way that Karen's lovely family heirloom tablecloth - now finished! - inspired me) then I'll be very happy indeed ;)
Dream A Little Bigger is a wonderfully quirky craft blog hosted by the very creative Allison, who makes all kinds of interesting things and tells great stories about them too :) I've been subscribed to her newsletter for a few months now, and have watched Link It or Lump It! grow bigger every week. Sign-ups are super easy, and are now open for the 17th Party. By entering, you have a chance to be featured on DALB as well as the blogs of the two DIY lifestyle co-hosts: Delineate Your Dwelling and Two It Yourself. Each blog has their own picks and their own feature buttons!
All crafts are eligible - if you made it yourself for personal use (not for sale), you can submit. I think this is wonderful because there's a real mix of projects every week, ranging from edibles to home improvement projects. Be sure to read the full rules at the bottom of the Party post for more information and link buttons :)
I enjoyed this experience so much that I've just entered my Blackwork Poinsettia Ornament in for next week's Link It or Lump It! 17, and I hope you'll consider joining in the fun - it would be great to see more stitchy projects and tutorials in the Party ;)
Thanks very much to Allison for inviting me to the Party!
I'm still working on the special Holiday Edition of Stitchy News and hope to have it posted sometime this week. If you have a project that you would like featured, or a great link for SN, please e-mail me, or leave your suggestion in the comments :)