Saturday, January 19, 2013

Let's Party!

 
Hi blogging friends,

Today I am joining the Grow Your Blog party over at Vicki's place.  If you are new to Donna's Designs I hope you will take a few minutes to look around.  Let me tell you a little bit about myself.  I started stamping in 2008.  For me creating cards is about more than just rubber stamps and ink - it's about sharing a part of yourself and your creativity with others.

I have a love for Ocicats and currently have a chocolate-silver named Cheops.  First contact with one of these spotted creatures will create a visual impact you will never forget.  They shine with the exotic beauty of spotted cats from the wild!

On my blog I share with you my passion for gardening.  As you stroll through my gardens you will see native plants which attract butterflies and hummingbirds.  As you tour and take in all the architectural elements I have incorporated into my gardens; whether it is the gazebo, arbor, tuteurs, trellises or the fountain, I'm sure you will find something you like.

Tea time is usually on Tuesday with vintage teacups and china.  It is a time for us to relax and get to know each other.  I hope you will consider becoming a follower of Donna's Designs so you don't miss out on my February giveaway.
I'm gifting you with the keys to my blog so you can come back whenever you like.  My door is always open :-)


Thank you Vicki for hosting this lovely party.  Please stop over to 2 Bags Full and say hello.

 

77 comments:

Patty C. said...

Beautiful Blog - love the keys !!
Glad you joined the party :)

Rosemary said...

Donna thanks for sharing. I love all aspects of your blog.

Pat Hatt said...

Sounds like a fun time. Ocicats are great too, love thier look. Sorta like the savannah who runs my zoo.

Elizabeth Johnson said...

Your blog is beautiful. I will be returning many times. Thank you for joining in on the blogging party. I'd love to see your kitty. : ) ~Elizabeth

Jocelyne said...

Your blog is beautiful and I look forward to visiting more often. I am now following you. Can't wait to see more of your garden.

Socrates said...

Lovely blog. Thanks for the keys./ They look like they're made out of chocolate.... yumm

The Sage Butterfly said...

Love those keys! And I am glad I found your blog through the Grow Your Blog party. Such a beautiful blog...have a happy weekend!

Beth said...

Hi Donna, I'm enjoying the party - good luck on increasing your readership!

Elisabet said...

Hi Donna, what a lovely blog post and indeed a lovely blog! I recognize a smidge of Karen's hand in the design... one of these days I am going to have to get her to come over and redo my blog!
I am your newest follower and look forward to tea time on Tuesdays to get to know you better! OK, I'm off to visit more blogs... see you soon.
Hugs,
Beth P

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I always love visiting with you and it's fun to know even more about you! Enjoy your weekend! I love those pretty keys! Hugs!

EvalinaMaria said...

You have a lovely blog, thank you for sharing. I am a new follower and 'Grow Your Blog' participant. Have fun at the party!

Evalina, This and that...

p.s. I love keys to your blog!

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

I enjoy your beautiful blog Donna.
The keys are a sweet giveaway.

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

great times. i love your blog - going to look around more. take care. please drop by my blog. have a great weekend. ( :

Terry said...

I learn something new every day! Love those keys. They're really pretty.

Hugs,

Terry

HELENE said...

Lovely photo of the keys, what are they made of? I have just heard about the party today, so I got too late to join :-( Sounds like a good idea, but only once a year?

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Donna! Nice to meet another New Yorker via this Grow Your Blog event! First, I saw a picture of your Ocicat, on your right side bar, and what a beauty! I once had a bengal cat, and at first didn't even know it. Someone had found a litter of them and gave one to me, and on the first night, his markings caught my eye, and I questioned how striking they were! Soon there after, a vet asked the friend "Do you realize what you have here?" All I can tell you is that he definitely had *wild* tendencies, but he was one of the friendliest, best-natured cats I've ever been blessed with. He passed away, but I still miss him... Love the birds in your previous post. I'm a city girl, wishing I lived in a place the birds would even come to. Your photos of the cardinals are BEAUTIFUL!.. Finally, loved your card with the chickadee on it!! I have been scrapping/art-journaling for little over a year now, but have just begun a love with making cards too!... Well, I hear it's only gonna get colder 'round our neck of the woods, so keep warm and cozy on this holiday weekend! ~tina

Lori said...

Hey Donna,

Thanks for coming to my blog. Your cards are beautiful. I've always wanted to try making some. I have so many hobbies I don't know where I'd find the time to though. I see you are a Nikon girl as well!! Sometimes I think we are the minority compared to all the Canon folks...lol. I look forward to reading more on your blog. Have a great day.

Lori

kathyinozarks said...

I am visiting from the blog party you have a beautiful blog, I will be back for tea Kathy

Mila said...

Hi Donna and thank you for visiting my blog!
Love you art !
Greeting from Tuscany, Italy
Mila :)

Kathy H said...

Looking forward to reading your blog.

bohemiannie! art said...

Looking forward to more!

Annabelle said...

Your blog is beautifully laid out and the cats are so unusual - never heard of them before (and love the name Cheops). We have a Persian called Cookie , old and temperemental.

Susan said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I am a scorpion too. Didn't know my element was water until I read your blog. I always feel slightly uneasy when too far away from water. Now I know why. Your cards for a cause were beautiful. I hope you will support my Gentle Plan.

Debbie said...

Donna,

Thanks for stopping by my blog, so I decided to return the visit. Oh I just love your cards, techniques.I will have to check back for some inspiration! Love especially the Christmas and absolutely in love with your Halloween card, eerie and just right! I like those Egyptian cats as well, although I am a dog person, but like anything Egyptian.
I also like tea, make mine with cream and sugar!Thanks for a wonderful time.
Debbie
theothersideofdeb

Dagmar said...

Hi Donna,
Thanks for stopping over at my blog, this is such fun meeting like minded women.
Lovely blog you have..how creative❤

The Pink Geranium or Jan's Place said...

What a lovely post, and thank you for visiting me at The Pink Geranium...I to am working my way through the different new friends at GYB!

Jan

Michelle said...

Beautiful winter photos, Donna! Thanks for visiting Boulderneigh today!

MarchAnn said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog Donna, I am so glad that I came here and had a look around. Wonderful pictures and you make beautiful cards.

Casa Mariposa said...

Your garden photos are lovely! Beautiful blog!

Mary said...

Hi Donna, Thanks for stopping by. I visited you as
well... your blog is lovely. I will visit often.

Faith... said...

Cheops is beautiful! I love your blog...such beautiful pictures!

Thanks for stopping by my place via The Party! What a fun that was, I still have lots to go thru.

Vikki Hooks said...

Hi Donna..thanks for stopping by..I hope you became a follower..I am trying to see your join button..cant find it..it has been that kind of day here. Blessings.

Janice Moore-Petty said...

Hello Donna! This is Jan from Cheekyroseboutique. Your blog is lovely and I hope to visit again soon!

Patty said...

I always enjoy reading your blog, Donna. You always have something inspirational to say.

Bead and Needle said...

Hi, Donna - what a STUNNING blog! I didn't quite know how to tackle the job of 400 blogs with the Party, so have been working my way down, from the top - the newer bloggers first. Slowly but surely. Glad you dropped by - glad it drew me over here. The snow photos are absolutely gorgeous...makes me long for my CO winters...almost! :-) Happy Tuesday - Tanya

Paula said...

Hi Donna! Thanks so much for visiting me at Home In Douglas. I appreciated your nice comment!

I am looking forward to reading your blog - your creations are so beautiful!

kareninkenai said...

Yes, a gorgeous Blog. Visiting from Vicki's Blog Party. Am now a new follower... Hugs from Alaska.
(www.alaskabluemoose.blogspot.com) or (www.karendorcas.com)

Martha's Favorites said...

Donna: Love the way your blog looks. That party sounds like fun. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

Gabriela said...

Thank you for visiting me...and for your lovely comments!I look forward to reading all your posts!

Art and Sand said...

Your cards are lovely. They are one of my favorite things to make.

Lisa Gordon said...

What a wonderful post this is, and it is always such a pleasure to visit you here, Donna.

Di Lewis said...

Hi Donna! Your blog is lovely. The garden pics wow me! I will follow you. Have a wonderful week. Here the temp is 7 degrees F ..soooo bitter cold. :( Your pics lift me! Dianna

Ziggyeor said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I enjoyed your snow pictures. It's cold here but we haven't had snow that sticks.
I loved your stamped cards, they are really beautiful!

Miss LindaLee said...

Love your blog Donna. Beautiful pictures and I'm a gardener as well. Will indeed be back often.
LindaLee from
CrossN' My Stitches

Linda said...

Hi Donna,

Thanks for stopping by and being a follower- I love your blog and your ocicat! Your work is beautiful!This blog party is a lot of fun!
Linda

Hindustanka said...

Hi, Donna! Of course, I liked your blog. Its design is welcoming and I already saw some pretty thing here :)
I'll be more than happy to join your tea parties and chit chat over a cup of fragrant tea :)
Have a great day!
Anna

Rustique Gal said...

Hi Donna,
What a lovely blog! Thanks for visiting Rustique Gallery and introducing yourself through the blog party! I love your photos and your garden looks beautiful in the winter!
Be seeing you!
Hugs,
Sherry

Michelle V. Alkerton, mixed media artist said...

Hi Donna
Beautiful creations here on your blog and wonderful to see your work featured in so many publications. I had no idea there were such publications that featured blogs. Thanks for visiting my blog during the Grow Your Blog party and for your kind comments.
Stay inspired!
Michelle
Brain Angles - Invisible Ink

knitalatte said...

Hi Donna,
Such a pretty place to visit. Glad I stopped by via the GYBP event. Hope to come back again soon.

Christine said...

Hi Donna, nice to meet you, your blog is beautiful

suziqu's thread works said...

Hello Donna
I am so glad I'm here - you have such a beautiful blog and like you I just love gardening (as well as creating in mixed media) and you have some incredibly beautiful gardening photos - love the bird's nest capped with snow. So so beautiful.
Oh did I say beautiful? I love the images taken in the snow - so soft on the eyes after just having a huge bushfire on our doorstep here in Australia.
Enjoy the party and feel welcome to visit my blog to see some gardens there also.
Hugs to you,
Suzy

Diane said...

Donna,
You have a beautiful blog, with so many lovely pictures.
Thank you for stopping by my blog:)

I will see you soon.

~Diane

Peggy Lee said...

Love your blog! Thanks for stopping by my blog an for your kind comments. Now I'm off to continue my tour of your blog....thanks for the keys! Very cute.

~hugs

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Hello Donna, Your blog is very lovely, Did you design it yourself?? I see many very lovely creative cards and your awards are very deserving indeed. Hugs Judy

Angela Grasse said...

You have a beautiful blog!

Kadee Willow said...

Hi, Donna! I took you up on your offer to visit your blog and I'm glad I did! The tranquil feeling your blog emotes is so very soothing! Your photos enhance that! I so look forward to returning and seeing what you have been up to!! See you soon!

Joan said...

Its good to meet you at the party. You have a beautiful blog.

Retired Knitter said...

Hey Donna, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I, too, am making my way through everyone's blogs. It sure is a fun activity.

Elaine
RetiredKnitter@gmail.com
http://mynext20yearsofliving.blogspot.com

KarenB said...

Hi Donna,
Thanks for stopping by and saying, Hi. I just came inside from pulling weeds and I'm headed to my craft room to make some Valentine's. Looks like we have a little in common. Probably, you're not pulling weeds in January though. ;-) Your blog is lovely. I'm now following along.
Karen

Kim said...

Beautiful blog Donna. I have browsed a few of your posts and am now following

sandy said...

You have a beautiful blog design. The keys are lovely! I'm stopping by from the GYB party! Thanks for popping in for a visit to my blog!
sandy : )

Holly said...

Donna~
Your blog is just breathtaking! I just want to sit and stay awhile. Thank you for your visit! Isn't this fun?!
xo

Neesie said...

What a delightful blog Donna,
I had a wonderful time visiting you from Vicki's GYB party!
The keys are devine and I love the senitment.

Have a wonderful time partying and thanks for popping over to my place earlier.
I'm off to party some more :D

Pull the other thread said...

Hi there, Thank you for visiting my blog. Your cards are wonderful and you some some amazing photographs on your blog. I don't have a lot of time today to have a proper look round so I will be back when I can give it the attention it deserves :)

karamino said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! Love your blog, its looks very bright) and place where you living is wonderful...i miss winter, this year we have the rain only)

Robyn said...

I love the keys and your blog. So glad we were both in on the party hosted by Vicki! What a treat it has been.

Michele said...
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Lynne said...

Those keys are just beautiful. Thanks for giving them to us!

Carola Bartz said...

What a beautiful blog you have here! I looked around a little bit - great handmade cards, fantastic photos and also a love for gerdening. We share quite a lot. I'm glad I've discovered your blog, and thank you for your visit to my blog. It's very nice to "meet" you.

Linda Carole Bloom said...

Hi Donna,
What a creative lady you are! I'm very late in making my visits - trying to enjoy each one and not rush through. I have never seen an Ocicat - I hope to see many more pictures of Cheops! Love, Linda

Becca-Lou Creates said...

Hi Donna, thanks for visiting me. Loving your designs, you are so creative, gorgeous squirrel pic too. Looking forward to seeing more of your designs and more pics from your garden

LisaS said...

Thanks for the visit and by the way, your blog is gorgeous. Such a cute little squirrel on a more recent post! I think you should call him "Charlie ".

mitz said...

..such a nice stroll thru your lovely blog.. a real treat.. thanksss
mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

mybearsnme said...

Gorgeous photos! And those keys are awesome! (pick me please!!)...I found you through the blog party - if you need a giggle - come and visit me at
http://leftoverchocolatestitches.blogspot.ca/
:)

Maureen said...

Donna! Thank you so much for coming to visit my blog - so glad I could find you and return the visit! Your blog is beautiful and I will be sure to add you to my links. I will also be Following so I will be back to read more.

Di Lewis said...

Hi Donna! I love the teacups and vignette. Your blog is so pretty and full of style to view...Mr. Kitty is adorable! Dianna

Diane said...

You have a gorgeous blog...your photos are lovely...I have to come back and spend more time...and you are the winner of my paper crafting gift...if you will send me your info to dianegreghov@att.net...that would be great...I will post it Feb 1st. on my blog...have a great evening!!

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