Sunday, 26 January 2014

Grow your blog 2014 - GIVEAWAY!

Welcome to the second annual "Grow Your Blog" hop created and hosted by the rather lovely Vicky Boster of 2 Bags Full.

My name is Nelly, short for Penelope, occasionally dubbed Smelly Nelly or Penelope Ploppity Pitstop by my nearest and dearest. I do NOT smell out of the ordinary however!
For me blogging is a way to connect to like-minded people where we share our art, crafts, recipes, stories and a little bit of our lives.
I'll keep this short and sweet because there are over 500 blogs to visit in this event (click on the image above to see the full list) so how's about a GIVE AWAY!
My favourite supplier on Etsy is Unkamen Supplies - a wonderful source of chain maille supplies and kits, so .....
Prize = $25 (US dollars) Unkamen Supplies gift Certificate
All you have to do is leave a comment to say hello and tell me your favourite online or Etsy shop. (PS if your favourite Etsy shop sells gift certificates I am more than happy to change the prize to on of those for you.
Draw will close midnight AEST February 14th 2014 and the winner announced on the 15th February.
Good Luck!



  1. I guess someone has to go first, but dang it no one ever picks #1. I found you through GYB party and the Etsy shop you listed is cool but I love CottonBlossomFarm, being a quilter I love fabrics!!!!

  2. Hey Nelly May! I am visiting via the "Grow your Blog" party. I am one of Vicki's helpers.. Helping her to visit each and every blog that is participating...What a happy joyous person you are! Just love your attitude! I am following along with you.. come on by and visit with me! Love meeting new friends~ Blessings!~

  3. How very nice, Nelly! I love the seed bead necklace. I look forward to your tutorial, it looks like a beginner beadweaver such as myself could do it. I just checked out the Etsy shop to which you are offering a gift certificate. It has wonderful supplies. I'd love to have a chance to win. I haven't got a giveaway for my GYB party post, maybe I'll add one later. While you are on Sunday, enjoying warm (hot?) weather, it is a wintry Saturday afternoon here, and I'm trying to keep warm. :)
    Stop by by blog anyways to see what I do with beads.

  4. Hi Nelly,

    I'm visiting from the Grow Your Blog party. It is so nice to meet you. The name of your blog caught me be surprise ... LOL. I can't say that I have one favorite Etsy shop. There are so many talented ladies out there. I plan to look around a bit more and then be on my way to visit the others. I do hope you will stop by for a visit and enter my giveaway. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs – Donna

  5. Hi! I'm hopping the blogs for the GYB party and couldn't resist yours with the fab name. It would be hard to identify my favourite Etsy shop because there are so many great ones. I make jewelry and my most recent purchases were from Scorched Earth and Spawn of Flame. Please add me to the list for your generous giveaway and please visit me at

  6. Hello,enjoyed your Post!
    Thanks for your Blog!
    Love Cotton Blossom Farm fabrics!
    Have a nice day!

  7. Hello again, Nelly (and I confess being curious about the "Smelly" part LOL). I think I first visited here during Alenka Obid's Blogoversary event, and it's so nice to be here again :) Your giveaway is quite clever! I would have difiiculty choosing just ONE supplier. I very much love the unique ceramic beads of Canadian Ingrid Mueller ( Do check her out! I am also doing GYB and having a giveaway, so drop by when you get a chance, Nelly!

  8. So happy to meet you, Nelly! I'm visiting as a GYB blogger...but, I'll be a frequent visitor. I think we'll find we have a lot in common...Sara

  9. Hello,

    Nice to meet you.:)
    I would like to participate in your giveaway.



    My favourite Etsy shop is:

  10. You had me at the name, but I can see there is so much more to love about your blog than that! Dropping in from the Blog Party - off to read a bit more right now, before moving on...but, your newest Follower will be back! Happy Creative Sunday - Tanya

  11. PS - how do you choose just one favorite Etsy shop? Hmmmmmmmmm - I have so about - Vicki's (2 Bags Full) beautiful hand knits!

  12. Goodness...what a generous giveaway!! That shop really does have loads of great supplies...glad I learned of it through you. Nice to meet you through the Blog Party. Happy Crafting!!

    I have SO many favorite Etsy shops, but I buy a lot of vintage bits and bobs from Bullseyebeads. I also love the tin work done by LittleBlackRabbit.

  13. I have so many favorite shops, but I really love Kristi Bowman designs and all her copper components. I've only done one chainmaille piece, but would like to do more. It's just hard to find the supplies where I'm at. I started blogging to get to read new ideas and people and see amazing creations.

  14. Hi Nelly. I'm not really in on the Grow Your Blog thing, but I'm reading and commenting anyway. I love the lampwork beads by Louise Ingram at Fireseed on Etsy. She actually lives near me. :)

  15. Hey, you ask a difficult question! But I just had a look in my etsy history and there is one shop that really succesfuly temps me to buy quote often and that is The Curious Bead Shop from Rebecca with her wonderful czech glas bead collcetion :)

    But I just went over to your favorite shop and had to add it also to my list! Beautiful wire and rings I would instantly use (just the shipping outside us is high... sighs...)

  16. There may be a problem with your GFC...I tried to follow along but a box popped up stating it couldn't locate your blog!!! yikes!
    As for favorite online shops...there are so many great ones! Connecting Threads, Green Fairy Quilts, Fat Quarter Shop....

  17. Hi Nelly
    Great to meet you - I'm visiting from England!
    I like Brooke Sellman's esy shop sillymamaquilts!

  18. Thanks for sharing. I like Dry Gulch etsy shop, and just found it today on GYB!

  19. Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. I have never purchased from etsy. Guess I'll have to go look.

  20. Hello greetings from Australia :D well I would have to say my favourite store could be my own but ... other than that I LOVE it's great for new patterns. is great for fabrics so between those I am usually set :D

  21. I'd have to say Vicki's etsy shop but I've never shopped on etsy...I'm a luddite! visiting via Vicki's GYBP and enjoying your blog. Your crafty, to keep it short...clever girl, you!

  22. Cool Blog! I'm a new follower. Hope you'll pop over and say to mine as well. I'll check out your favorite shop, I'm always on the lookout for new shops. Regards, Tammie Everly/TTE Designs

  23. Hi, so nice to meet you. Thank you for sharing part of yourself with us. I also make jewellery - it is so therapeutic. Happy hopping!

  24. Thanks for sharing your story & blog. I'm still, slowly, making my way through the list of blogs.

    aprilsongstress (embroidery blog in the 1st set on the list)

  25. Hello Everyone My Name is Dawn, I just started a New Years resolution to start blogging. My friends say I have the gift of gab. So I decide to learn how to blog. My site is As you can see I have actually blog about 10 post but, I am sure that blogging about setting up my blog will be fun and informative. Next months topic will be about building our products filling pocket tags. I just having a lot of fun chatting on cyber space. But, I sure could use some cyber friends. Thanks for this opportunity to belong to a good group of friends. On Etsy my favorite things to window shop is paper crafts. but I did open a store myself and hope to sell in the close future.

  26. Hello Nelly, I went to reply to your lovely comment on my blog which you left re the GYBP, but you are a No Reply Blogger, so I was not able to do that. Good luck with your sewing class. Hope you enjoy it. And great to see another Aussie blogger! Your give-away is a generous one, but I really don't do any jewellery, so would have to opt for a fabric store. I have never bought from Etsy, and in fact your link was the first time I have ever visited one! Bit challenged in that department LOL

    1. Thanks for letting me know Dasha - I had no idea!

  27. Hi I love to do all types of crafts and I do not have a favorite Etsy shop so your gift certificate would be perfect. Thanks, Jackie

  28. I'm still making the rounds from GYB! Glad to see you! Looking forward to more Focus on Life posts!

  29. Hi Nelly, so nice to meet you. I don't have a favorite Etsy shop. I do like to browse though.

  30. Hi, Nelly! I'm already a follower since the PepitaHandmade blog hop.

    I'm new to Etsy (your gift offer is generous) and only made two purchases, one from SarahOfSweden Handmade Jewelry and the second from VikisBeadingTutorial.

    Thank you for the tip on Unkamen Supplies which I'll consider from now on.

    I'm having a giveaway at my own blog and the post is:

    Have a great day.

  31. Greetings from the Pacific Northwest! I don't have a favorite Etsy shop. I am not that familiar with Etsy. Enjoyed visiting your blog.

  32. Hi Nelly, visiting from GYB and looking forward to following you. I don't have a favourite shop but if I were to win I can have a think.
    Love and best
    Craft blog
    Cat blog


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