Friday, March 8, 2013

BLOG HOP PARTY EVERYBODY!

WELCOME TO THE EXPLORE FIBRE BLOG
 for the BEAT THE WINTER BLUES blog hop 
hosted by the Quilting Gallery

Take a look on the right to learn a bit about me. I teach and speak all over Canada and I'd love to make an appearance at a quilting event near you. I'll be silly, creative and fun with an aim to inspire. 


The best way I find to beat the winter blues is quilting of course! But if I am looking for some family time or a breath of fresh air I get all dressed up in my warm outer gear and go for a walk as if it's the spring. You'd be surprised how beautiful nature is when you walk in a season that you normally wouldn't venture out. From the beautiful frosted trees to the lovely ice formations, you might even find a little treasure that inspires your next art quilt.


I can't say I have the winter blues. Although it gets cloudy and dull here in the winter, we drive up through the clouds to ski in the mountains quite often, so I see plenty of sunshine. Our winters are very mild here in the Okanagan Valley of Western Canada, but I feel for those of you who are caught under a huge snowdrift at this time of year! So here's what you need to do to be eligible for the blog hop prize from Brandy Lynn Designs...

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS FOLLOW ALONG! 

1. Either submit your email to receive notifications when I post a new blog OR
2. Sign up as a follower. 

IT'S AS EASY AS THAT! 

Be sure to leave a comment telling me which one you did and you'll be eligible for the draw. I'll be pulling names from a Dr. Seuss hat on March 14th. 

And of course, if you've signed up for email notifications, you'll be the first to know. 

NOW HERE'S THE PRIZE...

INKSATIONS Table Runner & Silk Screen Kit. My latest pattern kit is so fun you'll want to organize a class with your local shop or guild.  Add a splash of fabric ink to a contemporary table runner taking the mystery out of screen-printing. It's so CONTAGIOUS you'll want to be silk screening everything!

So thanks for joining us on the BEAT THE WINTER BLUES Quilting Gallery BLOG HOP! There are some amazing prizes to be had and some super fun quilting blogs to explore. Tell all of your friends to hop on board too. It's so fun to talk about your favorite giveaways on the blog hop the next time you meet for coffee or attend a guild meeting!

For more info on classes and lectures check out the Brandy Lynn Designs website and be sure to follow along on your favourite social media such as Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. You don't want to miss this: I'm launching my brand new Brandy Lynn Designs website this spring so there will be some fabulous prize give-aways to go along with that as well. 


98 comments:

  1. I am following you via GFC! Now with a place called Summerland... how could you ever feel the winter blues?? I live in a small, remote community north of Lake Superior... we are expecting a snow storm this weekend and I can only hope it is the last one! Thanks for sharing in the blog hop!!

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  2. I am signed up on GFC. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  3. How cool is that?! I'm following you now.

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  4. I am now following you through GFC! :)
    Love the photo of the ice and rocks!!!

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    1. Thank you! I love taking photos to inspire my fibre art. The ice and rocks are at a gorgeous local beach in Summerland called Sunoka. We go for walks there every chance we get. Have fun on the blog hop!

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    2. following. Very interested in dyeing these days

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  5. I follow your blog. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to try your kit.

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  6. I'm a new email follower!
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  7. I've been scrolling the blog hop to find Canadian sites and must say I like yours so I have subscribed. I do some art quilting mainly as ATCs and postcards. My most recent have been entitled "sea glass" after a trip to the maritimes.

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    1. Hey! I'm glad you found me. I'm so proud to be Canadian. We have such wonderful quilting talent in this country. I am always so blown away by the amazing women I meet at retreats, workshops and conferences. Have fun on the blog hop!

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  8. New blog follower! What an intriguing give-away! Thanks for the chance!

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  9. I follow you via Google Friends Connect. Thanks for the chance!

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  10. I signed up for your email. Thanks

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  11. What a lovely site-looking forward to follow what you create! Thank-you for the opportunity to win that beautiful kit!

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    1. Thank you for the compliment! Do scroll back through the posts to check out my silly adventures. It's been a joyful ride. Take care...

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  12. Nice to have found you I am now following by email and would dearly love to win this kit , thanks for the chance .

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  13. I am a follower and thanks for having a give away.

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  14. I'm following you on GFC, fantastic giveaway!

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  15. I am follower. thank you for this chance. hugs Alessandra

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    1. Ahhh, Hugs? Right back atcha babe! So cool...

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  16. This looks like fun!
    I signed up for emails and to follow!

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  17. I am now subscribed via email to follow your blog. Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway.

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  18. Hi, I am doing both so take your pick witch one to use. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  19. Thank you for the chance. I am a new follower

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  20. I'm a new follower via gfc! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  21. Ohh I have always been fascinated by screen printing, it's going to be fun to watch what you make. I even signed up by email, I don't want to miss anything.

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    1. Be careful Donna! Thermoscreen printing is highly addictive. You will go crazy once you start, it's so fun. I am head over heals sketching designs. Enjoy the blog hop!

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  22. I'm following via GFC Thanks sew much for this chance to win your generous giveaway! :-D
    back2loghome (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  23. I am a follower on Facebook and also thru my emails. I so happy that you have joined us on this Blog Hop. Thank you for giving all of a chance to win. You are one beatiful amazing woman.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandt1@sbcglobal.net
    Sonora, CA USA

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    1. Ahhh, Sandi, thank you for the lovely compliment. All I can say is that doing what you are passionate about for a living makes you beautiful from the inside out. I'm so glad you can see that. Take care...

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  24. I will be an email follower. The kit looks like fun. thanks for the chance.

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    1. Hey fellow FAN member! Thanks for the follow. Will you be in Gabriola this fall for the retreat? I'm going to try to pull it off. It would be nice to see you again. Cheers!

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  26. I have signed up as a follower. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway. It looks like a really interesting project !!

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  27. I am a new follower too! Nice giveaway!

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  28. Hi Brandy .i signed up as a follower. I believe you came into Katjas Quilt Shoppe in Kamloops. I work there ; )

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    1. Hi Carla! Thanks for signing up. Isn't this blog hop thing so fun? I love Katja's Quilt Shoppe. Yes, I think we chatted a few weeks ago. I stop in every time I'm in town. Good luck in all of the draws. Take care, Brandy Lynn.

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  29. I've signed up as a follower.

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  30. I signed up to follow. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I would love to try silkscreening!

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  31. Superschöne Fotos aus ihrem Blog und eine tolle Verlosung... Siebdruck habe ich leider noch nie versucht..vielleicht klappts ja ;-)

    Grüße aus Deutschland
    Marion

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    1. Cool! This is my very first comment in another language. I went online to translate and here's what I found...I hope it is accurate:

      "Beautiful photos from your blog and a great prize draw ... Silk-screen printing I have unfortunately never tried..better luck ; -)"

      Thanks Marion!



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  32. Wow, Great giveaway. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on the draw. I'm a new follower, hailing from Saskatchewan. ... bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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    1. Hey SK! I grew up on the Canadian prairies, but in MB. I only recently made to move to BC and we love it, but there is a lot we miss from home as well. I'm heading back there in 2 weeks to teach for 3 days! I can't wait!

      Good luck in the blog hop draws! Cheers!

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  33. stopped by your blog see what you are about, I did not follow or subscribe, but put you on my rss feed... I do like your detail photography and will read back a few posts to learn a bit more about your art.

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  34. gfc follower

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  35. I am now a new follower. Enjoyed your blog!

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  36. I am a new follower. And I would jump up and down if I won this! olney.gail@gmail.com

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  37. I'm a new follower on Google. Very intriguing giveaway....something I have never tried. Maybe it's time for this ol' dog to learn a new trick! Thanks for the chance to try it!

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  38. I am a new follower through GFC and would love it if you came to teach a class in Greece, would you like to do that? LOL

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    1. Hi Mara,

      Of course I would teach in Greece! It's easy to drum up excitement about screen printing because it's so fun it's contagious. I'm sure we can make it happen! Contact me at info@explorefibre.com to continue the conversation... :)

      Cheers! Brandy Lynn

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  39. HELLO fellow BC'er! (I'm from Port Moody originally, in Chicago now...mum's in Penticton!!)
    I'm signed up via GFC :)

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    1. Hi Erin! Please look me up if you ever visit your mum! I'd love to meet a fellow quilter/blogger for coffee. Also, a great time to visit her would be this May during the Quilt BC national show in Penticton!

      www.brandylynndesigns.com - stay tuned for the launch of my BRAND NEW website this spring! Thanks for entering!

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  40. I lived in Kelowna for a few years, and hubby thought it was fabulous to be able to golf in January!
    We live in NW Ontario, now, and we just got another 10 or 15 centimeters of snow! What I'd give to see a crocus or two peeking out!

    Oh, and I follow you via GFC.
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  41. I know! We moved here from Winnipeg, so we KNOW those frigid winters well! Now my husband is trying to golf on a Friday and then head up to Apex for an evening ski all in one day. I'm sure he'll pull it off soon!

    Thanks for entering!

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  42. Brandy, it's nice to meet a fellow hop participant. I recently wet out for a walk during a snow storm and took pictures too. Lots of inspiration like you say. I'm a new follower too.

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    1. Hi Anne, thanks for following. I think it is so important for a blog to inspire and engage the reader, so that's what I try to do. AND I love photographing the world around me, so that works! Good luck with your blog and in all of the draws. Cheers!

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  43. I am a new follower

    Susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  44. I signed up to be a follower from down here in Arizona, Thank You!

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    1. Arizona? Are you a Canadian snowbird, or do you live there? Thanks for hopping by. My parents live there in Mesa for half the year...I'd love to book a few workshops down there and stay with them next winter. Email me at info@explorefibre.com to continue the conversation...

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  45. Hi Brandy! I finally made it - your blog is BEAUTIFUL!

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  46. Hi Brandy Lynn, thanks for entering my giveaway, now I'm here and I've signed up with GFC. My son and I like to silk-screen so the INKSATIONS Table Runner & Silk Screen Kit would be great. Here's hoping. Edith from Calgary.

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    1. Hey fellow Canadian! My son absolutely loves playing in my studio as well! Send me an email offline at info@explorefibre.com to continue the conversation... how old is your son?

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  47. At your suggestion I ventured over here from my own blog hop at http://inastitchquilting.com. I'm so glad I took your advice. You have a lovely, lovely website. Your enthusiasm is contagious. Thank you so much for the suggestion. I'm glad I came. I have added your web address to my rss feed.

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    1. Hey Cindy,
      Thank you for the lovely compliment! I am so passionate about quilting and fibre art - I'm glad you can see that! AND I'm honoured that I can do it for a living! I hope you get lots of new followers and good luck in the draws!

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  48. Hi, I think your kit is amazing! I am now a GFC follower to see what you do next.

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  49. I'm a new follower. Hello from the Lower Mainland!! Pouring here again today... how about up there?

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    1. H Carole,

      Today it will be 15°C and sunny in Summerland. We get very little rain here - it's a semi-arid desert. But we do love driving down to the big city of Van now and then for a shopping spree or concert. Thanks for signing up! Good luck with all of the draws!

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  50. Following via email from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. It was spring like here today. Thanks for the lovely give away.

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  51. Hi, it is almost spring here so my winter blues are gone! Thanks for the opportunity to win the lovely silkscreen kit. I signed up to get the email notices.

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  52. I really don't have winter blues here either! Even though we can be buried under few feet of snow here in western NY...but with a snow-loving dogs we learned to go out in almost any weather and if one just looks carefully - beautuy is everywhere, in any season! And my camera is always with me too! :)
    And when it is really cold or dark - I just dive into my fabric stash! :)
    Thanks for a lovely photo inspirations and great giveaway! I am an email follower now and so looking forward to it! :)

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  53. Not any blues here either as it was 80 today. I'm just dreading the hot weather will be here too soon. I'm so excited about your giveaway as I have not yet tried anything with ink or paint.

    Thank you for an awesome giveaway and a chance to win. I'm now following via email.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  54. Hi first let me thank you for visiting my blog. I am so glad to meet you and your wonderful blog. I am now following and your gift is just awesome. I will keep my fingers crossed.

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  55. I'm a follower via GFC.
    Still under a couple of feet of snow here in Sudbury, ON

    ktreve (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  56. I am a new follower on GFC. It snowed all day yesterday and today is cold, but the daffodils are starting to come up! Hopefully spring will be here soon in Ohio!

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  57. I am a follower from sunny South Africa. Thank you for your generous giveaway. I've always wanted to try my hand at silk screening. Thanks for the opportunity, maybe!

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  58. I am a new follower via email. The weather is wet and rainy after having a couple of sunny days last weekend. I am looking forward to gettin gout in to the garden but I do love the sewing time when I am stuck inside. Silk screening is new to me.

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  59. Thanks for entering my giveaway. I love your table runner and I became a new follower.

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