Grow Your Blog Party 2014

Grow Your Blog 2014

Welcome To Grow Your Blog 2014

Welcome to Grow Your Blog – an event created by Vicki Boster at 2 Bags Full to help bloggers connect with others and grow their blogging community!

A Little About Create With Joy

Create With Joy

For those who are visiting Create With Joy for the first time – welcome! Create With Joy is an inspirational blog that celebrates creativity in all its facets! It’s a place to make new friends, to meet kindred spirits, to be part of a creative community. It’s a place to share the things that inspire you – the things you’re most passionate about!

Here are some of the things I’m passionate about – and some of the things you’ll discover as you explore my blog! (If you’d like to learn more about a category, just click on the photo!)

Arts & Crafts

Altered Torso - Be Yourself

I love Art and Crafts of all types. I’m particularly into Paper Crafts. If you enjoy Card-Making, Collage, ATCs, Art Journaling, Altered Art, Mixed Media, Scrapbooking, or participating in Art Challenges, you’ll feel right at home!

Inspiring Books

Life After Art

Are you a reader in search of an inspiring book? Are you an author in search of an authentic review? I love to read – I love to write – and I love to review inspirational books for readers of all ages!

I invite you to explore my Book Reviews to see what suits your fancy (be sure to check my Sidebar for any current Giveaways I’m hosting!) You’ll find my picks for the Best Books Of 2013 in these posts:

Fabulous Felines

Magellan at Create With Joy - Kitten In a Box

We love animals of all kinds – especially our Fabulous Felines! Legend, Tsunami and our newest family member, Magellan – these are the Maine Coons that call Create With Joy their home!

Scrumptious Recipes

Flourless Chocolate Torte by Create With Joy

Whether you’re looking for something healthy or something decadent – my husband and I love to share our favorite recipes and cooking tips with you! Come join us as we whip up something delicious!

Creative Community Building

Community-building is important to me. Each week, I offer several opportunities for you to gather with other kindred spirits in the blogging community – to share your creativity – and to inspire one another!

I cordially invite you to join us for:

Inspire Me Monday – Nurture Your Creative Spirit

Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy

Wordless Wednesday – Share Your Memories Through Photos

Wordless Wednesday at Create With Joy

Friendship Friday – Blog Through The Alphabet

Friendship Friday at Create With Joy

Stay In Touch

Thank you for visiting – I’d love to stay in touch! Here are the best ways to do so:

1) Leave a comment so I’ll know you visited and I can get to know you better!

2) Follow my blog and social media accounts and let me know how you’ve connected. I will happily reciprocate!

Have a wonderful week and thanks for visiting me at Create With Joy!

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  1. I just stopped by to share a little “joy” at Grow Your Blog Party 2014!
    Thank you for offering these amazing opportunities to share.
    All the best,

  2. Have a restful and fun weekend, Create with Joy!
    Blessings 🙂

  3. Bev says:

    What a great idea! You always have so much to ofer and give us so much to participate in – thank you so much for that! Have a wonderful party!

  4. Deborah Wainwright says:

    Fantastic idea thanks for sharing
    Deb x

  5. Diane says:

    I enjoyed stopping by! I will return for your Inspire Me Monday. I am now following you via email and add you to my G+.

  6. Opinionated Cupcakes says:

    Great post. Have a great weekend! =)

    Following you on Bloglovin.

    Opinionated Cupcakes

  7. Dawn Paoletta
    Twitter: breathoffaith

    You are such a wonderful hostess , as are those fabulous felines! Just a weekend hello, to crash in and say Hi at this party. HUgs and love to the boys!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thank you so much for stopping by, dear Dawn!
      Magellan is growing SO fast and simultaneously mesmerizing and terrorizing the household with his wild kitten ways!
      In addition to breaking my keyboard, he has now broken my touch lamp… perhaps my husband was right – he really is a little Typhoon!
      (But – when he calms down – he is SUCH a love!)

      Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Melody says:

    So glad I found you through the GYB party. we seem to have a lot in common so I look forward to following your blog. Melody in Melbourne

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      What a pleasure to meet you Melody – I just visited your delightful blog as well!
      I look forward to getting to know you. Don’t you love how events like this draw kindred spirits together?

      Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. LuAnn Braley
    Twitter: KentuckyGal

    For those of you new to Create With Joy, and/or from the Grow Your Blog 2014, FOLLOW THIS WOMAN! You will thank yourself later.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thank you SO very much, LuAnn, for your kind words and endorsement!
      You are such a great source of encouragement too!
      I hope you are having a fabulous and productive Blogathon!
      Hope to catch up with you on one of the chats this weekend! 🙂

  10. lyn lewis says:

    Hi there,
    Im Lyn and a GYB volunteer scouting ahead for vicky.
    I now know where Wordless Wednesday hails from and its a great idea.
    All the best : )

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thank you so much Lyn for stopping by and for helping Vicky in this huge endeavor!
      This is my first year participating and I’m thrilled to be a part of the party.
      So many awesome blogs and bloggers!

  11. Daisy Jones says:

    Hello, your cats are gorgeous….!
    ….popping by as part of the ‘grow your blog day’ Its such a lovely way to find super new blogs to read…I am joining along with you too on bloglovin and have liked your facebook page too!
    bestest weekend wishes
    Daisy j

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      What a pleasure to meet you Daisy!
      I just visited your lovely blog too and am now following you too!
      I hope you’ll share your creative talents at one or more of our weekly parties! 🙂

  12. Laura says:

    Just passing through with a wave and stopping at the treat table.
    I have neglected my blog this year although I had such wonderful intentions.
    Thank you for the great parties and motivating me to post something now and again.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1


      I’m so glad to see you are getting back into the swing of things.
      I hope you are well and have an awesome week!
      Your visits always bring a smile to my face!

  13. Neesie says:

    Oh lots of interesting things going on here ;D
    I’ve only just started participating in the party and having such fun already 😉
    Enjoy your weekend!

  14. Rachel says:

    I love this idea. One day once I get my blog growing bigger I will be doing this.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Hi Rachel,

      Thanks so much for stopping by! That’s the purpose of parties such as these – to help you to grow your blog now! 🙂

      I hope you’ll join us each week for Inspire Me Monday, Wordless Wednesday, and/or Friendship Friday – it’s a great way to share your creativity and connect with a world of awesome bloggers1

  15. Evalina says:

    Hello from another ‘grow your blog’ participant. Are you enjoying this party as much as I do?
    Evalina, This and that…

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Evalina – I’m so glad you stopped by! Just left you a comment – I remember you from my blogger days!
      It’s a pleasure to see you and Zoom Zoom again and I hope to see more of you again soon! 🙂

  16. Self Sagacity
    Twitter: selfsagacity

    great event to participate in. it’s always nice to meet new bloggers. 🙂

  17. Melissa @ My Recent Favorite books
    Twitter: RecentBooks

    Great idea!
    I hope you are having a wonderful week!

  18. Brooke says:

    Was checking out your website and noticed something that looked familiar…the photo above your copy right box, is that the ceiling in the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas? I love that ceiling!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Yes – great eye Brooke! I took that photo several years ago during a visit and was SO enamored by Chihuly’s craftsmanship!
      That photo also won me my first blogging photography award at Create With Joy, so it has special significance to me! 🙂

  19. Jennifer says:

    Late night visiting from the blog hop. I’ve visited your blog before.

  20. Debra Kay Neiman says:

    I am having fun finding new bloggers to follow…love sewing and quilting. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  21. Valerie Reynolds says:

    I added all three of your linky parties to my linky party page and your blog to my blogroll!! With that said…thank you for the inspiration! I stopped by yesterday from the GYB hop…but made a note to return and check out your blog over my morning cup of coffee! Thanks for a great morning read. Love your spirit! Looking forward to following and have a joyful year. Stop by: with smiles! Val:)

  22. angela ng says:

    Hi hi..i came via the blog hop and found your lovely blog..
    i love the idea of meeting new friends and how some days of the week are been labelled.. I’ve followed you via email and hop to read more of your post soon.. thank you..

  23. Donna Heber says:

    I know you … LOL. I’m visiting today from the GYB party. I can’t believe how many people joined this year and it was a lot of fun. I’m just finishing up visiting the last batch of bloggers. I’m glad to see you joined! Hugs – Donna

  24. Sheila says:

    I am visiting via the GYB party and it is so nice to meet you and your delightful blog with so much to offer .. Hope you will stop by and visit me as well. Sheila

  25. Deborah says:

    Just stopping by from the GYB party. It’s been such a great way to find some wonderful blogs. I’m so glad I found yours. Will be following on Google+, and hope to join in your link parties!

  26. Shane says:

    It’s a joy to meet you via Vicki’s party.
    What a platform you’ve created for sharing joy!
    I will pop in next Monday to participate in your “Inspire Me” party.

    I use Google Friend Connect to follow – but I don’t see it on your side bar – I’ll look some more!

    I would love you to come over and meet me and enter my Giveaway – a vintage fabric and lace collage.
    In the meantime have fun and enjoy the party!
    PS – Is your name JOY?!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Hi Shane,

      It’s a pleasure to meet you! You have a lovely blog too! I just left you a comment and I look forward to seeing you at Inspire Me Monday!

      I no longer have GFC on my sidebar because Blogger no longer allows that option for WordPress bloggers. Any of my former subscribers can still follow my blog through GFC (because I was originally on blogger and still maintain that account) and I can still follow people through GFC (since I have a blogger account) – but new subscribers have to follow me through Google Plus or one of the many other subscriptions I offer.

      I regret the inconvenience because I know Blogger followers love GFC. I did too until Blogger took it away.

      My name is Ramona. I answer to Joy (since people who don’t know me naturally make that assumption) – but Joy is actually meant as an adjective, not a noun, in my blog name.

      Have a wonderful week!

  27. Judy says:

    What a pleasure your blog is. (sorry for the bad grammar) —- It was so enjoyable to sit and look around – I am going to come back and look over your book reviews more closely – I am always looking for new authors. I have subscribed to the RSS feed for your blog. Thanks for sharing. Happy hopping!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      So nice to meet you Judy! I love sharing books at Create With Joy! Please share some comments on the ones that interest you so I’ll know which genres you like!

  28. Dawn says:

    Wow I love my visit. Didn’t realize that there is so much going on in cyber world. Forgive me for coming to the party at the last minute, But 600 blog reading was a little tasking. I wanted to read and get to know the girls so I did read everyone’s bio. Your my 564 blog and 24 hours left to go. If you like come visit My site contact info is I believe inspiration comes from all facets of life even knowing the great people out there with wisdom and knowledge the do’s and don’ts and even the wonders of life from a personal point of view. I liked you following you on goggle connect and Bloglovin you. hope to see you in the cyber neighborhood I am new to blogging so I don’t have a lot posted because I got side tract with GYB party. Kind of felt it was important to have some one read my silly chatter. I can’t remember a time I didn’t dabble in something creative. I tried a little of everything. But, my new love these days is Card making I just love it.


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