Friday, January 18, 2013

Grow Your Blog

Hey, I'm Caroline and this is my official "Grow Your Blog" Post, hosted by 2 Bags Full
Welcome to my blog, please sit back and enjoy a tasty beverage of your choice, listen to some fun tunes and have a great time.  I am excited to meet new bloggers and I'm glad you have stopped by. 

I'm a wife, mother, assembly artist, struggling writer, amateur chef and avid reader.

Glitter Tart Designs was launched in 2008 and has developed and changed as I have learned more about my art, grown my family and been influenced by other lovely bloggers.  I hope to continue to grow and share that growth here on Glitter Tart Designs. 
Posts on Glitter Tart Designs are all about my three main hobbies. 
Art:  I share mine, create tutorials, share others art, and host swaps.
I received this in the mail today from one of the swaps I took part in.  The theme was Time. You can view my creation HERE
  Recently we moved into a new house, a wonderful house, a house where one day the basement will be my dream studio.  But right now it doesn't have walls or a floor.  It works, I create in it, but the pictures aren't so pretty.
 Here is where I spend my days.
I's a mess...I am normally working on multiple projects at a time.
Have to have my tunes, and I have swap art all over for inspiration.
This is the only storage I have put up on the unfinished walls.  I figure the less I put up, the more my husband has to step over, the quicker I will get walls.
 Yesterday I created this piece amidst all the chaos in my studio
I'm not giving this piece away but scroll down and I am giving away a piece of my artwork. 
I also do monthly art giveaways, January's post can be found HERE and I always have a link/button on the sidebar of my blog.

Recipes:  When I’m not covered with glitter in the Studio I like to throw flour around my kitchen.  My favorite thing to make are cupcakes and I share my creations, tips and recipes.  One day I hope to launch an online bakery, The Lone Goose Bakery, but I’m in no rush. 
This is a photo of my Ettrick's Brownies (one of my giveaways).  I topped them with some really yummy Chocolate Rum frosting, powdered sugar and a raspberry. 
So sorry if I made you hungry...I think I must take a break and go make some before I finish my post.
Reading:  My art is inspired by many of the books that I read and I read a broad range.  I’m a member of two book clubs and I always have a pile of books that has nothing to do with the clubs to read. 
I review as many of the books I read as I can.

My most recent review was on The Physick Book Of Deliverence Dane
And I have plans to review the following books soon, Finale, The Light Between Oceans, The Paris Wife, The Shoemakers Wife and Order of the Dimensions

I've also hosted read alongs in the past, that is where I pick a book and everyone reads it and answers questions/discusses it for a chance to win prizes. 

Now onto the good stuff :)

Since I am dedicated to 3 main things on my blog I thought I should give away 3 things.

1.  Any book from my Amazon store GlitterTartReads (at no charge) if you win you just tell me which book you want and it is on it's way.
2.  Ettrick's Brownie Mix (yep, just like Betty Crocker but better)
3.  A piece of my artwork

Just leave a comment
tell me which prize you are most interested in or rank them from most to least desired.
I will draw the 3 winners Friday February 1st.

Good Luck

Please feel free to contact me privately about anything, I love meeting new people and connecting.

Thanks for stopping by.


Debbie said...

Hi Carolyn, just stopping by before bedtime. I am a avid reader as well, so I would enjoy a book. I do like reading your reviews and of course checking out your art work. Thank you for your generous offer.


rivie bleu said...

Your artwork is awesome! You are very creative, I hope you get walls and floor on your studio soon!
The Ettrick's Brownies look really good.

Rivie @ Bookshelf

Marilou Bain said...

Hi Caroline,
I'm stopping by to say Hi from Vicki's Grow Your Own Blog party. You treats are making me hungry, you now have my sweet tooth going, lol. nice to meet you and I hope you can stop by!
Hugs Marilou, have fun blog hopping!

Manon said...

I would love a piece of your art work!Love your blog too.
I am so glad I am doing this blog hop and meeting new people.

Wendy said...

Hello Caroline, nice to meet you too! You have a wonderful blog and beautiful art and crafts. I loved it already by the sight of your blog header :) Would love to receive one of your own crafty creations, either by being the lucky winner, or a swap or trade. Going to visit your blog more often!

Hugs and wonderful weekend to you,

Linda Wildenstein said...

We already know each other and I am thrilled you are going to be participating in Celebrate Oz with us. But I always find these introduction parties to be so informative. Always great to get to know more about each other. I'd love to be entered in your giveaway, you are so very talented. And someday we will have to swap stories about "arting spaces" I call mine the cubby hole. Oma Linda

Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

Hi Caroline! Enjoying the party so far? I haven't really got started yet, but I'm itching to have some sit down time to cruise all the participating blogs.

Your blog is lovely and I'm so envious of your basement! I've got a small room that's overflowing. To have a basement... Ah, one can dream. :-)

Lou Anne said...

Hi Caroline! I would love to win a piece of your art. A book would be second choice. Thank you for following Misplaced Mermaid. I signed up to follow you too.

Christina Paul said...

So glad i got to meet you through this party- you work is beautiful and I'm so jealous of your work space! As for the giveaways- books, chocolate and art- are all on my can't live without list so I'd be thrilled to win any!

Jess said...

Wow! Great post! I don't think I could rank the giveaways! They all sound great!

Kinley Rose said...

Hi Caroline. Your blog is so full of great stuff. I love it. The brownies look so good, there is no way I could pass up a shot at getting the mix. Of course, I'd be just as happy with a piece of your artwork. Happy Blogging! ~Kinley

silvergran said...

Hi Caroline - your blog is always great inspiration and great reading! Yummy brownie mix, but don't think it would post to NZ! I would love to have a piece of your art, or a book. Thanks.

Socrates said...

What a fun place your blog! I thought you were giving away the cake, I was on my way. I love your art, so that would have to be my choice. I'm so glad I found you on the party. Do visit my blog too. See you soon.

The Sage Butterfly said...

It is a pleasure to stop by today through the Grow Your Blog party. Your artwork is lovely, and I would like to be in the drawing for one of those. So nice to meet you!

Kim Henkel said...

Hi Caroline,
SO nice to meet you. Thanks for visiting my blog. I enjoyed my visit and learning more about you. I too love to read, LOVE brownies, and your creations are lovely. How nice of you to give away all three beautiful gifts.
Enjoy the blog party!

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!

As for the prizes... I love #3 or #2, it doesn't matter.

Evalina, This and that...

Terri said...

Hello Caroline, how fun to meet up here for this amazing blog hop! Thank you for your very kind comment today at my blog! Really, you touched my heart!
I love your blog too, and I really did enjoy ...Deliverance Dane, it was a good story. I wish I had a house like that to poke around in and live in!
Your giveaway is generous! I would love anything you made! Yay!

Sea Witch said...

So glad I found your blog through the Grow Your Own Blog project. I noticed that you did a post on the Physick Book of Deliverance Dane...just finished reading that book last week. Just loved it. Would actually like to see it become a movie. Sea Witch

Art and Sand said...

I am an avid reader so that's a possibility

I don't cook, but I do bake, but I don't need sweets, sos I will rule that out.

I think it must be a wonderful piece of your art.

I got a kick out your comment that the more likely your husband was to trip over things then the faster he might move. Good luck on that one!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

i'm a new followers. i love the idea of sharing ideas on books - i've been looking for folks to do that with for a long time. oh i love choices. i really enjoy #2 or #3. such fun. i will be back soon. so much to enjoy. have a great day. please drop by my blog & say hello. take care. ( :

Lorraine said...

Hi Caroline--so fun to get to know you outide of MAMA! You are a very busy girl! Loved seeing your studio and artwork. I'm your newest follower. Those brownies look so good, and so does your artwork, I'd be happy to receive either. Hope to see more of you in MAMA :)
Have a great week!
~Lorraine ♥♥♥

Cassie said...

Oh wow - such delightful gifts! Thanks for the chance to win one!! I love your blog - have had you in my Reader for a few weeks now!

Laurie said...

I can so relate to the chaotic craft room -- just like mine. I love to read and I'm you're newest follower. I hope you'll come by my blog, too!

Jenny said...

Hello cmoh,

Thank you for visiting. I enjoyed reading about you and all your creative endeavors. I would be happy to win anything! Thanks.


Patrice said...

I am your newest follower. I hope you will come visit my blog, and follow if you wish. I'm an avid reader. A book would be my giveaway choice. I would also like a piece of your artwork. I'm afraid lots of food allergies mean the brownie mix probably wouldn't work for me, but I bet it's good. :)

LauraO said...

Hi Caroline...what a lovely blog. We have many of the same interests..I read the Deliverance Dane book last year and loved it. I'm following now and I'm sure I'll spend more time here. I would be happy with any of your giveaway items. And thanks for visiting my blog ~ Laura

Kadee @KadeeWillow said...

I am so excited to be one of your newest followers! I love the design of your blog as it's just filled with your creative spirit! As I am in need of a good book, my first choice for your give-away is a book, But then again, your artwork would find a perfect spot in my studio... choices, choices, choices. Let's just say I would be pleased with anything!! LOL Thanks so much!!

Kelly_Deal said...

Hi Caroline! Wonderful giveaway! I would be happy with anything!

knitalatte said...

Hi Caroline,
I enjoyed visiting your blog and seeing your lovely artwork. How nice to give us a choice in your giveaway, I would love a piece of your artwork or select one of your books. Happy Blogging....

kareninkenai said...

looking forward to seeing your blog often... very fun. order: art, book, brownies. - hugs from Alaska.

pippirose said...

Your artwork is lovely. I`m looking forward to reading more of your blog.
Thanks for the great giveaway. I`d love to win a book.
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

Tiffany @ PinkFaithToday said...

Nice to meet you! Stopping by from GYBP!


Wendy Wirth said...

Your blog looks very interesting. I'd be most interested in a piece of your artwork.

Lynn said...

I never knew there were so many art and craft mediums out there until I joined the GYOB party. I'm finding some amazing talent including yours. I would love to have a chance to win a piece of your artwork. Thanks for the opportunity!

Denise said...

Well aren't you a doll.That is so sweet of you.3 giveaways-wonderful.Since I just lost 103 lbs so far I can't have the goody but any of the others would be wonderful.Denise of coffeeberry Cottage