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Thursday, June 6, 2013

What's In A Name?

First, let me welcome and introduce you to my first blog, Slammin’ the Screen Door.  I have been a reader and follower of some pretty awesome blogs over the years and will now attempt to come off the sidelines and join the virtual world of sharing.

Now for the name… I grew up in south Alabama and my grandparent’s home had a wooden screen door on the back porch. As children - always in a hurry- we ran in and out of that door and never took the time to keep it from slamming.  Oddly, my grandmother never corrected us.

Over the years, my imaginary screen door has not stopped slamming and this is not a complaint.  It is an indicator of how busy life has been (with all good things).  As a teenager, I was involved in many school functions and after school activities.  As an adult, I have been blessed with a full time job, lots of hobbies and most importantly, I became a wife and mom.

My husband and I have two fantastic kids… just ask us J  Our son (21) is in the Navy and our daughter (18) just graduated high school in May.  This is our first summer without scouts or some sort of travel sport schedule to follow and we will no longer have the many school activities to attend.

To keep my screen door slamming, I plan to take this new found freedom and get back to the many hobbies I’ve dabbled in over the years.  This includes scrapbooking and reading but mostly I enjoy activities that involve a stitch of some sort like quilting, embroidery, knitting and crocheting.

Slamming the Screen Door will be my place to reveal the long list of UFOs in my ‘craft room’ (which is more like an oversized closet!) and hope that you will help keep me accountable J

How do you tackle UFOs?  Do you work on only one until it is done or do you keep a few going at a time?

Before signing off, many bloggers have inspired me over the years (see my Favorite Reads?) and there are a few people that I need to thank…

For her encouragement, quilty inspiration, sharing her beautiful garden and travel posts…Candace @ Squash House Quilts

For her encouragement, Blog Buddy posts and many wonderful ideas…Karen @ Sew Many Ways

For her incredible talents as a blog designer and patience with the newbies…Karen @ KarenValentineDesign.  You can also find her here.

I promise pictures on the next post and it will be a "quilty" one.

Thank you so much for visiting!

May your screen door keep slammin’ too J

88 comments:

  1. Welcome, Jeanna! It's so nice to finally see you in blogland - I know you're going to have lots of fun! Karen did a wonderful job on your layout and I love the story of the Screen Door! I look forward to seeing all the wonderful projects to come! I hate to admit it, but I mostly only work on one project at a time and take it to completion, with the exception of some stitchery projects which I don't consider UFO's, just WIP's (works in progress - which was coined by my friend Stephanie!)
    Cheers!

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  2. Hi Jeanna, I'm Jeanna too! I try to stay on projects until I am finished, but somehow it doesn't always work - I need to make baby quilts or whatever. Sometimes I see something that I just have to make and I drop everything to make it. I do try to get back to things, and I keep my UFOs on a shelf where they constantly remind me that they are still waiting!

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  3. Congratulations on your first post and for joining the blogging world. You are going to LOVE it!!! Thanks so much for mentioning me...very sweet of you.
    I'm off to do a post for you and send lots of friends your way!!
    Have fun blogging,
    Karen

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  4. Welcome to blogging! What a beautiful site you've created.

    I'm a multi-tasking crafter. I have numerous projects on the go all the time. I've taken to choosing focus projects for the year, giving them deadlines, so that I can enjoy the feeling of the finish! (It's sort of working)

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  5. Hi Jeanna! I hopped on over from "Sew Many Ways"--it's not so long ago that I did my first post--yesterday was No. 175! I hope you have as much fun and get as much info that I have gotten from blogland...welcome...hugs, Julierose

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  6. Welcome to the world of blogging. I love your title and layout. I was raised in a house with screen doors, so I know exactly what you're talking about. I just joined your site and would love for you to visit me at stonesoup55.blogspot.com and/or grannasdesigns.blogspot.com. Looking forward to getting to know you.

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  7. Welcome. It's a wonderful journey and you will meet many new friends.

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  8. Welcome to blogland. I have only had my blog 6 months and it is fun with lots of inspiration. I know you will enjoy the journey. I am a new follower and will look forward to reading your future posts. I have enjoyed this first post about the Screen Door.

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  9. Congratulations! I admire your courage to jump into blog land. I look forward to your "quilty" posts.

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  10. I will look forward to seeing your progress as a blogger and the hobbies you share. Love your blog title by the way!

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  11. Hi Jeanna! I just saw on Karen's blog that you'd begun your new blog and hopped over for a peek and to welcome you. I started mine just over three years ago, though I'm not as faithful about updating it as many. ;)

    As for UFOs, I don't have any — that's my story, and I'm sticking to it. LOL! I call them WIPs to make them sound a bit less "abandoned", and I try to have as few going at once as possible. Right now I'm working on a quilt and a knitted cardigan, but I have a "line" of projects awaiting their turn.

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  12. Welcome! You'll find many nice people here, and you will learn a lot. I'm looking forward to your first quilty blogpost!

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  13. Welcome! I know that you will have a lot of fun! My youngest just graduated from high school this past week. It feels weird, doesn't it. He just experienced a milestone and I have had my role redefined! Looking forward to your posts.

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  14. Welcome to blogging! What a beautiful blog you've created! I'm looking forward to your posts :)

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  15. Good Luck embracing the world of blogging Jeanna! Nice to have you on board, looking forward to see more of your post and photos!

    Regards,
    Amira @ http://littlemushroomcap.blogspot.com

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  16. A big "welcome note" from Greece!!! I hope you will enjoy every moment of this new experience... I am new too, and I already love this kind of exchanging inspiration, ideas, knowledge...looking forward to see your new project... Kisses from Athens!!

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  17. Hello Jeanna, Karen sent me over. Love your header picture. I'm Carol from Carol's Crafty Creations (carolscraftblog.blogspot.com). I've been quilting for probably 25 years or so, it's my obsession. I've been a crafty person my whole life. I'm going to add your blog to my list and visit you, see what's up. Have a nice weekend.

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  18. Welcome to the blogging world! I have met so many wonderful blogging friends and learned so much from them. I look forward to your next post! I am currently working on a cross stitch project I started a couple of years ago. So many projects...so little time! Enjoy your day! ~Vickie

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  19. Hello! I also love things with "stitches" and have many memories of being told to NOT slam the screen door! LOL!

    I have two kiddos, both in high school, the eldest just got his first job as a Subway sandwich maker. Seems like I'm forever driving kids somewhere - school, work, friends. I'll miss them when they leave the house someday, but admit that a summer of just relaxing sounds nice...

    I don't have a blog, but look forward to reading yours.

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  20. It is always so fun to find a new blog and make a new friendship. :) Welcome to a fantastic world of sharing. Love your slamming screen door---I too grew up with one and I still love them. :)

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  21. Awesome first post, Jeanna! I found you through Karen's Sew Many Ways blog.

    I follow several of the blogs you do, Quiltville, Quilt Hollow, Brown Quilts, etc. I'm anxious to check out some of the others on your favorites list!

    Can't wait to see some of your quilts and projects! :o)

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  22. Hello Jenna! Welcome to blogland! Love your blog name, brings back many good memories. I'm your newest follower and have added you to my blog list. Hope you'll stop by and add me to yours and follow too. I dabble in fabric, paints, DIY and you'll see lots of it over at my blog. Love to get to know you! Happy blogging!

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  23. Well so far your blog looks beautiful. I'll be looking forward to seeing what you blog about.

    You already have more followers than I had when I started out. After 4 1/2 years of blogging I had a total of 13 followers. Then Karen of Sew Many Ways wrote about what makes a good blog and I made a comment and then she featured me (she's a sweetheart) and before the week was up I had 200 followers. No one knew about me, yet I had been blogging for years. It's amazing what one kind word can do. I now have been blogging for over 5 years.

    I wish you luck and hope you come visit my blog too sometime.

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  24. Congratulations on your first post! I will check back to see what you are up to in the weeks ahead!

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  25. Welcome to the world of blogging Jeanna! Yours looks just lovely, very inviting and calming, even with the thought of a screen door slamming in the background! Looking forward to seeing what you share!

    MGM

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  26. Hi Jeanna! I am a former Alabamian as well! North Alabama near Florence.. born and raised.. but now live in North Carolina with a tobacco farmer!

    Your blog looks fabulous! I remember all too well being scolded for slamming grannies screen door. lol

    Please visit me over at www.pigtalesandquilts.com

    I have my grandfathers barn as my header... It is located in Killen, AL. :)

    And I always thought that all quilters had several projects going at one time.. I do not dare count mine.

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  27. Hey so glad ya'll came to visit us in this big ole blog land. I have book marked your blog, not only for my own fun but to keep you accountable for your UFO's. Now now don't go asking to see mine there's not a big enough screen in the world to show you that. LOL I was born and raised in Miami, we lived about a mile from Coral Gables. We vacationed in GA in the summer to families that we didn't get to see except in the summer. I love to quilt, embroidery, scrap, EPP, can you see why I have so many UFO's. I'm so glad you decided to share the love and looking forward to so much more.
    Hugs,
    Vicki R
    sunraesban@yahoo.com

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  28. Welcome to our world....grin. I'm BilllieBee from Texas, an Old Grandma with 4 grandkids 10-14 the youngest is a boy.

    My baby girl is turning 40 this year and my son 44. Where does the time go.

    I know you'll have lots of fun blogging.

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  29. Hi and welcome to blog land! As a relative newcomer to the blog world I can say you are going to meet a lot of really nice people and learn so many things. I'm a new follower and looking forward to seeing how your blog evolves. Hop over to see what's happening on Dogwood Lane at www.dogwoodlanerambles.blogspot.com

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  30. Welcome to a new adventure which involves a whole lot of eye candy. You probably already know that. For me it is a record of the many quilts I make and a few other things.

    Stop be and visit.

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  31. Hi Jeanne
    Saw you have a new blog as Karen mentioned. I'm so glad to have a new blog friend.
    Carol

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  32. Hi karen, Welcome!.I just joined your Blog..I am new to this as well and have been getting my name out "there"..Hopefully you'll come join me as well.
    www.katscreations4u.blogspot.com

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  33. Congrats on your first blog! I love your story about the screen door. So evocative of the carefree summers of our youth. I'll follow your blog to see where you go and grow. The crafty blogosphere is such a wonderful place with so many talented people. I'm a jewelry maker and started my blog 6 months ago. Please check it out wirednan.blogspot.ca
    Nan

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  34. Welcome to blogland! Love the title and story, reminds me of my childhood! I'm in Florida also, another year to empty nest stage. I live in Tampa, are you anywhere close?

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  35. Hi! Not a blogger, but read many of the ones you do. Looking forward to your posts.

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  36. Hello, and welcome to the wonderful world of blogging! I share many of your interests too. I sew, quilt, knit, crochet, garden, cook, etc. I share it all on my blog. Come and visit me!!
    XO Kris

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  37. Hi Jeanna,
    I began blogging about a year ago but last fall had to put it aside for several months as some unplanned busy work came along that took precedence. I have met some wonderful people doing this! Welcome and please feel free to pop on over to my place, say hi and follow me as I return to the blogging world. I love the title of your blog!
    Linda
    mysewwhatblog.blogspot.com

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  38. Wow! Are you ever off to a great start! I've certainly not seen this sort of activity! Your story is so familiar. Get the kids out of High School and reclaim that creative part that's begging to return! No more Sports, No more 4-H or FFA. Time for Me-Time. Then the Grandbabies start arriving!!!!!

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  39. Welcome! Can't wait to read about your stitching and quilting. How did you get sew many followers sew quickly? That's amazing.

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  40. Hi, I launched my first blog post this week too. Please come over and follow me; let's give some new blogger support!

    asaucystitch.blogspot.co.uk

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  41. Hi Jeanna. I found you from Karen at Sew Many Ways. Welcome to blogging. I am new also. I'll follow you! :) I really love the look of your blog with the screen door. Warm welcome; Tina from Texas. :)

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  42. Welcome to blog land :) Cant wait to read more about Slammin' the screen door (love the name!!)

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  43. Welcome Jeanna !
    Screen doors could tell stories, couldn't they ? ;)
    Look forward to seeing you blossom here.
    Rose

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  44. Hello, welcome to the world of Blogging! It's great fun, so happy to have you with us!!! Stopping by from Sew Many Ways!

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  45. Sew Many Ways sent me over & I'm glad she did. I, too, had a slamming screen door in my childhood & miss those days. Looking forward to seeing all the things you will create. :)

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  46. Ah, welcome to the mysteries of blogging. You're getting a great head start with the recommendation from Sew Many Ways, that's for sure!

    I'm relatively new to blogging as well - I'm trying to focus on how crafts can improve our lives and characters. I posted a topic on crafty organization last week that you might find interesting - especially the stashbusting "craft bags" idea... http://ancoracrafts.com/acrafty-goodness-003/

    Best of luck with your blog!

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  47. Welcome to blogland! I just joined 2 weeks ago myself and am having a great time. I joined a blog hop with Plum and June and it's been nonstop! My husband and I became empty nesters last August and I was able to return to my love of quilting without checking my child's sports schedule for the first time in 8 years - it was liberating! Can't wait to see your works.

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  48. Welcome to Blogland! I'm looking forward to seeing all your projects. I love the design of your blog.

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  49. Welcome to the blogosphere!! Can't wait to see what you post next : )

    xxoo,
    Mary
    The Classy Cubicle

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  50. Welcome, you've taken the first step. It just gets easier and easier. I see we follow many of the same sites. Please stop by and visit me when you get a chance. selinaquilts.blogspot.com I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of your work and following your adventures.

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  51. Welcome to the world of blogging! Stopping by from Sew Many Ways! I too started blogging, almost two years ago, when my youngest son graduated high school. My husband and I made a big move from MI to TN while our kids started adventures of their own, college, jobs, engagements etc. Talk about empty nest syndrome! Anyway, blogging was and is a way to keep in touch with those I don't get to see that often any more. It has also opened up an entire new world for me and my creative/sewing/painting hobbies and business! Good luck to you and am looking forward to reading more!
    Shelly Jack

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  52. So glad to meet you! I am following and will be back to check out your quilty post!

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  53. Looking forward to reading your blog regularly.

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  54. Welcome to bloggy world! I had a grandmother in AR with a slamming screen door and I miss it. Wish I had one too. Stop over and link up with me sometime if you like. Nice to meet you, I am following GFC and on FB. Family Home & Life

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  55. Welcome Jeanna. The blogging world is a wonderful one, and you will be blessed with many new friends. You're off to a great start! Hope you'll pop by my blog sometime. We have similar interests. Most important - have fun!

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  56. Hi Jeanna and welcome to Blogland, where you'll find the warmest, most generous and caring people!
    I love to stitch, too, as well as create with needle, pen and paint. Looking forward to seeing some of your stitching.

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  57. Hi Jeanna, I love the thought of the slamming screen door! I have fond memories of that, too, from my granny's house. I came over here from Karen at SewManyWays' blog. Welcome to Blog World!

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  58. Welcome! Have fun. I'll enjoy getting to know you.
    Leslie, a fellow quilter

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  59. Best wishes on your new blog. I am also fairly new to having a blog and I also sew and quilt. Love your blog name!

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  60. Welcome! I hope you'll stop on over at my blog as well....Got It At Goodwill.

    www.gotitatgoodwill.com

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  61. Congrats! I love your writing style and look forward to reading more! I'm a quilter-wannabe...I have two UFO quilts from YEARS ago! I thought when we finally became empty nesters two years ago that I would finally get some projects done, even with my full time job, but then my oldest had a baby that we get to love on three or more times a week at night, so I still don't get to do my projects! But I do have a pretty cute grandson :-)

    Enjoy your blogging time and don't let it consume you.

    Hugs,
    My Cowboy's Wife
    www.mycowboyswife.blogspot.com

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  62. Welcome to blogland! You're going to love being a blogger...especially with sweet buddies like Karen from Sew Many Ways. (Isn't she the best?) I've been at this blogging game since last September, and I'm enjoying every minute of it. I know you'll find the same to be true, too.

    Warmly,
    Lauren
    The Thinking Closet

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  63. Hi! I too came over from Sew Many Ways. Where in South Alabama did you grow up? I grew up in Mobile, and after 27 years married to a Navy ofifcer we got to settle in Pensacola. It'so good to spend time inthe south again, wecame here after doing twelve years in Maine. I quilt a lot and mainly use my UFO's as a source of constant guilt and frustration. I have just redone my quilting studio, and I can't believe that I dont spend all my spare time in there, but I soend too much time on Pinterest trying to organize it, even though it would probably help if I used it more so that I would know what would work better...it's a vicious cycle. I've added you to my Rss. Look forward to reading your blog!

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  64. Welcome Jeanna , got here from Sew Many Ways, will sure visit again.

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  65. Welcome to blogging - it is great fun! Looking forward to seeing your quilty post.

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  66. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging! I found you through Sew Many Ways and just wanted to pop in and say hi. I started my paper crafting blog in January 2013, so I know how hard it is to get the ball rolling. You're off to a great start. Your blog looks amazing, and you have a wonderfully approachable writing style. Looking forward to hearing/seeing more from you.

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  67. Welcome to the blogoverse Jeanna! I'm an Aussie, hope you can pop over my way and find some talented Aussies to add to you side bar. Wonderful exposure from Karen, you'll get so many bloghopping your way for a visit! Have fun!
    Jo

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  68. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging! I have been blogging since 2008 about quilting and other hobbies plus my life on a Nebraska farm. It has been very rewarding and have email pals from around the world that I call my friends. Looking forward to reading your blog.

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  69. Oh, I just remembered my husbands favorite quote I wanted to share with you "There is life after high school and it is good." he was talking about parents not just kids!

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  70. Welcome to blogland Jeanna! Looking forward to seeing your UFO reveals! Beautiful blog design you have here! Loves the blues... dreamy!

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  71. Welcome to blogland!! I just saw on Karen's blog that you'd begun your new blog and I wanted to visit you to say hello! You will love to share your creations with the rest of the world! I just joined your site( I'm the follower 70 ) and would love for you to visit me, and if you like my creations I invite you to join my followers!
    Marisa from
    http://passionetcouture.blogspot.ca/

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  72. Hi Jenna,

    Karen @Sew Many Ways sent me to your blog. I just wanted to welcome you to blogland and say how beautiful your layout is..love love it! Now about your blog name "Slamming The Screen Door" OH MY how this took me back down memory lane at my mawmaw's house in Georgia where I grew up and still live today. I remember those days of running in and out of the days house and hearing that door slam behind me. I don't join blogs unless I connect in some way on the first visit and yours my friend definitely caught my attention. I look forward to following your posts. You are going to do awesome with your blogging!

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  73. welcome to the blogging world. i just started too and im enjoying it. there are times when i cant think of a new idea to post ... somehow, a new idea would come out and i tell myself, im on the right track.
    it seems like you are up to a good start. congratulations!

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  74. Welcome Jeanna. What ever hobby you take on, if you put your heart into it, you will receive pleasure.

    I am a quilter, and I like to do stitchery projects. Hubby lets me help him in the yard, otherwise the gardening is his hobby.

    Look forward to reading your entries... Karengcg89

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  75. Hi Jeanna and welcome. Your new blog looks like fun and I am happy to add you to my "list". I am also a Floridian (Melbourne)and I have varied interests in sewing and needlecraft as well. Look forward to hearing from you.

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  76. welcome Jeanna!
    I love the name of your

    We too are starting the empty nest phase. Our son is off to college this fall and our daughter is in her second year of college.

    Hoping to stop by often to see what's new.

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  77. Welcome to the world of blogging Jeanna-popped over from Sew Many Ways!

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  78. Welcome, to blogland. I know you will have a fun time. I look forward to seeing your UFOs! :0)

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  79. Jeanna, I read over your Greeting and i must have missed it the first time!..But I read about the UFO's!.That's hilarious and scary because that describes my craft room!..One project?..heck no, I have them laying all around!..lol Glad to have such a happy spirited person to the blogging world!
    : )

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  80. I'm a new blogger too and it can be so overwhelming! So lucky for you to have a very known blogger give you a helping hand! Please feel free to check out my blog as well (reddeliciouslife.blogspot.com) and I'll be following you!

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  81. Congrats on this exciting first step. I started my blog a few years ago but never got into it till a few months ago so you can say I m a newbie too hope you have fun blogging coz that's the most important part.

    I love stitching too mostly sewing. My blog is my diary of my crafting incising some blogging tips that I learned over time. Feel free to come by n say hi.

    Once again, Congrats!

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  82. Welcome to the blogging world, you have had a big start!

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  83. Welcome to blogland, Jeanna. I just read Candace's blog and I'm happy I did. It's so wonderful to see new people take their first blogging steps.

    I am a quilter and love stitching too! As a matter of fact, I have several free stitching designs on my blog so when you have the time, please stop by and have a look. There might be something there that tickles your fancy.

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