Friday, February 28, 2014

Twelve Sunflower Varieties & Counting - Which One is Your Favorite?

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Twelve Sunflower Varieties & Counting

I know that many of us are currently experiencing some form of "cabin fever" with the record breaking winter that most of North America has experienced in 2014.  So, I decided to feature the 12 Sunflower varieties that I have grown in my garden to date (I have 4 more planned for planting this season!)

If you would like to see more detailed pictures of one particular variety then click on the title next to the number below each collage.

Leave a comment and tell me which one is your favorite - ENJOY!!

(all sunflowers were grown in my garden and all pictures were taken by me: 
 Angie Ouellette-Tower
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

B.A.S.S - Advertise March 2014

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Are you fishing for something different? 
Then you've come to the right place!
The "B" in "B.A.S.S" stands for "Buy"
The "A" stands for "Advertise"
The first "S" stands for "Support" &
The second "S" stands for "Swap"

Today we are going to concentrate on "A" for "Advertise" -

God’s Growing Garden

 Why should you advertise with me on God's Growing Garden?

Checkout my Advertise page to see how intensively I will promote your blog (click HERE to view)

- Here are my Follower stats:

GFC (Google Friends Connect) - 1,438
Bloglovin - 1,509
Twitter - 1,774
Pinterest - 1,653
Google+ - 939
Facebook - 1,368
Linky Followers - 48
Networked Blog - 216

That's a grand total of 8,945 followers in some form or another.

My monthly views range between 20,000 & 21,000


Monthly ads start every Monday & run for 4 weeks total  (28 consecutive days).  The size of this ad is 150 x 150 
$15 per month (payable with PayPal)
With this ad you receive extensive promoting - 3 blog post promotions,
12 Tweets, 6 Pins, 3 Facebook plugs & 3 Google+ promotions
Plus having your ad on my Sidebar the entire time (4 weeks)!!

Monthly ad spaces for the month of March 2014 are listed below (click on the "Buy" button under the start week that you desire).

Thank you so much! 

Starting March 3rd, 2014 and going for 4 weeks until March 30th, 2014


Starting March 10th, 2014 and going for 4 weeks until April 6th, 2014
$15.00 (US$)

Starting March 17th, 2014 and going for 4 weeks until April 13th, 2014
$15.00 (US$)

Starting March 24th, 2014 and going for 4 weeks until April 20th, 2014
$15.00 (US$)

Starting March 31st, 2014 and going for 4 weeks until April 27th, 2014
$15.00 (US$)



Sidebar ads start any day of the week except for Sunday & run for 8 weeks total  (56 consecutive days).  The size of this ad is 200 x 100 
$10 for 8 Weeks (payable with PayPal)

With this ad you receive 8 weeks of Sidebar Space plus 8 Tweets
(1 tweet per week).

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 IMPORTANT: I respectfully reserve the right to deny any ad that I feel is inappropriate &/or not family friendly.

ALSO IMPORTANT: Should there be any unforeseen power outage or disaster that would disrupt your ad – I will extend your ad for the missed amount of days.

To Buy a Sidebar Ad - click the "Buy Now" button below & THANK YOU.

$10.00 (US$)


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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Welcome! - "Wake Up Wednesday" Linky#5

   Welcome to the 5th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

11 Blogs  + 1 Party  =   Tons of Fun!!


Last week we had  253 awesome linkups!   We are so excited to have you all party with us.
Thank you so much to all those who participate in our party.

 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
We want to be inspired, entertained, laugh and have a good time!
 The hop is hosted and posted on 11 different blogs

This weeks 
Featured Bloggers
(click to see All Featured Bloggers)
All Featured Bloggers will be pinned each week. 

Ideas for wrapping Gifts from Simple Joys
 love the natural look of the brown paper and like to use it to wrap gifts. But sometimes it is too 
plain and need a little something to brighten it up.  

DIY Mini Greenhouse from Born Again Farmgirl

Make your own mini greenhouse or a bunch of greenhouses for that matter! This is a great craft project and learning experience for kids (hint hint, you can get them to do most of the work if you tell them it is a craft!) All you need is a pop bottle, dirt and seeds.

Lush Rose Jam Bubbleroon from Beyond Blush

Lush's Bubbleroons are essentially more hydrating versions of their bubble bars. If you love rose scents, especially Lush's Rose Jam Shower Gel (reviewed here), then you'll love this scent! You can easily split this bubble bar into two pieces (as shown above), and then crumble the bar under running bath water.

Six Curling Techniques You've Probably Never Heard Of 
from Times Squared
With the return of Team Norway's outrageous pants in Sochi, I found myself developing an 
interest in the grand sport of curling.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Balls from Krafty Cards, Etc
I’ve discovered that cake balls are a great thing to bring as a dish to pass at a party or a sweet treat for someone special. They are just the right size to pop in your mouth and then grab one to go which makes them the perfect bite sized treats.

Can You Tell Me How To Get To Sesame Street Nursery 
from Mellywoods Mansion
This beautiful baby room reveal is a toddlers dream.
Bright, happy and decked out.

The link with the most views last week is:
Many people think of martial arts as simply learning self defense. While this is a true fact there are a variety of health benefits associated with the arts as well. 


Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, crafts, decorating, fashion, makeup, health & fitness, recipes, mommy moments -- anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly.

Please visit some other bloggers and make some new friends and say hello to old friends..
  • Please leave me a comment , I love to hear from you.
  • Please Link to your post and not to your blog home page
  • I'd love for you to grab my party button for your blog party site but it's totally optional
  • Please No adult content blogs
  • Please do not add links to shops or selling websites (they will be deleted from the party)
  • Giveaways are always welcome.. Add your giveaways to Sew Crafty Angel's Pinterest Community Giveaway Board too.  
Adding your link to this blog hop gives Sew Crafty Angel permission to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features on Sew Crafty Angel And Co-Hosts.  Note- All features on Sew Crafty Angel And Co-Hosts will be linked back to the original source .Social media features are linked back to the linky party.

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Time to Link up! - "Tuesdays with a Twist" Blog Hop #47

Time to Link Up to "Tuesdays with a Twist"!!

Firstly, I wanted to share with you what's been happening in "God's Growing Garden" last week.
Just yesterday: "Rose Bud Cake Pan"

And 2 days ago - Don't spend a lifetime dealing with divisive, arrogant, bad tempered people like Mr. Potter from "It's a Wonderful Life".  Learn how to handle arguments:  click HERE to view 

Last week:

"My Oma's Yellow Rose Cup & Saucer"

Now, please link up & ENJOY this cool hop!

Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!

Back to the Basics

Your hosts 
Joyce @ It's Your Life! 
And your Co-Hosts
Please welcome new co-hosts for the month of February

Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured! 
My Features this Week are:
1. "Mason Jar Dioramas" by Our Home Away From Home

2.  "Getting Ready For Church" by Blueberry Cottage

3.  "MYO Dishwasher Tabs" by Taylor-Made Ranch Homestead Blog

Back to the Basics

The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Friday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 
Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!
*Pictures should be your own* 
By linking up you give us permission to use these photos
 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!

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Monday, February 24, 2014

The Rose Bud Cake Pan

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The Rose Bud Cake Pan

I'm so excited about this beautiful Rose cake pan!  It was another gift from my cool parents!

I have a few possible recipes running through my head and I will share them with you once I have tested and tweaked them.

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This pan is made by "Nordic Ware" and was made in the USA!!

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Don't Spend a Lifetime Dealing with Divisive People

"But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.  Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time.  After that, have nothing to do with him.  You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful:  he is self-condemned."  Titus 3:9-11

Let's start with the basics and define "Divisive" - (these definitions are from Merriam-Webster & American Heritage Dictionaries).  Divisive - "causing a lot of disagreement between people and causing them to separate into different groups.  Causing divisions or dissention."  Thesaurus: disruptive, contentious, conflict-ridden, troublesome, discordant, hostile, spiteful, bitter & acrimonious.

I'm sure that we can all think of someone from our past (or present) who is divisive.  Let's break down the verses above. 

First of all - "arguments and quarrels about the law" - how many church families (by "families" I mean the Christian family of believers not blood relations) have been split in half or worse because of a small disagreement over church policy that has nothing to do with God?  I shutter to think of the amount - let's just say "many." 

As I have mentioned before, I have a temper and struggle with this weakness daily.  It is because of this temper that I often quarrel & argue over "useless" things and in the end I am the one who has sinned and eventually have had to ask for forgiveness.  The fault lies with the quarreler.

Besides a "temper" - what else could cause useless quarrels?
- gossip (which most often involves lies)
- arrogance (which causes cliques that leave some left out and even mocked)
- selfishness (is the most cruel quarrel causer)

The perfect example of a "divisive" person who was arrogant, selfish, a gossiper with a temper was a character from "It's a Wonderful Life" - "Mr. Potter".  Watch the video below keeping in mind how his arrogance, selfishness & twisting the truth caused dissention:

A special thanks to bvon44 for sharing this on YouTube

I need to clarify - I'm not saying that you should give in to everything - there will be times when you will have to stand up for what's right and what you believe in.  What I am saying is that dealing with a disagreement needs to be dealt with in the right way.  As you saw in this video George Bailey acted the opposite of the way that Mr. Potter acted.  Mr. Potter was arrogant, selfish and a liar with a bad temper -   whereas George Bailey was humble, selfless, truthful and calm (while standing up for what he believed in).

Secondly, a divisive person needs to be warned or held accountable for his/her actions.  As it says in Titus "warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time.  After that, have nothing to do with him."  That's very simple - let that person know a few times and if they still won't repent or change then just forget about it - don't obsess on the situation. 

Now, don't take the part "warn him a second time" too literal.  Not every situation is the same - "warn" a few times might mean 4 times - don't focus on the number 2.  Also, don't take it to the other extreme - we CANNOT change other people.  Let them know what they have done wrong but then there will come a time when you will just have to walk away.  You are only responsible for your own actions - you cannot force someone else to change themselves.

Being "divisive" will cause you to be "warped and frustrated". 
Instead strive to be Christ-like with humility, truth, compassion and patience.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Introducing Week#4 Co-hosts for the February 2014 Chain "Linky" CLIMB

God’s Growing Garden

Please welcome The February 2014 Chain "Linky" CLIMB 
week#4 Co-hosts: 

April from "100lb Countdown"
(Click on the blog button below)

100 lb Countdown
April is our permanent week#4 co-host.  Checkout what's been happening on "100lb Countdown" lately:

Wendi from "H2o Bungalow"
(Click on the blog button below)

This is how Wendi describes herself & her blog:  "A move out of state gave my family the perfect opportunity for a total lifestyle change. We now live on a Florida barrier island in a small 1950's waterside bungalow. Follow along as we turn our little eyesore of a shack into a home we love, simplify and learn to live green and be good neighbors to the wildlife. I've got lots of vision and a big bag of ideas! For us, living on the water is a lifestyle with DIY project at a time."
Crystal from "Make It Easy Crafts"
(Click on the blog button below)
Make It Easy Crafts
The creativity that flows from this blog is amazing!  Crystal shares with us so many craft ideas and tips, fantastic tutorials - there are link parties & a "free printables" page.  Crystal also has an amazing Etsy shop called "Art2Cee2" (click HERE to view her shop)

Please enter below -one person will win:

(you must have a PayPal account to enter & be 18 years or older) (this Giveaway is now worldwide - EXCEPT for the "Coffee Cozy" prize.  Due to postage prices - if the winner does not live in the lower 48 of the USA then the "Coffee Cozy" becomes a second place prize)

- $25 PayPal Cash

- 1 Monthly Medium Ad Space on Cuddlebug Cuties
- 1 Ad Space on A Peek Into My Paradise for 60 days
- 1 Ad Space on Serenity You
- 1 Large Ad Space on Sew Crafty Angel
- 1 Month Ad Space on God's Growing Garden
- a beautiful handmade "Coffee Cozy" by Kaitlyn from Three Sisters & Us
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CLIMB Giveaway Rules & Conditions: 
\  as mentioned above - this is open worldwide HOWEVER if you win and are not living in the USA -then due to shipping costs the "Coffee Cozy" will become a second place prize & will be given to somebody living in the lower 48 of the USA
- You MUST have a PayPal account to enter
- This Giveaway is open from January 31st, 2014 until February 28th, 2014
- Winner must respond within 48 hours or a different winner will be chosen
- Giveaway Hosts & Co-hosts can NOT enter this Giveaway!, however - February CLIMB blog hop co-hosts MAY enter this Giveaway (provided they are not also part of the Giveaway)
- correspondence is done through email and the winner's email addresses will only be used to deliver or set-up e-prizes.  Email addresses will NEVER be sold or shared.
- if you have any questions or concerns about this Giveaway please email one of the hosts:

Now onto the CLIMB (blog hop):

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By participating in this blog hop your email address will be added to our CLIMB list & you will be sent an email reminder next month. 

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Remember - Now if you co-host you will receive a free Weekly Sidebar Ad and your blog button will appear on both Angie's blog & Angel's blog!!

(The Ad will run live a few weeks after you have co-hosted)

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