Sunday, January 22, 2012

Gardeners' Digest: January Blog Hop!

****NOTE: If you were directed here during the February blog hop, you're in the wrong place.  Click on the blog title above or click here. **********

Welcome to the first installment of the Gardeners' Digest, a monthly update from the Garden Girls, the design team at Two Peas in a Bucket.  Today's blog hop invites you to visit each of our blogs and see what's been growing on -- har har -- in the Garden.

My most recent Garden project was something of a happy accident:
One of my goals this year is to complete a self-portrait layout at least once a month. When I sat down to create this layout, I knew that I wanted to place my journaling in these Maya Road kraft envelopes, but I struggled to figure out exactly where to place the envelopes.   Finally, after walking away from the layout several times and returning to it, shuffling items around, I had what I thought was the perfect spaced-out grid approach.  I turned to reach for something, and the page shifted -- uh oh! -- and the envelopes crowded together.  It was hardly tragic, though.  Who knew that they would look so much better that way?  I ended up pushing everything else together, layering edge over edge.  Gotta love those happy accidents!  

I doubt that "accidental" layouts are the norm.  I have trouble believing that the lovely layouts that I have been adding lately to my Two Peas bookmarks have anything accidental about them.  Take this layout by Garden Girl Wilna Furstenburg, for instance: 
Every little bit comes together so perfectly.  How does she do it?  

This month Two Peas welcomes Wilna, Amy Heller, and Amy Tan to the Garden Girl team, and I couldn't be happier.   All three of them are incredibly talented.  

I'm not sure if you've visited the message board lately, but it's abuzz with talk of CHA.  The sneaks are popping up everywhere, and I know that in no time at all, I'll be filling up my cart at Two Peas with all of the new pretties.  In the meantime, though, there are a bunch of new products in the store that have already made their way into my cart, out of the Two Peas warehouse, across the Pacific Ocean, and into my happy hands.  Among the goodies are these lovelies: 






The next stop on the blog hop is Garden Girl Julie Campbell.  

To thank you for visiting today, I'd love to offer you a chance to win a Two Peas in a Bucket gift certificate.  Just leave a comment sharing your Two Peas in a Bucket pea name with me, and why you chose that name (mine is Fevvers, after the main character in Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus).  I'll announce the winner on Monday.   [ETA: The winner has been chosen already.]

Thanks for stopping by!  

74 comments:

  1. My username is j.leija on 2Ps. Although it might seem boring there's actually a bit of a story behind it. My name is Jamie, my dad and my brother are Johns. My Grandpa is Jose, various aunts uncles and cousins are: Janie, Jackie, Joey, Jessica, Jason. You get the picture. We all have J names! A long time ago, I thought it'd be nice to honor everyone, all of us J named Leija's by simply using my first initial. It's a bit of familial pride :)

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  2. My username is SammieJay. It use it everywhere online, it was my nickname in middle/highschool.

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  3. My user name is "jenjeb". It's a combo of my name (Jen) and my husband's name (Jeb). It's my username for all my online stuff :)

    I LOVE your layout! I never thought to use envelopes like that!

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  4. My user name is blupixy. In high school I was addicted to Pixy Stix. My mom would buy the big box of huge ones from Sams and I would share them at school. Was a theater geek and worked behind the scenes and got the nickname Pixy. Blue ones are my favorite. Thanks for the chance to win! Love your layout!

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  5. My 2peas username is my3plus1
    I am known for never being able to pick cool things for stuff like this. When I chose it a long time ago, I had 3 pets and my first child was very young. So 3 pets plus 1 kid. Not very exciting, but it works! My email is hofseth1129@comcast.net.

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  6. Beautiful layout! It has really been a source of inspiration for many. I'm PeaWee at Two Peas. It was the name chosen for me & it works. I am 5'2", so it fits. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  7. I love how you used the envelopes--I've been eying them at 2Peas. My username is brielschmitz. boring, I know! It's my name. Usually online I'm just my first name, but for some reason on 2Peas it's my whole name...I should probably change that!

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  8. Love that layout! My username is nicnacske. When I first had to think of a nickname (way way back) I was eating little cookies called nicknacskes.

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  9. My 2peas name is SusanB722; it's my first name, first initial of my last name and my birthday (month/day). Not very imaginative though right? Thanks for the chance to win!

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  10. indyboy - my dog. love the layout. thanks for sharing.

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  11. My 2 peas username is Miss Kathy. I got the name from my scrapping friends, since most of them are young enough to be my daughters. Love seeing the products that are inspiring the Garden Girls.

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  12. Love all those envelopes!
    My user name is creative*moma. I am creative and that's how my oldest son had spelled mama when he was younger :)

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  13. I love love love this blog hop. Not only for the chance to win, also to know these sites :)

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  14. My username is "emilymae8". Pretty boring, my real name is Emily Mae and my favorite number is 17, so 1+7=8. Woo!

    emilydivinechaos [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  15. Your work is SUPER duper FANTABULOUS!!! I love the layouts!! My name is Queenerb....Queen is a nickname and ERB are my inititals---not very creative, but it's easy to remember!! Hahaha! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  16. i am SO in love with your layout, i'm glad you had a happy accident!

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  17. Such a happy accident! The layering is fantastic!! I am "Sabr" - its a nickname my husband gave me years ago and also the first part of my name.

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  18. My name is clmk523 - a take on my initials and an important date in my life.

    LOVE your layout!

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  19. Thanks!!! My user name is thesnowwhite and I use it every where online too (although sometimes it has to have a 2 behind it because the other wasnt available)
    I chose it because when I was picking an email address, I wanted it to involve snowwhite (because I love her!) but just snowwhite was already taken...so I put the in front and that is what I have become.

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  20. Such a cute layout! My pea name is *pink* because that was my childhood nickname.

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  21. my user name is soaphousemama. soap is a combo of my husband and I's initials and it just kinda stuck...we have always been called soaphouse:)

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  22. My username is blodia. Not much to it... to make a long story short, it's a favorite character's name. :)

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  23. My username is Catheris - not too exciting, it's my first name shortened and the first initial of my maiden name.

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  24. okay i really thought i commented on this already??
    anyway...i love the top layout with all the envelopes! the first time i didn't leave my username because i totally missed the giveaway part, so i will now!

    my username is justem, which actually is NOT because i prefer to be called em, but because my husband is justin and at one point we needed a combined username for something and it stuck. ;)

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  25. Mine is dyaritz. I use that name all over the place :)

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  26. My name is debsusee, which is my name all squished up. How's that for simple and totally un-creative?! :)

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  27. I loved that layout when I saw it in the Two Peas gallery! Just awesome. My username is scrappysarajane. Sara Jane is my first and middle and I'm a scrapper. Very simple and uncreative... :) Thanks for the chance!

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  28. My username is aworkman. Workman is mt maiden name. Nothing exciting about that username, but it was easy for me to remember!

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  29. My username is nsmerkt (first initial and last name). Pretty dull. Was not feeling very creative back in the day when I became a pea. :) LOVE all of those envelopes!

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  30. My user name is pretty boring dmgrana - my first and middle initial and then the first 5 letters of my last name. It's the way my university set up our default email addresses and I've used it for almost everything ever since.

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  31. My username is mabelm pretty boring because is my name with my first surname alpha =)

    Absolutely in love with your page!! thanks for sharing us!

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  32. I bookmarked your layout when I first saw it because I thought it was a cool way to use the envelopes I have. Neat to know that it was an "accident".

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  33. Absolutely love your page, Jill! Looks like those envelopes will be making their way to my cart.
    My username is "soccerwidow" - my hubby has played for years and now coaches my son's team. Actually, I could be "sports widow" too, because both of them are sports fanatics!

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  34. My user name is bdhardy...and it is...wait for it....my initials and last name. Pretty spiffy, huh? LOL I had some other names in mind, but they were all taken.

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  35. my username is lumos. It's from Harry Potter - the spell to create light.

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  36. My username is tiffanydenisedavis... well, it's just my name. LOL

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  37. my username is butterfly247--i love butterfly and i was 24 when i created my username lol

    thanks for sharing. lvoe ur layout. I need to do this of me.

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  38. First I love your happy accident! Your page is GREAT!
    My user name is merry67 and it's a very long story, very long! Short story without any explanation is my first name at birth was Merry, so I used that online.

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  39. My 2ps username is Acrobat!
    Many people always assume it's because I am an acrobat. I'm not :)
    It just happened to be one of my favorite U2 songs at the time :)

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  40. my 2 peas name is neyw. I chose it because it is a combo of my nickname and my last name initial.

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  41. I love creative accidents too!! :) And that layout with the envelopes is truly gorgeous!

    My username at 2peas is CristinaC - just my name! :)

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  42. My two peas name is breezestg because my name is Breeze and I live in St. George Utah. Not super clever but it works...

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  43. Love your layout - the envelopes are awesome!! My user name is Maxsmomma for my little boy Max who must say momma 100's of times a day!! :)

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  44. Jill, I have to say that you inspire me more than any other scrapper! I bookmark pretty much every layout you make. I love your style and the feelings that come out in your LOs =)
    oh, I'm Monica B at Two Peas. ha! No story behind that. Actually, it used to be my full name but all the ladies in the Calendar Girls group call me "Monica B" so I decided out of the blue one day to change it to that!

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  45. Awesome way to use those envelopes! Thank you for the inspiration! My peaname is paperpilekitten because if there's a pile of patterned paper on my desk, at least one of my two cats will sit on it. :) Empty boxes are even worse. Leave an empty box and there will be a cat in it within minutes. lol! My cats love scrapbooking!

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  46. csedit is my username. Its the name of my blog, CS.EDIT. ///
    CS is the initials of my name /// EDIT refers to the world through my eyes; information that is processed and 'edited' through this silly head of mine. :P

    xx cs

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  47. I love your use of the envelopes! My 2peas name- "margievis"-My first name and part of my last name.

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  48. gorgeous layout, I wish I could have an accident like that!

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  49. My 2peas name is 'naim'. My real name is Naomi but all my family and friends call me Naim or Naimie :D

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  51. Your lo is fabulous! Totally love it!!
    I'm not sure I have a two peas username. I happened on this hop by accident, but I think it's time for me to go do some 2peas searching. :)

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  52. My twopeas username is LinAlexHag not too creative but it is the first few letters of my full name. Posted by CraftyCatAZ

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  53. Back in the day, everyone had a name related to scrapbooking. I never changed mine.

    Scrappin at ya. (Scrapnatya)
    Like "here's lookin at ya".

    Ugh. I know.

    p.s. I love your style! =)

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  54. I love the FP paper you showed. TFS

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  55. my user name is jazzyjay. i love how you used the envelopes.

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  56. My name is jan509 and it is a special number after my name (boring)

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  57. look at all that journaling! LOVE it, I need to do better at thought out journaling--it's WONDERFUL!

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  58. Great layout...and I wish my scrap accidents all have happy endings! My user name is melt003.

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  59. My username is camanddanismom...snoring, boring, a combo of my kids names!!

    Love your los, both are very cool! I love the keys and the envelopes. I also really like your favorite products. That JB punch is very popular today!!!

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  60. Mine is Coachswife, my husband is a high school teacher and coaches three sports.

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  61. Monique1. That's my middle name. I love your LO! W the envelopes. Great!

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  62. My username is farrahj, pretty simple story my pastor took to calling me that (my maiden name is Jangalee)and everyone took to it until eventually my husband who only refers to family by initials call me j! so even though im married now they still call me farrahj

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  63. My user name is DenisePeaB.
    I usually use DeniseB but it was taken already!
    DeniseB

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  64. My name is mjmarmo -- It combines my husband's and my first initials and last name. We use it for everything. Not very creative! Love your layout! I struggle with layering and love what you did!

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  65. Hi, I came to your blog looking for the February Garden Girls Blog Hop, but I really like the Kissing Booth ledger paper, may have to get some! I have some similar ledger pp, but this one has more of the pretty purple!

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  66. My 2peas name is *Lena*. It's actually just a short form of my full name...no exciting story behind it =P

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  68. Your pockets are brilliant. I could never pull it off, wish I could, your LO is perfect.
    My user name is kirstendrew.
    Original huh? It used to be kitmom, but I prefer to just use my name!

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  69. My username is lawsonbl. I chose it because it is a combination of my last name and my husband and my initials.

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  70. love your layouts...awesome idea!! My name is mach713, part of my name/bday...I guess I shoudlve been more exciting :)

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  71. Love your layout Jill. My 2P's name is crazy48fan. I'm crazy about Nascar and my favorite driver, Jimmie Johnson #48!

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  72. my 2peas username is debpereira simply because I use the same username for everything so I don't forget it!

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  73. I love your layout, Jill!! You are such an inspiration! xo
    Danielle

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