Monday, January 16, 2017


by Mary Lou 'LuLu' Haynes

Howdy and Welcome!

I have been blogging for a little more 7 years!
My blog has attracted over 24,000 viewers worldwide and more than 44,000 page views!
W-O-W! Time for a Giveaway!

To celebrate my blog anniversary, I would like to offer 'CANDY' to 2 of my followers. I'm not  telling you what it is - it's a mystery!!!! But you will love the Giveaway prizes!

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So to be eligible for my candy...
1. Leave one comment on this post INCLUDING your City, State/province, and country before midnight Feb 13, 2017. Let me know what kind of posts that you would like to see more. Events? Tutorials?
2. On your blog, add this picture to your sidebar and link back to this post.
3. Be OR become a Follower of my blog.
4. Have an email address connected to your blog.

Open to Followers worldwide!
I will select two winners on Feb 14. 2017  (St. Valentine's Day) from the comments on this post. Winners will be notified via email by Feb 25, 2017.
Thanks' for stopping by and following my blog. I l-o-v-e your comments!
Prize Hint: checkout the types of prizes in my previous Giveaways to get an idea of what the mystery prizes could be!
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Friday, January 13, 2017

'Happy New Year - Fun 2016 stuff and 2017 Crafting dates!'

by Mary Lou 'LuLu' Haynes

Howdy and welcome,
Boy was I busy in 2016!

At Ausra's Charity crop with Marian on day 2

Thrilled to see Jonny Lang again - at Buddy Guy concert in Merrillville, IN

Jonny Lang in Nov 2016 at Star Plaza

Becky and Darvi playing at The SPlayce during my mini-retreat!

Mini-retreat at my new art studio - The SPlayce!

Mega-sewing project I designed and sewed: my Crochet Tool Roll!

Now I have a place for all my new and inherited crochet tools.
I also consolidated all my knitting needles and notions (not shown) - whew!
I aslo knit or crocheted 7 headband / earwarmers for Christmas presents.
Also, designed and sewed a prototype for a wristlet with 16 inside pockets!!!

My 2017 schedule is below - hope you can join us this year in the Midwest Region.
All events are in or near Chicago, IL, USA.


  • 18          Celebrate National Quilting Day at The SPlayce - 10 hours for $15.
  • 20          Celebrate National Scrapbooking Day (again)- 10 hours for $15.

                     Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, IL, USA,     
                     Tickets go on sale Spring 2017 - visit

  • 28 - 30    Scrap-A-Thon 9 Weekend Retreat and Getaway,  
                        Hampton Inn and Suites, Aurora, IL, USA, Noon Friday - 5pm Sunday
                        Tickets on sale now. Limited seating.
                        RSVP and Payment required online in advance.



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