Welcome to my first Blog Party

I am so happy you decided to stop by and visit my blog.  Please take a look around.

First, pull up a chair, grab a cuppa coffee or tea and take a look out my front window.  Isn’t this a beautiful Sugar Maple tree?

Here are a few pumpkins to share.

How about a cookie to go with your coffee?

Here is a recipe to make these very scrumptious cookies.

The Great Pumpkin, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Cookies

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup oats, uncooked
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or raisins)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in one bowl.  Cream butter in a separate bowl, gradually add the brown sugar and sugar, beating until light and fluffy.  Add the egg and vanilla to the sugar mixture and mix well.  Alternate the dry ingredients in the first bowl and the pumpkin with the butter mixture in the second bowl.  Mix well after each addition.  Stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop rounded teaspoons of dough onto parchment lined cookie sheets.  Bake for 13 minutes, cool for one minute on cookie sheet.  Finish cooling cookies on a rack or paper towels.  Store cookies in a closed container.  Recipe makes ~4 dozen cookies.

Would you like another cuppa of coffee or tea?

Are you ready for another treat?


Can you guess what’s behind the doors?

“Come in, come in my little pretties!”

Would you like to have this lovely handmade quiltlet for your home?

Here is how you can win this:

  1. Leave a comment telling me why you would like to win this quiltlet
  2. I will randomly draw a name from the comments and post the name of the winner here
  3. The winner will have 3 days to contact me via email with their mailing information

Good Luck!

Thank you for visiting and I hope you will bookmark my blog for future give-aways.  Please visit our hostess, Kathryn Antyr at Collage Diva, to continue your Halloween Blog Party treats.


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27 Responses to Welcome to my first Blog Party

  1. inge bekaert says:

    hello Marci,

    a bit too late, but I’m just back of a very interesting ànd relaxing journey with my friend…
    thanks for visiting pinkepinke at the party !
    If you come to Belgium next year : let me know when and where : it would be great to meet !!

    greetings from Belgium

  2. rachel says:

    Hi Marci! As usual, your work is great! love the surprise hidden behind the door. Happy Fall! Rachel

  3. Amy Long says:

    Yummy cookies! I love your Halloween little quiltie…hope I win it!!!

  4. Linda D. says:

    Great party, and gorgeous quiltie 🙂
    hugs and happy halloween!

  5. Mary Hunt says:

    the quilt is amazingly adorable…well of course it should go to the eldest here
    that would be me

    had a wonderful visit with you and great party!

    happy halloween

  6. Bleubeard and Elizabeth says:

    I can’t believe you are giving this beauty away. I love it so much. I know someone is going to feel very lucky tomorrow!!

    Wichita, KS

  7. christy says:

    Gorgeous work!
    And love the mood of your blog!!

  8. Jane says:

    What a lovely party setup you have, and a beautiful quilt. I can practically hear witchy-poo give a squawk when the doors open! How very clever! Thank you for inviting me.

  9. Christy says:

    I brought my hot chocolate and it is great with these fabulous cookies you have! Love your party page. This is so much fun!

  10. Marci,
    Your quiltlet is awesome! I love that the door opens – very clever. I can’t wait to make your yummy cookie recipe. Your maple tree is so beautiful. Thank you for inviting me to your party.

  11. Abbie says:

    Hello Marci!
    It is nice to meet you! What a fabulous hostess to offer such goodies! Thank you! the cookies look divine, and perhaps just one more cuppa tea, while I look at your quilt. It is just lovely! I love the embroidery that follows the leaves.. it is a perfect Halloween decoration!

  12. Laura J says:

    Nice party! Thanks. I’d love the quiltlet ’cause it’s adorable and I don’t do quiltlets. The cookies sound yummy, so I’ve copied the recipe.

  13. Sarah says:

    Beautiful photos and the cookies look delicious. I may even have to break my diet and have one. 😉 Gorgeous Quiltlet. The fabric inside your door reminds me of one I used to make ATCs last year. Who ever wins will be sure to treasure it.

    Hope you have a happy Halloween!



  14. Robinsunne says:

    Thank you for the cookie recipe. I will take it to my kids.
    Nice job on the quiltlet – I like all of the details.

  15. Georgina says:


    I love your quilt and especially the little door that opens up to “La Catrina!” She’s one of my favorite Muerto characters but I love Day of the Dead and all those little skellies. As for your recipe, I’m going to try those cookies out…yum! Will make a batch for the Day of the Dead party I’m attending this Saturday and will mention where the original recipe came from.


  16. 3rdEyeMuse says:

    what a wickedly wonderful time I have had! that sugar maple is stunning, the cookie recipe sounds delightful and your quiltlet is superb! I love all that stitchery & beading & the door that opens, well that’s just too clever!

    thanks for sharing! ~M~

  17. Hey Marci! Love your quiltie piece. It is Halloweenie yet, day of the dead, too.
    I really enjoyed seeing your Sugar Maple. I did not see one tree this year turn colors. All of the trees here were salt damaged from the hurricanes, they just turned brown a couple days after the storms blew through. I did not get to go to my annual trip to the mountains due to my broken foot so your tree has been it. It is beautiful!
    I don’t know if I will win your quiltie piece, but, If I did I would treasure it. It would be an awesome reminder of the fall that never was. Honestly, I would just like a little piece of your art work I so admire.

  18. Viki says:

    Yummy cookies!
    That little quilt would work well with all my little Halloween quilts!
    It would have a place of honor every year!


  19. Sue says:

    Hi Marci – stunning stunning tree – I can see trees out of all my windows but your sugar maple is stunning (sorry for repeating myself). Your quiltlet is amazing – all that detail – it would fit very nicely in a space just above my computer screen – lol. Take care …..

  20. Melissa says:

    So glad I stopped by for some Halloween fun! So many wonderfully festive images! Happy Halloween!

  21. Love your Quiltie!
    Wish I had your beautiful tree and I copied off that yummy recipe!
    Great party!!

  22. Kathryn says:

    Your page is awesome. Love that tree! I’m so into trees these days and they keep showing up in some fashion in my artwork. That little quiltlet is adorable and the detail work is spectacular. It would be a great memento of the first blog party that I hosted.

    Thanks for playing and I hope you get a lot of visitors and comments today. What fun!

    xoxo k

  23. I love your work! So fun and colorful!
    Thank you for the treats.
    I would love to win this quiltie because I have no time to decorate this yr. barely making art due to my new schedule and I would really appreciate receiving something this nice!


  24. Marcy says:

    Had a wonderful time at your Halloween party. The cookies were so yummy.

    I would love to win your fun and spooky quitlet. The perfect addition to my Halloween art.

  25. Linda says:

    Fun Party and the cookies were yummy. The quiltlet is lovely and would look wonderful on my art wall. 🙂

    You asked about the dogs in my party post and I should have said, in the post, that I found the image in a halloween email sent to me by my daughter. Photographer is unknown. After your comment I added that same note to the post.

    I hope you get lots of party goers.

  26. Dianne says:

    the quiltie is adorable and would be a great addition to my Jolly Halloween decorations…Pumpkin Head Jack would love it! please enter my name in your drawing!

  27. Denise says:


    Your quiltlet is amazing! I love it! If you’re giving that away, I hope you made one for yourself too!

    And the cookies look yummy!

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