Saturday, March 15, 2014

liebster award

Last week, I was pleasantly surprised to be nominated for a Liebster Award!   So here's my official thank you to Meg from Cookin' and Craftin' :)  For those of you don't know what a Liebster Award is (please tell me I wasn't the only one!), it's basically a blogger-to-blogger award meant to recognize blogs with small readership and to help widen their audience.

So, when nominated for a Liebster award, the nominee must answer the questions from the nominator and provide 5 random facts about her or himself.  Then the nominee pays it forward by nominating more small blogs for the award and sending them more fun questions, normally by leaving a comment on the blog with a link to the nominating post.

Here's my answers to Meg's questions:

Why do you blog? It started as a way to feel like I accomplished something at a time when many things in my life were out of my control and made me feel like I was getting nowhere.  Now that things are somewhat more stable around my house, I blog because it has become a habit and it serves as a form of stress relief.

What's your all-time favorite item you've made and why? My favorite item was my third son's baptismal outfit.  It used just about every sewing technique I knew and took me a really long time.  But I loved the end result, and I don't think anything since then has even come close.

What's a good book you've read lately? I'm currently re-reading the entire Jack Ryan series by Tom Clancy.   Before that I re-read the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  As you can see I tend to re-read books more often than I buy new ones because I read really fast and I'm too cheap to keep buying new books.  I love the library too, but I'm too impatient to sit on the waiting list for Kindle books, and I've read most of the e-books of interest that my local library offers anyway.

Besides sewing, what other hobbies do you partake in? Reading, see above.  I really don't have that many hobbies because my kids and sewing take up most of my time.  And whatever time remains seems to be dedicated to sleeping :)

What's been your favorite moment of 2014 so far? My recent vacation to Florida with my family was my favorite so far, although I'm not sure I could pick a single moment.  It's really more of an all over good feeling that persisted for two weeks :)

5 Random facts about me:
  1. I started dating my husband when I was 14, but we went to school together starting in 1st grade
  2. I've never tasted coffee because I can't stand the smell of it
  3. I hate mornings!  I would sleep until noon every day if I could :)
  4. As a kid, I used to love to read the encyclopedia
  5. I am a total geek, but I refuse to play video games of any kind, including apps on my phone

My nominations - Just for the sake of honesty, I have no idea if these bloggers qualify as small, but I follow them all, so I nominated them anyway:

The Crazy Tailor - Sarah has only been blogging for a months, but she's already a contestant on Project Run & Play!  She makes some really impressive clothes (they seriously look perfect and professional every time!) for her adorable kids!

The Life of a Compulsive Crafter - Mae makes some beautiful clothing for her kids and for herself, and also has a Etsy shop full of lovely goodies :)

Call Ajaire - Ajaire hosts a great series on her blog called Monthly MashUp where she combines two patterns to make something totally new.  And she's also going to be a contestant on the next season of Project Run & Play!

Handmade Frenzy - I just discovered Heidi's blog not that long ago, and there's so much great stuff on it that I haven't even had a chance to get through all of it yet!  So far, my favorite thing is this outfit she made for her daughter :)

House of Estrela - Magda recently hosted January Refashion Month on her blog.  I'm a huge fan of upcycling older clothing into new things, so this series was a favorite of mine!

Questions for the nominated bloggers (if they choose to participate):

1. What is your favorite part of blogging?

2. When you were younger, would you ever have imagined that you would be sewing as an adult? Why or why not?

3. How many unfinished projects do you have laying around?  And if you don't have any, what's your secret?

4. What's your favorite movie?

5. Do you still see yourself doing some form of blogging/sewing in one year? In five years?

Thanks again for nominating me Meg!


  1. Love learning more about you and am about to start perusing the blogs you nominated- they're all new to me!

  2. Thanks so much Teri! I love the group of blogs I ended up with :) Great ladies all around. I also can't believe you don't drink coffee. I drink black coffee practically all day haha.

    1. My mom and dad both drank a ton of coffee growing up and I just hated the smell - I could never get past it :)

  3. Thanks so much for nominating me Teri! I loved reading your's and can't wait to read all the other nominee's responses as well :)

    1. I can't wait to see what everyone says as well! I enjoyed reading your answers ... it's neat to learn more about the people behind the blogs :)