Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Award Time

Wow, I have now been nominated for a Liebster Award - twice! So it's time to pass on the love.

Firstly the two lovely bloggers who nominated me are:
One Small Stitch 
http://Yellow Submarine Time.

A huge thanks to both of them; to say I was thrilled is an absolute understatement.

The nature of the award is the nominators ask you questions, you answer, then nominate 5 blogs you love and set them questions in turn.  Here goes...  (I've chosen to answer a few questions from each of my nominators as otherwise it would go on forever!)

1. What is your favourite make so far?   It would have to be my my blue jacket.

I wear this all the time, I love how it makes me feel really confident.

2. What is your favourite thing about your home?  This is easy, it is my garden.  I LOVE it, full of colour, light and joy.

3. Who was your first crush?  Okay, a bit embarrassing, looking back, but it was Kenneth Branagh.

He was my hero. He's still a great actor, but not my pash any more - went off him when he married someone roughly my own age and it was not me! I'd got my hopes up when he divorced from Emma Thompson and his relationship with Helena Bonham Carter didn't work out!

4. Early bird or night owl?  Definitely night owl, I don't function at all well in the morning until I've eaten and had my morning cup of tea.  My children know not to annoy me in the morning as my tolerance levels are very low.

5. What is your favourite tool/gadget in your sewing box? Actually my favourite thing is my little sewing box.

It is beautiful: a Japanese wooden lacquered box with inlaid mother-of-pearl flowers. It makes me smile every time I open it.  It's very small, but even so I can fit machine needles, bobbins and spare feet inside it.

Here are the five new blogs I am nominating for their own award. The idea is that hopefully there will be some blogs here you don't know yet, but which I am sure you will enjoy.

1. Nightingale and Dolittle  I love Ruth's blog, her dressmaking and her knitting are lovely. Oh how I wish I could knit.
2. Grosgrain Green  Now technically Helen's already had one of these awards but I don't care she deserves another one.  She's on fire, eight months pregnant, and sewing up a storm.
3. Ladystitcher Sue is a prolific sewer, vintage and the very on-trend Cocos. I love her style.
4. KitchenTable Sewing relatively new to me, this mum of four teaches sewing and offers her advice.  A good read.
5. Seams right to me I found this blog as it had a similar name to mine! I've been blown away by what this young sewer can achieve.  When I was 18, I doubt I could have sewn on a button, much less have knocked up a stylish wardobe.

My five questions for them are:
1. What is your biggest, most ambitious make to date?
2. What do you get out of blogging?
3. What's next on your sewing to-do list?
4. What advice would you give a new blogger?
5. Where would you most like to go on holiday and why?

Well, I've waffled on for far too long now, so I'll finish before they start the music!


  1. Thank you Louise! I've actually been nominated twice before, but a third time is just as good! Really interesting reading your answers! I will try to do your questions justice! X

    1. Three times.. go you.. I love your blog keep going.

  2. Thanks so much for the nomination Louise!! :) Your sewing box is beautiful! And I'm very jealous of your garden, we technically have a 'yard' but it's about 4 sq ft and completely concrete - not exactly a zen-inspiring space!

  3. You are so very welcome, I really look forward to your posts. My first "garden" was a tiny yard too, it had one plant - an orange lily in a slightly too small pot, plus a clothes line. It wasn't zen-like either, but I was strangely proud of my lily as if I had managed to create its beautiful blooms myself!

  4. Thank you Louise - the nomination really brightened up my day! I can see why your sewing box makes you smile, and your garden looks lovely - I'm in a second floor flat at the moment so I'm always jealous of people's gardens!

  5. Yay, glad it brightened your day that is fantastic.

  6. Congratulations Louise! KB was on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning ;)

  7. Thank you for the kind words! And also the nomination :)