Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I got an award!

Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised that people read my blog.  I started this blog *almost* a year ago and I wasn't even sure if I would get one follower.  I am now up to 15 followers!  While this isn't a gigantic number, it's 15 more than I originally thought!

One of my favorite blogs, One Crafty Minx, nominated me for the Liebster award, which is an award for blogs with less than 200 followers.  I am so honored that she gave the award and I have been telling my husband and daughter that I got an award :P

So, first things first, I have to tell you 11 facts about myself.
  1. I am painfully shy in real life.
  2. However, once I get to know you, you wont be able to shut me up!  My poor mother-in-law found this out one night a couple years ago!
  3. I ramble.  This is my third time writing this post!  The first one turned into a crazy essay and I've been trying to get the word count down ;)
  4. I have an irrational rational fear of birds, well actually most flying things.  I have been known to scream and to let my then three year old sit 30 yards away from me because she was eating a donut and the birds were flocking to her.  I kept my eye on her, but I stayed far away.
  5. I have an addiction to crime shows!  Law and order, dateline, deadly women (I'm watching that now!!), pretty much every show on ID.
  6. I don't have television.  My husband and I had it at one point, but we decided it was just a time now we use youtube as our time suck!
  7. I am wiccan.  I don't know if this will offend anyone, but yeah, I'm wiccan. 
  8. I am a recovering anorexic.  I don't know if this should be on here, but it is a fact about me and I am unapologetic about it.  In high school I got down to 86 pounds (I've been 5'3" since 5th grade) and I was anorexic for 6 years before I started recovering from it.  When I started gaining weight, everyone at school thought I was pregnant.  I occasionally have relapses and I just recently got out from a 3-4 week relapse.  It's something I will just have to live with.
  9. My favorite color is rainbow.  :D  I love bright colors!  However, I guess it's getting apparent that I really like blue and purple.  I think I only made blue and purple things for the blog this last year!
  10. I'm a photographer.  There aren't many examples of my work on this blog,  I don't know why.  I deal mainly with self portraits in my fine art.  I should put more of my work on here....
  11. One of my favorite movies is Crybaby!  It was a horrible movie, but I love it!  I think it's a musical that makes fun of musicals.  I just love it!  However, every time I watch it, I realize that I would probably be a square and not a drape :(  I actually named my first sewing machine Pepper because of a quote from crybaby "Now, Pepper's pregnant, but she can fight like a man".  Turns out my sewing machine was crap and now I have a Janome that I named Peppermint Patty.
Okay, so now I answer the questions posed by A Crafty Minx:

  1. What has made you smile today?  My daughter made me a play-doh marshmallow with pink dots all over it.  She said, "It's a marshmallow with chicken pox!  Do you want to eat it??"  Ummmm, no, not now.
  2. What song makes you turn the radio off?  I have a pandora account, so I don't really have too many songs that I turn off, however, if Chris Brown comes on I click thumbs down.  I like his music, but I have a thing about men who beat up women...I just can't let it go (and I don't even care about the lives of famous people!!)
  3. What is your irrational fear?  I don't think I have any.  My husband thinks my fear of birds is pretty irrational though.  I don't think so.  I mean, have you seen the beady eyes, sharp beak, and claws??
  4. What destination is top on your holiday list?  I would LOVE to take my husband and daughter to New York.  I went in high school and I got to watch Wicked (before Wicked was so crazy).  I got to see Kristen Chenoweth on stage, in person, before she was so well known!  And not to mention, I got to meet and CONVERSE with Richard Dreyfus!  Yes, for a split second, Richard fucking Dreyfus knew I existed.  Sorry, I was raised on Jaws.
  5. If you could do anything as a career, what would it be?  Easy, I would be a PAID photographer :P
  6. What is your favorite item in your house?  I have a BEAUTIFUL sideboard that I bought at Salvation Army for 70% off!  It had just been marked down and then the 70% off made it $7!  It was my first piece of furniture that I have ever purchased.
  7. What is my exercise of choice?  I love riding my bike (I named her Doris, after Doris Day).  
  8. What are you most likely to be doing when you're not blogging?  People, I have a husband and a four year old.  If I'm not blogging or sewing, I am cleaning!  Ugh.
  9. What is the last film you saw in the Cinema?  Ummmm, Wreck it Ralph.  Without the munchkin, the last film I saw was Looper.  Have I redeemed myself??
  10. What is your favorite weather?  Rain!  I just love watching it rain, I love going for puddle walks and I love to shot (camera) in the rain.
  11. Do you have a specialty in the kitchen?  I am known for my baking and for cooking vegetarian/vegan.  My parents get nervous when I cook at their house.  I don't cook vegetarian for them...last time I was down, I roasted a freakin' pork loin.  My brother-in-law asks me if I give him "real food".
Now I get to ask my nominees questions.
  1. What is your favorite movie?
  2. What is your favorite fabric to work with?
  3. What is your least favorite fabric to work with?
  4. What is your happiest childhood moment?
  5. Who was your first love?
  6. If you won a million dollars, what would you do with it?
  7. What is your favorite board game (or video game)?
  8. What is your favorite thing you have ever made (clothing or not)?
  9. How do you keep organized?
  10. What is your favorite time of day?
  11. What is your favorite book? (would expect any other question from the Bookworm Sewist??)
Ok, my nominees are:
  1. Nothy Lane from Aft Agley is one of my favorite bloggers!  Not to mention I won the pattern pyramid from her :P
  2. Pretty Grievances-everytime I read her blog, all I think of is Molly Ringwald and leopard print!  Right now she's doing an awesome feature "Jungle January".
  3. Purls and Pleats-everything she makes just looks so nice and always pushes me to up my constuction standards.
  4. Crafting a Rainbow-You may know her from all of the sewing dares she's passing around!  
  5. Falling through your clothes-I love her writing style!  Everything is always such fun to read.
  6. Young, Broke, and Fabulous-need I say more?   I love her style and envy the swing dancing she does!
  7. Making it Well- I found this blog through the SewColette sew along.  I pretty much love everything she makes (especially her knitting!)
  8. Not your average average-she's growing out her pixie right now, but man seeing her dresses with her pixie, makes me really want to get a pixie cut :P
  9. School of Moxie- I am not sure if she has under 200 followers, but I love her (new-to-me) blog!  Plus, she wiccan and reads tarot could I not??
  10. I heart fabric- I love all of her makes, but I especially love her versions of the Colette Macaroon pattern!
Man, that was interesting exercise.  I was really surprised how many of my favorite blogs have under 200 followers.

Thank you Crafty Minx for nominating me!  I'm sorry it took forever to put up here, but I have been working on it for a while (I promise!!)


  1. Hey Michelle! Thank you for the nomination that's so kind of you! I am looking forward to checking out your blog and all of your creations! I have a fear of geese because a friend in primary school used to throw her pet/farm geese at me when they were angry. I avoid them now in the wild at all costs. Even big ducks lol.

  2. Yeah, I am thrilled that you nominated me!!!! I'm going to post it asap on my blog!!!

  3. Hi Michelle- congrats on your award. I also struggled with anorexia as a young adult, and I know how scary it can be to put that out there, so I just wanted to say I support you sharing and recovering.

  4. How lovely! Your award is well deserved! (Btw, I am loving the shirt dresses that you have made!) I am tickled pink by your nomination. I will answer your questions and post to my blog with a pingback for you. Stay tuned... :)

  5. Yay! Great to read your answers. :-) x

  6. Hi! Gillian here, from Crafting a Rainbow... Thanks so much for nominating me! :) I really enjoyed reading through your post - the perfect way to get to know someone!

  7. Thanks so much for the award! You are so sweet! Now hopefully I can get around to putting it on my blog :) Thanks again!