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Unique Blogger Award

*Sneaky Second Post for the Day*  I have been nominated for the Unique Blogger Award (UBA)!  Woo!  Thank you very much to Robin of The Robin’s Nest for putting my name forward.  It’s so nice to be appreciated and given encouragement – Robin is very kind and supportive with her comments and “likes”, so please help me to show my appreciation by
checking out her blog.  Thanks, Robin! 🙂

So, the rules for the UBA are as follows :

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer their questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 3 people for the same award.
  • Ask them 3 questions.

My questions from Robin are :

  1. What is an interesting/unique quality you have?
    This is a tricky one.  I think I am still trying to figure out what makes me unique and what my niche in the world will be.  I’m running out of time, to be honest.  Probably should have figured it out a long time ago!

  2. The sun or the moon?  Why?
    Hmmmmmm, even though I am a cold-body and love the sunshine, I would say I am more of a Moon kinda gal.  Maybe it’s the feminine quality or that it seems more mystical and magical.  I mean, you make wishes on full moons, after all.  Plus, I get sunburnt REALLY easily…the moon is safer 🙂

  3. What unique object, book, anything do you own?
    These questions are hard, Robin!  Ummmm…wow, I am really failing at this, aren’t I?  I don’t know that I own anything unique.  I have a poem my Grandfather wrote for me – it’s very special to me and I don’t think anyone else in the family (or maybe the world) would have something similar, so I guess I will say that. 

Well, that was some terrible question-answering, and I do apologise!
Worst blog post EVER!

Nominating three other bloggers : There are so many awesome bloggers around and it’s hard to narrow it down to just three.  I don’t follow a lot of blogs, mainly because I don’t have time to read them all and end up just deleting the updates/new posts.  But, here are three I DO follow, and definitely think you should have a look at :

  1. Izy Hossack – Top with Cinnamon (gorgeous recipes, gorgeous blog).
  2. Elizabeth Tichvon – Pink Soul Studios (very inspiring, mixed-media artworks).
  3. In Art Therapy (Lovely, mixed media, painting and collage – always inspires me).

My questions for them are :

  1. What things always inspire you to create?
  2. Best advice for other bloggers?
  3. Favourite guilty pleasure?

Thanks again to Robin for nominating me for this award 🙂

Wishing you all a happy, unique day! x

 

 

 

 

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Blogs to Love

Blogs to Love

In my last post I vowed to fulfil my duty as a nominated “Inspiring Blogger” and nominate 15 other bloggers for the same award.  I have said before that I am not much of a ‘net-surfer.  I don’t sit for hours in front of the computer looking at blogs and Pinterest and all the other wonderful things on the internet.  I don’t have time and I have issues with my neck and back so I’m more of a sit-down-and-do-what-I-have-to-and-get-out kind of person.  I stare at a computer screen for most of my day at work so I don’t really want to do it when I get home, so I limit my time doing it at all after work.  That’s not to say I haven’t discovered lots and lots of lovely blogs.  I have.  So here’s a few that I feel inspired by or cheered by or made jealous by.  There’s a couple that just make me laugh.  I’ve included video bloggers too – not sure if that’s allowed but I figure in this day and age, everybody is welcome.

The Feathered Nest   Oh such pretty, pretty things!  And you know I love anything with birds or speckled eggs…

Eat Drink Chic  More pretty things and foody things and things I want to make.  There’s some lovely wooden bunting on here I want to steal the idea from…

A Story Of    I recently attended a mini-market with some friends and A Story Of had lots of lovely things on display.  I was supposed to blog about it but my camera didn’t perform very well and the pictures were no good.  And I’m lazy.  So apologies to Candice whom I talked to on the night and promised to “spread the word” about her gorgeous goodies.  I am a bad blogger *slaps wrist*.  I can make up for it now.  Go to the website and check out all the cool stuff Candice makes including hand-painted creatures (owls, deer, bunnies) on vintage china, embroidery and jewellery.  I did get one photo that night that turned out ok.  Look at these adorable mittens!

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Someone else snapped these up before I could get my butt into gear and nab them for myself.  Candice also promotes and supports Fair Trade organisations and other worthy causes so you should definitely stop by her blog and learn all about her and her work with women in places like Thailand and India, helping them to build lives for themselves.  I’m not explaining it very well so you should just visit her website already!  She’s doing good work 🙂

Something Special   I have been buying perfumes from Something Special for years.  They are just so yummy smelling and I always get compliments on what I am wearing.  My favourite one is “Butt Naked” which is a dreadful name but smells deeeee-lightful.  I wear it all the time.  The products are not tested on animals which is a huge selling point for me – it is so hard to get cosmetics or perfumes that are cruelty free these days.  But I don’t want to be stinky.  So I buy these perfumes.  They have literally a bazillion different scents and you can buy teeny little sample bottles to try them first.  Two thumbs up.

 Grav3yard Girl    Bunny makes me laugh.  A lot.  Plus she goes thrift shopping all the time (my favourite thing to do when I’m not crafting) and she just has a unique outlook on life.  She’s a bit crazy but heck, who isn’t?  Check her out.

Kate’s Creative Space  Lovely, lovely things and inspiring ideas!

Lia Griffith  Printables and more

Tilda’s World  If you don’t know about Tilda Finnanger, where have you been?  Her fabrics and papers and STUFF are just gorgeous.  My Mum is in love her with I think.

La Belle Brocante  I think I may have mentioned this one before…so I’m cheating and adding it to this list because I can’t find where I linked to it before!  Lovely stuff on here…

CreartfulDodger  Every time I visit this blog I want to curl up inside it and stay forever.  Just wonderfully inspiring collages and vintage-inspired artwork and mixed media pieces.  Love, love, love!

There, how many is that?  I think I failed the “Nominate Fifteen Bloggers” bit of the rules.  Oh well.  I hope you do have a look at some of these blogs, websites and vlogs and feel inspired.  Or that they just make you smile or laugh or whatever.  It’s all good.

Now it’s freezing cold and I need tea and I should get in my PJs (I’ve just come home from my evening walk and it’s nearly 7pm and I’m still dressed!  What?!!).  Hope you’ve all had a good day – mine was hectic and busy with lots of little jobs to get finished and horrible traffic to wade through.  Time for dinner and some catchin’ up with the hubby.  Have a great evening 🙂

Nominations and Green Soup!

Nominations and Green Soup!

Hi there – thanks for stopping by.  It’s so nice to have all these lovely new friends from all over.  I appreciate all your comments and “likes” and “follows”, I really do.  I am excited each day to see who’s written to me or how many followers I have.  I also worry daily about whether I am posting anything decent or if I’m posting enough at all (which I know I’m not).

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I’ve been nominated for an “Inspiring Blogger” Award by the lovely Audra of Joyosphere and you should definitely have a look at her blog too.  She has some great posts about all things to do with the home and family life, plus she’s a fellow librarian so, you know, she gets extra points for that.  🙂

There are some rules for the award acceptance….

  1. Link back to the blogger who so kindly nominated you! 
  2. Post the image of the award…. I think I’ve successfully done that, I hope…
  3. Share 7 random facts about yourself…I am pretty random in general so there’s lots of things I could list, but I’ll stick to the following seven:

1.  I used to be a lot bigger than I am now.  I once lost about 25-30kg.  I was basically a big round ball on legs.  Fat, stumpy legs.  I live in fear of returning to that state.  It is a constant battle.

2.  I once sold dog food door-to-door.  I only lasted one day.  I hated it.

3. I used to collect pigs.  Not real ones, just ornamental piggies.  It started when my brother bought me a gorgeous piggy bank and went from there. I had hundreds of them but then one day just got fed up and didn’t want to collect them any more.  Most of them ended up in op shops and garage sales.  I hope they found happy homes!  Other things I have collected – erasers, stickers and stamps.

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4.  I have had the same best friend for 32 years.  It’s a miracle she isn’t sick of me yet.  I should be careful to hang on to her…she knows too much about me!

5.   I love the ocean on dark and stormy days when the sky is black and the waves are angry and crashing about.  I love storms in general.

6.  I’d really like to dye my hair purple but I am too chicken.

7.  I can’t stand coriander (also called cilantro).  It is gross and smells like vomit to me.  Yuck.

So there you are.  Not very exciting but definitely random!

I also have to nominate 15 bloggers for the same award.  I plan on doing a special post on that so I will keep you posted (pardon the pun).  I am particularly bad about this last rule – I just always seem to forget to do it so I will try extra hard to not put it off for too long.

Gotta go and serve up some dinner for me and the hubby.  It’s a cold, miserable night again and soup is the order of the day.  I’d eat soup for dinner every night if I could.  Especially Green Soup.  I make this about once a week and have it for lunches too if there’s enough left over.  I just saute some onions until they’re translucent, chuck in some chopped celery (about 4 stalks) and let that cook a little bit.  Then I add in some chopped zucchini (one whole one) and some frozen baby peas (about a cup or so).  Add enough stock to cover and let it simmer away until all the vegies are soft and ready to be blitzed.  In the meantime, blanch a handful of snowpeas in some boiling water for about a minute.   Drain them and let them sit in some cold water (this helps them keep their colour and flavour).  Chuck them into the rest of the soupy mix when you’re ready to blend and blitz until smooth.  Season as necessary.  I usually sprinkle a little bit of parmesan on top and just a little bit of black pepper.  Yummo!  Serve with some nice warm bread or cheesy scones.  Delish!

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Whatever you’re having for dinner tonight, hope it is exactly what you’ve been wanting all day and that you can share it with some good company 🙂

Awards…

Awards…

I am always amazed that I have any followers – especially with the hit-and-miss style of posting I use (or, rather, don’t use, at the moment as I am finding it difficult to find the time to post anything).  At the moment I have 103 followers for which I am very grateful (so, thank you to all of you) and hope that I can sustain that number and perhaps even increase it.  This week I have been lucky enough to be nominated for two blogging awards : The Liebster Award from Poppy of Poppy’s Patisserie/Bunny Kitchen & The Versatile Blogger Award from Wilma of Perpetual Art and Craft.  Thank you to both ladies for nominating me – check out their blogs at the links provided 🙂

Both awards come with some rules attached.  I’m going to try hard to follow them and do as instructed.  So, for the Leibster Award (which I believe is for blogs with less than 200 followers), the rules are as follows:

The Rules:
• Post 11 random facts about yourself.
• Answer the 11 questions made by the person who nominated you.
• Create 11 questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.
• Choose 11 bloggers to pass the award to and mention them in your post.
• Go to their blogs and let them know that they have been nominated
• No tag backs.

So here goes…

11 Random Facts About Me

  1. I love stationery.  Notebooks, paper, files, index cards, diaries…all that stuff.  Heaven!
  2. I love animals.  Over the course of my life I’ve had dogs, cats, bats, geese, chickens, swallows, doves, magpies, parrots, ducks, quail, sheep, turkeys, guinea pigs, rabbits and kangaroos.  Oh and fish.  And mice.  A couple of lizards. Other people’s horses and donkeys.  At the moment I have no animals in my house and that makes me sad.  Stupid rental rules.
  3. Blue is my favourite colour.
  4. I have little feet.
  5. I cry when people sing, in harmony, together. I just find it makes me overwhelmed and emotional.
  6. When I was four, I thought Olivia Newton John were two people – Olivia Newt & John.  I got confused because John Travolta’s name was, er, John.  Easy mistake to make.
  7. I have dabbled in witchcraft.  But only for good reasons.
  8. I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.
  9. My cousin and I share a weird & spooky psychic connection.  
  10. My favourite song ever is Don MacLean’s “American Pie”.
  11. I am an insomniac.

Now to answer the questions set by Poppy;

 

What’s your favourite cookbook?  I have one by Alison Holst, that I use quite a lot – “The Best of Home Cooking”.  I love cookbooks in general though…I have lots!

What is the worst kitchen disaster you’ve ever had?  Hmmm, I don’t know that I’ve ever had a major disaster… One year Mum and I forgot to cook our Christmas dinner – we served up food for everybody else and forgot to cook our own (vegetarian) meal!

If you could become a non-human animal, what would you choose to be and why?  Probably a bird.  Can I say a bird? Not really an animal though…maybe a cat if not a bird.  A well looked after cat that is spoilt and lives a happy life.

What dish do you make most often?  I would have said Brownies before but I don’t make them as often now that I can’t eat chocolate.  Salad – I eat a lot of salad!

If you had to emigrate to a country of your choice, where would it be?  England or Canada.  Although both places are too cold for me!  I

If you wrote a book, what would it be about?  Probably a crafty book (if non-fiction) or a urban-fairytale kind of book.  I love Alice Hoffman and Charles De Lint…

What’s the weirdest thing you ever ate?  Can’t think of anything for that one.

Where’s the weirdest place you ever went?  Nashville was a bit kooky.  Maybe it’s the humidity, I’m not sure.

Do you have an embarrassing/cheesey nickname?  My hubby used to call me Peanut.

What’s your favourite website?  I’m not much of a web surfer…there’s lots of lovely sites to look at but I don’t really have favourites.

What is your favourite charity?  I try to help out the animal ones as much as I can – WSPA, RSPCA, IFAW, Save the Bears etc.  I also support World Vision and The Red Cross.

Wow, they were really boring answers!  I hope you’re still awake!  I now have to ask eleven questions for my nominated bloggers:

  1. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
  2. What’s the longest amount of time you’ve kept and worn an item of clothing?
  3. What’s your favourite era?
  4. What were you good at in school?
  5. Where do you want to be in 10 year’s time?
  6. Where were you 10 year’s ago?
  7. Cheese or chocolate?
  8. If you were a flower, which kind would you be?
  9. What’s your all-time favourite book?
  10. Sneakers or heels?
  11. What would your friends say is your most-annoying habit?

Ok, so on to my nominated bloggers/blogs:

  1. This Rosy Life
  2. Sugar & Cloth
  3. Kate’s Creative Space
  4. California Pixie
  5. Winter Owls
  6. The Handmade Card Blog
  7. Gone Pickin’
  8. Crow’s Feet Chic
  9. The Cranky Queen
  10. Blacklilypie
  11. The Clever Bunny

I will commence “following the rules” of the Versatile Blogger Award in an upcoming post.  I don’t want to overwhelm you with questions and answers and blog-links and whatnot today.  Plus, I am lazy. That’s the main reason.

Hope you are all having a lovely Saturday in whatever little part of the world you call home.  Thank you again to all my followers and my fellow bloggers Poppy & Wilma for nominating me.  Much appreciated 🙂  I’m off to Roller Derby in a moment – not to participate, of course (I have enough trouble walking without falling down, let alone on skates) but to watch and cheer on the gals in their hotpants (brave in this weather) and to pine over and lust after the hot chips everyone walks around eating in front of me.  🙂