Monday, November 26, 2012

My Little Blog Gets a Leibster Award

It was my birthday.  My 40th. Last Week.  I received the most fabulous gift from Aubrey at Project Lovegood, a Liebster Blog Award!  The Liebster Blog Award is akin to the SAG awards without the gilded (and naked) statuette.  It's an award selected by one of your peers to recognize bloggers with less than 200 followers.   It's not a Nobel Peace Prize by any stretch of the imagination but in my little world it meant a great deal, brought a little tear to my eye in fact.

But it doesn't come without a little bit of work to be done.  Here are the rules:

  • Post 11 random things about yourself
  • Answer 11 questions from the nominator (on your blog for all the world to see)
  • Nominate 11 other small bloggers 
  • Write 11 questions for your nominees to answer

That, my friends, is a lot of writing.  But I like awards so let's get to it!!

11 Random Things About Me

1.  I used to work for Hugh Hefner (I'll let you think about that one for a while before I tell you in what capacity).
2.  I involuntarily turn bright red when I try to "stretch the truth" so lying about anything really isn't an option.
3.  I really don't like writing...hmmm
4.  I own the movies Ghost and Dirty Dancing (on VHS) but every time either is on television, I have to watch them. I guess maybe #4 should have been, "I have a thing for Patrick Swayze."
5.  I tend to root for the underdog.
6.  I've lived in 7 states and only one of them was inland.  And, two of them I've left and come back to later on.
7.  I {heart} animals of all kinds and YES I scoop up spiders in my home with my bare hands to be returned to the "WILD"
8.  I'm one of those gals that you can buy a power tool for at Christmas time and she'll actually appreciate it!
9.  I have zero patience.  Although....have you seen all those teeny tiny paper beads that I've rolled?
10.  I'm happiest when I'm playing with trash!
11.  I've rescued too many animals in my day...wait, what I meant to say is that I've kept too many of the animals that I rescued.  Of course I wouldn't trade a single one of them for anything.

Questions from Aubrey

1.  Who is your favorite writer (of a book, movie, play, etc) and why? Well, much like writing I'm not a huge fan of reading.  Mostly because my mind wanders while I read and then I have to start all over again!  But anything by Jane Goodall tends to keep my attention.  Never had a childhood hero, but as an adult - SHE is it!
2.  What is a moment when you were left speechless?  Ask anyone who knows me and they might say that's not possible!  But make me mad and you'll see speechless...cold, hard silent treatment! (I just know Aubrey was fishing for something else with that question)
3.  What was the last movie you watched and what did you think of it?  Funny story.  Remember I said that I used to work for Hugh Hefner?  Well that was in 2005-2006.  During the Christmas that I worked at the Playboy Mansion the staff were all gifted with a dozen super nice movie passes, the kind with no "blackout dates" and no expiration dates.  Thank God, because I still have a few of those passes!  So to get to the point, I don't remember.  Unless you count the last time I saw Dirty Dancing on television. Does that count?
4.  What is your favorite blog post (that I've written)?  I'm going to have to agree with readers on this one, my Upcycled Herb Garden made from soup cans.  It's been my most popular post and I love the finished project. Not to mention I was able to get a great photo of the finished project and that typically NEVER happens.
5.  What do you think is the most important thing to being a blogger?  For me, it's all about preserving our natural resources.  Look, I don't make a penny blogging.  In fact, I spend money on materials for tutorials that don't every turn into product on my Etsy shop shelves, so it actually costs me money.  But I feel like if I can cause that one light bulb moment that makes someone else truly reduce, reuse, UPcycle, recycle then I've done my job.  I once heard it said about volunteer work that volunteering is the rent we pay for living on this earth.  So blogging is like my rent...only slightly less painful than writing out that check every month.
6.  What was your favorite class in high school/college/or elsewhere?  Zoology, when I got to college.  I failed it, literally failed it in high school.
7.  When I say the word "simplicity" what image or thought comes to mind?  A great big giant open field of wheat...and daisies.  Really, I don't know why but that's what I see.
8.  What is something you want to learn before the year ends?  How to master Photoshop!!  Okay maybe not master it but get a good handle on it anyway.
9.  What is something that you do every day that most other people don't?  That's easy, collect other people's trash.  I don't care where I am someone always wants to give me their garbage coupled with the question, "Can you do something with this?"
10. What is something you want to DIY but are questioning if you can, if you have the tools or the know how?  Solar something or another.  I've been working on a few things that require a solar power source.  I'm not there yet, but I'm not giving up!!
11.  What is your favorite crafting blog?  Ugh, so hard to answer!  But I am quite partial to one of my Etsy teams blog Team Upcyclers.  While they do a lot member highlights, etc there are some great tutorials on the sight as well.  And the best part?  Everything is upcycled!

My Eleven Nominees

Savard Studios
Green Grandma
Green Issues
OhOh Blog
Yellow Suitcase Studio
Crafty Home Improvement (Mis)Adventures
Happy As A Lark
It's Sew For You
Blissful 55
Projects Around the House
Through the Looking Glass

My Eleven Questions for Them

  1. What is your favorite topic to blog about?
  2. Tell us what your favorite holiday is and why?
  3. What/Who inspires your creativity?
  4. What did you want to be when you grew up? How'd that work out for ya?
  5. What's been your biggest challenge about blogging?
  6. Tell us about a volunteer (or pay-it-forward) experience that moved you?
  7. Your shipwrecked on a deserted island.  What three crafting tools are must haves for getting out alive?
  8. What are you asking Santa for this year?
  9. Dogs or cats?
  10. What was your most disastrous craft experiment?
  11. When you're not blogging or crafting where will we find you?


  1. Congratulations! and I do see what you mean about blogging being more important than making money from it! my own are not "monetized", horrid word, but they do give value of other kinds to readers and to me.

    Go on with your great ideas! they're fun and valuable.


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