Tuesday, May 26, 2015

One Lovely Blog Award

Last week, I received an email from my good friend Sandra that she nominated my blog for the One Lovely Blog Award.  She is so very supportive and I was immensely touched that she granted this honor to me.

I don't always participate in these "chain letter" type awards but I do like how this one works.  Really, all I am doing is basically recommending other blogs to my readers (which I do already) and telling you a little about myself.  I think this is a great opportunity to share those blogs that we think are lovely - especially those newer ones that maybe haven't been discovered yet.

So to accept this award from Sandra - I need to do three things.

First, is to acknowledge who nominated me.  Sandra blogs over at Musings of a Menopausal Melon and has been mentioned on my blog many times.  She is someone that I thinks deserves the One Lovely Person Award!

Second, I need to share 7 things about myself.  This is the hardest part!  I am a very private person so I am really operating outside of my box here.

1.  I am one of the lucky ones that fully support myself working in the quilting industry.  I longarm quilt, teach classes, sell patterns independently and to various publications and have quilts for sale.  It is a ton of work and I don't always get the best pay for all I do but it is very rewarding.  I feel blessed.

2.  My 4 year old car has just over 10K miles on it - I rarely leave my home.  While I can function just fine out and about in the world (my local friends can quit laughing now), I really enjoy my time at my house.  My 3 vintage sewing machines on the other hand I probably put over 10K miles on each year!  Meet Wee Willie, Sparky and Lucy.  Pete is my longarm and will probably be hurt that he is not picture.

3.  I love to garden - Flowers mostly.  I have a softspot for daylilies and have over 30 varieties.

To have more space to garden, I have taken out all the lawn at my home except in the front of my house.  Everywhere else is flower beds and pathways.

4.  Growing up, I adored my grandfather (german farmer) and spent as much time as I could by his side.  He was able to fix anything!  And he made sure he passed that ability on to me.  The only thing I am a bit hesitant around is electricity (due to some bad experiences) but I love plumbing!

5.  I am a terrible cook!

6.  I used to wear a business suit to work every day and for years managed a manufacturing business that employed over 500 people.  I still know a lot about running a business but I traded in the suit for jeans and t-shirts. I am much happier.  Poorer...but happier!

7.  Before I got into quilting, I used to create with mosaic tiles.  I made both large and small items.  Believe me, fabric is SO much cleaner to work with!

Now onto the third item I need to do - and the one I am most excited about.  I enjoy a number of blogs for a lot of reasons but I picked these 10 to share today.  I will let each blogger decide if they want to accept the award and participate.  They are in no particular order.   Enjoy!


  1. Your gardens and pathways sound beautiful!!!! I also sew on a mechanical Bernina and I love it!!

  2. Cyndy it is a delight to learn a little more about you! You made me laugh by saying your sewing machines get more mileage than your car. I too love daylilies and grow quite a variety of them. I hope you share more photos of your gardens because they sound so beautiful. And you are so right about Sandra!
    Mosiac tiles are a bit of a scrappy art themselves, LOL.

  3. I loved learning more about you. I am such a homebody too. And thanks for thinking of me and my blog.

  4. Congratulations on the award. It's great to read your post and find out more about you. Thank you for nominating my blog, it's an honour to be included on your list.

  5. Congratulations on your award!! Woot! Very well deserved, I may say :)
    I'm delighted to accept your challenge, give me a coupla days to make a plan :)
    We're peas in a pod!! I grew up in a German farming community and love thinking back to those times. I'm also planning on taking out all of our lawn, so any advice is greatly appreciated. And I love daylilies. I have zero varieties at the new house;)

  6. You do have a lovely blog and have inspired me so much since meeting you!!! I, too, would love to see more about your gardens. (Having a bit of a brown thumb, I definitely need some inspiration there! Lol!). Thanks for including me in your list as well. I am honored!

  7. Congrats ;-) I love the idea of 10K on a car - maybe you can share tips on staying home lol ;-) Glad you traded the suits for jeans!!

  8. Congrats on the nomination! It was lovely reading a bit more about you - I'm glad I'm not the only one that doesn't leave the house much!

  9. Okay, one of your secrets is now out as to how you get so much accomplished and here I thought it was because either you are a twin, or you have a clone, lol. I wish we didn't put so many miles on our vehicles...the yoga studio that has a hand in keeping me sane (along with quilting of course) is a 28-mile one way trip! I love how you named all of your machines, and yay for Bernina. I love flowers, too, just planted a bunch today as a matter of fact, a bit late, but they'll come along just fine. Thank you for accepting and sharing some stuff about yourself--plumbing!!! Who knew;I am so impressed. I am utterly hopeless at manly tool stuff. But thank you for all the sharing you do with us; you really have taught me so much about scraps. :-)

  10. Oh, the contrast between your car and sewing machines is soooo funny! And how neat to learn that you used to manage such a large business. "Poorer... but happier!" :)

  11. Awesome post, thanks for sharing about yourself! Thanks also for nominating me, I'll get my post up next week.


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