Tuesday, 1 May 2012



I discovered yesterday that I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger award by A Girl in Winter. Thank you so much. It is much appreciated and very unexpected.

The rules of the award are:
  • Thank the person who gave you this award;
  • Include a link to their blog;
  • Next, select 15 bloggers that you follow regularly or have recently discovered;
  • Nominate those bloggers for the Versatile blogger-award;
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself
Here are my nominations for the award, in no particular order -

Flossie Teacakes - she sews, quilts and creates patterns.She has inspired me to try making the Collette Beignet skirt, her version looks so elegant.

What's Up Cupcake - truly inspiring - she dances, plays the piano accordion, knits, crochets, sews and bakes the most delicious looking cakes. I am very jealous of her fabulous handmade wardrobe.

Rhymes with Magic - like me Heather is a Librarian. She is also an artist turning unwanted books into jewellery and sculptures. She also crochets and paints in watercolours.

Christen's Creations - Christen is an artist, designer, crafter and poet. She collects all sorts of treasures such as buttons, ribbons and fabric scraps and turns them into beautiful jewellery.

5 Precious Things - Ruthie is an artist, illustrator, sculptor and crafter. Her blog is full of beautiful images. She draws on the Scottish scenery around her home for inspiration.

Joanna's Blog - Joanna lives in Australia and produces the most amazing jewellery using bead needle weaving and bead embroidery.

Purple podded Peas - Celia hart is a designer, illustrator and printmaker. She also blogs about her beautiful garden

Bead Origami - Cindy Holsclaw is a jewellery designer and bead weaver and she also does origami. Her beautiful designs are based on geometry.

Patty the Snug Bug - Patty shows off her great sense of style on her blog and has created a beautiful wardrobe of handmade clothes. She has created very detailed and helpful sewing tutorials, she also knits.

Yes, I like that - sewing, art and design from a London based blogger. Beautiful sewing projects.

Non-plot Blog/Plot 50 - adventures in gardening and photography.

Did you make that? - inspirational knitting, sewing and crochet blog. Check out her beautiful vesrion of Colette's Sorbetto.

Beadizzy - Valerie uses beads, hand dyed threads and ribbons to create beautiful unique jewellery.

Moonlight and Hares - Alison is an artist, illustrator and woodcrafter. Her blog is full of stunning images of work and things that inspire her.

This is My Patch - not a needlecraft blog but contains glorious photos of gardening adventures. The images are a constant source of inspiration for me.

 And finally 7 things about me (I really struggled with this one!)-
  1. When I was 9 years old I won a poetry competition. My poem was judged the best entry from the primary schools in my home city of Plymouth, in the 9 - 11 age group. My prize was a sewing box.
  2. I love bluegrass and Appalachian music. Gillian Welch singing 'I am not afraid to die' always brings a lump to my throat.
  3. I am addicted to chocolate in all of its forms, but my absolute favourite has to be Green and Black's Maya Gold.
  4. My favourite film is 'Harvey'. (I think it would be great fun to have a 6ft 2 white rabbit as a friend!)
  5. I suffer from claustrophobia. One of the worst experiences of my life was having an MRI scan in hospital recently. Sliding into that narrow metal tube was a total nightmare!
  6. I studied French language and literature as part of my degree. I used to be a huge fan of the French film director Francois Truffaut.
  7. I hold Level 1, Level 2, Level 2 Advanced and NCFE Level 3 certificates in Bead Needle Weaving. (That probably sounds like I am showing off but, by this point I had run out of things to say about myself!)
Well, that's me done for now. Thanks again to a 'Girl In Winter' for the award.