Beautiful Blog Awards...
I was nominated for another blog award this week by the lovey Sally. Thank you Sally, for nominating me for this award, it is a great pleasure and privilege to receive it.
What I like about these awards is that you become aware of other bloggers that you may not otherwise have found. And they also become aware of and find you!
So you can find Sally, here is her link : www.sallysewssometing.blogspot.com.
Do pop over and say hi to Sally.
Okay, now all these awards have some sort of fun attached to them.
And this one is no different.
7 Things about myself.
1. I live in an older character house (Federation style for those readers in OZ)and for those of you who live
in other countries, a local vernacular form of the Californian Bungalow, with hints of Victoriana). It has coloured glass in some of the windows.
Which makes photography rather difficult as the background is rather distracting. The glass also throws strange light which makes the colour in the photo's a little off. (The bright green screen doesn't help either, but I am using what I have for my blog photos.
2. My sewing space is currently a large old passage. One day we will renovate the back section of the house and create a nice room for sewing, sitting and other pleasant activities, but for now, this is what I use.It works!
3. My sewing machine is quite old, it is a Bernina 217N semi-industrial . It must date back to about 1960, and although it does not look pretty, it works well. It does straight stitch and zig zag, and you can do buttonholes but they are not automatic, so you have to work them out yourself and gauge everything well by sight and operating skill. Lots of coffee and a good night's sleep first, and no distractions or interruptions.
4. I also use an overlocker and have a new electronic sewing machine, which I have barely used. I wanted it to do automatic buttonholes, but I find that the automatic doo-dah and its idea of button hole sizing doesn't correlate with mine. The holes are too big and loose. So I have to work out what percentage smaller than the planned button do I use as the automatic template for the size I want. Too hard for now, have gone back to operator skill, its easier! The new machine may come in handy for some sorts of sewing, or as an emergency backup.
5. I have a very large stash gathered through some long years of not being able to sew frustrations (work, study.life demands) and I think this was my way of dealing with the frustration! It sits in containers neatly hidden around the house, and in the dysfunctional end of my sewing passage. I do have it neatly catalogued so I can find fabrics when I want them. I can't operate in mess, so I have my neat working end, and my storage and useful things for sewing end).
6. I use a very basic dress dummy I purchased second hand years ago. She was old then, probably circa 1960, and she is even older now and is a bit rickety and arthritic poor thing, with quite a lean. Since I have taken this photo, she has improved the lean, I think she must have overheard me talking about wanting a replacement one day. (And I do, because I need a dummy with smaller hips - the smallest I can adjust this dummy down in the hip area is 37inces. - I am 34 and a bit inches. On the plus side, her upper torso works for me, for jackets and things).
7. I blog because I enjoy it, and I also enjoy meeting other sewers and love the online sewing community. And Ifind your blogs as lovely and inspirational as some people think of mine. Must think up my own blog award one day for all the lovely bloggers out there. I will have to design a blog button first - more to learn :)
Well, I have shared 7 things about myself.
Now I have to pass on the award.
I have thought of three people to nominate straight away, but need to think about the other 7. I'll update this post in a few days when I have selected my nominees.
Sarah Liz :)
A BIG POSTSCRIPT.
As I started doing the second part of this award, I started to feel very uncomfortable. Participating in these awards is very time consuming, and I have spent all morning writing this post and not sewing or doing the housework. I'm also uncomfortable talking about me. I'm more interested in you and sewing.
I felt even more uncomfortable approaching other bloggers about this award, as I wonder if it may be too much of an impost on you as well. I have left two comments on two blogs, but stopped there. While it is lovely that someone nominates you, I want to be sure you feel the same way.
If you ladies want the award, I shall pass it on. If not, just let me know in the comments section.
I DO NOT WANT TO BE A NUISANCE TO ANYBODY.
If on the other hand, people enjoy awards, please let me know. I need some feedback on this -
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BLOG AWARDS? DO YOU LIKE THEM OR NOT?
Please post your comments about awards, as I would greatly appreciate them.