Thursday, 10 July 2014

Versatile Blogger Award...

Caroline from CJ made has recently nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award and described me as an experienced sewist - thanks Caroline! I met Caroline at the NYLon 2014 meet-up in May and have since had great fun reading about her sewing and art.

The VBA seems to similar to the Leibster and Sunshine awards where you nominate blogs that you enjoy reading and that you think others will enjoy, but without the limitations of how many people follow the blogs being nominated.

When accepting the nomination there are a few rules to follow:

  • Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog
  • Share 7 interesting things about yourself
  • nominate 15 other versatile bloggers (I have done 12) and
  • Let the bloggers know that you have nominated them
Firstly, I shall endeavour to find 7 interesting things about me!

1 - In 2008, Husband and I had the crazy idea to go and live in New Zealand for a while. October 2009 found us with our 3 young children, 10 large bags, 5 lots of hand luggage, a package of car seats, and an oversize package of kites, arriving in Christchurch, NZ. We lived in a small town called Fairlie, South Island. We made some great friends and had a mostly great time. We came home at the beginning of 2011 and it was almost as if we had never been away.

2 - I rediscovered my love of sewing whilst we were in NZ and started this blog whilst we were out there.

3 - I used to be a Law Librarian in London in my working days. 

4 - despite the organisational skills required for being a Librarian, I am not very organised at home - I would love to be a bit tidier and not have assorted tutt around my home, but I just can't  manage it!

5 -  I love to cook, but I have noticed that since I started sewing more productively, my time for cooking has dwindled.  I still cook - I have a family to feed after all - but I no longer spend a whole afternoon crafting a gourmet meal (unless it is for a special treat/we have guests!)

6 - I have been following a food blog called Smitten Kitchen since around about 2008/9 written by a lovely lady called Deb Perelman, and last year I got to meet her briefly, when she came to the UK for her promo book tour. 
7 - Husband and I got married on Halloween - it was the first date our chosen venue was available.  It was not a themed wedding!

And now for nominated blogs - I am pretty sure these have not been nominated before:

Lisa from 
Rachel from Boo Dog and me
Cathe from Amaryllislog
Amanda from Bimble and Pimble
Sara from Mixed Emotions
Ingrid from We the sewing
Sally from The Quirky Peach
Lisa G from Notes from a mad housewife
Sonia from Ginger Makes
Katy from Sleek Silhoutte
T from U&mii
Fiona from Diary of a Chain Stitcher

All these ladies write well and make gorgeous clothes - I hope you enjoy reading them.


  1. How cool that you got to meet Deb from Smitten Kitchen fame! I love her blog. She posted some brownie ice cream sandwiches today that I am dying to meet.

    How funny that you felt as if you hadn't left when you returned to England. I feel the same having returned to the States. Our life in England seems like a wonderful faraway dream.

  2. Hey Tamsin, thanks for the nomination! So awesome that you just went to live in NZ with your whole family. I hope we'll be adventurous enough to do that someday too!

  3. *hat tip* Why thank you, lovely! So brave of you to head of to New Zealand and back!

  4. Thank you, kind lady! So fun to read more about you! Like you, I used to be VERY into cooking, but now that I'm sewing-obsessed, I do the bare minimum in the kitchen and only make fancy meals when I have guests. Luckily my husband prefers simple food or I would be quite irritating, I'm sure! :) I'm jealous that you met Deb! I've loved her blog for years and when I visit the farmer's market, I always keep an eye out for her just in case. :)