Thursday, May 28, 2015

One Lovely Blog Award

An Opportunity to Recognize Kindness and Support

Have you noticed the " One Lovely Blog Award " recognition that is going around in Blogland now?   

I have been nominated by the lovely Lara B,  of BuzzinBumble
 and also  ( a day later) by the lovely Soma, of  Whims And Fancies , to take my  turn and  share a bit about myself.   

Here's what we do when we accept the One Lovely Blog Award
  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their post.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Choose 10 blogs to nominate for the award. (It is fine to nominate less than ten, just however many you feel comfortable with.)
Thank you,  Lara  and Soma,   lovely ladies, for being  so supportive and kind , and surrounding yourself by folks who are also this way!  I adore both of your blogs!

My Nominations for the  "One Lovely Blog Award" go to:  ( in alphabetical order)

Amanda    The Patchsmith Blog
Sheri        Sunshine in the Attic Blog

****        waiting for one other possible person!  may be adding her later

Click on their blog links, to go over to their blogs for a visit.    
And visit Lara B and Soma, too!

Lara B    BuzzinBumble Blog   **** Giveaway at  BuzzinBumble !!  ****

Sharing  7 Things about myself:

1.  I have a big sweet tooth! I haven't met a dessert that was "too rich to eat" yet!!   Vanilla Ice Cream is rarely  never  refused and is my favorite flavor.

2. I love to embroider. For years,  I only sewed  cross stitch and embroidery, and did  some hemming by hand.   It is harder to cross stitch now, as I need some 
uber-strong  magnifying glasses to see the pattern and the stitches!!

3. I love music... I play handbells  in my bell choir, sing in the choir weekly (during the school year), and play my flute at our church.  I am a soprano now, but sang as an alto  for years.

4.  I am allergic to  all seafood.  I can't cook any  fish or shellfish at home.  Fortunately, I can still eat out in most restaurants.    ( I can't eat at crab places at the beach... too many allergens in the air there!)

5.  A  " True Confession"-      I love to watch the Discovery Channel  while I sew:  

The Deadliest Catch ( yes, even though I can't eat or cook  a thing that they catch!)     Alaska : The Wild Frontier  
Alaskan Bush People 
Gold Rush   
I don't camp, but like to see others braving the wild !!   Notice a trend?   Apparently I am drawn to Alaska... I can't "do cold extremes" but can live it vicariously through these shows .

6.  I learned to sew on my sewing machine , as an adult, so I could make tote bags and purses.   I  have made well over 100   " Bow Tucks  Tote " bags through the years..... in both  the large and the small size.   
The Bow Tucks Tote pattern   here

The Bow Tucks  tote basic pattern  uses 3 different  fabrics.  I think I have spent hundreds of hours going through fabric stores to find different fabric combinations!   

7.  I was always just "average" in my Art classes in school. ( Phys Ed and Art were always my lowest grades.)  I began taking lessons in painting with acrylic paints on wood, from a neighborhood friend .  Maria taught me  how to shade and layer colors and stipple.  I loved the Folk Art/ Primitive style.  I think painting  was preparation for my  sewing and quilting!  

Some projects I made

I love making friends and meeting folks who are supportive and helpful and kind... and "sew lovely!"   

I'm off to my sewing room!


  1. In other words - you are a multi-talented young lady - singing, bag-making, painting, flute-playing, embroidery, stitchery and paper-piecing. But I knew that already. Thank you for nominating me - I shall get right to it and try to come up with some interesting 'tit-bits' about myself.

  2. I enjoyed reading your "7 things". I have seen some of your work before on the QAD blog -- just gorgeous!

  3. I also enjoyed getting to know you better. I have always wanted to learn tole painting. Your works are lovely. I bet playing the hand bells is a lot of fun. I'd like to give that a try someday, too. Thank you for nominating me for an award. I'll try to live up to the honor!

  4. Susie, even though we write back and forth regularly, several things here on your list were new to me. I LOVED learning more about you!

    I did know you loved to sew bags, but over 100 is totally awesome!
    My brother is a police officer in Alaska and was good friends with two of the troopers who were on Alaskan State Troopers... Although I think that was Nat Geo. It is so funny that you like to watch the really rough outdoorsy types of TV shows and says a lot about what you might wish to be able to do.

    Your paintings are wonderful! I love Primitive and Folk Art style too and wow - the two of the sunrise and sunset are amazing and beautiful Susie!

    This was a really fun post!

  5. Even though I'm your sister, I learned a lot I didn't know about you from this fun post! I have a suggestion for a dessert you should try someday: Baked Alaska! (I like how you explained that you learned to sew as an "adult". ;)

  6. I think it's interesting that you enjoy adventurous tv, and that a person who was only "average" in art has found an artistic expression--which is adventurous, if your think about it.

  7. I am so happy to have you as my friend, Susie! The fish allergy is a bummer! I have a huge plethora of food allergies, so I definitely share your pain. You and I share the love for music and I love that.


  8. Deadliest Catch! lol....yes, I watch that too! Thanks for the intro! I'll be browsing along and checking out your blog recommendations! I'm always looking for new blogs! They all inspire me!

  9. I think we have a few things in common, especially the love of all things sweet! It was nice getting to know you a bit better!

  10. so fun to learn some fun facts about you Susie!!! Compared to where i live you do live in a cold extreme environment!!!

  11. Glad to learn about your other talents, Susie, and you have many! 100 Bow Tucks Bags? That's incredible and amazing that you still loves sewing bags! Your paintings are wonderful, I would have loved to be my neighbor and teach me some painting lessons!


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