It’s Awards Season!

I didn’t win and Emmy last night, but I feel like I did.  I’m not going to say things always go the way I’d like, and I’ve had my share of challenges, but when life is good, it’s really good.  My husband and I are blessed beyond measure with amazing kids, great friends and family and a long, happy relationship with each other.

My blog and Etsy store are more recent additions to my string of good luck.  I’ve found such a great community through both and I’m thankful to be a part of it.  Today, I’m feeling humbled, grateful and nearly speechless.  Nearly.

I’ve mentioned Pillows A La Mode before.  She is an amazing seamstress, and her blog often focuses on refashioning articles of clothing.  Check out her “What Can You Make With A…” section for some amazing before-and-afters.

To celebrate her second blog anniversary, Katherine (the voice behind the blog) requested nominations for her Good Neighbor Award.  From her blog:

AWARD: Simply put, the Good Neighbor Award is for someone you’ve met in the blogging world you wish could be your real-life neighbor.  To nominate a blogger, simply email me (to keep it a surprise!), including a link to the blog and why you’d like this blogger to live next door. Is it to cook, sew, craft, shop, or write together? To learn to do something new? To be inspired? To visit over a cup of tea?

Thanks to the abrupt computer death I had to deal with last week, I’m behind on my blog reading, so I just discovered this was happening yesterday.  I missed the chance to nominate anyone, but I was reading through to see who was on the list.  A little catch formed in my throat when I spotted my own name among so many other blogs I admire and follow.  But when I made it to the bottom where Katherine announced the blog with the most nominations and found my own name again, I was stunned.

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If you’re reading this right now and you nominated me, thank you from the bottom of my heart.  It was an amazing surprise and I’m very grateful.  I’d love to be your neighbor too.  Anyone else have the Mr. Roger’s song floating through their head now? 

Here’s the section that explains what I’ve won:

GIVEAWAY: The person with the MOST nominations will be invited to send me a formerly-loved garment that I’ll make into some fun treasures and return. (Click here and here to read about last year’s winner!) Thank YOU for being MY good neighbors the past two years, and I hope to hear from you soon! ♥

I don’t know how many times I went into my bedroom and flipped through my closet on Sunday.  Finally, it hit me - the perfect article of clothing for this was in a bag under my bed.  I’m not going to reveal what it is just yet, but it’s my favorite color, very special to me, and I’m so excited to see what Katherine makes from it. 

I’d also like to thank three other blogs who nominated me for awards recently. 

Garden2Day was nice enough to nominate me for the Sunshine Award.  I learned we share the law enforcement family bond and a weakness for an occasional Kahlua and cream.

Little Fingers Big Art is so full of great ideas, it just makes me want to find a kidlet to craft with.  My thanks to them for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Last but not least, Book Chat nominated me for the Shine On Award, for which I’m very grateful.  I love reading, so book talk is always welcome.  I also share her love of strawberry shortcake.

My appreciation goes out to all these bloggers and to everyone who comes here to read and create.  I love writing, and knowing others are enjoying it is the icing on the cupcake.  My heart is full.

The Versatile Blogger Award

Much of the joy in crafting is in the process.  Taking materials and using your creativity to make them into something else is empowering.  However, there’s also a pleasant feeling that goes along with finding out someone else enjoys what you’ve created.  I got to experience that last week.

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Patty from Housewife in Training was kind enough to pass along the Versatile Blogger Award to me!  There are a couple of rules that go along with being a recipient of this award, and in order to show my appreciation to Patty for the honor, I’ll follow them. 

The first is that I’m supposed to tell you seven things about myself.  I was fortunate enough to receive this award from another blogger last year, so I thought about reusing those answers.  It’s Earth Day this week, right?  Reuse?  I know, I realized I was being lazy.  Here you go:

1.  I got a tattoo in Las Vegas a year and a half ago.  I was completely sober, planned it for months and designed it myself, with the help of my artistic sister.  It has elements that represent myself, my husband and my kids.  I love it.

2.   Three years ago, we loaded our kids in the car and drove around the country for two weeks.  We visited 16 states and many of our national landmarks.  Best vacation ever.

3.  I have a bad habit of buying the materials for the craft-of-the-moment, then putting the project off until the fad has passed.

4.  I was a model for a while during and after high school.  That was before the babies.

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6.  I have 11 nieces, 13 nephews, one great-nephew and a niece-in-law.

7.  I enjoy being on a boat, but you will never find me swimming around in deep water.  If you do, throw me a life preserver.

Now that you know all kinds of new things about me, on to step two.  I am supposed to share this award with 15 other bloggers.  This is in no way a complete list of all the blogs out there that I think are great.  Hopefully, some of these are new to you:

Always Expect Moore

Come Together Kids

Green Eyed Girl Crafts

Olivia Renn

Can’t Stop Making Things

So September

Visions of Sugar Plums

The Sweetest Kitchen

Two Girls Being Crafty

Ninth Street Notions

Mandy Mouse Creates

Raven’s Rascals

Homemade Mamas

Doodleboop Designs

Today’s Nest

Big thanks again to Patty at Housewife in Training!