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.