Monday, March 29, 2010

7 Things About Me and Another Award

Two awards in two weeks?  What am I, famous?!

Katie Joy, of the illustrious Katie Joy Photography, has bequeathed upon me this Beautiful Blogger Award.  Isn't that lovely?  First Sunshine and now Beautiful-ness.  And yes, you read that right . . . I used the word "bequeathed" in the same paragraph as the word "beautiful-ness".  I truly am a wonder.

Well anyway, thank you, Katie!  For those of you not lurking around Club Indie, Katie is one of my awesome Indie Business classmates.  If you're in the Portland area and in need of a wedding photographer, check her out!  I went perusing her portfolio and found this adorable and chic gallery of images from a wedding she photographed in February.  Seriously, lovely stuff.  And just to show she's not one-sided in talented-ness, check out her page o' doodles.  They're just fun.  :)

Once again with the rules:
-Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog (it's only polite, I guess!)
- Copy the award and paste it to your blog.
- Tell us 7 interesting facts about yourself.
- Pass this award on to 12 fantastic bloggers you have discovered.
- Contact your nominations and let them know they’ve won.

First off, here are 12 Beautiful bloggers I have discovered as I've trekked the blogosphere:
  1. Myko Bocek Studios - she makes the most adorable little animals by hand.  I keep trying to win one of her little creations but so far her giveaways have eluded me.
  2. Larissa at mmmcrafts - I've been into her since I bought and made her Baby Bunny Binky pattern back in October.  Pretty much everything she does I really adore.
  3. pinksuedshoe - Just discovered her blog last week, and she's my newest subscription.  :)  Very much liking her style already.
  4. Danielle from threesixfiveart - One of my Indie Biz classmates with a seriously cool blog concept.  The kind that makes me wish I thought of it first.
  5. Dana from Made - Has anyone NOT heard of her at this point?  But she still deserves this award because she is seriously great at everything she does.
  6. Melissa from Checkout Girl - Not sure when or how I stumbled on her, but she makes the most lovely felt artwork.  Within 3 seconds of looking at her blog she was on my subscribe list..  I just love what she does.
  7. Amy from Progressive Pioneer - And not just because she hosted a giveaway that I won.  She has a very lovely blog about natural family living that is definitely worth checking out.. 
  8. Helen Dardik from Orange You Lucky - Illustration, vintage, toys, LOVE.  :)
  9. Joanna from Stardust Shoes - I've been reading her since I first discovered her little baby shoes pattern.  She has finally opened up on Etsy!
  10.  Amy from the Idea Room - She has so many awesome tutorials and giveaways, great ideas for stuff to do with kids, organizing tips . . . really, it's a complete package over there.
  11.  Haptree and Me:  Blogging tips galore, and tailored for all of us crafty seller wannabes out there!
  12. Nikki from You Sew Girl - She just posted this thing about bias binding that blew my mind.  Apparently I had no idea what I was doing every time I had used bias tape in the past.  Once again I take my hat off to my teachers round the blogosphere.  I'm still learning so much from all these kind people.
WHEW.  All I've got to say is you better go and visit e a c h and e v e r y one of those links because this post is taking f o r e v e r to write!

Ok, so here are some facts about me which may or may not actually be very interesting.  ;)
  1. I am in love with Pentel R.S.V.P. pens.  To the point where I will search for 20 minutes for one just to jot a note to myself down even when other (more inferior) pens are at hand.  Yes, I actively shun other pens.  This may or may not be completely weird and unhealthy of me, but I can't help it.  I like them.  And until I started writing this list I didn't realize they made this pen in more than just blue, black, and red.  Sky blue and violet, HERE I COME.

  2. I was in a 3 girl band in my early 20s.  I taught myself how to play guitar (poorly) and then a friend helped me up my skills and encouraged me to just let it all out and actually sing solo (something I never did in front of people before).  We wrote some songs together with (and about) one of my closest friends from college who played the djembe.  We even went "on tour" once (read: we drove from Michigan to South Carolina to see Jonny Lang in concert and stopped at rest stops along the way to bust out the tunes - - on our way back we detoured to Nashville just so we could play music on a street corner there and ending up meeting and playing with some really funny and modestly talented musicians.  We also came away from the experience about $10 richer.  Not bad for about an hour and half of impromptu playing on the street while knowing only 5 songs by heart).  I had so much fun playing and singing with those 2 girls that I refuse to say that the band broke up even though we all now live in different states and haven't played together in years.  We're just on a    r e a l l y    long hiatus at the moment.  That's it.  Here's me at one of the many open mic nights we played back in the day (connected to that strap was my friend's gorgeous Fender Strat he let me borrow for the "show"):

  3. When I was 8 years old, my Nana taught me how to knit .  I did some very basic garter stitch scarves that year as gifts for everyone I could.  She passed away several years ago, but every time I pick up and knit something I always think of her (and that variegated pastel yarn she dug out of her stash so I could make all those scarves).

    image by moria found via Flickr

  4. I learned how to play the piano when I was 12 (after I begged and begged my parents to get one for me) and kept with it for 7 years.  I got pretty stinkin' good at it but abandoned it when I went to college because I was afraid to play in front of other people.  The only piano close-by was in the common room at the entrance of my dorm and there was just too much in an out activity there for my fragile fingers.  I regret it wholeheartedly to this day.  It would have been quite a feat, but I wonder if I had stuck with it til now if I might be creeping up on being as good as Victor Borge.  Somehow I doubt it . . . that guy was a genius.

    image by seriousbri found via Flickr
  5. For some reason I went through an Elvis phase when I was about 10.  I would do impressions of him singing and make my older sister video tape me.  Related to this was a game we used to play wherein I was Elvis and my two sisters were his adoring fans.  Basically I would sing and run away from them as they clamored for my autograph.  I am seeing how strange this was now that I'm typing it out, but it did not at all seem weird at the time.

    image by kevindooley found via Flickr
  6. I went to an all girls Catholic high school.  In my junior or senior year I had a very hard nosed teacher for English who did not appreciate my brand of humor at all.  One time she told me, "Someday I really expect to see you on Saturday Night Live."  I could tell from her tone, that this was NOT a compliment. SNL was my favorite show at the time though, so I was ELATED at the news and secretly hoped she was prophetic.

    image by rick found via Flickr
  7. For the longest time, I really wanted to move to Guam.  There was something appealing to me about being somewhere remote and far and being anonymous.  I'm over that now but still think it might be cool to visit someday.

    Ok, there are my 7 things.  I bet you learned a lot from that didn't you?  Now, to you dear readers: Why don't you tell me something about you?  I often wonder about the people that read my little ole blog.  :)


Myko March 29, 2010 at 6:47 PM  

I read it and found it very entertaining! I've only had two give aways so far but I am sure you will win one in the future, heehee!;) Thanks for being such a great commentor (sp?)

threesixfive March 29, 2010 at 6:51 PM  

Thanks for the shout out...I will have to check out the other blogs too!!

Larissa Holland March 29, 2010 at 6:52 PM  

this is awesome! thanks you for featuring my blog as one of your picks. That was really sweet! I have to admit, I came here to thank you a few minutes ago, then got lost in all your great links to other blogs. So now I'm back to say thanks for your nomination and also thanks for the kickin' links. BTW, I had a friend who moved to Rota, which is an island near Guam. She no likey. People served fruit bats for dinner.

Joanna March 29, 2010 at 8:52 PM  

thanks for the linky love! :) xoxo

Skooks March 29, 2010 at 9:12 PM  

Fruit bats for dinner? I hadn't considered that. Thanks for the heads up, Larissa!

pinksuedeshoe March 29, 2010 at 10:50 PM  

That is an awesome must see blog list, and I am so thrilled to be a part of it. (I have been in love with mmmcrafts since I first happened upon her too.) And I started collecting RSVP Pens when I was in junior high. I think I still have the sky blue and purple and pink and green ones.... I'll have to go dig them out. Oh, and in my craft closet I have a box that is just for pens and pencils, I never throw them away. Which is why there is a really good possibility that the pink and green one's are still in there.

Kathy March 30, 2010 at 11:41 AM  

Okay, glad I'm not the only one in love with certain pens -- and those Pentel RSVP's are one of my favorites also. I will also search high and low, even just to jot a note, rather than write with some inferior cheapo brand.
Thanks too for some new blogs to check out, you always find the good ones.

Amy {The Idea Room} March 30, 2010 at 11:44 AM  

Thanks so much for the award! Love that you were in a singing group and played the guitar. That was a dream of mine once (play guitar) but I am just not very musical. I will check out some of the other blogs you listed that I have not heard of. Thanks for including me in your list.

Brooke March 30, 2010 at 6:57 PM  

hahaha, such fun facts! I'm excited to check out your links!!

Kathy March 31, 2010 at 2:00 PM  

Like your new banner!

Moorea Seal April 1, 2010 at 12:34 AM  

yaaaay girl bands! well, i'm the girl in a 5 person band which consists of 1 girl and 4 boys. but the boys are all about the girls doing their thang and being awesome which makes being in a band with them amazing. go you creative girl!

Anonymous,  April 1, 2010 at 10:34 PM  

JAEL forever! SB

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