Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Thank You Gwen!

So, the other day I discovered that the lovely Gwen of the blog All My Seams included me in her nominations for the Lovely Blog/Very Inspiring Blog Awards.  I am deeply flattered by, and appreciative of, her recognition.  Gwen does beautiful work and, if you subscribe to Threads Magazine or can get your hands on one, the most recent issue that just came out (for February?) has a "Readers' Closet" article which features a gorgeous jacket made by Gwen.  It is absolutely a "must see."

The Rules of the Award provide as follows:

1.  Thank the person who nominated you.  (See above)
2.  Add The One Lovely Blog Award/Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post.  (also see above)
3.  Share 3 things about yourself.
4.  Pass the award on to 10 nominees.
5.  Include this set of rules.
6.  Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs.

Three things about myself?  Well, let's see:

1.  I love cheese.  (which is really is an understatement of my feelings about cheese.)  I am fairly indiscriminate in the variety of cheeses I am more than obliging to consume, but I would have to say that my favorite is Brie.  Although a true Brie connoisseur would probably consider me a barbarian because I much prefer my Brie to be well on its way down the path to over-ripe.  As in, you can smell it from the next room.  Which reminds me of a line in a Family Guy rerun I recently watched on TV.  Something was making a horrendous smell and one character asked what it could be.  The character Brian (who is a dog, if you don't watch the show) responded that he wasn't sure, but thought it was "either really bad meat or really good cheese."  Hilarious.

2.  I got my undergraduate degree (a B.F.A.) from the Department of Drama/Dance at the University of Montana.  My emphasis was in costume construction.  I had no desire to be a costume designer, but I absolutely loved the process of taking the designer's two-dimensional rendering of a character in costume and making it come alive in three dimensions.  And I got to learn a lot about flat-patterning and draping.

3.  For a nearly complete turn-around after getting my B.F.A., I went on to law school.  Rather than go into private practice as an attorney, however, I have spent my years since law school working as a law clerk for three different judges.  I have been very lucky to have fallen into this field of work and to have been allowed to it for so many years.  The people I have had the opportunity to work for and with (both currently and in the past) are truly amazing.

I know this award has been making the rounds of the internet for the last few weeks, so I'm sure all of the bloggers that I love to follow already have been nominated by someone else.  If you've previously been nominated, or if you don't care to participate in awards, please feel free to disregard this.  Actually, it is quite difficult to narrow my list to only ten bloggers, but these are the ones that come to mind first.

Each of these sewists has a developed personal aesthetic which I really admire, even though it doesn't always coincide with mine.  These sewists' blogs exude the passion and skill with which they approach the art and craft of sewing.  I also am appreciative of the generous way in which they share their knowledge and love of sewing with others.  Several of these bloggers are not currently active on their blogs, but it is well worth going back to read their previous posts (over and over again)--I can only hope that they eventually decide to become actively involved in the internet sewing community again some day.

1.  Shams of Communing with Fabric.  I was so flattered and excited (I think I even did a little dance around the room) when Shams became my first follower after I set up my blog.

2.  Margy of A Fool for Fabric

3.  JillyBe of JillyBeJoyful

4.  Robyn (BlueMooney) of UnZipped

5.  Peg of Deconstruct, Alter, Create

6.  TerriK of SewTerri

7.  Ann of Stitch Me Up

8.  Shannon of HungryZombieCouture

9.  Myrna of MyrnaGiesbrecht

10.  And, of course, the incomparable Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic

To those who celebrate the occasion, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  To everyone, regardless of the special occasion you may (or may not) celebrate, I send thoughts of peace and good will unto others which we should all have in mind no matter what time of year it is.  And may the New Year bring us all wondrous and beautiful things!