Sunday, 6 February 2011

A Wonderful Blog Award Received

Good morning everyone,

Once again I am thrilled and delighted to have been given an award.

Lovely Lyn of Spyder’s Corner made the award a couple of weeks ago – thank you so much for thinking of me. Lyn is always so encouraging of my poor efforts at crafting and it's always lovely to receive other bloggers recognition, but all the more so because not only are they my peers but also that they are so much more talented and inspirational than I will ever be!

In accepting this Award, I am required to tell you 8 things about myself and then pass it on to 8 others. And that is why there has been a delay between award and post. Help! It has not only been difficult to think of eight factoids about moi that could possibly be of interest to you, but also choosing only eight of my fellow bloggers – you are all so inspirational, talented, ingenious, clever, funny, bright and stylish and encouraging to a beginner like me. How to choose just eight? Well I forced myself to stick to this limit but please understand that these eight are representative of you all – because you are all deserving of this award : )

Firstly the eight factoids about myself - (feel free to skip this section if you wish):

1. I love, love, love red shoes. So much so that when I was bought my first pair at the age of 2 took them to bed with me. Ditto black patent shoes. A few years back, on holiday in Eire, I discovered the most gorgeous pair and paid an astronomical price for them – I almost cried when they eventually wore out beyond repair.

2. I learned to knit when I was 4 years old – my lovely grandmother taught me.

3. I have never tried to eat an oyster – just can’t stand the look of them.

4. When I was 18 I joined the army (think Private Benjamin and you’ll get a fairly accurate picture). Had a ball and picked up a few useful life skills, e.g. map reading and orienteering (who says women can’t read maps?), electricity and magnetism (I can top up an acid battery with the best of them) and how to abseil down a rock face. I can honestly say it was the best job I ever had.

5. I lived in Germany for 6 years and both my kids were born there.

6. I became a student at Manchester University when I was in my mid 40s and graduated with a second class honours degree in American Studies the year I became 50. My 50th birthday party was the best ever. Incidentally, it was at this time I met the current and present DH : )

7. I spent the third year of my degree studying at Wellesley College, near Boston, Massachusetts – a women’s college. The grounds of Wellesley are absolutely gorgeous – it was like studying in a botanic garden.

8. I wrote a paper with pornography as the topic whilst at Wellesley – me, a die-hard feminist who firmly believes that pornography is both exploitative and distasteful!! I was studying a course on cinema at the time and drew the short straw when it came to the subject for my project.

Finally, my chosen eight are (drum roll here):

Ginny – As I Do Rodos - for always encouraging me in my efforts.

Shaz in Oz – Cards Calligraphy - for her beautiful and inspirational work

Carrie - Carrie on Carrie - for never failing to send a word of encouragement

Chrissie – Simply One of a Kind - encouraging me to think clean and simple with her beautiful cards

Maggie – Silvercrafter - for giving brilliant tips and wrinkles

Sarah – La De Dah  - for her beautiful and inspirational work

Kath – Kath’s Blog  - not forgetting the bundle of golden deliciousness - Buddy

Terry - Goin’ Over the Edge - another crafter whose work inspires me

Right, that's it for today. I'm off to visit my daughter and her family and see how much my wee great-granddaughter  has grown this week. So not a lot of crafting being done this weekend but I'm hoping to get an hour or so later this evening.


Chrissie said...

Elizabeth, this is so kind of you to think of me with this award, in fact I was fortunate enough to receive it a short time ago and it took me ages to think of things to tell about myself, so I may just make a post about your generosity and then refer readers to the other things I quoted!
Thank you so much again!

Carrie said...

Elizabeth, I cannot thank you enough for this wonderful award. It is so very heartwarming to know that you have chosen me out of all those talented crafters and bloggers. Your blog is always a pleasure to follow and I love looking at the wonderful things you have made. You are both talented and inspirational and I always look forward to joining in your crafting adventures. Thanks again for making my day so special.

Hazeyj said...

Well done Elizabeth - the award is so well deserved and what you say about your peers, I think about you - your work inspires me! I was entranced by your secrets - I did not skip - and think you have had an interesting and intruiging life so far! I am such a neb! Hazel x

Kath Stewart said...

hi el;izabeth congrats on getting this award and big thank yous for passing it on to us...we really appreciate it...hugs from kath & buddy xxx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Oh thanks so very much for this Elizabeth! I am so very sorry for the delay in reply I thought I had already come on here and thanked you for thinking of my blog and then thinking it was worthy of an award!
You are such a great encouragement and blessing, it is folk like you that make blogging worthwhile, thanks so very very much, have struggled too in my post in reply to this but managed it today, hard to write about yourself isn't it? and then to only chose 8!!
Love from a very excited and grateful Shaz in Oz.x

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Thank you so much for thinking of me for this award, Elizabeth. For someone like you to think my blog is worthy of such an award is so encouraging. I did read all your facts and secrets and thoroughly enjoyed doing it. I shall be posting my reply this weekend, I hope, as soon as I have finally chosen my 8. Thank you again.