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I Have Been Nominated For The Liebster Award!

Liebster AwardWhat an honor to be nominated for a blog award!

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

My nomination for this award comes from the lovely Kelley of Oceans Originals.  Kelley is a beautiful soul that loves the Ocean as you can clearly tell by visiting her blog.  She designs her own patterns and I have been fortunate enough to have been asked to test her patterns for her.  She has many free patterns on her site that are just gorgeous.  Please visit her site using the link above – you will not regret it and will feel the island vibe immediately. Thank you so much Kelley, for the nomination!

As a nominee I am to list 10 Facts about myself:

  1. I am left handed but crochet and knit right handed as that is how my Oma taught me.
  2. My first language was German but learned English at an early age.
  3. I live in an area where Peacocks run wild.
  4. I work as a Surety Broker but my dream is to one day open my own yarn shop.
  5. I do yoga everyday.
  6. I am gluten intolerant.
  7. I belong to an organization called the National Association of Women in Construction.
  8. I lived in Turkey for a few years.
  9. I am Italian and German.
  10. My family loves to go camping.

In addition to providing you the 10 facts about myself – intended for you to get to know me better – Kelley has presented me with several questions of her own:

  1. How/when did you start crocheting? I started crocheting at a very early age.  My Oma (German Grandma) taught me to knit and crochet most likely around the age of 8 or 9.
  2. What blog post are you most proud of?  I would say the blog I am most proud of is the one on how to clean a granite composite sink.  This one gets a view at least once a day.
  3. What is your favorite song? My favorite song is Happy by Pharrell Williams
  4. What is your favorite book? hmmm that is a tough one… I would say it is the one I recently read called: Present Not Perfect
  5. What is your favorite t.v. show?  My favorite TV show was Army Wives – so sad that ended.
  6. What is your ideal vacation? My ideal vacation would be a trip where I could be surrounded by nature – either in the mountains or at the beach.  I would be camping for sure!
  7. Do you have any pets? I do not have any pets, but we sure have a ton of peacocks.
  8. Do you have any advice for new bloggers? My advice for new bloggers is to just go for it.  Write about what interests you – chances are there are others out there with the same interests.
  9. Do you have any non-crafting hobbies? Most of my hobbies involve crafting, but I do like to cook as well.
  10. What is your favorite dessert?  My favorite dessert is a banana split – loaded with all the sauces, fruits and nuts…. Yum!
  11. Sunny days or rainy days? Definitely rainy days since I live in California and we welcome the rain.  Cuddled up by the fire  – crocheting or knitting.   

Now for the fun part…. I get to choose some nominees!  Drumroll please….

It’s A T-Sweets Day

Gifted Goodies

Sew RED-y


Sew Everything Blog

I do hope these bloggers will accept the nomination and play along.  I am now going to ask you a few questions of my own.

  1. Out of all the countries you have visited, which one did you like the most?
  2. Bike or Train?
  3. Apple or Samsung?
  4. Name the top 3 most beautiful beaches you have visited?
  5. Does blogging replace or enhance journaling?
  6. When do you find time to blog?
  7. Would you rather explore the deep ocean or outer space?
  8. Do you speak any other languages besides your native tongue?
  9. Left or right handed?
  10. If you could be any super hero, who would you be and why?                               I do hope all of the nominees decide to play along.  You can find the official rules here.   Have Fun!

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

inspiring blog award

I WAS NOMINATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I am beyond flabbergasted and honored to be nominated to receive this award.  I haven’t  been blogging for very long and have been nominated for two awards already.  The thing that honors me most about this award is that I was nominated by Norah of Life as a Culinary Girl. She has such a sweet and inspiring blog and to think that she chose me is truly wonderful.  She is very creative in the kitchen and with the pen.  She posts her wonderful recipes and her beautiful writing on her blog and I do hope you will stop by and visit her.

Part of being nominated for the reward asks that I list 8 things about myself.  Wow, that is a tough one – where do I start?????  Well how about the beginning –

1.  I am the oldest of three girls – each of us born in a different Country.  I am the only one born in the United States.

2.  I am a Mom to a lovely daughter, a wonderful son and grandma to a beautiful granddaughter. These three are the joys of my life.

3.  Though I work in an office again, I am a domestic at heart and love all things homemade.

4.  I am left handed but do all my crocheting and knitting right handed.  My Oma (German Grandmother) taught me and she was right handed.  She wanted to be able to help me in the event that I made an error and to do this she needed to see my work right handed.

5.  I have been living in So. California for 23 years but before that I lived In Germany for 14.  Moving from Germany to So. California was quite a difference, but I have grown accustomed to the faster pace though I do miss Germany a lot.

6.  My hobbies include, but are not limited to: cooking, crocheting, knitting, painting, jewelry making,  reading, sewing, yoga, and now blogging.

7.  I love to travel and have already visited many wonderful locations: France, Turkey, Hungary, Germany, Holland, Luxembourg, Canada, Mexico, various United States but my favorite place of all time is Alaska.

8.   I love to laugh, it is good for the soul.

The next part of the award is for me to bestow this special honor on bloggers who inspire me with their posts and blogs.

Life as a Culinary Girl – of course she is at the top of my list and inspires me to have fun and enjoy life.

Lil Blue Boo – she has fought and survived cancer and her cancer chronicles are truly inspiring.

Salt and Chocolate – she has such a cute blog and tells of her family adventures and traditions

Stars for Streetlights – her blog is so full of fun and creative ideas she is a true crafting inspiration

Fake it Frugal – very inspiring thrifty ways to home make otherwise processed foods.

A Pretty Life In The Suburbs – very sweet blog – wonderful recipes.

Frugal By Choice Cheap By Necessity – Great blog for keeping it homemade and under budget.

The Small Things Blog – great blog for beauty and hair tips.

I hope you will visit some of these blogs as I know you will enjoy them as much as I do. There are so many wonderfully inspiring blogs out there and to think I was nominated as a “Very Inspiring Blogger” is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

Super Sweet Blogging Award

Super Sweet Blogging Award!

I was so honored today to see the message that I had been nominated by Norah from Life as a Culinary Girl for the Super Sweet Blogger Award.  When you visit her site you will immediately feel her fun loving spirit in all that she cooks and writes about.  I encourage you to visit her site and see for yourself.  I am always amazed at how she manages to turn simple meals such as Mac n’ Cheese into a true masterpiece.  Not to mention the many, many uses she has for her rice cooker.  Thank you so much Norah for the nomination.

I am honored to partake in this award and if you are nominated, here are the rules:

Rules for Super Sweet Blogging Award include:

1  Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
2  Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back.
3 Answer the “Super Sweet” questions.
4  Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen” (= 13)** blogs for the award, and link to their blogs in your post, notify them on their blogs.
5  Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

Super Sweet Questions:

1. Cookies or Cake?     


2. Chocolate or Vanilla?


3. What is your favorite sweet treat?     

Vanilla Ice – cream with hot fudge sauce, whipped cream and nuts – yummy

4. When do you crave sweet things the most?     

In the evening

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?     

Honey – since I am enjoying all the various flavors of honey right now. 

Not all of the blogs I follow are cooking blogs but they are sweet none the less so here are my nominations for the Baker’s Dozen!

Not Without Butter

Boomtown Sisters

Something Winnderful

The Collegiate Conquest

Cheryl Marie Knits

Not Your Average Zoe

Frugal by Choice Cheap by Necessity

Stars for Streetlights

Salt and Chocolate

Artsy-Crafty Babe

Crab & Bee

The Renegade Seamstress


Each of the blogs I nominated inspire me with their creativity.  Whether it be creating in the form of sewing,knitting or crochet; or creating in the kitchen by baking, cooking, and coming up with unique ways to stop using as much processed foods and create more from scratch – these blogs all deserve the Super Sweet Blogging Award.  Congratulations to you all!