I’m terrible, you guys. The worst. (No, wait: Britta is the worst. But I’m 2nd.)
I have been very generously nominated for a Liebster Award by not one, but TWO amazing fellow bloggers. Poor Kathy (aka The Nerdy Seamstress, whose blog you should definitely be reading) nominated me back in February, and Chuleenan (C Sews herself, an incredibly talented sewist whose blog you should ALSO definitely be reading) nominated me a few days ago. I am just now getting around to writing this up–sorry, ladies! (Especially Kathy, because this took me 2 months after your post, that I definitely read and even commented on! Yikes.) Thank you both SO MUCH! Not just for the nominations, but for reading my sporadic ramblings. =) You both inspire me to sew more and to sew better, and it’s always a pleasure reading about what you’re up to next!
The tricky part of this for me is nominating other bloggers with fewer than 500 followers. I know of a couple, but so many of the blogs I follow have more than that. I’ll do my best, though! =) Other Liebster responsibilities include thanking the blogger who nominated you (check!), answering 11 questions posed to you by your nominator(s), coming up with 11 new questions to ask of the 11 people you nominate, and tagging your nominees and commenting on their blogs to let them know they have been nominated. First up: answering a double-dose of 11 (aka 22) questions!
1. What interesting fact about yourself that you want people to know?
I’m 28 and still have a baby tooth. =) Although I did get braces a few months ago, so it won’t be here much longer! (Yeah, interesting fact #2: I have braces now. FML forever.)
2. Why did you take up sewing?
Because I love vintage clothes. I use vintage patterns almost exclusively, and it’s a cool way (to me) to preserve history while being able to add vintage (repro) pieces to my wardrobe without having to hunt for them in the wild and hope I find what I want at a price I can manage.
3. Other than sewing, if time weren’t a concern, how would you spend your day?
Napping or vegging out in front of the TV, preferably with unlimited Coca-Cola and delicious pizza. So…I guess I’d be like a college student. =)
4. What have you learned most from maintaining a blog?
How hard it is!! I never expected to feel a sense of obligation to keep up with it, but I totally do. And that’s not a bad thing! But it’s hard to want to take time to write frequently (especially when my sewing isn’t going well) or think of things to write about (especially when my sewing isn’t going well). I want to try harder to get on a schedule and share things with people, whether it’s pieces from my vintage wardrobe, updates on sewing projects, plans, or inspirations, or random life stuff that might be worth reading about.
5. What other artistic/crafty things do you like to do?
I play a few instruments and am in a band, which I guess qualifies as artistic. I also enjoy pressing flowers when the mood strikes; I’ve got my grandmother’s flower press (which is FULL OF HER PRESSINGS) and it’s a cool way to feel connected to her (especially since I did not think to save any flowers from her funeral several years ago, which I regret now).
6. What’s your favorite outdoor activity?
This question can best be answered with a picture:
7. If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
Pay off the house/student loans/car, etc., do a little frivolous spending, and then invest the rest so I don’t end up eating cat food when I’m 40. (Boring, but practical: The “Mads” Story!)
8. What’s your favorite childhood memory?
Going to Wisconsin every summer for a 2-week fishing trip. Fishing is fun (especially when you don’t have to bait or de-fish your own hook) and I always tried to eat my weight in string cheese and pizza. Seriously, you guys: there is no better string cheese than Wisconsin string cheese!
9. What’s your make that you’re proud of?
My vintage Simplicity 1281
. It’s the best thing I’ve made in terms of lack of flaws, and I finished it in under a week–a record for me! Plus it’s the thing I’ve made that I wear the most.
10. What have you learned most from sewing?
Patience. Every time I rush, I fuck up or get less-than-stellar results. I also learn patience when I’m trying to decipher the instructions on some of these vintage patterns; they are not very n00b-friendly!
11. What’s your guilty pleasure?
Singing in my car. Loudly. If I have a 2-hr car trip by myself, I will be hoarse by the time I reach my destination!
1. What is the first thing you sewed that you liked enough to wear in public?
Oddly enough, it’s the actual first thing I made: a Colette Hawthorn sleeveless dress.
2. Where did you grow up?
A very small place called Defiance, OH. I still go back there to have my hair done by the same woman who has cut my hair since I was born. Other than that, I mostly stay away!
3. What are your favorite colors?
Black, gray, orange, purple, and certain blues.
4. What’s your favorite season of the year?
Early Fall. It’s like a fence-sitter between the hottest of summer and the damp, moldy fall weather.
5. What’s the last sewing book you bought?
“Authentic Victorian Dressmaking Techniques” by Kristina Harris. I’m hoping to learn some good hand-sewing skills from this one.
6. Have you made anything from a vintage (or vintage-inspired) sewing pattern?
Yep! I’ve only made or mostly-made 4 vintage garments, but they’re my favorite patterns. I’ve got over 50 of them filed and waiting to be made!
7. If so, did you like how it turned out and did you wear it out?
I’m really proud of how the two I actually finished came out, and I wear them regularly. There is one dress that I liked okay, but the fabric I picked just wasn’t right for that kind of dress, so I never finished it. (I’ll be salvaging the skirt section to hopefully make a top.) The first thing I ever tried to make was a vintage blouse, but I stopped most of the way through because the scrap fabric I used wasn’t remotely wearable and I wanted to turn my attention to something that I would actually wear.
8. What helpful sewing tip did you pick up over the past year?
French seams! I always get excited when my plans for a garment allow me to use them; they’re so clean and nice-looking!
9. What’s your favorite sewing machine presser foot?
The regular boring one, haha! It’s basically all I use, since I hand-pick my zippers and am trying to do bound buttonholes as much as I can. I’d like to try out a walking/even feed foot though, because that would probably become my favorite.
10. What’s your favorite cuisine (Thai, French, Italian, etc.)?
Boring old American, specifically pizza. (It feels wrong to call pizza Italian, LOL!) It’s mostly all I eat. Also: fried chicken and steak fries. Mmmmmmmm. Is it dinner time yet?!?
11. What’s your favorite dessert? If you have a recipe, please share it!
I don’t really eat dessert, but I love making it! Here’s how I do (miniature) cheesecakes, which have become my go-to dessert to make for any function or occasion; I always get compliments on these, so they must be good! The recipe can easily be customized to make different flavors, or to lower the carb count (which I had to do when Tom went on a diet that limited his carb count to under 100 per day). The almond and raisin measurements aren’t exact–I always eyeball the crust stuff, so apologies if you end up with more crust than filling, like I always do!
2 x 8oz bricks of cream cheese, softened
1 cup (8oz container) sour cream
2 (large) eggs
3/4 cup white granulated sugar or Splenda/sugar substitute
1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins, chopped
2 to 3 cups almonds, chopped
1/4 to 1/2 stick butter, unsalted
Preheat oven to 375.
Using a food processor, crush up almonds and raisins; combine and set aside.
Melt butter; stir into almond/raisin mixture until you can mold it with your fingers and it mostly stays put! Line cheesecake pan or cupcake liners with this mixture, compressing the crust as you go. Set aside. (Side note: this crust is really low in carbs AND delicious!)
Combine cream cheese and sugar/Splenda until whipped. Add sour cream, eggs, and vanilla and beat until smooth. Pour into pan or cupcake liners. Bake for about 30-45 minutes (for full cake) or 15-20 minutes (for cupcakes) OR until a toothpick comes out with chunky cake batter on it (runny means it’s not done) and cracks have begun to form in the cake; if making a full cake, the edges will probably start to turn golden as well. Allow to cool and then transfer to the refrigerator until completely chilled. Serve with any garnish you choose, and eat up! =)
Without further self-centered ramblings, here are my nominees for the Liebster Award! I didn’t check to see if any of you had previously been nominated, so I apologize if that’s the case. I’m mostly going by Bloglovin’ and WordPress numbers for follower count, so sorry (again!) if that’s not your entire total and you’re actually over 500.
Here are the questions I have for all of you:
1. How long have you been blogging, and why did you start?
2. What is one hobby you’ve always wanted to take up, but haven’t?
3. Which real person (past or present) is your hero or inspiration, and why?
4. What’s the one thing you’ve made that you’re the most embarrassed of or never use/wear?
5. How do you reconcile your online persona with the “real” you, and how do you choose what NOT to share on your blog?
6. What is one thing that others might be surprised to learn about you?
7. If you could only listen to one album for an entire year, which one would it be?
8. As far as you are concerned, what is the rudest thing ever?
9. What’s one thing you wish you were better at?
10. What’s on your ideal pizza?
11. How are you? (Seriously–I want to know!)
BONUS QUESTION: True or False: “Clue” is one of the best movies of all time.
I’m sincerely looking forward to reading any answers you all post. Thanks again to Kathy and Chuleenan for my nominations–this is so fun!