Liebster Award

Liebster Award

Thanks to Oh Yes They Did for nominating me for the Liebster award!

Here’s how it works:

1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 blogs.
5. Notify those blogs of the nomination.
6. Give them 11 questions to answer

First up – the questions given to me

1.What prompted you to start blogging?

I first started blogging way back in high school, just as an online diary. Nobody read it!

I also have a Body Positive blog that I started to help me work through what I was learning.

And finally this blog was created because I wanted to share the process of setting up/opening/running my Etsy shop, and the things that I make.

2. What is the best advice you would give to new bloggers?

Don’t do it for the stats; do it for the community.

Sure it feels nice when you log in and see you’ve had 100 views, but the very next day you can be right back to 0 again. The community and friendships you make will last much longer, and ultimately be more worthwhile.

3. What is your favourite season and why?

In England my favourite is Spring – it’s sunny (mostly) but not too hot, and everything is growing and looking beautiful.

In Scotland it’s Summer, because there’s nothing like three months of solid rain to help you appreciate those two days of glorious, scorching sunshine.

4. Who has had the biggest influence in your life?

Hmm that’s a tough one. Considering how like her I am, I’d have to say my Mum. We’re both introverts, both readers, admin-minded, kinda stubborn, creatives. We believe in doing a job properly and accurately, we cry so easily, and we’re pretty darn good at baking!

But I also have to mention The Militant Baker. This blog led me to take my very first steps into Body Positivity, which has grown into positive changes in every aspect of my life.

5. Do you have any pets?

Not yet, but I’ve finally moved into a flat where pets are allowed so soon I will have a cat! At last!

6. What new skill would you like to learn in the future?

Oh there’s a list. Tatting, felting, whittling, sword fighting, chocolate tempering, archery, deadlifting, knitting in the round, weaving, speaking several languages… there’s just not enough time in the day!

7. What is your dream vacation?

Somewhere warm and sunny with a pool and without any children, and with beautiful hikes to discover when I get bored of lying on my sun lounger.

8. If you could choose to have a super power, which one would you want?

Teleportation. I’d have so much more time for that list of skills!

9. What is your favourite movie?

There are a few that rotate: The Book of Life, Moulin Rouge, Mulan, Scott Pilgrim, Stardust.

10. What was your favourite toy as a child?

I had a huge, fluffy pink bunny called Sammy. She had her arms open wide like she was constantly asking for a hug.

11. What is your comfort food?



Okay 11 facts about me…lemme think

  1. Due to my colouring, people have assumed I’m from Spain, Italy, India, Greece, Pakistan, and Portugal
  2. But I’m actually as British as they come – my Nan did our family tree and for at least 5 generations back we’re only English, Scottish, or Welsh
  3. I’m currently learning to speak Welsh and Spanish, just for funsies
  4. Last September I sprained my knee at pole dance class, and it still hasn’t fully recovered
  5. I made it to 26 years old before breaking my first bone – my little finger
  6. I have modelled for a life drawing class, and it was really fun!
  7. When I was in New Zealand, which is utterly fabulous, I still missed Glasgow
  8. In year 11 I briefly considered becoming an Occupational Therapist
  9. Before moving to Scotland I had weekly flute lessons. I love the flute, but I didn’t like my teacher and spent the whole day dreading it
  10. I got 100% in my Grade 1 music theory test
  11. But just barely passed my driving theory test

So now you know.


I’m going to nominate 11 blogs, but none of you have to do this if you don’t want to.


Curly Girl Crochet

Crocheted By Tess

Kick Arse crochet

Snail of Happiness


Mrs Craft

Imperial Crochet

Emma Crafts Design



And here are my questions if you feel like answering them

  1. What are your hobbies?
  2. What’s your favourite colour?
  3. When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  4. Lunch and dinner, or dinner and tea?
  5. Do you speak/sign any languages other than English?
  6. Do you have a favourite number?
  7. What’s your favourite smell, and why?
  8. Are you a book sniffer? (I know I’m not the only one!)
  9. Do you blog to a schedule or just whenever the muse takes you?
  10. Would you rather be rich or famous?
  11. What’s your favourite type of weather?

The end, well done if you’ve read this far!



Versatile Blogger Award 

Oh oh oh I’ve been nominated for an award!  Thank you sooo much Tami of Tanglewood Knots!

Versatile blogger


The Versatile Blogger Award is an award given by bloggers to other up-and-coming bloggers. It is designed to encourage new bloggers to keep up the good work and help people to discover new blogs.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
  • List the rules and display the Versatile Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate up to 15 bloggers of your choice and let them know.

So here we go!

Seven Facts About Me

  1. My ‘real’ job is being an Administration Assistant for a rail company (although I might get a title change in the next 2 weeks)
  2. My Aunty taught me my very first crochet stitch, but the rest I taught myself using Youtube.
  3. I sing with a community choir every week, and I LOVE it!
  4. I have a Masters degree in Creative Writing
  5. I’ve been dancing salsa for six and a half years
  6. I really want a (very small) tattoo, but I’m too much of a wuss
  7. As well as salsa, crochet, zentangle, card making, singing, baking, writing, and all my other hobbies, I also enjoy face painting

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15 Blogs I Nominate as Versatile Bloggers

Oooh this is tricky. There are so many fantastic blogs out there, and really I’m only just starting to discover them!

  1. Craft and other crazy plans aside from having a gorgeous cover photo that I just want to squish, does crochet and card making, just like me!
  2. It’s all in a nutshell has lovely crochet patterns and CALs. It’s my hope that at some point this year I’ll get to try out the Mandala Madness CAL, because it’s GORGEOUS.
  3. Homemade Geekery is new to crochet, but producing some serious quality items. My favourite so far is the shark hat.
  4.  Isn’t She Crafty makes beautiful greetings cards. I’m enjoying her current stash-busting drive.
  5.  Handdrawn Yarn loves dyeing (hehehe) and produces some really stunning yarn colourways, and also makes adorable tiny yarn-ball earrings that I wanted as soon as I saw them.
  6.  Blinking Cat was one of the first crafty blogs I found. I love the Moogly CAL that’s running at the moment.
  7.  Lotje’s Little Gifts shares my wonder at the magic of crochet, and has some super cute patterns.
  8.  Paperpuff is another card-making blog I love, and has just recently posted about a knitted FO that makes me want to learn to knit.
  9.  Puddleside Musings has some really helpful crafting and storage tips, and still sends hand-written letters to penpals. I used to write letters all the time, I really must get back to it…
  10.  I love Crochet 539 because she makes adorable little crochet earrings, but also because she crochets for charity e.g. blankets for sick children and super things like that.
  11. Just today I discovered Five Monkeys Menagerie, with super cute amis and more charity knitting/crocheting making goodies to donate to hospitals for premature babies.
  12.  HStone Yarn Craft just shared some awesome Minecraft crochet squares. I’m definitely keeping my eye on those!
  13.  Diane’s Crochet just tried an ami for the first time, and it’s much better than mine turn out with two year’s practice 😉
  14.  Twinklehook tells it like it is, which I love, and produces some gorgeous crocheted goodies.
  15.  And finally, another of the first crafty blogs I found, Two Hearts Crochet. She has Firefly squares and Star Trek amis. Need I say more?


Gosh that was actually quite hard work. I’m sorry if I’ve missed anyone out – I love each and every blog that I like, comment on, and follow, and I super love this crafting community that I’ve stumbled across!

Thanks again for the nomination, Tami 🙂