Sunshine Blogger Award


Thanks to Tilly for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I was sure I’d had this one before, but I can’t find a post about it so yay for a new one 🙂

Sunshine Blogger Award – Things to Do

• Answer 11 questions the blogger asked you.

• List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your blog post.

• Nominate 11 new bloggers & their blogs. Leave a comment on their blog to let them know they received the award and ask your nominees 11 new questions.

  1. What is your favourite day of the week and why? Saturday, because it usually means archery with friends, followed by a meal out with the boyfriend, and a comfy evening snuggled on the sofa with a film and hot chai. Perfect!
  2. Would you prefer to be a superhero or super villain? Hero – I like helping people too much to be a villain. Although villains do get better outfits…
  3. What is on your favourite sandwich? Chicken, pesto, and mayo – Preferably toasted.
  4. Do you speak a second language? If no, would you like to learn one? I don’t, but I’m currently learning Welsh and I’d love to learn Gaelic or Scots as well.
  5. When was the last time you went to the zoo? Last year.
  6. Do you want to be famous? Absolutely not. I hate being the centre of attention and I can’t stand people nosing into my business.
  7. Would you rather have vegetables or fruit? Usually fruit.
  8. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? Cuba is currently top of my list. I desperately want to dance Cuban salsa in Cuba! Also sunshine.
  9. What is your favourite art medium? Writing, particularly short stories.
  10. Why did you start blogging? Ooft that was a long time ago now. I know I started it in conjunction with my Etsy shop so it was probably a combined marketing/behind the scenes/memory aid thing. I’m not sad that it didn’t turn out that way; I love the community of crafters I’ve found on here.
  11. What advice do you have for new bloggers? Write what you want, not what you think you should. ‘Should’ might be popular and get tons of views, but if you don’t really care about it then it won’t be maintainable and/or will drain all your joy.


I’ve lost track of who does and doesn’t like these things, so I’m not going to nominate anyone specific. If you’re a follower and you fancy answering my set of questions then consider yourself nominated. (Please. I’m really nosy!)

  1. What did you want to be when you grew up?
  2. What did you end up doing, and do you enjoy it?
  3. What has been your favourite moment of 2020 so far?
  4. What are you looking forward to this year?
  5. If money were no object, what new skill would you learn?
  6. Have you ever tried starting an Etsy shop?
  7. What did you last dream about?
  8. Do you believe dreams have certain meanings?
  9. What superstitions do you hold, if any?
  10. In conversation, do you prefer speaking or listening?
  11. Do you ever feel like a ‘proper’ grown-up?



40 things about me

More fun from Kathy and I’m joining in!

1. Do you like mustard? Only in a honey-mustard combination.
2. Choice of carbonated beverage? Doctor Pepper
3. Ever traveled to another country? China, Morocco, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, Sweden, ‘Murica, Wales.
4. Whiskey, Tequila, Vodka? Vodka if I must
5. Hot dogs or Cheeseburgers? Cheeseburgers
6. Favorite Type Of food? Thai
7. Do you believe in ghosts? Nope
8. What do you drink in the mornings? Black coffee
9. Can you do a 100 pushups? Nope
10. Summer, Winter, Spring, Or Fall? Summer
11. Favorite hobby? Powerlifting
12. Tattoos? No, but I do want some
13. Do you wear glasses? No
14. Phobia? Balloons
15. Nickname? Hannah spanner fish cake (don’t ask)
16. Three drinks you drink? Chai, coffee, water
17. Biggest Downfall? Over-thinking
18. Rain or Snow? Rain
19. Piercings? 2 in each ear
20. Age? 31
21. Taken or Single? Well I have a boyfriend.
22. How long taken or single? 4 months
23. Kids? Never
24. Favorite color? Green
25. Employed? Yup
26. Can you whistle? A bit
27. Where were you born? Englandshire
28. Brothers or Sisters? 1 of each
29. Ninjas or Pirates? Ninjas
30. Surgeries? None yet
31. Religious? Not really
32. Shower or Bath? Shower
33. Like gambling? Not that bothered
34. Are You Loyal? Yes
35. Broken bones? Little finger
36. How many TVs in your house? 1
37. Worst pain ever? Spraining my knee
38. Do you like to dance? Yep!
39. Are your parents still alive? Yes, thankfully.
40. Do you like camping? No.


Feel free to comment or do a post with your own answers, I love learning about my bloggy friends!



Quiz Time!

I’ve been quiet for a while so now I have a spare few minutes here’s a quiz from Karen at nothingbutknit.

1. What was the last food you ate?

Graze protein peanut butter dipper. Yum.

2. Do you sleep with socks on?

I can’t sleep with socks on, my feet hate them.

3. Worst physical pain you’ve had?

Spraining my knee.

4. Favourite place you have ever been?

Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae.

5. How late did you stay up last night?

I went to bed about 10:30, but couldn’t get to sleep for ages.

6. If you could move somewhere else, where would it be?

Probably New Zealand.

7. What is your favourite sport?

Powerlifting! Or rugby if I’m just watching.

8. When was the last time you cried?

A few days ago.

9. Who took your profile pic?


10. Two of your favourite movies?

Moulin Rouge and Mulan.

11. What’s your favourite season? 


12. If you could have any career what would it be?


13. What was the last book you read?

Happy Fat by Sofie Hagen

14. If you could talk to ANYONE right now who would it be?

My Gramps.

15. Are you a good influence on other people?

I don’t really know!I wouldn’t say I’m a particularly bad influence.

16. Does pineapple belong on a pizza?

As long as I don’t have to eat it, sure.

17. You have the remote, what show is on?

Sherlock or Doctor Who.

18. Last text message:

Can you call them again?

19. What’s the last concert you’ve been to?

Hmmm…. I honestly can’t remember.

20. Favorite food:

Chicken flavour instant ramen. Don’t judge.

21. Favorite album all-time? 

I don’t have an all-time favourite, it changes regularly.

22. Favorite day of the week?


23. Have you ever drunk alcohol?

Yes, occasionally.

24. Did you go to college?

Yep – college, two physical universities, and one Open University course.

25. Have you ever experienced depression? 

Yes. It was set off in 2013 and I’ll likely be dealing with it on and off for the rest of my life.


I don’t want to end with that so I’m adding in another question:

26. What made you smile today?

My boyfriend called me unexpectedly and made me laugh 🙂




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!