Sharing the Love (Awards and Celebrations)

I think it’s about time I shared the awards that I have been kindly nominated for with you all.

A few weeks ago, Mary @ Dodgy Zebra nominated me for the One Lovely Blog award. Thank you!

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And then shortly after that, Samantha at Strings Attached gave me the Liebster award. Thank you!!

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I’m so sorry I haven’t got around to writing about them. But I’m now [virtually] putting on my best frock and accepting them with tears of joy.

I’m going to merge them together because of course they are similar in nature – they’re kind of getting-to-know-you chain letters in the blogging world (although I hadn’t yet come across the One Lovely Blog chain, it is just like the Versatile Blogger award!)

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Receiving the One Lovely Blog nomination means that I must share seven things about myself. I’ve decided not to do this because a) I shared seven things when I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger award, and b) see below…!

When you’re nominated for the Liebster Award, you answer ten questions posed by the nominator and then nominate ten more small bloggers and ask them ten new questions.

The questions I have answered (below) tell you [more than] seven things about me – therefore linking up the One Lovely Blog award, too.

1. What is your creative process?

I would say that it begins with research. I am a subscriber to Love Sewing magazine, which has some good inspiration in it. I read several blogs, which have certainly opened up my creative world. And I browse Pinterest. I’ll pick something to make, mostly on how straightforward it looks to a) prepare (i.e. printing patterns = urgh) and b) make. I will then make it, and a lot of the time my creative process is completed by writing about it, which is another creative process altogether I guess!

2. What can you absolutely not function without?

Sleep!

3. What is your favorite part of your day and why?

Would it be incredibly selfish of me to say the evening, when the girls are in bed and I get my dose of ‘me time’?!

4. What accomplishment are you most proud of? 

I’ve spoken about this before, and it still stands. Getting through university – pregnant in my first year, had the baby at the end of it, and carried on regardless, without referring any years or modules. That’s kind of two accomplishments rolled into one, if you think about it.

5. What is your favorite book and why?

I don’t think I have a favourite book. There are books I have enjoyed, but I have never chosen a favourite. Sorry!

6. What makes you fangirl?

What is fangirl?! *Goes off to Google….* OK – “a female fan, especially one who is obsessive about comics, film, music, or science fiction.” Hmm…. I really don’t think I’m obsessed with anyone. God, I’m boring.

7. How do you deal with stress?

Sew! I can’t focus on anything else when I’m sewing; I’m in my own bubble and nothing else can bother me. If I can’t sew, I’ll probably go for a walk. Or eat chocolate.

8. What is your favorite food?

Pasta – ideally with a nice creamy sauce. Strangely, I never make it myself with a creamy sauce… but I like to choose that when eating out!

9. Who inspires you?

I think there are a few people. These are the ones who spring to mind. In real life, I would say my grandad. He was always busy, working hard, and I feel like he had a fulfilled life. You don’t get anywhere sitting around doing nothing. And then there are people I don’t know; there’s one who started with very little and has built himself up to an amazing position – Lord Sugar. He shows me that you just need to grab any opportunity you’re given. And then there are people like Tilly Walnes aka Tilly and the Buttons. She was knocked out of the Great British Sewing Bee in the second round (I think?!) but has done so well regardless. Her blog is amazing, and her book equally so.

10. What do you love about yourself?

That’s difficult to answer, but what comes to mind is that I’m quite laidback. Things don’t very easily stress me out.

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I have decided to gratefully accept the One Lovely Blog award but not pass it on – how very selfish of me. But I am passing on the Liebster award instead; I don’t want to bombard everyone with nominations!

So here are my ten questions for my chosen bloggers to answer…

1. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

2. Which movie would you watch over and over?

3. If you could be granted three wishes, what would you wish for?

4. Coffee or tea?

5. What are your pet hates?

6. If you were a crayon, what colour would you be?

7. What’s the story behind your blog name?

8. Do you have any pets?

9. Are you a lark or an night owl?

10. What was your favourite television programme as a child?

Aaaaand the blogs are (in no particular order!):

1. Mary @ Dodgy Zebra

2. Hannah @ QuirkyHannah

3. Rita @ Rita’s Design

4. Natalie @ Threads & Bobbins

5. Sewchet

6. Unlikely Lady of Leisure

7. Rita @ Loose Threads and Fluff

8. Creative Saturdays

9. Abby @ Mummy Doesn’t Bake

10. Sherry @ Sassy Shuga’s Place

Phew… now get clicking!! (The links will open a new window so you won’t lose your place here!)

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Finally there’s another thing I would like to show off… I shared my photo of my sleeveless Lottie Blouse that I made out of an old maxi dress on Love Sewing magazine’s timeline… Then they were impressed by it and shared it, which gave me (or rather, my blouse) an impressive 195 likes. It’s so crazy how ‘likes’ can make you feel. It’s nice to be liked, isn’t it?

Oh and on a similar note – This week I reached 100 followers on this blog. Yay! To have 100 random people out there (actually, I personally know about three of you) who have enjoyed reading my waffle is rather nice!

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So, THANK YOU for reading, liking, and commenting on my little sewing blog – especially if you’ve got all the way down to here!! You’ve made me happy!!

Beth x

Let’s do the Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to my first ever blog hop post!

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The lovely Teresa @ navybluethreads nominated me for a blog hop, which basically links us all up so that we can get to know each other better.

I really enjoy reading Teresa’s posts; she has an ever-increasing collection of Ginger skirts (Colette Patterns) and it seems she just knocks up clothing in the time it takes me to make a cup of tea!! So if you’ve not come from her blog, hop on over there 🙂

Before I introduce you to my chosen ‘hoppers’, here’s a bit of info about me and my blog…

Why do I write?

Well, I’ll start at the beginning. I started volunteering for my local newspaper, and the editor suggested everyone blogs. I wasn’t very aware of blogging at that time; I didn’t regularly read any blogs, and my reason for never starting my own was that I didn’t think I knew anything interesting to write about. I enjoy writing – I think I’m better at it than I am at talking. But I think my life is quite ordinary.

At the same time as the editor was suggesting this, I was getting into sewing. I used to dip in and out of sewing (mostly due to having children) but knew I enjoyed it. So, I thought, hmm… I could write about sewing. So I went for it. I discovered that I sew a lot more, and consequently learn a lot more, when I aim to write about it every week. It’s like there’s a deadline looming and I must finish making something. I enjoy sharing what I sew with other like-minded people. Writing my blog gives me something to focus on, and I think it has  definitely helped me improve my sewing abilities. I’m now dressmaking! I have learnt so much by just writing about it – strange when you think about it, really. Writing is helping me learn to sew!

Now, I’m writing this, and it’s going online – but I don’t actually mind too much if nobody is interested in it. I’m not trying to show off – I’m quite aware that I’m no expert (yet!) when it comes to sewing. Blogging is opening up my world. Things like this blog hop create links for me to find other material to read – and it helps me learn. You can never stop learning!

What am currently working on?

At the moment, I’m working on my second Sew Simple Lottie Blouse – a sleeveless version. It’s a challenge as I’m making it out of viscose. If it stops falling apart, I will write a post about it in the near future!

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How does it differ from others of its genre?

When I thought up the idea to write about sewing, I found that there are loaaaaads of sewing blogs out there. A lot of sewers blog about their creations. I like to think that I’m a teeny bit different as I am not only ‘showing off’ my makes; I am writing about the “highs and lows” – i.e. I try to write about the silly mistakes I make. I hope this is a comfort for beginner sewers to read!

Also, I do the majority of my sewing once my young daughters are tucked up in bed – so I only get a few hours a day. I think this blog proves that if you are a busy mum, you can still have that ‘me time,’ enjoying partaking in a hobby you love. I have made some pretty things for my girls, which I often write about because it’s fun! Perhaps other mums can relate.

And also, I have recently starting taking part in Sundays Sevens, where I write a post on Sundays showing seven photos from my week (clue’s in the name!) This gives you a little insight into my life – I don’t want to be a lifestyle blog, but I like to show that I am a normal person who sews in her spare time! And it’s fun! Which leads me onto my final point, that I must mention, as prompted by Teresa… I like to add a bit of jolliness if possible, by sharing the crazy things I make from time to time (e.g. my totally random washing-up-liquid bottle aprons!) After all… “If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.” ― Robert Frost.

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How does my writing process work?

I like to post once a week – however recently it has been more often as I have taken part in Sunday Sevens, and other bits and bobs sometimes pop up like this blog hop and awards I have been kindly nominated for. My writing process usually goes like this:

  1. I find something I want to sew.
  2. Whilst sewing, I think about whether or not it would be interesting to write about.
  3. If it makes the post, I will take some photos.
  4. I will sometimes begin drafting a post before I’ve finished making the project, if I want to jot down some errors I made or important things to remember.
  5. I then finish writing the rest of the post, and add photos.

I tend not to go over and over a post, because I feel I would be editing it forever and I would do nothing else with my life! I often do not type a whole post in one sitting, though. This is mainly because I just don’t have the time. I will usually write over 1-2 days.

Having said this, I did type this whole post up in one sitting. (However I had to leave it until now to post it to make sure my nominees wanted to take part in the hopping!) That was the most speedy blogging ever in the history of After Dark Sewing! This is because I plonked my little one in front of Cbeebies!!

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Now to pass on the blog hop baton to two bloggers who I am quite a loyal reader of!

Toya @ Made by Toya is also a mother of two and she makes some fantastic clothes for her children. I made my little girls’ dungarees using her pattern. She’s amazing!

Then there’s Becky @ SpringyStitches, who is apparently only a beginner at dressmaking, but her garments are amazing. She inspires me!

Have fun hopping!! 😀

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Finally, if you’re new here, thanks for hopping along and getting to the end.

 

Beth x