Hello! I hope you’ve had a beautiful week.
My post this week is a big Thank You to Tierney at tierneycreates.com. She recently nominated me, among other bloggers, for a Versatile Blogger Award (Thank you, Tierney, for the honour and the share!).
If you haven’t discovered it yet, Tierney Creates is one of my favourite blogs. There, you’ll find not only Tierney’s ongoing quilting projects and creative/design musings – showcasing her incredible skills and her prolific quilting – but also great recipes, beautiful pictures of her adventures & travels, tales of bookstore jaunts, and thoughtful discussions of lots of great reads. And more! (I am barely scratching the surface). As a library-lover, I always come away with new reading ideas from her blog; as a crafter, I’m inspired by Tierney’s beautiful creative work and her enthusiasm for her process and materials. Tierney Creates is a celebration of the creative life.
Linked to Tierney Creates is a wonderful companion blog, Schnauzer Snips, which offers more quilting goodness and a slice of life from the schnauzer point of view! If it’s not already obvious from my gushing, I think her blogs are real gems – do check them out!
The Versatile Blogger Award info page on WordPress suggests that the VBA’s purpose is to “Honor those bloggers who bring something special to your life.”
Here are the folks that bring that ineffable “something special” in the way they inspire me to blog (and live) better. In different ways, these bloggers expand my understanding of what it means to make things and cultivate happiness through creativity; share knowledge (wisdom!) that comes from their own process and experience; inspire me to be brave and experiment through their own example; tell great stories in unique voices; and create a space to reflect on the extraordinary in the everyday. That’s versatility. A good blog is a gift and a generosity.
I could go into greater length about the specific things that I enjoy about these individual blogs (I thought of doing a separate post on that) but, I think, in the end, the joy of following a good blog is getting to discover the pleasure of it yourself. 🙂 This one’s for you, bloggers!
The Crafty Crusader – A panoply of (sometimes) lovingly handmade crud
The Crafty Little Fox
Devise. Create. Concoct. – Finding frugal ways to live more with less
Forgiving Connects – A safe place to share your stories
Handmade Homemade Knit Stitch Design – Knitting. Sewing. Crafting.
Imperial Crochet – Blogging about everything crochet
Knits By Whit
Knitting the Stash! Farm->Fleece->Fiber
Little Golden Notebook
Lucid Days – Living life awake
Nothing but Knit
Ready to Knit
Rock Vandals – Guerilla art & street craft
The Yarn Blabber – Blabbing away about yarn, knitting, crochet, and crafting
If you feel inclined, nominees, you can nominate your favourite blogs for the Versatile Blogger Award (rules below), though there is no pressure to do so from me. Either way, know that you have a reader who enjoys your unique contribution to blog-land. 🙂
In addition to nominating my favourite blogs, I think I’m supposed to include some facts about myself? So, in no particular order:
1. I used to cut and colour hair for my mother and friends in high school, and dreamed of opening up my own salon. I gave some haircuts to friends in recent years, and still really love it.
2. My first ever Hallowe’en out, I went as a hippie. It was 1991.
3. There are no other knitters in my immediate family. I started knitting after something like a waking fever dream. I was 16 and I remember suddenly wanting to make winter things like hats and mittens very badly. It was the middle of summer, and I walked 5 miles alone to get the things I needed (between the trip to the library craft-section and the big-box White Rose craft store where I purchased my first aluminum needles and a skein of rainbow-coloured variegated acrylic). I still don’t quite understand it, but there’s my knitter’s origin story.
4. I am studying to be an anthropologist.
If you wish to pass on the Versatile Blogger Award
Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Nominate the bloggers of your choice.
Link the nominees in your post / inform them about their nomination.
Share some facts about yourself.