Friday, April 11, 2014

Another LIebster--Let's MIx It Up

Liebster Award badgeI never thought I would receive a Liebster nomination, but here I am with a second. I am very humbled by this, especially when I have seen other blogs who have had this honor.

This nomination was from Sew Much 2 Learn. Sew Much 2 Learn recently had a great series on sewing tools--a must read.

For those unaware of the Liebster award, it is meant to be a way for small blogs to be acknowledged. In many ways, I am surprised that anyone reads the thoughts I type into my laptop while I am sitting on my corner of the couch thinking about my sewing.

Now the rules are:

  1. Thank the nominator
  2. Answer the questions given by the nominator
  3. Nominate five small blogs and leave a comment on their website telling them of the nomination
  4. Have the small blogs repeat the process

So, here we go with the questions.

1. What is your most cherished memory?
I have so many memories. It would be difficult to narrow it down. Perhaps, watching Youngest Son discover his love of horses last Fall. He is a natural with animals and he had managed to get my mom's foster horse to follow him around like a little puppy.

2. What 4 words would you use to describe yourself?
Strong, adventurous, loyal, loving
3. Do you have ambitions for your blog?

I started out this blog to record what I'm sewing. I have since discovered that it helps me to be a better sewist. I think if I were to have any ambition, it would be to help other sewists to try new things.

4. Not counting family…what do you feel your greatest accomplishment is so far in life?
There are so many ways to answer this. One thing I did was to earn my Master's in Education. I finished when my youngest was 6 months old. At the time, I was working with 3-4 children and I was also the same month that I passed the competency exam for my mathematics credential. The reason I feel this is a great accomplishment, is that it can show my children that you can do anything when you set your mind to it.

5. What is your favorite sewing pattern right now?
Man, these are some difficult questions! I think the Ethan from Sis Boom is my current favorite. It looks good on my boys and the one I most recently finished. I'm sure I will have another the next time I finish something.

6. What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?
Chipotle veggie bowl, with black beans, brown rice, fajita veggies, corn salsa, fresh salsa, green salsa, guacamole.
Venti Soy Caramel Latte
This is a guilty pleasure because of a medical diet that I am on for my rheumatoid. When I have salt, fat or sugar I can flare.  I cannot eat animal products or gluten because I super flare and some times have a little anaphylaxis shock--not fun.

7. What blogger inspires you the most?
I'm switching genres because it is just too difficult to choose one. 
The Generous Wife is probably one of the best reading each day to remember how to love my husband and why.

8. What is your go to fabric choice?
Knits. Who doesn't need a quick sew where fitting is minimal?

9. What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who won't try.

10.  What is the best advice you have ever received?
This was from my pediatrician when my daughter was two months old and her brother 19 months old. Don't let feeling guilty keep you from doing what is best. Anyone with kids know what this means.

Sew Much 2 Learn's bonus question is: 
What is your ‘dream’ job?
I had my dream job. I was a middle school math teacher. I had the ability to influence students at a time when they are most vulnerable to outside influences. The reason for the subject is that it can be a turning point in liking or not liking math and the sciences. I tried to make it fun and for them to realize that it is not really that bad. Most kids who tune out of math in middle school will greatly reduce their chances of going to college right out of high school. In addition, the character building in students to learn to solve problems is so incredible to watch. I was also able to use my past experience as a drug/youth counselor to be firm, but fair while setting boundaries. 
I sometimes want to work with our youth ministries at our church, but know that I cannot be dependable because of the rheumatoid. This is why I am no longer able to teach.

Here is where I am breaking the rules. I would like to mix it up this time. Instead of me attempting to narrow down and leave someone out, I've decided to mix it up. I would like to build on what Carolyn at All Spice Abounds did when All Spice Abounds was nominated.

Carolyn asked for readers to share their small blog in the comments. I would like you to:

  1. Share your own small (or large) blog, if you have one
  2. Share a small blog that you have recently discovered, or that you read--preferably one that isn't already listed
  3. Share a project you would like to attempt but haven't worked up the nerve to attempt.

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