Tuesday, 21 February 2012

A versatile blogger...

I've been nominated for a blogging award!   DiomoGlass, is a very talented glass crafter who I follow on Twitter.  She left me a message a couple of weeks ago to say she had been nominated for the Versatile Blogger award and  had in turn nominated me.  The rules of this award are:

  1. Thank the award giver and link back to them - Thank you very much DiomoGlass!
  2. Nominate/award 15 other recently discovered blogs, let the nominees know and they then need to pay it forward; and
  3. Finally, share 7 interesting things that people may not already know about you.
So, in no particular order I would like to nominate:

  1. A Safe Mooring - a blog I discovered during my obsession with all things wedding but which isn't about weddings per se.  Just a very funny, articulate lady who often makes me laugh out loud on the train
  2. Arroz con Mango - a blog by a beautiful and interesting Cubanita in Miami with a gift for portraiture and a love for life
  3. Artsyville - a blog by a hugely talented artist with a gift for script and endless creative abilities 
  4. Carol King: Painting, Drawing, Complaining - a blogger I befriended when doing the Sketchbook Project a while back.  A very funny New Yorker who can really tell a hilarious story and an artist to boot.
  5. Drops of Jupiter - I just love this blog because its full of quirky interesting posts such as 'For the Literate' and my favourite 'Tattoo Tuesday' which showcases beautful photos of great tattoos every week (even if you aren't into body art the photos are delicious!)
  6. Heather Foust  - a fellow Paint Party Friday-er who creates beautiful works of art and has a wonderfully positive way of looking at the world
  7. Katherine Thomas - an amazingly gifted artist who inspires me with her incredibly detailed work
  8. Kristin Dudish - Kristin amazes me every week with her imagination and the ability to translate it into wonderful illustrations on any surface you care to mention.
  9. Love Maegan - an All American chick with a gift for style.  She blogs about fashion and style and makes looking good look easy.  Plus she has two adorable dogs!
  10. Natasha May - another Paint Party Friday-er, Natasha has a wonderful eye for the whimsical and a huge love of animals!
  11. Paint Party Friday - How could I not nominate Kristin and Eva's blog for an award.  It's thanks to this amazing blog that I have met so many like-minded folk and am encouraged to keep on being creative every week!
  12. Sandraws - Sandra, like me, is a secretary by day and an artist by night.  She's incredibly talented and it's only a matter of time before she can give up the day job!
  13. Sunshineshelle - A funny and talented lady from Australia with the most adorable imaginary friends ever!
  14. This Dish is Veg - a blog all about veggie food, animal welfare issues and the things that affect us and our planet - very interesting reading and while not strictly a blog written by just one person, all the different contributors bring lots of different things to the table.
  15. Wednesday Wandered - Carla is another Paint Party Friday-er who makes me laugh with her stories about life and who paints the most delicate watercolours.
Of course, there are loads more blogs that I love and follow but I had to narrow it down.

Now, 7 interesting (we'll see about that) things you may not know about me....

  1. I jumped out of a plane at 13,000 ft once (attached to an instructor in a tandem sky dive for charity!)
  2. I want to get big old perfect American teeth if I ever win the lottery!
  3. I dream (along with S) of selling all our worldly goods, buying a motor home and spending the rest of our days travelling around like a couple of old hippies.
  4. I have 5 tattoos and am planning my 6th & 7th
  5. I broke my leg when I was 14 on a 3-wheel motorbike and missed out on a 6 week trip to Chicago because of it.
  6. I was a backing singer in a punk rock band called The Wax Tadpoles when I was 17.  We had three live gigs before calling it a day and going our separate ways (i.e leaving school!)
  7. I was a holiday rep overseas for 5 years and had to dance to big spender in fishnet stockings, dress as a chicken and sing, among other humiliations, at the reps' cabaret (Which I loathed and detested!)
Not sure if they're interesting or not but I can't think of a single other interesting thing about me!


  1. Congrats on the award and thanks for passing it on to me. :) Fun to read your facts. :) Fishnet stockings, eh? :)

  2. You deserve the award and I've found a few more blogs to follow! Fishnets??!! lol

  3. I am interested and i love knowing more about blogging friends, I'm still trying to get the last mental picture from my head!!!So funny, sorry!!
    Congratulations on the award you are so diserving. You are so talented and gifted with words as well.You have a friendly easy to read blog.

  4. I am chuckling as I read this because it is so well deserved - So much so that I nominated you for the exact same award a few posts back, lol! You must have missed it!
    I am smiling from ear to ear reading your comment about me. We do seem to have so much in common don't we? Our day jobs, our creative outlets, our little wooden art studio's in the garden...
    Anyway - congratulations on being nominated 'twice!' ;0)

  5. Thank you so much! I really appreciate it :) I also can't believe nobody else has mentioned The Wax Tadpoles - that is HILARIOUS. You were clearly far cooler than I was when I was 17!

  6. Aww, thank you so much! And thanks for listing all those other blogs. I'm going to go look at them right now! Congratulations on your own versatile blog, my friend. Your artwork inspires me all the time!

  7. Thanks for the Shout Out! I feel the same way about your blog. We also share the bad luck with motorbikes, who knew?

    I would have had to leave the rep job when I found out about the cabaret requirement...I won't even go to a magic show for fear of being yanked up on stage as an audience volunteer.

  8. Hey Nicola! Thank you for the shout-out and award. I don't know how I missed this. I must have been lost in a time-space continuum which happens on occasion.

    Loved finding out all those things about you. I thought they were interesting and I have a MILLION follow up questions...particularly 6h4 punk rock band and the fishnet stocking holiday rep. I don't know what a holiday rep is, but that will be one of my follow up questions.

    Thanks again!!!!

  9. Thank you Nicola! Your kindness means so much to me :)

    I loved learning all of those interesting things about you - you have such a wonderful way with words and it is always such fun to see what you're up to! Whether it's your beautiful art or your great vacation photos (you are absolutely adorable, by the way!) you're definitely a versatile blogger! Wheee!!!

    Thanks again!


    p.s. Sorry for the delay in my response, things are a bit of a mess these days.


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