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A Liebster Award (with Pics!)

I’ve recently been bestowed a blogging award… twice!

While I was busy sewing cheer uniforms, I was awarded a Liebster Award by Julie of (you may remember her vintage hat that I restored).

And before I had a chance to “accept” it, my new blogging friend (via Twitter) Stephanie of Love-Teach-Sew also awarded me the Liebster!

I am doubly honored. =)

I do have to say that a lot of these blogging awards confuse me. I think I’m just too logical to completely understand them, and the rules always seem to change as they get passed around from blog to blog.

Case in point, the rules from both my nominators were completely different when it came to passing it on. I’m so bad about passing awards on (sorry!) because a) it seems that half of the blogs I would nominate already have the award and b) the rules usually disqualify the other half.

Anyway, to show my appreciation to my sweet nominators, I will combine their questions into a list of 11 and share 11 random facts about myself. (The number 11 is inexplicably the one consistent thing about all the versions of the Liebster Award rules.)

I hope everyone enjoys the randomness… with pics! =)

11 Questions:

  1. Cats or Dogs? Little dogs. Especially Jack Russell Terriers.

May I sit on your lap? Pleeeeze?

  1. What is your favorite form of social networking?/ What do you do in your spare time?  I have considered blogging my hobby for a while now, but I would say that Twitter is more addictive. More instant gratification I suppose.
  2. Coffee or Tea?  Tea. With milk and sugar – the British way. I can’t stand coffee because I’m a Supertaster and it’s disgustingly bitter to me.

  1. How many siblings do you have? One younger sister.
  2. What’s the first thing you’ve sewn?/What’s the first wearable thing you’ve sewn?/Why did you start sewing? I don’t really remember what the first wearable item I made was, but these questions are all answered to some degree in this blog post.
  3. Who’s your biggest inspiration?/Where do you find new sewing inspiration? Lots of creative people inspire me and many of them are my blogging friends and commenters when it comes to sewing. The online sewing community is amazingly cool. Sewists, #sewcialists and Sewasaurus Rexes all!
  4. What’s your favorite craft besides sewing? I really like millinery but I don’t have all the tools I really need/want. And I miss my college days of stained glass making. Once again, lack of tools. I do occasional origami – sometimes in miniature.

Each little “flower” started as a one-inch square piece of paper.

  1. What’s your dream project? To work in a costume shop for a big budget period or sci-fi/fantasy movie with amazing costume designs to build. And then NOT to work full-time on set once they are built. =)
  2. What’s your favorite sewing snack? I often forget to eat when I’m involved in a project, but I try to keep nuts (especially almonds or cashews) nearby. Often, they are candied or chocolate covered.

Currently, I have Cocoa Almonds and Chocolate Butter Toffee Peanuts.

  1. What’s your craft space like? See for yourself – it’s the most popular post on my blog (and here’s the sequel). It’s even in a book!
  2. Which projects were you most excited about that turned out a complete fail? I had a lot of fails as a kid trying to learn to sew without much guidance. But the most epic fail I remember was one when I was probably in 8th grade. I wanted to make a jumper (dress worn with a shirt underneath) that I could wear to school. I chose a nice simple princess seamed pattern but I used denim that was WAY too thick. Once it was made, I hated how stiff & belled the hem was – it stood out from my legs in the most unflattering way. It was a complete disappointment. Most sewing fails are the result of bad fabric choice.

11 Random Facts (in Random Order):

  1. I was Salutatorian of my graduating class in high school. (But there were only 29 of us in the class.)

A page in my senior scrapbook from high school. One of my good friends was the Valedictorian (on right) – that’s why we both have medals.

  1. Randomness/improv is amusing and makes me laugh, but I completely stink at being random. I’m too cerebral. Just ask my husband. (You have no idea how hard it is to come up with random facts about myself!)
  1. I play piano. I got my very own upright grand vintage piano (1927 I think) from a neighbor two doors down. It’s so heavy took 3 men to wheel it down the sidewalk and then lift it over the threshold.

My vintage upright grand piano.

  1. If I were rich, I’d pay my sister to do all my cooking. She’s better at it than I am and she actually enjoys it!
  1. My husband and I met online BEFORE it was cool. (I’m talking in the days of dial-up!)
  1. Star TREK is my first sci-fi love, but I enjoy lots of other things like Star Wars, Firefly, Back to the Future, Doctor Who – yeah, I just plain like sci-fi.  But not horror.
  1. I don’t have a personal Facebook account – just my “business page”.
  1. I originally wanted to be a Disney animator.
  1. I have an Uncle Donald who was a safety engineer at Disney World until he retired a few years ago.
  1. I’ve moved 18 times. Some of those moves were in the same town and others were across the country. I don’t ever want to move again.
  1. I have really good color memory. I do really well at matching shade & tint in the store without having the object I am matching with me.


Okay, your turn! Share something random/funny/interesting in the comments. =)


30 responses to “A Liebster Award (with Pics!)

  1. Barbara March 2, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Congrats on your awards! I share some of your random facts; maybe that’s why we’re friends.

  2. Chuck March 2, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Here’s a great random fact about Brooke from her Mom…..her Kindergarten teacher told me she printed better than her! Now that’s natural artistic talent!!

  3. Bird and Bicycle March 3, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Congrats on your awards! We love sci-fi in my family too! My hubs and I are rewatching the entire Next Generation from start to finish and I was so surprised to see that Q was in the first episode AND you have to watch the first ones to see the 80’s fashion! It started in 87! Crazy!

    • Brooke March 3, 2013 at 10:29 am

      Thanks! We seem to skip around when we rewatch TNG but we started going through DS9 from beginning to end – we got side tracked and haven’t finished though. I think we have 1 or 2 seasons left in that rewatching. It IS funny to see the 80s fashion in those first couple seasons of TNG. =)

  4. niekemieke March 3, 2013 at 2:15 am

    It’s the second time I’m typing this!

    I’m very happy you got the chance to accept the award. Don’t worry about not being good at randomness, I stink at it as well. I always think about great random facts after I’ve published my post.

    I love the scifi shows you named and I’ve watched them all as well. It seems like sewing and loving scifi are a well love combo amongst the sewing community. Or so it seems on Twitter. I’m currently watching Dr Who and Stargate Atlantis (with the occasional re-run of Buffy, TVS)

    A love for scifi is something I share with my boyfriend, whom I’ve met online as well. Nobody of our family and friends know this though, as it’s quite frowned upon. But for us it was the only was as we love staying at home and we worked a lot. There was just no time or occasion to meet anyone new (or dateable)

    I just want to say how happy I am to have met you. I really missed some sewing related peeps where I live. And the online community is the most loving I could ever imagine. I can’t seem to explain this to my friends and family though. Talking to people on the internet is frowned upon as well. The frowning is not a religious issue, it’s just that people still feel that only creeps lurk on the internet and you can’t call anyone a friend if you’ve never met them in real life.

    I think I can and with this I’m closing down my rambling (for the second time). I want to thank you for your support, advice and tips! You rock!!

    • Brooke March 3, 2013 at 10:51 am

      Did WordPress eat your comment? I hate it when that happens! Thanks for typing it all again. =)

      I still need to finish my first viewings of Buffy & Dr. Who – I’m really behind on some of the classics! Star Trek is one the main reasons I found my husband online in the first place. I love that complete series of shows are so instantly available these days!

      I know that I’m not the easiest person in the world to get to know in person (I’m not the loudest or most outgoing in the room when there’s a group), so I think that online friendships work so well for me because people “hear” what I say better. I’m glad I was able to find so many like-minded friends like you so quickly on Twitter! (I credit Leila for that – she made sure I got sucked into all that the first day I signed up, hehe.) It’s really nice to have the connection to other crafty types even when we aren’t geographically close! You and so many of the others are the encouragement I often need when I get stuck or creatively bored. =)

      Tell all those people who frown upon the internet socializing that it’s just the modern version of letter-writing and pen pals. Lots of people met, formed friendships, and fell in love back during war times through letters. Some creeps still hang out online, they are just outnumbered now! =)

  5. Athene March 3, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    (I am laughing about your mom taking over your dad’s login.)

    You know, I am pretty sure I still have some origami frog pins floating around here somewhere.

    I would be willing to bet that you probably know more random things about me than I know about myself, and you could probably think of a few things that I might never remember! (Makes me think of that line you wrote in my senior book about my revelation about the sky being a dome…. (and all my other revelations…..))

    I think my random fact would be that my dream job would be to be able to have a skill set that few other people have. One of the cool things about working with film at the cinema was that threading up a projector, building movies, etc., were things that few people knew how to do. I thought that was neat. Of course, now we are in the age of digital projection and the entire concept of working with film is basically lost. Kind of sad in some ways.

    I was trying to explain my idea of having a unique job to a co-worker one day awhile back. “Do you know what would be really neat? If I could go to work every day, come home, and no one really had any idea what I did all day long. I think it would be neat if no one knew my job.”

    His response: “Are you saying that you want to be a drug dealer?”

    hm. Not exactly!

    • Brooke March 3, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      (The greatest thing about that comment thread with my parents is that you can tell that my dad read my blog after my mom! I’m still laughing, hehe.)

      Yeah, it’s sad how real film is such a lost art – both in making movies and showing them. I think “Prison Break” was the last thing I worked on with real film in the cameras.

      You sound like you are describing my job as a costumer. No one ever really understands what I do when they ask me about it and it takes forever to really explain.

      Maybe you just want to be a spy! Or a researcher – that’s a nice vague job. =)

      • Athene March 3, 2013 at 10:35 pm

        I would make a great professional stalker. People are always shocked at what all I know about them. Duh – I just listen, hehe.

  6. Athene March 3, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Oh! And can you believe all those grease dots came out of my shirt? I was so excited! You can’t even tell they were even there. Thank you for saving a polo from the trash can!

  7. Becky March 4, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Congrats on the award! I never really got into Star Trek myself, but I do love the others you mentioned. Particularly Firefly and Doctor Who. (I’m also very big into fantasy lit/movies.) And I don’t know if I’m a supertaster or not, but I certainly share your feelings about coffee–I even worked at a coffee shop for about 6 months as a barista, and my coworkers liked to poke fun at me by giving me samples of those super-sugary, flavored frozen coffee drinks with only one shot of espresso and asking me what they tasted like. All I could ever taste was the coffee. I do love tea, though.

    • Brooke March 4, 2013 at 7:31 am

      Thanks, Becky! You might enjoy DS9 (Star Trek Deep Space 9) if you’ve never really gotten into Trek – it’s my sister’s favorite. She’s a huge Star Wars and Doctor Who fan.

      You sound like you might be a Supertaster (sounds like a super power or something, hehe) if just a little coffee overpowers a sugary drink. That’s definitely how it is for me. All Supertasters have difference foods on their hate lists, but the common thing is an aversion to bitterness. Lots of green vegetables taste like grass (or the way a freshly cut lawn smells) to me.

  8. Gjeometry March 4, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Congratulations on your awards Brooke! And, that little tiny origami paper lantern is SO CUTE! Did you make it? I just read a post about fabric origami and also have a pattern for a dress with an origami chest piece/neckline. Have you ever origamied (is this a verb?) fabric? I’m dying to try it!

  9. Gjeometry March 4, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    (your piano is gorgeous, btw, I play as well. good score!)

    • Brooke March 4, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      I did make the tiny origami kusudama. I used a toothpick to help with some of the final folds & glued the pieces together in the middle. I’ve made an origami purse before – I might have to dig that pattern out again sometime. I’ve seen some fabric origami books. Folding paper or fabric has always fascinated me.

      (Thanks! I only paid my neighbor $100 for the piano – she was so ready to get rid of it. The inside is amazingly colorful and handpainted.)

  10. sewexhausted March 5, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Loved learning more about you Brooke! I too moved alot! Growing up I went to 11 different schools! Congrats on your awards! 🙂

    • Brooke March 5, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks! Yeah, moving and being the new kid is never fun. I was really lucky to be in same place for all four years of high school.

      • sewexhausted March 5, 2013 at 1:06 pm

        Not so lucky. 😦 New school my Senior year!

      • Brooke March 5, 2013 at 1:10 pm

        Yuck. My dad commuted 90 min each way my senior year, just so I could finish in same place. He started a new school his senior year and didn’t want to do that to me. =)

      • sewexhausted March 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm

        That’s awesome! And yes, the reason I NEVER moved out of this town I am in now (even though I wanted to!) is so my kids could finish with their friends! My baby will be a Senior next year and then I can go where ever!

  11. Cation Designs March 6, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Congratulations! You definitely deserve the awards. And boy do I wish I had your color memory! I’m forever bringing home fabrics and trims that aren’t *quite* the right shade, just close enough to really clash and be frustrating. I’m with you, though, on the dream of costuming a big period or sci-fi piece! And loving Firefly, of course 🙂

    • Brooke March 6, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks! =)

      Because I’m good with colors, I’ve also learned which stores have strange colored lights. Most department store lights are too greenish (Kohl’s is the absolute worst!) and sometimes what’s really khaki can look really green in the store. I have the retired “chartreuse” Fiestaware and the new “lemongrass” looks exactly the same in the stores. Brought a piece home to compare (I had my doubts with the lighting) and it was sooo yellow in different light – not anywhere close to the chartreuse. So you have to be aware of the lighting even if you are good with matching. I usually look for a window in the store for some natural light.

      I should amend that my dream-dream job would be as I stated above but with all my online sewing friends as my coworkers in the shop with me!

  12. Thimble & Cork March 11, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    I just discovered your blog thanks to the sewing map – I’m in Houston! I’m also a huge Firefly fan! Love your blog, and this post was incredibly interesting.

    • Brooke March 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      Oh, cool – glad I was able to add myself to the map! I used to live just south of Houston. I’m happy so many found this post interesting – thanks! =)

  13. Tracey G March 19, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Hi Brooke, this is my first visit to your blog and I’m enjoying it so much! I don’t sew, but I had been planning on learning for the longest time. I purchased everything I was going to need (patterns, books, fabric, table – everything) and ended up losing it all before I ever got started. That was seven years ago and I just haven’t been inspired again. I’m hoping your blog will re-inspire me. The pics of your sewing space are awesome. You did well on your random facts. Trust me, I’m the Queen of Random. Sometimes, I’ll jump up and do a little jig in the middle of my living room. No music. No reason. I do it as an homage to my legs… See? Random =p

    • Brooke March 20, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks so much, Tracey! Sewing is a very rewarding hobby – I hope you give it another try. And I’d be glad to answer any questions if you start to get frustrated. =)

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