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Another Blogging Award!

Just two days after posting about my Liebster Award, I was honored with another blogging award – the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

Life has kept me rather busy (as soon as I’m able to get some better photos, I will post about my Easter dress!) so I am more than a month overdue for an “acceptance speech”.


Thank you so much for the nomination, Karen! I can’t tell you how honored I am to be on your list of inspiring bloggers! You were the first follower of my blog who I didn’t know in real life, and I am constantly inspired by your blog. You have amazing style, wonderful taste in fabric and patterns, and you teach me so many interesting details about fashion history with your posts! Thank you for the inspiration – I’m delighted that the inspiration is mutual! =)

The rules seem pretty universal for this award:

  • Display award image on your blog page. Check.
  • Link back to the person who nominated you. Check.
  • State 7 facts about yourself. Eesh. These random things are going to make my logical brain overload from difficulty!
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award. Since I’m inspired by so many bloggers via their blogs or even just conversations on Twitter, how about a “blogroll” of sorts?

Okay so more facts about me. Umm…

  1. I hate abbreviating when I write – which makes tweeting really hard! It’s probably because I was never good at Spelling when I was in school. (I’ve worked so hard to learn to spell, don’t make me do it badly on purpose!) Plus, when something is completely spelled out, there is less chance of confusion/misunderstandings.
  2. I love typography. I can be a bit obsessed with letters, fonts, and page layout.
  3. I have nearly 600 unique sewing pattern numbers (not counting doubles of the same number) in my collection.
  4. I’m on IMDB but my listing  is horribly incomplete since I have neither an agent nor a paid account. Crew pages are full of errors & omissions. And no one ever gets a job because of IMDB. Resumes are much more impressive, but even those won’t get you a job in the film & theatre worlds. Word of mouth is the only way I’ve ever gotten a job.
  5. Fun geeky piece of trivia from my life: I graduated college in 2001 and our graduation march was Holst’s Jupiter on the organ. (Geek points if you get why this was geeky!) Specifically, this part of the piece:

(Okay, just two more! Come on randomness…I can do this! *pep talk*)

6. My favorite color is green (especially shades of lime and grass) but orange is a very close second.

7. I finally joined the 21st century and got a smartphone. So now when I’m not at home, I can take emails (the limited access to email was getting to be a career problem) and Twitter with me. And now that my phone has a decent camera, I got an Instagram account.

And now for the easy list – my blogroll (in no particular order)! Many of the blogs that inspire me already have the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, but if any of the following bloggers don’t have it and would like to claim one for themselves, consider your blog nominated and do with it what you will. =)

Blogs I’ve followed for a year or more because they inspire, make me think, and/or teach me things I did not know:

Fifty Dresses by Karen (My nominator who also inspires me.)

Three Dresses Project by Leila (Sewcialist extraordinaire who introduced me to the Twitterverse)

Cation Designs by Cindy (Queen of the geeky bedsheet dress!)

The Vintage Traveler by Lizzie (If you love vintage clothing and fashion history, this is a blog not to be missed!)

EPBOT by Jen (DIY craft geek who is also the first blogger I ever followed regularly when a friend sent me the link to her hilarious Cake Wrecks blog just a couple months after she started it. EPBOT quickly became my favorite when she started it as her second blog.)

A Girl in Winter by a self-taught seamstress (who’s an amazingly FAST learner!)

Drawing Saudade by Saudi (I’ve followed her for almost a year now)

Blogs of some of my inspiring friends that I actually know in person (and many of which I helped setup):

Down by the Ash Tree by Ashley (my sister’s food & various domestic pursuits blog)

Purple Powder Puff by Marlene (my professional makeup artist friend)

art-T-dolls by Traci (friend and fellow professional costumer)

The Life and Times of Athene by Athene (who I’ve known since 8th grade and always writes stuff that amuses me)

Barbara Knits by Barbara (my amazingly talented knitting friend, who I have more to write about in a future post)

Blogs of some of my inspiring new Sewcialist Twitter friends:

Love-Teach-Sew by Stephanie

Bird and Bicycle by MaLora Ann

Thimble & Cork by Kacie, a fellow Texan

Disparate Disciplines by Mari

Gjeometry by Catja

Sew Exhausted by Laurie (and her cousin Kerrielee)

A Make It Yourself Mom’s Diary by Laura

Sparkly Super Nova by Nova, who “lives on a cloud with her unicorn” (best location description ever!)

Kadiddlehopper by Katie

Sew and So by Becky

Musings of a Seamstress by Sarah

Crafting a Rainbow by Gillian

Sew Little Time by Joanne

I know I’m leaving out blogs that just haven’t made it into my reader yet. (I have so many wonderful conversations with those of you on Twitter, I sometimes forget to read your blogs if I don’t catch a link when it’s tweeted.)

Just look at the profiles of people I follow on Twitter if you want to find more blogs! Or look at the blogs of those who regularly comment here – I often spend time reading theirs. =)

The online sewing, crafting, diy-ing community is always inspiring! May we continue to inspire and encourage each other!

12 responses to “Another Blogging Award!

  1. Gjeometry April 13, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Congratulations Brooke, your site is great and you deserve an award! And, ooooooh, so excited to be on your inspiring Sewcialists list!! Thank you so much, Kitty and I are honoured. (bows). 🙂

  2. Bird and Bicycle April 13, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Awesome list – so nice of you to include me among such sewing rockstars! Also typography is a wonderful thing and should be evaluated and carefully used. I am glad you are particular about it. Congrats on the award – you deserve far more!

  3. thevintagetraveler April 14, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Oh, thanks for including me and for saying such nice things!

  4. Kirby April 14, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Ruth and I are very proud of you!

  5. Ms. McCall April 15, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Well done on getting an award! Just letting you know, if you do want to add or correct things on your IMDB page, you do need an account, but not a paid account. You also don’t have to sign up as yourself. In fact I would recommend giving them a fake name when you sign up, because IMDB has been known to use that info to post peoples birth dates without their consent based on info they get when you sign up for an account. Anyway, it takes them a few weeks to verify credits, but they do update them for free accounts.

    • Brooke April 15, 2013 at 8:49 am

      I actually tried updating my credits multiple times with my free account. They would never update anything besides the “name” listing at the top. It seems that unless a production company gets it in for you, they just ignore it – and half the time, production office staff enter info incorrectly (like the way my name was originally listed). So many of my coworkers have completely wrong credits on their pages for the same shows I can’t seem to get listed on mine, and no one really seems to care. Callsheets and resumes mean so much more.

      • Ms McCall April 16, 2013 at 7:08 pm

        Ack, that really sucks! I had a friend with the same problem, credited for stuff she didn’t work on, and not for stuff she did. We managed to get it straightened out with a free account, but I guess they’re really not consistent over in IMDB Towers.

  6. SewLittleTime April 15, 2013 at 8:33 am

    aaaww, thanks so much for including me on your list!

  7. Thimble & Cork April 15, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Congratulations!! You definitely deserve all of these blogging awards. And thank you so much for naming T&C in your list 🙂 I’m honored and ecstatic!!! (You can tell because I add extra ! when I’m super excited!! see?) Thanks friend!

  8. Karen April 16, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Oh, Brooke – you are so sweet and kind! Thanks for your lovely words about my blog and me! I loved learning some new things about you (600 sewing patterns?? Amazing!) – and you were the first one I thought of for this award when it came time to pass it on!

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