A Crafter's Life

Liebster Award Nomination

Thank you to Anna at Homeschool Guru for nominating my blog for a Liebster Award.

Essentials

The word “Liebster” sounded vaguely familiar and quite German. I studied German for a year when I was in college and I remembered the German word “lieb” which means dear as in beloved.

I checked an English to German dictionary online (interglot.com) and discovered the definition for “Liebster” is: “friend, dear, sweetheart.

Sounds like a nice name for a blogging award (smile).

It’s been a long time since I’ve received a nomination for a blogging award as I’ve been blogging for nearly 7 years and it seems like these awards are primarily to give exposure to new blogs. So it was quite a pleasant and appreciated surprise.

I appreciated her comments on her post regarding my nomination:

Tierney at Tierney Creates. Queen of quilts, this is a creative and artistic blog, plus Mike-the-dog-who-thinks-he’s-a-human.

(You might be wondering why I follow a blog/website called homeschoolguru when I do not have any children that I home school. Well this blogger found me and commented on my blog a couple months ago and I took a peek at her blog and discovered it was absolutely delightful! Yes she writes many posts helpful to parents who home school but she also covers many other topics of interests and her posts are witty and engaging!)


Okay so here are the rules of being nominated:

LIEBSTER AWARD RULES
•       Thank the blogger who nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
•       Answer the 11 questions given to you.
•       Share 11 facts about yourself.
•       Nominate 5-11 other bloggers.
•       Ask your nominees 11 questions of your choice.
•       Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post.


By the way, it’s late in the evening, the wind is howling like crazy outside and I am sitting in bed writing while sleep is attempting to creep upon me. I might ramble during the rest of this post, please forgive me. I did not want to let too much time pass between the time I was nominated (May 5th) and when I answered the questions that come along with being nominated.

I think these questions are designed for you all to get to know me a little better, but some of you have followed my blog for years and might feel like you know enough already (or more than you want to know!)


Question #1: Do you have a book out or in the pipeline?

Yes, in the pipeline! I have an idea for a children’s’ book or a young adult book (or both), but not ready to share yet.

Question #2: How long have you been blogging and what is your favorite subject to write about?

I’ve been blogging for nearly 7 years – my blog began in October 2013 as a vehicle originally for my now closed tierneycreates Etsy shop. I do not have a favorite subject to blog about, I just enjoy sharing stories from a “Crafter’s Life”.

Question #3: If you could move to a different town, state or country… where would you be?

New Zealand – not sure what town – I’d just have to first visit all my blogging buddies that live there and see which town was the friendliest for me to build my small off grid cottage! (But I would need some serious solar power for running my sewing machine all the time).

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Ah one of the neighbor’s lambs went for a walk with me today. in my small New Zealand town.. (image credit agoda.com)

Question #4: What is your favorite quality about yourself?

I grow wiser as I grow older and have learned to put things in “perspective”.

Question #5: Are you an Introvert or an Extrovert or even both?

I am both. I spent many years presenting as an Extrovert, but now I am enjoying embracing my Introverted side while functioned as needed as an Extrovert (smile).

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I am I in the mood to deal with people today?

Question #6: What is THE JOB of your dreams?

If someone could pay me a nice salary to blog full time and make things in my craft room, that would be it. Or perhaps I get my book (or books) published someday and use the royalties to just craft and blog all day!

Question #7: Other than blogging/writing what is the one favorite thing you LOVE to do?

Go on walks alone listening to audiobooks/podcasts, or with my dog, or with my partner (but I talk to him instead of listening to books!). If my legs and feet could handle it I would walk for miles and miles each day!

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Question #8: Where is one of the first places you plan on going after quarantine is over?

Can anyone guess? Yup, it the PUBLIC LIBRARY! I cannot wait until I can run free (no worry I will be clothed) through the stacks and stacks books in the library. All those lonely books, waiting for me to check them out…

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Question #9: Speaking of COVID-19, is there anything that you learned about yourself or will be changing about yourself when ‘life moves on?’

Several years ago I discovered “Minimalism” and I was trying to move towards a quality life with less stuff in my life. Then I kind of slip off that path for a while. Now I’ve been using COVID-times to refocus on what really matters in life and to be careful how I spend my money and my time.

Question #10: Is there anything as far as food that you will absolutely NOT eat?

Oh yes – Liver and Onions! I gagged it down as a child, and never again. Also I will never eat Oreo cookies or Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream – yuck! Their flavors nauseate me.

Question #11: Do you own a website for your writing?

No, not yet…


Well I am super sleepy now, as I am sure you are too trying to read all this boring information about me – hopefully you have not done a face-plant into your computer keyboard – ha!

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I will continue my rambling…um, I mean completing the requested Liebster Award nomination information in my next post.


Update 05/12/2020

I’ve decided not to do a “Part II” to this post and just finish up on this post.

Just the facts, ma'am. Just the facts" - Theia

Eleven (11) Facts About Myself

  1. I used to be obsessed with Barbies (Mattel toys Barbie dolls) from my late 20s to late 30s. It was something related to some challenging childhood memories and Barbies provided me with a lot of comfort. When I got into my late 30s to early 40s I was finally able to let my Barbie collection go. I sold some on Etsy, some on eBay and gave away/donated a lot of Barbies.
  2. I love public libraries. Walking into a library immediately calms, relaxes and excites me. This is related to many wonderful childhood memories at the library. I think it was the summer when I was 10 years old that I spent every day at the library. I would ride my bike to the library and browse books for hours – both children and adult books. The librarians knew me well. When I lived in Central Oregon from 2005 – 2019 I got to know the Deschutes Public Library quite well and had some librarian buddies at the downtown branch. I even had several art quilts in library art shows (see post A Novel Panel Idea). When I travel I try to visit a local library whenever possible.
  3. I’ve likely read way too many self-help books but I am still strangely drawn to them. I tried to swear off of them (see post Musings on Self-Improvement) but I might be secretly listening to one right now and just not telling all about it (smile).
  4. Fabric scraps make me happy. Very happy. I love the idea of saving something meant for a landfill and making something (eventually, hopefully, possibly…) out of it. I’ve become more selective over the years what scraps I get from other quilters and I’ve donated many fabric scraps in thrift shops (they sell well at thrift shops) as I shared in the post A “Humane” Way to Eliminate Fabric Scraps.
  5. My husband (who suddenly passed in December 2019) and I adopted rescued dogs, specifically rescued miniature schnauzers, for nearly 25 years. I currently have a rescued miniature schnauzer, Mike, who is 9.5 year old. His story is in the post – Taking Chances: The Mike Hogan Chronicles (re-post). I have been thinking about the future and wondering should I continue with miniature schnauzers or explore adopting those teddy bear looking labradoodles?
  6. I absolutely love pretzels. I’ve loved them since I was little. I enjoy quilt retreating with my friend Judy because she loves pretzels too and always has a nice stash of yummy pretzels (sometimes with a special garlic seasoning on them) to the retreat for us to snack on! (Of course quilt retreats are all about snacking, right?) My sister and I have a funny memory related to a pretzel: We like to meet up in New York City for a sisters weekend occasionally (she lives on the East Coast) and I was having the most delicious street vendor large hot pretzel I’ve ever had in my life. I gave her a bite of it. Well then I asked her to hold the pretzel while I rearranged something in my tote bag and BAM she finished off the pretzel while I was not looking, She claims to have had an “out of body experience” and does not remember finishing off the pretzel! We tried to find the vendor again for her to replace my pretzel but we never found another NYC street vendor pretzel as delicious…
  7. My favorite genre is science fiction and for a while I was really into post apocalyptic fiction, especially if there were some type of strange mutation to humans post apocalypse! Of course with the pandemic in place I am avoiding anything in this genre as it is too close for comfort.
  8. I am a recovering perfectionist. I still love organizing things and an organized environment but I have definitely “chilled out” over the years and don’t try to make all things perfect in my life!
  9. I got addicted for a while to those smartphone games like Candy Crush (but I did not give them any money, only played for free) and they were distracting me from working on my creative projects. Finally one day I convinced myself to delete them from my phone!
  10. I know what it is like to be hungry and not know where your next decent meal is coming from. I am grateful that I overcame that time in my life.
  11. Seeing someone snuggled in a quilt I made brings me a sense of joy that I cannot even put into words!

The Nominations

The last part of the Liebster Blogging Award nomination is that I need to nominate between 5 – 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions of my choice. I think 11 question is a bit much, so since I am getting close to my blog’s 7th anniversary, I am going to nominate 7 bloggers and ask them to respond to 7 questions; as well as share 7 facts about themselves. I will notify them in a comment on their blog and participation of course is completely optional!

I selected blogs/blogger that I have recently followed who are posting intriguing content to give them some exposure (please know I adore you my long time blogging buddies and you deserve blogging awards everyday!).

SEVEN NOMINATED BLOGS

  1. Sleepy Beagle
  2. From My Carolina Home
  3. Reader’s High Tea
  4. High Road Quilter
  5. Plants and Beyond
  6. Nana Cathy Dotcom
  7. The Library Lady Travels

SEVEN QUESTIONS FOR THESE BLOGGERS TO ANSWER (some borrowed from the previous list I was given)

  1. What made you start a blog and do you have any favorite topics for your blog posts?
  2. If you could move to a different town, state or country… where would you be?
  3. What is your favorite quality about yourself?
  4. What are your favorite creation(s) to date during the pandemic’s stay-at-home times (if you are expressing yourself creatively during this time)?
  5. Where is one of the first places you plan on going after quarantine is over?
  6. Other than blogging/writing what is the one favorite thing you LOVE to do?
  7. If a movie was made about your life, what actor would like casts in the leading role (as you)?

In addition to answering these 7 questions, if you like please also share 7 facts about yourself. 

And if you like, nominate 7 other bloggers for this award to introduce your readers to blogs they may not already follow but you think they will enjoy!


Featured Photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash

38 thoughts on “Liebster Award Nomination”

  1. Love it! We are moving to New Zealand together, then? And the library is such a good shout. I immediately feel better in the company of books, too. Thanks for adding the shot of Mike. My kids are clamouring for a dog like yours..

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  2. Lol, I got a stack of books from the library just before it shut down. Our government’s recovery roadmap gives me another month to finish reading them before I have to take them back

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  3. Congratulations!! I enjoy reading all your blogs. You have a talented imagination which I love. I love your idea about the cottage in New Zealand. I hope that comes to life in a book or blog because I’m already interested. 🙂

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    1. Well my New Zealand blogging buddies were likely talking about the smoke and impact from the Australian fires and I misunderstood. Thanks for your comments and I remove that part for my post as I’m not sure it was accurate 🙂

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  4. I think you’re going to have a lot of volunteers wanting to go with you to New Zealand (i’m putting in my bid now!). Ooh, and I can’t wait to hear more about your book!!

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  5. Well that’s fun – both YOU and the HOMESCHOOL GURU want to come live in my country “New Zealand”…

    All kinds of interesting places to live here…I’m currently stuck as such in the biggest city Auckland. I say stuck because during this lock-down time, I realised that there is only hard streets, fenced properties which you can’t hardly see to walk about in my ‘hood. I don’t live in a suburb that has a beach nearby or a nice set of walking trails – that would easily accomplished in an hour/return…

    I may be moving…but time will tell 🙂

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    1. I suspect you do not have cute little lambs wandering around your neighborhood then, eh? 🙂
      I am sure we have an idealized version of NZ in our minds but I look forward to seeing it someday in person (when we are not all locked down)

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      1. no lambs although that’s not quite true…one day a few years ago, I was coming home when I heard that definite baa sound, but I couldn’t see where it was coming from. The next day there is this lass with a rather large sheep on a lead and he’s eating grass on the verge. Turns out his name was Dillon and his usual home out on a lifestyle block was having new fencing put in…he was in “town for a week”….

        plenty of places where “lambs” are probably seen regularly – like at rural/country schools where kids have pet lambs and sometimes there are “bring your pet days”….

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  6. Thanks a lot for the nomination! I would also like to move to New Zealand or Australia, at least for a short period 🙂 I visited both countries (only 3 weeks each) and the vibe there is amazing! Will be back for sure, even if only for travelling purposes.

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      1. Unfortunately I did not see any baby lamb, but I did see cute alpaca babies – they’re called “crias”. But yes, there are many many sheep on the fields of New Zealand 🙂

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  7. Thank you for nominating me, Tierney! As I was reading the answers to your questions, I kept thinking I could just copy and paste your answers! We have so many similarities! Besides the fact that I do like Oreos, I don’t read a lot of science fiction, and I’ve never been to New Zealand, everything else is the same. Oh and I don’t have a sister who owes me a lifetime supply of pretzels while I find that perfect taste again. So I am glad you made a new list of questions so it doesn’t look like I cheated. I will answer these questions this week.

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    1. You are so welcome. Oh wait – are you a “sister from another Mister?” (like a “brother from another Mother”, ha!) Your blog is wonderful and I look forward to your answers 🙂

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  8. Hi – came here from library lady’s blog –
    Saw your nom and came over
    – enjoyed your shared
    – cheers to walking – I can see why you love it and your dog is cute
    – and I love liver and onions / with a fresh bottle
    Of GT’s kombucha – but I can see why many folks hate liver –
    Not for everyone
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      1. I know that many folks do not like it – but Marc from “sorryless” blog does too – haha – so if you drop by his blog you can meet one more –
        And side note – my husband and hates the taste of liver so much that he will
        Actually cut up small pieces to swallow them that way – it is funny – but liver is such a multi vitamin food and especially for women who need more iron.
        Some
        Good friends of ours who are also health coaches –
        Their naturopath put them in liver tablets/capsules as part of their health fortification – and sometimes when I travel I take six liver capsules (freeze dried) with my coffee and it fortifies and satisfies

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