Sunday, 6 July 2014

Versatile Blogger Award

Teresa from Navy Blue Threads kindly nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. Thanks Teresa!

The VBA is similar in principle to the Liebster Award and is a lovely way to reach out to celebrate fellow bloggers and find out a little bit more about them. 
If you choose to accept your nomination there are a few rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and create a link back to their blog
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 other versatile bloggers (I have nominated 10)
  • Tell the bloggers that you nominated them
  • Share 7 interesting things about yourself
Well here goes; you can decide if they are considered interesting or not.....
  1. My day job (which just about keeps me out of mischief)  is an art teacher at a seconday school in London. I teach the hormonal age range up to A level. I love teaching art, textiles and photography and have been teaching for over 15 years and can honestly say that I have never, ever been bored in my job!
  2. I suppose the day-job may give it away, but one of my main passions in life is art and textiles. I love looking at art, teaching art, making art, writing about art.... I think you get the picture...
  3. I am a keen DIY'er and am currently renovating my house with my boyfriend which has turned into a pretty epic under-taking. We are currently living without a kitchen so its salads for every meal....
  4. Luckily, I do enjoy a bloody good salad, especially when paired with a char-grilled steak (sorry veggies out there!)
  5. In 2009 I set up and am Captain of a virtual indoor rowing team called Empty the Tanks... what's that you may ask? You can find out all about it on my another blog (which I set up about five years ago) that I use to communicate with my fellow team mates about indoor rowing challenges, team competitions, training information and general encouragment and support.
  6. I have an obsessively geeky love of Le Tour de France and have followed it on TV every year for over 20 years. I have also seen it 'live' in London in 2007 and travelled to Rotterdam 2010 for the Prologue.
  7. I am currently studying for an MA in Educational Leadership (such fun!) and I have only 8 weeks left to complete my 20,000 word final dissertation. It would be sooooo much easier to get on with it if there wasn't so many amazing things to sew, fabric to buy, art courses to attend and FABULOUS blogs to get endlessly lost in. That is why I have nominated the following bloggers for joyously keeping me distracted!

Katherine from Bernie & I
Such a lovely blog. Katherine has an awesome collection of the most sassy shift dresses that have a modern yet 60's vibe.

Sue from Lady Stitcher
A wonderful fellow blogger that has some beautifully sewn makes and fab photos on her blog. She has recently branched out into knitwear and looks pretty amazing at that too!

Sarah from Fabric Tragic
Sarah has a vast array of fabulous makes ranging from basics to some delightful tops in beautiful prints.

Sara from Gladys and Liv
Sara has a passion for vintage garments and has a wonderful collection from a wide range of eras.

Marilla from Marilla Walker
Marilla also has an interest in arty things and has made some gorgeous things for herself and her family.

Emma Jayne from Clipped Curves
I met Emma Jayne whilst on a Tilly (and the Buttons) workshop to make her Mathilde blouse. Emma Jayne's sewing skills are very professional and has some beautiful makes including knitwear. She has a great collection of handy tutorials too!

I met the follwing sewing enthusiasts at the NYLon 2014 sewing meet-up at the Victoria and Albert museum back in May and have had such fun reading about their sewing adventures via their blogs since then. 

Claire from The Panda Sews
A really fun blog with some creative makes. Claire always includes great humour in her posts too.

Janet from Kitchen Table Sewing
A delightful blog that covers some fun makes, family adventures, gardening tips and sewing tips. A fun insight into Janet-world.

Alex from My Creative Experiments
A newbie sewer Alex is making great progress in her hand-made wardrobe. Its lovely to read about her makes and how her confidence increases after every me-made item.

Tamsin from Pimp my Curtains
An exerienced sewer, Tamsin has a fun approach to sewing and has made some great garments.


  1. Ah, thank you so much for the nomination! I'm going to finally go to the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition on Saturday with a fellow sewist (justsewjenna) you are quite welcome to join us if you like!

    1. Hi Marilla - thanks for the invite, I would love to go but I will be spending my weekend manically painting my lounge / diner / kitchen in prpeparation for the electrician who is coming the following week ; ( Such bad timing. I hope you have fun, it looks great!

    2. Ah, what a shame! I'm sure it will be great, but I have built it up a bit in my head, so hope it lives up to it ;-) happy painting! X

  2. Hi, thanks for the nomination and the description of experienced sewist! I have had great fun reading your blog and lots of the others from NYLON.

  3. Thanks for the nomination, so sweet of you!

  4. Thanks so much for the nomination, Caroline. I will now attempt to blog something and follow the instructions for the nomination x

    1. No pressure Claire - I was a bit free and loose witht he rules....

  5. Hello Caroline - thanks for the nomination! I have a slight back log of posts to do at the moment, but will get onto it as soon as possible.
    on a different note, a few of us (including Claire) are hoping to meet for fabric shopping fun and catch up in Liberty this weekend (Sat). It would be ace to see you if you are free! X

    1. Hi Janet - such timing! I get two invites on the same weekend for such fun things! I could stretch to a meet up for a cup of tea??
      I have imposed a self-ban from buying any more fabric since I signed up for the Summer Statshbust 2014 so dont want to endure the torture of Liberty's which is extremely disappointing but very heathly for the purse!
      What time are you planning on meeting up?