Friday, 29 March 2013

Thanks to SewRuth - Blogger Awards!

This is a very long over due post!

Some time ago Ruth of Sew Ruth gave me a couple of blogging awards and put links to my blog up on her blog.... This action undoubtedly increased the traffic to my blog and inspired me to keep with it!

This was Ruth's post where she handed out her awards for inspiring blogs: Linky

And these are the lovely awards she sent me, and which I now have the pleasure of passing forward to some of the blogs I have found inspiring.

The rules of the awards are as follows: 

Thank the person who nominated you. 
Add The One Lovely Blog Award/Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post. 
Share 7 things about yourself.  
Pass the award on to 10 nominees. 
Include this set of rules. 
Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs.  

So first of all a big THANK YOU to SewRuth for generously giving me both awards!

Now to 7 things about me: 

1.  My family and I live in N.Ireland, in an old stone cottage that was originally restored by my Grandmother, and which we extended about 17 years ago.  I love this photo of a sunrise behind the house. (Sorry about the arrows - I couldn't find the original and this is copied from FB!)

2. We have 3 little terriers!  JackJack, Honey and Patsy.  Here modelling their Christmas attire!  

3.  We keep a few ponies here and this time last year Mollie had a foal.  The foal was finally named this week - Meet Duchess.

4.  I've been sewing up a few ponies too... This little herd went over to England before Christmas to be sold on a Craft Stall raising funds for Biomedical Research into ME.  This illness has now affected me for over a year and prevented me from working or indeed being physically active in any way.  Much more research and funding is needed.  (More detail here: PDF Describing ME and here: Invest in ME )

5.  I enjoy taking photos especially of moody skies.  This one is just outside the kitchen patio doors...  

...... and this one looking down from the garden over a winter sunrise.

6.  I now follow a Paleo Diet as I have heard that it helps with ME.  So that's: No grains, no dairy and as little sugar as possible.  (In ascending order of difficulty!)

 7. My daughters also enjoy sewing and have encouraged me along the way....

So now to my Nominees for these awards... and it's not an easy choice! 

So in no particular order - here they are:

Cation Designs One of the first blogs I started to follow, and although this blog has loads of well deserved awards already I couldn't resist sending another!  ;)

Tumble Weeds in the Wind  Plenty of inspiration here...

Bundana Begins  Always something colourful going on ...

Weekend Crafting Check out the quilt in the post from 2 March.

A Good Talking To...  Lots of lovely ideas here... 

Craft Sanctury  in her own words "confessions of a happy crafter"... need I say more.

By Gaenor  Sewing inspiration and more....

Edit to add:
Sarah Liz Sew Style Knew I'd missed one... and I know she's just got another award.. but her post regarding that award was the trigger that reminded me I'd forgotten to do my list...  :)

So that's my list for now... I keep feeling I've forgotten a blog or two I enjoy... so watch this space as I may add a couple more in a bit.

So now I've to head off to each of these blogs to let them know about their awards...  Well okay that will be tomorrow!  (Edit now done ;) )


  1. Hi Sally, thank you very much for thinking of me. I'm going to give my nominations some proper thought - my blogroll is enormous, choosing is hard! Thanks again :)

  2. Hi Sally, thank you for thinking about me - but now I have to seriously assess everyone's blogs and pass the award along - which is a lovely thing to do! No more resting on my laurels :). I do like your pictures - I was lucky enough to visit Northern Ireland briefly a couple of years ago - a very beautiful country. Pats to your doggies and horses please. Your stuffed horses are also adorable.

    1. Northern Ireland is quite a special little corner of the world :) - although right now we could do with a little more sun and warmth!

  3. Thank you both for visiting..... I've enjoyed both blogs. However sometimes there are so many good ideas on other folks' blogs that I don't know which idea to follow next! ;)

  4. I think we all have that problem Sally! Also, I just wanted to let you know that I will be writing the blog about the lovely awards at the end of the week - Thurs, Fri or Saturday.

  5. Hi Sally, thank you so much even visiting my blog, let alone passing on such an accolade! Plus now I get to procrastinate about who to pass the awards onto next, as well as all the sewing I am currently doing/not doing.

    1. Looking forward to seeing more of your sewing adventures Gaenor. And we all love to procrastinate. ;)

  6. Oh wow I've new friends already because of this. thanks Sally

    1. You have such a classy blog Ruth - no wonder folk want to see what you're up to next. :) This blogosphere thing is great fun isn't it!

  7. Dawww, those stuffed horses are adorable! Thanks for the nomination!

    1. Thanks, I had a load of fun designing and making them..... :)


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