Well, okay, maybe not a major award to everyone, but I’m not nominated much, so this is major to me! What, you say, was I nominated for? The Leibster Award. What is that -you don’t know what that is? Well, neither did I, but it comes along with some responsibilities, and being the good girl that I am, I wanted to follow through and do my duty so I did what we all do these days, looked it up on Google!
According to many Google posts, Leibster is a German word meaning sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, and endearing. Apparently the Liebster Award is granted to up and coming bloggers with fewer than 200 followers who deserve some recognition and support to keep on blogging. The award-er poses 5 questions that must be answered in the blog, and then the award-ee gets a chance to pose their own questions to the next 5. I’d not heard of it before, but it is a really nice idea, and for me, a GREAT way to get to know more blogs and their authors.
Thanks SO MUCH to Jenny over at Jennymorbeymakes for my nomination! I’ve had a hard time finding bloggers with a lot of my same interests but now Jenny found ME so I have a new favorite blog to which I subscribe, and hopefully a new friend. Please take a minute to check out Jenny’s blog – you’ll be glad you did!
So, on with the show! First, five random things about me:
1. I got to help hand raise an abandoned sea otter as a volunteer at the Seattle Aquarium. It was such a special opportunity to be in close contact with one of nature’s most fascinating, and softest, creatures – sea otters have no blubber so they keep the frigid waters away from their skin by constantly grooming (one square inch of an otter body has as many hairs as the human head)! One of my fondest memories was having her reach out her little paw for reassurance as she swam around me in the pool – takes my breath away still to think about.
2. I’m a native to the State of Washington, as were both my parents. While we get a lot of grief about how much it rains and we know 25 jokes about banana slugs and have 17 ways to describe cloudy days, it is a great place to live.
3. I did not draw growing up. I worked with fabric for much of my life, sewing my own clothes in high school (ugh!) and making traditional and art quilts most of my life. I started making mixed media collage after reading Kelly Rae Robert’s “Flying Lessons” back in 2009 and now I also draw – which amazes me each day!
4. In 1964, my family drove a ’62 Chevy Pick up with a Gem top (remember those?) from Belfair, Washington to Mexico City, Mexico. Quite an adventure for a nine year old – quite an adventure for us all!
5. I used to sing – well, and a lot. In High School and college I had some solo roles, but I knew I was not cut out for the life of a singer. I’m still dangerous with a karaoke mike when I ever get the chance, but I often look back and wonder, what if.
So then here are the questions that Jenny posed to me and her other awardees:
My 5 Questions:
1. What little happy things do you do to cheer yourself up when you’re not feeling so good or just brighten your day in general?
Unfortunately for my pocket book, I often go shopping! I like little unexpected things – pretty purses, citrus smelling candles, anything with flowers or other nature informed designs. I also love old things – so I often haunt an antique shop that is in Pike Place Market on my lunch hour! Sometimes I just look through my collection of “things” to get an idea of what I might like to put out on display together. Sometimes I comb through my fabric stash. There are some pretty blogs that I look to – Leslie Shewring’s A Creative Mint is one in particular – and just her mood boards or ways she’s used her water colors will make me smile.
2. What are 5 worthwhile uses of your disposable income?
1. Good food! Meaning both taste and good for me. Fresh salmon, peaches in season, and any nut candied! And of course, chocolate…now that they’ve discovered all the good things that dark chocolate can do, it gets to be included in the “good food” category!
2. Art supplies. Those new tools I want to try. Oddball things that might be an art supply someday. Paints – pens – pencils – stamps. All of it!
3. Vacations. Great times, wonderful sights, relaxing places in the water and active tours to see the sights. All of these things inform my life, give me new special treasures to bring home and help me do my art with a different eye to how I see the world.
4. Plants. Both indoor and outdoor. For their colors and their smells - for the sense of calm they can bring, or the way they dress up a corner. I come from a long line of gardeners, so working with plants also gives me a physical tie to those who have come before me.
5. Fabric! While the paying job doesn’t allow for enough time to do both collage art and quilting, I still love new fabric. Flowery and pretty a la Kaffe Fassett, or beautiful soft lawn fabric like Liberty of London. While I haven’t sewn for a while, I have a couple of quilt projects cut out and waiting for time at the machine.
3. What is your most treasured possession?
Tough one – I have a lot, and can’t choose one! My treasures are things from travels, or older things, either found or from my youth. I have a wonderful Native Alaskan carving from fossilized mammoth tusk which is special for the beautiful piece it is but also for the story of the man who carved it, shared with me by the gallery owner. I have wonderful small treasures – an old child’s flour sifter with a beautiful patina, my Dad’s collapsing drinking cup, in it’s box, from his time in the army, the alarm clock that came with Ken’s pajamas, a gift from when I had my tonsils out. I surround myself with treasures and can’t offend them by just picking one!
4. What is your greatest fear?
That I’ll not measure up somehow. That when that giant score card is issued, I’ll be shown wanting in some category – that I could have helped more, that I could have worked out more, that I could have been a better employee, friend, daughter, wife, artist. That if I was a bit more introspective, I would have “got it” all better. And that I’ll run into a big snake hanging from a tree over my path and be forced to walk under him!
5. How would you like to be remembered?
I used to think that I wanted to be remembered for the great cool thing I did. I’ve been in some positions that I could have made a big difference I thought, but really, I live in a pretty small circle of acquaintances and friends so that was just not happening for me. As I’ve gotten older, I realize that it is enough to have those people who’s lives I touch just think that they were better for knowing me, that they enjoyed my company and knew they could depend on me for help or for a laugh, that I was sincere and real and always looked for the best in everything and everyone.
My Five Questions:
1. Do you have favorite books you refer to or favorite places you go to when you need some inspiration?
2. Sometimes we hear successful people talk about a special person in their life that helped them be what they are today – a teacher, a parent, a coach. Was there a special person in your life and how did they help?
3. If money were no object, where in the world would you want to travel, and why?
4. Name five things in your life that you could not live without.
5. If you could, what household chore would you pay to have someone else do?
For those with blogs chosen for the award– copy and paste the award in your blog. Tell who nominated you with a link back to my blog. Share five random things about yourself and then answer my questions. When that is all done, nominate five bloggers that you follow and send them the rules, creating five new questions for them to answer along with their random things. Thanks for participating with me – and Have Fun!