Monday, January 28, 2019

"Mystery Blogger" Award

In June of last year Quinn of The Quinntessential Clothes Pen nominated me for the Mystery Blogger award. It is always fun to see these kinds of awards go around, because it is a nice opportunity to get to now other people in the community a little bit. And so I was honored to be chosen! 

The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.”
Created by: Okoto Enigma

The reason blog awards are such a nice way to get to know each other is because they typically have rules that involve answering questions. The ‘Mystery Blogger’ award rules are:
  • Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 10-20 bloggers you feel deserve the award
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny one
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

So now, in an effort to catch up a bit on posting, I am finally answering Quinn's questions! 

First some facts:
1. I find making crepes to be weirdly calming, and so I used to make them all the time as a way to cope with stress. I have probably flipped thousands of crepes at this point--while I no longer use them as a stress relief mechanism, I do still make them from time to time! They are my go-to Sunday breakfast food, 2am post-ball food, and I'm-out-of-groceries food.

2. I have a cat named Xena, who is the most unhelpful sewing helper in the world. If I can finish a project without getting claw punctures in it then I call that a doesn't happen often. 

3. I like to have background noise when I sew, and that is usually television or movies I don't mind only half paying attention to. This means that (a) I watch a lot of TV when I'm in the middle of a sewing project, and (b) I tend to measure the length of time a project took me to complete in media consumed. It can end up being a weird seasonal measure--for example, I started my current project in early December, so to date I have watched 2.5 bad Netflix Christmas movies and 2 episodes of Worst Cooks in America while sewing. (And in case you are curious, those 3 movies were: The Christmas Candle (this was the half), The Christmas Prince 2, and A Holiday Engagement.)

And now for Quinn's questions:

If you had a time machine, where would you take it to first and why?
Concord MA, 1863! I have spent so much time researching the residents of that particular town throughout the 1840s-80s that I would really love to experience it. And 1863 happens to be a year from which there are a lot of remaining letters (which I have transcribed!). So it would be particularly interesting to visit then. 

What do you do to combat the blues on a rainy day?
Drink tea, wear a tiara, and do something fun. Sometimes that's reading a book, or sewing, or watching a movie, or baking. But the tea and tiara are important. Another thing I like to do is plan trips. Not trips I will necessarily take any time soon, but someday trips...sometimes it's nice to fantasize about taking adventures from the comfort of the couch in my pajamas.

Where would you like to travel next? Near or far…
Well, my next actually-scheduled trip is to Disney World. Disney is a particularly fun trip to "armchair plan" because there's just so much data on the internet to research! But no limits? Southeast Asia. There's a boat trip I would love to take that goes from Hong Kong to Singapore, Bali, Malaysia, Thailand, and Japan (not in that order). Someday...

What is your favorite sewing tool?
I thought about this a lot, actually, and I think I have surprised myself by this answer. I think I am going to go with a seam ripper? I hate using a seam ripper because it means I'm tearing something out. grr! But the fact that I have a nice seam ripper and I use it regularly is empowering too, because I think it represents how far I've come as a costumer. I actually bother to rip things out and fix them now! And also it doesn't destroy my confidence when I have to do it the way it used to.
But a less fraught answer would be my spring-loaded scissors. THEY ARE AMAAAAZZZIIIING.

What name would you give to a combination of a zucchini and an asparagus?

A zasparini of course!

Finally, here are the blogs I would like to nominate. Thank you for sharing your stories on the internet, and inspiring me!

My questions for you are:
  • If you could travel in time OR space but not both, which would you choose and why?
  • What is your favorite period of clothing to wear?
  • Do you have a color you tend to gravitate towards? If so, what is it?
  • What is your favorite sewing technique or task?
  • If you could meet any magical creature in the real world, what would it be?

Happy sewing, all!