Thursday, January 10, 2013


The other day I received an e-mail from the notorious sewing sisters Ashley and Emily who go by the handle: FrancesSuzanne.
Frances was their mother's middle name but I don't know where the Suzanne came from. And quite ironically, I have a dear family friend who's name is Suzanne Frances.
At any rate, they passed on to me a sort of chain-letter type of link called a Liebster Award.

"The Liebster Blog Award is an award given by bloggers to up and coming bloggers, most of whom have less than 200 followers (or have been blogging for less than 6 months). It is to show newer bloggers that they are appreciated, and to help spread the word about new blogs. It was created to promote appreciation and recognition among the blog world. Liebster translates to “dearest” (or favorite/best) in German. It is also known as the Love Blog Award."

Whenever I see a German word like that, I think of "schadenfreude" which means getting enjoyment from someone else's misfortune.  It's a cool word and there isn't an equivalent in the English language. It's difficult to pronounce too so it's amusing to listen to folks (including me) attempt to use the word. Double-barrel-fun-word, I'd say.

I would also like to point out that I don't take too much in life seriously however I will do my best to join in on the Liebster Award.

Here are the questions that have been asked by Ashley and Emily

11 questions for fellow Leibster award recipients:
1. What are your top five ‘must-read’ blogs? ...... because of the creativity ...... because it's the source shows trends ..... it's inspirational ....he is hilarious

2. Do you have a phobia? And if so – what is it?

Being old and stuck in a Nursing Home with no other music on my iPod other than Kenny G that someone uploaded thinking I would like it.

3. What is your favorite fabric? This might be a certain designer’s look, or a particular style / texture you are drawn to....

Bombazine .... because it has a funny name.

4. What is your most tried and true pattern in your stash?

Puppet Show shorts and Bubble Dress both Oliver + S patterns.

5. What is your dream job?

I'd like to be Rock Star so I could prance around a stage like Mick Jagger and belt out tunes like Lady Marmalade or Ramble On.

6. Share a tradition that you and your family enjoy

When our children were young, every year it was a tradition to take them on a vacation to a far away land.
Becky with saucer sliding down Mt. Everest
Graham grinning from the summit.
Sarah lookin' cool on an Alpine climb

Becky pointing the way along the Great Wall of China.

What were the odds of finding candy floss on Easter Island?

Now that our children are grown and have left the nest, we've kept up the tradition and we take our labrador Lucy on exotic vacations.

Lucy finding the Northwest Passage.
7. Name one thing sewing-related that you haven’t tried…but want to learn how to do.

Make a bathing suit.

8. What is your favorite month of the year and why?

January, because the cold freezes the sap causing the trees in the forest to make a popping sound, the water under the frozen lake groans and the snow squeaks with every step. It sounds like an orchestra outside.
But next month, ask me again and I'll tell you February is my favourite. Then ask me again in March.......

9. If you had the opportunity to do a guest post, what series would you want to participate in….or, on which site would you like to guest post?

I wouldn't want to do that. 

10. Where do you get your sewing inspiration (be specific – for example: a particular pinterest board, blog, children’s retail, etc.)? 

From all the blogs I follow.  
In my profile is the reading list. 

11. What has been your greatest “sewing find” to date?

Most definitely Oliver + S patterns .....   hands down!

Thank you Emily & Ashley for thinking of me and my little on-line journal. I hope I haven't disappointed you.


  1. Perhaps it's time I take my kids on some exotic vacations...:)

    As always I love your sense of humor!

  2. You.Crack.Us.Up!!!! You never disappoint, do you? **FYI: The name Frances Suzanne is our middle names combined - Ashley {frances} and Emily {suzanne}. But, yes...Frances goes WAAAAAY BACK in the family lineage!!!

  3. Oh, wow, Deb - what fabulous experiences you and your children have had!
    Despite (or actually, because of!)the schadenfreude nature of this, I enjoyed reading your post :-)