Wednesday, April 3, 2013

One Lovely Blog Award!

I've never done one of these before, but since I haven't taken pictures for my intended post yet, I figure this will make a nice interlude.  Also, you don't know it yet, but there's a pun in the title--and you all know how I feel about title-y puns!

My dear Samantha at The Couture Courtesan awarded me this because she is a sweetie and a love.  Oh, and she makes beautiful stuff!  If you don't already follow her blog, you really should.

1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Add the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’ image to your post.
3. Share seven things about you.
4. Pass the award on to seven nominees.
5. Include this set of rules.
6. Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs.

Let's see...I'm not sure there are seven things about me that aren't hideously boring, but I'll give it a shot!
  1. When I was about 8 years old, my parents took me to Colonial Michilimackinac, an 18th century fort and trading post in Northern Michigan.  I fell in love and vowed I'd work there some day.  Eleven years later, I did just that!  Working as a costumed interpreter there really sparked my love of history, material culture, and historical clothing, and I definitely would not be where I am today without having had that experience.  I also met several wonderful people with whom I am still fast friends!
    A day in the life of an interpreter...getting "married" for the 2nd time that day.
  2. I keep rats, and although I know some people think it's weird, they're honestly the best pets I could ever ask for.  They're very sweet and social, with distinct personalities and a surprisingly high level of intelligence.  I started out with three boys a few years ago and although that little family of sweethearts has passed on, I've got four girls and two baby boys now that I adore.  The only downside is that they only live about two years, and saying goodbye is always hard.  It's totally worth it, though.
    Samantha getting some quality time with one of my first babies, Babbington
  3. Horseback riding is my #1 favorite type of exercise.  Right now my poor Jackson has a 'sports injury' and my instructor has been transitioning her lessons to her own property due to unforeseen circumstances at the barn we'd been using, so my schedule has been a little off...but I'm looking forward to warmer weather and hopefully Jackson making a full recovery soon!
    Cheeky horsie
  4. I'm bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish.  I know I've surprised some of my friends before, especially at events--I'll bust out the Spanish with a visitor or family and people who had no idea I could speak it get the greatest looks on their faces!
  5. Coffee is my drug of choice.  In the morning, do not speak to me until I have had a cup of it--at least one.  I've been drinking coffee ever since I could sit up and it doesn't look like I'm going to quit anytime soon!
  6. I've had an online journal of some sort for over ten years now.  I can't even count the number of friends I've made in that time--some of my most long-term friends are people I've never met in person!  I don't know about you but I'm pretty sure that's awesome.
  7. And lastly but most importantly, I just got engaged!  My boyfriend-now-fiancee Rich came to visit from England (yes, he has an accent) over Easter and proposed on Monday.  He's pretty jet lagged from his flight home (boo) right now I think, but we're both excited and the outpouring of support and congratulations from our friends both online and in person has been overwhelming and very touching.
    Ze ring!
And, my nominations!

....Right, now I remember why I never do these things.  Because how can I possibly pick!?!?

Remember how I mentioned some of my superlongtime friends are from the internets?  Jen's one of them, and I love her cooking blog.  She may or may not know it, but her blogging has inspired me to be more adventurous in the kitchen, and also, who doesn't love pretty pictures of yummy food?

Ginger is another internet friend, although we have actually met in real life--twice!  She was more than a little instrumental in getting me into 1860s clothing, and I've had tons of fun watching her ace outfit after outfit in new periods.

I basically consider Jesse part of the family, and am in awe of her crafting abilities.  Sure, I make historical clothing...but I can't craft to save my life!  She does adorable cake pops, super cute bags, and the crochet aviator hat she made for her son last Halloween is basically the best thing I've ever seen.

I just can't even describe this stuff.  This gal is self-taught...and if I had half her skill I would absolutely die.  And also her figure.  And her hair.  If I didn't like her so much I'd hate her, but her stuff is so pretty and she's so nice and so gracious!

Basically, I am in awe of anyone who can knit.  I taught myself how to once and then decided I hated it...I was so slow!  This blog not only has awesome knitting, it's historical knitting.  Seriously.  Amazing.

Great 1860s stuff, kid patterns, and cute pictures.  What's not to love?  I was fortunate enough to meet Amy once in real life at an 1860s event in Texas, and we had great fun socializing...and playing with her adorable daughter.  

Okay, there's a lot of beautiful stuff here but seriously?  I've never seen one person make SO MANY beautiful pairs of stays.  How.  I don't...what.  How do you even?  Seriously beautiful.  And she's cute as a button in her pictures!

P.S. This seriously took me all day because I thought of five random facts about myself and then got stuck on a sixth for about five hours.  Eesh!

P.P.S. The pun I mentioned?  Rich's last name (and my future one!) is Lovely.  Get it?


  1. Thank you so much! Such kind words - this day couldn't have started any better really :)

    1. I'm glad I could bring a little brightness to your day! :)

  2. I inspire you to cook?!? Yay! :)

    1. Yes! I may not be *quite* as adventurous as you are, but I learn something every time you post and looking at your pictures usually makes me I go cook! ;)