Friday, July 9, 2010

And the Academy Goes To....

Okay so not quite, but it sure feels like it.

Over the past week or so I have been given some wonderful awards from fellow bloggers.  It really is the highest former of flattery to be recognized by peers so thank you everyone.  I've only been blogging for a little over 2 months and it's terrific to have found commonality with others - as well as get the chance to see different perspectives on everything from fashion to interior design to literature and, of course, food.

I'm going to try to list all the awards and the kind blog givers in one so here goes!! (and if I miss anyone, please let me know and I will add in right away).

**From Tamara at Memory Bean Designs came the Versatile Blogger Award.  She is such a pistol!  She's got a ton of energy and it shines through in her blog.  I used to live in Washington State and love to see her pictures for purely nostalgic reasons...she always takes me back!  Tamara also posts some amazing design photos to keep the mind always reworking the rooms.


1.Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
2.Share 6 (or 7) things about yourself.
3.Pass this award to bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason!
4.Contact the bloggers you picked and let them know about the award.
So here goes!
1.  I am deathly afraid of moths.  I don't know why, but they really creep me out.  
2.  I grew up on a farm in Canada.  I mean rural.  Closest neighbor is a mile away.  Best place in the world to grow up.
3.  I used to own and operate a large childcare facility - 85 to 100 kids.  This is why I am unmarried and sans children. :)
4.  Cats find me.  I'm a cat magnet.
5. I have a partially photographic memory. 
6.  I lost 3/4 of my hair 7 or 8 years ago and it took 2 years for it to fully grow back.
7.  Sometimes I dream things and they happen - ever since I was a little kid.

New bloggers I recently discovered? 

**From Cafe Bellini came the Blog With Substance Award.  She has an amazing blog that covers all kinds of things.  Right now she has fab Armani Nail polish (swooooon!), but she has it all from yummy food to pretty perfumes and even cool cars!

Rules:  Select five words that describe your blogging philosophy, motivation, and experience

I started blogging because people have been stopping and asking me where I got a certain something or other for years.  My boyfriend has been telling me to carry cards!  Hehe.  

1.  Rather than the cards I started blogging to share with others.  

2.  Blogging is also a creative outlet for me - and that is something I need because I am a very creative person with a stressful job and a lot of energy.  

3.  My philosophy is be yourself (I'm counting that as one word) - don't try to be anyone else.  Some people say 'don't write too much people only want pictures'.  But I am a writer.  I am a story-teller. So I just did my own thing because at the end of the day this blog is a reflection of me - no one else.  If people follow I want it to be because they find something that speaks to them within my own particular style, not because it is an attempt to replicate what others are doing.  If you try to follow someone else's writing style, photo style, way of approaching subject matter - you will struggle and not have fun because it will not be from you.

4 and 5. My experience blogging has been warm, welcoming and work - so now I'm up to 6 words, but like I said I talk.  It's what I do.  The blogging community has been so kind to me - and I try to pay it forward with both new and more experienced bloggers alike.  There is so much good information being shared amongst bloggers and I love to be a part of that.  Blogging is also a lot of work.  It takes a level of commitment to have a substantial blog.

I'm passing this award onto:

**From March Musings at StyleNuggets came the Going Places Award - Have you visited her?  She is in Auckland, NZ and I love to see what she comes up with in her outfits daily.  She can work a flat, a boot and a heel 7 different ways from Friday!
The rules are:

1. Describe where you think you'll be in 10 years
2. Pass the fun along to 10 other bloggers

Here's the thing about this.  I have no idea where I'll be in 10 years.  Not one clue.  I'm like a leaf in the wind and I don't make plans or even speculate about plans so I guess that isn't such an exciting answer.  I do hope to be healthy and hopefully enjoying my career on the other side of this nasty recession.  I hope to see my family more often and I just want us to be maintaining close relationships with one another in good health.  You can see that health is a big thing to me.
10 other bloggers:  Okay here goes....

Turns out I got the Versatile Blogger twice!  Yahoo!!  The other person to pass this award to me was **Shawna at Poppies and Sunshine!  She finds some amazing and inspirational photos on everything from clothing and shoes to the cutest neighbor on the block.  I see her posts and save them for when I have more than 2 minutes so I can just sit back and take it all in.

This one I pass on to:
There are so many blogs I would like to mention here...will do in future links.  

 I feel like I'm missing one more award - please let me know because I don't want to miss out on crediting anyone.  I've scanned through my comments, but am so tired my photographic memory is not working so well right now. :) xoxo  and thanks again everyone - Carrie


Beauty H2T said...


That is incredible and so well deserved lovely lady ,


LouBoo said...

Hi Carrie - thanks so much for the mention! Very sweet of you and may I just say whilst we are sharing, your blog has become one my favourites. You are a writer indeed. I always think how you have hidden depths! Take the best care, Lou x

Krystal said...

thanks dahling ;)

Diana Mieczan said...

Well done,sweetie:) Yuppie to your awards:) So happy for you! Happy Friday:)

Anonymous said...

Hey congratulations on all your awards! I totally agree with your 'be yourself' philosophy - it's your blog so do what you want to do with it. And aw it's so nice of you to thank me again for such a small thing - some haven't even bothered to say a quick thank you at all (although the award is up on the blog) and I wish I hadn't given it to them!

Jess said...

You are such a sweetheart. Thanks for thinking of me!!!

I can't believe that you've only been blogging for 2 months... you are amazing!

Closet Fashionista said...

Wow congrats on all the awards!! You totally deserve them!! And congrats to those you passed on to! :D

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Carrie, thanks for the mention and link to my blog. I do so appreciate it (and you)! And you are a very deserving award recipient - keep up the good blogging!

Susan said...

Good for you to get all those lovely blogging awards.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and for mentioning me :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

sophiasa said...

Oh my! You totally deserve all these awesome awards! Way to go!!=)

Nikki said...

Congratulations on all your lovely awards!

I'm deathly afraid of moths and all other insects too. It's really weird, but I completely freak out.

Hope you have an amazing weekend and Im so happy I found your blog.


Ms. Emily Ann said...

Congrats on your awards!! Hope you are loving your new life in California - that seems like a smarter way to do it.. what was I thinking leaving sunshine and palm trees for the midwest? :)

Bumpkin on a Swing said...

I love being a blog with substance, it's what I strive for everyday.
My readers mean the world to me, we keep it real.
I have hardly talked to you this week, you must be a busy lady.
Hope you find some sunshine to enjoy, cool sunshine is nice these days. A little overcast and I am a happy camper.
I am melting in a silk lined dress today!

Cafe Fashionista said...

Wow! Congratulations on all of the awards! I have to admit something though; this...

"7. Sometimes I dream things and they happen - ever since I was a little kid."

...happens to me as well. Ever since I was a child. Weird, right? :)

Alicia said...

Congrats on all your awards and thanks for tagging me! ;) Happy Friday!

Jammer said...

Whoo! thank you! :D And, boy do I wish that was Olivia...if I ever happen to come across a picture of her with an eyelash out of place, you'll be the first to know! haha

Happy weekend :)

Jammer said...

PS - Wimbledon is sadly over...I was messing around with the import/export post feature and when I imported a bunch of older sporty posts they showed up as new! haha this is why I should never try to be computer savvy - I end up causing mass confusion lol.

Emma said...

oh i just love new lovely blogs!! yours is darling!

Raez said...

congrats dear! you deserve them!

xx raez

Annie said...

HA! I was just about to tell you that I nominated you just yesterday as well! take a look at my latest post :) Have a wonderful weekend, Carrie!

Josie said...

Look at you with all of the awards, my dear! They are VERY much deserved. And I'm so honored that you've passed one along to me -- thank you, doll! Have a fab weekend :)
xo Josie

The Zhush said...

Woe...congrats to you on all of these, and thanks for the mention! (moths really creep me out as well. had a HUGE black one in the house yesterday...eeeew!) :)

Marcie said...

You daydream things that happen? That is crazy! I am laughing at the cat magnet comment. You must have good energy.

Thanks so much for the award Carrie! You are to sweet.

Have a fantastic weekend. Send me your favorite weekend photo for my Wonderful Weekend series.

xo Marcie

Heather {A Measure Of...} said...

Congrats on all the awards, Carrie! I loved learning a little more about you.

Also, thank you so much on passing me an award too! This truly made my day! I, of course, graciously accept it and will post it soon!


Fashion Meets Food said...

Congrats on the awards, and I totally love your be yourself philosophy! Thanks so much for the award as well love! You're amazing... and I want your wardrobe lol.

xo enjoy your weekend!

PhotoPuddle said...

Well done for all the awards. You deserve them. And thanks for mine as well.

Valerie said...

Congratulations on your awards, Carrie! And thank you so much for mine! You're so funny about being a cat magnet. I grew up on a very rural farm too! Everyone I know says I'm easily entertained and I'm sure that's why. Have a wonderful weekend!


alli/hooray said...

So fun to read all of your lists and answers. Those are a lot of awards to keep track of + pass on! Thanks for the kind mention!

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Great to get to know you better :) Congrats on all these awards! Thank you for the kind words too!
My friend's dreams always seem to come true too. I've never met anyone else this happens to until now!

Anonymous said...


MerciBlahBlah said...

Congrats on your plethora o awards, and thanks for the bestowal of me own humble award. Yeah, I said bestowal. Sounds a little too much like beastiality. Now I feel uncomfortable. Hold me.


Tamara Nicole said...

You are sooo stinkin cute! A pistol is a good thing, right?! Thanks for your sweet mention:-) Lovin your answers!!!

AND congrats on all the awards!

Tamara Nicole said...

P.S. you should make a button for your blog, cause I'd totally grab it girly!!!


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