Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I am Liebstered... and how to spend a day productively

Tuesday January 29, 2013

Pam   at Crossroads of My Mind has nominated me for a Liebster award, and I am very flattered - thank you ! Sorry it took so long to post this Pam, but here goes...

For those new to my blog, this will let you know a bit more about the crazy gal behind the scenes here. Mind you,   why anyone would put up with me is beyond me ;)
Might be because of the cutie at the end of this post...

Here are the rules: 

1. You must post 11 things about yourself.
2. Answer the questions that the nominator set for you.
3. Create 11 questions for the people you nominate.
4. Choose 11 new blogs & link them in your post
5. Please leave me a comment on this post with the URL to your Liebster award so I can learn more about YOU!

11 Things about ME:

I live in the city I was born in - Mississauga. Have also lived in Austria, where my parents are from. Ich spraeche auch Deutsch. Aussi je parle  francaise....un petit. I have wondered if I might be adopted though, as I really dislike coffee, wine, beer, sausages & sauerkraut.

I play the piano, and love to play for services at nursing homes with the Salvation Army.
I am a Salvationist and uniformed soldier with the Salvation Army.

I am a uniformed Scouts Canada Cub leader - soon to be moving up to Scouts with my son :)
Did I mention I really don't like wearing uniforms? Well, actually it's the stockings.... Good thing I don't have to wear that itty bitty Brownie skirt anymore... not that I would fit into it.. and never mind that I have no idea what happened to it.

I love birds. I have a pet parrot.. or wait I think he/she has me. He/she talks and sings too! Kiwi might have a personality dilemma about being another animal... but we'll cover that another time.

I love liver - especially the way my mom makes it. No , I'm serious.

I have a very diverse interest in music - from hard rock to classical... yes even some heavy metal & country.. just not at the same time...mind you... has that been done? :)

I love to try new things... especially crafts. My favourite art medium is pencil.... and thread.

I love to play tennis - and especially love to ace guys. Actually I take great pleasure in seeing their faces when that happens... not that I relish it or anything.... hehehe

I do not like to follow the rules when it comes to being creative. Crafts. We're talking crafts.

I collect bears... and books,  and cross stitch...and angels.... and..dust.....
and chocolate  (but not for long.). ....One particular bear is my alter ego. He's the one who gets into all the mischief. Not me.

I do not own a straight jacket. I have not been approached by men in white lab coats either. Yet.

My answers to Pam's questions:

      Why did you decide to blog about your stitching?
        I find writing has been quite therapeutic... and someone once mentioned that they would love to read my blog if I wrote one.  I figure one reader is great! I procrastinated starting one for several years. I have a slight addiction to procrastination I think and may incline to be indecisive. Sometimes. Maybe.

      How do you find time to stitch?
             Two words. Night Owl.

     What cross-stitch designer do you like to collect?
               Sweetheart Tree...Mill Hill...Just Nan..Victoria Sampler...Erica Michaels...
...Valerie Pfeiffer.... I like what I like and I like too much. Sometimes I duplicate my likes. Occasionally triplicate.
I call it creative amnesia.

      Have you ever been to a stitch-in?
            Yes, a few weekends... far too far apart though. It's just so wonderful just to stay in your PJ's all day and stitch! I think the last time they took off on me and didn't tell me... must have had something to do with bringing me along to a fancy hotel in Ottawa... go figure.

      What’s the most you’ve spent on a pattern? 
        That's classified information. My husband might read this. I think I better haul out the bribes of silence for my cohorts in crime. 

      What’s your favorite stitching tool or gadget?
         Lee Valley Tools sells this wonderful "Pro Seam Ripper" ... perfect for frogging.... oh wait, I told my husband , I don't make mistakes... so not that I really use the tool....hehehe

      How do you organize your stash?
      Books are on shelves... Kits, floss, fabric-  in big bins... in a closet. Leaflets in banker boxes... in a cabinet...
ummm.. you got a spare room?  

     How do you give back? (e.g. teach young people to stitch, donate used patterns, etc.)
         I give back in my music. I love to play for the elderly at nursing home services I do for the Salvation Army. They bless me in more ways than you can imagine. I love to teach / pass on any knowledge I have about stitching whenever the opportunity presents itself. I think I have a calling to teach.
I also love to do RAK's. (Random Acts Kindness) - even if it's just smiling and complimenting the cashier.

    What do you do while stitching (TV, movies, radio, audio books, travel)?
          Mostly just think. Some have suggested that might be dangerous late at night and may lead to shenanigans....ehem, I used to stitch while watching TV, but now prefer stitching at a table ,just quiet, or some music. Lately, I think about what I'm going to blog about next.... or solve world problems.

       Have you ever had a cross-stitch disaster (lost patterns, chewed, stained, or burned stitching)?
          Disaster and stitching - does not compute... I'd call it creative alternatives. Not that this would have ever happened to moi.

      Have you made new friends (local or online) through your love for stitching?
           Oh yes!  - locally I have quite a few I see regularly....mind you recently they seem to be taking off on avoidance weekend jousts to Ottawa.... I even met one at the book store... online I know Canadian stitchers from coast to coast and have met at the occasional stitch gatherings over the years that we planned.

      11 Questions for my nominees:

1. What hobbies do you have?  Do you have an enabler - or do you need one?
2. Where would your dream vacation be and who would you take? Please take me if it involves the Swiss and Lindt.
3. Do you collect anything? If it's good chocolate, you can store it at my place. I'll make space.
4. What is your most cherished childhood memory? Did it involve free chocolate?
5. A favourite song, a song that is 'you', or favourite type of music? What do you think of the Oompa Loompa Song?
6.  If you could have any job you wanted, what would you want to be?
7. What is something you would love to learn how to do?
8. Do you volunteer? Or how do you give back? Do you share your chocolate?
9. If you cold meet one historical figure - who would it be?
10. What Super powers do you wish you could have? (and don't say turning water into chocolate, I'm working on that)
11. If you had one wish that could come true - what would it be? Besides giving the world chocolate.

My 11 nominations:
1. Carola : http://carolabartz.blogspot.ca/

2. Karen, Renee, and   Sandy : http://hobnobbers-sandy.blogspot.ca/

3. A 'certain' woman aka Krissie : http://everydayishthings.blogspot.ca/

4. Jim: http://jabacue.blogspot.ca/

5. Sherrie: http://birdladyblog.blogspot.ca/

6. Barbara : http://twobirdiesandab.blogspot.ca/

7. Shannon: http://aroundthehomestead.blogspot.ca/

8. Quinn: http://comptonia.blogspot.ca/

9. Jan : http://polkadotbarn.blogspot.ca/

10. Bonnie: http://bbrown426.blogspot.ca/

11. Sue : http://sue-beachbungalow.blogspot.ca/

Check out their blogs!


I have gotten such a kick out of travelling around the globe to all the blogs from the blog party.
 I'm looking forward to getting to know you all,
and and not only because I want to find out where your chocolate stash is.

Oh - in case you missed it - there's tons of wonderful blogs to look into here:

You know one could spend an ENTIRE day and even stay up until 5am, looking at all the blogs listed there.. 
....oh about 400 or so...
 not that I would have done something like that today... or last night

And my my my my... 
Look who's getting all cleaned up for tomorrow too!

Kiwi wanted to look extra spiffy for mummy's day tomorrow by taking 5 baths

in the water dish.

I have been making special plans for my day tomorrow

...but that's another story...


Barbara F. said...

Hi! Congrats on your award, been there done that and I became award and tag free a while ago. Think its on my sidebar, I have to double check! But thanks for thinking of me. xo

Barbara F. said...

Your Kiwi is adorable, he almost looks like he is crocheted, he is so fluffy!! What kind of bird is he?

mybearsnme said...

Quaker parrot :)
barbara - you are doubly Liebed :)

Everyday Things said...

hi thanks for nominating me - I am THAT certain woman and my name is krissie! (Mois aussi, je parle francais, mais un petit.) funny how we all say that! looking forward to seeing all the other nominees!

Pam said...

What a great post! I feel like I know you so much better, and I love your sense of humor...will definitely keep up with your doings. -- Pam

Jan Vermillion-Thomason said...

I so appreciate the nomination, however, i don't accept awards at this time.
(If you go down my blog , in the right hand column there is an explanation.

Maybe sometime in the future:)

Thank you for the nomination - looks like fun!

Lynne said...

What a fun post - thank you for sharing more about you!

Donna Heber said...

Congrats on your blog award! I am so happy for you. It was nice to read about you and your pet parrot.

Kat said...

It was so great getting to know you a little better. Kiwi is such a cutey.

Carola Bartz said...

Thank you so much for the nomination! However, I hope that you are not mad at me if I don't accept it at this time (I would give you some chocolate if you lived closer). I just feel that I can't handle anything more at the moment, there is so much going on in my life right now. But I do feel honored and am happy that you like my blog.
Your little Kiwi is cute - I like the way s/he looks in your picture!

Miss LindaLee said...

What a fun blog you have. Love the fact that you're involved in so many neat things, and what beautiful work you do. Please come back over for another visit at my blog. Oh! I'm your newest follower at this moment. I love it here!
LindaLee at
CrossN' My Stitches

Elizabeth Johnson said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog. Its nice to know you here.

Elisabeth said...

Congratulations on your award!