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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Versatility

Margaret in Alberta awarded me with the 'versatile blogger' award.  She was nominated by Anna Hergert (a  fibre artist who happens to be with our guild).  Small world, hey?  Well thank you Margaret!  Thank you for the lovely comments you made, and thank you also for the great email conversations you and I have had in the past.  I learned a lot from you.  : )  (Wink wink this has nothing to do with fibre art.)


So, the rules of this contest are to pass the torch to FIFTEEN other blogs, and tell you seven things about me.  I can chose to accept or decline.  You know me... I will bend the rules a bit.  That's too much work right now.  lol  I will nominate 6 SUPER-versatile bloggers, and tell you 3 things about me that you might not know.  How about that?

I follow a LOT of blogs, but most are not 'versatile' if I understand the term correctly.  Most are experts at what they do, and they do a lot of that one thing they are really good at with little deviation.

So who are the 'deviant' ones that I follow!?  hehe  Drum roll please...

#1.  Cheryl of Grandma Coco's Designs.
She quilts, does incredible applique, postcards that blow my mind, illustrations that throw me off my chair, and she knits, makes & sells patterns, she even makes jewelery.  Versatile?  Absolutely.  Cheryl - you rock.  Oh - and you make the prettiest cookies I have ever seen.

#2.  Christie of Describe Happy.
She was the first blogger I found that is truly versatile in a sea of cookie cutter quilt blogs (or at least that's how I felt at the time with all the quilt alongs - everyone was doing the same thing!)  Not Christie.  She makes her own off-the-beaten path quilts, and fearlessly I think.  She comes across as - well - Happy!  So, who cares what other people think?  She posts a lot about her beautiful pooches, her woodpile and how it's stacking up, and now she's stirring the post by making 'confetti' art quilts based on her photos.  She great at it (photos and art quilts)!  Oh - she also was running, and that's why I wrote to her to see if she would like to reward each other with mail goodies if we promised to run regularly for a period of time.

#3.  Becky of Becky's Blabber.
Becky makes weird quilts now and then.  By weird, I mean strange - but good!  She's good at it.  Hmmm I'm not doing this justice am I?  let me explain.  When I found Becky's blog, she was making chemistry blocks I think.  Or blood cells?  I think there was sperm & eggs too that she appliqued!  It was truly out-of-the-box.  It ended up being a cool modern quilt.  It went into a show and she was interviewed in by her local newspaper.  That was COOL!  She also got addicted to postcards and we swap at Postcard Cottage.  She dove right in and she is GOOD!  She's so creative - and versatile.  She'll be the one to email me to tell me that it was all done in glow-in-the-dark thread.  : )  She has kindle covers in her etsy store... and probably a lot more since I last looked.

#4.  Michelle at Periwinkle Quilting & Beyond
Michelle takes BEAUTIFUL photos.  Michelle knits and hooks and crochets and felts and designs blocks and quilts and takes more beautiful photos of all of that.  Her blog is very relaxing.  The lighting is always good.  She has a mood, and being there is like a little vacation to a new place plus a trip to the antique store.  : )  Very versatile indeed.  She's the owner of our local quiltshop, and if you want to see a LOT of quilts photos, she filled her gallery link at the top of her blog.  Go look!

 #5. Elle at Elle in da Coop
Elle's blog is intriguing to me first of all because her banner is her chicken coop.  : )  She quilts, she doodles, she beads, she rearranges and repaints and refinishes her home, she is an awesome grandmother to some lucky little monkeys, and she experiments a lot.  She is very versatile, and she is good at showing so much process and photographs everything she tries out.

#6. Jane Lafazio of Janeville
Jane is a very well known artist & teacher.  She hes been on Quilting Arts TV many times.  I like her blog because she is quite open, joyful, colorful, experimental, creative.  She's extremely cute and always seems quite happy.  (Grumpy or serious artists are just not fun to follow.)

Now for a few things about me...

#1. I was pregnant with a boy who was BIGGER than a 10lb sack of potatoes.  When we go to the grocery store, I make him try to lift an 11 pound watermelon so he can be amazed at how big he was when he was born.   He LOVES that story.

#2. I went to an all girl's highschool that was taught by all female teachers.  It rocked.  It was like a giant slumber party and there were no cliques.  My only complaint was the nun who was nasty to me because I was not Catholic.  (Yes - taught by nuns, we had dress codes and all!  lol)

#3. I have never been anywhere besides BC & back.  I have never flown.  Still - that's prairie, lakes, forest, badlands, mountains, ocean, and the Okanagan all together!  ; )


Okay, passing the torch now to Jane, Elle, Michelle, Becky, Christie, and Cheryl.   Thanks again Margaret!

25 comments:

Tara said...

I'm going to check out each and every one of the blogs you listed. Rock on, Monika!

Christie DescribeHappy said...

Oh man... you sure know how to make a gal blush!! Thank you so much for all those sweet words and you make me sound like a rebel-quilter... which is awesome!! Do what makes you happy and the rest will fall into place, right? My Grandma's famous words to me. I look forward to accepting this award with the same grace and humor you have demonstrated!! xoxo

HollyM said...

It was fun to read about the bloggers and nice to read the little snippets about your life!

Jane LaFazio said...

thank you monika! and your description of me as 'quite cute' has totally made my week....
thanks for your kind words and nomination........xoxox

elle said...

wow, you have me in some great company! I'm can't be that versatile because I'm stuck for words. LOL Thanks.

Cheryl (Grandma Coco) said...

Thanks, Monika. I feel honoured. Here I thought I was just unfocused.

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