Beautiful Blog Award

My very first blog award!

Thank you so much to the swing of things for nominating me as one of her five chosen bloggers for this award. Isn’t that kind of Heidi?

The rules are that I share seven little-known facts about myself and, in turn, nominate five other bloggers for this award.

So, to start with the factzoids:

1. I just competed in the London Duathlon. I was absolutely terrified, and so proud of myself for finishing on very wobbly legs. I think this picture answers Gertie’s recent question about what Sewists wear when exercising:

2. My YA novel. For the past – ooh – 18 months, I’ve been working on a novel aimed at Young Adults. I’ve just been making the final tweaks and am hopeful that my agent will soon circulate the manuscripts around publishers. That stage is truly terrifying. I have no illusions about how hard it is to get published, especially right now. I must brace myself for the option of carefully placing that novel in a bottom drawer and … getting on with the next one.

3. I lived in Morecambe, Lancashire for a year. Morecambe is a gritty Northern seaside town. It’s very wet there and pretty run down, though they do have a lovely art deco hotel:

Part of me loves this town, part of me shudders at memories of the unhappiness leaking out of my every pore when I lived here. I was young, a student, overweight, heartbroken, and aching for the bright lights of a city like London. Ah, youth!

4. I am a game of two halves. I grew up in Derbyshire and moved to London when I was 22. I feel constantly torn between the two disparate halves of my personality. In Derbyshire, they think I talk posh, in London I’m teased for my flat northern vowels. In London dinner is an evening meal and back home it’s lunch. A ‘cob’ is a bread roll in Derbyshire but when I moved to London I had to learn to ask for a ‘roll’ from the bakers because no one knew what I was talking about. The chippies down South don’t serve ‘chips’n’bits’ or gravy with their chips. (Eh? Still can’t figure out this culinary oversight.) Londoners have no idea what a ‘jitty’ is, but Derbyshire folk understand that it’s a narrow path. I could go on. I negotiate these subtle differences on a daily basis and probably face them for a lifetime!

Food doesn’t get much better than this.

5. I have a weakness for nice knickers. Pants, bloomers, kidney warmers, call them what you will. My 20s, existing in London on a paltry editorial assistant’s salary, meant that I could rarely afford the luxury of things like – scoff! – new pants. Don’t ask me why, but those ancient grey cotton knickers with the tired old elastic came to represent Being Poor for me. Now, I love to buy me a new pair of knickers! (Too much information? I apologise.)

6. The Great Gatsby is my favourite novel of all time. When I first read this as a teenager, I didn’t care about the scorn F. Scott Fitzgerald poured on the beautiful people. I just loved the beautiful people! Oh, and his gorgeous writing. 25-odd years later, my attitude to this book hasn’t shifted. It was life-changing for me to read and probably inspired my decision to study English Literature at university, get a job in publishing, start writing and eventually … blog! Thanks, Fitzy.

7. A forward looking fact! Enough of this reminiscing. What do I have planned for the future? A VERY little known fact about me (probably because I have been too terrified to put it into words) is that I have a secret yearning to do a triathlon. Ever since I saw photos of J-Lo in her wet suit and thought, ‘You go, girl!’ I’ve had a creeping desire to try it myself. But the duathlon was exhausting – and I only did the Fun distance! Could that person in the wet suit really be me in my 40s? It would be a long way away from the unhappy girl hiding in her bedroom in Morecambe…

Phew! I hope that was of some tiny interest to you all. Do any of you have favourite books, split personalities or a Triathlon Temptation?

And now on to the important part. The other bloggers I would like to nominate, not only for being beautiful but inspiring, too:

Tilly and the Buttons

Tilly has been so supportive ever since I started blogging. Plus she’s a fellow Londoner and has LOADS of style.


Roobeedoo once lived down the road from me, we just didn’t know it then. Now she lives in Scotland! She’s great at recommending fabric suppliers and keeping us all entertained with her sewing and knitting.

Dolly Clackett

How I love Dolly Clackett! The crazy blog titles, each one intriguing, the pretty dresses, lovely personality and fluid diary form of this blog make it essential reading for me. Oh, and there are some pretty great Finished Objects there, too.

Sew A Beginner

Elizabeth is really going to have to find a new name for her blog soon, because she’s far from a beginner. But what I love here is the lack of ‘front’. It’s an honest sewing life, laid bare with all its successes and failures, and for that I raise a toast to ‘Sew A Beginner’.

Made By Hand – The Great Sartorial Debate

Truly beautiful.  I don’t know how many of you have come across this gentleman’s blog, but he takes apart bespoke suits that fall into his hands and literally deconstructs them, unpicking the seams to see how said suit was put together and what its history is. Fascinating.


Don’t try this at home, folks!

My Take Two version of the Simplicity 2512 survived the ultimate test – a trip on a Boris Bike. I promise that the road was very quiet and empty when I took this action shot, but I did wobble. The things I do in the name of Sewing Research.

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8 Responses to Beautiful Blog Award

  1. superheidi says:

    Wow, you’re into some serious sports… and a novel, respect!
    Really enjoyed reading through the list.

  2. Rose in SV says:

    Great job on the Duathlon! re: exercise clothing–it looks like the top has little tucks in it. Can you please share the name and number of the pattern?

    And yes, Fitzgerald’s writing is wonderful. At odd times of the day different phrases from his works that match my current observations just spring into my mind. His work is just so lovely….

  3. Roobeedoo says:

    Oh – thank you! Just don’t expect me to come up with any sports in my response!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you! That is so sweet of you!

  5. Roisin says:

    Thank you Karen! I’m going to do mine now – what a lovely compliment, it has really brightened up my day 🙂

  6. Tilly says:

    Awww…. thanks Karen! I’m snatching a few minutes on the internet before I have to go into internet-less land for another week so probably won’t have time to pass it on, but if I did I’d award it straight back atcha!

    Good luck with the Triathlon! Now you’ve said it out loud there’s no going back…

  7. Jeffery says:


    I just wanted to say thank you for the nomination, and that I haven’t forgotten about it, I’m just trying to put some thought into it!


    Made By Hand

  8. 5currantbuns says:

    Did you ever do your triathlon ?

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