I’d like to thank my agent …

Well, Wowee!  What a shock.  I’ve only been nominated for a Liebster Blog Award by the delightful Melanie at Seeds of 3!


This is a scheme to encourage people to find new blogs to read, which might otherwise be overlooked.

Now, I’ve never met Melanie in real life, but I regard her as a friend and I just know that I would love her if we did meet, and I think you would too.  She is a very smart lady; creative,  funny, supportive of others, and she sews some amazing stuff.  Do go and check her out.

Apparently, I have to answer the 11 questions she has posed to her nominees, and then nominate 11 more bloggers I love to read, but they need to have less than 500 followers.  Crumbs.  11 more bloggers, that’s like loads.  Well I can think of a few, so we’ll see how that works out shortly.

Hmm, but how would I know how many followers someone else may have?  I dunno.  So if I nominate you, please don’t be offended if you have a million followers, because seriously, how would I know?

Anyway, getting this nomination myself is somewhat embarrassing, as you may (or may not, because I certainly don’t have followers in 3 figures) have noticed that there ain’t much sewin goin on around here.  I’m sorry about that, really, I am.  And I’ll get back on track this weekend, I promise.  It’s just that I have a pile of (boring) mending and alterations to do, and that’s not very inspiring.  And I’ve now lost 10kg since new year, so the things I sewed recently don’t fit any more, and I’m reluctant to waste any of my lovely stash on things that might not fit me for long.  Excuses, excuses, I know.

Ok, without further ado, here are the 11 questions Melanie asked of her nominees, along with my answers.

1. What was the first thing you’ve ever sewn?

The first actual wearable garment I sewed was in 1980.  It was a gathered skirt, with a zip and a proper waistband, cream with sprigs of  pink flowers.   I had no experience whatsoever, and I just followed the instructions in the pattern.  This is the same approach I took to learning to cook; I found a recipe I liked the sound of, and I followed the instructions.  How hard could it be?!

2. Did you wear it? Why or why not?

The fabric was upholstery fabric, and I mistakenly made it with the ‘wrong’ side of the fabric facing outwards, but I loved it and wore it for years.   It seemed to go with everything!

3. Do you believe in fate?

No.  I believe in making choices and in taking responsibility for the consequences.

4. What is your earliest memory?

My earliest memory is of almost drowning in a pond when I was about a year old.  It was a rare scorching hot day.  I was still in a nappy and plastic pants and had been stripped off to play in the sunshine in my nappy.  I saw older kids swimming in the pond and thought  ‘oooh, I fancy a bit of that!’  before wading in, unnoticed by my parents who were busy talking.  Needless to say, the plastic pants filled up with water, I couldn’t swim,  and I was quickly dragged under to what may well have been a premature and watery grave.  I have a clear vision of pond weed closing over my head before I was fished out by a big girl called Pamela, and unceremoniously dumped on the edge of the pond – whereupon I got a good hiding from my mother!

5. If you drink, what is your favorite cocktail (recipe please!)

I don’t drink a lot, and when I do it’s usually red wine (of which I am a connoiseur!).  I do very occasionally enjoy a Mojito, but really cocktails are generally too sweet for my taste.

6. What kinds of books do you like to read?

I love to read, but usually I only find time to do it on holiday.  I like contemporary fiction, and I love a really big story.  I’m currently reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.  The invention of the Kindle and the iPad have revolutionised my holiday reading!  I can easily devour a book a day whilst on holiday, and these cunning devices mean I can carry dozens of books and have room in my case for clothes and souvenirs!

7. When was the last time you were sick with something other than a common cold? What was it?

I’m hardly ever ill.  I had measles at age 6, chickenpox at age 20, and apart from that I’ve never had anything more serious than a common cold.

8. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

In my private life I am quiet and don’t seek to be the centre of attention.  However, in my professional guise, I am confident and outspoken.  I have a reputation for speaking my mind, and sometimes it gets me into trouble!  I have a small talent for mimicry, and people seem to find me funny (amusing, as opposed to peculiar).

9. What sewing tip have you learned that blew your mind?

 The Colette video on ‘how to insert an invisible zipper’ was a complete revelation to me!  Perfection achieved each and every time since I watched that!  (I’m still on the hunt for great sewing tips, so please feel free to tell me yours).

10. What is your dream sewing machine if money was no object?

I would love to have a top of the range Bernina, with all the whistles and bells.  I also like the look of the Juki Exceed F600. I hope one of these two machines will be mine within the next 12 months!

11. Do you prefer hot or cold climates? Why?

I love to travel and I have enjoyed trips to equatorial climates as well as winter trips high inside the arctic circle and to the very Southern tip of New Zealand.  I love scenery and enjoy the changes of the seasons.  I would hate to live somewhere that didn’t have distinct seasons.

The next thing I have to do is to nominate some more bloggers to join in this fun.  There are so many I could choose, but to keep things simple I’m just going to go for five blogs which I love to read, and whose author’s lovely creations are a constant source of inspiration and ideas, and whose sense of humour cracks me up.  Ladies, your successes make me jump for joy, and your wadders help me keep my feet on the ground.  I love to see what you’re making, whether it’s sewing,  knitting or some other creativity.  Keep it coming.

Chris Lucas

Béa’s Sewing Adventures

Helen of Cut it Out, Stitch It Up

BeaJay of On The Road To Sew Wear

Evie of Pendle Stitches

And here are just 5 easy questions for you to answer:

Q1 How and when did you discover your love for sewing?

Q2 Which 5 sewing patterns would you take to your Desert island, to sew and wear forever more – or at least until you were rescued?

Q3 Do you enjoy sewing for others, and if so for whom?

Q4 Describe yourself to a stranger in 5 words.

Q5 What was your biggest sewing success, and also your biggest sewing failure?

Thanks for playing, and I look forward to enjoying your blogs for many years to come!


13 Comments on “I’d like to thank my agent …”

  1. theseedsof3 says:

    That Colette invisible zip did it for me too! Amazing, huh? Thanks for playing along Fiona, and I do consider you a friend too.

  2. helen says:

    Thank you!
    Is the plan that I answer the questions in a post on my blog – then nominate others?
    If so I’ll get on to it over the next few days, thanks again!

  3. BeaJay says:

    Thanks so much for the nomination. I have received it before and gone through the process so I won’t play along but I am totally stoked that you enjoy my blog. Thank you for the award.

  4. Béa says:

    Thank you so much for the nomination, Fiona! I will be getting on the case shortly!

  5. Chris Lucas says:

    You are such a gem Fiona and I’d love to than you for the nomination. Unfortunately I was nominated before for one of these. I loved reading your post and finding out so much more about you that I didn’t know before 🙂 You truly are an amazing woman with a big heart and I love reading your blog xx

  6. Congratulations on the award. It feels fab doesn’t it? I too love distinct seasons, they all have their own special features that I love. I so wish that I made more of my clothes….I just need more time. 😉

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