Stylish Blogger Award
It was such a lovely surprise today to find that I have been awarded the Stylish Blogger Award!
I’m hoping that the stylish part isn’t referring to me – given the choice, I’d wear overalls every day. Or pajamas.
It seems that this award comes with a four-step program, so here we go:
Step 1: Let folks know who gave me the tiara (there’s a tiara, right?).
Hilke – a.k.a. buechertiger is the wonderful person who made my day. Her bookbinding work is really inspiring – check out her Etsy shop. I own her instruction manual on coptic headbands and recommend it highly.
Step 2: Share 7 random things about yourself.
Oh boy, here we go:
- I met Richard Simmons when I worked at the Philadelphia International Airport.
- When I was in college, I attended a stand-up performance with Kevin Nealon. I was sitting in the front row and he picked on me as part of his routine.
- I wore a gorilla suit in a production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Thankfully, I had no lines.
- I’ve been mystery shopping for about 9 years.
- I met Julia Child when I worked at Paper Source. She came in looking for a rubber stamp of a chicken and knocked over a display on her way out of the store.
- I’ve never smoked a cigarette in my life. Not even one puff.
- I can eat a 1 lb. bag of Twizzlers in one sitting. And there’s usually unpleasant sitting that follows, so don’t try this at home.
Step 3: Award 15 recently discovered bloggers with this award.
This one is hard – I currently have 979 blogs in my Google Reader. I’m pathologically curious and I suffer from overwhelming interest. I have no idea who has been added recently, so I’ll just list ones that I’m really into:
- Catalog Living: I love that they skewer the “perfect” life forced on us in catalogs.
- Donna Meyers’ 365: Make a Book a Day: Donna is pretty much doing what her blog title indicates – she’s creating a handmade book for each day this year. I admire her dedication.
- Alyson Stanfield’s ArtBizBlog: Alyson offers business advice that is tailor-made for artists and encourages you to take control of your creative career. I’ve taken two of her online classes – Blast Off and Cultivate Collectors – and they were amazing. She also has an awesome book – I’d Rather Be in the Studio.
- Harriete Berman’s Ask Harriete: Harriete also offers business advice for artists. She has a no-nonsense approach, which I like. And on top of that, her creative work is fabulous.
- Nicolette Tallmadge’s The Crafted Webmaster: It seems I’m on a business theme here…Nicolette offers great website marketing advice to artists. Her 15 minute craft podcasts are easily digestible – you can listen to them when you’re working in the studio (keep a notepad nearby).
- Robot-a-Day: This one is simple – I love Erin’s bots. They make me happy. I have my very own cheesebot. He makes me happy.
- Whitney Smith’s This Artist’s Life: Whitney is daringly honest about her experiences as a full-time artist and I appreciate her willingness to share both good and bad. And her work is so lovely.
- New England Guild of Book Workers: It’s great to have a resource for local book arts events.
Okay, I’m going to have to stop here. I have spent a lot of time going through my Google Reader and as a result, I have successfully avoided other things that need to get done. I should add #8 to the list of random things – I like to follow shiny things.
Step 4: Contact these bloggers and tell them they’ve won the award.
Well, this is where I’ll have to give back the tiara. I’ve learned over time that some people don’t like to be poked – I think it’s a chain letter thing. And I’m not a chain letter gal. I guess that becomes #9 on the list of random things…