Monday, May 14, 2012

for meeeeee?

A couple weeks ago, one of my favorite bloggers Maider from Masustak Eguzkitan was kind enough to award me with the Versatile Blogger Award!  Then Gillian, from Crafting a Rainbow did the same.  I hope you ladies know how much it made my day!!  Y'all are the sweetest!

So, playing by the rules, here are my 7 things:

1.  I like crunchy food.  Bacon, chicken wings, the edges of pancakes, hamburger buns (done on a grill), roasted veggies.  You get the point.

2.  Lists rule my life.  I almost can't function, personal or work, without them.  Marking through a finished item gives me the utmost joy.  Maybe cause I'm a Virgo and so is my mother?

3.  My family is from Mississippi, where I was born, but I was raised in NW Florida, and now live in California.  I do love California, but really yearn for certain places and things back home. 

4.  I've got two degrees, a BA in Anthropology, and a GG-Graduate Gemologist.  Weird path I've taken, with lots of waitressing, non-profit work, jewelry business and now, oddly enough, reality television production.  I like to amuse myself with the notion that TV production is like one big cultural anthropological study.

5.  I have a teenage step-daughter.  She's funny, goofy and loves pancakes.

6.  I love any books, tv shows or movies about witches, aliens, zombies, fantasy.  Buffy, Dr. Who, Battlestar,  X-Files, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, The Night Circus, etc. (Please, don't even get me started about Harry Potter,  my obsession is probably not healthy for someone my age).
7.  I like to drink coffee out of little cups and tea out of big ones.

And to pass it on to 15 more blogs...I have tons on my reader (and not all sewing, shocker!), and thought I'd throw some of my favorites out there.  I really enjoy these and hope you'll check them out!

improve photography
for an online sewing community, photography is important!  and i don't think you have to have a dslr to take a decent photo.  this website has some really great photography tips, history, etc, from white balancing to posing.  and yes, a lot of it is geared at a dslr, but anyone with a camera phone to a point and shoot to a dslr can gain knowledge here!

i spy diy
A cool site for making your shoes glittery, jewelry out of everyday objects, dip dyeing clothes and SO much more.  For anyone interested in DIY fashion, a must read

the beauty department
fantastic tutorials for nails, hair, skincare and makeup

delighted momma
not really a parent heavy site (despite the name), she's an esthetician, there are GREAT skincare tips, mostly DIY!  And every once in a while, yummy recipes.

crazy sexy life
have you ever read Kris Carr's story?  it's very inspiring.  As much as I love crunchy food (see #1 above), I also aim for the uber healthy side.  Juicing, green shakes, yoga, etc.  This site has a lot of guest posts, with many personal health stories

Self love.  How many of us have struggled with that?  I still do!  A great site about acceptance-for yourself AND women of all kinds.  Watch her TED talk.  She's glitter, glam, sparkly, but at the same time, has substance and is kind to other women

i still love you
lots of refashions, DIYs, tutorials, etc.  I love her carefree style

in house patterns
there is some serious sewing information on here, good serious, technical fitting issues, and sloper making

made by rae
lots of sewing tutorials, from pockets to kiddie stuff, plus a whole section on sewing knits!

amity originals
i had the pleasure of meeting amity a couple months ago.  she's a powerhouse of a sewist!  plus, she has a dog named buffy, what's not to love?!?

sweet little chickadee
have you seen juli's cute, cute, cute skirts??  I think her use of fabric is very refreshing and suits her perfectly!

untangling knots
personally, I love knitting, too, and this lady has some gorgeous knits that she designs.  Hopefully one day my knitting will appear as effortless as hers!

mimi g
another blogger friend (amity, see above) introduced me to mimi g's blog.  She has on trend style, without seeming trendy, plus some great tutorials

lil bit and nan
a fellow Californian blogger, her style is fresh, vintage inspired.  I think this grecian inspired dress is the bees knees!

idle fancy
dresses and skirts and more dresses, so cute!  I love the materials Mary uses, like eyelet and lace

Thanks again Gillian and Maider, xoxo!!


  1. Thanks for sharing and for your sweet words!
    I liked reading those infos about you ;-) and your blogger list is so interesting!
    Maider xx

  2. Thanks for sharing these blogs-- I'm so glad to have new blogs to check out! And it's really fun to read more about you!

  3. Awww, thanks! :)
    So anthro, jems, and reality tv? That IS a fascinating combination! Must keep you busy, for sure! I'm off to look at all the links you listed for other blogs... Yey, more blogs to read!

  4. that Buffy comment!! My other dogs are named Princess, Wednesday, and Pumpkin :)

    Jill!! We have to schedule the next get together asap and make it around your schedule...we missed you on was an extreme all day sewing extravaganza! And thanks for the award!! I've been so jealous of all the blogs running around with awards and now I am one of them thanks to you!

    Lets get an email going about potential sewing dates!

  5. Thank you Jill! So awesome of you to mention me along side these other amazing blogs and sites! - Bethany

  6. Lovely to know a bit more you.. xx

  7. Wow, thank you so much for including my blog!
    And bacon... mmm! Lol. Yum! I love reading these fun facts posts. It was fun to learn more about you!
    I really like fantasy and sci-fi shows too. Did you watch Dollhouse (by Joss Whedon) when it was on a few years ago?
    Thanks again! Off to check out some of these blogs too! :-)

  8. Pssst - You should trot on over to my blog sometime soon! ;)