Friday, 7 June 2013

You lovely lovely people...

I have been lucky enough to be awarded not one but two Leibster blog awards!  First of all (and shamefully before I went on holiday!) I was awarded it by the lovely Emmie of My Oh Sew Vintage Life - sorry it's taken me so long to accept Emmie!  She is a lovely lady with fab vintage style (check out those victory rolls!).  And more recently by the amazing Rehanon of MissDemeanour.  Rehanon is a Brighton-dwelling ball of sewing, running, creative energy.  If you haven't seen the She Hulk costume she made to run a 10k in recently you are in for a treat!  Thanks so much ladies - it means a lot!

The Leibster award (in case you don't know it by now!) was started to help blogs with less than 200 followers gain more exposure.  So I have to answer 11 questions from my nominator(s!), give you 11 random facts about me and nominate another 11 blogs for the award!  So I thought I'd do both sets in one post and one set of nominations if that's OK!

So Emmie asked:

Whats your most favouritest thing you've ever made? 
My Mad Men dress without a doubt. It's the biggest departure from a pattern I've ever done, and with the help of the Sewcialists on twitter, the best fitting dress I've made.  I learnt shedloads from it!

Favourite chocolate?
That's like asking my favourite child (OK it's worse - I only have one child!).  Umm, probably Malteasers, but really any chocolate is good.  Except Hersheys.  The US does not do good chocolate!

If you could be somone for a day, who would you be?
I'd be Liv Tyler, just to know what it's like to be that beautiful!

What super-power would you possess?
Telportation.  I spend far too much time of trains to and from work, so to be able to be there isntantly (and go to Scotland to see my family) would be amazing!

What item of clothing is forever sitting at the bottom of your wash basket?
Anything handwash.  If it can't be chucked in the machine it rarely gets worn.  At the moment an embellished cardie and a thrifted top from LK Bennett.

Favourite Perfume?
Jo Malone Vetyver

If you won the Lottery, what would be the first thing you would do?
Quit my job and buy an overlocker.  That's quite boring isn't it?  Also there would be serious holidays involved.  Hey, how about a sewing holiday for me and my sewcialist buddies?

Favourite Skirt Length?
Just above the knee - classy but not frumpy!

Favourite shoes?
Being 5'9" i usually wear flats and I'm a big trainer fan.  So probably my purple Converse or my sale-bargain Supergas

What is your dream job?
Other than full time sewist?  Something in deisgn - a graphic or interior designer.

What would be your dream day?
Getting up late, sewing in PJs in the morning, lovely lunch out with hubby and daughter, afternoon in Brighton shopping in the Laines (with all that Lottery money I won!), leisurely dinner, then back home for more sewing

Great questions Emmie!

Rehanon asked:

Who would you get to play you in the story of your life?
Hmm, tough one.  I think I'll go for Liv Tyler again.  Feisty and beautiful lady that I have a lot of time for.

Career wise what would your plan B be?
As above, a graphic or interior designer.  Or maybe a chef.

Say you found yourself in a Quantum Leap type role, which enabled to jump to any event in history what would you choose?
I reckon the 1960s and Woodstock would be pretty cool.  Or else Swinging London around the same time!  I love 60s music and fashions.

If you were coming on stage what would you choose as your walk on tune?
Hmm, my favourite song ("Here Comes Your Man" by the Pixies) wouldn't really be appropriate here!  How about "Yes" by McAlmont and Butler or "Bluetonic" by the Bluetones?

In Grease what character would you most like to play?
Rizzo.  She has all the best clothes.

What skill would you most like to have?
To be able to sing.  I have a dreadful singing voice and to make matters worse a fairly good ear so I can hear how awful I am!

If you could make any outfit from a movie what would you choose?
Good question!  Probably Rizzo's dance dress from Grease. How cool is this?

Do you have a recipe for something that never disappoints if so can I have it?
Yes - chicken stuffed the goat's cheese and parma ham in red pepper sace.  it's my dinner party failsafe dish.  Recipe here:

Can you recommend a good book you've read?
I read a lot of books as I have a long commute and a Kindle.  Room by Emma Donoghue stayed with me for a long time after, and I loved the Hunger Games trilogy (Suzanne Collins) and the Game of Thrones books.

What's guaranteed to make you laugh?
My daughter and Billy Connolly (probably not at the same time)

If you could choose another name what would you go for?
I've always wanted a different name - Joanne is so boring!  I like Natalie.  No idea why.  My daughter says Poppy.  Also no idea why.

Another great set of questions.  I might have to start plotting how to make the Rizzo dress now!  I knew I should have said Baby's Dirty Dancing finale dress.  That would have been so much easier!

And 11 random facts about me:
- I am originally from the West Coast of Scotland, near Loch Lomond but have lived "down South" for 16 years
- I have never learned to drive (but I plan to!)
- I have lost almost 4 stone in the past couple of years
- I have a small and extremely grumpy tortoiseshell cat called Crumble
- I have a huge weakness for those epic films like Ben Hur and Spartacus - great Sunday afternoon viewing!
- I work in the media side of advertising
- Despite working in advertising I am a Sky Plus addict and so rarely watch any TV ads.  I panic when the box gets to more than 30% full in case I won't be able to record any more stuff (and start deleting hubby's things!)
- My favourite colour is purple
- I sewed through my finger once and didn't notice for a good couple of hours
- I hate hoarding and rarely keep anything I don't need for long - hubby is the opposite and it drives me crazy
- I was brought up Catholic but am very much lapsed now - still have the guilt complex hanging on in there though!

The 11 fabulous bloggers that I'm passing the award on to:

Alison at Another Little Crafty Creation - check out the stunning couture jacket she recently made!

Fiona at Diary of a Chain Stitcher - I love her style and her Mad Men outfit was perfect!

Tania at Feel the Fear and Sew It Anyway - she's such a knowledgable lady (and completely adorable in person) - I always learn something from her blog!

Laura from MIYM Diary - my #sewbossy buddy and such a generous lady with her time and expertise on Twitter

Amy at Almond Rock - a lovely lady and great sewist.  Her dress from the epic blogger meetup was stunning!

Helen at Grosgrain green - This is a blog I discovered during me made May.  Helen makes lovely things!

Heather at Handmade by Heather B - you missed out if you weren't following this crazy lady during Me Made May.  Her outfit pics were hilarious!

Kim from Kim-ing - when you look at her blog you won't believe she's a newbie sewist.  Check out her gorgeous collection of Laurels!

Janelle at Sew Hopeful - her lovely Miz Mozelle spotted during Me Made May is inspiring my soon-to-be-made version!

Mrs M at Mrs M Makes - my Sewing Swap buddy who is super talented at a huge range of crafts - from booking binding to stained glass window making!

Jo at the Amazing Adventures of Taracat - Another lovely lady and did you see her goldfish and beach hut Laurels?

And my 11 questions for them:
  1. What is your favourite film of all time and why?
  2. What kind of holidays do you like - beach? city break? raving in Ibiza?  Do tell!
  3. I spend a lot of time commuting - if you had a spare hour on the train, what would you do?
  4. What is the best sewing book you have read?
  5. Knits or wovens?
  6. What is your favourite blog?
  7. What other crafts to you do and which is your favourite?
  8. What is your karaoke song?
  9. Sweet or savoury?
  10. What is your favourite accessory?
  11. If I gave you £50 ($78 US, $82 Aus) to spend on fabric, patterns or craft supplies, what would you make from it?  Links please!
Thanks again ladies - it's been lots of fun and it's great to know that people are reading my little blog!


  1. I'm totally in love with Rizzo's dress as well... I think you should begin construction of your version IMMEDIATELY! ;-)

  2. Thank you so much! :)
    And I also vote for you making Rizzo's dress- love it...
    I feel a sewing dare coming on! ;)

    1. i am actually going to have to do it now aren't i? if i make it you guys have to come somewhere with me i can wear it!

  3. Congratulations on your awards! That Rizzo dress IS fantastic! I do hope you make it so I can live vicariously through you :)

    1. haha! join the nascent grease sewalong! you can be cha cha (another fabulous dress even if she is a bitch!) and I'll be rizzo. who is in for frenchie in the beautiful blonde pineapple dress?

  4. Congratulations on your award, and thanks for naming my blog as well! I am not surprised to hear that purple is your favorite. It looks great on you. I, too, can hear how horribly off I am when I sing. In a family of ridiculously talented musicians, I have the least talent. I can still sing, but I'm no Mariah Carey.

    1. that is annoying! at least i know where i got my lack of talent from - none of my family can sing (altho my grandfather was a professional violinist so i prob should have tried to learn that one!)

  5. Congratulations on your award Jo!! It was great to read more about you.

  6. When I was wee I always wanted a different name, and Joanne was my favourite! I actually told people I was called Joanne and my mum and dad had to correct me :-)

    If you're up visiting family and fancy meeting up in Glasgow let me know!

    1. That's so funny kerry! Why joanne? Can you remember? It was always such a common name - there were 4 in my french class at school! Meeting would be fun. I'll let you know!

  7. Hi Joanne! Thank you for your kind nomination! I have already been nominated for this award, but love these questionaire type things, so will participate again! Thanks again!

    1. P.S. sorry I've taken so long to comment on this. I've been on holiday! :)

    2. you are very welcome - i didn't realise you had already received it - sorry! but glad you are going to join in again.

  8. Congratulations on being nominated twice for the award! I second you on Rizzo's dress, I love all things polka dots.

  9. Hey I nominated you for an award, see my blog

  10. Hi Jo! :) I love these little award posts... they're great for finding new-to-me blogs! Thank you SO much for offering about the Threads magazine - I'm a subscriber so I nearly drooled all over that sleeve seam article!! It helped me heaps :)

  11. Hi! I was looking for images of that Rizzo Dress and your blog popped up! What a coincidence, and what great style!


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