As part of my 101 Things in 1001 Days project I’m photographing myself every month and sharing the results over here. This little self portrait was taken inside cozy Fort Birthday, and I chose it because it looks like I am up to no good.
It was a seriously sad day when we had to pull that thing apart. Being a grown-up is the absolute worst.
BIG NEWS, everybody: I was nominated for a Versatile Leibster Award this week! If you haven’t heard of it, that’s okay – it was invented three days ago by Kimberley of Melbourne Mum. Kimberley’s explanation is both funny and sweary so I’ll let you follow the link to see how she came up with the idea!
The rules are:
- Thank the person who gave you this award and link to their blog. That’s common courtesy. (Thank you, Kimberley! I’ve loved reading through your old posts over the past few days.)
- Next, select 10 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly that are both shit-hot and have less than 200 followers.
- Nominate those 10 bloggers for the Versatile Liebster Award
- Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
What I did instead of following the rules:
I didn’t bother to check out peoples’ stats before listing them here. These are all bloggers that I’ve discovered pretty recently, and they’re all worth having in your RSS reader. I hope you’ll check them out!
ALSO I only nominated 7 blogs because I am supposed to be packing a suitcase, not blogging! If Kimberley gets to make up her own rules then damnit, so do I.
Ladies and gentlemen. My 10 nominees for the coveted Versatile Leibster Award (in no particular order) are:
01. Kate from Foxs Lane
An organic farmer, stitching whiz, and mum of three beautiful girls. Kate’s photography is remarkable and her blog is a feast for the eyes. She makes me want to learn to knit and crochet (but until then, at least I have Etsy!)
02. Anna Spargo-Ryan
A talented writer, and gifted storyteller. She’s also the editor of Bide – a new digital magazine which will come out quarterly. A subscription costs $10/year and with Anna in charge you can count on some seriously great writing!
03. Rebekka Seale from Dear Friend
When I grow up I think I might like to be Rebekka Seale; I hope she doesn’t mind. She’s an amazing illustrator (check out her portfolio!), a Southern style cook, and she has the sort of style that belongs in a magazine.
04. Kate from House of Goals
About a hundred years ago Kate and I were schoolmates and great friends. We recently rediscovered each other on Twitter and these days she’s a blogger too! She’s also an incredible inspiration in the way that she sets herself goals and then kicks them in the butt. She’ll one day be remembered for inventing smoobing – smiling with your boobs!
05. Carli from Tiny Savages
One of the best things to come out of my blogging rant last month was that so many new people came to share their thoughts. One of those people was Carli, and since discovering her blog last week I’ve become hooked! She writes a lot about life in Melbourne, and how it changed when she started a family. Also, she totally read my mind on the Dick Smith advertising thing.
06. Elizabeth from Please Note Paper
How could you go wrong with a blog written by an Elizabeth? You’ve probably already assumed that this lady is talented (yup), clever (absolutely) and probably a little bit beautiful (also true), but still… don’t take my word for it, go and see for yourself! She shares lots of recipes, DIY tutorials (like this upcycled pitcher planter) and her thrifty finds. Can you tell that I’m a sucker for great photography?
07. Kate from Kate Says Stuff
This nomination list for the Versatile Leibster Award is full of Kates! This one lives in country Victoria with her children and her husband, the Supertrucker. She writes a lot about family life, including their experiences with autism and having a husband who’s on the road. She’s also inspiring her community to embrace fitness, so follow #operationMOVE to join in!
And here are 7 extremely random things about me:
Last night I had my hair cut for the first time in MONTHS. Today I woke up a much nicer person. (I don’t have time to explain the science behind that, sorry.)
Two weeks from now we’ll be asleep in Connecticut. And when we wake up we’ll be flying to Florida and meeting my brother in Disney World!
Last time I visited the USA I was excited about seeing the landmarks, like the Empire State Building and Times Square. This time I’m more excited about seeing the funny little things that Americans do different, like drive-through ATMs, bottomless coffee, and tipping. Oh, America <3
My dog has started to sense that something is going on. He’s been following me everywhere and watching as things are put into suitcases. His sulkometer is only at Level 4 at the moment, but will quickly increase next week as we get serious about packing.
If I won the lottery next week (doubtful, as I never enter it) this is what I would do: buy a house with a brightly-lit room for painting, quit job, paint. I would also travel all the time with my camera and my boy. I would allow aforementioned boy to make all my coffees <3
Sometimes I think about going back to university. But I don’t think I’d be much of a part-time student, and I don’t know how we could survive on one salary. Hmm.
This week one of my colleagues had a complete breakdown in my office, and there was nothing I could do except be there and hold his hand. I will never understand the terrible things that humans do to each other.
Right. So, congratulations to all the nominees for this prestigious award. I’m serious about the packing thing so as soon as I hit publish I am totally getting out of bed. BEFORE 11am on a Saturday – way to go me!