I am honored by two wonderful blogger with The Blog of the Year Award. Before I share with you the two lovely women who nominated me I have come to a decision on awards. My experiences with awards have run the gamut from receiving the first one and wondering if someone was testing me to see if I would pass along a blog version of a chain letter, to such appreciation of the people I admire in the blogging world who thought enough of me and my writing to want to acknowledge me with an award.
After 2 years of receiving awards I find myself having a very hard time writing something interesting enough that you won’t feel you are wasting your time having stopped by to read my latest post. I mean after so long what more can I tell you about myself?
That said, it’s your comments and your love, even reaching out to me the few times I disappeared to ask if I was okay that make me feel loved. So for these reasons I will no longer be accepting awards. I thank you for each and every one. Now to accept graciously the latest, and last award. I am honored that these two women are the ones who I will be thanking on this day.
The two women who I want to thank are SueDreamwalker and Pat of Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom. This means a lot to me as I feel I finally found my footing and direction this year. The blog has gone through several stages. In the beginning I wanted to share my journey from feeling trapped by my belongings and how I escaped. Little by little my environmental concerns began to show themselves. I found a hobby in restoring furniture and I began to open up about my family. You have stayed with me through it all and for that you deserve my thanks, as well.
Every award has rules, here are the rules for Blog of the Year 2013:
Instructions for the ‘Blog Of The Year 2013 Award
- Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog Of The Year 2013 Award’.
- Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.
- Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)
- Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog Of The Year 2013 Award’ via this link: http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2-/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/
- You can now also join the ‘Blog Of The Year Award’ Facebook Page. Click the link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear Share your blog posts with an even wider audience
- And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award – and then proudly display the award on your blog -
and start collecting stars!
You can start collecting all 6 stars for the year, starting with the 1st star.
Then, every time you’re given the award by another blogger, you can add another badge with the added star. It’s different from other awards where they can only be added once to your site.
All the information on the award, banners and badges can be found by the originators of the award, Alyson and Dave Sheldrake on their site, The Thought Template.
You know I don’t follow rules. :-) It is just too hard to name blogs, I never want to leave anyone out, nor do I want anyone to feel I don’t have a deep appreciation for them. I would suggest you check out my blogroll, or visit SueDreamwalker and Pat, you won’t find duplicates in our blog lists, so have fun and meet some new people.
I feel I do need to give you something for stopping by, so here are a few pictures of this years Christmas decorations.
My tree is a crocheted tree shape using heavy weight yarn. I planned to add my normal decorations on this, but happened to have a 5 year old guest who wanted to decorate it with my jewelry and a pewter hummingbird key chain.
One of my two Santa’s with a poinsettia.
A wall hanging we (yes my granddaughter and I) made from empty toilet rolls. We cut the rolls into roughly one inch slices, hot glued 5 pieces into a petal shape. After which we painted them, I would suggest you paint them before cutting them then just touch up the edges, it’s less messy that way. Once the paint was dry we glued three layers of flowers together adding a red one last in the center. Everyone who has asked where I got it doesn’t believe it’s made from toilet rolls until they get up real close.
You can see it above the futon in this picture along with a handmade holiday pillow.
I am sure I will add a few more touches before Christmas day, I have a collection of pine cones drying tonight and I know exactly where I will use them.