So the lovely, always supportive and encouraging Lauranie nominated me for this award.
The terms of accepting this are you must thank the person who nominated you (I did, but I’ll say again, thanks Lauranie!), paste the award on my blog (I’ll figure this here computer thingy out soon), linking back to the nominator, tell 7 interesting things about myself and nominate 7 others linking to them.
I will try and write 7 interesting things about myself that I don’t already blather on about here.
1. I hate nail polish on my fingernails. Hate. It. I feel coated and like I can’t do anything. When I was little I would paint myself up in makeup with my Gram and I’d either suck off the polish when I was still sucking my fingers or I’d bust out the remover (I DO love that smell). I also like my fingernails nice and trim (all those years violining). If they get beyond about 1/8″ in length, I go nuts.
2. I’ve been playing violin since I was 7. Other than my family and God, my violin has seen me through more stuff and knows me better than anything else in my life. That sounds a lot creepier than it is.
3. The vast majority of my foreign language vocabulary has to do with food (minus the 3 years of high school Latin that I took). Blame it on the cookbook collection that I have and my endless reading that I do in food.
4. I’m a total solfege dork. Somewhere along the way in high school a French horn teacher told my full orchestra that if you could sing it, you could play it. I thought he was nuts until I was a freshman in college and I was forced to take 4 semesters of sight-singing. Combined with a really excellent teacher my first year, I became fluent in solfege and my intonation as a violinist improved dramatically. I hear tunes and I dictate them in my head (for instance the lyric from like Jackson Five’s ABC “do-re-mi” is actually sol, la, do which annoys me) . When I went to do my master’s in music ed with an emphasis in the Kodaly method, this became a very useful skill.
5. Growing up, I used to make clothes and accessories for all of my stuffed animals. My most beloved subject was my little squeaky pig named Spam. He’s rather barrel-like and has short little legs, so there were some fitting challenges, but I couldn’t be deterred. He has a Santa costume, beachwear, an Elizabethan getup (for a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream I played for), a tuxedo, and outfits for every musical I’ve ever played. Why don’t I have good pictures?! I need to get on that.
6. I’ve lived in CO 7 years and haven’t skiied yet. Nor do I plan on it. Accident prone already, the idea of strapping things to my feet and hurtling down the side of a mountain whilst others zip around me does not sound appealing. Once Nathan and I rented a condo for the weekend near Aspen with friends and I cooked while they skiied. It was a happy time.
7. I’m not a good camper. Once I got roped into backpacking in the winter without proper bathroom facilities. It was entirely miserable. After that trip, my motto has been and perhaps always will be, “No water, NO WAY!”
As for nominating 7 others for this award who are tres inspirational with their own beautiful blogs, here’s my list:
4. Miss Emily–Trudy’s daughter. This girl is amazing, I tell ya! At 9 she sews, writes, obviously entertains and loves on her family and teaches people about her learnings. There need to be more young people in this world with such kind hearts.
6. 10th Muse Studios– She’s a very creative lady and very generous in sharing how she does things. Once had a giveaway of her pretty pleated purse pattern just because. How cool is that?
7. Adrienne–holy cow she’s a talented sewer! Check out her wardrobe collections in her sidebar. I love her reviews on Patternreview…always helpful. Plus, if her writing is any indication, she laughs more than I think anyone, and if that isn’t beautiful, I’m not sure what is.