Wednesday, August 28, 2013

My Liebster Award

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I thought it was pretty cool when Crystal at Crystal 365 stopped by my blog to let me know that she had nominated me for a Liebster Award.  Since this is new to me, I learned that The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. It's a peer award that gives bloggers the opportunity to recognize each other and the work we're doing at any level. To accept the award is to participate in what  seems vaguely like a chain letter, but it's all in good fun in the name of supporting your fellow blogger.


1. You must link back to the person that nominated you.
2. You must answer the 11 questions given to you by your nominator.
3. You must pick 11 bloggers, each with under 200 subscribers, to be nominated for the award.
4. You must come up with 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. You must go to their blogs and notify your nominees.

Here are the questions Crystal asked:

1. Why did you decide to start blogging?
I have always been a big crafter. As an art major, camp counselor, and art teacher I have a tons of experience with everything from lanyard and decoupage to refinishing furniture and carpentry to oil painting. I am often one of the first people my friends and family go to when it comes to asking any creative question, so I began posting pictures of the things I was making. Then I started getting lots of "how did you do that" questions and began documenting all the steps during the creation process. Blogging was the natural next step to take. It has been so much easier for me to say, "check out the "how to" on my blog," rather than explaining it multiple times and I have since really fallen in love with the whole blog culture and made The Patchwork Paisley into it's own form of my creative expression.

2. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
In 10 years...Hmm. Well, I will probably be pulling my hair out dealing with two middle-school girls, but I would really love to have earned or be well on my way to earning a Masters of Fine Art or Art Education, still happily teaching, possibly house hunting, and definitely having realized my dream of making my passion of crafting and decorating in to something profitable to help support my family.

3. Where would you love to live and why?
The first place that comes to mind is Maine. Granted, I have never spent the winter in Maine and I can imagine it's pretty darn brutal (and I'm not much of a snow bunny.) Still, I spent 2 summers as a camp counselor at Hidden Valley Camp in Freedom, ME and absolutely fell in love with it there. The weather in the summer is perfect, I'm sure the trees are pretty amazing in the fall...maybe I'd high tail it back to Jersey for the winters though...

4. If all jobs paid the same amount, which job would you choose to do?
I love my job. I truly and honestly do (I'm a Middle School Art Teacher) but if I could be paid to craft and do interior design, I would. Money was never really a deciding factor when choosing a career (I sure as hell wouldn't be teaching if it was) and holing up in my studio and DIY-ing my way through various Pinterest boards isn't much of a career---but if someone would pay me to do it, that would be pretty cool. 

5. Who do you admire and why?
Right now, I admire stay at home moms. Honestly, I do not know how they do it and stay sane. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my girls with a passion that I can't adequately put in to words, but I would go absolutely stir crazy if I didn't have another job to return to at the end of my maternity leave. I seriously am in awe of the woman who can truly say she loves being a stay at home mom and goes through her day cleaning, home schooling (not a necessity, but pretty impressive) and entertaining her children, then cooks dinner and does it all over again the next day- all the while feeling content and satisfied. I really, really want to be able to do that. To anyone who is of the mentality the being a SAHM isn't a job, or isn't hard work- you're wrong, you're just wrong.

6. Describe your typical day.
My typical day changes, but right now I'm on maternity leave and, as mother of a newborn and an almost 3-year-old, my day goes as follows: Wake up at 3am to nurse, again at 6am and possibly squeeze in another snooze session until Violet (my 3 year old) wakes up anywhere between 7:30-8:30. Breakfast for Vi, nurse Ruby (3 week old,) play with Vi, nurse Ruby, possibly squeeze in an outing before lunch for both girls and a quick nap time. Usually I try to eat lunch, rid out the house a bit and maybe even get to a bit of blogging before one or both of the girls wake up. Sometimes Daddy is home by now and we will all play together or go out for a walk or to the park or store. Home for dinner (more nursing) and then the bedtime struggle begins around 8:30, sometimes lasting until 10:30. Eventually, the end of the day will inevitably find myself and the hubby passed out on the couch, hopefully having stayed up for a viewing of our favorite shows (we love The Vampire Diaries, The New Girl, Ghost Hunters, Storage Wars, Catfish...and the list of randomness goes on...) Repeat. 

Soon (next week!) Violet will be starting half-day preschool, In November I will head back to work and we'll adopt a whole new routine.

7. When was your last random act of kindness and what was it?
In June my neighbor was in the Dunkin Donuts drive thru line right behind me, so I paid for his breakfast when I got to the window. We're fortunate to have pretty fantastic neighbors and I was happy to do something nice for him.

8. What is your favorite type of food?
I am not a fancy food eater. My food tastes aren't diverse in any way, and I could probably live off of the kids menu at most restaurants, but overall I prefer cold foods. No, not Italiano or Mexican (though I do love me some tacos and guac...) If its on a hoagie, I can't get enough. Pasta salads, potato salads, even cold pizza are all preferable to me over most hot prepared meals. Weird I know. The only exception? A good basket of chicken fingers and french fries. Classy huh?

9. What is one of your pet peeves?
Only one?? I can't stand when drivers use their blinkers, but even more so reckless drivers weaving in and out of traffic while not using a blinker. I'm sorry, am I an obstacle on your road course, or are we all trying to get somewhere here buddy?

10. Name some of your favorite musicians.
I love Mumford and Sons and Guster, Ray LaMontagne, Amos Lee, Jason Mraz, Justin Nozuka, James Morrison, The Band Perry, Miranda Lambert and all the old school 90's bands that make up the soundtrack of my childhood (Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Live...)

11. Are you more of an early bird or night owl?
I am definitely an early bird. I've always woken up with a smile, ever since I was a baby. Nowadays I actually really enjoy being up before the rest of the house is awake.  Sadly, it's really hard to stay awake once the sun goes down. I remember when we used to be getting ready to go out at 10pm, now I consider it a pretty big accomplishment to stay up past midnight. 

Blogs I Nominate: Now it's my turn! I nominate the following blogs to claim their own Liebster Award (you are by no means required to participate, but I would love it if you would! I apologize [but go you!] if you have more than 200 followers, sometimes you can't tell!)

Here are 11 questions for my nominees...
1. If there was a movie made based on your life, who woud play you and why?
2. What was the last thing you Googled?
3. What is one of your guilty pleasures?
4. What is something you know now that you wish you knew "then?"
5. What do you consider to be one of your greatest accomplishments?
6. What is one thing not many people know about you?
7. If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about your life, would you? What would it be?
8. What is your favorite Disney movie?
9. What is something you've never done, but woud like to try?
10. Where is your favorite pace to be?
11. What is your favorite blog post you've written?

Ok! Now it's your turn- don't forget to mention me in your post and please comment below with a link to your post so that I can check out your answers and say hello!


  1. Thank you so much for the nomination...your questions were AWEsome! Here's the link to my Post and my nominations...

    1. You're quite welcome and deserving! I loved your answers!

  2. Thanks for the nomination...I accept :)
    I will link back to you Miss Megan! Thanks again!

    1. Great!! You're very welcome. Can't wait to read what you write!!

  3. Congrats on the award, dear girl! I love how the Liebster award allows us to learn more about other bloggers. :-)

    1. Thank you and a BIG congrats to you on your SITs feature day!! Holy moly, last I looked you had 99 comments, lady! You're replying to each one too, aren't you?

  4. Wow - thanks so much for the nomination! I'm honored and flattered. I will get working on those questions as soon as I can and link back when I'm done! :) Thanks again...have a great day!

    1. You're welcome! I really enjoy your blog. Can't wait to read what you write!

  5. Replies
    1. Thanks! I saw you had one of your own, so right back atcha!

  6. I am sooo honored to be nominated for this! Thank you! I will work on my post and link back to you asap!

    Thanks so much!!!

  7. I just finished my post! Thanks for nominating me! I had a lot of fun answering your questions :)

    Chelsea AKA: Directionless Mom

  8. It's so nice to hear that you have a respect for Stay at Home Moms. It really isn't an easy job. I enjoy it though! Thanks so much for nominating me! Here is my post:

    1. Loved your answers!! Being a SAHM really is a full-time job. I sometimes wish I could afford to do it, but I also know that I would miss working.

  9. Here's my post:

  10. Congrats on your award. You so deserved it. You have a fabulous blog. I like your questions. I hope Violet will enjoy preschool next week.

    1. Thank you, Chan! I'm so glad you like it. It's still a huge work in progress, but I'm getting there. If there's one thing Im learning about the blogosphere, it's that even season bloggers are always changing and improving their sites!

      I'm keeping my fingers crossed for an easy preschool transition! I'm sure I'll blog about it...

  11. Hi Megan!
    I finally posted my Liebster Award! Thanks for the nomination!


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