Wednesday, June 24, 2015

My First Blog Award

The lovely Nessa, of Sewing Empire, has given me my very first blog award!

Normally, the rules of this sort of thing are as follows:

1.Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site
2.Put the Award logo on your blog.
3.Answer the ten questions sent to you.
4.Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer
5.Nominate ten blogs.

As I'm a party-pooper, I'm going to stop at number 3.  But I am more than happy to do steps 1-3.

Step 1: Nessa, I have greatly enjoyed following your sewing progress this last year or so.  Like many bloggers I admire, you really jumped right in with both feet and seem to have learned A LOT really fast.  Also, you hand sew most everything, which is just cool.

Step 2: Uh, will do!

Step 3: Nessa posed 10 questions to me, and I'll do my best to answer them!

  • How long have you been blogging? Well, Sewing and Sightseeing is my first blog (unless you count LiveJournal in college. Please don't.) and I started it when we moved to Australia in 2010, mostly to show the folks back home what I was up to.  My very first post was a generic 'Hello and Welcome' on October 16.
  • What is / are your favorite topics to blog about? That's kinda in the title.  Ever since I got involved in HSF, the blog has been weighted towards sewing adventures instead of travelling ones.  In fact, I have about a year's worth of travelling that hasn't been blogged about.  There's just no deadline to post them!
  • Do you have a favorite book and or author? And what do you love the most about them?  Ugh, this one's hard. Let's stick with fiction, as my costuming library is another story. I can't say I really have a favorite novel, but I do have about a half shelf of books that I move with me from house to house, country to country.  That started in college, and it's still pretty much the same 15 or so books, several of which are favorites from middle school or high school, things I have read a hundred times.  They're comfort books.  And they include The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery, And Both Were Young by Madeleine L'Engle, and the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy by Tad Williams.  Newer additions include The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, and The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.
  • Which is / are your favorite historical (sewing) periods? My body works well in Regency, and I adore the silhouette, but not as much the frills.  I love a good tailored look, so 1880's is definitely at least my number 2, if not my number 1.  But I made an 1830's frock last year and was surprised by how happy it made me, and oh 1930's works really well as a modern wardrobe. Honestly, I've always had a sewing bucket list of sewing something from every era (however you define 'era').  And the only century that really doesn't (yet) appeal is the 18th.
  • Do you have a piece of clothing in your wardrobe that you really love? I'd have to say my 1930's trousers make me feel most like the me I want to be.  But I'm probably most proud of the tailcoat I made Dan for our wedding.  I will probably never work with such good wool again, but it was truly a joy to craft and he looked stunning (though I'm a bit biased).
  • Which sewing / crafting technique would you love to learn? Spinning, hands down. And weaving.  I have another bucket list item that I take raw material, process it, spin it, weave it, and make it in to something wearable.  The cloth making process is really fascinating to me, and I love visiting (and working at) old textile mills.
  • If a time traveler offered to take you anywhere in time and space, where would you go? I love to dress in different time periods, but I truly am a child of modern times and really love a good bed, warm house, and indoor plumbing.  So I'd probably stick to the 20th century, experiencing things like the Votes for Women campaign and maybe both world wars (the home front anyway).  If I truly was going to go back, I'd want to go back to better understand really important points in our history.
  • Describe your ideal dress fabric. Well, I'm a cotton person, but a good fine crisp silk can be a dream to work with.
  • Which is your most important sewing or crafting tool? This is probably a bit generic, but my machine.  It's the heaviest thing we move from country to country, and I have to lug along a step-down converter so it can take 220V electricity, but it's totally worth it.  Other than that, I'm really partial to which hand sewing needles I use.  They need to be really good quality and thin.
  • Are you more of a lace or a ruffle person? Uh, can I pick pleats?  Some lace is stunning, but I never use it, and I mostly confine ruffles to petticoats.  Again, I love the tailored look so pleats all the way.
And that's it!  Thank you again Nessa, this was an interesting reflection exercise!


  1. Had no idea you wanted to learn how to weave--and I should talk with you about what hand-sewing needles you use. Loved this blog.

    1. You and Dad got me that little plastic loom when I was a kid, and it wasn't complicated enough to keep my interest for long, but my desire may have stemmed from that. :) And I'll show you the needles I use when you're here.

  2. Hi, I've nominated you for a Liebster award,, so that should be your second blog award

  3. Congratulations, Beth! Fun to read your answers to the questions - made me think about what my answers might be. Well done!