Very Inspiring Blogger Award Nomination

Last Thursday I had the lovely surprise of being nominated for the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger Award’ by Amanda at Gift Frippery. Thank you so very much Amanda. It really has made me smile and it is so very kind. It is my hope to inspire others with my blog and so hopefully this means I am doing something right!

15a - Blog

Here are the rules of being nominated for the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger Award’:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Nominate other bloggers and let them know. Provide a link in your post.
  3. Write 7 facts about yourself.
  4. Display the Very Inspiring Blog badge on your blog post and blog.

Here are my nominations. I love following these blogs and I’m sure you will too.

First up is Laura over @madepeachy at I just love reading Laura’s blog as it is so fresh and always full of lovely posts about life, style and crafts.

My second nomination is @nicwood77 over at Nicola seems to always be making beautiful things and so I am always inspired when visiting her blog.

Please do check out these fab blogs. I know you will enjoy them as much as I do.

Finally here are the 7 facts about myself:

1. I am a big football fan and I am very proud to say my team are Leicester City. Oh yes the champions! Can’t wait to watch the boys on MOTD next season.

15b - LCFC

 2. I love dogs! I can’t pass a dog without saying hello to it. I hope to have one of my own someday.

15c - Dogs

3. Growing up I had singing lessons and even got my grade 8!

4. Walking – I’m a big fan of the outdoors and love a good walk. To date my favorite place for walking has to be the Lake District. I’ve had many lovely holidays there and hope to have more.

5. I met Peter André!

15e - Peter

6. My nickname growing up was Piglet. This was thanks to my sister who thought I looked like piglet as a baby. Big sisters are so kind like that :)

15f - Piglet

7. I love tuk tuks! In 2011 we went on a family holiday to Sri Lanka for my sisters wedding. It was amazing. The country and the people are just beautiful. We would get around by traveling in a tuk tuk. I just love the name and they are so much fun to travel around in.

15g - tuk tuk

So there it is. Thanks again to Amanda for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

Inspiration, Knitting & Crochet

Are we creating a craft legacy through our blogs?

Three weeks ago today my Nan passed away. My Nan was a creator in many ways having 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She adored her family and her football! My Nan was a keen knitter with the family benefiting from many lovingly made items. Her most popular creations were Jean Greenhowe knitted toys. She would find the perfect knitted friend for any occasion. A favourite of mine has to be the football octopus mascot. If only City could have a player with 8 legs!

 12a - Octopus

I asked my Dad if I could have a pair of my Nans knitting needles, as I like the thought of knitting something with them. When I visited my parents at the weekend I was presented with 2 boxes of needles and patterns to look through and 3 bags of wool. As I am sure many of you will have experienced, going through a loved ones belongings brings up many emotions. I had a few tears but I mostly had a smile on my face as I read the notes she had made on the patterns. She would scribble the lucky recipients name next to the pattern along with sizes and comments such as ‘just fits nice but next size up would be best’. One in particular really made me giggle as it was a ladies sweater pattern with my cousin Ian’s name next to it. When I see him next I will be asking if he still has it!

12b - Nans Things

As well as patterns, needles, buttons and wool there were two projects that she hadn’t finished, a half knitted Santa and a baby’s cardigan. Knitting was my first craft but since getting my sewing machine I haven’t picked up my needles as often. These will be the perfect excuse to get me knitting again as I would love to finish them for her.

Looking through my Nans knitting collection made me realise the legacy she has left behind. I will certainly remember her for her knitting and will treasure everything she made for me. I believe this is her crafting legacy, as one day I hope to pass on the treasured items as well as the craft of knitting. This got me thinking about the importance of my blog. Social media is so much about the present, the here and now and I have been treating my blog in a similar way. But as I think about my Nans knitting legacy, I realise that my blog is my legacy. As a craft blogger I am sharing my interests and craft that will hopefully inspire others. So when I now write my blogs I am going to think more about who and how am I wanting to inspire and what lasting thought do I want to leave the reader with?

When I think about my Nan she inspired me to make things for the people I love the most. As for a lasting thought, that has to be ‘live life to the full’.

12c - Me and Nan

Tonight I am the host for #craftblogclub from 7pm. This blog post has inspired tonight’s topic ‘Are we creating a craft legacy through our blogs?’ I hope you will all join me and share stories of who inspires you and how you are using your blog to inspire others. Plus, I would love to hear your thoughts on the importance of a craft legacy and are we already doing this through our blogs?