Sisterhood of the world blogger award

1 Nov

Hello! Happy Saturday! I hope you have al had a good week! I’ve had a bit of a busy one – I had a Halloween party for my birthday last Saturday, so spent the whole day trying to make the house look Halloweeny, all night dancing in my kitchen with awesome friends, who all had awesome costumes, and then most of Sunday recovering from Saturday night…oops…on my actual birthday Marcus took me out for my all time favourite dinner which is a slow cooked lamb they do at the Magdalen Arms – it comes with dauphinoise potatoes and pickled red cabbage and is pretty much the most amazing thing I have eaten in my life. I also carved proper pumpkins for the first time in my life – I was going to do some for the party, and my friends Mindy and Megan offered to come and help. Turns out Mindy is a bit of a pro and we ended up with some awesome designs! I’m so pleased with how they all turned out! I’ve also stolen her photo of them as it was better than mine, which I only took on my phone!


I have a bit of a quieter weekend this weekend, so I am dedicating today entirely to sewing! It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to do that, so I just want to get as much done as I can! I finally traced the pattern for the Minoru jacket this week, so I’m going to make a start on that – I really want to finish it in time to go to Paris in November. Also, I basically have no decent coats to wear at the moment, so I could do with getting it done!

Right, down to business!

Thank you to Meg for nominating me for this! I discovered Meg’s blog after the SewBrum meet up. I really enjoyed reading Meg’s post, and she’s come up with some really interesting questions here which I will answer for you.

The rules of this game are:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their site
2. Put the award logo on your blog
3. Answer their ten questions
4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees
5. Nominate 10 bloggers for the award

So, here goes…

Where does your blog name come from?

Whenever I was doing crafty stuff, Marcus would say I was ‘making and doing’, so it kind of sprung from there.

Who are your most inspirational bloggers?

Oh now there’s a question…there are lots, but I’m going to highlight a few
Fiona at Diary of a Chainstitcher – I’ve been following Fiona’s blog pretty much since I started sewing and she was one of the first sewing bloggers I ‘got to know’ online. In this time, her sewing skills have EXPLODED – every time I look at her blog, she’s made something else incredibly tricky or complicated – she is always pushing herself with new techniques and fabrics and it makes me realise how much can be achieved.
Lauren at Lladybird – for the sheer number of items she manages to push out – her post on how she sews so much inspired me to try and implement some of those things in my sewing life (still working on them!), and because I end up wanting pretty much everything she makes!
Charlene at One Year One Wardrobe – her recent selfish sewing week made me realise how much it is possible to make in a short time if you just put your mind to it
Daniela of Ela Sews – I am in awe of her patience and many many toiles in order to get the fit right on her garments – it really pays off! Also her knitting skills – I planned knitting a jumper the time she also started her first. I have half of the back of mine, she’s made goodness know how many since.
Jo at Making it well – for pretty much the same reasons as Daniela – her patience with fitting is admirable, and she has also knit up a collection of gorgeous sweaters!

Bit of a pattern emerging her isn’t there – basically people who manage to do things that I really want to be able to do myself! I aspire to be like them!

Money and life commitments aside, what would your dream job be?

Um, something criminology based. My background is psychology and I have ALWAYS been fascinated by criminology – I’m pretty sure it’s the one field I could work in where I would actually love my job. Slightly sordid I know, but something like criminal profiling would probably be my ideal job. Not much of a call for it in this country though, fortunately for us, but unfortunately for my career! But if anyone happens to have a job in this field going they want to offer me… ;)

Any great blogger tips for beginners?

Just go for it! Write for yourself, because you want to, not because you feel like you have to. I started my blog primarily just to have a record of everything I made, not because I thought people would actually read it. Don’t beat yourself up for being a ‘bad blogger’ or not posting regularly – sometimes there are a couple of months between my posts, and I’d like to post more regularly, but I don’t want to ‘make’ myself do it – then it becomes a chore. Do it because you enjoy it.
Any must-have beauty items?

Er…my sister! She’s a beauty therapist, and is my best source of information on such things! She is also appalled by the fact that I often go to work without make up on. When I do wear make up, eyeliner is the one thing I always wear.
What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far in 2014?

Buying my house! It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for years, and it’s great to finally have space that is my own and I can do what I like with. And enouh space that I can have a sewing room and fit all my stuff! Next year we’re going to start on the big job of decorating the whole of the downstairs – I’m really looking forward to making it our own a bit more, but it’s going to be a massive job!
If you could try any new hobby, what would it be?

Don’t ask me that – I don’t have enough time for all the hobbies I already do! I’d quite like to give wood working a go at some point though. And pottery.

Describe your style in three words

Not yet defined!

I am really envious of people who seem to have a particular style, and always look so put together. I really don’t feel like I am there, but I really want to be. I just can’t work out what is ‘me’. If anyone knows, please let me know!
Do you have a ‘better-than-your-mums’ recipe?

Hmmm, roast potatoes! I always used to be confused as to why everyone was so obsessed with roast potatoes, as they just didn’t do anything for me. It took me a while, but I finally found a recipe that made me go ‘ahh, this is what people were talking about’. I’m now in charge of roast potatoes at Christmas. Actually, this year, we’re doing Christmas at our place so I guess we’re in charge of it all!

Do you follow your heart or your head?

Largely my head I think – I over-analyse and over-research every decision I make!

Ok, now for my nominations! I know there have been a lot of blog hops and stuff going round recently, so I don’t want these guys to feel under any pressure to answer, but if they feel like it then great!

First, some of my lovely fellow Oxford sewists:
1. Claire at I want to be a turtle
2. Marcie at Under Alteration
3. Jen & Elena at Tea for Two
And then some lovely people I’ve met on meetups:
4. Daniela at Ela Sews
5. Charlene at One Year One Wardrobe
6. Emmie at My Oh Sew Vintage Life
7. Alison at Another Little Crafty Creation
And some blogs that I just enjoy reading:
8. Lyyn at Ozzy Blackbeard
9. Jo at Making it well
10. Emmely at Infectious Stitches

Because I think Meg’s questions were so great (ok, and also because I just want to get on and sew now!), I’m going to leave you all the same set of questions to answer! I look forward to reading your responses!

Happy sewing everyone!

6 Responses to “Sisterhood of the world blogger award”

  1. fionaparker17 November 1, 2014 at 11:44 #

    These were such great questions! I love getting to know bloggers a bit more through posts like these. Thanks so much for mentioning me, it’s the absolute BEST thing about blogging to read something like that and you’ve put a smile on my face for the rest of the day!

    • Kelly November 1, 2014 at 11:49 #

      They were, I really enjoyed answering them, and felt like they were ones that people might actually enjoy reading as well :) aw, I’m glad I have made you smile, thank you for all your awesome inspiring sewing, you just keep taking it to the next level!

  2. Gjeometry November 2, 2014 at 04:56 #

    Oh my goodness, those pumpkin carvings are sensational!! Well done. You’ve listed a few new to me blogs that I look forward to checking out.

  3. Meg November 2, 2014 at 10:40 #

    Oh wow! Woodwork? It gives me shivers thinking back to DT at school so you go girl! I’d love to see what you’d create. And congrats on the new house!! I bet your head is full of crafty DIYs for the home… When you make it your own, I’d love to see a house tour! Thank you so much for answering my questions and passing on the hop!

  4. Emmely November 2, 2014 at 18:57 #

    Wow at those pumpkins! I’ll have a think about the questions and see if I can somehow incorporate them into a post. I’m not really into awards but it is still flattering to be nominated. ;-)

  5. Claire (iwanttobeaturtle) November 9, 2014 at 21:59 #

    Oops, I’ve only just seen this (massively behind on my blog reading). I’m now hungry reading about roast potatoes! Loved reading this post and thanks for the nomination!

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