Friday, 5 July 2013

Some blog Liebster love!

A huge big thank you to the lovely Fiona at Diary of Chain Stitcher for nominating me for a Liebster blog award! I think I discovered Fiona's blog through Me Made May 2013 and she's got such a great sense of style and eye for fabrics.  If you need some proof check out her gorgeous Charlotte skirt or her polka dot Elisalex.

I couldn't find out much about Liebster online, asides from on other blogs, but the idea is that you nominate 11 blogs you love that have less than 100 followers.  The aim is to show some blogging love, and raise the profile of the blogs.  The rules seem to change but I'm going to go with the most common ones I've seen - answer the 11 questions set to you, give 11 random facts about yourself, then nominate 11 blogs and ask them 11 questions. Simple, right?!

So, to start with - the questions Fiona asked me:
1. What is your favourite film of all time and why?
I’d love to say something really deep and cultured but for favourite film of all time I have to go with something I watch over and over again – Bladerunner. I just love it, every time I watch it I notice something different and don’t think I’ll ever get sick of it.
2. What kind of holidays do you like? Beach, city break, raving in Ibiza?! 
A mix of beach and city break would be my ideal holiday so if someone could just arrange for a last-minute holiday for me to Barcelona before I get too big to travel then that would be ideal, thank you kindly!
3. I spend a lot of time commuting, if you had a spare hour on the train what would you do? 

Read, read, read! Although I know I’m very lucky at the moment that my commute to work is on bus and not on the tube I can’t read on the bus as I get travel sick but I can read on the train or the tube. Though I don’t envy anyone a 1 hour or more commute!
4. What is the best sewing book you have read? 

I love my Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing as a reference tool however I have to say I’ve definitely learnt the most from sewing blogs, and from asking friends.
5. Knits or wovens? 

Knits right now as I’m pregnant so wovens are currently proving a bit of a nightmare haha!
6. What is your favourite blog? 

Too difficult, I’m afraid I’m going to opt out of this one as there are so many blogs I love to read.
7. What other crafts do you do and which is your favourite?   

I do like to bake if I can count that as a craft? Though I haven’t been baking so much recently – sewing kind of takes over! I also occasionally take a wee notion for making jewellery but again, it’s been kind of side-lined for sewing.
8. What is your karaoke song?  
The thought of karaoke makes me so nervous – the only times I’ve done it I’ve been really drunk, and even then only sang as part of a group – said alcohol means I can’t really remember what I sung, oops!
9. Sweet or savoury?
Ooh another difficult one as right now I’m loving all food, and lots of it! I’d have to say sweet though, I can never resist a chocolate, or cake,  or spoonful of nutella yum!
10. What is your favourite accessory? 
Bags! My husband just doesn’t get how I can never leave the house with just one bag. I always like to have a handbag and a tote – it cuts down on plastic bags and I just feel more prepared somehow when I have both, probably a bit silly really!
11. If I gave you £50 to spend on fabrics, patterns or craft supplies what would you make from it? 
I would love to get the Megan Nielson maternity survival pack of 4 patterns – they all look like they’d be real wardrobe staples.  That would only come to about £32 so I’d use the rest to get myself lots of nice bright jersey solids to make them up in. 

11 random facts about me
1. My middle name's spelled Mhairi but 'mh' is pronounced as 'v' so it isn't 'ma hary' as some people have pronounced it - though that pronounciation still makes me laugh!
2. Following on from above, all the way through primary school I couldn't remember how to spell my middle name and always hoped we'd never get asked in class
3. I got married in Las Vegas in March 2010 and we sent postcards to our friends to share our news
4. Following on from the above, we had a big party back in Glasgow with famiyl and friends at the end of that summer so we kind of have two wedding anniversaries, almost.
5. My first musical love was heavy metal and I still love AC/DC, Guns'n'Roses and Bon Jovi though haven't listened to Alice Cooper, Poison or the Quireboys in years!
6. I'm originally from Glasgow but we've lived in London for 3 years now and absolutely love it
7.I've had 3 dogs and 3 cats as pets and I still miss them all and dream about them sometimes, is that weird?!
8. My blog name is from one of my favourite series of books when I was wee - Richard Scarry's 'Busy Town' though I didn't think it through properly and get a lot of weird hits as the name is pretttty close to 'busty town' - maybe time for a blog name change!
9. I've been toting my mum's guitar around with me for the past 5 years but unlike her sewing machine I've never learned to use it
10. I studied art history for the first 2 years of my degree and always wish I'd kept it up
11. One day I'd love to go back to study and do a PhD in something related to film and archives

So, on to the most important part, passing on the blog love! This was difficult as there are so many blogs I love to read, and now there are so many ways to follow it's sometimes difficult to see who has less than 100 followers, so apologies if any of you here have more than that.
Amanda at Blanca Pate
Jen & Elena at Tea for Two
Solvi at Delfinelise
Anneke at Annette Tirette
BlueSewn Cat
A Good Talking To
Helen at Grosgrain Green
Kacie at Thimble and Cork
Kim at PunkMik
Milena at I made this dress
and just yesterday I discovered Katie at the creative counsellor

I love reading all these ladies' blog posts and get so much sewing inspiration from them and other sewing blogs.

My 11 questions:
1. I love the film question so I'm going to ask that too - what is your favourite film and why?
2. When and why did you start sewing?
3. What is your favourite make? This could be for you or something you've made for someone else
4. Do you have a favourite type of fabric to work with, or favourite type of garment to make?
5. Do you have a favourite fabric shop, online or actual real life physical shop?
6. What's the best book you've read recently? (this is a bit of a selfish one as I'm always on the look out for good book recommendations!)
7. Do you have a favourite artist, or art work?
8. Cats or dogs?
9. Sweet or savoury?
10. If you could have 3 dinner guests, alive/dead, real/fictitious characters, who would they be and why?
11. If you could go anywhere in the world tomorrow where would you go and why?


  1. Hi Kathryn! Thanks for the nomination! Great to find out some more about you and to have a look at some blogs that I didn't know previously!.

    1. You're welcome Helen, I'm glad I discovered your blog during MMM!

  2. thanks for the nomination! I'll have to figure out 11 blogs that haven't been featured, since a few of the ones you posted I also read!

    1. Hi Milena! You could always bend the rules a bit I'm sure though I'll look forward to seeing what blogs you pick as it's always a good way of finding new ones.

  3. Hi Kathryn, thank you so much for including me on your list. I love some of your answers - I'm exactly the same with bags, I have 2 canvas tote bags just in my work bag, you never know when you might need to make an unexpected fabric purchase! :)

    1. Hi Jacq! No problem, MMM was so great for discovering new blogs! Yes, I must admit part of the reason I always have tote bags is for unexpected purchases!

  4. A well deserved award!!! How fun that you got married in Vegas! Thanks for the tip about your middle name too - I've always wondered how to pronounce it :) All those new to me blogs... aaaah.

    1. Thanks Kirsty! I know, there's so many great sewing blogs to read that I have real trouble sometimes - sew or read about other people's sewing, both are so much fun!

  5. Thank you so much for the nomination Kathryn! These awards are so much fun and they always introduce me to such wonderful new blogs. And I love your taste in music!

    1. It's a pleasure Kacie, I'm so glad I discovered your blog! It is a great way of finding out about more new blogs as well.