It’s raining love! The Versatile Blogger Award (x 2!) and the sheer bliss of Being Elmo.

We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.
John Lennon

This morning I was most humbled to wake and find that I had been awarded The Versatile Blogger Award….twice! My heart is filled up to the brim with gratitude and excitement (and disbelief, quite frankly!) How did I get so lucky?!  I’m still riding high on my lovely Liebster Award! I’m pleased as punch! So thankful. And even happier that in the spirit (and rules :)) of the award, I am expected to share the love and nominate 15 other bloggers/blogs.

Many, many thanks to Anne Sture Tucker and silentlyheardonce who both, very generously nominated me for the award (at exactly the same time!)

As per the rules of being nominated, I am to:

  •  Thank the person who gave me the award (Done!)
  •  Include a link to their blog (I’ve done that too – above!)
  •  Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award and include a link to their site.  Here they are:

Frames and Focus

At Down Under

Without an H 

Paula’s Glassroots

Melissabluefineart’s Blog

indiana jen 

Fierce Buddhist

Hotly Spiced

Daniel C Doolan’s News and Updates



onomeister’s bloggy

Six Days in Chiba


And finally,

  • Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.  Alrighty…

1. I love to knit (though it’s not my forte)

2. Today is my birthday (well, yesterday, technically…it’s 12:34am!)

3. Big, juicy pink grapefruits are one of my favourite things

4. My Vitamix is the crown jewel of my kitchen appliances…I love that thing!

5. I’m a former gymnast

6. I’m hoping that my next major purchase will be a kick ass camera

7. I am right now, at this moment, watching the documentary, “Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey”, with a piece of cherry pie I made this afternoon and a perfect, black cup of coffee.  Heaven! I have been looking forward to this movie for a long, long time! Loving it.  I am inspired and touched, deeply.  Kevin Clash, you are one of my heroes. Let’s have coffee.  Or lunch.  Dinner? You inspire me, Sir!  Long live passion and dreams and inspiration! (Oh, and long live Elmo, of course ;P)

Wishing you a most wonderful week.  I am going to finish my pie and reflect on a most lovely birthday.

Goodnight :)



Stylized red heart flower image courtesy of Nevit Dilmen

About Me image courtesy of Fitness Loving Mom

Elmo image courtesy of TLC



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56 comments on “It’s raining love! The Versatile Blogger Award (x 2!) and the sheer bliss of Being Elmo.

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  2. Congratulations with the awards, they are both well deserved. And I enjoyed reading you list of sevens. Of course as a photographer I thought number 6 was fun.

  3. Congratulations, well done and well deserved! It’s always enjoyable to stop by and have a break in this peaceful blog-haven:)
    Oh, and I adore the mini chameleon on the match stick!

  4. Hey thanks for the nomination!! I appreciate you thinking of me… I can fulfill most of the requirements in order to accept the Award… But finding 15 other blogs to nominate??? That’s gonna take some time… especially cuz I don’t peruse other blogs enough… (maybe I should start? gaaah not enuff time!! what to do…)

    • I know, Peter! Time’s at a premium over here too…I wouldn’t worry too much about it. You’ll get it done when it’s meant to happen…in the meantime, you’re my favourite onomeister, hands down :) You deserve a cool award on your blog!

  5. Congratulations, and I love your answers!
    I love my juicer, but yours sounds a cut above the average
    Thank-you so much for the nomination. I am hopeless at doing the right thing with awards so no longer accept them but that’d oesn’t stop me from being very touched that you selected my blog.
    Thank you again. :)

    • Thanks, Tam! The Elmo movie I caught by fluke on TV (even though I’d put in a “demand” for it last year to come to our theatres!…apparently 9 other people from “my area” have also done the same :)) A friend in Germany saw it a while back and was raving…then someone I know in Japan…I figured it would hit the theatres here but it never did :( (BOO!) That said, I actually saw it for about $10 at Walmart last week. I think I’ll probably pick it up next time we go – good message for the kids, and I know Ava will be inspired like crazy by it. Let me know if you see it… you will love it for sure :) Maybe we can have a Being Elmo viewing party! (Look at what we’ve become!!LOL!)

  6. Thank you so much Anne! I am very happy to hear that you liked my blog and what a great surprise and gift from you! You suggested designmixer for Versatile blogger award! This is the best thing about blogging each day living being grateful to things and people on earth! And congradulations for your nomination as well! You do have a very nice and positive blog! Enjoy while you keep on going! OXOX Tijen

  7. Oh, and thanks so much for your kind words about my blog. Very generous of you. And that is incredible that you used to be a gymnast. I was too tall to be a gymnast and was quietly very relieved to have had a growth spurt as being on that beam terrified me xx

  8. Belated greetings, and hope you had a great day. I used to knit – the house was overflowing with pullovers in the end so they got donated away. Shame really, but you can only wear so many at once, especially in a warm climate.

    Yellow grapefruits are one of my faves, love the sharpness of them.

    I’ve been hoping for a new camera for years now but I’m too mean to pay out for one. Maybe this year though? Who knows? I think to do it justice I need to settle down and learn a little bit more about basic photography though. I’m usually too interested in getting out there and taking pix!

    • Thanks very much! It was indeed, a lovely day. I have never attempted a pullover…I’ve been sticking to the quick ‘n easy projects for a few years now (mostly because those are the knitted things I like the most :)) I guess I know who to ask now if I ever decide to go full on and attempt a pullover!
      My mom’s a yellow grapefruit fan – she puts salt on them :) If you do decide to go camera hunting, you’ll have to let me know (or do a post!) so I can see which direction you go in…at the moment, I’m lost in all of the selection!

  9. Hi Anne, thank you so much for the nomination! That is a lovely surprise. I think it’s incredible that you were nominated by two people at exactly the same time. That’s some coincidence! Your blog is lovely and your awards are well deserved xx

    • It was a great pleasure to nominate you – you’re doing a wonderful job on hotlyspiced! Looking forward to trying out some more of those great recipes…and maybe blogging about them too ;)

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