Thursday, April 12, 2012

Liebster Award - WOW!

Just WOW! I've been trolling many blogs since I began posting here and have spotted this award on several occasions. Never once did I think I would receive it so soon in my blogging career. So a big THANK YOU to Tracey over at More than Just Cross Stitchin'. This is just amazing.

Also I have to note that I've just been blown away with the support and the new followers to my blog. It a big step from what I thought would happen considering I never thought I would have many followers (and so soon!) when I started this blog. I just thought my posts would simply just be 'out-there' and I'd be posting for my own benefit, to see my progress and keep motivated. So the response so far really is amazing to me - thanks soooooo much for welcoming me so warmly to the blogging world and to the online cross stitching community!!!!

Now for the award conditions:

 Liebster is a German word meaning favorite, dearest or beloved. The Liebster is awarded by bloggers to other new bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers, to help spread the word about their blogs and to help them gain wider recognition.

The Liebster award comes with four conditions that each recipient must satisfy when accepting:
  1. Choose 5 up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers to award the Liebster to.
  2. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
  3. Post the award on your blog. List the bloggers you are giving the award to with links to their sites. Leave comments on their blog so they know about the award.
  4. Share 5 random facts about yourself that people don't know about you.

Now to choose 5 more wonderful blogs... Picking from my somewhat limited list here they are:

Margaret - Margaret's Blog
Milly  - Milly's Stitches

Was it ever hard to just choose 5... from what I could tell none of these have received this award yet and are certainly worthy of it. If they have already ... opps ;) Either way, these blogs are just lovely.

5 Random Facts:

1. I stopped cross stitching for about 10 years. SHOCKING I KNOW. I began cross stitching when I was roughly 13 and used to spend many an hour at my grandmother's on the weekends just stitching and watching as many documentaries I could. Being at my Nan's was probably my favourite childhood memory and I had many a sleepover to say the least. I really don't have an explanation for my stitching hiatus, perhaps it was a combination of becoming a teen and being involved in so many other things on the weekends... Getting back into stitching and rediscovering my love for it 6 months or so ago has been great. I now have more time and funds to produce lovely finishes on my works, where they used to just stay rolled up in the bottom of cross stitch bag because my childhood allowance always went toward movies and clothes... 

2. In March 2010 I moved from my beautiful Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada to Bologna, Italy to pursue a Master's in Development, Innovation and Change. I never expected to come back actually despite loving Newfoundland(NL) to the core. Job prospects in NL weren't exactly that great and I though I'd end up getting an internship over Europe somewhere. When an internship opportunity popped up back home I snatched it up in a heart beat! I stayed in Bella Italia for just shy of a year and it remains to this day THE experience of my life and has helped shape who I am today.

3. I would love to eventually own my own business. Not sure what it would be but it appeals to me... except maybe the risk. Risk unfortunately really is a pre-requisite to starting up a business...  ONE OF THESE DAYS :)

4. I LOVE to cook. Actually I'd say I have a passion for it. Anything from cooking up some simple French Toast to making my own pasta from scratch (Italian influence here I think ;) ). If I find myself with nothing to do I generally head to the kitchen and make something. I love trying out new recipes and cultural cuisine from all over the world. One of my favourite things to make however has got to be rustic style bread. Expect to see some of my creations on here at some point!

5. I'm signing up for pottery classes - yes! I have not the first clue about pottery. But, as with just about everything I do, I dive in head first and then see what happens. Oh and my boyfriend and mom are going too! How great is that?!

Whelp! I'm beginning to realize I have a talent for rambling haha.

Not much to update you all on in terms of progress on "Oh Christmas Tree" as my life has been contracted by my brother to help finish off his house. I don't get to do as much stitching as I'd like in the evenings but this is the final push to get my brother into his house. I have however started the sleeve of the arm of the girl... currently a floating head in the pics below. A couple of weeks more and I expect to have significantly more free time. 

Ciao for now!



  1. Congrats on the award! I LOVE cooking too!


  2. So nice to see you won the award! I'm new to cross stitch blogging as well. I've only posted twice so far but I can tell it's an addiction--just like cross stitch!

    I love your blog!

    In blogging solidarity!

    Beth B.

  3. Hello Melissa! *Waves from across Canada* Congrats on your award! I loved reading your 5 facts and a bit jealous you got to spend a lot of time in Italy!! I've always wanted to go there but never had the day hopefully!! Would love to visit NL as well! One of my good gf's lives there and she loves it!

    1. One day Anne!

      I also have family out in BC too. If I had to pick one place to live other than NL it would be BC. SO BEAUTIFUL there! I went there a couple of times and met my first wild snake in Victoria!!! YIKES. Something we don't have to contend with here in NL...

  4. Congrats on the Liebster! Loved your facts! I took a potter class years ago and loved it! So great your mom and boyfriend will be with you in yours! Enjoy!

  5. Congrats on your award! Hope you have many wonderful years blogging/stitching in your future! Lucky you for being in Italy - a dream of mine. Have fun in pottery class - don't forget to show us your results!

  6. Hi Melissa. Congrats on the award. I found your blog thru mine and became a follower.


  7. You're very welcome Melissa! So happy to see your new # of followers!!

  8. Thanks for thinking of me Melissa.
    It is so great to learn more about our blogging friends.
    Wow. Italy, how wonderful. I know that living in another country is a life changing event.
    Have a great weekend :)

  9. Thanks everyone :) I'll be sure to keep you updated on my pottery adventures once I start!

  10. Congrats on your award, and welcome to the blogging world! Your project is beautiful, and I love your photos of NL, I am just across the pond in NS! So glad to have found another Atlantic Canadian stitcher!


  11. Always nice to learn more about our fellow cross stitching friends--congratulations on your award, Melissa :)

    I, too, stopped cross stitching for ten years when my three sons were small--just not enough hours in the day!! I started again in 2003 and was shocked to find so many new things in the industry--all the lovely overdyed threads and many varied fabrics! I haven't stopped since--just love it!

  12. Welcome to the blogging community and congratulations on your award.
    Happy Stitching

  13. Congrats on the award! Loved your facts! I went without needle and thread for a number of years too! Having three boys will do that to you!


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