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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Liebster Award Nomination

I was nominated for a Liebster award by Joanna of Dividing Vintage Moments and Sean of The Fictionista.  Thank you ladies, I feel quite honored.

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Here's the rundown on the Liebster Award:

It's a token of recognition that bloggers award to fellow bloggers who they think deserve more recognition. The terminology "Liebster" roughly translates to "Dearest" from German, and the guidelines of this award are as follows:

You must answer the 11 questions set by the blogger who nominated you.
You yourself then pick 11 blogs who in turn have under 200 followers.
You must then think of 11 questions for the blogs you have picked and also tell them.
You must link back to the blog that nominated you.

Here are the blogs that I nominate:

I apologize if your blog has previously been nominated.  If that is the case, you don't have to respond, unless you want to, just rejoice in the fact that we must really like your blog!  Same holds true if I have mistakenly chosen someone that has more than 200 followers.

Bunny - Bunny's Victory
Jennifer - Frocks and Frivolties
Kayla - Gracefully Vintage
Wendi - Haute Rockabilly Fashionista
Deborah - Hellcat Vintage
Mellem - The Universe of Miss M
Tim & Jesse - Like Johnny and June
CoriLynn - Poodles and Pincurls
Stephanie - Ruby's Musings
Deb - Seahorses & Pearls
Catherine - Vintage Frills

Here are the answers to my questions from Joanna:

  1. What is your favorite era?  I would have to say the Old Hollywood glamour of the 1930s.  I adore the the glamorous, bias cut, figure hugging dresses.  I just don't have the figure to wear them. lol
  2. What inspires you about vintage?  Why do you think you gravitate towards vintage?  I spent a lot of time at my Grandmother's growing up and she had a house full of antiques, things that she got when she first got married and never replaced them.  So I grew up with these things in my life.  For a time this made me seek out more modern things in my own life, but over time I began to long to have those old familiar items near me once more.  I've learned to appreciate the craftsmanship, detail and quality that you find in vintage.
  3. What is the craziest thing you've done in your life? Nothing too crazy because I became a mother at a very young age, so I've been pretty settled down for most of my life.  However, having 6 children is a pretty crazy thing to do!
  4. Do you have a vintage dream outfit that you've seen or would like?  Please describe, is it currently on the market?  I would love to have an Alfred Shaheen sarong dress or a 40s Lilli Ann suit.
  5. If you were given $200 and told you had to spend it on vintage, what would you buy?  I have a wish list a mile long.  I would probably start with some swing trousers because I don't have any actual vintage pants in my wardrobe.  Or a pair of Re-mix or Miss L-Fire shoes.
  6. What are some of your goals for the next year?  I want to rearrange and organize my house, paint and redecorate, as well as do some landscaping.  I would love to read more.  Travel to somewhere I've never been.  Sew a slipcover for my couch.  Learn how to resize a pattern.  Become healthier and get more sleep.
  7. How would you describe your style?  Classic
  8. What is your favorite outfit that you currently own?  I don't really have a favorite.  Is that sad?
  9. Have you ever attended a large vintage event?  Did you wear vintage?  The Mister and I took some of the kids to a Renaissance Faire many years ago.  Of course that's probably a little further back in history than you were talking about :-) but it was a lot of fun.  We did not wear vintage to the event, but we did purchase a couple costumes at the Faire for our twin boys.  The Mister and I renewed our wedding vows that year with a Renaissance themed wedding and our boys wore those costumes.
  10. Best (deal) vintage find?  I have a vintage 1950s wool coat with a mink collar that was given to me by my cousin.  She owned a thrift store and the coat was brought in.  When she saw it, she thought of me and gave it to me.
  11. What is your favorite antique item you have bought?  (It doesn't have to be clothing)  I didn't buy these, I inherited them, but my Grandmother's Hoosier cabinet, her assorted pieces of pink depression glass, and her heirloom peonies.

And here are the answers to my questions from Sean:

  1. Besides what you blog is dedicated to, what are some of your other interests?  My blog is a hodge podge  of my interests, so you get to see many of them already, but outside of those I am into genealogy, gardening, home decorating, photography, and party planning.  There are more, but I'll stop there.
  2. If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?  Take my parents on a long vacation, buy each of my kids a home, sell my house, buy a vintage travel trailer and hit the road!
  3. What made you want to start a blog?  I wanted to meet other vintage lovers like myself and share my experiences with them.
  4. What took you on the journey to embrace vintage?  It has been something I have been interested in for many years and started collecting household items and kitchenware long before I started collecting vintage clothing.  I guess it was just a natural progression.
  5. Have you met any kindred spirits through the world of blogging?  So, so many wonderful vintage loving friends in the blogging community.  You guys are the best!
  6. What does your SO/family think of your vintage lifestyle/blogging?  The Mister loves my vintage/retro look and he's a very good sport about letting me bounce post ideas off of him and playing photographer when we are out and about.
  7. Do you have a favorite decade in fashion and/or history {or both}?  My favorite fashion decade would be the 1930s. (See question number 1 in the first set of questions above)  and my favorite time in history
  8. Who is your biggest inspiration and why?  My Grandmother because she made do on very little in life and through out it all, she kept her faith and lived by her beliefs.
  9. Dresses or separates?  I own more separates but I'm partial to dresses.
  10. Your favorite item currently {does not have to be vintage}?  My fuzzy pink bunny bedroom slippers.
  11. What is your favorite quote?  Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me

And finally, here are the questions for my nominees:

  1. What have you learned from blogging?
  2. How much time do you spend working on your blog?
  3. What is your guilty pleasure?
  4. Are you punctual or tardy?
  5. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
  6. What's your favorite book, tv program, and film?
  7. If you could throw a dinner party and invite anyone in the world, living or not, who would you invite and why?
  8. Do you have a particular style icon or guru?
  9. What do you draw inspiration from, magazines, films, blogs or something else?
  10. If you had to live in any other time period besides now, which one would you pick?
  11. What is proudest moment thus far? 


  1. I am honored! I am actually trying to think of 11 blogs that have under two hundred followers that I read... gracious. That is going to take some research!! Thank so much for the nomination. I will post a blog about this honor at the end of the week, that will give me time to see if I can find 11 blogs under 200 and think of my answers to the questions too!

  2. I can't get over that you have six children:) They are blessed to you have you as a mother:) I love your last line quote, it tells me what a positive person you are:) Wishing you some swing trousers in the upcoming months! It seems these are on a lot of people's want lists. You would think it would be more easier to find them. I've found I like Freddies the best. I just bought a couple pairs of jeans, I'm just waiting for them to come out with a nice pair of casual swing trousers with fun buttons on the side in my size:)

  3. How lovely - happiest congrats on being nominated! I've been tapped a few times for this award, too, and think I'll do a post with my answers a little later this year. I really enjoyed reading yours and learning even more about you, dear Denise (loved when you said that having six kids was one of the craziest things you've ever done - I so admire you as a mother!).

    ♥ Jessica

  4. I really learned so much about you just from this post! :) I love how family oriented you are as well, with 6 kids how can you not? I have some depression glass my Grama saved too. They are such a pretty green. And I would love to have a Hoosier cabinet.

    Thanks so much for participating. :)

  5. Fun! Thanks for including me. I enjoyed reading your answers what a fun way to get to know other bloggers. I have answered and linked back to you. You can find my answers here at http://frocksandfrivolities.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-bit-of-fun_3.html Thanks again!

  6. Aww, I am so honored to be included in your list of nominees. You read the blog stats and it says X amount of people visited your blog today, but to actually hear from a real person that they not only stopped by, but actually enjoy what you post...that's just freakin' fantastic! Thank you.

  7. So I finally did the post.. health kept me from doing it before and doing it any justice I am afraid, but I wanted to thank you, answer your questions and link back to your lovely blog. Once again thank you. Wish I could have followed all the rules .... I agree with the previous poster Deborah Holtzclaw ...
    "You read the blog stats and it says X amount of people visited your blog today, but to actually hear from a real person that they not only stopped by, but actually enjoy what you post...that's just freakin' fantastic!" I could not have said it better!


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