Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A 'Dos' of Sunshine: Blog Awards!

Did you see what I did there, in the post title?
Since I was twice nominated for the Sunshine award it is a 'dos' of sunshine, no?! 
(snicker, it's funny and you know it.)

Anyway, moving on!

I have been so blessed to be nominated for The Sunshine Award
Thank you ladies! It was such a sweet surprise!
And I have to admit, I'm kinda sorta pretty tickled pink because this is the first blog award I've received!

Now for the questions from Reyna:
  • Do you like to write with a pencil or a pen?
A pen.
As Anne would say,
"I have a scratchy pen 
and I can't write love-letters with a scratchy pen . . . or a sharp pen . . . or a stub pen. 
So you'll only get that kind of letter from me when I have exactly the right kind of pen."
Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery

The right pen is key...I'm especially fond of the dark, black gel-pen sort
The INC. Brand Pro X-Tank pens are my favorite!
(Total nerd moment, I know...)
  • In which century were most of the books you read written?
Most of the books I read/have read are by modern authors,
such as Francine Rivers, Michael Phillips (not to be confused with the Olympic swimmer),
Janette Oke, Gilbert Morris etc. 
But I do LOVE C.S. Lewis' writings, as well as Shakespeare, Jane Austen,
old poetry and some of the other, singularly great classic pieces of literature,
as referenced in the proceeding question.
Jane Eyre is possibly one of my favorite 'old' books.
  • What is one of your favorite Bible verses? I know hardly anyone has just a single favorite, so just pick one that comes to mind.
Actually, that one is easy!
My favorite verse(s) is
Isaiah 43:18-19
In fact, I have a second blog (which has been sadly abandoned as of late)
that gets it's namesake from those verses. 
  • Do you sew, and if so (haha), what?
I do sew, and I just celebrated the one year anniversary
of (finally) learning how this past Valentine's Day!
I still feel so new to the world of sewing,
but I enjoy refashioning clothes the most, partly because
it is so practical and far less expensive than buying material.
But I enjoy a good 'scratch' project too and have tons
of clothing patterns (vintage!) that I want to make! 
  • What are three of your favorite movies?
Three?! Just three?!
An all encompassing statement is that I love old movies!
That being said, if I had to pick only three favorites,
I would have to say.... 
Hello, Dolly
Bringing up Baby
Letters to Juliet

...this was so hard....
and I'm not even sure those were the right three...
*heavy sigh*...oh well

Thanks Reyna!

And now for McKenna's questions

1. How long have you been blogging?
 I have technically been blogging for nearly two years
(at this blog), though I really only started to get into blogging seriously last spring!

2. Tea or Coffee?
Funny story.
I used to hate tea!
Try as I might I couldn't make myself down the stuff.
Then one winter about four years ago, I got sick, and a steaming cup of spearmint tea
just hit the spot, and I've enjoyed tea ever since!

Both have their place, I don't think I could choose.
But I probably enjoy coffee more. :)

3. What are your favorite historical eras?
I do enjoy costumes and fashioned from other historical eras as well,
but I don't know much about them.

4. What fandoms do you associate yourself with  
(e.g.; Marvel, Doctor Who, LotR, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jane Austen, etc.)?
 I'm not really a part of any fandoms, but being in a household of brothers, I must admit I'm pretty interested in the Marvel franchise...and fairly taken with Tom Hiddleston, 
with Jeremy Renner a close second.

5. Do you play any instruments?
I took piano when I was really young, got back at it in my teens for three years, 
covering 4 levels, and then just stopped because my teacher moved away.
I still love the instrument, but I don't really play much anymore.
I also play the recorder and had fun figuring out Celtic music by ear! 

6. What is your favorite book of the Bible and why?
Probably Isaiah...I relate to so much of what he covers,
and the imagery, beauty and depth of book draw me in.
Romans would be second choice.

7. On a scale of 1-10, how do you feel about tweed?
(1 being "Disgusting", 10 being "Wish I lived in Yorkshire")
Probably a 3...meh.
I'd wear it was comfortable and I liked the style and color.
But I don't seek it out.

8. Do you enjoy traveling?
Is this a trick question?!
I also love driving...road trip, baby!

9. What is your most treasured childhood memory?
It was close to mom's due date, she was expecting my
third brother. Dad sent me and my younger brothers
to stay with Nana and Papa for about a week to give mom some rest.
All of my cousins lived just minutes down the road, or a walk across the pasture,
from Nana and Papa, so we got together and played everyday.

One day,
Nana and Papa informed us they planned to take us all swimming at the lake the following day, we were all so excited! 

Low and behold, 
the next day it cold...and pouring rain.

We were devastated.
But my Nana was a most imaginative and ingenuitive grandmother,
who was a master at pretend.

She rigged up what has gone down in the history books of our family
as the best Beach Party ever!

We laid out blue blankets for the water,
yellow blankets for sand, blew up the beach toys, and put on our swim suits!

We turned up the heat, packed a picnic and had a blast!
Pillows became jet skis, and Papa turned the couch in a boat 
(none of these we actually had in real life, mind you!)
We even had a passenger fall overboard! :)

Every single one of us cousins (I had 6 at the time) remember this beach party!
 That is one of my best childhood memories!

10. What is your personal style and how does it reflect your personality?
My style, like my personality, is many faceted!
I love skirts and dresses in the summer,
but come winter time, there is just nothing like a pair of jeans,
a button up flannel and a warm bulky sweeter!

I like vintage and feminine styles, 
but I also lean towards long, flowing styles more like 70's, hippy clothes. 
I'm all over the place, really. :)

11. What is your all-time favorite item of clothing or outfit to wear?
Well, it definitely isn't the bra!
Probably a sweeter...I have two comfy ones I practically live in when it is cold.

There you have it!

Thanks, McKenna!

And now, time for some rules and my nominees!

If you didn't read my little sleuthing story behind this award, you really ought to.
I'll wait.


So, in light of all I learned while researching this award,
I'm going to reinstate the mission statement of The Sunshine Award
and adjust the rules to fit some of the earliest, and close to origin, posts I found.


The Sunshine Award is..

"For bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others
in the blogsphere." 
Those who bring a little sunshine into our day!

  • Thank and recognize the blogger(s) who nominated you (link back)
  • Post the award on your blog
  • Answer the questions given you by your Nominator.
  •  Nominate 5-10 other bloggers (no tag backs) and let them know you nominated them
  • Set 10 questions for your nominees to answer

The rules given me by my two nominators
also included an extra step: list 11 facts about yourself.
That is something that has been added through the passage of time,
and seemed a little redundant since you were already answering 10 questions;
therefore I altered the rules I'm attaching to my nominees.

I just so happened to recently share 11 facts about myself in this little post...
so I still completed that step for my nominators. :)

My Sunshine Award Nominees

1. Jen from Diary of a MadMama
2. Stephanie from The Enchanting Rose
3. Kristina at The Eccentric Owl
5. Magda at House of Estrela
6. Carissa at Carissa Knits

And for these last two (I couldn't quite come up with 10!), I'm bending the rules a little.
These two ladies don't have blogs, but they are faithful and encouraging readers who
always leave nice comments to cheer up my day!
They certainly bring some Sunshine into my blogworld.

7. jenny-o
8. marilyn

Thank you ladies! 
You always bring a smile a to my face.

Questions for the Nominees
1. What are some of your 'accomplishements'
(in the Jane Austen sense of the word: i.e. sewing, crocheting, drawing, instrument, singing...)

2. Where do you get your inspiration (sewing, crafting, outfits etc.) OTHER than Pinterest?

3. Name one new thing you want to make/try this year.

4. Given the choice of anyone in the world (presently living),
whom would you want as a diner guest?

5.  What are some things that make you really happy?

6. Favorite book series?

7. Favorite book made movie.

8. Pet Peeves?

9. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go?

10. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
Would you still choose that?

Thanks for the nominations,
and I look forward to hearing back from all of you!


  1. That was very interesting about the sunshine award! I reading your answers, and actually thought about that quote from Anne of Windy Poplars when I wrote that question. Thanks!

    1. Thank YOU Reyna! It was fun! That quote comes to mind every time I use an amazing pen. :)

  2. Very interesting to read, Desarae :) Your answers were a delight to read. Thank you, friend, for the nomination and I will do my best to write up a post soon... Blessings to you and enjoy your day! Hugs!

    1. I look forward to it! Thank you, Stephanie, for being such a great part of the blogging community. :)

  3. I will take it to my blog as soon as possible. Thank you for thinking of me. <3

    1. You so welcome. I look forward to reading your post! :)

  4. Thank you for the mention Desarae - I haven't been to all the blogs I usually read just lately - our daughter was very recently married, then I got sick - but I am getting back to reading more and more. Your blog always makes me feel happy and peaceful ... looking forward to catching up reading and commenting in the coming days. I love your answers here! Have you read many of the Anne books? (or all, maybe :)) I live a ferry ride away from the birthplace of L. M. Montgomery :)

    1. Congratulations on the wedding! Those are always good and exciting news. :) I'm sorry you've been unwell, I hope you are soon back up to full strength. I'm so glad my blog makes you feel happy and peaceful! That makes *me* happy to know it is blessing.

      Yes, I've read 3 or 4 of the Anne books, but when I was a very young teen, so I'm planning to reread them. I stopped with Anne of Windy Poplars, on account of my age, I wasn't much interested in Anne's married life and having children. ;P But I'm old enough now to appreciate them :)

      I'm currently reading a prequel call Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson- it starts with Anne's parents, her birth, and the circumstances surrounding her early years. I have found it very enjoyable! Even though it isn't by the original author, it is fun to have a story line for Anne's earlier years! :)

      Oh, how fun, that you live so close! That would certainly be a fun trip to make someday.


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