Monday, April 9, 2012

A very special award

You know what? When I started blogging about 9 months ago, I really didn't think it would stick. I had a habit of throwing myself whole-heartedly into hobbies, only to drop them a few months later in boredom. I was nervous that making cards would be the same thing for me, and starting a blog would be an exercise in futility.
What I didn't expect to find was this wonderful and inspiring community of people. I can't begin to tell you how much I love to find, in the words of my all time favourite character Anne of Green Gables, "kindred spirits" out there in blogland. I love posting about my card making endeavours and hearing everyone's encouraging words, and visiting their blogs in turn and taking inspiration from their own creations and hearing about their lives.

Recently I learned about a very special award - The Liebster Blog award.

I feel very honoured to say that three of my fellow bloggers have nominated me for the award in recent weeks.
A huge thank you to Jacqui, Helen and Elaine. Please visit their blogs and you will see why they were nominated for the award by their own blogger followers.

Liebster is German for dearest, beloved or favourite. This award is bestowed on blogs with less than 200 followers who deserve more attention. Here are the rules that come with this award:

1) Link back to the person who gave it to you and thank them for thinking of you.

2) Post the award to your blog.

3) Give the award to 5 bloggers (with less than 200 followers) that  you appreciate and value.

4) Leave a comment on the blogs of the five people you have chosen to let them know.

This was harder for me than I expected, for so many people have more than 200 followers and are ineligible. I have found that of the inspirational, wonderful bloggers who have less than 200 followers, some are already displaying the Liebster award. BUT in the spirit of acknowledging their blogs and driving awareness of them, they will just have to receive it more than once. :) Hopefully they can then pass it along to some other worthy recipients I haven't discovered yet.

My five Liebster Award winners are:

Linda from Squirrel Snippets - Linda was the person who first got me interested in card making! Together we have created the challenge blog "The Squirrel & The Fox". After over 25 years friendship it's nice to be surprised by a new common passion.

Shaz from Shaz's Crafty Corner - Shaz was the first person to give me a chance at becoming a DT member and I now work with her on both Sparkles Challenges and Ruby's Rainbow.

Margaret from Black Shadow Creations - I know Margaret received this only recently, but I can't not pass it on to her again. Margaret has such wonderful creations and I love to visit her blog (and to see her black lab Shadow's gorgeous photo). She always leaves such wonderful comments on my posts.

Helen from Helen's Stamping Corner - Helen applied to be part of The Squirrel & The Fox DT when we started in June, and has been a wonderful and encouraging team member. Her cards are so very sweet and she is such a lovely lady!

Ann Marie from My Eclectic Spirit - I've just 'met' Ann Marie and have recently spent a lot of time looking through her previous posts. She is so incredibly talented - I know I will be stalking her for a long time to come.

So there you have it!

Until next time,


Ann Marie Governale said...

Oh my gosh... I just don't know what to say, which is a first for me! I am so taken aback by your kind regard for my work! Thank you ever so much from the bottom of my heart. You have so truly made my day! Thank you again!

xxx Ann Marie Governale

Helen said...

Thank you, Tracey - very much appreciated!

Helen x

Margaret said...

Awww... You are too sweet! Thanks so much for sharing this with me! It's easy for me to leave wonderful comments for such a fabulous crafter! Hugs!!