07 October 2012

Two Awards

Many thanks to Kitty Calash for sharing the Versatile Blogger Award with me back in September and to A Frolic through Time for sharing the new award, Sewing With Babies! Thank you so much for thinking of me and sharing this honor!

Sewing With Babies

Sewing With Babies was created by Sarah W. from the blog A Most Peculiar Mademoiselle to recognize, "mothers who try (and now and then fail) to find time to create something beautiful and/or useful with needle and thread, between feedings, nappy changes, laundry, nursery rhymes, and baby kisses."

The rules are:

- Post the text below, describing the award
- Link back to the person who gave you the award.
- Describe what you do to make sewing possible, and still have a happy and content baby.
- Pass on the award to three (or more) sewing and blogging mothers of small children.

Sew...how do I make sewing possible while chasing my two year old?

1) I research and plan my projects late at night after she's asleep.
2) I cut and prep my fabric during nap time.
3) Almost everything I sew is done by hand, which is wonderfully transportable. I often sew during my lunch hour (no one will climb on me) and during playtime such as in the back yard, at the beach and in the living room. Pins unfortunately pop out all the time and I've learned to carry my quilter's pin wand to retrieve them in hopes of preventing unnecessary booboos. 

I must confess I envy other costume bloggers who speedily recreate beautiful garments and attend frequent events, and I wish that I had discovered my interest in sewing earlier. But I am blessed to have our daughter who makes me smile every day and I eagerly look forward to sharing my passion for sewing (along with the related research) and love of living history when she can better understand what history is. Or as she simply states, "Mommy dress up."

Now it's time to share the award with three other mommy sewing bloggers who have not yet received it...

Kitty Calash
How can you not love her tagline, "Confessions of a known bonnet wearer"? She "confesses" on a diverse range of topics like sewing projects and museum insider scoop, and mom topics like lunch box love.

Tea Cups Among the Fabric
She offers extensive details and lots of photos in her sewing posts, and I always enjoy seeing pictures of her family visiting historic sites like CW.

The Yankee Girl
While The Yankee Girl isn't a costume blog, she crochets and knits and is super crafty. It's hard not to be inspired by her thrifty finds and kiddy related projects, which she manages while chasing her Monkey Boy.

 Playing peek-a-boo in Mommy's Costume Wardrobe...where could she be hiding? : ) May 2012

When choosing who to share this award with I noticed that there are no daddy sewing/history bloggers--at least none that I know of. : (


Versatile Blogger Award 

I feel very honored to receive this award, though I'm not sure my blog offers much diversity. While I try to focus on many aspects of the 18th century life (hence the title's double entendre) there are often sewing projects or mommy topics I would share but don't because they don't fit my mission. Maybe I'll post more on these in the future?

Accepting this honor means I need to:
  1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you. (See first paragraph.)
  2. Paste the award to my blog.
  3. Tell 7 thing about myself.
  4. Nominate 15 other blogs. (I can't manage quite that many as I'm looking for blogs that have not yet been nominated and are not managed by a business/organization.)
Sew seven things about myself, none of which are history related...

1) This summer I saw the Google Maps car driving in Newport and I stalked it along Ocean Drive. (Pictured at right.)

2) I was once a writing intern at NFL Films where I was super fortunate to work closely with their former president.

3) I love chocolate chip cookies.

4) I made my daughter's christening gown from the train of my wedding dress--with great assistance from Hallie. (Also pictured at right.)

5) I wrote my master's thesis on Anne of Green Gables.

6) I do not have a smart phone.

7) I teach ballet and tap to an awesome group of high school students.

My nominations are:
Happy blogging and blog reading!


  1. Thank you so much for giving me a shout out for Versatile Blogger. I really appreciate how you have honored me. Although I have received this honor a while back I am pleased that my blog resonates with you and accept this revalidation of my work. Thank you, thank you! I will follow the protocol as soon as possible so I can expand this appreciation. Our community of kindred spirits is fabulous and just plain fun to be a part of. Keep sewing!

  2. Glad you enjoyed the Sewing with Babies award :} I live the new blog look, too.

    Very best,


  3. Thank you so much! I feel so honored to be nominated by you because your blog is one of my favorite sources for inspiration!

  4. Wow! Thanks for recognizing me in your Versatile Blogger nominations. I guess my random-style of posting qualifies me as versatile. :P
    Congrats on the Sewing with Babies award! Little ones are both fun and challenging to costume with, but worth it.

  5. Thank you! I confess I did see that and am working on my blog post on it! I feel like I'm just keeping up with life these days. Sometimes I read things on the fly and forget to return to comment! It was so kind of you to think of me! I always enjoy dropping by to see your latest project!

    1. No worries, I can completely relate! : )

  6. Thank you again! I finally got my post up!

  7. Thanks for the nomination! Sometimes versatile feels more like chaotic, but that is my life!

    1. You're welcome! I really admire how you can juggle interpreting so many different eras!

  8. I'm only reading this now, and I feel horrible I missed it when you orginally posted. Thank you ever so much for thinking of me and including me in your list of extremely talented bloggers. From the mouths of Wayne and Garth: I'm not worthy!

    I'm with you, nap times and late at night seem to be my "creative" hours, too. But nothing beats being home with my little muchkin'. He's my biggest inspiration!

    1. No worries! Happy crating and crocheting!

  9. I feel horrible for missing this when you originally posted. Thank you so much for thinking of me and including me in your list of extremely talented bloggers. From the mouths of Wayne and Garth: I'm not worthy!

    I'm with you, nap times and late-night hours seem to be my "creative" moments of the day. But it's so worth it being able to spend the day with my little MonkeyBoy. He's my biggest inspiration!


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