Monday, February 1, 2010

Kreativ Blogger Award

So, this arvo I got home from my little adventure out and about - I have this week off before starting my new job next week. I had an appointment across the other side of Melbourne and decided to take advantage of the awesome op shops over there. I got some vintage buttons.

But, even better than my lovely buttons, was the Kreativ Blogger award given to me by the gorgeous Debi Fife at My Happy Sewing Place. I love Debi's creations - especially her floral blouse and purple skirt outfit. And she is new to sewing like me!!

So, as part of the award, I get to write 7 things about myself that you may not know and in turn nominate 7 other bloggers for the Kreativ Blogger Award.

So.... here are the seven things about me:

1. I have a PhD in criminology... though, while I am a criminologist, unlike popular perception, my work is nothing like CSI Miami.

2. My area of specialisation is sexual violence against women -- I'm a feminist criminologist.

3. I love cycling. And so does my husband. At present, we have 5 bikes between us, but that is at an all time low. Usually, I have 3 and Michael has been known to have up to 6 at any one given time. 

4. I am addicted to chocolate. Sometimes I think the addiction has been cured, and then all of a sudden, I find myself eating a Freddo Frog. Yep, I'm not even picky about the chocolate. Any chocolate is good. 

5. I have to wear orthotics in my running shoes - I have dodgy arches. 

6. I love my dog Bessie like a person. I know people get a bit funny about people loving their animals that much, but Bess is such sunshine in my life, I love her so much. 

7. I am the eldest child in my family, but also the smallest. Everyone else is taller than me. One of my sisters is 6 foot. Due to this, there have been some imbalances in what I see as the natural hierarchy according to the age differences between me and my siblings. I am definitely not regarded as the most clever, or wise, or even most mature. It is quite unfair. 

The next part of the award is to nominate 7 other bloggers. So hard to choose only 7!!

1. I have to choose Enken at Whipstitch Sewing -- a fellow Aussie sewist. I think she has only just recently received this award, but I have found so much inspiration in her beautiful creations. She has the most gorgeous sense of style.

2. Nichola at Nikkishell. She is one amazing sewist. Nichola introduced me to the world of Burda Style Sewing Clubs, and has so generously offered to let me borrow her vintage patterns. She also works at Tessuti - and has offered so much help to me in fabric choices etc. 

3. Tilly at Tilly and the Buttons. Such a cute photo for her blog identity. I love her first dress and can't wait to see her version of the Colette Sencha blouse. 

4. Stephanie at the Naked Seamstress. Did you see her beautiful party dress? The purple colour is swoon-worthy, and she did Hong-Kong seams! Wow!

5. Kelsey at Is That Sew? I love her new and first handmade dress. It is lovely. I also really like the revamps she does of furniture. They are pieces I'd love to have in my own home. 

6. Colette, Lisa and everyone else from Tessuti Fabrics blog. It features alot of people's sewing, gorgeous fabrics and much more. And of course, it is linked to the Tessuti Fabrics online store. 

7. Karin at who has sewn some truly gorgeous things, including a purple vintage blouse that I desperately would like one of. 

Thanks again so much to the lovely Debi for nominating me!!


  1. I almost fell over when I read your seven things....I also worked in prevention and access to services related to sexual violence in NYC at the NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault ( CRAZY! You defintely are a kindred spirit :-)

  2. Thanks for the award! I will be adding it to my blog soon when I have some more time.

  3. Ah, thank you so much for the award, I'm honored! I am just stealing a break now, but I shall post a Kreativ-post as soon as this mad week is over.
    A feminist criminologist, huh, super-cool and probably very necessary too...

  4. Debi - that is so cool. I have noticed that quite a few vintage seamstresses are out n proud feminists - it is such a great trend - I love reading about women all over the world who are committed to the same issues I am!

    Karin - thanks! I probably wouldn't attract the 'super-cool' description in 'real-life' but do love what I do. And I definitely think feminist criminologists are very much needed..... feminists of every kind are very much needed!!

  5. Rachel, I've only just seen this! Not sure how I missed it as I read your blog regularly. Thanks so much for the award! :)