Friday, December 28, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

Katie Drane from Fun Home Things has nominated Chickadee's Big Ideas for a Liebster Blog Award!  

Thanks Katie! You can check out her Liebster blog post by clicking here.

The Liebster Blog Award is an award given by bloggers to up and coming bloggers, most of whom have less than 200 followers (or have been blogging for less than 6 months). It is to show newer bloggers that they are appreciated, and to help spread the word about new blogs. It was created to promote appreciation and recognition among the blog world. Liebster translates to “dearest” (or favorite/best) in German. It is also known as the Love Blog Award.

What an awesome honor!

The Rules:

1. You must post 11 random things about yourself.

2. Answer the questions that the nominator set for you.

3. Create 11 questions for the people you nominate.

4. Choose 11 new blogs you love and link them in your post.

5. Please leave me a comment on this post with the URL to your Liebster post so I can learn more about you!

11 Random things about me:

1. I have a dimple in the middle of my forehead.

2. By nature, I'm a terrible photographer but I'm working really hard to take better photos.

Taken Christmas 2011 (My kiddos and husband)

Taken Christmas 2012 (Three of my sisters and niece)

3. I was raised in a very strict, super religious household (you'd never know it now).

4. I am a giant nerd (and not ashamed).  I love technology, sci-fi and fantasy.

5. I love matryoshka dolls (Russian stacking dolls)

6. I keep things that my Granny and Grandmother made near to me because it makes me feel safe and loved.

7. I am a good cook but I don't enjoy it. At my house, its a labor of love.

8. I look forward to the Puyallup (Pew-all-up) Sewing Expo every year like a kid waits for Christmas. It's huge and fun!

9. I went to the Urban Craft Uprising (an indie craft show in Seattle) for the first time this year.  I waited in line for 3 hours in the rain and cold for a swag bag.

10. I'm the oldest of 6 children, with 4 younger sisters and 1 younger brother.

11. I've been wearing glasses since I was 11.  My nephews think I look really weird without them.

My questions from Katie:

1. When and why did you start blogging?

I started blogging in October of this year (2012) as a creative outlet. I'm always doing something crafty and what better way to connect with other crafters than a blog!

2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

In my 5th grade yearbook I wrote that I wanted to be a teacher or a singer. I really enjoy singing but it's definitely never going to turn into a profession for me. Teaching in a traditional school also wasn't in the cards but I taught adult learners, the differently abled, my own kids (during summers) and now my blog readers. There are many roads to get where you want to go. I've just learned to expand my horizons.

3. What is your favorite holiday?

Christmas! It always feels so magical.

4. Do you work outside of the home or are you a stay at home mom?

I'm lucky to stay at home with my 4 year old daughter and 8 year old son. I worked full-time when my son was little and he was in daycare. Being a single mom was one of the hardest things I've ever done! When my husband and I married I quit working outside of the home.

5. If you could meet a famous person, alive or dead, who would it be?

JK Rowling. Not only am I an avid Harry Potter fan (nerd alert!) but her story is inspiring.

6. How old were you when you went on your first date?

19. I was a late bloomer.

7. What is your favorite book?

Reading is my other hobby. I like to read what my son is reading because it gives us something meaningful to talk about. We read tons of series including: Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Fablehaven, The Tapestry series, 100 cupboards - really anything fantasy. If I had to pick a favorite book, right now, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood would top the list. It's technically juvenile fiction but a bit too tedious and wordy for my son.

8. What is your favorite song and why?

Right this minute, in the spirit of the season, Auld Lang Syne by Andrew Bird. Hands down, the best version of this song I've ever heard.

9. Do you have a blogging schedule or do you blog when you feel like it?

My creative mind that is all over the place, so I'm finding it difficult to get myself into a blogging schedule. My #1 New Years resolution is to set a blogging schedule and stick to it.

10. Are you a city girl or a country girl?

City girl! I grew up rurally and the city always excited me. I like the hustle and bustle and the availability of everything.

11. What do you love most about your family?

We are a blended, bi-cultural family and we pull it off pretty well (for the most part).  We are lucky to live in Seattle where having a blended family is normal and accepted.

My kiddos and husband, Aaron at the Seattle Aquarium.

11 questions for the people I nominate:

1. Why do you blog?

2. What are your top 3 must read blogs?

3. What is your favorite day of the week?

4. What is your guilty pleasure?

5. What is the best costume you have worn?

6. What room in the house do you most like to spend time in?

7. What job have you been procrastinating?

8. What song do you love to dance to?

9. If money were no object, where would you live?

10. Do you have any special talents?

11. If you had one wish, what would it be?

11 blogs I love and nominate:

7. Twilltape

Nominees: Please leave me a comment with your Liebster post, so I can read up on you! Also, please leave a link back to this post on your blog.


  1. WOW! Thanks for thinking of, to get those creative juices going....

  2. Thank you, Jess!!!
    I just read your message (and discovered your lovely blog) :)
    It's such a great honor to be nominated among such creative bloggers!
    I'll definitively make some time during the weekend to post this one!
    Have a lovely day!! Ana Sofia

  3. I loved reading this post and I can't believe how much we have in common. Awesome!


  4. Thank you so much for the nomination! Debbie and I will start working on our lists....

  5. That's so sweet of you to think of me! I love posts that let you know more about the blogger. I'll do my best to make time to do a post myself...

    1. I found it such a challenge to write about myself but it was fun once I got into the process.

    2. Here's mine:

      I had a hard time choosing who to nominate so I left it open to anyone who was reading to participate.:) Thanks again for the nomination!


  6. Yeah! This is so fun. I'll get to it one of these days.. hopefully very soon. What a fun idea.

  7. Hi, Jess! As you know, we did our Liebster Blog Award post on January 1st! However, we didn't yet comment back to you in your post! Sorry for the delay - we have had company visiting from England, so we have been playing tourist in our local area! Again, thank you for the honor of including us in your favorite 11 new blogs list! We appreciate your nomination and have carried the torch forward!

    1. No worries. The holidays can be so crazy. Love your post!

  8. We finally did it! Here is our link: Thanks again for including us....

    1. Yay! You are totally deserve it. :)

  9. Well congrats on your nomination! And I loved reading all of the little-known facts about you... especially that you are the oldest of 6 kids! Thanks for linking up with #ShareYourLife!

    1. Being the oldest of six can be a little challenging at times but you always have someone to talk and laugh with and lean on if times are tough. :)

  10. Hi Jess,
    Finally, I managed to post it. Here's the link:
    Thank you again for nominating me :) Ana Sofia


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