Monday, July 19, 2010

Wins and Awards

Hello all, I hope you had a lovely weekend! We had a busy one with a trip to Sydney and then Newcastle but it was great we caught up with family and celebrated birthdays.
It was my nieces birthday on Friday and she turned 10! She is a very creative little girl and when I found out that I was the winner or Mirela's giveaway I knew that Angela would love it.
Mirela gave away one of her custom designed canvas' on it's own little easel. She did a wonderful job creating the perfect design for my niece. If you have a boy or girl who would love their own custom artwork you need to pop over and visit Melli's Designs. Mirela has lots of different canvases that she has finished for you to look at.
I have also been really honoured by some of lovely friends who have passed on the Versatile Blogger award to me.
I want to send a big thank you to
Li lives in Alberta, Canada and is a mum of three kids who is creative and clever. She shares about her life in her blog including her makeovers and crafts.
Christine is from Western Australia, she has a gorgeous home and her coffee table makeover that she just completed is fabulous.
and Megan @ Design Matters
Megan is from Texas in the USA and her blog is full of inspiring interior pictures that are just gorgeous.
If you haven't had the pleasure of reading these blogs then please pop over and have a look, all three are excellent reads.
As part of the award I am to share 7 things about myself so I tried to think of something I haven't shared before.
1. I am a lollyholic , I love mixed lollies like the ones in this picture. If I open a packet I can't stop eating them. I will eat them until I feel sick, have a cup of tea and then continue eating them until they are all gone. Unfortunately I always get a craving for them in the afternoon at work. Not very good!!!
2. I didn't learn to iron until I was in my twenties. It was something my mother didn't trust us to do so I never learnt. As a consequence I am not very good at it. I don't mind ironing but I do pour myself a glass of wine while I iron and that seems to make the chore much better. I set up in front of the TV on a Sunday night and iron away (could possibly the wine that affects the quality of the ironing....).
3. I really dislike exercising. I do it (sporadically) because I know I have to but I never get to the point where I jump at the chance to exercise. Even at my fittest where I joined the gym and I went to a minimum of 4 classes a week I still had to force myself to go a year later. After 2 years I didn't renew my membership! I try to walk as much as possible and incorporate movement in my everyday life for the whole family!
4. I have a lot of grey hair. I am not sure how much because I keep colouring it, more and more frequently. I really should touch up the roots every 4 - 5 weeks because all the grey seems to come through where my hair parts and it is wiry and sticks straight up! I always expected I would be grey early in life, it runs in the family.
image from here
5. One day I want to start investing in shares. I want to learn all about the stock market and buy and sell and make lots of money..... One day when I have time that is.
6. I don't really like to cook. I cook from necessity and I usually will not use a recipe. I cook with what I have in the house and try to make something that is edible. I haven't killed anyone yet! I do like to have dinner parties and that is when I will cook from a recipe and create something special and I like to make slices and biscuits, I try to bake cakes but they never really seem to work very well.

image from here

7. I am really really short sighted. I am getting so bad that I can't read in bed without my glasses on any more. The book has to be so close to my face that it is just ludicrous. I need to visit the laser eye surgery clinic and see if I am able to get the laser surgery done. It really does restrict my lifestyle and I wear my contacts most of the time as my glasses are just annoying and I am a wee bit vain.
If you haven't fallen asleep yet and you are still with me I want to pass the Versatile blogger award on to these new friends that I have met recently and I really enjoy catching up with.
1. Alicia from Bella Card Company
2. Natasha from Northern Light
3. Michelle from Divine Finds
Ladies please do not feel obligated to play along but if you would like to the rules for the Versatile Blogger award are to thank the giver, list seven things about yourself and pass the award on.
I also want to thank the lovely Simone from Honey and Fizz for giving me the sunshine award. I am really chuffed to get this mention.
Simone is from Sydney Australia and has a delightful blog full of gorgeous pics. You must visit Simone if you haven't already and have a look around.
I have another busy week ahead and I am sorry if I don't get around to visiting you all but be assured that if I get the chance I will! Thanks again for all of your lovely comments and support! Have a great week!


  1. Ironing is over rated, so I wouldn't be concerned about not being good at it!!xx

  2. Great List Nellie!! Definitely agree with you on the ironing, my least favourite job!!
    Christine x

  3. OMG! An Award... I am speachless and honored! Thank you so much for your support, it means the world to me!
    I will be thinking about my 7 things, so stay tuned ;)

    Northern Light

  4. So great to learn more about you Nellie. Loved the bit about ironing with wine :)

  5. I feel no inclination to iron but if I did, I'd definietly need wine! I too would love to get lasr eye surgery for short sightedness but figure there are too many things to do around the house!
    Have a great week!! xx

  6. Anonymous19 July, 2010

    Oh Nellie! Thanks for the award! I haven't won an award for anything since high school! And even then I didn't get as excited as I am about this one! will have my thinking cap on to come up with 7 interesting things about myself. I loved learning about your interesting things. Thanks for thinking of me.
    X Briohny.

  7. Well done Nellie on the award. I will check out some of your suggested blogs...

  8. Hi nellie, great that you got more awards!!! you deserve them! I love your list; aside from the shortsightedness, we are very similar it seems!!
    have a great week, got to go, seb is whining!!!! lauraxxx

  9. oh i really don't like ironing, i buy clothes specially so i don't have to iron, {how bad is that} i enjoyed reading your random 7 thanks lisa

  10. Congratulations on your awards Nellie, they are both well deserved:) Thanks for sharing a little bit about yourself. My hubby is the same about his glasses after wearing them for the last 17 years, he hates to wear them but hopefully this year he might get his eyes done. And I so know the sugar fix that is needed in the afternoon, but my weakness is chocolate! Have a wonderful week. xo

  11. I always enjoy reading the "bits about".

    I tried the stock thing, but quickly turned it over to my son to manage as he thinks it is so much fun....

  12. Anonymous19 July, 2010

    Hi Nellie.. congrats on your awards, and great list! My eyes are on the way out too. and Im too stubborn to wear my glasses out!!

  13. I like this post, Nellie! I am #1 to the letter. Also with you on #2 and #7. I do like cooking, although I must admit with little people it has become a bit of a chore. I live in hope that one day I will enjoy it again.

  14. thanks for sharing my give away....really glad your niece like it and as for your award congrats ..loved reading little new things about you REALLY LOVE the ironing part i think i might has to use that one the wine part sounds awesome my house my kids don't even know what a iron is LOL because i don't really iron only if i really need to... i love lollies too they are the best but very addictive.really enjoyed reading your answers.hope you have a great week sweetie and thank you again for everything xxxx

  15. CONGRATULATIONS on your award Nellie....I LOVED reading learing MORE about you....!!

    Why don't you trade the ironing in & simply tumble dry what you REALLY need to be wrinkle free & hang the rest on the line carefully so the wrinkles are MINIMISED....hahahahaha....It works REALLY it does....I've stuck to this routine for 12 years now & RARELY iron a thing.... :o) !!

    Here's to a GREAT week with LITTLE ironing....hahahahaha....

    Cheers lovey,
    Tamarah :o)

  16. ....READING & LEARNING....My eyes are going too.... :o) !!

  17. Yes yes, I am not good at ironing either! My husband is better at it. Must me the military in him. I prefer just to wear things that don't need to be ironed. Also, I'm with you in the gray hair department. My colorings seem to be getting closer and closer together. My roots are hard to keep colored around my temples. If I would let it go I might look like the bride of Frankenstein!

  18. Hi nellie
    congrats on your win!!!! very cute. I loved your seven things especially the lollies:)) Have a wonderful day.


  19. Dear Nellie, first, congrats on the awards! You are an awesome person and so deserve them!
    And thanks dear for mention me on your blog too!!!
    Love visiting here and as may kids are off from school now and come not so often, it's always a pleasure to visit your blog.
    Hope you are having a wonderful fall!
    Have a lovely week,
    Li :-)

  20. I got the giggles over you ironing with a glass of wine! I hate ironing so I wait to the last at 5:40 in the morning before my husband leaves for work so that means I'd have to have orange juice and champagne, right? ;-)

  21. Congrats on the awards :) I dislike exercising too! It's something I am trying to work on!
    That canvas is too cute!

  22. Congratulations Nellie, I love your list, don't feel bad about the lollie thing, I do the same thing, & I also hate to cook!!! have a great week xxx

  23. Thanks SO much for the Versatile Blogger award - yipee!! Will devise a list of things about myself tomorrow! Great post of yours and I do sympathise with the eye thing - find contacts dry my eyes out so much that can only wear them for a short period each day so end up wearing glasses most of the time. And have bung eyes (so to speak) and can't have the laser surgery. Ended up investing in slightly more funky glasses recently to make me feel better!!!

  24. Congratulations Nellie! It was really wonderful to learn a little more about you. Funny but I don't like to cook either (my husband does most of the cooking in our house), and I am also short sighted (wear contacts almost always)-.I intend to visit the laser clinic soon! Michelle

  25. Hi Nellie, I,m with you on the cooking! Well done on your very deserving awards, cheers katherine

  26. I love the canvas you had made for your daughter! What a great gift!

    And I have WAY too much grey hair too!

    Have a wonderful week... and it's a long way, but you can come kayaking with me any time!

    Kat :)

  27. It is wonderful to learn more about you! I dislike working out too! I like the kind of working out when you don't feel like you are working out. What a sweet post!

  28. Congrats on the awards & thanks for the new blogs..I have'nt seen any of them before!

  29. Anonymous21 July, 2010

    Congratulations on your award! Loved hearing your seven things.
    Have a great day!
    ~ Jo :)

  30. I loved learning more about you! Conrats on all of the awards, and congrats on your win! Lovely! XO!

  31. I enjoyed this post. It was great to learn a little more about you. :)

  32. Love Mirela's canvas, bet your niece was so happy with it! Congratulations on your awards Nellie, well deserved - I always enjoy reading your lovely posts. I'm a bit like you with exercise and as for ironing, I try to do as little as possible. My friend got that laser eye surgery a few years ago and says it's the best thing she ever did :)