Thursday, February 28, 2013

Liebster Award: From Donna at Pretty Sparkly Things ...

The lovely Donna, from her stellar blog Pretty Sparkly Things, has generously nominated me for the very fun Liebster Award. The award given to up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers. No one knows where it came from or who started it, but it's an interesting and fun thing to participate in.

Thank you Donna, both for the Award and for your almost-divine patience in waiting for me to respond. I encourage the world at large to hop quick over to Donna's and check out all the major prettiness!
Here's the way this thing works:

Thank and link back to the person who nominated you
Write 11 random facts about yourself
Answer the 11 questions written by the person who nominated you
Nominate 11 other bloggers
Write 11 questions for the other bloggers to answer
Here goes! Eleven Random Facts About Me

1. I'm an animal lover ... any animal at all can capture my heart.

2. I don't have a favorite color. Really. I can't pick just one.

3. I am married to the most amazing man who is way too good for me.

4. But I don't want him to find that out that I think that.

5. I love music by so many people, but currently am listening to a lot of The Jacques Loussier Trio (jazz that takes off from the Baroque composers,) Bruno Mars, Train, Fun and Florence and the Machine.

6. I wear size 6.5 shoes and they are almost all high-heeled.

7. I blog in my jammies. (Doesn't everyone?)

8. I like pink gold the best ( Are you reading this, Man Who Is Too Good For Me?)

9. I'm a political Liberal that has tested out just a little left of Ghandi.

10. I'm really yearning for a tulle skirt. Black.

11. I am on pins and needles waiting for the season premier of Game of Thrones.


Donna's Questions for her Nominees (including me!)

1.What blog post would you write if you could do ANYTHING?
Pretend that you'd have money, great camera and lighting equipment (if necessary), as many assistants as you needed, you could be anywhere, and you'd look great in any type of clothing.
     Easy. I'd write a very long, rambling post on the 3 months the Huz and I spent in Europe (with all our dogs, of course) following our big bazillion dollar lottery win. I'd feature all the beautiful duds we bought with special emphasis on leather goods. From Tuscany, of course. Sigh.

2.What color clothing do you have the most of?
     Black, unsurprisingly. Depressingly.

3.Have you done any collaborations yet?
     No, but I've got one planned. No details ... that would be telling.

4. What are your hobbies?
     My blogging, my current obsession with my tablet and Sketchbook Pro, and lots of reading.

5. What subjects do like to read about?
     Right now? Steampunk fiction, some of what falls under the category of Literary Fiction, detective fiction, Jane Austin fan fiction (keep that one under you hat, please) and a surprising amount of solid history.

6. What are your favorite TV programs, if you watch TV?
     Elementary, any version of Masterpiece, BBC version of Sherlock Holmes, The Stephanie Miller Show, Modern Family, The Neighbors, Touch and all the CSI versions. Also, anything on Acorn TV, a subscription service for British programming.

7.What makes you the happiest about your blog?
     Really, the comments. Nice to know that someone is getting something from it.

8. Do you have any pet peeves about blogs? Is there something that makes you decide NOT to read a blog post?
     Yes, but my reasons are so politically incorrect that I don't dare detail them. The answer to the second part is the same as the answer to the first. Yes, I am a complete coward.

9. What social media do you like the best? (there can be more than one)
     Facebook, I suppose. I'm not crazy about it, though.

10. Do you like reading about celebrity fashion?


Why or why not? 

     I do like to see what the increasing number of actresses over 50 are wearing. Gives me hints about age appropriateness, which is a challenging subject all on it's own. If Angelica Huston would be seen in it, I feel okay about it. And some of what Helen Mirren wears, and although I admire her enormously, none of what Meryl Streep wears.

11. Is there anything that you wish that you could do more of with your blog?
     Yes, lots of things. But the main one is this: I originally started out to try to reach a local audience. That's much more difficult than I thought it would be ... much easier to reach a larger audience of grown-up women who are far away but with similar tastes and concerns. I'd like to be able to have local readers as well. Odd, isn't it?

*My Nominations ...

1. Debbi at  She Accessorizes Well 
2. Rebecca at Grown Up Plus 
3. Kemia (hope I got that right) at Beauty, Style and Growth
4. Kim at In My Forties & In Style  
5. Sara at 365 Days of Sara Style  
6. Carrie at Expressive Style 
7. Alyssa at Matchy Matchy Midlife 
8. Lisa at Dreams n Wishz
9. Sara at LifeStyle Over 40 
10. Sheila at Style Agent 909
11. Trina at Tea Time with Trina

*Darling Nominees: If you have done this and don't want to do it again, please feel free to ignore. If you are too busy, too shy, too anything, and just don't want to play, I understand absolutely! And if you want to wait months to play, be my guest ... catch up with us later, and at your convenience. Just know I admire your blogs and wish you all well!
My Eleven Questions for My Nominees:

1. Who is your style hero-role model-doppelganger-influence? 
     (As many as you'd care to mention)

2. What's your favorite media delivery of your fashion-fix?

3. When you dine out, what's your favorite destination?

4. If you had to choose just one word to describe your personal style, what would it be.
     (Okay, make it three words if you want. )

5. Do your hobbies have anything to do with what you do/did for a living?

6. Tell me all about you pets. Please?

7. What's the cutest/sweetest thing you husband/wife/significant other ever did for you?

8. Current favorite song, please?

9. Heels or flats, and why?

10. Dresses or pants, and why?

11. What is the very first thing you'd buy for yourself if you had a winning Power Ball ticket?
     ( We know you'd buy for everyone else first ...)

Thanks again, Donna. And thanks in advance to those of you who decide to come out and play!


  1. You're the same shoe size as me! Enjoyed reading your answers and finding a bit more about you!

    1. And is it just me or do all the 6.5s disappear first? Glad you got a kick out of my goofy answers. (This morning they really look simpleminded. Note to self. It's OK. This is supposed to be fun.) Nice of you to drop by to schmooze a littl.

  2. Congratulations, Jan! ;-)

    1. Thank you. Very nice of Donna to think of me, wasn't it?

  3. It's interesting to learn more of you and your habits and thoughts, thank you for sharing.
    Sometimes I blog also in my jammies, but sometimes I can not wait to read what my blogger friends say and I blog in my business dress.

    1. I hope we entertain, especially if we can brighten the work day! Thank you for stopping by, Sabine!

  4. Darling Jan,

    Thank you so much for the nomination!! I did just recently do a whole Leibster post so I can't come up with another 11 blogs to pass too. I will, however, attempt to answer your questions and I'll link my other post inside the post so it will be a half-assed joining. Will that be ok??!! LOL I adore knowing more about you, so reading your answers was so much fun. Sketchbook Pro for your iPad...Is THAT how you do those images? I love them.


    1. That would be fun and plenty, Alyssa. It's uncomfortable to bug people, but it is easier if we don't have to ask too much of you kids.
      iPad ... I wish. It's a sad Kindle 8.9, and it's misbehaving big time, today. Patience, and I want it now!
      So glad you like my alter-ego.

  5. Thanks for nominating me. It's Kemi ( I usually don't leave my name on my blog. It's still a secret to people I know) I will surely get to this slowly but surely


    1. At your leisure, my dove. You have some excellent taste, and I'll be interested to see your answers ... as soon as is convenient.
      Thanks for cooperating!

  6. Thanks so much for my nomination , came at the perfect time. This has been a trying week and this brighten up my day. I loved learning new things about you. Have a great weekend.

    1. I don't always stop to comment, but I like seeing your posts come in, always. You are one of those women who could wear a feed-sack and manage to make it work.
      Thanks for your willingness to come out and play, Carrie.
      'Preciate it!

  7. Hi Jan. What a "welcome back" to blogging. Thank you for the nomination. Loved your witty questions and answers and I'll definitely check out those blogs you mentioned.

    1. I was so happy to see you back! So glad you had a good hiatus.
      Thanks for being a good sport and coming out to play. At your convenience, of course.
      BTW ... I'm looking foward to another spy-style adventure this season! Have you got another plot in the hopper?

  8. Thank you, Jan, for nominating me.. nice to read and know more about you, although I new already that you are full of fun...I hope this reply of mine will not disappear this time, as it did a few time before.. Sara

    1. Thanks so much Sara. It's always been said of me that I'm full of ...something! I HATE it that your comments are not getting through! I went through my spam folder to see if you had gotten mistakenly tagged, but none were there. That's good ... but not very informative. I'm just not seeing them. Please keep trying even if you just send "testing... testing".
      So nice of you to come out and play.

  9. Really enjoyed reading your eleven facts...well, am enjoying everything you've written (that I've read) so far. I'm intrigued by your taste in literature (and entertainment). Similar, but not identical to my own. And I, too, am longing for a tulle skirt (almost any color). i could make one. I should. But longing is fun. (=

    You really have a lovely blog. Lynaea @

  10. Sure as shootin', the minute I get my tulle skirt, some 15 year old intern in some editorial department in my favorite fashion mag will opine that tulle skirts are dead. And forever dead.
    The up-side is that I know that it doesn't matter what this imaginary person thinks. That sentence, all by itself, is enough to scare me. You know what I mean. I hope!
    Have a great week, and I look forward to your next post.


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