TOP 5 2012: Inspirations

Top 5 of 2012
I’m running a little behind schedule on the Top 5 2012 posts. I got hammered with a flu for a couple of days after Christmas so I collapsed in a heap.

Back on track and here is my Top 5 2012 Inspirations posts – inspired by Gillian! 🙂

The Clever Clogs

Liza Jane, House of Pinheiro, Maria Denmark.
These bloggers seems to turn their hand to so many things it makes me dizzy!

Funny Girls

Pretty Grievances and Bimble & Pimble. It’s a good thing I can sew! You both write side-splittingly funny posts. Continue the rad writing & sewing.

The Sweethearts

I felt like I’ve really connected with this people through my blog, their blogs and Twitter. It’s more than being inspired by sewing and FOs, it’s about being inspired by people’s thoughtfulness, kindness and generosity. Here’s cheers to GingerMakes, Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow, Vicki Kate Makes, Kim-ing, Suzy Bee SewsAll the Whimsical Things , Couture Academic , SewSquirrel and My Messings and all the girls listed as Clever Clogs & Funny Girls. There are more but I’m becoming exhausted by all this ‘hyperlinking’. If you are not listed it’s not cos I don’t love you – I just need to go love my kids and take them to the beach…

It seems appropriate to nominate all of the above for the Very Inspiring and Lovely Blogger Award. In the past week I’ve been nominated twice for the Very Inspiring & One Lovely Blogger award by Thewallina and Penny Librarian. Thank you so much 🙂 I’ve been nominated before so you can read 7 things about me (I could write another 7 things but I might destroy my non-existent mystique BAHAHAHA) and what you need to do if you choose to pass it on here

In a class all of their own…

Handmade by Carolyn. Just completely and utterly fabulous.

Goodbye Valentino. She gave up RTW (designer stuff!) for a year and continues to abstain. I’m on the verge of doing so myself (but I don’t buy designer labels – I wish!! So it’s probably not such a great sacrifice!).

MadewithHugs&Kisses nominated me for Blog of the Year – which means you get a Star. I think Carolyn deserves a star too…

Last and not least…

And I guess my 6th source of inspiration (yes I know it’s supposed to be 5 things but I’m going overboard because my head is always overflowing with ideas) falls outside blogland. *gasp* there is such a place! It’s simply everyday life. Whether it’s television, movies, magazines, books, RTW shops or people in the street, I find myself analysing cuts, fabrics, styles and translating these into my own makes.

Oh dear my next post shall be my 2013 goals. Scary stuff.


I have been ridiculously busy lately. I’ve made a Lonsdale, knitted a cardigan, finishing off a jacket and made some new funky cushion covers. And weirdly I don’t even feel like I’ve been sewing much…

I got heaps of new sewing stuff in the last couple of weeks… including an awesome Merry Christmas Swap from Sonja of Gingermakes (you can see what I sent her here – now don’t get jealous!), a thoughtful package from Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow, some awesome patterns from Pretty Grievances, my zipper package from Coats & Clark from winning the Pattern Review competition – and then a few Christmas presents. Will blog soon!!


Finally to find I have been nominated for an award… the Blog of the Year Award!

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As part of this award you collect stars – there are a total of six stars to collect – and I love this because it means you can be nominated by multiple people and find out who likes your blog and what people think of it. This is my very first star. I was nominated by MadewithHugs&Kisses

So without further ado, here are the rules for the Blog of The Year 2012 Award.

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

  1. Select another blog or other blogs who deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award;
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award;
  3. Include a link back to this page Blog of the Year 2012’ Awardat theThought Palette and provide these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
  4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
  5. You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook groupand then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
  6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Here are the images to collect:

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Blog of the Year Award 2 star thumbnail Blog of the Year Award 3 star thumbnailBlog of the Year Award 4 star thumbnail Blog of the Year Award 5 star thumbnailBlog of the Year Award 6 star thumbnail

And I nominate everyone listed in my post above!

27 thoughts on “TOP 5 2012: Inspirations

  1. Thanks so much for the mention! I always enjoy your blog, you write as if I’m sitting next to you having a cuppa and a chat!
    Happy New Year and may you have time for lots of sewing 😉

    • Happy New Year Suzy, thank you I do try to write as I talk so it’s lovely what you said that (although I do edit out my extreme verbal tangents and blather!). My McCalls 6611 is coming along well, I’m just pondering the sleeves. Will be finished in a couple of days I think.

  2. Nawwww, shucks! Thanks Miss Liz 😀 Love reading about your rad sewing adventures… And also seeing photos of Banjo. I’m not sure he could be more adorable!

    • And I’m planning more sewing adventures in 2013. I’m just whittling the list down to an unreasonable size – it was previously rather too insane… even for me…
      Banjo is adorbs. There should be a sewing bloggers doggie club!

  3. Thank you for the shout out and I am so glad you like the award. I can’t believe it was only your first star!
    Have a fantastic new year and I truly can;t wait to follow along with your adventures into the new year – you have been inspirational


      • wow! I didn’t realise you weren’t even a year old – that deserves an even bigger congratulations then for having such a successful ‘less than a year’! Hehe
        I too am only a baby still, I have had the blog since April but have struggled to find consistent time for it. But that is all about to change – I’m enjoying blogging more than ever and I have loads of plans for the new year! xXx

  4. Thanks so much Lizzy! I enjoy reading about your sewing adventures so much and you’re a huge inspiration and just all around great gal to have as a blogging friend. I sincerely wish you all the success, happiness and sewing fun in 2013! It’s going to be a great year 🙂

  5. Loving your inspirations, they have just introduced me to a few new sites for my reader! Thanks for all your encouragement over 2012. Happy sewing in 2013 – looking forward to seeing what you make!

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