Thursday, 20 January 2011

Time to buy a stronger mantlepiece?

I am lucky enough to have received 2 more awards in the last few days..what a fortunate girl I am.
First the talented and very kind Vivienne awarded me a rather unusual award called the

Thank you Vivienne, and please do go to visit her blog, I love reading it. I met Vivienne last year and we have become great blogging buddies.
This award is slightly different and  as it is given to crafty-blogs, which have less than 300 readers, to encourage more people to visit you and see your handmades. You are asked to then pass it on to 3-5 other crafty blogs.
Vivienne and I both have little Etsy shops and I am thrilled that she included me in her choices to pass the award on to.
Normally I ask all my blogger friends to take my awards and pass them on. Awards are great way of  showing you  new blogs. I agree that the Liebster blog is a little different so this time I will actually name a few bloggers who do fulfil this criteria i.e not the "big guys!"

They are...drum roll!

Laney of Izzy beads Laney and I have been Internet friends for the last 3 years and she makes some beautiful glass beads, do pay her and her shop a visit. I am hoping to actually catch up with her in the flesh this year at one of the bead fairs.

Teresa who is a recent new blogger friend of mine out in the States and is a fellow jewellery maker and also loves to crochet. Her posts are very interesting as she also volunteers at a local historic beauty spot in Oregon.

Teje who is the most energetic delightful blogger out in Crete. Teje is also is  wonderful crafter who has opened her own little on line shop too.


The delightful  Denise out in the States who again makes such sweet glass beads. Please check her out and her lovely Etsy shop.

I also want to thank a great friend of mine over in the states, the lovely Linda for nominating me for another Stylish blogger award.

That's so kind Linda.Thank you so much. Please go and check out her blog, I love her wonderful artwork and also the way she comments on life. She is one very interesting girl and I never miss a post!
I really think that most of my blogging buddies have been already nabbed for this kind award so please excuse me for not passing it on but if anyone reading this would like to take it please is lovely to get some recognition and also to visit pastures new. There really are some wonderful blogs out there and some even more wonderful people writing congratulations to everyone!

Now the one thing I will can do as part of this award is to tell you 7 random things about me. I think everyone enjoys reading this bit!

1.I have always kept pets. My first cat was a cat called Cilla, named after Cilla Black if any of you are old enough to remember her!

2. I kept guinea pigs as a little girl, my first was an unforgettable boar called Gulliver, he was such a larger than life character and still makes me smile when I remember him now.

3. Although I am very much a "cat" person I did once own a dachshund called Heidi. She again was some character and enjoyed eating everything including my homework on several occasions (I joke not!)

4. I love the Art Deco style and live in a 1930s house which has a few original fittings (including the mantelpiece-which may now need strengthening-LOL).

5. I trained as a physiotherapist at King's College Hospital, London.

6. My favourite city in the world is London, 2nd is Rome.

7. I love bananas but only when the skin still has a green tinge to it otherwise I hate them.

I hope that was random enough!

Thanks again everyone for reading my blog, even my "silent" readers.....hello!  I really get a lot of pleasure from it. Do remember that my giveaway ends really soon, have a look here if you would like to enter. The closing date is on Monday.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Hi Jane,
    I always love dropping in to see you. Your jewellery and cards are brilliant and you so deserve the award!
    Loved reading your '7'. At least you really did have the excuse 'my dog ate my homework' ! We differ in that I like my bananas just as they start to go black and I'm afraid I am old enough to remember Cilla!
    Off to check out your choices now, have a great day!
    Vivienne x

  2. Hi Vivienne, yes honestly the dog story is true. One time she ate the whole of my 3rd year science folder, my poor Dad had to go up to the school as they really didn't believe me! Always great to see you here. It's my Hbs birthday today, we are having a lovely lazy day at home and then our meal is tonight with all the family. Hope you enjoyed yours?
    Jane x

  3. Hi Jane,

    Yet an another green-banana lover here (and I too am TOO old as I do remember Cilla!) - I loved to read your 7things! It seems that we've been really good lately as the mantelpieces are cracking under the awards ;) so great start to January!

    I wish you the greatest weekend already and I'm sure I would have enjoyed seeing Gulliver - give a kiss to Billy instead ;)


  4. Tee hee Mia we are lucky girls aren't we. You would have LOVED Gulliver, he was a huge ginger boy who lived to the ripe old age of 7 1/2 - for a guinea pig that is really ancient. One day I will try to find some photos and do a blog post about my childhood pets...there were lots and that were all so delightful. My children also kept guinea pigs when they were small, such wonderful creatures.
    Hope you are keeping warm out in Finland dear? Billy does sent a kiss as always.
    Take care,
    Jane x

  5. I like slightly green bananas too. Obviously this is an underappreciated sign of something great? :) Thanks for the kind words!

  6. It's funny to see so many green banana lover's here Linda ;0)
    Thanks for nominating me for the stylish Blogger.
    Jane x

  7. Dear Jane, Thank you so much for this award - I do appreciate! I'm so happy to have you my friend! I enjoy always my visit to you and I love to read your wonderful posts!
    Ps. I like 'half' green bananas but can't eat when they start to get dark!
    xxx Teje

  8. Hi Teje, thank you. It's always lovely to see you here and your posts are always so cheerful and uplifting. You certainly deserve this award, enjoy ;0)
    Great to find out you are another green banana that's a good name for a blog!
    Jane x

  9. Hi Jane, Thank you *bows gratefully to applause* hehehe. I too am a green banana eater, the harder the better, not quite ripe is about right (I also eat orange peel and apple cores...:O) ) I do remember the great Cilla, but not as a singer...phew...but as the presenter of Blind Date. Me too, again, I had a Guinea Pig called Arthur Pig, whom sqeaked so bad that my then German Shepherd Dog, Ricky, got most upset, jumped into the huge pen and landed on him, causing an emergency trip to the vets and a leg amputation, which unfortunately he didn't survive. Then I 'had' to get a company for my bunny Thumper, so, I rescued three rabbits, Rosie, Van Gogh and Harry. Harry was very grumpy and had to be separated, but Thumper was thrilled to bits to have two ladies and promptly set about doing what rabbits do best and I ended up with 27 of them, and a ban from the hubby to not rescue anymore!! Happy Birthday to your hubby. Hopefully I will update my blog soon, if only there was more time in a day. Thank you Jane x

  10. Goodness me Laney I cannot imagine having that many rabbits!!!It's fun to hear about other people's pets, they are such great company. Yet another green banana eater...tee hee! Your recent beads are beautiful, keep torching.
    Jane x

  11. Hi Jane, thanks for the award! It's going to be a challenge to find fellow bloggers that fit the criteria but I will try.

    I added your blog on my blog list on mine! :-)

    Teresa from Corbett, Oregon USA

  12. Hi Teresa, it's a pleasure! Hope you are able to find another recipient but there is no pressure to...just enjoy! Thanks for adding my blog. Have a great weekend,
    Jane x

  13. Hello Jane Well done on your blog awards! They are well deserved - I enjoy reading your blog very much and seeing your interesting and lovely pictures. I loved reading your list of 7 things too. Have a wonderful weekend. Helen x

  14. Thank you for your kind comments Helen. I also like reading other people's random comments, it always raises a smile! Have a wonderful weekend. I have now finished work and the sun in shining...hoorah!
    Jane x

  15. Hello Jane! You are going to get that new mantlepiece at this rate! And I'm sure you'll display all these awards with great style, too!
    It's great to learn more about you as the time passes. I'm a former guinea pig owner (also a little golden brown "Danny,") and when those bananas get too ripe for my tastes, I end up baking a lot of banana bread to share - you too? ;o) Enjoy your weekend!

  16. Great Michele, even more green tinge banana lovers...we seem to now be in the majority! If my bananas begin to ripen then my Hb gets the chance to eat them...poor thing often doesnt as I have already eaten them. Your banana bread sounds could email me a slice-LOL!
    Have a great weekend,
    Jane x


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