My Liebster Award

Part of the fun of being a blogger is searching out other bloggers 
and sharing ideas.
sought me out to bestow the
which is given by bloggers to other bloggers
to "share the love" and maybe share some readers, too!
It’s all in fun, but it’s also nice to know that your blog is 
catching the attention of a blogger like Leslie,
who has far more experience than I do.
So here’s what I have to do, if I choose to accept my "Liebster":
1.  Answer the 11 questions posed
2.  Post 11 facts about myself
3.  Nominate 5-11 bloggers for the award
4.  Tell them that they have been nominated
5.  Create a list of 11 questions for the nominees to answer
Now for the 11 questions given to me:
1.  What inspires you in your work?  I’m such a fan of nature.  But you have to look at the details to really get it.  The gradation of color in a butterfly wing or the texture of sheep’s wool can be a spring board!
2.  What is your best accomplishment that is work related?  Being the owner of my own firm, surviving the ebb and flow of the design business for 19 years.
3.  When do you find time to blog?  After hours when it’s quiet around the studio.  Love this time to connect to readers!
4.  Are you super computer savvy?  Or are you just winging it when it comes to blogging?  Hmmm.  Good one.  Have to say it’s getting better the more I do it.  Let’s just leave it at that.
5.  What are your favorite color combinations?  I’ve always gravitated towards clear saturated color combos like aqua and coral, or pink and navy
6.  If you had a do-over, what would you choose?  Erase all the worry I’ve accumulated over the years.  It really serves no purpose.
7.  Have you ever lived outside of the United States?  Yes.  My family lived in Korea when I was 4 and 5.
8.  What are you still ‘dreaming ‘ of doing?  Oh that’s easy!  I have this long "basket" list but at the top is
my quest to visit as many "Magnificent Homes in America" as I can. 
9.  Do you have any regrets?  I wish I could have spent more of my adult life getting to know my Dad who died in 2000.
10.  What makes you happy?  In order, watching my grown children reach milestones in their lives;  using up all my creative energy on a project and then seeing the results that come out of the process- exhilarating!
11.  If you could have two dinner guests from history (if they are deceased, let’s just pretend they could still attend), who would they be and why?  You definitely saved the best for last, Leslie!  
1. Jesus Christ – not only for his universal love and wisdom but also to hear how He would handle current world conditions
2. Thomas Jefferson – Genius in so many fields, it would be facinating to learn how he crafted the Declaration of Independence with so little to guide him. Consider the relevance that document still has in 2013! 
Whew!  Lots of soul-searching in those questions. . . but fun to think about. 
Now that I’ve accepted the challenge and answered the questions from Leslie,
 it’s my turn to share 11 facts about me…
1.  I live in a highly-regarded Foodie town, which is a good thing, since I LOVE FOOD!
2.  I like to design jewelry with vintage pieces.  Still a work in progress. . .
3.  I’m a sucker for mid-century modern furniture.  Maybe it’s the "Leave it to Beaver" thing.
4.  Nothing calms my spirit more than hugging my cat, Derby.
5.  I love ALL animals.  I’ve lived with them my entire life and I’m continually amazed at their beauty.
6.  My favorite composer is Claude Debussy.  My favorite piece is Clair de Lune (take a listen)
7.  My favorite artist is Claude Monet.  My favorite painting(s) are the series of  
8.  I’m a Francophile (could you guess???)
9.  I’ve always wanted to design furniture.  Could it be in my future?
10.  A secret dream when I was growing up was to be an Olympic ice-skater.
11. I thrive on a challenge.  Give me a difficult space to design and I’m in heaven!
This must be the longest post EVER!
But I have to be true to my promise to nominate other bloggers to receive the
But this has proven to be more difficult than I thought!
There are soooo many great bloggers out there but I have to narrow my choices
so "Here’s to you, Scot, Ronda, Traci, Kathryn, Shari and Coco"
I hope you accept the challenge and share the love…
1.  Scot Mecham Wood of  the adventures of tartanscot
2.  Ronda Carman of  All the Best
3.  Traci Zeller of  Traci Zeller Designs
4.  Kathryn Greeley of  The Collected Room
5.  Shari of  Little Blue Deer
6.  Coco of  Cococozy
Nominees, if you think this is cool and want to accept this prestigious award, answer my questions for you and post them on your blog.
(Don’t forget to finish the other requirements I’ve listed above.  After all, we must keep the 
spirit of LIEBSTER alive!)
1.  How would you describe "Design" in one word – and why?
2.  What was the tipping point that made you start blogging?
3.  Who is your design idol (anyone in history)? Explain their appeal to you
4.  If you had one day to do anything you could imagine, what would it be?
5.  My instant pick-me-up is…?
6.  Put "x" in front of me and I can’t resist!  Fill in the "x"
7.  What path did you take to enter the World of Design?
8.  What is the most frustrating part of blogging?
9.  Are you a color fanatic or neutral groupie?
10.  Where do you want to be in 10 years?
11.  What’s your idea of a "Random Act of Kindness"?
If you’ve made it to the end of this, CONGRATULATIONS!!!  
I can’t wait to hear from my nominees. 
Check out their blogs for responses to my questions.  
Bloggers have such a way with words, so this should be really interesting!!!



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