A Liebster Award!

What a lovely surprise it was earlier today when Shauni from The Magnificent Thread nominated me for a Liebster Award! How lovely to hear that people do like reading my blog!

The award is given by bloggers to other bloggers, and is a great way to share blog appreciation and also discover new blogs along the way. Plus then there's the "pay it forward" element, meaning we get to nominate other blogs we love. Thank you so much to Shauni for nominating me! I love reading Shauni's blog too so I was thrilled she chose me as one of her Liebster nominees!

As part of receiving the Liebster Award, I have to share 11 facts about myself. Which is harder than it sounds. Anyway, I'm not sure how interesting they are but here they are!

1. I'm a Yorkshire lass born and bred, and very proud of my roots. I now live in South East London and love love love it!

2. My Grandad was a tailor, but sadly he died when I was quite young so I never got to share my passion for sewing with him. My mum told me of how he made her unpick a checked coat she was making when she was a teenager because the checks didn't match across the seams - I bet I would have loved sewing with Grandad! Sounds like he kept mum on the straight and narrow.

3. I am a hoarder. I can find a potential use for anything, and a reason to keep anything at all. I live in a tiny flat and am really, really trying to only keep things that are truly going to be useful (or are beautiful or sentimental).

4. My first interaction with my now husband was chucking a rubber at him. We were sitting the entrance exam for the music college we ended up meeting at (we passed the exam it seems) and he whispered "Has anybody got a rubber?". I am SUCH a goody-goody and refused to talk in the exam, so just chucked my rubber his way, and was very annoyed when it rolled under the piano and I never got it back. Grr. About 18 months later, we met through a friend at college, and didn't realise that we'd almost kind of met in the exam until years later. That was over 12 years ago! Now he's my husband and he still hasn't replaced that bloody rubber.

5. I'm an actor and singer. I trained at the Guildford School of Acting and have done a mixed bag of acting work since graduating in 2009. Mostly musical theatre, a play or two and a tiny bit of TV (anybody see Bloody Tales on National Geographic back in 2013? No? Never mind...)

6. I'm also in a band! The Pink Champagne Sisters, a close harmony swing trio with an awesome four piece band. I've got to say, the band has really saved my sanity as I battle on in the hugely competitive and unpredictable world of acting. I'm so proud of what we've achieved with the band, and the fact that we've created it and we are in control of it is really empowering. And I flipping LOVE performing with the band, they're also some of my favourite people in the world.

Snap of one of my favourite Pink Champagne Sisters costumes

7. I have a serious phobia of birds and moths and butterflies. Basically anything that flaps.

8. I absolutely love tea and absolutely hate coffee. Yuk.

9. I love to read! I'm currently reading All The Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld, and am really enjoying it. It's beautifully written and paints such a clear picture of the world of the central character. I look forward to my commuting time when I do most of my reading!

10. I'm a little bit obsessed with lettering, script and type. I've been learning calligraphy - it's harder than it looks but I'm loving learning how to do it. It's so satisfying and therapeutic.

11. Until very recently I thought the word "werewolf" was pronounced "weer-wolf". Weirdo.

Onto my nominations!

I would like to nominate Betty Stitchup, one of my absolute favourite blogs. I love the things Coo sews, she has awesome vintage style.

Also the Gingerthread Girl, who makes really lovely clothes and always inspires me with her beautiful top-notch photographs!

Have a gander at their blogs, if you're anything like me I'm sure you'll love what you find there. If my nominees choose to accept, they need to share 11 facts about themselves, and pass on the Liebster love by nominating some of their favourite blogs (some state that it must be blogs with under 200 followers. I didn't worry too much about that, though).

Right, I think I'll get back to watching the gymnastics and sewing. I've been working on my second quilt, and have half of my required blocks all sewn up. I'm not sure how long it's going to take me to finish it, we'll see!


  1. Loved reading your facts - beautiful picture too! Excited to check out Betty Stitchup and Gingerthreadgirl :) Good luck with your quilt! X

    1. Thanks Shauni! I finished all my quilt blocks last night so I'm getting there! xx

  2. Thanks so much for the nomination Ree and for introducing me to the Magnificent Thread and Gingerthreadgirl blogs! I loved reading your facts too. X

    1. Ah I'm glad my facts are in some way interesting! I found it harder than I should have to think of 11 facts!! xx

  3. I'm with you on number 7 and 8 - yuck!!!

    Loved reading your facts. You look very glamorous in your band costume. I'm now following you :)

    1. I'm glad it's not just me with an aversion to birds and coffee! Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed reading my facts - you never know do you when you're writing them whether they're actually interesting or not! Thanks for following! I LOVE your blog :) xx