Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Can I Now Consider Myself Award Winning?

So I might not have locked down a National Book Award, but Jen from the blog "Jen's Bookshelf" has nominated me for a Stylish Blogger Award. Thanks so much Jen!

How stoked am I about this? Very. Of course, you all probably know now that I'm pretty easily excited about things. As a part of the award, I have to list seven things about myself and pass the award onto 15 other bloggers that I have recently discovered. I might have to restrict this to 15 blogs that I read, period--since I am not a big blog reader (Sorry! Don't throw rotten tomatoes at me!) I really need to work on this, I know.

Seven Things...
1. I'm an Anglophile. I blame my aunt for moving to England when I was a child. I went over for the first time when I was 10, and have been hooked ever since. The hubby and I are planning a trip for next summer as said aunt will be getting married. I'm fantasizing about scones already...
2. I'm 28 3/4 and I've owned 3 houses. Let's say that I've approached house buying with the same enthusiasm as I would buying clothes or books. This is a very dangerous thing--if you need more evidence just see my "about me" page.
3. I wanted to go to Morroco for my honeymoon. I'm very enamored of the mystique of that country. But my hubby wasn't too keen on the idea of being blown up (very Nationalist of him, I know), so we went to Ireland instead.
4. I have an 8 year old brother. If you're not much into math that means that I was 20 and a sophmore in college when he was born. Yes, we are an all American family. I can't wait to explain the concept of being an uncle to him (when the time comes).
5. I love to bake. I've contemplated going back to school to become a pastry chef, but my addiction to shopping prevents me from going without a steady income right now.
6. My hubby and I have been married for nearly 3 years, and yet we've lived under the same roof for roughly 6 months. Commuter marriages suck. There's no way around it. I promise.
7. While not the rockstar job that I thought it was going to be, my job is still pretty interesting. I get to do a lot of things that normal people can't--like visit nuclear power plants and ride in tiny boats through the middle of large bodies of water (it was sort of like a trip down Splash Mountain at Disney World).

15 Blogs
I don't think I'm going to make it 15, but I will try.... I do have other interests beyond writing--namely decorating and design--so my list will be mixed.

1. Hyaline Prosaic - Rowenna is a fellow historical fiction writer who really delves into the day-to-day nuances of history
2. Lawthor - Mark is my critique partner and has just started his own blog which blends his expertise in the law with writing.
3. Steam&Ink - Published author Charlotte Jane Ivory is not only hilarious, she covers a lot of pertinent topics in writing.
4. Life Unstyled - Stylist Emily Hemson has an awesome house that was featured on a tour at Apartment Therapy, so I've been following her blog ever since then. Maybe it was the Union Jack pillows in her living room...
5. DIY with ADD: Misadventures in Renovation - ADD and her husband are renovating their 1890s townhouse, on a dime no less, and since renovating old houses and saving money are two of my favorite topics... I love this blog.
6. The Hevel House Project - a shout out to my friend Tiffany who has just launched a blog chronicling the re-design of her house on a budget.
7. The Grapevine Marketplace - OK, this is my mom's blog for her business which specializes in upcycled furniture and home accessories. Think Mason Jar lamps and shutter shelves. Since she is my cohort in crime and I follow her around on shopping trips, I had to mention it.
8. Twang & Twig - I discovered these gals on my recent trip to Texas. They are another upcycling business with the cutest stuff ever!
9. The Farm Chicks - Another upcycler, Serena chronicles the comings and goings of her business as well as cooking, renovating, clothing, and other wonderful things.
10. Victorian Antiquities and Design - Paul is a historic preservationist living in Cincinnati. I love him because he speaks his mind and he's a first rate advocate for historic preservation. Plus he is always posting old houses for sale.

Ok, I managed 10...I hope that counts for something!


  1. Thanks so much, Caroline! Baking is awesome, by the way. I'm feeling like I need to make carrot cake soon... And sorry about #6. Having spent only intervals of less than a month away from my husband...I can't even imagine how hard that would be :(

  2. These are some great links! Thanks!

  3. Thanks for the love, Caroline! In the interests of full disclosure, though, I should point out that I'm not yet published. That is one of the many pleasures in life to which I'm still looking forward :)
    ~ Charlotte

    PS I can relate to your obsession with renovation. We have an 80 year old sea-side cottage with oodles of charm but very few mod-cons!

  4. Sorry Charlotte! I guess there are worse things in life than being mistaken for a published author. I was thinking that since you have an agent, you were published already. I forget there's that pesky point of having to sell the manuscript. I hope to see you in print soon. And I'm jealous of your sea-side cottage!