Blue Sky Tag Award Nomination

Mrs. Craft of: craftandothercrazyplans  totally made my day by nominating me for this ‘Blue Sky Tag’ award.  Thank you Mrs.Craft.  I’m truly honoured and totally cock-a-hoop at being bestowed such a lovely award.  It sort of lets me know that I must be doing  OK’ish’  for you to have thought of me.  Bless your heart.  I’m so very grateful to you. xxx

The task I have to complete in order to win the award is…

  1. Answer a set of questions which have been set by Mrs.Craft.
  2. Nominate 5 other blogs/people for the Blue Sky Tag award
  3. Set 5 Questions for the people I’ve nominated to answer. (it was supposed to be six, but I felt Five questions were more do-able,  any more could be a pain.  So five is what I’ve kept it to).

And that’s it.  Nothing more to do.

Soooo…  I’ll jump straight in and answer the questions Mrs.Craft has set, and I hope to both make her proud of her choice, and also give you a little entertainment along the way.  🙂

      1. What time of day are you most creative?    In the afternoons, leading into early evening.  Never in the mornings, unless something is pressingly urgent.  ...  for that read:  I’ve forgotten someone’s birthday and can’t simply buy a card because I know there are expectations for me to have made one.  A special one.  A VERY special one.  More special than anything ever seen before.  And I know that if I don’t come up with the goods, then someone is going to feel really upset and even quietly cross, that I didn’t obviously care enough to go the extra mile.  (Guilt plays a HUGE part in my life.  I am a slave to Master/Mistress Guilt).
      2. If you could try any new creative art, what would it be and why?  Well, I’ve tried rather a lot of them.  You see …  I’ve been a crafter almost all of my life.  I’ve done:  Card Making;  Pottery;  Jewellery Making;  Knitting;  Sewing;  Embroidery;  Felting;  Scrapbooking;  Melt Potting;  Painting – on canvas and paper;  Painting – decorative painting for house things;  Wreath making;   Floristry;  Tag Art;  Stone painting;  Decorative Painting on walls  (I even painted a woodland scene on a reception wall at my daughters first school). ATC’s and ACEO’s. …   Oh heck …  there’s more but my brain is beginning to hurt now as I’m trying to rememberise all this stuff! lol  …  But – there is one craft which I’m currently trying to master, and that’s Crochet.  I’m teaching myself and I have had a little bit of a success, but  my efforts do not live up to my aspirations.  :/   So work continues.  lol
        Raggedy Old Stool 1

        Evidence that if something sits still long enough, I’ll paint it.  This is now rather an old stool.  We tried to work out how old, and we think it’s between 15 and 17 years old

        Raggedy Old Stool 2

        I took FLASH ON and Flash OFF photo’s and none of them were particularly any good, but I’ll share them both with you so that you get an idea.

        Raggedy Old Stool 3

        A happy little chicken keeps guard on one side of the stool.

        Raggedy Old Stool 4

        A funky chicken keeps guard on the one side of the stool.

        Raggedy Old Stool 5

        Getting close up and personal!

        Raggedy Old Stool 6

        Two hanging hearts, hanging from a (painted) nail.

        Raggedy Old Stool 7

        that’s all folks!  😀

      3. Which famous artist/author/crafter would you like to meet?  Oh My Goodness!  Coo that’s a question and a half.  There are TONS of crafters I would like to meet.  Far too many of them to list just a few, and it would be awful to miss anyone out, so I won’t name any names as I love too many.  (is it possible to love too many crafters?  I think not).  😀  Authors  … ahhh now then, I could begin in my childhood and continue through to my daughters childhoods and name tons.   An elderly neighbour, Mrs. Cooke, from my young child years got me reading Catherine Cookson books from around the age of 7, and I ADORED them and her style of writing.  She has such a wonderful way of  ‘writing a picture’ and I could see everything inside my little head as if I were stood quietly in the corner watching things unfold.  From that came a life long love of Catherine Cookson … and I cried when they announced that she’d passed on, back in 1998.  I had at that point, every single book she’d written.  As I bought the books,  I read and kept every one.  With my first weeks wages I earned, the first thing I did was go into town and buy a Catherine Cookson book. And I never stopped buying until she passed away.  After that, books began to be produced, still in her name, and written in the same way and style, but they weren’t HER.  So I simply couldn’t buy them.  A few years ago I decided that I needed to pare down  the books I owned (not just Cookson – I read a LOT), and I chose certain books which were my absolute, never to part with, favourites as my ‘keeps’,  and gave all but a favourite few of my Cookson collection to the secretary at my daughters school.  Her mother (the secretary’s mother) was living in an Elderly Peoples home, and the residents didn’t have a great selection of reading material at that point.  They were trying to build a library for the residents,  so I donated all my Cookson books to that library, and apparently they went down a smash hit with the ladies there.  But I still own my favourites and still read them – even though I know them like the old friends they are.  Now we come to Artist …  awww again, I have a selection….  One would have to be  Beryl Cook.
        Beryl Cook - A Full House

        a painting by Beryl Cook – titled  ‘A Full House’

        If you don’t know who she is, Google her name and then view ‘Images’.  She paints in quite a naive(ish) sort of way, but includes such a ton of fun into her fabulous cheeky pieces and they tickle the heck out of me.  I think she and I would have got along fine and dandy.   Also Stanley Spencer – another English artist, who had such great talent for detail.  (Something I love).  His paintings can keep you looking, and looking, and looking – until you don’t realise how much time has passed and you’ve been hypnotised to the spot and held captive.

        Stanley Spencer Angels of the Apocalypse

        a painting by Stanley Spencer – entitled Angels of the Apocalypse

        Of course … there are the world known (paint) artists such as Raphael, (The Deliverance of Saint Peter is a fabulously pure work of heart)

        The Deliverance of St. Peter - by Raphael

        a painting by RaphaelThe Deliverance of Saint Peter.

        Then there’s Michelangelo who I’d love to have met and watched working.  I could add also Walter Crane – who’s paintings can make me gasp with delight.  And Theodor Severin Kittelsen …  such a huge talent and fabulously rich style.  Aw heck.. I could go on.  Please do Google any names you’re not familiar with and take a look at their art.

      4. What has been your longest craft project?  MeI’m my longest craft project.  I’m continually trying to make me a ‘better’ me.  It’s a never-ending project.
      5. What injuries have you sustained as a result of being creative?  Oh Lord!  My most continual one has to be the HOT GLUE GUN!  People out there who have never used one ….  I give you the biggest tip I can give to anyone …  When you plug in your glue gun to heat up, in the time you’re waiting, go and half fill a bowl with cold water.  This is so that when you get that hot glue on your fingers (and particularly your finger nails) you can instantly plunged the affected part into cold water and hold it there for a time.  You will never know pain like hot glue until you learn about it and feel it for yourself.  This tip is a SERIOUS ONE.  No jokes.
      6. What was your first ever creative project?  Probably painting when I was little.  Or … maybe pasta shapes stuck to card.  Something like that I would guess.  But my first serious one was making myself a nightdress out of one of my mothers old sheets.  She was going to throw it out and I begged for it.  She didn’t have a clue what I was going to make, but coooo – was she surprised when, some weeks later, I’d finished my project (which I’d been doing in secret) and put it on to show her.  It was all hand sewn, and even had little flowers and leaves which I’d embroidered, at the neckline.  I was so chuffed with how that turned out, and I wore it  until I eventually grew out of it.

Now it’s time for the nomination of 5 Crafters ….

I would like to nominate the following 5 crafters. It was a tough job to get it down to 5 as I personally would want all the blogs I follow to be awarded solid gold stars, simply for allowing me to follow them and putting up with my ramblings when I comment on their blogsBelieve me … they need awards for that alone!  🙂

  1.  Kim Styles Cards
  2. GluCrafted.com
  3. Puddleside Musings
  4. Paper and Ink Imaginings
  5. More Ink Please

Congratulations all!  You all have such fabulous style and I really enjoy and love your blogs.

All you now have to do is answer the 5 Questions below in a blog post on your blog.  You have to link back to this post, so that any of your readers can follow the chain and read other blogs so they’re not missing out on even more crafty fun!   After that you yourself get to nominate 5 blogs you follow and set questions for them!

Now I have to set 5 questions for these blog owners to answer, so listen up you folks, you have to answer these 5 questions:

  1.  When the crafting bug bit you  what was the first thing you made which gave you a sense of joy when you looked at your creation?
  2. Do you drive anyone in your family crazy with your crafting?  And if so … why?
  3. Do you buy anyone elses hand crafted items, and if so, what is that item likely to be?
  4. I have no doubt that you craft for other people … but do you ever make anything for yourself?  And if so … what things have you made for yourself?
  5. Do you sell your items, and  ... Where do you sell them?  Perhaps you could give us all a link so that if we’d like to buy from you we can!  (go on …  advertise yourself!)

And that, as they say, is all there is to it.  Once you’ve done this, you can then pick up the Blue Tag award from the top of this post, and take it to your own blog to use as the head of your post, and also put it in your awards over in your widget bar, if you do that.

Thank you so much for coming and having a bit of a read and a coffee with me.  It means so much to me and I love seeing you.  I normally try to post something crafty which I’ve made on a Monday, but I thought that I really should work on this nomination as I’ve had it for a whole week (or so) and really shouldn’t sit around crafting when I have something of importance to do.  tsk tsk Cobs!

Have a wonderful Monday – whatever you’re doing, wherever you’re doing it, and whatever the weather is like.  And remember …  be good to each other.

Great big squidges from me here, to you there  ~ 

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23 thoughts on “Blue Sky Tag Award Nomination

  1. Congrats on this award Cobs, well done.
    I remember making my first sweater, you know something, I still have it!! Nothing fancy, just a v-neck hairy wool blend, extremely warm, beige with white flecks and yellow flecks. It fits a wee bit snuggley but I do have to wear a long sleeved t-shirt underneath it, or I itch! So I guess that is when the “bug” hit me. I do enjoy knitting. Good luck with crochet. I do that too, but not as much as knitting. Many people find it easier than knitting as you are only using one stick. 😉
    I hope you had a lovely evening. I am still looking at sunshine, the sunset is going to be lovely. The black clouds are moving around us in patches. I am hoping they will keep on moving on past. 🙂 I was able to get out into the garden again today, it’s coming along nicely and soon it will be ready to except starter vegetables 🙂
    I was at the grocery store the other day and paid $3.50 for a head of iceburg lettuce!!!!! I just about fainted so I will be happy when lettuce begins to grow in my own backyard!
    So again I wish you a huge congratulations on your Blue Sky Tag award.
    hugz from Canada.

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    • Hello Soozy 🙂
      Thank you for your lovely comment, and for the congratulations. I was so honoured to be nominated, and I’ve always joined in with these bits of fun because … well it gets others to see some of the lovely blogs I follow, and that’s the way blogland works so well. It’s a way of sharing other blogs – and I love this type of sharing.

      I LOVE that you still have your very first sweater. How lovely it must be to wear it now and again. It must bring back such heart warming memories.

      The crochet … well I’m not doing too well at the moment. But I’ve just been and bought some other wool which isn’t quite so fibre full – if you get what I mean. This new wool doesn’t have such a lot of fibres which spread out like branches from the wool and then confuse the heck out of me because I can’t quite see where I’m being told I need to push my hook into. There’s a hole … but when I’m looking, I can see about four holes, and the fuzzy fibres are helping to hide the right hole. So I’m trying again this week with new wool. 😀 (it’s become a challenge to beat the wool now. I’ll win in the end!)

      The day here has been really very pleasant. It could have done being a little warmer, but on the whole it’s been pretty decent.

      Mr. Cobs was going to spend a time in the garden today, but our washing machine was misbehaving over the weekend, and then gave up. So Mr.C has been sorting out the old one and getting out of it’s place (a tough move because it fitted the ‘hole’ … he was puffing and panting and I do believe I heard him swear at one point. tsk)

      $3.50 for an ICEBERG LETTUCE??? Hells bells! What a darn cheek. Crumbs, an Iceberg is mainly water.
      I wonder how much their spinach was Soozy. I don’t eat Iceberg at all, but like spinach instead. It’s go so much nutrional value in it and I find it more enjoyable too. Maybe, if it was cheaper at your shops there, maybe you could give it a try instead and see what you think.

      I hope your weather continues in the right direction and that you get your gardening done and ready for when you want to begin planting, sowing and seeding.
      Squidges to you there, from me here ~ Cobs. x

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  2. Cobs, I am OH SO HONORED that you nominated me, but I don’t have the time to play along right now. I’m so sorry. BIG HUGS to you for being so sweet!

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  3. Interesting answers! Love the stool!! I don’t think I have ever read a Catherine Cookson novel. Seen some made into films or TV series many moons ago, I think? Or maybe I am confusing her with someone else. What are the best ones?

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    • Yup … a handful of Catherine Cookson books have been made into one off’s and also series. The Mallen Streak … was a Cookson book. (She wrote more of ‘The Mallen _______’ books too). I think that The Round Tower was made into a ‘for tv’ special too, along with other books.

      If you haven’t read a Cookson book before, then, for you, because you have such a beautiful, gentle soul, and such great empathy … I think maybe you might like, as a gentle introduction to her style, perhaps ‘The Dwelling Place’.

      It’s about a family where the eldest child (a girl) had been left in charge of all of the other children (I think there were 9 … or 8… it was a great number at any rate) and she has to keep the family together, and out of the workhouse. She leads such a hard and difficult life and with lots of worry and fear, but people pull together and begin to help her. She makes a place for them to all live together – a ‘dwelling’ and that’s where the title of the book comes from. It’s a lovely story which touches your heart and also teaches you something about how it was to live in ‘times past’ … but not so long ago that it’s too far back for you to relate to.

      But … if you’d prefer something which has a little scandal … then maybe The Round Tower. (The title of which comes from a poem by Longfellow, and it’s a poem that I just adore).
      “I have you fast in my fortress,
      And will not let you depart,
      But put you down into the dungeon
      In the round-tower of my heart.

      And there will I keep you forever,
      Yes, forever and a day,
      Till the walls shall crumble to ruin,
      And moulder in dust away!”

      But that bit makes it sound like an worrying sort poem, but it’s really not … if you check out the full poem on line, it’s truly such a ‘pretty’ poem. (but then I’m a sucker for lovely writing. lol)

      The Round Tower, centres around (in the main) an upper class family, especially their daughter. Annnd, that’s all I’ll say about that one because I don’t want to give the plot away. If you like a novel with a few plot changes and twists, then you’ll likely like this one. Oh …and it has some scandal in there too. That’s it. saying nothing more or I’ll end up telling you the whole plot!

      Ah.. Here y’ go… you’ll find that poem here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/44628

      Aw chuffed to pieces that you like the stool. I painted it around 15/16/17 years ago (we can’t really remember, only that it was aaaages ago). It’s used as a foot stool; somewhere to park a little bottom (little Cobs); a place to pop your coffee cup down if nothing else is near; something to stand on in order to reach that high shelf; something to block the dog from passing (she’s too tubby and old to jump it. lol). Aw lots of things.

      It’s a little battered and worn, but so am I, so we’re growing old together. 🙂

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Puff.
      Sending OOodles of love and squidges ~ Cobs. x

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      • Hi, sorry – had to wait until I had a proper keyboard again, hence the late reply. I know that poem!! Not sure how, must have been school at some point I guess. Thanks so much for the book recommendations – I will add them to my wish list. I remember the Mallens being on TV but didn’t watch it. Probably wasn’t allowed as we had to go to bed pretty early!! And I don’t think I have ever been described as a having a gentle soul. My sister would probably choke if she read that!

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        • LOLOL… you have something inside which is hiding, but it sometimes comes out when I read your writing and it’s a lovely layer of you to discover.

          I didn’t watch the Mallens when it played on TV either … but I remember catching little bits of it, and that streak of white hair was imprinted on my brain.

          The first time I met my beautiful (truly beautiful – not just handsome) son-in-law after the initial ‘hello’, the next thing which popped out of my mouth before I’d had chance to filter it was: “Ohh, I see you have the Mallen Streak!”

          He, being a young blokey chap didn’t have the first clue about what I was talking about. [sigh]. Don’tcha hate getting old? Well no … not you, obviously. You’re only 17. But me … I hate getting old.(er).

          Re the books … if your a member of your local library then they’ll likely have some Cookson in there. Other than that, Amazon … or, if you don’t mind already read books, ebay.
          lots of brightly woven Cobwebbed squidges coming your way xx 🕸

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  4. Cob…I just came across a quote you will like ” Butterflies hover and feathers appear, whenever lost loved ones or angels are near” unknown but saw it on foreverinmyheart.com Of course I thought of you.

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    • Ohhhhh Beverly!!
      Oh how absolutely beautiful.
      Thank you SO much dear friend, for thinking of me and bringing that to me.

      I’ve not heard that ever before. I have an album that I’m just finishing off, and this will make the perfect quote for that scrapbook album. I knew it was missing something which would bring everything together, and that quote is perfect.

      Thank you so much.
      Bless your beautiful heart.
      Sending love ~ Cobs. xx ❤ ❤ ❤

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