Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Sew Dixie Lou - Liebster Award Nomination

Super cool news from the world of Dixie Lou. My blog got nominated for the Liebster Award. It means I not only win a date with Ryan Gosling, but I have to fit him for a new pair of trousers - a tight-fitting pair of trousers!

Okay not really.

But my blog did get nominated for a Liebster Award by Gemma at the cool blog EDiS (Every Day I'm Stitchin'). Thank you, Gemma for liking my blog enough to consider nominating me - that made my day :)

So what's The Liebster Award? It's a neat idea to help bloggers who have under 200 followers. It enables them to get to know other bloggers, as well as promote their blog to get more followers.

I think this is a cool idea and I am definitely up for taking part.

To accept the award there are a few rules to follow:

  • Each blogger should answer the questions the tagger has set for you.
  • Choose eleven new bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to pass the award on to and link them in your post.
  • Create eleven new questions for the chosen bloggers.
  • Comment on their page to tell them about the award.
  • Each blogger should post eleven random facts about themselves.
  • No Tag Backs!!!

So here are the questions Gemma set for me and my answers:

1) If you could only be creative in only one medium, what would it be?
I definitely think that I have chosen the one creative medium I love the most. I love the construction of clothes, fabric and possessing the ability and skill it takes to make something wearable and unique. When I read articles and books from gurus such as Susan Khalje (if you don't know already, I LOVE HER!) it inspires me so much to be able to slowly gravitate towards that level of skill and excellence. 

2) What are your first creative memories/projects?
I specifically remember making a farm out of a paper. At one point in my young life I was into farms. Mum bought me a tractor and little plastic farm animals and I wanted a whole 'scene' for it. So I coloured in paper as grass (little did I know this was the start of downloading paper patterns), stuck it all together, constructed 3D fences... I was quite the agricultural architect. 

3) Chocolate or crisps?
I do love a packet of crisps, but a woman needs chocolate. 

4) What has been your biggest creative disaster?
I think it was actually earlier this year. The little 60s knit dress I was making from some cool vintage fabric I had. I 'forgot' to serge the seam edges before construction, not only to prevent warping but also so I didn't have to serge the small seam allowances after. My overlocker knew this and taught me a lesson by eating everything up. *shivers*

5) What has been your biggest creative success?
Without doubt my wedding dress! I've banged on about this before, but I am still as proud as punch. I got married in September last year and made my wedding dress from scratch including the pattern. *punches air*. You can see the finished result in my blog post called...um...oh yeah The Wedding Dress!

6) What is your favourite song?
I'm going to say two because I'm a rebel. The first is from my main man Elvis and it's 'It Hurts Me' and the second is by Ryan Adams and it's 'Dear Chicago'. I'd marry either of these men. 

7) Where do you mostly find your inspiration?
I have always loved the 1960s and I particularly love the fashion and music from that period (1968 Comeback Special anyone, get your man in that leather suit!). I'm also a big film fan, mostly films from classical Hollywood, and find alot of inspiration there. I also like modern fashion and love designers such as Erdem, Stella McCartney and Rodarte, as well as high-end high street brands such as Jaeger and Whistles. 

8) What was the name of your first pet?
Nibbles, my rabbit. 

9) Shoes or Bags?
Despite my awkward big feet, I do love shoes. 

10) Who would you choose to be stranded on an island with?
My husband. He's smart and tough so he would make sure I was fed (I get cranky otherwise) plus he went to camp so I think he would know how to light a fire. He's also my bestest friend and the person I can spend most of my time with without feeling bored. Otherwise, I have Joaquin Phoenix on speed dial. 

11) What is your favourite ever possession (no living beings' allowed!)
It would have to be my sewing machine. I use it nearly everyday and it lets me create whatever I want. My husband also bought me my new machine last year to accommodate the big job of my wedding dress, so it has sentimental value too. 

And now for the 11 random facts about me...

Starting off big, I once spoke to Rod Stewart on the phone. Yes... it's not everyday you get to talk to one of your heroes on the blower, but it happened. One of my favourite days ever. 

I've seen the Rolling Stones three times now. Huge fan.

I once had both big toe nails removed after injuring them from playing hockey at school. Yes, it hurt. Both times. 

I chose my husband from my kitchen. I joined a dating site and me and my Mum thought 'Canadian Mike' seemed pretty hot. However, I have since learnt his pics with a surfboard and guitar were false advertising ;)

I'm vegetarian and a huge animal lover and welfare campaigner. For a birthday present in 2011 my husband arranged for us to spend a week volunteering at a game reserve in South Africa. A snake landed on his chest while we were falling asleep. Unforgettable. 

Using a Threads tutorial, I discovered yesterday that my left shoulder is higher than my right. Woohoo, hello fun shoulder alterations!

I randomly met Greg Dulli (singer with The Afghan Whigs) in a bar in Havana, Cuba and he let me taste his rum. 

I get sentimental over inanimate objects. Like the robot that's stuck on Mars. Somebody bring him back!!!

I am a huge Elvis fan. I fell in love at the age of 13 and it's been my longest relationship since. We even got married.  

I share my birthday with Madonna, but she never ever wants to throw a joint party. 

Thanks to the support of that awesome husband again, I did a full time year-long course in pattern making and advanced sewing techniques. So I can draft my own patterns and (in theory) sew them quite well...she says.

So that's enough about me!

Here are the blogs I am nominating in return for the Liebster Award.

One of my favourite people on Twitter and her blog makes me laugh every time I read it

All round loveliness - my awesome friend Claire

A true partner in crime in all things Joan and Dolly

A soul sister if there ever was one

I love love love Laurie. Such a great person and Quilting supremo!

I'm sure Leila has more than 200 followers but I just wanted 
to big her up anyway because she is simply fabulous and my Twitter homegirl

Steffen Horak
He doesn't have a blog yet, but I believe he's working on it.
A guy who sews. Awesome. (To be updated - that means, Steffen, get your blog going!)

Crafting a Rainbow
Gillian is such a lovely Tweeter and encouraged me to make my first knit

Again, I think Sally has a big following, but the garments she creates are so 
incredible that they're worthy of even more followers! 

Caffy is such a cutie and I love seeing what she's been making

New sewer Amy's blog is really cool and helpful - and she looks pretty fab to boot!

Last but certainly not least, the gorgeous Emma who is as fabulous in person as she looks!

(I think I nominated 12, but technically Steffen doesn't have a blog yet so that's okay!)

And to round off this rather long post here are my eleven questions to my nominated blogsters...

1) If could sew an outfit for someone famous who would it be?
2) If your sewing machine could talk, what's the first thing you would ask it? 
3) Where is your most favourite place in the world?
4) What's that one song that can make you feel better about a bad day?
5) How would your friends/loved ones describe you in five words?
6) If you could go back to college what would you study?
7) The one thing you can't live without?
8) It's date night and 1985, who do you pick to go out with and why? Andrew McCarthy, Emilio Estevez or Judd Nelson?
9) Who is your style icon?
10) You just got detention? What's the thing you most likely did to get in trouble?
11) You're playing spin the bottle. Who DON'T you want it to land on? 

Thanks again to Gemma, and I look forward to reading all your answers!


  1. Waaaah I'm so happy!! Thank you hun x I love reading your blog so much, you make me laugh every time!

  2. Heeey! Thanks for this. :D

  3. Yay for new blogs...congratulations and thanks for the links.

  4. Thanks so much for this... best give it ago! xxx

  5. What great answers, you are simply hilarious! And OMG, you made that stunning wedding dress of yours?!? I'm swooning in my seat right now because it's amazing...the fit is literally perfect and I love lace! Huge respect to you!!!

  6. Great post as always! Thanks so much for the nomination - I'm straight away going for Emili Estevez becauseehe was in Repo Man.

  7. Awww, thanks for thinking of me! I've loved getting to know you this year, and I really hope we get to meet up in Canada this summer!

  8. Thank you lovely! Argh ok I need to put a post together! Xxx

  9. Your answers are so witty & your wedding dress is so beautiful.

  10. i can't believe you made your wedding dress, amazing :)
    new follower


  11. I'm working on this, maybe too seriously. ;) I didn't know you'd made your wedding dress, It's Gorgeous!

  12. It's been lovely to read your responses to my questions - I love that you made your own wedding dress. That shows real confidence in what you do.

    Your facts are just ace. It sounds like you and your 'not such a surf-dude' husband have a very similar relationship to me and Ian. It's amazing when they are also your best friend :D

    Gemma (EDiS)

  13. Wowzers thanks for my award you old cutester :) I will get busy doing my bit. Love that the King is your longest love affair. He's currently my bedding right now xxx