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The Best Award Ever (And it’s all mine!)

I was recently awarded what is, in my humble opinion, the best award ever. EVER. EEEEEVVVVEEEER. (Insert Sandlot flashback here). You all read Cation Designs, right? Yes, of  course you do, because Cindy Chan is an inspiration to us all. She got me reading the Hunger Games (um, sometime, in the future, after I finish every other book littering my tiny apartment. I swear it’s like 10% me, 35% sewing stuff, 5% Cadfael, 50% books.) She makes corsets. She makes dress after perfect fantastic dress. She embroiders Miyazaki characters and maps of Middle Earth. She’s posting a poem a day for National Poetry month AS WE SPEAK. She is a sewing rockstar, and everyone should be aware of that, and act accordingly.

Oh, and she has a cat named Walnut. Walnut is a majestic beast, long-haired, noble-eyed, bursting with grandeur and fur. And because Walnut, with his curiosity and claws, is all up in her sewing business, she has created an award, The Sewing With Cats Award:

It’s a tribute to all of us whose lives are made both better and worse by our feline companions, specifically when it comes to sewing. And I must say, Brother Cadfael has his good days and his bad days. Sometimes that pile of fluffy tissue (i.e. a pattern) holds his fascination and sometimes he couldn’t care less. Sometimes that neatly laid out fabric is OBVIOUSLY a cat bed and sometimes he disdains it, preferring my actual bed. He’s a wild card, that guy. For example, he recently became interested in my sewing machine:

And sometimes he wants to lie down on patterns:

Of course, he’s always happy to help with pattern drafting:

He’s an expert on the full bust adjustment. But mostly he just likes fabric:

Just try to be mad at me when I look this adorable. Just try.

Of course, special mention must be made of some other guys, specifically Falco and Morse, who absolutely had to join in the Passover Seder:

Hey! Is that Elijah?

Where is my wine?

Life with cats. It’s like living with tiny fluffy dictators.

Oh, PS: Just so you know, sewing is happening. I’ve made 5 garments in the last few weeks but of course the devil is in the photos! And the weather. I really gotta stop making sundresses in 50 degree weather. But I’ve completed my Truffle and Pastille Dresses, another renfrew, a t-shirt and a skirt. It’s all coming, people, I promise!

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So I guess my evil plans are working…

Because people out there actually seem to like me (or at least digital me). God help us all if you ever meet me in real life, I’m sure you will take it all back. But for now, I’m just going to enjoy the commendations as they come, alone, in my evil lair, sipping on the blood of the innocent (i.e. wine).

So two amazing people, Ginger and Cindy, have nominated me for the Sunshine Award! Which I actually think is quite appropriate, because while I might be a little bit dead inside, I’m also a very cheerful sort of person! What can I say, I’m a mixture.

So thank you very much Ginger and Cindy, and if you haven’t been to their blogs I don’t know what you are doing with your life. Go over there right now.                   Do not pass go. Do not collect 200 dollars.

  1. Favorite color: Blue.
  2. Favorite animal: Hmmm, this one is hard. Obviously I adore cats, but I grew up with dogs. I’m going to have to say monkeys. I love me some monkeys. They are amazing.
  3. Favorite number: 42. It’s the answer to life, the universe and everything, of course.
  4. Favorite non-alcoholic drink: Coffee. And for the record, as much as I might enjoy alcoholic drinks, I never make my coffee Irish. I think it’s a little weird, honestly. Don’t hate me.
  5. Facebook or Twitter: Facebook. Twitter baffles me.
  6. My passion: Writing, of course, cooking, sewing (as if you couldn’t guess) and my wonderful family. Oh, and theater.
  7. Getting or giving presents: Giving! I  hate surprises. But I LOVE surprising other people!
  8. Favorite day of the week: Friday. Shalom, Y’all!
  9. Favorite flower: Gerber Daisies. So bright!
  10. Favorite celebrity role model: Hmmm.Well I really love Jon Hamm, who in real life is nothing like Don Draper. Did anyone else marvel at his Jamaican accent on that one episode of 30 Rock? He’s amazing. But in terms of ladies, I have to say, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, the funny ladies who have their own shows and show the world that women can be funny and beautiful and keep their last names. All things to which I aspire.

Oh, man, now I gotta give this thing AWAY to OTHER people? Sigh. I’m going to go ahead and pass this over to Leah (wonderful name) at A Vintage Thread, Lavender at ThreadSquare, Sue at Sewin’ Steady, Lauren at LLadybird,  Cynthia at Dapperduds, and Kerry at Kestral Finds and Makes.

I don’t have any good cat photos of any cats I know personally to sign this off, so here, have some Maru.

You’re WELCOME.

PS: Cindy also awarded me the best blog award ever but I need to gather some evidence for that so more to come.

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