Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Liebster and The Compliment Box

Out of the blue, something unbelievably sweet happened.
Marilyn, of cook bake learn grow picked me to receive a Liebster blog award!

The Liebster is a way of recognizing small blogs.  The rules are to:

1. Link back to the person who gave it to you and thank them
2. Post the award to your blog
3. Present the award to 5 other bloggers with less than 200 followers that you appreciate and value
4. Leave a comment on those 5 blogs letting them know they've received the award.

I'm totally new to this blogging thing and it feels funny to know that anybody at all is even out there. So now I have a confession to make. I have a secret. The secret is that NOBODY in my life knows about the blog.  Not my husband or my kids or any of my real-world friends.  I wanted to get my feet wet without worrying about what they thought. Too intimidating. And then a stranger reached out and was kind to me.

It reminded me of the compliment box. In my daughter's Montessori 3rd grade class, the children could write compliments and put them in the box. The teacher would read them to the class during circle time.  I have one of those little slips of paper on my refrigerator door.

These girls are now freshmen in college.  Different colleges.  They went to different high schools too, but they've kept in touch all this time and they're still as close as friends can be.  In fact, I took them to Harry Potter World just a few weeks ago. They have grown into thoughtful, kind, happy young women and it was a pleasure to be with them.  Makes you wonder about that compliment box.

So, THANK YOU Marilyn!  And in honor of this auspicious occasion, a very special shoe.  I seriously could not believe it when I saw this one!

Now for my 5 picks:

1. Clare, the Dordogne Quilter- an English quiltmaker living in France with a wonderful liberated style of design
2. Cher, of The Not So Exciting Adventures of a Dabbler... - makes me laugh and writes the thoughts I have but can't put into words
3. Emese, from A Bear's Pastry Workshop - creates some of the most beautiful cookies I've ever seen
4. Helen, HelenNoBlog, a quilter from Long Island who always has something gorgeous and interesting to share
5. Mina, of Kinda Quilty - I can't believe how much this woman gets done!  Constantly challenging herself. And her color sense is amazing. Plus, she's got a cool dog.  


  1. Awww. Thank you for thinking of me.

    To let you in on a secret - I was writing the blog for over a year before The Dude & my kids knew what I was up to. They still haven't read it. My sister finally ratted me out, that stinker... Beyond my immediate family, no one else who knows me personally knows that I have one going...

    I have been enjoying your shoes in the road on TWD. It's kind of thought provoking.

    Hang in there, over time you find your own voice (although, it looks like you are well on your way) & will pick up confidence.

  2. Thank you so much for your kind comments. They really do encourage me!!! You rock!!

    (Also, its funny that you mentioned my dog because she is the focus of my current project)

    ThHanks, Mina

  3. Oh. I have never received an award before. Thanks for following me.

  4. Thank you, Margaret! and you're so welcome! what a great story about the girls' friendship. little kindnesses can go a long way, and your story proves it!

  5. Thank you Margaret. I'm honoured to be mentioned.