Friday, February 19, 2010

Blogging Glory

Way back in November I received the Kreative Krafter award from Zoe at Playing by the Books. I was delighted and surprised but also a little embarrassed so I didn't do the right thing with it. Then the other day I visited Emily from Notes from Emily and found she'd presented me with my second award - a sunshine award. What a wonderful surprise and still a little embarrassing. I'd like to acknowledge some brilliant blogs that I look forward to reading so I'm going to try and do both at once. The recipients can choose which they'd like to accept and forward on.

Firstly let me tell you about the rules

As a recipient of this award list 7 of your favourite things and then pass on the award to 7 other bloggers

•Put the Logo on your sidebar, or within a post.
•Pass the award onto 12 Bloggers.
•Link the nominees within your post.
•Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
•Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

Now for those wonderful blogs:
  1. Coloured Buttons: I was genuinely excited when I discovered Trixi's little doll's houses since then I have regularly visited her and her style of writing - it's really creative. I also really appreciate Trixi's comments and suggestions on my blog.

  2. Playing by the Book : Zoe is another early friendship and I look forward to reading her blog. I discovered her blog through a link to the touch and feel book that her daughter created. Rainbow and I have been talking about this and hope to do something similar soon. You might also remember the nasturtium crown that inspired Rainbow's. I also love how she responds to most of the comments that people leave her and reading the conversations you feel a little community developing.

  3. 4 Crazy Kings: Over a period I kept following links from the Crafty Crow to Kim's blog. I soon wised up to the fact that Kim and her girls do a variety of interesting and easy craft. Remember the leafy baskets I made for Rainbow's party bags that were inspired by Kim's tulip baskets. I'm also quite excited as Kim is the only person I know of who has had a go at one of my ideas. That's pretty cool.

  4. Journey into Unschooling: This is another one that I kept following links to. This is how you should do homeschooling. I actually haven't had a go at any of Amida's activities as her kids are quite a bit older but I really hope I remember some of the cool things she does when my kids get to that age.

  5. The joy of my life and other things: Sheela's posts about books and crafts that her little one's are enjoying. She writes in a way that it's a bit like she's actually talking to you. We had a go at marbling the other day after being inspired by her post. She also writes comprehensive responses to comments which keep you coming back! I'm going to try a little harder at this as I do love reading the comments. I'm just not sure whether to respond as I don't know if you'll be back to read it.

  6. Camp creek Blog: I was genuinely excited when I discovered Lori's blog. Though it is essentially aimed at family's that are homeschooling this gives me such food for thought (hours and hours after reading each blog) as a parent. Project based learning was also my predominant pedagogy when I was a teacher so it makes me feel a little 'homesick'. It also shows me the in congruency that my strength in one area don't necessarily transfer easily to a new context.

  7. Katydiddys: Laura has so many great ideas and she completes such a wide range of types of craft. Awesome.

  8. Whimsy Love: I very rarely comment on this blog but boy she makes me smile.

  9. Science at Home: Deb's blog I've only just discovered. It's got lots of great science activities for little ones and she shares the theory behind her approach.

I know I'm meant to list 10 for the Sunshine award but these are my core blogs at the moment. I have a few others that I'm starting to read more and more and really enjoying so I'll tell you about them sometime soon.

I also follow a number of 'big' blogs but though they do beautiful things I haven't built (and don't feel inclined to) a relationship with the bloggers and therefore I don't enjoy them as much as i do the one's above.

Finally for the Kreative Krafter. Here are 7 things I love (today):

* exploring 'Scitech' with my little scientist Rainbow

* watching my little Moonshine dance at the show at Scitech

* sleeping in to 6.30 (wow thanks Moonshine)

* hot coffee in the morning

* the excitement of the future - we're thinking about a little holiday (it's been so long)

* both girls asleep together - time for me

* my bloggy friends.


  1. OMG, Kristine! Your encouragement is touching! In these modern times, it is hard to find moms to hang out with and I am glad we met, even if in the blogworld! (My kids are still recovering - but, I am so excited to see your support and I shall pass on the Sunshine Award through my space soon). Thank you!

  2. Thanks for the award! What a nice surprise.

  3. Kristine, thank you so much. I know awards can be a bit of a drag sometimes, but then I also know that at times like this for me, they're just perfect for lifting my spirits - we've had quite a week of it (including our first ever ride in an ambulance, and today another emergency trip to the doctors at my parents where I've been staying this week.) Nothing seriously wrong in the end, but enough stress and sleepless nights to suit me for about 3 years. So then to read your post and feel the friendship across the miles makes my week! I'm really looking forward to exploring the blogs you've listed, and I'm also going to try and take on board what you wrote about how you appreciate responses to comments. I know it's not something I'm very good at doing - partly, as you said, because I don't know if people return to read comments - but what you've written is an encouragement to engage more. That's a good and happy thing.

  4. Thanks so much for the award! I enjoy reading your blog too! You are always doing something creative and inspirational. Thanks again!

  5. hi kristine,

    it's very very sweet of you to think of giving me an award...i should just warn you that awards can be a bit like "treading in dangerous territory"...when i first started blogging i found this out the hard way...i won't give you all the details here but some bloggers have very strong opinions about being asked to pass an award on...anyway, this is just to say that even though i'm chickening out on the passing on bit, i really appreciate you thinking of me...have a great weekend.

  6. Kristine, thank you so much for the award! And for all your many visits and comments. They always make my day.

  7. You're all very welcome and I don't mind if you choose not to pass it on. For me it was a chance to share the blogs that I enjoy. I hope, as Zoe said, that you'll find the time to go and explore some of the blogs I've recommended. I'm sure you'll be welcomed warmly - the old "a friend of mine is a friend of yours". If you do decide to pass it on then I look forward to 'meeting' some of your favourite bloggers too.
    Trixi - sounds like you had a horrendous experience. That's one of the tricky things about cyberspace - it has it's own rules and procedures that you have to work out as you venture through.
    Zoe - I'm glad that it wasn't anything too serious. A silver lining - maybe your families experience will probably give M's love of playing hospitals some inspiration!

  8. Yeah you're on the money there Kristine - we' already added an ambulance to our car collection and it's a great excuse for loudly zooming around the house yelling NEE-NAA NEE-NAA....

  9. Thank you Kristine, I've finally got a blog links page together so I've accepted and passed this on!