On to Nicer Things – A Liebster Award!

There is a deadline looming on the not-so-distant horizon, so of course I’m writing a post! But it’ll just be a quick one. As it says in the title, I got nominated for a Liebster Award by nishiink! To save time, I will just give a very short overview of what it is (the post will be long enough anyway):

It’s an award to promote little known blogs (less than 200 followers). If nominated you have to answer 11 questions posted by the nominater, plus 11 random facts about yourself. Plus nominate 11 more bloggers you like.

Now this last one gives me a bit of trouble, as I mostly read the well-known blogs (the likes of Oonaballoona or Gertie’s blog), but I have around 5 lesser known but nonetheless awesomesauce blogs in my reader I’d like to share, which are:

Dominique of That Funny Mama

Julianne of Made by Julianne

Melwyk of Magpie Makery

Sophie-Lee of tworandomwords

Corinna of Swissette

If you have more than 200 followers or if you don’t do (or have already done) Liebster Awards, please ignore and please don’t feel offended!

My questions for you:

1. What is your favourite pastime?

2. What do you love cooking/eating the most?

3. What is you favourite fictional character and why?

4.  What do you like most about your life?

5. How do you manage your stash (if you have one)? (This is shameless digging for solutions…)

6. What is your favourite make?

7. Which part do you dislike most about creating?

8. Winter or Summer?

9. If you could choose from any animal that ever existed, what pet would you like to have?

10. Why do you sew/knit/create?

11. What is your favourite place on Earth?

And now here are my answers to the questions nishiink asked me:

1.  Why did you start sewing/knitting?

I had to learn at school. Handicrafts are a compulsory subject in my part of Switzerland. I also learned how to work with wood, stone and metal. However, since my Granma used to be a trained seamstress (though she never worked as one), sewing was kind of a thing in our family, so I stuck to it (it helped that my mum has a Bernina at home). I only (at first reluctantly) took up knitting again about 4 years ago, when my Granddad asked me to knit a pair of socks for him.

2.  What is your favourite book (or type of book) and why?

I love the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. I like them because of the humor and cross-references to (and twisting of ) literary and scientific traditions. It’s hard to pinpoint an absolute favourite out of the (currently) 40 books, but it’s usually either “Witches Abroad” or “Night Watch”.

3.  What was your dream job when you were a child?

It changed over time. At 7 years old it was hairdresser. But my mum let me know this wasn’t an option. When I was 15 (the age at which you are supposed to choose a profession in Switzerland) I briefly wanted to be a chef or a pharmaceutical assistant. Being a chef still kind of is a dream job of mine (but I know it’s a hell of a demanding job).

4.  Do you have any special skills?

No. I am delightfully average.

5.  Why do you blog?

I had initial illusions of grandeur, wanting to be the next Oona or Gertie. But I soon realised it takes a lot of passion and dedication, and I’m not really big on either (see question above). Then I moved from Switzerland to Finland and it’s become a way for me to show family and friends back there what I’m up to. And show off the stuff I make. I like to boast a little bit sometimes. 😀

6.  What is your proudest moment?

When I finally got a degree.

7.  And most embarrassing moment?

Too many to mention. I have severe foot-in-mouthitis.

8.  If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Teleportation! I love being in a new environment, but I hate the getting there part.

9.  What are you most frightened of?

Losing the ones I love.

10.  What do you find hardest about sewing/knitting?

Finishing. A dress can easily hang waiting for hemming for a several weeks. Same with weaving in ends.

11.  If you could visit any place in time, where would you go?

 Sooo many choices! Possibly I’d like to visit a cambrian Earth. Just to see what  it would look like without any vegetation and to see the shallow coastal seas.

For this next part I will cheat a little bit, taking the first five random facts about myself from the blog tag kessanlin had tagged me in a year ago:

11 Random Facts About Me

1. I’m the eldest of 3 siblings and therefore rather bossy and know-it-all sometimes. On the other hand I can be very protective and nourishing (literally).

2. While I love traveling, I’m not very easy to travel with, as I get cranky on trips. I only ever enjoy trips after they’re over. But then I really like remembering them. I guess I just need time to absorb everything I see.

3. I’m a librarian. However, I don’t particularly enjoy reading. Not more than any regular person anyway. I LOVED it as a child, and I even studied English literature at University, but right now I prefer to spend my time creating through handicrafts, rather than consuming. (And playing computer games)

4. I’m both a cat and a dog person. Heck, I’m a tarantula person! If we stayed put for long enough, I guess we’d get a zoo of animals.

5. My favourite ice cream flavour is coconut with lemongrass. There was a Mövenpick special edition some years ago that I just can’t get out of my head. *sigh*

6. I eat my Nutella sandwich with butter (everything’s better with butter!).

7. I trace all sewing patterns (except the pdf ones where one piece fits on 1 page).

8. This is going to be cheesy: PB (PH?) and I met on each other’s first day of work.

9. While I love animals, all my plants die miserably.

10. I would love to own a B&B one day.

11. I’m 21 weeks pregnant.


12 thoughts on “On to Nicer Things – A Liebster Award!

  1. What?! You’re pregnant? Congratulations! I love the way you saved that fact for the very very end – what an awesome zinger!

    You sound like such a lovely person (I had guessed that anyway from your posts, but it is so nice to know more about you and have it confirmed!) and I REALLY wish we could meet in real life one day (maybe to do some knitting or play computer games together?). How funny that you like Terry Pratchett so much! I was in a play of ‘The Wyrd Sisters’ when I was younger! So great! Thank you so much for answering my questions! 🙂


    • Thank you! I was a bit hesitant of posting such a personal thing, but I was going to explode if I hadn’t… 😀

      Maybe one day I can convince PB (PH?) to go on a conference in Singapore and accompany him, as I’d very much like to meet you too! Hmmm, hatching sneaky plans…
      How cool that you know Terry Pratchett! In Switzerland it’s mostly English lit nerds who know about him, so it’s always nice to meet people who are aware of him!


      • Ha ha! I totally understand why you’d be hesitant, but I’m so happy you did! Maybe if we did the Sew Bossy thing, I could get you one of Megan Nielsen’s pregnancy patterns? They look super comfy (I’d like to wear one here!) & very pretty indeed! Sort of a celebratory Sew Bossy maybe? But if you have another pattern in mind that you like more, please say!

        I’d LOVE you to come visit here! The conference plan is a great one, but I think we may be back in Europe (or maybe New York – just think of the fabric!) within the year. You can definitely come to visit wherever we are though & if you do come to Singapore, I can give you a list of places to visit! 🙂 It would be SO lovely to meet you in person!

        Terry Pratchett is awesome! I think he’s retired from public life a little more now because of his illness, but he seems like a really nice guy. Do you like China Mieville and Neil Gaiman too? They both make me a bit homesick for Europe, but I really like their books regardless!


      • I’ve been having an eye on Megan Nielsen patterns for quite some time now. What has kept me from buying so far is the pdf format. I don’t like sticking pages together, it delays the process so much (I still trace pdf patterns…). But I might give in soon, they’re just too adorable!

        Oooh, moving back to a more temperate climate! Good for you! Also, New York would be great for meeting (apart from the fabric stores, gah!), as PB’s sister is currently doing her PhD on Long Island. So we tend to visit there quite often. Europe is of course even easier, since so close! Anyway it goes, I hope to one day meet!


    • Thank you!
      You’re right, tracing does come in handy! I still hate it, though I do it so often. I’m just too afraid to have spent so much money on a pattern and then screw up the sizing…


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