My Humble Little Blog

Liebster Award? What’s that? After a little research, it’s an “internet” award to help discover and promote new blogs. Some bloggers refuse the award on the basis they think it a “chain letter” award. Others choose to accept because they feel it helps to support beginning bloggers. Hmmm? This seems awful nice to a novice.


Thank you to Erin from DIY Passion for nominating my humble little blog!

The rules for this award depend on where you look. The “official” rules are below.


“Official” Liebster Award Rules:  Once a blogger is nominated, and they choose to ACCEPT the award, they should:

1. Thank and link back to the blogger who nominated you

2. Upload the Liebster award badge to your blog

3. Post 5 facts about yourself and answer the 5-10 questions from the person who nominated you

4. Nominate and add a link to 5-10 blogs with fewer than 500 followers

5. Notify the nominees by email or leave a comment on their blog, include 5-10 questions

So, here goes. Facts and Answers . . .


My Five Random Facts:

1. Both of my girls are cancer survivors. What are the odds in that? Should I play the lottery?


2. I live in a menagerie: two precocious, hyper Boston terriers. My mom, who lives with us, has a rescue beagle. I adopted my daughter’s loco krazy cat who we ridiculously flew from Spain. Don’t ask. Long story.

3. I have been a teacher for over 34 years – the first 20 as an art teacher, remainder and presently as an ITRT.

4. I am a local that lives nearby one of the world’s largest military areas.

5. I can arch both my eyebrows at opposite times in rapid succession. Talent!


My Answers to Erin’s questions:

1. What do you like most about blogging? Global contact. Making new friends, learning new things. It can be humbling to read other’s thoughts. I find humor, compassion, inspiration and respect in other’s posts.

2. What do you find to be the most challenging thing about blogging? Sometimes it is difficult to place emotion or put the right “feeling” in written word.

3. How do you explain your hobby to people when they ask what you do? The fine arts, crafting and using digital tools have always interested me. My family and friends know that there is always a project brewing in my head or in the works. My workspace -art -craft room is always available to family and friends. I don’t really have to explain my hobby to many.

4. What’s the worst DIY fail you’ve ever had? Ha! One of many: Spray painting 60 cardboard Christmas trees with a friend. The fumes were awful. The cardboard was soggy. I hated the color. But, the senior citizens we gave them to loved them. Go figure.

5. Who has been the biggest influence in your life in terms of your creativity? My mom is not only an influence, but my biggest supporter. I have many fond memories: oil paint and turpentine smells as her paintings dried in the pantry away from five prying, inquisitive kids; summertime picnic outings with neighborhood friends to museums; sewing sock puppets and plays . . . She has always encouraged me and my sisters and our passions. 


6. If you could have a dinner party with you and five other guests (dead or alive) who would they be and why? Only five? Let’s start with Renoir, Manet, Monet, Cassatt, Morisot . . . I l.o.v.e. the freedom and emotion of Impressionistic art.

7. What’s the one place in the world you haven’t visited but would love to see? I’d like to go back to Italy. But where I haven’t visited? I’d like to take my daughters to visit Ireland & Scotland.

8. Do you have a guilty pleasure? What is it? Kettle BBQ chips and Diet Coke.

9. Is white chocolate really chocolate? 🙂 Even as a child, I didn’t particularly like chocolate. I can nip a little piece of dark now and then – if peanut butter is involved.

10. If we were in a parallel universe, what would your job be? As in, what’s the one job you think you could have done, but didn’t pursue? Always wanted to own and operate a little antique -art -craft -tea shop with my girls. There’s a little boarded up train stop near my home that would make a great place to open shop. *sigh*


11. What’s your favorite knock-knock joke? Knock Knock. Who’s There? Dishes. Dishes Who? Dishes me, who is you?


My Liebster Award Nominations: Okay. Enough of me. Based upon twitter, facebook and blog follows; the nominations are:

Fox and Finch

Tales of Adventure, Big and Small

The Corner Farmhouse


For Those Who Love Dresses

Like this award implies, I am a fledgling and haven’t followed many blogs yet. I’m working on it! 

My 11 9 Questions for the Nominees:

1. Why did you start your blog?

2. Who has been the biggest influence in your life in terms of your creativity?

3. What was your favorite DIY home improvement?

4. What is your favorite post you have written {please provide a link}?

5. What is your favorite color to incorporate in home decor/design and why?

6. What’s the one place in the world you would love to visit or return to?

7. What is a favorite childhood memory?

8. What is one thing you’d put on your bucket list?

9. If money were no object, what renovation/design project would you tackle immediately?


Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Check out these blogs, as they’ve got lot of knowledge and know-how to share!

Have a good week! – – Joanne


7 thoughts on “My Humble Little Blog

  1. Joanne – thank you for taking the time to share. So powerful both your daughters are cancer survivors. I love how you’ve woven your gift of teaching into how you share with your readers. Keep up the good work!

    1. Thank you, Ruth. Yep, my girls are pretty awesome. One was 23 months (28 years ago), the other just turned 21 (6 years ago) when diagnosed. They’re strong lovely young ladies. Thanks for visiting and commenting! ~Joanne

  2. Hi daughter- Wonderful post. I am so grateful that I have, in any way, been an inspiration to you. I think your Grandmother White was also an indirect influence on your artistic, creative soul. Remember times at her kitchen table working on some project. Perhaps it is in your D.N.A. You have far surpassed my creative energy. Love – Mom

  3. Wow, I love the info you shared! So glad to hear that your daughters are SURVIVORS! I see why you would want to turn the depot into an antique store. It has a lot of great detail!

    1. Hi Wendy, thank you for the comment. I have “watched” this old depot for years. It has never been for sale. Our city council is courting the idea of light rail and I think this depot will play a role. *sigh* I’m just glad it hasn’t been torn down. -Joanne

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