Sunday, July 19, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Awards

Today when I opened my e-mail account, I had the most wonderful surprise. Lemondrop Marie nominated me for a Kreativ Blogger Award! So thank you to that wonderful and inspiring vintage huntress/librarian for the nod...if you haven't been to her blog yet, I highly recommend it, along with her Etsy shop:)

As part of the award, here are seven interesting things about me...

1. I was a debutante. White dress, white gloves, pearls, and one heck of a party. Dancing with my brother was the best part of the night.

2. I lived in Tuscany for six months in graduate school, attending the University of Siena and doing research in their state archives. In that time, I figured out how much I'm really capable of. Before I left I had only taken introduction to Italian I and II and had no real experience actually speaking the language.

3. I fell in love once in Paris on one very long June night what seems like a very, very long time ago. It was one of the most memorable nights of my life and even though it didn't work out, I'm glad that we shared the experience. Finding him on the crowded platform of Gare Du Nord two days later was a magical thing.

4. I got married in a court house in Chicago the day after St. Patrick's Day three years ago, wore a vintage blue cocktail dress with clovers printed all over it, and our cake was a St. Patrick's Day one left over from the day before. That may have been the best day of my life. I actually giggled when saying my vows.

5. I have a deep and abiding love for religious art, particularly Medieval Italian icons and Russian Orthodox icons. I actually own a 19th century Russian icon of the saints of marriage and family and its my prized possession. That being said, visiting Mark Rothko chapels gives me the same feeling as looking at religious art. It makes me happy to be near them.

6. My first crushes were on Rudolph Valentino (too much Turner Classic Movies:) and 60's era, boy band Beatles George Harrison. I used to sneak my dad's vintage Beatles records into my room and play them on my Fischer Price record player... he wasn't too pleased with me when he found out:)

7. When I was little, I grew so fast that people assumed I was developmentally challenged. I actually looked like I was five when I was two. No joke, in ballet class photos, I resemble a giant beside the other girls. I think that was the year I grew a whole foot. I'm now five foot ten and a half inches tall and have been that way since I was about 12.

And here is a list of seven other Kreativ Bloggers that I would like to nominate:


strawberry koi


the cats pajamas

Vixen Vintage

Keep It To Yourself


Thanks too to everyone who commented on my last blog post! I was afraid that I sounded like such a big complainer...but was heartened by what you all wrote:) I think the funk is gone for good now!

Nominee Rules:
• Thank the person who nominated you for the award
• Copy the logo and place it on your blog
• Link to the person who nominated you for this award
• List seven things about yourself that people might find interesting
• Nominate and post links to the seven Kreativ Bloggers you nominate
• Leave a comment on each of the blogs, letting them know they have been nominated


  1. Well done on the receiving the Kreativ blogger award! :)

    Your blog is one of my favourites! :D

    Love Kirsty .x.

  2. Congrats on the award! I loved reading this post. I suppose falling in love in Paris is cliche, but it sounds so perfect to me.

  3. congrats! Wonderful to get a bit more about you!

  4. Congrats. Oh I always like finding out more about my blogger friends. Thanks for sharing.xxxx

  5. Thank you so much for the nomination Kelley! I love your 7 things. Your Wedding sounds really sweet and romantic. Hope to one day have one just like that (or at least rather similar). Big weddings are so unattractive to me. Also, your Paris romance sounds extremely romantic. It reminds me of 'Before Sunrise'... I've had a long distance relationship also. It was such a nice and frustrating thing (he was in Switzerland!). I love that your favorite Beatle was George... he was/is mine also!


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