Sunday, January 31, 2010

Kreativ Bloggers

I was given a lovely blog award, called Kreativ Blogger, by Jane. Jane has two blogs, one called The Painted House, which is her personal blog, filled with creative art and sewing and her writing about her life. The other is a new venture for her called 52 Projects. 52 Projects is an "adventure in discovery" involving doing something new and exciting each week of the year (although the project doesn't have to be big or art related) as a way to self-discovery and personal growth. Best of all, you can jump in anytime! Doesn't that sound great?

So part of the award is posting seven things you might not know about me.

1 - One of my favorite jobs when I worked regular jobs was working as an accounting clerk in a small office. I ran an adding machine all day and did very little thinking, leaving my mind free to roam all day. I loved that. Another favorite job I had was as an ice guard in an ice skating rink. I was the only female ice guard and it was a cool job:) It involved skating around, keeping people safe, and helping people who were injured. Some of my jobs were okay but nothing compares to being a writer.

2 - I made a Valentine for LoveHubbie last year out of an old refrigerator part, one that the repairman left when he installed a new thingamajig. I like making art projects out of found objects.

3 - I have had really, really bad teeth. By the time I was in my forties I'd lost about two-thirds of them. Lots of years before that were spent in pain before getting them fixed and after too. Then LoveHubbie took out a second mortgage on the house (just kidding, but almost) and got me a mouth full of dental implants and my life was transformed. Teeth are really, really important.

4 - I wrote a psychology paper in my sixth year as an undergraduate on how to calculate physical attractiveness using a mathematical equation. It sounds pretty lame except that I was also a statistics major and it made sense to me. That was so long ago that I typed it on a typewriter using carbon paper and I still have a copy.

5 - I am crazy about fountain pens and writing by hand. I've kept journals all my life and writing in them is just about the most fun thing I can imagine to do. I am also into flexible nibs and interesting colors of ink. I write mainly in moleskines now but also have several journals by the talented bookbinder and art journaler Leslie Herger.

6 - I started writing Amazon reviews because I wanted to share what I thought about books I'd read with other people, and I didn't know anyone I could talk to who cared. So far I've written 1,014 Amazon reviews. Really. It's pretty cool because I often get sent free things to review, however, I sort of wish now that I'd devoted more of that energy towards writing for publication.

7 - I was the black sheep of my family. LoveHubbie is the black sheep of his family. I enjoy people who do things differently, and my friends tend to be other black sheep. I think that being a black sheep is a fine thing to be, even a good thing. I do find it sad though that when you are marching to a different drummer people try to make your drummer (and you too) wrong and bad. I think that different drummers are what makes the world go round.

Lastly, for the Kreativ Blogger, you must pass it on to seven other bloggers. Jane hates this part and I do too. I don't think I read any blogs that aren't incredibly creative, because creative blogs are the ones I'm attracted to. Here are the rules for the seven recipients:

1. Thank the person giving the award.
2. Copy the award to your blog.
3. Place a link to their blog.
4. Name seven things people don't know about you.
5. Nominate seven other bloggers who you admire.
6. Place a link to these bloggers.
7. Leave a comment on their blog notifying them of the award.

I am adding another rule just for these seven wonderful bloggers: if you don't have the time or the desire to do this or you want to do it your own way, please feel free. My desire is to honor you and to let you know how much your creativity has inspired me.

Today I'm picking:

The Queen of Arts,
The Queen of Creativity,
                                               (I chose both Queen Kim and Queen Kate for their incredible creativity especially artistically, and I mention them first because they are royalty.)

Kikipotamus the Hobo,
                                                (I chose Kelly because she is gifted at finding small things to be grateful for each day.)

Notes from the Laundromat,
                                                (I chose Kristine because her art is like nothing I've ever seen, her photos are great, and she is an emerging artist just beginning to find recognition for the work she does.)

Suzie the Foodie,
                                                (Because she is just SO darn creative with food, her approach to cooking, and her writing about her adventures. I'm not really interested in cooking but I read each and every post and enjoy it. I swear I even taste the food!)

Finding My Way Home
                                                (I chose Thailand Chani because she is so creative with her approaches to life and to dealing with difficult situations.)

The Dream Life
                                                (Because Lori-Lyn writes better than anyone I know, and if that's not creative I don't know what is. She is also very, very real.)

If you're just coming back to my blog after a long hiatus (as in, since the last time I posted), please don't miss my post "Where's Olivia?" also from today.

Ahhhh, it's good to be back.


Kate said...


The Queens face is all pink as she blushes from your praise. What an honor you have bestowed upon me thank you.

I will pass this lovely award along to 7 worthy people.

Thanks you are the best friend.


Anonymous said...

Thank you, Olivia! I can't wait to do this. It was fun learning some new things about you.

Kim Mailhot said...

Thank you so much for the Kreative Blogger award, Olivia ! I am honored to be chosen. I agree with Kelly - it is fun to get to know new details about our Blogpals through this process. I will try and add my own meme in at the end of this week ! Cheers and welcome back !

Lori-Lyn said...

Olivia, Thank you so much. I'm deeply touched and honored.

patti said...

Interesting things Olivia!

Having your teeth fixed is such a great thing. It must have been gruelling at the dentist, but so worth it!

I'm the black sheep in my family too, so I can relate!

Carmen said...

i love L-L writing too! she is lovely, talented and gifted.

i was reading your seven things, some i knew them already.
love what you did (or reused) that refrigerator part.
i have VERY BAD teeth too
i smiled a lot with my mouth close ;-)
i relate somehow to you about the black sheep thing but i wasn't exactly a black sheep, te-hee!
i left way too early my parents house because of my free spirit, i grew up so into myself and grew very independent, and you have to consider my culture is very tight and close minded about this.
i have lived away from my family my whole life.
and that's okay.
oh boy was i different, just the way i dress, lol
hugs Oli!!!!