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As I write this, I have been a blogger for two months. Yep – two whole months. Can hardly believe it myself.

I had been considering a blog (read: talking about the possibility) for ages. I had been (still am, for that matter) a blog stalker for even longer, sitting on the sidelines marvelling at all the incredibly talented and creative people out there in cyber-space. Then, one day LM suggested a ‘starter blog’, as a way for me to dip my toe in the blogosphere water and see what the temperature was like. And so I did – WordPress is my friend! – AND I’m here to tell you the temperature here in blog-land is just fine… I may stay a while.

I’ve fallen in love with blogging. It’s my new favourite thing.  I’m still a newbie. I’m still finding my feet. But, I have connected with some amazing people from around the world. There is a wonderful sense of community in blog-land. It’s a friendly, happy place (for the most part). Piffle! I just read that back to myself – Does it sound a bit too much like I’m describing Disneyland? 

Anyhoo, over the past month or so, a few of my fellow blogging buddies have very kindly recognised This Sydney Life by nominating this blog for a few blogging awards.  For the most part, these awards involve recognising the blogger who nominated you; nominating more blogs; and telling your blog readers a few tidbits about yourself.
Image of Gwyneth Paltrow Accepting her Oscar

To be honest, I’ve been holding off responding because it’s much, much easier to write or post about almost anything other than yourself.  Truly.  But, I’ve been feeling ungracious.  It’s been on my mind.  I like to think I was brought up ‘proper’.  So, the time has come.  Here goes:

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A huge shout-out to the four wonderful, yet very different, bloggers for my Versatile Blogger award nominations.

  • I have to start with the gorgeous In Pursuit of More, a wonderful blog from Canada about living with a little less to gain a little more.  It’s chock full of recipes and Shira writes with so much enthusiasm.  She always makes the day seem brighter. I am now addicted to her kale pesto!
  • Marina Chetner’s U.S. based photography blog is filled with beautiful photographs and tales of Marina’s travels.  She’s an Australian who has lived on both the Eastern and Western coasts of the U.S. Her blog makes you wish you were with her in her travels.
  • Zac the All Black is written from the perspective of Zac, the Tibetan Terrier.  Zac lives in Melbourne.  He’s a most chatty pup. Bella (the poodle) is especially fond of this blog.
  • Frozen Moments is about life off the beaten track, and one a very long way away from Sydney.  Jack and Barbra Donachy provide an amazing insight into life above the Arctic Circle.  (They also describe my blog as vibrant! Gotta’ love them for that!)

  • The Kreativ Blogger award nomination came from My Daily Creativity, where Angela is sharing her 365 days of creativity.  Thanks Angela!
  • And, the Liebster Blog award nomination comes from Kitty’s Dolceforno, a luscious offering of baking from the delectable Kitty who (in her own words) is “A graphic designer who bakes as a hobby and obsessively takes pictures of her efforts.” Cheers Kitty!

As for my nominations, it’s a hard thing to do, pick out of the many fabulous offerings.  I find new and interesting blogs almost daily.  So, this list is a taste of some of my regular favourites.  Here’s to you.  I think your blogs are wonderful…

  • Textile and Terrain – Harriet, and sometimes Nina, have a slight obsession with flowers and fabric.  They source beautiful (and often unexpected) finds with gorgeous images.
  • The Walkup is one of my more recent finds. Keren’s most gorgeous blog is about art, design, interiors and all sorts of other goodies.  Yum!
  • A Design For Wife is a “super keen bean”.  She lives in London (my other home) and her blog explores her love of design, clean lines, charity shop raiding, baking and the like.
  • Layyla Over the Rooftops of the World is a collection of things and images and themes that fascinate the lovely Layyla from Poland.  Often, they fascinate me, as well.
  • WhatIMeant2Say – If you want to laugh out loud, this is the blog for you.  A forty-something mother and teacher in San Antonio, Texas talks about her life with Cap’n Firepants, Dimples and (my favourite) Wonderbutt.  Oh yes – she hates giving personal details about herself.  You join the dots.
  • What We Like NYC is a curated guide to New York city and I wish I’d known about these four before I visited last year.  If you are heading to the big apple, you gotta’ check this out!
  • Arhitektura+ is written by a Sydney based architect from Serbia.  She showcases architecture, design and interiors from around the globe (and she has a great eye)
  • Sweat Like Mambo is where the fit and fun Mambo chronicles her daily life.  Well worth a visit.
  • bfarhardesign is design grad’, Becky’s place to document her ideas and inspirations.  It’s a fabulously colourful blog – very upbeat.
  • everydaysparks is where Cate puts stuff she sees which you may not.  It’s a lovely, quirky wee find and it’s sure to make you smile.
  • Magsx2 – this blog is the emporium of interesting things that you probably didn’t know about.  Mags posts daily about interesting things, usually in video format, and it’s kind of addictive!
  • I Me Mine is Danielle’s vehicle to share what she loves with the world.  I particularly like her insights into Perth, WA (the most geographically isolated city in the world!)
  • A Global Garnish – very lovely blog written by a serious foodie and traveller with a talent for the written word.  Just gorgeous.
Now, the dreaded 7 Things About Me… I can’t really take this that seriously. This will be available to the world FOREVER (and all that). How about I just give you 6 truths and 1 lie. You can try and work out the lie.
My favourite movie of all time is ‘The Princess Bride’.
Image of The Princess Bride
My first cassette (which pre-date CDs for anyone born after 1980) was the Psychedelic Furs, ‘Forever Now’. I still love it.
Image of the Psychedelic Furs 'Forever Now' Album
I hardly ever do fingernail polish.  My toes are always OPI ‘Thrill of Brazil’. (These are not my toes.)
Image of painted toes

The celebrity I most resemble is Mae West (when she was alive).

Image of Mae West circa 1936

My favourite colour is orange.

Colour Orange Image

I have visited Dayton, Ohio THREE times.  

(I have no plans to return at this time.)

Map of Ohio

LM and I both have monocular vision.  His lazy eye is the opposite to mine.  It’s impossible for us to look each other in the eye.

‘I SEE YOU’ (Actually, not really)

Wow!  If you are still with me after that epistle – thank you for wading all the way to the end!  I’m going to finish this post here.

Oh, not quite – have a fab’ Easter, all of you.

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Comments (50)

Congratulations on all of your awards – wow! Nicely done; I like your approach Gwyneth! You are so lovely to mention such beautiful words about my blog. I am glad to have started following you posts after Shira nominated ‘This Sydney Life 🙂 !

Well, pink is SO not my colour and my awards definitely did not make me cry, so perhaps Gwinnie and I are not so similar? But – YOUR blog is beautiful and I look forward to your posts. 🙂

haha! perhaps you should have had a pic of Mae West (if that point is true) with an oscar (did she win an oscar?)!

Mae West was never even nominated for an Oscar. She was far too scandalous. 🙂

It was Mae West?! I kinda guessed it 😉

It’s true! I am so baaaaad at guessing games – I’ve been called gullible A LOT. It’s really rather fun I think…..if you are the one messing with me 😉 ! Cheers Ladies!

You know what, Shira? The flip side of gullible is cynical. A little gullibility is a more attractive trait in this crazy world, I think. 🙂

Awwww…thank you! Right back at you – your blog is definitely on my list of favourites too. Now, back to your pics in this post – I get that they’re not your toes, but IS THAT YOU IN THE BUNNY SUIT?! (What a classic pic – I love that someone thought it needed a sign: I’m a rabbit!)

No – I’m more like Mae West… 🙂 (well, not really)

Congrats on your awards. 🙂
The Princess Bride was a fantastic movie, I have watched this movie a few times as I brought the DVD.
Thank You very much for the nomination.

Cheers Mags. You know you’ve got a winner with your fabulous (and unique) blog. 🙂

PS Looking forward to checking out the blogs you’ve listed on here!

Okay: I have to start *continue* the dog pile on this post! Leave it to you, J, to craft such a clever awards post – that is truly unique and interesting! I am going to guess ….um well I want to guess the Princess Bride (cause that would just be too weird as it’s one of my faves too)…I know your fave color, and well, I can’t guess – so there!
As always, so much kindness, you know how much I appreciate that!
Great post girl!

You always say the loveliest things, S.

I was introduced to ‘The Princess Bride’ by a wonderful friend from my university days. It really is my fav’. Next guess?


It’s a toss between the eye thing (that’s quite a coincidence!) or the Ohio thing!
The Psych Furs can’t be a joke, can it?

Nup – eye thing is true. Bizarrely, we established that on our first date. How weird is that? Spooky, almost!
I HAVE been to Dayton three times. In a previous life I was in a regional role for a multi-national. It involved trips to Dayton.
I never joke about the Furs. I am a teenager of the 80s. John Hughes forever, girl!
You are fast running out of options… 🙂

Aaaaaah! The nail polish color – I think you have another fave…..
Man, you are goooood!

Again, Nup. It’s Thrill of Brazil all the way.

So, we’re left with Mae West. THAT is a big, fat untruth. I’m probably more like Janeane Garofalo (only with a slightly less acerbic tongue, no tattoos and before she got so skinny!)

Here I was having all sorts of imaginings of you…love it! You are too funny!
Trying to imagine who I would be….

I’ll get around to posting a pic’ one of these days.

Dying to know who you would be…

So far the only thing that comes to mind is (sadly) my family refers to me as Monica often…yes, after the Friends character…OY! Not for the physical characteristics so much either…!

{laughing out loud in Sydney} 🙂 Oh, lovely Shira… too funny!

Thanks! And congrats on all of your awards! The thing I love about these is finding out how much we have in common: The Princess Bride (most perfect movie ever), OPI nail polish (and I only polish my toes, too), and, well, that’s it so far. But that’s enough to know that we are meant to be blogging buddies!

2 out of 7… There are worse odds (not many, but some!) 🙂

Very sweet of you to include t&t! I’m the same as you – I dread having to do the q&a & just want to nominate & share other blogs..maybe I’ll bend the rules! thanks again x

I’m all for bending the rules, T & T. Do it! 🙂

BRAVO!! Well deserved!! (I love the OPI tootsie shot! Great shade? Do you paint and tell?!) Theadora

Ha! Never! (well, maybe sometimes 🙂 )

Congrats to you! Your blog has obviously made an impact 🙂

Cheers Angela. That’s a lovely thing to say. 🙂

PS – what a GREAT NYC blog! Totally followed…

Congratulations on your award, well deserved 🙂

What a nice surprise to arrive back to Blogging World (I missed it) and find an award (my first) from one of my favorite bloggers! Great post and congratulations on your well-deserved awards. Love the first photo in this post particularly. Made me smile.

Being a newbie also, I do have a couple of questions. Do I get to nominate others now? Do I get to put one of those cute little awards icons on my blog? Of course, I have no idea now to do any of those things. Can you help?

Woohoo! Welcome home. Hope you had a fab’ break.

You know I enjoy your posts… Why don’t I flick you an e-mail in an attempt to address some of your questions?

from Sydney 🙂

Hope you enjoy many years of blogging.

Thanks Lady Fi. I enjoy your lovely blog so much, especially when Oscar features!

Thank you so much for nomination, I did this on my page also about a month ago will have to do it again sometime soon.

Your blog is beautiful, and I enjoy coming here everyday. We almost started blogging at the same time. It has been 3 months for me, and I find it so fun I really enjoy it. I was / still am big blog stalker as well so many good blogs out there so I must check out these that you have listed soon.

Thank you so much again,

P.s name is Arhitektura+

x have safe and happy easter

Thanks Arhitektura+. Have corrected your blog title. Thanks for the heads up!. 🙂

ooh exciting – well done for the awards! And thank you for the mention. I really enjoy reading your posts, and I’m glad I can try keep you in touch with London. Is my absolute dream to go back to Sydney one day so your blog will keep me inspired!

Back at ya’, ADFW. 🙂

Ok, Miss Vibrant…you get even more points for The Princess Bride and The Psychodelic Furs…love them both! I’m also with you on the bare fingers and polished toes (even though there is NO opportunity to wear open-toed anything around here!).

Woohoo! MORE points! You will have AMPLE time for bare tootsies when you come down under (although I am prone to stubbing my toe when boating…) 🙂

5 weeks til school is out. Actually four weeks and 4 days. But who’s counting?

First of all, thank you for the nomination – as I wrote once already, I never actually thought I’d get much of an audience for my blog when I started it, so getting recognized feels absolutely great! Such a great surprize to see myself being nominated along with all those superb blogs by others, much more experienced and talented people over there.
You gave me a great list of to-do-things for the near future – going through all these blogs! Looking very much forward to doing it!

Hi Layyla – love checking in on your blog, so it was my pleasure! 😉

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