Monday

Kreativ Blogger Award

Many thanks to Sarah Klassen at exquisitely beautiful blog, Haute Design, for the KreativBlogger award!

SO... I'd like to thank Sarah, the Academy, my producer, my acting coach, my stylist, my choreographer, the technician that turns my terrible voice into something halfway plausible, and of course, Oscar de la Renta, who designed the haute couture, one-of-a-kind gown I'm wearing (this is a dream of course).

Here's my lovely gown. I look fabulous, but I'm apparently Spanish, and I forgot to put on a slip this morning. Anywho.
The conditions of the award are that I a) tell you 7 things about me, and b) nominate 7 others for the award. And now (envelope please), the Kreativ Blogger awards go to...


Please visit ALL of these fabulous blogs - you'll be glad you did!

Now, the really hard part (picking fabulous bloggers was easy). 7 things folks may not know about me...

1. I'm addicted to all things cinnamon. For instance: I hate brushing my teeth (just like a little kid) but give me some cinnamon toothpaste and I'm a happy camper. I like cinnamon on my lattes, in my hot chocolate, sprinkled on some yogurt... . For me, it's the salt of sweet stuff.
2. I'm a compulsive picture straightener. It's genetic. My mom straightens pictures wherever she goes, and I likewise can't resist a good nudge to any wayward frame. No place and no person is immune. My friend's paintings get straightened as much as my dentist's.
3. Chinoiserie is my favorite style of decorating. I love Asian influence, and I grew up in a house stuffed with Asian antiques and books like "Japanese Stone Gardens" (not normal in the deep South).
4. I believe that Thomas Kinkade is a terrible person who should be prosecuted for crimes against taste. Kinkade's "art" (oh, how loathe I am to put those two words in the same sentence!) is as uninspired as a velvet Elvis painting and as common as the shopping cart. He has been terrorizing the good people of this country for too long with his pastel monstrosities: saccharine cottages, bizarre land-locked lighthouses, idiotic babbling brooks, and flowers in colors not occurring in nature. And his terror is spreading to every home in the land. If you can't afford thousands of dollars for one of his "exclusive" syndicated, copyright protected, fully licensed prints, you can still wallow in Kinkadia - throws, calendars, porcelain lighthouses, coasters, night lights, CDs, commemorative books, and pillows. What's next? Thomas Kinkade Painter of Light Cheerful Cottage Toilet Paper dispensers? Probably. There will be no picture for this entry.
5. The best cup of tea I've ever had was at the Old Parsonage in Oxford, on Banbury Street (Oxford, UK, for those of you in MS). They make their own exclusive brew, and it's heaven.
6. I despise grocery stores so much it's practically a phobia (Groceriophobia?). If I am ever kidnapped by terrorists, the best place for them to interrogate me would be the produce aisle. For some reason, I can't stand shopping for food, and I very much dislike cooking (but I have absolutely nothing against eating). Oh, and take note National Association of Grocers: it is always FREEZING in your stores. I do not shop in a parka in July, thank you very much.
7. FINALLY... I love blogging. I started this blog (for keeps) just this year, and after many months, much to my surprise, I'm still at it. I never expected all the good things that have come with blogging - meeting amazing people (both online and in person) and finding a world of beauty and style. Blogland is like an IV drip for inspiration. I also never expected the kind souls who leave comments, email me, or stop me in the street to say - YOU inspire ME! So I just want to say: Thank You!!!
Images: style.com, dragonartz.wordpress.com/2009/07/, www.bcacquisitions.com/pages/stand.htm, The Old Parsonage, www.msvu.ca/library/librarynews/2009_03_01_archive.asp.

16 comments:

Sarah Klassen said...

Pretty award!

I was so pleased to pass the award onto someone who deserves it so much. You answers wonderful -- some made me laugh (Kinkade and grocery shopping) and some almost brought tears to my eyes. (like the very last one)

I, too, feel blessed to get to know and share inspiration with such amazing people, such as yourself :)

Style Redux 2 said...

What a great list-I swear we are twins separated at birth.

Sanity Fair said...

Sarah - lol. Do you have groceriophobia too? Thanks again for all your kindness :)

Sanity Fair said...

Beth - we're Chinoiserie Twins, it's true! Please write your book soon!

Things That Inspire said...

Thank you SO much - I am very honored to be listed with such wonderful and inspirational blogs! I found your blog not too long after you started it, and immediately knew it was something special. You have one of the most creative names in the blog world (there is a true art to naming a blog - I had no clue when I started blogging that my url name should match my header name, but I seem to recall that no url name was available that suited my intent).

Now I am desperate to go to Oxford for that cuppa. Whenever I go to London, I just stay there - although I have been to Oxford, and my favorite stately home/palace is not too far away from Oxford (Blenheim Palace). In '97, I spent a month in England and did a tour of stately homes, and it was sheer heaven. My favorite trip ever.

Claire Watkins, ASID allied said...

RT-> Entire Kinkade rant-oh wait RT doesn't work here. You're educating the people against the investment of bad 'art'-kudos to that social cause.
;-)

Greet said...

First of all I want to thank you for the comment on my blog the other day! So now I have discovered yours and added your blog on my bloglist! BEAUTIFUL BLOG!!

Greet

Annie@A View On Design said...

well congrats on the award, I can see why, you have a gorgeous blog - so I'm following now too!

little augury said...

what an honour and since I have no secrets and may be considered a bit unscrupulous- I will be lifting ALL your 7 things! especially the grocery store-It is hard following up on this-but I will try very soon. Terrific. Thanks Again. Gaye

The Antiques Diva™ said...

HOW FUN! I'm so excited to be included on your list (and honored!!!). I'll post my award response in about 2 weeks! I'm off for Amsterdam tomorrow with another set of Diva Tours and am mildly slammed at the moment, but this will give me something warm & wonderful to look forward to when returning home to Berlin a week following!

Toma

Averill said...

Thank you so much for the award, Skyla! I'm honored! I absolutely adore your 7 things, btw (and similarly hate Kincaidia and grocery stores!).

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Thank you so much and congrats on getting it yourself. I am honored to be in the blog category with you and the others you picked.

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

Aw, thanks so much! And look at the good company I'm in! I'm honored. I'm a picture straightener too. It doesn't matter where I am, if it's off, I have to do something about it! Thank you so much again. You made my day!

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

I am totally with you on #2, 5, and 7. God, I hope I remembered them correctly. I straighten pictures everywhere (a designer habit and my civic duty),Hate grocery shopping as I am an impulsive shopper and poor meal planner so it is actually cheaper to send my housekeeper-so sad to admit. Love blogging for sure.

annechovie said...

Loved learning these things about you, Skyla. Thanks for making me laugh and btw, I am 100% with you on the Thomas Kinkade thing. Mercy!

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