Saturday, May 18, 2013

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

The Boyer Family Singers nominated me for the fabulous Very Inspiring Blogger Award - what can I say? Heaps of thanks to Boyer sisters Brigid, Jessica, and Charlotte, for this wonderful honor! I received the award the day I left on vacation, and so my apologies for my tardiness in responding. It isn't for lack of appreciation. :D

This award has responsibilities, though, and I am overdue!

1- Display the award and link back to the person who nominated you
2- State 7 facts about yourself
3- Nominate 15 bloggers for the award
4- Notify the winners

Item 1 is complete. Here are the 7 facts about Midvale Cottage and me:
  • This is the first blog award I've received- yippee!
  • I love to shop at thrift stores and not only have I done so all my adult life, my two daughters grew up loving to shop at thrift stores too (and still do).
  • I sewed my wedding dress on my mother's Singer treadle machine.
  • I love to sew, knit, crochet, and embroider - taught by my mother.
  • While I love all vintage fashion eras, my heart belongs to the Mod years (late 60s to early 70s).
  • I have 10 siblings - 6 sisters and 4 brothers. I think all those hand-me-down clothes started me on my preference for thrifts stores! ;)
  • I started Midvale Cottage with 300+ patterns from a local estate sale (across the street!), where the mother had sewed all her family's clothes all her life.
And here are 15 bloggers that I find inspiring:
Couture Allure Vintage Fashion -  A blog for lovers of vintage clothing and fashion, where you can learn about vintage styles, designers, and design concepts through photos from the past.
Refashion Co-op -  A worldwide collaborative blog to showcase refashioned clothing projects and share techniques. Totally inspiring and fun.
We Sew Retro - A marvelous community of ladies and gents who adore vintage patterns, vintage fabric, and vintage style. Vintage and retro sewing projects are shared for inspiration and encouragement with vintage sewing fanatics worldwide.
Lilacs & Lace -  In her blog, Laura Mae chronicles her adventures in creativity. Shes adores sewing and knitting, mostly vintage or vintage-inspired patterns.
My Happy Sewing Place - Debi is an adorable and inspiring seamstress in bonnie Scotland who simply loves vintage patterns from all eras but especially the 30s, 40s and 50s. She looks wonderful in all her creations!
Peanut Butter Macrame - "Lady Katza" is an enthusiastic seamstress, who "sews to stay sane". :) She loves vintage and I love how she sews for her family as well as herself. She's amazing.
Sewaholic - Tasia went from sewing as hobby to sewing as career. She loves vintage patterns and blogs about her sewing projects, sewing tips and inspiration. Now she creates and sells her own line of sewing patterns!
Sewing Fairytales - A very active seamstress with a love of vintage who enjoys participating in sewing challenges in the sewing blogosphere. Salvia looks fabulous when she models her creations, complete with vintage accessories.
Wearing History -Lauren is an amazing seamstress of vintage patterns, and handles fashions from decade to decade with ease. Be sure to check out her own line of patterns!
Another Sewing Scientist - Vicki is very active in the sewing blogosphere, participating in sewing challenges and somehow managing a career in science and a love of sewing vintage.
A Dress a Day - What could be better than a vintage dress a day? Erin has been a fab presence in the vintage fashion blog world for an impressive time, with terrific humor and style.
Gertie's New Bog for Better Sewing - What's not to love about the phenomenal Gertie? I started following her blog before she became a star in the fashion (vintage and otherwise) world. She is awesome, and now has her own line of fashion patterns.
V is for Vintage - Beth has more fun with vintage fashion, including swing dancing and watching historical series on PBS. I with I had her energy. :D
Glamoursplash -A fun blog with a daily splash of vintage swimwear, vintage fashion, news, designer profiles and all things retro.
Casey's Elegant Musings - Casey sews, loves vintage, haunts thrift stores, knits, embroiders, and has such a wide range of tastes. She's my kind of gal!

That was an effort! But all worthy bloggers - and so delightful and inspiring! And now to notify the winners!

Thanks again, Boyer sisters, for nominating me - you are a total delight! :)


  1. AWWWW! Thanks so much for the award! That is so thoughtful! I do love all my vintage patterns I've bought from you :-) That's so cool that you got started from an estate sale right across the street! How amazing that must have been? xoxoxo

  2. Yay! So glad you finally posted about this! Congratulations again!
    That is so cool how you started your business... now I just need to get a hoard of vintage fabric to start mine. ;)

    The Middle Sister and Singer

  3. I don't know if I said this yet, but thank you! I do plan to blog about it soon. I've been in an awful funk lately.

  4. Thank you! I am really honoured!

  5. My favorite people! :) Ladykatza, don't worry, no hurry. How you do so much is amazing to me. :) And that goes for you too, Salvia! It's a delight to follow both of you.