Tuesday, February 8, 2011


I've been so very lucky to receive two blog awards over the past week or so-- a Stylish Blogger award from Laura at Pragmatic Attic and a Versatile Blogger award from Ginger at Sailing Over a Cardboard Sea.

Both awards ask that I tell seven things about myself, so here goes:
  1. I have a B.A. in History from the University of Oklahoma.  I mostly studied early modern England and Scotland.
  2. I have a B.A. in French, as well.  I'm currently working on my German and I used to be able to read Latin. Need to work on that next!
  3. I don't work.  I love staying at home, but sometimes I have a hard time squaring my traditional domestic arrangement with my political views!
  4. The lovely man who makes #3 possible is my husband, Paul.  As of this week, we've been together seven years.  He never objects to the food I cook or to all the old stuff I buy.
  5. I knit almost every day (I'm Ecossaise over at Ravelry).  I have sewn things in the past, but my skills need a serious boost.  I'm not interested in knitting for its therapeutic properties--I just want the clothes.
  6. I set my hair in pin curls twice a week using a modified version of this set.  When I want a change, I use enormous velcro rollers for a 60s-inspired hairdo.
  7. Despite my love of vintage, I'm not a good thrift store shopper.  I always feel overwhelmed and much prefer antique stores, estate sales and the internet.
Now, to pass on the love.  If I've selected your blog, feel free to do whatever (pass it on, don't pass it on).  I don't want anyone to feel like they have to participate.  So, if you're thinking, "who is this person and why is she giving me an award?" just ignore it!  I get to pick up to fifteen blogs for each award, but I'm going to change things up and award just one Stylish Blogger award and one Versatile Blogger award per week or so.  To pass the award along, (a) link back to me, (b) share seven items about yourself, (c) select 15 pass-it-on bloggers.  Without further ado--

This week's stylish blogger:

Iz bakinog ormara

This week's versatile blogger:
Mariana, who has nine blogs on various subjects.  I follow:
Art Deco
The Flapper Girl
Vintage Ads


  1. Lovely facts, I wish I could be botherred to put in the effort to actually do something to my hair styling-wise, your hair looks so cute in your profile picture!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

  2. Congrats on your awards and happy anniversary, your Paul sounds wonderful.

    I love the fact that you are so well educated and say what you do about staying at home! I'm often conflicted on the issue, I too love staying home but, like you, find it doesn't mesh with my political views or my budget- no matter what he tells me I cannot get used to the idea of spending money I didn't earn, thus I'm reluctantly seeking employment.

    Thanks so much for sharing the setting pattern you use, I'll have to give it a go!

  3. Congrat on zour award, and thank zou for mine, actually I give it back to you as you deserve it!
    Wov, you have a BA in French, it's a beautiful language. Hopefully I'll be fluent in it one day.
    Of all the facts you give, I would never say you don't work, maybe not outside of your home at the moment, but in it you do work, the food you prepare requires a lot of expertise and it's only a part of things you do, learn every daz. Happy to meet you in the blogosphere :)

  4. I've missed a couple of posts...the Marmalade Teabread sounds wonderful (and so does the cake)! I enjoyed reading about you - even if I do know you pretty well! Love you...

  5. Happy anniversary! I'm also quite happy staying at home. I worked for a long time before getting married and having children, so I have absolutely no qualms about being a SAHM.
    I have a MA in American material culture, and I am loving finding about all these amazing vintage focused blogs. I had no idea that you could find out how to set your hair in a retro style online. That is so cool. Now, I want to try pinning up my hair.


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