Tuesday, 22 April 2014

I Got Nominated for a Liebster!

I've only just clocked that Rachel from 'Is It Fitting?' has nominated me for a Liebster! I'm so flattered I actually blushed when I found out. Thanks Rachel!

Funnily enough Rachel's post which nominates me starts with a thought about apologising (or not) for the occasional unplanned blogging break. Although I agree it's somehow weird to apologise when you're only really holding yourself up to your own standards, I have to confess I feel a bit daft not having seen the nomination 'til now, because I haven't managed to post for a couple of weeks...! Plus I'm gutted not to have finished anything in time to catch the glorious cherry blossom in any 'handmade update' photos. Oh well- I will have finished my Sew La-Di-Da Sweetheart Dress soon, hopefully! 

My blog is for me primarily a record of my creative output, and hopefully a means of meeting other likeminded people. I've only been blogging for a few months and still quite a slow sewist so I'm not the most prolific blogger, as I usually only post once something is finished (and when I can get someone to take a decent photo) but it's nice to know that some people enjoy reading what I do manage to put out there! I certainly enjoy seeing other people's projects and finding out about the new patterns out there- and getting inspired by the amazing pattern hacks that people come up with. 

Anyway, to the Liebsters... As far as I understand from seeing them doing the rounds on other people's blogs they're a way of showing appreciation for lesser-known bloggers by nominating people whose blogs you admire and getting them to answer a set of questions. The folks you nominate then have to carry on the process and shine the spotlight on other new and lesser-known bloggers that they appreciate. Lesser-known means 200 or fewer followers-  I'm also using Bloglovin's stats so please don't be offended if your blog is mentioned and you have more followers than I've given you credit for! I've not been blogging for long so am still discovering blogs to read, and this Liebster thing is proving very useful in finding them actually.

I'm following Rachel's Liebster template here by nominating 11 bloggers, giving 11 facts about myself and setting 11 questions for my nominees. 

First off, here are my answers to Rachel's questions:

1. Where is your favourite place?
I don't have a specific favourite location- but anywhere beautiful, natural and a bit wild. I was blown away all over again by the beauty of the view from Richmond Hill over the Bank Holiday weekend. But I also love cities- I'd love to go back again and again to Barcelona or Berlin.
2. If you could have a personal chef or a personal stylist (who could also help out in the sewing room), which would you chose?
Tough question! Probably a personal stylist. I love food but have endless appreciation for getting dressed up, and I need all the help in the sewing room I can get!
3. What is the most inappropriate/ridiculous outfit you have ever worn?
Another tough question. My love of dressing up is sometimes ill-judged. I did have a meeting with the CEO of the company I work for the other day in a self-made lion costume (from my burlesque costume trunk, with some modesty modifications). It was a World Book Day outfit is my excuse, but realistically I probably had time to change!
4. What is your favourite movie genre?
Another toughie. I work in cinema exhibition so I love loads of different kinds of film, but have a soft spot for the colourful melodrama of Almodovar.
5. What is the most you have ever spent on a single piece of fabric (and have you used it yet?)
Not much! I'm still beginning so hedging my bets so far as none of my finished projects has been perfect yet and my machine is a cranky old fabric eating monster (although I just cleaned and oiled it so fingers crossed it will be better behaved from now on). I spent £7 a metre on the Pharmaceutical Newsprint fabric I made my first Elisalex out of, that's the most so far!
6. Who is your favourite Doctor Who?
Can I confess I don't watch Dr Who? I love Peter Capaldi though, so I'm sure he's cracking in the role. 
7. Is there anything you would love to make, but just can’t pluck up the courage?
I will get around to everything eventually! I have inherited a beautiful vintage pattern stash that's in storage which (if I recall properly) includes some 1930s gowns. Once I have the skills I'd love to make them all! I really need to get fitting and pattern adaptation right first though. 
8. Dogs or cats?
Other people's dogs are brilliant (my manager's 'Staffador' Daisy is a joy to have in the office, resting her head on my feet), but I love living with my characterful cats Muriel and Sasha. 
9. Which parent or family member are you most like?
Probably my mother. She's been a big craft inspiration, also loves dressing up, and is a terrible enabler to go shopping with. 
10. How many hats do you own?
Countless! In the same house clearance that I got all the vintage patterns from I also got some wonderful hats. I'll have to blog them soon, they need to be seen! Here's a snap of one below taken on my birthday last year. Sadly as I cycle most of the time I don't really wear hats as much as I'd like, as they're impractical to carry. Maybe I should get a pannier hatbox?

11. If the world as we know it were to end, do you feel more prepared for a) a zombie apocalypse, b) the Rise of the Machines (bow down to your robot masters!)?
The Rise of the Machines feels like it's upon us already... 

Here are my 11 facts about myself...in no particular order

1. I'm a lifelong vegetarian (alright, technically a pescatarian), and have never intentionally eaten meat.
2. I'm in a Burlesque troupe called the Salacious Sirens! It's a lot of fun and a good excuse to gain skills making ridiculous frocks. 
3. My Burlesque alter ego is Ottolie Divine. 
4. My other alter ego is Ron Rotten. Ron comes from Ronile- my name backwards. 
5. When I was very small I wanted to grow up to be a dog, and made my bed into a kennel for a while. 
6. Puedo hablar Espanol, pues un pocito! (I can speak a little bit of Spanish. Still learning though! Good Spanish book recommendations welcome)
7. I cycle between 30 mins and 3 hours a day all over London, depending on where I'm working that day.
8. I love trashy detective dramas and books. In fact if anyone knows any Spanish language trashy detective books I will feel less guilty about my passion for reading them!
9. Bettie Page is my style icon, which leads me to 10...
10. I cut my own fringe to try and get that Bettie look. It doesn't always go well.
11. I have a pair of Doc Martens for every day of the week.
Who do I nominate? 

Annette Tirette
Dandelion Drift
Sewing Pies
Foxgloves and Thimbles
Lazy Seamstress
Disaster in A Dress
Vintage Belle
The DIY Fox
Full-Time Vixen
Strange Notions

Nominees, here are your questions...

1. What's your favourite pattern?
2. What's your biggest sewing challenge?
3. Who is your style icon?
4. Who's your favourite fashion designer?
5. What other creative/ crafty hobbies do you have?
6. What's your guilty reading/ watching/ listening pleasure?
7. What is your favourite painting?
8. Would you rather sky dive or scuba dive?
9. Do you have a piece of clothing (handmade or otherwise) that brings you really good memories/ giggles?
10. What's your funniest/ cringiest wardrobe malfunction?
11. If you could travel through time, which time period would you most like to visit?

Well, I think that's quite enough from me for now. Thanks again Rachel for the nomination, and I find out lots of new bloggers to follow branching off from my nominees!

Until next time,

NorseOtter xxx


  1. I love these Liebster questionnaires! I've only just found your blog & I think you're awesome already! Trashy detective books are my weakness too! I love your Elisalex dress (great fabric!) & it's just reminded me that I MUST buy that pattern...! Clearly yours is a dangerous blog for me to read!

    1. Hi! The Liebsters are great aren't they? Such a good way of finding new patterns and inspiration! You should definitely get the Elisalex, I've worn that dress loads since I made it and it's had so many compliments- I can't wait to make another! Looking forward to seeing your Me Made May outfits!