Tuesday, 12 May 2015

One Lovely Blog Award

A few days before we left Europe to come home, I was surprised to hear from Christine, who blogs at Patchwork Allsorts, that she was nominating me for the "One Lovely Blog Award".    She always comments on my blog posts, even the ratty ones, and always has something nice to say.  Thank you Christine, that was so sweet of you to nominate me.

The purpose of this award is for bloggers to nominate fellow, mostly newer, bloggers that they wish to recognize. The goal is to bring attention to blogs that we think are 'lovely' and enjoy reading.  We hope others will enjoy reading these blogs also.

In order to accept the award the nominated blogger must:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers for the award.
Here are my seven facts:

1.  I have been crafting since I was very young, starting with doll's clothes, then sewing clothing and knitting for myself.  I also learnt embroidery at school, which I loathed.  Since then I have sewn clothes for family and friends, curtains, and other soft furnishings.  Nowadays I tend to stick to patchwork, sometimes a bit of embroidery and almost exclusively for charity.

Some of the charity quilts I have made in the last 12 months

2.  I have always wanted to travel.  When I was a child and people asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up, the answer from a very early age was "travel".  So there must be some gypsy in my genes somewhere. 

I have just returned home from a month in the UK and Germany.

3.  I am really interested in family history, and have traced mine way back to beyond the early 1700s. 

Meet my great great great grandmother, Maria Ivanovna Scheele nee des Fontaines, who was born in 1800 in Archangel, Russia.  This is the oldest image I own of a direct ancestor,

I do research at the Mitchell Library (main state library) into early Australian History for an on-line database called the Biographical Database of Australia (BDA), and I have been involved with that organisation since its earliest stages.  Almost all of my trips interstate and overseas involve a visit to an archive, and the current one is no exception.

4.  My Dearly Beloved and I have one adult daughter, a son-in-law, three beautiful grand daughters and a 7 month old foster grand son.  This is my family and the reason for my existence.  We also have a beloved feline fur baby, called Tibby.

5.  I have taught my daughter and all three grand daughters to sew.  Love to help them create and I encourage them as much as I can.  Love it when they "shop my stash" or ask if they can come over to sew.

6.  I grew up dual language, and speak, read and write Russian.  Sadly, no longer very fluently as I don't get to use it these days.

7.  I worked in the computer industry for 25 years, mostly as a consultant, and specialised in testing software for medium to large companies.  Loved it.  I have been retired now for 12 years.

Now for the fun part.  I have chosen some of my favourite blogs for you to visit.  I have a rather long blog list, so please don't be offended if I have omitted yours - its only because it was really hard to choose.  They are in no particular order.

Christine at MacDonald's Patch
Now if you have enjoyed this post, please pop on over to some, or better still, all of these blogs and introduce yourself.

Til next time.....Keep on stitching.


  1. Hi Dasha it was lovely learning more about you xx

  2. Lucky you Dasha....my daughter did not get the sewing gene sadly for me. Maybe I will have a granddaughter one day that I can teach :)

  3. What a lovely post Dasha and thank so much for the glowing words! It is really nice getting to know a bit more about you! I'm off to have a look at some of those blogs! Have a lovely week! :) x

  4. Thank you so much for the award! How lovely to find that bit more about you in this post : )
    What a wonderful name great, great, great grandma had!
    You've traced back so far, how wonderful to be able to do that and to have a photo like that as well, such a bonus.
    Am intrigued, did the Russian side of the family go straight to Australia or did they come through to UK maybe? Its like a mystery drama isn't it!!

  5. What a great post for getting to know you better. How amazing that you have a picture of your great great great grandmother. Isn't it great that you've been able to share sewing with your daughter and grand daughters.
    It's an honour to be on your list of blogs, thank you.

  6. Hi Dasha. Thanks for nominating me. I really enjoyed getting to know some more about you.

  7. Aha! I found it with no trouble at all. Thanks for the nomination, Dasha! You have shared some interesting little "secrets" about yourself. Well, the travel thing really isn't a secret, but the Russian language is a cool surprise! I haven't researched my family history, but have personally known 6 generations of the women, starting with my great grandmother (she was a lovely, gentle woman) and going down the line to my granddaughter. I'm hoping to eventually meet a seventh generation, but we shall have to wait and see! I have photos of my grandmother's grandparents, whom she remembered very fondly. It seems I may know more of my family history than I first realized...


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