18 March 2015

My Liebster Award

liebster award

The lovely Stephanie, who blogs over at Our next few steps nominated me for a liebster award!

I was really surprised,  happy but mostly honoured to  be nominated. Basically, this award is a way to meet new bloggers and  give other bloggers a chance for them to know you. This is an excellent way to interact with other bloggers, and better yet, get your blog out there too...!

The rules are very simple:
Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog;
Answer their questions in a blog post;
Nominate at least 10 blogs with 400 followers of less for the Liebster Award;
Ask some questions of your own;
let your nominees know you nominated them!
All is explained and now, lets answer the questions prepared by Stephanie:

1. Why did you decide to start blogging?

I don´t have a simple answer for this, so bear with me... I have been through different moments in life that led me to blog, stop and resume blogging again. My very first post went live sometime in 2006, and it just shows a picture of my favourite bush, Magnolia x soulangeana which happens to be the reason why my blog´s name is Magnolia, and why the web address might be considered complicated for some, it´s the landscape architect side of me showing up... I didn´t continue to blog as I didn´t have a real reason to blog at the time. Some years later, late 2013, my partner and I  moved to a new rental and at the time I started and finished some DIY projects and decided to blog about it. I also bought my very first sewing machine and posted about my sewing projects. Then the most wonderful thing happened to us, we became pregnant! Our lives changed completely and my reason to blog was more obvious. I then started to post about motherhood, the little mischiefs of my little one and all things babies and now toddlers, related. I still post about my crafts projects, when I have time to do some.

2. What do you love & hate most about blogging?

What I love about blogging... There are so many things that I love about it...! For starters, I love the blogging community, who mostly is welcoming and so very helpful and friendly! I also love the fact that blogging has pushed me to learn so much about different things as designing techniques, even made me learn about html, and gave me a reason to draw once again!
What I hate? Humm, I don´t think there's any reason for me to hate blogging, otherwise I wouldn´t be doing it at all....

3. If you won £1,000 what would be the first thing you buy?

I have no idea ... maybe I would buy my babynew things that he might need, as usual, like some new outfits or similar... Or I just might  indulge myself with some new fabrics for my sewing projects!

4. How would you describe yourself in three sentences or less?

This is a difficult one!
First and foremost I am a mother, which pretty much defines me and influences anything that I do. I am also a post-grad student and I have to finish my doctorates degree at some point this year which means that I am a really  stressed up person! I am also a very friendly and social, although very shy; I love hanging out with my friends which rarely happens nowadays; finally I am a caffeine addict and I also love to end the day with a nice glass of red. 

5. Name one thing you would never change about yourself?

Another difficult one! My forgiving and caring nature.... these two are very important these days.

6. Tell us your most embarrassing memory?

I have so many of these, which one to choose.... Leaving the house wearing a different pair of socks, but wayyy different socks. My husband was the one that noticed it once I got home, by the end of the day. I blame being sleep deprived. Or baby head brain, or whatever baby related affliction...

7. Three things you couldn't live without?

 My camera, my laptop and my blackberry. In that order!

8. Your favourite quote?

 I have a favourite author, Fernando Pessoa, and there´s a quote from his Book of Disquiet which I relate with: “My soul is impatient with itself, as with a bothersome child; its restlessness keeps growing and is forever the same. Everything interests me, but nothing holds me. I attend to everything, dreaming all the while. […]. I'm two, and both keep their distance"

My Nominations:

 My Questions

1. When did you start blogging and why?
2. What is your favourite blog post and why?
3. What do you hope to accomplish with your blog?
4. What do you do in your "offline" life?
5. If you could choose any place, where would you live?
6. What is your favourite movie?
7. What is your favourite book?
8. Name three things on your bucket list.
9. Name three dream destinations.
10. Three things you could not live without.

Stephanie,  once again thank you for the nomination!

Lovely ladies, I am looking forward to read all your posts!

I am linking up with these amazing bloggers:

Brilliant blog posts on HonestMum.com
Super Busy Mum
Let's Talk Mommy


  1. Anonymous3:33 pm

    Hi Ann, nice to meet you - you sound like my type of person - I love crafts (although I am totally rubbish at sewing!) You are so right, the blogging community is very welcoming, which is so nice. The different socks thing is funny, I'm sure I've done that too - baby brain! #sharewithme
    Sabrina x

    1. Hi Sabrina, nice to meet you too :)
      Looking forward to keep reading those posts (particularly with some painting on it ;) ) x

  2. Lovely responses :D you're welcome for the nomination! It's great to get to know you better through this

    1. Thank you Stephanie! It was a pleasure to answer your questions! It was lovely getting to know you better too! :) x

  3. Thank you very much for the nomination Ann! I loved your answers to the questions that Stephanie set. I think if I had £1000 to spend I'd buy fabric too. :-)

    1. Aw, your welcome! Looking forward to read your post!
      I think buying fabric is a guilty pleasure for most crafters. ;) xx

  4. Ahh congrats this is so lovely. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    1. Thank you Jenny, and many thanks for hosting!


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