Well I am here with some amazing news to share today that has made me feel "all giggly" inside.
Some of you may remember that last year I was surprised to be nominated in the British Craft Awards under the category of "Most Inspirational Blog" .. .. .. well knock me down with a feather it has happened again this year!
It was totally unexpected, and once again I am nominated alongside names who I consider to be the Premier League of crafting .. .. .. whereas I am a Sunday League player. Just look at the amazing folk nominated.. .. .. ..
Barbara Gray - One Day at a Time
Anne-Marie Catterall - Crafting with Hunky Dory
Sue Wilson - PartiCraft
American Crafts Studio
then .. .. .. lil' old me with my Always with a Heart blog
but looking through all the categories and nominees I then had the surprise of my life to see I had been nominated a second time under the category of "Favourite Card Designer". To be nominated once was already amazing but to be in two categories is awesome. Mr Heart confirmed that I was his Favourite Card Designer so that was good news!
My lovely fellow nominees in this category are:
and again .. .. lil' old me
Now at this point you might be thinking .. .. .. but my favourite isn't listed in either of those sections. .. .. well that's OK .. .. .. there is a final line in each category called "Other" and that is where you will get the chance to type in your own choice.
Like me you have perhaps wondered how people actually get on these lists in the first place. Well apparently people have been asked on social media about their favourite designers, craft stores and products and the answers were used to compile a shortlist for all the different categories .. .. .. .. so "thank you" to anyone who mentioned my name and got me onto the short list. You are very kind.
I know that everyone says "I don't expect to win" .. .. but that is truly, truly true .. .. because probably like every other crafting person out there I never feel my work measures up and I am always striving to be better and learn more. But I am loving this journey so very much and I feel the day you think you know it all would be a very sad day. I never ever want to know it all .. .. I always want to keep playing, learning and experimenting.
Anyway, voting is now open until the 17th December and if you would like to take part then just head over to here and cast your votes and you will be automatically entered into a draw to win over £200 worth of crafting goodies (might mean re-arranging your crafty stash a bit if you are the lucky winner - but that's OK isn't it? LOL!!).
So there we go .. .. my exciting news is out .. .. but now back to earth. Time to make friends with Mr Dyson and Mr Sheen ahead of meeting up with a new "happy couple" later today.
Catch you soon and have a good weekend.