We had a lovely holiday, and I promise to post some pictures very soon - there are literally hundreds to choose from so it'll take me a little while to whittle them down!
But in the meantime, I was surprised and delighted to receive nominations for three blogging awards while I was away. I really didn't expect any of this, being a relative newbie, but I'm extremely chuffed that people thought of me.
The first one is the Nice Matters award; this was started by Bella Enchanted who says:
"This award will be awarded to those that are just nice people , good blog friends and those that inspire good feelings and inspiration! Those that care about others that are there to lend support or those that are just a positive influence in our blogging world! "
Gosh. I don't know what to say. Thank you very much to Caroline at dolliedaydream, Jo at Angel Jem's City Cottage and Nicolette at de vliegende koe.
Next was this one, from Julie at Little Cotton Rabbits:
It was started here. This one makes me smile, but I don't think I rock anymore; I'm not sure I ever really did - maybe twenty years ago :-) I do think it's brilliant though, and since having two small girls, "Pink is my favourite colour" - to quote my favourite 2 year old.
Last but not least came The Power of Schmooze from Tracy at Pink Purl:
I must confess to being a little nervous about this one initially - "schmooze" has a few dodgy connotations here, but then I read a description of this one as being "to reward bloggers who not only blog but also participate in a conversation with other bloggers, creating new communities." I like that! Though I think it may be a polite way of saying that I talk a lot ;-)
So now I'm supposed to nominate people - 7 Nice People, 5 schmoozers and an unspecified number of Rockin' Girlies. The trouble is, I can't decide, so I think I might just cheat a bit. There are lots of blogs I adore and read avidly and wait eagerly for updates; but there are a few whose writers are also generous and kind in their comments, engage in email and share a great deal of themselves. So ladies, here you are - I list you in no particular order and invite you to choose any or all of these awards for yourselves. You all deserve all of them, and I know some of you have already had some of them, probably more than once. Which says a lot all by itself.
Simmy at Echoes of a Dream
Alice at The Magpie Files
Ali at domesticali
Caroline at dolliedaydream
Jo at Angel Jem's City Cottage
Kim at RaggedRoses
Julia at VintageHeaven
Tracy at Pink Purl
Nicolette at de vliegende koe
Becca at Knittymama
Julie at Little Cotton Rabbits
Tash at VintagePretty