Well, this has been a week for the books! Three awards…honestly unbelievable, but we are so thankful here at Camellia’s Cottage! Thank you so much to a precious blogger who also is a Southern girl! The Introvert Mom Blog – when she posted a photo of her little girl from behind stepping into a shallow creek- I fell in love! Her little girl’s hair was just like my grown daughter’s hair at that age! Now, I have to confess, that this is the second Liebster we’ve won since starting this blog about 4-5 months ago! But, the excitement of being recognized is wonderful! So, I am going to abbreviate the paying it forward portion of accepting this award- I love the number five, it represents ‘Grace’ to me- and getting the Liebster again- is like a ‘grace note’ in a song! Just makes life better! So, I am going to nominate 5 bloggers- all Southerners this time- for the Liebster Award- they are:
Now, wonderful bloggers- if you will: go to The Global Aussie and find the rules for grabbing your award! This blogger is a really cool Australian gentleman- you will love his blog!
I look forward to reading your responses to these 5 questions I have for you:
What is your favorite book?
What do you like best about blogging?
What is your favorite southern food?
Do you have a ‘day job’ and if so, what is it?
Are you right handed or left handed? (am asking because I’m a southpaw!)
Good luck and Congratulations y’all- I love your blogs! To those reading this post I hope you will visit them as well- I also would like to thank WordPress for their support, as a new blogger (even now!) the Blogging U Courses have been great! And I plan to continue taking them to read, discover and learn. Again, a big hug to The Introvert Mom Blog for this honor.
I’m so long winded I had to do two posts about the Liebster Award. As part of the process of receiving the Liebster Award, the blogger shares 11 random personal facts, which you will find at the end of this post- and more important-Camellia’s Cottage pays it forward by nominating other bloggers that we feel deserve recognition. We have chosen 11 blogs that we feel are outstanding. Walter is excited…drum roll please!
Little Leaf of Spring- https://littleleafofspringblog.com – a young lady from London who has chosen to live in Paris.
Life Happens- http so://l1fehappens.com – who loves coffee as much as I do!
Mint Julep Girl – https://mintjulepgirl.wordpress.com – a beautiful Southern girl
The Yellow Telephone – https://theyellowtelephone.com – two girlfriends, long distance girlfriend who are staying in touch by blogging.
Tiny Love Challenges – https://tinylovechallenges.wordpress.com – a girl who lives in New York, who has committed to recoding 365 small acts of kindness.
Society of Southern Gentlmen-https://societyofsoutherngents.org A very accomplished family man who lives in Huntsville Alabama who is committed to preserving the traditions of how a gentleman should act.
Almost a Cake – https://almost awake.wordpress.com – a beautiful food blog!
Is This a Keeper? – https://isthisakeeper.com A blogger who loves to try new recipes and found herself asking her testers ‘is this a keeper?’
Art and Kitchen by Food Friends – https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com – a new blog created by an already successful food blogger that decided to share space with her food friends
Curl a Little Finger – https://christinanifong.com formally ‘Curl a Little Finger’ blog – a sweet charming blog – she is a freelance writer, a mother and an ‘eater and grower’!
Renee Lilly – http://buzzworthydesignblog.com Renee is a fantastic interior designer right here in my Alabama hometown and beyond!
So to all you busy as a bee bloggers, here is your invitation to claim your Liebster Award-
Congratulations! What’s next?
Thank the person who nominated you- post a link to their blog
Display the Liebster 2016 award badge on your blog
Write a post about your favorite blog that is not your own, explaining why you like it
write 11 random facts about yourself
Nominate 5-11 blogs that you feel deserves the award – inform them that you have nominated them!
Create 11 questions for the bloggers to answer
List the official rules in your post – you can find them at this fantastic Australian blogger’s site- https://theglobalaussie.com
Here are your 11 questions:
What is your favorite Southern city?
Two things, what is the hallmark of a southern lady and the distinguishing mark of a southern gentleman?
What is the most difficult thing for you to do as you post your blog?
List 3 things on your personal bucket list.
My favorite beach in Alabama is the white sugah’ sands of Orange Beach- what is your favorite beach- it can where you live or have visited elsewhere
List 3 of your favorite things, one must be ‘southern’
What inspires you on a daily basis, whether you blog about it or not
Do you prefer ‘sweet’ or ‘unsweet’ iced tea?
Tell me 5 things about yourself that you want others to know
What is the most challenging aspect of blogging so far?
Give me your 3 best tips for creating a great blog post
Ready, Set, Go! then we’ll celebrate!
To complete the process of acquiring my own Liebster award, I will share 11 random facts about myself-
1. I am tech challenged, a woman of a certain age who loves Himalayan cats!
2. Most southerners love sweet tea, not me, I prefer unsweetened with lemon with the exception being, iced mint tea
3. I really prefer coffee, black please!
4. I decided to start this blog because I fell headfirst on an uneven sidewalk in Georgetown DC. After my head injury, I believed it was important for me to challenge myself to learn new skills which require concentration and creativity.
5. I am a collector of funny stories.
6. I am a published author, you can find my book ‘Four Days- the Lazarus Principle’ on Amazon.com and other major booksellers
7. I grew up in the shadow of the original Iron Man, Vulcan- overlooking the massive steel mills and ironworks in Birmingham- if you grow up there, the choice is to become as ‘coarse and common as pig iron’ or be ‘refined into a steel magnolia’; I try to choose everyday to be the latter.
8. I do not believe anyone should be mistreated; I am a Christian who believes that I am at my best taking care of ‘the least of these’ and that the distinquishing mark of any faith should be to ‘love one another’ as God has loved us. One way I act on these beliefs-I am a member of the steering committee for the YWCA Purse and Passion/St.Clair luncheon to benefit victims of domestic violence.
9. I will always be indebted to my older sister, who at age 6, taught me how to read from her ‘Dick and Jane’ books- I was 4 years old. It started the most wonderful journey for me, a lifetime lover of words and books!
10. The most challenging thing for me as a writer or blogger is to avoid comparison.
11. Finally, I am a better cheerleader than a promoter of my own work-I thoroughly enjoyed nominating other bloggers for this part of the award process I prefer to promote lighthearted, good wholesome things, artists and others who live in my home state, Alabama. I hope you will look beyond the headlines to the beauty, industry, creativity and generosity in ‘my sweet home in Alabama’ . Again, it is an unexpected honor to receive the 2016 Liebster Award. Look at the cute award badge below! Love y’all, Camellia
‘We’ve been nominated for a Liebster award! Can you believe it Walter? I hate to disturb your nap, but Camellia’s Cottage has been nominated for an award!’~ Walter is looking at me like I’m crazy but Allie Mac, Brenda and I are excited around here! I mean, an award? y’all…really? Let me tell you what it is…The Liebster Award is given to new bloggers by another blogger. A big southern ‘Thank you darlin ‘- goes to an amazing blogger -Agatha Chocolats ! I think I’ve gained weight just looking at her blog with all of that chocolate! You have to go see what that little Southern girl is up to! To thank her properly here is a thank you note especially for you, Agatha- I like Agatha’s blog because of the images she uses- some are even short video clips, the 13 recipes she does once a week, the unusual combination of mystery and chocolate is intriguing and the playful, tasteful way she produces her blog. Currently it has to be my favorite! She has inspired me to be a better blogger.
Agatha had some questions for me when she nominated Camellia’s Cottage-
What would be the motto of your blog? Agatha, I would have to say, ‘Our Sweet Home in Alabama ‘.
What is your favorite childhood book? Hands down, it’s ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ – I love the question in it- ‘How do you know you’re ‘real’? And the reply, ‘You know you’re ‘real’ when your eyes fall out, your fur gets loved off and you are very shabby ‘ – by that definition, I am well on my way to- ‘becoming real’!
What is the best pairing for chocolate? It took one second to answer that one! Coffee!
What forms of social media do you like best when connecting with your readers outside of your blog? I’m old timey here, I would love to chat with them by phone or at an old fashioned ‘tea’ .
If you could invite 3 people(living, dead, fictional…anybody!) who would you invite? Well, darlin’ I would have to have 2 parties or one ‘dinner in the ground’! If I could have them back for just one meal, I would choose my grandmother, my husband’s grandmother and my precious mother in law for the first party. For the second party I would invite the ever inspirational Jesus Christ, who attended and even served some of the most miraculous meals ever! Then, C. S. Lewis, one of the most scholarly and prolific authors ever! And of course, Thomas Jefferson- whose wide range of interests never fails to amaze me!
What would you serve? Agatha, I would want the ladies to cook for me! My grandmother’s turkey and dressing, my mother in law’s famous fresh coconut cake and my husband’s grandmother made delicious ‘southern baked-with-brown-sugar acorn squash’! For the men I would serve Parisienne Chicken, steamed broccoli, Sweet Orange Rolls, and a Mandarin Orange/toasted almond salad.
What are your 5 best qualities? Well now, that’s a hard one- I suppose (1)my sense of humor, (2)my love of place, (3)I hope I am creatively inspirational, (4)my concern for victims of poverty and domestic violence and the welfare of children; and (5)I would never want anyone to leave here- hungry or empty handed.
What is the best thing covered in chocolate? Agatha! I hate being pinned down but I would have to say- my homemade English Toffee!
What is your passion? My threefold passion is a love of learning, reading and writing, all of which come together at Camellia’s Cottage.
If you had 3 wishes what would they be? Bless your heart, who wouldn’t want 3 wishes? (1)I wish Alabama could be experienced, not by the headlines, but by her natural beauty, a place where talent and technology rub shoulders with farmers, football players, fashion designers and fishermen, where world renowned chefs and home cooks learn from each other; where goodness and greatness show their generosity regularly and where writers and publishers, art and industry exist on a level barely acknowledged; where kind gentle folk work hard, love their families and appreciate what true southern hospitality really is.(2) I wish I could read at least 100 books in 2016- I’ve read almost 50- so I’m making a good start, and finally, (3) I wish folks would choose watching, listening and reading things that aren’t loud and cynical ( where are Huntley/Brinkley?) but factual news which would inform and fill us up with hope and goodwill- I think those things should start with me and hopefully Camellia’s Cottage will do that.
Finally, Agatha Chocolats asked, which is the my most favorite published blog post? No contest! It was the least ‘liked’ or noticed on Camellia’s Cottage- called ‘ Lookin’ for Fame?’ Posted on March 23, 2016, about the amazing music, talent and recording genuises in the ‘Shoals’ of Northeast Alabama -I hope it will inspire you to at least see the ‘Muscle Shoals’ documentary! here’s a link- https://camelliascottage/2016/3/23/look-in-for-fame And we hope to do a part 2 to go with it, because world famous fashion designers, Billy Reid and Alabama Chanin are doing amazing work up that way too!
There is more to accepting this award, including my personal nominees for the Liebster Award, which I will do in my next post…
In the meantime go take an indulgent visit to- Agatha Chocolats @ https://agathachocolats.com ! Love y’all, Camellia