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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Liebster Award 2016

This time around Farrah Lily from Cozy Comforts and Dolls nominated me for the Liebster Award. It's a chance to get to know bloggers with under a 1,000 followers, and also find about new blogs.
As usual, this award involves thanking the person who nominated you, answering their questions, coming up with questions of your own, and nominating people to answer your questions. In case, the number of the questions is eleven, and the number of the nominees is five (six is right out.)

1. Who is your favorite cartoon character?
Snoopy! Back in my day, it was always An Event when the seasonal Peanuts special appeared on television (get off my lawn.) I always loved to watch them, and I still have some of that great jazz music on my playlist. And Snoopy is my favorite. I love when he and Woodstock sit down to eat Thanksgiving dinner after Charlie Brown and his friends have left for Charlie Brown's grandmother's house. I love when (in his imagination) he dances with the bunnies in the Easter special.
Knott's Berry Farm, November, 2001
2. What's your favorite flower (or plant if you're not a flower person)?
The pansy. I love all the different colors and color combinations that a pansy can have. It's why I named my Etsy store Sweet Purple Pansies.

3. What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?
In Mr. BTEG's Italian family, Christmas Eve dinner consists of seafood. The first Christmas eve dinner I ate with Mr. BTEG's family, was at his grandmother's house. Among other things being served was calamari. But not just any calamari. It wasn't breaded or anything. It looked like the squid had been boiled and set right out on the plate (they still had their eyes!) Desperate to make a good impression with my possible future in-laws, I tried some. Meh. But it was better than trying the eel.

4. What was the last movie you saw (in home or in theaters)?
Um. Wow. I'm not big on movies. Probably the Hunger Games, a couple of years ago, when it was on Netflix, and my daughter and husband were watching it. Or maybe Cabin in the Woods, when we still had cable.

5. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go?
Romania, but specifically Siebenbürgen, Transylvania. I'd love to see where my grandfather's parents came from.

6. How did you meet your best friend?
My husband is my best friend, and we met at college in the late 80s. Neither of us can clearly remember the first time we met, though. I guess we didn't think it was momentous as it turned about to be. :)

7. What is your dream job?
A doll clothing designer, of course! (First two patterns created by me.)
Franklin Mint Lily wearing period undergarments
My version of a dress Joan Crawford wore in the film The Women, worn by Ashton Drake's Madra Lord
American Girl high school marching band Color Guard costume I made for daughter's friend. I made a few changes to a pattern from a Joan Hinds book.
Tonner 16" Daphne, wearing two piece costume, pattern by Vince Nowell
8. If you could make a custom doll based on any character or real person, who would you make?
Loki from the Marvel movies. Yes, the character has already been made, but I'm not happy with how any of the faces turned out. If I could create a custom doll, I'd have the face sculpt made to my satisfaction.

9. What's your favorite season?
Autumn. The days are not as hot as summer, but still comfortably warm. The leaves on the trees become vibrant colors. Football season is starting. Major League Baseball is making the run towards the playoffs. Halloween takes place in autumn; it's not my favorite holiday, but it's fun.
LEGO haunted house, based on the places of amusement for visiting that occur every Halloween in the US,  created by Mr. BTEG
10. If you could talk to/understand one species of animal, which would you choose?
Cats. Although I would also like to go back in the past and talk to some of the pet cats we've had over the years who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
Why did Callie like to drink from the bathtub faucet?
11. If you could instantly learn any language, which would you choose?
It might be fun to learn an Asian language, so I could go to a doll website like this one, and be able to understand it! But I like Japanese and Chinese dolls, and Atelier 613 appears to be in Korean? So I'd go with German. I learned it long ago, but I've forgotten so much of it from lack of use.

So here are my questions:
1. If you could have one doll outfit made in life-size for you, which one would it be?
2. If you could make a custom doll based on any character or real person, who would you make?
3. Inset eyes. Yes or no?
4. Do any of your dolls have personalities based on people in real life?
5. Do you have any dolls that you would like to be friends with in real life based on their personalities (whether created by the manufacturer or you?)
6. Is there a skill or ability you would like to instantly learn?
7. Do you have a travel doll that you take with you when you're out?
8. Some people write stories using their dolls as character inspirations, or draw pictures of their dolls. Do you do anything like that?
9. Do you like to treat your dolls as canvases for face-painting, new wigs, etc., or do you keep your dolls the way they came?
10. Who was the first doll blogger you followed?
11. What book or movie or television show would you like to see get its own doll line?

Now the hard part, nominations. I'm going to choose: Hannah, Natalia, Smaller Places, Presto, and Lisa. No pressure, guys. Only do this if you want to.


  1. I laughed for an embarrassingly long time at the photo of your cat drinking from the tub spout - I don't even know why it's so funny, but it is! :)

    1. Some cats do like to drink out of the faucet. I've never entirely understood why. She ended up getting her fur rather wet too, which cats aren't supposed to like. If I spoke cat, I could have asked Callie what on earth she was thinking. :)

  2. Hello from Spain: congratulations for this award. I had fun reading your answers. Nice pictures .. We keep in touch

    1. Thank you for stopping by. We will keep in touch.

  3. Nice answers! MY cat LOVES to drink out of facets as well..too funny. I can relate to the weird food on Christmas Eve as my husband's family is Italian as well. I remember seeing all sorts of strange seafood that I had never tried before as well as a million other dishes. I still don't know how they are able to pull off that much cooking in one day! Lovely dresses that you designed!

    1. I'm pretty sure the cooking thing must be genetic. Also, you must have at least as many leftovers as what was eaten, or you did not make enough.

      I'm glad you like the dresses!

  4. Great post, Barb! Thanks for the nomination. I'll do my best to respond after I get back from the conference, although I'm notoriously horrible at forgetting these posts or putting them off for an embarrassingly long time. ;) You have some great questions, though. Looking forward to answering them! :)

    1. I'll be looking for your answers! No rush.

    2. Finally got to it! :D Here's the link:

      Thanks again for the nomination. :)

    3. Oops...except it's not a link. Sorry about that. ;)