When I woke up Saturday morning, there was a big surprise in my email inbox: Nancy at NancyCreative awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award! Nancy is a designer who shares lots of recipes (her raw tomato basil avocado soup caught my eye right away) along with inspirational thoughts, crafts, original photography, and other pieces of encouragement and creativity. I am absolutely THRILLED that she likes Granola Meets Grits, and appreciate her thinking of me!
In order to “accept” the award, nominees are supposed to:
- Copy The Versatile Blogger Award logo and place it in your post.
- Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
- Tell 7 things about yourself.
- Nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on their blogs to let them know.
So, here goes!
First, seven things you might not know about me:
1. I have always had a small, soft voice and would love to work as a cartoon character someday.
2. At our wedding reception, my husband completely surprised me with a Sharon-sized football jersey personalized with my name, and pronounced me his “#1 draft pick” in front of all our guests.
3. When I was 3 or 4 years old, I stopped responding to the name Sharon and insisted that everyone call me “Holly Ballerina.” No, not just Holly with the last name Ballerina. Both names together. Every time. This went on for about 6 months.
4. I’ve had an affinity for fonts since childhood, when I used to buy those kids’ art books that tell you how to draw special lettering and things of that nature. I also love color and will use it in anything- my notes when I organize our finances, study materials for projects or exams, handouts at work, etc. I think a career in graphic design may be the “one that got away,” and am eagerly learning about that field now.
5. When my day job as a school counselor gets too stressful or daunting, I like to perk up my time at work with cute organizational or office supplies. Decorative file folders are my favorite.
6. I love snail mail, especially thank you notes, Valentines, and packages. I avoid the basic Plain Jane stamps at all costs and always aspire to choose the nicest-looking ones available. I hate to hold up the line or be difficult for the postal employees though! For this reason, I regularly visit usps.com. I love getting fun, inexpensive return address labels at Vistaprint.7. In my senior year of high school, I was voted “nicest.” That is a tricky one to illustrate in a yearbook photo, so we took a picture of me holding the door open as though I was letting someone go in before me. On that note, I love the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud. I totally buy into the concept of our actions filling or emptying people’s metaphorical buckets.
And now, onto the next bit: “awarding” 15 other bloggers with the Versatile Blogger Award. Of course I love reading blogs, and I’ve been glad to come across several new ones via Pinterest and summertime web browsing. I’m excited to share some old favorites and some recent discoveries with you. I hope you enjoy them too.
1. For the Love of Food- I love Sonnet’s blog more each time she posts. She’s a holistic health coach in Seattle with a great way of putting together unprocessed, local, seasonal, nutritious ingredients. Her recipes are all vegan, but most would appeal to anyone interested in eating healthfully.
2. Tasty Yummies- Beth is a graphic designer/illustrator who writes tons of creative gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free recipes made from whole, mainly vegetarian foods.
3. The Oatmeal Artist- Lauren’s blog is all about one of my favorite everyday whole grains. She offers a huge variety of health-conscious combinations for your porridge, from carrot cake to Almond Joy. Gleefully, most are vegan and have no sweeteners other than fruit.
4. Curly Girl Design- My favorite greeting cards in the world are made my Leigh. Her blog showcases not only her new designs, but also bits of style, gift-giving, creative process, and other pieces of life.
5. Sprouted Kitchen- Sara has a really special way of turning local, seasonal, healthful ingredients into amazing dishes and takes a kind and thoughtful approach to life. Her recipes look at wonderful as they taste, thanks to husband Hugh’s heart-stopping photography. I couldn’t be more excited for their cookbook, out this month.
6. Oh She Glows- This site is full of creative, satisfying, health-conscious vegan fare by sweet Angela. She is amazing! I like that many of her recipes are filling enough for those hungry men in our lives. :)
7. The Edible Perspective- Ashley shares tons of health-conscious recipes (mostly gluten-free, all vegetarian. many vegan) and bits about photography, fitness, and travel. The energy with which she approaches life, food, and photos is palpable!
8. Green Kitchen Stories- If you are looking for beautiful and extremely healthy food, this is the place! David and Luise share incredible recipes from Sweden, many of them raw, vegan, unprocessed, and packed with nutrients.
9. Have Cake, Will Travel- Celine writes brilliant cookbooks and blogs about lovely and inventive vegan foods, particularly baked goods and sweets. She has a gift for combining unique flavors, like tahini + chocolate or matcha green tea spelt bread + almond icing.
10. Bella Eats and Andrea Hubbell Photography- No list of blogs I like would be complete with Andrea’s sweet, welcoming voice and gorgeous pictures. Bella Eats is mostly baked goods and meals, and her second blog shines the spotlight on her photography business and inspiring talent in that field.
11. Oh Hello, Friend- Danni is a cute-as-a-button graphic designer overflowing with cheerfulness. She posts about all kinds of things: creative inspiration, pretty packaging, style, DIY projects, and of course, design.
12. Seven Swans Wedding Stationery- straight from Cape Town, South Africa come gorgeous pictures of wedding invitation suites and beautiful events, colors, and scenes. This is a peaceful, pretty blog.
13. With Style and Grace- Lisa’s blog focuses on entertaining, personal style, health, and recipes (mainly gluten-free and dairy-free). She has a shiny personality and a baby on the way.
14. Peas and Thank You- Based in Portland, vegan mom Sarah shares family-friendly recipes from manly meals to smoothies, and also funny kid stories, fitness information, and reflections on life.
15. Designing A Life- Shayla writes thoughtful, understated posts about graphic design, interiors, style, inspiration, art, and other musings. Reading her blog is like relaxing across the table from her with a cup of tea, talking about life.