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Thanks for coming to my Blog! I am a Daughter of a King, Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother of five, MomInLaw of two, and Gram of three. Designing and creating feeds something inside of me! This blog will be sharing about my faith, my family, my life, my creations and collections. I am on a journey to learn balance and will be sharing about that as well. Enjoy!

Friday, March 22, 2013

You will never guess!!!!!


A month or so ago, I received a sweet message from Derrith from 
Tied Up in Ribbon
telling me that she nominated me for a 

Liebster Award!!!

I was not sure what a "Liebster Award" was, so I did a Google search and this is what I found ...
"The Liebster award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. What is a Liebster? "Liebster" is a German word meaning sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome."

It makes me happy that someone thinks of my blog as sweet, nice, beloved, kind, valued, endearing and welcoming! I hoped it would feel that way to any guest who came to visit!

Here are the "rules" that one must follow, if one receives a Liebster Award:

1 ~ You must tell 11 things about yourself.

2 ~ Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you.
3 ~ Create 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate.
4 ~ Choose new blogs with less than 200 followers and link them to your post.
5 ~ Leave a comment on this post with the URL to your Leibster Award Post so I can learn about you!

Hmmmm....., I have told many things about myself, but I guess there is more to tell. 

So, here we go!

11 Things About Myself ~ I will try to list things I have NOT already told you....

1 ~ I broke my foot while skydiving when I was 39.  Actually, I broke my foot at 39, and when people asked how I broke my foot, I said, "I was skydiving...". Without fail, they asked, "REALLY?" and I replied,  "No, but it sounds much more interesting than what actually happened...". They would laugh and move on, and I never had to tell the silly tale of rolling my foot off a board in the garage and my foot breaking....I mean, how boring is THAT? 

2 ~ I am really good at changing the lyrics to a song for a ditty, a specific event, or randomly singing with my kids while we are working at home....words that go along with whatever we are doing at the time...I've done it since I was a teen, and it is something I enjoy doing. People even ask me to help them change a song for a special occasion!!
3 ~ I have lived the majority of my life within  50 miles of the town I was born in. 2 houses I lived in were when I was away from home, at school. The other 3 were the home I grew up in, the 14 x 70 early 1970s mobile home we lived in the first 12 years we were married, and the house we built on the farm 20 years ago.

4 ~ I have visited a few foreign countries: Italy, Greece, Germany, Luxembourg, and have been in airports in Holland, France and Canada...I'd like to stay a little longer in those places sometime!

5 ~ In my birth family we are nine sisters and one brother. In my own family, we have four girls and one son. Different, but Similar...

6 ~ I am the youngest in my birth family, and my youngest is the daughter that looks like me....interesting fact. When someone saw her as a very young girl, she was at a water park with a friend and her family celebrating her friend's birthday. They asked her specifically if her Mother's name was "Lanette Powell", my maiden name. I asked her if she had asked the "lady's name", and with a look of shock and surprise she answered, "NO!!! She was a "Stranger"... so I RAN!" I still wonder who it was that recognised her as MINE when she was a five year old!

7 ~ The Most Embarrassing Moment of my life was something that happened with....get this...Donny and Marie Osmond and all of their extended family.....please, do not EVEN ask me about it....

8 ~ Mostly I enjoy making a fool out of myself in public, (except for the occasion of the aforementioned Embarrassment!) I love having fun and making fun for others and I will do whatever needs to be done to make an event successful...much to the dismay of my hubby and children.... Mostly they are accustom to it now, it has been something they know I have to do. I am known as the "Guitar Lady" to many cub scouts and girls who attended our Church Girls Camp. One daughter was surprised at Girls Camp to see me do in public what I did in private at home, but she decided that it was okay when peers said her, "Your Mom is so much fun!"  Singing silly songs and special songs and spiritual songs...There really is a method to crowd control and leading a group from inviting them to a fun campfire night to taking it to a spiritual devotional time just before night time prayer. You just have to know how to guide the group. I really enjoy being a part of that process.

9 ~ I have had a Balloon Business in my home for years,and I'll bet you can't guess what it's called......Oh, you are right......"Heartstrings"....no surprise there.

10 ~ I wish I could be barefoot all the time....but that foot breaking thing....both feet, broken twice each...having to wear shoes with support has made me a wimp, I can't easily cross the gravel in our driveway barefoot anymore. I don't like it, and it makes flip flops not an option because they don't provide enough support due to foot injuries...humph!!!

11 ~ I don't like decorating with pink. I do not know why.....I love other people's pink decorations, and I can use it in with multiple colors, but I just can't have it be a main color... I tend toward a peachy pink. Not Apricot, not pink, but that one color in between or a very soft peach...

Now, I will answer the questions Derrith asked me about myself....
Wow, someone wants to know about me?!!! How sweet! I think you might already know more than you wanted to from the things I've already TOLD you about me!!

1. What were your aspirations when you were a child?

I wanted to grown up and be a  Mom, pretty just like my mom...also, a gymnast - every time the summer Olympics came on, and a Pop Star, when The Carpenters and Olivia Newton-John were popular, and be able to do everything PERFECTLY....ummmm....that's not gonna happen.....Also, I not a gymnast or a Pop Star or pretty, like my Mom, but I AM a Mom!

2. What is your favorite romantic movie? 

Oh....too many to have a favorite...I thought Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was romantic as a little girl...My all time favorite Movie is probably "The Princess Bride". I refer to my hubby as "farm Boy...." regularly....and the movie is still funny after all these viewings! Romantic movies..."How to Steal a Million" Audry Hepburn and Peter O'Toole...Love it.

3. What is your dream vacation destination?
I love many places I have already been, of course Germany is one of my favorites because  Daughter*1 and her family, my Grandgirls, live there. But New Zealand would be an amazing place to visit...

4. Do you have a favorite book(s)?
It took years for me to enjoy fiction...So, Non fiction would be The Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon, and fiction would have to be "The Wooing of Miss Masters".....total fluff....but a fun, clean romance novel...

5. What is your favorite family tradition? A daily tradition I love, but does not happen everyday, is family prayer and scripture study. An annual tradition I love is Christmas Caroling on Christmas Eve, and Family Vacation to the Oregon Coast, and celebrating birthdays with breakfast in bed. A summertime tradition is singing around the fire pit with my family and friends, sleeping on the deck star gazing with my children, and....oh...there are many!

6. How long have you been blogging? 
5 months...I started in October of 2012

7. What do you most enjoy shopping for? 
That depends on the current fetish....it was dishes, and now it seems to be vintage laces and dishes, and ephemera for tags and dolly dresses and ...a basement full...My hubby and children would probably like me to care more about new shoes and clothes than I really do...I usually dress like I am going to work in the yard, except on Sunday for church. Then I am in a dress. When I do Sheffield Cider Tastings, I am dressed up in a nice pants outfit.

8. What pets do you have? 
We have outdoor kitties. They keep the mice down around the outside of the house. We ARE on a farm.....and Hubby is allergic, so we don't have any in home pets.  I used to say that our son was the only indoor pet. He loved to pretend he was a puppy....until I made him lap up his meal on the deck instead of on the floor near the table....because we only have outside pets....

9. What one thing would you most like to do to change the world? 
Love completely, as the Savior loves, with my heart...
As Mothers, I don't think we realize how much we do that influences the world. But, recently I have had multiple people tell me how much they love MY children. They value their kindness, their thoughtfulness, their abilities to communicate and to comfort others. I hear things from adults about my children's willingness to step out of their comfort zone and be of assistance, and their standing up for what they believe is right, to defend those who are picked on by others. I knew they were wonderful.  They are mine, so I adore them! But to hear others speak so highly of my children, .... I think "Wow, my children have influenced for good, lifted another person's burdens and have been kind to someone who needed kindness and knows they can count on them for kindness....."I must have done something good......"  

Don't get me wrong, I am NO perfect Mother and we are NO perfect family, I KNOW that and so does anyone who knows me. My house is a mess most of the time, in a multitude of ways! And I don't take credit for the good things my children do....I am certainly NOT going to take credit for the Not-So-Good things they do either!  Without realizing it, as a family, we have changed someone's world.....and that changes our family's world for the better ... and that feels good to me.

10. What do you collect? 
Dishes, dolls, lace, tea sets, music to perform for uplifting occasions, Music of all genres, Christmas decor, vintage cookie cutters, Gluten Free Chocolate Cake recipes, Children's Books, Stuff....

11. Do you prefer being indoors or outdoors?
I prefer .....BOTH! It depends on where I need to be to do what I want to do! And wherever that is, I prefer it!

The sweet, kind, nice, dear, beloved, lovely, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcoming 5 blogs I am nominating are:

Okay, blog girlfriends, don't hate me....I will only ask you a few questions.....maybe....and I know a few of you are not even available to do this right now...but I just love all your blogs and want everyone to know about them!!!!

This has taken me 6 weeks to do this!So, when you get to it, we'd love to hear about you! If you have received this award before...sorry, just post a link to that previous post of yours on here...Okay? Thanks gals, your are all the above!

Gals, as a reminder....Here are the "rules" that one must follow, if one receives a Liebster Award: 

1 ~ You must tell 11 things about yourself.

2 ~ Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you.
3 ~ Create 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate.
4 ~ Choose new blogs with less than 200 followers and link them to your post.
5 ~ Leave a comment on this post with the URL to your Leibster Award Post so I can learn about you! 

So, here are my questions for you...

1 ~ What was the first creative item that you can remember making as a child?

2 ~Please share with us how you felt about that process at that time.

3 ~ What do you remember about creating in Elementary School?

4 ~ Who is your biggest fan of your creative pursuits?

5 ~ How do they show you they care about those pursuits?

6 ~ Do you have a favorite saying that inspires your work?

7 ~ Where is your favorite place to draw inspiration from for your creations?

8 ~ What talent do you wish you could develop, but have not done much with in the past?

9 ~ Do you ever dream about your creations, or of things you'd like to make....in your SLEEP, I mean...not MAKE in your sleep, but DREAM about in your sleep...

10 ~ What is the funniest creative mess you have ever made? 

11 ~ If there was one more thing in life you would like to have, what would that be?

There you go, those shouldn't be too much trouble for you! 
Please let me know how it goes for you in this process, and Kerry, I so envy your location at this time...

Heart Hugs to you all!


PS Derrith at Tied Up In Ribbon, I ACCEPT THE AWARD!!!!


  1. Don't know what your embarrassment was, but I had Donnie and Marie Osmond dolls:) That in itself is embarrassing.

    1. You are so funny!
      Thanks for coming over to my blog!
      Talk to you again soon!

  2. Congratulations, Betsy! I'm happy to meet you and to read a little bit about you.
    Happy a great weekend.

    1. Thanks for coming by Carolynn,
      It is fun looking at your blog, as well!

  3. Congratulations on the award. Nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Sherry,
      I really enjoyed visiting your blog. Thanks for coming by!

  4. Loved reading this post! I still have a huge smile on my face. :D And... thank you so much for nominating me. I will do it! It might take as long as you but I'll do it! :)
    Hugs and a smooch to you Betsy!

    1. Amber,
      thanks for coming by! LOVE your blogging girl! HCant wait to see YOUR post!
      Hearts to you!

  5. What a great post. It was fun to learn more about you. I know we would be best friends if we lived closer. :-)

    1. Derrith,
      That would be really fun to get together sometime somewhere! Maybe we can work that out sometime~!
      Hugs to you,

  6. Oh Betsy you are so very sweet ! Thankyou for thinking of me and yes I will accept the award.
    I have never been all that obsessed with 'followers' as I believe people will pop in if it takes their fancy. It means more when I make so many wonderful friends through my bloggy ramblings.
    I have a busy blog week because of the wedding last week but I will do my best to try to do it this week or early next week.
    P.S You should see what I found flea marketing this morning !!! I am in fleamarket heaven !!!!!! x

  7. Can't wait to see it, Melanie! Such fun!
    glad you accepted the award....and look forward to your post!

  8. Hello Dear Betsy,

    Congratulations !! I loved reading your post on it.

    It is so sweet of you to think of me and my blog,
    I'm honoured! It will take some time to get ready though.
    But I'll get started and hope to post as soon as possible.
    Thanks again !

    Hearthugs to you and

    Blessings, Wilma.

    1. Wilma,
      Your blog is so gorgeous, I wanted to share about it! Glad I have had the chance to get to know you!
      Hugs, girl!


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