Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Look What I Got !! The Beautiful Blogger Award

People have asked me why I'm blogging.  After all, I'm not in my twenties....I'm not really "techno-savvy". It's not like I don't have anything else to do!

The reasons I started to blog are not necessarily the reasons I continue to blog.  In the beginning, it was all about the marketing of Sally J. Designs.  It was a piece in the marketing plan. 

But it didn't take long for me to realize that I had other reasons to write Divine Distractions.  I connected with people in a very new way.  I've had to discover for myself what makes design good for me, and I've enjoyed this writing process.  I've made great friends from all over the world who have been encouraging and insightful.  I have been inspired by so many other designers and decorators, professional and self-taught, who daily help to make me a better designer.  I didn't expect that.

My new blogging friend, Anne-Marie Ezeard of 10 Rooms , has nominated me for a "Beautiful Blogger Award" .  She has been so faithful to comment on my posts and email me with helpful information and new ideas.  Her blog is creatively written and full of wonderful inspiration.  I know my readers will enjoy 10 rooms like I do.

The Beautiful Blogger Award is passed on to quiet little blogs, like mine, who are just starting out.  It is an award that acknowledges and validates the new blogger who's trying to find her audience in the vast sea of design blogs.   My job is to pass it on to other fabulous blogs that I delight in as well as to share 10 things you might not know about me. 

Isn't that a grand idea?

So now it's my turn to share 10 things that might help you to know and understand me better.  As always, I hope you enjoy the journey, and that you'll pass this on if you find it a happy place to be.

Here goes!

1. Maybe I'm a slow learner, but it took me 47 years to find my passion and become a designer!  I tried out multiple careers first…art, English and music teacher, special education diagnostician, mural artist and faux finisher and finally,  interior designer. I went to school for all of them as well as almost becoming a psychologist! I’m not EVER going back to school again, except maybe to learn cake decorating.

2. I am unabashedly, a proud Texan. I’m a city girl with country roots, and I can’t imagine living anywhere better.
(Except when its a gazillion degrees hot in the summer, then I think I like Colorado!)

3. I took piano lessons for 12 years and play really well when no one is listening!

4. I used to own a needlework shop where I learned to knit, crochet, needlepoint and cross stitch. I still knit and needlepoint fairly regularly. I never learned to tat….I’m sorry about that!

Yarn Tattoo of The Lone Knitta

OK...I don't love it that much!

 5 I used to asked God to send me a rich, sterile, orphan to marry, but He seems to think it's better for me to live with Henry and Miss Kitty. (That's probably much easier!)  I’ve relaxed my requirements as I’ve gotten older (grown kids ok, and parents that have passed on...but I think I'd still enjoy the rich part), so if you know anybody, I’m taking applications.  But after 20 years of being single, "It's all good!"

6. I’m more of a mountain girl than a beach girl. I love cold weather better than hot weather, and the fall is my favorite time of year.  My dream vacation is road trip up the east coast in the fall.....one day...

7. I’m a Libra on the very, very cusp of Scorpio, and I can be one or the other on any given day. I don’t classify very well.

8. I love color, reality tv shows, tearing up houses and putting them back together, popcorn for dinner, listening to books on my ipod, playing the penny slots (when I’m winning!) and margaritas on the patio with new and old friends. The simple pleasures are appreciated more and more, and my life’s mantra is “It’s all good!”.

9. I’ve always made things. I had a craft line in the 90’s that I sold in craft fairs and home shows. I had a line of nursery accessories that I sold at market, and I still make these killer stuffed pumpkins that I sell each fall. I love mosaics and jewelry making, and I can do amazing things with paint. I guess if I didn’t have to work, I’d be making something all the time.

10. I raised a son and a daughter to be kind, independent and self-reliant. They are amazing people, married to other amazing people and each has blessed me with a grandson, whom I’m sure will be amazing as well. It would be my dream to have them all back here in Texas where we could spend more time together.

Now comes my favorite part!  I get to nominate some of my favorite blogs for the Beautiful Blogger Award.  What fun!

Kathy Perdue who writes Good Life of Design was my first blog friend.  We've decided that we were separated at birth.  Our design styles, while different from one another, each reflect our love for beautiful things.  You will love the warmth with which  she communicates her aesthetic, and she'll make you laugh as well.  So congrats, friend.  I think you're a BEAUTIFUL BLOGGER!

It is said that there is a lot of competition amounst designers around here, but Dallas blogger, Kellie Cashon, who writes Cashon and Co blog, has become a good blogging friend, and I love her blog!  She does fabulous projects, has a great eye, and is just a lovely person.  I hope you'll visit and see for yourself.

Privet and Holly, written by Suzanne Walcher, truly is a beautiful blog.  Suzanne writes so creatively, and her love of life and design are so evident in all her posts.  She is one of the most generous bloggers out there, and I'm really enjoying getting to know her.    I know you will too.

So thanks for stopping by today.  Your comments really are appreciated. It really is the communication that makes this blog stuff work.

Check back tomorrow for some more design inspiration, and remember...."It's all good!"


  1. Aaaah! Sally you sweet thing. I am honored to be called your blogging buddy. You are a jewel and a real talent as well as a genuine person. It has been a pleasure to be on this new journey with you.I know it was meant for our paths to cross, I have no doubt about that. Thank you sweet friend for recognizing me with this award. You are a dear friend, Kathysue

  2. PS I forgot to say that you have bestowed this honor of two of my favorite ladies, I see we have good taste in people, sis!!

  3. Congratulations on your award and all the things you wrote in the beginning are so true about why blogging starts out as one thing and soon turns out to find a completely different way into your life.

  4. Congratulations Sally. The blog world has allowed me to see that designers are really kind and generous people with a shared love of beautiful things and you are a fine example of that. Please join me on my blog at www.onlinefabricstore.com/blog. (the sewing posts are written by someone else)

    Love those pumpkins...where can I get them?

  5. So fun learning more about you! We have a lot in common...including loving the same blogs! And reality tv, The Help,etc. And...the "rich, sterile, orphan" comment literally has me smiling from ear to ear right now! Congrats to you!!!

  6. I have also come to find my life's passion later in life. Blogging turns into something all together different once you get rolling. Thank you for your generous comments, they are deeply appreciated! Congratulations,

  7. Hi Sally! Thank you for this
    lovely, lovely surprise! I just
    sent Kathysue a note because Blogger wasn't letting me comment. Now I can tell you, directly, how much I enjoyed this post and that we have many blog friends in common : ) as well as a lot of things that we like. I applaud you for all of your schooling and laughed when you said the only other classes you would take would be for cake decorating. With all of your talents you are a true renaissance
    woman! The wonderful thing about
    blogging is how kindred spirits have the opportunity to find one
    another. Thank you for counting me
    as one of those ~ it truly means
    so very much!
    xx Suzanne
    PS: I'm at the Oregon coast and the internet is terrible. I'm crossing my fingers this goes through.....Maybe this is a sign
    for me to just step away from the
    computer : )!!!

  8. Well deserved, Sally. Congrats and didn't knew you were a beast-crafter! Cool!

  9. First of all, Sally, you if anyone deserves this award, it's you! Secondly, thank you for passing along to me, i'm so touched that you would include me in the great company of Suzanne & Kathysue, all of ya'll --beautiful women, inside & out.
    I enjoyed learning more about you. I concur with the Texan through-and through sentiment, and your family is lovely, especially those grandkiddos!
    Congratulations & Thank you Friend & Neighbor!

  10. Great post, Sally! I love that you are pursuing what you are passionate about.. it's the only way to live! Your posts always have an interesting perspective, perhaps because you have an interesting perspective - thanks for keeping the blogger award going, off to check out your picks - x

  11. Yeah! I'm so happy for you and all your accomplishments :) We have some things in common! XO, a fellow Libra-Texan :)

  12. i think i knew all these things about you, but were still fun to read. congrats on the award! your blog is wonderful and you deserve the award! :)

  13. Congratulations!!! You deserved this. It was fun learning even more things about you. Funny, how similar our stories would be about our reasons for starting our blog, but what has happened to us since we did. Here's to many more years of blogging!

  14. Congratulations!! And autumn is my favorite time of year as well!

    xo Linda

  15. It strikes me that English and music teacher, special education diagnostician, mural artist and faux finisher and (almost)psychologist are perfect prerequisites to becoming an interior designer....maybe phsychologist most of all! I'm sure you know how much the ability to percieve your client's wishes and devise compromises comes in handy when designing an interior.

    As for those "competitive" Dallas designers: Yes, there is competition, but count me among those willing to offer support and encouragement. Feel free to contact me for some of each (or just to vent!). Best wishes.

  16. Hi Sally, so great to learn more about you!! I love your site even when I don''t always comment!

    Art by Karena

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  18. Hi Sally,
    Wow you really are a jack of all trades... from your gallery photos I'd say you excel in the design part! Great to get to know some things about you...

    Popcorn for dinner. I can so relate! While pregnant I would make and eat an entire bag several times a week - hence the 45 pound weight gain. It sure tasted good going down, but it wasn't as "tasty" working it off the thighs! Now I just enjoy the popcorn in smaller doses.. and it's all good!


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