Versatile Blogger Award

THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD

 
Oooh I feel all goosepimply and special! Thank you so much to CatBird, accepting this gracefully I would like to say a few little words for this wonderful woman! 
 
I first started my blog as a coping mechanism, I have suffered with what can only be described as depression but due to my unwillingness to take prescription medication I wanted to find a healthier and better (for me) way of coping and dealing with my mind. 
 
When I first started I thought no-one would read what I had to write, and I was okay with that, but when I received my frist comment that wasn’t in the spam folder which i convinced myself was real mail haha, it was from catbird.  In my short 3 months as a blogger she has taught me that my blog is my own and no matter what I post, big or small I should find the beauty in all things. 
 
 
On Catbird’s blog she states that she has a ‘photography blog yet she is not a photographer’ it is this beautiful quote that first made me respect her as a blogger and follow her posts religiously, although we like to say pie-giously! Please take some time out to check out her blog and I hope you enjoy her as much as I do… 

SO ONTO THE AWARD RULES AND REGULATIONS!!

  1. You must state and link your Nominator. [done √ ]
  2. You must tell everyone 7 things about yourself.
  3. You must nominate 15 Blogs and let them know

7 THINGS ABOUT ME THAT I BET YOUR DYING TO KNOW *sarcastic face*

  1. I have an overwhelming love for button mushrooms.  No fancy pancy special mushrooms, just normal every day button mushrooms, I bloody love them.
  2. I have an obsession with American tv and the list is as follows…
    – Supernatural
    – Criminal Minds
    – Glee
    – Alphas
    – Warehouse 13
    – Desperate Housewives
    – Big Bang Theory
    – Haven
    – Ringer
    – Heroes
    – American Horror Story
    and many many many many more, I’m a TV freak
  3. I enjoy listening to music in bed.
  4. I have a kings size duvet on a double bed and I have a grand total of 21 pillows.
  5. I’m terrified of spiders, heights, failure and never being loved.
  6. I love to cook mexican food and make amazing Guacamole.
  7. My biggest wish right now would be to be asked to write  a book and actually get paid to write it, or be asked to act on Eastenders, OR get an apprenticeship as a cake decorator.

AND FINALLY TO THE NOMINATIONS… 

THE BOOK OF ALICE

Amazing Sh*t my Kid Says blog, this blog is a recent discovery of mine but has me in stiches every single time I read it, I love that Alice is so Candid and I feel like I am learnng with her through her mother’s eyes, absolutely fantastic.

THE THREE BALLADEERS

Storytelling blog that is working through the world’s myths one by one.  Sometimes not always in english but an awesome blgo none-the-less!

POOR GIRL RICH TASTE

Upcycling fashion blog that has inspired me no end to take what I don’t like and change it, alter it, mix it up a little and not to expect everything stylish to come at a price!

DOODLES, DABBLES & DREAMS

Fantastic crafts and creations, I simply LOVE LOVE LOVE.

HEY BERNICE!

Awesome blogger, food, crafts, creations left right and center.  Sassy with class and wit, and some really fantastic ideas that I can’t wait to start trying.

ON.MY.YELLOW.PLATE

Food blogger who I adore, every item of food looks REAL and not made just for the photograph, I appreciate her experimentation and just love her recipes!!

MEGAN GNEKOW

Artist, who has influenced the feminity of my tattoo design!! just so talented and delicate of hand with an eye for beautiful art and drawings!

SIGNED VIOLET

Plus size blogger, who has settled in my plus size heart.  Such exuberence and confidence, I love her blog and take comfort in reading it.

THE WARDROBE CHALLENGE

Truly inspirational fashion blogger! This girl has such style, I love to sit down with a coffee and see what she has put together next, I love that she has beautiful style and isn’t afraid to show it to the world!

GOOD FOOD, GOOD MEAT

Great alternative recipes and ways to stay healthy.

HOW I WASTE TIME

Interior design blog that I happily waste SOOOOOO much time reading through old archive posts and delving into the blog deeper and deeper.

LIKE A MUSTARD SEED

Herbal fix’ems, remedies and things that if I ever wonder hmmm, I wonder if that would work, this is where I go first before I even search google I search this blog! AWESOME.

KEEP CALM IT’S JUST A BLOG

actor, designer, ponderer…will you marry me?

SHORT IS THE NEW BLACK

Beauty blog that I adore, 10 times better than reading a magazine this woman has her finger on every pulse going, great style and great blog!! love it!

RIZBANGER

Illustration blogger who has neatly become my favourite illustrator, truly beautiful pieces of work that I love to look at and enjoy every post on this blog!

WELL THAT’S IT KITTY-KATS!!

Muchos Love and I hope you keep passing this award on to brighten other people’s days!
HAPPY BLOGGING, CHEERS FOR READING,

L.J.Simms x

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‘THANK GOD YOU BLOG’ AWARD

I have decided that there are quite a few blog awards that are circuiting the net right now, but all of them require you to nominate up to 15 blogs which doesn’t really allow for true expression as to why you really like that blog, and what it has done for you as a reader or fellow blogger.

Sometimes, in this world of hundreds and thousands, It is feels good to acquire recognition for your efforts.  To know that someone out there is reading what you have written, is enjoying your turns of phrase and delighting in your photographic journeys.  Someone is discovering your talent at accessorising, whilst someone else is reveling over your opinions on foreign policy.

Blogging is a world like no other, where you can search for people who have EXACTLY the same tastes as you, you can find out the latest gossip at the same time as finding out about the past.  I have found blogging to be an exciting world where I can express my true self and lay it down in a place that is encouraging and expressive.

So I have created a new award.

An award for people, who without their blog, you wouldn’t enjoy it all as much as you do.  I

t is called the ‘THANK GOD YOU BLOG’ award

and the rules are as follows…

THE RULES

  1. You must as with all blogging awards, acknowledge your Nominator.
  2. You must then select 5 blogs that you are a regular reader and follower of.  These selections go as follows, 2 Runners up, BRONZE, SILVER, GOLD. [ the images will be included in my first initial nominations, click on the image to open the actual file in a larger format 🙂 ]
  3. When nominating you must state 1 thing that you have learnt/discovered due to reading this persons blog.

And there you go! Now time for the first Nominees EVER for the ‘THANK GOD YOU BLOG’ Award!

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THANK GOD YOU BLOG

FIRST RUNNER UP

 PERPETUAL THOUGHTS

This blogger has taught me to be more free, not to worry about my content so much as just write what comes naturally.  Reading her blog, and seeing her photo diary has encouraged me to blog more often even if it’s just telling a little story so that my blog doesn’t miss me too much.  She also has a youthful exuberence that is second to none, fantastic blog and a fantastic blogger!

SECOND RUNNER UP

WE HEART VINTAGE

I have nominated this blog for other awards before, simply because I love their chic-ness.  I love that I can always guarantee that their blog will make me smile.  This blog has reignited my love for all things vintage, I have always said I love vintage not retro and this blog is the epitomy of that, it oozes style and is has frequent posts that make you wish you were in the 1940s every day!

BRONZE AWARD

VIDEO.GAME.GAL

Okay, so the bronze award goes to Video Game Girl, a fantastic variety blogger who has for me reignited my passion for fashion.  1. SHE IS BEAUTIFUL! 2. She is so quirky and naturally awesome plus she has an amazing etsy store too where she sells her wares including things made from recycled video game parts. TOO COOL!

SILVER AWARD

SARAH GOODREAU

This woman is a genius.

Period.

Wanna know what she has taught me? I’ll tell you what she’s taught me! She has taught me that simplicity is everything.  Sarah’s illustrations are beautiful, kitsch and humourous.  She is from Amsterdam which makes me want to go there EVEN more, her tattoos sound sooooo beautiful and I want her illustrations as wallpaper all over my house.  Her blog has made me discover my love for illustrated books again.

GOLD AWARD

CATBIRD365

There are 3 reasons why I have nominated Cat for the Gold award.

1. Cat has a Photography blog, yet she is not a professional photographer.
2. She never fails to interact and get involved in other people’s blogs.
3. Her photographs depict her life, her ordinary every day beautiful life.

Cat has taught me a few things.  I now know that Horseshoe crabs are in fact real, the exist and are not a fictional creature from Jurassic Park.  I have come to learn that it’s no good just writing a blog, blogging is about the people you write for, and Cat is one of those people.  And finally, the biggest reason I have nominated her, is because, she has taught me to see the beauty in the small things.  Whether it be a flower growing from a high brick wall, an amazingly yellow building next to a whole street of grey, or a funny shaped carrot on a plate of dinner.

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So there you go, please keep this award alive and start nominating those bloggers who you love to see on your feed, who teach you stuff and make you laugh and continue to brighten your blogging day!

Happy Blogging, Cheers for Reading,

L.J.Simms

x

103 WAYS TO GIVE UP SMOKING

A Thousand
Paper Cranes…

[BARE WITH THIS POST, I HAVE ADDED THIS POST-POSTING TO THIS POST…HAHA SORRY, ERMM YES, I BEGAN WRITING THIS 2 WEEKS AGO, SINCE WRITING THIS I HAVE NOT HAD A SINGLE CIGARETTE, AND SINCE STARTING THE PAPER CRANES JUST OVER A WEEK AGO I HAVE FOLDED 103 CRANES, JUST THINKING I WOULD HAVE SMOKED THAT MANY CIGARETTES IF NOT MORE, IN 7.5 DAYS, SCARY STUFF…GOOD LUCK TO ALL THOSE QUITTING SMOKING THIS YEAR, I’M REALLY GOING TO STICK TO IT THIS TIME]

1,000 Paper Cranes  (千羽鶴 Senbazuru?)
“Thousand Origami Cranes is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes held together by strings. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury.”

[http://tinyurl.com/7tjdxxo]

The idea intrigues me, it made me almost cry when I watched it on Heroes, noteably one of my favourite series’ of the past few years.

 Watching Charlie’s expression, when the camera zoomed out and revealed the epic amount of cranes delicately hanging by clear threads around their heads was in my opinion, utterly beautiful and actually quite stylish! Ha Ha…

Now, today has frankly been an awful day, I woke up in that highly irritating situation where your neck has been sleeping comfortably all evening, and then, suddenly, the second you wake up…AH%&$$! F*&£”~#!! …your neck trips into spasm and you can’t move for the rest of the day! anddddd I decided to start item number 20 on my Bucket List, I figured that although I have ticked a few things off the list, I’m still no closer to actually COMPLETING the list.

Item Number 20. ATTEMPT TO GIVE UP SMOKING…

Now your all probably wondering what the hell item 20 and paper cranes have in common, well it all started like this…..

So being unemployed, with no car, no money, not alot of people around during the day and a family who all smoke! (that’s right kids, Batman, The Incredibles, Poison Ivy, Misty Knight, Iron Man, WONDER WOMAN!! allllllllll of them SMOKE!)  Now obviously Poison Ivy is up lá duff so has stopped smoking, but for me it was so easy to just light up a fag, puff puff puffy away all day, I would say I had a steady 20 a day deal going on, menthol rollies were to me like a warm glass of red wine of an evening, just something i enjoyed!  and then the fateful day arrived….

Poison Ivy had warned me something like this may happen, and when Wonder Woman tried to give up last month, she said the same thing, there comes a point where something just snaps in your mind, and smoking just isn’t nice anymore!
Now for all those people out there screaming,’SMOKING’S DISGUSTING’ ‘IT’S GOING TO KILL YOU’ ‘YOU SMELL LIKE AN ASHTRAY’ I really don’t care, unless you’re a smoker you have no concept of how good it feels to have a fresh cup of coffee and a sneaky ciggie, or rolling a menthol and relaxing just puffing away.  IF YOU ARE NOT A SMOKER YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW GOOD THAT FEELS!!! and after sex……. WOWWWWWW better than the sex before it haha.

But anyway I digress, so I was sat in the study with my tobacco rolling a cig, and it happened, something choked a little in my throat, i licked the rizla and the smell of the dry tobacco made me feel a bit icky, and as I sparked the cigarette, I was convincing myself that I wanted to become a non-smoker! (I think it helped that my pouch was now empty and I had no way of getting anymore haha!!)

Day one – Fine, 0 cigarettes
Day two – Fine, 0 cigarettes
Day three – Ok, 0 Cigarettes
Day four – Average, 0 cigarettes, stood behind woman at cashpoint inhaling her scarf it smelt so good
Day five – SH*T, SH*TE, CR*P, AWFUL, SHODDY, EURGH, CRAPOLAAA! 0 cigarettes…grrrr
Day six – Pissed off, angry, want to murder someone for £3.50 to get tobacco… 0 cigarettes
Day seven – Today…woke up, feeling refreshed, breathing (asthma) noticeably clearer, cravings minimum, 0 cigarettes…

Now….how did I do it?

PAPER CRANES!!!

Honestly, for the past week I have ranged through every emotion possible, this first week of not smoking has almost killed me, and I think its mainly due to the fact that I have nothing to cure the boredom, smoking became a habit because I was bored.  It gave me something to do with my hands, the ceremony of rolling the cigarette, lighting it, inhaling and enjoying the minty smoke, sitting back and taking it in…..it takes time, its a process, its also really difficult to describe!  So I had to find something to keep my hands busy, and remembering the episode of Heroes, whilst thinking about my meditation experiences of late, I thought, I bet I can make 1,000 paper cranes….that will stop me from smoking.

Now, everytime I want a cigarette I fold a piece of paper, and it can be anything, newspapers, magazines, catalogues, comic books, junk mail…anything that I can find just to keep my mind off smoking.  and I can say now it’s working, being around smoke makes me feel ill, the smell makes me want to vom on their faces, and the change in myself is remarkable, it’s early days yet but here’s to crossing off another Bucket List item and to continuing on my journey.

Made with 1978 Superman Comic Book

Made From: Pandora Jewellery Catalogue Page.

I found an Irregular choice Shoebox and have given them a home already

Here’s to the SuperCranes!!   May they guide me through this rough patch and grant me a blooming good wish when I’ve made 10,000 of the buggars!

Cheers for reading 🙂

L.J x

Goodnight Sweetheart, Now it’s time to go…BuhBuhBuhBoom…

Just another Sleep deprived evening with L.J Ho Hum!

BUCKET LIST UPDATE No.1

Hello Everyone quick Bucket List update for you all, upon reflection during an awesome night with Batman this evening I have some new entries to make to the Bucket List, New Proper Blog Post to come tomorrow though so keep your eyes peeled for that too.

NEW ENTRIES!!

– To teach myself how to draw properly! (another regular updating me feels!)
– To try to learn a language. (preferably italian or spanish)
– Get at least a small tattoo!! (and stop being a big wimp!)
– Learn to walk in heels.

WEIGHT LOSS UPDATE!!! (eeeeek)

Now I will be blogging about this further next week BUTT I thought I would update everyone, The exercising isn’t going too bad, Zumba is killing me, and the walks are still tough as always but the ankle injury has definitely got better, so gotta step it up a notch this week!

LOVELIFE (oh christ this is deffo on the next weeks agenda)
I only went and joined a flipping Dating Site!! what am I like!, But as I have already stated on the Bucket List, I do want to go on more dates, so fingers crossed I don’t meet a nutter and possibly meet a good guy, need a prince to come along before that dastardly apocalypse, need someone to pull me from the global warming caused wreckage eh?

Anyhoo this was just supposed to be a ‘quickPress’ haha!
Blog Ya Soon!

L.J x