Monday, 12 March 2012

Ahem. I have won an award.


You may remember that a few months ago I told you that Company magazine had written to tell me that I'd been nominated for one of their Style Blogger 2012 Awards. It was a lovely surprise for me personally, as well as making me feel rather delighted that the perception of sewing and craft in general has shifted to such an extent that it would now merit a category within a very fashion-focused magazine's awards pertaining to style.


This month's issue features Florence and the Machine (of the Florence Welch variety: machine unspecified)...it also has a little picture of me in it (my own machine isn't pictured, but is a Pfaff Classic Homestyle 1529 sewing machine) as I was lucky enough to win my category: Best Blog for Crafty Girls. Last week I went to the awards ceremony in London. It was very odd to be out of my computer in blogger capacity (I do venture out from it often, but normally only in mummy/wife/friend/daughter/me-just-being-me capacity) and even odder still to land at some style awards where the other bloggers were all there because they genuinely do blog about style and fashion (rather than about sewing). It was interesting seeing the way people were dressed, the adorable plaited hairstyles, how beautifully their faces were made up and how smoothly they worked a camera - suddenly positioning faces and legs to be at just the right angle for a flattering photo. I'd anticipated that I may feel a little out-of-place and quite old. And I did. But here I am grinning like a loon and I've realised only in retrospect that grinning is so not what one is meant to do when faced with a camera at such an event, even if it's your own sister pointing it at you. Note the award in my hands: it is actually satisfyingly weighty and made my arms ache carrying it.


Thank you to everyone who voted for me - I really appreciate it. And thank you to the girls at Company magazine, who seemed such a friendly and genuinely lovely group of people and who made me feel most welcome.

Florence x

42 comments:

  1. Congratulations, how awesome! Hope you wore something suitably hand made and gorgeous
    xxxx

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  2. yay! congratulations Florence, you look gorgeous and happy, just how you should when winning, not a pout in sight!

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  3. Well done Florence, this is wonderful news. Congratulations. Lee x

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  4. Ooh, congratulations! How exciting! I hope the award is proudly on display. I think grinning in pictures when genuinely happy should be encouraged :)

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  5. Yay! I'm so glad you won because I voted for you!

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  6. Wow, very well done! You definitely deserve such an award for your inspirational blog!

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  7. congratulations Florence, what a thrill x

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  8. Yay!! That's fantastic Florence - congratulations!

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  9. Well done!!!! I would have been so scared mixing with those uber cool peeps. I have the social skills of a 13yr old boy. You look great in your photo. Very charming and genuine. That's not a bad thing by any means!

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  10. Fantastic news Florence - I voted, and am very glad I did now! You deserve it. Sharon

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  11. Well done Florence! Brilliant x

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  12. Well done Florence! An award (reward)totally deserved to be won and by you. That's a lovely photo of you by the way. Smile away - it suits you.

    I think it's surprising how much bloggers affect things in the commercial world. Many an idea has been carried forward by commercial enterprise which was first thought up by a blogger. (Matryoshka dolls, owls were all prevalent online before filtering through). Anyway congratulations and well done!

    I think sewing (and other crafts) are popular right now. It always does go in cycles with only the die-hards really staying the course but this time around there is the internet to fuel all things crafty. All ages love to create things and of course it is blogs like yours that help spread the know how. It will be interesting to see if this surge of interest tails off or the internet will keep it going. I hope it is the latter as when the interest dies down it is so much harder to find materials.

    Did you make the dress you are wearing? Regardless of if you did or not, it is gorgeus - the neck line is lovely.

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  13. Well done!!!! Your blog is a pleasure to visit - you deserve it!!

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  14. Congratulations! Love your dress and massive grin!!

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  15. Wow! Well done. Well deserved. x

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  16. Well done! Your blog is brilliant and you totally deserved it! :)

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  17. So exciting! Congratulations! (Does your synonym book have any for that, by the way?) This relieves my guilt over not having voted for you - I went to the site to do so but had the same problem someone else mentioned with having to vote in every category and not knowing any of the blogs and not wanting to pick at random... I think your victory photo is perfect and sweet! You won, you were excited - so in the photo you look excited. Nonsense to all those people who arranged themselves into silly poses that won't remind them how they felt when they look at them in years to come. Please share details of your sleeves, they look a bit fancy. Well done! x

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  18. wahoo! congratulations lovely, you look adorable in that photo! and so right to grin, always good to smile, life's for enjoying!

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  19. Why am I not surprised? Your blog is a joy to read, always beautifully constructed and not a wandering apostrophe in sight. Keep on smiling!

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  20. That's so wonderful! Congrats.

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  21. Congratulations! And you look adorable.

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  22. Very well deserved as your blog does set the standard and is a joy to visit. Celebrate, celebrate celebrate!

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  23. Oh well done you! Yes, very much deserved.

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  24. Congratulations, well deserved

    Jill x

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  25. You totally deserve this award! I always look forward to your blog entries and your projects are super.

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  26. Congratulations! I love your style so I'm not at all surprised that the people at Company Magazine do too. Well deserved :-)

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  27. Congratulations. Lovely photo, you look delightfully delighted!
    Jak x

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  28. Esther (london mummy)13 March 2012 12:42

    Well done Florence, richly deserved and you look just fab :)

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  29. Well done Florence! Have just recently found your gorgeous site as our lovely mutual friend Charlotte told me about it! I am so inspired and love creating things, but feel very much a new mum of 2 with little time and energy! Your site has given me inspiration for what could be in the future with your gorgeous style and creativity! Thank you!

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  30. Well done i love company magazine! Very much deserved xx

    http://www.gingerrsnap.blogspot.com/

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  31. Thank you so much for all your very lovely comments and congratulations. x

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  32. I have the magazine infront of me and thought wow i have to google this blog, well now im a follower :)

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  33. I found your blog through the Company awards, and have spent a lovely morning reading through your archived posts. You have a beautiful blog, and now that I've added you to my bloglines feed I intend to become a daily visitor :).

    Congratulations on the award, and keep up the amazing work!! xx

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  34. Congratulations Florence, I read Company and thought it was great to see craft blogs getting recognition. I did of course vote for you, glad you won xx

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  35. Congratulations!
    I love your grinning photo by the way.

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  36. How did I miss this??! Well done, what a thrill! You look lovely in your award pic too, and very stylish of course, love your frock. xxx

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  37. Fab News!

    And what a yummy gorgeous site.

    Well-deserved, lady.

    Waving from a skyscraper in NYC.

    _tg xx

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Florence x