Thursday, August 29, 2013

Elegant Blogger Award

I've been awarded the Elegant Blogger Award.  Thanks so much, Elliebob. :)

This particular award originated HERE.  Everyone nominated has to answer 12 questions:

1.  Why did you start blogging?
     I started blogging in case I ever became a published author and had to have my own blog (as I've mentioned several times before).  Little did I know what I was starting... ;)

2.  What is your fashion style?
    Heh...frumpy and bland, if the last few weeks are any indicator. :}  Think t-shirts, denim capris, and ankle socks with old tennis shoes.  I do dress up a bit more for my teaching day and for church.  Perhaps someday I'll be amazingly fashionable. ;)

3.  What is something your followers don't know about you?
     Hmm, I've told you so much in the past few years that I think I'm running out of surprises. ;)  Um, I once dreamed of playing Christine Daae on Broadway...although I knew it would never happen because I couldn't hit the note at the end of "The Phantom of the Opera" title song and I would not have been comfortable singing "Past the Point of No Return".  I had the whole soundtrack aside from that song memorized in high school, though.  And hands down, my most embarrassing moment ever was the day that my mom walked in on me while I was dressed in my bathrobe and pearl choker singing "Angel of Music" to my full-length mirror. :}

4.  What is one of your blogging goals?
     To be a little more organized with regular posting and scheduling posts ahead of time. :}  Another would be to continue to grow and learn.  Most importantly, though, I want to create a fun, safe atmosphere for girls and collectors to learn about their favorite dolls and toys. :)

5.  Where is your favorite place to shop?
    Goodwill, Target, Walmart, and ToysRUs. :)

6.  What would your ideal amount of followers be?
     To be honest, I never thought I'd get this far! :)  My goal was always to reach 100 followers, and now I'm up to 268! :D  So really, no matter where I go from here, I'm perfectly happy. :)  Hmm...500 would be pretty awesome, though. ;)

7.  What are your talents?
     I dabble in a lot of things, so I'm not really amazingly accomplished at anything.  I do enjoy drawing, singing, writing, and acting, though.

8.  Are you a leader or a follower?
     I can be a leader when I have to be, but if given the choice, I prefer being a long as the person leading is a good person to follow! ;)  I don't really enjoy the pressures of leadership.

9.  What is your favorite quote?
     "And as He spoke He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them.  And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after.  But for them it was only the beginning of the real story.  All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page:  now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read:  which goes on forever:  In which every chapter is better than the one before."
    ~ From "The Last Battle" by C.S. Lewis

10.  Do you have a favorite book or book series?
     I love "Emma" and "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen.  (Actually, I love all of her completed works!) ;)  I also love the Gresham Chronicles by Lawana Blackwell, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, and The Heart of India series by Linda Chaikin.  I used to have a major crush on Jace Buckley. ;)

11.   Out of all the synonyms for elegant, which would you describe yourself with (smart, dressy, stylish, graceful, or fine)?
    Um, really?  Well, I used to get good grades in school, so I suppose I could be called smart.  Although my dad always said I'm one of those smart people with no common sense (I can be a real airhead at times), so maybe that's not the best description.  Dressy?  Hah!  I wish!  Stylish?  In my dreams.  Graceful?  Oh, sorry, I couldn't hear you over the sound of my entire family bursting out laughing.  Gracefulness is not something I was blessed with. :}  Fine?  What exactly does that mean?
     I guess the best answer in my case is "none of the above". ;)

12.   What is your favorite flower?
     I love roses and gardenias.

I now have to tag 12 people.  I choose:

Emily at The Toy Box Philosopher

Casey at Our Literary Joys

Casey Robin at Casey Robin's Dollyanna

Jen at Dolls and Nachos

BlackKitty at The Multicrafteral Lab

Barb the Evil Genius at My Little Doll Corner

Cindybin at Cindybin's Bin

OurAGAdventures at Our AG Adventures

Nina at American Girl and Other Awesomeness

Belle at Belle, Addy, and Emma (Your sisters can answer too if you like!) :)

OnceUponADollCollection at Once Upon a Doll Collection

Alexandra at Of Trims and Furls and Furbelows

Thanks again for the award, Elliebob. :)  Have fun, everyone! :)


Rose Grace said...

Congrats on the award! Lol, I caught this post three minutes after you posted!

beastsbelle said...

Wow, you're quick! ;)

Casey said...

Thanks again for the tag :) Regarding #10: I hate to admit that I have not read 'Emma'! I am putting that on my list of books to read this year.

Christina L said...

Lol, awesome! So fun to read your answers and to learn more about you! I never really spent much time looking around your blog, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that you're a Christian, and you like acting and writing! So cool!

beastsbelle said...

You're welcome, Casey. :) Lol, if it makes you feel any better, I just finally read "Emma" within the last 3 or 4 years. :} My introduction to the story was the 1996 film version starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam (Jeremy Northam IS Mr. Knightley in my world). ;) I really loved the movie, and one of my high school friends bought me the book as a gift, but I could never get into it. But when I finally sat down and made myself read it, I fell in love! I was also amazed at how much the movie missed of the story, especially regarding Frank and Jane and Harriet and Robert. The 2009 version with Romala Garai included a lot more of the backstory. I did enjoy it overall, but I found the watered down, updated wording and modern mannerisms a bit distracting. It's really true...the book is almost always best! ;)

Thanks, Christina! :) I'm glad to meet another "sister". :) I'm also glad that you found out some new things about me. Sometimes I feel like I'm repeating the same stuff over and over. ;)

Sunny_Harper1994 said...

Smart with no common sense lol, I feel like that at times! Congrats on the award you totally earned it. :)

beastsbelle said...

Lol...glad I'm not the only one. ;) Thanks for your sweet congratulations, too. :)

Nina said...

Thank you so much!

beastsbelle said...

You're welcome. :)

Eileen said...

I saw that you were doing a custom MH doll and watched the video you linked to. I decided to try it myself and if you were looking for a way to get more of the paint off her try nail polish remover on a magic eraser and wipe in one direction. Hope this helps!

Isabella said...

Thank you! Me and my sisters will be very happy to answer the questions thanks again!


beastsbelle said...

Thanks for the advice, Eileen! :) I'll give it a try.

You're welcome, Belle. :)

Barb the Evil Genius said...

Thank you for the award!

I read somewhere that the actress playing Christine never actually sings that last note at the end of "Phantom of the Opera." It's recorded, because the song does not warm up her voice enough to hit that high note at the end.

I saw the Phantom of the Opera at the Pantages in Toronto when that was a cool thing. Also saw Les Miz with Colm Wilkinson as Jean valJean. And stayed in the same hotel as Princess Diana. It was an eventful visit, definitely.

Have you ever read The Phantom of the Opera?

beastsbelle said...

You're welcome, Barb. :)

Seriously? I might not have had to sing that note? Man, I missed my chance. ;) Of course, that still wouldn't have solved the "Past the Point of No Return" problem...and I wouldn't have done well with a stage life anyway (I would have had no concept of reality with my overactive imagination). ;) That's a very interesting bit of trivia, though.

Wow, sounds like you had quite the trip! :) That would have been amazing!

I've seen Phantom twice, once in Sacramento, CA, and once in San Francisco, CA. I was still in high school when I saw the performances. I don't remember much about the Sacramento performance, but I really enjoyed the San Francisco one. Lisa Vroman was our Christine, and she was amazing. I also remember swooning over Raoul with one of my friends that came with me. He was played by Christopher Carl and he was amazing!! The Phantom wasn't so great that time...he sounded like he had a cold or something. ;)

Yes, I have read the book. I found it fascinating, especially after being familiar with the play. It's a really fun book to read aloud if you enjoy dramatic reading. ;)

Michele said...

Congratulations! :)

beastsbelle said...

Thanks! :)

Khloe Grace said...

Hi there beastsbelle,
Thank you so much for linking back to my blog like you were supposed to. I am the creator of this award and am so glad to see that you followed this rule! So many people don't.:( Thanks!
-<3 Khloe Grace

Elliebob said...

You're welcome! I didn't get quite 12 tags . . .that's a lot! Haha! I'm glad you liked it. Have a great day! :)

beastsbelle said...

You're welcome, Khloe Grace. I tend to be a major rule keeper, so I try to pay attention to details like that. ;) Sorry that not everyone noticed that part of the instructions. :(

You have a great day too, Elliebob. :)

Fuzzy said...

Do you think you or belle could update the Meet My Friends page on her blog?

(I have a signature for everything, so when I comment, you're gonna see a quote from Gravity Falls.)

"Do you need an amiable sidekick with a pickup truck?"

(Good show, Gravity Falls.)

Okay, this comment is way more about a TV show that I had anticipated.

Anyway, do you think Belle might have an oppurtunity?

beastsbelle said...

Hi Fuzzy. Yes, Belle does need to update the "Meet My Friends" page, doesn't she? I keep reminding her about it, but she starts getting irritated when I interfere with her blog too much. ;) She apparently keeps thinking of updating it at the wrong time...I'll see if I can gently remind her again for you. :}