Monday, May 30, 2011

The Versatile Blogger Award goes to....

A big big thank you to Andrea from Strong Southerly for passing on 'The Versatile Blogger Award' to Hybrid Handmade!

Here is the deal - reveal 7 things that your readers may not know about you (and would like to know, or find interesting) and then pass the award onto 10 -15 blogs that you have recently discovered.

I have to say, I have found this very difficult and after much thinking, revising and rewritting I came up with these:

Wood Wall Sculpture by saysthetree on Etsy

1.  I have never lived anywhere longer than 5 years.  So far, I've racked up 23 different address / homes.  For some reason I feel compelled to tell people this, as if it may explain something salient about my character.  But mostly, I say it because I can hardly believe it myself.  I feel somewhat nomadic.

1930's Illustrated map of Scotland,  from StoriesDivinations on Etsy
2.  That said, I am intensely proud of being Scottish.  Again, I take pains to highlight this nationality if a conversation should stray into the topic of nationality.

Spiral Staircase / Paris by zateticstudios on Etsy
3.  I adore houses that have two staircases - especially if the second one is kind of hidden away and secret.  It hinges around the whole 'surprise' element of being able to suddenly appear upstairs (by virtue of using the secondary stair).  I knew a girl who lived in such a house - it seemed like a truly magical place because of it.

'nuit' by aliette on Etsy
4.  The first time I saw the house I live in now was the day I moved in!  It was an 'arranged marriage' of sorts.  I have grown to love it all the more intensely.

5.  I've had two of my architectural drawings / paintings in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London and was part of the Architect's Journal '40 under 40' exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

By BookFiend on Etsy
6.  I wanted to be an author (before I wanted to be a potter, a swimmer, a ballerina and an architect).  I had a typewriter and so I would 'self publish' teeny tiny books.

7.  The last thing that made me cry was watching Disney's version of Rapunzel (Tangled) that I watched with my sons on Mother's Day (29th May here in France).

I'm passing this award onto the following 'self publishing' authors:


Lyndie Dourthe

Eva of tinctory

Helen of henkalullah

Jamie Slade of aeonquartz

Natasha Newton of theblackbirdsings

and Geninne of Geninne's Art Blog


  1. I stand behind you on the 'teeny tiny books' idea 100%!! never too late! :)
    *thx for the mention/pass.. pressure is on now! great post :)

  2. :) I can relate to the 20+ houses feeling. Perpetual motion is addictive, after a few years in the same spot I get restless... I think house renovations are my current equivalent for moving house (packing up, unpacking, decorating) without the 're-start' in a new community factor.

    Anyhoo, Am off on a journey to see those blogs you have awarded now..

  3. Thank you so much for including my work here :) What a fun read this post was. 20+ home addresses IS quite unique. How exciting it seems to have traveled all around, settling in and calling so many places home.

  4. You are a woman of many talents! And many homes :) Congrats on the award and thank you for passing it on to me.

  5. Lovely post Cari-Jane! I relate to the 20+ homes. I'm not sure how many I have managed to accumulate in the last 15 years but I haven't managed to live in one house more than 2 years. I'm doing well at the town for two years now (come July 1st) and I've only moved once, and only 100 metres down the street at that! What I do love most is being able to make a house the sense of creating a space that reflects my personality and that I love to be in. I truly can't wait to design and build my own home.


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