More Award Nominations!

I’ve been so caught up with things over the past couple of months, my Stroke Journey telling and some unforeseen circumstances, that I’ve fallen behind in accepting new Awards I’ve been nominated for.  Some of them go back to August!! (Looking down at the floor in shame)… I am so very sorry. I was going to address the Awards in one post and cover them all in one shot. Some are duplicate Awards, but out of respect and gratitude to the person(s) that nominated me, I wanted to fulfill the Award requirements. I can’t accomplish that in one post, unless you want to read one gigantic post. . . I didn’t think so either. 

What I am going to do instead, is work my way from the oldest to the newest and have them done no later than Tuesday. Expect two or three Award related posts within the next two days. 🙂

Going all the way back to August;


I must thank my adopted WordPress daughter Briana Vedsted over at for nominating me for the WordPress Family Award. This is a big one for me. Once again, she has made me feel so blessed and humbled. I didn’t forget you Briana!! 😀

The rules for accepting this Award are as follows:

1. Display the Award logo on your blog

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. Nominate ten others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family.

4. Let your ten family members know you have awarded them.  That’s it! Just make sure these people have taken you in as a friend/family member, and then spread that love!!!

I know some of my nominees already have this award. I don’t expect them to go through the procedure, but I nominated them anyway because they have helped me so much since I started blogging and getting more serious about my writing. I only ask that they accept it in the spirit in which it is given.

My nominees for this award are:

  1. Marilyn Parel, my BFF over at, who has been with me from my very first days. I don’t know what I’d do without her. Check out her blog when you get a chance. She’s a great Twitter resource, an up and coming screenwriter, great short story writer and is now into the Undead too!! Yup. That’s my family!
  2. Janet K West over at, Can’t help reading her blog. I ask most of the very same questions! 🙂 Check her out sometime.
  3. Karen Soutar over at . My rock chick/sister/cheerleader is always there for me! Love her!
  4. Deanie over at . Amazing children’s author, into books, horses and is always checking up on me. 🙂 Definitely family right here.
  5. Rebecca Bradley over at who has a wonderful blog with author interviews, book reviews, writing tips and even a crime book club that I’ve recently joined! If I could only figure out time zones and Google + hangouts. Definitely doing November! Already bought the book! 🙂 Rebecca, you’ve got to help me figure this out!
  6. Catherine, whose blog Cat Lumb: The Struggle to be a Writer that Writes can be found at It’s a wonderful blog with all sorts of writing tips and stories. She’s gonna help me get my Nano badge! 🙂
  7. Melissa Janda over at . She’s got an amazing site too with great reviews, resources, word of the day and she’s doing Nano this month also. 🙂 Definitely check out her site.
  8. Sandy over at . Sandy is amazing and has offered to help me in so many ways. Check out her sites when you have a sec. The one I’ve listed is only one of several (a crochet pattern site).  She’s a thoughtful and caring person.
  9. Jennifer over at who’s got a really cool site with reader participation story creations, great short stories and other info. She just released a book on Halloween ‘Midnight Abyss’, which was a collaborative effort between her and eight other great writers who met at Writers Carnival, a great writers group that I am proud to say I am a part of.
  10. My friend over at . She’s a wonderful young lady with a great new blog, and posts things I love, like ‘A song a day keeps the sadness away’ 🙂 Check her out sometime! Oh, and she’s studying physiology too. Hello!!

That’s going to be it for this Award post. Congratulations to my nominees! Until next post, love you guys!

Scrapbooking Anyone?

Below is an interview done by Briana Vedsted of scrapbooking maven Tracy Carrig. I’ve included some photos of her work at the very bottom of this post and links to her sites including Twitter, Facebook, Etsy and her blog. Although I don’t have time to scrapbook myself, I may just find myself ordering items from Ms. Carrig directly. Yes, she does special orders too! 🙂

BV: So, what is “scrapbooking”?

TC: Simply put, scrapbooking is putting beautiful, fun paper, photos, and memorabilia together to tell a story.Think of it as enhancing your photos. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. What if you don’t know what those words are. Scrapbooking allows you to remember all the stories, jokes, heartfelt moments, and everyday life, and share the memories with family and friends. Imagine looking at a photo from someone else’s life. The photo by itself may give you some hints. Now if the photo were scrapbooked, the story behind the photo would also become clear. Scrapbooking is a fun way to share and remember your story for years to come.

BV: And what in the world is Memory Works?

TC: I like to call Memory Works the Mary Kay of the scrapbooking world. Memory Works carries scrapbooking products from all the big names (Fancy Pants, Pink Paislee and BoBunny, to name a few), as well as their own line called Simple Stories. Memory Works also offers a monthly kit subscription for $29.95 (plus shipping, handling, and sales tax). Each themed kit is packed with coördinated papers and embellishments from different brand name companies.

In addition, Memory Works offers a Hostess Incentive. This is a free gift to the party hostess can earn if the party results in an order of $150.00 (before tax). I like to offer this as well if there is either a single order from a customer of $150, or if there is a group of customers, though not necessarily at a party, that order enough supplies to meet to required minimum. The incentive changes every month and can be anything scrapbooking related, from a collection of patterned papers to a stamp set to a few specific items from a brand name collection.

BV: Is scrapbooking hard to do?

TC: Scrapbooking should be fun, so no, it’s not hard to do. If you find you’re having difficulty, take a step back. See where you’re getting stuck. Are you trying to re-create a technique or layout and it’s not coming together? Do you not understand the terminology? Take me for example. I know this much about knitting and crocheting. Now I know the terms knit and perl. Did I spell them right? No idea. Can I tell you what they mean? Nope, sorry. I learned a lot of the terms from magazines and websites. And for me, it clicked. I kept wanting more and more. So it shouldn’t be hard. Again, if you’re running into trouble, try to pinpoint what exactly is giving you pause. Sometimes you need clarification, or to just tell yourself there are no mistakes. I really enjoy it and I’m always learning something new, so there’s no limit to what you can create. I’ve found if you love it, you stick with it and your style evolves from there.

BV: Do you have some examples of what scrapbooking is?

TC: Absolutely. These are some recent layouts (a layout is 1-2 scrapbook pages). I have lots more on my blog with close up detail photos and info on supplies and techniques I used.

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BV: Can someone teach me how to scrapbook?

TC: Absolutely, there are lots of options. Now, I must confess, I learned by doing. I never took a class, nor did I know anyone else who scrapbooked. Heck, I had just learned about it myself. So I went to my nearest bookstore and bought some scrapbooking magazines. Then after reading them and devouring them (figuratively speaking, of course), I went to my local craft store and bought some supplies (careful, this hobby is addicting! in a good way :D). And I started scrapping!.

However, if my journey sounds scary, you can take a class. These can be offered anywhere from a religious/spiritual center, your local craft store (big box and small business), library, school, historical society. If you know someone who is a scrapbooker (the majority of which are women, but there are some VERY talented men out there), you can ask them to teach a class, or just teach you! There are also numerous blogs online whose author post videos for certain techniques, etc. And, being in the age of YouTube, there are blogs, magazines, and individual people who have a channel which you can view and/or subscribe to. One benefit to individual scrapbookers is that they teach techniques that you may not otherwise comes across. And they give you lots of inspiration and ideas.

BV: Where can I get scrapbooking supplies?

TC: In a sense, anywhere. However, just because you CAN get it anywhere doesn’t mean you SHOULD. Office supplies, arts and crafts stores, big chain stores, and local scrapbooking/stamping stores; all of them carry supplies. I’ve actually found that the big box crafts stores by me do carry some of what I need, but not most of what I’m looking for. You can also go the online route, which opens up the possibilities tremendously.

Big box general retailers are limited in what they carry because they’re general retailers. So, see what they carry, check the prices, and think if you’ll actually use it. Don’t get lured by the clearance sticker of half off and pay $5 for a border punch that you’ll never use. This is why if you can, purchase your supplies from a crafts store, a scrapbooking store if possible. If you live out in the middle of nowhere, so to speak, your best options are probably online shopping or a consultant for a scrapbooking supplies company (yes, shameless self-promotion, I had to do a little :P)

BV: I live in the United States, do you know anyone who I could send my pictures to for them to design a scrapbook for me, because I’m just to busy to do it myself right now.

TC: Why, yes I do *wink, wink.* I am happy to design a scrapbook, mini album, etc. for you. My prices are simple and really reasonable. I do not want any screaming wallets, thank you 😛 You can look at my blog,, to check out my prices, and e-mail me at tracy . carrig @ gmail . com to get the whole party started (just delete the spaces before hitting send)!

BV: What is your favorite thing to make?

TC: So far, layouts, either one of two pages. I just finished a two-page layout for my little person’s first birthday. I’ve start making cards, which I sell on my Etsy shop, called ScrapMusings. And I’m starting to get into altered art, mixed media, and mini albums. I’m loving getting messy, and I love layers.

BV: I want to find out more about this art called scrapbooking! Show me more! Are you online? Twitter? Facebook? Pinterest? Got a blog?

TC: Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes. Here’s my stuff:

Twitter: (ScrapMuse)

Facebook: (or search for Tracy Carrig (you should see a pic of me and my munchkin))

Pinterest: (or look up Tracy Carrig / ScrapbookMuse, or you can just find me from Briana’s page ;P)

Etsy: (shop name: ScrapMusings)


I hope to see and talk to you all soon! Happy scrapping!


Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

I’m very proud and humbled yet again to announce that I’ve been nominated for another award. This time, the wonderful Melissa Janda over at nominated me! Thank you Melissa! If you haven’t visited her blog, Melissa Janda. . .The Buzz on Writing, you should hurry up and do so now. You are missing out on so much good info!!



The rules for this award are:

  1. Post the logo on your blog.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you.
  3. Choose 10-12 other ladies who blog as your nominees.
  4. Post the links to the nominees’ blogs and notify them on their blog.

My nominees for this award are:

  1. Marilyn Parel who has proven to be my closest friend and confidante here in the blogosphere. You can find her at
  2. Ionia Martin A true warrior and beloved part of my WordPress family at found at
  3. Briana Vedsted My adopted online “daughter” and another member of my WordPress family who is at
  4. Karen Soutar My blog and Twitter friend who can be found at
  5. Janet K West  can be found at I never miss any of her posts. They always getting me thinking.
  6. Lauren Sapala  can be found at I love her site and blog. So much useful info; love her!
  7. Julianne Victoria  can be found at Her blog is titled Through the Peacock’s Eyes and is such a soothing and welcoming site to visit.
  8. J.C. Wolfe  can be found at I love her site, her blog, her advice and her tips. She is all around awesome.
  9. Damyanti  can be found at Her blog, called Daily (w)rite and I love to read it when I get the chance. Good stuff to be found here!
  10. Catherine Lumb  can be found over at Her blog is called The struggle to be a writer that writes. Great reading found here.

Congratulations to all my nominees!!


Another Nomination!

I have again been nominated for another award by the lovely and talented Ms. Briana Vedsted over at I am so humbled and moved that I’m at a loss for words. This time, Briana nominated me for the Shine On Award. I so adore that young lady. She, among a few others from my ever-expanding community, has given me so much confidence to continue pressing on. Thank you.


The rules for the Shine On Award are:

  1. Display the Award on your Blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. Disclose seven random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers to receive the Award. (I’m sorry. I’m only doing five. I struggled to get my eleven for the Liebster!) It happens when you’re the new kid in town…


  1. Before I became an Emergency Medical Technician, I couldn’t stand the sight of blood or anyone else’s vomit.
  2. I  have an Associate Degree in Management/Accounting and a Certificate in Para-medicine.
  3. I’m a fan of the Walking Dead and Revenge.
  4. I am fiercely protective of family, friends, and Sophie.  (I kick you with my good leg!!!)
  5. I love Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Caramel Lattes
  6. I like stuff by Thomas Kinkaide. (I know. I know.)
  7. Many people think I am either Cuban or Puerto Rican by descent, but my parents (RIP) were both born in Hungary. So that makes me, what? First generation Hungarian American? I don’t know.  No one ever believes me anyway.


Thank you again Briana so much for this nomination! I cannot begin to tell you how amazing this feels.


And the Winner is…!!!

My amazing WordPress “daughter” Briana Vedsted at  nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award! I am beside myself. This is the first time my baby blog’s been nominated for anything and I’m oh so excited!

Liebster Blog Award

The rules for the Liebster Blog Award:

  1. List eleven random facts about yourself
  2. Nominate eleven other bloggers for the Liebster Award
  3. Notify these bloggers
  4. Ask eleven questions that the bloggers must answer upon accepting the Liebster Award
  5. Answer the eleven questions that you were asked when you were nominated


  1. Even though I’m from the Bronx and love the Yankees, when it comes to football, I’m all about the Baltimore Ravens.
  2. I have a 25-year-old married daughter named Amanda.
  3. I have a 5-year-old Lhasa Apso named Sophie who is my little rock.
  4. I can’t stand tomatoes.
  5. I’m afraid of heights.
  6. I used to make hand poured candles from scratch; not the store-bought microwave me kits.
  7. I love karaoke, but can’t sing to save your life.
  8. I began writing stories when I was about 7 or 8.
  9. I spent 20 years in corporate America as an Administrative Assistant and over a decade as an EMT until I got sick.
  10. I love Johnny Depp and Eeyore.
  11. My favorite foods are Spanish, Mexican and Italian.


  1. What is my favorite part about winter? Christmas with close friends and family and untouched snow. I know that’s two, but I couldn’t decide.
  2. Where do you see yourself living in five years? I’d like to say a tropical island somewhere, but most likely it will be back in New Jersey.  😦
  3. How many books are in the room you’re in now? Four. If you count my Kindle, it’s closer to two hundred and fifty-four.  🙂
  4. Look in your wallet/purse, is there more money or receipts in there? Receipts, unfortunately.  😦
  5. What was your first paying job? McDonald’s
  6. Favorite vegetable? Spinach and cucumbers (Again, I couldn’t decide.)
  7. How long have you had your blog? Almost five glorious months.  🙂
  8. What is the best dream you ever had? About three years ago, I had a dream that I went out shopping with my Mom. She passed nearly twelve years ago.
  9. What did you have for dinner last night? Sliced breaded chicken breast over spinach salad with balsamic vinaigrette.
  10. Are you happy right now? I am freaking ecstatic because my adopted WordPress ‘daughter’ nominated me for a Liebster Award! Hellooo! ****Happy Dance****
  11. If you could change one thing about your appearance, what would you change? If I could change anything, I would get rid of the slight limp I have secondary to my hemorrhage. Some days it looks worse than others. But hey, I’m not complaining. I’m just sayin’…cuz you asked.



  1. What inspired you to start a blog?
  2. Who was the most influential person in your life?
  3. If you had $1,000 to give to a charity, which one would you choose?
  4. If you could spend one day with anyone, living or deceased, who would it be and why?
  5. What is your favorite book genre?
  6. What is your favorite movie of all time?
  7. What do you do for relaxation?
  8. What are two of your favorite hobbies?
  9. Do you normally plan things in advance or do you usually run on impulse?
  10. Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
  11. Who is your favorite author, musician or actor? (Your choice)

I’m looking forward to hearing all the answers from my nominees, so I can officially accept my first award! ***Shivers running up and down my spine***