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In which I’m going to the MADs again – Thank You!


THANK YOU!! Last Thursday as I sat at the computer in the evening, finishing up a little bit of work and trying not to get too distracted by Twitter, a little notification flashed up on my screen, a tweet from Jess congratulating her fellow finalists.

What? Wait a minute? Fellow finalists? Does that mean?

It does.

Vote for Space for the Butterflies at the MADs

I am a MADs finalist.

To have been able to say that last year was amazing, to be saying it again this year as a Finalist for Best Craft Blog is simply incredible and put the cherry and icing on what had already been a pretty awesome week.  That my text to H to let him know was mostly party hat, smiley face and shocked face emojis pretty much sums it up.  I was floating so high you would have needed to scrape me off the ceiling.

When I asked if you would consider nominating me I’ll admit I asked in hope rather than with expectation. We are so lucky to be blogging in a time when the Internet is full of wonderful writing, great ideas, and beautiful photos, but I bet I’m not the only one whose sometimes found it a little overwhelming, and been certain that anything that I can write or share with you will pale in comparison to the best of everything else out there.  The more years I spend blogging, the more it seems that there just aren’t enough awards to go around and whenever an awards season comes around my inner self critic goes into overdrive on the “why are you even trying”.

But, if you don’t ask, you’ll never know and so I asked, and you nominated my little corner of the Internet and that truly means the world to me. I don’t really know how to explain it except to say that while I would blog even if there were no stats, no rankings and no awards, every single nomination was an acknowledgement that I’m not actually standing shouting into the noisy abyss, I’m here among friends chatting babies and school and gardening and making a creative life for my family.

To be a finalist is a huge honour, and to win would be ….well I don’t know – and I’d really like to find out.  So I’m asking for your help again.  If you’ve enjoyed some of my crafty posts in the last year, either the things I’ve made for the children and the family, like their Christmas crowns or my Fishing Net Quilt, or all the things we get up to on our crafternoons, like lunar eclipses and tiny fluffy felt eggs please would you vote for me?

The voting form is here.  You have to give an email address, presumably to stop us spamming the results and then look for Space for the Butterflies on the drop down menu for Best Craft Blog.  You don’t have to be a blogger, or based in the UK, just be someone who enjoys reading and can spare a couple of minute to vote sometime between now and 27 May.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

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  • Vickie 26/04/2016 at 9:10 am

    I’ve voted for you. I really do hope you win as you deserve it Carie. Your blog is so inspiring, not just for children’s crafts but for us grown-ups too. Your quilts and quilt blocks have inspired me to take up English Paper Piecing and I’m thoroughly addicted.

  • Donna 26/04/2016 at 1:02 pm

    Huge congrats lovely – and good luck! x

  • susan 26/04/2016 at 3:27 pm

    Woohoo! Congratulations, Carie. I’m going to cast my vote for you right away!

    • Gabrielle 12/10/2016 at 3:13 am

      we bought our house three years ago for 384,000 we have a second on the house that is 76,000 with a ballon payment could we have the second digcrahsed in bk and keep our home the first is not the problem the second is our house is now worth 250,000

  • LauraCYMFT 26/04/2016 at 8:16 pm

    Amazing! Well done! You have my vote.

  • lucy at dear beautiful 26/04/2016 at 10:42 pm

    I was so pleased to see your name on the list Carie.. not least because this means we get a nice night out together, how exciting! As you say, it never feels like there are quite enough awards to go around but it’s lovely to know your peers and readers appreciate what you do. x

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 26/04/2016 at 11:53 pm

    So very thrilled for you again Carie!! You work so hard on your blog! I’m in awe of you!! You will certainly have my vote! Much love!


  • Lee Cockrum 27/04/2016 at 1:09 pm

    I already voted when I saw you on the list when Goblin Child posted about the awards!! I love your blog so much because I think I would love to be friends with you! I’m always so happy to see a post from you… Crafty or otherwise!

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 27/04/2016 at 10:07 pm

    Oh Carie, this is just wonderful news. HUGE congratulations xxx

  • Jenny 27/04/2016 at 10:34 pm

    Voted today. Can we vote more than once or just one time? Love your blog as well and have read for many years now.

  • Jenny Benton 30/04/2016 at 11:09 pm

    I’m so pleased for you – and yes, I voted too!

  • Sally 02/06/2016 at 12:26 pm

    Congratulations, that’s wonderful news, I will hopefully find out in a minute if I’m still in time to vote, big apologies if I’m not but fingers crossed…