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Astonished.

I was absolutely astonished when I read Ms. Adventure’s comment letting me know she recognized my blog with a Liebster Award. I’m touched. Ms. Adventure started her blog, Some Kind of Wonderful, around the same time the blog you’re reading now came into being, and I’ve enjoyed reading about her vintage finds. (The Sputnik lamp? The barkcloth clutch? The Super Suit? Gorgeous.) Thank you for the encouragement! It’s nice to know that people other than my mom and close friends read my blog. I’ve started developing connections with people in other corners of the world through blogging and learned a bunch along the way. Good stuff hides out on the internet if you know where to look!

The rules are as follows:

Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.

Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.

Copy/paste the blog award onto your blog (choose an image for the award, and then do a little post like this)

Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs (with 200 followers or less)

Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment.

My picks:

Brazen B. Not just because she’s one of my best friends, but because her deliciously irreverent DIY blog cracks me the hell up on a regular basis.

Oh, for the Love of Vintage. Black Dahlia and I need to go shopping together some day. Pin-ups,  purses and lady head vases, watch out.

Retro Reporter. A fellow writer and vintage lover, Laurie’s blog frequently inspires me.

The lovely Ms. Lina Sofia’s blog, Spiffing Sporadics of a Vintage Girl. She and her pug puppy Poirot are absolutely adorable.

Last but not least, Storyteller Vintage. Her blog blends lovely photos with creative writing–both her own and works by others she admires. A young blogger with a relatively young blog, I’m eager to read more of her work.

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Balance.

Sometimes I realize I haven’t been blogging as much as I think I should. Then I think about why I started blogging to begin with: to connect with people over a love of vintage. Especially vintage compacts, which I hope the occasional reader will buy from my website. Blogging is a creative outlet. It needs to be fun–not something that adds pressure to my already hectic life.

Typically, I’ve got multiple blog posts in progress. Some require research or photos, which I may or may not have time for. Other times, I have no idea what to write about, so I go poke around and read other blogs looking for inspiration. Right now I’m working on a guest post for Rachael over at LOTS: she’s got a series from bloggers who collect and hey, that’s me.

Sometimes I realize I’ve been so busy blogging and reading blogs and commenting and pinning and tweeting that I haven’t done much with powderkegcompacts.com, which was the whole reason I started blogging to begin with. 🙂 Right now, I’ve got to photograph a bunch of inventory and code a few pages. Plus I’m getting ready for my first ever live event, a car show at Ralph’s Diner in Worcester in May. While it’s still almost two months off, I’ve got a lot to do. I need to go buy a cash box and receipts book and figure out how to display prices. Brazen Bernadette is designing a banner for me. I need to write copy for some cool thank you/compact care cards, which B will designify.

I’m super-excited about the Ralph’s show not just because it’s an awesome place and my first event and our friend Chaos goes every year and Bernadette will hang out with me. Tim and I are thrilled that my mom and Uncle Norman might come. I don’t get to see my family nearly as much as I’d like, and when I do, it’s usually at someone’s house. So getting to see people in a different setting and having my mom see this crazy compact stuff that she encouraged is special.

Other times I’m quiet because my day job got crazy and took the love out of writing. Or I want to spend time with Tim to make sure he knows that as much as I love writing and compacts and vintage stuff, he’s more important.

Trying to find the right mix. I think I’m pretty close.