A #WINNING Thank You!

16 Nov

I don’t know how to write the following without being a total and complete #HumbleBrag.  But, last night the Mobbies (Maryland Outstanding Blog Awards) were announced and I won. I won in every category I was nominated for. I took home Mobbie fedoras for Best Personal Blog, Best Lifestyle Blog, Best DIY Blog. And, amazingly. Like, seriously, overwhelmingly amazingly, I won Best Overall Blog for Miss Celie’s Pants!! Guys, I dropped the F-bomb I was so gobsmacked.

I know it seems like a silly thing to care about. But, I REALLY wanted to win so a sewing blog would be named Best Overall Blog. I meet people all the time who don’t understand what there is to blog about sewing. Or get that it’s a shared passion. I was so excited I was jumping and yelping. 

There were 30 categories. Here are all the winners in our fedoras.

I am overwhelmed with gratitude for your support and your votes.

I love to write. I love to sew. And, I talk too much. There wasn’t much left for me to do but start a blog about sewing.  I’ve made some of my closest friends through the sewing world. I’ve made personal contact with people all over the globe because of my blog and sewing. I met my best friend through this blog!  Blogging has given me a real platform to talk about the things that inspire me and the world around me.

What you did in voting for me (and putting up with my pestering) is immeasurable. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. There really aren’t words to express my total and complete thanks.

I will tell you that the staff at the Baltimore Sun asked around about me because they couldn’t understand how I got so many votes. They wondered if I knew how to rig the voting.  A friend who works at the Sun told them I’d been blogging for a while and that my readers really are my friends. And, he knew I basically flunked computer science the first time I took it in university!  Not a lot of people sew for fun anymore. We really made them stand up and notice. You are the most loyal group of readers anyone could have!

Did I mention I have food blog too? Here are two of my co-authors Catalina and Liz. We placed 3rd for best food blog.

I said this on my FB page. I’m not a mommy blogger. I don’t have thousands of followers. I don’t have a book deal and I’m not on a TV show.  I’m just a girl who loves to sew. That’s it. What I do have are my friends, family and my readers and I wouldn’t trade that in for anything.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Truly.

And, I hate camera phone photos (these). They do not love black people in low light. I’m using part of my prize to get a point -and-shoot camera so I don’t have to lug my beloved DSLR to bars and awards parties :)

As for prizes….. I really just wanted to call myself an Award Winning Blogger. But, I’m happy to report that I will get some marketing help from the Baltimore Sun by way of banner ads on their site. And, as best overall winner I received a gift certificate to Best Buy. Nook Tablet (or iPad), here I come! Oh, of course I checked to see if Best Buy carries sewing machines. They do. But, no cover stitches, LOL!

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96 Responses to “A #WINNING Thank You!”

  1. Lydia November 16, 2011 at 11:37 #

    Totally awesome! Congratulations!

  2. MB@YarnUiPhoneAppv1.9 November 16, 2011 at 11:41 #

    I tried voting, honestly…But I missed the deadline. But major congrats. Really, you must try to get a book deal out of this, if only to round up the best blog posts and put ‘em in a paperback with pretty pictures. BTW, you really rock a fedora! Wear one more often!

  3. Anne-Marie November 16, 2011 at 11:44 #

    Bravo Renée ! C’est génial cette pluie de prix ! This awesome this shower of awards !

    • Anne-Marie November 16, 2011 at 11:45 #

      grrr I ment This shower of awards is awesome. I clicked the wrong button :-(

  4. Marty November 16, 2011 at 11:45 #

    So happy for you!

  5. Pam ~Off The Cuff~ November 16, 2011 at 11:52 #

    So well deserved! Congratulations !!!!

  6. Samina November 16, 2011 at 11:52 #

    Congratulations! The wins are all well deserved!

  7. kathleen November 16, 2011 at 11:56 #


  8. mrsmole November 16, 2011 at 12:00 #

    It’s true you have many sewing friends who voted every day!!!!
    Have fun spending you Best Buy voucher and making new friends who never knew you before this exposure…Watch Out, Baltimore!

  9. lsaspacey November 16, 2011 at 12:06 #


    Also is that the Boo? Cute!

  10. Kim Johnson November 16, 2011 at 12:06 #

    Your win was so deserved! I thank you for filling my days with laughter and an unabashed obsession with sewing. Most people politely listen to my sewing ‘hobby’ then quickly get glassy eyed. For me, FBA, Hong Kong seam, and serger are rapture inducing jargon. Can I shout, I LOVE YOUR BLOG!

  11. Rosie November 16, 2011 at 12:17 #

    RC – so glad to see that our votes counted! Congratulations!!

  12. RobinDenning November 16, 2011 at 12:17 #

    Oh Miss Celie and your FABULOUS PANTS, congratulations!!!
    I bet I am not the only one who feels like you won it for us!! We helped you and you helped put us out there to let the world know about our wonderful world of sewing.
    Love you, sweety!!

  13. Amanda S. November 16, 2011 at 12:17 #

    Congratulations! That is truly fabulous news!

  14. Lene' November 16, 2011 at 12:22 #

    Congrats to you! I really do love your blog..keep up the great work!

  15. milica November 16, 2011 at 12:23 #

    congratulation from me, Milica

  16. JuliN November 16, 2011 at 12:24 #

    Congratulations!! I’m glad I got to vote everyday!

  17. Far November 16, 2011 at 12:24 #

    Congrats!!! :)

  18. Guest Sewer November 16, 2011 at 12:30 #

    Congrats. [Wrote a lengthy comment. Your blog system destroyed it because I wrote my email address in the name field. The name field is usually first so it was a mistake the system should have anticipated.]

  19. GPetunia November 16, 2011 at 12:35 #


  20. Janet November 16, 2011 at 12:38 #


  21. Texan November 16, 2011 at 12:39 #

    Congrats girly!

  22. Renee November 16, 2011 at 12:49 #

    Congrats. I’m so glad you won!

  23. Karen Combs November 16, 2011 at 13:01 #

    That is so awesome! As a very beginner blogger, I know the amount of effort it takes to get it all together- sewing projects, taking pictures etc! So so proud!!

  24. Rachel November 16, 2011 at 13:09 #

    Hooray! I’m so happy for you. I viewed voting as a small price to pay for all the entertainment you’ve provided me. Congratulations!

  25. Dei November 16, 2011 at 13:11 #

    Hot diggety! Congratulations!

  26. puu2 November 16, 2011 at 13:13 #

    congratulations and totally well-earned!

  27. Elizabeth November 16, 2011 at 13:14 #

    I’m so excited for you and the land of sewing blogs!

  28. SharonM November 16, 2011 at 13:16 #

    Congratulations! A well deserved win.

  29. narcissaqtpie November 16, 2011 at 13:19 #

    Congrats! You deserve it. I love your blog

  30. Katharine in Brussels November 16, 2011 at 13:24 #

    *Whoop!* Hot diggety dog! I’m so happy for you! Whoa, how incredible that you won over a blogger with an army of fans and a book deal. Goes to show that a loyal group trumps a big group, any day. That is so interesting that the Sun asked around about you (ah reporters–insatiably curious) because you did so well. Good thing your contact there knew you and knew about ‘us’. I guess that kind of redeems flunking computer sci the first time if it showed you weren’t rigging votes from around the globe :) Your computer sci prof would be proud that you won a statewide blogging award :) I’m soooo happy for you and glad I could help. You’re the best blogger in Maryland for me, any day! Whoo-hoo that Maryland agrees!

  31. Brandy November 16, 2011 at 13:28 #

    Congratulations! You’re blog has inspired me to do some more sewing, that’s for sure:)

  32. amanda November 16, 2011 at 13:37 #

    Yaaaaaas! – well done to you! (and us for voting for a GREAT blog!) When your posts arrive in the inbox, it’s a fast click to see what ya been uptu! xx happy days, enjoy the glory it’s well deserved!

  33. Leanne November 16, 2011 at 13:41 #

    Congrats !! That is “sew” fantastic to know how supportive people are of our shared hobby. Your winning negates all the nagging. ;)

  34. Auntie Allyn November 16, 2011 at 13:57 #

    One word: iPad!! Warmest congratulations to a terrific lady and blogger!

  35. Kitty November 16, 2011 at 14:13 #

    Congratulations! You really deserve the honors.

  36. Laura November 16, 2011 at 14:23 #

    Congratulations! That is just so exciting- and wonderful.

  37. jennyrilling November 16, 2011 at 14:45 #


  38. Carolyn November 16, 2011 at 14:50 #

    Congrats! I’m so happy for you! Now when does “Award Winning Blogger” go into the headline…*LOL*

  39. CGCouture November 16, 2011 at 15:15 #

    Congratulations! So awesome that a sewing blog won in all those categories! :-)

  40. Patti November 16, 2011 at 15:26 #

    Woot!!! Woot!!!! Shameless cheering for an amazing sewing (and friend) blog.

  41. Clio November 16, 2011 at 15:50 #

    Hooray! You deserve it! Your blog and your sewing kick a$$! F-bombs away!

  42. Hilde November 16, 2011 at 15:57 #

    Woohoo!! I’m so happy for you, congratulations! And for any future competitions, please keep pestering, I enjoy it ;-). And I would have forgotten to vote otherwise.

  43. Pam from South Australia November 16, 2011 at 15:58 #

    Congratulations. How about that, 4 wins! Very much deserved.

  44. Cosmos November 16, 2011 at 16:01 #

    Congrats! I don’t comment nearly enough, but I read your blog faithfully. You have inspired me to move from quilting into clothing, we’ll see how that goes! You boldly plunge ahead with projects which gives me faith to try, that’s the best way to learn.

    Again, I’m very happy for you.

  45. Katherine November 16, 2011 at 16:08 #

    Sending you congratulations from Melbourne, Australia! Really enjoy reading your blog!

  46. Sandy November 16, 2011 at 16:39 #

    Congratulations on the win!!!!

  47. Trisha November 16, 2011 at 16:56 #

    Congratulations!!! Power to sewing blogs!

    • Renée B. November 16, 2011 at 17:18 #

      You are the best.

  48. STL Mom November 16, 2011 at 17:39 #

    Do they have the new Kindle Fire at Best Buy? Because that’s looking pretty cool too.

  49. Ilse November 16, 2011 at 17:48 #

    Congratulations, Cidell. I went in every day and I’m so glad you won. You have a fab blog and I read it on a daily basis.

  50. Connie November 16, 2011 at 17:51 #

    Yeah! How wonderful! I’m glad I took the time to vote for you. Keep writing.

  51. celeste November 16, 2011 at 17:57 #

    Hurray! I’m so glad you won and I’m glad that I figured out how to cast a vote. Please continue to sew and write, because we love to hear what you have to say. And I love your coats and cape.

  52. Lauren R November 16, 2011 at 18:19 #

    Congratulations! I’m not surprised, because yours is my FAVORITE blog! It’s visually beautiful, creatively written and about sewing!

  53. Angie R November 16, 2011 at 18:50 #

    This is a win for all sewing bloggers, many congratulations. You really deserve it.

  54. Claire (aka Seemane) November 16, 2011 at 19:05 #

    Fantastic – and so richly deserved, well done + you go girl!!!! :)

  55. mimi November 16, 2011 at 19:13 #

    Yay for you and all the home sewing bloggers :) we all won thanks to you!!! great Job.

  56. Holly November 16, 2011 at 19:40 #

    Congrats! And a huge win for home sewing everywhere! :) I love you blog and I check it almost daily to see if you’ve posted anything. Thanks so much for sharing such great info. Your win is well deserved!

  57. Rachelle November 16, 2011 at 19:46 #

    Congrats. So glad you won.

  58. Summer November 16, 2011 at 19:52 #

    Congratulations! I voted for you a bunch of times, you deserve it! I love that you’re “just a girl who loves to sew.” I’m not interested in other people’s book deals, or children. I like to read about sewing, and you’re a great person :)

  59. Eliza November 16, 2011 at 20:16 #

    I’m very glad you won! I only voted 2 times, or maybe 3, but so glad to help a fellow sewist!

  60. lahuitrefrite November 16, 2011 at 20:28 #

    Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzaah!

    And I owe you restaurant recommendations. Or maybe you should just come with me some time, so we can’t count our only meeting in Smalltimore as you enter and I leave a party.

    And I want to learn how to buy knits. Can you help? Dinner for shopping advice?

    Very happy that the Sun and your readers identified a quality blog. Can I say it again? Huzzah!


  61. SewOm November 16, 2011 at 21:22 #

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! You’re definitely an inspiration – for shameless shilling as well as for sewing. Ask and ye shall receive. I’m glad you won.

  62. Jali November 16, 2011 at 21:35 #


  63. nalani November 16, 2011 at 21:50 #

    I am so happy that you won! Made all my voting so worth it and fun.

  64. Melissa November 16, 2011 at 22:19 #

    Congratulations! I feel like we all won a little too…. through you! I need to try blogging!!!

  65. Dr. Z November 16, 2011 at 22:27 #

    YAY!! Congratulations!

  66. Robin November 16, 2011 at 22:44 #

    So awesome!!! Congratulations!!! You’ve definitely earned all of the accolades. I love reading your blog and really appreciate all you have to share. It is inspiring.

  67. Meg November 16, 2011 at 22:48 #

    So proud of you! Let’s contact some book agents now!

  68. BeckyMc November 16, 2011 at 23:32 #

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you and I love your blog!

  69. marilyn November 17, 2011 at 00:45 #

    Congratulations! It’s great to see you and your blog win.

  70. Bernadette W November 17, 2011 at 00:48 #

    Great News!!
    You so rocked the Turquoise cape, and the Tweed ride looked like a Blast.

  71. Patricia Clements November 17, 2011 at 01:13 #

    Well, good for you. You deserve the wins. Your blog is one of my favorites and I make sure to read every post.

  72. MushyWear November 17, 2011 at 02:14 #

    Congratulations! That is so very cool!!!

  73. Vicki November 17, 2011 at 04:36 #

    Congratulations! That is really exciting for you :))

  74. rachel UK November 17, 2011 at 05:01 #

    Congratulations, Cidell! Well deserved wins, I think. Keep up the good work, and thanks for posting. (Loved the Blue cape, by the way!!)

  75. lisette November 17, 2011 at 07:13 #

    Congratulations! I’m thrilled for you!

  76. Lynn November 17, 2011 at 08:29 #

    Wow–the people I vote for hardly every win. This is wonderful–and so are you!

  77. Irene November 17, 2011 at 09:48 #


  78. LinB November 17, 2011 at 11:05 #

    Hip hip hooray! We voted early, we voted often, and our candidate won. Your victory is a small victory for all the rest of us, all over the world, who share a passionate interest in the skill of puzzling out how to make something out of cloth and thread and little bits of stuff that we find lying around the place. Congratulations on your win.

  79. Barbara November 17, 2011 at 11:32 #

    WOOOOOHOOOOOO! Congratulations!!!!

    We love you back!!!!

    Can’t wait to see what you get!!!

  80. AnniinBC November 17, 2011 at 11:45 #

    Congratulations on your win. Your enthusiasm is infectious!

  81. Anelie November 17, 2011 at 14:44 #

    Congratulations! Your blog is an inspiration and the wins are richly deserved.

  82. Creatively Motivated November 17, 2011 at 17:04 #

    Yay! Congrats!!!!!

    I missed out on the voting, but I still extend a congratulations on your win. Your blog is one of a few that I visit often for sewing inspiration.


  83. Allison November 17, 2011 at 20:58 #

    Congratulations!!!!!! I hope you wore all the hats. :)

  84. Heather November 18, 2011 at 15:51 #

    Heartfelt congratulations, so glad you won, you deserved it.

  85. Lisa Laree November 18, 2011 at 16:45 #

    I’m late to this party, but I’m very happy for you! Congratulations!

  86. Meigan November 18, 2011 at 21:22 #

    Fantastic News! Congratulations!

  87. Isabelle November 19, 2011 at 07:02 #

    Congrats – awesome win!!

  88. orchidophile November 19, 2011 at 11:45 #

    Awesome! Congratulations!

  89. Cissie November 19, 2011 at 13:13 #

    Wow! So proud of you. I did my best and tried to vote at every opportunity. Your great work is justifiably rewarded! YEAH.

  90. LynneW November 19, 2011 at 21:26 #

    Nothing else to say but “Congratulations!”

  91. PendleStitches November 20, 2011 at 14:13 #

    Woo Hoo!!!!!!
    Many congratulations on a much deserved win.
    Thank you for putting sewing (and sewing blogs) on the map!

  92. Seaux Paum November 20, 2011 at 19:16 #

    Congratulations!! So happy you won

  93. Carl S November 22, 2011 at 13:36 #

    Congratulations on winning for your lovely blog!

  94. Mimi December 2, 2011 at 08:13 #

    Fabulous! Congrats!

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