A #WINNING Thank You!

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!


  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!!

  5. 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.]

  6. 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!!

  7. 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!

  8. *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!

  9. 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!

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

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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!

  20. 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 🙂

  21. 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!


  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.

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

  24. 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.

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

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

  27. 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.

  28. WOOOOOHOOOOOO! Congratulations!!!!

    We love you back!!!!

    Can’t wait to see what you get!!!

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

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

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