September 9, 2009

Receiving and passing along the You’re a Gem Award

Back during the swelteringly stuffy, meltingly hot dog days of August, a wonderfully dear online friend of mine, Kathie of My Net Finds, bestowed a gorgeous award upon Chronically Vintage, called “You’re a Gem!” that she created herself.

To quote Kathie herself, in terms of what inspired her to design this award, “I made this award for the special bloggers who take the time to not only read my posts, but also leave comments, respond to comments, form blog friendships with and support others, answer blogger questions, etc.....the ones who are a real "gem" in the bloggy world. The bloggy world wouldn't be the same without you!” What beautiful sentiments!

As I feel both Kathie and her site are sparkling gems, I was deeply delighted to receive this award from her. Thank you deeply – with huge hugs – Kathie honey, for dubbing my blog Gem worthy.

I am always touched to my core when I receive a blog award and try my best to pass along the accolades I receive to others as well, in the hopes that they’ll enjoy receiving an award as much as I do.

Unlike many blogging awards, you don’t have to do anything if you find yourself on the receiving end of this one. You are welcome to pass it along to other blogs that you feel are wonderful gems (and post the graphic on your blog, if you’d like), but really this award is just about my appreciate for your awesome site!

The following ten blogs are my award recipients today. Each one of them reminds me of a different rare and precious stone and thus I’ve assigned a gem to the ten blogs I selected, just for fun! As always if your name is not listed below, please, by all means feel free to bestow this accolade upon yourself, my dear!

The Cupcake Diary: Perpetually full of energy and life, this site is run by a lovely Italian gal with a passion for fashion and all things vintage. It continually strikes me as being so upbeat and sunny, yet also very serene at the same time – the same feelings that sapphires, like sparkling pools of water, often stir in me.

Queen of Dreamsz: With her weekly entry devoted to my all-time most favourite colour, pink, this creative, free-spirited outpost of a site calls to mind the sweet, energetic beauty of pink tourmaline.

Strawberry Koi: Timelessly classic, forever in style, and eternally gorgeous, all sentiments that ring true for both pearls and the wondrously pretty posts that fill Strawberry Koi’s blog.

~ *Just Add Glitter and Stir*~: Full of vibrant energy and sporting a page layout that glistens like gemstone dust, this scrapbook and craft centred blog makes me think of rubies every time I stop by.

Fashion After Forty: Dazzling her readers with exciting and beautiful outfits nearly every day, this fashion blogger is such a huge fan of all things turquoise that I now think of her whenever I spot this cheerful, lively hue - or the stone itself.

Lemondrop Vintage: Cheerful and wonderfully fun, this vintage blog pulls inspiration from a slew of decades and always seems so upbeat! Paired with Lemondrop’s name sake fruit and one of the key colours of her blog’s layout, it’s citrine all the way when I think of this site.

Kaleidoscopic Refrains: Much like the effect seen through a kaleidoscopic, opals create a prismastica rainbow effect as you peer at their surface. Thus this colourful stone reminds me of the variable feast of loveliness to be found on this blog.

Andi B. Goode: Telegraphing a sense of femininity and confidence, beauty and passion, amethysts are a gem that always look amazing, just like Andi, the immensely stylish gal behind this vintage centred blog.

Fashion Preserve: Sleek and chic, elegant and timeless, onyx is a mysterious stone that works well in countless stylish situations. It prompts me to think of the wise and wonderful woman behind Fashion preserve, herself a wealth of all manner of great wardrobe related knowledge.

A Vintage Spirit: So often it seems the lovely soul who runs A Vintage Spirit and I share various interests in common, so (and I’m just taking a stab here) I ventured to guess that perhaps she would also adore emeralds, much as I do. Serene and calm, but still full of radiant beauty, this verdant hue reflects the vibe I sense on this great blog.

{Credit for all of the gemstone images above goes to the superb online jewelry retailer - and great source for information regarding a myriad of different stones - Bernadine Fire Art Jewelry. To learn more about a specific stone, please click on the image of it to be taken to its respective page.}

I mean it with the utmost sincerity when I say that everyone who has ever visited, commented on, and been a part of my blog in any way is true, sparkling, priceless gem! To those I did not mention by name above (as well as those I did!), please consider yourself to all be the most brilliant and beautiful of diamonds in my books!

Thank you to everyone who is a part of Chronically Vintage, and huge thanks to Kathie for honouring me with a true gem of an award!


  1. Oh that is soooo cute! I LOVE that, the gem awards are adorable.

  2. You're a star Jessica! I feel really proud to be included in this great list with all these amazing ladies and blogs. Sapphire is a wonderful gem too!

    Oh, and thank you so much for the birthday wishes :-)

  3. Oh that is just SO lovely. I just adore how you have passed it on in such a personal way. You are really special.

  4. Cooool!! Thank you, Jessica! Tomorrow's post will be inspired by you . . . xxC

  5. Wow, thanks so much! I think thats the nicest thing that anyone has ever said about my blog, honestly. What a great idea for an award!

  6. Great minds think alike - I also just passed along my Gem award the other day! This was such a great idea, posting different gems that these blogs remind you of!

  7. Hey Jessica. Congrats on the award. You deserve any award you win. You have such a fantastic blog. Take care. Enjoy the day. Cheers!

  8. Congrats on the award, you so deserve it! And thank you for your sweet words about my blog, I appreciate your kind thoughts so much!

  9. Oh my goodness dear! I'm so touched that you passed this award on to me. This is such a lovely award, and it really made my day to recieve and read the kind things about myself and my blog!!!
    And yes, I do love emeralds! Other thank pink, green has always been one of my favorite colors.
    You're so sweet! Hope you have a wonderful day :)

  10. Oh Thank you so much! And my favorite color ;D I do have to say the my blog wouldn't be the same if you didn't stop by and leave all those lovely comments for me. xxoo

  11. Congratulations dear friend! Very much deserved. Thank you for your advice and sincere input on yesterday's blog. I love learning more about my blog pals, and do hope that you are able to manage your health ok. It's amazing what a difference food makes to our health.

    Have a lovely day!

  12. Jessica, congratulations on your well-deserved award. I'm so glad you've become a follower of my blog.

  13. You deserved that award, Jessica! Your blog is super-fantastic! Thank you for stopping by GirlWhimsy, today!

  14. Firstly, congratulations to you!
    Secondly, thank-you so much. This is a lovely way to pass on an award - it's so sweet. =D
    -Andi x

  15. Love your blog Jessica!

    Thank you for stopping by mine ~ I'm now a devoted follower of yours. I adore vintage things.

    xo ~m

  16. @ A Vintage Revival, thank you very much, darling girl!

    @ AlicePleasance, many thanks, my sweet friend. I hope you had a marvelous birthday!

    @ Dustjacket Attic, thank you straight from my heart, honey. You really do always say the sweetest and kindest of things that bring a smile to my soul.

    @ Christa, you are immensely welcome! Thank you in turn for your wonderful post. I loved seeing the beautiful spin you gave a classic picture locket - so creative!

    @ Kelley Anne, you're deeply welcome. I adore your blog and fashion sense, honey.

    @ Glamour Girl, awwww, we are certainly great vintage minds! :) Thank you, sweetie!

    @ Stéphanie, thank you sweetly!

    @ Keith, what kind words, my friend, thank you so much!

    @ Maggi, you are super welcome, darling gal!

    @ Lizzy, yeehhh, I had a feeling you were a fan of verdant hues as well! I adore green. It is the colour of my eyes and instantly helps to sooth my soul in times of stress. You're very welcome for the award, honey!

    @ Sher, you're entirely welcome, my fellow turquoise fan! :)

    @ Simply Colette, thank you deeply, sweet friend. (It truly is amazing what a difference certain foods can make to one's health, I entirely agree!)

    @ Mary, thank you very much! I'm delighted to have found your gorgeous, yummy blog, and very much appreciate you coming to visit mine.

    @ Debbie, tons of thanks, sweet heart, you blog is super-fantastic, too! Every time I swing by I leave with a smile on my lips and in my heart!!!

    @ Andi, thank you, and you are deeply welcome, precious dear!

    @ Mari, thank you ever so much! I adore your blog and am really touched to know that you're a fan of mine (and of vintage), too! It's wonderful to chat with you, thank you for leaving a comment!

    I always adore hearing from each of you. Your comments are like gorgeous rainbows springing up through out my day, ever time one arrives. Thank you very much, everyone, for sharing your thoughts with me.

    Beautiful weekend wishes to you all!!

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

  17. @ Trains and Sewing Machines, awww, that's so very sweet of you to say, thank you, honey!!!

    Big hugs & happy weekend wishes!
    ♥ Jessica