Dawn Dagger Challenge & Blogger Recognition Award

Dawn Dagger Challenge & Blogger Recognition Award

Jamie over at Don’t Give A Jam nominated me for the Dawn Dagger Challenge and the Blogger Recognition Award. Jamie is really nice to me and has nominated me for a few different awards now, I really appreciate that she thinks of me when writing up her nominations 😊 For the few of you who follow me but not her (if any), please go and check her blog out. Then, Hollie over at Beauty And The Bookshelves also nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award, so a big thank you to her too. Follow the links to find both of their blogs, they’re great.



  • Answer the 10 questions given
  • Nominate 1-10 new people
  • Give your nominees 10 questions to answer


  • What is your favorite sandwich?

Probably just a simple cheese salad sandwich…. or a Supernoodle sandwich – who else has tried this?

  • Sunrise or sunset?

Sunrises feel very fresh and crisp, they are just all kinds of wonderful and inspiring splendor whilst a sunset is homely and cosy, the sky is a stunning mess of watercolours. As I see sunsets more frequently I’d say I prefer them, they’re so atmospheric, especially when the cloud are layered in rounded sheets; sort of similar to the below picture.


  • Would you live on Mars if you could bring your best friend?

Um, this one is tricky. If my best friend at the time was my husband, then maybe. But still, the thought of leaving my whole family behind… – maybe not. I think I’d be quite happy to just my live my life out on Earth. My aspirations don’t extend to moving planets – at the moment anyways.

  • French fries or tater tots?

Tater tots aren’t common in England, the closest we have might be smiley faces (which are amazing and brilliantly nostalgic). Also, french fries in England are the type of skinny, very salty chips you’d get from McDonald’s – otherwise our chips are just called chips.. anyways – with all that aside I’d probably say just good old classic, soft and fluffy chips. Think along the lines of McCain chips… covered in vegetarian gravy, and vinegar and salt. I’m hungry now.

  • What is your ideal date night activity?

If it’s a new relationship then something casual with as little pressure as possible, usually a meal and a short wander afterwards if it went well. If it’s a long term relationship then anything and everything; it’s all better doing it with someone you love. Cinema, meal, romantic walk, at home movie night, stargazing, midnight picnic etc.

  • Bright colors or neutrals?

In terms of interior I like neutrals with bright coloured accessories. For clothes I think I mix into both.

  • What is your favorite animal at the zoo?

Lions, Tigers, Jaguars – they all amaze me, they are just so beautiful and striking in the way they move, but then they play and act like little cats and dogs.

  • Ice cream or frozen yogurt?

Again, we don’t really have frozen yogurt over here, at least not to my knowledge. So I’d say ice cream.

  • Which TV show could you binge over and over again?

Oh, there are so many. Friends, Will & Grace, The Walking Dead, Sex & The City, Gilmore Girls, The Office , New Girl (I love the male characters in that show), Brooklyn 99, just to name a few. To be honest, most of the shows I watch, I watch over and over again – I’m not the type of person to watch something once and then be happy to never see it again, plus with my poor memory a show remains entertaining no matter how many times I’ve watched it.

  • Texting or talking on the phone?

Depends who is on the other end. I can happily chat to family on the phone, because I don’t feel self conscious with them; I can say stupid stuff, I can go silent and not talk for minutes at a time, I can breathe heavily after walking upstairs 😉 – it doesn’t matter. Whilst texting is also great – not only for those I’m less comfortable with – but sometimes, the idea of having to actually talk to someone just seems too hard; we all have those anti social moments right.


  1. What is your first ever memory?
  2. What is your Zodiac sign and does it’s description describe you well?
  3. Would you rather visit the past or the future?
  4. What skills do you posses that could help you survive the zombie apocalypse?
  5. What is the nicest thing someone has ever done for you?
  6. What would you like to devote more time to?
  7. Do you have a current blogging goal? What is it?
  8. How have you changed in the past few years? What change are you happiest/proudest about?
  9. What is your favourite word?
  10. How do you wind down and relax?
  11. If you could master one skill instantly, what would it be?


Anyone who wishes to answer these questions – have at it 😉



  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Notify nominees.

Vintage Tea Rose’s Short History

I have mentioned before that I have been following, watching, reading – generally ingesting this type of stuff for years, probably going on a decade now. I’ve had blogs previously, when I was much younger, but never put as much time and effort into one before. So, at around 2 am one morning back in June I started up my blog and wrote my first post, which you can see here, basically saying that we’d see how it goes.. – I didn’t have any specific plans for what I wanted to write, in many ways I still don’t, I just wanted to enjoy being creative, and feel like I was being productive. I didn’t realise how quickly I’d become obsessed with blogging (like most people come to find upon trying it themselves). It brings me a lot of joy and allows me to exercise my creative muscles (should I say exercise.. maybe it’s more like a gentle flexing of those muscles).

I just love it. And I’m so glad insomnia-suffering-past-Sarah decided to just do it.


  • Write what you enjoy – you’re more likely to continue blogging if you are enjoying what you are writing about, that way it’s a hobby – not a chore.
  • Try a bit of everything – unless you already have a very clear vision of what you want your blog to be about, try your hand at different things; beauty, style, lifestyle, book reviews, film reviews, interior, poems, your own stories, DIY’s, cooking, baking, traveling – find what you are passionate about and write about it. What’s fun about this is you might realise you have a passion in something you hadn’t previously be aware of. I know some people advice you to pick an area and stick to it, other say it’s fine to write about multiple things, I’m of the opinion that both can work. I personally have a varied blog in the sense that I blog about beauty, style, lifestyle, interiors/decor and include the occasional book review or baking post – this works for me, this is what makes me happy. Figure out what works for you – it’s your blog – enjoy it.

I think that’s the thing really, take advice and tips, take from it what you need, what fit with you; but in the end just do you – just do you… 


Again, anyone who wishes to answer these questions – have at it 😉

Thank you again Jamie and Hollie.


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  1. November 28, 2017 / 11:09 pm

    Do not mention chips! I miss them along with batter-fried fish. Just perfect nosh for a weekend. Anyway, spot-on advice there and hey I would choose Earth any day over Mars. There ain’t no drama there.
    Also, have you changed the blog design? I am digging it. xx

    • sarah.abbott
      November 29, 2017 / 1:29 am

      I have, well, I’ve gone self hosted so everything’s a bit different 🙂 Thank you xx

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