Tagged! Liebstar award

Smaller places graciously nominated me for the Liebster Award. the tag-line of this award is "discover new blogs!". In fact thanks to these tag games I discovered a lot of wonderful blogs!
So first of all I want to thank Smaller Places for giving me the chance to partecipate to the fun!
Then, let's have a look at the rules:

Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog. 
Give your readers eleven random facts about yourself.
Answer the eleven questions from the person who nominated you.
Nominate eleven bloggers to receive this award.
Invent eleven questions for your nominees.

Eleven random facts about me, I'll try to tell you something you haven't found out yet, 

1. I'm a crazy reader. I can read a 300 pages book in one afternoon. Sometimes I even understand what I'm reading. I like novels, history and philosophy.
2. My favourite sport is swimming, I also run,  play tennis, and everytime I see a ball I must play a bit of soccer. I'm not any good at any of these sports!
3. I love doing things just for the fun of it. Apart from my job,  I'm not really a competitive person (this drives Sasha crazy when we play cards)
4. I'm curious like a monkey. I have to learn anything that catches my imagination, even if I don't have any use for it!
5. I don't like driving but I have to learn to! I've just ordered a Jeep Renegade and I want to be able to drive it! I'm telling this to everyone so I'll have to keep my word!
6. My favourite food are:  
Lasagna al forno

Spaghetti allo scoglio

Cima alla genovese

don't ask me what's inside it!

7. My secret dream is making a world tour that would last at least a couple of years. My wildest project is to write a kid's novel and being so successful to be able to retire and make the world tour!
8. Sasha suggests me to tell you that I'm very sweet but crazy as a bat!
9. My most prized possession is a little  travel icon that we bought in Damascus 6 years ago
10. I'm a Sampdorian as Sasha is
11. At times I've got a mischievous sense of humor. I love the Marx Brothers!

The eleven questions (great questions Smaller Places!)

1.What's the oldest item in your immediate environment (room, house, office, up to you)?

The oldest item in my immediate surrondings (house) is this tower
But nearby (I mean within a 1 km radius) you can find plenty of old villas and palazzos (dating from the 18th century), for istance there are the two villas where Charles Dickens and George Byron stayed during their sojourn in Genoa. I'm lucky as this is a neighborhood with a lot of gardens and parks and very close to the sea (20 minutes by feet)

2.When has a project exceeded your wildest expectations? How?
I'm not easily pleased with the outcome of my projects, I think the one that really exceeded my expectations was the wedding dress I made for my niece Carlotta's birthday last year

3.Chocolate: white, dark, milk, or none at all?
Dark. 90% cocoa.

4.If you could have dinner with three fictional characters, who would they be?
Baudolino (the main character from Umberto Eco's eponymous novel)

Prince Myshkin (the protagonist of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Idiot)
Violet Crawley the Dowager Countess of Grantham (from Downton Abbey)
it would be a crazy dinner! LOL

5.What's your all-time favorite movie?
Easy one: Sunset Boulevard (but there are many, many more!)

6.If you could choose a career other than your actual one(s), what would it be?
Something involving travelling and making people happy, the travel guide I think.

7.How many cats is the optimum number?

I would say one. At a time we had two and we really coulnd't manage. Then we discovered I was alergic (I was suffering from asthma attacks)  and my grandmother adopted the cats. We adopted a dog.

8.What is the most versatile tool in your arsenal?
My hands!

9.Winter person or summer person?
Summer. I function better from 86F up.....

10.What do you most wish you could organize properly?
Everything! but I think the thing I'm worst at is at is keeping my stack of fabrics in order...

11.What do you do to find inspiration?
Browse the net, follow fashion collections, watching how people is dressed, watching old movies....sometimes I dream things.....

Let's go ahead with the nominations. Of course, I'd love to see your answers but this is just an invitation:
1. D7ana

2. Lisa
3. Marta
4. Roxanne (I'm missing you!)
5. Cindi
6. Shasha
7. Jaye
8. Ana Paula
9. Brini
10. Dani
11. Muff

Invent eleven questions....
1.  Have you got a secret dream or a wild project?
2.  When has a project exceeded your wildest expectations? How?
3.  Chocolate: white, dark, milk, or none at all?
4.   If you could have dinner with three fictional characters, who would they be?
5.   What's your all-time favorite movie?
6.   If you could choose a career other than your actual one(s), what would it be?
7.   What time period would you most like to live in, other than the modern one?
8.   What is the most versatile tool in your arsenal?
9.   Winter person or summer person?
10. What do you most wish you could organize properly?
11. What do you do to find inspiration?

(I know the layout of this post stinks, but something happened and I didn't really manage to fix it)

Now, back to work on photomontages and dresses for Poppy!
Kisses Billa


  1. You *know* I had to check out the food stuff, first, right, lol?

    Interesting to read about you beyond collecting, etc. I'd have never guessed you enjoy sports. I think enjoying them is better than being expert.

    Thanks for the tag. I accept the challenge ;-)

    1. I had to put in something interesting.....:-)
      As they say, all work and no play make Jack a dull boy, so I play a lot!!! and sport are part of the playful side of my temperament...
      I look forward for your answers!

  2. Interesting! That wedding dress was indeed beautiful! Being a travel guide would be a great job for you I think, and you could pack dolls to take along and photograph :-). xxx

    1. It is still the best thing i've done. Maybe because it was meant for Carlotta....
      Being a travel guide is a dream work, but it can be tough too....but I'd love it. Maybe when I'll retire I shall do it!

  3. The Marx Brothers! I haven't seen one of their movies in forever. When I was a kid they were my favorite comedy group. I tried to like The Three Stooges but they were too goofy for me.

    Thanks for the invite!

    1. I learned english in order to enjoy the Marx Brothers!!!
      LOL not quite so, but I like them so much I actually own all their movies on DVD!
      I look forward for your post!

  4. lol..the Marx brothers are funny! I love watching those old movies too on Saturday morning. Thank you for inviting me to participate..now to finding 11 suckers, er, participants!LOL...These games are always fun, especially with the questions! Reminds me of the old slumber party games Truth or Dare.

    1. It will be hard, as this tag game has being going on forever, but you know how summer is!
      Look forward to read your post!

  5. That dinner needs to exist as a piece of fiction. It would be epic.

    I'm impressed by anybody who can read philosophy, even if it's not 300 pages a day. I'm up for maybe 3 pages a day, if that!

    1. Yes, someone should be able to write it!
      I can't read more than 30 pages a day, but sometimes I feel the need to read something "heavy"....LOL