I am very flattered to say that I have been nominated for The Liebster Award by Sarah-Jane (Just a Crafty Mama)! I've been googling this 'award' and you may have guessed it is not a formal one. Instead the idea is that those who are nominated answer some questions about themselves/their blog, and ask some more of those they admire so that everyone can learn a little bit more about each other and really show the appreciation that many small blogs deserve.
There are a few rules as to what to do when you are nominated and if you would like to accept the 'award';
- You must link back to the person who nominated you
- You have to answer all the questions you were given by that person- a note to my nominees, I will understand if you would rather not continue this cycle, but I wanted to show my appreciation of you all the same!
- You must choose 5-11 bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers (I'm unclear on what statistic to base this on, so I have opted for Bloglovin' followers)
- You need to come up with 11 new questions to pass on to your nominees
- You need to let your nominees know that you have nominated them! (duh!)
What got you started in the world of blogging?
My friend Sophie at work has had a blog for a long time and would often talk to me about it, and I've personally always fancied writing a blog but never knew what to write about. Around March/April of this year I decided I really wanted to pursue selling my crafts properly and I started a blog to get my foot on the ladder. Since then I've started an Etsy shop, but found that my passion really lies in blogging about my creative process and the things I make/love! I still want to grow my shop and write more patterns, and it is taking a long time, but I love the journey and feel I am still at the very beginning really.
What is your favourite thing to do at the weekend?
I would be lying if I said anything other than knitting and watching films with my fiancé, or watching him play a game on the XBOX with a good story line, and I like to play the XBOX myself but more weekday evenings. And chocolate and popcorn and not worrying about being healthy because every weekend are ‘cheat days’! And going to the pub, love the pub.
Do you enjoy reading, and if so who's your favourite author?
I do enjoy reading – mostly fantasy, and I'm sure that there really is no one author that anyone can choose. My favourites are easily J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter rather than her adult novels), George R.R. Martin, Trudi Canavan, Lian Hearn, and Philippa Gregory.
What's the most ambitious project you've ever completed?
An ambitious project that I’ve completed…I’m stumped on this one, and fear that saying completing my undergraduate dissertation and also completing a (hellish) crocheted Charizard for B would be a cop out? But I’m young, I am sure there are many more really ambitious projects yet to come into my life!
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
The world as we know it, or the world in a more abstract sense? Middle Earth with Hogwarts then actually. Because both are beautiful, magical, and so full of adventures and wondrous characters, and I want to live in both I couldn’t possible choose between the two.
Where is your favourite place to shop?
Online yarn shopping is actually my favourite as there are so many exciting materials to play with and I love yarn so much, and (bonus) there is always some sort of sale/discount code available! Have a look at my favourites - Deramores, Loveknitting, and Wool Warehouse.
|I love yarn! - current WIP pile|
creative, cheerful, geeky, empathetic, in love
If you could meet anyone (past or present) who would you want to meet and why?
I would love to meet Amy Poehlr. She is hilarious and just so witty and is also such a strong female role model. She can make people laugh without being self-degrading or feel the need to compensate for being a woman (as unfortunately many female comedians feel they need to do, but I don’t blame them - it is still a tough world for women). Everyone needs to watch the genius that is Parks & Recreation, Leslie Knope is perfect.
When you're feeling down, what's the things that will pick you up again?
First and foremost - my fiancé. After him though it has to be knitting and chocolate - I must sound like someone stuck at the wrong age/generation, but knitting soothes me and if I don't knit on any given day I can feel my stress levels rising.
If you could be any character from a film or book, who would you be and why?
Hermione Granger, because I've always wanted to be her ever since I first read Harry Potter at the age of 7 and would quietly pass over her name in my head because I didn't know how to say it. She is clever, strong, and can do magic. And then I get to be friends with Harry Potter.
What would you say is your greatest achievement?
As a 23 years old I'd like to think that my greatest achievement is still to come, I'm young, I feel young, and I'm looking forward to the life I have ahead of me, particularly when I get to share it properly with B. However at this point I think my greatest achievement was studying for a year in the USA. It was a difficult homesick year, without B and the friends I know, but it was an experience I would have regretted not having and I made some beautiful friends while there. Plus it taught me 100% I do not want to live in America - sorry guys, I just like it here more :) but I can't wait to visit again!
|Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan|
|Marilyn Monroe at the Chicago Tribune|
And here are the questions I would like to ask;
- Why did you start writing your blog?
- What have you learnt since you began your blog?
- Which is your favourite craft?
- What is your favourite season in the year and why?
- Will you share some of your favourite blogs with us (large or small!)?
- What is your favourite Disney movie (I assume you have one...right??) and why?
- What makes you happiest in the world?
- What have you made or done in the past year that you have been most proud of?
- If you could pass on any advice to someone - a stranger, a loved one, anyone - what would it be?
- Marvel or DC?
- What do you do to escape?