Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Twenty Question Tuesday

In your eyes, what’s Paradise?
A happy, contented family, food in our bellies, warm sun on our faces and huge smiles all round, simple.

Prized Possession
My gorgeous family (and my mobile phone).

Favourite medium to work with and why?
No surprises here, it’s got to be felt. I love all the colours it comes in, the texture and especially it’s ‘no fray’ ability, it’s so incredibly versatile.

Flowers or chocolate?
That’s a toughie, but if I was receiving it as a gift, I’d have to say flowers as I’d just love a big bunch of peonies in the kitchen to greet me every morning, of course they don’t taste as good as choccie.

Who influenced you the most?
The blogoshere! I am influenced by all the amazing artists out there who inspire me to do the very best I can and keep on improving and trying new things.

Who would you most like to go to Dinner with?
I’d have to take a bunch of my gal pals, we don’t get out much so any opportunity must be grabbed! Failing that, Robert Pattinson (but as Edward) would have to do, sorry hubby!

Top Cat or Banana Splits?
He's the most tip top, Top Cat.

Today I wore:
Ugh! Very dull today, black jeans, black tunic top and little black cardy – it’s been a black kind of day. (But with blue sandals!).

Do you have a favourite online {bead, craft or textile} place to shop and would recommend
I love craftyribbons.com, they have such an array of designs and really reasonably priced grab bags.

What inspired you to do what you do?
I’m hugely inspired by my children and their friends. When the girls were babies (they are 4 and 6 now) I was inspired to make Name Banners and Letter Hangers as gifts for friends and their little newborns. Then as hair grew longer the idea of The Hair Tidy was born, followed by wobbly teeth and the Tooth Monster was created and as they grow older I’m making more hair accessories than ever.

McDreamy or McSteamy?
It’s got to be McDreamy all the way please!

If you could do anything else, what would it be?
I’d love my own coffee and crafting shop, two of my favourite things. I’d offer creative courses for young and old, selling local artists’ wares and drinking lattes whilst scoffing cupcakes. Bliss.

Favourite item of clothing
Slippers! Mine are so soft.

Best childhood memory
Riding my bike for hours up and down the quiet roads near my home without a care in the world and playing outside in a small patch of woodland in my road, we made dens out of the branches and the scent of a fir tree still sends me straight back there.

Most cringe-worthy moment
Many years ago I tried to give myself a home lip wax, but I managed to pull off most of my skin and was left with a scab moustache for days, I’d have preferred the hairy lip! Eeeek.

Favourite holiday destination
Prior to finding felt, my job for over 10 years was in Travel and the destination that has left a lasting impression on me was Alaska, it was incredible.

Which celebrity would you have as your best friend and why
Alan Carr – he would be great fun and have me in stitches all day. No pun intended.

Best “crafty” tip you can offer
Keep a notebook with you at all times and whenever you have an idea write it down, I even keep one by my bed. I have pages full of lists, ideas and sketches, I must admit I’m nowhere near trying them all out but it also enables me to indulge in buying pretty notebooks and when I’m stuck for inspiration I go back through the pages and always find what I’m looking for.

What’s your Star sign?

What would you most like to see happen next?
I really would like my own crafting space, at the moment it goes where I go, the sofa, the kitchen table, I even take it round to friends’ houses whilst the kids are playing with their friends.

We do have a small box room that isn’t being used for anything other than a dumping ground, so I need to de-clutter it big time. My poor hubby does have an ‘office area’ shoe-horned in amongst all the boxes but I can see it all painted white and decked out in Billy Bookcases and work surfaces.

Also, much to my embarrassment, I sew every day by hand but have yet to master a sewing machine. I really want to learn how to use one and increase my output. My youngest will be at school all day as of November and I’m hoping that will give me much needed extra hours for me to stitch the day away, again increasing my output and possibly take on some more wholesale orders. I really want to make this my full time job, otherwise I’ll be back in an office somewhere working 9-5.

So all of that and of course, world peace.

OOoooo yes, notebooks!!!! I buy them ALL the time to write my lists....but end up not writing them! haha! They are too pretty and don't want to have to use them up!

Loving the insight today from Marie Kitchen of Heartfelt Handmade....please, please check out her blog ~ she has some cute little monsters to share! ;o)

Thanks for taking part Marie!


hello gorgeous xxx


  1. Great interview!

    Marie - your work is beautiful. :o)


  2. thank you Sue, I loved your fun and original interview, have a happy day :o) xx

  3. I'm a heartfelt stalker (oh I mean follower) so this was a great interview - Blogging has been such a wonderful way to "meet" people and make new blogging "friends". Nice work girls, Jane:)


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