I am really touched to have been nominated for the Liebster Award twice in one week. I have only recently started blogging, and I am genuinely delighted by every person who bothers to read and comment on what I have written.
I will start by thanking Greg at Greole for the nomination. I love reading about his creative endeavours, which are many and varied, and have great respect for how hard he works to achieve them.
Cheers also to Claire at Art and Soul, a parent blogger who has written a novel and has a penchant for baking. I enjoy reading her book reviews and she can make gingerbread people who dress to impress.
The rules of this thing seem to be swathed in fog and shrouded in mystery, but I think I have to
1 Answer questions posed by my nominator.
2 Nominate another group of bloggers I deem to be worthy of the award.
3 Pose a number of questions for the fresh bunch of nominees to answer.
So, here are my answers to Greg’s questions…
1. If you could decorate your home in any style possible and cost was no barrier, how would you do so and what “look” would you hope to achieve?
I love Bauhaus, Modernism, Ercol furniture, and Sanderson upholstery. Unfortunately, my house is far too cluttered to pull off the whole ‘post-war minimalism’ thing at all convincingly. The look I manage to achieve is much more ‘post-apocalyptic toy factory’.
2. If you could be any famous person in history, who would you be and why?
I wouldn’t like to be famous. I can give myself plenty of a hard time all on my own without the scrutiny of countless others! I think the way to go for me would be to be a friend of the famous, such as Gris, Braque and Picasso during the early twentieth century in Paris. That way, I could hang out with them all during the emergence of Cubism, without any of the pressure of greatness or any of that stuff.
3. What is your favourite talent (not necessarily your best) and why?
I think singing is my favourite talent. If I start singing a song, my daughter will crawl over to me and give me her undivided attention. It’s lovely. At school, when I want to get the class’ attention, I can sing a song they know and they will all join in. Until very recently, I sang in a really top notch choir, which gave me amazing opportunities to perform in some wonderful venues with some amazing musicians and composers. The sense of shared endeavour that comes from singing in a choir is really incredible. It is a really powerful thing, and gets such an amazing response from others as well as in your own soul. Of course, my son just wishes I would stop bloody singing all the time, but I never will. So there.
4. What qualities do you most admire in other people and why?
When people are efficient I am incredibly jealous. I seem to endlessly digress and am so obsessed by detail that I find it a real struggle to see things through sometimes.
5. If horror movie monsters were real, what monster would you most hate to have in your neighbourhood and why?
Zombies are pretty annoying. I have enough mess to clear up (hide in less conspicuous places in the house) as it is. My living room carpet is in enough of a state (thanks, baby-led weaning!) without spilling innards all over it too.
6. When you hear terms such as “creative” and “artistic” what thoughts and feelings come to mind?
That everyone has different ways to be creative, and that these ways are not always artistic. Also, that whilst being artistic is something that comes naturally to some, it is still something that must be nurtured and worked on in order to reach one’s potential. It drives me up the wall when people say they wish they could… draw for example – what’s to stop you? Pick up a pencil and try. You wouldn’t expect to learn how to drive a car, cook, etc without putting in some hours. Have a go, put in some effort and who knows what you might be able to accomplish. And it is incredibly life affirming to create something, it will reward your efforts no end.
7. What, in your opinion, is the most important lesson to teach the children of the world?
To value their individuality. My son is such an individual, and I just want to celebrate all of his crazy, bizarre little quirks and let him know how precious it is to march to the beat of your own drum.
8. If you could do a cameo on any tv show past or present, which one would it be and what would your character be like?
This is tricky. I would stick out like a sore thumb in most of my favourite shows…
Now to tackle Claire’s questions…
Why did you want to start a blog?
To begin with, I started blogging as a way of promoting my business – I design and put together tapestry kits for people to make themselves. I have found as I go along that I just enjoy writing for the sake of it, so I indulge myself in writing about whatever takes my fancy. This is sometimes tapestry or craft/design related – I find it useful to have somewhere to refer those who attend my craft classes or buy my kits who might want more info about tapestry. I also love the way the community has enabled me to make contact with other people with whom I share experiences, such as those in the Nystagmus community who reached out to me when I wrote about my son’s eye condition.
What’s the best thing you’ve seen on TV/at the cinema recently?
I never go to the cinema – it costs a fortune, you have to put up with OTHER PEOPLE and when you need a wee, they refuse to pause the bloody film. I don’t watch a lot of TV at the moment (well, I ignore A LOT of children’s tv) but I do love a box set. We are currently doing The Sopranos, having finished Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Wire… I like it when you can just watch the next episode in your own time.
If you could go anywhere on holiday, no expense spared, where would you go?
France. In my experience other places are nice but they just aren’t French enough. Also, I find that I tend to speak piss-poor French to people in whatever country I visit just by default.
Did you enjoy any of the books you were forced to study at school? Did you have a favourite?
Of Mice and Men is an incredible book, I loved all the Shakespeare, and to a certain extent the Chaucer too, being a bit of a lexiphile. A lot of the books on those reading lists are wonderful and should be read, but perhaps your teens just isn’t the right time for some of it. I tried reading Persuasion when I was 16 and was bored rigid. Fast forward to my twenties and I loved it. I read Lord of the Flies last year, and it was probably the best novel I have ever read, so compelling my eyes wouldn’t move fast enough. That is the kind of thing you can relate to in your teens.
And finally, if you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Bake really good bread. I don’t see the point of eating crap bread – a proper loaf is a wonderful thing that makes me happy every time I eat some. Bad bread is eating to fill a void.
I would like to nominate:
R is for Hoppit Hilarious, brilliantly written blog, chronicling The Toddler’s life with Silly Mummy and The Baby, as well as a reluctant cat.
Mickos the Hat I love this blog detailing Mick’s projects as he works towards his art degree. A fascinating insight into his process, with a good helping of his wry sense of humour. Check out his post on painting a still life
Yes Peas Mumma Kelly is a fellow funny parent blogger. I think we’re sort of friends, if that’s not too stalkerish. At least she can rest assured that I live like 10,000 miles away from her and I don’t have her address.
Now for my questions, if you’re still with me…
How did your blog get its name?
Do you have or have you ever had any nicknames?
What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?
If you were to enrol at university tomorrow, what would you study?
If someone were to buy you a present, what you would you secretly wish for?
What are your guilty pleasures?
Tell me about your most precious possession (a thing, not a person).
Now, I like a long post, but this is ridiculous! Better go before I hit 1,502 words.