Featured portrait by: Katharine Peachey
What is a blog hop?
The lovely Melanie, who writes Geoffrey and Grace, asked me to take part in this blog hop, which is a way of discovering more about bloggers and a way to discover new blogs. Melanie has asked me three questions and I have nominated two lovely bloggers to continue the blog hop and they in turn will do the same and so on. Do you get the idea?
You must pop over to Melanie’s blog as it is such a charming mix of beautiful photographs, crafty makes, vintage fabric and interiors and you can find out her answers to the following questions…
1) What have been the makings at your desk in the last week?
I am currently in the middle of sprucing up a bare deck chair frame. I’m obsessed with being on our roof terrace at the moment and growing all things green so I want to have a lovely chair to relax in. I have sewn a new sling for the frame and then I’m going to make a Liberty print head cushion that will be featured on the Liberty blog in July – as you all know, I am completely obsessed with Liberty print! I’m also busy planning and preparing for my home office revamp so I’ve got an eBay bargain cabinet to up-cycle too! This is my desk as it looks at the moment…
2) Where are you currently finding your inspiration?
I always find this question so difficult to answer as I never really question or reflect on where my ideas come from as I just get really excited about something and start scribbling ideas and plans. When I am thinking about interiors I usually begin with an image I have built up in my head of what I want a room to look like. I then look in magazines, blogs, Pinterest and friends’ homes to find something similar to the image in my head, which makes it more real and this gives me new ideas too. I go from there to source the furniture and accessories. Without doubt, the planning stage is my favourite part of interior decoration.
3) How important is being creative to you & how do you blend this with your work/life/family balance?
It has only been in the last couple of years that I have realised that I have a creative side; I always focused on being ‘academic’ at school and then went into teaching instead of following my dream to be an interior designer. I suppose I always believed the misconception that if you’re not good at ‘art’ or ‘drawing’ then you are not creative. I love how many different facets of creativity there are and challenging myself to explore as many different areas of creativity as possible. I have loved doing lots of different workshops and craft courses over the last year and that feeling of being immersed in a craft project on a quiet afternoon, whilst the radio plays in the background, is a bit magical. I suppose the most obvious way this blends into my home life is I am constantly making Jules help me with DIY projects or gardening and dragging him to an exhibition or event – “it’s for the blog, darling!”. He secretly really enjoys it; he’s now better at sewing than I am! I suppose one of the best things about creativity is it can blend seamlessly with every day life and it never feels like a chore.
And now on to my hoppees…
I have chosen two lovely ladies that I met for the first time at Blogtacular and whose blogs offer something quite different to mine, as it’s always fun to explore new things.
Firstly, I would like to introduce you to Lucy from Capture By Lucy who is mum extraodinaire and comes up with the most creative and unique ideas for her kids, from party themes to packed lunches. Her blog is full of wonderful photographs that illustrate all of her amazing ideas. Lucy will publish her blog hop post on Tuesday 1st July.
Secondly, Lori from Wild and Grizzly who is super stylish and her blog is filled with stunning photographs that document her journey through motherhood. There’s a bit of design, interiors and travel along the way too – I love her edgy style. Lori will publish her blog hop post on Monday 30th June.