Friday, 20 June 2014

Liebster Award: Part 2






Here are the answers to Traceys questions:-

1. What was your main reason for starting a blog? 
Mainly to connect with the lovely crafting folk out there and to share and receive inspiration from all corners of the globe. You can read more on this post:- http://amjaylou.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/first-steps.html

2. What is your favorite colour combination?  
Did you see the little heart ornament I made on the above post? It's turquoise and red for brights, and light pink and light grey for pastels.
 
3. Do you have a favorite herb that you couldn't be without growing in your garden or on your windowsill? 
Coriander, most definitely my favourite.
 
4. What tool could you not do without? 
 I hope I'm right in thinking you mean a 'crafting' tool. The obvious answer would be my crochet hooks! If you mean any other tool than a crafting tool then it would be my husbands box of small screwdrivers which are so handy to have around for those niggly must do jobs.
 
5. Would you rather go out or stay home in the evening. 
I'm a home-bird!
 
6. What would your perfect all day outing be?  
At the seaside, doesn't matter if it's walking, picnicking, lazing just so long as I'm by the coast then that's the perfect day for me!
 
7. Name 3 wild flowers you would be happy to see growing in your garden.  
Poppies, bluebells and corncockles.
 
8. What was the last magazine you bought.
Crafts Beautiful mag

9. Do you have a favourite film?  
I have so many for lots of different reasons - it's so difficult to choose just one favourite. However, the most special one that's dear to my heart is 'The Wizard Of Oz' just because I have fond memories of watching this with my mum and Grandparents when I was little and how the bright technicolour fantasy world took my breathe away. So it was a very special moment for me to watch it with my children and watch their faces light up just like mine did all those years ago... I shed a quiet tear...or two.
 
10. What is your favourite food? 
Anything which includes lots of fresh delicious ingredients with herbs and spices. I adore Mediterranean food, Thai, and Indian. (I love Jamie Oliver's style of cooking).
 
11. What will your next project be?
Crochet strawberries and roses to replace the daffs on my Spring wreath. 
Crochet hexagon cushion covers
To crochet a big blanket
Wooden chair makeover
I need to have a few projects on the go at the same time ;-D

My 11 lovely blog nominations are:-
1. The Twisted Yarn
2. Fly the Coop Crafts
3. Sunshine and a Sewing Basket
4. Chrissie Crafts
5. The Patchwork Heart
6. Live love Craft Me
7. Curly Girl Coop
8. Jenerally Speaking
9. Mixture 43
10. Winwick Mum
11. Zana's Homemade

My 11 questions:-
1. How many WIP's do you have at the moment?
2. What are they?
3. Regarding days out what would be your idea of heaven?
4. What would be your idea of hell?
5. What book are you reading at the moment?
6. What is your favourite tipple? ( can include non-alcoholic!)
7. What's been the best holiday you've been on so far?
8. What is your dream destination?
9. What would you put into Room 101?
10. Do you have a favourite TV chef?
11. What is your all-time favourite cake?

I hope my nominees enjoy this as much as I have!
Wishing you all the very best of weekends.
XX

p.s. Oh dear I forgot to mention that the new nominees must include...
a) 11 random facts about themselves
b) answer my 11 questions
c) need to choose 11 blogs
d) think of 11 questions you'd like to ask them

Monday, 16 June 2014

Liebster Award: 11 Random Facts

 Hello!
Goodness me it's been a while hasn't it! I've been slowly but surely catching up with a whole heap of mundane but completely necessary homely chores which I quite happily neglected to do whilst my girls were off for their two week half term break. A great relaxing time was had by all, but I'm glad to be catching up and to be immersing myself into the normal daily routine now that my girls are back at school.

During this time I received an email from the lovely Tracey from the friendly Yarn and Pencil blog to tell me she had nominated me for the Leibster Blog Award - I was delighted, but felt a smidge apprehensive about boring the pants off you good people so I've tried my best to include some interesting facts that I probably would never have shared here in my blog so here goes...

1. I cry really easily. "Oh for Goodness sake pull yourself together woman" I hear you say - don't get me wrong it's not that I'm an emotional wreck, I cry when I'm happy too, it's just if I see someone else crying or hear a sad story or song or watch a tear-jerker of a movie then these can so easily set my chin-a-wobblin' (I think it all got worse when I had my two girls so I'm blaming it on the maternal gene or hormones, well that's my excuse anyway.)

2. I will have been with my husband for 26 years this September (now that does deserve an OMG!) He's my best friend and soul mate and I love him to bits.

3. In 2000 we got married on the beach in Barbados, and it was just the most perfect day from beginning to end. We were accompanied by our two best friends, and we arranged the whole thing once we arrived. It was so easy to organise and was a fraction of the cost if we'd had a wedding here at home.

4. I am scared stiff of cattle - cows as well as bulls. It is a 100% phobia. My heart rate goes off the scale, my knees shake and my legs turn to jelly, and then? You guessed right - I cry. I'm O.K if there's a fence or wall between me and them then I can cope with that, but if we meet in an open field then I'm off at full pelt in the opposite direction, which my dear other half finds hilarious!

5. I adore 1950's fashion and style - although I don't try to look or dress that way, but I do admire other people who can emulate this style with ease.

6. I love Doris Day - especially in the films of the 1950's the outfits she wears are just dreamy. I love her voice and the quirky comical roles she has performed. My favourite film of hers has to be Calamity Jane, luckily my two girls love musicals too so we can watch this without complaints. Now they know most of the lyrics, and we can have a good old sing-a-long together.
Doris Day knitting!
(image found on Pinterest).

7. I did Camp America in 1999. I worked at Camp Pocono Ridge in Pennsylvania for three months then had six whole weeks of travel down the East coast. It was  such a fantastic experience, and I met a lot of great people along the way. I teamed up with another four girls from the Camp, and we started with three amazing days in New York, New Orleans next, then Orlando and Miami, and eventually ended up in Key West. It was such a great feeling being free to choose where to go next. It was a very happy and fun time of my life with lots of fantastic memories that I will treasure forever.

8. Ever since then I've had a longing to go to California. I can't explain why I feel this way, but it's there in the depths of my soul -  a fully fledged longing/yearning to go. I started a Californian Pinterest board, and I've pinned some gorgeous images on there. I really would like to see San Francisco then drive along the PCH, stopping off at the various towns along the way. I really want to visit Carmel (Doris Day lives here!) - have you seen it? It is the most quaint and beautiful chocolate box type of place. Then there's Fort Bragg, which is a beach completely covered in colourful sea glass...I could easily spend a whole day there! One day soon - please God, pretty, pretty please.

9. I've met Bruce Willis.
After finishing a two year media make up course in 1995 I then went on to work at Pinewood Studios in the 'Creatures' dept on the film The Fifth Element making all manners of silicone and foam costumes to all manners of creatures great and small. Bruce came to have a look around one day with the Director Luc Besson. He was very down to earth and friendly, and yes ladies if your interested to know - he's even better looking in real life - and tall!
I also met Milla Jovovich. The costume dept required a body cast of her, and I was asked by Nick Dudman (Head of Creatures, and who later went on to work on all the Harry Potter movies) to attend as they needed a female member of the crew to be present. Milla had to wear those hospital paper type knicker-thingies, and that was all...nothing else. She took the whole uncomfortable experience all in her stride and her sense of humour was still intact even when her dignity wasn't - I shall say no more.
The Fifth Element cast and crew. (blue arrow - that's me!)
1st stair (centre) Luc Besson and Chris Tucker.
2nd stair Ian Holm, Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, and Gary Oldman.

Myself  with Nick Dudman.
10. I hate being late...for anything. Although I am trying not to get too stressy or twitchy when time is against me.

11. I also worked as the make up artists assistant in the much lesser known 'Boston Kickout'. I got to work with some fab home grown talent...John Simm, Andrew Lincoln, and Mark Warren to name but a few.
Andrew Lincoln, John Simm, me, Richard Hanson, Marc Warren (in the background).

There you have it! I have thoroughly enjoyed picking and choosing my 11 facts, so a big thank you to Tracey... I really have had a blast producing my list.

I am going to do the same as Tracey and write this in two parts, so the next post will be my answers to her 11 questions and my 11 nomination choices...it might just be you?! X