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3 Questions Round Up

Last year, I started a series I called 3 Questions, which was just that: me asking three completely random questions to an inspiring person as well as sharing three photos that showed Who they are, What they make or do and Where they are the happiest. My original plan was to make it a weekly series that would run for the full year. Life threw some curve balls my way and at busy times it was hard to get a hold of people, so I only got to feature 33 creatives in the end. But these 33 are great ones. I feel very grateful and honored to share a bit about them here. I do hope you'll take some time to visit them--I know you'll find them inspiring as well. To these 33 women, thank you all for taking the time to join in and for being you! (All 3 Question posts can be seen here.)

3 Questions : Fran

3 Questions is an interview-style series featuring some of my favorite bloggers. Every week, I ask one inspirational person 3 completely random questions and ask them to share three photos that represent Who they are, What they do or make and Where they feel the happiest.

Fran is a beautiful young woman living in the French Pyrenees where she crafts a slow life, treading lightly on the earth and appreciating the little things that make up her days. She forages, sews and spins wool from local sheep. (Sounds so dreamy, doesn't it!?) Fran lives with chronic health issues and has no doubt learned a slow life is the best approach. She also exudes a grace and appreciation that I find incredibly inspiring. I think we can all benefit from embracing a slow, intentional life. Her blog is always such a treat--squishy balls of hand spun wool, baskets of local flora, beautiful scenery and wise words from a deep-hearted woman.

Who do you think you are most like in your family? If we're talking looks, I'm the spitting image of my big brother. If it's character, then I'm most like my mum. But when I think about the course of my adult life so far, then I'd say I'm most like my paternal grandmother, Marguerite. One evening back in May, when I was over the UK visiting my family, my Pa pulled out a pile of old letters. The paper was yellowing at the edges and covered on each side in tiny, neat handwriting. When we looked at the date, we saw they were over sixty years old. All the letters were written in French and addressed to my grandma, sent from her father back in Switzerland. In the late thirties, aged only eighteen, she left her family and rural village in the foothills of the Alps near Lausanne to travel to Britain and work as anau pair. She started first in London before moving to Bristol (where I was a student) and finally settling in Dorset. Just after the war, she met my granddad and they set up home together beside the sea. Although she went back to visit her family for occasional holidays, she never returned to live in Switzerland. In that hour I spent with my own dad, unraveling the curly writing of my grandma's father, I felt incredibly close to her, and to her life story. It was comforting to read between the lines of her father's talk of the weather, the harvests and other banalities of daily life, to see the strength of their connection, despite the hundreds of miles between them.

What is the most generous gift you have ever received? If you follow my blog already, you'll know that I've lived with CFS/ME and Fibromyalgia since I was eleven years old. Living with these life-limiting conditions can at times be rather trying, not only for me, but also those I am closest to. There are good days and bad days, pyjama days and bed days. Sometimes I have periods of improved health when I can do things and sometimes I can be bed bound for weeks, if not months at a time. When I first fell ill, it wasn't just my own life that ground to a standstill, but that of my immediate family too. Within weeks, I was too poorly to leave my bed to wash and dress myself, let alone go to school. So my mum gave up her work as a secretary to stay at home and look after me. For a long time after, I was riddled with guilt at her decision. But in the past few years, I've started to be able to look back on those times we spent together differently. I no loner see her actions as a sacrifice but rather as a gift, one which I will treasure forever.

Who is your role model? No one individual in particular springs to mind. But I'm forever inspired by the seemingly "small" people who overcome "big" hurdles in their lives. People I have known personally who have faced adversity or tragedy with dignity and hope, or who have followed their convictions or dreams and made them a reality, no matter what stands in their way. I'm especially inspired by the busy and often unacknowledged women all around me who juggle many things, work hard in their chosen jobs, work hard to care for and love their families and friends, contribute to their local community, and just generally get things done...while having a laugh at the same time. I hope I am growing into a woman like them...

Be sure to check out Fran’s blog.

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3 Questions : Anna

3 Questions is an interview-style series featuring some of my favorite bloggers. Every week, I ask one inspirational person 3 completely random questions and ask them to share three photos that represent Who they are, What they do or make and Where they feel the happiest.

Liesl Made : 3 Questions : Anna
Liesl Made : 3 Questions : Anna

Summer caught up with me and I had to put the 3 Questions series on the back burner. But I’m happy to say I’ve been in touch with some great women to feature and will get the series rolling again. Up first is the lovely Anna of Speckles. She is originally from Spain but currently living in Germany. Her posts, projects and the general way in which she captures and shares the simple beauties of the everyday always impress me. She has such a great eye for color and print, which shows in the things she knits and sews. Visiting her blog leaves me feeling warm and cozy, like I’m wrapped in handknits and having a cup of tea on an autumn day.

What is the last vacation you went on?

My last vacation was two years ago (now we live in Munich and this summer we’ve come back home to home, so they were “homevacation”). so two years ago my hubby and I drove to Provence , it is very close to home (barcelona). The car broke down, but this is another story. We stayed in a country house ,the owner was a lovely woman, every morning she prepared breakfast on the terrace. I remember the pleasant evening walks by fruit trees. It was wonderful, I would love to live there, I’d love to live in a house surrounded by wildflowers and ivy on the walls.

What was your favorite movie as a kid?

I remember that my parents recorded a movie from TV on VHS, it was a children’s film with great music. Also I had the cassette, so I had the full kit.. I remember seeing this movie all the time, any time was perfect for it. Now I’ve searched the link I have remembered my father saying, “Anna, again, don’t you think you could see other things?”

What is the thing you like best about your work?

Although now I’m not working, my career is design. I’m a creative person, perhaps a bit chaotic, I need to be doing many different things because I get bored with monotony. Define the idea, shape it and to be able to communicate, that’s what I like. obviously I hate the bureaucratic part ..

Be sure to check out Anna’s blog, shop and Instagram.

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3 Questions : Nat

3 Questions is an interview-style series featuring some of my favorite bloggers. Every week, I ask one inspirational person 3 completely random questions and ask them to share three photos that represent Who they are, What they do or make and Where they feel the happiest.

I’m very excited to feature Nat of Made in Home this week. I’ve long been a fan of hers. She has one of the most well-rounded blogs out there, where she shares bits about her personal life, helpful tutorials, tasty recipes, and, obviously her wide variety of creations. I always leave her blog feeling impressed and inspired by her drive for DIY. Often I’ve seen her find something she likes, something in a store or online or outside her budget, and try to recreate it, often sharing with us how she did it and notes on the technical details. That is a true DIY community spirit.

What is one thing you feel completely sure about?It was never part of my life plan and in fact we waited a bit, but I am sure I was always meant to be a mother – when I saw my little boy for the first time, I knew he was meant to be part of my life. He changed my outlook in ways I could not have imagined – even during these long sleepless nights. Personally I hate being pregnant, but knowing that I will be able to experience it again later this year is worth every day of it.

If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing?‘Build me up buttercup’, with my friends from University – there is no way I would be singing on my own at a karaoke. We lived in the same corridor when on campus and then in the same house in following years – we still meet every year at New Year and this was/is our song. We even have actions with the song.

When was the last time you went to the beach?When people are reading this, hopefully that morning – or the previous day. We are on holiday in Brittany in France and I will nag my husband to go to the sea every day.

Be sure to check out Nat’s blog.

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3 Questions : Nicole

3 Questions is an interview-style series featuring some of my favorite bloggers. Every week, I ask one inspirational person 3 completely random questions and ask them to share three photos that represent Who they are, What they do or make and Where they feel the happiest.

I first found Nicole via Pinterest. It was one of those instant pinner-crushes. I loved everything she shared and often specifically went to her profile just to check her recent pins. Then when I got on Instagram, I was able to follow here there and learn more about her—like how she had started up a shop featuring lovely hand knits. I could say the things that draw me to Nicole are the obvious ones, like her knitting and sense of style and design, love for Iceland and furry critters, commitment to a clean, healthy body and planet, honoring our history while also thinking about our future. But just like with all the women I’ve featured in this series, she has that certain shine beyond all of the obvious that makes her hard to miss and hard to not like. If you take some time to read this post and follow through to the links, I’m sure you’ll see it too.

Who or what would you like to be reincarnated as?

I would love to be reincarnated as a mountain in the Westfjords of Iceland, near to and facing the sea. To keep watch over my favorite spot, day in and day out over the centuries, while wearing a blanket of snow through the dark days of winter, to feeling the rays of the 

midnight

 sun on my face in summer, would be ultimate bliss. 

What is one of your favorite words or phrases?

“You are the cosmos.” These four words, together in this order, are a lovely reminder of where we came from and to where we will return. I rejoice in the fact that we are all the same: you, me, the moon and the trees. This line is one that I draw endless inspiration from; it has the ability to really light up the dark days. I have found that to sit and think on these words is a great remedy for self doubt—that beast doesn’t stand a chance against all of the time, space, and good ancestral vibes that dwell in the cosmos, rooting for us to do and be well!

Are you generally a clean or messy person?

Clean! I do not function well in a cluttered environment, at all. I feel like the clutter comes in through my eyeballs and makes a home in my brain, then thoughts back up like a traffic jam  and cannot get rolling efficiently again until the debris is cleared from the road. Clean feels like driving down a quiet country road on a crisp autumn day, whereas messy feels like sitting in traffic on an L.A. freeway on the hottest day of the year, without air conditioning. These days, I struggle big time in most situations that bring about too much outside stimulus, so for me, a room where everything is in it’s right place makes for a calm, peaceful place to be.

Be sure to check out Nicole’s blog, shop, Facebook and Instagram.

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3 Questions : Amanda

3 Questions is an interview-style series featuring some of my favorite bloggers. Every week, I ask one inspirational person 3 completely random questions and ask them to share three photos that represent Who they are, What they do or make and Where they feel the happiest.

Although there are so many lovely food blogs out there I like, I have to admit, there are only a small few I follow regularly. I get most of my recipes and food inspiration from the likes of Pinterest and links shared from other crafty bloggers. When it comes to a food blog, I’ve found I really like the ones that have that certain something to them. Sometimes it hard to pinpoint what that something is—maybe its just the way the author writes or the styling in their photos. With Amanda’s blog it’s these things and the fact that her love and respect for whole, real food is so inspiring and infectious. I found it a few months ago and fell for Heartbeet Kitchen right away, flipping back through the pages, indulging in the photographs and mouth-watering recipes.

What is you favorite thing about summer?Living in Minnesota, soaking up every last bit of Summer is a must. I enjoy so many pieces of it…..  sunbathing by the lakes, coffee on the patio, spontaneous picnics, the sound of music in the park, and most of all – weekend trips to the bountiful farmer’s market. The smell as I joyfully stroll down the aisles is invigorating, especially the fresh herbs. The multi-cultural chatter of the vendors with their customers, that often ends in friendships. The colors of the rainbow scattered among peak of the season vegetables, fruit and flowers. The taste of artisan garlic and herb marinated chevre samples from one of my favorite stands and the hot, buttered sweet corn. It’s sensory overload in the best of ways.

What was your first pet?When I was three years old, my father let me pick out a puppy from a litter of four black labs. We named her Sally and she became my very best friend, as I was an only child until the age of seven. At 80 pounds, she slept with me every single night in my twin bed, taking up over half of the space but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Sally and I played catch in the yard, I dressed her up in my clothes, and even tagged along on a few pheasant hunting excursions. She and I created so many memories together that I will never forget. 

What is there too much of in your life?With social media and online interaction being the core of not only my full time job, but also my freelance writing and blogging, I sometimes feel like it takes me away from the simple things in life. It certainly is a blessing and a curse all in the same breath. I have met the most amazing people through social connections {like you Liesl!} and have been given opportunities that would have never come along otherwise. But then they are the days I yearn for time to just let my mind escape in a book or go without checking my email or Twitter stream. It’s all about balance and I’m hoping to get a little better at that.

Be sure to check out Amanda’s blog, Twitter and her newly-released book “Smitten with Squash.

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