3 Questions : Anna
Anna’s blog, shop and Instagram. Click here to see all 3 Questions interviews. represent Who they are, What they do or make and Where they feel the happiest. Liesl Made : 3 Questions : Anna 3 Questions 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 Summer caught up with me and I had to put the 3 Questions series on the back burner. But I’m
3 Questions : Nat
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. Liesl Made : 3 Questions : Nat 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. Click here to see all 3 Questions interviews. 3 Questions
3 Questions : Alicia
3 Questions : Alicia 3 Questions 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 : Alicia This day got away from me. It was the longest day of the year and was so full of sunshine and midsummer beauty. But I’m not here now to talk about me and my day. No, I’m here to talk about Alicia, a beautiful nomad with a deep heart. It’s always so impressive and inspiring to find an artist who, well, does what an artist really does—-translates emotion and experience into a piece of art. Her travels and experiences have inspired the jewelry she makes. When you blend that with her organic design approach, cultural and personal influences, artisanal techniques, her pieces have an impressive journey all their own. If you could bring one thing from the 50s to the present day, what would it be and why?I would bring aprons back into the kitchen! I have a collection of aprons from the 50s and 60s that I have found at many-a thrift stores. I love to wear them for cooking or with a dress to add more color. They are practical for messy cooks, like myself and they also offer some fashion for meal time. Is it easier to win or lose with grace?I view losing and winning as the same journey. Both pathways are challenging to do with grace as the ego is connected to both reactions. Winning you can feel the power of being greater than while losing is just the reaction of feeling powerless or less than something else. The journey is to detach ourselves from the “win” or the “lose” and see the connection. What is the prettiest place you have been?I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to travel to so many amazingly beautiful places. Each place unique in it’s own way. For this question I will narrow it down to three places that really made me feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of their beauty. 1. North Cascades Mountain Pass – Washington State 2. Zomba Plateau – Zomba, Malawi, Africa 3. Arches National Park – Moab, Utah Be sure to check out Alicia’s blog, site/shop and instagram. Click here to see all 3 Questions interviews.
3 Questions : Kylie
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 : Kylie One thing I love seeing is young photographers, crafters, makers and artists, especially when they have such a strong foundation with technique and personal style. Kylie is a 19-year-old Canadian gal who fits this bill. (And yes, I’m getting to a point where I can call a 19-year-old young.) Visiting her blog is not only a treat for the eyes (thanks to her gorgeous photography) but also inspiring to see all the knitting, sewing, crafting, baking, gardening and general stop-and-smell-the-roses attitude. What do you think of when you think of New York? I really love New York, and it always makes me think of new adventures and exploring new places! I live in a big city and although I often miss the open skies and fresh air, I love that I will never see or experience everything there is. I imagine living in New York is the same- always a new shop to visit, a new park to explore, a new restaurant to try out. The last time I went to New York was a few summers ago with my dad, and we had such a great time. Some of my favourite memories are walking through Central Park, seeing the city from the Highline, and buying yarn at Purl Soho and books at The Strand. Hopefully I’ll be able to visit again soon! What is the last dream that you remember? I very rarely remember my dreams, but I do remember snippets of one I had recently where my mum and I travelled to British Columbia… I’ve never been there but I’ve heard the coast is beautiful. Since I’m not travelling much this summer, I guess dreaming about new places will be the closest I get to actually seeing them! In what ways are you a nerd? I think being a nerd just means you’re enthusiastic about your interests… which I definitely am! Aside from knitting, sewing, cooking, and the other crafty endeavours I often blog about, I also watch a bunch of different shows, listen to podcasts, and read blogs and books. I really love hearing stories, whether they’re fictional or real! Be sure to check out Kylie’s blog, twitter, Ravelry and Instagram. Click here to see all 3 Questions interviews. 3 Questions : Kylie 3 Questions
3 Questions : Lori
3 Questions : Lori 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 : Lori I found Lori’s blog years ago and I stuck around because it was so full of beautiful photos showing the her simple joys—creations, books, food, gardening and more from a kind, witty and down-to-earth woman. When she started talking about and sharing her art, I got a little worried that I had missed something this big. Either that or she was hiding something this good. Because she is good! I’m so glad she is sharing it (and even more psyched that she has plans to open a shop soon!) Just like with her blog, her art’s subject matter is usually the wonder in everyday beauty. What do you most dislike about modern life?I really dislike the ability we have now to comment on everything- not just on blogs. Online commentary makes everyone an amateur food critic, writer, news analyst, political commentator. It’s easy to give something a one-star review or leave a nasty comment when you don’t have to see the person face to face or provide a thoughtful argument for your point of view. How do you manage stress?Being outside in my garden is genuinely therapeutic and feels almost like meditation to me. There is something incredibly peaceful about being alone outside, listening to the birds and contemplating the way my huge Bee Balm plant comes back every year or how radishes grow from a tiny seed. It never gets old. Have you ever run away from home?Nope and never considered it. I had a happy and rather boring (in a good way!) childhood and credit my homebody nature to my upbringing. You could always find me at home with a good book so not much has changed in the last 40 years! Be sure to check out Lori’s blog and instagram. Click here to see all 3 Questions interviews. 3 Questions
3 Questions : Inge
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 : Inge Inge is an independent designer with a sincere passion for sustainable fashion. (Excuse the rhyming!) Her whole process is very organic, both literally and creatively. She uses the most eco-friendly materials she can source and her designs hit that sweet spot of being simple but lasting and timeless. She is a big believer in quality-over-quantity and part of the new slow-fashion movement, which encourages us to look at the seams of our wardrobe to see how our clothing was made, by who and under what circumstances. I always love visiting her blog for the clean, refreshing imagery of the things that inspire her, her travels, helpful and encouraging green fashion tips and, of course, her beautiful creations. What are your favorite TV shows? I love TV shows! It all started with Buffy the Vampire Slayer back in the day and I’ve watched many great ones after that, including Lost and Breaking Bad. I’m always drawn to shows with a little bit of mystery and magic in them, so more recently we’ve been watching Grimm, True Blood and Castle. We like to alternate those with a little humor and love Parks and Recreation, Community and New Girl. I also love Downton Abbey and am a big fan of Game of Thrones. I’ve read the books so I know what’s going to happen, but it’s still so good! If you were in a rock band, which instrument would you play and why? I’d play the violin. I don’t know how to play the violin, but I love it when it gets used in (rock) music, like Seabear does so perfectly well. That’s not really a rock band maybe, but a violin would be equally awesome in real rock music! Is it easier for you to give help or receive help? Definitely to give help. I’m a hopeless perfectionist and like to have everything under control, so helping me is not really a great experience for anyone! Although at the end of the day, I do really appreciate help. Be sure to check out Inge’s blog and shop, Etsy shop, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Click here to see all 3 Questions interviews. 3 Questions 3 Questions : Inge
3 Questions : Hannah
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 : Hannah When I first found the Rough Draft Farmstead blog, I binge read post after post after post. I couldn’t get enough of this young couple and their story. Their hard work and dedication paired with support from neighbors, local community and a successful crowd-funding mission, has led them to where they are now: farmers who live off-the-grid in a small cabin in Kentucky. I’m continually impressed with their drive for sustainability and am so glad they share the challenges and joys of running a farmstead with us through their blog. And I’m excited to share with you this week the three random questions I threw at Hannah. What was the last movie you saw? We just recently got Netflix which is a REALLY big deal for us. We never go out to the movies and we don’t have the internet, cell phones, or tv at the cabin, but we can watch a DVD on our computer if the battery is charged. We have been trying to catch up on last year’s Oscar movies on rainy days and we just finished Dallas Buyers Club. It was great! What is your favorite sound? My favorite sound lately is probably the grunting piglets. We bottle-raised three piglets since they were one day old, and I have come to know the specific sound of each one’s squeal and groans as they come running each morning for their breakfast. The sounds that can come out of their little bodies are impressive! If you could travel in time, would you visit 100 years in the past or 100 years in the future? Since we basically already live like most people did 100 years ago, it would probably be more interesting to see the future! Although I do worry about the state of our planet in 100 years, I have hope that we can turn things around and begin valuing our health, food, and farmers more than businesses and corporations. I would like to visit a future where this is being accomplished! Be sure to check out Hannah’s blog and shop. Click here to see all 3 Questions interviews. 3 Questions 3 Questions : Hannah
3 Questions : Lindsay
3 Questions 3 Questions : Lindsay 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 : Lindsay Most of the bloggers I feature here had me at my very first visit to their space. Lindsay is no exception to that rule. Her space inspired and moved me right away. It might have to do with her photos, how inviting and cozy they are. But really, its all her content and how she presents and shares it with us. She speaks with such grace and humor and shares all the joys of the simple life: food, gardening, chickens and crafting. Do you have any hidden talents? I had to enlist my husband to help me with this question, but I may have one or two hidden talents worth mentioning. For instance, I can wiggle my nose and pinky toes independently, and can curl my tongue three ways at once. I’m also decent at the Humdinger portion of the game Cranium. Though, honestly, have you ever tried to hum the song Respect by Aretha Franklin? It’s almost impossible for me to hum that song in any recognizable way without an accompanying one-fingered sassy gesture. Try it and get back to me. Have you ever had an unusual job? If so, what was it? When I was 20, I worked in the science department for my local community college. I was the animal caretaker, so I had to feed and clean cages for all the fish, rats, tarantulas, frogs, and even the snake – no easy task when you are as afraid of snakes as I am. Of all the critters in my care, my favorite was the Chinese water dragon. I’d set him up on my shoulder when he was a baby and feed him crickets while I cleaned out his cage. He was a cute little guy. In a game of truth or dare, which do you more often pick, truth or dare? It has been many years since my last game of Truth or Dare, but to give you an idea, my friends and I renamed the game to Truth or Truth because we were tired of the usual dares of drinking toilet water or awkwardly kissing strangers. I’d still probably go with truth today if asked, because, let’s face it, if the question is too personal, you can always just lie. Be sure to check out Lindsay’s blog,Instagram and Ravelry. Click here to see all 3 Questions interviews.
3 Questions : Tina
3 Questions 3 Questions : Tina 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 think Tina has fiber in her veins. She really is a true fiber lover and does it all—-knitting, crochet, spinning, needlework/embroidery. When I first came across her blog I was so impressed by her productivity and range. I stuck around because her creations are so lovely, her reviews and notes are always so helpful and she has such a warm and encouraging tone to her blogging. It’s easy to leave her blog feeling impressed, inspired and optimistic. Do you have a nickname?When I was a little girl I loved Charlie Brown and was always saying “good grief”. My parents started calling me Charlie and even after all these years, still do. Are you a morning person or a night owl?I am truly a morning person. I get up each day at 4:00 am, which gives me time in the morning to do the things I love and those things I must do before I head to work. For me the morning is the best part of the day, especially here in Phoenix. To watch the sunrise is a great way to start the day! If you had a year-long paid vacation, what would you do? If money wasn’t an object, I would travel to all the places I long to go here in the US and abroad. It would be so much fun to go to England, Ireland and Scotland to see where my family came from and meet a few distant relatives that live there. Be sure to check out Tina’s blog,Facebook, Ravelry, Instagram, and Pinterest. Click here to see all 3 Questions interviews.
3 Questions Round Up
3 Questions 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 Round Up
3 Questions : Jacquie
3 Questions : Jacquie 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. This week I'm happy to feature a super talented jewelry designer from Australia. Her name is Jacquie. I've known her for many years now and loved seeing her grow as an artist and a businesswoman. Her work really adds the perfect amounts of charm and pops of vibrant color to any simple outfit. She has a passion for Japanese culture and design and I love the way she blends those inspirations seamlessly into her own creations. She is currently travelling in Japan (she sources some of her materials there!) and I'm enjoying vicariously travelling with her via all the updates on Instagram. How do you think the world will end? Admittedly it's not something I think about a lot! My boys come home from school with all these theories about how the sun is going to explode in 3.5 million years and they find the whole concept quite frightening! Perhaps that is how the world will end however by then perhaps we have inhabited other planets and have created new worlds! If you had to get a tattoo tomorrow, what would it be? I would get a red origami crane on my forearm. I love the intricacy and beauty of the design. I love Japanese culture and art and it is such a beautiful icon symbolising peace and hope. I have incorporated the origami crane in some of my jewellery designs and it is even part of my business logo. One day it will happen! What is your favorite scent? I have been wearing Frankincense oil since my late teens. It has such a sweet exotic fragrance and although I don't wear perfume every day, when I do put it on I sometimes get flashbacks of fun times and freedom! Be sure to check out Jacquie’s blog, shop, Facebook and Instagram. And be sure to vote for her in the Etsy design awards (as well as enter yourself in to win a Etsy gift card!) Click here to see all 3 Questions interviews.
3 Questions : Harmony
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. When I first asked Harmony if she wanted to take part in this little series, she responded that she isn’t technically a blogger. This got me thinking that she is probably more of do-er than a document-er. Harmony is a passionate organic fabric designer who was into fresh, modern prints before “organic fabric” was cool. Back when I was sewing more regularly, I would often go on and on here about Harmony Art fabrics. Still to this day, they are the best fabrics I’ve ever worked with. Perhaps is has to do with the fact that there is so much heart behind Harmony Art Organic Designs—I’ve always been so impressed by her drive, passion, sincerity, and that fact that she really is an honest, kindhearted person making a change in the world in a beautiful way. If your life had a soundtrack, what would your “theme song” be? This took some consideration but I think the Two Little Feet performed by Karen Savoca would have to be the one. When was the last time you had to speak in public? I didn’t realize when I started Harmony Art it would lead to public speaking. I have had the pleasure of speaking at several locations over the last 9 years. The latest was to the Diablo Valley Quilters June 19, 2013. I find speaking at least a couple of times a year reminds me of why I started my company and reinvigorates me to keep at it. How would your friends describe you to someone who hasn’t met you? I cheated and sent an email to 6 of my friends and asked them this question…wow…what a gift to do this exercise. Thank you Liesl…I tried to look for the things that came up repeatedly… joyous, thoughtful, conscientious, caring, selfless, creative, loving, fun I loved it that not one actually described what I look like but rather the qualities I express. :) Like I said, Harmony doesn’t consider herself much of a blogger but you can still check out her blog here, as well as her hiking blog and be sure to visit her site and Facebook page as well. Click here to see all 3 Questions interviews. 3 Questions 3 Questions : Harmony
3 Questions : Sarah
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. Something I’ve learned about Sarah over the years is that she does things with great intention and heart. I have followed her since she had a crafting blog. Eventually she started up a food specific blog and really shined…or perhaps glowed would be a better word. Some things are sparkly and they force you to look at them. Sarah’s blog isn’t like that. It is subtle and intriguing and invites you in. Mix a poet’s heart, a passion for photography and a respect for food and you’ve got a beautiful blog. I love how her children are always in her photos, even if it’s just a small hand reaching for a spoon, somehow it dissolves the frames and puts you in the room as well. What is your favorite dessert?This is a hard question, because I love dessert, especially if it involves chocolate. The treat I make most is this chocolate cake; it’s requested often by family and friends. While it’s near the top of my list, my most favorite treat is a variation of it: chocolate cake with basil buttercream. Chocolate and basil together is an amazing experience. What is your favorite winter activity? Living in Minneapolis, you’d think it would be ice skating, or skiing, or snowshoeing. But curling up with a good book is definitely my favorite winter activity. Being snowed in, the house is quiet and still, and it’s a perfect opportunity to get lost in a story. In what ways are you superstitious?I’ve always been a worrier, spending lots of time and energy concerned (and sometimes frantic) about outcomes and a future I can’t control. After a few years of working through emotional and spiritual issues, I came to realize that worrying was a form of superstition, feeling that if I didn’t invest time anxious for others or myself, something bad would happen because of it. It’s been a hard pattern to break, but slowly I am making progress. Be sure to check out Sarah’s blog and follow her on Facebook, instagram and Pinterest. Click here to see all 3 Questions interviews. 3 Questions 3 Questions : Sarah
3 Questions : Nicola
3 Questions 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. Nicola is a Canadian currently living in Denmark. She has a great eye for fashion and design aesthetics in general. Her recipes and DIY posts always surprise me in their simplicity yet are perfectly clever, effective and beautiful. She fits right in with the modern simplicity and ease of Danish design and lifestyle. Recently she has gotten back into dance and often shares musings from the studio. 1. If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Between 4 different countries over 8 years, I’ve lived away from home so long that I often imagine what it would be like to live in my hometown of Victoria, B.C. I don’t think I will move back there in reality, but it’s always nice to think about the simplicity of that life. 2. When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up? I spent a lot of time not thinking about this. I know it sounds strange but I left my home at eighteen for Australia and then moved from there to England and eventually Germany. I guess I had wanderlust and never really considered the later, only the now. When I moved to Denmark, and settled a little bit more, that was probably the first time I started thinking about anything beyond. 3. Are you a pessimist or an optimist? I like to call myself a realist but I have a feeling most people would say I’m a pessimist. In all honestly, despite all of my travel and uncertainty, I really like order and control, one of the dichotomies of my personality I suppose. There’s an element of speculation in being an optimist, and I find it easier to lean towards the cautious, pessimistic option instead. Be sure to check out Nicola’s blog. Click here to see all 3 Questions interviews. 3 Questions : Nicola
3 Questions : Allison
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. Allison has an authenticity that moves me. It’s not hard to see that she has a passion for both creating and savoring sweet moments in life. And I’m so glad she shares some of these moments, along with her handmade creations, with us on her blog. (Actually, I think she is the one who most inspired me to start knitting.) 1. What kind of old person do you want to be? I’ve got a milestone birthday coming up this month, so getting older has been on my mind. As I age, I want to keep a positive outlook and feel no regrets about my life. I hope to learn something every day and remain curious about the world. I want to continue crafting and reading, to go for walks, and to travel as long as I am able. And most especially, I hope to grow old with my husband. 2. What are your favorite TV shows? I don’t keep up with many current TV shows, but I am excited about the return of “Downton Abbey.” It feels like the perfect show to watch while I knit. My all-time favorite shows include “Flight of the Conchords,” “Arrested Development,” “Freaks and Geeks,” and “The Wire.” “Louie” and “Bob’s Burger’s” have some hilarious scenes too. Also, I’ll always watch an episode of “Seinfeld” if it’s on. That show is classic. 3. What is one thing you cannot live without? Yarn! I am a yarn fiend on a budget, so I use my stash as much as I can and carefully plan out all new yarn purchases. But oh, what a rush new yarn gives! It holds so much possibility, and it makes me endlessly happy when I find a yarn that perfectly fits with a project I want to make. Most recently I received a skein of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, a yarn I’d been wanting to try for a long time, and I knit it into a Snoflinga hat. The yarn and pattern really highlight each other’s beauty. Be sure to check out Allison’s blog. Click here to see all 3 Questions interviews. 3 Questions : Allison 3 Questions
3 Questions : Melody
3 Questions 3 Questions : Melody 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 had an instant blog crush when I first found Melody. She is a young French lady now living in Latvia. It’s quite obvious that she has a drive for a DIY/handmade life and a love for natural materials and that she puts a lot of time and love into everything she makes. I particularly love seeing her knitted creations and her foraging adventures. 1. What is your dream job? In my dreams, I would ideally be self-employed, expend my Etsy shop and sell many different natural things made with my heart and hands. I already have so many ideas. But I have to wait a bit before I could make them real! 2. Do you prefer to shop online or in a store? I would say 50/50! There’s a lot of interesting things that I can only find online (oh Etsy). That’s a great way to support indie designers/ creators. But I also buy in stores. I buy second hand clothes a lot, and it’s always a pleasure to venture in a shop and discover a beautiful cardigan, or a simple dress. I also like to buy local/ organic, so if I can find interesting things not to far from where I live, i would definitely go for it! 3. What is the best thing that happened to you in the past month? I’ve been so grateful to have such a nice December last year. I bought tickets to fly back to France and spend some time with my family and friends. It’s always a moment that I cherish with my whole heart. I also had the pleasure to meet lovely ladies here and Riga, and start a knitting club. They’re so sweet and talented! Be sure to check out Melody’s blog, shop, instagram and facebook page. Click here to see all 3 Questions interviews.
3 Questions : Ine
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. Ine, a young Belgian, is another one of these amazing women who impresses me not only with what she creates but her range of talent. She knits, sews, draws and shares it all through her beautiful photography, which has such a great use of depth of field to make her life and creations seem otherworldly, or like peering into a dream or memory. Plus I love when she goes on hikes because I can live vicariously through her as she treks around beautiful places on the other side of the pond. 1. If you could have one super power, what would it be? It’s a cliché but I think it would solve numerous traffic problems: teleportation. Though life’s a journey and not a destination, I think teleportation would especially come in handy when you don’t want to waste your most precious time in a traffic jam. 2. If you could meet anyone from history, who would it be? I don’t have any person in particular that I’d like to meet. I actually want to go far back in history, let’s say, Classical Era. And not so much experiencing the Greek or Roman culture, but I’d like to visit a Gallic tribe :-) Just to see how they lived an traded, what their houses were like,...I’ve visited many musea and countries with ruins and rests of these ages, but still, I think it would be an extreme experience to BE there. 3. What countries have you traveled to? Being European, and especially living in Belgium, it’s not that hard to visit numerous other countries, because some of them are not that far away. So it’s quite easy to let’s say, visit the Netherlands and Germany in one day. I’ve visited: the Netherlands, France, Germany, Ireland, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Austria, Turkey, Tunesia, Greek islands (Evia, Corfu, Crete), Greek continent, Malta, Fuerte Ventura, Kroatia, Slovenia, Andorra. I’ve been longing to visit Scandinavia, Iceland and Canada for years. I hope that one day, I’m lucky to get there. Be sure to check out Ine’s blog, YouTube and Flickr. Click here to see all 3 Questions interviews. 3 Questions : Ine 3 Questions
3 Questions : Annie
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. Annie is another kindred spirit. She has a sincere drive for a DIY life. As you can see in the above photos, what makes her happiest is when she knitting, gardening and canning (as well as biking, selling at local craft shows and blogging about it all.) She is expecting her first child this year and I can tell he or she will be raised by a Mama with a big heart and surrounded by a lot of handmade, homegrown love. 1. What is your favorite season? My favorite season used to be Autumn because of the lovely colors, crisp air, sweaters & layers, and the promise of more cozy time spent indoors crafting. Now I have to admit that Spring is becoming a close second because of all the exciting renewal and gardening optimism that the warmer weather brings. 2. Which do you like better, sunrises or sunsets? As I get older, I am beginning to appreciate the sunrise more and more. The morning’s delicate colors and gentle light have such an invigorating optimism that I find infectious and it helps me start the day fresh and ready for new challenges. I love the opportunity to sit in the morning sun with a hot mug of coffee (french-pressed, with a splash of milk & 2 tablespoons of dark brown sugar) and just meditate in my thoughts. 3. If you could live in any period of time, when would it be? It would be somewhere around the beginning of the 20th century. To see the Industrial Revolution at its infancy and grow into the Technology Era must have been so incredible to our grandparents. Every time I talk to my grandfather or one of his peers, I am always envious of what they experienced and saw. I hang on their stories as they describe their childhoods on the farm, using outhouses, wood-cook stoves & hauling water to the kitchen; listening to the radio only on special occasions for fear they might wear it out; how my grandfather’s knickers used to ride up and chafe the back of his knees; practicing the swoops and curves of cursive repetitively before they were taught to actually write. This was a time when handmade and hard work really meant something and having talents (and giving handmade gifts) was more appreciated & valued. Be sure to check out Annie’s blog, shop, instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Click here to see all 3 Questions interviews. 3 Questions 3 Questions : Annie
3 Questions : Amanda
3 Questions , Twitter and her newly-released book “Smitten with Squash.“ Click here to see all 3 Questions interviews. 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 : Amanda 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 3 Questions : Amanda
3 Questions : Nicole
3 Questions : Nicole 3 Questions 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 : Nicole 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. Click here to see all 3 Questions interviews.
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