The Liebster Award is awarded from blogger to blogger, to share things we love and show our support in the blogging community.
If you have never heard of it, like me, check out wording well’s blog post and the liebster award website, although it’s in spanish(?).
As part of the nomination I have to answer 10 questions from Claudia and then I will nominate 10 other bloggers and set up 10 questions for them to answer.
Here are my 10 questions and answers:
1. If money wasn’t an issue what would your dream career be?
I would love to run a successful clothing label that focuses on sustainable/recycled fabrics, that gives % of profits to less fortunate communities and that carries a message of self care, love and peace.
But, if I got a little more adventurous, I would love to be a photographer/stylist for arty fashion dress up shoots in exotic places around the world.
2. Name 3 things that are on your bucket list
Assuming money is no issue…
• Swim with great white sharks in Mexico… in a cage, of course! Do you have a reoccurring dream? Mine have sharks in them.
• Travel around India. I am 1/4 Indian and have never been there, so definitely that!
• Go to New York with my husband (kid free). We have never been and he is obsessed about going there one day. Although he would probably be Skateboarding a lot of the time, I know we would have the best time together, exploring and going out to crazy RAD parties.
3. Share a happy childhood memory
My mother, my sister and I moved to the UK, from Sydney, Australia, when I was 3 and my sister was 4. We communicated with our Dad, who lived in Sydney, over the phone and he sent us presents and letters often.
He came to visit when we were still quite young but I can’t really remember it.
He came to visit again in 1993, when I was 11.
I remember when him and his wife pulled up in their rental car. I was so excited and overwhelmed at the same time. My friend was at our house and as my dad got out the car my friend laughed and made some stupid remark (my dad looks a bit like an indian version of Dr Who… the old school one).
I told my friend to shut up, as I was so happy to see my dad and we had the best time.
I have come to Australia twice since then. Once in 1999 for 7 weeks with my mum and sister and again in 2013 for 16 months on my own. I lived with my dad and step mum and travelled up the east coast on solo missions and had such a good time.
When me and my little family migrated to Australia in 2008, we stayed with them while we looked for a home in the Byron Shire. It’s so RAD living here and I’m so happy that they get to see their grandchildren children, regularly.
4. When you picture yourself living your dream life, what do you see?
I live in an amazing corner of the world here in Byron Bay. Beautiful beaches, paradise weather, organic food and a diverse community.
A big over the top dream of mine is to live in a spacious tropical, exotic, contemporary house, here. I would love a big studio with a lounge area and big desk spaces and masses of wall space to pin things up and my own digital fabric printer and photo lab. I’d love a property with a fresh, clean swimming hole, fruit tree’s, vege garden and a big lawn for the kids to play on. I want to have spare rooms for friends to come and stay from the UK and a space to hold workshops with creative people. Ya know, not much…
But really, right now, I am so grateful for what I do have. My kids are healthy, we live in an amazing town, the schools are great, we eat well and I have manifested a great little studio for myself, making it possible to pursue my dream career by putting my creative mind to good use and designing patterns to share with the world!
5. What are you working on right now that has got you all excited?
I am currently putting designs together that will be available to buy outright.
I haven’t ever really been keen on selling my work as I get so attached to it, but just a few days ago I decided it is actually a good idea. I will just have to use motif’s that I am not attached too in any way.
If I can start getting a steady income from selling designs, as well as licensing, then I will be able to save some money to start my clothing label. I am really excited about doing that.
When I started this design journey just over a year ago, I always thought that I predominantly wanted to work with home wares (still do) and wasn’t really keen on fashion at all. But I have an awesome idea for a clothing range that fits into a very specific niche market. It’s early days and I have so far just received a few fabric swatches and am looking into the best option for printing my own fabrics.
I have a few fashion designer friends who I am going to approach to make me up some samples and then I’ll look into the manufacturing side of it all.
It is quite daunting in a healthy fear kind of way and I might need to get a loan to really get it going, but I can see only great things coming out of this idea. It holds a lot of potential and it will be a bit of healthy competition for whats already on the market.
6. Share something unique/weird about you
I have a 6 pointed star in the lines of my left hand.
I have some weird things that annoy me.. like…
Public toilet paper dispensers are a pain in the arse! Did the inventor of public toilets say hey, lets annoy the public, especially Jeli, by making it impossible to get any toilet paper off the roll.. they’ll have to stick their hand in the dispenser to reach for the end of the roll, which will keep rolling away from them until they eventually get a hold of it, only for it break off in pathetic pieces a hundred times before they manage to get a decent length off it… and the ones in really ghetto toilets – lets put the roll on a flat bar so the paper cant roll freely… and lets put hard shiny paper in some, that won’t actually absorb anything or clean anyones arse.
7. Name one person that you admire and why?
That’s really hard. I have so many amazing people in my life, both friends and family!
Okay… so we haven’t always gotten along well but I really have to say my mum.
She has always put me and my sister first. She brought us up in Glastonbury and gave us a friend filled, creative, fun upbringing full of inspiring, alternative adventures. It gave me a decent grounding for having an open mind about lots of things. I wouldn’t be who I am today without those experiences.
So I am grateful to my mum, for everything she has done for me and for that part of me inside that blossoms with her best attributes! I have her creative hands. I have her eye for detail and I share her unique appreciation of trinkets and treasures, flowers and nature, shells and the ocean. I only wish I had her voice. I would love to sing like a pro!
8. What was your favourite toy as a child?
When I was about 9 I insisted I wanted a doll for christmas that I had seen on TV. We were staying in London with my mum’s partner, at his parents house. It was very exciting and being in London just made christmas feel way more christmassy.
Of course, I magically got the doll I had asked for. She had a chubby cherub face and a little heart on her cheek and funky bright clothes. She had long blonde hair that had purple streaks in it. She came with a special brush that you filled with hot water and when you brushed her hair the purple would turn blonde. You could then fill the brush with ice and use the heart on the the end of the brush handle to make purple hearts all over the blonde hair! It was amazing!
9. Name one technique or strategy that is working well for your blog right now
I have allocated a topic for each day of the week. It’s not strict and if I want to blog about something else I will but I usually stick to the topics, although recently time has been tricky and I haven’t blogged as frequently as I would like to. Weekends are open for whatever.
10. Name one app or tool that you can’t live without.
The 10 people I nominate are…
Petica Watson studiobricolaged.co.uk/blog | Mary Tanana groovitydesigns.com | Lamai McCartan lamaimccartan.blogspot.com.au | Sareka Unique sarekaunique.com/blog | Cara Mancini Geros caramancini.com/blog | Liz Solfield lizsofield.com/blog | Seonaidh Murphy softconstructions.tumblr.com | Jayde Leeder littlepaperlane.com.au/blog | Angela McGoran angelamcgoran.com/category/blog | Jess alongcamecherry.co.uk
To my wonderful nominees, this is what you have to do next:
– link back and recognise the blogger who nominated you
– answer the 10 questions given by the nominator
– nominate 10 other bloggers for the award
– create 10 questions for nominees to answer
– notify your nominees
My 10 questions for you are…
- What are you most proud of with regards to your career?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- What is your favourite colour/colour palette and why? Does it have any memories/nostalgia attached to it?
- Who is your biggest design inspiration and why?
- What do you do to motivate yourself on days when you just don’t want to get out of bed?
- Tell us a quality about yourself using each letter from your first name. eg. Jeli = Jungle Enthusiastic Loving Inspired
- How do you like to spend your down time/time off?
- What’s your favourite design magazine and why?
- Do you have any outrageous hidden talents/party tricks?
- What do you love about where you live?
Thank you so much for taking part and I look forward to reading your answers!