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24 June 2016

What's on the jukebox, Jo?

Red Crayons

I'm completely heartbroken at the news today. And angry. And scared. And shocked. I really can't believe this has happened, so I'm immersing myself in music and as much live coverage of Glastonbury as possible. Too shocked to say anything else, so I'll leave it there.

23 June 2016

Grow your own food

Grow your own food

Over on the Simple Stylish Makes blog I'm sharing some tips on growing your own food. Have a read here, get those wellies on and start gardening!

22 June 2016

Instagram challenge - #colourmehappy

Over on my Instagram page I've set myself a little photo challenge to help improve my photography and composition skills. The challenge is to take three photos a day with one colour theme. Why colour? Well, I just love colour and colourful things; it simply makes me happy. 

Pop on over to my Instagram page to have a look at my gallery so far and don't forget to follow me so that you can see how I progress. Oh and do say hi too!

Have you set yourself an Instagram challenge or are you taking part in one? What do you love about the challenge?

19 June 2016

Blog Gem - Old Fashioned Susie

Yay, it's Blog Gem time! This month I had the great pleasure of interviewing the lovely face behind the gorgeous lifestyle blog, Old Fashioned Susie.

Hello there, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I'm 35, happily married with two daughters. My blog started as a way to stay creative after the birth of my first child and just grew from there. I love mixing vintage and modern and will often turn to ebay before a proper shop if i'm looking for something. I love the unique style that can be created by cherry picking the best of things from a variety of places.

Where do you blog? 
I blog mostly in my living room and I actually did a post on this here - I love this space as the light is so great and I can have the sliding door open into the garden if it's warm enough. Again the space is a mix of old and new. The Formica table we actually found in the shed when we moved in - I'd been looking for one on ebay, so it must have been fate!

If you had to take only one tool to a desert island, what would you choose and why? 
Er, if you mean actual tools, then a knife, so I can cut things and make things to ensure my survival. No point taking a phone as there'd be no signal!

How do you work and get inspired? 
Having two kids means it can be tricky and sporadic. Now smallest has given up her afternoon naps it means any proper content work gets pushed into the evening. She's starting preschool in September though so I should be more consistent later this year. Inspiration comes from all over the place, but more often than not other bloggers.

What top tips would you give to anyone starting a blog? 
Think carefully about the name of your blog, you don't want to too specific to your subject as your subject may end up changing in later years. Be yourself! Get good at photography - there are loads of online courses for this.

Is there a story behind the name, Old Fashioned Susie? 
Not specifically but in many ways I am old fashioned. I believe in chivalry, being polite, making the best of what you've got, but still striving for self improvement. I think it's more about my values perhaps.

If you could go to a Blog Award dinner with any 5 people (dead or alive) and/or fictional characters, who would you choose? 
Gosh!! Freddie Mercury, Steve McQueen, Prince, Rik Mayall, Victoria Wood and Liz Taylor! Now that would be a great party! And that's 6 not 5, oopsy!

And finally...if you had to choose one song to represent Old Fashioned Susie, what would it be and why? 
Oh this is so hard!!! Maybe Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen. It's fun, got a bit of a vintage sound to it (Freddie does a great Elvis) and it's just so unapologetic. I love that "take me or leave" attitude.

Thank you so much, Susie! It's been wonderful hearing all about your blogging world! I love your choice of people for the Blog Award dinner - perfect! And that is one mighty fine song to represent Old Fashioned Susie, love it!

I hope you've all enjoyed this month's Blog Gem. Catch up on all my interviews here and don't forget to sign up to my newsletter too! 

All of the images and interview answers are the copyright of Susie at Old Fashioned Susie. Please do not use without seeking permission first. Thank you.

17 June 2016

What's on the jukebox, Jo?

Green Flatlay

What a crazy busy week! I have been a non-stop hanky making machine stitching up a whole bunch of Father's Day, second wedding anniversary and wedding hankies. I also sent the super talented Sam, from Fantastic Crafty Fox, her Stripes and Bikes Personalised Hanky, which she won in my last newsletter competition (sign up here!). The fabulous lady only went and made this awesome video of it! How cute is that?!

This week I also decided to start doing a daily colour theme on my Instagram page. Three shots of one colour per day. I'm giving this a go to practice my photography skills using my i-phone only. Pop on over and have a look. What do you think?

And of course, while I've been stitching and snapping, I've also been listening to music and singing along in my studio. Top of the playlist this week have been these little numbers. 

Tutti Frutti - Little Richard
Seven Days Is Too Long - Chuck Wood
Music Sounds Better With you - Stardust
Xed Eyes - Holy F***
Let It Happen - Tame Impala
A Lancashire DJ - The Lancashire Hotpots
This Is The One - The Stone Roses

Pop them on and have a dance for the weekend is here!

Have a good one folks!

16 June 2016

Gardening Jobs for June

Gardening jobs for june

Over on the Simple Stylish Makes blog I'm sharing some gardening jobs for June. Have a read here, get those wellies on and start gardening!


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