Janet Clare ~ part two
i don't think a roving reporter of 'worth' loses their notepad, so if you give me a minute to turf out my desk drawers i'll be right back...in the meantime, make yourselves comfortable and take a wee moment to reflect upon the fact that Janet had no prior screening of the questions and had to answer on the spot...it was a truely lovely sight, three women huddled around the kitchen table, one very professional with notepad and pencil posed, one with her best knitted frock on to impress and one trying on her collection of hats. i shall leave it to you to put the name to the description...
okay, notepad located and my best interviewing voice is in order.
let the questions begin...
if you were to host a 'yak and yarn' afternoon tea party, which famous people would you invite to your 'bit of a do'?
obviously i would invite Elvis ("me too!" i squealed) and Colin Firth for decorative purposes. Nigella Lawson will provide the refreshments. the best person i know for indiscreet gossip is my hairdresser Colin, so i'm inviting him too.
what is your ultimate thrift store find to date and what are you still on the look out for?
i'd rather choose the dump than a thrift store, my local dump is Aldershot and is full of great finds. my best find there has to be a two seater leather sofa from Laura Ashley for twenty pounds, all i need now is to get some feet for it.
i am still looking for a dresser top to display ceramics in the kitchen, perfectly distressed with layers of paint chipped away
what's in your secret 'crafty' address book?
i get my blankets that i use in my work, from military surplus stores online
what's your guilty craft secret?
never starting a new project in an old book. even if i have only a few pages used, i'll still start fresh in a new book.
what inspired you to start crafting?
i can't ever remember a time when i didn't do it. i have an Irish mother who never allowed us to be idle, so we were always busy with something. "why are you sitting there with your two arms the same length?" is something my mum always used to say. i do remember my granny teaching me to crochet.
a sunny day is perfect for?
going to the coast, sitting on the beach and ending it with fish and chips
what skill do you wish you had that you don't?
i'm not accurate enough, i would like to be more precise with cutting
what's your favorite chocolate bar? (such quality questions don't you think)
milk chocolate...i do like Green and Black. and if i had to make a choice it would be Galaxy over Cadbury
staying in or going out?
staying in, i'm a nester and a real home body
favorite book and movie?
nothing too intellectual, an 'aga saga' type of book, something feel good and uplifting.
as to a movie, any romantic comedy that i can sit and watch whilst sewing away
how do you feel being 'online' has helped you and your crafting?
i would not be where i am today without it.
i came across Heather Bailey's blog by accident and thought perhaps i should have myself a blog, it just took off from there. being online makes it easier to get work and for people to find me. it's lovely to be part of such a great crafting community and to received such positive support. i made my connections with Sew Hip and Pfaff through having my blog and i also find that blogging helps me to appreciate the little things.
favorite pronked outfit?
my spotted coat and knitted warmers
how many hours a day do you spend crafting?
as many as i can fit in
how many hours a week do you spend thrifting?
one or two hours
could you save the world in your underpants if needed?
yes! most definitely
would you run a marathon naked? (question courtesy of my 9 year old godson and probably the most revealing)
no! i couldn't, i don't run, not even for a bus
favorite crisp/chip flavor?
what did you want to be when you were little?
how old were you when you completed your first quilt?
in my early 30's
if the queen came to tea tomorrow what would you give her to eat?
ginger cake, what's left over from today. i'm quite sure she wouldn't mind a bit
what lift's your spirits on a 'low' day?
tea, chocolate, music, romantic comedies, thrifting or just having time to myself
if you had three chickens in your backyard what would be their names?
Hfer (h for hen)
Rfer (r for rooster)
Cfer (c for chicken)
"do you mind Janet if we just pause there, so the readers have a mo to study the names and have a wee chuckle?"...
"no Tif, not a problem... perhaps we should pop the kettle on while we wait"
do you perfer warm giant undies or slinky skimpy knickers?
oh, definitely warm giant undies, remember i may need to save the world one day
stripes or spots?
knitting or crochet?
bagpuss or trumpton?
high street or thrift store?
favorite all time fabric?
1950's cherry red with roses on it
what's your absolutely 'first love' in crafting?
knitting, my granny taught me, it was 'love at first sight'
what's your best eco tip for cleaning?
there's not much you can't do with vinegar. i also use baking soda and soap flakes
do you have a 're-use' bag with you every time you go out?
yes, it's one of those things i really try to do
have you ever cooked a fish in your dishwasher?
no! i never have but now i am wondering if perhaps i should try
so it leaves me now to just thank the wonderful Janet Clare for being a 'guinea pig' extraordinaire to my very dubious 'roving reporter' skills.
thanks goes to my lovely assistant Debbie who has still 'got it' and thus able to tell me things about my life that left my memory long ago.
and to you, dearest readers for humoring me.
so until next month's spiffy installment of 'a question of crafting' it will be back to normal ("ha! what's that Tif?" i hear you cry) tomorrow.
she is off to help 'orla and little eva' pack their bags as they take the midnight train to georgia very soon (no tears, we must be strong) ~ Tif