A couple of weeks ago I was approached by my friend, ex-colleague and fellow blogger Janet of “Fairy Thoughts” to take part in the Creative Blog Hop. This is my entry into that distinguished company and I hope it lives up to it’s pedigree as I have spent the last couple of weeks being torn between being insanely excited and flattered and absolutely terrified!
What is the Creative Blog Hop?
Well it is a way of being introduced lots of creative bloggers that you might not have heard of and possibly finding more kindred spirits, sharing inspiration and creativity. We get given questions we have to answer so you can get to know us better and I have actually found that answering them has made a few things clearer in my own head as well (bonus!)
Anyway, on with the show…
Hi to any newbies, I’m Nicki, and I blog here at “Il Magpie Miscellanea Di S” ( The Magpie’s Miscellany) – Like my “frock”?!
I love to craft and have never limited myself to one type of craft, I couldn’t if I tried (hence nicknaming myself “The Magpie”)! I use my blog to share my crafting adventures with anyone who is interested and to remind me to enjoy my life and creativity.
What am I working on now?
Like any crafter worth their salt I have many UFO’s (Un-Finished Objects) lying around. They currently include a bench from two dining room chairs and pallet wood….
Crocheted seat covers for my kitchen chairs (Which may never be finished as they have discontinued the yarn colour I was using for my main colour and I can’t find any stock anywhere!)…
A cushion for our kitchen pew…
(Notice a theme emerging here?)
Up-cycling some wall sconces that I found in a French Flea Market whilst on holiday…
I could go on but it would probably get boring quite quickly!
How does my work differ from others in my genre?…
Probably in that I don’t consider myself a master of any one craft. I sew, knit, crochet, cut, hammer, drill, fold, glue, print, mould, and probably quite a few other things I haven’t thought of!
The second point in which I differ is that I love to encourage people to try anything they like the look of. I love to share what I know and have knowledge shared with me. If I can save anyone some heartache or frustration through sharing what I have done right or wrong that makes me happy!
I love doing this so much that recently I have gathered my courage and am hosting some crafting evenings locally where people can come along and try new things. The first is happening in mid October and I am excited and terrified at the same time!
Why do I create what I do?
If I’m honest, often because I need or want it. Despite moving into our house nearly ten years ago we hadn’t done much in the way of DIY or decorating until fairly recently, mainly because I used to be a teacher and every spare bit of time and energy went into that.
I love the William Morris quote “Have nothing in your home that you do know know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”. That’s what I want for my home.
Beautiful doesn’t mean “new” to me. It took me a long time to figure out what was “me” and now I try to embrace it. If I see something I love I will re-paint, polish or do what ever I can to bring it to life. Some things are still beyond me (welding?!) but I hope one day to be able to take on any challenge for something I love.
How does my creative process work?
I collect fragments of ideas from all over the place, magazines, Pinterest, life and merge them together to fulfil a need or a desire. That’s another reason I consider myself a magpie. Sometimes I change ideas a little, sometimes a lot. If I don’t know how to do something I find the answer somehow and that was another reason I was drawn to blogging and the communities that form here.
Sometimes I sketch things out, sometimes I build little “mock ups” to test bits and pieces and sometimes I have to confess to “winging it” (I do work full time as well and time is at a premium!). I just love to create and most of the time the ideas pop in (unless I am too tired, you wouldn’t like me when I’m tired, I don’t do it well!).
Well, that’s a little about me. If you are interested in learning more or becoming a Magpie too you can find out more about me, get in touch or check out some of my favourite posts;
Passing the Flame…
I am passing on the baton to two very talented, crafty ladies who I have been lucky enough to get to know recently
First Up is Justine from Little Dove Creations, here is what she has to say about herself:-
“I was born and raised in Surf City, USA; otherwise known as Huntington Beach, California… and yada yada, a lot of events happened in my life and I got married in 2007 at the ripe old age of 21 to a man I’d known for less than a year that I met on a blind date, no less. And it’s been WONDERFUL, seriously, I consider myself very blessed.
When our first child was born in 2010 (our son and little dove, hence my blog’s name) it really inspired my crafting to take off. Clothes, blankets, toys… you name it and I probably tried it. It began as a place where I shared (and sometimes sold) the creations I made for my little man, but has since become a place where I share all things crafty and D.I.Y., everything that helps make my house into my home. My husband Mike and I have since added two more kiddos to the mix, our little miss and our little lady. Chasing after three kids, remodelling our 1980′s home, and trying to find other creative outlets to help keep me sane can be challenging, but I can’t complain, life is good! :)”
My second gorgeous nominee is Anne Marie from Crunchy, Crafty and Highly Caffeinated (an not just because we have similar haircuts ;-) ).
“HI! I’m Anne Marie from Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated. I blog about my crafting adventures, different recipes that I try, reviews of different companies and services that I love, and whatever strikes my caffeinated self!
I have always been a creative person. I would read, write, and doodle all the time as a kid, but it wasn’t until college when I discovered my love of creating things. I was a theatre major and a sorority girl so I spent a lot of time creating set pieces, props, and gifts for all sorts for my sisters.
My love of cooking and my foodie wannabe status came much later on. I found myself a stay at home mom with two little kids and an even littler budget, so I started seeking out and creating new recipes. It was so rewarding to make rolls, or pie, or the Thanksgiving turkey and find them well received. Now that I am a Full Time Working Mom of 3 kids I try to cooke more meals that can be transported to the office for my lunches, though I still love pie…and cupcakes. Who doesn’t love cupcakes?!
Everything I do is fueled with caffeine. With a full time job, blog, 2 podcasts, 3 kids and a husband the caffeine is a requirement. I enjoy the whole spectrum (coffee, Red Bull, tea) it all just depends on my mood. However, I do live and die by the Pumpkin Spice Latte! Every year they come out around my birthday and I consider them a birthday present to me from Starbucks ;-)”.
Good Luck Ladies, I can’t wait to read your entries! xxx