Thursday, August 22, 2013

10 Questions...

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This week I was invited to participate in the Ask Away Friday linkup by my girl Tiffany at For those of you who are unfamiliar with this linky, it is fairly new and a great way to get to know your fellow bloggers. This week I have the honor of being one of their featured bloggers, and will be answering 10 questions about myself! Come join us and see what it's all about at mrsteeoflovelifelaughter.

So here are the questions I was asked to ponder and my answers, some of which were decided during a 4am nursing session (please excuse if there's a touch of delirium involved...)

When did you first realize you had a love of art/crafts?
I honestly think it's in my blood. I don't remember a time when I wasn't thrilled by a brand new coloring book and box of Crayons (you should see me cringe to watch my 3-year-old rip off the paper and break them in half.) Also, both my Grandfathers were artists. I remember my Grandpa endlessly working in the stained glass studio he had in his basement and watching in awe while my Poppy quickly sketched an exact copy of anything you asked him to. Sadly neither one of them lived long enough to see where my art has taken me today, buy I am grateful for all they have inspired to get me here.

What is the weirdest thing a student has ever asked you?
Haha...oh man. For those of you who don't know, I am a full-time middle school art teacher covering grades 6-8 going on eight years now. I'm not a saint, nor do I have the patience of one, but I consider myself lucky to work in a small town that appreciates the arts and allows me to connect with the 400 students in the school every year. I watch these kids grow and mature during one of the most challenging and confusing times in their life and have learned to laugh with them, cry with them, dance with them, and did I mention laugh with them?? Middle schoolers are HILarious. I have been invited to parties and barmitzvahs, declined numerous Facebook friend requests, a marriage proposal, had students ask to come to my wedding, watch my children, name my children after them...the list goes on. All of these things have become a normal part of my daily routine, so I guess none are really weird to me, but always amusing.

What has been your favorite project up to now?
Hmmm...I go through "creative moods" a lot where I completely devote myself to a specific type of fine art or craft, and then just like that I'm over it and on to something new. This is why I always refer to myself as the queen of unfinished projects. It's also why I have never really been able to sell much of my artwork because as soon as I get lots of orders for things, I'm on to something new. I guess a particular fave would be the bird silhouette palette as pictured in my header. I really love working with wood and I found that particular wood piece on the beach in the Outer Banks after hurricane Irene. It kinda looks like a palette, but I'm not sure what it actually is or where it came from. I posted about the bird palette silhouette here if you're interested. It was also the DIY that inspired me to blog! I'm also really proud of the first large-scale mural I was commissioned to paint in the Teen Center in my school district last summer. They gave me a lot of creative freedom to do whatever I wanted, with a few requests here and there. The finished product really exceeded my expectations and it was a lot of fun to paint.

It was a really long, skinny room so it was impossible to get shot of the whole wall without walking out into the hallway and then the door frame blocked the far end of the mural. (I have since gotten the Iphone 5 so I will have to try out the panoramic setting on the camera and take another shot soon.) 

How did you meet your husband?
John and I actually met online in 2004 on one of the first dating sites in operation, which has since merged with He was one of the first people I interacted with, and the second person I actually met through the site. At the time online dating wasn't nearly as common or acceptable as it has become and I feel eternally lucky to have found him rather than continue to try and search for Mr. Right amid the Rutgers bar scene. Three years later we were out at a fancy restaurant in one of our favorite spots in New Hope, PA, and he proposed to me in a game of hang man. I happily accepted and met my closest friends and family who, to my surprise, had come to celebrate with us that night.

What's your favorite color?
PURPLE! (or Violet ;)

Do you like to cook?
The short answer? No, and I don't despite the best efforts of my friends and family to encourage me. That's where my creativity screeches to an abrupt halt. My best friend is a major foodie and fantastic cook. She recently bought me a crock pot so I can experience the joys of creating a meal with little to no effort involved. I plan to give it a go, but I would be just as happy living on a similar diet to my picky first born: chicken fingers, grilled cheese, and pizza. The punchline? My mom has been a Home Economics teacher for 30+ years.

What's your favorite movie?
I big in to movies. Before having kids, John and I used to see a movie almost every weekend, and there have been many that I've loved. I could spout off my favorite in each genre, but this is already getting to be a bit wordy so instead I'll just tell you that one movie I could never get sick of, and outwardly love so much so that random people will actually Facebook me to tell me when it's on TV:  Dirty Dancing. When I hear those 3 drum beats that cue the beginning of The Ronettes "Be My Baby" I get goose bumps.

What is the last song you played on you iPod/Iphone?
    <sigh> Sadly...
If I were choosing, it would most likely be Mumford and Sons.

Do you have a favorite nail color? If so, what is it?
Believe it or not I am THE worst at painting my nails. I know, I can paint a mural, but not a fingernail, go figure. When I do go to the salon, I've been doing minty greens, pale pinks or black, but being that it's such a rare occasion I actually have been loving the Sally Hansen Peel and Stick Polish. This polka dot one was a recent fave:

*What's in your purse right now? (a pic would be awesome)
Actually my purse is sadly empty right now, save for a lone Cherry Chapstick.

 The contents, which typically include: my Iphone case/wallet, my keys, my Vera Bradley sunglasses case (NY&Co. sunglasses included) a bottled water, (and Cherry Chapstick, there's always one in every bag might be carrying. I'm lost without it...) are divided between any of the 3 diaper bags we've been using (Ruby's bag, Violet's bag or the Violet and Ruby bag.)

*Question borrowed by from questions to Mrs-AOK from last week's #AskAwayFriday

So that's it! I hope you enjoyed my answers and can take a moment to follow the link to join in! Great questions Tiffany!



  1. stopping by as a co-host! thank you for doing this! everything looks so great! hope you enjoyed it!

    1. I definitely did! Thanks for involving me and stopping by. I'd love to be involved in future #askawayfridays.

  2. Great answers. It was fun to see our different questions. I, as well, am the Queen of unfinished projects. I have so many ideas and I just seem to get very few finished. Loved it. Glad to meet you!

    1. Great to meet you too, Kate! Maybe we'll do a blog post one day and pick 2 unfinished project to complete and share! Lol.

  3. ++OMG Meg, first of all, you live in NJ! I grew up in Long Branch, right on the jersey shore. I went to TCNJ/Monmouth University for my BA in Foreign Languages, with a concentration in Spanish and I started Rutgers for my MA in Translation and then decided the program and profession wasn't for me. Nice to meet another New Jerseyian (sp?) lol! Funny how much you love Dirty Dancing. I love that one as well! And I just love love love your blog and creativity. That mural you painted is absolutely amazing! Thanks for being apart of this! So glad we "met" and connected!

    1. Small world!! I live right by TCNJ and teach right over the bridge from RU! So glad Ask Away Friday introduced us! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  4. Oh, Dirty Dancing. That takes me back. I must have seen it a dozen times in the theater. And I even went to the traveling concert show they put together for it, even though Patrick Swayze wasn't there. :(
    Nice to meet you on Ask Away Friday and new follower!

    1. Oh my goodness, there was a traveling show?!? That would have been fantastic. There's actually a whole weekend devoted to the movie at the hotel where they filmed most of the movie ("Kellermans") in Virginia. You can imagine how hard it is to convince my husband to take me, but I'm dying to go! Thanks so much for stopping by and following!

  5. You are so talented! Just amazing!

    1. Thank you! For all the time I spent on that mural, you'd think I would have one in my on house so I could actually enjoy it!


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