Thursday, September 5, 2013

Ask Away Friday

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I've joined in with some of my favorite ladies for week 4 of #AskAwayFriday this week. I first learned about AAF when my girl Tiffany at MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter asked me if I would like to be featured during week 2. I had so much fun, I asked them to count me in for future Fridays and here we are! 

SO- What is this all about, you ask? It's all about getting to know your fellow blogger! Each week we pick a blogger to exchange 10 questions with, then post our answers (as you will see here...) and then link them up so everyone can hop around and read all our questions and answers as our little query party grows! We'd love it if you'd join us! Grab a friend, grill 'em, post it and link up here!

This week I asked the lovely Chan of My Life as a Mum to be my question buddy!


I met Chan after she stopped by my blog and wrote some lovely, thoughtful comments on some of my posts. Her kind heart and genuine interest in what I wrote really shone through her words and speaks volumes about the person I am coming to know. She puts that same honestly and thought in to everything that she writes over at her blog My Life as a Mum- and I can't wait to find out more! You can find my 10 questions for Chan and her answers right here, and read on to hear the questions she asked me and how I answered. Here goes...

1. How did you get the name of your blog ? 
I was trying to think of a catchy, crafty title that sounded good and could sum up my style. I've always liked paisleys. I like the retro feel they evoke and how intricate and unique, yet familiar and recognizable they are- Paisley is also the name of one of my 2 cats (that's her over there to the right in my side bar on the bottom. The other one is Hickory, or "Hickey" as we call her.) "Patchwork" came about after a lot of brainstorming of words that would encompass the idea of an eclectic mix of things. That is a big part of my style and what I'm all about- varieties of textures, patterns and colors that somehow work together, just like a patchwork! Add to that the cozy, homey feel of patchwork quilt you have the overall feeling of exactly what I want to surround myself with and share with others: comfort, familiarity and understated, easy beauty. 

2 Which of your blog posts are you the most proud of ? 
Oh my goodness I am SOOO excited about this one- there are a lot of posts I'm proud of, but just yesterday I found out that my post detailing how I decorated and DIYed a budget nursery (for my newly arrived, second little girl, Ruby) is being featured on BlogHer right now!! This is huge for me for so many reasons. The recognition just feels like a validation that I'm doing something right. I've had this blog for almost 2 years and only this past July decided to dive back in and figure out what I needed to do to make it reflect who I am and also reach out and be heard. I went from under 300 views to over 5000 in 2 months so far, and for me that's really exciting, so a BlogHer feature is pretty huge.

3 If your house was on fire and you could only save three items what would they be ? 
Wow, tough one. My house catching on fire is probably one of my top 3 biggest fears. After making sure my family and cats were ok, I would definitely grab my laptop. There is so much saved on here that I just can't replace. Then I would have to grab as many of my old photo albums as I could. I don't have digital copies of them and it would take forever to scan them all. I would be devastated to lose all those momentoes. You can't go back and recapture senior prom, or your first birthday party when you grew up before the digital era! Lastly, I would grab the collage my best friend Christin made me before she passed away. I wrote a little about it here if you're wondering. This is a pic:

4. Which area in your house would you like to change if you could and what would you do with it? 
Just one area? I am a huge HGTV addict. It is the only channel that I actually have memorized other than Disney Junior (HGTV is 730 and Disney Jr. is 126. That's where channel surfing ends. DVR navigates the rest.) I spend many an afternoon dreamily watching Yard Crashers, desperately wishing they would come sweep me away.I have seriously considered camping out at the local Ace Hardware and have already imagined the outfit I'd wear, and the fun, handy homeowner vibe I would portray. Yup. OR Kitchen Cuties, I mean Cousins ;) I'd die. My kitchen is in dire need of something to take it to the next level, and I fear it's a long, long time away for us to afford it.Sorry if you don't speak "HGTV." In a nutshell: the backyard or the kitchen. And what would I do with it?? Don't even get me started, these answers are already getting lengthy.... I already made up an inspiration board on Pinterest for my kitchen and my backyard has so much potential to be an even better BBQ/fire pit/outdoor movie night spot than it currently is. 
*images courtesy of these pins: house, kitchen

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Oh and don't forget Curb Appeal! My next door neighbors house is immaculate and they are the best neighbors anyone could have, but I just know "Tom" (that's my extremely handy, meticulous, and nice as can be neighbor) would love it if we got our act together a bit more. <sigh> I could go on about this forever, so if I haven't lost you yet, lets move on to the next question.

5. What do you enjoy most about teaching art ? 
The kids. They make me laugh and drive me crazy. It's also pretty fun being able to teach them a subject that many of them really enjoy. I also happen to be lucky enough to really love the people I work with :) 

6. Do you have any guilty pleasures ?( tv show, magazine, book, song,food, things you buy) 
Many. Beer (Blue Moon with a big ol' orange specifically,) fried food, TV shows that teenagers watch (Vampire Diaries, Glee...) Admittedly loving the Backstreet Boys, Chick Flicks...

7. What is your favourite thing to do in your ‘me time’? 
Right now, blogging! I enjoy making layouts for my posts and editing photos on Picmonkey, and learning all about it. I'm usually a big reader too, but its been a while. When I next have a big chunk of time I would love to get back up in my studio and be creative, but lately that has been pretty hard to do!

8. What do you enjoy doing most as a family? 
We always have a lot of fun going to Great Adventure. Vi loves the rides and so does my hubby. I get a kick out of watching them be kids together.

9 What is your favourite clothing item ? 
I'm not sure if this is meant to be specific to like, "a gray, fringey, wool infinity scarf from NYandCo." or 'hoodies,' (2 of my faves) BUT when it comes to "must wear" I absolutely, positively will not leave the house without earrings. And usually of the dangly variety. Right now I am still in my pajamas, (it's 3pm) and I have earrings on.
See? :)

10. What do you like most about being a mum ?
I love watching my girls grow and change. Seeing how their personalities evolve and the little people they become. The feeling of the true and boundless love you feel for a child who stole your heart at their first breath and astounds you every day. Being able to see these little faces every day...


So those are my answers to Chan's fabulous questions! Don't forget to stop by her blog to check out how she answered the questions I asked her, and please feel free to join us for #AskAwayFriday! Just exchange your questions and link up below- Don't forget to stop by and read what some of the other participants have to say and let them know you're reading!





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23 comments:

  1. you all did such a good job! thank you for participating and being apart of this weeks #AskAwayFriday...I'd love that kitchen too by the way :)

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    1. Any time! It's a lot of fun. The kitchen is pretty great, isn't it? Sigh.

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  2. AWEsome questions and answers! I am SOOOOOOO (did I say so?) glad that you have joined us! I love how you have exactly how you want your home to look...and they are beautiful picks. My neighbors probably sigh everytime they drive past our yard as well...as we are a corner lot so we have ALOT of yard! LMBO
    Also let me just say CONGRATS again on your BlogHer Feature...I am so happy and Proud Momma proud of you! xoxoxoxo

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    1. Thanks!! I had fun answering them. Seriously, if I was given a nice budget I could get this house in shape and looking good. Thank goodness we don't have more yard than we do! Our neighbor would probably just build a huge fence.

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  3. Hi there and congrats on being featured on Blogher, that's a huge accomplishment. Beer use to be my pleasure too until it started forming into lovehandles smh. We've been separated for 6 months now lol.

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    1. Thanks so much!! LOL. Yeah, the calories are not my friend!

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  4. Ok so congrats on being featured on Blogher! I've heard about it before and now I'm going to check it out for sure! Awesome questions by Chan! I'm giggling at your HGTV addiction and your earrings with pajamas on at 3pm. I feel like I know you after reading all of this. It's so funny how you can feel like you know a person when you go to their blog and when you learn about their style. It makes so much sense how you came up with that name for your blog. It screams Meg for sure...the Meg I'm coming to learn about anyway ;-)

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    1. I'm so glad you feel that way because it's exactly what I strive for! I knew you would pick up on the HGTV references!

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  5. Thanks Mrstee and Brittnei. Meg, I love your answers. I’m so glad that you enjoyed answering the questions.I would take my laptop as well (because of the pics and documents on it) and photos’ (memory cards etc) and video’s on tape. You just can’t replace them. The collage from your friend is really beautiful. I love the kitchen and the house that you want. Hopefully you’ll get to do them one day. I love chick flicks as well and some tv shows for teens. And I loved what you wrote about your girls.Beautiful. Btw I’m really missing earrings today. They keep getting lost. I really need to get a few again. Any spare ones that you can send over ? (Just kidding)Thanks for writing those nice words about me. xoxo

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    1. Thanks for the great questions! Whats your address? Ill send some over! ;)

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  6. How exciting to be featured in BlogHer! Congratulations!
    I also like working with kids, they are so much fun and there is never a dull moment.
    Great to know you Meg! :)

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    1. Thank you and thanks for stopping by!!

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  7. Love this! Congrats on BlogHer; your nursery is amazing!!! I went ahead and tweeted out your nursery because people should get pinning!
    You teach art-- that would be so much fun! I love to create too, I need to stalk your blog harder!
    XOXO

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  8. Your kids are so cute! I love that picture of them you posted along with this. I need to check out this nursery post that you did stat and I am happy to follow you back on BlogLovin : ) Oh and I love and agree about all your guilty pleasures!

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    1. Thanks :) They are my heart. That pic was taken when Ruby was only a few days old, she's getting so big already! Glad to know someone shares my guilty pleasures!

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  9. Don't tell the Brotherhood of Dads, but there are only so many times in a row one can watch SportsCenter, when "grown-up TV" time is so limited as it is, and when that magic number hits, I switch over to the DIY network as well. I know my wife would love a new kitchen like any we see on Kitchen Crashers, and I do what I can, but to have a whole crew show up and help me get it there would be amazing!

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    1. Hahaha..your secret is safe. Well, as safe as it can be in a public forum, but whatever. I almost wish my husband was the sledgehammer-happy type to demo first ask questions later. At least something would be getting done! (He's more the, which one is the Phillips head type. I wear the tool belt in the family.)

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  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love your blog. It is so pretty!

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    1. Thank you! I am astounded that you find time to blog with four kids!

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  11. I used to love Great Adventure! We went there on a Physics field trip in high school. I also used to go through the safari tons of times, but I think they closed it. I agree that The Patchwork Paisley is a catchy name. And I went back to your beautiful post about Christin. I went to Rutgers too!
    I'm enjoying Ask Away Friday a lot!

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  12. i love your house, Meg. Way more cozy than the HGTV one!

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