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.
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.
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!