I was rather chuffed to be asked to take part in this blog hop, firstly by lovely Lia from Tangerine Canteen and then by my fellow Londoner, Alexis from Something I Made, both are constant sources of blogspiration for me. The requests came at a good time. I was feeling rather disenchanted last week, wondering where I was heading with this whole blogging malarkey. It’s nice to feel connected.
1. What have been the doings/makings/scribblings at your desk/making table in the last week?
I don’t have a desk or making table. (Can you hear the tiny violins, yet?) So I do all my writing sat on the sofa with a laptop on my knees. Probably not the best for the health of my lower back… I generally sit down to blog in the evening once my son is in bed and dinner has been cooked.
This is the view from the sofa…(you can see I have a mid-century obsession going on).
I’m also in the kitchen a lot. Food is a big passion. I like eating it and I like cooking it. I love posting my monthly salad recipe so I’m trying to think of something suitably summery to post up for July. But my blog isn’t really a food blog (and my photography and food styling skills aren’t really up to the standard set on the internet), so I post a lot about places I’ve been and things I’ve done. (Which means I try to go and do things in London and beyond). I’ve done a few things recently that I need to post about (camping and an exhibition at the Barbican).
2. Where are you currently finding your inspiration? (influences, heroes/who, sources of inspiration, paths exploring)?
I find inspiration everywhere. I love books, magazines, weekend supplements, cook books. Instagram is also awash with amazingness. And of course let us not forget blogs; food blogs, lifestyle blogs, interiors blogs. You name it, I’ll read it.
Like Alexis, I get tons of inspiration from wandering around London. It doesn’t have to be an exhibition. One of my favourite things to do is head to an area I don’t go to much and have a wander. There are always fantastically creative shops and cafes to inspire. I based the bathroom in my last flat on one I’d been to in a restaurant (Tom’s Kitchen in Chelsea in case you’re wondering). Restaurants often have the best interior design. The menus can be pretty inspiring too.
I also love to travel. We’re trying to save for major work on our house, but seem to find ourselves booking holidays instead. Last year it was Copenhagen, France, Italy and Paris. This year we’re being slightly more restrained and ‘only’ going to France and New York for my significant birthday in October. I just love visiting these places and am often dreaming about the next trip.
I’m in a bit of a crux career-wise at the moment. I decided to leave my very dull career two years ago. I’m a trained chartered accountant. Anyone who knows me would know that this was a bad career choice. (I’m far too haphazard for accountancy). I’ve had a few jobs in different fields since then..However the ‘what next?’ question is looming large. I’m nearly forty and I still don’t know what I want to do. Argh! I’m a tiny bit obsessed with the idea of setting up a cafe at the moment (I can almost see my husband shaking his head at this point) so I’ve been visiting some cool cafes to see what works and what doesn’t. I may make a series out of it on the blog. My cafe would be heavily salad oriented, of course.
(This is my new favourite cafe, M1lk in Balham).
3. How important is being creative to you & how do you blend this with your work/life/family balance?
I’ve never really thought of myself as a particularly creative person. At school I took the academic route (although I did enjoy creative writing and was good at it). I was always good at exams and went to a school which prized academic achievement. Then I went into a career that wasn’t creative. Who wants a creative accountant??! But I’m starting to realise that I do have a spark of creativity. My mind is constantly buzzing with ideas for cooking, interiors and small businesses (my last boss thought this was a bad thing as my mind wasn’t on the job. ) It’s the realisation I struggle with. I need to slow down a little.. I expect things to happen immediately. Some things take time.
This blog was started because I wanted to explore other interests I had. I was stuck in a boring job and needed something else. Now I no longer have that job but the blog is still important to me. Most of my ideas don’t make it onto here though. I need to change that.
I’ve worked full-time and managed to blog, so I suppose I can find the time when I want to. But family life is my priority (and if I can get a blog-post out of it, so be it).
And now it’s my turn to pass on this blog hop.
I’d like to nominate Angela from Little Apple Tree. I had the pleasure of meeting her at Blogtacular – it’s always nice to meet an actual person in real life. Her blog is a unique mix of craft, cake and Dr Who. And she lives in Bristol (I love Bristol). That city has a habit of producing some really interesting blogs.