Firstly a huge big thank you for all the awesome feedback & oodles of kind comments on yesterdays feature Building A Beauty Room: The Reveal. It’s been such a fun and inspiring project to work on and I honestly can’t thank my hubby enough for putting all the hours into making it such the perfect little space. Best of all is how affordable the entire room cost to put together, so if home decor and organisation (particularly on a budget) sounds right up your street then do get over and check it out; you just might find yourself rolling up the sleeves for a spot of DIY too!
Talking of organisation, I’m beyond chuffed to introduce y’all to one of my awesome blog buddies who’s a massive inspiration when it comes to creative planning, crafting and organisation tips, as the talented Emma from Puddle Side Musings joins us on the virtual sofa. I’m often in awe at this gals creativity, as pretty much anything she puts her hand to seems to radiate the immense talent and skill this creative blogger hoards. Of course being an Irish blogger (like moi) always makes it extra special introducing someone a little closer to home for a change 🙂
So grab your cuppa & get comfy for five as we take a quick peek Behind The Blog with Emma…
In only 5 words describe what readers can expect from your blog:
Crafting, planning…and other things!
What inspired you to start blogging?
Peer pressure. Look, I was 17. I was young and all my friends were doing it! I started blogging because a friend kept telling me to post photos of my art online. I’m 23 now but you know, old habits die hard.
Tell us about your blog name… what made you decide on it?
Because my blog is my space to think about things and it’s from an Irish perspective. I thought about Pond Side Musings (you know, because Irish people sometimes refer to the Atlantic Ocean as a pond, like ‘ah sure, America, it’s just across the pond there’) but I liked the idea of Puddle Side Musings more, maybe because it reflects how much it rains here.
Do you ever suffer from Blogger’s Block & if so how do you overcome it?
I haven’t been blogging too long with Puddle Side Musings so I’ve been spared so far (let’s try keep it that way!). Blogger’s Block has been the death of two other blogs of mine though so I’m trying to keep notes of any and all blog ideas I have and crafts I might like to try. Also, I swear all that time on Pinterest is research to prevent blogger’s block!
What’s your favourite post to date?
At the moment, I think the post on My Craft Room Workspace – because it shows off my craft supplies in a lovely clean room…and it may never be that organised again!
Describe your everyday clothes style:
Lazy and an ‘eh, I’m not leaving the house today’ style.
What are your current top 3 beauty items?
I don’t have a large collection of beauty products, but at the moment because my lips are in an awful condition, I’m quite liking Lush’s Santa’s Lip Scrub and their Honey Trap Lip Balm. And…you know what, I can’t think of a third at the moment!
How do you like to relax & unwind after a stressful day?
With a cup of tea, a hot water bottle, a blanket and Netflix, or maybe some Grand Designs on tv.
Describe your ideal Saturday night:
See above! (What, who doesn’t want to spend their night in with Keven McCloud!)
What do you do to relax?
Drink a cup of tea. Or five.
Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?
I ramble. I use far more words than I need to to get a point across. I blame that on doing an English degree. Aslo, I procrastinate a lot and it takes me forever to get around to doing things. Really, I have so many bad habits I can’t think of which is worst!
What’s your most cherished childhood memory?
Leaving early from school one day when I was 11 to go down to Cork with my family and to meet a new member to the family –a black labrador puppy named Victor. He’s quite grey now (13 years old) but he’s still my puppy!
What was your favourite school subject?
In secondary school it was art, and I hated languages – so with a decision that made absolutely perfect sense, I decided not to go to art college but study languages at university. At college my favourite subject was Japanese.
What’s your dream job?
Making a living from selling things that I make…in my hobbit hole. That’s not entirely necessary to the dream job but it would be rather nice. I would very much like to live in a hobbit hole.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Aged 28 and trying to pay of the loans I’ll need to do a master’s degree – what can I say, I’m a realist!
What top 5 things are on your bucket list?
- Go to Hobbiton
- Travel around Japan
- See the northern lights
- Find a career that makes me happy
- See a total solar eclipse
What’s your biggest achievement to date?
Either graduating with a first class honours degree or tricking people into thinking I understand Japanese by surviving four years of it at university.
Who inspires you?
To give a vague answer – people who are able to get things done! I spend a lot of time procrastinating so I really admire people who are make a difference in the world by doing something with their lives.
Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – Gandalf the Grey
Yes, my inspiration quote is from The Lord of the Rings. Or else, “Not all those who wander are lost.”
What top tips would you give to someone who is thinking of starting their own blog?
Don’t jump straight into it! Especially if you’re unsure what exactly you want your blog to be about. Take your time, work on building up a supply of blog ideas, writing draft posts and when you feel like you’ve fond your style, then start your blog
QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:
Tea or Coffee = No question, tea!
Coke or Pepsi = Neither – don’t drink fizzy drinks
Messy mayhem or Super Organised = messily organised!
Cute kitten or Playful puppy = kittens, lots of kittens!
Night In or Night Out = In (with kittens and tea!)
Heels or Flats = Flats
Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Gloss
Rock Chick or Pop Princess = Rock chick
Paperback or E-book = Shelves and shelves of paperbacks
Puddle Side Musings: https://puddlesidemusings.wordpress.com/
Idle Emma’s Idle Spot: https://idlespot.wordpress.com/
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