Recently my dear friend Sarah invited me to join her on the Blogland Tour and featured me on her blog @Hyacinths For The Soul.
Sarah and I have been friends since meeting at the Quimper Collectors Club’s second annual gathering in Washington D.C. in 2000.
|Sarah and I had a great day antiquing in Bayeux|
when she & her husband came to visit in 2011.
As collectors of French faience in particular the pottery produced in the town of Quimper, Brittany, we always enjoy getting together with other Q collectors. I for one am counting down the days until we meet again next month in Nice, the jewel of the French Riviera.
|plage Beau Rivage, Nice, France.|
(photo from internet)
As part of the tour Sarah gave me 4 questions to answer.
What am I working on right now?
First of all with my Quimper Club Secretary’s hat on I’m working on preparing a report to present at the meeting next month.
Mark Twain once said “there are two types of speakers, those that are nervous and those that are liars”. I know which type I am, addressing an audience is not something I am very comfortable with doing. Luckily I only have some statistics relating to the membership to report, so I think I’ll be o.k.
Around the Presbytere I’m working on keeping everything “show home” ready as we never know when the Immobilier/ estate agent might call to arrange to bring a client over to view the house.
My precious “me time” is spent in my attic craft room and it seems that lately I've been scrapping vacation memories.
|L. Tulum, Mexico 1998|
R. South Beach, HHI 2012
Some of my most recent pages.
|L. Kos, Greece, 2013|
R. HHI again with Dad & Joyce, 1992
How does my work differ from others in this genre?
Such a good question, but I’m not really sure that it does. I do have certain things that I like to include on my scrapbook pages, whether I’m following a sketch or a set of criteria set down in a challenge. I usually
draw doodle a couple of lines around the edges to frame the
layout. Tags! Almost every layout has to
include tags wherever possible and I love to pile on embellishments in
clusters and layers. These are my “signatures” I guess.
Why do I write or create what I do?
The simple answer is that I started my blog to share our life in Normandy. Our beautiful home, which we fell in love with the first time we saw it, is in a very small rural hamlet and there’s not a lot to do here if you’re not a farmer!
In 2008 when I first started blogging I had no idea if anyone would be interested in my ramblings but just started chatting as if to a friend and went on from there.
|ice cream sundae, anyone?|
I write about my garden, especially the potager, our pets, my husband, our little trips around the area and those to more faraway places. Blogging and scrap booking are the perfect hobbies for me.
I always have my camera close by and anything such as my latest read, a beautiful sunrise, a bee on a lavender bush, a dog looking cute, white fluffy clouds or a new recipe can easily find its way onto the page. It’s almost always the photograph that dictates the post and inspires my words.
Enough about me.
|Lettuce soup, better than gazpacho!|
Time to introduce you to two ladies whose talents lie in quite a different direction to mine, you'll soon see why.
Lorrie @ Fabric, Paper & Thread is a blogging friend of many years who lives in Victoria, BC, Canada.
On her blog you will find links to her Etsy store and Craftsy page where she says " I love to sew and create in a variety of mediums. Sewing, embroidery, paper crafts - you name it, I've probably tried it. But I always come back to my love of fabric and sewing! "
Another very talented lady is Sue @ I Sew Quilts.
Sue and I met through the Quimper Club when we both attended the 2001 annual meeting in Quimper, Brittany. At that time she ran a very successful store aptly named “The Pumpkin Patch”. Sue’s blog is a feast for the eye, not only does she share with us the projects that she is currently working on but takes us travelling around the UK and the US, to the many museums and quilt shows that she visits with her quilting friends.
I’d like to thank Sarah for inviting me on the tour and you, too, for your company today.
on Monday, the 18th August
for the next sequence of the Blog Land Tour.