Did I mention I LOVE tea? Am obsessed by tea? Couldn’t imagine life without tea?
Well, here’s some other mysteries exposed for all to see in a little interview-myself-assignment, prescribed by the wonderful Pip Lincolne of Meet Me At Mike’s fame, to round-up the recent Blog with Pip e-course. Yey!
Name/Place/What do you do on a day-t0-day basis?
Rebecca Johnstone, living in Renfrewshire, Scotland, on a street my mother refers to as ‘Poison Drive’. Thanks Mum.
I only get to do the fun stuff at evenings and weekends. I need structure and discipline to keep me from dreaming my days away. Mostly I try to fit too much into each day, with ideas and plans and words hatching and unravelling in my head.
And I carry around lots of stuff, including a book, notepad, magazine, pen…ready to capture new ideas before they effervesce. Then things befall me, Bridget-Jones style, and I finish the day hanging up the washing and pairing up socks and wondering when I’ll be living the bourgeois lifestyle…
Favourite things to do?
I love creating scrapbooks and sketchbooks of postcards and ticket stubs and places I’ve been; memories and ephemera, matching themes and colours and sticking everything down with blue tac. Or creating a scrapbook of images relating to fashion, interiors, health, beauty, recipes… And I’m writing a book (started several), and love to tidy things up and change things round and read books and craft magazines and occasionally, get ‘locked onto’ a jigsaw. I find them compulsive, engaging and completely absorbing, which would also be a good way to describe myself!
Favourite place to be?
Ah, that’s easy: at home, in my ‘Creative Room’, surrounded by all my creative tools and aids and my cabinet of fabric. Unless there was a spa I could be at. I love a good thermal experience.
Favourite things to eat/drink?
Apart from tea (obviously), I love chocolate milk (Oatly), broccoli, prawns, hummous (especially the ones with the pesto and seeds and things on. YUM.)
I went through a couscous phase last year but it went drastically wrong on one occasion and that was the end of that. Oh and I love lobster bisque. Super-rich and delicious lobster bisque is an enduring memory from my honeymoon in Amsterdam, (apart from the love and all that.)
Right now I’m finding a lot of inspiration visiting art galleries and photography exhibitions. Also, observing nature and the elements at work; misty mountains and deserted roads, all rugged and ripe for inspiring a daring tale of adventure. And birds. Birds are a new fascination for me. There is a little robin who sits on our bird table and he waits to be fed and just hops away, but not too far, and if I leave the door to the shed open, he’s in there!
Other inspirations include beautiful magazines that are more like books (and a similar price…). I miss Borders bookshop for chancing upon new titles.
Something I want to know more about?
Crochet. Definitely. It is a skill I plan to conquer this year. There are so many beautiful crochet patterns out there. A little birdie told me that the best crochet tutorial IN THE WORLD EVER can be found on Pip’s site.
Some favourite blogs:
Top of the list, of course: Meet Me At Mike’s, and all my fellow bloggers from the course.
Other favs include Vintage Reflections, Shift and Penelope Trunk. There are so many more, with some linked from my homepage. I need to work on this. Later.
But for now…
Thanks so much Pip! I’ve learnt all sorts of technical know-how and fancy tricks, as well as quite a bit about myself and my creative journey, with the most enlightening and freeing piece of advice being to “Just do it. Just write the bloody book!”
Anyone fancy a cup of tea?