Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Liebster Love II

First Things First...

I must loudly sing the praises of lovely Vaida at Don't Tell Anyone Arts who has transformed my blog and made it oh-so-pretty. For months I had wanted it to be more attractive to the eye and more representative of me and what the blog is about. In just 24 hours she created my lovely new logo and changed all my settings, as well as adding some pretty buttons. I am ever so grateful especially as it looks exactly how I imagined it. You can also find her Etsy where her templates and buttons can be browsed. Thank you Vaida! x

And Now...

Lovely Leanne at Today's Stuff has kindly nominated me for the Liebster Award. I got one of these back in 2011 and it has certainly evolved since then. I was so surprised when I saw my name pop up on Leanne's blog on Sunday. Thank you so much!

I enjoy doing these as I'm too nosy for my own good and like to find out the odd details about people that don't necessarily get 'exposed' in other posts. 

For this award I have to write eleven facts about myself, answer the eleven questions set by Leanne and then write eleven questions of my own for my selected blogs to answer. Well, here goes...

Facts About Me

Jo is short for Joanna.

I'm an only child with just one first cousin who lives in Australia but have a huge extended family on both sides.

I love my magazine subscriptions. At the moment I get Mollie Makes, The Simple Things, Country Living and Good Food.

I blame my Nana for my love of cold Bird's Custard with tinned peaches - she always saved me some from her lunch and I ate it when I got in from school.

I have four wonderful best friends and I met them all at different places: one from high school, another from sixth form, one from university and the other happens to be the sister of my best friend from sixth form.

Lego Mini-Figures often find their way into my shopping trolley as a treat for Mr P. He blu-tacks them to his computer at work.

Before I get out of bed in the morning I reach for my mobile and check the following - always in the same order: BBC News, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Bloglovin. I am then ready to face the day.

I own 12 Emma Bridgewater mugs and have another on its way. I think I'm going to have to organise a tea-swigging party to use them all.

I've known Mr P since I was 17, he was 19. It was almost eight years before we move in together and nine years before we got engaged. We got married in 2010.

I had lots of little bridesmaids and pageboys when I got married: Amber (8), Lily (6), Kaitlin (4), Zac (2 and 3/4), Lydia (almost 2), Ben (16 months) and Dylan (8 months). They were all super cute!

My middle name is Elizabeth. It's Mum's middle name and was Nana's first name. If I ever have a daughter it will definitely be her middle name.

Eleven Questions To Answer

Are you a morning person?

I'm a morning person but I can last out until about 11.30pm before flagging. I do like routine though and start to get grumpy if I get out of sync.

What is your favourite fruit?
This is a hard one as I love most fruits but at the moment it's strawberries and cherries.

Are you superstitious?
Very! So much so that it annoys Mr P. I don't like magpies, I throw salt over my left shoulder, want black cats to cross my path and pinch and punch people on the first day of the month.

What is your favourite smell?
That Christmassy smell. Not sure what it is exactly but you know what I mean - oranges, cloves, Christmas trees, spices. Mmmm!

Rock chick or hippy chick?
I like folk music and I'm going on holiday in a VW Campervan, so I'm a hippy chick in a scrubbed-up White Stuff kind of way.

Do you have any pets?
We live with and love our moggy, Sabrina (Brina). I also want to get some goldfish for my Nursery class so I guess they will be mine as well.

Where is the furthest from home that you've travelled?
New York - not particularly exotic. I'm a home-bird!

Do you read a paper?
We don't routinely buy one, although I do dip into the gossip on the Daily Mail website which is utter tripe and I feel very guilty about!

What was your favourite TV programme as a child?
So many! I loved Play School, Postman Pat, Jonny Briggs, Bagpuss, Bertha, Button Moon and Paddington Bear but probably the one that I enjoyed watching the longest was Blue Peter. I would still love to be a BP presenter! 

Flora or fauna?
Probably flora. You can buy it in a supermarket and they make my home look decorative. Not sure I could stick a kangaroo in a vase very easily.

What is your favourite Madonna song?
I'm not the biggest Madonna fan - I always thought she was a bit of an attention-seeker - but I do like Take A Bow.

Eleven Questions...

Bright or pastel clothes?

What is the most random song that you know all the words to?

Countryside or seaside?

Which celebrity would you love to see on Strictly Come Dancing?

Where were you on September 11th?

Sweet or savoury?

What was your favourite book as a child?

Kirstie Allsopp - love or hate?

What is your favourite cocktail?

Do you regularly read a magazine?

George - good name for the royal baby?

To Be Answered By...

whose blogs I really enjoy reading and wanted to introduce to you if you're not already reading them yourself. 

Kate, Lucy and Gillian - If you've already had this award, please feel free to skip, otherwise make a cup of tea before you sit down as I found it helped with thinking process!


  1. Your blog is looking very nice indeed, very fresh and pretty. I keep meaning to do something similar with mine but never get around to it.

    I liked your answers very much - we share the same (excellent!) taste in magazines and cups. Although either the kids or I have broken about 6 of mine...they make good herb pots. Thank you for the lovely nomination - I will try but am away lots over the next month of so so may not get round to it for a while! xx

    1. Thanks for your lovely comments, Gillian. I'd been pondering it for ages and just knew that I had to get someone else to do it or else I would never get round to it.

      Have a lovely month doing lots of nice summery things! x

  2. Love your new gentle pastel look and glad you've kept the cat photo:-) I've been trying to grab your button but must be doing it wrong - will try again tomorrow!

  3. oh Dear! that's so nice of you! thanks a lot, and I'm so glad that you like it! :)) (I'm loving it too) hah X
    P.S. the grab button must work :) as I just grabbed, and put it on my blog :)

    1. Glad you managed to get it to work, Louise! Thanks for grabbing the button and putting it on your blog! x

  4. Ahh I love the new look - very clean and I love the pink cat at the top :)Thanks for the nomination - I was just reading along and thinking I'd like to do one of these. Lovely to learn a few more random facts about you :) (I owe you an email too, haven't forgotten, just a bit manic at the mo!) xxx

    1. Thanks Lucy! I'm looking forward to reading your facts when you have the time. I hope it calms down a bit soon and you get some 'Lucy' time! x

  5. Oooh so glad you joined in!

    I shall have a look at the blogs you nominated too. I am a huge fan of Gillian at Tales From A Happy House. I love 'real' blogs like this.

    Leanne xx

    1. I think I found your blog via Gillian's - always the best way to find blogs you know you'll like! Thanks for your lovely comments! x

  6. Whoops! I love your new blog header too.

  7. Phew - finally caught up on all of your latest posts - you were busy while I was away! :) I love your new look, very sweet and orderly. Congrats on the award; I am also a morning person and love that "Christmas" smell!

    1. Thanks Shannon! I think we both would win awards for loving Christmas! Hope you had a good time with your family! x

  8. I love your blog! I'm a little bit obsessed with Emma Bridgewater, but I've already got a collection of 26 mugs, and there's only two of us...! xx

    1. Thank you!! That's an awful lot of EB mugs! I now need to take off the other random mugs from my shelves in the kitchen and make it into a purely EB display for a while! x

  9. It was great reading this and getting to "know" you a little better - enjoy your campervan trip - lots of photos I hope?

    1. Thanks! They'll definitely lots of photos of our trip - I've just bought a larger memory card for the camera so that I've got plenty of space! x

  10. Aw thank you for the award! This is the second one I've got so I really must get round to answering some questions ... coming soon to a blog near you!

    And I LOVE the new look, it's super cute!

    Also, how did I not notice that you've been blogging again, and for ages?! How silly of me! Will definitely settle down with a cuppa and the laptop to get all caught up :)

    1. It seems like the award really is doing the rounds at the moment. I'm looking forward to reading yours.

      I'm a bit like a tap with blogging on/off, on/off but as I'm on hols at the moment I'm trying to get into a routine that I can stick to when school starts again! x