Thursday, 22 January 2009

A little bit of optimism

Long tiring day. I am a generally cheerful person, but sometimes smiling all day really does take it out of you. January people are so grumpy. Roll on March I say. Spring bulbs, sun in the mornings, all the tree's coming back to life. A little bit of optimism.

I'm just so glad I get to come home spend time with my friends and family and read about you folk getting the most out of each day.
I have been tagged over on flickr by Melissa to reveal 16 facts about myself. 16 is quite a lot, so while I was thinking about it, I set myself a little challenge, I will try to post a fact a day sixteen days in a row.

Here is number 1. I think my favorite food is dark chocolate. But I could not live without bread and cheese.

Instead of tagging individual people I would love it if you posted some random facts about yourself in my comments so I can get to know you all a little better.


Helen said...

Hi Jess (it is Jess, isn't it?).

I got to following your blog when I read somewhere about your haberdashery boxes on Etsy. I thought, Well this is someone I'd like to meet!

Anyway, a fact about me: I just opened my very first blog about twenty minutes ago... I'm nervous, but mostly excited. Some other random facts: I love cake stands. LOVE them. Especially if they come with a glass cover. I bake banana bread at least every other week. I collect bangle bracelets (lots of teals and turquoises). Lastly, most times I am the one laughing the hardest at my own jokes.

Oh, and I'd like to be blog friends with you.

P said...

Cheese: the stinkier the better!

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

I eat dark chocolate and green kombucha every day for breakfast, but I don't think I could live without Vietnamese lemongrass shrimp.

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

ps- I love that shot of the bread and cheese from directly overhead. Wonderful photo - would make a beautiful painting.

Lobster and swan said...

Hi Helen a regular supply of banana bread sounds sounds heavenly.
I popped over to meet you once before but I need to be invited to read your blog : )

P, sounds like you'd be the perfect girl to accompany me here

Miz.November said...

I know quite a bit about motors. Big hefty racing motors, that is. Carburated, not fuel-injected (because that gets really complicated). And right now I am loving some yellow.

Helen said...

Whoops! You can tell I'm new to this... I forgot to open the blog to the public!

Anyway, yes, it's so good to meet you :)

Michelle said...

I never considered dark chocolate as food but I may just change my mind now! Random recent facts: my voice was featured in a Wii commercial for a kids game (apparently, I sound like a 12 year old haha). Also, I JUST learned how to cook potatoes.

Suzanne said...

Yummmmm... I love cheese...

Here are a few random facts of my own:
- I can burp on command.
- I used to be claustrophobic but then one day I just talked myself out of it.
- I believe that when you make a wish, you can't tell anyone what it was or else it won't come true.

Heather said...

Hi Jess! It's Heather, my dissertation 'Domestic Voyeur' is almost done and dusted, roll on next week! Once it's complete I will email you some photos of my work.

My random fact: I am the decent of an Irish tinker and I have size 2 feet... They are tiny and I struggle to get lady shoes to fit!!

Hope all is well and you have a great weekend!

H x x x

Julie said...

I just added you, I find your pictures wonderful and inspirational.

Myself, I multi-task too much for my own good. I have started about 3-4 books but have yet to finish any of them, I just keep getting distracted by new ones that look interesting.

Laura said...

I love the shot of your table from above! It looks so inviting with the big loaf of bread, the hunk of veiny blue cheese, and the mug, all on top of that gorgeously solid looking table. I wish we could all come over and enjoy a teatime snack with you :)

And since you asked, here are a few facts: I live in Providence, Rhode Island, I love aqua and white, ginger-colored cats, and the sound of ice crunching underfoot.

Jessa said...

fact: i love birds. kinda silly but I love them.

L Melohn said...

Some people call me "freakishly organized"

ArtsyMama said...

I just posted my 16 things on my blog today. Fun!! So excited to read yours each day. LOVE these photos.

elizabeth said...

I just stumbled upon your blog, recently, and have found it to be complete magic. People try to tell me my life is all manner of whimsical, and I respond, "Yes, and I also have a blemish on my chin and at a mere 22 years old, I already have to get a colonoscopy. Not very grand at all!" So. I will not say you seem to live an ideal life, but I will say that it seems pretty whimsical.

Haha - sorry. The colonoscopy part, while true, was not my fact. My fact should be that I wrote my first book when I was three. It was about "bad peoples" stealing my blankets. I was a prolific writer up until I was 10, when we had to start writing essays rather than stories. That's when I forgot how to write.

Sophie Appleby said...

Beautiful photos as always, I can't wait until you make your photography into cards.. Sorry to hear January people are grumpy, they are grumpy here to but because its really really hot.

Random Fact: I collect notes that people have dropped on the ground. My favourites are love letters and shopping lists.
Sophie x

Joanna Goddard said...

january is so tough! cheese and chocolate always save the day :)

Anonymous said...

Although it's normal to talk about oneself, I find the word "I" embarassing (perhaps because I'm affraid I also talk too much about myself :p). So...I love frostbitten plants (shabby roses, wrinkly berries), I love apples that remained adorned only with their fruits, without leaves. I have a constant feeling of frustration for wanting to do so many things and never even try and lately I have found out that my main problem is autosabotage.

Missa said...

Hi. I've been addicted to record the day since reading about it on Loveology awhile back. It was fun to recently discover this blog too and that there is an actual person behind all that amazing inspiration!

Also, I am in complete agreement with your #1 fact, look forward to reading the next 15 :)

Lobster and swan said...

I am eagerly awaiting seeing your work Heather. Are you going to start a blog?

Sea Angels said...

Hello Jess...this post is lovely..I like the way you capture your daily things into exceptional images...

I love January, the peace and the stillness.
I love the flow of articulated speech.
I love being on my own in the middle of nowhere
I believe in hope and magic, and the goodness of people.
Hugs Lynn xx

Suse said...

A fact: hmmm, I live in a house made of mud, which has teeny tiny bats living in its roof.

The second part of that sentence is not so good. They keep me awake at night, and sometimes in the evening I'll be sitting innocently knitting or reading in my lounge room and a bat will swoop over my head.

That was probably more facts than you wanted, right?

Rhia said...

I arrange my vinyl records by colour and my books by theme.

Compulsively I save everything from decorative paper to broken jewelry, from buttons to bows.

I love grilled prawns and can't live without hot chocolate.

Rose said...

cheddar and stilton on cruncy bread is quite possibly my favourite. I am going to agree with everyone, fabulous picture

Otherwise it's rose and violet creams enrobed in the darkest chocolate possible.

LissyLou said...

I love dark chocolate, the darker the better, also cheese and bread...yummy! i love strong cheeses.
I agree, i can't wait for the spring, i am seeing signs so it's not far away. x

Kristin said...

Hi Jess,
Your blog is beautiful! I adore your pictures.
Random facts about me:
1) I live in one of the coldest places in Canada and I hate winter
2) I love the smell of fresh coffee, but I don't drink it
3)I love the sound of glass on tile, like putting a bowl on a tile floor
4) Spring is my favourite time of year, and sometimes I wish I lived in eternal springtime
5) Getting a personal letter or note in the mail makes my day
Oh, and I concur with loving cheese and dark chocolate

Brittany Noel said...

I definitely share your love of dark chocolate! I don't know if I have an all-time favorite food, but curry is definitely up there. Also, my dad is a hunter and I love venison. Usually, people are pretty freaked out by it.

And, inspired by Elizabeth's facts, I used to write fact books about animals when I was in third grade. I have about 6. Koala, cheetahs, and more!

Uncle Beefy said...

Well, lured me in with your phenomenal photos! I am loving watching your developing eye! These are mag worthy, m'dear!

Hmm, factoids? I used to be vegetarian, then vegan, then got into an argument with another vegan because I ate something with honey...I left the scene and got a cheeseburger and never looked back! I didn't miss meat as much as I did dairy! I cried eating cheese in France. I have a little mole on my left knee that I loved as a little kid. I love to look at it and think about being 7 years old again.

Have a lovely weekend, Jess. :)

blue moss said...

i found your blog thru quaint: handmade and i must say that it is so beautiful and i love it
my random fact:
i am actually one of the rare people who loves's my birthday month, so i think it's fabulous!
take care

Ravenhill said...

A fact about me: I love discovering "new" and amazing blogs and your has had me reading mesmerized for far too long this afternoon. Your photography is so delightful and what an eye you have!

Room design studio said...

I have a 7 Mo old baby and I want to do it all .. I wanna be a great mom , a succesful employee at day time , and a great freelance designer at night.. and still look great and blog and read books and cook and meet friends ..

are those facts? bare with me !

Sue said...

cuddling my cats, red wine by the fire, feather duvet, Pasta, cheese, down by the stream and walk across the fields, playing with my nephew, live music, art galleries, coffee with friends, creating, exploring the beach, painting, relaxing....I could go on and on.

sofia barĂ£o said...

I know exactly how you feel about smiling all day I have to do the same everyday.
a random fact ??? uhhmm... I love to learn new languages, I speak 4, I understand 5 and I'd love to learn dutch or any language from any scandinavian country.

{michelle} said...

I completely agree, I don't think I could live without bread and cheese. I feel deep sympathy for my friends who are gluten or lactose intolerant, don't think I would enjoy that lifestyle...and chocolate. My heaven!

Anonymous said...

about me: I wish I had a super power, like being bewitched!

I love coming to visit you here, it is so peaceful, creative and inspiring - thank you.


Marie-Eve said...

These are beautiful pictures... and the bread seems delicious. I can't live without bread, also. I eat a lot ot it. Oh yeah.

Sarah said...

I am reading your blog as I eat heated up leftover stir fry-delicious! So my fact is I often prefer food when it is heated up the day after than when it was fresh the night before.
I also like marmite with other things such as coleslaw or peanut butter. Sounds disgusting doesn't it?!