Monday, 8 September 2014

The Blogland Tour continues

the blogland tour at sumoftheirstories.com
I've been nominated by Meegan from What Meegan Makes to join the Blogland Tour.
Meegan is a lovely creative lady who shares her craft and DIY projects, recipes and beautiful sense of style.
What Meegans Makes is such a pretty blog with loads of ideas for creating a cottage style. Visit her to see beautiful photos of beautiful things as well as craft and DIY tutorials, her thrifting finds and recipes.
You can visit Meegan's leg of the blog tour here.

Now my bit, first I answer four questions:

Question 1: What am I working on?

I always have at least a dozen things on the go at any one time! Here's a sneak peek of what I've been up to recently: 
the blog land tour continues
I've been doing a bit of  crochet too and thinking that it's ages since I did any knitting, so I think that needs fixing some time soon. 

Question 2: How does my work differ from others of it's genre?

I don't know! I'm not an expert on anything, I guess that's different.

I just have a ridiculous ability to get super enthusiastic about everything, honestly it's exhausting!

I like trying new crafts, I like rediscovering old crafts. I guess, at the end of the day, I just like making things. This little doodle sums me up!

Julie from sumoftheirstories.com in a doodle

Question 3: Why do I write/create what I do?

I started this blog as a bit of a tribute to my mum and grandma's who were so different in many ways but who all liked being creative. They each taught me different skills and I wanted to share with others what they shared with me. 
Print available from Pin Wheel Designs Etsy shop

Question 4: How does my writing/creating process work?

I try loads of things, if they come out ok then I share them with you. 
This is the process: 
  • I have an idea (from magazines, TV, pinterest, walking down the street...)
  • I start playing with relevant craft materials to see if it's a good idea
  • I try to remember to take photos as I go along
  • If it turns out ok I celebrate with a nice cup of tea
  • Then I start editing photos (and cross my fingers that I didn't miss important steps)
  • Meanwhile, in my head, I think about what I'm going to write. This usually happens in the car, in the shower, whilst cooking dinner etc 
  • Then I start writing the post adding photos as I go. I currently have 17 in draft form
  • When it looks ok I publish
  • Then I check it and see loads of typos!
  • 6 months later I notice more mistakes (sorry about that) 

Now the fun bit, I get to introduce you to some other blogs that I love. Check them out over the next few weeks when they will be continuing the blogland tour.
Kate from Crafts on Sea has all sorts of crafty goodies to share. Mostly, but not exclusively, she shows us lovely things to make with young children. There have been some fab projects with book themes this summer in conjunction with some other great blogs. Elmer, Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs and my favourite picture book of all time A Squash and a Squeeze. She also hosts Tuesday Tutorials link party, has recipes and crafty ideas for grown ups too!


I discovered Clare Willcocks about 6 months ago when I was looking at paper cutting ideas. Clare's work is AMAZING! Not only does she do the most beautiful paper cuts she also does cute little doodles that are just adorable. Then just a little while ago Clare revealed that she can also do the most lifelike drawings too. Her pictures of pets are just brilliant. You MUST visit her site if only to be in awe of her talent.


My last nomination isn't for another craft blog but just a bit of flagrant nepotism - sorry! My daughter is a photography student and recently started her own blog Carla Nyanyo Photography(actually I'm not even a bit sorry, I think she's fab)

Thanks for joining me on my leg of the Blogland Tour, I hope to see you again soon!
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I'll be linking up this project at all these lovely link parties, pop over for a look at loads of projects from other blogs
Julia Nyanyo
Julia Nyanyo

Hello, I'm Julie. I love making things and this is where I share my enthusiasm.

25 comments:

  1. What a lovely post and what a pretty blog you have! I'm off to have a nosy at your fabulous creations! xx

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    1. Why thank you so much Suze, I'm so pleased you stopped by.

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  2. I am so the last minute typo catcher too! It is so bad...LOL Love your tour and your Blog! Enthusiasm is a great quality to have...

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one, typo's are almost like a disease for me, it's not good!
      Thanks for visiting, I'm so pleased you like what you see.

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  3. Thank you so much for your lovely comments and for introducing me to some great new blogs! I enjoyed reading your answers, you seem very much like me, always trying new things and never really settling on one style. I don't know about you but I get bored doing the same thing for too long! Looking forward to my go next week, thank you again!

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    1. Hi Clare, glad you approve! My big problem is so many crafts - so little time, I really do want to do it all!
      Can't wait to see your leg of the tour next week.

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  4. It's lovely to see how you create your pieces, thanks for sharing a little more about you and your work.

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  5. I enjoyed reading how you go through the steps of your creative process. I like your enthusiasm it's catching!

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    1. What a lovely thing to say - thank you Highland Monkey!

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  6. Awesome! Loved reading more about you! Love the paper cut out project with the words!! And what amazing blogs you nominated! :-)
    Cathy

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    1. Thanks Cathy, they are great blogs aren't they? That's been the most fun bit of the tour, the chance to introduce more blogs that you all might not have discovered yet, and I'm sure you all forgive my flagrant nepotism!

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  7. It was fun getting to know you and your creative process better!
    I would be honored if you would hop over and share with us at Inspire Us Tuesdays (http://twolittlecavaliers.com/2014/09/inspire-us-tuesdays-lets-go-glamping.html)

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  8. It's funny how writing kind of just comes out after a little thinking.

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  9. Ditto with the typos, even after proofreading so many times!

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    1. Glad it's not just me Agy, I check and check and yet still I find mistakes later, it's embarrassing!

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  10. I always enjoy these tours. You sound like you have a lot of fun with your ideas and your blog! Thanks for sharing with Motivational Monday!

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  11. I loved how you explained everything -- such a fun post to read! I'm bad at catching my own typos too. :)

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    1. The typo thing is so annoying isn't it? I guess it strikes us all from time to time, just some of us more than others!

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  12. Thanks for sharing a peek into your world! And thanks for linking up with Hump Day Happenings.

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  13. Fun post!

    Thanks for linking up with the Caffeinated Crafters!!

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  14. That's very fun! I love that you are enthusiastic about everything! I feel I'm a little like that too, and I do exhaust myself! I'm following you now - thank you for linking at Merry Monday! See you tonight (6pm pst), Julia

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Julia, it's always nice to meet another exhausted but enthusiastic crafter!

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  15. Aww, I need someone like you to support my ego every week!!! Looking forward to posting mine tomorrow :)

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    1. Credit where credit is due Kate! I'm excited to see what you will be sharing and so pleased you joined me on the tour.

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  16. I love that little doodle! I dabble in a few different crafts, too.

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