Sunday, 4 August 2013

Leibster Award

So I had a lovely surprise the other day, my friends at Aval-Ballan invited me to take part in a great scheme called the Leibster Award.  Aval-Ballan is old Scots and means second song, which is a wonderful name for this wee gallery.   They produce original and unique Art and Design; bespoke, hand painted, reclaimed furniture, paintings, murals and handmade jewellery from found objects collected along the Fife Coast.  In addition, one of the duo is also a talented photographer (Vicky Devaney's work can be found on her Facebook page)

The Liebster Award is a way for new bloggers (and maybe some who are not so new), build networks and make new connections.  Once you recieve a nomination, you have to answer ten questions that are put to you and then nominate 5-11 other bloggers to answer questions that you set.  Simple eh?  You also get to read the interviews that others have answered already and make new friends and contacts and find lovely new pages that way too.

Anyhow, here are goes, questions from the lovely Vicky at Aval-Ballan, my answers are below:

Describe your dream home.

Funnily enough I quite like the house I'm living in, it's right by the sea and has a lovely big garden and I have my lovely studio too.  A house would have to be pretty special to beat this one

Do you prefer to live in a city or the country?

I live in a small village beside the sea and I love it! Though I do like visiting the city from time to time

What is your favourite movie?

Lol!  Am watching it right now.  Local Hero, would have to be number one, though there are quite a few that come very close

What is your favourite song or piece of music and why?

I love Elgar's Cello Concerto, so moving and evocative

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An artist...funny that!

What motivates you? (Either to blog/ work/ learn …garden?! and/ or whatever else you do…)

Hmm, that's difficult, in one of my previous blog posts I discussed how I'd been gardening for years without realising how creative it was. I love reading because I am interested in the world and other people and their thoughts and feelings and impressions of the world.  That's what makes me paint too, trying to share the feelings or the impressions that I get from the world.  So being creative and sharing that and sharing in and enjoying the creativity of others I suppose.  that and I don't really like sitting still for very long!

When taking a break, would you prefer to go on a wild adventure or relax with a good book?

Ooh, I do like reading, but I fancy an adventure sometime soon

What three people would you invite to your Dinner Party of a Lifetime? And Why?

Gosh, this is a hard one. I'd really like Nelson Mandella to come, because he is one of the most forgiving people that ever lived.  Clement Atlee, because he has to be one of the greatest Prime Ministers that Britain ever had an pushed forward to create the NHS and a huge amount of social change at a time of great struggle and austerity, and J.K.Rowling, because we have similar backgrounds and I love how creative she is.

What is your favourite book? (Or if you don’t have a favourite- what are you reading/ is the last book you read?)

To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee  I read a lot, and I have read some wonderful books over the years, but that one always comes to mind when I'm asked that question

What five words best describe you?

Hmm, that's difficult too.  I suppose that I'm always optimistic, and caring.  I do care about others.  I'm friendly and emotional and I like to think I'm creative.

And now for my questions, I'm really looking forward to finding out the answers to these.

1. Where is your favourite place to be and why?
2.  Do you prefer dawn or midnight?
3.  What is your inspiration?
4.  Fact or fiction what do you prefer to read?
5   Geek or Chic?  Do you follow fashion or do you prefer alternative culture or do you eschew labels completely
6   favourite blog?
7.  If you could time travel for just one day would you chose the past or the future and why?
8.  Do you have a favourite motto or quote?
9.  What is your favourite season?
10   If you could give your younger self some advice, what would it be?

And I'm going to nominate:

Vicky Stonebridge at Balnacra Arts
Lynn Bennett-MacKenzie
Dave at Big Guy Small Scooter
Marion at Skyeworks
Katy Fryd
Ulrike Miesen-Shurmann
Emma at Little Bit of Everything
Travelling Stories and Adventures

If you're not on this list and would like to do this, do let me know and I'll add you to the list, cos I'm quite new to blogging and might have missed someone out. 

And thanks once again, Vicky that was so much fun!

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