Ten Questions Tuesday: An interview with myself

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It’s another Ten Questions Tuesday!

Here in the UK it is another very warm day, and far too uncomfortable to continue with the craft project I started this morning.

I’m making another junk journal, which I will share pictures of on my Instagram later this week.


I decided instead that I would think of some journal prompts which could also be used on my blog. I have written a Ten Questions Tuesday post before and it was fun. If you would like to use any of these prompts on your blog then you would be very welcome. If you link to my post then I should get a pingback, and then I will know to visit your blog. Or you can just leave me a comment at the end. You can also use the hashtag #ten_questions_tuesday on social media.

1. Are you still pleased that you have a self-hosted blog?

Yes I am, because I really like the theme I’m using right now. The themes available when you have a free blog can’t be customised in quite the same way.

This post I wrote soon after becoming self-hosted has been very popular. Click on it to read more.

I’m not sure if I will carry on being self-hosted forever because there is the cost to consider. I do like having my own domain name, but it won’t stay around for life. If you have a free blog then you don’t have that concern. I originally wanted to leave a legacy, and that would happen with a free blog, all the while the host (WordPress, Blogger, etc) exists.

If I wasn’t continuing with self hosted I would perhaps go back to my free WordPress, or I would consider Blogger again. As I understand it, you can use more fonts with Blogger as you have access to the Google fonts? I’m sure someone can confirm this or I could just play around with my old Craft Owl blog.

2. A good piece of advice about life would be …?

Don’t run with scissors!

3. Who or what is your biggest influence?

I think I’m influenced a lot by people on YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest because that’s where I look for crafty inspiration.

There are people in real life who I look up to, but I try to remember that I am me and not to compare myself to others.

Related post: https://marieceline.co.uk/dont-compare-yourself-to-others-set-your-own-goals

4. Are you still friends with people you went to school with?

Yes I am friends with people from my Primary School and Secondary School. I also have friends who were colleagues a long time ago.

I think it’s difficult to make friends as you get older, so I do feel lucky to have stayed friends with the same people for years.

My friend Polly wrote about this recently on her blog.

5. How often do you set yourself goals?

I usually start the year with an idea of what I would like to achieve. This year I wrote my goals down and put them in a sealed envelope. It’s in the back of my bullet journal (there’s a handy little tuck spot where I keep all sorts) and I will review my goals nearer the end of the year. I can’t actually remember what my goals were to be honest.

However I also have the daily goal to learn something new. It could be a craft technique, a piece of software or a phone app or even a new word. By achieving this goal it keeps me moving forward all the time. Reading other blogs and watching YouTube can also be very educational believe it not!

Do you have ten questions for me? You can email marie @ marieceline.co.uk and I may feature them in another Ten Questions Tuesday post.

6. What’s your most used emoji?

I’m a big emoji fan and I prefer them to punctuation 🤣

I often can’t end a sentence without one ☑️

One that’s really important to me is the awareness ribbon 🎗 and the lion 🦁 as these are symbols I use when talking about childhood cancer.

I like a cute animal so unicorn is always going to be in there somewhere 🦄 – incidentally the phonetic alphabet is definitely … tango 🍊 … unicorn 🦄 … whiskey 🥃 …

Once in a while I feel sassy 💁🏻‍♀️ but more often than not it’s just a shrug 🤷🏻‍♀️

I wish that emoji looked the same across all platforms though. There’s lots of variation with the owl🦉 for instance, and that’s one I use a lot with my craft nickname.

Did you know that if you ever need to know what an emoji is, then you can look it up in the Emojipedia? Yes, that really is a thing.

When you think of how many emoji are added each year, I wonder how we ever managed without them 🤔

I do also like to pepper my social media with Bitmoji. That’s another plus for Android because you can add Bitmoji, GIFs etc direct from your phone keyboard.

7. What’s your favourite season?

Spring and Autumn are my favourite seasons. I don’t like being too hot (did I mention the heatwave?) or too cold. There’s a word in Sheffield for people who are cold all the time, which is “nesh” and that’s mostly me. Unless there’s a heatwave.

Spring is the when things are waking up. You get the sense of change and the promise of something new. Autumn has beautiful colour, but also the sense of slowing down ready for Winter again.

8. What’s your most used or favourite craft tool?

I have used my Gel Press a lot … a very lot in fact … but I also like to repurpose common place things too. An old plastic loyalty card is good for spreading paint over large areas as well as burnishing things down when you glue them to help get a flat finish. I use an old emery board to distress edges or to round corners.

9. Do you prefer urban or natural landscapes?

I love the peace and quiet of nature, but I’m also interested in architecture. I think that’s why I like canals and rivers. They’re like secret corridors that weave their way across the land, linking towns and cities with all that countryside in between.

Locally there’s the Five Weirs Walk. It’s such a lovely place, where you can find peace and tranquillity in the city.

Five Weirs Walk

I also had a look at some of the industrial architecture in Sheffield and made some videos for YouTube.

Look out for Cannon Brewery

10. Most watched TV series or YouTube channel

Apart from my own channel?? haha! …

I thought The Crown on Netflix was excellent and I’m looking forward to the new series. In the meantime I like interior design, architecture, transport and of course arts and crafts.

Thanks for reading! Did you enjoy my ten questions?

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Looking for another ten questions? Please go and visit Rinki because she has a fantastic blog full of writing prompts.

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11 Responses

  1. Kim says:

    I really enjoyed reading 📖 this post. Especially the section about emoji, it made be giggle. 😅 … See what I did there? 😉 I don’t I have Bitmoji on my Android though!

  2. I did enjoy reading this post, and it was fun seeing how many things we have in common. I love Spring and Autumn as well with Spring first. I like architecture, but I prefer being out in nature. It helps recharge my energy especially being around water. I love using Emojis too. I wish I had them on this computer cuz they would be peppered all through my comment. lol Love your blog! I’ll be back.

  3. ellesecrit says:

    This was such a good idea for a post! I enjoyed learning more about you.

  4. Polly Plaits says:

    Always love finding out more about people, especially when they are totally right about what the best season is. (Spring for the win!)- And you have also reminded me to go back over my 6 month 2019 goals in my Bujo.
    Also now trying to convince my husband we have to go on a road trip to Sheffield so I can tick Yorkshire off of my county bucket list!
    (And thanks for the shout out too!)

    • Marie-Celine says:

      You’re most welcome to the shout out and I would love you to visit Sheffield 😀

      Thanks for commenting xx

  5. Michelle says:

    Great post! It’s always fun getting to know other bloggers better. I really like your theme, too. And Spring and Autumn are my favorite seasons, too! Of course Autumn is my favorite overall. 😀

    • Marie-Celine says:

      Aw thanks Michelle. I think Spring is my most favourite time of year. I do like writing these chatty posts but it’s not always easy to think of questions.

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