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Monday, September 5, 2011

Interrogation::: RadMegan {In Words And Pictures} + GIVEAWAY!!!!

Good Morning Friends!

I hope you all are ready and excited for this morning's Interrogation because it's an extra special one! My darling friend RadMegan from In Words and Pictures will be sharing with us today {{{Not to mention the phenomenal giveaway items!}}}. Yay! Everyone please give her a warm welcome!




1. Tell us a little bit about you as a person

   I love travel. I think it influences a lot of what I do and who I am. Traveling is a super important part of my own life-long education- just as important as college was to me. And as I get older, learning about where I came from, what our family customs and traditions were has also helps me stay inspired. And when I'm inspired, I feel unstoppable. I also love strong coffee, hedgehogs, meat pies, camping, sweet Norwegian goat cheese, taking photos, my always-messy craft room, plastic googly eyes, needle felting, making meringues, being an auntie, cooking new recipes and making new crafts with friends and family. What do I hate? Slugs. I have a zero tolerance policy for slugs in my garden. I'm hoping to someday raise an army of ducks that will take care of this epidemic for me.








2. Tell us how/why you started In Words and Pictures

   I've alway loved crafting, gardening, cooking and entertaining, but when I did any of those things, it was just as a hobby, or to share with friends. But 2009/2010 was a particularly rough year for me (my very favorite uncle died suddenly and tragically right after I got laid off from my favorite job) I needed to something OTHER than crying in my pajamas while watching re-runs of Law and Order to fill my day- and it was at my uncle's funeral that realized I needed to peel myself out of bed each day. He'd been a school teacher for years and years, but had retired in the 90's. I never thought of him as "retired" though. He was always involved in groups, activities, projects, and family fun. Sitting in a pool of my own tears at his funeral, I was thinking about how my uncle Glenn would never have sulked over a lost job, or even a lost favorite relative the way I'd been doing. I began treating the blog as my full-time job. At first it was literally just words and pictures I was posting- it had no direction... but after the funeral, It was something to look forward to each day- something to learn, research, practice, experiment, and share with new online friends. It was healing. It was inspiring for me. It opened doors.  And no matter what the future brings for me, I'm holding onto the blog with a Kung-Fu grip, because it helped me find a piece of myself that had been lost. It may just look like your average craft blog, but for me, it's been a life/soul-saver.


3. What are some of your favorite things about blogging and your blog in particular?

   In addition to re-connecting with my creative side and learning a lot of new skills, my favorite thing about blogging, has been hearing the responses from readers. I love getting emails from people who tell me about how they tried a recipe here, or a craft there. I treasure the stories about someone else's grandma who makes pickles the way I do, or hearing that a single mom made a puzzle for her kids after seeing mine online. Being part of a community is important to me. I live in Los Angeles, which has a lot to offer in the way of variety, but I feel more neighborly toward the people I interact with on the blog. I've sold my crafts at a handful of craft shows, but being online in blog form is far more accessible. I have friends around the world thanks to In Words & Pictures- and I'd happily bake each one of my subscribers a pie if I could.







4. What do you do when you're not blogging?

   When I'm not blogging, I'm researching new projects for the blog, writing and pitching freelance articles, teaching craft classes at the Urban Craft Center in Santa Monica, learning new recipes, pining over distant lands, and fretting over the funding needed in order to travel to them. And speaking of funding, this year, I am going to be making more sponsorships and advertising available on the blog! If revenue from the blog could help fund some of the projects I post about, I would be a very happy camper.



5. What can we look forward to on In Words and Pictures

   Good question! I'd like to push myself a little more in the next few months... I used to blog every day, but had to cut back when I was getting ready to record my Video2Brain "craft photography" training courses (available to the public within a couple of weeks!!). Since I returned from Europe (where I was recording the videos) I've maintained the 3x a week schedule. That's allowed me to pick up more freelance work, which has been sorely needed.... but now that I'm posting less frequently, I want to increase the level of challenge in my posts. I've had some requests for wood-working posts, and I'd like to take on some more complex sewing, and upholstery or even furniture-making projects! I also want to do more contests. I really appreciate the subscribers I have, and would like to grow my subscriber base even further... I've got a few give-aways and contests in mind that I think will be a lot of fun for folks to participate in :) I'm always open to requests and love love love feedback- so I encourage readers to leave comments on my blog and at the radmegan facebook page.


6. Tell us about your craft and how you got started

   My "craft" is yet to be pinpointed. I am a total craft whore. I get around. A LOT. I like trying new crafts, and picking up new skills, because I want to know how EVERYTHING is made! And if someone else made it- I bet I can too. And I bet you can too! So for me, I think my craft is just always learning new skills, and trying to make them accessible for myself and others. I seriously love needle felting, and gardening though, so I'd probably lean towards those directions if you held a glue gun to my head and made me choose a FAVORITE craft.



7. What has been your best experience through your Etsy shop?

   I have a couple of patterns in my shop- how to make a wall-mounted succulent garden, and how to needle felt easter "Peeps". The responses I've gotten from those two pattens ALONE makes me smile whenever I think about my etsy shop. I've have people send me photos of their completed projects, and links to their blogs where they show off their handiwork, and it's just really satisfying. I love it!!!




Silly question:


What is one thing you think an astronaut would complain about in space?

   Hmmm, I think if I were an astronaut, I'd complain about astronaut ice cream being too delicious. Have you tried that stuff? It's so weird and good!!

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Whoa... I have not ever tried Astronaut ice cream! Have you guys?? I'll have to check that out as soon as possible! Thank you again Megan for taking the time to share with us. I love your work so much I just can't wait to see what you come up with next. Plus I can't wait to whore around Ikea with you! Hahahaha :)




GIVEAWAY





What you will win: Brother and Sister pair of needle-felted baby owls!!




How to enter: {{{MANDATORY}}} Be a follower of Yellow Bird, Yellow Beard as well as In Words and Pictures and leave me a comment telling me so.



Additional entry #1: Visit Megan's blog and tell me one of your favorite projects she's posted {{{Looking HERE would be a good start}}}.


Additional entry #2: Blog, Tweet, Facebook, Etc. about this giveaway and leave a comment telling me you have done so. {You need to leave me a separate comment here for it to count as an entry!}


The giveaway will be running till midnight on Friday and I will announce the winner on Saturday! Good luck everyone!
xoxo
Janee

35 comments:

  1. Entry #1 for RinaMae@yahoo.com
    I am a follower of Radmegan already and now I will be following Yellow Bird Yellow Beard!

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  2. Additional entry#1 for RinaMae14@yahoo.com
    I loved the apron she made as a hostess gift a while back, but my recent favorite are the garlands she made for her niece's wedding.

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  3. Additional entry#2 for RinaMae14@yahoo.com
    I shared this link on fb before reading the contest rules, etc. Ha! Love ya Megan!

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  4. Thanks Rina! You are so sweet for entering!

    Janee- you are the best! Lets go to Ikea and get Astro-ice cream ASAP!

    xoxo
    radmegan

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  5. I follow both of you. :)
    Cute little owls!
    <3 Ashlynn.

    sillycyclops[at]ymail[dot]com

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  6. I already follow your blog (LOVE) and now am following Megan's (omg too cute! Thanks for introducing it!).
    Those owls are the embodiment of that "warm fuzzy" feeling. Heart.

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  7. Also Facebooked it :] http://www.facebook.com/sarahbocchino?viewas=100000686899395&returnto=profile&sk=wall

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  8. I completely agree with the Astronaut ice-cream being delicious. When I visited JFK Space Center with my family, I stocked up on the stuff..soo soo soo nice! mmm..

    I am a follower of both blogs now :)

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  9. Following you both now and I loved the post on making felted bluebirds. Megan makes it look so easy!

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  10. Shared the link on Facebook and Google Plus. Good luck everyone! :)

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  11. was my first comment supposed to be two separate ones? if so I hope this counts :)

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  12. OMG! The Mister and I have an owl collectionad just added a new shelf to our den becuase we needed more owl space. These would fit perfectly! I am already a follower of YBYB and will add Megan too!

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  13. Oh man! I dodnt have to go far! We love the muppets (working on a DR Teeth embroidery now) so the Kermit and scared Beaker are my faves!

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  14. My favourite project is the muppets that she's been working on recently. They are adorable and I love the Muppets!

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  15. I'm a follower of both of you! Thanks for the give-away!

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  16. I have two favorite projects...the fish in the jar and Beaker (he rocks!!)

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  17. I am following both blogs
    (wendyhatton)

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  18. Her goldfish in a jar is gorgeous, so clever. I think I might go and try the cherry turnover recipe too.

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  19. I follow you both! And those felted peeps have got to be the cutest things ever.

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  20. The felt orchids are really cool!

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  21. I'm a follower of both your blogs!

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  22. I LOVE the muppets and I also love to cook, so I'd say her current giveaway/project is my fave. Although beaker is so stinkin' cute too.

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  23. hi!
    I FOLLOW the both blogs
    elen.rabkina(aT)gmail.com

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  24. i love this post The Lovers, The Dreamers and Muppets

    elen.rabkina(aT)gmail(dot)com

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  25. Good luck everyone!!

    xoxo
    radmegan

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  26. I am a follower of both blogs!

    foranyoccasioncards [at] gmail.com

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  27. I really love beaker, but that baked bread is my favourite. it looks so yum in my tum! lol

    foranyoccasioncards [at] gmail.com

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  28. I have facebooked about this giveaway on my facebook page "The Orange Windmill" https://www.facebook.com/TheOrangeWindmill

    foranyoccasioncards [at] gmail.com

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  29. I follow you both! :)
    <3 Linda
    LittleWillowArt@gmail.com

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  30. My favorite project of hers is the Indoor Tabletop Water Garden... it's so pretty! However, I was amazed by the needle felting thing, I've never heard of it before! I'm itching to buy a needle and try it out now! Thanks for this.
    <3 Linda
    LittleWillowArt@gmail.com

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  31. The comments for this giveaway are now closed! Thank you everyone for entering!

    xoxo
    Janee

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment, it's a huge encouragement to me! I respond to comments directly, that is why you don't see any replies from me here.