Saturday, April 28, 2012

I got tagged!

I got tagged by Yvonne...  

1. What’s your favourite breakfast?

I absolutely love Pronutro as breakfast!  From when I was 2 years old ... this was my breakfast ;) ...and I am still looking forward every morning to my Pronutro!

2. What’s your favourite country or city, and why?

My favourite city ... definitely Cape Town!  My home town... where my roots are... it makes my heart warm thinking of this unique city I can have a part of with its beautiful Table Mountain and the city beneath its feet... with the sea right there next to the city and mountain...

3. What is the last fear you faced?

I explored oil painting for 2 years attending a wonderful art class... but about a year ago I had to let it go because of my day time work load getting to stressful.  So I promised myself I would try painting on my own... a year passed by and I did not get to it... so at the beginning of this year, while following Stephanie Levy's wonderfully inspiring 'Creative Courage' e-course I made this a wish for 2012... to face my fear of painting on my own... to face my inner critic, who were constantly telling me that I would not be able to paint as well as what I was seeing in my minds eye...  At the moment my very first painting done on my own is nearly finished and I am soooo proud of myself!  It is still a constant fear that I must work on!

4. What do you do to unwind?

I love magazines... especially inspiring ones like; "Tuis", "The Ideas magazine", "VISI", "Leef", "Elle Decoration SA"... and also the 'Flow' magazine (so sad it is not available online or on order outside of the Netherlands - I have to ask for one whenever I hear anyone going that way!).... as well as 'Mollie Makes' which I buy online ...

I also love to crochet... the repetitiveness of this is very relaxing to me!

5. What’s an art form or medium you’ve never tried but would love to give a go?

I recently did my first steps toward quilting... this made the way for me being very inspired to try out some needlework... maybe making a tablerunner using different fabrics as well as combining ribbon and lace and old time crochet circles... Just bought a new sewing machine and am excited to try it out... cannot wait to write words with my embroidery foot with thread on fabric!

6. What’s your intention with what you do with your heart (art, cooking, caring, anything), other than the fact that you can’t NOT do it?

When a form of creativeness wiggles its way to my heart... then I must absolutely try it out and see if I could get it right!  The end product is so satisfying!  ... and mostly then I'm inspired to explore it in all different ways...  It is always nice to get to know a medium so well as to be able to put more and more of my truthful self in it!

7. What’s your favourite colour at the moment?

My favourite colour to look at, at the moment is 'duck egg blue'!!... Any gadget, camera, laptop, memory stick ect I love in pink!

8. If there is one thing you could change about your life, anything!, what would it be, and why?

I would luv to travel more!!  And while travelling be able to have time to see the detail!

9. What do you do to help yourself through an artistic block (if you ever have them!)?

I procrastinate! ... then feel quilty... then loose interest... focusing on some other creativity... and then when I return to my initial activity most of the time there is a new perspective.  If my curiosity of the end result is so great... I will keep to it... work through the negativity... until I break through.  It also helps if you keep believing in yourself.

10. What is the best thing someone could surprise you with, right now?

Some time of my day job... to just focus on my creative pleasures... this would be SO nice!  A trip to New York, Barcelona or rural France would also be wonderful!

11. I would love it if you could post a self-portrait – any part of you that you love!

Sorry for not posting the actual self-portrait... but the part of me that I love the most... is my heart .... there where all the excitement about creativity and art lingers...

The rules for getting tagged is that you must tag someone else...  I will do so shortly...  


  1. Thank you so much for answering my tag :) I love reading a little more about you! If you don't feel like passing it on, that's fine - it was never intended as a chore, just for fun :)

    I think it's absolutely AWESOME that you love the place where you live :D I'm really happy living where I live, too - we moved here just over a year ago, and I feel more at home than I did anywhere before - but if someone asked me this question, I'd take myself elsewhere (Rome, I think) anyway... I think your answer is PERFECT :)

    I love that you're still facing your fear of painting on your own! Sometimes, the movement that facing a fear creates is enough to propell you forward - make you feel good about yourself and ready to face the world :)

    I like Flow, too - it always inspires me :) And I love SA cooking magazines, like Kos :) The photography is stunning and again, so inspiring!!

    You are awesome at creating whatever you put your heart into - I love watching what you get up to :)

    Pink makes me happy too :) I never would have thought it, but it does :) So does orange :)

    Procrastination... Yes! Unfortunately, I'm quite intimate with procrastination... I'd like a pill, please... ;)

    I would love 'time', as a surprise gift, too! Oh yes, and a trip somewhere, anywhere :) Thinking about a daytrip to the north of France someday soon - that's as far as we're getting on a budget ;)

    I think loving your heart is absolutely perfect!! YES to excitement and inspiration... Nurture that!

    I hope all this fits in the comments section ;) Thank you, again, you've been a great sport - I loved reading this :D

  2. I hear you saying about passing on the tag and it maybe being a chore... but actually (although it takes time) I love this way of having fun :)
    I've got a short tag in mind, tagging a few of my favourite creatives in and around South Africa.

    You really have a way with expressing your thoughts!! ... love "the movement that facing a fear creates is enough to propell you forward" ... this is SO true!

    I also love the 'Sarie Kos' ... you are so right about the photography in it! So you like preparing food... what is some of your favourites??

    The north of France sounds so good!! for a daytrip! Whaw, the advantages of staying in Europe!! I already see your beautiful drawings from that daytrip in my minds eye!! :)

    Thanks also for your comments... it felt like a little 'kuberruim' visit of kind...

  3. I used to LOVE cooking, but these days, I have to make choices with my time, and dinner becomes something quick... I like pasta and lasagne with my own sauce with lots of veggies, and my once-a-week quick dinner is a spinach pie with cheese (any kind of special cheese left from the weekend), black olives and cherry tomatoes :) Oh yes, pita bread with salad, home-made garlic sauce and pan-fried chicken pieces :) Quick, easy and so yummy :)

    And you idea for tagging sounds good - looking forward to have a look around in bloggy SA, and to see what questions you come up with :)