Do you have a collection? I’ve been thinking about it, and I don’t think I’ve currently got an active collection of anything.
I used to collect blythe & pulip dolls, but they’re currently all in storage and I haven’t added to that collection in over 5 years. I guess I sort of collect dinosaur things, too, but I don’t have a shelf full of vintage hair driers or radios. Nothing like that.
I’d love to start a collection, something I could continue to add to without having to spend loads of money. Something I could have on display at all times, or actually make use of. So instead of showing you my non-existent collection, here are some ideas for collections…
Matchbooks - these would look awesome framed, don’t you think?
Vintage water colour tins - I already have a vintage dinosaur water colour tin, perhaps I should find some more!
Rolling pins - perfect to fill an empty wall in the kitchen!
Plates - We have a few plates on our walls already, but I love that this collection is all state plates.
Vintage tins - I’ve never seen tins displayed like this, it’s a great way of showing them off!
With lots of debate, I’ve come to the conclusion that American Gods by Neil Gaiman is my favourite book. I have lots of favourite books, though, so it was hard to put that stamp on just one. I could’ve easily picked the Harry Potter series, or His Dark Materials. But no. American Gods.
I first read American Gods 11 years ago. Adam and I had just started going out, and he introduced me to his favourite graphic novel author – Neil Gaiman. Turned out I’d already read something by him that I loved, his collaboration with Terry Pratchett on Good Omens.
Adam bought this copy when he was in Canada for a family holiday, and gave it to me to read while I went on a family holiday to Florida. Any boy that could lend me my favourite book was surely a keeper!
Since then we’ve both read and re-read this particular copy of American Gods, for a paperback it’s held up pretty well. I have another copy, a recently released “Author’s preferred text” version. However, when it came to meeting Neil Gaiman at a signing in Manchester a few years ago there was only one book that I wanted signing.
American Gods intertwines folklore, mythology, faith and the human condition into one gloriously epic tale that sticks with you for years. I never tire of it, and still read it ever couple of years. There’s going to be a TV adaptation soon which makes me nervous and excited. I’m confident it won’t be a fuck up, Neil Gaiman is heavily involved with the screenplay.
Travelling is one of my loves. I have serious wanderlust and have been lucky enough to visit some amazing places over the past few years, including:
- Driving through the Canadian Rockies
- A road trip around the west coast of the USA
- Taking the train & greyhound all around the USA for 6 weeks
- Flying to Sydney on my own to meet Adam, and heading up to the Blue Mountains
- Visiting Hong Kong for a couple of weeks
- Being in Venice for the carnival
- Driving from Orlando to Key West down the Tamiami trail
- A couple of European trips (Munich, Paris)
I was hoping to be able to get over to Bologna in Italy at the end of this month, but plane prices and times are conspiring against me so I’ve had to cancel those plans. On Sunday we’re heading up to the top end of Scotland for a whisky trip with my parents, we did the same thing last year and it’s a nice little holiday.
My travel wishlist is huge and ever expanding, but it’s likely that we won’t get to take any larger trips for a while, at least while our new pooch is small (hopefully when it’s bigger it can go on its own holiday while we leave the country). Luckily, a couple of my current wanderlusts are places easily visitable from the UK for a weekend.
I’ve been lusting over Stockholm for a while now. I love Scandi style, and have a little Dala horse on my desk. I’m a little bit of a Viking nerd, so visiting some of the historical artefacts they have in Stockholm would be really interesting! Stockholm looks to have an interesting mix of new and old buildings, perfect for a walking tour. Maybe a trip to the world’s largest Ikea might be in order, too?
Another cold place I’d love to visit is Iceland. The scenery there looks absolutely stunning, I still love to look at the photos Kris took when she visited. A trip to the blue lagoon and a drive through the country to see the landscape would be definite musts.
Other places high up on my travel wishlist include India, Nepal, Mexico and Borneo. I’m not sure we’ll make it to any of those places in the next year or so, but hopefully at some point in the future!
Part of my job as a web designer means I have to keep up to date with social media. If clients come to me wanting something integrating with their websites, I need to have at least a base understanding of what they need!
My two current favourite social networks are twitter and pinterest. I’ve been using twitter for a good few years now, and have ‘met’ so many great people (and clients!) through there. I use it to keep in touch with friends, keep up to date with news (you heard it on twitter first!) and make connections with my clients.
Twitter can be so great for your business, but that’s another post in itself! It’s opened so many doors for me, if you’re not tweeting and you run a business, then you’re really missing out.
It took me a while to get into pinterest, and I still think that it can be quite a time suck so I try and limit my time on there. I love to collect inspiration for things that I’m working on, discover new brands, get insanely jealous over other people’s homes…
I recently wrote a blog post over on Kim Lawler Creative about how you can use pinterest for your business!
I’m also massively addicted to instagram, but thought adding another social media thing would make it seem like that’s all I do. Uh.
What about you, what’s your favourite social media network?
I had my first ‘real’ job when I was doing my art foundation course, a year long course in between sixth form and university. Before then I’d had a couple of Saturday jobs in call centres. I worked for the furniture store Courts (it went into administration a year after I left) on Monday nights, Friday nights, and all weekend. It was pretty soul destroying, I’m not gonna lie.
I was working right up on the shop floor, selling furniture to the general public, plumping cushions and hiding from bosses. I had to wear a stupid uniform and take out all my piercings while I worked. Selling stuff came pretty easy to me, although I was never that pushy sales type that hounded you around the store. A few of the other people who worked there were, though.
Most of the time the work was pretty easy, especially on the evening shifts — not many people come shopping for furniture between 5.30-9pm! But the days when it was busy? Sheesh, they were hell. I’m pretty sure some people take their kids to furniture stores just to let them run around!
Luckily, we worked on commission along with an hourly wage, so the harder you worked the more you earned. Some months I was earning the equivalent of an £18k salary!
I was glad to leave in the end, the manager was a total fucker and made me cry a few times. For a first job it was pretty eye opening, I learnt a lot about customer service and how to diffuse sticky situations (like that time I ordered someone the wrong colour sofa, with a 6 week wait, and only realised on delivery…).
What was your first job? Was it something you wouldn’t dream of doing now?