Wednesday 10 April 2013


Me aged 2 and a half. Yes, I was extremely blond and had a bowl cut.

Lila from Little Wolff nominated me for a Liebster award, a little while back. While I love that she nominated me, I went all shy and blank about what to write about myself. So finally here it is:

Liebster is a German word that means dearest, and this award is given to up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers who you think deserves more recognition.
Here are the rules:
- List 11 random facts about yourself
- Answer the 11 questions which are given to you by your nominator
- Ask 11 new questions for all the bloggers that you nominate to win the award
- Nominate 9 bloggers with less than 200 followers to win the award
- Go to each of the blogger's pages to let them know about their nomination
- Thank the blogger who nominated you by mentioning them and link back to their blog

11 random facts about me:
11. I asked both Justin and Tamika to name eleven facts about me and they both answered with the same first response. I am OCD. Okay so little explanation, I am not OCD in the light switch flicking way, but there are a LOT of things I need to have just so in order for me to feel a sense of control in my life.

10. I talk too much, but I am extremely shy in meeting new people. Stupidly so, in that I will avoid social situations.

9. I am allergic to garlic. No, this is not because I do not like it; this is because my tongue and throat swell up when I eat it. I get sick of people asking if I miss it. What miss feeling like I cannot breathe?

8.  I wanted a dozen children when I was in my 20s. In my 30s I would have said six was enough. Now in my 40s I have two, but in my heart I want more. (I would have more but miscarriages and age are against me)

7. I eat huge amounts of food, but cannot put on weight as I have Graves Disease. Something I do not like talking about, as I hate talking about anyone’s weight. Women already have too much pressure on them.

6. I have several degrees, and I have never worked in any of the fields I have studied. I just love to learn.

5. I studied classical ballet for over ten years. But have not been to see a ballet since I stopped dancing.

4. I am slightly dyslexic, but no one diagnosed this until I was in my mid thirties. I always thought I was just crap at spelling.

3. One of my eyes goes greener when I am ovulating and or pregnant. Years of trying to fall pregnant I figured out my ovulation cycles by my eye.

2. I do not drink coffee and or alcohol. Sometimes I think I need to.

1. Iliska is Polish for Julie. 

Questions from Lila
1. Were you named after someone? or did you name your children after someone?
No, my Mum picked the most basic names for me and my sisters because of our surname. Julie is a very common name for my age group. Neither of my children are named after anyone.

2. Would you rather invest in, nice clothes, good furniture or art?
Art. All of the furniture that I own is second hand and refurbished. Clothes, well are thing that age and go out of fashion. But art, is not only an investment, it is something to enjoy. Plus it was once someone's personal vision,

3. Where is your dream location, holiday or home?
Dream holiday is anywhere I am yet to visit

4. What's your favourite scent?

5. What's your favourite piece of clothing / jewellery?
I cannot really say I have one. Maybe one of my rings, I bought it for myself years ago as a present from a vintage store.

6. What was the last song you heard?
My Baby Just Cares for Me. Nina Simone. But I was singing it. So not sure if this counts

7. What's your favourite desert?
Good quality ice cream or dark chocolate

8. What's your favourite season?
Spring. Not too hot not too cold. Reminds me of new beginnings

9. Who do you most want to have a long conversation with?
Frida Kahlo. Most amazing artist and woman. Who could teach a lot about body confidence to women these days

10. What do you like most about blogging?
That in the last eight months since I started blogging, it is like a new world of discovery. I am learning so much, with out having to leave my comfort zone. 

11. What is your oldest memory?
I was around two years of age; Dad had my elder sister and me in the wheel barrow and was racing around the yard going crazy. I laughed so hard I peed myself. Then I cried so hard as I was too scared to tell Mum. So Dad let us run through the sprinkler so Mum would not know. I was never sure if this was a true memory or not. until a year or so ago and Dad told this story to someone else and I realized it was a memory. Ps Dad got in trouble for letting us play in the sprinkler. I even remember I was wearing a yellow and pink shift dress.

My Turn to nominate:
Stef at Diversions
Emily at EMILY Jane 
Sarah at Love Love Lady
Ruby at Ruby Hoppen
My Eleven questions for my nominees are:
1. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?

2. Describe yourself in three words

3. If you were given $1000 and you have to spend it, what would you spend in on?

4. What is your worst habit?

5. What is one talent you would like to have or to improve?

6. What do you want to be when you grow up?

7. How many countries have you visited, and what are they?

8 Are you a folder or a scruncher? (A university lecturer said how you fold or scrunch your loo paper is a good indication of personality type, so now I am always curious)

9. What is the hardest thing you have ever done?

10. What’s the best/worst gift you have ever given/received?

11. What would you name the autobiography of your life?


  1. The fact that your eyes go green while ovulating is bizarre. But useful too ;). Thanks for the nomination - I will endeavour to pull my finger out and respond xx

    1. Just one eye,the other stays brown. Cannot wait to read more about the you behind the amazing renovation.

  2. I'm so glad you got over shyness and wrote this, it's lovely to know more about you and other ways in which we are alike!

    1. I am super shy, and new to this blogging world. So the combination makes me feel like the new kid at school. The last time that happened I got glassed in the chin for being weird,

  3. I loved reading more about you <3. I appreciate the nomination. I was actually nominated in March, so I will give my response to yours the last week of April :D.

    1. Take your time. I took me almost a month to do mine. It is just good to read more about the person behind the blogs I enjoy

  4. Thanks so much for the nomination! I loved reading yours but feel so nervous about responding - eek!!
    Great to find your blog, can't wait to read more :)

    1. My shyness got to me and it took awhile to write mine. But it is a really good way of us all connecting even more.

  5. nice to read more about you....I love your sweet blog. your dad sounds like a nice fella...wheelbarrow races were the best! x

    1. My Dad is a very sweet old fashioned man. Who knows how to show love. SO I grew up thinking all men were 'nice'.

  6. Just so lovely! Thank so much sweet lady for the nomination! Hope all is beautiful in your world :) x

    1. I only have recently discovered your blog, and have fallen in love with it. So it would be amazing to find out about the very talented writer and photographer behind it.


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