Both Nicoline from the Reckless Needle and Aïda from Yanoudatoi have been kind enough to nominate me for a Liebster Award, which is meant to help discover lesser-known blogs out there. Thanks to both of them for thinking of me! 🙂
I guess everyone knows the rules, so I won’t bore you with them!
11 things about me:
1. Tassadit is actually my middle name.
2. I have quite the multicultural family: my father is Belgian, my mother is Algerian, my stepmother is Sudanese and my boyfriend is half Spanish.
3. When it comes to food, the spicier the better. Mmmh, homemade Scotch bonnet pepper condiment…
4. I used to have two piercings: one on the nose (so nineties!) for fifteen years and one under the lip for ten years, but I removed them both about a year ago.
5. I’m allergic, but I don’t know to what. All I know is if I don’t take my meds daily, I sneeze and I have a runny nose, watery eyes and scratchy skin all day. Oh, and sometimes scratchy throat, palate, and ears. That’s all year long. Ok, I really should get tested!
6. I’m very strong.
7. Clowns give me the creeps. As do people wearing animal mascot costumes. You’ll never see me in a theme park, that’s for sure!
8. I also have the biggest fear of flying, but I’m working on that one.
9. I hate movies that end badly.
10. I’m unbeatable at Taboo or Pictionary, when I’m on the guessing end anyway.
11. I’m a spelling snob.
My answers to Nicoline’s questions:
1. How long have you been stitching?
I bought a sewing machine in 2007 I think, with my first paycheck! But I didn’t really dare touching it before a few months (a year ?) after that, too scary!
2. Where did you learn to sew?
I learnt to sew at home, with the help of books and the internet.
3. Why do you sew?
Because I love creating in general and I love clothes, so it’s a nice way to combine the two. Plus it’s so nice getting to wear what I made!
4. Which blogger has had the biggest impact on you?
Tasia of Sewaholic, she really taught me a lot with her tutorials and sew-alongs. And quite a few of my favourite and most-worn garments are made from her pattern line!
5. What is the thing you have made you are most proud of?
I’d have to go with my Minoru jacket. Though it’s not perfect, I’ve been wearing it every single day since I made it last October, which means every time someone who learnt I sewed asked me if I had made something I was wearing, I could show them the jacket, and they couldn’t believe their eyes!
6. How do you balance the rest of your life with sewing?
I’m lucky to only work three quarters time, so I still have a lot of free time. But I also follow evening classes to learn shoe making and millinery, and I knit. It’s so much easier to curl up in the couch and knit when you are tired than to get up and cut fabric and make a mess and so on to sew, especially when the weather is cold, so I’ve been knitting a lot more than sewing for the past months! But with both the weather getting warmer and my taking part in Me-Made-May, I’m motivated to sew again and I have a thousand sewing projects in mind!
7. What piece of advice would you give to a novice stitcher?
It doesn’t have to be perfect, wear/use your creations with pride! Choose to sew things you’ll want to wear or use.
8. What sewing skill eludes you that you would like to perfect?
Zippers! Especially by machine! I can take my time and sew one by hand and have it look quite nice, but the ones I sewed by machine were, ahem, not quite perfect! Oh, and I remember sewing an invisible one once that was, well, much too visible! So zippers in general, and invisible zips in particular.
9. Why do you blog?
For fame and wealth of course! Just kidding!
I blog because I love writing and I like the idea of keeping a photographed and written record of all my creative projects. I also wanted a chance to connect with like-minded people (and stop boring my acquaintances with constant babbling about sewing and knitting and hats and shoes and…).
10. Where do you look for inspiration?
Most of my inspiration comes from the past: I love reading old fashion magazines and books, or books about vintage fashion, and watching old movies or movies about past times. Sewing blogs inspire me, too.
11. Tell me something about yourself that people would be surprised to know!
I own twenty sewing machines! Well, six real ones and fourteen toy sewing machines!
My answers to Aïda’s questions:
1. City or country?
I’ve been living in a city my whole life, so I can’t really imagine what it would be like living in the countryside, but I think I would love the calm and fresh air! But I start my work at 8am, so I prefer living close to my workplace in order not to have to get up too early.
2. What’s your day job anyway?
I’m a high school teacher. I teach English and Dutch.
3. What’s your biggest procrastination activity?
Reading sewing and knitting blogs. How original of me.
4. Are you more of a homebody or always outside?
I am the epitome of homebody. I think I could not go outside for days on end and not miss it!
5. What makes you dance with excitement or joy?
Ok, that one is sad: first thing that comes to mind is “when the new episode of my favourite TV show is on”! 😀
6. If during a meal you really had the choice and you could eat anything, what would you eat then?
Tartiflette. I actually eat some just about every two weeks I think. Addicted much?
7. In a haberdashery/fabric store, where do you head first?
To the remnant bin! 😀
8. When you are sewing, do you do anything else at the same time?
No, except listening to some music.
9. What kind of music do you like?
I love rock and folk music from the sixties/seventies, and also Nouvelle Chanson.
10. Which food did you hate as a kid?
Turnips and Brussels sprouts.
11. Which is your favourite sweet?
Marzipan!!! I could eat it until I was sick.
Anyone still here? Ok, now I’m supposed to pass this award along to 11 blogs with less than 200 followers, but I really couldn’t find 11 that hadn’t received it yet, and I also can’t think of 11 new (and interesting) questions, so I’m going to slope off and forget about that part, sorry about that!