Friday, 23 October 2009


Phew! I finally made it home, my dress isn't finished yet & I'm shattered!

Without further ado:  

I would like to introduce to you ...


{Every time I mention someone's name that bit from the Muppet Show where everybody cheers follows in my head}

That has nothing at all to do with Vicky! She is certainly not a Muppet! Vicky is mother to Princess Alexandra, wife to our very own brilliant wedding photographer, and the self proclaimed "craftoholic"  behind Alexandra's Wishes blog and Folksy shop to name but a few!
Vicky is the sweet, sweet friend who made a special pincushion and card to celebrate my visa approval. I think she is just absolutely lovely! I know our mutual friend "potato salad Heather" agrees,  I think you will to!

{MW} Hello Vicky :) Why don't you introduce yourself and tell us about YOU!
{AW}Hi! Nice to "meet" you all! First of all I should say I have many incarnations of myself. Wife, Mother, Daughter, granddaughter, crafter, post woman, toddler group leader, host, organiser.....The list does go on.
I am married to a lovely man that I call Mr Bogert. We've been together for 10 years this November (eek!) since I was 17. We have one daughter together called Alexandra Billie (named after Mr Bogert's dad, Bill, who passed away the winter before she was born) who is just coming up to her 4th birthday. My husband and my daughter are my entire life. They are what I work for and what make me the happiest. Family is very important and my Grandparents and Mum live in the same street as us, my Dad, Brother and Sister live up the road only 2 minutes walk away, and my mother in law and sister in law live only 5 minutes drive away.
I work part time for the post office as a delivery worker, but have been indoors for over 2 years because of an injury. I also run our village toddler group and make sure the kids there have plenty of crafty things to make and do. Both Mr Bogert and myself volunteer on our daughter's nursery committee too, so we usually have various things to help with for them. I have always made things. I can't remember a time where I wasn't sticking, papier mache-ing, sewing, drawing etc. My Nan and grandad's back room used to get destroyed every weekend I stayed by piles of fabric, empty containers, felt tip pens and all sorts. Now my crafting mostly revolves around my daughter. Over the last year, I've made lots of fancy dress costumes, hair things, bags etc. I sew, I make cards and scrapbook, I crochet and I knit. I sometimes model make or paint too, but I'm drawn more to textiles. I'm also a list maker. I have lists everywhere. Shoppng lists, things I'd like lists, things I need to do lists, things I'd like to do lists. I never finish a list either, I just add to it ;) My blog is all about the things I make, the places I've been, the things we as a family get up to, and the things we plan for the future.

{MW} Your Blog and folksy shop have such a special name don't they? Where did that name come from?

{AW}Alexandra is my daughter's name and much of my crafting revolves around her and things I would like to make for her or thing's she asked me to make and do, so I call them her wishes. She's such a little cutey that I just figured that anything she would wish or dream of would be lovely and innocent and cute. I hope that the things I create are all of these. I like the idea that I can at least make some wishes reality.

What was the last treasure that arrived in your mail?

An envelope stuffed full of fabric swatches with an accompanying note asking me to choose which I'd like, from a very lovely and generous friend. She shall forever be known as "potato salad Heather" on my blog :) She's since brought the fabrics round in person and I desperately want to start crafting with them, but I'm making myself be good and catch up on all the unfinished things floating around the house.

Where in the world would you like to visit? why?  

So many places! Me and Mr Bogert have a wish list. Some of those places have a time deadline. We think our next big visit will be Lapland. We love Christmas and we really want to take Alexandra to meet father Christmas, play in the snow and drink large quantities of hot chocolate. Then there are other places on the list for the future like China and Tanzania (safari! Yay!). We love to go and see and explore. That's probably why our list is so long. We are not the lie around on the beach type of people. We want to experience places and history and cultures. It's more interesting. It does mean we always feel like we need a holiday when we return though :)

What 8 records or books would you would take with you to a desert island?
When I read this, I thought this is really difficult. I don't tend to re read books because I remember the stories too well, so once read, it holds no surprises for me anymore. There is however one book I could think of as a wracked my brain that is immune to this. That book is "The Little Princess" by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I remember I was bought it for Christmas one year when I was younger, and would sit up with a torch reading it on my top bunk bed in the dark. I would pretend I was Sara living in the cold attic! I could read that book again and again. Other than that I would have to find me another 7 "new" books I'd never read. Probably the latest James Patterson (he's my favourite author), a couple of good old fashioned murder mysteries (I do love my Agatha Christie) and autobiography about a favourite actor/actress (maybe River Phoenix), and a dessert island survival handbook. Music, I would take my own compilation which would have a bit of David Bowie, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Queen, Bryan Adams, some 60's tunes (think Heartbeat), maybe a few disney tracks like hawaiin rollercoaster from Lilo and Stitch and Let's go Fly a Kite from Mary Poppins, and some favourite love movie theme songs.

If you could go back and live in a past decade or century, when would you choose and why?
I truly believe I should not have been born in the 80's. Since I was about 12 I've gone through various fazes of wishing I'd lived in times gone by, from Medieval, Victorian to the 60's. I also think this is where my love for Costumes originated (did you know my intended career plan was to be a costume designer? I even worked in a costume shop for 2 years. Learn something new every day) but now for at least the past 4 years, I wish that I could have lived in the period from the 30's through to the 50's. I love the clothes (it's always about the clothes) I love the movies, I love the old movie star glamour and I really wish that some of that neighbourly feeling that was around then had lasted through to present day. It's sad that the idea of community is dwindling and people would rather keep themselves to themselves. That's also why we love living in a village where we still have some neighbourly feeling left. I also wish we still made more of an effort when we went out. Back then you wouldn't think of leaving the house without your hair and make up done, a hat on your head and gloves on. I'd go around dressed like that all time, but I think I would get funny looks, not least from Mr Bogert.

What is your favorite thing about creating something by hand?
It's like therapy! Having a bad day? Go make something. Bored? Go make something. I can't go a day without some sort of craft "fix". I start to get stroppy and grumbly. Ask Mr Bogert, he'll back me up on that one. Then the pleasure in seeing the finished creation and being able to say "I did that. All by myself." Achievement. No better feeling.


Please list three of your favorite things. Why are they favorites?
My sewing machine. It was my nan's but I used it frequently, then one year for my birthday, she gave it to me. It's my first machine that's all mine, and it's familiar and I love it. It's also well used!

My family. There maybe many things about my life that I would change, but with my family at the centre of my life being one thing I'm completely happy about, nothing else is that bad. That old saying about money not being able to buy happiness makes me smile, because I always say "I'm already happy, so now I'd just like more money so I can enjoy it!".

My third thing would have to be my camera. Well, it's mine and Mr Bogert's camera (and he knows how to use it more than me!). I think memories are very important, and I always worry I will forget things as I get older, so capturing those moments with the camera make me happy. They don't make my computer very happy though as I have thousands (not an exageration) of pictures saved on there! I'm also enjoying learning more about the camera with Mr Bogert at his photography club. It's great seeing the finished results! (a bit like crafting)

What could you eat/drink every single day and never grow tired of?
I'm generally a savoury girl and I love cheese in any form, so I think I could definitely manage to eat cheese potato pie every day. (I very nearly did eat it every day whilst I was pregnant. I had constant cravings for cheese and coca cola). I do have another sweeter love though which I think I could also manage, and that is cheesecake (any flavour) or key lime pie. Oooo! So yummy!

What is your favorite place? Will you describe it to us?
I wish I could say my craft room, but alas, I don't have one :( If I did, I'm sure that would be my favourite place, but as I don't, I would have to say the Lake District. Specifically Bowness-on-Windermere or Ambleside. So incredibly beautiful and peaceful. I love going on walks there, I love finding little gift shops with nice little nik naks in, I love sitting by a log fire when it's cold outside. The Lake District holds many memories for me, and not one of them is bad. We used to visit there camping when I was a kid, now we take Alexandra (and our friends) to the very same camp site. We rented lovely stone walled cottages for family holidays which I plan to do again with my family, and now every year we stay at the same hotel in Bowness for New Year celebrations with my mother in law and sister in law. It's a lovely way to welcome the new year. As soon as we get off the motorway and into the lakes, I feel like I'm home.

Thank you so much Vicky for giving us the chance to get to know you better! 

Be sure to stock up on Victoria's Christmas time goodies! If you notice on Alexandra's Wishes, she's going to have some SUPER CUTE gift tags listed for Christmas! Oh My! 
I can tell you first hand that Vicky's work is excellent and beautiful, she's very talented! 
Visit Vicky often! 

1 comment:

  1. So I'm always going to be 'potato salad Heather' from now on then eh? Maybe I should start a blog named just that! Tehe! xx


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