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  • What's Your
    Favourite?

    Food - I'll eat anything - within reason!

    Drink - Red wine, vodka and cranberry and copious amounts of water

    Film - Any Pink Panther film with Peter Sellers/Sixth Sense/The Pursuit of Happyness

    Music/Band - All music, from Classical to Studio One

    Colour - All the colours of the rainbow

    Word - Love

    Season - Autumn

    Book - Loads of books! But, Way of Peaceful Warrior by Dan Milman is a beautiful read - should be made into a film

    Place - St. Lucia

    Smell - Freshly baked bread and my baby niece Sienna Rose

  • Jacqui Joseph

    "I love live presenting, whether it's entertainment, fashion, interior makeovers, craft or DIY, so working for Ideal World and Create and Craft is perfect for me!"

    With an extensive background in television and a passion for shopping, joining us is just perfect for Jacqui.

    Born to a seamstress mother and plasterer and decorator father, Jacqui studied fashion and pattern-cutting and went on to design her own range of women's and children's clothing. She then went on to become a catwalk and print model, before landing in television. Jacqui has featured in various entertainment, factual and lifestyle programmes for ITV, BBC, Discovery, UKTV, Viacoms BET (Black Entertainment Channel), E4 and Bloomberg.

    As well as her career at Ideal World and Create and Craft, Jacqui continues to work in TV, co-producing 'How To Guides' for the home and gifts.

    During her career, Jacqui has interviewed a host of stars, including Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey, Iman, Halle Berry, George Clooney, Bruce Willis, Mel Gibson and Jackie Chan, to name a few. You may have recently seen Jacqui on Lorraine, Daybreak, the Michael Ball Show and the Alan Titchmarsh Show.

    Jacqui currently lives in Stamford, Lincs with her husband to be close to work in Peterborough, but travels back to London to see her family.

    Q&A

    What did you do before Create and Craft?
    Too much to tell, but I've basically worked on... have worked on many TV shows, including GMTV, Wife Swap Aftermath and lots of channels including ITV, BBC, E4 and US Channel BET.

    Most embarrassing on-screen moment?
    When Mel Gibson just wouldn't play ball on my live feed to GMTV - but I pulled it back.

    Tell us a secret
    Then it wouldn't be a secret.

    What's your idea of the perfect Sunday (when you're not working)?
    Chilling at home and cooking a fab Sunday roast.

    Who do you most admire and why?
    Apart from my mum, dad and siblings, it has to be Nelson Mandela; I've worked a few times for his 46664 Foundation in South Africa and am proud to be an Ambassador for his campaign and for his integrity and peace that comes from within.

    What is the trait you most deplore in yourself and others?
    In myself - lack of confidence. In others - rudeness/ignorance.

    Aside from property, what's the most expensive thing you've bought?
    My car and a Dolce & Gabbana suit!

    What is your guiltiest pleasure?
    Shopping, shopping and more shopping.

    How would you like to be remembered?
    As someone who was always there for everyone.

    What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
    I'm still learning! But I'd say "life is not a dress rehearsal, so make the most of it! Live, laugh and love!"

    Favourite Create and Craft product?
    It's crazy, I've only just started and have already bought the Toyota Super Jeans Sewing Machine and am planning to buy my hubby the Gaggia Coffee Machine! I love everything... this could be dangerous!

    Which phrase do you overuse?
    "Ok", "lovely", "amazing", "darling", "cool", "hey love" and "sorry" - my daughter says I say this too much... Sorry!

    If you could travel back in time, which period would you visit?
    The 1950s for the fashion.

    Share your best crafty tip:
    Upcycle before you consider throwing anything away. Think outside the box and use your patterned papers, paints or ribbons to transform it into a unique item of beauty!