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Julie Peasgood

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    Julie Peasgood

    Have a go and don’t judge yourself too harshly. If things go wrong don’t despair and give up; sometimes ‘happy accidents’ can produce great results.

Tell us a little bit about you and your crafting background.

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I’m self-taught really, other than various courses I have done over the years covering mostly painting, decoupage and collage techniques.

Crafting Q&A:

  1. What made you want to start crafting?

    The ‘Things to Make’ Ladybird book - the one with a snake on the front made out of green cotton reels. That book was my bible when I was a kid, and I longed to make the snake!

  2. How did you learn?

    I’m self-taught really, other than various courses I have done over the years covering mostly painting, decoupage and collage techniques.

  3. What advice would you give to those starting out in craft?

    Have a go and don’t judge yourself too harshly. If things go wrong don’t despair and give up; sometimes ‘happy accidents’ can produce great results if you just keep going! Also, always make notes or take photos on your phone of any inspired ideas that come to you.

  4. What are the crafting essentials that you couldn’t bear to live without?

    My glasses (!), strong glue, sharp scissors, ribbons and adhesive jewel embellishments.

  5. How would you describe your crafting styles and tastes?

    Shabby chic, pastel, vintage, eclectic and quirky.

  6. What does your craft room look like? (Any tips for tidy storage?)

    My craft room is organised chaos. It is pale pink but with so many shelves, storage boxes and bits and pieces, most people need a couple of Aspirin if they spend too long in there. I love it, though.

  7. Where do you find your crafting inspiration?

    Everywhere! Shops, books, magazines, friends' homes. I get ideas and inspiration from so many places. I jot notes down in my phone and I take masses of photos too.

  8. If you could go to dinner with a crafter or artist, who would it be and why?

    Martha Stewart - because she is a crafting icon and a dynamic entrepreneur

  9. What would you say your best craft skills are? What would you like to improve on?

    My best craft skills are collage based. I’m good at arranging different elements, and I would like to improve upon my die-cutting and embossing techniques.

  10. What do you consider your greatest craft-related achievement?

    Producing and presenting the original series of Crafty Beggars and four series of Crafty Beggars in the House!

Julie Peasgood

Getting to Know You:

  1. My favourite subject at school was: (subject and reason)

    Art! I loved it and along with English it was my best subject!

  2. When I was 10, I wanted to grow up to be a: (childhood dream career)

    A ballet dancer and actress.

  3. I am most proud of the moment that I:

    Gave birth to my daughter, Kate.

  4. The best advice I’ve ever received was:

    “Sugar catches more flies than vinegar.” (Given by my make-up artist when I was in C4’s Brookside.)

  5. I am at my happiest when:

    Crafting/walking/dancing/eating out with my husband, Patrick, or babysitting our new granddaughter, Saha.

  6. If I won the lottery, the first thing I’d buy is:

    Financial freedom! I’d pay off our mortgage and then I’d buy a big workshop to store all my craft materials!

  7. If the Queen came for dinner, I would cook: (what meal?)

    Wild mushroom soup for a starter and salted caramel sauce over Madagascan vanilla ice cream for dessert. Patrick would have to do the main course. He’s a far better cook than I am, and his roast chicken is second to none.

  8. If I was stuck in a lift, I’d like to be with: (any person, family, friend or celeb)

    Patrick x

  9. The one food I could not live without is:

    Brussels sprouts.

  10. If I had a time machine, I’d visit: (era)

    The 17th century. Our home was built in 1697 and I would love to visit England in that period.

  11. The chore I always try to avoid is:

    Vacuuming! I love washing floors, but I hate hoovering.

  12. The last thing I do before bed is:

    Take off my make-up, finish my cuppa, check Twitter and tell my husband I love him.

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