Sunday, 31 May 2015

Liebster Award


I am a terrible person, long ago I was nominated for a Liebster Award on Just Keep Brains and got really busy and forgot! I also got nominated by Retro-Electric! Here is a pile of questions and answers, hope you enjoy!

1. Post the award on your blog.
2. Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
3. Write 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have fewer than 200 followers.
5. Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions.

11 Questions from Just Keep Brains

– Do you believe in spirit animals or a connection to animals in any way?
I feel deeply connected to animals, more so than most people. I believe that the three dogs I have loved in the past are my doggy angels who watch over me. I have little figurines symbolising them on my altar. I always talk to animals as if they are people, I read the bird poetry, and he seems to appreciate it. I think people underestimate how much animals understand.

– What was your favourite city you’ve been travelling to so far?
 I have been to so few places outside of my country. I really enjoyed Paris and London.

– If you could live as any creature in any time and any place you’d like, what would it look like?
As dangerous as it is, I love the town of Fair Hollow in Katherine Harbour's Night and Nothing books. I suppose I might also be a Fata if I lived there...

– Why did you start blogging and are you still blogging about the same subject/s?
 I first started blogging about books and TV series on this blog, I started a separate fashion one sometime later, and eventually added the two together. I definitely post a lot more about my lifestyle and thoughts now.

– How did you come up with your blogs name?
 This blog was originally meant to be a book blog, vellum is and old kind of paper (made from calf skin) and I think it is a really beautiful word. Obviously I also love flowers. The name also has a bit of darkness to it which still suits me I think.

– Favorite Season?
 Autumn, I get too hot in Summer, but I can get too cold in winter, so Autumn is about right for me, followed by Spring. The changing leaves in Autumn are also breathtaking!

– Who is your favourite Villain?
 I guess I would have to say Loki, although I don't really think of him as a villain. I totally identify with all his family issues! I have a history of identifying with 'villains' all the way back to my childhood. They often have the best outfits and are completely misunderstood!

– What are you afraid of – any phobia?
 Oh, nearly everything I am afraid! I am superstitious, I believe in and fear ghosts and monsters at least at night, I have mild agoraphobia, mild claustrophobia, social phobia, fear of drowning...

– Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies?
 Always vampires, immortal and forever sexy!

– What would be your top wardrobe staple?
 A dress, I guess. I wear dresses almost all the time when I dress up, except when I wear a skirt and top.

– Would you prefer a night at the club / a bar or on the couch or in nature?
 I would like to sit outside and have a picnic.

11 Random Facts about me

1. I sometimes grind my teeth so hard at night that I wake up with little chips of tooth in my mouth.
2. I would love to run an artist's retreat one day
3. I would also love to rescue/foster dogs and or cats.
5. I love nature although I don't love getting muddy :P I have a connection to plants and animals.
6. I love to collect crystals.
5. I really want to be a vegetarian but meat tastes so good. Don't hate me. I plan to focus on supporting the sale of ethically treated meat, eggs and milk. I think that we are not going to stop everyone eating them, so we should just make sure all consumers support only farms where the animals are treated well.
6. My favourite thing about myself is my ability to write. It is the best feeling when the words are flowing just right.
7. I hate crowds and strangers but I love spending time with my friends. Other than that, I quite like being alone.
8. I love the smell of incense more than nearly anything else except a few floral scents.
9. The smell of evening blooming flowers is magical to me.
10. I enjoy going to the opera once a year with my partner, his family and their friends.
11. I have three tattoos: my floral sleeve, the goddess symbol on my wrist and the word light on my thigh (There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in, Leonard Cohen). I want more.

11 Questions from Retro Electric

1.  When and why did you start blogging?
  I first started blogging about books and TV series on this blog, I started a separate fashion one sometime later, and eventually added the two together. I definitely post a lot more about my lifestyle and thoughts now.

2.  With MP3s and internet streaming, do you still buy CDs or DVDs?
No, I don't even have a CD player anymore, that broke years ago. Most of my music is on my phone and I enjoy YouTube because I can discover more music I haven't heard before.
3.  How would you describe your style of dress?
It is probably pretty Creepy Cute/ Perky Goth these days. I am also addicted to lace.

4.  What religion or philosophy do you ascribe to?
I identify as Wiccan, basically a mildy Pagan Witch who believes in magic 
5.  What are your favorite TV shows on the air right now? Lost Girl and Haven (seem to be still on hiatus), The Originals and The Vampire Diaries (just finished their seasons), Penny Dreadful.
6.  What other hobbies do you participate in, besides blogging?
I write, but that is life to me, not a hobby. Sewing I guess, although I haven't had an inspiration in a while. Discovering new TV series (I am very fussy with my tastes) and books.

7.  If you participate in the arts, which ones do you participate in?  Are you a hobbyist or a professional?
 Writing is a huge part of my identity. I have had short stories published and am currently working towards finishing a novel.

8.  If a movie was being made about your life, which actor/actress would play you?
I kind of want Noel Fielding.

9.  Choose one: Coffee or tea? 
Tea. Always tea. I can't do caffeine, I am caffeine sensitive, it makes my heart race.
10.  What colors have you dyed your hair?
Blonde, red, black and blonde, pink, purple, green, blue, black, coppery. I think that's it.

11.  Introvert, extrovert, or ambivert?
I was introverted for a lot of my life but taught myself to act extroverted to cover my shyness. I would say I am still pretty much an introvert on the inside, although I am confident around close friends.

11 Questions from She Might be a Faerie 
  1. How do you express yourself creatively?
    Writing is an extremely important part of who I am. My characters are quite real to me and I wish I could bring my worlds into reality.
  2. If subcultural terms and labels didn't exist, how would you describe your personal style? I like dresses and dark colours, I am obsessed with lace.
  3. Has a song ever changed your life? What was the song? I don't think that music has changed my life but it is an important part of it, and I think music does take you to a special place. I think my life would be poorer without it.
  4. If you were on Death Row, what would your last meal be? A picnic with black forest cake.
  5. What do you regret buying? Too many things! I can get into a shopaholic mindset!
  6. Share your go-to recipe. Go to the shop. Buy hot chips. Bring home. Eat.
  7. Describe your dancing style. Swaying and waving my arms a bit. The arms are sort of bellydance inspired.
  8. What are the five items you couldn't be without? 1. All the books 2. Clothing 3. Food 4. Notebook and pen 5. Phone so I don't get kidnapped if I am home late, it is also good to type up story ideas on now I have a modern one.
  9. Recommend a book! I read it so long ago but Lives of the Monster Dogs by Kirsten Bakis is still my go-to recommendation! It is that good!
  10. When do you feel at your best? When I am with friends or playing with animals.
  11. Where do you want to be in five years' time? Hopefully with my own home and lots of pets, hopefully a published author a couple of times over.
11 Questions from Mindless Indulgence
  1. Do you have someone you admire? For what? I admire my friend Melinda, she is an inspiration!
  2. Why do you blog? It is interesting to be able to look back at the outfits and events of the past, and also I have met so many wonderful people!
  3. Do you have any pets? I have an evil bird with my partner. I really want some fur babies.
  4. What fear have you overcome? I battle anxiety every day, but going out and getting anything done is a victory.
  5. What part of a garment is your favourite part of sewing? Being finished!
  6. Do you cook? I can do ok roast veggies and fry some things with differing success.
  7. What is your favourite meals? Chicken, chips, sometimes with gravy. Black forest cake. Most sweet desserts.
  8. Do you have a favourite aesthetic? Which one? Lace, lace lace lace lace
  9. What is your favourite band? Usually The Cure. The fact it is usually in my top two or three means it wins overall.
  10. Do you have a green thumb? I used to make my favourite tree grow as a child by just touching it. I love to touch plants and I can feel the life within them. I have a connection to nature. This does not necessarily mean I would be good at gardening though.
  11. What is your least favourite colour? Why? Black, black black black number oneeee. I actually do like black because it is a colour that allows you to keep your energy tuned into yourself, it makes you feel safe and strong. There is this whole explanation in the language of colours, but I can't remember it all. I know black white and red are all meant to be very spiritual colours.
Does anyone who follows me have less than 200 followers? Feel free to do this if you want! I think almost everyone I know has already been nominated and you are all inspiring!


    1. Interesting answers! Lol we have the love of hot chips in common. Writing fuel.

    2. Indeed interesting answers :) we some things in common

    3. I also think I had to get used to act"extroverted" although I'm really uncomfortable around people I don't know :/

    4. Love it! You are a delight dear Laura!

    5. Thanks for answering my questions, and interesting answers indeed! Good that you got into blogging again, I missed you!

    6. nomination bombed it seems :-D thanks for all the answers, love to read new things about people i follow! and totally love how that award is spreading through the alternative blogosphere!