One of the best things about starting to this blog is all the rad-tastic, inspirational people I discover. Whether I'm blogging about them, meeting them around the traps (both real word and virtual world) or just insta-stalking them, it's great to know that there is a way to successfully break the mould and follow your own path.
I thought I would start to use my little space to introduce some of these awesome creatives to you, but don't expect any type of useful information, I'm much more interested in the things you can't google about a person. So here's how we play the game, I give a bunch of finish-this-sentence-style prompts and see what happens. Hopefully something. If you would like to be featured in this series please drop me a line.
Photo by Jacqui Turk for Cinnamon Lane
First up is the pineapple loving, fluro obsessed, blogging, potty mouthed, prolific instagramming mother of two Jayde Leeder. She owns and runs a lovely stationery shop in Mona Vale on Sydney's Northern Beaches (my old stomping ground) called Little Paper Lane. It is fancy paper and washi tape heaven but also a great place to find all sort of homewares and kiddy stuff. Along with having the best window displays in the world hands down, they, (being her and her very talented graphic designer hubby Steve) also have an online store so no one has to miss out -and a custom invite service. It's a pretty special place. On yeah, and she has 14 thousand Instagram followers so she's basically a superstar, crazy!
I describe myself as a walking contradiction. It's not really in a narcissistic way, but for example, I HAVE to be surrounded by a lot of colour and white and quirky things. But i usually wear a lot of black and my make-up and accessories are colourful. Another example would be I love cute stationery and crafty things and very girly stuff, but I play Xbox…Call of Duty I Love and I'm obsessed with zombie films…but I spent last night reading Real Living and Elle magazines.
My ultimate weekend would entail Sunshine, swims in the pool with the family, takeaway, a movie, reading magazines and playing Xbox once kids are asleep and not feeling guilty and not looking at my computer to work.
I am in love with WAY too much. I generally either LOVE things (including people) or I don't at all. I LOVE anything gold right now.
I once met an old man who I will never ever forget. He was not famous, I don't think he was rich. But when I was 14 I had a job on Saturdays working at the newsagency, and he would come and buy his paper like many people did, but he always asked me how I was. He would often walk past the school when I was going into the shops or work or walking home. He was the lollypop crossing man and he would always talk so gently and genuinely to the parents and kids crossing the road. He was so happy and he always made everyone so uplifted so they always smiled when they walked away. After a couple of years, I started seeing him less and less and then one day I realised I hadn't seen him for a couple of months. I still don't know what happened to him. But I always think of him, because it reminds me to always be genuinely kind to people and take an interest in people you see and meet because you may just make their day. I always try to compliment strangers and say hello often. I know this has a lot to do with how I grew up, but I do remember how happy I felt after a nice chat with this man who I can't even remember his name, but he did leave his mark on the world. I hope I leave my mark just like him.
The most amazing meal I ever ate was I had Pork Belly at the Balcony in Byron when visiting my friend and for some reason I still dream about it, so maybe it was that, but I had some pretty amazing Mexican food in Oaxaca (Mexico) and sometimes I make dishes and think….DAMN that was good. My mum is an awesome cook too and my dad makes some pretty fancy things but one of my all time favourite things to eat is my Nan's roast diner and ANY dessert she makes. I'm not lacking in good food around me that's for sure ; )
I am at my best when I begin. I am very god at starting things…finishing things is a different story, but when things are beginning no matter what they are, I get very excited and very creative and full of ideas…but I am a Sagittarius so I do need adventure so as long as whatever I am doing is constantly different and interesting and feels 'new' I'm good.
Back in my day was only a little while a go. I'm only 34 so "back in my day" I was little. But back in my day…Fluro was HUGE…and I NEVER EVER let it go and it made come back and now I will look very sad when it goes away…but I'm never letting go.
I am forever going to dream big
To be entirely honest I'm never going to stop swearing ; )
Thanks Jayde for being my first creative in my Australian Creatives Series. Love your work darling! Below are some pictures of her lovely store, it is amazing.