Wednesday, September 26, 2012

fill-in-the-blanks interview with brilliant blogger saige wisdom

welcome to *brilliant bloggers*, nicies! it's a fun series with a fill-in-the-blank interview with some of our favourite super-bloggers from around the blogosphere that inspire each of us everyday with their writings! we all know that brilliant bloggers spend so much of their precious time crafting the perfect posts. so  i thought we'd give our fave wordsmiths a little break: i sent each nicey a page full of fill-in-the-blanks questions {my words in pink } ...  & they filled them in with their insights { their words in grey/gray! } . hope you'll enjoy fill-in-the-blanks with today's brilliant blogger: the inspiring handmaking-cheerleader, witty &amp wise mommy & blogging superstar, sara of saige wisdom. 

sara kindly writes: I heart K and her amazing rikrak studio blog. In fact I love her blog even more than my own and I sometimes wonder if she'd be interested in a trade? {editor's note: *blush!*} You know if I threw in a bag of peanut butter m&m's and a promise to never contact her again? While that's not a joke, here's something that is... the fact that my name and brilliant are being used in the same blog post. I find it outrageously hysterical and since I always love a good belly laugh, I'm diving in head first.

I'm Sara K.

I am a true redhead {and have the emotional scars from childhood to prove it}. I'm also a sometimes impatient momma of two, a rarely doting wife & a social worker currently on a 12 month maternity leave.

I blog about the most random stuff ever over here at {SaigeWisdom}, but if I had to narrow it down I'd say mommyhood, stuff I heart (which usually includes Etsy finds) and truly embarrassing factoids about myself.

You might be surprised to hear that I don't own an Etsy shop, I just adore creativity and enjoy supporting crazy talent within the handmade community.

Beyond blogging, my perfect day would be sitting around the campfire
with the latest Emily Giffin novel (which is SO good by the way)
eating pirate cookies
talking about reality tv
listening to my children play or nap peacefully, whatever they prefer.

I'm obsessed with pinning funky nail polish applications even though I never, I repeat NEVER paint my fingernails.

Here's one of my favourite photos of myself!

I love this photo because I'm in Mexico, what's not to love?! no but seriously I love this photo because I LOVED being pregnant (yes I'm one of those) and my legs & arms look slimmer than usual... the cankles are a different story. 

I just finished 8 long months with a crying baby plus another 4 with a baby who thinks he's a mini-stuntman
and just started feeling like my old self again
I'm in the middle of home & self improvements.

I love making people feel good about themselves in any way possible.

Everything makes me cry (I'm pretty sure my tear ducts are broken) and Jason Stathom makes me weak in the knees.

A word I love to avoid is "blogger"... I mean is that not the most ridiculous sounding word ever? I dislike it so much that I've adopted "bloggess" and "blogette" as suitable alternatives.

I wish I could dedicated a solid 9 hours per week to blogging

I began blogging to capture 365 days of moments following Saige's 1st birthday (I had every intention of turning my posts into an extension of her baby book) and now I blog for connection and a creative outlet. 

It amazes me about blogging that some people can actually quit their day jobs and make a living at this blogging gig... talk about dream job.

My 3 tips to a great blog would be:

Be genuine.
Use a font that's legible.
Reply to comments (like Miss RikRak here does).

Gosh! It's challenging blogging when *poof* that ahh-mazing post you mentally wrote in the shower is suddenly forgotten or when you finally get time alone with your keyboard and you realize that all inspiration has left the building.

But fear not, I just move onto my other favourite past-times (i) Dexter watching... only 3 more seasons to go and I'll be caught up with the rest of the world or (ii) trolling Etsy... believe it or not I was making a treasury when I went into labour with Gabriel, true story.

One of my most vulnerable blog posts I've ever written is this one on barely surviving motherhood. 

I spend an embarrassing amount of time reading other blogs

I love the a & b stories because Adriane has style, class and one amazingly talented paintbrush.

and I can't resist Lindsay Gee because she's freaking ha-larious and one helluva photographer. I got to meet her in real life and this blooper video is Miss Lindsay to a "T" or should I say "Gee"?

and of course the Urbanwalls blog is a daily read thanks to Danielle's Etsy eye candy; it's like chicken soup for my mood board loving soul.

One thing I wish I would have learned sooner in bloggyville is that programs like exist for a reason and using the 'copy URL' to upload photos is a HUGE time saver.

And don't worry if I vanish off the face of the internet for a couple days weeks, I always find my way back.

My favourite part of blogging is meeting kindred spirits... I finally feel normal for mentally stylizing photo shoots instead of sleeping or planning elaborate birthday parties for toddlers who care only about the cake.

However I could do without the 'look at all the cool stuff I picked up at Target and/or Ikea' posts. I'm Canadian and don't live in or around a big city so not only do we not have Target (yet), but the closest Ikea is like a 5 hour drive away... thanks for letting me know what I'm missing out on :P

Something  EPIC that's  happening on my blog these days is the MASSIVE home renovation at casa de Knol. My husband (Trev-bob) and I are transforming our 2 bed, 1 bath bungalow into a 4 bed, 2 bath abode and we're doing it all in our 'spare time'... before the snow flies. You better believe I'm scouring Etsy for some design inspiration and must-have decor (and maybe 1 or  2  ten cutesy items for the kids).

sara k / saige wisdom


thanks ever-so-much, sara.
you're amazing.
thanks for sharing your wonderful & wise tips, ideas and insights, cutie.
as you can guess, i'm a great fan of this amazing soul, saige wisdom. she's a genuine wonderwoman who's kind heart & hilarious reflections bring abundant joy to everyday living. we're so thankful for you, sweetie!

be sure to check out all of the past BRILLIANT BLOGGER interviews, too!
i know you'll just love these cuties!

have a brilliant blogger you'd love to see interviewed here? please leave your ideas (and hellos to the wonderful saige wisdom!) in the notes below!

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  1. Awww, I adore Sara, it takes someone special to make me laugh out loud on a room by myself while staring at the screen but she does it every time. Love her honesty, sweetness and sense of humour. Love the feature :)

    1. indeed! cheers from the saige wisdom fan club!
      thanks danielle!

  2. I love Sara. I get so excited when she publishes a new post. Thanks for showcasing how wonderful she is!


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