Friday, September 13, 2013

Mel is here from the Land of the Koala!!

  This week's Feature Friday is Mel from Mellywood's Mansion!  She is awesome and does some great crafts, especially jewelry..and has a craft room I love!

Mellywoods Mansion

        1.You live "Down Under."  Is it as awesome as we in North America think it is?

Between wrestling crocs and riding our kangaroos, it's pretty awesome! To be honest I love my home, most of us live in close vicinity to the beach and there is nothing better than a warm day, chilled wine, BBQ and the beach.
2.  One of your recent projects is your crafting room and you also host Inspiration Café and have a linky party....what's your favorite leisure activity?
I love crafting its my thing but my favourite thing to relax is to sit outside with a bottle of moscato and just chat with Jules.
3.  Speaking of leisure--you don't have much, because you have a whole bunch of kids.  Yet, you are pretty successful at keeping them out of your blog.  Is this intentional? How difficult is it, when they are so much a part of your life?

It is somewhat intentional, being the mother of teenagers I feel they need to keep their life private I don't want them to feel anyone with an Internet connection can find out things that might embarrass them. Although they don't mind when I make a bit of fun like the "Hey Girl" post. I also started blogging when I finished working, I missed having a place where I was just me, everywhere else I'm someone's Mum or wife so I didn't want to make it about them.
It's not really difficult, it's easier to write about myself than them.
4.  Beer or wine?

Wine, and preferably anything made by Brown Brothers
5.  If you could take a month-long vacation (without children), where would you go?

I'd love to go to Italy, I once heard there are streets that just sell leather purses, that's my idea if heaven!
6.  Who was your favorite Spice Girl?

Ginger Spice, she was always a bit sassy, I like that!
7.  Are all the guys in Australia cute surfers?

8.  Charcoal or fog?
9.  Be honest--how do you REALLY feel about burlap?

When I started reading blogs it was when burlap was everywhere and immediately I decided I wanted some, it must be amazing stuff. So I looked everywhere and I couldn't get it, I kept asking for burlap and I would get an odd look and was told they didn't have it. So eventually I decided to order it online and googled it. Turns out we call it hessian here and I nearly wet myself laughing, as a kid if you ruined your clothes you were threatened with wearing a hessian dress.
Having said that, there are some amazing crafts made with burlap/hessian.
10.  Are there any bloggers whose posts you can't wait to read?
Too many, in fact the worse thing since starting my own is that I don't have the time to keep up with all of them, I love people who make me laugh.

As you can see, Mel is delightful and honest--and a breath of fresh air in blogland.  My mother used burlap as a threat, so Mel is someone after my own heart!


  1. I LOVE Mel !!!
    Although I'm insanely jealous that she gets to call Australia home!!!
    She's amazingly talented and funny AND she drinks - a perfect girlfriend !!!
    And I've just remembered her party is live today - hopping over now!!!
    ( queen of the explanation point )

  2. Thanks thanks or having me Kirby, it was great fun!

  3. I love Mel too! She's a great mate!

    Anne xx

  4. Mel rocks my world on a regular basis! She's an awesome blogger with admirable integrity, not to mention great projects and excellent humor!

  5. Well...I have certainly learned something HERE! Using burlap as a threat never ONCE crossed my mind......see you CAN teach an old dog new tricks! I haven't known Mel very long but she has easily become one of my very favorite shelias down under!!

  6. I'm flabbergasted to find out that all the men in Australia are not cute surfers. Never mind, I'm too old (and too married) to bother with cute surer men anyway. ;)

    I really like Mel and her blog, happy to see her featured!!

  7. I was terribly disappointed to learn that not every Australian has a kangaroo and koala for a pet... I mean, whatever. ;) Love ya Mel.

  8. Great Interview! Moscato is my fave wine too! Burlap and Hessian... that's hilarious!

  9. Love Mel, and love her blog too! She's the best!

  10. Here in Canada, I take time off from decorating my igloo and wrestling polar bears to read up on Mel with her crocs and kangaroos. Oh, and her gardening, crafting and decorating are pretty interesting, too! Love Mel and wouldn't dream of missing a post!

  11. I am not much of a hessian lover myself, but I would love to see the roos and gators.

  12. Mel is so awesome!! I want to meet her IRL if for no other reason to hear her speak with that Aussie accent. I know I'd have a major girl crush!!


  13. Mel is one of the nicest bloggers I've had the pleasure of meeting here in blogland. Very talented!

  14. Great interview!! Mel, you are awesome, even while wearing Hessian!

  15. My forever visual now of Mel is a female Crocodile Dundee.

  16. Man, I'm glad nobody asked me about Spice Girls cuz I know nothing about them! I'm ready to sit on the beach and drink some wine with you (Mel that is, but you can come too Kirby!). Or I could just meet you in Italy.

  17. What fun to read this interview! Mel with crocs, kangaroos, beaches & the life.
    Debbie :)


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