Blog Gem - Old Fashioned Susie

Yay, it's Blog Gem time! This month I had the great pleasure of interviewing the lovely face behind the gorgeous lifestyle blog, Old Fashioned Susie.

Hello there, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I'm 35, happily married with two daughters. My blog started as a way to stay creative after the birth of my first child and just grew from there. I love mixing vintage and modern and will often turn to ebay before a proper shop if i'm looking for something. I love the unique style that can be created by cherry picking the best of things from a variety of places.

Where do you blog? 
I blog mostly in my living room and I actually did a post on this here - I love this space as the light is so great and I can have the sliding door open into the garden if it's warm enough. Again the space is a mix of old and new. The Formica table we actually found in the shed when we moved in - I'd been looking for one on ebay, so it must have been fate!

If you had to take only one tool to a desert island, what would you choose and why? 
Er, if you mean actual tools, then a knife, so I can cut things and make things to ensure my survival. No point taking a phone as there'd be no signal!

How do you work and get inspired? 
Having two kids means it can be tricky and sporadic. Now smallest has given up her afternoon naps it means any proper content work gets pushed into the evening. She's starting preschool in September though so I should be more consistent later this year. Inspiration comes from all over the place, but more often than not other bloggers.

What top tips would you give to anyone starting a blog? 
Think carefully about the name of your blog, you don't want to too specific to your subject as your subject may end up changing in later years. Be yourself! Get good at photography - there are loads of online courses for this.

Is there a story behind the name, Old Fashioned Susie? 
Not specifically but in many ways I am old fashioned. I believe in chivalry, being polite, making the best of what you've got, but still striving for self improvement. I think it's more about my values perhaps.

If you could go to a Blog Award dinner with any 5 people (dead or alive) and/or fictional characters, who would you choose? 
Gosh!! Freddie Mercury, Steve McQueen, Prince, Rik Mayall, Victoria Wood and Liz Taylor! Now that would be a great party! And that's 6 not 5, oopsy!

And finally...if you had to choose one song to represent Old Fashioned Susie, what would it be and why? 
Oh this is so hard!!! Maybe Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen. It's fun, got a bit of a vintage sound to it (Freddie does a great Elvis) and it's just so unapologetic. I love that "take me or leave" attitude.

Thank you so much, Susie! It's been wonderful hearing all about your blogging world! I love your choice of people for the Blog Award dinner - perfect! And that is one mighty fine song to represent Old Fashioned Susie, love it!

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