Q&A Session With Gemma

What is the first thing you remember making?

I was really proud of a sandman I made. I don't remember how old I was but it was a beach side family holiday.

My sandman started life as a glass bottle which was then filled with layers of different coloured sand. He had arms made from a yellow pipe cleaner, curving around his back and stuck down at the back with tape. He even had a mini skateboard in his pipe cleaner hand. The face and hair detail will never win awards but it did win a "that's lovely Gemma, well done" from my parents.

Other than craft & cocktails, what are your interests?

I really enjoy music festivals and using them as a great excuse to travel. So far I have been to Budapest (Sziget), Germany (Southside) and Belguim (Rock Wertcher and Pukklepop). I've also enjoyed UK festivals like Glastonbury, Derbyshire (Y Not Festival) and Worcestershire (Upton Festival).

MayInspire is a random name; why did you pick it?

It's a personal reference to a woman no longer with us who inspired me to be whoever I was born to be. It's a little cheesy, but I can now see that she was teaching me that if you want to inspire others, you need to be YOU.

Don't be a sheep, be a unicorn.

The least I can do in her memory is inspire others by sharing my honest journey.

What is your favourite quote?

It's a hard choice but Gandhi has to win with:

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. (Mahatma Gandi)

What is your favourite cocktail?

I'm not done deciding yet. Pass me a few more concoctions to help me pick and include spiced rum, white rum, gin or amaretto.

For someone that isn't fond of a traditional Martini, I freaking love a French Martini, Espresso Martini and Pornstar Martini. I highly recommend looking for a Espresso Martini on the next cocktail menu you see.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Mandarin, another form of the Chinese language or Japanese. I have been attempting Mandarin but I am miles and miles away from being fluent. You can learn a lot about their amazing culture through the language.

If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?

I would love to have a year practically locked in a workshop to create my own range of furniture. I might need a cocktail and cupcake station inside though, just to keep me going.

Why did you start blogging?

I have always been creative. I enjoy trying projects that I've never done before. I'm not one of these crafters that stick to one thing, like knitting. There is nothing wrong with this, but my mind is far too active.

I was always asked to keep friends and family updated on my makes so I would post these on my personal Facebook page. I eventually wanted an online home for these projects, and that is where MayInspire was born.

Are you pleased you started blogging?

I am really proud of MayInspire and the opportunities it opens up for me. I also enjoy writing and marketing so it has been great to include these when growing my blog. When I started blogging I was not expecting how much I would be welcomed into the blogging community and it really is fun meeting talented people from all around the world. I feel so comfortable talking to my readers. It started as a hobby but it has become something far more important than that in my life.

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