Tuesday, 3 May 2011

My name is Katy - it's nice to meet you

Thank you to Miss G for taking a picture of me and making me look like a dork. I'm eternally grateful. I only carried you for 9 months in my belly, and have sweated blood and tears for you. 3 pictures and you'd had enough and was laughing at me too much to take more. The cheek of it.

Anyway - this is me right now. Actually I am not wearing scruffy house clothes because we went shoe shopping earlier so I had to put something tidy on. If you happen to be at Spring Market next week you may well spot me in this outfit, it's a favourite (confession - the shirt makes me look like I have boobies and that is a good thing for someone as lacking in that department as me).

me

So, what can I tell you about myself that you may or may not already know?

I'm pretty tall - 5 feet 9" and skinny. I've been skinny since I was a teenager but this is abut the thinnest I've been since I got married. I was ill thin then - broke and too quick to spend my money on partying rather than food. I'm allergic to dairy these days and dairy foods have a lot of fat, so I miss out (and, boy, do I miss out - before I found out I was allergic I cooked with cream and butter and cheese all the time. Nearly everything that tastes really really good has dairy in it, and I can eat. I love to eat).  I rarely wear heels, they're a pain in the a$$, and I have trained myself to not buy them anymore since I had a closet full of crazy high heels that I couldn't walk in. Most days I am wearing leggings with something because otherwise I get cold legs and I won't wear tights unless I have something on that I am certain won't fly up and show my backside off. I'm 36, not looking forward to hitting 40 in a few years. I've been married for almost 13 years and we have an almost 12 yr old daughter and a 5 year old son, and 2 cats.

I'm kind of a prude. I don't like to have a lot of flesh on display, I never wear low cut anything and I always wear a vest (tank) under everything. It makes me feel secure. I just like to be safe in the knowledge that if my shirt flew off I'd not be stood in my underwear.

In saying that though, I am perfectly comfortable in my own skin. I just think it's improper to show flesh unnecessarily.

Big groups of people scare me. Except when they are people I feel comfortable with. Strange as it may seem, going to Market last fall for the first time did not scare me. That was like meeting friends. Same this year, and I am travelling on my own for the first time too. Teaching classes at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham this August and having a booth is scaring me so much that I can't think about it. When I do I get flustered and have a little panic. It makes me feel a tiny bit sick. Not sure how I'll get round that, but I guess on the day I'll be fine.

I am not Religious. As a family we don't have a Religion at all but my daughter goes to a Christian school. I have a strong belief in the moral upbringing a Christian education will give her, although I'm not sure if there is anyone up There, so to speak.

I'm proud to be English, I love the history our little Country has and the Royal family. I love that there are roads that stretch back to the Roman times and that we have huge stately homes dotted all over. London is my favourite city in the world, it's cramped and noisy and a bit mucky in places but it has everything you could ever wish to see in a city and some of the best museums and galleries in the world - and they're all free. Everyone should visit London at least once in their lifetime. Preferably once with kids and once without, just to experience both sides.

And this is where you will find me most of the time. My little spot in the house. Excuse the slightly dark photos - I've literally snapped as I found it, to show you how it really looks and not how I'd like it to look all tidy and prettied up.

my desk

My desk is a travesty. I need to get it tidied before I go to Market or I'll come home to everything gone. It happened last fall, the husbeast got carried away and just cleared out my crap - he gets sick of me being so messy. And I am. I am really messy. The door in the background there is my fabric closet but I can't get to the fabric in it - it's too full of other junk. There could be some good stuff but I don't know. (Actually, I am pretty sure it's not good stuff, that's kind of where the not so good stuff has been banished to and I really need to get in there and clear it out and just get rid of it).

general dumping ground

The majority of my good stuff lives in the drawers of this trunk. This is also a general dumping ground. I have a little pile of stuff I need to mail out to a friend and then I also need to get this sorted before Market so I can keep the man of the house smiling.

where I sew

My little spot in the house is actually the kitchen and dining room - I don't have a room of my own, I make do with what I can, and in actual fact I like it - I'm still part of the house when I'm sewing and not tucked away in a room somewhere. So my sewing table is the dining table and when we have dinner my stuff is stacked on the floor. Some people in the house get a little annoyed by this constant mess (spot the running theme???) and I make false and empty promises every week that I will be better next week. I'm usually worse.

my favourite spot

During the day if I have any hand sewing to do I sit here on this trunk and look out into the tiny garden. Our house is pretty nicely sized but our garden is pathetic. Luckily I'm not a gardener so I don't fret too much by this. If we could move, my choice would be to the city centre in a lofty apartment overlooking the rooftops. Maybe with a balcony so I could step outside and feed the birds.

Most of the quilts I make I get long arm quilted. There are a couple of reasons - I don't much enjoy the quilting part because I'm not very good at it (I know, practise makes perfect) and (mostly) I really love going to see my long arm quilter, Chris. I'd make quilts just to go see her, she is so clever and wonderful and I could talk to her for hours. I have to drag myself away to let her get on with work, because she's not the sort that would chase me out, but she's busy and whilst I'm there chatting with her she could be quilting.  Plus having a quilt quilted isn't as expensive as you may think - especially not if you have a simple all over design. The husbeast and I don't go out much, we don't drink (him not all, me just occasionally) so we don't spend money on stuff like that. I don't often buy clothes, when I do they tend to be pricey (I know what I like and I stick to it) and they last. Same with shoes. So I'd rather spend money on getting a quilt long armed than a new sweater that I won't like after it's been washed because I'll be critical of the fabric or the way the shape has held up (yes, I know - I sound like a right pain in the you know what...I kind of am).

So that's me - questions?

87 comments:

Jules said...

Love you blog. Thought you were American living in England. Your blog caught my eye because I learned to quilt in Texas and when I came back here I didn't know where to buy anything and no-one else seemed to know either. Loved how you recommended shops last year. I have used some of them.

Do you shop in American shops too? which ones. i like etsy but I try and support my local shop too. Thanks for a great blog

Georgia said...

What a great post! It's nice to 'meet' you.
I love that first photo - happy, happy! And I love your little quilty spot. AND I love England too! I've only spent 6 weeks there, but cannot wait to go back. I read far, far too many Enid Blyton books when I was growing up and I had wanted to visit ever since. It didn't dissapoint. ;-)
Oh - and I want your little house sewing box too. :-)

Nicole Follow the White Bunny said...

Lovely post Katy, even though I think I knew most of what you wrote from reading your blog for the last 2 or 3 years! Lovely photo too! :) x

rderrett said...

That's my favourite quilty Essex girl! It's actually quite a flattering pic and yes the blouse does make you look like you have boobies... I'd offer you a transplant but I think you might fall over.
PS I hate London with a passion. I can't cope with the noise and rudeness but that's just my opinion. Then I am a Dorset girl at heart, loving the green and fresh sea smells but living on Hampshire.

highwaycottage said...

Well, I just got through this post and had to scroll down to read the previous ones.

I love the bio you just wrote for us. It gives us a bit more insight into "you". If I ever get ot the UK, I AM coming to visit (was meant to be next year). I like your attitude. I love my tattoos even though sometimes I forget they are there, I wouldn't know if anyones ever judged me for them , I'm not sure I pay enough attention to notice :-)

I had to laugh at the description of your hubby, very cute. My DH used to be a "boot-boy" and is now a good citizen, but might hit someone I have to say (he's good at housework too).

I have noticed some bitchiness in the bloggy world lately. Shame. I'm just gonna walk on by. Live and let live.

Keep on sewing and have a great time at market!

Anonymous said...

I hope you soundly beat that cheeky child! Imagine laughing at one's mother. I bet Prince Charles doesn't do that.

I know it isn't so new anymore but I love the new haircut.

trash

Jane said...

What a lovely, engaging, honest post!

Sarah@PingsAndNeedles said...

What a great bio ... I love it! And your tattoos look exquisite (I went on to flickr and looked at it full size!) beautiful colouring ... show us more!

Thank you for the link too to your longarm quilter - one day when I make something truly worthy of quilting I will send it out. No question!

grendelskin said...

What a delightful introduction! I thought after all that fuss you'd be slathered with tattoos but you only have two sleeves that appear to be quite lovely.
As always, thanks for your honesty, your charm and your recommendations. You'll do just fine at your booth; just remember they're all sewists too!

Andi said...

Lovely to "meet" you miss Katy!!
You and I have much in common. Except I am NOT tall and skinny and if I am allergic to dairy, I'm ignoring it! NO ONE is messing with my butter/cheese/chocolate/you get the picture! ;)
Andi xx

restitcherator said...

When I met you last fall in Houston, sitting across from you in that Mexican restaurant, I was so intimidated at first. Not just that you're close to 1/2 foot taller than me, but you were there with all of your FQ crew. But as soon as you started pulling out your Sample Spree loot, and your face lit up, I thought "wow, she's a lot like me". It was wonderful to meet you and Brioni and get a taste of all that delicious British-ness. Thank you for being so open...it's wonderful and refreshing.

rachelmp said...

What a great post Katy. I've been reading you forever, but its great to see it all in one spot here. Love it

Camilla said...

Good to meet you Katy, your comments about mess made me laugh, as I think the attitude of your husband is the same as mine with all my crafty bits dotted about as I don't really have a dedicated area...now if i got rid of the kids ;)

Thanks for sharing

Charlotte said...

hello, lovely to meet you :-) Your tattoos are gorgeous!

cauchy09 said...

Hi, Katy! I think I love you.

:o)

Cass said...

Nice to meet you Katy

Jo @ a life in lists said...

Nice to meet you! Love the collection of random facts, and the tattoos :)

I am also v envious of your wardrobe - I am very much in the podgy post natal stage, and can't fit back into any of my slightly-more-stylish-than-worn-out-leggings-and-tunic clothes.

bearpaw said...

Thanks for letting us have a good nose! You look really cute, even with the tattoos, which though they aren't something I really 'get' do look very beautiful.

stitchinpenny said...

Love the tattoo. See it is good on you while I still woulodn't have one. I have the luxury of having a full time room and a part time room in which to quilt and everytime I start a project everything seems to just jump out all over the floor and any flat surface. I might do better if I had to straighten at every meal.

MelanieO said...

I love the fact that you sew on the dining room table (as do I) and that certain people are fed up with your mess (same in my house) and that your husbeast sometimes "cleans up" your stuff without your consent (as does mine). I actually have both extender boards in my dining room table so I can shove the sewing off to the side (yes, it's a small room, you just have to make your way around the table). It's lovely to see how much we have in common and interesting to see the differences. Thanks for sharing :)

lily boot said...

Hello! Nice to meet you Katy :-) I love your glasses - the nice sharp, pointy corners - I wish I had some of them. I have a corner of the guest room to sew in, but I too sew at the dining room table - why wouldn't we - it's nice and big with plenty of room to spread out. Makes sense to me. Only I don't move the piles - I make us eat on the sofa :-0 I also don't like buying clothes - the fabrics are rarely decent quality, the stitching is poor and they never fit properly. Unless I buy really nice things and then I'd rather spend the money on fabric. I love that you love your England - I've been such an Anglophile since spending part of my childhood in Malaysia and watching enviously as all my English friends headed home to marvellous (!) boarding schools in the countryside where they played lacrosse and took bracing walks. Now I read Country Living and World of Interiors. Love your Mac screen and so sorry to hear about your dairy allergy - bummer. Lovely to see you :-)

Sara said...

Thank you for the introduction:) I am getting down to earth, from you. You sound like a very easy person to get along with if one excepts the mess-he,he! I think a lot of us quilters don't really like to spend a load of money on clothes all the time when they could be buying fabric ya know! LOL!

Justine said...

Hello lady what a very lovely post! It made me chuckle as I can imagine Grace just walking out the room when she got bored of picture taking!!! Keep the blouse on it really does give you boobies and as for the hubby,keep him sweet - you never know what you might get!

Sylvie said...

What a nice post to introduce yourself!
I am pleased to know you better.

ange_moore said...

I love seeing the faces behind the blogs that I love to read. And you shared even more than just your face, you shared your home, your garden, your fears, your dreams! Thank you so much and enjoy your time at the Quilt Festival - it'll be fabulous I'm sure.

(and as an Aussie who lived in London for 2.5 years - I agree, London is a fabulous city and is a must see on any travel list!)

Mary said...

Hi! I feel your pain about dairy. I'm 31 and just found out a couple of months ago that I am allergic to milk (and everything with milk in it). I feel much better, but it is hard because I can't even go to the store and just buy a loaf of bread...

I too leave messes all over our tiny (1056 sq ft) house, which I am certain (insert husband eye roll here) would not happen if we had a larger house with enough space to actually store unused things.

Mary
http://www.QuiltGenius.com

Jan | Daisy Janie said...

You are too incredibly cute for words - love this post, love getting to know you better! I found myself nodding along and laughing!! Thanks for sharing!

Michele said...

It's so nice to get to know you more. You're a creative cutie!

MB in MI said...

Very nice to meet you, katy! thanks for the lovely introduction, i really enjoyed your post today. you are a very talented YOUNG lady, by the way--thanks for sharing that with us, too! :-)

quiltygal said...

Ok so I dont do dairy either & I'm not skinny sigh...(I dont do gluten either so should be really skinny)must be the chips :)
As someone with a lot of boobies it's not all it's made out to be lugging them around!!..
I loved London when we were there last year & more amazing my husband loved it too & wants to go back there... Kayla & I got so good on the tube when we were there we ended up helping tourists!
I wish I'd had enough balls to have a tatt when I was younger was too scared of the parents reaction but love that the younger gen go for it...
My VERY Aussie husband sat through all of the Royal wedding saying isn't it great look at that!!
lastly all sewing areas should be messy ...feel like I know you a whole lot more now...:)

oversewn said...

Oh Katy - SO so lovely to officially meet you! I think we might be the same person, just on different sides of the pond.....
And that shirt really does give you some nice knockers!!
xo Raven

badlandsquilts said...

Glad to meet a fellow messy girl...sounds like our husbands have a lot in common too. I haven't done much sewing lately as I have been trying to clean & organize myself so I can perhaps be a bit tidier?! Great post!

Sequana said...

LOVEly to meet the real you. *S* Those tatts are just beautiful.

I avoid having to be careful about my mess by living alone. :) Well, I'm old. I can do that.

So that is the puter you're on when you're prowling about in my flickr.

Oh.....and by the way....you look so lively! No wonder you have fun.

Kathie said...

Hi, looking forward to coming to you with some barley sugar at festival of quilts in august!
Kathie

Wendz said...

Hi Katy,

Wow, I so admire that you don't let anyone try and spoil your style. In fact, you're probably inspiring people like me who are shy and introverted to get on out there. Have loved your blog for sometime now and your fantastic vomit quilt is high on my list.

I'm counting myself lucky to have one half of the spare room upstairs and can just close the door :)

Enjoy the market and bring us back all the gossip and peaks at the new stuff too.

wendzneil [at] googlemail [dot] com

Heather said...

You're so cute! I can't wait to see you again next week!

xoxox,
Heather

Lexilooo said...

I love that you mention that you always wear a vest/tank under your shirt, because I do the same thing, and I thought I was the only one who liked feeling secure :)

Hoola Tallulah said...

Good god, I am just about coming to terms with you being a southerner and now I discover you are actually from ESSEX, it's all too much to take in, I think I need a nap and a cookie.

I <3 your tats btw, and your mess and your clothes and ah damn it your bloomin' awesome! nice post :)

PamKittyMorning said...

Can't wait to see you! xo

Des said...

You're darling. Perhaps I'll pass you in an aisle! I don't know if I'd be brave enough to say hello, so I'll say it now, Hello.
Travel safe. Salt Lake is a beautiful place.

Elena said...

So nice to meet you! Great post :)
I was just in London for several days (during the big protest, actually) and really liked it! Especially the ice cream cones :)

Alice said...

Great post Katy! x

Dirt Road Quilter said...

What a fabulous post! Thanks so much for sharing a bit about who you are and I think who you are is awesome!

Sarah said...

Such a lovely post, thank you!

Angela {fussycut} said...

hehe, I <3 you Katy! what a fun post. xx

Julie Phillips, aka Julieloveslucy SCS said...

Ok...so I think that I would love to live closer so we could visit! I like your sense of fashion.

madhatcher said...

Can we have a whole post just about your tattoos? They are lovely!

Isa said...

Hello Katy.
It's so nice to meet you too!!
Thank you for this post, it's great to come "backstage", and learn that there's real people back there :-)

Jacqueline said...

I think you are fabulous. And I am so bummed that I wont be able to give you a squeeze in person. I appreciate hte lovely post and open view into your personal life. Are you planning on going to Fall Market?? xoxo

Catherine said...

How lovely to meet you - in the flesh - at long last. I loved this post

Ina said...

I really enjoyed reading this post! I don't think you look like a nerd in the pic your daughter took...I think you look happy. ;0

I do have one question...why did you name your blog I'm A Ginger Monkey?

Jeanie said...

This was a fun post to read! Thanks for sharing your world with us, and since you asked...I'd like to know about your tattoos :)

Allison said...

You're so cute! See you next week!

Poppyprint said...

I have a question. How come I was expressly instructed to send ONE and only ONE thread catcher, but it seems you have sent TWO, that's right, TWO sweet dolls to my address? Hmm? You naughty monkey.

If you haven't figured it out already, I want to be your friend (and not just you, but all of the hilarious UK bloggers). Every one of you make me laugh on a regular basis - which is why I follow your blogs. I think I would really love living in Britain. The free museums and galleries would help, too.

Thanks for sharing. Safe travels and enjoy market!

Stormy Days said...

Loved that, thank you.

Molly said...

Katy, you're a doll. Thanks for sharing yourself with us, I knew there was a good reason I always come back to see what you're up to.

Karen said...

Great to meet you. Don't worry about turning 40 its nothing. You actually start feeling younger when you reach 40! Well maybe you wish you start feeling younger.LOL. I turned 40 last year and loved it. I hope you have a fabulous time at market. Thanks for creating a wonderful blog.

Anita said...

That is such a happy pic of you! I love it! And thank you for such an honest bio. Maybe I will bump into you at market.

Jennifer O. said...

Katy Jones...It is very nice to meet you!
Love the whole monkey thing too! Also by the way of the tatoo discussion I had imagined some one like Kat Von D. But your tatoos are very lovey!And not overly excessive. I love that you are British! It is nice to see past all the American hum drum in quilting. But I do like our hum drum too! And I am glad to see that you are not a stuffed away in some fancy quilting room. That is where you and I and many other have in common. There are days that I wish I had a room of my own to releive the mess in the house. But I do enjoy being around my family. I have grown used to the kids and husband being around when I sew.
I also agree with you to see London at least one in a life time. I missed out on the last oppertunity 10 years ago. Now it is something I am hoping to share with my daughter when she gets a bit older.

Tinder said...

"I always wear a vest (tank) under everything." Me too!!! Even in the height of summer .. I just can't wear a t-shirt with nothing underneath! Feels too breezy! We have quite a lot in common :P
Thank you thank you thank you for the link to the quilter person! There was me thinking you did it all yourself. I'm shedding tears right now as I've had all the pieces for a quilt for my son since before he was born 15 months ago and never had the time to put it together as I've just been too busy. Now I know all I have to do is make the top and they can do the rest!! I already have the bottom fabric. Honestly. Made me cry. Silly hormonal mummy that I am.

Helen in the UK said...

Lovely to 'see' you and your work area. I'm hoping to get to FoQ this year and if I do I'll keep an eye out for your booth and say hi :)

two hippos said...

Hi Katy. Great post, love your tattoo's, I'm not brave enough - me and needles! I'm going to have to come up to the festival of quilts this year, I missed last year.

Cristina said...

I love it. Thank you for being a real person. :)

Mego said...

I SO needed you today! Love your 'studio'...I have the same. Love the pix! You look GREAT! Went down and read previous posts and I totally agree that a)you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover and b)honestly, is it anybody's business! Thanx for the honestly...it's nice to know it LIVES!

molly::applecyder said...

oh yay! great post! that first pic is beautiful. and i love your "office"--it is just like mine.

i also enjoyed the bit re: how you don't spend $ on going out/drinking/lots of clothes. i am the same way.

FionaPoppy said...

Hi katy I really enjoyed reading your post and getting a little peek into your life :) your sewing area looks a lot like mine. Your blog is one of my favourites x

circle retreat quilter said...

Hi there greetings from down under, just wanted to say that i love that you have a messy creative space. How can u get it all going if its neat as a pin.
Stacey

Jessica Levitt said...

Nice to meet you, Katy. Looking forward to meeting you in person in SLC!

sewkatiedid said...

Fun. We have a load in common. Not making it to SLC, I have no excuse to go, but maybe in the Fall.

Tonya Ricucci said...

nice to meet you. you're a cutie! I envy you the skinniness but not the dairy allergies. I have a far messier sewing area than that, but I'm really lucky that my husband doesn't mind and has gotten used to it after 18 years... Good thing too since my sewing area is all the dining room/living room.

Cathy said...

It is lovely to get to know you a little more Katy. I love your working space and those tattoos, I think you are very brave I have an aversion to pain! I would love to see your sewing machine one? Great colours! xo

mascanlon said...

Nice to me! Monica sent me although I have you in my bookmarks too fro FQ . I love London, my daughter went to King's for a year and we went over. I couldn"t get anyone to leave the museums and check out quilt stores though. Maybe someday!

Birdie said...

Hi, Katy. I just stumbled onto your blog and this was a great intro post for me. I love your projects and your beautiful tattoos. Your house looks a lot like mine ha!

alobsiger said...

Nice to mee you, lovely lady!

alobsiger said...

Oh and my word verification was dedstsy. I think he's the next banksy.

audreypawdrey said...

It was so much fun to read about you! I love seeing what people actually look like and where they spend their days. I love your little garden in the back; our yard is just a wee bit bigger, but it doesn't come close to looking as nice as yours. My husband is constantly reminding me that I don't, in fact, have a green thumb. I am in denial of that.

Kelly said...

i've always thought you were quite amazing, i'm now certain you're one amazing lady {love the picture too!}

Hollie said...

Thanks for sharing! I love your blog and I love learning more about you.

Rachaeldaisy said...

Hi Katy, Lovely to meet you. What a great post, thanks for sharing! I love that you sew in the dining room. I've got a little sewing room but recently set up a table in the loungeroom because I want to be were the action is. I think your tattoos are beautiful!!

laura said...

what a lovely post. nice to meet you. my dining room looks the same. i just assume if it doesn't bother me, it shouldn't bother anyone else!

ifabrikate said...

Hello - it's great to put a face to the name! I have a few thing in common with you - EXCEPT - I would gladly lend you the boobies for as long as you want- I'd love to go without mine for a while!!! Also, I seriously got down about hitting 40 - for a whole year, but by the time I turned 41 I was over it and now I'm looking down the barrel at 50... not scary at all! And I also love the tatts - if I wasn't such a wuss...!!!

Michelle said...

Hi Katy, thanks for your blog and your tweets, I really enjoy them. I love your quirkiness and your cats and how open and friendly you are. I am Aussie and we live in Melbourne but my husband is from Yorkshire and we lived there for a year, so I have even more of a soft spot for you! Tarrarabit! michelle x

Tam said...

It's been forever since I popped over to you lovely girl! And so glad to have found this gorgeous post all about you. Life with 5 boys has kind of taken over from blogging and quilting for that matter - knitting is the addiction of convenient choice at the moment - you know pick up and put down easily.

Hope all is well in your lovely corner of the world - and for the record, can't wait to visit London;)

Take Care,

Tam xx

amy smart said...

Yay Katy! I loved this. You are one of my favourites (see my British spelling?) and, I second you, London is the best city in the world. Salt Lake is almost as nice (but there no good chippy's). So excited you are coming. I want so much to meet you and hope I get to!

Micmacker said...

I love this post! And I know I'm not alone when I say it would be great to have a good long chat over a cup of tea. Thank you for sharing so much about yourself.

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

I thoroughly enjoyed that post. It was lovely to meet you. :)

Bea GarcĂ­a said...

Hi Katy!!! I liked this post and your blog a lot... nice to meet you...

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