It's the last Blog Gem interview of the year (don't worry, plenty more to come next year!) and I'm super chuffed to be finding out about the face behind Miss Jojangles. I simply love this blog. It's creative, inspiring and most of all, it's always fun! Wanna know more? Me too, so lets dive on in!
Hello there! Who be the face behind the blog?
My name’s Jojo and I’m a nineteen-year-old crafty blogger. Ever since I can remember I have been obsessively making things, right from when I used to make Pokémon out of papier-mâché for my brothers at the age of six, I think! When I’m not crafting I like to dance around my bedroom with my mittens on, listening to musical soundtracks.
What's your creative space like?
I would love to be able to tell you that my creative space looks just like those beautiful arty workspaces that I am constantly pinning on Pinterest, but the truth is I am unbelievably messy! It’s horrendous! Let’s not even discuss the state of my knitting bag at the moment. One day a wool monster will crawl out of it and I won’t even be that surprised.
If you had to take only one of your crafts to a desert island, what would it be and why?
My obsession is knitting, but my hot glue gun has a special place in my heart. Hardly a craft project goes by without me skipping a corner and using a glue gun to fix it. You can genuinely make anything with those things. What I’d glue gun together on a desert island, I can’t imagine!
How do you work and get inspired?
I get a lot of inspiration from blogs, Pinterest and craft magazines. But my main source of inspiration is other people. It’s not until you start talking to someone who tells you they super love raccoons that you get the idea to knit them one. Or is that just my crazy brain?
What top tips would you give to anyone starting a blog?
I don’t consider myself a pro blogger, so I can’t give the best advice. But what I would say is ‘be yourself’ – cheesy, I know. But blogging has become such a big thing all of a sudden and there are so many bloggers trying to be like other bloggers, blogs that post the same content. Don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd and do your own thing. Be original. No one has written any rules for blogging, you can do what you want!
Is there a story behind the name 'Miss Jojangles'?
My mother came up with it, funnily enough! My first ever craft business venture was when I was sixteen. I had a little stall at my local Christmas market. I wore a beret and sold everything super cheap. I’d worked so hard on these brooches I’d made by glue gunning safety pins to dominos and sewing hair bows. When I couldn’t think of a name for my business, I turned to my family. My mum suggested ‘Miss Jojangles’ and it stuck. I loved it because it was just the right amount of quirky and cute. I’m also a big Frank Sinatra fan girl so it was kind of my own subtle nod to being a modern day bobby soxer.
A lot of people now think ‘Jangles’ is my real last name, which is kind of awesome too.
If you could go to a Creative Blog Award dinner with any 5 people/fictional characters (dead or alive), who would you choose?
Oh, I say! What a fab question. Jazz Domino Holly is definitely top of my list. She’s my hero and I’ve read her book ‘Queen of Crafts’ cover to cover so many times. She’d come with her current quilting project. Representing the bloggers, can Joy the Baker be there? She’s the best. She’d bring the cake. I would have to invite Claire from Claireabellemakes. She’d bring the tea! Herbal, of course. Kirstie Allsop would come with a hamper full of crafty supplies for us all. And last but not least, Zooey Deshanel would be there. She would bring her crochet.
I realize that it’s an all female party so obviously we would watch Mean Girls, paint each other’s nails and talk about boys. Almost like a WI meeting.
Naturally, my plus one would be Prince Harry. He would hold my ball of wool so it didn’t get tangled while I knitted him a jumper.
And finally...book & tea or film & wine?
I’m a book and tea girl, all the way! By now you have gathered that I am a truly wild teenager! I love nothing more than a cup of tea while reading. Until I get fed up of that and go back to my knitting!
What a wonderful advice about blogging, Jojo! Be original and don't be a sheep. That's a great collection of people to go to the Blog Award dinner with! I would definitely be popping over to your table to say hi!
Thanks so much, Jojo. It's been great hearing all about you, your blog and what inspires you.
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