I’m over the moon to be interviewing JoJo from Miss JoJangles this month! She’s a seriously cute crafty blogger who’s the sassiest knitter I know. This interview is one of my all time faves, you won’t be disappointed!
Jess: It’s so much fun to come across fellow crafty bloggers! Have you always enjoyed making things, or is it a skill you’ve developed as you got older?
JoJo: I have forever been one of those people who can’t sit still. I was the classic fidget-bum little girl you didn’t want to sit next to at nursery and it’s a trait that I have yet to grow out of – and I for one, am glad of that. I have to always be making something, it gives me such satisfaction like nothing else does. I can’t comprehend people who don’t constantly make things! As I grow older and make more and more I find that my projects have matured as well – I’m no longer trying to make Pokemon out of A4 printer paper and sellotape. However, there’s nothing wrong with a bit of nostalgia, recently I’ve made my own play dough too! Some girls never change.
Jess: You always impress me with how many different crafts you’ve managed to tackle! What is your favourite way to make things?
JoJo: When people ask me my favourite craft, my knee jerk reaction is to shout ‘knitting’ at an inappropriate volume. However, in all honesty, it’s been a while since I’ve knitted. I’ve currently got a very dull jumper on the go and I’m constantly getting distracted. Right now, I’ve started to learn the basics of using a sewing machine and I have fallen in love with how instant the projects I make on it can be. I am forever getting excited that, when I sew with a machine, my finished articles look like ‘real things’ as opposed to something I created with my hands. I’m on an embroidery kick at the moment too. Forever a needle junkie.
Jess: What is your favourite thing about blogging? Do you have a favourite post?
JoJo: My favourite thing about blogging is the people I have met through it. Like everyone who’s a bit “different”, I have struggled to meet like-minded people throughout my life. The blogging community is such a friendly one to be a part of and I have met friends through blogging who I can talk to hours with because we have so much in common. It’s also helped me with my own confidence and taught me to embrace my quirks.
Although I blog mostly about crafts, my favourite posts have been the ones where I have been honest with my friends and readers, about turning 20 and about my University experiences.
Jess: Since graduating from uni, this year has been a bit up and down for me – I haven’t been able to make up my mind about what I want to do, and I’ve been moving around and doing temp work. Reading your blog has helped me realise that lots of other lovely people like you are still figuring it out, too! What is your daily life like at the moment, and do you know where you’d like to be in five years time?
JoJo: Oh goodness, I’ve been there. My advice is hang in there. Most people don’t have the foggiest clue what they’re doing with their lives, they just don’t have guts to put up both hands and admit to it. I’ve spent the last two years after my A-Level trying to figure out everything, testing out a string of different courses and options available to me. This year, I have taken time out of education to work as a shop girl. While all my friends have moved away to different cities and do different things, I’ve stayed in the little town where I grew up. I don’t regret it at all. It’s been so beneficial. It takes a certain type of strength to kick against what all your peers are doing. I have learnt so much and grown up a great deal. It’s meant I’ve worked hard on my blog and pushed myself to try new things and meet new people. It’s also through trying things that you learn what you do and don’t want to do, also. There’s nothing to be ashamed of, you don’t need to explain your journey to anyone because it’s yours.
At the moment, I like to wake up early and greet my family in the morning before they go out for the day. Then I get ready for work, it can be a bit painful if it’s a weekend and everyone else is still in bed! I love my walk to work. I put my headphones in, take a cheeky SnapChat ‘off to work selfie’ my friends have grown to love/despise and head on my way. Working in town means I now know a lot of people so I get to wave at the window cleaners, shop owners and the Big Issue guy. After work, I like to walk through the market and treat myself to some fresh fruit or flowers. Some evenings I’ll go to my favourite local craft café for a class and learn a new skill, meet up with friends or I’ll go for a run. I like to make the most of my days off by having as much fun as I can, going on adventures or working on my blog.
As much as I love this little town, I’m hoping that very soon I’ll be elsewhere too. I’m hoping to go to University in September. In five years time, I don’t know where I will be but the hope is London and the daydream is to work in the marketing department at Etsy, Pinterest or Instagram and I won’t stop tweeting them until it happens.
Jess: Is there anything you wish you’d have known when you started crafting or blogging? What would your advice be to people who feel they don’t have the time or the talent to make things?
JoJo: My advice to people is just to get stuck in. You don’t know how to blog until you actually blog, same with knitting. You could read a thousand books on how to cast on, but you’ll never have a scarf unless you actually grab your needles and wool. After months of planning and reading big blogger’s advice posts, my blog began as an almost Tumblr scrapbook of music, art and photographs I was loving. Sometimes I miss those days! But it wasn’t until I got going with my blog that I found my feet and learnt way more than I ever did when I was simply researching.
In order to make more time for crafting and blogging, I have cut out certain things out of my life to make space for more productive pass times. I don’t watch TV anymore and I have to tell you, I really don’t miss it. As for people who don’t think they can’t craft, I shake my head. Everyone can craft, that’s the joy of it. Even if what you create looks like it’ll fall apart if you tug at the lose thread towards the bottom left, you made it and that’s awesome. Anyone can go out and buy something but a handmade creation has so much more personality. No one wants to be ordinary, after all.
Thanks for the interview JoJo, I had so much fun finding out more about you! Don’t forget to check out JoJo’s blog and all her wonderful crafty creations.