Hello ladies and gentlemen, my name is Stef, I am 20&something years old and I live in Austria, Europe. I study in Vienna and I will become a teacher next year. I love everything that's pretty & I adore cute, feminine stuff. I like books, photography, cakes, music, travelling, dancing & doing artistic stuff. - My blog magnoliaelectric is about my passion for beautiful, mostly handmade things, lifelifelife and my way to make it a little bit special.
2. Why did you start blogging?
In September 2010 I just came back from an unbelievable summer at the seaside and from a tour through Germany and I wanted to show my pictures somewhere, so I reactivated my blog magnoliaelectric which I had started out of boredom in 2009.
3. How would you briefly describe yourself and your style?
Finally there – I guess these are the right words. I am a person who has tried out a lot of styles and I think that I am now myself. I like wearing dresses; I don’t have anything against trousers, though. But dresses fit me better and I do not only love the simplicity, but I also love that you wear something special as soon as you wear a dress. I like everything that’s fitted and loose – my style is playful, sometimes more casual with a hat.
Maybe it’s really something special – not unique – that I own two pants only which I wear sometimes (PS: nearly never). Apart from that, I only have dresses and skirts in which I feel comfortable. And Stef – I – is always combined with a lion’s mane. Curls and long hair, yes.
5. What is the best thing you have ever made / created / sewed / cooked / …? Please tell me about your best project it and share a link!
Mh, there are a lot of yummy things which I have tried so far. A recipe which has become one of my favourite cakes is the cherrypie - but maybe it's not the best thing. I can't make a decision, sorry.
6. Concerning the creative part of your life, what is the best thing that has ever happened to you?
I think the blog-thing is a big part of it because it has opened so many doors for me. I was able to publish a recipe in a book, a series of pictures in a magazine and I got to know a lot of awesome people.
7. Who and / or what inspires you? Where do you get your inspiration from and how does your inspirational process look like?
Pure life! Dropping ice cream on the asphalt, blurring moments of summer on the hot street, music, books, museums and exhibitions. Blogs, of course, and some magazines. I have a series on my blog which is called “how to stay inspired/creative”. Here you can get more information on this topic: Here you can get more information on this topic - it’s in German, though.
8. How do you organize blogging? Do you always prepare your posts in advance or do you rather spontaneously post about what comes to your mind?
It depends. I usually plan 2 – 3 beforehand. Because of my regular features, such as YummY FridaY, abandoned places or what-I-wore, I always have a basic idea which I then just have to full in. If I have to learn or work a lot, I blog beforehand for the whole time period and then I only have to activate the posts. If I have time in between, there are spontaneous posts, too.
9. Please name three of your favorite blogs to share them with my readers and briefly tell me why you like them and what makes them worth reading.
Squeaky Swing - Stefanie and I do not only share the same name, but also our love for creativity. I like her blog really much, because she shows personality, she stays true to herself and her DIYs are amazing!
Delightfully Tacky - An international blog on this list. I like Elisabeth’s blog really much, because her outfit posts inspire me and are always beautifully composed.
Gedankeninvasion - This is the blog of my brother and his girlfriend, so I’m pretty much supposed to like it, aren’t I? But I love it, because they also show adventures in abandoned places and I can see how they record the buildings.
10. Please share links to three of your favorite DIY ideas or projects (not your own ones :)).
These polaroid magnets.
11. Is there anything really important you‘ve learned through blogging and do you have any useful advice for other bloggers?
Always stay true to yourself, even when there are comments which make you doubt yourself. This is the most important thing. Do what you are good at and practice what you want to be good at. Allow yourself to make mistakes, take criticism in a good way and enrich others with your opinions.
12. What is your biggest dream or most important goal you want to achieve?
In my life? In the end, I want to be able to say that I have lived through everything that I wanted, that I made my dreams come true, maybe that a book carries my name, maybe that I have brought up children, maybe that I have published a series of pictures in a huge way. Whatever it might be, I want to be proud of myself and satisfied with myself.
Thank you, Lu, for choosing me for this series – one of the best parts about blogging is finding friends like you.
Dear Stef, thank you so much for answering those questions! Can't wait to meet you in summer! <3
(All photos in this post belong to Magnoliaelectric!)