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Monday, January 24, 2011

10 Things You Didn't Know About Melinda Spinks


We interrupt this post for a "Special Announcement" - We are so excited about this... Melinda has graciously accepted the position of our new Design Team Coordinator for Imaginisce. Although I have LOVED filling that role this past year, I have been asked to focus on many other new projects for the company, but I will continue to oversee all the Social Marketing for Imaginisce. So we needed help! You will see me pop in once in a while, but this blog is officially Melinda's turf NOW. Help me in congratulating her today!! - Lori

Sneak Peek into a different side of Me!
    One... I have been scrapping for almost 2 years, however I think I was destined to be part of this industry from when I was small and used to cut out articles from newspapers of my favorite football team and make them all pretty in a scrapbook. I then left school when I had just turned 17 to take up an apprenticeship in the printing industry where my job was to cut and paste the newspaper! I’m a whiz with a scalpel and a ruler… No paper trimmer in this house!

    Two... I learnt the piano for 17 years and barely play a note these days. I used to play at weddings, parties, restaurants etc. We’ve been without a piano in the house for such a long time although I do have one on the way so hopefully I will be able to teach my children to play and re-learn to play myself.

    Three... Before the farmer (my husband) and I were married we backpacked together for three years around Africa, the Middle East and Europe. We based ourselves in London, worked a bit and traveled a lot! The farmer proposed over a picnic supper in Hyde Park just before we flew home.

    Four... I can drive any vehicle on the farm, I’m pretty handy on a tractor, front end loader, truck, quad bike, you name it… I’ve driven it, except for the new header, that’s the farmer’s baby and I doubt I will ever be taught how to drive it! My 11 year old daughter even drives herself to school in her own little car as the local school is located on our farm and has a total of 23 students.



    Five... I don’t drink tea or coffee, hate it, hate the smell, and hate the taste! Like a lot of scrappers, I’m a Coke Zero junkie and love to start the day with an icy cold can of Zero. I also get really cross if the farmer takes the last can out of the fridge and doesn’t replace it. Grrrrr!

    Six... I suffer from Coulrophobia - the fear of clowns. I’ve been terrified of them for as long as I can remember however there was never an incident in my childhood that led me to this problem (that I’m aware of). I even hate mascots that are dressed up in larger than life outfits of animals etc. My poor kids will never be taken to the circus by their mother! Ever!!! I was give a porcelain clown once and had to lock it in a cupboard, and to this day I swear I could hear it move every now and again!

    Seven...
    1. I love to garden and try to always have freshly picked flowers in the house. Roses are my all time favorite and I have over 50 different varieties. I’ve even started to use them in the background for my scrapping photos. We also produce allot of our own food through a veggie patch, fruit trees and hand raised lamb and beef.

    http://didsburylife.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/bay_city_rollers.jpg
    Eight... When I was young I adored the Bay City Rollers and used to wear the tartan pants complete with braces and badges. I was such a bogan. I then graduated to Freddie Mercury and Queen and have remained faithful to this day! There is nothing better than a very loud rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody to help with the vacuuming.

         Nine... I’m a passionate Aussie Rules football fan… Go Tigers! I love nothing better than to sit down on a Friday night during winter and watch/listen to the football whilst I scrap. I even converted the farmer from his team to mine the day we were married as his wedding present was a membership to my team! LOL!

    Ten... I really enjoy Harry Potter, have read the books numerous times and have watched the movies more times than I care to remember. I don’t get to watch allot of television as the farm keeps us busy, however, a good Harry Potter movie never goes astray. Otherwise I don’t mind the Amazing Race, Masterchef , NCIS and most types of sport!

    To be a returning member of the 2011 Imaginisce Design Team is a priviledge beyond belief and I'm delighted to be working alongside a group of talented and enthusiastic designers.
    Thank you Imaginisce!
    I've popped a couple of my favourite projects from 2010 on to my blog and would love for you to stop by and see where it all began HERE.

    Leave a comment on both Melinda's blog and the Imaginisce blog and you could be selected to win!!

    75 comments:

    Sandra said...

    Great choice - lovely work!
    Sandra ltb

    Erika said...

    Congrats on becoming the DT coordinator :) How exciting!!!!

    sleeplesswonder said...

    Her projects are beautiful. Loved reading her 10 things.
    Hugs,
    Melissa D
    mkds312@hotmail.com

    April C said...

    Congrats on the DT coordinator position. I love your work, can't wait to see more of it!

    Kimberli said...

    That's great that you can drive all the farm equipment!! Thanks for sharing about yourself!

    Karen Pinsonat said...

    Congrats on the new gig!

    Patchi said...

    Awesome! I'll be following Melinda both here and at her scrap farm!

    Lindy said...

    Congrats Melinda!!!! I love your work. I'm been following you here and at The Scrap Farm.

    mommyof5kidz said...

    Congratulations, Melinda! You will be a fantabulous lead for the amazing DT here!!!

    Tigerberry said...

    Melinda, Congrats on being on the design team. Sounds like you will bring some variety to the table with your past travels and various interests. Have fun.

    ScrapDees said...

    i also dislike clowns iek!

    love desiree

    Becky Dunham said...

    I am not surprised that you are on the DT or that they asked you to be the new coordinator - have been a follower of your blog for quite a while! I too was a BCR fan as a kid and am still an avid fan of Queen! Bohemian Rhapsody is my favorite as well as a favorite of my son (he is 19). Great to get to know you better and congrats!

    Donna said...

    I am a follower on Melinda's blog. She has some beautiful projects!

    Suzanne said...

    Congratulations my friend!!! I am so happy for you!!!!xoxoxo

    Jamie said...

    awesome info.. i bet backpacking in all those places was amazing! i dont know if anyone really finds every single clown to be cute or funny.. they just have something about them. thanks for sharing all ur info!
    -jamie
    babyblueangel_30@Yahoo.com

    Dawn said...

    Love learning fun things about these DT...great idea!

    Sandy Davis said...

    Congrats Melinda!

    Carol said...

    Congrats Melinda on DT Co-ordinator! I love your projects and con not wait to more. Thank you for sharing a little of yourself.

    JennyKozar said...

    Congratulations! Your projects have just amazed me and I am excited to see what you have in store for us.

    Debbie Garcia said...

    Congrats I just learned over the weekend about blogging taking it slow love so far everything on blog

    Vicki and Don said...

    Love reading the "ten things" about each of the DT! Lots of fun!

    Brett said...

    Congrats on the new position! I also LOVE NCIS, Such a good show! It's our all time favourite show and my husband and I have seen every episode of the regular NCIS and LA, we love it!

    Michelle M said...

    I was wondering when you would be featured, I am a fan of your blog, and life on a farm and a 23 student school is a mystery to me. There are 32 primary students in one class here. Best of luck with your new role!

    Thebug415 said...

    I really enjoy your work here on the IMaginisce blog. Oh, and we are huge Harry fans here too.

    Viji Siddharth said...

    Congratulations! Lovely work! thanks for sharing a bit about yourself!

    Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

    gr8 getting to know a little about you! Have loved your work fo the longest time. Congrats on your new position too! Off to see what yummy eye candy you have on your blog~

    Staci
    staci412 at optonline dot net

    Fifi said...

    Another coke zero junkie here, I quit the full fat stuff about 6 months ago

    theCook said...

    Congratulations on your DT coordinator place! Another no-coffee drinker here!

    alwayscharlie said...

    What a great way to finish up learning about the Design Team. It's been so much fun!

    joni said...

    Huge congrats to you!!!! Wow!! How exciting! I loved reading about you...what an interesting life and I too was a Bay City Roller fan....and Queen! No coffee for me but I do drink tea and diet coke with Lime!!! Yum!!! Looking forward to seeing what the DT has for us this next year...I know it will be fabulous! TFS
    hugs,
    joni

    Kelly Massman said...

    Congrats Melinda on your new DT coordinator position! I love your work also!!!!!!

    Kristal said...

    What great work!! TFS

    KellyG said...

    So great learning more about you! I lived in London for 6 months and spent a lot of time traveling around, the good old days!!

    Lauren said...

    Not only are you an awesome scrapper but you are an awesome farmers wife! I'm impressed!! LOL Loved hearing a few things I didn't know about you! :)

    Tabitha said...

    Thanks for sharing a little bit about yourself. Bohemian Rhapsody is my father and I favorite song. Cracks me up to see my kids think I've lost my mind. Even sing the "mama" part when they want me. Drives them crazy. Hope they know how it feels now. LOL ;0)

    Lesleyw28 said...

    Just love your Christmas wreath!

    Chelle said...

    Congratulations on your new position.

    KerrynF said...

    Awesome news Melinda, congrats from one Aussie to another!!

    Marg said...

    Oh a huge congratulations my beautiful friend....so well deserved...luv marg xx

    Chereazy said...

    Loved your 10 things, and you have amazing projects on your blog! Thanks so much for sharing them with us!!

    PamS said...

    Congratulations! It looks like you will be busier than ever.

    Jean said...

    Amazing layouts!! I am a new follower. Love the 10 things!

    Amy said...

    I'm sure that it's going to be an amazing year with Melinda at the helm of this amazing blog. Lori I'm sure will be a great support and hopefully will pop in from time to time as she will be missed if she doesn't! How fun that you were able to back-pack for three years, I'm sure it was an amazing experience!

    Julie said...

    Congrats on the new title!

    Julie

    Dilsaver Designs said...

    I think all of her projects are wonderful! TFS :)

    Karen AKA Soccerboyzmom said...

    Wow to drive a tractor -- what power. Congratulations on your position.

    ——>Katie Bolinger said...

    Congrats on the new position. Well deserved.

    Auntie Ang said...

    How did I miss some of these wow you guys are rocking and rolling on the blog
    Congrats on the new position I'm sure you will do great. HOw fun to know more about you.
    This is such exciting year with all the new stuff.
    I am so happy to be following

    Mary Pat Siehl said...

    congrats on the new position--you will be wonderful.

    oh wow i loved the bay city rollers. they were sooo awesome and i too then switched to queen. oh fun times in the 70's.

    Manders said...

    Congrats on the new DT position how fun and exciting with all the new buzz products and CHA you girls did some amazing things with Animal crackers that was a fun release

    Steff said...

    Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself. I really envy your ability to grow roses. I have tried but failed miserably!

    Vicki and Don said...

    Congrats! Loved finding out about you!

    Julie Koets said...

    Congratulations! And thanks for sharing!

    fong33 said...

    It was fun getting to know you. I loved the Bay City Rollers too!

    Kathy said...

    Well, I have followed Melinda for a while now, and there are some things I did NOT know about her, that I know now!!! I am still smiling as I picture her behind a backhoe or a tractor wheel (do they have steering wheels?) as she probably makes those cute embellies she is know for! Congrats, Melinda!

    Tracey Taylor said...

    Loved reading your top 10. Congrats again to you. Love your style.

    Rhonda Miller said...

    It's nice getting to know you.

    Sam said...

    Congrats Melinda:) I LOVE your work and can't wait to see lots more throughout the year!

    Larissa Heskett said...

    CONGRATS!! I AM HAPPY FOR YOU AND I LOOK FORWARD TO MORE FUN!! THANKS FOR ALL OF THE FUN INFO AND I BET WE COULD HAVE FUN TALKING ABOUT ALL OF THE SKILLS US FARM WIVES HAVE TO POSESS!! THANKS FOR SHARING!! =)

    Kim said...

    Nice to get to know you and CONGRAT on the DT and the DT Coordinator!! AWESOME! I am a follower of your blog! LOVE your projects! Have a GREAT Day,
    Me-Ma Kim

    Debc06 said...

    Melinda congratulations on staying on the DT and the promotion to Coordinator. Very much deserved. You do excellent work. Love your projects.
    Debbie
    http://craftywizard.blogspot.com
    debbie_craine@hotmail.com

    Glynis said...

    As a long time follower I am a huge fan of Melinda's work and think she'll make a perfect fit!! Yeah Melinda :O)

    craftymom205 said...

    Great things to know about Melinda.

    Janet Z said...

    Congrats on your new DT position.

    Summer Braxton said...

    Wow! Your travels sound so exciting. I'm a coke zero girl, too

    Suzuki said...

    Lovin' the 10 things post!!! Great job!!

    Pammejo said...

    Melinda, I am so very excited for you, I know you will do a fabulous job. The rest of the DTs are so very talented you will have an amazing time. I love that you allow us to get to know you better as well as the other sweet ladies. Again, congratulations.

    Pamk said...

    congrats on being offered the coordinator job. And nice to meet you and learn more about you.

    Tina M said...

    TinaCongratulations to you!! Your work certainly speaks for why you were choosen! You have an adorable family, thank you for sharing about yourself. And thanks for the chance to win.

    Cynthia B. said...

    So interesting to learn more about you, Melinda! I guess I'll be "seeing" much more of you this year as your role with Imaginisce takes you to new places. :) Congrats!

    Nikki xx said...

    What a fantastic choice!!! Hugest congrats to Missy Melinda....I know she will be extraordinary!!! xxx

    doverdi said...

    Congrats. Love your blog Melinda & all the inspiration you've shared. TFS!

    Angie said...

    I just adore your work! Congrats on the new position!

    pdrnc said...

    Oh My!! I forgot about the Bay City Rollers. What was I thinking with them? Now I'll be singing Saturday Night all day long...Congrats on your new position.

    Theresa said...

    Congratulations! And, you totally had me at Bay City Rollers!!

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