World of Wynne blog is such a charming blog. I ‘met’ Hanna online a good few months ago now, and have loved following along with her and her blog ever since the first moment I read it. There’s something so beautifully serene about Hanna’s photographs and the way in which she writes her posts- it’s all so very unassuming, and always leaves me wanting more. And I’m so excited to help you get acquainted with it! Hanna took time out over the past few days to answer some of my nosiest questions, so now without further ado, let me introduce you to World of Wynne!
1. What’s been the best thing you’ve learnt or discovered about yourself and about blogging in general, since you started writing World of Wynne?
I have learned that ultimately, it is never too late to take on a new hobby or discover a new passion. Not only has blogging become such a big part of my life, but baking and photography have as well. I had never really baked or photographed anything before starting my blog, which is so weird to think about considering how much I love to do both. These new pastimes have not only become an integral part of my life and how I live it, but they have also become part of my identity.
2. What three words would you use to sum up your blog?
Dogs, blooms, baking.
3. What do you find is your biggest source of creative inspiration? Is there anything that always makes you rush to your laptop/camera?
I am inspired by so many things that it’s difficult to pinpoint my biggest source of creative inspiration. Nature is a big one though. Art and film, too. Any time I visit a museum or see an amazing film, I find myself brimming with excitement and inspiration. Also, I find architecture to be very inspiring, as well as old things – things that have character and a past.
4. Do you have a favourite kind of post to write? :) And what do you find comes easier, the words, or the pictures? (I absolutely love your photographs! They have such beautiful quality.)
Thank you so much! I am a very visual person so the pictures definitely come easier than the words. At times I find myself becoming overwhelmed when I have to write an entry; I find the task at times a bit daunting. It’s undoubtedly easier for me to communicate with pictures, as opposed to words. I did so much writing in college and graduate school and it left me really dreading it, so I definitely would like to try and be open and willing to write more. At this point I would have to say that baking posts are my preferred posts to compose. My baking posts are picture laden (typically there are very few words) so they are very easy to create, and they are incredibly satisfying and delicious to put together, too!
5. Let’s talk about love! How long have you and your husband been married? What are his best qualities-and what would he say yours are, do you think?
My husband, Alex, and I have been together for six years, and just celebrated our first wedding anniversary this past June! He is my best friend, and the greatest person I have ever met. He is kind and caring, and he accepts me for who I am (which apparently is a complete weirdo). I think Alex would say that my best qualities are that I am compassionate, considerate and headstrong. And what we love most about one another is definitely each other’s sense of humor. At the end of the day we are just a couple of oddballs who love to make each other laugh.
6. What’re the very best things about your hometown? Any hot spots you’d recommend a tourist visit? :)
I live in a very quaint and rural suburb of New York City located just about an hour north of Manhattan. I love my town’s quiet and bucolic setting, which at times feels as if it’s worlds apart from the city, and yet it is actually only a train ride away. Just up the road from us is Purdy’s Farmer and the Fish, one of our most beloved restaurants, and also the location of our engagement party. There are also a couple of orchards nearby – Harvest Moon and Salinger’s – which we visit when we are in dire need of cider doughnuts (which is a lot). We also live close to the Hammond Museum, which has a Japanese stroll garden and is definitely worth a visit.
7. What’re your favourite things to eat? Are you a sweet, or a savoury girl?
I am always in the mood for sushi. And guacamole. And anything involving bread. Bread is the best! But I also have an intense sweet tooth and can never pass up dessert. So I might have to say that I’m a sweet girl since dessert is my most beloved part of a meal.
8. Lastly, let’s play desert island discs! If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you bring with you? You can choose two books, two albums, ingredients to make two meals, and one luxury item!
For my two books I would have to bring To Kill a Mockingbird (I love love love this book) and a Nancy Drew mystery (I grew up reading the series, and will forever adore those books!). For music, if I am going to be on a desert island, I would feel obligated to bring some Bob Marley, and I would also have to bring the soundtrack to West Side Story to sing and dance along to. For my two meals I would choose brioche French toast with maple syrup & mixed berry compote, and goat cheese, arugula & caramelized onion pizza. And finally, for my one luxury item, I would need a large, cozy cashmere blanket for stargazing.
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