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about me

Hi there!  Since you’re curious enough to want to know more about me, here’s a little introduction to me and Joli House.

I’ve blogged since 2013, and after much deliberation I decided to go with ‘lifestyle’ as a category – personal style, travel and experiences, crafty things I’ve made, fitness, general ramblings about day to day life… I like to keep my options open.  I would say expect everything but the kitchen sink, but I’ve blogged about the dining room table before now so wouldn’t rule it out.

I live in Lancashire in North West England but travel as often as possible.  Short, spontaneuous trips are my favourite.  City breaks, solo trips, adventure travel… you name it, I’m up for it.   Travel posts are some of my absolute favourites to write in a personal, chatty way (and always with 50 million photos).

Alongside blogging, I’m mid way through an Astronomy and Planetary Sciences degree with the Open University.  I’m a total geek, but I like my artsy stuff too.  I’ve designed my own knitwear and published my own patterns since age 12 – more on that here.  I was also an Ambassador and Vlogger for Tomorrow’s Engineers for #TEWeek15, a campaign run by EngineeringUK aiming to attract more young people – particularly girls – into science, technology, engineering and maths.

The majority of images on Joli House are taken by my photographer mum (yes, I’m very lucky!) or myself, using a Canon 7D, 400D, or as of November 2015, a Canon Powershot G7X.   More recently I’ve started working with different photographers, as in 2016 I started modelling and sometimes share test shoot images on here too.

One of my absolute favourite aspects of blogging is getting to know my readers, and I LOVE reading your comments.  I reply to every single one, both on the blog and directly via email.  Of course there’s always social media too, so give me a shout on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Youtube if you fancy.



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    14th April 2009 at 11:46 am

    Please can you help me? I want to make a blanket using the pleat idea you have shown ( from Debbie Bliss) But I have lost the pattern. I think I can make one out of my head, but I jsut need a reminder of how to form the pleat!! Can you just give me a rough idea please? I would be very grateful.
    Thanks. Sue.

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    6th December 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Subject : Advertising on – Joli House
    Hi there,

    Just checking out your blog i love your images. I am interested in purchasing a sponsored link on the sidebar. If this is something your interested in please drop me an email.

    Warm Regards Alex

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    Tina J.
    12th March 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Oh no, Amanda… I’ve been missing you for weeks because I didn’t change my bookmark and I was still watching the old site… Can’t wait to catch up with you again here!

    Tina J.

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    28th April 2011 at 12:22 am

    Your daughters designs are stunning! When and where will they be available.

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    5th May 2011 at 9:42 am

    Gorgeous website and patterns.
    I’m also a Lancashire girl….where are you from exactly?
    Me …south Lakes.

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    10th October 2014 at 12:27 pm

    nice pic

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    8th December 2014 at 3:55 am

    Do you have any acting experience?

    I’m making a film next year. It’s about a famous DJ that meets a deaf girl at the beach and falls in love with her.

    Email me if interested edwardelg@gmail.com

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      lily kate
      8th December 2014 at 5:43 pm

      I’m afraid I don’t! Never acted in my life 🙂

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    30th January 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Hey, i wanna know if you have uploaded any videos of all your knitting stuff.. i mean how you knit those.. It’s all very beautiful..

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    2nd June 2015 at 8:21 am

    You are an absolutely beautiful girl who is super talented, great taste in everything that you do. Just one word to sum you up: Gorgeous! I may put you in to contact with my 17 year old daughter who is very much in to fashion, modeling, photography and just loving life in general which you look like you do. I want her to get more in to something like this that she could enjoy.

    Thank you and look forward to hearing from you and seeing more of what you do.

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      lily kate
      4th June 2015 at 6:43 pm

      Thank you so so much! I’d highly recommend blogging to any teenager, especially one with these interests! 😀

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    2nd July 2015 at 5:36 am

    Hi Lily! My name is Kalyssa and I just started a fashion blog called The Fashion Station and I was wondering how did you get so many people to read your blog and is there any tips or advice you could give me?

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    Chloe Randall
    13th June 2016 at 9:47 am

    Hi Lily,

    I hope this email finds you well!

    I work on the digital content for Bicester Village and we are currently looking for young bloggers to take part in a back to school style feature. We love your blog and wondered whether you might be interested in taking part?

    This interview would be done via email and take no longer than 10 minutes of your time. We also require one image of yourself but one from your blog is totally fine.

    Let me know if this is of any interest to you as we would love to have you included. Thanks so much!

    Best wishes,


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