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Saturday 1 May 2010

The Sunday Roast

Let's Take A Fascinating Journey Into Slommler's World Of Art

It gives me great pleasure to introduce a lady who is a consistent follower of The Sunday Roast and I wish to publicly thank her for her support. I don't think she has missed one roast since I started in October last year. Now who is she, you might wonder? Oh! go on then! It's Christmas according to her photo so I will give you a clue! It's her commenting calling card: you have all seen it:

Now we are getting warmer!

. . . . and don't they make a lovely couple?

This week's interview is with Slommler, otherwise known as SueAnn

who writes the blog,
SueAnn's Journey .

Thank you for the interview, SueAnn

A very warm welcome to you and your followers

Here's the first of the standard questions. Why do you blog?

I started blogging to showcase my artwork. Nothing more; nothing less. Then it reached out and grabbed me. I ended up on a path that I was totally unfamiliar with and I had no idea where it would take me. Still don’t! It became so much more than showing pictures of my artwork. The process of making my art and personal stories caused my blog to evolve. Linking me to people from all over the world and actually getting to know them. And to realize they were actually interested in what and how I was making art. This still blows me away.

What's the story behind your blog name?

I suffered from Agoraphobia and my house became my world. I found it extremely difficult to get out of the front door. All I wanted to do was wander around the five rooms of my house. I called it, “The Journey of Five Rooms”. Living room, dining room, master bedroom, guest bedroom, and my studio. Through all of this, I clung to my art. It was and is who I am. It took me ten years; but I finally made it out of the house. My journey was complete. Now I take journeys with every piece that I work on, be it baby doll, sculpture, photo or mixed media. Hence, SueAnn’s Journey!

What is the best thing about being a blogger?

The ability to share my work and the process behind it as well as meeting bloggers from all over the world. I have met some fabulous people! And it still catches me by surprise with the close ties I have developed in sucha short period of time.

What key advice would you give to a newbie blogger?

It has been said so many times before. “Be yourself”, share what you know; be it stories, poetry, photography, recipes, art or whatever. Visit other blogs and make sure and leave comments. Leaving comments is a way of getting to know your neighbors. You introduce yourself and let them know of your blog. And don’t be afraid to ask advice. Learn by example!

What is the most significant blog post you've ever read?

Diane Irby from Good Morning Glory always moves me. Her honesty and openness softens my heart. She has two special needs children (one is a teen so she gets double brownie points) and her courage and tenacity blow me away. I can think of several posts that have brought me to tears! And posts that made me laugh out loud. She is definitely worth a visit.

What is the most significant blog post you've ever written?

I don’t know about significant; but the most fun post was the Halloween party sponsored by Vanessa at Fanciful Twist. It was entitled Happy Halloween! Vanessa is so fabulous and such a creative and talented lady! I just love her.

If you were to suggest two blogs for roasting who would you pick, and why?

Margaret of Nanny Goats in Panties She has a rich sense of humor and is deliciously wicked! She always puts a smile on my face. Many times I have spewed coffee all over my keyboard reading her ramblings. Definitely worth a visit. Kristina of Pulsipher Predilections a Snuggie Queen!! Her quote from Erma Bombeck is “When humor goes, there goes civilization”. And she definitely lives by that motto. She also makes me laugh out loud. Can you tell I like to laugh? Go visit Kristina…she will make your day.

(Both are great choices, SueAnn. Margaret at Nanny Goats and Panties has been roasted HERE and I have invited Kristina of Pulsipher Predilections and she is writing her roast at this very moment, I hope. Come on Kristina! get on with it LOL)

That concludes the formal aspect of the interview but it would be nice to get to know you a little better while you are slowly turning on the roasting spit. So while you are screaming in agony above the open fire here are a few more questions for you.

Pick three things you can't live without (no you cannot have ice cubes to cool you down)

My God and my laughter
My art and my vast array of supplies!
My husband and family; which includes five grandchildren whom I adore.

(Great choices!)

If we were to make a movie about blogland, what would it be and who would you cast in the leading roles?

The Nightmare before Blogmas! With Diane Irby of Good Mourning Glory as Sally and Brian Miller of WayStationOne who would be perfect as Jack!! He is a great storyteller and the role of Jack suits him to a “T”. And last but not least, you dear Eddie as the Town Mayor…the mayor with two faces!! The “I am here to please you” face and the “I am going to make you pay” face!! LOL!! Jack (Brian Miller) would be intent on taking over blogland on Christmas Eve. He would have everyone eating out his hand. Everyone but Sally (Diane Irby); she would be most hesitant. The Mayor (you) would see this as a perfect opportunity to rule a new kingdom and would be all for it. In the end, Sally mounts a counter attack and rescues blogland from Jack’s corrupted ways and the Mayor sees he must be content just ruling the tiny kingdom he has. The End

(Two faces . . .eh! Empire building . . . eh! Well I suppose I should rule over a very tiny kingdom! LOL . . but no chance of that Mrs Bluelights around! LOL)

If you could live your life again who would you be, and why?

Heidi Klum…need I say more?

(Heidi Klum - oh yes please and can I have your telephone number? LOL)

If you were an ice cream cone, which flavour would you prefer and who would you most want to lick you?

I would be Butter Pecan and I would love to have Johnny Depp and Robert Downey, Jr. licking away at me for sure!!!!

(Now we know your secrets LOL)

Describe in one sentence your perfect day?

Get up early (3 to 4AM) and have coffee ready and waiting. Read blogs and write one of my own posts. Eat my breakfast, shower and dress and head out into my studio. Work in my studio all day with breaks for lunch and a snack. Hubby home at 6PM; eat dinner and talk until bedtime. That is my perfect day!

(Gosh! That is really early! I can't get into second gear until 8am)

If you were a fictional writer which one would you be and why?

Charlaine Harris! After spending time reading her novels; especially the Sookie Stackhouse series, well she is just having way too much fun in her head!! I want to live there!

What was your most embarrassing moment?

I was in high school and had on a pencil skirt and blouse. I borrowed the skirt from my good friend, Bonnie. Walking down the hall, a boy named Eddie (of course) started teasing me about something...I forget what. I kept telling him to leave me alone and he wouldn't. So I swung my foot towards him to kick him and when I did that, my skirt ripped up the back seam. My entire backside was exposed! And I had no slip undies were showing! I was mortified!! I made my girlfriend, Bonnie, walk behind me as I went to the ladies room. What a way to start my morning at school that day!! Sheesh!!

(OK blame Eddie again!! Great story! Hey folks, do you like the new question?)

And finally if you have answered all these questions I invite you to ask me one in return - it's the least I can do. OK fire away!

What does family mean to you?

They mean the world to me, in fact everything. I am most fortunatel to have a lovely wife whom I married 37 years ago. Unfortunately she has secondary cancer and we are not sure how long she will remain with us - I love her very much as indeed I do my daughter and son. Time flies by so quickly -it seems yesterday the children were babies . . . and I was a young man . . . sob, sob.

Thank you Eddie! I had way too much fun doing this.

My pleasure SueAnn - great to have you on the show.


Today's Sunday Roast with Slommler is the 114th in a weekly
series of interviews with bloggers from around the world. ________________________________________________

This interview will feature in The Roll of Honour
for all published Roasts. To view press

Next week's roast is
Madame de Farge


  1. I have seen Slommler's name all over the place and now there is a face to go with it.
    Very good interview.
    3-4am is very early to be getting up! Don't think I can function before 7 am.
    I am so pleased that Slommler managed to break free from her five rooms. That must have seemed like prison.
    I must go over to her blog now.
    Thanks Eddie.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  2. Thanks ever so much for my roasting! I feel like I am very well done now! HA! It really was my pleasure doing this and I feel it is such an honor.
    Hug your wife for me

  3. I have really been enjoying reading the sunday roasts since I first came across this blog when Mr. London Street had his interview. I really enjoyed this one and I do like the new question!

    Really looking forward to Madame de Farge's roast next week. She is one of my favourite blog reads.

    Right, I'm off to check out the recommendations from this weeks roast! :-)

  4. A great roast Eddie and fab answers Slommler... but really - 3/4am... that is EARLY!!

    You reminded me why I don't wear skirts ;0)

  5. Eddie.... you hit another one out of the park and into the atmosphere!

    SueAnn is one of my favorite people in the world. What a magnificent roast! She never ceases to amaze me with her incredible art and she's a whirling dervish creating, creating, creating... all the time. Making her own artisan papers, fiber and fabric pieces, paintings, decoupages, baby dolls, still lifes. you name it, she makes it.

    But it is SueAnn's beautiful spirit and humor that makes me feel like family. She is just an amazing woman with a heart as big as New Mexico.

    And big sky eyes to match.

    Love you SueAnn! Love you Eddie! Thanks to both of you for another fun roast.

  6. Thanks again Eddie for introducing us to another blogger!

  7. Well, this roast delivers one of my favorite new friends and reads! SueAnn is terrific! Her artistic work and talent have such breadth...and are incredibly beautiful and inspiring! And now that I know her story, I find that SHE is an incredibly inspiring person as well! Such wonderful, heartfelt, honesty! SueAnn is a gem!

    Congratulations, SueAnn! And btw, it is wonderful to be able to put a face with your wonderful blog and exquisite art. Alix is right! Your eyes speak your beautiful soul!

    And Eddie, your new question is superb! Such a fun one! Everyone has these kinds of moments, and can truly relate...and so this is brilliant, and sure to bring an enormous smile...I know it did for me! You just keep making these roasts better and better! What a gourmand you are!

    Thank you, Eddie! You are truly a natural!

    Hugs to you both! Janine

  8. isnt she to stop by and see what is going on at sue ann's...great roast!

    thanks for the gave me quite the chuckle...and i thought we were keeping the take over of blogland a secret. smiles.

  9. It is fun to put a face to a blog name and read more about her. I have recently found SueAnn's blog and love reading her posts. She's really pretty too, isn't she? She proves the old adage that the early bird gets the worm because she gets up early and gets so much done each day. I want to be like her when I grow up. Oh, wait, I am much older than she is so how does that work. Oh never mind, I just like her blog and this roast.

  10. my heart is all aflutter for sueann! <3

  11. SueAnn is a doll! Nice to see her roasted here.

  12. Thanks for another fine roast, Eddie. SueAnn is one of my newish favourite reads. She's one of the most creative people I know.. and always kind and supportive. Those baby dolls of hers are so incredibly real looking that I always have to look twice to make sure it's a doll and not a real baby. Great roasting choice!

  13. Ah, the exposure of my southern neighbor! Well done (the interview)! Now I know two artists who are as well first-rate bloggers (Sueann and Janine).

    Getting hooked on Sunday roasts h'yar!

  14. "The Journey of Five Rooms" intrigued me. I am glad you overcame your phobia, SueAnn!
    Oh wow, get up at 3 to 4am?

    Mayor Bluelights added new question to the Sunday roast!! Good one!

  15. I loved how you managed to squeeze so many things into "three" things you can't live without!

  16. Great roast, Mayor Bluelights! Sue Ann is a gold mine and you can bet that I'll be visiting her soon. You and your dear family are always in my prayers, cher!

    Great interview, Sue Ann! Loved your answers and especially liked your response to "the ice cream cone" question. lol It's a pleasure to meet you!

  17. I've been an avid reader of SueAnn's blog for a couple of months now, and am finally so happy to see her! Great interview, "Mayor!"

    (And best wishes to you and the missus.)

  18. Ah! The lovely Sue Ann! Such a nice lady, Eddie. Glad you've featured her.

  19. Now this is Mayor Bluelights speaking!

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments on SueAnne's excellent roast. so succulent and tasty! Done to a T!

    Secondly, watch out, I'm about and I might pounce at you from behind a pan and roast you!!

    Thirdly, I am rather busy at the moment and I am sorry to say there is not much time for blogging alas. But I will be back.

  20. High Five Eddie and SueAnn on a fabulous Roast! I'm a SueAnn fan and learned so much more about her with this candid and delightful interview. Thank you both.

    LOVE the movie cast by the way. I'd pay $12 to see that flick!

    Thanks again, this was a real treat.
    xo jj

  21. It is always nice to know the person behind the name. Thank you SueAnn and Eddie and congratulations.

  22. Eddie....I didn't know SueAnn...jumped to her blog, and will go back there in a moment, but wanted to say thank you for introducing me to her. I love her determination...and her artwork...and display of photographs. (SueAnn...I love the highway with the broken glass shards in the median! How clever of the mechanical engineer.)
    Thank you, Eddie, for a job well done...It's always nice to meet new bloggers....and SueAnn is a lovely lady.
    (P.S. Please, give Maria a special hug from me. I know that you both are each other, and to me. Maria, you are in my nightly prayers...)

  23. Sue Ann is such a creative and wonderful star in the bloggy skies. Hugs to you both, Fhina x


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