The loves of my life: Joanne Mooney
The creative DIY whizz chats to Chloe Brennan about her favourite people, places and things.
My husband, Gary - who hates social media, so is invisible on my social platforms. But, behind the scenes, he does 80pc of the work. He manages my accounts/finances and helps me run my online business. He has the patience of a saint, because he puts up with me and my constant DIYing and painting in our house.
Sitting in a deckchair on the beach on Long Beach Island in New Jersey, 1999. I was in my 20s and had not a care in the world. I was an au pair and living my best life. I spent my summers on the beach. Great memories.
The moment of the day
First thing in the morning when I wake up. My head is buzzing with ideas for the day. I am at my best in the mornings. By 3pm, I'm done.
Somewhere Over The Rainbow, sung by Eva Cassidy, always makes me cry.
Dumb & Dumber. It makes me howl with laughter.
The Woman in the Wood by Lesley Pearse.
My mammy. She is my mam and dad all rolled in to one. I lost my father
before I was born. She's 80 this year, and I hope I am just like her at that age.
It's always a pleated skirt, runners and a T-shirt. And a vest; always wear a vest.
Probably my bright-orange Marc Jacobs handbag.
Red wine, always. Even if it gives me monster hangovers.
Not to care what other people think about you. I always tell my two teenage daughters to be themselves; not to follow the crowd; don't be a sheep. I think as I get older, this is easier for me. In my teens and 20s, I was so insecure and really wanted to fit in. I am going to be 46 in August, and I really do not give a sh*t what people think. If you don't like me - jog on!
The pet hate
Anyone who calls me hon, hun, hunni or babe... I hate it.
I live in Swords, and I like the Cock Tavern. It's a really cosy pub.
The beauty product
I am not really into beauty products. I love DKNY perfume.
Always New York. I love it. I hate sun holidays because I am hyper, and the idea of sitting by a pool all day kills me. Plus, I have pale Irish skin that burns. I usually sit under an umbrella, wearing false tan that ends up looking filthy by the end of the holiday. I would rather go on a city break and have a good snoop around.
I stayed in The Hoxton Hotel in London and loved it. I loved the interior decor.
DIY and writing. Not writing as in creative writing, but actual writing. I love handwriting in different fonts.
The part of my body
Oh gosh. It's all starting to go south at this stage, If I was to pick one part of my body, it would be my creative hands. I have the same-shaped hands as my mother.
Busy Philipps. I follow her on Instagram, and she cracks me up, and she is beautiful.
Loyalty and honesty. Especially in friendships, you have to be loyal.
I don't rest myself. I am always on the go. I am always up a ladder or making something. People tell me to rest. I tell them, 'I'll rest when I am dead'.
A Sunday dinner. Chicken in the oven. Just the smell of home cooking. It warms my heart.
It has to be an Eton Mess.
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