Sunday, 30 April 2017

All About Blogger of the Week - Pinned Post - Scroll down for the interviews

As a long-time subscriber of the now defunct Cross Stitch Collection magazine, one of my favourite articles was their Blogger of the Month.  When the magazine ceased publication I decided it would be fun to continue the tradition but make it a weekly feature (more bloggers for your money!).

I started by inviting some of the followers of my blog to see if there was any interest in doing interviews and articles and this blog is the result!

If you would like to be interviewed and considered for a post on the blog, please email me at joanneperry179@gmail.com with a link to your blog.

I do hope you enjoy reading the posts and leave comments for the interviewee.  Hopefully it will inspire you to visit their blog and add a new blog to your Reader.

Just for fun, here's the full version of the design I "cut-up" for the header:


Designed by Elissa Hudson, stitched as a birth sampler for some friends.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Katie AKA Jeremiah's Mom

This week's Blogger of the Week does have a name as well as her identity as Mom!  Her blog is a great mixture of stitching and travelling as they "out-of-home school".  I've certainly learned a lot since I started following her.

Please welcome:



1. Please introduce yourself – name, where you are from, family, pets etc.

Hello. My name is Katie. I'm a stay at home mother. I'm lucky enough to be happily married to my soul mate Fred. Our son is soon to be 19 named Jeremiah. He has a physical disability called Cerebral Palsy that affects his legs and makes him not be able to walk without assistance and only for short distances. I'm very close with my mom and we own a house together. Right now I have one dog named Izzy. She is a jack russell beagle mix and I love her dearly. I've always been a dog person and my dream is to have a fenced in yard and 7 dogs haha. We live in Indiana. I have my whole life. I love traveling though and we enjoy traveling as much as we can. Jeremiah has been home schooled most of his life so we museum, zoo, fort, and aquarium hop around the United States.



2. How long have you been stitching and how did you start?

I've always been crafty. My mom even owned her own craft business for most my life from teenager on. I always seemed to be doing something. When I went to the local store (like Hobby Lobby) I noticed the section with counted cross stitch was huge. There was a dragon design so I thought I should try it. I was in high school. I enjoyed it alot but it didn't catch up till after my son was born. Stitching gave me something to do while I was sitting with him. I always need something to do with my hands. Stitching was perfect. So I've been doing it pretty much everyday for his whole life, now 19 years.


3. How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start? Is there a story behind your blog title?

I started my first blog in October 2004. I switched to a different one and then back to blogger in 2007. I belonged to a lot of Yahoo stitching groups. I saw other blogs and thought it would be fun. I always wanted to journal but writing was so boring. Typing was perfect. So blogging was the perfect fit. When Jeremiah was at public school all the kids called me Jeremiah's Mom. It was honor to be called his mom. So what better blog name. My idea was to write it like I'm writing a letter to a stitching friend. I found a company that makes paperback books out of your blog. So at the end of each year I get my blog printed out. I love looking back and seeing what I stitched. Where we traveled.


4. How would you describe your stitching style? Are you a serial starter, a rotator, a OAAT (one at a time), highly organised, random and eclectic, etc.?

I'm a firm believer of it's my hobby and I should enjoy it. So I do whatever I want when I want to. If I want to work on this one. I will. If I want to start something. I do. I notice I tend to work on stuff for 3 days and then switch to something else. Sometimes. LOL So I guess the answer is I'm random definitely.


5. Do you have a favourite designer or style of design you are drawn to?

Hm. This seems to change doesn't it. Right now I love monthly seasonal type stuff. But I also love animals. Fantasy like dragons and fairies. My mom LOVES beach stuff and our house has a lot of beach stuff so I tend to do a lot of beach/ocean stitching. Designs I enjoy are Erica Michaels, Stoney Creek, Hands on Designs, Heaven and Earth, and anything else I love the pattern it seems haha.


6. Which piece are you most proud of in your collection?

This is my most proud definitely. Teresa Wentzler's freebie Stretch. It was the first Teresa Wentzler piece I did and the last now haha. Too many color blends, quarter stitches, and crazy amount of backstitching. I completed this before I started better record keeping so it was before 2005. I didn't know to sign the date. I wish I knew better.



This one I'm very proud of too. It's my first finished HAED. It's called Pirate Dragon. I finished it in 2011. Even though it's a "quicky" it took me forever haha. I was so proud to finish a HAED.



This Crescent Moon Dragon from Joan Elliott is another one I'm very proud of. I completed it in 2010. The 3 of these dragons hang proudly in my living room. Love them so much.


I could talk about the pieces I'm proud of for days though so onto the next question.


7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?

I was at a stitching gathering with a local group. We were all stitching together and my stitching bag was sitting beside me. A lady brought a full cup of tea into the room and accidentally dumped the ENTIRE cup into my bag. Luckily I had everything in ziplock bags and protected. But my heart skipped a beat that's for sure.


8. Which new technique would you like to try, either stitching, finishing or another craft?

I love speciality stitches. I need to try more of them. I have a HUGE pile of things that need sewing done to them. I love decorative pillows finishes. I got into a fight with my sewing machine a few months ago and haven't tried again. I really hope I can figure it out again. I've done it before so I should be able to.


9. Do you have a box of finished-but-not-fully-finished pieces? Or is everything FFO'd? What's your favourite way to fully finish a project and what do you do with them?

Yes, I have a large amount that need finished. I love the idea of making several of them into decorative pillows. Like this year I'm doing these monthly Pine Mountain Designs. I would like to keep the whole year in a basket and then display the current month on my seasonal display area. I have a local framing shop that is a LNS that does a fantastic job for a great price. So if it's an extra special piece I will get it framed there.


10. Which of your projects most represents "you"?

All of them. I wouldn't do them if they didn't. I'm a free spirit and love all things I stitch.


11. Tell us a secret about yourself. Or a joke. About anything!

My life motto is No matter how bad it is...it could always be worse. It's got me through so many things. Even on the really bad days I know it would be worse.


12. Anything you would like to add?

Thank you Jo for hosting this awesome blogger of the week. It's so much fun to see who's behind the screen of the other wonderful blogs out there. Thanks for allowing me to participate.








Friday, 21 April 2017

Astrid from Dragon Stitches and Stuff

This week's Blogger of the Week is someone who has been a follower of mine (and vice versa) for many years now.  I fell in love with her photo of her youngest son dressed as a little dragon from the first time I saw him!  He's still there in her current header.



1. Please introduce yourself – name, where you are from, family, pets etc.
I’m Astrid, married to DH almost 22 years. We have identical twin boys (our Gmen), 19 years old this month, and 10 year old Nathan. We have two spoiled Tonkinese cats, Ming and Maximus.
I was born in Wales, but we moved to the States when I was two. I live in Maryland, near Baltimore, but also close to Washington, DC.

My guys!

Max and Ming


2. How long have you been stitching and how did you start? 

When I was 12 years old, we did a needlepoint project in school making ornaments. From there I taught myself cross stitch and liked that better. I took a break when having the boys, only stitching here and there. Now I can stitch whenever, but get easily distracted!


3. How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start?  Is there a story behind your blog title? 

I had to look that one up! This August it will be seven years. I guess I started because I wanted to show my stitching projects. Being Welsh, I especially love dragons, hence “Dragon Stitches”. I added “and Stuff” later since I was blogging about more than just stitching. My newest addition to the blog is being Thankful on Thursdays.


4. How would you describe your stitching style? Are you a serial starter, a rotator, a OAAT (one at a time), highly organised, random and eclectic, etc.? 

I USED to be an OAAT stitcher until I found the internet and blogs! Now I try to finish pieces if they’re small and the bigger ones I tend to rotate when I get tired of working on them. I’d like to think I’m organized, but I do stray.


5. Do you have a favourite designer or style of design you are drawn to? 

I like a variety of styles, but I’m not that fond of samplers. I love Margaret Sherry, especially the cats! I also love Nora Corbett’s fairies and mermaids. I’ve been working on her Emerald Mermaid, but got frustrated with her skin so I’m taking a break. And don’t forget the dragons!


6. Which piece are you most proud of in your collection? 

I would have to say my Trick or Treat Fairy by Nora Corbett. I finally had her framed by Jill Rensel at Rensel Studio last year and they made her even more beautiful! Whenever I finish my mermaid, she’ll be sent there too.

 She will be displayed year round!


7. What has been your worst stitching disaster? 

Nothing major, just trying to start a piece 3x’s and getting it wrong every time! I have yet to try again.


8. Which new technique would you like to try, either stitching, finishing or another craft? 

I’d like to try Hardanger one day and I definitely need to learn more finishing techniques. I can knit scarfs, but would like to learn how to crochet. I’ll include learning German, maybe even Welsh! Oh, and I’d love to learn how to play the piano.



9. Do you have a box of finished-but-not-fully-finished pieces? Or is everything FFO'd?  What's your favourite way to fully finish a project and what do you do with them? 

I have a lovely German tin with plenty of pieces inside just waiting to be finished! Since most of my finished pieces have been framed, I’d say I like them framed. But the smaller pieces I stitch, I like to make into ornaments.

Patiently waiting to be finished.


10. Which of your projects most represents "you"? 

Since most of the things I make are for someone else, I make what I think they would like. Otherwise – Halloween for me!


11. Tell us a secret about yourself. Or a joke. About anything! 

As a little girl I wanted to be a “stewardess” aka flight attendant. Now as an adult it’s something I’m seriously thinking about it, I’m just not sure when!


12. Anything you would like to add? 

Many thanks to Jo for making blogging fun! I love that I’ve met so many stitching friends in the blogging world. The bad part… I’ve been so good about not adding more stash than I already have, but you all make it so hard!!!


To finish this week's post I'd like to add a link to what is probably my favourite non-stitching blog post - Astrid's Annual "I'm Not a Turkey" line-up.  Please visit this post and check out the previous years too!




Friday, 14 April 2017

Ariadne from Greece

This week's Blogger is also taking part in my Easter Treasure Hunt blog hop so you'll see some great Easter themed stitching there this week.  I'd like to introduce another of our European bloggers who blogs in English just to make it easy for us!



1. Please introduce yourself – name, where you are from, family, pets etc.

Hello everyone. I am Ariadne Skyrianidou from Greece. I am a teacher of English as a Foreign Language in a Primary State school in Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece. I am married to dear Themis and am the proud mum of a 21-year-old son Miltos from my first marriage. Sweet Barca, a stray dog we adopted four years ago is the other member of our family. I am a very active person. I am a member of the Teachers’ Association Drama Club and we mount plays for children, schools and charity. I also belong to a crafty group with which I really enjoy learning new techniques and make things for charity. I love reading, watching movies, collecting sea glass and have recently taken ceramics classes.




2. How long have you been stitching and how did you start?

I have been stitching since I was a kid. My grandmother Ariadne taught me how to and I admit at first I didn’t really like sitting down and making all those stitches. But when I was pregnant to my son and positioned away from home as a teacher I met with Needlecraft and Cross Stitcher magazines and started stitching again. It was a revelation and haven’t stopped since.



3. How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start? Is there a story behind your blog title?

I have been blogging since January 2012. I must say I was more active at first. Nowadays I blog about once a month as if I am keeping a journal. I was inspired to have my own blog after following the blogs of Margie of Resurrection Fern, Geninne’s Art Blog, Sonia’s Cozy Memories blog and a couple more.I loved their art making and gorgeous photos and wanted to do the same. The name of my blog was a spontaneous choice because everywhere on the Internet I visited I used to mention my country next to my name so that people know I am from Greece. 




4. How would you describe your stitching style? Are you a serial starter, a rotator, a OAAT (one at a time), highly organised, random and eclectic, etc.?

I definitely am a OAAT (One at a time) stitcher. I try to finish each piece I start and in between make smaller projects for exchanges but not too many. I usually concentrate on one thing. I am an eclectic stitcher and choose various different projects usually inspired by what other people stitch but I usually stitch things I already have in my basket. I stopped buying new things due to the financial crisis in Greece but I have friends who pass me on the things they don’t want to stitch or they find at thrift stores! I am lucky!


5. Do you have a favourite designer or style of design you are drawn to?

I can’t say I have. I really like the designs of Lizzie Kate, Silver Creek Samplers, Prairie Schooler,Thea Gouverneur, Mirabilia,Little House Needleworks, Carriage House Samplings, The Little Stitcher, The Snowflower Diaries and more although I haven’t stitched many of their works yet. Still I like them!

Michael Powell


6. Which piece are you most proud of in your collection?

Now it has to be The Balinese Dancer by Thea Gouverneur which I recently finished after having it left unattended for ages. It was so difficult for me and had so many colours but I did it!

The Balinese Dancer by Thea Gouverneur


7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?

I can’t say I have one. I am usually a disaster when trying to finish a piece.


8. Which new technique would you like to try, either stitching, finishing or another craft?
I wish I could learn how to finish my pieces in other ways than framing them. I tried making some pin cushions but it didn’t go very well. Lately I realised I love mounting cross stitched pieces on felt and make ornaments. I’d love to learn to crochet better than simple stitches and to embroider better.



9. Do you have a box of finished-but-not-fully-finished pieces? Or is everything FFO'd? What's your favourite way to fully finish a project and what do you do with them?

As I mentioned earlier my projects wait to be framed and as custom framing is expensive I have a waiting list of to-be-framed pieces.The smaller projects I give away as gifts.


10. Which of your projects most represents "you"?

I think it is the collection of blue and white china frames I love this type of stitching that is stitching cups and teapots and china and want to make some more.


11. Tell us a secret about yourself. Or a joke. About anything!

A secret isn’t a secret if you tell! LOL! And that’s a joke!
Ok to be serious I love stitching a little bit every evening in front of the TV while watching movies at the same time.It finishes my day in a relaxing happy way!


12. Anything you would like to add?

Thank you Jo for starting this blog and keeping the Blogger of the Week feature of one of my most favourite magazines Cross stitch Collection alive!

Barca helping with the stitching!

Friday, 7 April 2017

Leonore from Needle, Pen and Sword

This week's Blogger of the Week comes from Germany but blogs in English, luckily for me who did not pass O level German!  Please welcome the lovely Leonore from



1. Please introduce yourself – name, where you are from, family, pets etc.

Hi, I'm Leonore - I live in southern Germany, together with my boyfriend Felix. I'm working at university in the Computer Science department, hoping to earn my PhD in a few years.


2. How long have you been stitching and how did you start?

We did a little stitching in elementary school (I think it was a tote bag) and I really liked it, so I asked my grandma (who always supported my in my crafty endeavors - she also taught me how to crochet when I was maybe five) to get me some supplies and my next project was a little mat in printed cross stitch. Then I got a book about counted cross stitch and started to teach myself, and since then I've been stitching on and of, but I only 'really' got into it was one of my main hobbies in 2013.


3. How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start? Is there a story behind your blog title?

I've been blogging since December 2013. 2013 was the year I first discovered that there was more to stitching than flowers and the few Vervaco kits I could sometimes buy around here - when I discovered stitching shops and groups on the internet, and people making their own patterns. I joined the Stitching Pirates (http://stitchingpirates.deviantart.com/) group on deviantArt, and my now-friends Carla (http://alaskawolfpack.blogspot.de/) and Nancy (http://thewindisfair.blogspot.de/) were just getting ready to start their '2014: The Year of the Magnificent Teresa Wentzler' SAL. I had not heard of Teresa before, but a few minutes of research later (I did look at her work a lot more than a few minutes, but that was all it took for me to fall in love!) I knew I needed to get in on that, so I started gathering supplies and started my blog.
It took my quite a while to find a name I liked, actually - I remember trying a few that were taken, although I can't remember what they were - and I wanted a name that reflected more of me than just my passion for crafting. So we have all the tools of my trades - Needles (for all kinds of crafts), Pens (for Writing/Reading) and Swords (for all the things Fantasy).


4. How would you describe your stitching style? Are you a serial starter, a rotator, a OAAT (one at a time), highly organised, random and eclectic, etc.?

I'd love to have an organized rotation or even stitch OAAT, but I never stick to either of those for very long, so I guess I'd have to say I'm mostly random and also highly deadline-oriented - I tend to pick up way to many gift projects, so I'm almost always on some mad dash to get something finished on time!


5. Do you have a favourite designer or style of design you are drawn to?

As with all of my hobbies, there are way too many things I like - so many awesome designers and designs out there! I love fantasy designs, but also samplers and monthly series, and for designers there are just sooo many...but if I had to pick three, I guess those would be Teresa Wentzler (although I haven't stitched many of her designs yet, but I love almost all of them, and she is the one that got me 'seriously' into stitching in the first place), Jody Ellis from Unconventional X Stitch (she does awesome, and a little unconventional, full coverage designs, and I have three of hers on the go right now) and Joan Elliott (again, I have not stitched a lot of hers, but she has so many beautiful designs that speak to me).


6. Which piece are you most proud of in your collection?

I guess as with many stitchers, the finish I am most proud of is my first full-sized Teresa Wentzler finish: Angel of Frost. This was more towards the beginning of my stitching 'career', in 2014, and does go all out with tons of blended threads, 1over1, specialty stitches and heavy beading, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. It was also my (or our, as I usually can count on Felix' help with stuff like this) first attempt on more elaborate framing, using matting and a stick on mat, but It's still a bit crooked so I'd really like to reframe it eventually.

Angel of Frost


7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?

My worst disaster and every stitcher's nightmare happened only recently - I managed to hold my fabric vertically instead of horizontally when starting my big Fire & Ember project, and only realized after a good couple of pages that I wouldn't be able to fit the whole design on there! Thankfully, it's a full coverage design, so I was (or still am, as the fixing is not finished just yet) to cut the fabric from the bottom, re-attach it to the side, and just stitch over the seam, and it's turning out quite okay.

Fire and Ember 


8. Which new technique would you like to try, either stitching, finishing or another craft?

I love trying new techniques and there are so many I'd love to attempt! To name just a few, there is blackwork, hardanger and Sashiko. I'd also like to do a lot more with beads, like 3D work and incorporating them into crochet and knitting, AND I have almost no experience with finishing other than framing, so there's a lot to try out as well!


9. Do you have a box of finished-but-not-fully-finished pieces? Or is everything FFO'd? What's your favourite way to fully finish a project and what do you do with them?

I do have a box of FNFF-pieces, both recent stuff and things from further back, when I didn't really care about anything but the actually stitching. For many of my newer projects, I do have a plan, but not yet the skills (or, not enough confidence in my skills) to actually finish them. So far, I've only done framing, but there are only so many walls you can put stuff on!


10. Which of your projects most represents "you"?

I had to think a while on this one, because I'm usually 'boring' in the sense that I like to stick to the patterns, and only occasionally switch out colours or alter designs. What I do like to do, though, is to play with hand dyed or just multi-colour floss - I like to not stitch in the usual stripes, but rather in diagonals, or circles, or stars...here are two projects I had a LOT of fun playing around on: The first on is Spring Bunnies by Pattern Bird on Etsy, stitched with two colours of Jodyri floss and a few odd ends and beads from my stash

Spring Bunnies by Pattern Bird

And the other on is Ink Circles 'Turtles all the Way Down' stitched with Jodyri's 'Feathered Friends' pack - I used a different 'direction' of stitching on each one of those turtles!

Turtles all the Way Down

11. Tell us a secret about yourself. Or a joke. About anything!

I really wanted my secret to be that I LOVE bad jokes, but of course, when I really want to think of one, I can't...so I'll confess something different: After just three years of serious stitching and stashing (one and a half of that on the Stitch from Stash budget as well!) I might have already accumulated more patterns and kits than I can ever handle...but shhh, don't tell Felix...he can keep believing I'll always need some more stash!


12. Anything you would like to add?


I'd like to thank our lovely host Jo for both this Blogger of the Week projects and all the other Blog Hops and events she's organizing. Blogging is fun, but it would not be half as fun without that huge network of stitchers and crafters all over the world, and I believe without her, I'd be a lot less well connected and miss out on so much fun!

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Pinky the Pink from Deviant Art

A special treat for the first day of the month.  I plan to feature a stitcher from another medium - either Instagram, FlossTube, Facebook or in this case - Deviant Art.  If you've never heard of Deviant Art, don't panic, it just means Alternative, although there is so X-rated stuff there, there is also a lot of Fantasy, Sci-fi and general geekery from all forms of art including Cross Stitch.

So please welcome our first Non-Blogger of the Month!



1. Please introduce yourself – name, where you are from, family, pets etc.

I’m Ashley Mae, often and better known as Pinky, originally from California but living in Arizona since 2005. I have a very large extended family but my immediate consists of my mom, Mary, and my brother, Arthur. I have just one pet anymore, a small black rescue cat named Abby Dax. When I’m not cross-stitching directly I’m drawing up cross-stitch patterns, beading, or working on my seamstress training. This past year I’ve been the Artisan Crafts Community Volunteer for DeviantArt.


2. How long have you been stitching and how did you start?

I started stitching when I was really young, I used to know the exact timeframe but now all I can vaguely say is around 5th grade, so 10 or 11 years old. I started when Mom handed me one of those really simple kits to teach the craft to keep my hands busy and have something to focus on when I got really spun up and upset. I think it had just three colors: purple, yellow, and black. The end result was meant to be a flower with backstitching. About five minutes in I knotted my thread and away it went into the trash! I never did finish the flower, but the second round was a yellow cat face and that I did get through.


3. How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start? Is there a story behind your blog title?

My formal “blog” is more like the journal feature on DeviantArt. Starting there was in 2005, so my inspiration to join it is hardly conducive to where it’s ended up; I originally joined because DA had entire galleries devoted to desktop backgrounds and messenger icons. I did try blogging for a little while with a BlogSpot page, which was encouraged by my other stitching friends, but I couldn’t keep up with it on a regular basis. My DeviantArt name, pinkythepink, doesn’t have a much deeper story beyond that my nickname is Pinky and naturally were I to be knighted I would be “the pink“. Likewise, my Blogger name “Make it Pink” is named after my Etsy store.


4. How would you describe your stitching style? Are you a serial starter, a rotator, an OAAT (one at a time), highly organized, random and eclectic, etc.?

I’d say I’m a mix between rotation and highly organized. I have different work stations around the house so depending on where I’m sitting determines the project I’m working on. So I might have a large pattern to draw on the computer in my room, a small something to stitch in the living room, a large piece in the game room, and a small carry-round project for my travel box.


5. Do you have a favourite designer or style of design you are drawn to?

There’s a time I would have said “No! Of course not!“ because there was a time when I hardly even looked twice at people’s names. Now, even when I look at names it’s difficult for me to remember them, so for me to take the continuous effort to remember a name really shows how much I like them. The top of the list are Brooke Nolan of Brooke’s Books and Nora Corbett of Mirabilia. If you know either designer you’ll know exactly why I’m so drawn to both of them: dresses! I love stitching dresses and both of them do it so extremely well. While I wouldn’t say it’s the reason for preferring them over others, both do tend to use a lot of embellishments like beads and Kreinik that add such an amazing extra detail to the finished piece.




6. Which piece are you most proud of in your collection?

I did a pattern conversion of some art by Glasmond of DeviantArt, a piece of fanart from one of my most favorite video game series: Zelda. Our original deal was that I could make and sell the pattern, and if I was up for it to stitch it for her to hang in her shop. Well, almost a year after I had finished the pattern I finished the stitching and I was just so ridiculously attached to the 262 hours I’d put into it and the characters and the sparkles and the beads… well… Glasmond agreed to let me keep it. Ahhh, that relief! Of everything I’ve done, “Between Day and Night” is easily the top of my pride list.



7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?

It isn’t really a stitching disaster, per se, and more of a personal one, but it comes in the form of trying to make gifts. Stitching is something I’m good at and something I love; it’s relatively cheap (in terms of materials, not really in labor) and is much more personal than just going out to buy something from the store, wrapping it, and calling it a day. That all said, my stitching disasters come in the form of putting a lot of time, effort, love, and so on into a piece, only for the recipient to not really be as impressed as I was hoping, or worse to not like it at all.


8. Which new technique would you like to try, either stitching, finishing or another craft?

I’d really like to figure out Hardanger embroidery. I see it incorporated into some cross-stitching pieces, especially on fancy biscornus, and every time I’ve looked at it my mind just does a little dial tone and I set it aside for another day.


9. Do you have a box of finished-but-not-fully-finished pieces? Or is everything FFO'd? What's your favourite way to fully finish a project and what do you do with them?

I have a massive stack of pieces that are done, ironed, photo’d, scanned, and clean… and just sit there. Part of this is my “For Sale” folders, which are purposefully not finish-finished because I leave it to the customer to get them framed or what have. The other stack are pieces I intend to keep for myself. Some of these are meant to be framed when I have the money to do it, like Glasmonds “Between Day and Night”, others like the Mill Hill cupcakes would be a bit silly to put under glass and I’m just not sure how I want to finish them or where they would be put on display.



10. Which of your projects most represents "you"?

Mirabilia’s “Dressmaker’s Daughter”. When I read the question I thought I might think about it longer, but no! It was an obvious answer! While my mother personally isn’t a dressmaker I do come from a long line of seamstresses on both sides of my family and it just fits in with everything I love and do so well. It’s dresses, my favorite topic, it has the seasonal theme, it has beads on it, it has sparkles on it, I added a self-made quote and even signed my name into the fabric… to look at this piece is really to give a nutshell about how I like to present myself.


"A dressmaker's job is always needed, season barren or season seeded"


11. Tell us a secret about yourself. Or a joke. About anything!

If I could somehow grow two more fully functioning arms so that I could cross-stitch and play video games at the same time I totally would.


12. Anything you would like to add?


Be patient. Many cross-stitchers are familiar with this already: a project won’t magically complete itself, and sometimes all you can fit is a mere hour a week. Be patient for the results that your hard work will bring, use the time to relax and enjoy it, and love what you do.


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I do hope that you enjoyed meeting Pinky and will venture over to her DA page to find out more about her work.  If you are a non-blogger, or know one, please email me if you would like to be featured in future months.