1. Please introduce yourself – name, where you are from, family, pets etc.
Hello! I am Lorynn from Orlando, Florida. I have an amazing husband, who I have been with for a total of 11 years and we have been married for the last 3. We have a beautiful daughter who will be 2 in January (where has the time gone!?!?) We also have 2 dogs (a yorkie and a german shepard) and 3 cats. Needless to say we definitely have a full and active household! As far as work goes, I am an Emergency 911 Dispatcher. I dispatched police for 8.5 years and have been dispatching fire/medical services since January of this year.
2. How long have you been stitching and how did you start?
I started stitching in 2011, when I spent a week with my grandparents in Arizona. I was actually taught by my grandfather. He uses stitching as a calming technique and his pieces are absolutely beautiful. He noticed that I was admiring all of his work and decided to take me to get a starter kit and show me how to stitch. I decided on a very small lighthouse starter kit that he showed me how to start and then I finished it on the plane ride home.
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 about February 2016. I started looking up cross stitch stuff online and came across several blogs (Jo’s Serendipitous Stitching being one of the firsts!) that I really enjoyed following and decided I would take a stab at it myself. I figured I would use it as a way to motivate me to keep working on projects when work and life in general didn’t keep me extremely busy (like it has been lately). As far as my title goes, I’m a big nerd who loves all things comic books, conventions, video games, science and math and I used to always say I was bored before our daughter came around, thus My Bored Nerdy Self came to mind as a title.
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 would say that I really don’t have a style. I kind of follow all the different examples depending on my mood or goals at the time :-P
5. Do you have a favourite designer or style of design you are drawn to?
Honestly, I don’t really have a favorite designer or style. If I see something that catches my eye, it’s usually because it has reminded me of someone and I end up stitching it as a gift.
6. Which piece are you most proud of in your collection?
I would say the piece I am most proud of would be the Geisha that I finished and then ended up gifting to a friend as a wedding present because she fell in love with it. It was definitely the most intricate piece I have completed so far and took me the longest!
7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?
The worst disaster was probably when I miscounted and ended up waaaay off and didn’t realize it until I had done several lines of work...I was devastated!
8. Which new technique would you like to try, either stitching, finishing or another craft?
I don’t know how to use a sewing machine but I would eventually like to learn and maybe start finishing pieces in little pillows and whatnot.
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 several unfinished pieces but when I do finish something, I completely finish it. I generally tend to frame my pieces and then gift them to others. It’s just been recently that I’ve been stitching small pieces and actually keeping them for myself.
10. Which of your projects most represents "you"?
Probably my little video game pieces that I have done so far. I plan to do several more whenever time permits again.
11. Tell us a secret about yourself. Or a joke. About anything!
It’s no secret that I am a nerd however the amount of nerdiness that I publicly portray is usually contained. So secretly, I’ve always wanted to go all out and dress up as a character when I attend conventions but I’ve never been brave enough to!
12. Anything you would like to add?
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little bit!
Jo's favourite project - Olde World Mappe