1. Please introduce yourself – name, where you are from, family, pets etc.
I am Catherine Laurent, I live in Annandale, Minnesota, I have a wonderful husband named Mike, I met Mike at work on November 17th 1976, I proposed to him on January 26th, 1977, we were married on June 11th 1977, everyone including the Priest at our Church said it would not last, I have been happily married for almost 41 years. We lived in a tent building our first home with our own hands, from June 12th to November 15th 1977, a time I will never forget.
We have a cat, named Blondie and a dog Krissy, they are both rescue animals.
We were not blessed with children, we tried to adopt but were told it would be a ten year wait back
in the late 70s.
2. How long have you been stitching and how did you start?
I started stitching back in 1979, I was given a gift of a craft magazine Needlecraft For Today, it had a design of a baby floating on a cloud that was my first attempt at cross stitching, it was a gift for my sister in law, I think she still has that little pillow.
I love stitching on 32plus count linens, I find some designs challenging, I am always up for a
stitched on 50 count gauze
3. How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start? Is there a story behind
your blog title?
I started my Blog in 2009, I was sitting in a coffee shop on my lunch break and came across a Blog, I was intrigued and started on the next day.
The story behind my Blog title is one day my mother asked me what I was doing and I said I love to
stitch, she said that would be a great title for my Blog so I changed it in honor of her suggestion.
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 am one at a time stitcher, I am maybe OCD when it comes to stitching, I get nervous when I have more then one design going at a time.
Blackbird Designs Lady Liberty
5. Do you have a favourite designer or style of design you are drawn to?
I cannot say I have a favorite designer, I think all designers are worthy of anyone's attention to stitching their designs.
Betsy Morgan Bristol Bag
6. Which piece are you most proud of in your collection?
I think the piece I am most proud of is a design I did from a magazine it is a couple of bunnies in a
lettuce patch, I only say this because there was so much green in there I almost stopped stitching it. I did frame it myself, it hangs in my Foyer so everyone can see it when they come and leave.
7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?
I have never had a bad stitching experience as of yet, that is always a possibility.
8. Which new technique would you like to try, either stitching, finishing or another craft?
I would love to learn Japanese Gold thread stitching, it is beautiful but a little intimidating to me,
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. I am currently working on getting things constructed and framed or finished into pin pillows or needle books or whatever I can decide on, I will be gifting some things this Christmas.
Ellen Chester With My Needle designs, Kindred Spirits
Scattered Seeds Sampler Design
10. Which of your projects most represents "you"?
I would have to say a project I stitched a while ago and had framed just lately it is Brenda Gervais’s Paper Snowflakes, I love the fact that it has snowflakes and scissors, please do not ask what the significance is of those two things but I always seem to have a pair of scissors with me, I carry a pair in the car I do not know why, maybe I am a little eccentric, the snowflakes represent what a beautiful thing life is, not everyone is the same just as no two snowflakes are alike.
11. Tell us a secret about yourself. Or a joke. About anything!
I am a animated junkie, I love all animated shows, I salivate when Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter come around then I watch all the Charlie Brown movies, I also am in love with Hotel Transylvania, it tickles me to see them, I am 67 and they make me feel young.
12. Anything you would like to add?
Thank-you Jo for an opportunity to share with other Bloggers what I am about, I find all the
Bloggers of the Week have the same mindset, we are all friendly creative and of course loveable.
Class Project from Victoria Sampler