Monday, 30 April 2018

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, 20 April 2018

Bonnie of Bonnie's World

This week's Blogger of the Week has been blogging longer than I have but I only really got to know her when we resurrected International Hermit & Stitch Weekend.  Which is this weekend, so it seems really appropriate to feature her today!  She has a wonderful selection of WIPs from tiny series to the BAPs of Ink Circles and Long Dog Samplers.  Please welcome Bonnie from



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

Hey everyone.  My name is Bonnie Brown.  I am from a VERY small town in Southern Ontario, in Canada.  Like blink and you miss it small.  There is still only one street light there!  I currently live in Cobourg, which is a bigger small town, still in Southern Ontario.  Cobourg is on Lake Ontario and about an hour east of Toronto.  The beach here is a very popular attraction.

I am married and have two furbabies.  My husband Blair and I met in College where we both took accounting.  We have been married for almost 12 years.  Our two “kids” are two black cats names Leonard and Sheldon… yes from Big Bang Theory.  We do not have any 2 legged kids.

The Happy Couple


A couple of happy cats


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

I have been stitching on and off for a very long time.  A teacher in elementary school taught some of us.  I’m thinking that was probably around 1989.  My stitching has been up and down over the past almost 30 years, but I would say I have stitched the most over the past 10.


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

My first blog post was March 2009.  I can’t remember the exact reason behind starting, but I think I can thank Ann of Knowledge and Needles (My LNS) for that.  I was complaining to a few people on a Yahoo Group that there was no one in my area that stitched.  One poster (a friend who is no longer with us) mentioned Ann.  I was shocked as I didn’t even know there was a stitching store in that area. I ventured to Ann’s store in June of that year.  That day I purchased a few charts (Ink Circles) and that got me stitching again.  That also was when I got the invite to her annual open house and that day is the reason for “and days that have changed my life” under the title.  No story behind the blog title… I can’t remember how or why that name came to me.  I have never been 100% happy with it, but can’t think of anything better so it has remained. 


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 definitely NOT a one at a time person!  I do however have a limit on WIPS I can have before I get a little stressed about them.  It seems that this number is around 10.
I have a stash room, which is a little organized.. but is in desperate need of a good clean and re-org.  I am currently trying out a bit of a rotation to try and get some older WIPS done.  Basically I have decided to stitch one ornament and one of the Year in Chalk a month.  Then I pick a focus piece to work on.  This worked well in February, so have my fingers crossed for March.  Who knows how long I can keep it going for.


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

The name that comes to mind first when I think about favourite designer is Ink Circles.  I love the symmetry of her designs, and the fact that they are not your average cross stitch from the 80’s.  I don’t think I have a specific style that I am drawn towards.

This Ink Circles was one of the first I did (2nd I think) called Growth Rings. I did it to match the colours of the company I work for, and it hangs in my office. 



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

That would have to be Touching the Autumn Sky.  I know it is a unicorn for many.  I have actually stitched this as well (sorry… chart is not for sale).

There is also a memory behind the chart. I was on a holiday to Quebec City (my happy place) when I talked my hubby into a side trip to go check out an LNS there.  I happened to see the chart and grabbed it and never let it go.  When I got back to the car, I couldn’t stop talking about this amazing find! 



7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?

I think I am VERY lucky on this front (knock on wood).  I think the worst disaster I have had was an issue with dye lot on my Cirque de Carreux (Ink Circles).  I had not planned ahead and realized about 1/3 way through that I had 2 different dye lots.  This meant a TON of frogging!  I was lucky enough to get enough of one dye lot to finish the project.



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

I would like to get better at finishing… especially ornaments.  I tend not to go outside the box and finish the same way. 

I have recently learned how to tat, and this is one craft I would like to continue to learn.


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 don’t have a box, but I do have a drawer!  Framing is just so expensive that I can’t work all of it in my budget.


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

This was a hard question.  The only project that comes to mind is AAN’s Maple Leaf as I am a proud Canadian.



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

I wanted to be a school teacher when I was growing up.  I didn’t get into the program I wanted, so ended up in College with Accounting.  I love what I do, recently graduated from University (I only had college when I first went to school), and have almost finished my Professional Designation Course (CPA in Canada).




Friday, 13 April 2018

Cindy from Home of a Floss Junkie

This week's Blogger of the Week is a complete Full Coverage Fanatic!  She does the most amazing giant projects and has actually finished one which you can see proudly displayed in her header.  Another animal lover and contributor to a forthcoming feature - Bloggers and their Fur Babies - please welcome Cindy from



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

My name is Cindy. I am from Great Falls, MT where I live with my husband Jim, my youngest daughter Jessica and my 2 stitching buddies Elvira and Gomez. Cats are great stitching buddies.




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

I have been stitching for 40+ years. My mother taught me to embroider and do crewel but once I discovered counted cross stitch there was no going back to either of those.


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

I don't remember exactly how long I have been blogging. I started to be able to keep a visual record of my stitching. I don't post as often as I should because I would rather be stitching.
My blog title is a reflection of the fact that I have at least 2 full sets of DMC floss and I love all the color.

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 a serial starter/rotator and highly organized. Each project has its own box complete with floss, q snaps, working copies etc. All I have to do to rotate is grab the box I want.

Chocolate, Chocolate and More Chocolate


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

I am totally addicted to HAED but I also like Long Dog Samplers, Rosewood Manor and Ink Circles.

The Universe in a Jar



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

I am the most proud of the one HAED I have mangaged to finish.  Train of Dreams.




7. What has been your worst stitching disaster? 

Don't know if I've ever had one.


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

My 20+ full coverage WIPs.


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

I love to watch Ancient Aliens and How the Universe Works while stitching.





Friday, 6 April 2018

Irene from Little Stitches Art

This week's Blogger of the Week is another newer-to-me blogger and another very talented multi-crafting European.  She is stitching some lovely monthly and seasonal designs including some for the old traditional festivals such as Lammas and Ostara.  And guess what?  There's another cat picture!  Stitchers do love their cats.  And dogs too.  Please welcome Luna and Irene from





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

My name is Irene and I am 43 years old. I define myself as a citizen of the world. I am originally from a pretty city in the south of Spain, Seville. After finishing my PhD in chemistry I moved to Paris and I was living there for almost 5 years. After that I got a job in London and I am living here in UK for more than 6 years now.

I am divorced and at that moment I don’t have a partner. I love my family, mum and dad, my sister and my grandma. I have then my other family, which is my hairy family. I have a very nice dog called Leti and a cat called Agu, who for different reasons are living with my mum in Spain and I have my small treasure, a lovely cat called Luna who is living with me and who became part of my life and my embroidery. I think I have forgotten how to embroider without Luna on my lap.

I like to spend my time cross stitching but I like other type of embroideries and crafts as hardanger, blackwork, patchwork, soap making, candle making,.... I love gardening, I have an allotment where I grow my own organic vegetables and I enjoy going to the gym.




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

I started stitching when I was 25 years old and, to be honest, I don’t remember why did I start. I was stitching couple of years and then when I moved to France I stopped. There I was so busy and I didn’t have time at all. My mum still has at home an unfinished piece of embroidery framed as a part of that period of my life.

I re-started in France when I became unemployed. I had a lot of free time and I needed to occupy myself. I started making jewelry but after some time I decided to come back to cross stitch. From that moment I didn’t stop anymore.





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 2011. It is a blog in Spanish and I still keep it. Last year I decided to start a new blog in English to reach more people and that is how Little Stitches Art was born.



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 define myself as random and eclectic. I like to stitch several projects at the same time but I don’t keep an organized rotation. I prefer to stitch what I want in every moment. That has a negative side effect, I have plenty of UFOs.




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

I like different designers. I can’t say I have a favourite one. All depends in the design itself.




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


Looking Back, a HAED from Crystal Dune. But I need to say that I still didn’t frame it…...


7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?

I don’t remember any.


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

I like to learn and try different techniques. I am trying to learn traditional embroidery and patchwork. I would like to learn to make my own frames.




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 plastic box where I store my finished-but-not-fully-finished projects. Most of the time, after stitching the design they go to the box. When I really finished I like to frame them if the design is large enough or finish as a pincushion or biscornu if they are small.






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

Doubtless, the Sabbats of the Year series. They are a real reflection of my beliefs.


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

I talked before about Luna, my lovely cat-friend. Well, last Christmas I was stitching Yule Sabbat banner. I left it in the embroidery hoop on my stitching corner and next day I went to my job. After coming home, I was about to continue stitching when I couldn’t find my project. I can guess Luna took it and hide somewhere. The funny thing is that I looked around every single corner of the house, and still I couldn’t find it……..



12. Anything you would like to add?

I want to encourage people to start stitching. It is a very good therapy for many things, that keep you busy, develop your abilities and keep your brain trained.

I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity of talking about my life and my hobby.









Saturday, 31 March 2018

Rosey from Ishkabibble

This week's Blogger of the Week is one of the nicest, funniest people with the strangest blog title that I know!  Even harder to spell than Serendipitous!  A keen participant in all my Blog Hops and our SALs where she wields the shoehorn like an expert martial artist in an obscure martial art using only everyday household objects to defend yourself.  She stitches an eclectic variety of designs from gaming to nature with a fair mixture of feline fun in there too.  You are going to enjoy this interview I am sure.

But before I link to the blog, I do have the small matter of the Winner of the Recent Competition to announce.  There were 12 entrants who all matched the stitchers with their pieces.  Random Number Generator chose Kaye as the winner!  Congratulations to Kaye, please let me know which store you would like your voucher to be from.

And now it's over to Rosey from

(yes I did spell that correctly!)


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

Hi there, I'm Rosey, born, raised, and currently residing in Missouri, USA, and possibly from the planet Earth.  I'm forever a country gal housewifey type but darned if I don't like high fidelity technological comforts and all sorts of nerdery.  I have three silly cats (Klondike [B&W], Peanut [snowshoe-ish], and Oreo [B&W #2]) but only one silly husband who is the Best Souvenir Ever from my time in Hawaii.  Unlike the cats, my husband is not named after food.  And yes, we do sing "What would you do-OO-oo for a Klondike -cat-?"

a miracle


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

Well, my first time was back when I was but a Little Rosey, possibly 8-9 years old, in what I am sure was an attempt to make me sit still and shut up.  It didn't go so well as I could neither sit still nor shut up for any reasonable amount of time.  Later, when I became more sedate (cough), I picked it up again from a tiny kit found in a thrift store.  This would've been in 2009 when the Real Stitching started and that little finish hangs as a magnet on my mother's fridge.

don't even think about the back


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

My first blog was on Xanga, followed closely by LiveJournal -- not quite an early adopter, but still from the time when you had to have an invite code to join.  This was very early 2002/2003.  I still have that journal but it's mainly about life and all the complaints available to it.
I started on blogger in 2011 out of curiosity and a growing disillusionment with the direction LJ was heading.  I had no idea then it would become such a crafty place. As for the title of my blog, who knows what it means; ishkabibble is debatable!  What does it mean to you��
beads.


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

"Frugal."
I'm glad I'm not totally alone here but I hate having many projects going at once; three is about my limit for cross-stitching. I will have a few crochet and/or knitting things to break up the wrist movements.  An unfinished project is a nightmare for me; it's always, always, always in the back of my mind and sends me into a downward spiral of not working on anything at all.  Sometimes I will get overwhelmed with my few current projects taking too long so I keep a stash of tiny "emergency" kits handy.  If I need a morale boost, I will open and finish one
pusheen loves you


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

SODA Stitch.  I guess I might like cutesy stuff.  Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.  Definitely bright colors.  Stoney Creek.  I love having sets of things!  A towel for every month, and possibly every holiday?  Oh, yes, please.  Nerdy stuff also attracts me like a moth to a flame.  Daffodils, just surround me in daffodils.  I've very found of Mucha artwork/style and have been slowly saving up to buy one of the delightful Disney Princess Mucha sets available on Etsy.  I greatly adore vintage/antique designs, whether it's needlework, sewing, or furniture!  However, this weirdly doesn't apply to primitive designs.  I wonder why?
coming soon to a photo near you: nine


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

Probably any of the Final Fantasy pieces.  I make the patterns myself and ignore most of them, stitching basically by whim and growing experience.  A wall of FF pieces is my goal, abetted by my enthusiastic husband.  Luckily, there are (as of this post) 15 "main" games so a wall is highly possible.  I could even build the wall when they're all framed!  I have FFVII and VIII completed, and III on the stand, haunting me.  It's very close to completion.  Very.  You're gonna hear some high-pitched squeaking soon.  The exclamation points, they are coming.

remote for scale?




7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?

That stupid fabric pen that wasn't a fabric pen.  You source out your fabric for a piece (which is hard enough living in the middle of nowhere), mark the center with what is supposed to be a fabric pen but is really the permanent marker sitting next to it, and of course there is to be no stitching is in the center so well that whole piece of fabric is now TOTALLY USELESS.  It's not even that bad!  Just a tiny blue dot!  I can use the fabric for something else!
But I'm still mad about it.
no markers allowed


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

Oh, you know, only everything.  I'll get around to tatting one of these days.  And that sewing machine isn't going to fix itself (although it's old, it might).  Bobbin lace looks fascinating.  This is where the random and eclectic comes in.  I will pick up a hobby on a whim.  I think I'd really like to make a biscornu someday.  And try hardanger.  I've had my first experience with making a flatfold; that was fun!  I like stained glass, too.  Ooo, and maybe woodworking!  The sky's the limit!

boo


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

Yes, I have a few finished-but-not-fully-finished pieces, most of which are waiting for the Perfect Frame or the Money for the Perfect Framing.  One of the weird things I have with crafting in general is that I can't just do it for fun, no matter how much I enjoy the process.  The finished piece must have a purpose or a goal or place to go.  So smaller stuff tends to get finished off quickly unless it's waiting for the rest of the the smaller things to be finished all in one go. My favorite way to finish something is to have it nicely framed, possibly with a fancypants mat.


eventually a cube


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

Is there a project out there with a person flailing about while being surrounded by cats, daffodils, computers, books, and video games?  Oh, and brownie sundaes.  That might represent me.

this is my life


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

I was probably a whirligig in an alternate life.  And possibly this life.


12. Anything you would like to add?

All these weird spellings, what.  Sticking U's where they don't belong and omitting the neglected Z's.  Scandalous.  I fixed them.  'Merica.

peace out


Haha, it's called The Queen's English!  Got to love your little rebellious ways, with your independence, writing the date backwards and randomly dropping letters.  America is SUCH a teenager at times LOL.  But just to show there are no hard feelings I have worked hard and sourced the ideal chart for you.  I've run it through Pic2Pat so I can email you a copy too!


The Ishkabibble Flail with Added Cats.





Friday, 23 March 2018

Mia from Craftartista

This week's Blogger of the Week is another new-to-me blogger and another Greek multi-crafter.  Like Ariadne she does a wide variety of beautiful crafts as well as stitching.  There must be something in the Mediterranean air!  She is also very organised and there is a row of tabs across the top of her blog so you can find more of your favourite craft very easily.  She has linked to lots of posts in her interview so you can click through and find out more about each piece.  She loves to link up with other blogs so her blog is a great way to find related blogs for any craft you care to try.  Please welcome Mia from




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

Hi, Jo. Thank you for being invited for this interview. My name is Mia and I am from Greece.  I live in Athens.  I am married and my pet is a beautiful canary.  Oh, I love birds!


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

I stitch since I was 5 years old.  Stitching is a great activity, as the time goes by quickly and in the meanwhile I make beautiful handmade creations.  My first embroidery was a little girl watering a daisy and my mother put it in a frame for my room decoration.


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

I am a new blogger.  I started in May of 2017.  I decided to start blogging to show my creations and get new friends throughout the globe.


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 an advanced stitcher, but not an expert.  I love the magic of taking a needle and a piece of fabric and create a beautiful handmade image.  I stitch a lot but not all the time, as I like various crafts.  For example I love sewing and crochet, but I also love painting, decoupage, making jewelry, cosmetics and cards.  I am very organised with my stuff but I am very eclectic about the stitchery I choose, as I do with all my crafts.

Sewing: Clasp purse


Crochet: Crochet bird


Painting: Sea landscape


Decoupage: Almond blossoms






Cards: Be mine



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

I love designing my own embroideries. That’s why I often design using a pencil on a piece of fabric and then I start stitching. You may see what I mean here.





My favourite stitches are the cross-stitch, the satin stich, the back stitch and, of course the blanket stitch which I use often to many crafts, as I did in this mini notebook.




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

I am proud of a big tablecloth I stitched when I was 15.  It is so pretty.  I stitched many flowers of different colours and it decorates my dining room almost all the time!


7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?

I remember the first time that I tried to stitch a card with blanket stitch.  It was so hard to make a beautiful blanket stitch as there are no holes in the paper and I could not understand the right distance between my stitches.


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

I would love to try embossing.  It is a technique of giving a card a 3D effect. I haven’t tried it yet, but definitely I will.  Also, I would love to be better in patchwork and quilting, as still I am in an intermediate level.


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?

Of course I have a box of finished-but-not-fully finished pieces.  Most of them are cross-stitched table runners or tableclothes that I want to add a crochet lace.  Others are crochet pendants that I want to add a string and make necklaces.  Some are cross-stitched pillows that I need to add a zipper.  I fully finish my pieces during the weekend or on holiday, as many times it is difficult to do it on the working days.  When my projects are ready, I use them to decorate my home, or I give them as presents to my mother, sister or friends.  Sometimes I give my embroideries to charities, as well.


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

My stitched or crochet bags and wallets, my crochet earrings, my button rings and the stitched pockets on my jeans!


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

I always think positive and I believe that we deserve to live in a better world. Let’s hope that this “joke”, or maybe “dream” will come true.


12. Anything you would like to add?

Just a huge thank you Jo, for giving me the chance to be the Blogger of the Week.




Friday, 16 March 2018

Carol from Stitching Dreams

I met this week's Blogger of the Week when we were both nominated for Immediate Media's Blog of the Year Award.  I was unfamiliar with her blog so popped over and realised there was some stiff competition there!  She did indeed win the coveted trophy and I got a nice badge for my blog as well as a new friend.  As addition as some lovely stitching, she always takes beautiful "staged" photos of her finished pieces so there is always some great inspiration there too.  Please welcome Carol from



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


Hi everybody!  My name is Carol and I live in the United States in the state of Pennsylvania (think cold and snowy!).  My husband and I just celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary last year and are the proud parents of three sons ages 35, 32, and 29.  Our oldest son was married in October so I now have a lovely daughter-in-law who I'm teaching to cross-stitch... Only one of our sons lives nearby, unfortunately.  The oldest and his wife live all the way across the country in San Diego, California and my youngest lives about 4 hours away in Washington, D.C.   I was a reference librarian for nearly 30 years in a very busy public library and just retired last year.  I'm missing my job, but am enjoying the extra time I suddenly have for stitching.  When my husband retires in a couple of years, we hope to spend much more of our time traveling and seeing the wonders of the world. 

"January Sampler" by Waxed Moon 


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



I've been stitching since the early 1980s.  A fellow librarian stitched on her lunch breaks and I was just fascinated to watch a design appear on empty fabric.  I was hooked, although I did take a ten year break from stitching during the years that I was busiest raising my sons.  I got back into it in 2003 when I was making a scrapbook for my parents' 50th wedding anniversary.   I needed something to put on the front cover of it.  I found this pretty heart design and personalized it for them and ever since, I've stitched almost daily!

Anniversary Album For My Parents 50th Wedding Anniversary


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


I began my blog, "Stitching Dreams" nine years ago in January 2009.  I honestly have to credit my sons for it!  When they suggested I start a stitching blog, I had little idea of what a blog even was. But, I began looking at a few of them and figured it would be a good way to keep track of my finishes.  Little did I know that my blog would open up a whole new world for me--friendships with stitchers from around the world, gift exchanges, and beautiful inspiration on a daily basis!  It has been a wonderful thing... I named my blog "Stitching Dreams" because that very first year, 2009, it was my dream to stitch an ornament sized piece a week for the entire year.  And you know what--I did it! My other hobbies include baking, photography, exercise (to work off all of those calories from the baking!), and reading.

Ornament a Week Challenge From 2009


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 stitch whatever calls my name, although I do tend to stitch seasonally.  The only thing I've done is make it a goal to stitch a Christmas ornament each month since I began my blog.  My Christmas tree is pretty full after all these years, but I love it.  Many stitchers have told me how I've inspired them to stitch an ornament a month, too, which make me so happy.  For the most part, I am a one-at-a-time stitcher.  I do have a couple of unfinished projects waiting in the wings, but my problem is that if I leave them, I don't want to go back to them!

My Stitchy Christmas Tree


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


Definitely Prairie Schooler!  Especially their Santas--they are such classics... I call Prairie Schooler my "comfort stitching"--the charts use good old DMC and what you see is what you get.  There is no wrangling with overdyeds that look nothing like the front of the chart and it is easy, uncomplicated, meditative stitching.

Prairie Schooler Santas


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


I'm most proud of not just one piece, but of the 2012 "Year of the Bowl Challenge" that I did.  Each month I would stitch five or six little pillows to represent that month (Snowmen in January, Love in February, Thanksgiving in November, etc.).  It was a lot of work, but so much fun and I think that is the year that many of my blog readers first discovered "Stitching Dreams."

Thanksgiving Bowl


 The Year Of the Bowl Stitched Pieces





7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?


I can't think of a true disaster--my iron has had a run in with ric-rac a couple of times leaving a melted mess on my stitching, but I've been able to cover it up with a bow or button.


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


Actually, I'm becoming very interested in English paper piecing.  I've been reading more and more about it and I love the look of hexies!  We'll see if I get up my nerve to try it.  I tend to stay within my comfort zone most of the time :) 


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 am great about finishing my smalls as I stitch them--larger pieces, not so much!  I have a large portfolio filled with unfinished larger things that really should be framed.  I haven't found a good framer near me, which is part of the problem.  I will frame smaller things myself, but I should really push myself to get those finished things out, framed, and hanging on my walls!

Cricket Collection's "Eggs...etera"


 A Bowl Full of Smiling Snowmen;


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


I would say "Simple Life" most represents me... I am very content with the simple things in life--a newly built nest filled with Robin's-egg blue eggs, a fresh snowfall, the laughter of my sons, a kind word given or received.

"Simple Life" by Little House Needlework

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


I can never remember jokes so it will have to be a secret--sort of (some of you know this!).  In 1996 we spent a year remodeling our home and in 1997 the magazine Better Homes and Gardens honored us with the Grand Prize in their annual home remodeling contest.  It was featured in the February 1998 issue of the magazine--exciting, but a bit hard for me as I'm naturally shy and quiet.  It was most interesting to see the photographers and room designers at work, though!!


12. Anything you would like to add?


Thank you all for reading my little interview--and a special thanks to Jo for the "Blogger Of the Week" feature!  It is so much fun finding new stitching blogs.  Happy Stitching, everyone!