Versatile Bloggers Award

versatile blogger award

Thanks to fellow stitcher Helen Elizabeth for nominating me for the Versatile Bloggers Award. She talks a lot about stitching on her blog, A Good Woman, but also discusses spiritual issues and life in general, with lots of humor. You must see the stunning “family tree” she stitched in her “93,100 Stitches of Love” post. I accept the nomination, hoping it will help drive traffic not only to my blog to others’ blogs. We can all help each other out. 🙂

This is the first time I’m trying something like this. I’m going to see how it goes. If people feel pressure to be involved or don’t want to, I completely understand. I will use that information next time I have a chance to participate in a similar blog-growing exercise.

The rules are:

  • Show the award on your blog.
  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 blogs.
  • Link your nominees’ blogs, and let them know.

Seven facts about me:

  1. In a previous job, I helped clean out a house that was featured on Hoarding: Buried Alive. I had to wear a Tyvek suit with the hood, mask, booties – all that stuff – because the place was infested with roaches and mice. My friends watched to get a glimpse of me, and had to sit through 45 minutes of roaches to see me for thirty seconds.
  2. I am practically a fish, love to swim. I was a competitive swimmer in high school and my parents found it nearly impossible to get me out of the water when I was a kid.
  3. Until I was almost 14, I lived on a 100+ acre farm in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. We had 100 acres of grapes, and many more acres of corn, tomatoes, raspberries, and other crops.
  4. A few dirty dishes in the sink don’t bother me — I’ll get to them — but I can’t stand to see the soap bottle with the top open.
  5. My favorite band is Rush.
  6. My 4-foot Christmas Tree is still up because I find the warmth of the light to be comforting. The ornaments are off, so it’s just a lit tree, and no longer a Christmas Tree. 🙂
  7. I read mostly nonfiction, particularly about WWII and the American Civil War.

The 15 blogs I nominate are:

  1. Dianne Rambling On
  2. Warrior Freya
  3. Taking One Stitch at a Time
  4. Colliding Universe
  5. Clicky Chick Creates
  6. Ariadne from Greece
  7. Julie’s Lifestyle
  8. Normandy Life
  9. sewscrapmuse
  10. Random Musings Of A Hotel Goddess
  11. Tailspin Farms
  12. Gippsland Granny
  13. Movie Musie – Erin Expounds
  14. Summer Sewing Room
  15. A Stitchers Ramblings

I hope you get a chance to visit these wonderful blogs and decide to stick around.


Throw Back Thursday – My attempt at freestyle embroidery

I stitched this several years ago as my first attempt at a kind of freestyle embroidery. I wanted to combine exacting stitches with some craziness. It’s hard for me to be random, so this was difficult but fun. For some people, this probably isn’t very random, but for me it is. I also wanted it to go from dark to light colors in a bit of a diagonal direction, and I think I came close to achieving that. I put the M in the lower left corner, but if I do something like this again that will change, as I had to keep it light and I think it’s a bit too light, too subtle. However, I was pretty happy with my first attempt, though I haven’t really done anything like it since. I also learned that bullion knots are not good for me. I think it was how I was angling my wrist, but those things gave me tendonitis that didn’t go away for months. I remember seeing an alternative for bullion knots and will have to find it again, as I do like the look – but I’m not going through THAT again.