October 31, 2013

Halloween Blog Hop

Here is my contribution to Serendipitious Stitching's Halloween Blog hop, my mystery letter is obvious!

And also happens to be my daughter's initial...

I took inspiration from a Pumpkin Black work by Michaela Lerner, and modified it for this project... After viewing my E, go on to the next blog, here

You can find my portfolio on Flickr, and my page on Facebook....facebook.com/stitchbyrachel

October 19, 2013

Thistle WIP #toomanywips

Still plodding away on the thistle I designed. This design was one I drew based on a thistle in a garden in my neighborhood. With a ton of Scottish lineage, I figured I should have a great Thistle design for my dear daughter to admire as my legacy. Here is my Progress at Oct 19 2013.

October 17, 2013

Its a finish!

Finally my first pattern design, Wildroses, is a finish! Here is the stitched completion...

October 10, 2013

Okay, I was Nominated for a Liebster Award!

Because I want to follow The Official Rules Of The Liebster Award... I will answer the following:

1. Thank you over60andfabulous, and here is the link back to your blog.
This here is the link to the rules of the Liebster Award, kindly and meticulously researched by Lorraine Reguly.

3. There are 11 questions about myself I will answer, 
  1. Coffee or tea?  Both
  2. Favorite breakfast food?  Medium Poached Eggs and French Bread toast.
  3. Why do you blog? International Community with amazing resources and stories.
  4. Would you rather spend a week by the ocean or in the woods? Depends, what's the accommodation like?
  5. What is your favorite day of the week?  Any day I get to sleep in.
  6. What was your favorite cartoon growing up? hmmmm
  7. Chocolate or vanilla? Swirl
  8. Favorite book?  Wuthering Heights
  9. What super power would you like to have. Or if you already have one what is it? I would love to command a room, and have something thoughtful to say. 
  10. What is the best dessert you ever had? Chocolate Mousse. 
  11. Where did you have it?  France.
4. Provide 11 arbitrary facts about yourself in no particular order:

   1) I can count from 1 to 10 in seven languages
   2) I have taken public transit in at least 8 countries
   3) The middle name "June" runs in my family, I has occurred 5 times so far in my family tree
   4) My husband is 15 years my junior
   5) I work as an accountant and many friends ask why because they find me creative and gregarious
   6) I have communication with every member of my immediate family everyday. Including a sister overseas, and both of sets of my parents in separate places.
   7) I obsess about the color purple, and when I found out yesterday I had run out of DMC 550, I just about had a fit.
   8) I would like to design contemporary cross stitch patterns for a living 
   9) My age will end in a "9" for the next foreseeable future
 10) I love my life
 11) My little girl was named after a Queen.

5. So now I have to nominate 11 blogs that I feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers

In no particular order....

1) Sadie at Stitching Up a Storm - I do follow your blog publicly here
2) Joyzse at Random Ramblings - this is my monthly check in blog for the IHSW here
3) Three Sisters at Oh Dear Sisters of Mine, where you can stalk these ladies here
4) Kerri at The Crosstitching Librarian I love her stuff, we are doing a similar pattern here
5) World of Charity Stitching see them here, they are good people
6) Monika at My Sweet Prairie catch her here, she is Canadian, so yeah gotta represent
7) Bonnie at Bonnie's World this is where you will find her
8) Claudette at Bap Attack is one I check in with monthly here
9) I'm cheating with this one, but how can I not give Loretta at Stitching the Night Away props!
10) Catherine at Russian Blackwork has beautiful posts
11) Gabi in Australia, her blog is called Lady of the Floss

6. Create a new list of 11 questions for the blogger to answer.
1) Why do you blog?
2) Who do you hope reads your posts?
3) If you could have dinner with two to three people dead people who would they be?
4) What currency is in your wallet right now?
5) Did your mother go to college?
6) If money was no object, and you could quit your job, what would you do?
7) Where in the world would you live if you could?
8) Who is your role model?
9) If you had a million dollars what would you do with it?
10) What would you like your legacy to be?
11) Would you live on the moon?

7. List these rules in your post.
Once you have written your post, and published it, you then have to:

8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster Award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)
I would like to add that you can nominate someone who already has been given this award, as long as they have less than 1000 followers/subscribers. 

October 7, 2013

It is October already....

It is a sad day in my home today. A normally cheery family would traditionally be expecting Halloween. A costume for a certain little girl, a tradition of carving a minimum of 4-5 pumpkins... but this year the flood in June wiped out the basement of the home we usually decorate, participate, or partake in. All the decorations were destroyed (Including Christmas if we are really getting down to it). Unfortunately there has been a change in our family dynamic that none of us are happy about, and will change a brief but happy tradition again. In hopes of delaying the inevitable, I have been avoiding Halloween. I have started on the charming little outfit for the certain little girl. She is still a bit too young to get the attraction, especially since her dad repossesses the candy anyway....

I think I will focus on the Christmas WIPs that I have in my rotation, and move forward. When one door closes another opens.... in the meantime, here was a picture of last year's door. We will see what this year brings.... In the meantime, I am going to focus on the happy fact that I don't have to cook Thanksgiving this year, and can spend this next long weekend stitching to my heart's content.