Hi, everyone! I can't believe it has taken me this long to start a blog. I always have so much to say and I'm happy to now have a platform for my ramblings. ;)
First, let me introduce myself! I'm Monica and I am a wife and mother of 3. This year I will be celebrating 16 years of marriage to my husband, Chad. Our children are Devin (22), McKinley(15), and Isaac(12).
I am starting this blog mostly to share my stitching projects. I am head over heels in love with my stitching and would talk about it non stop if I could. I will try my best to exercise some restraint. Ha, ha. Just kidding, that is not happening. ;)
I started stitching at age 17 and I think what drew me in was the beautiful rainbow rows of floss in my local Wal-Mart. Such eye candy! I bought a few kits and off I went to teach myself to cross stitch. I don't remember how it went in the beginning but my sister has a vivid memory of me with a huge knotted pile of floss and some not so nice words to go with it. I guess I figured things out by Christmas because I can remember gifting several people with my crafts. One of my first projects was a cockatiel stitched on a sweatshirt for my Grandmother. I had also stitched her name above it. I know it sounds a little weird, right? It really isn't because Grandma was a bird lover. She had several birds over the years who were a great joy to her. She wore the sweatshirt frequently and I was thrilled! When Grandma passed, I found the sweatshirt when we were cleaning out her house. I had to have it, yes indeed. My plans were to post a photo but lo & behold, my basement is once again a complete wreck and I am unable to find the tote it is in. I assure you, it will make an appearance once it's located.
Chad and I were married in 2000 and I did have a few stray projects lying around but was not serious about the craft anymore. Enjoying my new married life and starting a family were top priorities. It did not take long for my stitching to fall by the wayside. ....Fast forward to 2014 and joining Instagram!! Woot woot!! I am loving that Instagram! The first stitching that drew me in was the subversive things I had been seeing. There is some very funny stuff out there! I started a few projects... some funny, some naughty and I got a lot of laughs out of those. But let's be serious for second, they are only funny for so long. And some of the things I am seeing now days are down right rude. I am now lamenting over the time I wasted stitching these things. For gosh sakes I could have worked up some beautiful stitcheries in all that time!!
Anyway, I'll move on. :)
If you have followed me on Instagram you know that I'm a Prairie Schooler loving fool. Most of you already know how fabulous their charts are but think of my sadness when I realized they were retiring a mere 7 months after I discovered them! Can't you hear my tiny sobs! Since, I have been collecting their patterns and have big plans for some of them(which i will happily tell you about in a later post!). I'm also thrilled they are reprinting some of the ones I missed out on while I was in the diaper changing era! Yeah!
Other favorite designers of mine are Little House Needleworks, Country Cottage Needleworks, Barbara Ana, Blackbird Designs, Plum Street Samplers, Threadwork Primitives, The Scarlett House and most recently Pineberry Lane. The list really does go on & on.
Since joinging IG and connecting with other stitchers, I have spent countless hours ogling (& drooling) over their work. There are so many of you inspiring me these days! I have slowly learned the stitchers lingo as well. I now know what a Wip, FFO, UFO, LNS, frog, 1/1, 2/2, 2/1, & RAK (Thanks to my dear friend Michelle!) are. There is even this intriguing thing called Flosstube! What the what?! I have no idea how those ladies muster the courage to do those videos, I can't even stand listening to my own voice on a recording. Truth! I've already grown leaps and bounds in my 2 1/2 years since coming back to stitching. Starting with an 11 ct. Aida to working 1 over 1 on 40 ct. Linen. I've even tea dyed a few pieces of fabric and loved the results. And the best part is, I have so many years in front of me! The last thing I want to mention is how I've noticed the stitching community on IG is so supportive, caring, encouraging, friendly & kind to one another. That makes my heart happy and I am proud to be part of it.
I am so excited to see where my stitching journey takes me. I am even more thrilled to have your company along the way. Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart, for your friendships.
Until next time,