Monday, January 21, 2013

Another Liebster - This is So Fun!

Kerrie has nominated me for a Liebster award, and I am very flattered - thank you Kerri!

Here are the rules: 

1. You must post 11 things about yourself.
2. Answer the questions that the nominator set for you.
3. Create 11 questions for the people you nominate.
4. Choose 11 new blogs & link them in your post
5. Please leave me a comment on this post with the URL to your Liebster award so I can learn more about YOU!

11 Things about ME:

1       I am from Maine, which is a very special thing.

      I have been a law librarian for over 30 years – YIKES!

      I have a 28 year old son who is heading to film school.

4       I have a 25 year old daughter who is heading toward restaurant management.

        I am a family historian.

  I     I am looking forward to retirement in a few years.

7       I am a Democrat.

8       I am a cross-stitcher.

9       I am on Facebook.

        I am on Twitter for genealogy (downeastdigger).

        I am a blogger (Crossroads of My Mind and Digging Down East).

Here are my answers to Kerri's questions:

1.     1. What did you have for breakfast today?

Since it’s MLK Day, I have the day off, and it’s Inauguration Day, so I made myself a decent breakfast, including a 3-egg frittata, bacon, coffee, and a Bloody. It’s gonna be a great day!

2.     2. Do you have any pets (please list them)?

No. My mom always said if we could find a pet that could cook, make the beds, do the laundry, and vacuum, then we could have one, and she would leave, so I did not grow up with animals. Now, my daughter, that’s another story, as you can see from my kitty stitching for her.

 3. What is your favorite food?

What? Isn’t pizza the perfect food? Seriously, I am a huge seafood nut, having grown up on the coast of Maine. Nothing like a freshly boiled Maine lobster all picked out on the picnic table.

4    4. What is your favourite colour?

Pink, pink, pink…may have something to do with being a 20-year breast cancer survivor.

5    5. Where do you like to go on holidays?

Maine, which is home, although I haven’t been able to do so in several years.
6    6. Do you play any sports or do any outdoor activities?

If you count tramping through cemeteries (I am the self-appointed family historian).

7. What is the latest movie you have seen?

Lincoln, which is a masterpiece btw.

8    8.What skill do you want to learn this year?

I would like to improve my photography skills.

9    9. Do you have a New Year's resolution you think you will keep this year?

I have compiled a “bucket list” of places to go around Greater Cincinnati before I retire to Maine, and have already clicked off a couple.

1    10. If you could be any TV character, who would you be and why?

Lady Mary Crawley, from Downton Abbey.  Just first class.

1    11. What is your idea of the perfect day?

The perfect day would be filled with stitching and genealogy, and would never end.


11 Questions for my nominees:

1     Why did you decide to blog about your stitching?

2     How do you find time to stitch?

3     What cross-stitch designer do you like to collect?

4     Have you ever been to a stitch-in?

5     What’s the most you’ve spent on a pattern?

6     What’s your favorite stitching tool or gadget?

7     How do you organize your stash?

8     How do you give back? (e.g. teach young people to stitch, donate used patterns, etc.)

9     What do you do while stitching (TV, movies, radio, audio books, travel)?

1     Have you ever had a cross-stitch disaster (lost patterns, chewed, stained, or burned stitching)?
1     Have you made new friends (local or online) through your love for stitching?

My 11 nominations:

Have Fun Everyone !!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Welcome to Crossroads! Thanks for Growing My Blog!

Hello and Welcome. My name is Pam and I have been cross-stitching for about 25 years. I am totaling hooked on stitching and collecting cross-stitch patterns. I love to stitch in my recliner in front of the TV, with a movie popped in, listening to NPR, or watching good, quality television.

I live in Mason, Ohio, which is a northeast suburb of Cincinnati, and have lived in Ohio since 1985. I am a single mom of two wonderful young people, a son looking to attend film school this year, and a daughter who has two cats and works at the Bangor Olive Garden.

In about 5 years I look forward to retiring to Maine, my home state. Naturally you will notice a predominantly nautical theme to my stitching, although my tastes are all over the place.

My other obsession is genealogy, and I have a link to my geneablog, Digging Down East, in the sidebar.

2013 marks the 20th Anniversary of my diagnosis of Breast Cancer. Additionally, as an American History buff, I am commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. So, if you decide to follow my blog, you'll see lots of Breast Cancer and Civil War stitching this year.

I am thrilled to participate in this Grow Your Blog party, and would love to offer the follow pattern to a lucky visitor as a door prize.  Anyone can enter, anyone can win, you don't have to have a blog.  Leave a comment or send me an email.  I'll put all the names in a hat and have a neutral person make the drawing.  The winner will be announced in this space on February 1st.

Again, thanks for stopping by and of course,


For a list of all the participating blogs and giveaways ... just click the button in the sidebar.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wednesday's WIP Report ~ Where There Is Hope

This doesn't look very exciting, but it really is a fun stitch.

2013 marks the 20th anniversary of my diagnosis of breast cancer, so this year I have decided to stitch up all my cross-stitch patterns celebrating my survival from this terrible disease. When I was diagnosed in 1993, 1 in 9 women got this dreaded diagnosis. Twenty years later, it is now 1 in 8. Here's to all the beautiful women fighting the good fight.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Crazy Cat Love ~ Christmas Gifts for Stephanie

My daughter is Mama to two cats, Moe (short for Mozart, although she is female) and Muffin. The three of them live in Bangor, Maine, where Stephanie works, having graduated a couple of years ago from the University of Maine. She really is a "crazy cat lady," so, of course, I just had to stitch up a couple of my favorite cat designs for her apartment.  They were under the tree for her this Christmas. Apologies for the glare, but I needed to photograph them quickly, so they could be shipped asap.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013