I expect many of you will recognise her name from comments on your own blogs even though Calamity Jr doesn't have a blog (yet!) so I invited her to share a little about herself on my blog. Here's what she said:
"I can't say when I started stitching, since it seems like it's been forever. I started with crewel embroidery probably in junior high, which was a very long time ago, haha. Somewhere I learned about counted cross stitch, and it became my number one needlework love. For awhile I had a stall in a craft mall, where I sold a few cross stitched items (no way to make back what you put into them, though) along with hand painted things, like sweatshirts and address book covers. When there was a LNS near, I stitched quite a few of their display pieces, and it was always fun to go in and see my work on their walls. Until recently I have stitched mostly larger, framed designs, and most often as gifts. However, since I've discovered the world wide community of bloggers who also prefer to live with needle in hand, I've managed a few smalls and even kept some for my own home!
On the personal side, I met my husband in January of our senior year in high school, married 3 1/2 years later, and we've been blessed with one amazing daughter, Jen, who's in school in Kansas City, MO. (I won't get started there; it would take too much typing and I always pop buttons because I'm so darn proud of her.) We have a 5 1/2 year old golden doodle (golden retriever and standard poodle mix) who is a great buddy and who keeps me exercised, since he really likes his daily walks. I work in a dental office very close to home, which is great because I get home for lunch with my "boys" every day. I do all the office type work - phones, scheduling, insurance, checking people in and out, etc.
And that's me - Calamity Jr aka Mary Jane or MJ."
And here are some pics of MJ's work:
I hope you all found that as interesting as I did, it's great to learn more about your followers. And I'm not at all worried about stitching something now! Nothing like stitching for a semi-pro to make you feel nervous at all!
I must remember to give Thanks to Daffycat for the idea of a secret giveaway, I think it's such fun because it's rewarding the people who comment anyway.
If any more of my non-blogging followers would like to share their stitching (and life stories) here please send me some pics and info. It's so great to meet you all and find out more about you. Basically I'm just really nosey.
I also have to thank some of the bloggers who've been talking about their oldest WIPS and UFOs. I can't remember which blog is hosting this event but here are mine which I found in this chest this afternoon:
I saw these completed on someone's blog over Christmas. I started these years ago (mid 1990s) and have stalled slightly as you can see. The trouble is I just didn't feel like stitching on them at any other time than December!
Here's a close up of the "L". Please do NOT click on the pic and look at the hardanger! Hopefully that has improved in the intervening years!
Mini competition (no prize, just a feeling of being old but clever) - can you identify the shop the bag belongs to? The kit didn't come from that shop, it's just been stored in it for at least 17 years. Clue - they were proud that most of their produce was Made in Britain.