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Shine Like The Sun

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Yo! Welcome to the Stitch an' Bitch!

I'm pretty big into sewing and other related handy-crafts. My mom started teaching me how to work with aida and embroidery thread when I was about five or six years old and I've never really stopped. I've played with everything from Shrinky Dinks to those little plastic beads you melted with a hot iron. I've also tried my hand at things like jewelry making, quilting, painting, rubber stamping, dollhouse furniture, knitting, and just fill in with anything else I may have missed.
At the moment I'm pretty devoted to cross-stitch and costume making, but of course with the costumes comes more experimentation with leathers and anything else I can try.

Cross-Stitch

Here's a listing of all the cross-stitch projects I've worked on most recently. I've lost or misplaced a number of older pieces that I've worked on. When I was much younger it was more about working on them, than finishing or even displaying a finished work. I've never lost my love for working in aida; and I can still recall my mother giving me a small square, some DMC thread, a dorky plastic needle and handing me what was probably a pattern for a christmas ornament. It's become a comfort thing for me to curl up with a patttern and stitch until I can't feel my fingers.

Regarding commissioned patterns: Right now I only do them on a case by case basis. I'm happy to discuss it, but I can't guarantee anything.
Regarding sales: I'm working on a series of small affordable/usable pieces that I would be willing to sell.

My Cross-Stitch

Animals

Angel of Grace Angel of Grace by Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum

Three Geisha Three Geisha from Dimensions

Edward Elric Edward Elric, original pattern

1 Loves 2 1 Loves 2

G1 Love Transformers

It's Randomness Lovely Minis
 
   
   
Commissioned Patterns
   
Gundam Wing Cel Gundam Wing Cel Gundam Wing Preventers Gundam Wing Preventers
   

Cosplay

This section is still under MAJOR construction. Please continue to check back for images and details.

Books

I am a book fiend. Have been for years. More than likely incurable considering I'm a librarian by career. Doomed am I!

Here's a listing, in no particular order, of some of my favorite books or authors. Expect this list to change from time to time as I find more shiny. You can also read my book reviews here. I try to update fairly regularly, but I also try wait until I have at least three books to review. That would be my procrastination ability coming through loud and clear.

The Dresden Files coverOh, Dresden Files, how I love thee. Let me count your sharp and pointy teeth. When a book has me up til two or three in the morning, both desperate to finish it and not wake the rest of the house with maniacal laughter, you have a winner on your hands. The series centers on Harry Dresden as he deals with being the only wizard in Chicago, vampires who want him dead, Fairy Godmothers (literally), and really bad luck with women.

The Last Apprentice coverI was not really expecting much from this series. I was thinking it would be a HP knock off. I was pleasantly surprised to find a genuinely spooky tale about the supernatural and the last true line of defense, the Spooks.Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son and the only thing left for him to to be apprenticed to the local Spook. But this may be the very thing Tom was born for.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians coverOkay, I will admit, the series title sounds a little stupid. And in all honesty the first book isn't all the great. It takes the first half before it get interesting. But as the series continues the author is learning. Percy Jackson has the worst time at school. He's painfully dyslexic and can't seem to stay out of trouble. But there's good reason for all of this when you're actually the illegitimate son of a Greek God.

The Thief coverThe first part of a trilogy (I hold out hope for another), the story takes place in a vaguely Mediterranean setting. Gen has been tossed in the dungeon for stealing from the King of Sounis. Now he's being released, but only if he travels with the King's men to steal a legendary stone from a death trap. But Gen is not who he seems. The remaining two books follow a crisis and it's aftermath that befalls Gen on his return home.

Discworld coverWill someone tell me how I went so long without picking up a single Terry Pratchett book? I've just recently started reading Discworld and having quite the ball. Admittedly I haven't gotten far in this massive collection, but I am working on it. If you haven't read Discworld yet I highly recommend trying this series of satires on just about everything all taking place on a world that really is flat.

American Gods coverFind me a man cooler than Neil Gaiman, can you? Again this is another author I did not find until later, probably about the time American Gods was released. American Gods follows a man named Shadow after his release from prison. He comes home to find his wife dead and now a creepy man in white who calls himself Mr. Wednesday has a job offer for Shadow.

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