Tag – I’m it.
My sister-in-law Elena (A Casarella) tagged me in a game yesterday. Because she’s my sister-in-law (and pretty fabulous) and I can’t resist her, I agreed to play.
The game goes thusly: I’ve been tagged so I answer Elena’s questions. I tag 3 more people and they answer my questions farther below or they answer the questions I answered, OK?
Here goes with Elena’s questions:
1. How did you come up with your blog name? I am a sister and I stitch. I wish I had a more original answer but that pretty much sums it up. I like all things stitchy though I don’t spend as much time with yarn pursuits as I would like. (Confession: I actually have been considering renaming my blog and I have a good idea in mind but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. I’ll be sure to tell my follower if/when I change my name so she can still find me. See #9 below.)
2. Name one thing about yourself that most people would be surprised to learn. I was a Domino’s secret shopper in college. That’s Domino’s, as in pizza. I wonder how much pizza I had been ordering before they decided that they would pay me to eat their food? Oh, and for you quilters, I am the Fat Quarterly proofreader. I like that gig.
3. What blogs do you read religiously? Religiously? None. Frequently? Read on…I’ll give a shout out here to my favorite Wisconsin bloggers whom I also know personally: Lee from Freshly Pieced, Rebecca from Pieces and Cream, and Erika from Midwest Family Life. They’re also the ones I’ve tagged. Heh heh. They’re also also members of the Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild. Following are people whose blogs I enjoy and who I would also love to meet because they seem like fun and nice people. Nice is so underrated. In no particular order: Blabbermouse (cracks me up); Alissa Haight Carlton (quilter and producer of Project Runway. She emailed me TWICE!! I think she likes me); Katy Jones from Fat Quarterly (funny and clever and BRITISH!); Tacha Bruecher from Fat Quarterly (another Brit – her stitching and patterns are divine); Carol/mamacjt (a Wisconsinite and practically a neighbor. Super funny and irreverent and prolific!); Ree Drummond (everyone knows who she is); How About Orange. I could go on and on.
4. If money were no object, where would you live and why? If money were no object and I could travel to and fro visiting my family (or paying for them to visit me) I would make my base in Europe, probably in England or Ireland. I think it would make me taller, thinner, and better looking.
5. What fashion choice do you look back on with regret? I would have to say big hair. 80s fashions make a comeback now and then, but no one wants to see the hair again. I’d prove it to you if I could find my college graduation picture.
6. Post a link to your favorite blog post to date. You’re looking at it.
7. What was the first job you ever had? “Bus girl” at a restaurant a few blocks from my parents’ house. I shudder to remember.
8. What song in your music collection would you consider your guiltiest pleasure? “Baby, it’s cold outside” by Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. I play it even when it’s warm. What? It’s not in your music collection?
9. Fill in the blank: I would die a happy woman if I discovered that ____________ read my blog. Considering that I am literally the most frequent commenter on my own blog, I would be happy to know anyone is reading it*.
10. What is your favorite “tip” to share with other people? It can be a product you love, a great place to get a bargain, an easy kitchen tip, your favorite book (anything, really). Hmmm…this is the one I share with first time expecting moms (though always in hushed tones – I can’t believe I’m revealing this here): stock up on maxi pads before the baby is born. You don’t want your husband buying them for you, if you know what I mean. If you don’t know what I mean, you will after that baby comes. Just take my advice and you can thank me later.
Seriously, my best tip, also for moms (and dads) is to read to your child even before s/he is old enough to sit still in your lap and even if s/he just wants to chew on the book or crawl around at your feet. And don’t give up. Reading is a right, not a privilege, and is the cheapest hobby you’ll ever have. I still read to my 10-year-old every night; it’s my favorite time of the day. I am proud to say that my boys are good readers, read well above grade level, and they enjoy it.
11. What don’t you know how to do with your blog that you’d love to learn? I’d like to be able to change the font style easily and willy nilly. You know, like Blogspot bloggers can, because who doesn’t want better fonts in her life? I tried it once and failed big time. For some reason WordPress simply doesn’t support an easy font change. (See here WordPress: I couldn’t even change THE COLOR of the text in this little Q&A. Aargh!)
Here are the questions:
- How big is your fabric stash? (i.e., how many boxes, bins or pounds? You determine the measurement) [edited for clarity – thank you Elena, whose mind apparently goes to “doobie-ous” thoughts when she sees the word stash]
- Are you an early bird or night owl?
- Do you speak any other languages? If not what other language do you wish you knew?
- What store do you have a hard time leaving empty-handed (online or bricks and sticks)?
- What are your favorite blogs to read?
- What is your favorite book or movie?
- Where do you sew?
- When did you make your first quilt?
- How many hours per week (per day?) do you spend on Pinterest? What, if anything have you made/acquired/acted on that you pinned?
- What’s your favorite quilting tip?
- Did you make a New Years resolution? Have you kept it?
If you were tagged:
- answer the questions above
- create 11 new questions (or use the same ones)
- tag 2-3 (5-10, whatever) other blogs and link to them in your post
- let them know you’ve tagged them
- have fun!
*OK, honestly, if I found out Rachel Maddow was reading my blog I’d just about die.