|"Grow Your Blog" hosted by Vicki at 2 Bags Full|
Hello, readers! Today, I am blogging about something a bit different. I am participating in an event called "Grow Your Blog," hosted by Vicki over at 2 Bags Full. It is a way for bloggers to reach out and meet other bloggers and other readers. So, to start with, since I (hopefully?) have some first-time readers here, let me tell you about myself and my blog!
My name is Erin. I am a twenty-eight year old veterinarian living in Boston. I work at a research institution in Cambridge. My official title is a veterinary postdoctoral fellow, which means that I spend my days reading through research protocols and journals, writing papers, and performing benchtop experiments in our lab. I am also working on a PhD, and I am in my third year of both programs.
That's the boring stuff. The fun stuff is, I also love crafting! My great-grandmother (who has since passed away) taught me how to cross stitch when I was about ten years old. I remember going through her stash at her house in Green Valley, Arizona, and picking out floss colors for my first sampler - it was two anthropomorphized rabbits standing in a field, à la "American Gothic."
Since then, I have continued to stitch all sorts of things under the sun! In college and in vet school, I used cross stitching as a way to relax after hours and hours of studying, but over the past year or so, my hobby has really kicked into high gear. I made my favorite finish to date, Teresa Wentzler's "Egyptian Sampler," and I have branched out into designing my own patterns, such as this Byzantine-inspired Christmas ornament. I have sent handmade items all over the place: to Boston, to Kansas, to Minnesota, and to Italy! I have also spent a lot of time working on my knitting skills, and I have no qualms about taking out my needles and working on a hat in the middle of rush hour on a busy subway train.
This blog details my crafting life. Here, I write about my works in progress and my finishes, and I throw in the occasional free pattern and photo shoot. If you want to see some pretty stitching, take a minute and browse through my 2012 finishes!
To thank you for browsing through my site, I am also offering a free giveaway! I will send a free cross stitched cupcake keychain to one lucky reader who comments on this post. So, if you like what you read here, please let me know, and you could receive a little gift for your trouble!
|Cupcake keychain - free to one lucky commenter!|
And, finally, because I am a veterinarian, yes, I have to include an obligatory word about my cat, Orange "Julius" Caesar. He is an eight-year-old male (neutered) domestic shorthair - and he is an orange kitty, and yes, they are the best kitties. :) Keeping him away from my needlework is a never ending battle.
|Orange "Julius" Caesar - my orange kitty!|
So, thanks for stopping by and checking out my little corner of the blogosphere. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have a great day!