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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow
~ Lin Yutang ~

My quote above is about travelling.... however this post isn't really about travelling in the true sense of the word.... but more about visiting blogs around the world!

And true to form -  I am late in posting my "Around the World Blog Hop" Post!  But I do have a reason/excuse - I was travelling over the weekend and forgot to prepare one before I went away.... oops!

I do hope that everyone who came to visit yesterday, when this post was supposed to appear, will come back and visit again soon.....

Anyway onto the blog hop post!

Kaye from Kitten Stitching invited me to be a part of this blog hop.   Kaye posted her blog post last week - if you would like to read what Kaye wrote please click on this link and be transported back in time.

This blog hop has been going around the world for a number of weeks/months and I have enjoyed reading everyone posts as they come up on my blog reading programs.  Now it is my turn to post and pass on the fun.... Although now that the time has come to pass the baton, I find that I could not pick just 3 blogs to promote so I have come up with another solution to this dilemma....  more at the end of the post.

As part of this blog hop there are four questions to answer.... while that doesn't seem like a lot, believe me a couple of them aren't easy!

So here goes:

1. What am I working on?
I am currently working on a number of items at the moment; some get more love than others... and I am not going to mention the WIP's that are very quickly becoming UFO's!!

The four main projects I have sitting in the stitching drawer at the moment are:

I have linked each project to the most recent post in case you wish to have a look at the why and wherefore's of each one.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I don't think that my work does differ from anyone else's stitching specifically.... but I do think that we all add a bit of ourselves to everything we stitch.  Although maybe my work does differ to some other stitching in one particular way - my furry friends have lovely speciality thread/fur that they like to add to my stitching!  So I guess that is my uniqueness - only I have Oscar, Felix and Mitzi fur added to my projects!!

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I started stitching nearly 30 years ago.... but over the years I have been a bit hit and miss with my stitching progress.  Stitching became a more serious hobby for me about 5 years ago and blogging about my stitching seemed to be a natural extension to this.  Blogging is a way to keep a journal of my stitching and who I stitched for or why I stitched a particular design.  I don't know if I would say that I am particularly creative with either hobby... but it is fun and it's nice to have a creative outlet for that side of the brain!

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
Umm.... does it work??  To be honest I would like to be more creative than I am... I often lament the number of hours in a day that appear to have disappeared too quickly and I haven't stitched or blogged!  But that is life and we all have to live our lives as best we can!  I try not to wish too hard to have more hours in the day for stitching or blogging as someone may hear me and then I may not like the response!!

With regards to stitching well, I stitch whatever tickles my fancy.... I do have a number of favourite designers and you can probably see from my blog who they are.... although I love other designers that I haven't dared started stitching a design of yet!  That is next year's plan....

The creative process for blogging.... oh my goodness.... you don't want to know what goes on in my head sometimes!  The number of times I have these great ideas for a post... and then when it comes time to sit down at the laptop and type, the ideas just dry up!  So there is no creative process happening there at all!  It is all very hit and miss, just like my stitching!  My first blog post was in October 2010 and four years later I find that I have posted 198 times.... this one is post 199!

Now we come to the part where I have fallen down yet again.... nomination time!  When Kaye asked me to take part I very nearly didn't because I didn't want to try and choose just 3 blogs... it is just too hard!

So, I decided to mention some blogs which aren't actually taking part in the Around the World Blog Hop, but they are blogs that I enjoy reading, have a great laugh at/with, and/or find inspiration from. So here goes....

Lumivalko ja Ruusupuna - I first "met" Maija through an exchange that Parsley arranged a couple of years ago when I first started blogging.  This was my very first Blog exchange and Maija was my partner - we have common interests in stitching and our love of cats!

Spinster Stitcher - I just love reading about Coni's life and her stitching (when she gets around to doing some), and the antics of her wonderful life companion Master Stewey Angus Willowswamp!

Red Brolly - now I don't do any other type of embroidery other than cross stitch and I certainly don't sew or quilt... but I just love this fun blog/website.  The designs and ideas are fantastic and the icing on the cake.... they're Australian!!

Mary Corbet's Needle 'N Thread - this website/blog is a great source of tips and tricks and inspiration.  Again it's not cross stitch, but more of a collection of general embroidery info... but wow, some of the stitching is just so gorgeous!  It is most definitely worth a look at!

I know by not nominating a new destination in the blog hop that the trip has sort of stopped with me.... but I have an idea.... if you wish to join in the fun of the Around the World Blog Hop, let me know when you comment and I will do another post in a couple of days letting people know to go and visit your blog next Monday!  How's that for a plan?

I do hope that you have enjoyed reading my latest ramble... and ramble it does appear to be!  See what happens when I let myself go and just type!

So until next time, happy stitching and happy blogging!

Stitching Noni xx


cucki said...

Such a great post..
And lovely stitching
Big hugs dear xx

Annette said...

What a great post you made.
Your wips your woking on looking great!!
And let me tell you I finally started stitching too!!!
YEAH.. I finished another piece of Jingles, and working on the next one!!
I'm loving it.. really missed it..
I really wanne catch up, I wanne finish it this year!!!
Have fun with your projects!!

Preeti said...

Nice to know more about you:) What special post are you planning for the200th ?

Brigitte said...

So lovely to read about your stitching and blogging and your WIPs. I love this blog hop and it's always interesting to get to know bloggers around the world.

Sally said...

Lovely to read all about your stitching and blogging. Lovely stitching.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

You should blog more often! It's always nice to read your posts. It's nice to see your current WIPS together, they are quite varied which makes it more interesting to stitch.
I do agree about time getting away, I've been pottering all morning, it's lunchtime and I haven't touched a needle or updated my blog! Or done the ironing either!

Lumiruusu said...

Hello Noni and thank You for visting my blog again :) I really like your posts and the wip,s picture was lovely tosee :) Enjoy the Christmas season !

Kaisievic said...

Great post, Noni, and so remiss of me to have taken so long to come read it! I love reading about everyone's stitching and blogging. hugs, Kaye