About Me

Originally born and raised in Rochester, NY, I have been living in Toronto since the fall of 1990.

Since coming to Canada, I continue to learn a lot about different cultures, business, making new friends and just, simply, living a different way of life north of the border. I have always been involved in crafts and I think it was my parents’ way to keep me home and out of trouble…ha ha.

From the time when I was a little girl, I always found myself fascinated with cross stitch. When my mother would take me to the local mall’s craft store, I would see the framed x-stitch pictures mounted high up on the wall which always looked so detailed, clean and neat (and perfectly centred).

About the age of 19 or so I got into cross stitch to take my mind off of things and just relax and de-stress after a long day at work or tiff with the boyfriend. Over the years, I began listening to audiobooks while stitching. Just so you know…history repeats itself LOL!

In the 6th grade, my art teacher used to play comedian records while the class worked away at string art, paper mache, etc. Sometimes it is good that history does repeat itself because to this day I have been able to absorb more books than have time to sit down and read directly.

After 3 years and as of the end of 2015, I met my personal goal of obtaining my Honours university degree. And now that I’m finished with one goal it is on to the next and beyond!  Woo hoo!  Right now I am enjoying my arts, crafts, friends, family and of course, my awesome dog.

68 comments on “About Me

  1. Wow!!!! *Wisher* I am so wowed off my feet! Thank you so much!!!! I can see how happy you were when you were nominated with 7 awards! Again, thank you so much for just thinking of me which is SO flattering! I am thrilled just to have craft enthusiasts stop by once in a while let alone be nominated for an award (I’m still in shock! LOL)…I feel so much like a celebrity now! So cool!!! You have definitely made my day! Thank you for thinking of me *Wisher* I really appreciate it! Warm regards, Ramona :0)

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  2. Hi Ramona,
    You so faithfully read and “like” my posts and I just want to say “Thanks!” I’m glad you’re enjoying them. 🙂
    I always start projects and give up and heck, I started the blog only Aug 9. I tell you – people like you keep me not giving up on this project. Have reading people? MUST.keep.writing!
    I appreciate you!
    Vanessa

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    • Vanessa! Somehow this awesome comment did not reach me until I manually checked my blog for housekeeping. #1 – you’re welcome; #2 I am thrilled to hear that I help contributed to keep you motivated (right back at you and others) #3 thank you #4 I appreciate you too #5 you’ve got a kick-ass sense of humour too 🙂

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  3. Thanks for checking out my blog. Am loving yours, I’m slowly getting into cross stitch myself (along with the million other things in my “craft” room).
    I must say I am also VERY jealous of you living in Toronto, me and my partner are hoping to move there in the future!
    Have a great day! 🙂

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  4. Your work is so lovely! Too bad I dont have a stamina for completing needle work projects, I always end up ditching them =P but your work is just unbelievably neat and flawless!

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    • Dear brushes and papers, thank you SO much for sending that video!

      I had no idea that Henry VII wore his wealth and also did some of his own embroidery upkeep.

      Queen Victoria was a patron of the School of Needlework and her daughter, Princess Helena was the president of the school as well.

      Also George VI’s cape was embroidered for his coronation and even Queen Elizabeth’s special clothing was carefully hand-stitched as well.

      It is nice that there are all kinds of students in all age groups inclusive of both genders. I was surprised to learn that the school even offers a 3-year degree…who knew??

      Even Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, veil and train was embroidered by the school!

      Wow!! I never would have found that video. Thank you so much for sending 🙂 I really appreciate it.

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      • You are very welcome. I always have a very happy memory of my mom’s embroidery while growing up. We all would get a set of matching pillow and bolster cases hand stitched every new year. Pink for girls, blue for boys and my parents used white fabric cases. The best thing was, We all could chose our own design on the cases too. *it was CBS news not NBC sorry.

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  5. Your cross stitch work is gorgeous! What a difference framing makes too. It’s one of those crafts I’ve never been able to commit myself to, but I certainly admire the work of those who do it.

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  6. Your cross stitch is beautiful! I used to spend hours cross stitching, but my wrists can’t take it anymore. I miss it.

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    • Thank you so much Miranda 🙂

      Sorry to hear that you’re no longer cross stitching because I your wrists. I can relate to you because I can no longer do pottery because of my elbows…who knew crafting was so dangerous! LOL 🙂

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  7. Thank you so much for stopping by my site! I too, am a cross-stitcher… well I was. It’s been many years but it’s not exactly something you forget how to do. Lovely work!

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    • Thank you so much Louise! 🙂

      Outside of the award nom (again thank you thank you!) your kind words about my blog has been definitely one of the most touching and sweet thoughts that I have received in a long, long time! 🙂

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      • Thank you! I may never complete another cross stitch myself (I’ve done one and a half – then kids happened) – but I’ll aspire to it through you 😉

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  9. There’s no better stitcher, you make my life richer! There– you’ve moved me to poetry, and that takes some doing, my dear Ramona… : )

    And I hereby declare your wholly, and utterly unique blog title, to be the most creative in blogging history!! And the translation is every bit as enjoyable! : )

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  10. Hi Ramona – just wanted to say ‘Hi’ – you’ve popped into my place quite a few time – but there doesn’t seem to be much cross stitch happening at your place lately – the same pieces have been on the front page for quite a bit. Hope it’s just a complicated and difficult project and you’re not too busy to fit stitching in these days.

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    • Hi PD! Great to hear from you!! Yes, I’ve been stuck on this huge cross stitch since the spring and it is taking a lot longer than anticipated since I’m in university full time (including over the summer). I may switch into updating the blog with smaller pieces while I finish the large Lanarte WIP quietly in the background. I really appreciate you sticking around my cross stitching blog very, very much :0)

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    • Hi Helma! Great to hear from you. Thank you for the kind words. I just finished checking out your beautiful work on Photobucket. You do lovely wonderful stitching. I am so glad we had a chance to speak and it is awesome to meet another stitcher especially in person. Thank you for the support about Chilly too. You and everyone have been wonderful.

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