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Well, as you can tell by my paucity of posts, it's been a busy and difficult year and I thank you all for sticking with me.

There's been a lot going on, both good and bad. I have pretty much cleaned up most of my late husband's estate and feel ready to move on. I also feel like I'm on a more stable footing financially. I have had a TON of freelance work - almost more than I can handle; I'm running late on some deadlines even as I speak. (I also have not one but two front covers this month, one the Just Cross Stitch October issue and also their Halloween Special Edition.) But this has enabled me to pay off my car and free up some money for other things. I will be at AWA in Artist Alley again this year and also attending CONjuration in November, my Etsy shop has officially reopened, and I have some really big things planned for next year that may see me branching off in a whole other direction.

On the other hand I spent most of June and July flying back and forth to CT to help my sister through some medical issues. This ate up a lot of time that I needed for other things but I did get to bring back some family heirlooms and personal items that were being stored there. (I even managed to sneak my  mother's collection of crochet hooks through airport security by putting them at the bottom of my suitcase with a piece of foil over them.) I've been having some health issues myself which have once again left my doctor scratching his head and chasing his tail as we both KNOW something is wrong but every test we do comes back negative so we have no idea what it is. And then I broke a tooth and promptly managed to swallow it o__O so that's gonna be a fun dentist visit.

In between all this we are still looking for a new house without success. My house is half packed and full of boxes with nowhere to go. I will say that the selection has improved so I feel more optimistic. But now I have a quandary. It would actually be cheaper for me to buy a house than rent one at this point, especially as I can get down payment assistance from the county. The catch would be that I would be required to live in the house for at least five years, which I kinda have to do anyway since it will take Son #2 that long to get through undergrad and apprenticeship. But given my sister's health emergency this summer I don't know if I would be able to stay that long before I need to move up north to take care of her. So I don't know whether to go for it or not. Decisions decisions.

I've been doing some writing again to take my mind off things. The return of Star Wars (in a GOOD way this time) makes me feel like I'm back in 1977 again and I've been having Plot Dreams with the end result being a series of Stormtrooper Soap Operas. It's been fun.
  • Listening to: Celtic Women - Destiny
  • Reading: SImply Enchanting by Mary Balough
  • Watching: DragonCon Livestream
  • Playing: Mahjongg
  • Eating: Roshen Dark Aero
  • Drinking: Raspberry Iced Tea


Artist | Professional | Artisan Crafts
United States
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Current Residence: Somewhere in the aether
Favourite genre of music: Pretty much anything as long as it's upbeat
Favourite style of art: Art Nouveau/Pre-Raphaelite, Medieval
Favourite cartoon character: Desslok, Hipshot Percussion

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unbridledmuse Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the llama! :happybounce:
NevaSirenda Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome!
Arulein Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015
hi there

just wanted to let you know, I did the Christmas penguin pattern, it came out great! soon as I can figure out how to get a pic uploaded I'll send it over. it took me two days off and on bingewatching cooking shows ;-D I'm thinking later I'll do another one only making his scarf and hat blue. But I'm penguin-ed out for a while ;-)

thank you so much for a fun pattern. Have an excellent new  year!
NevaSirenda Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are very welcome! Glad you enjoyed. I'd love to see it when you get pics.

And interestingly enough, I originally did the scarf and hat in blue, before I changed it to a Christmas design! I used 798-799 in place of the green.

Happy New Year to you too! :hug:
Arulein Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016
Hi there, finally posted a pic of pengy! She came out pretty good:…

Thanks again!
NevaSirenda Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
That did turn out well!! Thanks for sending!
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
:iconsnugplz: You are my featured designer of the month!…
NevaSirenda Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for the feature!! I'm glad you enjoy my patterns so much!

Just FYI, I have been designing professionally for over 20 years now, including a 10-year stint as Design Director for Jeanette Crews Publishing. You can see my professional designs and adaptations almost monthly in Cross Stitch and Needlework and Just Cross Stitch magazines (an adaptation I did is on the front cover of the current Halloween special issue of JCS, along with several small designs inside) as well as the Cross Stitch Christmas annual and Keepsake Calendar from CS&N. (Working on some projects for them both right now, in fact.) Once my many current personal crises have calmed down, I am hoping to reopen my Etsy shop and put some of my original designs on sale there as well. I'll keep you posted on that.

Thank you again!! :hug:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're super welcome. :) That's quite the resume you have put together! I just mentioned the JCS in my post because that's the only magazine I used to subscribe to. ^^; I had to stop because I can't afford it, so I'm missing out on so many of your pretty designs now.
NevaSirenda Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Don't blame you. I couldn't afford it myself if I didn't get contributor's copies! :D
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