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I’ve been getting notifications that people are subscribing to Diary of a Domestic Goddess, but as I mentioned in my previous post, I’m no longer using this blog. Not using it at all. There won’t be any more posts here, so there’s no point in subscribing.

Instead, why not pop along to my NEW blog, where I AM posting. Pretty much daily. Honestly, it’s a great blog, you should go visit it. And maybe subscribe to THAT one instead. You can find it here:

Kincavel Korner

Don’t forget!

Don’t forget to nip along to DailyLit and sign up for the four Edgar Allan Poe choices to read along with me for a month of mystery and macabre delights.

The schedule is as follows:
1 – 7 Nov: The Pit and the Pendulum (7 installments)
8 – 14 Nov: Ligeia (7 installments)
15 – 22 Nov: The Fall of the House of Usher (8 installments)
23 – 29 Nov: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Raven (7 installments)

You can find the full details HERE.

Stitchy Saturday – Quoth the raven…

This is the start of Stitchy Saturdays!

Each Saturday, I will feature either something I’m currently stitching, something I’ve just finished stitching, or something I’ve just designed. I hope you’ll all join me in displaying some of your own work and leaving a link to your post in the comments below.

This week, as it’s Halloween tomorrow, I’d like to share with you my sampler  design inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s famous work, The Raven.

Quoth the Raven… is a single-colour sampler – all in black – and features the eponymous bird with the associated phrase “Nevermore”, framed by an elaborate lace border. The design is free for personal use (see the design notes attached to the chart for full permissions) and is 120w x 66h stitches.

Just click the picture to be taken to the design at my Kincavel Krosses blog. I hope you’ll have fun stitching it, and if you do, please send me a photo of your finished sampler so I can include it in the gallery of stitches!

Foto Friday

What is Foto Friday?
It’s a weekly meme hosted by me.
How do I take part?
Easy – you post a picture and tell everyone the following:
* What / who is in this photo?
* When / where was this photo taken?
* Why you love this photo.
Then you just leave a comment here linking back to your blog entry. Simple!

What / who is in this picture?
This is my son, Xander, who is two years old, playing in Mummy and Daddy’s bed with Boris, his stuffed dog.

When / where was this photo taken?
On the morning of 10th October 2010 in my bedroom.

Why I love this photo:
Like his Mummy, Xander doesn’t usually like having his photo taken, but on this occasion, he actually said, “Mummy, picture!” and posed for me without my asking. He immediately wanted to see the photo (which I’d taken on my mobile phone) and said, “Good one!”

We must have played for more than half an hour, hiding under the covers, playing peek-a-boo and pretending we were camping (with the duvet as our tent) and tickling each other, generally having a great time. It was a lovely morning. 🙂

Booking through Thursday… Skeletons!

What reading skeletons do you have in your closet? Books you’d be ashamed to let people know you love? Addiction to the worst kind of (fill in cheesy genre here)? Your old collection of Bobbsey Twin Mysteries lovingly stored behind your “grown-up” books? You get the picture … come on, confess!

OK, I confess – I love children’s books! I have quite a collection of them and I can’t get around it by saying they’re Xander’s because I had them for some time before he was born and they’re a tad too advanced for a 2-year-old. My favourites are the Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer and the Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell – actually, the Edge Chronicles pip Artemis Fowl to the post as I adore both the stories and the illustrations. I’m hoping Xan will love them as much as I do!

I also still adore The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis, and The Snow Spider Trilogy by Jenny Nimmo – they are such cracking stories and so beautifully written that they’re winners every time.

Last, but not least, honorable mention must go to Ronia, The Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren – I must have read it twenty times at least and I never get tired of it.

Of course, I also have the complete set of Harry Potter, but I have the “adult cover” versions, because they were prettier than the children’s ones and I like thinks to look nice on my shelf.

At one point, I became a reviewer for a site that only dealt with children’s books, and I spent many happy hours turning the pages and being completely engrossed. Sadly, the site is no longer in existence, or I’d still be reviewing for them now and feeding my addiction!


ETA: I’m not actually ashamed of any of these books really – they’re all proudly displayed on the bookcase in my livingroom, but it was the closest I could come to a “guilty pleasure” kind of thing – LOL!

Featured on Craft Gossip!

I subscribe to the Craft Gossip newsletter and love getting all the inside information on many different crafts. I’m chuffed to ribbons that twelve of my cross stitch designs from my Kincavel Krosses blog have been given a feature all of their own HERE.

If you’re into crafts, I highly recommend signing up for the newsletter (I would recommend it even if I hadn’t just been featured – it’s that good!) for regular roundups of what’s going on in the craft world. Who knows? Perhaps you’ll be introduced to something you’d never thought of trying before and find a new favourite pastime…

W… W… W… Wednesdays

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?

My answers:
What are you currently reading?
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray – This is the Reading Circle choice for October at Book Club Forum. I’m still only about half way through it as it’s a huge chunker of a novel, but I’m enjoying it so far. I won’t get it finished this month though, that’s for sure! This one is on my bedside table for bedtime reading.

Denied by Pat Brien – I’ve been sent this novel to review and am halfway through it at the moment. It’s a vampire story, but with something of a twist which makes it very unusual. It’s an interesting read and I’m looking forward to seeing how it further develops. This one is in my bag for out-and-about reading.

Persuasion by Jane Austen – I’m almost half-way through this one as well (can you see a pattern forming here?). Im’ determined that I will read all of Jane Austen’s novels and after this I only have Sense and Sensibility to read to complete my little personal challenge. This one is in the bathroon for reading in the tub.

The Arabian Nights by Anonymous – I’m receiving this in installments direct to my email inbox from DailyLit.  There are 633 parts and as of this morning, I am up to part 60 (I get 4 parts sent every morning). As you can see, I have a long way to go yet, but it’s wonderful so far.

What did you recently finish reading?
Chocolate by Elizabeth Ferretti – This is a non-fiction book that came with a chocolate-making kit my Mam bought me as a gift, as I recently decided to take up chocolate-making. It’s packed full of tidbits of information on the history and making of chocolate and features some lovely recipies too. I’m looking forward to putting it all to good use!

What do you think you’ll read next?
Remix by Lexi Revellian – This is another book I’ve been sent for review, so as soon as I’ve finished one of the books I’m currently reading, this will be the next one I pick up. It will become my “bag book” for taking out and about with me to read in any spare moments I have.