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Stark Raving Christian

@starkravingchristian / starkravingchristian.tumblr.com

Sarcastic Bitch. Nerd. Fan Girl. Old Lady. Librarian In Training. chronicpainandme.tumblr.com for spoonie adventures. 

Maria Sybilla Merian

In my youth, I did spend my time

Investigating insects:

Segmented bodies of summertime

Perhaps a victimless crime

The true opposite of architect

In my youth, I did spend my time

Cause of curiosity sublime:

To take apart, examine, dissect

Segmented bodies of summertime

A quirked progression of past time

Where soul and body might intersect

In my youth, I did spend my time

Frankenstein, with lesser grime

The recreation of imperfect

Segmented bodies of summer time

And then, after, was old wintertime

My innocence no more suspect

In my youth, I did spend my time

Segmented bodies of summertime

- by Avery McDougall

Reflections

Today I went trawling through my archive to find a short story I wrote in the earlier days of this blog. 

I found it in April, 2011. But to find it I searched nearly my entire archive. I had not tagged it, or saved it anywhere, and I thought I might rework it into a longer piece. 

It was not the only gem I found. Conversations with The Husband before he was The Husband. The beginning of my friendship with the fabulous @ladyugh, among others. My obsession with The Getbackers, and Fring,e and SAO, and The 100. 

And, of course, I found a whole lot of me whining about my health, stupid people, and why I have to be such a useless person. 

It made me miss tumblr, and blogging. It’s been six months since my last confession/tumblr post. Almost a year since my last post that wasn’t just an instagram upload. 

I don’t think I’m back. But I’m blog adjacent.

ICYMI: "'til your unsolvable murder do us part" is now available as a kit! . 👩🏻👸🏼😍😉😘💝💣💥👻 . #crossstitch #crosssistersau #xstitch #xstitchkit #beginner #kit #hobbykit #diy #romance #truelove #antivalentine #valentine #nicegirlsneedleclub #mildlyoffensivefiberart #mildlyoffensive #weddingpresent #giftable #subversivecrossstitch #crossbitch #sassystitich #internetembroidery #decor #handembroidery

The Cross Sisters are a bit under the weather so have a yawning Tesla looking fierce. 👩👸🐰🐇😪😴🛌 . . #cross_sisters #crossstitch #crossbitch #xstitch #xstitchbun #rabbit #bunny #rabbitsofinstagram #bunsofinstagram #cute #pet #houserabbit #housebunny #fluff #yawn #tesla #teslachronicles

Roadtrip means stitching on the go! 👩👸🚗🛣️🚦🌆 . #cross_sisters #crossstitch #crossbitch #crassstitch #xstitch #craft #craftersofinstagram #wip #sneakpeek #pattern #dmc #squidgi #roadtrip #maker #onthego #charming #girlboss #bossbabe #embroideryart #modernembroidery

Inspired by one of our queens: Gina Linetti of Brooklyn 99. Oh dang pattern is hitting the Etsy store as I type. Message us if you're interested in owning the finished piece 👩👸💞💅🙌🤳💄👑 #cross_sisters #crossstitch #xstitch #xstitchersofinstagram #crossstitchersofinstagram #pattern #maker #handmade #etsy #etsyau #queen #ohdang #dang #giftideas #ginalinetti #b99 #brooklyn99 #girlboss #bossbabe #crassstitch #subversivecrossstitch #crossbitch #embroidery #modernembroidery #craft #thehandmadetribe #itsonetsy #craftybitch #pretty

My hair is purple because I got sick of the only thing about me being chronic shit. Also I'm stupid busy and I want to be okay again.

“When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance. Not only this, but through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do his will be amazingly simple compared with our present telephone. A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket.”

-Nikola Tesla, 1926

#tesla and I love the smell of a freshly stitched bitch in the morning! 👩👸💞🙊😈🐇🐰 . #cross_sisters #crossstitch #crossbitch #crassstitch #xstitch #crossstitchersofinstagram #bitch #teslachronicles #xstitchbun #rabbit #bunny #houserabbit #subversivecrossstitch #modernembroidery #embroidery #girllboss #bossbabe #etsy #etsyau #australianmade #wip #sneakpeek #pattern #patterntesting

#tesla and I love the smell of a freshly stitched bitch in the morning! 👩👸💞🙊😈🐇🐰 . #cross_sisters #crossstitch #crossbitch #crassstitch #xstitch #crossstitchersofinstagram #bitch #teslachronicles #xstitchbun #rabbit #bunny #houserabbit #subversivecrossstitch #modernembroidery #embroidery #girllboss #bossbabe #etsy #etsyau #australianmade #wip #sneakpeek #pattern #patterntesting

Cross Stitches Apparently

I know, I’m the worst.

I promise I’ve come back then all I do is share my business. I made cross stitch patterns and sell them. Woo. 

Okay, but to be fair, that is a huge part of what I do now. The cross stitches. The sass, the sayings, the design, and then the pattern testing. I also have purple hair now. Guess what? It’s fun to have something to talk about other than the fact I lucked out with a shitty degenerative autoimmune disease. 

Everything is kind of... new shitty health thing obsessed at the moment. But there are bright spots. Like this church in... I guess it’s another suburb of my city now, but it used to be a separate town (ah, the sprawling metropolis of one of the few cities in my mostly regional state), anyway. I have this incredible friend, who’s a sister to me, and her girls are my nieces and they moved here from the mainland with her psychologically and emotionally manipulative ex and the pastor and his wife were two of the first people they met here. This lady is a freakin’ warrior, a fellow spoonie, and generally amazing but in incredibly shitty circumstances. She hates asking for help, she feels isolated, and while spiritual is definitely not a christian... and yet, she goes to church because she feels safe and knows she can ask for help and they’ll give it. Because her girls feel safe there. This woman who knows I love her children as much as if they were actually my blood, still feels awkward asking me to babysit even though I take them out of my own free will... but she feels safe. That’s what being a living letter of love to the people is all about friends. Bright spot. Her, her family, and this church. I’m blessed by knowing they exist. 

Workstation! I'm enjoying the #marchmeetthemaker challenge a few people are doing so I thought I'd give a quick #behindthescenes on stage one of the design process. 👩👸📒🎨💻🖊️ . #cross_sisters #crossstitch #xstitch #crossbitch #crassstitch #subversivecrossstitch #pattern #charming #wip #sneakpeek #maker #makerspace #office #bossbabe #girlboss #design #australianmade #craft #craftsposure #handmade #etsy #etsyau #creative #creativeprocess

These patterns and more available in our Etsy for instant download! We're thinking of adding another completed stitch to the store... Got a favourite? Let us know! 👩👸🕰️🌹🥀💞🥃📚📒 . #cross_sisters #crossstitch #xstitch #xstitchersofinstagram #crossbitch #crassstitch #beautyandthebeast #cogsworth #lego #book #bookstagram #librarian #reader #girlboss #bossbabe #lovequotes #advice #fuck #nope #nopetrain #fuckthat

The live action #beautyandthebeast comes out this week so we thought we'd share some #datingadvice from Cogsworth. **PATTERN AVAILABLE IN OUR ETSY STORE NOW** 👩👸🕰️🌹🥀💞 . #cross_sisters #crossstitch #xstitch #crassstitch #crossbitch #subversivecrossstitch #modernembroidery #embroidery #handmade #art #craft #witty #sassy #sarcasm #cogsworth #flowers #chocolate #giftideas #love #sweet #etsyau #etsy #australianmade

Today's vibe - we all know that one bitch who needs a slap hehe 👩👸😈😾😑🙊 . #cross_sisters #crossstitch #crossbitch #crassstitch #subversivecrossstitch #sass #attitude #fairwarning #bitch #slap #xstitch #crossstitchersofinstagram #pattern #etsy #etsyau #australianmade

Finally get to share this #customorder with you all! We were sent a reference picture we were unable to find the original artist and so we recreated it as best we could! 👩👸👌🐮🐂🐄🍞🥖 . #cross_sisters #crossstitch #crossbitch #crassstitch #crossstitchersofinstagram #xstitch #custommade #comissions #meme #ilikthebred #bread #cow #etsy #girlboss #bossbabe #australianmade