Swiftie X-stitch: Shake It Off!


I listen to Taylor Swift’s 1989 album every week. I put it on when I’m cooking, driving and relaxing in the garden. When Shake It Off was released last year I played it on repeat for about two weeks.

I’m lucky enough to have a boyfriend who probably loves Taylor more than I do. We’re total Swifties.

I have started sewing again recently. I wanted to do a quick cross stitch to get my fingers back into shape. This little Shake It Off cross stitch took about 60 minutes. The pattern is below.

If you make one please share your creation on Instagram with the hashtags #kateomegamade and #swiftieXstitch. I would love to see them!

Shake it Off!

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 Get your cross stitch fingers ready!

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Weekend reading: cancer, cats, dogs and smart people


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Ursula K. Le Guin on Aging and What Beauty Really Means. A lovely piece on the difference between cats and dogs – and cat and dog people.

CatsWhen did girls start wearing pink? Did you know that “[t]he generally accepted rule [was] pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl”?

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the T. Swift. Joanna Robinson tells us why she loves Taylor Swift. See point three: She Makes Cat Ladies Look Good.

What living through cancer in your 20s looks like. Beautiful and heartbreaking pictures of 30-year-old photographer Amelia Coffaro’s battle with breast cancer.

The Food Lab: How to Poach Eggs for a Party. Did you think poaching eggs for a group of people was impossible? I did and I was wrong.

Why smart people are stupid. Question: “A bat and ball cost a dollar and ten cents. The bat costs a dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?” Once you have your answer, head on over to read the article.

Women Having A Terrible Time At Parties In Western Art History. I can identify with all these woman. Sometime parties are hard work.

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Weekend reading: Taylor Swift, freezing your eggs and Ebola


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Don’t Say Goodbye. Just ghost. I am a ghoster. I will say goodbye to the host if I can but I am not going to take 20 minutes to say goodbye to everyone at a party.

If All Disney Princesses Were Taylor Swift. The whole gang is here: Tayriel, Jaslor, Swift White, Mulor, Taylorella and Tay. It’s the only way you could make Disney princesses any better.

Facebook and Apple to pay for female employees to freeze their eggs. Facebook and Apple are trying to keep talented women in the workplace for longer.

These Cyclists Found an Awesome Way to Demonstrate Why Bikes Are Better Than Cars. Yes bikes take up less space than cars. But I think this is a good reminder of how much space drivers should give cyclists on the road.

Facebook introduces Safety Check. In the event of a disaster the Safety Check tool will help you let friends and family know you’re safe, check on others in the affected area and mark your friends as safe.

After terrorist threat, feminist video game critic Anita Sarkeesian cancels lecture at Utah university. A scary reminder of the threats and physical danger feminists have to deal with.

Relax. You’re not going to die of Ebola! Is the panic about Ebola more dangerous than the disease itself?

Diet Coke – Taylor Swift Kittens. Could there be anything better in the world right now than Taylor Swift drowning in kittens?

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