Subversive Cross Stitching

Cross Stitching is an extremely easy craft to learn and offers immediate gratification. That is why I am never found without a project in my purse and on my nightstand. Unfortunately, however, this craft has become rather typical…I always feel like I’m seeing the same sampler or flower display. That is what makes subversive cross stitching so special…

It is always nice to see a touch of humor and updating brought to a time tested tradition. It brightens it up and makes it more accessible for everyone. Instead of blabbering on for awhile about it, I rather just show you a few pieces. These pieces really speak for themselves…haha!


PS: I tried to not use any too vulgar…but they can get quite funny ;)


The Diamond Jubilee

As many of you probably already know, Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee this year!

When she was only 26, Elizabeth was crowned queen. At birth, she had been third in line of secession and it was extremely doubtful that she would ever gain this position. As chance would have it, however, on February 6, 1952 Princess Elizabeth acceded to the throne and one year later (On June 2) she was crowned.

Today kicked off the celebrations with a visit to the Epsom Derby. Surprisingly, the Queen has attended all races here since here coronation in 1952. She even attended one only four days after she was crowned!

The Queen records an annual Christmas Broadcast at Buckingham Palace ©PA

In addition to this, numerous celebrations throughout the weekend will celebrate this rare event. On Monday, the BBC will host a concert at Buckingham Palace. On Tuesday all of the celebrations will result in the largest event yet – a service at St. Paul’s Cathedral in central London and two following luncheons…not to mention all of the smaller celebrations taking place all around the world.

It is so exciting to be able to witness this once-in-a-lifetime event and an honor to take part in celebrating it.


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Jacques Brel

One of the most notorious Belgian singers of all time has to be Jacques Brel. Even a half century later, his songs and talent are still recognized across the world.

Personally, I am not sure what is more enchanting about him: his talent for poetic music or his eccentric performances. Shamefully, I hardly speak any French (even though I studied it for three years in high school), so I think that it was his performance that first drew me in. His voice is so dramatic that it tells a story unlike any singer I have ever heard. His somewhat awkward movements and gestures only add to his initial charm.

I could go on for hours explaining every single one of his songs, bit instead I’ll just focus on my favorite: Les Bourgeois. (i’ll just post the link here because it will not embed properly)

Literally speaking, Les Bourgeois is about three friends going out one night to have a good time drinking and such. Around midnight, the Bourgeois (implied here as established men) pass by from their hotel. As the pass by, the three boys mock them by mooning them and comparing them to pigs. By the end of the song, it is assumed that Brel is describing how the three friends have now become the bourgeois.

Although the story of the song has little meaning or impact on me (is that horrible to say?), it is still one of my absolute favorites. The theatrical element that it is sung with is unbelievable.

In addition to being a phenomenal singer, Brel was also an actor. Unfortunately, Brel passed away in 1978 at the age of 49. It is refreshing to see the honorable and honest life that he lived, and it is assuring to know that such a remarkable man is still remembered today.