Have to start somewhere

I have to admit, staring at a completely blank blog is a bit overwhelming.  The big question – what to post first?  I thought I’d start off with an introduction.

Hi, my name is Yana and I am 1/2 of the hemming birds (the other half is my sister-in-law, the lovely and talented Ms. Jennifer!).  I’m a Yankee transplant living in South Carolina with my brilliant and supportive husband, our daughter (Miss H), and our four-legged companions (including our handsome mutt, Stanley).

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I LOVE making things and have been crafting for as long as I can remember (both of my parents are crafty people, so I guess it is in my genes).  After learning as a kid, I rediscovered knitting and then sewing while I was in grad school.  Shortly after, I discovered sewing blogs, learned how to quilt from online tutorials and videos, and the rest is history!  I also love to cook and bake,  and recently discovered food photography.

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In “real” life I am a biologist. . . I earned my doctorate in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from the University of Michigan (that’s me in the pic below poking at my favorite model organism, Arabidopsis thaliana) and of late I’ve been teaching and doing research at the College of Charleston.  I find the world around me to be FASCINATING.  If you ask me what my favorite living organism is I will likely respond tardigrade, slime mold, nudibranch, velvet worm or ctenophores.   Come one, how can you not think an animal that can survive in outer space or shoots slime to catch prey are amazing!  Though, of course, I love squirrels too!

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Most of all, I LOVE being a mom.  Watching our daughter grow into a little person is incredible :) It’s exhausting and frustrating at times, but it also brings with it the most amazing and unexplainable joy of which I’m thankful for every day.

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Thanks for stopping by!


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