All About Rebecca Grace: FAQs

My name is Rebecca Grace, and I'm responsible for all of the shenanigans chronicled here at Cheeky Cognoscenti.  I am a former interior designer and occasional freelance writer.  I'm currently living in Charlotte, North Carolina with my husband and two teenaged sons, under the watchful eye and supervision of two sweet Rottweiler furbabies. 

Hey, Rebecca -- Is It Okay if I Copy Your Designs?

I am not currently writing or selling patterns for my quilting designs.  If you are wish to create a version of one of my designs for your own personal use, I am delighted to have inspired you and would love to see pictures!  All I ask is that, if you enter your quilt in a show, submit it for publication, or share it on social media, you credit REBECCA DEMING RUMPF as the designer and include a link back to my blog.  All of my original designs remain my intellectual property, and all of the content posted on my blog is protected by copyright.   You may NOT sell my designs, patterns for my designs, or sewn versions of my designs without my express written permission and appropriate compensation.


Rebecca, Do You Get Paid to Promote the Products You Review?

Please note that when I review books, products, or tech gadgets on this blog, I do so because I am genuinely excited about something I found and I want to share it with you.  I also use this blog as a journal, recording what I've tried that works -- and more importantly, what I've tried that did NOT work for me.  I have never received products for free in exchange for writing a review, and if anyone offers me free stuff in exchange for a review in the future, I will be sure to disclose that in my review.  However, I do participate in the Etsy and Amazon affiliate advertising programs which allow sites like mine to earn advertising fees via advertising links.  At no additional cost to you, I may receive a small referral compensation from Amazon or Etsy if you click on one of my links and then make a purchase on their site.  Thank you so much for your support!


So, what's a Cheeky Cognoscenti?  


Dictionary.com defines a cognoscente as: "a person with superior, usually specialized knowledge or highly refined taste; a connoisseur" and "a person who has superior knowledge and understanding of a particular field, esp. in the fine arts, literature, and world of fashion."  The word is derived from obsolete Italian, and pronounced "con-yuh-SHEN-tee" in its plural form (cognoscenti with an "i" at the end).  My favorite definition of cheeky, on the other hand, comes from the web site The Very Best of British: The Americans' Guide to Speaking British: "Cheeky means you are flippant, have too much lip or are a bit of a smart arse!  Generally you are considered to be a bit cheeky if you have an answer for everything and always have the last word."  As you're probably starting to realize, I really like WORDS, particularly unusual, colorful, precise words with layers of meaning, words that are rich with imagery and flavor.  I enjoy the discordant anachronism of mixing these two words together, with their wildly different connotations and origins.  I'm not an expert on everything I'm interested in, but I enjoy learning as much as I can and believe that all things worth doing are worth doing to the best of my ability.  The "cheeky" part is a reminder to keep my sense of humor and perspective throughout the disasters of daily life and not to take myself too seriously.
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