All About Rebecca Grace

The Face of Rebecca Grace
My name is Rebecca Grace, and I'm responsible for all of the shenanigans chronicled here at Cheeky Cognoscenti.  I was born in Minnesota, moved to New Jersey in 5th grade, and went to college in South Carolina.  My husband and I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1999 and I've lived here ever since.

Although professionally I'm an interior designer, most of my posts here deal with my sewing and quilting hobbies and my family life.  I differ from most quilting bloggers in that I am a writer and designer who quilts rather than a quilter who blogs.  That's why I have so many blog posts about design process and methods than you see actual finished projects!  I don't have to tear myself away from my studio and force myself to write a blog post.  I have to tear myself away from the computer and force myself to go into my studio to turn all of these ideas into tangible textile realities!  
Me and My Sweetie

Somehow I managed to find the one man on Earth who can look past my grouchiness and various quirks and convinced him to marry me. Isn't he a cutie?  He's also "handy," unbelievably creative, and makes me laugh every day.  I’m Queen Mother of the Universe to two deceptively innocent-looking teenaged boys who suck up vast quantities of my energy and emotional reserves but who are also the light in my world. I drive myself crazy trying to be the best mom I can be, and still worry that I might not be doing a good enough job. I would include a picture of them, but they have now reached the stage where it's EMBARRASSING if your mom is blogging about you on the Internet...

When I'm not working, mothering, reading, writing, sewing, designing, or quilting, I'm probably singing.  I sing in two church choirs at Christ Providence Lutheran Church, and I also sing with the semi-professional VOX Chorus and do Christmas caroling for hire with the Holiday Singers.  Whenever I sing warmup scales or arpeggios, anything in a minor key, or anything in Latin, my Rottweilers chime in and howl along with me at the top of their lungs.  For this, they are rewarded handsomely.  They are the best canine choristers a girl could ask for!

Otto and Lulu, My Singing Furbabies
Please note that when I review books, products, or tech gadgets or services on this blog, I do so because I feel strongly about those products and services and genuinely want to share them with others.  I do not accept any product endorsements nor do I receive compensation of any kind for my reviews.  Although, if Bernina ever offers me a free sewing machine to be a brand ambassador for them, I will IMMEDIATELY abandon all ethical concerns and tell them yes, yes, YES!!!

So, what's a Cheeky Cognoscenti? 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 well.  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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