Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I’m the creator of Subversive Cross Stitch and Kitty Wigs. I’m the first one to remind you that self-induced hilarity is absolutely vital. I’m the one who comes to your party and spends the whole time talking to your dog. I’m a native of Dallas and the youngest in a family of seven kids whose names all begin with the letter “J”. I’m the gal who talked my way into an internship with /Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood/ while I was stuck in Pittsburgh at grad school (weekdays were spent with Heidegger and Husserl; weekends in the Purple Panda suit at public appearances with Bob Dog and Mr. McFeely). I don’t own a cell phone because I don’t like to be so easily reachable and interrupt-able.
What one thing are you most proud of in your years so far?
I feel incredibly lucky to have found a way to work for myself and that my work makes people laugh and participate. Also, I consider it a great achievement to have been married for over 20 years and that we still have so much fun together.
What one thing do you hope to have achieved by the age of 100?
I would love to make so much money that I could donate large amounts to those in need.
What one thing have you seen in your lifetime which has changed the world the most significantly?
The Internet-web-chat-thingy. I don’t know where I’d be without it.
What piece of advice would you give to your 10 year old self?
Embrace — no, celebrate — your awkward dorkiness.