How does a homeschooling mom, wife, and sometimes substitute teacher release her inner artist? By designing counted cross stitch patterns of course! My name is Cyndy Young and I actually began my artistic career as a three year old with a box of Crayola Crayons and a coloring book. Color is my main inspiration. Finding ways to use color is my main challenge. I am also inspired by artists, such as Richard Scarry, Mary Blair, Joan Walsh Anglund and Charley Harper. My first medium, that I played around with (other than crayons, which I still love) was paint. When that proved too risky around toddlers I decided to pull out my embroidery thread and found the inspiring world of counted cross stitch. Counted cross stitch is, in my humble opinion, a perfect blend of graphic design and coloring...or painting. That is why I will often refer to it as thread painting. And now you know how this mom, wife and teacher releases her inner artist... by designing fun little cross stitch patterns that I hope you will enjoy!