Get to Know Us + How to Subscribe to the Blog August 24, 2015 08:00

How to Subscribe
If you've ever wondered how to subscribe to a blog or just want to know how to subscribe to THIS blog, you've come to the right place. Over on the far right of this page, under a picture of Maryanne, is an icon which you can click on to subscribe. The link will take you to where you can select the RSS feed reader of your choice or sign up for one. I suggest as a blog RSS feed reader, it is very easy to use and keeps all of your blogs in an easy to read format.

Get to Know Us!
So by now you know that Bundle Up Crochet sells a variety of scarves and earwarmers, but who are the people behind this handmade business? Alec and I (Maryanne) met at the University of Dayton in December 2010 and were married in Cincinnati on August 9, 2014.

Popsicles from Street Pops in Cincinnati, wedding photo by Frame805 at Glenwood Gardens in Cincinnati


Do you both crochet?

A: Maryanne is the crocheter. I taught myself how to knit in the fall of 2014, and successfully made myself a knit hat and scarf to keep me warm all winter long!
M: I crochet all items. I tried to teach Alec how and learned I'm really not a good crochet teacher!

Is Bundle Up Crochet your full time job?

A: It is not. I work full-time at Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati, OH where I am a Business Analyst in our Payments division. I basically make reports in Excel and provide other analysis to management.

M: I work full time as an Analyst at Kroger. I crochet at night after work during the week and all through the weekends. I try to work on blog posts and newsletters at lunch during the week.

Do you have any pets?

A: We have two cats, Izzy and Neo. Izzy is a female tortie and Neo is a male black cat. They are brother and sister who we rescued in October 2014.
M: I think Izzy likes Alec more than me, and Neo likes each of us at his own time. Neo does like to sit with me more often than Alec though. I don't think I have a favorite and really enjoy having both of them around our house even when they are meowing at us for no reason.

Izzy on the left, Neo on the right


What is your favorite drink?

A: Anything with bourbon in it. I’ll take it straight, on the rocks, in a Manhattan, with Coke, and also my dad’s favorite drink, the Billy D, a mix of lemonade and bourbon over ice.

M: Can I have multiple? Cabernet Sauvignon for wine, whiskey and coke for a mixed drink, Blue Moon for draft beer... Non-alcoholic drinks? Coffee with way too much Cold Stone Creamery Sweet Cream from International Delight.

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A: I could easily eat pizza for every meal for the rest of my life. The wonderful thing about pizza too is that it’s so versatile! There are so many different toppings and flavors one can make a pizza with.
M: Potatoes. They're so versatile! Baked potato, french fries (steak fries, crinkly fries, curly fries, shoestring fries...), potato chips, loaded potato skins, cubed and fried potatoes, hashbrowns, mashed potatoes... My mouth is watering.

Homemade pizza made my Alec. Don't you love the pepperoni smiley!?

Since you're starting the Big Game Series, who is your favorite football team?

A: This is a complicated question…Growing up in Chicago, I was a Chicago Bears fan. But once Mike Vick joined the league in 2001 with the Atlanta Falcons, my loyalties switched. When he was forced to leave football for a couple of years (rough time in my life) I was left teamless. Now that I live in Cincinnati, I have embraced the Cincinnati Bengals as my favorite NFL team.

M: I was hoping you wouldn't ask that. I pick based on what's on tv that day or weekend, and then choose a team based on which mascot I like better. I have a Bengals jersey and a couple of shirts, so if you saw me in Cincinnati during a weekend you might think I'm a fan!

What do you like to do for fun?

A: When I’m not taking Bundle Up photographs or managing, I like to run, play video games, binge watch TV series with Maryanne, sample different wines and beers, and go on adventures with Maryanne.

M: We have a pool table and darts in our basement so I love beating Alec at those two games. I also love crafting with my girlfriends and trying new restaurants and bars in the area.

Picture taken at the Lackman Bar in Cincinnati, Ohio

What is your favorite movie or tv show?

A: My favorite TV show of all time is The Office. My favorite movie is The Matrix.

M: Grease is my all time favorite movie. I have to keep it classic and say that Friends is my favorite tv show... Although our Breaking Bad binge is a very close second.

What's your favorite thing to cook?

A: My favorite cuisine to cook is Italian. Chicken marsala, lasagna, and chicken parmesan are a few of my favorites.

M: Alec is the chef in our house. I can usually make a pretty mean grilled cheese sandwich or Kraft macaroni and cheese. Are those my favorite things? Not really. They're pretty much the only things.

Alec's homemade lasagna on the left, and Maryanne's Kraft Mac & Cheese on the right


Are you a night owl or an early riser?

A: Can I choose both? I like to stay up late watching TV or playing video games, and then I like to get up early to start the day!

M: Neither. I think there should be a new category called Sleeper. I can fall asleep anywhere and pretty much at any time, and have a really hard time waking up and getting out of bed (or wherever I happen to fall asleep).

What other questions do you have for us? What are you still wondering about? Leave us a comment below!