Hi everyone, so who am I?
I am a wife, a mother, a teacher, a stay at home mom, a helper, and probably most importantly to you… an Independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrator.
I first experience Stampin’ Up! at a host party. I loved it! A few years later, in 2005, I joined as a demo. And the fun hasn’t stopped since.
As a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, I get to share not only what I love to do, but also get to share in your experience as a stamper as well. I love having Stamp Together events, where I bring projects for my stamping friends to try. I really like seeing your confidence and skills develop with practice and experience with different products and techniques. Now in addition with stamping with all of you in-person, I also focus on creating Show & Tell video tutorials and sharing them with all of you on my YouTube Channel – Pumpkin Hill Stampers, and here on my blog. One thing I have learned over the years is that we all learn in different ways. If watching me create and explain how a project goes together helps you, that make me happy. If getting together with me in-person is what you need, then let’s do that! However you like it, I invite you to come on along as I share my journey, my projects, and my life with all of you.
Want to know more about me…
I have been happily married to Brian, my college sweetheart, since 1997. We met in 1992, were engaged in 1995, moved across country from NY to OR for employment opportunities in 1996. We both started our careers, me in accounting and business management, Brian as a field service engineer in the Semi-conductor industry. My career path has changed quite a bit, but he has been with the same company since 1996, so much for a 5 year plan!
I became a mom for the first time in 1999, and then again in 2012. Yes, I know that is a long time in-between! So I am a mom of two boys, but really it’s like raising two “only-children”. Our journey with them is different in many ways.
I list myself as a teacher. Now, not a certified education teacher… but I definitely have teaching experience.
Teaching started in middle-school when I was an assistant to, and at times, the lead teacher at my home town dance studio. I have to say tap is my favorite, and you can still find me in the kitchen tapping away almost everyday. But I also did ballet and jazz as well. And I got to travel for dance competitions and also dance conventions. Oh what fun.
Then when our first son was in first grade, it became apparent that the “school” setting wasn’t what he needed to manage his personal “developmental” issues. The doctors and teachers wanted us to go the route of therapy and ADHD drugs, but that didn’t seem to be the right fit for us. So we decided to start home-schooling him. Well, I guess I decided, and my sweet husband didn’t argue too strongly against it! So I was his education source from Grade 2 through High School. We did have a lot of help during his high school years with paid tutors, but I still had to stay on top of his education goals and completion. I am happy to report that currently his enrolled at the local community college & is looking to continue a Mechanical Engineering Degree next year.
I came to love the time we spent together learning, sharing and exploring different subjects, crafts, and skills. It is truly fascinating to see a persons mind develop around a new concept or fact and then have there be a true thirst to learn. This is also why I find sharing stamping with others so rewarding as well.
Currently I am a full-time Stay-At-Home Mom. Our youngest is attending the local elementary school and is in 1st grade. Why not home-school him too? Well, the house literally shares the school driveway. It is directly behind our house. And he is a different child, with different needs.
Wondering how I ever find time to stamp and share my projects? Well, my typical day starts around 5:30 am and I help get all the guys in my life out the door for work and school. I walk Henry to school and by 8:00 am, on a good day, I am in the Stampin’ Studio creating and sharing! Then just before the clock strikes 2 pm – I turn back into mom. I love that I can get almost 6 hours a day to focus on something I love to do, and share it with others who love it too.