Amy Rohl - Rohla
First off, what an honor to receive the *CONFIDENTIAL* memo from Julie, I had to blink my eyes a couple of times to make sure I was actually awake and not dreaming! Nope, not a dream, so, of course, the next stage is fear and trembling, doubt, more excitement, and shaking hands not-capable-of –yping-a-reply-yet. Well, I’m here, and that means I accepted the call to the Dirt Pile for the next 6 months, where I aim to give you a little something to take back to your stamping pad as inspiration. A big thanks to Julie for this thrilling growth opportunity, and to the rest of the Dirty Girls, for all of the support I’ll be asking for in the coming months.
Ok, this is where I tell you all about ME! I grew up on a dairy farm in the small town of Ellsworth, Wisconsin, where I still live today. We live on 15 acres of that farm which is run by one of my brothers and his family, and I think we have the best of both worlds, living in a beautiful countryside with the Twin Cities (St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN) just 50 minutes away. I’ve been around for 38 years now and married to Ed for the last six years. Kendra (14) and Hank (12) are my oldest children, from a previous marriage, and George is the baby of our family, born two short months ago. I work full-time as a Speech/language therapist for a nearby school district, am part time organist in the church I grew up in, and enjoy working as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator as well! I have a wonderful group of girls that form my core SU! Business and we have lots of fun stamping together, among other things!
On to my fountain of inspiration! I have many needle-crafters in my family, but the first person who comes to mind is my late Grandma, who was always busy with various types of needlework, quilting, crocheting and sewing, both for business & pleasure. It was from Grandma that I started dabbling in cross-stitch, Hardanger and limited sewing (very limited). My sister has also paved the way for me as well in the areas of cross-stitch, Hardanger and knitting because it’s just natural that we all want do the same stuff that our big sister is doing, right?! About 6 years ago, I stumbled upon my most beloved medium, rubber, at a Stampin’ Up party and found myself in *instant gratification heaven*. Nine months later I signed on as a demonstrator, found Splitcoaststampers shortly thereafter, became known as *rohla* in SCS Land, and have grown so much in my stamping as a result of this wonderful place! As *Martha* would say, “…it’s a good thing.”