Gayle Blair - gaylestamps
Grand Prairie, TX
Thank you for the privilege of serving as a Dirty Girl!
My crafting history begins in childhood, in school and at camps (YMCA and 4H) then with Girl Scouts and Church. As an adult I needed stress relief from my career in Human Resources. My go-to outlet was knitting, but as a 3rd Generation scrap-booker I was also tinkering with paper crafts.
I was on a business trip to Atlanta (live in the Dallas area) where I visited a friend who just happened to be hosting a StampinUp party. I made the sweetest Halloween card, and back home I tried but failed to find a Demo. Three years later a sister-in-law asked me to come to her SU party, where I bought a few supplies then went home to memorize the catalog. Within a month I was signed up with the intention to be my only customer.
However, friends and family asked me to teach them. They hosted events regularly and seemed to enjoy it. My day job already kept me very busy, so finally I offered open crafting on one weekend per month AT MY HOUSE with a group project for those who wanted to make it. That worked for over 13 years and I met many new friends this way.
My SU upline recommended Splitcoaststampers to all recruits and I was quite active here for a while. I adored the Technique Lovers Challenges, then life got in the way and I was absent for a decade - and that makes me sad to think about. Now SCS is an important part of my daily routine and I do not see that changing.
I married my high school sweetheart a few years after we graduated, and we retired when he turned 65. We never realized how little time we got to spend together during our working years, so have rediscovered how much we like each other and enjoy the company. We have separate hobbies and joint hobbies, so we are not getting cross too often! We had no children, but both have large families and some of theirs are blended families - so we have lots of love and laughter. Four generations of relatives have crafted with me in my studio, and most were interested in paper vs yarn crafts.
I describe my card making style as MAILABLE - I do not like paying extra postage and many loved ones have moved elsewhere. I always make a matching envelope and I do enjoy coordinating the postage stamp with the theme of the card inside.
This ran longer than intended, but thank you again for the honor and I am ready to start!