Linda Mayberry - bubblestx4
El Paso, TX
Hi Everyone! I'm Linda Mayberry better known as bubblestx4 here on SCS.
I was dumbfounded to get an invitation from Lydia to join the Dirt Pile. Humbled? Yes - honored? Oh yes - and now ready to jump in and begin my tenure as a Dirty Girl.

I was born in a tiny farming community in Eastern Nebraska in 1948, the oldest of 11 children. At the tender age of 19, I boarded a plane ALONE (my 1st flight ever) and winged my way to Fukuoka, Japan where I lived for 4 years in what was termed "on the economy". (no post housing for an Army PFC ) It's a good thing I grew up in the "olden days" as conditions where I lived were pretty primative (no indoor toilet, heating provided by a kerosene space heater, laundry by hand with a scrub board - we did have COLD running water but for bathing, laundry etc., I had to heat what I needed on a 2 burner cook top). I wanted to experience everything in this new foreign culture therefore my 1st order of business was to learn enough of the language so I could communicate with my Japanese neighbors and the local merchants. While there, I adopted my son. Then 6 & 7 years later gave birth to 2 wonderful daughters in Arizona and finally ended up living in El Paso, TX. I was a stay at home mom into my 40's then of necessity entered the workforce first as a secretary at a trucking company (worked my way up to Regional manager over a 20 year period) When that closed, I took a job as the general manager of an Import / Export Chile company out of Mexico ( had to learn some business Spanish for this one) . . retired after 4 years . . .got bored and now work part-time as a Church secretary.

I have always enjoyed crafting - sewing, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, needlepoint and counted cross-stitch to name a few and music (play bass & piano - Church choir director of 50 years) In 1998, I traveled home to visit family in Nebraska where my sister had just become a SU demonstrator. I told her I wasn't artistic AT ALL so she had to physically put a stamp in my hand and then move it to paper to stamp that first image. I still wasn't convinced this was for me but reluctantly ordered a stamp set (Bold Hearts & Flowers) and 2 ink pads.
I rarely found other stampers back in El Paso so basically learned this craft through a subscription to Rubber Stamper magazine. When it ceased production, I learned to surf the web for card making ideas and that was how I originally stumbled onto Splitcoaststampers. I was a "stalker" for several years before actually registering as a member in 2016. I didn't consider my work "good enough" to post but eventually took that first tenuous step . . . . The wonderfully positive comments on that first card (thank you Sabrina, Cheryl, Susie, Kia, Julia A.) were the encouragement I needed to finally try some of the daily challenges and I was off & running!!

I have learned SO many new & different techniques here (and shared a few tips and tricks too). This is a giving, warm-hearted community and I consider so many of you dear friends, even though we've never met in person. In March 2019, I was honored to join the Favorites Forum Notification Team and I truly enjoy sending out happy mail each weekend. I also did a stint as guest designer for the Tuesday Color Challenge.

I am so excited to begin this new adventure as a member of the Dirty Dozen team!