Lynda Pleckan - justcallmenana
Rochester, NY
I am honored and excited to be on the Dirty Dozen Design Team for Splitcoaststampers! Honored to be in the company of such talented and lovely `dirty girls' that precede me! Excited for the opportunity to learn and grow, and hopefully inspire others through my art.

So... about me. My husband of 39 years and I live in upstate New York. Our grown daughter lives a couple of hours from us, with her husband and our two active, adorable grandchildren (girls age 6 and 12).

I have always loved paper arts....drawing, painting, creative lettering, etc. I discovered rubber stamping in 1985, when I purchased my first stamp at a charming little toy/hobby store!! There were not many stamp companies at that time, really grass-roots. I have enjoyed evolving with the stamping styles and techniques throughout the years.

About nine years ago, I closed the door to my rubber stamp store, The Stamp Pad, after 13 years in business. It was difficult to let it go, but it was time. My oldest granddaughter was three, and I really wanted to have more time to spend with her and my family. Shortly after, our pastor asked me if I would consider working as parish secretary, and I accepted. I loved everything about my job, and it was a piece of cake only working 32 hours a week after owning my own store and working almost double that!

Now the hubs and I are happily retired, and spending as much time as we can with our family. I created and run our church Prayer Shawl knitting ministry, and also the Card ministry. We make and send about 135 cards every two months to shut-ins, and cards to families of people who had died on the 3 month and 1 year anniversary of the funeral. We also have cards available on a rack in church for people to take, no charge, although almost everyone leaves a donation, which goes into the ministry for postage for mailing.

When I am not stamping, or with my family, you will find me working in my garden, reading, writing, blogging, knitting, or walking along the river trail behind our home. I also love to `tangle' (Zentangle), and am teaching myself modern brush calligraphy. My hands don't know what it is to be still! I thank the Lord for the gifts he has given me, and the joy they bring me. I seek ways to help others discover and develop their own talents, and encourage them on their life's journey in any way I can. SCS is a good fit, and I look forward to my Dirty Dozen time here.