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aislinnshannara 10-08-2014 09:55 PM

Hello from Tabbatha, Hostess of HYCCT1427
Hello everyone! I'm Tabbatha, a member of the fabulous Dirty Dozen. :D I've been making cards for about two years and since then have really enjoyed getting to the know the wonderful crafting community available!

I'm mostly a colorist and am on several image Design Teams, such as Tiddly Inks, Some Odd Girl and Little Miss Muffet Stamps, but I have to say I love the variation and inspiration that you find here on Splitcoaststampers!

I was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado. I am quite familiar with Trinidad as well, due to my father and that side of the family being from the small town. Both sides of my family are huge campers, so we spent a lot of time up in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains hiking, camping and generally loving the mountains.

In 2008, however, I immigrated to Sweden to be with my wonderful Swedish Boyfriend. I've lived here for almost 7 years now and I LOVE it completely. I still miss my Colorado Mountains, but what it lacks in mountains Sweden makes up for in trees and lakes!

Some Random things about me:
- I have two Bachelor of Arts Degrees - Archaeology and Geography.
- I was in a Masters program here in Sweden for Geography, but fell into the "family business" of Financial Advising!
- I have two beautiful cats that I love completely, even if one of them bites me all the time. -.-
- I have 4 brothers and 1 sister, although I've only lived with 2 brothers and my sister.
- I am Grandchild #17 of 40-ish on my mom's side. She is #6 of #13 kids. :D
- As my mom likes to say, I came "out of the womb singing". Music has always been a big part of my life.

Breast Cancer runs in my Grandma and Grandpa's side. They both lost their mothers to it. I myself, lost my Grandpa to lung cancer. However the hardest time in my life was watching 3 of my friend's fathers die of colon cancer within the same year. Cancer, regardless of type, is a horrible thing. I'm just glad I was there to give some comfort where I could and I hope each person knows that they have left a little piece of themselves with me. I still have one of my friend's dad's stuffed bear. He was given it in Hospice and when I came to visit him we laughed at how cute the bear was and just how snuggly it was. Funny coming from a man in his 60's, but it gave him a piece of mind to know that his daughter had a friend to hold her up when he was gone.

stampinCPA 10-27-2014 05:23 AM

Hi Tabbatha! It's nice to meet you. What an interesting life you've led. Thanks for sharing a little with us.

mamaxsix 10-27-2014 07:19 AM

Loved getting to know a bit more about you! I've always loved being part of the large extended family from my mom and dad's large nuclear families. It is more rare these days for sure.

stampinCPA 10-27-2014 10:32 AM

So are Aislinn and Shannara the furbabies? And which one bites? My Ganache likes to "taste" my hand, especially if I stop scratching and he's not done yet.

JBgreendawn 10-27-2014 11:02 AM

You have done such interesting things, do you find it difficult to communicate with people in Sweden ( like at the grocery store?) are you speaking the language there now?

aislinnshannara 10-27-2014 11:20 AM

Debbi, actually their names are Maja and Millan. Aislinnshannara was a name I came up with for a game, after the Sword of Shannara books. :D

Stacy, I would say in the last 5 months I've grown to really be comfortable with speaking in Swedish. It isn't perfect, by any means, but I don't have the anxiety I used to have. It has, however, taken me 5+ years to get to that point. Haha

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