Sunday, December 2, 2007

Sisterhood 3 of the Blogging Stampers!

I've joined a group called Sisterhood 3 of the Blogging Stampers. It's a group of bloggers who offer comments and encouragement to each other - a nice thing in the ever-more-crowded world of blogging. So for the new sisters coming from that group, thanks for visiting!

I'm a techie by training, and an artist/crafter by choice. My degree is in mathematics, and I worked for a number of years in the math and computer fields. I left the corporate world twelve years ago, both because I was burned out and because I wanted to have more time to explore my creative side. I bought a lot of beads, took a lot of jewelry-making classes, and spent several seasons selling jewelry at art fairs. Tons of fun! After my first daughter was born, I found that tiny little beads and flying bits of wire didn't work very well with a baby in the house. So the jewelry went on the back burner.

Then I went on to rediscover a craft that I learned as a young girl - crochet. I was taught by my grandmother at around age eight. I became involved in a wonderful group called Heartmade Blessings. HMB's mission is to make afghans for people who are in need of comfort. This includes those who have lost a loved one or suffered some other kind of hardship. The group makes crochet squares and then sends them to members who assemble them into afghans made from squares by many different crocheters. The resulting afghans radiate warmth and goodwill to those who receive them. It's a fabulous group, and if you're a crocheter or know one, I highly recommend it.

Through my association with HMB, I also became a crochet pattern designer! We are always in need of fun square patterns, and several members design patterns for the group. You can see my crochet patterns on my family web page.

And of course, I'm now addicted to stamping as well. I'm a demonstrator for Stampin' Up! - mostly for my own purchases, though I do have a handful of friends who join me from time to time. I've begun selling some of the cards that I make, and with the recent changes in SU!'s angel policy, I hope to increase that.

On the personal side, I've been married for 21 years to a wonderful man, and I have two lovely daughters, ages seven and nine. I volunteer at the girls' school and also as the leader of their Girl Scout troop.


Heather said...

Hi Chris-
I just joined SBS3 too. Looking forward to getting to know you.

Stampin' Heather said...

I actually just came across your blog for the first time last week because of your blog banner. I look forward to visiting it more often with SBS3.

Ema said...

Looking forward to becoming friends and viewing your creations!

Teresa said...

I love the figgy pudding ornaments I been wanting to get it. Stopping to say hi,

Denise ~ said...

Just dropped by to say hi! Looking forward to having new blogging friends. Love all your trim a tree projects!

Lynn said...

Hi Chris - I joined SBS3 also. I feel like I "know" you already from seeing you on SCS regularly.

Julie C (afancycat) said...

Hi Chris!

Glad I found your blog!!

Julie C.

Maren said...

I just joined SBS3 today! I am excited to see you creations! By the way, my family does yoga too so I LOVED your blog title!

Erin said...

HI Chris,

I am a member of the sisterhood too!! Love your stuff!! Can't wait to visit and see more!! Erin

Robyn said...

Just joined and wanted to say hello. Looking forward to seeing your creations and getting to know you.

Stempelchaotin said...

Hello Sister

this is a wonderful blog. Very fabulous art-work.

Jeans inky hugs said...

Just stopping by to say Hello.
I just joined SCS #3.

I love your little boxes filled w/ the peppermint patties.

ink'n'rubba said...

Hello Sister! I was #29 to join and am slowly getting around to looking at all the different blogs. I love those paper ornaments you have made, what a great idea! My name is Annie - at the moment I'm just listed by my blog name though.

April Hall said...

Hi Chris, a fellow #3 sister here! Love your blog and can't wait to see more!

Glitter Monkey said...

Hi there SBS3 sister! I am really looking forward to being part of this group but I cannot promise to get over every day (I have a young son). I will try my best though to be a productive and supportive member. Lol Lynn xx

Anonymous said...

from Cindy
Hi Chris,
I already feel like I know you a bit from SCS - you know, nugget boxes and all.:-)
I'm so glad to be part of this group and I just wanted to say hello and glad to meet ya!
I love those little peppermint baskets. I look so forward to visiting again soon - tour blog is lovely.

Heidi said...

Hi Chris! Just stopping by to say hello sister! This is going to be so much fun getting to know each other! I can't wait to see all of your creations!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog & the great comments you left!!


Stempelchaotin said...

Hello Sister Chris,

please take me in your blogroll. Have a great day. Hugs Sandy

Jeans inky hugs said...

I'm stopping by to say "Hello"
I'm in group 3 of the SBS.

Hey you've been super busy I see.
Love how they came out.

Well see you around. Have a super day!

Julie said...

Hi from a fellow SBS3