I originally grew up around Grand Rapids, Michigan where I graduated from Caledonia High School. With only high school education, I have had a full life.
In 1972, my family moved to Florida. I lived in Florida for 10 years and worked for Gulf Oil at the Pier in Fort Pierce as an office manager.

As my parents were living in Sun City, Arizona, and were not getting any younger, I felt the move to Arizona was needed. I arrived in Phoenix on June 2, 1982.
I went to Real Estate School and began selling in March of 1983. There is where I met my wonderful husband Jim….and we were married June 2, 1984.

After I had been selling real estate for 9 years, I realized that it really wasn’t my cup of tea. I then went to work for the Fire District of Sun City West.
When I retired 10 years later I began to dabble in the world of crafting. NOW… that is when I felt I found my niche. So June 1, 2012, I became an Independent Demonstrator for the Internationally known company Stampin’ Up!. What a difference. I love being able to teach others to do what I do with the best supplies around.

After spending 38 years in Arizona, I am now back in St Augustine, Florida and still doing my crafting and teaching when I am able to.

I was born and raised in Willow Springs, Illinois. I have 3 children, 5 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. When the children were growing up, I had a ceramic studio in my home with a clientele of 25 ladies. I also worked at the Bank Administration Institute (BAI) as an Assistant Supervisor of Registrations and later Secretary to six field managers.

After the children were grown, I move to Sun City West, Arizona. There I volunteered at the following: West Valley Genealogical Society, Thompson Ranch Elementary School, and Secretary on the BAMS Condominium Association Board. I also had the privilege of being a Vice President at the Calligraphy West Club (now Artistic Hand Lettering). That is where my creativity took off. One of the club members was Judy Ross and she inspired me to step out of the box and be more creative.

I also met a great friend and fellow partner by the name of Janet Maley who introduced me to Stampin’ Up!. Janet and I have partnered up so we can assist people who would like to learn how to papercraft making greeting cards, journals, and more. I have since moved back to Illinois and worked as a Stampin’Up! Independent Demonstrator.