5 Years ago, in March of 2013, I made the best decision ever and chose to become a Stampin Up demonstrator under Brian King. Brian recently sent me the coolest gift ever, an engraved Clear Stamp Block, commemorating my 5 years as a demo, and 5 years as a member of his InKing Royalty Group. I even remember when he first came up with the name InKing Royalty.
Of course I was ‘just’ going to be a Hobby Demonstrator meaning I wasn’t planning on selling to anyone, but wanted that 20% discount. Brian had other plans for me. : ) Brian kept talking to me about starting a blog. Five years ago today, On July 18, 2013, I published my first blog post here on Avery’s Owlery. The name came from my Granddaugher, Avery, and her nursery decorated in Owls. Avery is a big girl now, almost 9 and going into 3rd grade and no longer has Owls decorating her nursery but the name is the same. Over the last 5 years I have posted 634 times (that’s an average of 10 times a month, not bad for someone who was only going to be a Hobby Demo.
Brian had talked me into starting a blog. Then he talked me into going to my first stamping event with other demos, his second annual World Card Making Day in Atlanta. It has been non stop ever since. I’ve attended multiple World Card Making Day events by Brian as well as several Stampin Up hosted conventions. I’ve have stamping friends all over the USA and a supportive facebook family I can brag to, cry with and celebrate all that happens in our lives.
I’ve started my own stamping club and held monthly classes in my home and met so many wonderful local people, all because of Stamping Up. Now I even have a dedicated Stampin Studio aka Craft Room with all my many many stamps, ink, paper, ribbon, markers, etc, etc, etc.
I obviously did not remain a hobby demonstrator for long.
Thank you Brian for pushing me when I needed to be pushed and being a part of my life these last 5 wonderful years. I’m so proud to be a member of your team and holding the title of Loyal Royal.