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Grandparents' Ranch in Oregon

I was born a fourth generation Oregonian in Eugene. My great-great grandmother came by covered wagon following the Oregon Trail from Missouri. Both my parents were born and raised in Oregon. My brother continues the family heritage living on my grandparents' ranch in Eastern Oregon.


Love of Textiles

KnittingAs a young girl, I loved any type of textile, needlework and fiber art. When I was in first grade my mother's friend held weekly knitting lessons for me. By third grade I convinced my best friend's mother to teach me how to crochet an afghan she was making. This thirst for learning did not end there, as my mother was a former home economics teacher. I would dig through her fabric cabinet and before I realized it, I was making most of my own clothes by sixth grade.
Photograph of knitting project

Travel Opens New Roads

Drake UniversityIn high school my family moved to Idaho where I became involved in the local, state and national levels of 4-H. I developed leadership skills, was offered travel opportunities and made friends throughout the United States. Ultimately my college selection, Drake University, placed me in the middle of the country where I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication.
Photograph of Drake University


Professional Development

National Conference of State LegislaturesAfter college I headed west and lived in Denver, Colorado. I worked for the National Conference of State Legislatures. During that time I was a Legislative Health Care Researcher, Annual Meeting Housing Coordinator, and National Seminars Coordinator. I transferred to the Washington, D.C. office and served as International Programs Coordinator.
Photograph of National Conference of State Legislatures

Joys of Travel

Great WallSince my high school days, I have been fortunate to continue my opportunity for travel. I have been to many of the state capitals. Internationally, I have traveled to Europe, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand. This summer I am traveling to London and the Girl Scout camp in Switzerland, serving as the group's advisor.
Photograph of Great Wall China


A Little Girl to Sew For

little girlI returned to textile designing with a renewed energy when my daughter was born. I took a smocking class. I joined the local chapter of the National Smocking Guild and applied my job skills to coordinate national teacher workshops and organize a sewing workshop for youth to learn beginning skills. But what I loved the most was learning and incorporating new techniques for the outfits I made for my daughter.
Photograph of my daughter, Sarah.



Accidental Web Designer

Northern Virginia Community CollegeAs a stay-at-home mother, I've also held multiple paid and unpaid jobs. With increasing reliance on computers, I found myself falling behind in the technology world and decided to update my skills. I signed up for one class at Northern Virginia Community College. I enjoyed the class a great deal and decided to take a couple more classes the next semester. Little did I know, this path would eventually lead me to a web design certification. In fact, the program was nonexistent when I started my first classes. As software developed and changed, my interest and enjoyment of web design increased. I am now completing my final class requirement to obtain my Web Design Manager Certificate.
Photograph of Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus


Mixing Web Design and Textiles

Jinny Beyer Studio SignI currently work for Jinny Beyer, a pioneer who revolutionized the textile market with her fabric designs specifically for quilting. According to recent research, it is estimated that there are 27.7 million quilters in the United States alone. Ask any one of these quilters and they are likely to recognize Jinny's name. She has her own studio where her fabrics, books and notions are sold, maintains an online shop and offers classes. I assisted with the redesign of her web site, work as part of the studio team, have the pleasure to handle gorgeous fabrics, and occasionally teach classes. I'm excited about finding future opportunities to combine the textile world with web technology. Photograph of Jinny Beyer Studio, Great Falls, Virginia

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