About Me

   

Welcome to our family home, nestled in the beautiful valley called Ramona - just north of San Diego. We hope you enjoy your stay with us as much as we enjoy having you.  
   I have been scrapbooking for over 30 years!  I was scrapping before it was a “term” and before you could sink thousands of dollars annually into your habit! J  If I had known then what a multi -billion dollar industry it would become, I probably would have gone a different direction professionally.  As it stands, I am a gold executive financial supporter of all things crafty!
   I get my passion for creating from my mom.  When I was about eight years old, she opened a little yarn shop (Ye Olde Yarn Shoppe) right off of Main St. where she sold yarn and taught knitting, crocheting, and tatting.  Maybe a few of you even remember it?  I would walk there after school with some of my friends and we would learn the old craft.  I have such pleasant memories of sitting around the old Franklin stove she had in there, drinking hot chocolate and making shawls with my friends.
   She sold that business and started painting.  She did that a lot of years and some of her work was even featured in the San Diego Art Institute.
   In 1999, I was introduced to Stampin’ Up!  I fell in love with stamping and all the creative possibilities it gave me with scrapbooking.  I have been an avid fan and demonstrator since then.  For years, I tried to convince Mom that she would love the craft, but she would never try it.  Finally, she was invited to attend a Creative Memories party with a friend and she was hooked!  We used to laugh about her excessive behavior when she loved something.  In crafting/scrapbook terms - if one was good; ten were better!  When she passed away, I basically inherited a craft store!  And, unfortunately, I also seem to have inherited her shopping compulsion where paper crafts are concerned!  Mom would be thrilled that I am sharing our home with you, whom she would have considered friends, to gather together and create not only works of art, but beautiful friendships.
   So, I know you are wondering - why Raggedy Inn and why Raggedy Ann?  After my dad passed away, mom needed something to bring her joy and fill her time.  We always loved to antique together, and one day we saw an old Raggedy Ann in a booth at a little antique mall.  Mom fell in love with her.  From there, it blossomed into intentional searches for all things Raggedy.  My kids, who were very young at the time, even got involved in the hunt.  One Raggedy Ann purchase turned into thousands of Raggedy Ann’s.  It was her passion for so long, that I can’t imagine home without those cheery, smiley faces.
   I thought that incorporating them into the craft room was the perfect way to honor Mom.  And besides, what says “old friends and great times” better than the doll with heart, Raggedy Ann?

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