I think I rolled out into the world ready to begin designing. I had very specific ideas already at a very young age. So I'm told. I was very particular about what I wore already at age 2 for instance. Around 7 I took up sewing. Around 10 I wallpapered my room and decorated it with my Dad. Red pin striped wall paper. The following year I was ready to re-wallpaper. My Dad wasn't. At age 11 I sewed my first outfit. The first of many. My biggest sewing project to date has been my wedding dress, a project which took about 100 hours to make and included three flower girl dresses.In my early 20s I began sewing for other people. And developed an interest in cooking. And remodeled the kitchen in my first apartment. I moved the furniture around like it was going out of style. The next best thing to decorating when you are broke.
After getting married, my husband and I designed and built a house together. We finished the house ourselves by installing tongue and groove ceilings, doors, floors, kitchen, cabinets and painting. It was an all-consuming project which took us 5 months in the winter and spring of 1998 while we were both working full time jobs.
My first hand made outfit
My wedding dress
The house we built in the 90s
While we lived in that house, over the next couple of years, I took classes in making flower arrangements, I also took a candy making class and learned how to weave willow baskets – although not under water.
After our son was born, I dabbled in abstract painting (2002), then scrapbooking (2004), then photography (2005), then digital design (2006) and finally web design around 2007.
In 2005 and 2006, I took home an honorable mention in the national scrapbooking contest A Hall of Fame, held by Creating Keepsakes. I received an Editor's pick by the magazine Making Memories in 2006.
I had a family photography business for a couple of years until I joined forces with my husband in January 2008, when we started a company together; Web by Pixel, where we sell a Business Management System of web applications. I manage web design, marketing, branding, and UI/UX design of our 50+ modules.
Hand made candy
Willow Basket weaving
In 2009 I took up blogging and in 2012 Shift Ctrl Art, a blog about home design and art, was born. I wrote about our home renovation. One of the first projects I posted about, our guest bathroom, was later published in Better Homes & Gardens in their May issue of 2014.
In the summer of 2013, I took home second place in a national design contest held by FrogTape with a prize of $2500.
In September 2015 I had three room designs published in Lovable, livable home (affiliate link) by Young House Love. This book grabbed a spot on the New York Bestseller list.
During the years of blogging, the blog grew and several new categories were added and the site eventually out-grew a single blog format, so in March 2016, Shift Ctrl Art was restructured, and renamed A Home for Design and I added two additional blogs to my repertoire: A Home for Food and a A Home for Crafts.
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