Who were you seven years ago? I was a student on the cusp of my MA in professional writing, still living at home, but certain that my big break was right around the corner. And it was -- quite literally! I discovered Kalmbach Publishing Co. in my home town, and when I learned about their beading books and magazines, I knew that was the place I had to be. I had never done any beading before, but I was steeped in crafting experience. I was certain I could learn to love this art, and the fine folks at Bead&Button
agreed. I started as a copy editor in 2007.
Since then, I've moved up in the world to associate editor of Bead&Button and editor of Wirework. I've picked up bead stringing, stitching, wire jewelry, and chain mail along the way, but perhaps my proudest achievement has been getting to write for all of you. Whether it's been project instructions, artist profiles, book reviews, or blogs just like this one, I've enjoyed every dotted I and crossed T.
But a good sentence needs a period. Or perhaps just a comma. This is my last week at Bead&Button as my husband and I relocate for his job, but it only feels like goodbye. I will still be writing for Wirework and visiting the Kalmbach offices to pick up jewelry from time to time. And I imagine there will be many other bylines with my name as I step into the freelance role, although don't expect them all to be beading related! I am once again on the cusp of something exciting, even if I'm not quite sure what that is.
Thank you all for reading my words over the years, for sending me emails and bringing me into the jewelry-making fold. I leave you in very capable hands -- my dear friends Julia, Lora, Connie, and now Cassie, whom I only just met but already know to be the highest caliber. If you would like the chance to work with this outstanding team, you can apply to fill my seat here. I'll leave the beading mat out for you!