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There once was a girl who liked to scrapbook and also really liked owls. Now, we are not just talking about a passive interest in scrapbooking;… No, this girl was full-on obsessed (the same could be said for her interest in all things owl-ie). In fact, she probably spends more time and money on these two obsessions than she spends on anything else. All the people in her life have been telling her for years that she should do something more with her obvious talent and the experience she has procured just from being so obsessed.

So, here I am introducing you all to me and my blog: Odd Bird Out.

It is on this blog that I hope to share my enthusiasm and obsession for scrapbooking with others who share my passion. I will post projects I am working on, share tips and tricks, and probably obsess over all things Owl! I can’t help it, I am just a bit of an Odd Bird

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I was diagnosed with MS in June of 2012 after having a bout of double vision.  This was the worst news I could possibly ever be given.  Not only did I fear I would never be able to see with both eyes again (thus giving me great difficulty scrapping), my father had a severe form of MS and had been bed ridden since I was in college. MS was a part of my life that I did not want to get any closer to than I already had been… that was not the case, however, and I was going to soon get a feel for what life was like for my daddy.

I continued through the summer of 2012… my vision returned to normal and in some ways I had never felt better… Until mid-August of the same year.  The trouble began innocently enough, I couldn’t feel hot or cold with my hands.  I thought it was odd, but didn’t think much of it.  Soon, however, my hands began to hurt and I couldn’t even hold a pencil with my right hand.

This was a warning sign that worse things were on their way… but me being me, I just ignored them and went on my way.  There was too much to do to be sidelined by a little discomfort.  Then the worst thing ever happened… I woke up one morning in early September and I couldn’t move…  I had my first major attack on my nervous system.

I continued to get weaker and weaker. I couldn’t use my hands to brush my hair, feed myself, brush my own teeth… much less hope to scrapbook. I couldn’t walk, couldn’t see very well and the pain was out of this world (and constant…. I recently had kidney stones and the pain was more pronounced, but thankfully only for a short time.)

For months I thought my time scrapping was done.  In January of 2013 things were better (not 100%), I was still struggling, but I knew I had to get back into my studio….

It is now May 2014…Physically I am practically back to normal… yeah, I  still have pain, but the MS is not going to stop me from doing what I want to do.  I am always mindful of the fact another relapse could happen… but I live everyday to its fullest and can usually be found in my studio.

 

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3 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks for the inspiration! I just started my first blog for the same reason and I like to think of myself as an odd one myself :). I cant wait to see more!

  2. Hi Stephanie! I love your work! I am in the process of opening a new scrapbook & paper crafting store in Washington, IL, called “The Paper Forest”. Our grand opening is scheduled for October 6 at the former Sunnyland Plaza (now called Washington Plaza). I’m in need of designers for my first design team, and wondered if you would be interested? I plan to operate like most other stores’ design team – including the Scrapbooking Studio, with monthly projects & turn-around times. If you are interested, please contact me! I don’t have a true website yet, but I’ve thrown together a simple blog site to get started, with more detail about the store & design team concept. I’m also looking to hire actual staff. If you know other talented crafters who might want to be on the design team or are looking for a part-time (or full-time) position in a fun, creative environment, please pass along the information! Hope to hear from you!

  3. Hi Stephanie! I love your work! I am in the process of opening a new scrapbook & paper crafting store in Washington, IL, called “The Paper Forest”. Our grand opening is scheduled for October 6 at the former Sunnyland Plaza (now called Washington Plaza). I’m in need of designers for my first design team, and wondered if you would be interested? I plan to operate like most other stores’ design team – including the Scrapbooking Studio, with monthly projects & turn-around times. If you are interested, please contact me! I don’t have a true website yet, but I’ve thrown together a simple blog site to get started, with more detail about the store & design team concept. I’m also looking to hire actual staff. If you know other talented crafters who might want to be on the design team or are looking for a part-time (or full-time) position in a fun, creative environment, please pass along the information! Hope to hear from you!
    Temporary Website/Blog: http://thepaperforest.net
    Email: thepaperforest@gmail.com

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