I remember trying for so long to make a kit club team. It was heartbreaking to get rejected over and over again. I found the Nook and was so welcomed by everyone. I decided to try again. There was so much competition.
I remember a funny story...I was on the boards reading about how emails for the short list were being sent. I waited. Checked. Checked again. I did not get one. Totally bummed does not describe it. But then...I saw my name on the short list up on the boards. Oops...that was the first heart attack Leah gave me!
The next one would involve a happy heart...an invitation to join the team. She saw talent in me, embraced my work, encouraged me and spoke kind words. She gave me a chance in an industry that seemed to have closed doors. So many opportunities have come since and I owe much of my success to my time at the Nook.
The community has been amazing. In an industry that can be full of drama, we took a different route. We built each other up and supported each other. It is like having your own cheerleading squad, rooting for you even when you don't believe in yourself. I will miss the dear friends I have made. I know we will stay in touch in other places...but it stills feel weird. It is like moving to a new town. Some of my favorite moments involve welcoming the new girls on to the design team board...to be a part of that excitement and then to build relationships...great feeling.
The Nook will be open until the end of September and Pam (who has been so generous and wonderful to work for) has a great kit planned. I have designed with the beautiful August kit featuring Carta Bella...my last kit. Here is my tribute to the Nook.
I view my time at the Nook a true blessing. It was a place that helped me through rough times, celebrated each joy and pushed me to achieve my goals. I will miss it more that words can say.