I’m so glad you stopped by! My name is Lois Avellanet.
I grew up in Southeastern Michigan in the rural countryside just outside of the Ann Arbor city limits. I played outside (a lot) and visited my grandparents (they lived on the property in front of ours) and spent countless hours roaming the countryside with my siblings and neighborhood friends. My grandparents had an apple orchard, a vineyard, a blackberry patch, a vegetable garden and flowers and trees of all kinds. I grew up appreciating the beauty of nature. I also grew up appreciating the beauty and necessity of making something with your hands. I have always loved creating things. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t. I love to paint and draw and sew and crochet and embroider and too many more to name. My mother taught me to sew and crochet and my grandmother taught me to embroider. I guess it is in my genes. I also received some of my talent from my dad. He loved to draw when he was a child and created some really beautiful drawings of horses.
Why I live in Texas
I can thank my dad for that too. My dad always wanted to live in Texas. He was not a fan of the cold. So in 1981 my family moved to San Antonio. My dad worked for Delta Airlines and he put in a transfer to the new airport opening in San Antonio. After graduating from James Madison High School in 1982 I moved to Denton, TX to attend the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas. I married the love of my life, Wayne (he grew up in Richardson, TX) and we have lived in the Northern suburbs of Dallas ever since, except for a 6 month stint in Philadelphia. We have a daughter, Nicole, and a son, Aaron who we are so proud of. We currently live in Plano, TX and are adjusting to being empty nesters.
Why I Stamp
I was introduced to Stampin’ Up! in 1999, when I attended my very first workshop hosted by my friend Jackie. I fell in love with Stampin’ Up! because the workshops were so much fun. We learned new techniques, spent a fun evening with friends and came home with some handmade cards. I have been a loyal customer ever since. My friend Jackie became a demonstrator and I love attending her workshops and classes. In January of 2017 I finally decided that I wanted to become an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. I love sharing my craft with others. I believe that everyone has an artist in them just waiting to be discovered. And you know what one of the best things about rubber stamping is: You don’t need to know how to draw. The rubber stamp does the work for you. Anyone can learn how to do a technique or apply embellishments. So, please join me on my rubber stamping adventures.
We will have fun. I guarantee it!