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Since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated with nature, people and faces in particular. At the age of nine I started painting with oils, then I moved to charcoal, chalk, watercolors and acrylics. I remember writing in my diary for hours, just jotting down what lay heavy on my heart. For me these forms of expression were a way to escape the reality of my childhood (hey, there might be a new book idea here).
I graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Design and a minor in Photography. It was through the technology department that I found my love for photography. The darkroom with its creative possibilities fascinated me. Since we've moved into the digital era, I've come to enjoy the creative freedom digital cameras and Adobe Photoshop have to offer.
Right after college I worked for an advertising agency in downtown Austin, later I was in charge of advertising for the Texas Podiatric Medical Association.
Since the birth of my first daughter in 1998, I've quit my day job and became a full time Mom doing a lot of freelance work with the little time I had left over. I've painted childrens' rooms with dinosaurs, bakery trucks that needed logos, worked on brochures and logos for companies and individuals. I had done freelance photography work since 1995 and opened my own portable photo studio in 2004. I have photographed merchandise, small weddings, graduates, musicians, babies, families, birthdays, reunions, and so much more. To capture a childs' unspoiled spirit, the love of a young couple or the wisdom of a seasoned couple satisfies my creative energy to no end.
In December 2008 I started my own T-Shirt printing business "Steiner Tees". Earlier that summer while sitting around the pool, my husband and I thought it would be a great idea to create positive message T-Shirts. The goal was to drench my customers with my passion for life, fun and positive messages through my T-Shirts. To support this goal, I specialized in custom T-Shirt printing. I bought the "do it yourself" tapes, all the necessary hardware and software to open my own print shop out of my garage and started supplying the local schools, kindergartens, brownie troops and sports clubs with my newest creations. To see some sample work you can go to steinertees.com (the site will be up til Jan 2013). Occasionally I had help from my dear friend and great artist Cathy Richardson who deserves a five star honorable mention. If you're ever in need of any design work, go check her out at http://cathybdesign.com. You won't be disappointed!
On the side, I was still creating logos and designs as well as putting together and publishing a book "Letters from Papaw", in Adobe InDesign, for my dear friend Joanne York. It's available online at Bookpeople.
In May of 2011 we took a 5 months family trip to Europe, staying mostly in Germany and Spain. My husband has always been talking about moving away, overseas, Europe, Australia, anywhere, really. So my idea was to give him a taste of "being away from home" for a longer period of time. We took the girls out of school a month early and planned on returning a month late. The whole idea kinda backfired on me. Chris loved it and applied for a job in Munich, just to see what would happen. Well needless to say, he received the O.K. in December of 2011 and moved to Germany in January of 2012. After selling my businesses and tying up loose ends, the kids and I followed him in February of the same year. Which is the reason you're now reading my book.
I hope you've enjoyed reading it as much as we've enjoyed living it. If you did, I would love it if you told your family and friends about it or if you wrote me a review.
Thank YOU for your support.
on Feb. 19, 2013 :
Very interesting and helpful book. While it deals with moving a family to Germany it addresses issues that could be problematic in any country. Finding the proper schools (very different than in the USA), understanding purchasing major items, learning the ins and outs of daily life and when to rely on the neighbors are all covered. This book looks at the total move from conception to the "ah, we're at home in our new home" moment with advice and lots of laughter. If you are planning a foreign move you will want to read this.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Jan. 31, 2013 :
So Awesome!!! I forgot to add stars in my previous comment.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Jan. 31, 2013 :
OMG!!!! I love this BOOK!!! Not only does it tell about interesting places to see and what there is to do and what to expect when moving there, but it's also hilarious. I laughed and I cried cause it's so beautifully written. You are such an Amazing writer!!!! I can't wait to read your next book. It was a very easy and fun read. Love you Sis...
(reviewed the day of purchase)