Greetings, everyone! I hope this blog post finds you well. Can you believe it’s nearly December? I can’t – the year is FLYING by!
My big news for this last week is that I’m no longer working at Ellison/Sizzix due to a reduction-in-force. It was definitely an unpleasant surprise, but I totally understand that these things happen in business. Rather than focus on the negative, I’m sticking with my usual optimism. I worked with some wonderful people and learned a lot during my 2 1/2 year stay with the company. What were some of those things? I’m glad you asked!
Yes, I took the initiative and learned to quilt to help inform/support the work I was doing for Sizzix Quilting. I’d always wanted to learn to sew, so this was a good time to take the leap. I started my first-ever quilt in late January, and to date I’ve completed 10 quilts (of varying size), two throw pillow covers, and one table runner. Woo hoo! I’ve loved learning this new creative medium and will likely be a life-long quilter.
(Four quilts are missing from the photo above, including three that I gave as gifts to family members.)
Before I started doing social media for Ellison Education and Sizzix Quilting I’d done a bit of social media and had done some blogging for myself, but this definitely took things up a notch. I learned more about Facebook, started/grew two company Instagram accounts, improved a company Pinterest page by adding several boards and pins, learned how handy Buffer is, and continued work on Twitter and Google+. I interacted with the education and quilting communities, and loved having the opportunity to learn about what they do.
I wrote and created dozens of posts for the Ellison Education and Sizzix blog over the last year, and loved marrying my love of writing with the creative offerings/tools of the companies.
I also managed two blog teams. One team consisted of 8 teachers, and one team consisted of 7 quilters. I scheduled and prepped their blog posts, provided them with product, and helped to coordinate and/or execute special events like blog hops and a series of themed posts, like DIY Costumes. I really enjoyed working with both teachers and quilters – they’re all wonderful at what they do!
Travel and Trade Shows and Community Outreach – oh my!
I did a lot of traveling for work in 2015 – what fun! It’s definitely hard work, but there’s also so much to learn and grow from!
Why yes, I did sew in my hotel room in Houston during the Fall 2015 Quilt Market! ;]
Here’s a list of my 2015 adventures:
Fancy Food Show – San Francisco, CA – January
Quilt Con, Austin, TX – February
*Craftcation, Ventura, CA – March
SNAP, Salt Lake City, UT – April
Spring Quilt Market, Minneapolis, MN – May
SDE Conference, Las Vegas, NV – July
Fall Quilt Market & Quilt Festival, Houston, TX – October
*I coordinated Sizzix’s in-depth sponsorship/participation in this event, including sponsored room decor, 3 sponsored classes, a Sizzix class, goodie bag inclusions, and two Make n’ Takes during the conference.
I was also pleased to participate in community-based events like a crafting event at the L.A. Zoo, and pampering mothers and nurses at Children’s Hospital LA. These events required going out of my way in terms of schedule location, but I was so happy to lend a hand!
By the way, I’m seldom in event pictures because I’m usually taking the pictures. ;] That said, I started up a new Instagram account for myself, MelodyNunezCreates, and you’re welcome to follow me. :] #Instagramissomuchfun!
I’m looking forward to this next chapter of my career – to my new adventures. In the meantime I’ve got some things coming up, so stay tuned:
- A new queen/king size quilt that’s currently in the piecing stage
(This pic was taken when I was sewing in my hotel room in Houston! – just to get an idea of how the stars were looking)
- The art journaling classes I’ll be volunteer-teaching in six 4th and 5th grade classrooms in early December
Until next time, dear readers!