Wednesday, March 26, 2008

First Post!

So, I'm finally diving into the world of BLOGGING! It's taken me a while to get into this, but I feel like it's my TIME! HAHA! I love to write, stamp, and dance so why not have a blog about it? Everyone else is doing it... no peer pressure or anything!

I hope I am able to keep this updated every day. Some days might get hairy because of my insane schedule, but I should have time to update it!

Ok, so here is a little about me...
My name is Riley and I own Divine Dance Center in Roanoke, Virginia. I started the studio when I was a senior at Radford University where I majored in Elementary Education with a minor in dance. So, why open the studio while I was still in school??? Well, I was working for a studio and the summer before my senior year of college she decided to close down. Well, let me put it this way... I was going to school AND running the studio for her and NOT getting paid, so I quit and she ended up closing the studio. She still owes me over $1,000... hmmmmm! I opened up in a small space near my parent's house and taught classes every night after I got done with my 3rd and 5th grade student teaching. It was insane and I'm still not sure how I made it through the year. That was 3 years ago... now my student body has grown and we have moved to a bigger studio space. I'm still not making much money, but it grows every year and I love doing it. I am very fortunate to have a husband who supports me and the studio. One day I will be able to give back to him what he has given me. I am so greatful that he is understanding and loves the studio as much as I do!

Onward to stamping... I got into "heavy" stamping last February (2007). I never knew I would be THIS involved! I stamp close to every single day. My day mostly goes like this...
-Get up with DH
-Go upstairs and check email and surf SCS
-See DH off to work
-STAMP the day's challenge
-Go to studio until usually around 9pm

Some days I don't get to stamp in the mornings... it just depends on what I have going on that day.

Anyway, I have grown so much as a stamper and I give full credit to Splitcoast Stampers, it's a great forum and community, if you are a stamper... GO THERE! I love it and the people are so great!

Well, I guess that's enough about me... got a question for me? Leave me a comment and I'll get right to ya!!

*The picture is me painting my new stamp room!!

I look forward to Blogging with you :)


  1. ooh, I was just thinking last night that I wished you started a blog! Way to go!

  2. Welcome to blogland, Riley! I've admired your artwork on SCS for quite some time, and so excited that you've started a blog!

    (Your first name is my last name!)

    Best wishes in your blogging adventures!

  3. Great to learn all about you. You must post the pictures of your stampin space on the blog when your finished.