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I’ve just returned from a trip down under to present at the 2019 Australasia convention for Close To My Heart. I was able to introduce the last of four Story by Stacy products—more on that soon, but … while there, I had the privilege of sitting down for an informal conversation with company president, Monica Wihongi, Creative Communications Manager, Jill Broadbent and Kim Tomholt, one of the more than a thousand consultants who reside in Australia and New Zealand. I also met and mingled with so many of these wonderful Aussies and Kiwis, who are warm and gracious and as affectionate toward pattern paper as I am. We might live thousands of miles apart, but we are on the same page when it comes to loving our families, expressing our creativity and wanting to document our lives.


Being there, sharing my passion and having it received with such enthusiasm in a life-affirming experience in a time when connection is desperately needed. I think you’ll really enjoy this episode!


This is the adorable paper-crafted vase that Kim Tomholt created for me. I was damaged on the trip home, but I’ve managed to photograph it’s happy side!

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