Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: East Coast
|Posted: 2/23/2013 8:58:06 PM|The intro has a guy with a British accent. But GG sounds mostly American. But every once in a while something comes out that sounds British. Like referring to "pots" of glitter.
Is GG American or British? Or maybe an expat??? I know, I know...how nosy! But it's driving me nuts!
|Posted: 2/23/2013 9:01:48 PM|She's an expat she briefly touched on this in one of her videos in the past year...but she's done so many I couldn't even begin to point you to the right one!
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Prima 'n' Stickles Pea
Loc: Southern California
|Posted: 2/23/2013 9:42:44 PM|I've wondered that too, so glad to have seen this thread.
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|Posted: 2/23/2013 10:04:34 PM|
I have an add on question? Are the layouts from the videos posted anywhere? I don't want to watch the video again but I usually need a refresher to redo stuff I see.
|Posted: 2/23/2013 10:11:08 PM|
@blossomed you can see the layouts if you go to Videos in the top toolbar and go to Glitter Girl. You can see the layout and detail shots and the video all in one place.
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|Posted: 2/23/2013 10:31:31 PM|Her blog has very basic info in the about section too, but not anything more than has been posted here.
Other than the fact that the male voice is the Adhesive Avenger!
|Posted: 2/23/2013 11:09:44 PM|
Maybe Shimelle will come and give us a little Bio but from what I have gathered...she went to England for schooling and married a Brit. If you go back in her blog...you will see pictures of her participating in the London Olimpics and all her stories about that...very interesting!!!
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Loc: london, england
|Posted: 2/24/2013 7:20:13 AM|Yes, the voice you hear at the beginning and the end of each is the Adhesive Avenger. He fights from the shadows in the name of truth, justice, and the papercrafting way.
As for me, I grew up in a very small town outside Kansas City (on the Kansas side). I went to an only slightly larger small town in Kansas for college (my undergrad is from Pittsburg State - Go Gorillas! ) and then wanted to go somewhere... else. I moved to England in 1999 to study, and did my MA in contemporary literature at the University of Sussex, which is in Brighton. It's a lovely little seaside town - well, not so little really. It's about an hour or hour and a half south of London and has a fabulously arty and creative vibe with lots of little boutiques and art galleries and a LOT of students as there are two universities based there. I had been in England for about two weeks when I realised I wanted to stay, but wanting to and being allowed to are two different things! When I finished my degree, my student visa ended and there were basically four ways I could stay: marry a Brit, continue to study, retrain as a nurse, or get a job as a school teacher. There wasn't really a wedding on the cards and as much as I would have loved to continue my studies, I was out of money for that. There were shortages in both nursing and teaching, so they were offering ways to stay if you went into those fields. I'm not good with needles and I was way more prepared to teach than to train in nursing, so that was that decision made. My first teaching position was a bit of a false start at a unique private school that didn't have much in the way to support the staff and a very specific curriculum. After two terms there, I moved to a school that was more challenging in terms of students and issues, but had a system with mentors and the potential to go to night classes, etc. That way I got my formal teaching qualification and I worked my way up to head of the English department. Later there was a big change in the administration and I fought the good fight for quite some time, but eventually I couldn't cope with the stress of some key players who displayed no interest in the good of the children. At the same time, my scrapbooking work on the side had started to have the potential to be more than a part-time, on-the-side thing, so after some planning and saving, I took the plunge and resigned from the school, planning to take a year out of teaching to focus on all things crafty, then go back to teaching in a different school perhaps and if possible, go back to more teaching than management. But that was 2007... and aside from a brief part-time bit where I went back to teach one of my old classes because their teacher was diagnosed with a terminal illness and they were left unprepared right before their national exams, I have not been back. I've done a bit of consulting here and there when someone has called me up with a question in my area of expertise, and I've stayed in the loop with all the education reforms here because I genuinely find it interesting and relevant and because someday I probably will want to go back to the classroom, but right now the crafty side is the better option for me.
After a few years of teaching there, I was granted indefinite leave to remain which means I'm allowed to stay here legally provided I don't break the law and there's not some sudden conflict between the US and the UK. I have most of the same rules and rights as a citizen, except I can't vote (okay, that's a big difference) and I still have a US passport. I have actually met all the time limits now to qualify for dual citizenship - I just need to get myself organised to do all the paperwork and take the test! I'm hoping I get that done in 2013.
I met my husband about half way through my teaching job. I met him in a record store while he was studying in London. He grew up on the outskirts of London, but spent a lot of time living abroad as his family did a lot of long-term travel for work. I talked quite a bit about him on the most recent episode of the Paperclipping Roundtable, if you can stand the schmaltz factor of that! We moved from the outskirts of London into the city when I left the school. The Boy works in the city's financial district, so there was no sense in a long commute once I stopped working out there. If you watched the equestrian during the Olympics, you saw a peek at our neighbourhood - we live at the top of the hill that forms Greenwich Park. I love this part of the city - it is quiet, green, and peaceful while being such a short distance to the centre of things. And the view from the top of the hill is pretty amazing - on a clear day you can see nearly all the major landmarks just walking along. Nice bonus. I am very much at home in London, and it is my very favourite city in the world (though I do love to travel everywhere else, I love coming home to this place). I do volunteer work here as a 'London Ambassador', a programme that was started for the games but has now continued to all sorts of other times when there is an influx of visitors to the city. We are all people who have a real love of this place for different reasons and different favourite things, and we wear slightly ridiculous hot pink uniforms and help with all sorts of things from transport to museums to where you can get a ridiculously good cup of coffee.
As for my accent, it is quite mixed up at this point! It is certainly much softer than the twang of my Kansas roots, but it's not a proper London accent by a longshot either! People get really confused about where I must come from. A lot of people guess that I'm Canadian, though I don't really have any Canadian inflection to my vowels that I can hear - I think it's just because it's an accent that often has touches of both US and UK styles, so it's a sensible guess maybe? My favourite is someone who describes my accent as coming from a magical fairy land somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic! Yes, that must be it indeed!
Anyway, that's probably more than anyone really wanted to read, but I hope it was at least a little helpful to your questions!
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|Posted: 2/24/2013 7:27:51 AM|Lol Shimelle! Thanks for all that info- I guess you understand when we watch you so many times in your vids , one feels like they would like to "know" you- so thanks for taking the time to answer.
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Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: East Coast
|Posted: 2/24/2013 8:02:12 AM|Wow, thanks for chiming in Shimelle!
I loved your story and learning about you. I feel like I *know* you now. How cool to fall in love with a place like that. I live near Washington DC and feel no such love, lol.
And I have at add that GG's videos have changed the way I scrap. For the better, to be sure!!! Thanks for all you do!
|Posted: 2/24/2013 8:46:42 AM|
Thanks Shimelle for giving your fans a bio about you. It was very interesting indeed. I went to London in 2010 with a childhood friend and her husband who is from there but has lived in California now for over 10 years. They are in the travel business so we went there for 10 days I instantly loved the place. Cotswold was were we finished our trip before we headed back to the states. I understand what you mean when you say you fell in loved with place and felt at home. My husband and I loved London and can only dream of living there some day.
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|Posted: 2/24/2013 9:07:11 AM|Thanks so much for sharing a bit of who you are, and how you got there.
London is at the top of my list of places I want to go. Hopefully, someday.
FYI--That avatar is NOT me; it's NOT my DH; it's NOT my father; and, I'm NOT related to him by blood or marriage. It's just a dude...wearing a Wal-Mart bag.
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|Posted: 2/24/2013 10:11:41 AM|I live in SE Kansas and went to Pitt State for 2 years (1998-2000). Go Gorillas!
Loc: Twin Cities, MN
|Posted: 2/24/2013 10:19:01 AM|
It was great to learn about you!
Loc: london, england
|Posted: 2/24/2013 10:42:56 AM|Brook, we were there at the same time. I graduated in '99.
Loc: Manchester, United Kingdom
|Posted: 2/24/2013 12:50:36 PM|
Thanks Shimelle, for sharing more about your life and how you met your husband! It's funny how you feel like you know people even though you only talk online!
|Posted: 2/24/2013 1:09:05 PM|
Awesome of you to share Shimelle!
I traveled through Europe and besides Barcelona, London was my fave city! I just love it there, and can see why you stayed!
Loc: Elmhurst Illinois
|Posted: 2/25/2013 4:58:53 PM|
Thanks Shimelle for always taking the time to answer questions in such a thoughtful way. Loved reading your story.
Loc: SE Wisconsin
|Posted: 2/25/2013 5:17:56 PM|
Thanks so much for sharing your story! I'm always a little curious in how people end up going to where they are.
Loc: craft room, Minnesota
|Posted: 2/25/2013 6:47:16 PM|
Thanks for sharing your story. Love it, love your videos!
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|Posted: 2/25/2013 7:19:12 PM|Shimelle, thanks for sharing such a detailed version of "your story"! I enjoyed it!
I took 2 of your classes at the first CKC in Tulsa, OK.....what was that, maybe 6 years ago, almost? OP, you should have heard her accent THEN! Much, much more switching between the proper English and, well, American, than goes on now in the Glitter Girl videos. Heehee....I could've listened to that ALL DAY! It made me giggle...and by the way, the classes were AMAZING!!!!!!!
Anyway, just had to pitch in my 2-cents!
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Loc: Sunny Florida
|Posted: 2/25/2013 11:24:49 PM|
I spent a semester in London & it is fun to let their accent rub off on you a bit - sometimes we'd try to fool waitresses - which I'm sure never really worked. What is interesting is that the English people I know here in the states seem to completely retain their awesome accents.
Cheers to GG & AA - the videos are awesome!
|Posted: 2/26/2013 4:34:00 AM|
thanks for letting us all know more about your accent, and the voice in the video, how you met him and where you are at now... it was really interesting, and i never knew you were a teacher - maybe that is why you do such great videos :thumbup2
I have a funny accent2 - Born in Scotland, live in australia
Loc: New Braunfels, TX
|Posted: 2/26/2013 9:35:54 AM|Awe. What a great story. Thanks for sharing . As others have said, I do feel like I know you after watching so many GG episodes. It's nice to know a little more .