Back: Becky, Treyden, Jim, Colton, Matthew, Tyler, Ben, Ethan
Middle: Kelsee, Shana, Tricia, Cody, Colleen, Jeff, Mindy, Angie
Front: Jimmy, Baylee, Levi, Savanna, Anthony, Angel, Kaylee, Isaac
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About UsHi, I'm Colleen Parry, welcome to my website! Just to let you know a little bit about me....I have always loved any kind of art. I was always drawing some happy little creature of some sort. I can also sew up a storm, or at least I did when I had more time. In junior high school, I won the top sewing awards in 8th and 9th grades. I sewed everything I wore. Now I sew more crafts than clothes.
I grew up in Kearns, Utah. I am the youngest of four children. I have two sisters, Carol and Sandra, and one brother, Wayne. I was blessed with wonderful parents, Bob and Verona, who have been great examples throughout my life. Though my father passed away nearly 29 years ago, His example and memory are always with me.
After I was married and began having children, the need for some personal time and growth became important for my sanity. I decided to take a tole painting class. Life has never been the same since! That may sound funny, but it's true. I learned to cut and prepare my own wood after my husband bought me a band saw and tools for Mother's Day one year. I even put the band saw together myself! I painted and painted and painted.
Work relocated us to Reno, Nevada. I began to teach painting classes for a little extra income and to design my own projects. I sold my work at a country furniture and gift shop. I grew so much from that experience. Some time later we returned to Utah, where I continued my designing, painting, and selling. People that would buy my work encouraged me to publish my designs.
I took my designs to Provo Craft. My opportunities there were just beginning! They began to publish my designs in painting instruction books. My most popular being the "Bearing All Seasons" books, which is where my company name originates. I have had other books and combined artist books that were published. It didn't stop there! I have had the opportunity to design plush, figurines, scrapbook papers, stickers, rub-ons, CD's, and more. I enjoyed designing clipart for pccrafter.com as well.
Now I am publishing my own books and pattern packets! I am enjoying my little growing business so much! I have met, emailed, and talked with so many wonderful women who love painting as much as I do! You are all wonderful! Thank you for keeping me going!
The most important thing in my life isn't my love for painting and designing (big shocker huh!), but for my family; my husband Jeff, who is the love of my life, and my best friend for over thirty three years. We have nine beautiful, children (Becky, Angie, Mindy, Tyler, Cody, Shana, Kelsee, Matthew, Levi), three wonderful son-in-laws (Jim, Coley, Ben), a sweet new daughter-in-law as of August 2012 (Tricia), and ten darling grandchildren! (Kaylee, Jimmy, Angel, Savanna, Baylee, Isaac, Anthony, twins...Colton and Trayden, and little Ethan. We are expecting a new grandchild from Cody and Tricia in June of 2013. We are sure enjoying our growing family.
I went back to school and received a degree in graphic design. It was a huge challenge for me, but I did it! I graduated from Utah Valley University (formerly UVSC) in December of 2008. Life is busy but wonderful! I hope that as you experience this website that you will find something that will make you SMILE!
(Updated January 2013)