I love meeting new people. My motto is “the more the merrier” at gatherings. I believe that everyone you meet in your life is “on purpose” and that there is a definite reason behind the connection – whether life-changing or somewhat less significant. It’s amazing to me that I am typing this now as when I was a child, I was so painfully shy that I would hide in the back bedroom closet when people came over to visit. Even uncles and aunts that I knew put me in hiding and no amount of coaxing from my mother would convince me to show my face. The epitome of this behaviour (and one which I will NEVER live down) is when my mom’s sister, Aunty Tecia, requested that I be her flowergirl. I absolutely REFUSED to pose for the pictures. You see, I didn’t like the photographer (good reason right? I certainly thought so in my three-year-old stubborness). Alas, there is only ONE picture that I appear in and I am clearly bawling my eyes out. Today, I am “over it” and thoroughly enjoy meeting new people as often as possible.
So I am very happy to have met our very first “official” Snugabella to whom you are about to be introduced. Rebakah came into my life via very unrelated circumstances. I had been wanting and needing an assistant for quite some time and then *poof* there she was…
Hello! My name is Rebekah and I’m Wendy’s new creative assistant extraordinaire! We’ve been working together now for a few weeks and I have already learned so much from her. Let me give you a little background on myself…
I graduated last April from Capilano University’s Illustration & Design progam (IDEA). Since then I’ve embarked on a new path filled with illustrating children’s books and creating colourful, whimsical paintings. My business is Rebekah Joy Plett Illustration. If you would like to learn more, you can Fan me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter and/or visit my blog.
I derive a lot of my inspiration from old fairytales and nursery rhymes. On the left is one of my favourite paintings inspired by the rhyme, “Sing a Song of Sixpence”.
I’ve also had the privilege to work with several children’s book authors in the last year. BlueBeary, written by Kathleen McMillan, was my first published illustrated work and remains a pride and joy of mine.
In the Fall of 2009 I launched my first line of greeting cards called The Cavorting Hippo. They have been a delightful success and I look forward to donating 10% of the profits to the Canucks For Kids Foundation once they have all sold.
Last September I entered the Roller Derby Fresh Meat Bootcamp to begin training. I hardly knew my right foot from my left when I started but I managed to remain upright on my rollerskates and made it past all the tests and cuts. In February I was drafted onto the Faster Pussycats team (as seen to the right – that giant purple thing in the front is my butt). On April 10th we had our season opener ’bout and we won! (Not without any bumps, bruises, or elbows in the face of course). Watch for me at about 2:42 in the vid link above – I’m Xanadoozy. Roller Derby has been a real challenge in my life but it has brought a balance to it as well. The girls look tough, but they are also very sweet and kind.
In December of 2009 I became engaged to my lovely fiancé Darren (pictured here with me in Pender Harbour last summer). We are getting married in June (I’ve always wanted a Spring wedding) and I can’t tell you how excited I am to have all our families come together to celebrate and eat cupcakes! (Not to mention a delectable brunch… Mmmm… waffles!)
I met Wendy in February and we hit it off immediately. She has a wonderful family and I love seeing her girls when I’m at work. They always greet me with a big, warm smile and an enthusiastic, “Hi!”. I look forward to working with Wendy and learning even more about (someday) becoming a Mom and of course about PumpEase and running a business.
Thanks Rebekah! Soooooo… have you ever met anyone who plays Roller Derby? I hadn’t until now! And not only do I think it is super cool, but Mike and the girls and I are going to check out Rebekah next time she is derby-ing closer to home. What a hoot!
Rebekah is not only talented and dynamic, but I have found in these last few weeks, that she is a hard-worker, very open-minded, patient and truly a positive person all around. We are blessed to have her as part of the Snugabell team.
Won’t you all welcome her with some comment love?
Tags: illustration, ‘kids books’, artist, ‘roller derby’, ‘hippo cards’