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On Cloud Nine and Riding High!

July 15, 2010

Hi gals! I guess the title of this post comes the closest to how I have been feeling for the past 12 hours.

You may remember a few months ago, I sent in my Associate Level exams (the second of four levels) to the Parchment Craft Guild. Well, last night after a long day at work, I found out that I PASSED!

I don’t think there are enough words in the dictionary to describe how thrilled I feel right now.

I am also feeling just a little bit relieved. It was important to me to pass, and maybe dazzle the judges a bit?!

There was also a difference in how I approached the Associate exams from how I approached the Affiliate exams, so the wait to know if I passed or not felt quite a bit longer this time around. In reality, the time it took to find out was about the same.

I am truly excited to see what my actual scores are, and to read the comments from the judges (okay  postal system, you need to hurry up here). I know I found the judges comments to be quite helpful on the first set of exams. They really take the time to give constructive criticism as well as hints and tips to improve on specific techniques.

The featured photo (I really like being able to feature an image in my posts now) is a scan of just one of the pieces I submitted. And yes, the oval was purposely offset, just to be a little bit different, an attempt to set myself apart from everyone else, sort of thing. In all honesty, it took me forever to get that offset just right! Centering something is “easy peasy” creating the right offset takes time.

Now I need to set myself to work so that I can pass the next set of exams, the Graduate Level, realizing there is a huge leap in proficiency in the various techniques.

I hope you all have a marvelous day! Thanks for dropping by.

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11 Comments
  1. Chris Watson permalink
    July 15, 2010 8:13 am

    Hi Chiara,
    Once again Congratulations on passing , one day I may pluck up the courage to do the Affiliates lol.
    Never any doubt in my mind that you would pass.
    Good luck on the next piece
    Keep up the good work Love Chris

  2. July 15, 2010 8:17 am

    CONGRATS!!!!!! I know how anxious you’ve been while waiting for you results and I’m very happy for your great news. When your feet hit the ground again you’ll be busy getting ready for the next round of exams and I know you’ll do just as well :)) Good job, my friend.

  3. July 15, 2010 8:31 am

    Congratulations Chiara, I know you are positively thrilled! What a great achievement! I’m wishing you all the best for success at the next level . . .woo hoo . . . you go girl!

  4. Mary Price permalink
    July 15, 2010 8:58 am

    Great news Chiara. I am so pleased for you. The Graduate paper has changed since I did it with many of the pieces being different. Good luck with it when you attempt it.

  5. July 15, 2010 11:12 am

    Well done Chiara – I am sure you are chuffed. One of my ex-students Lynn Burbidge was successful in her first level exam, so you must be sharing that Cloud Nine – is it crowded up there???

    Congratulations my friend, I really mean that! Karen xxx

  6. Dawn Haylock permalink
    July 15, 2010 4:18 pm

    Hi Chiara,
    Congratulations on passing the exams. Well done. Dawn.

  7. dorita permalink
    July 15, 2010 5:17 pm

    Congratulations, my friend! You deserve it. Your work is beautiful/
    Good luck with the next!
    Love
    Dorita

  8. July 16, 2010 2:24 am

    Well done and congratulations! Very pleased for you!!! I have had my Associate papers for 7 months and have only found the time to do ONE piece! Sometimes I wonder if I will ever get back to it. I know how much perseverance it needs to get all the pieces done. Once again, veru WELL DONE!

  9. SueJ permalink
    July 16, 2010 6:02 am

    Many congratulations, I am really pleased for you. Sue.

  10. July 18, 2010 6:21 am

    Congratulations, Chiara. And good lock for the next exams 😀 Joanna/Bjutus

  11. Vicky McClean permalink
    July 22, 2010 5:21 am

    Wow Chiara, well done you talented lady you!!! well deserved i think, Good Luck with the future and i hope to learn much from you in regards to Parching!!!

    Lots of Love
    Vicky McClean xxxxx

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