Welcome to Think Crafts! Think Crafts is a blog for everyone who loves art, crafts, creative design, and working with their hands. It’s brought to you by CreateForLess, your one-stop online shop for craft, scrapbooking and sewing supplies. Our goal is to create a unique place where people can come together to share their creative passions, plus get the latest trend, project ideas, tips and techniques. Our blog is written by a wide variety of craft experts, from creative moms and scrapbookers to craft professionals, designers and CreateForLess employees. We cover a broad range of craft categories, including paper crafts, sewing, quilting, kid’s crafts, needlearts, jewelry making and more. If you’re interested in guest blogging for Think Crafts, visit Blog For Us for more information.
Meet The Think Crafts Blog Contributors…
General Crafts Contributor – Sammy
Creativity, crafts, imagining things and somehow constructing and creating things are such a part of me that I can’t seem to remember my life without valuing these things. It’s always been a part of how I process things and fills my heart with song. When I was eight years old, I recall looking at a corrugate box. I flipped it over, covered it with some scrap fabric (with a bold birds of paradise design on it) and stapled the edges. I topped it off with a vase, candle and other decorative pieces including my favorite hello kitty pencil box. I told my mom, “You don’t need to worry about spending money on getting me a desk. I made myself one!” To top it off, my friends loved my desk and wanted one too. Double Score! For as long as I remember, this is how my mind has worked. What can I make? How can I repurpose something? How can I make something with heart-work and give it a personal touch? Maybe this stems from the fact that as a child, I was poor that it was necessary? I don’t know if my creative energy comes from living in an almost reality and craving an utmost fantasy.
These days, I have more means than I did at the tender age of eight and while I don’t need to create a desk for myself anymore, it does not mean that I immediately order what I want. “Just because I can, does not mean I should,” are some words that I try to remind myself. So, I try to look at other resources, options, and if I don’t like what’s available, I often make it. I enjoy many different types of crafts. Wreath making, gift wrapping, card making, making ornaments, floral arrangements, making crepe paper flowers, it’s an endless list! When I am not busy crafting up things up for my sixteen nieces and nephews (yes, sixteen!), I am busy blogging at www.seriouslysammy.com and planning for my wedding. Speaking of which, my latest obsession includes wedding DIYs!!! I currently reside in Los Angeles where I am a sales consultant. I also struggle with a serious weakness for nachos. Seriously, the struggle is real. Read Sammy’s posts here.
Yarn & Needlework Contributor – Stephanie
Hello everyone. I’m Stephanie and I’m so happy to be the Yarn and Needlework contributor for Think Crafts. A friend taught me to crochet back in 2000 and I’ve been hooked on fiber crafts ever since. Knitting soon followed, then spinning, needle felting and sewing joined the team. I love making my own clothes and home accessories. Making clothes from thrift store finds is one of my passions. Creating fun monsters out of sparkly yarn is my current obsession. I blog about my crafty creations and belly dancing at http://twilightkallisti.com/. You can read Stephanie’s Posts here.
Home Decor Contributor – Alyssa
Hello! My name is Alyssa. I am a, as they say, “real girl” crafter. I make stuff for my home that virtually anyone can make, no matter their crafting experience or expertise. I love practical, beautiful home décor that often does double-duty, and include the crafting mistakes I make so you can avoid making them in the future. We all mess up, so embrace it! I find inspiration in things with hefty price tags, usually followed by the famous last words, “I could make that.” I love the outdoors, live music, my sisters, and admiring strangers’ dogs from afar. Although I currently reside in Seattle, I’m a small-town girl at heart who can often be found daydreaming in front of my office computer or on the couch with my overbearingly affectionate cat, Kristoff, who, if he’s lucky, will receive a very weird-looking, hand-crafted kitten sweater sometime in the future. Read Alyssa’s posts here.
General Crafts Contributor – Michelle
Michelle Hooper lives in Meridian, Idaho with her husband, twin “four-agers”, and cat. When she isn’t busy chasing around her children, you can usually find her in her craft room, or at least that is what we imagine, because everything she makes is AMAZING! Check out all of her posts here.
Cardmaking & Scrapbook Layout Contributor – Peg Rounds
Peg Rounds lives in East Moline, Illinois with her husband and best friend, Kevin and their son Josh and 2 dogs. She was an elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom, and later a home school mom. Over the years, she designed cakes on the side and went to school to become a certified chocolatier. She always has loved to craft since she was young and it was something that she wanted to be doing, but set it aside due to her busy life. After 15 years of doing cakes she decided it was time to stop and focus more on her family. She began doing layouts, then cards and it went from there. Before she knew it, next to spending time with her family, she spent every free moment creating something and blogging about it. One thing led to another and here she is today! Peg’s blog is Peg’s Crafting Corner. You can find Peg’s blog posts here.
CreateForLess Marketing Manager – Joselyn
Joselyn is the editor of the Think Crafts blog and the voice behind all of CreateForLess’ social media. Because she’s constantly surrounded by creative people, she’s always excited to try something new.She loves knitting, refurbishing furniture, and home decor. She is currently learning how to sew and crochet. Follow along as she stumbles through her new craft ventures! Check out Joselyn’s posts here.
CreateForLess Customer Service Manager and Craft Expert – Kim
Kimberly is the Customer Service Manager at CreateForLess, and it is her voice you hear when you call our toll-free number. Her love for crafting started when she asked her mom to make her a quilt…instead her mom signed her up for a class so she could make her own, and she hasn’t stopped crafting since! Read Kim’s posts here.
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Former General Crafts Contributor – Ashley
Hello everyone! My name is Ashley and I’m from Southern California. I recently started a blog called Ash and Crafts I am new to blogging but not new to crafts. I love all things related to DIY projects, crafts, home decor, weddings, baking and photography. I enjoy dabbling in all different types of crafts, and I am always willing to learn something new. I’m so excited to contribute my ideas and tutorials! Check out Ashley’s posts here.
Former Craft Trends Contributor – Gillian Grimm
Gillian Grimm lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she balances writing, cooking and crafts with eight chickens, two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. As the daughter of a Journalist, she grew up all over the United States, switching schools, towns and newspapers every few years and loved every minute of it! She now works as a freelance writer, primarily in the craft industry but with a few forays into travel writing, narrative non-fiction and educational matters. Gillian was recently published in the literary journal the The Northville Review. You can find more of Gillian’s work at Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. You can find Gillian’s posts here.
Former Sewing Contributor – Courteney
Courteney will be sharing sewing, crafting, and DIY projects. Her philosophy is simple: crafting makes life better. Her projects will help you realize how easy and cost effective it is to make things for yourself. Courteney is a high school science teacher who lives in Atlanta, GA. Between raising her dog, Padfoot, and teaching she keeps pretty busy but always finds time to be creative. Her mom taught her to sew very early in life, and it has remained one of her favorite activities into adulthood. Although sewing is quickly becoming a lost art; Courteney hopes you will join her in revitalizing this skill with many fun and practical projects. Catch up with Courteney at her blog, Crafting with Court, where she shares all the projects she’s working on. You can read Courteney’s posts here.
Former Kids Crafts Contributor – Stephanie
Former Kids’ Crafts Contributor – Tracey Kite
Tracey will share lots of DIY projects to make with your children. She is a work at home mother of two living just outside Kansas City, KS. She started crafting with her oldest daughter to spend more time with her and to get her to focus more. She warns, though, she has created a craft monster who tells her several times a week “Let’s do a project MOM!” Her youngest is finally at an age where she can start crafting too, but then comes the challenge of coming up with something a toddler can do that a preschooler will enjoy also… oh the challenges of a crafting mom. She hopes to inspire other parents to craft and create things with their kids. You can find Tracey’s Blog at We Made That. Check out Tracey’s Think Crafts posts here.
Former General Crafts Contributor – Monica Shanks
Monica will be sharing home decor, crochet, and more DIY projects. She is a college student born and raised in the mitten state, and could not be more excited to graduate this coming December. When she’s not working or studying, she is crafting while cozied up on the couch watching shameful amounts of TV on Netflix. In her spare time, she runs a little craft blog called mon makes things. She has been crocheting since she was a little girl, and she runs an Etsy shop with her mom: shanx studios, selling crocheted stuffed animals and ornaments. She can’t wait to share her DIY projects and in her words: ” If I can do it, you can do it — let’s get crafty!” Look for Monica’s Posts here.
Former Home Decor Contributor – Jennifer
Jennifer will be sharing DIY projects, home decor ideas, and other budget friendly inspiration to help transform your house into an authentic home. Jennifer lives in San Diego with her military husband and their toddler son—so you can expect some kid friendly crafts, too! She believes you don’t need the biggest budget or the largest space to start creating a home true to its inhabitants. Her favorite crafts are adapting off-the-shelf items into affordable projects. Catch up with Jennifer at her blog born from decorating paralysis, Brave New Home. You can read Jennifer’s posts here.
Former General Crafts Contributor – Erin Lund
Erin shares ideas and inspiration over at Lovesome. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and toddler-son, and has grown to love the rain, it gives her extra time inside for crafting and creating! As a preschool-teacher-turned-
Former Home Décor Contributor – Typhanie Peterson
Typhanie will share DIY projects, trends, home décor inspiration and tips & tricks on decorating your space on a budget. Typhanie is the owner of TP Design and is an interior decorator in sunny southern California who loves entertaining and making beautiful things. She says “I’m no Martha Stewart but I must say I’m pretty handy with a glue gun”. She’s a child of the 80’s is not afraid of color and believes everyone can have a beautiful home no matter the budget. You can find Typhanie’s posts here.
Former General Crafts Contributor – Tasya
Tasya (as in Fantasia without the “fan”) will be sharing her DIYs for the home, garden, and more! She is a housewife and mother of two very busy boys ages 5 and 6. They live in the beautiful Emerald City of Seattle. Her favorite Past time is getting creative and sharing it with people on her blog My House and Home. At any given moment, you can see her armed with a glue gun, a can of spray paint, or in the aisles of her local craft store! She hopes to bring everyone inspiration to go our and “get their craft on”! You can find Taysa’s posts here.
Former Fashion & Jewelry Making Contributor – Alicia DiRago
Alicia DiRago is a blogger, craft instructor and die-hard DIYer in Houston, TX. For years she worked as a chemical engineer, traveling the country and learning how everything from dog food to light bulbs were made. While a career in engineering wasn’t a great fit, the experience taught her a valuable lesson – *somebody* makes everything, and you can make it too. Now she’s traded in her steel toes for stilettos and focuses on fashion, style and design inspiration and DIY projects on her blog at “Dismount Creative”. When she isn’t crafting or blogging Alicia can usually be found in the yoga studio or out enjoying a really hoppy beer with her husband.
Former Sewing Contributor – Jessica Ubel
Since graduating from college, Jessica has been a youth pastor, a barista, a group exercise coordinator, a coach, a resident director, and a glorified office assistant. Although loving the different facets of her life, none of these things beat being a “full-time” homemaker, mom of 2 beautiful little girls and wife of a wonderful husband. They live in Eugene, Oregon and love it. Jessica took many years to come to a place that she enjoyed sewing, but now she loves it and simply doesn’t have enough time to keep up with the ever-growing pile of fabric. She has a bazillion ideas and not enough time to see them to fruition. Jessica claims “I start things, but often don’t finish them (ooh–another idea!!). I’m self-admittedly abstract-random, unorganized, and an imperfectionist. I still ‘have room for growth’ in my house-cleaning skills, which give way to playing with kids, hanging out with friends, and creating things! I am good at many things, but a master of nothing”. You can find more of Jessica’s work at Life Sew Good. You can find Jessica’s posts here.
Former Craft Trends Contribuor – Trent Jaxon
Trent was born in Baraboo, Wisconsin on the eve of New York Fashion Week. His parents didn’t know it at the time but it was truly a sign of what he was destined to become. Trent has been crafting since his mother could get him to hold a crayon and has worked professionally in the craft world since the age of 20. He has traveled the world to follow his dream of being the most knowledgeable art, craft and fashion insider in the the industry. One time he even stowed away in a trunk from the Versace so he could get the first peak at their spring collection. Some call him a craft ninja, others a fashion phantom. At CreateForLess we are happy to know him as Trent.
Former General Crafts Contributor – Amy Anderson
Amy Anderson is a 32-year-old transplant from Seattle living in Atlanta, Georgia. She was born from creative genes, and is carrying on the tradition. She has been knitting for 17 years, sewing for longer and decoupaging for just a few. She does all of these things on a daily basis, or at least as much as she can. In addition to Mod Podge, Amy loves the color blue, dogs, reading, cold weather, funny movies, road rallies, yogurt, garden gnomes, sock monkeys, running, tattoos, being outdoors, buttons, snuggling and apparently blogging. Amy says “who knew I could enjoy crafting and then blogging about it this much?” You can find more of Amy’s work at “Mod Podge Rocks!” You can find Amy’s posts here.
Former Recycled Crafts Contributor – Anitra Cameron
Anitra Cameron had the good fortune to be born into a family where creativity ran rampant. Her father has authored several books and worked as a photographer and her mother hand-painted portraits. Anitra’s favorite crafts to make are: Jewelry (especially using buttons), collaged book marks, miniature cake stands, all from recycled materials. Anitra’s moto: “Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do, or do without.” Live with that long enough and you’ll never want to throw anything away, so best to turn it into art! Anitra lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, where their combined family’s total seven children, and (so far) seventeen grandchildren. Recently Anitra became a great-grandmother of a darling little boy! You can find more of Anitra’s work at “Coffee Pot People”. You can find Anitra’s posts here.
Former Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Contributor – Jennifer Hansen
Jennifer lives in Indianola, Iowa a small town known for hot air balloons. She has been married for 15 years and has a son Parker (8) and daughter Emma (6). They have amassed quite an animal collection including 3 cats, a dog, turtle and a bunch of chickens. During the day she is a numbers nerd in a cube and in the evenings she runs around to a variety kid activities, so it’s often late at night before she gets to create in her scrap room. Jennifer started out a scrapbooker many years ago, but now primarily make cards and home decor. Her supplies also used to fit in one box and now she laughs when she thinks about that! Her scrap room is in constant chaos – which is probably why she owns 3 pairs of scissors and endless adhesive runners. “I constantly lose things!” Her blog is So Many Products So Little Time.