Craft Storage Ideas: Our Contributor Team
We’d like to introduce you to our team of talented contributors!
While some of you are familiar with the contributors who write for Craft Storage Ideas (CSI), we have a lot of new readers who may not yet know these talented ladies.
Well, it’s time to change that!
Let’s meet our 2015 CSI Contributor Team, shall we?
Our 2015 CSI Contributor Team
(in alphabetical order by last name):
Amanda Corbet – Kansas, USA
“I’m Amanda Corbet. I’ve been crafting as long as I can remember, always making something usually as a gift for someone else.
I live in a 1950’s home with my husband, two dogs and two cats.
Something that most people don’t know, I’m a complete nerd. I like to know how things work and how they are put together. I’m the person sitting at a concert and am in awe at the mechanics of all the lights and cameras.
I work full-time as a custom heater design manager in a local custom heating element manufacturing company and I also take online college courses.
So between the day job, working on the house, school and just daily life, I like to squeeze in some time to make things. I dabble in almost every medium imaginable. I call it crafting ADD.
I am excited to share storage solutions for holding all those craft supplies.
Although my space is far from completely organized… it’s what I would consider slightly organized. I would love for everything to have a place for everything and everything in it’s place, but it never seems to work out that way. But that’s probably because I get distracted by some pretty beads or a fun paint combo.”
(Don’t you think we should have a Crafting ADD Club? I don’t believe there’d ever be an issue with a lack of members!)
Sharon Curtis – Bromsgrove, Worcs., UK
“I’ve been papercrafting since 2002 when my sister got married and asked me to make her invitations, table plan and order of service. From then on it just snowballed and I now have enough supplies to start my own shop!
Although I’ve dabbled in all sorts of craft, cardmaking is most definitely the thing I enjoy most.
I’m on Design Teams for: Daring Cardmakers challenge blog, Kuretake UK, Craft Stash.co.uk and Simply Cards & Papercraft Magazine, and I teach regular cardmaking classes locally at Bromsgrove Art Workshop.
Something that most of my craft friends wouldn’t know is that I used to be a dog trainer – I spent two years living in Spain running my own dog training business.
I would consider myself to be VERY organised in my craft room, to the point where I just can’t create if my desk gets too messy. I enjoy tidying and organising my supplies just as much as I enjoy crafting.
At the moment I am crafting out of our spare bedroom which is extremely frustrating and I’ve had to put some supplies into storage so that my space isn’t too cluttered.
I’m in the process of planning my dream garden craft room which I hope to have built by the end of the summer and I seriously can’t wait!”
(We look forward to seeing that new craft room, including the “before” pix!)
Jessica Frost-Ballas – Virginia, USA
“My full name is Jessica Frost-Ballas although, casually, most people call me Jess!
Unless you dig around my Facebook page or my personal website, you probably wouldn’t know that I am a professional harpist and pianist by day! I teach music lessons to 58 students and freelance throughout the DC metropolitan area!
I’ve been crafting with my mother since I was 10 and spent many years dabbling in papercrafting, fibercrafting, quilling, scrapbooking and various other crafts before really getting serious about papercrafting.
I’ve been blogging for almost a year now, and one of my most-rewarding crafting endeavors has been getting the nerve up to blog my cards publicly and meeting so many amazing crafters who I’m now very happy to call friends!
And as for organization….I am super, über-organized in my crafting and teaching life. Generally I can only make 2 or 3 cards until I have to clean up my workspace before continuing on.
But my car usually looks like it’s been hit by a tornado. I read somewhere that astrological Virgos tend to be super organized in 99% of their life but that there’s usually at least 1 area where they just fall flat on their faces…and I totally believe it. For me, it’s my car. ;)”
(As another astrological Virgo, I concur – for me it’s my nightstand drawer. It’s like a black hole of piddly junk that I need to clean out regularly!)
Hazel Hamman – Stellenbosch, South Africa
“I’m Hazel and I live in Stellenbosch, the most beautiful town in South Africa.
I have a husband and two 26-year-old boys. 2014 was a GREAT year at Hamman HQ as our family expanded and we now have a daughter (in-law) as well!!
In my spare time (do housewives have any?) I sew, make albums, paint, craft, cook, bake and read.
My husband and I have our own business, so I have to “work” as well.
Actually, I’m a winemaker and my family owns a small winery on the West Coast. Therefore, we spend a lot of time at the beach house where I keep myself busy by sitting on the “stoep,” drinking wine and thinking up new ideas.
I blog to motivate myself to do more and to record my achievements.
My little word is “ENJOY” (because I’m so serious) and therefore I have decided to relax more in 2015.
Come on, join me and “Play as u Go.”
(Having been to Stellenbosch, I agree – it is beautiful. Oh, and the wine’s amazing too! I’m thinking a CSI crafting retreat is in order – what say you, ladies?)
Kim Skinner – New York, USA
“I am a full-time physics teacher in my 26th year of teaching and I have a papercrafting blog and YouTube channel.
I’m an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and I received their Rising Star Award for 2014.
I’ve been married for 30 years and we have two “children!” My daughter is 23 and in grad school working on a PhD in Robotics at the University of Michigan. She has a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton. My son is 21 and will be graduating in May from Marist College with a degree in Computer Science. We are a family of geeks!
I have been a crafter since I was a child. I love all kinds of papercrafting. I started as a scrapbooker and it morphed into anything involving paper and ink!
I love sewing as well, and I dabble in other mixed media crafts just for fun.
I am not über-organized and I don’t aspire to be a perfectionist about it. I consider myself to be organized enough to find the stuff I need and to keep my space tidy…most of the time!
Right now my craft room is a mixture of leftover used furniture from other spaces in my house or thrift stores…my secret wish is to have a beautifully designed and organized craft room.
Now that we’re done paying for college, a beautiful craft room is at the top of my list of things to do!
I also love making crafting videos for YouTube!”
(Now I know who to call should I ever end up on that game show where contestants call for help with tough questions that win them the big bucks! I promise to split the winnings with you. And we look forward to seeing your new craft room too!)
What a great team we have, right?!
I love how diverse our team is (not all are über-organized, and that’s a good thing!), and I especially enjoyed the “What would be people be surprised to know about you?” shares!
Hey, I have an idea –
why don’t YOU share a surprising or interesting fact about yourself
so we can all get to know each other a bit better?
Add a photo too!
O.K., I’ll go first to break the ice…
I was a “metal-head” in the 80’s
and I’ve been to trapeze school.
Come on, tell me YOU don’t have a picture of yourself
with big ‘ol 80’s hair!
Share a bit about yourself,
and a link to a photo if you’d like,
so we can get to know you better.
I am, personally, so appreciative of everything this talented team contributed to CSI before I took over ownership and we can’t wait to share with you what we’re working on now…and moving forward!
Our July calendar is set and you can expect quite an assortment of fun storage and organizing ideas and solutions to come your way.
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Steph & The PCC Team