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Erin is a graduate student and preschool teacher who began her DIY blog Thanks, I Made It as an outlet for expressing her creative style when, during her first year teaching, she realized she didn't have to let her students have all the crafty fun. She loves to share stylish do-it-yourself projects that encourage creativity and inspire others to say, "Thanks, I made it!"
Finding affordable solutions for making those to-die-for items she sees in stores is Gloria's forte. Her varied interests include everything from jewelry making to home decor, but she enjoys trying to incorporate airbrush painting into as many projects as possible.
Rebecca started making jewelry as a bored kid during the summer who needed a hobby to keep her busy. After many years of self-teaching and experimenting, Rebecca has become an experienced jewelry maker who loves to bead for herself and others.
Donatella has been a DIYer since...forever. She started to make earrings and jewelry in 5th grade, and then came knitting, crochet, sewing, and anything she could get her hands on. On her blog, InspirationRealisation, she likes to share her projects and spread the DIY bug with tutorials.
Deborah Roberti started designing and writing up her own patterns around 2004. She found many of the patterns too frustrating to follow so she went off in her own direction. She writes and illustrates her patterns so that any beader, even one with no experience, can create her designs. What intrigues her most about beading is that it is an ancient art form with a history as rich and beautiful as the beadwork created, and she loves being part of that.
Dora started making jewelry about 10 years ago. She remembers getting a Nordstrom catalog in the mail and seeing a gorgeous beaded necklace in it. It was very expensive, but the more she looked at it, the more she felt that she could make it herself.
Alicia DiRago is a recovering chemical engineer turned DIY enthusiast. She started blogging to connect with other DIY craft and fashion lovers and share her projects and inspiration. Through her blogs, Dismount Creative and Whimseybox, she wants to give women the opportunity to step away from their busy lives and experience the joy of making something.
Mortira is a self-taught beader and jewelry designer. With a focus on glass and natural materials, Mortira searches for ways to combine ancient and primitive themes with modern materials and beadwork techniques, while constantly striving to make pieces that are sustainably and ethically sourced.
Allison Beth Cooling is a graphic designer by trade but loves all forms of art. She started her blog, The Quiet Lion, in the summer of 2011. After obsessively scanning through Vogue and other fashion magazines, she got inspired by the designer jewelry that filled the pages and decided to try to replicate the look and feel of those designs using materials found at home. Her blog is devoted to DIY-ing jewelry using all types of techniques and materials.
Vicki O'Dell, AKA the Creative Goddess, is a happy-go-lucky, ultra busy craft designer, writer, educator, and presenter. As a professional designer, she has worked in floral design, interior design, and now craft design. She loves experimenting with new techniques and teaching others what she learns.
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