Hey crafty friend! I’m so glad you found me and I’m even more excited about what I get to share with you here on Crafted in Joy!
Back in 2010, my handsome hubby and I started a stamp company called Market Street Stamps. We closed it in 2013, but I was left with a longing in my heart that just wouldn’t seem to settle.
During the last year with our stamp business, I sensed a prompting from God to give. When I asked “Give what? Give how?” all I kept getting back was “give”, so I hung onto that word for over three years, trying to make sense of what it meant and how I needed to pursue it.
I realized earlier this year, that I was being asked to hold space to celebrate the simple act of crafting cards and gifts. Back to basics. Just give. I loved it. I needed to reconnect with people in my family, circle of friends, and community, so I unpacked my craft supplies that were tucked away for the past several years and started crafting again. I started giving again.
Crafted in Joy is a space where I knew I could celebrate the reason why I started creating in the first place and get other kind-hearted creatives in on the fun, too!
Growing up with a crafty and artistic mama, there was never a shortage of things to paint, embroidery floss to braid and stitch, or paper to doodle on (my fave!). When I think of all the reasons I love making it always comes back to the simple joy of giving.
I love seeing someone’s face light up after receiving a home-cooked meal with handmade tag or a hand-stamped card with matching envelope and knowing my heart and soul went into creating something just for them.
During the day, I’m a freelance illustrator working with independent stamp companies to bring their visions to life, an Illustrator instructor that loves teaching everything I know to aspiring designers, a marketing jane-of-all-trades who loves everything techy and artsy (helloooo, iPad Pro), and a work-at-home mama to four amazing kiddos who keep me on my toes!
Thanks for visiting and being a part of this journey with me. I can’t wait to get to know you!