So who is writing for this blog, anyways? We've put together an all-star team of Jo-Ann Team Members and some of our favorite bloggers to bring you all the latest in DIY projects, sewing, decorating and more. We're so excited for you to meet The Creative Spark blog team, they've got a lot in store for you!
As the creator behind Sew Much Ado, Abby Smith has loved to sew since she was a little girl. She grew up sewing her own clothes, and while most of her other hobbies didn’t stick (cello, trombone, tennis, boxing), her love for sewing and DIY projects flourished.
Abby loves to create everything from clothing to home decor projects and strives to always teach you a new skill or tip that will make you proud of yourself. She is a sucker for practicality and loves to share projects that will inexpensively make your life both easier and more beautiful. Abby lives outside of Seattle with her four children and husband.
Amber Kemp-Gerstel is the founder of Damask Love, a blog all about doable DIY. Amber has partnered with Canon, Cricut, Martha Stewart, Home Depot, The Container Store, Home Goods, Coca-Cola, Minted and Shutterfly. She has been featured on Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Apartment Therapy and in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. Damask Love was named one of the Top 17 DIY Blogs by Domino Magazine and Top 10 DIY blogs by Better Homes and Garden’s Magazine. Amber currently works as an on-air craft expert on the Home Shopping Network and most recently, Amber was named Ultimate DIY Star by The Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family Show. She has also appeared on Lifetime Network’s The Balancing Act and in HGTV Magazine.
Bev, from Flamingo Toes, grew up in a creative family of artists and seamstresses, so it is no surprise that she loves to create. She began sewing as a teenager and began making her own clothes and room decor. That love for creating has grown to include embroidery, jewelry making, furniture refinishing and so much more. Her style could be best described best as a mix between modern and vintage — she has a knack for taking old styles and making them new and fun again. Bev is married to her high school sweetheart and lives near Nashville, TN with her two amazing kids, two crazy cats, one strong-willed German shepherd and four very silly chickens.
Dana Willard is an author, YouTube personality, and photographer. Her DIY blog MADE Everyday and online show are enjoyed by audiences worldwide and after one episode, you'll be reaching for bright colored fabric so you can whip up a zipper pouch, or a few skirts! Dana makes sewing, baking, and crafting easy by turning the everyday into something useful and cute.
Dana authored the book "Fabrics A to Z," which is an essential resource for any sewist. Her designs and photography have been featured in multiple creative books, magazines, online communities and in award circles. She lives in the hot city of Austin, TX with her husband and three kids.
Originally from Colorado, Emily loves everything related to events. From weddings and holiday parties to corporate functions and fundraisers, she loves creating the perfect details to make an event pop. Emily is smitten for all things floral and decor and spends countless hours looking for ideas and inspiration.
Emily’s love for all types of events and parties stems from childhood. Her parents placed a huge emphasis on decorating and celebrating events and holidays from the time she was young. She loves creating a "wow factor" by impressing guests, showcasing details and exceeding expectations. She will show you tips and tricks on achieving this on The Creative Spark. For more event inspiration check out her blog, B. Lovely Events.
Jenny Keller, also known as "The Baker to the Stars", is a coveted entertaining expert, baker, crafting stylist and is internationally known as a creative baking mastermind in the art of dessert tables. Jenny’s work has appeared in People, US Weekly, Brides, OK!, Life & Style, InTouch, Romantic Homes and much more. Her work has been featured on thousands of top US and international entertaining and lifestyle blogs. Jenny writes her own blog, Jenny Cookies where she shares styling tips, recipes, DIY crafting tricks and behind-the-scenes of her work. She is the author of the popular cookbook Eat More Dessert and owner/operator of Jenny Cookies Bake Shop, located in Washington State.
Meet Jessica, founder and editor of The Sewing Rabbit, a blog that focuses on sewing and shining a light on the handmade community. A lifestyle seamstress, Jessica publishes witty sewing projects, craft DIYs, articles, and more daily.
Jessica has embroidered for as long as she can remember. Shersquo;s sewn on the machine for eight years and started blogging five years ago. Jessica loves it all and simply doesn’t understand why everybody in the world doesn’t share her passion. “I mean…who are those people?! Lol.” Her favorite thing in life is a good, old-fashioned belly laugh – the kind that produces tears. She also loves chocolate, wine and, of course, her family.
In addition to writing on her own blog, you can find Jessica contributing to Babble, DIY Network, eHow, and of course…Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores!
Jessica Carey is the owner and designer behind The Hook Nook. Being a wife and mother to two children, she originally sought to learn to crochet in 2011 when her oldest child was born. She wanted to be able to make her daughter items she’d be able to keep that her mama made her with love. Six years later, she has now switched her focus to womenswear made with chunky and extra-large fibers. Jessica loves to showcase how a "grandma"-viewed craft can truly blend effortlessly in today’s modern designs.
Kara Whitten is the creative force behind A Kailo Chic Life, the lifestyle blog that covers everything from home decor to crafts and recipes. A Kalio Chic Life is the offshoot of her handbag and accessory line, Kailo Chic where she designs, sews and sells colorful, patterned wallets, clutches and more. Kara loves all thing bright and colorful and loves to incorporate color into all her crafts and designs.
After earning a degree in Chemical Engineering, she left her career after two years to pursue Kalio Chic full time. After eight years of being self-employed with Kailo Chic, she decided to turn her love of crafting, baking, and home decor into a blog where she shares all her passions.
Kara was born and raised in central Texas and currently resides in Austin, Texas with her two kids, Madeline and Parker and husband of 10 years, Brandon.
Meet Kim, founder of The Celebration Shoppe, a blog dedicated to crafty party and holiday ideas, easy home decor DIY, and whipping up fun foods. Kim is a southern girl living in Ohio, who grew up under the wings of a grandmother that quilted the most amazing creations and a mother who never saw a piece of fabric she didn’t like.
After going the route of the MBA and corporate job, she left that crazy world behind to pursue her passions for crafting and baking and to raise her two young boys (which often entails hiking off trail, catching frogs and enthusiastically cheering for every sport they want to play… which is all of them) with her husband of 18 years.
Kim believes that the little details matter and prefers hanging out with her family for a night on the town. She loves to read, although she hasn’t read a novel of her own choosing in years since her boys select the titles and they read a chapter each night together before bed. She’s an early bird and most days you can find her sipping coffee while she sketches, crafts, styles and photographs her latest idea in her home studio.
Rebecca is one-half that makes up Petite Party Studio, a creative corporation where DIY, design, and parties collide. From the time Rebecca was little, she always had a passion for creating, whether she was dreaming up decor for her next birthday party, or redesigning her bedroom, Rebecca could always be found creating something. Rebecca followed her creative dreams by obtaining a degree in Interior Design and worked in the design field for a number of years. Today, you can find her working on her latest DIY project, designing a room in her home or planning a party for one of her three boys.
Victoria strongly believes in living a lifestyle of celebration. Baking cakes just because they taste good, and because that cake stand is too pretty to leave sitting in the cabinet! Enjoying every moment is key because REVELRY is waiting for us everywhere, we only have to create it. She is a mom of 8-year-old twins, married to her best friend/college sweetheart and has a huge passion for finding revelry because each day deserves a celebration. With a background in interior design and event planning, Victoria has a passion for combining her skills and expertise to inspire others. With thousands of followers worldwide, three published books and countless collaborations with brands big and small she's excited to share her talents with readers of The Creative Spark.