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Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous3-Craftaholics-Anonymous_10

How it all Began

Hi! My name is Linda and I’m a Craftaholic. Yes, I will admit it, I am a hopeless craft addict. After a small intervention from my sweet hubby, Davis, I decided to face reality and deal with my addiction one craft at a time. So I started  craft blog called Craftaholics Anonymous® to document my obsession. I do all types of crafting, DIY decorating, sewing, and holiday crafts. Follow along for loads of free craft tutorials, printables, tips and tricks, and lots of creative ideas!

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Meet Linda : Founder of Craftaholics Anonymous

In between crafting and blogging, I love to run and bake yummy food….Although my food usually misses the yummy part and goes straight to burnt! I studied Business in College, but I wanted to major in Interior Decorating….but by the time I realized that, it was too late. So I play around at home and change my furniture and home decor almost weekly. Which inspired a game at our house called, “What Did I Change Today, Honey?”

I love photography and pretty pictures, so I am constantly working on my photog skills and soaking up any information I can find on taking better pictures.

I was a bit of a neat freak before the kids came…… I used to alphabetize my food pantry…. but that went out the window when the kids came! I still love to organize closets and drawers, I find it very relaxing. Now if only there were more hours in the day, it might get done more often! {scroll down to read my complete creative story}

So that’s me all wrapped up into one blog post. I’d love to get to know you! Please leave a comment or shoot me an email, it will make my day :)

happy crafting!

linda

My Complete Creative Story:

I grew up in a small town and one summer, my mom signed me up for a 4-H sewing course with my friends. That summer, I learned that I loved sewing, but that I despise pinning things and following patterns. After the class, I  used my mom’s old Bernina sewing machine more than she did. 

When middle school registration came around, I decided to signed up for extra sewing classes. Back then, being crafty wasn’t exactly considered “cool” so there was only a handful of students in the class. But I absolutely loved it. The teacher would teach us how to make shorts or a bunny and then I would go home and make 3 more of each item. By high school, I was sewing quilts and snazzy shirts to wear to horse shows with my black quarter horse mare, Misty. 

When I graduated high school, my parents gave me my very first sewing machine. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed since my friends were getting awesome things like cameras and trips to Hawaii, but that little Pfaff machine was honestly one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. And even though I would never let my parents know, deep down I was really happy to have my own sewing machine. 

Davis and I met and married during college. We had a shoe string budget, so in order to decorate our first apartment, I started thrifting, painting, and general crafting. I decorated our first apartment with refinished thrift store furniture, handmade pillows, quilts, dried flowers, among other things. 

After collage, we moved to Virginia for grad school. Davis and I moved across the country with only a few things that fit in the back of our Jetta. My trusty Pfaff was one of the things that came with us across the country. We had our first baby a few years into grad school and I decided to become a stay-at-home mom. Which was actually really hard. I was getting depressed and bored at home. I needed an outlet that was just for me where I could express myself. So I turned to the one thing that has always made me happy my entire life, crafting. I started crafting and sewing again and it helped immensely. I made things for the baby and for our new house. This was when I made my infamous corner shelf from an old door. 

But I still craved that connection to the outside world. So I started a craft blog, Craftaholics Anonymous® and got a part-time job at a local scrapbook store, all in the same month. I learned a lot about paper crafting and the crafting industry in general while I worked at the shop. I started seeing the crafting world in a whole new way. After a few months of blogging and working part-time in addition to still being a stay-at-home mom with a husband who was a full-time student, I knew I needed to slow down and focus on either the scrapbook store job or my blog. I loved the connections I had with other crafters online and felt there was more potential there, so I decided to put all my energy into my blog. {sadly the scrapbook store went out of business a few months after I quit.}

Over time my blog grew, as did my crafting supplies. So when we moved to a new house, we made sure there was a room that I could convert into a craft room. As you can imagine, I was beyond excited to have my very own craft room! Previously I had a tiny closet and an old dresser to store my crafting supplies. My craft room was actually the first room in our new home to be unpacked and completely decorated. There were still boxes everywhere that needed to be unpacked, but by heavens, my craft room was in order! I was so excited to finally have a space of my own to be inspired in and create in. I was very fortunate that right before we moved in, I connected with The Original Scrapbox. They offered to equip my dream craft room with their amazing products and they helped me have my dream craft room. My craft room is my sanctuary from the diapers and demands of 3 small children. Crafting really is therapy for me and is cheaper than having a therapist…although my husband would disagree!

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