"Now what is it you do?"
If I only had a nickel for every time I heard that question over the years, I wouldn't need a resume by now. Since life doesn't work that way (darn it!), you can find out a little about what I have done and can do below.
Harding University, Searcy, Arkansas
B.F.A. in Graphic Design, July 2000
Magna Cum Laude
Drury University, Springfield, Missouri
M.Ed. in Instructional Technology, December 2012
Summa Cum Laude
Professional Work Experience:
Most recently I have been the Contributing Craft Editor for Taste of Home and Country Woman magazines in 2017, as well as signed on as a new author with Capstone Publishing to write a felt crafts how-to book for kids, published in January of 2018. I also self-publish bible study and hobby journals part-time with my own small business 123 Journal It.
Previously in my career, I headed up arts, crafts and home decor content as the company-wide Craft Editor for Reader's Digest Association's Milwaukee branch (currently known as TMBI). During that time, my DIY expertise was poured onto the pages of Taste of Home Books, Birds & Blooms Magazine and Country Woman Magazine. I designed, wrote, and edited new content from scratch and increased quality and sales across several company brands. I also blogged about fiber arts for several years prior to that at The Funky Felter and more recently home decor and lifestyle crafts at the Christian blog co-authored with my sister Indoor Outdoor Space.
Prior to my work as a publishing writer & editor, I was a graphic artist for the leading craft instructional publisher, Leisure Arts, where I designed magazine layouts, book pages, and leaflets. I have also been a freelance graphic & web designer for small businesses and individuals as well as taught as a computer graphic design instructor for Maple Woods Metropolitan Community College in the Kansas City, Missouri, area.