"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 started producing and selling my very own line of spiral bound religious study and hobby journals at Hobby Journal Outlet and in my Etsy shop. My paperback books are also available through major online retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, and Barnes and Noble. I founded the indie publishing imprint, 123 Journal It, in January 2017. I currently work for myself which may be the most difficult boss that I've ever had, but don't tell her that. She tries really hard and always expects the very best.
Previously in my career, I signed on as a new author with Capstone Publishing to write a library edition felt crafts how-to book for teaching kids in an academic setting which was published in January of 2018. I also 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 Trusted Media Brands). 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 all company brands. I also blogged about fiber arts and participated in juried national craft shows for several years prior to that as The Funky Felter.
Prior to my work as an author & 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 and web designer for small businesses and individuals as well as taught as a computer graphic design professor for Maple Woods Metropolitan Community College in the Kansas City, Missouri, area.