The mission of Crafterminds is to connect bloggers who focus on DIY, handmade, and arts & crafts markets with each other, and give them tools to take their blogs from hobby to business.

This blog is done as a service to the craft niche blogging community.

Disclosure: we are mostly non-monetized, although we have a couple affiliate badges for programs we recommend.

#crafterminds Twitter Chat

We have weekly Twitter chats aimed at craft/DIY/home/creative bloggers:

hashtag: #crafterminds
when: Mondays at 4pm Eastern & another round at 8pm Eastern
what: we chat about various bloggy topics – check our blog sidebar for upcoming topics
how: follow along on Twitter (by tracking the #crafterminds hashtag) or for an easier chatting experience, use TweetChat

Our Blog Contributors:

heather mannHeather Mann is the woman behind Dollar Media LLC, a network of craft-related blogs including Dollar Store Crafts, CraftFail, and Dollar Store Mom. She has a passion for blogging, creating, mentoring people and teaching, and those passions collide when she is writing for the Crafterminds blog or hosting the #crafterminds chat. She’s been blogging for over 10 years — her first blog was hand-coded in HTML and is still available somewhere on an Angelfire free webpage. No, she won’t give you the address so you can see it. In 2008, she started Dollar Store Crafts, which became her first blog that achieved a measure of financial and critical success. She continues to run DSC, and shares all the things she’s learned with you. Just read the blog or show up to the chat.

amy andersonAmy Anderson is the Mod Podger-in-charge over at Mod Podge Rocks. She is a 30-something-year-old transplant from Seattle living in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been knitting for 18 years, sewing for longer and decoupaging for just a few. In addition to Mod Podge, she loves the color blue, dogs, reading, cold weather, funny movies, road rallies, yogurt, garden gnomes, sock monkeys, running, tattoos, being outdoors, buttons, snuggling and apparently blogging. Who knew she would love it this much? She has an MBA and extensive experience in the fields of marketing and social media.

carolina mooreCarolina Moore is a craftin’ wife and mom who blogs over at Always Expect Moore. She’s been sewing, gluing, and creating as long as she can remember, but only blogging about it for the last year. She also has a Bachelors in Advertising, and has worked in advertising and marketing for over a decade. She started blogging because she was inspired by all the crafts she saw on the web, and wanted to contribute to this wonderful craft-blogging community. She has found herself a real community here, and she is loving it!

jessica hillJessica Hill is the slightly-unbalanced blogger of Mad in Crafts. She used to spend her days teaching Shakespeare and Longfellow to high school students, trying desperately to make the classics modern for her students… or at least to keep them awake for the 45 minute class period.  Now, she teaches readers how to combine classic style with modern trends in decorating, DIY, cooking, writing, and more! And hopefully they stay awake in the meantime.

shannon madigan madeShannon spends her days worrying about drug interactions and her nights avoiding glue gun burns. She craves simple and elegant solutions for her home, along with a little chocolate!  Shannon enjoys blogging at Madigan Made where she shares easy crafts, DIY décor and much more. She loves to write, take photos and make stuff. Her mottos with all herprojects are to: “Keep it simple.” and “Make it personal.”

amanda formaroAmanda Formaro regularly answers blogging questions in her Ask Amanda column for Crafterminds. She is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children. She has been working online and from home since 1997. A former webmaster turned blogger, she is a crafting expert and guru in the kitchen and has appeared online and in print publications many times over the years. She is also the editor for the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. Amanda blogs about her craft projects on Crafts by Amanda and can also be found at

colleen jorgensenColleen Jorgensen is a self-taught artist, decorator and writer. For the past 15 years she has painted murals and painted tapestries for homes and businesses in Northern California. Colleen is our resident Google+ advocate, and is the author of Google + For Creative Bloggers and is currently writing The Google + Handbook for Creative Bloggers, an e-book to be released this summer. Her blog home is Mural Maker & More.

heidi from honeybear laneHeidi from Honeybear Lane loves to inspire with craft and sewing projects, a little home decor and witty personal stories. She is great at motivating women to take charge of their own creativity, as well as being a mother of three sweet little ones. She designs and sells quilts, patterns, and sewing kits.

jenniferJennifer is the talented blogger behind Always in Wonder. She’s relatively new to the craft blogging scene, having started in late 2010 after the birth of her daughter. Visit Always in Wonder for crafty tutorials and the occasional story about her darling family. Jennifer lives with husband Justin, son Levi and daughter Rian in California.