About me

Amanda Formaro of Crafts by AmandaMy name is Amanda Formaro, proud mother to four wonderful children, married to my high school sweetheart and living in the Midwest state of Wisconsin. I love to cook, bake and be creative. I worked full time in finance until my third child was three months old then quit to stay home and raise my kids. As much as I loved being a mom, graham crackers and diapers just weren’t enough and my creative mind was going stir crazy.

My Internet Story

Back in 1997, I got on the Internet when it was still pretty young and AOL and GeoCities were the prominent names; Google and Facebook weren’t even around yet. A month later I created a website called FamilyCorner.com. I developed it over the years, teaching myself HTML, networking with other webmasters and growing it into a profitable business. I sold that site in November of 2007 and began blogging six months later.

Throughout the years I’ve shared my creativity through other companies and sites. I worked as the craft expert for Disney’s Kaboose.com (AKA Spoonful.com), and created fun kid’s crafts for them from 2005-2010, and later for Spoonful as well. I have been published by many online magazines, including SheKnows.com and Family.com. You may have seen my work in Parents Magazine, Redbook, Mixing Bowl magazine, The Chicago Tribune and several others. I also worked as a designer for DecoArt and several other brands. I’ve worked for and with numerous companies and sites, such as General Mills, Yahoo, Kix Cereal, I Love to Create, and many more.

My Books

More recently I’ve published a series of 5 craft books for kids, called The Mania Series. Those books include:

  1. Duct Tape Mania
  2. Rubber Band Mania
  3. Paper Fun Mania
  4. Button Mania: Buttons, Bottlecaps, and Beyond!
  5. Star Wars Mania

I’m currently working on a couple more titles I hope to be able to share soon!

My Branded Craft Kits

Coming in September 2015 S&S Worldwide will be distributing my first product line, three different Crafts by Amanda Craft Kits for kids! I’m very excited to share those, they include:

  1. Ladybug Pack
  2. Foil Pack
  3. Monster, Alien and Robot Pack

I also have a food blog where I love to share my recipe creations called Amanda’s Cookin’ and I own a large craft library site called Fun Family Crafts.

My Studio

Something exciting happened in 2015. After 18 years of working from my home I decided to branch out and rent a space specifically to work in. And so Amanda’s Creative Studio was born. Now each day I get up and go to work again, like I did so many years ago. My studio has been a labor of love and I will continue to share projects as I work from this beautiful space!

My Goal

My hope is that I am successful in sharing my love for crafting and food through these blogs. I will continue to strive for better photographs so that you, the reader, will want to make the crafts, meals and desserts I blog about. I love to hear from all of you and hope you will continue to comment on my posts and share your thoughts!

My Contact Info

Email – [email protected]
Twitter – @amandaformaro
Facebook – Crafts by Amanda Facebook Page
Facebook – Amanda’s Cookin’ Facebook Page

I hope you enjoy Crafts by Amanda and will either follow the blog, or subscribe by email. I would love to share with you what’s cookin’ at my house and what I’m creating in my studio!