My 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.
More recently I’ve published a series of 5 craft books for kids, called The Mania Series. Those books include:
- Duct Tape Mania
- Rubber Band Mania
- Paper Fun Mania
- Button Mania: Buttons, Bottlecaps, and Beyond!
- 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:
- Ladybug Pack
- Foil Pack
- Monster, Alien and Robot Pack
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 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!