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Art has always been a part of my life, and always will be.

Art has always been a part of my life, and always will be.

Amanda McGinnis - Spilled Glitter LLC
Throughout my childhood I was always amazed at the talent and wonders that my school art teacher could create in 30 seconds or less to give us instructions for a project. I would put forth my very best efforts towards art in school, (never math or social studies) and even tried to go to school with the flu in 2nd grade, just so that I co
uld go to my art class.

My family has always contributed to my hobbies, sometimes like they were seeing themselves flourish in me. My mother always finding new fun things to make and do, my grandmother the painter, and aunt the crafter & scrapbooker. We’re all wired a bit different than the rest of the world.

As a teen, the trend continued. I covered my bedroom walls with posters, magazine pages of fun advertising, and of course, my drawings. Not a single square of actual wall could be seen.

I went through college for a Bachelor’s in Fine Art, with emphasis in Graphic Design & Marketing…which helped me learn to do just about everything on a computer, from photo editing, logo design, and invitation design, to website design and advertising/marketing strategics. Jewelry and book making classes were a MUST for me throughout college, so that I had something hands-on every semester, though I do feel the same about graphic design as I do handmade crafts & jewelry, the hands-on crafts and designs seem to have more stress relieving and beneficial qualities!

Now, as an adult, happily married with a mixed family of 3 kids and a dog, I carry what I call “wall commitment issues”, meaning I’m afraid to hang decorations on the walls of our home for fear that I’ll come up with something better after making the decision. I pay attention to the most minute little details of everything, and it has become almost a sickness how often I say or think “I’ll just make that”. I have over 50 projects “going” at once, and seem to never stop finding new things to make or create. I also often doubt and surprise myself with great ideas, abilities, and new hobbies.

For over 5 years now I’ve worked for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in one form of advertising or another. Currently I work with a small group that is a division of stltoday.com called the DMS Group, where I sell, manage and build social media networking programs and websites for small and large non franchise businesses in St. Louis. And though I haven’t used my degree or talent to it’s fullest in this position, I do feel that my creativity contributes greatly through social media ideas, website designs, and fun marketing materials for our clients.

Because I have a “day job” I often don’t get the time to spend on my projects and hobbies that I would like while working, keeping our home clean and liveable, and spending time with my family…So I decided to do what I really LOVE, and create a business, so that I will focus more on doing what I love, and less on being stressed out from work, chores, and the stresses of daily life.

I currently have my own crafting studio at home (thank you hubby!), and spend time whenever I can designing, creating, and building. I really love and adore every minute. I often feel like my craft area is my own little corner on sanity…:)

I’m Amanda, 29, a happy mom and a happy, crafty artist …:)

Thank you for visiting my page!
Amanda

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