ST: Welcome everybody to a new week on Style Tastemakers! We are very excited to welcome Amanda Rydell from Be Crafty. Why don’t you start by telling us a little about yourself, your business, and your background.
AR: Hi, I’m Amanda, the devoted dreamer behind Be Crafty workshops based out of Minneapolis, MN. Any project involving paint and pretty paper make my heart beat a little faster. Most days you can find me at home painting thrifted furniture and creating my next project for Maggie Holmes Design team.
After graduating from The Art Institute in Minneapolis with a graphic design degree, I knew I wanted more then a computer job. I love creating, but more than anything I wanted to be able to create and share it with others.
In December of 2011, my friend Jessica and I hosted a handmade gift-making party for our friends in Jessica’s home. We LOVED every minute and quickly began making plans for our next event, and the next one after that. Soon Be Crafty workshops transformed into a way to continually pour love for handmade into the community around us. By 2013 the dream of Be Crafty had moved into a beautiful art studio in NE Minneapolis where local women could come and create on regular basis.
Outside of Be Crafty, I enjoy finding treasures at thrift stores and estate sales. Creating fabulous new eye candy to share on my blogging post while surrounded by my 2 dogs Ali and Emma who are no doubt covered in glitter and hot glue strands.
ST: Where would you like to see Be Crafty go in the next the 5 years?
AR: I always laugh inside when I get asked where I would like to be in 5 years because I never imagined I would be where I am today. I feel so blessed to be able to share my love of of pretty colors and creating handmade with others. I have big plans for 2016, and I can’t wait for them to unfold.
ST: We can’t wait either! So, where do you get your crafty skills?
AR: My grandma Betty. She always encouraged me to create. One of my most clear memories was when I was little and visiting her and my Grandpa at their farm during the summer. Martha Stewart was on the TV, my eyes were glued to the craft that was being created and my grandma was making chocolate chip cookies in the kitchen. Soon after the episode was finished we grabbed a cookie and went into town to try find fabric and supplies to make the craft of the day.
ST: What is the one craft supply you can’t live without?
AR: I could not live without my hot-glue gun or my paint brushes. I use these supplies daily and couldn’t image my life without them. I have been told by my friends I should write a book about all the things I have hot glued….
ST: Whose work inspires you?
AR: I believe we live in a world where inspiration is everywhere. Being in the instagram /blog world, I am constantly inspired by so many of my friends. I have had the opportunity to work with many creative women. Daily, I am inspired by Ashely Ann from Under the Sycamore, Sara Parsons Photography and Maggie Holmes Design. These three inspire me both in their creative business and the way they share their hearts with others in their daily life.
(PHOTOS: AMANDA RYDELL)