About Us

Who We Are

The Spruce Crafts is a DIY craft and hobby site covering helpful tips and step-by-step tutorials from passionate makers. We help over 6 million users each month find the information they need to complete the perfect crafts project. Our 20-year-strong library of over 4,000 in-depth articles and tutorials covers a variety of crafts and hobbies, from crochet to coin collecting. We have a team of writers and professional DIYers all producing articles and tutorials with useful, beautiful photography and valuable insights honed from years of hands-on work. Whether you’re looking to master a new hobby, improve your skills, or simply get inspired, The Spruce Crafts is here to help. We are also wholly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Spruce Crafts is part of The Spruce family of sites, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, and The Spruce Pets, covering home decor, home repair, recipes, cooking techniques, pets. and crafts. The Spruce brand is one of the top 10 largest lifestyle properties online according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company. Our more than 45 expert writers have extensive backgrounds and expertise in their topics, including professional contractors, landscapers, chefs, cookbook authors, registered vet technicians, and well known crafting bloggers.


Our Writers

All of our writers were carefully chosen for their extensive experience in their subject areas.

Meet Some of Our Writers

Chelsea Foy
Chelsea Foy

Chelsea Foy has been a contributing to The Spruce since 2017, but has been creating inspiring DIY projects on her blog, Lovely Indeed, for ten years. Over the years, Lovely Indeed has been featured in Better Homes & GardensHGTVMartha Stewart, and more. Through her blog, Chelsea has partnered with leading home and fashion brands like Target, West Elm, Old Navy, and HP.

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Mollie Johanson
Mollie Johanson

Mollie Johanson is a professional freelance writer and has been crafting professionally for over 10 years. She is the author of Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big & Small, a collection of whimsical embroidery patterns. She is a regular contributor to several popular publications for makers, including Simply SewingMollie Makes, and Australian Homespun. In addition to her published works, Mollie designs and sells embroidery patterns and stitching projects, co-hosts a podcast about crafting and has taught several online embroidery courses. Mollie has her Associate of Applied Science in Desktop Publishing from Elgin Community College.

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Caylin Harris
Caylin Harris

Caylin Harris is a freelance writer, editor and crafter with over ten years experience in the lifestyle space. Prior to The Spruce, she was the lifestyle editor at Pioneer Woman, and also worked on staff at Good Housekeeping and Parents. As a freelance writer, she has contributed work to House BeautifulElle DecorThe Kitchn, and Country Living. She has a B.S. in Magazine Journalism from Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

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Editorial Guidelines

At The Spruce, we take great pride in the quality of our content. Our writers create original, accurate, engaging content that is free of ethical concerns or conflicts. If you ever come across an article that you think needs to be improved, please reach out by emailing contact@thespruce.com.

To learn more, please see our full Editorial Policy and Standards page.

Product Reviews

Our product reviews are independent and based on research and product testing — if you visit links within our content, we may receive commissions from your purchases, but we never receive any compensation or consideration for the content of our recommendations. Learn more about our review process below.

Diversity & Inclusion

At The Spruce, our mission is to help everyone make their best home. We cannot stay silent about the injustices, discrimination, hate, and fear that many in our community are facing. We need to do our part to fight systemic racism and oppression; things need to change.

We can do more. We are responsible for using our platform to spread the message of inclusivity, equality, and human rights. We are listening, and we are learning. We will do better. Black lives matter. Read more about our pledge to make our site more inclusive and promote diversity.

Our Team

Our editorial team has extensive category experience and have worked at leading publications and websites in their field.

Mélanie Berliet
General Manager & Senior Vice President
Mélanie Berliet, General Manager and Senior Vice President of The Spruce Crafts

Mélanie is the General Manager and Senior Vice President of The Spruce Crafts, The Spruce, The Spruce Pets, and MyDomaine.

Prior to joining Dotdash in 2018, Mélanie was the Chief Editorial Director of Thought Catalog, where she led all content initiatives and managed strategic partnerships.

Mélanie has 15 years of experience creating, managing, and publishing lifestyle content across platforms. She has worked as a producer and writer for brands including MTV, Vanity Fair, Elle, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, Salon, Esquire, and iHeartRadio.

She earned a B.A. in Political Economy from Georgetown University.

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Emily Manchester
Editorial and Strategy Director
Emily Manchester, Editorial & Strategy Director of The Spruce

Emily is the Editorial and Strategy Director for The Spruce Crafts, The Spruce, The Spruce Pets, and MyDomaine.

She has been with Dotdash since 2016. Emily was a part of the team that launched the original Spruce site in 2017. She began at Dotdash as an Editor before transitioning to the Growth and Strategy team where she operated as an SEO Manager for the The Spruce and MyDomaine brands and several others.

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Amy Sheehan
Design Director
Amy Sheehan, Design Director for The Spruce Crafts

Amy joined the Dotdash team as Design Director for The Spruce Crafts, The Spruce, The Spruce Pets, and MyDomaine in March 2021. She leads the design of both sites and develops brand visuals of digital and physical products. She is an avid DIYer and home decor enthusiast.

Prior to joining Dotdash Amy was the Art Director for Insider Studios, the branded content team for Business Insider and Insider where she designed for numerous legacy brands such as Cartier, Chase, Lincoln, and United.

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Ginger Cowles
Senior Editor
Ginger Cowles, Senior Editor for The Spruce Crafts

Ginger is a Senior Editor for The Spruce, focusing on News. She joined the company in July 2020.

Previously she was the Senior Digital Editor at Family Circle, a now-defunct family magazine, focusing on helping mothers of teenagers navigate life's ups and downs a little more easily and with a lot more self-care. 

Before that, Ginger worked at Microsoft as a homepage editor for MSN.com, one of the world's largest news portals. At Apple, Ginger worked on the communications team.

Ginger began her career in journalism as an editorial assistant at the Austin American-Statesman in Austin, Texas. 

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Caroline Utz
Senior Editor
Caroline Utz, Senior Editor for The Spruce Crafts

Caroline has been with The Spruce Crafts since 2019.

Prior to The Spruce Crafts, she worked in editorial for the home departments of Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, and Redbook magazines on both print and digital content, covering everything from the latest decor trends to the best cleaning hacks. She also spent time freelancing for Martha Stewart Weddings. Caroline is also currently the Senior Editor for The Spruce, The Spruce Pets, and MyDomaine, both a part of the Dotdash family of brands. She received a B.A. in journalism and leadership studies from the University of Richmond and lives in New York City.

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Jenny Hughes
Jenny Hughes, Editor for The Spruce

Jenny joined The Spruce Crafts in early 2021 as an Editor.

Prior to The Spruce, Jenny worked for more than four years in digital media primarily as an editor and content manager with a focus on strategizing for growth. From woodworking with her dad at a young age to working in a boutique craft store in Brooklyn to spending a summer working as a professional organizer, crafting, home, and DIY have always been a part of Jenny's life.

She earned a B.A. in French from Bowdoin College.

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Lauren Phillips
Lauren Phillips, Editor at The Spruce Crafts

Lauren is an Editor at The Spruce Crafts, The Spruce, and The Spruce Pets. She joined the team in 2021.

Previously, Lauren was an editor and writer at Real Simple and Coastal Living, among other print and digital outlets, focusing on home decor, cleaning, organizing, holidays, entertaining, and other topics. She has more than five years of print and digital media experience and graduated from Elon University.

Her current around-the-house passions include removable wallpaper, clever small-space organizing ideas, and paint colors.

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Kate McKenna
Kate McKenna, Editor for The Spruce Crafts

Kate is an Editor for The Spruce, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts and has been at Dotdash since July 2019. She assigns, publishes, and updates articles, as well as writes and strategizes for The Spruce Crafts' newsletter.

She previously worked as a contributing writer for POPSUGAR and as a digital content marketer for small businesses. Her writing has also appeared on MyDomaine, and Stacker.

Kate studied art history at the University of Guelph and got her Master of Arts in Journalism at the University of Western Ontario. 

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Hilary Aver
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Hilary is an Editor at The Spruce Crafts, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce. She began at Dotdash in 2021 and has held positions at The Cut, Vanity Fair, and ELLE.com. Her writing has also been featured on Refinery29, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Esquire.com, and more.

Hilary attended the Missouri School of Journalism, where she majored in both magazine writing and editing, focusing on news and lifestyle content for a city publication and graduated with a journalism degree in December 2014. Ten days later, she moved to New York City to begin her continued education in newsrooms and magazine offices across the industry.

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Jamie Abarca
Editorial Project Manager
Jamie Abarca, Editorial Project Manager for The Spruce Crafts

Jamie is the Editorial Project Manager for The Spruce Crafts, The Spruce, The Spruce Pets, and MyDomaine. Jamie is an organization pro, having worked in higher education for seven years.

Before joining The Spruce Crafts team, Jamie worked as a consultant with individuals and nonprofit organizations. Her work consisted of helping immigrants and first-generation high school students pursue higher education. As a multilingual writer and translator, she continues to aid underserved communities. At The Spruce Crafts, Jamie manage's our Diversity and Anti-Bias initiatives, as well as works to help make sure all of our content is accurate through Fact Checking.

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Emma Glubiak
Senior Social Media Editor
Emma Glubiak, Senior Social Media Editor for The Spruce Crafts

Emma is the Senior Social Editor for The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts. She curates home and lifestyle content across Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest, and more. Prior to The Spruce she managed social media at Apartment Therapy, where she led their organic social initiatives and ran their social advertising campaigns. In addition to her work for Apartment Therapy, she has also written for PureWow, Spoon University, The Kitchn, and PUNCH. 

She has 4+ years of experience in audience development and social media. She studied at Lafayette College and has a degree in International Affairs.

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Candace Madonna
Visual Editor
Candace Madonna, Visual Editor of The Spruce Crafts

Candace is the Visual Editor for The Spruce Crafts, The Spruce, and The Spruce Pets. She joined the team in June 2019.

Candace is a photographer and photo art director with over six years of experience in the visual world. As Visual Editor, Candace manages a community of freelance photographers who contribute beautiful, original, and on-brand imagery to aid in The Spruce's aesthetic vision and storytelling. Candace oversees and contributes to the creation of all brand visuals, including illustrations and product branding.

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Margot Cavin
Photo Producer
Margot Cavin, Photo Producer for The Spruce Crafts

​Margot is the photo producer for The Spruce Crafts, The Spruce, and The Spruce Pets. She spearheads photo shoots and the crafting of new original photography on all of The Spruce Crafts. Many shoots require a larger team of freelancers, but with her background as a photographer, she often is behind the camera.

Before joining The Spruce, Margot worked as a freelance still life photographer for 12 years. She’s worked on campaigns with numerous brands such as Ralph Lauren, Club Monaco, Zoya, Garanimals, and HelloFresh, to name a few. While working as a freelance photographer, Margot received experience in art directing, producing, and styling on top of her role as photographer.

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Contact Us

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For press inquiries, email us at press@thespruce.com.

If you would rather call us or send us a letter, you can reach us at 28 Liberty Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10005, 212-204-4000.

Write for Us

We’re always looking for experienced, qualified online freelance writers who share in our mission to provide practical, real-life tips, and inspiration to help you create your best home. Please note that we do not accept unsolicited guest-authored articles, blogs, infographics, or posts. Email us at contact@thespruce.com with the Subject Line: “Writing for The Spruce Crafts”

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About Dotdash

Dotdash's vibrant brands help over 100 million users each month find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. Dotdash is among the largest and fastest growing publishers online, and has won over 80 awards in the last year alone, including Digiday's 2020 Publisher of the Year. Dotdash brands include Verywell, Investopedia, The Balance, The Spruce, Simply Recipes, Serious Eats, Byrdie, Brides, MyDomaine, Lifewire, TripSavvy, Liquor.com, TreeHugger and Thoughtco.

Here is an overview of our properties:

Verywell: The Verywell family of brands, including Verywell Health, Verywell Fit, Verywell Family, and Verywell Mind, take a human approach to health and wellness content and are a welcome alternative to hyper-clinical health sites. Over 38 million people use Verywell sites each month to feel better and be healthier.

Investopedia: Investopedia helps investors understand financial concepts, improve investing skills, and learn how to manage their money. Investopedia reaches over 20 million people each month.

The Balance: The Balance family of brands, including The Balance, The Balance Careers, and The Balance Small Business, deliver clear, practical, and straightforward personal financial advice to over 17 million people each month.

The Spruce: The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts combine inspiration with how-to advice to help users create homes they love. Collectively, The Spruce sites reach nearly 40 million people each month.

Simply Recipes: Simply Recipes, one of the original food blogs, helps 9.7 million people each month get easy, delicious food on the table for themselves and their families.

Serious Eats: Serious Eats delivers trustworthy recipes, rigorously tested techniques, and food science to over 4.4 million hungry readers each month. 

Byrdie: Byrdie is dedicated to all things beauty, inside and out. From hair and makeup to health and wellness, Byrdie takes a fresh, no-nonsense approach to feeling and looking your best. Byrdie reaches 10.5 million people each month.

Brides: Brides inspires and guides 4.6 million monthly users as they make decisions from pre-engagement through the honeymoon. Brides is committed to bringing you an inclusive look at the world of weddings, with every type of couple, every type of wedding, and every type of celebration.

MyDomaine: MyDomaine makes an aspirational life achievable—and affordable—with curated home-design inspiration, quick and fresh recipes, and healthy relationship advice that awaken a life well lived. MyDomaine reaches nearly two million people each month.

Lifewire: Lifewire provides helpful, actionable tech tips, advice, and answers, without confusing jargon. Lifewire helps 5.7 million people each month get the most out of their technology.

TripSavvy: TripSavvy delivers curated expert advice for family and vacation travelers. We help 3.8 million people each month have the best travel experiences.

Liquor.com: Liquor.com is dedicated to good drinking and great living. We inspire, entertain and educate 3.7 million people each month interested in what happens in the glass and out of it.

TreeHugger: Treehugger is the only modern sustainability site that offers advice, clarity, and inspiration for both the eco-savvy and the green living novice. With 2.6 million monthly users, Treehugger is one of the world’s largest information sites dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.

Thoughtco: ThoughtCo is one of the largest and most comprehensive learning, information, and education sites online. ThoughtCo helps 6.4 million people a month become lifelong learners.

Source: Comscore, March 2021 US

Dotdash Press

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