My name is Terri and I’m the creator of MakingFriends.com. As a child, I was a strange combination of overachieving first-born and creative rebel. I was hard working and industrious but hated structure and control.
Not only did I color inside the lines but all my strokes went in the same direction with uniform pressure and perfect coverage. Yep, I filled my Disney coloring book with beautifully colored purple-faced Cinderella’s and lime green Dumbos.
As I got older, I spent a lot of time in Mom’s kitchen — but not cooking. Salt dough, candle making and batik projects littered and stained her counter tops. (Good thing Mom didn’t like to cook either.)
The more time I spent on craft projects, the less time I spent on school projects. As an overachiever, I continued getting “A”s but hated every minute of it. Nothing we learned in school was interesting. Of course, this was “back-in-day”. We had no computer graphics or web design classes.
After graduating, I ignored an academic scholarship (Mom and Dad are still mad at me) and I accepted a trainee art position in a print shop; then later went into advertising art.
Started as a learning experience in 1997, MakingFriends.com has been a meandering journey that mirrors the last 12 years of my life. The web site just evolved based on what I felt like doing at the time. I guess it has been more of a frolic than a journey. Fortunately, my overachieving side came along for the ride and a dabble with new skills became a successful business.
These days, I’m not coloring any more (and still not cooking) but I continue to make things including web sites. Take a browse around my other sites:
No one likes to frolic alone and these are some of the wonderful people who have joined me along the way. Without their help and support this would have been a very boring adventure.
My husband, Jim, is not only my partner in life but also in business.
He is very good at managing the day-to-day details of our house and our business. Under his watchful eye, no receipt goes unposted, no invoice goes unpaid and no bed goes unmade. As a child, Jim didn’t color much but he always, always colored inside the lines. Black is his favorite color.
My daughter, Jamie, is now officially part of the team.
She has a talent for designing patches and helping with new craft ideas. In case you were ever wondering where “Making Friends” came from, you have Jamie to thank for that! She was two years old when she would ask to “make friends” when referring to the paper dolls. That eventually led to the spark for developing this website.
My Mother, Betty, is the editor for FreeKidsCrafts.com.
She recently retired from her career as an administrative assistant to care for her disabled husband. But Betty still manages to to grow the web site, tweet and post on Facebook from her home office. Mom taught me how to “silly color”. She would point to a spot on the page, close her eyes, and pick a color. That’s how it all began. I have Mom to thank for lime green Dumbos.
Faster than a speeding credit card processor, more powerful than a rotary cutter, and able to leap tall fed-ex boxes in a single bound.
Yes, it’s Super Stephanie! Fearless Stephanie will take on any job and do it with a smile on her face. She is webmaster for ScoutSwaps.com, pinmaster for our pinterest boards, and has a million other duties at our warehouse. Steph manages just about everything at our store from purchasing and customer service to interviewing for new associates.
Previously a Dental Hygienist, Valerie is all smiles when she comes into work.
That’s because packing orders are easy compared to keeping up with her three young kids. You can see their photos all around our website! Brittnay, Jake and Amanda have been doing a lot of posing for me lately.
Doing a little bit of everything at the shop, Ally knows what needs to be done in a day’s work. She designs signs and product displays, assembles SWAP kits for orders, and helps Stephanie out with customer service. She is also our team’s photographer and photo editor. But when she’s not doing that, she’s in school studying hard to become a social worker, or hanging out with her cat.
Jodi is our Girl Scout expert. She runs a multi-level troop of 40 girls.
Her experience helps us to make your time as a leader easier. Read her Girl Scout Leader 411 blog for ideas, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest for everything Girl Scout.
You have Thane to thank for our cool new look! He worked for months problem solving and tweaking until everything was perfect. No only can he code, Thane can also bake, braid hair and paint fingernails– important skills he has mastered as a stay-at-home dad.
Dawn is our quality control manager. She assembles our Journey kits for your orders and she is also our resident sweetheart.
If you ever stop by our shop on a Tuesday, you’ll be treated to country music. Lauren likes to two-step while she makes Badge in a Bag kits and country really gets her moving. You’d be amazed at how fast those kits fill the shelf.
With a background in English, Chris is as cool as a cucumber and also our main SWAP kit maker! He’s got most of them memorized, so when the orders come rolling in, he cranks them out like no tomorrow!
Laura is the genius behind the MakingFriends Girl Scout Leader 411 Facebook page!
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