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21 May 2012

Introducing the Kanelstrand Contributors



There is no way that you've missed noticing the talented team of writers that stormed Kanelstrand in the past 2 months. The reason I kept all quiet about this new exciting venture is that I wanted you to meet them first through their writing and see for yourself how precious these bloggers are!

So now, after you have read at least one post by each of the contributors and had the chance to interact with them in the comments, I am proud to officially present them to you. Each of them has a special power (yeah, they are superheroes) and generously adds their  green, simple and inspirational wisdom to the main topic of Kanelstrand - achieving quality personal/business life through simplifying and concentrating on the most important things.

I know you are curious to learn more about them and the other places on the net you can find them, so here they are!


Shelly Kerry is co-owner of Lightbox SF. She is an artist, designer, and motivator. Since 2006 she has been working to build her own jewelry design business, em’s studio, and she wants to share all she’s learned. Shelly knows that building your own art or craft business can often feel lonely and overwhelming. She also understands how much of a struggle it is to balance a “day job” with a budding creative business.

Shelly has a wealth of advice to help keep you motivated, push through those stuck times, and make the most out of your already busy schedule. Through Lightbox SF and her Creating Space program, she provides the much needed support, encouragement, 
                                                      and skills that will allow you to realize your dreams.
                                                      Connect to Shelly via twitter or facebook.

                                                      Read all posts by Shelly.



Genevieve Brazelton endlessly researches the newest ideas in creative and social media marketing so you don’t have to. Genevieve’s strength is her keen outside perspective and sometimes infuriating logic that puts structure to dreams and lays out paths to goals. She is also the business side of Lightbox SF.

Genevieve has lead workshops on branding, marketing and social media at the Conference of Creative Entrepreneurs, California College of the Arts, TechShop and through ArtSpan. She is a contributing blogger for Paper n Stitch, contributes to the SF Etsy Street Team blog and is an SF Etsy Team Leader in charge of education and business development.
                                                     Connect to Genevieve via twitter or facebook.

                                                     Read all posts by Genevieve.




Adrienne Audrey lives in Northern Washington on a farm with her husband and a menagerie of lovable animals. When she’s not blogging at Crafty Little Gnome, Adrienne can be found out playing in the garden, experimenting in the kitchen or working on a new craft project. Adrienne also sells handmade jewelry and accessories in her Etsy shop Adrienne Audrey Jewelry.  

Connect to Adrienne via twitter or facebook

Read all posts by Adrienne.




Paige Ronchetti lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband. They have no kids and no pets, which gives them a lot of time for eating spicy food and looking for bargains. Paige's blog is Little Nostalgia is a collection of projects and pretty things. There you can find DIY tutorials, home decor inspiration, and affordable fashion ideas. When she is not blogging, Paige is working on her vintage-inspired jewelry lines, Little White Chapel and Oh Nostalgia.
Connect to Paige via twitter or pinterest.
  
Read all posts by Paige.



Laurie Fortier has been a teacher of languages, psychology and pedagogy for over 26 years. Her passion for learning and sharing knowledge permeates everything she does. Her transition into blogging seems to be a natural step. She blogs about her love of knitting and natural fibers in addition to owning her own online yarn shop where supporting sustainable development guides all her business decisions.
From Laurie, “Sonya’s philosophy has spoken to me from the first day I read her blog. I translate it this way, In an ideal world, we would be perfect. In the real world, we do the best we can. The Kanelstrand Blog is not about judgment and guilt. It is about knowledge and encouragement to better ourselves and I am 
                                                      thrilled to be a part of it!”
                                                      Connect to Laurie via twitter and facebook.

                                                      Read all posts by Laurie.



Anabel Bouza insists there's powerful magic in the action of creating something out of a vague vision, a chill of inspiration. She is an illustrator with a passion for nature, paper manipulation, and pointing her camera at things.

Her appreciation for simplicity dates back to a former life in Cuba - her strange homeland - where she refined the ability to see the alternative uses of common objects, and the enchanting side of things. She's often found blogging as Weird Amiga, hard at work in her sunny studio, or staring at things as if looking at them for the first time. Her tiny family is comprised of her husband & a turtle; they're new to the city of Chicago, and they love it.
                                                      Connect to Anabel via facebook and twitter

                                                      Read all posts by Anabel.





Deborah Jean writes from a little yellow house near the shores of Cape Cod Bay in America’s Hometown. It wasn’t her dream house in the beginning but the dandelions that grace her front lawn each year have taught Deb many important life lessons. She blogs about them from her homemaking blog aptly named Deborah Jean’s DANDELION HOUSE where she shares creative seeds for your homemaking hands, heart and soul. Deb's world is centered around her husband, two teens, their beloved Corgi Max and "her girls" - The Cottage Hens!   Stroll  her gardens (weeds and all) and enjoy fresh, wholesome, organic cooking from her kitchen.  She’s no stranger to making do, recycling and upcycling. She loves giving pieces of the past a new look and purpose!

                                                      Deb believes that all dream-seeds are worth cultivating. She blogs 
                                                      to encourage, inspire and share with like-minded believers!

                                                      When she’s not puttering around DANDELION HOUSE you can 
                                                      find her at the family off-grid BEACH COTTAGE. Deb also writes 
                                                      for MaryJanesFarm as their BEACH farmgirl blogger.                                                        Connect to Deb via pinterest and facebook.
                                                       
                                                      Read all posts by Deb.



Vanessa Williams is the author of A simply good life where she explores how lower standard of living doesn’t mean lower quality of life. After her decision to  get off the beaten track and forge new paths she has found that living with less actually means living with more. Vanessa explores the luring and dangerous grounds of the consumerism trap and offers a solemn and wise account of her real life experiences on the quest to finding what truly matters in life.
Connect to Vanessa via twitter and facebook


I am curious to learn how many of the Kanelstrand contributors you knew from before?





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