Cyndee Kromminga

Based in the Midwest, Cyndee Kromminga has been writing craft and interior design articles for over 20 years. Her articles and craft designs have appeared in Crafting Traditions Magazine, Easy Holiday Crafting Series-House of White Birches Newsletter and Country Woman Christmas Books. Cyndee's education is in interior design and she has extensive experience operating a craft and design business for over 25 years.

Crafting

Cyndee is an expert in many crafting categories. She designs and writes tutorials for Fave Crafts, All Free Christmas Crafts, Restyled Junk (her website) and Demand Media, where she implements many of her crafting skills to create beautiful treasures using so-called junk.

Cyndee believes in the "8-R's": restyling, recycling, repurposing, reclaiming, re-imagining, reusing, reinventing and rebuilding. Finding an inexpensive way to create something beautiful is an eco-friendly way of preventing trash and castoffs from overflowing in our landfills. Furniture and vintage textiles are her favorite craft mediums.

Since she could never make one of anything, Cyndee decided to try her hand at craft sales a few years before her first child was born. She was hooked, and has been vending at shows for almost 30 years. Many years later she opened a shop on Etsy and a Facebook page, branded with her website's name, and has been enjoying the interaction with virtual friends from all over the world.

When her children were young, Cyndee went to work as a teacher's aide and substitute teacher. In the midst of all that fun Cyndee became a jack-of-all-trades as she taught many children the joy of arts and crafts as a VBS craft coordinator, after-school program craft coordinator and a prop and costume designer for local theater productions.

Sewing

From an early age Cyndee's grandmother, mother and numerous aunts had a hand in her sewing education. Nine-patch pillows and Barbie clothes were her first projects. Over the years she expanded her sewing capabilities and projects with quilts, home accents, holiday decorations and clothes for herself, friends and family members. The county fair, 4-H and craft shows were her introduction into publicly displaying her skills.  Since then, thousands of her articles have been published online and in print, many of those including sewing tips, techniques and tutorials.

More About Cyndee

Cyndee's fondest memories are of junking adventures as a child with her dad. Weekends were spent at estate auctions and yard sales. They never walked away without finding a gem among the junk. Her dad's gift was finding things that could be used as-is or required small fixes, but as Cyndee got older, making do with scarred and battered furnishings lost its appeal. Because money was scarce, re-purposing and re-imagining became a new adventure. She found she had a knack for making old, tattered things appear new again. It didn't stop at just facelifts. Cyndee also discovered that vintage linens and old clothes were the perfect substitute for store-bought fabric. Digging through boxes of textiles at tag sales became a passion, but she never had tunnel vision. There were just too many possibilities at every tag sale, curb and (gasp) dumpster to limit creativity.

 

 

 

Most Recent Contributions by Cyndee Kromminga

Crochet Ballet Slipper Pattern

Give your feet the grace of a ballerina without all the hard work by whipping up these comfy crochet ballet slippers. Custom made to size, t ... Read More

Free Crochet Doily Patterns

Do your remember the crocheted doilies your grandmother had under every knick-knack or draped on the arms of every chair? Over the years, us ... Read More

Homemade Wedding Favors

While purchasing favors may be easier, making your own homemade wedding favors is certainly better for your favor budget. These easy options ... Read More

How to Crochet a Necklace with Ribbon Yarn

Jewelry is a great way to perk up your wardrobe, and it doesn't have to be with silver, gold, or precious gems. At least not the real ones. ... Read More

How to Make a Duct Tape Flower Ring

Duct tape has long been the go-to product for household fixes, but it has many more possibilities. There are now many colors and design opti ... Read More

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