About Us The Spruce Crafts

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 44 million users each month find the information they need to complete the perfect crafts project. Our 20-year-strong library of over 6,500 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 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, Contributing Writer for The Spruce Crafts

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 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.

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.

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 & Vice President
Headshot of Mélanie Berliet General Manager of The Spruce

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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Allison Bean
Editorial Director
Spruce editorial director Allison Bean

Allison is the editorial director for The Spruce, The Spruce Pets and The Spruce Crafts. She joined the company in 2012.

Previously, she worked as a home and registry editor at Brides.com, where she reported on interior design trends and edited their Webby Award-nominated blog.

She started her career in print media at Condé Nast’s Brides New York magazine, where much of her work focused on fact-checking articles and interviews for accuracy.

She studied at New York University, and graduated with a degree in journalism.


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Sami Allen
Spruce Editor Sami Allen

Sami is an editor for The Spruce and The Spruce Pets and joined the company in April 2019.

Before joining Dotdash, Sami worked as senior editor at Swirled, where she led the website’s multi-newsletter strategy and edited lifestyle content.

She first began her career at O, The Oprah Magazine as a web producer.

She studied at Penn State University and graduated with a B.A. in journalism and English literature.


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Melissa Epifano
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Melissa is an associate editor for The Spruce and The Spruce Crafts. She joined the company in February 2019.

Previously, she worked as the editorial coordinator for College Fashionista at Clique Media Group. There she oversaw the editorial internship program, managed the site’s editorial calendar and posting schedule, and created original graphics for articles.

Her career started in Portland, OR, as an assistant wedding planner for Kelsey Timberlake Events where she ran the blog and designed websites for clients. She has also acted as social media lead for West Elm.

She received her B.S. in journalism from the University of Oregon.


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Contact Us

Thanks for dropping by! Whether you have a comment or suggestion to share, we look forward to hearing from you. Reach out by emailing contact@thespruce.com.

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 1500 Broadway, New York, NY 10036, 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”

Work With Us

Join our crew of top-notch editors, designers, programmers, and others as we continue to make a difference everyday in the lives of our readers.

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Advertise With Us

The Spruce offers the highest value to advertisers through a combination of scale, credibility, and intent. Interested in advertising with us? Email us at sales@thespruce.com or check out our media kit to learn more.

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About Dotdash

Dotdash brands help people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We reach over 100 million people each month, more than 35% of the U.S. online population, according to comScore, and are one of the largest content publishers on the Internet. Dotdash brands collectively have won more than 50 industry awards in the last year alone, and are among the fastest-growing in their categories. Our brands include Verywell, Investopedia, The Spruce, The Balance, Byrdie, MyDomaine, Brides, Lifewire, TripSavvy, Liquor.com and Treehugger.

Here is an overview of our properties:

Verywell (Health and Wellness): 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. More than 34 million people use Verywell sites each month to feel better and be healthier.

Investopedia (Investing and Financial Education): Investopedia helps investors understand financial concepts, improve investing skills, and learn how to manage their money. Investopedia reaches nearly 19 million people each month.

The Spruce (Home and Food): 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 44 million people each month.

The Balance (Personal Finance): 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 19 million people each month.

Byrdie (Beauty): 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 over six million people each month.

MyDomaine (Lifestyle): 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 over two million people each month.

Brides (Lifestyle): Brides inspires and guides our two 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.

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

TripSavvy (Travel): TripSavvy delivers curated expert advice for family and vacation travelers. We help over two million people each month have the best travel experiences.

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

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

Thoughtco (Education and Information): ThoughtCo is one of the largest and most comprehensive learning, information, and education sites online. ThoughtCo helps nearly eight million people a month become lifelong learners.

Source: comScore, April 2020 US

Dotdash Press

Read about Dotdash and our family of brands in the news.

Our Senior Management Team

To learn more about our Senior Management Team, visit the Dotdash corporate site.