Jodi Levine’s job is a childhood dream come true. Based in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons, the mother of two turned her hobby into a full-time job. After working for over 19 years in the Craft Department at Martha Stewart Living, Levine knows the ins and outs of arts and crafts.
She has made an Elizabethan princess costume out of coffee filters, a parking garage for kids made entirely of toilet paper and paper towel tubes and cardboard boxes, and even her own wedding flowers made from crepe paper.
A lifelong crafter, Levine recalls sneaking paper doilies off the dinner table and hoarding tissue boxes as a young girl. “When I look back at my childhood I realize that my path in the craft and lifestyle world was pretty much set from the start,” she told Mom Filter. “I loved making things and was always hoarding cardboard and other materials for crafts, planning parties and decorating for holidays. I pored over every women’s or lifestyle magazine that my mom bought and made a series of tiny, strange fashion and food magazines.”
“I’m not sure that becoming a parent shaped my choice of work,” she added. “I always loved creating crafts for kids and pushed for doing the kids magazine at Martha Stewart way before I had kids. I do, however, think that the ideas that I came up with after becoming a parent, whether for kid’s crafts, birthday parties or recipes, were much much simpler!”
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