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Meet Laura (That’s me!)

They say blogs should be 80% content, 20% product.  So here’s my first attempt (and hopefully I will get better at this!) at providing some content.  Today I thought I’d introduce myself a little and talk about how I got started creating the products that I create! 
My cute little family (Husband Brad, Daughter Laina, and Me!)
I am an almost 30 ( one month left to go…eeek! ) stay at home mom with not one but TWO degrees!  I graduated several years back with a degree in Interior Design and didn’t have much success due to the economy at finding at job unless I wanted to work at a furniture store ( which  I tried and let me tell you…I am way too shy to be a salesperson!).  So after marrying my husband, Brad and moving to California while he was pursuing his career as a United States Marine, I went back to school online at Western Governors University for my Early Childhood Education Degree.  We are now currently back in Illinois, have a beautiful daughter name Laina together, and I am just waiting to receive my Illinois license.  While the wait for my license has been hard, I will be honest and say I am some what grateful for it.  And here’s why…
When I was 16 I started working for my aunt at her preschool and daycare program and throughout the years have worked there a combine total of 12 years!  As a teacher’s assistant I not only worked with kids but also created a TON of projects, bulletin boards, etc.  I quickly learned that teachers want projects made so they can easily be used again and again each year and save themselves TIME!  So that’s what I did for her program… I created projects with the capability of being reused each year simply by making an original of the project and Xeroxing sheets of patterns that could be copied directly onto construction paper. I made a sample of the project, drew up patterns, and worked with the children on it.  Then when we were done, I put those ingredients in a bag and filed them away for the next year. I honestly never thought much of all the projects I created…
…until this past year when I was introduced to the Teacher’s Pay Teacher’s website while I was student teaching.  I saw this website and thought I totally could do something on here.  So after not have much success on Etsy, I gave the TpT (short for Teacher’s Pay Teachers) website a try.  I have now been on the website for 4 months and am AMAZED at what I have accomplished on there.  Today I have 214 products, 77 followers, and could not be happier.   My hope is that it can only get better from here….and hopefully I can continue being a stay at home mom that is self-employed.  Will it be a waste of two degrees…maybe.  Is it my dream job? Yes, and for right now I’m all in.
My pride and joy….and soon to be my cut and paste sample maker! Haha.
So that’s a little about how this all got started….why I now have a blog ( which I NEVER thought I’d have) and what I hope to accomplish….bringing the “BUZZ” back into the classroom.  Cause let’s face it, with all the testing, standards, etc. kids still need to learn in a way that is fun and that’s what I’m hoping to provide here.  Happy Friday everyone!
Laura Bensley

Laura Bensley

Former preschool teacher turned business owner that now creates educational resources for teachers in the classroom, homeschool, and daycare setting.

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HI, I'm Laura

Hi, I’m Laura and I am the creator of Crafty Bee Creations.  I am a former preschool teacher turned business owner that now creates educational resources for teachers in the classroom, homeschool, and daycare setting.  I have a passion for designing craft resources that are not only fun and engaging but work children’s fine motor skills too! 


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