Like most middle children, Amy Powers learned early how to entertain herself marvelously. An active imagination decorated her world and occupied her mind. She grew up making art, writing stories, and telling the most extravagant lies you've ever heard. She still remembers precisely what it was like to be that little girl. A few decades later, Amy's still making stuff and writing about it. And although she might still stretch the truth once or twice, for the sake of a good story, you can count on her to be honest.

Amy lives in the Washington, DC suburbs with her husband Rich and their adorable son Alfredo. She's always making something and you can follow along on her blog, Inspire Co. She's currently producing an online crafting magazine, Inspired Ideas, which is full of, well, inspired ideas.





"Be so happy that when others look at you they become happy too."

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Who has inspired you, personally or professionally, to be who you are?

My parents were always making things—my mother always with a pattern or recipe...and my father always just kind of winging it. I grew up in this creative environment, making stuff every minute of the day.

What do you believe with all of your heart?

I believe that miracles are everywhere, just waiting for us to discover them. It's not that they appear or disappear; it's that sometimes we have eyes to see them and sometimes we don't. We should try everyday very hard to have eyes that see the miracles.

When did you get your start?

I've been making stuff with varying degrees of success all of my life. When I was little, a friend gave me an old book called "Things to Make and Do" and it changed my life. I went on a quest to make every single project in there, from cigar box doll beds to pipe cleaner flowers.

Where is your favorite place on earth?

My favorite place on earth is the home I was raised in, where my sweet parents still live. When I am there, I feel like I'm a little girl again. I just love being with my folks.

Why do you love your life?

We have such a lovely life. My husband and I thought we knew happiness before but it pales to the joy we have with our son. It's amazing to us how one little yes to God has showered us with blessings.

How do you do everything you do?

I don't. I mess up all the time. But I try super hard to remember the important things and try not to mess up too much with them. It's an everyday struggle.