Happy Birthday Teri!

Birthdays are a big deal around here and it just so happens that today is Teri’s!

Teri is the Director at Connecting Threads. She has worked here for 18 years and I am convinced she started when she was in diapers. Teri has so much enthusiasm and energy! It is obvious that she loves her job and the people she works with. Another thing that is obvious, even to a newcomer, Teri LOVES snowmen! Last week, I sat in her office for the first time. The life sized snowman behind her desk distracted me from the army of little snowmen situated along the windowsill. That day it was cold and snowy outside, the perfect backdrop to an office full of Frostys!

You know how some people just make you feel at home? Well, Teri is one of those people. She has a calm, welcoming manner about her. Everyone knows it will be okay, as long as Teri is here. She is an amazing leader and an awesome person. I am lucky to know her, we are lucky to work for her and Connecting Threads customers are lucky to have her in charge. Good things abound!

In honor of her big day, we polled people here at Crafts Americana about what they love most about Teri. All of the responses are below. Happy Birthday Teri! We hope you enjoy it as much as we all enjoy working with you!

Katrina – “Teri is not only a strong leader, but also is always there for you if you need a laugh or a shoulder to cry on. She’s just plain awesome. It must be because she was born in December. Plus, she likes Star Wars. Who wouldn’t want a boss like that?”

Deborah – “She’s always so bubbly and upbeat!”

Laraine – “She’s the best coffee date you could ever ask for.”

Mari – “Teri’s greatest strength is her ability to assess people for who they are and appreciate their uniqueness and individual strengths.”

Sue – “Teri is a gratuitous snowman lover.”

Ann – “She’s so accessible, and if you need her, her door is always open.”

MaryJo – “She’s easily distracted. All you have to do is show her a snowman!”

Diane – “She’s fun and quirky! You’ve got to love someone who proudly exclaims ‘It’s SO CUTE!'”

Lisa – “I love how devoted Teri is to her husband and her son. You can really tell how important family is to her and she has done a great job of creating a family within Crafts Americana.”

Jenna – “Teri is a great listener!”

CJ – “She’s very understanding and kind. She has played a huge role in helping me learn and transition easily into the CAG community.”

Doug – “She’s just awesome. I give her two thumbs up.”

Aaron – “She’s so great to work around. Honestly, she is always smiling and her attitude makes her so accessible. The fact that her son is a Star Wars fan has to mean she’s doing a great job of raising him, too.”

Mike – “She’s probably the coolest person I work with. She makes me want to be a quilter.”

Alison – “I enjoy the way Teri shares her joy of her son, Tyler, and dog, Vader. I think they are illustrative of her practical nature and good sense of humor. Teri also has a refined sense of ‘what the hell’.”

Jenni – “I love her positive and supportive energy. It definitely makes for an enjoyable workplace. Also, she’s funny and so kind!”

Karen – “She’s so upbeat and encouraging. She’s a joy to work with!”

Alisha – “Thanks to Teri, I love coming to work every day. Not only is Teri open-armed and loving, she’s respectful of her team and coworkers. I can’t think of a better person to work with. Throughout my three years here at CAG, she’s always been someone that I can come talk to. Teri is an amazing friend, boss, and leader. She’s one of the most genuine and caring people I’ve ever known.”

Tracy – “See all the comments above? That’s what I like about Teri. Everyone likes her and respects her. You have to be pretty special to have that. It’s unanimous. Teri is awesome!”

Please join us in wishing Teri a very Happy Birthday!

Feel free to share your birthday wishes in the comments. If you want to get to know Teri a little better, you can read her introduction here.


  1. Mari - December 17, 2013

    Teri, I love you! Big hugs!

  2. Teri - December 17, 2013

    Aww shucks guys! You are the best group of people to work with EVER! Thank you all for the birthday boost! Also thank you all for allowing me to be a crazy snowman lady and not only supporting me but enabling me!!!

  3. Marilyn Lessner - December 17, 2013

    Teri….Happy Birthday from another snowman lover! How great to work amongst such a loving group of people!

  4. Stephanie Dunphy - December 17, 2013

    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday Dear Teri
    Happy Birthday to you!
    Hope I wasn’t too off key!!!

  5. RANCHMOM - December 17, 2013

    Happy Birthday Teri, I hope you have a wonderful day.

  6. Debbie Rogowski - December 18, 2013

    Happy Birthday!!

  7. Rachel Gagnon - December 18, 2013

    happy birthday Teri – I really enjoyed shopping at Connecting Threads and you have an excellent customer service. Hip hip hurrah for Teri!