Owner, Designer/Creator, All Wood-shop Roles
Julie is the main designer/creator. She also takes care of customer service, painting, photography, marketing, and cuts wood.
About 19 years ago I took a painting class for stress relief from my 8 to 5 job as a child abuse investigator. My passion grew and I began selling in a local craft store as well as doing fall art and craft shows. I started out working on the dining room table, moved to the garage and eventually my husband, Ed, moved my production to our pole barn.
I love making special expressions. We added on to our building three and half years ago to accommodate new machinery. We currently sell our creations in four different stores, two in Salem, IL, one in Carlyle, IL and in The Wooden Ladder in Fairview Heights IL. We are open to offering our products in more locations.
My husband Ed has been a great inspiration. He retired late 2012 and in January 2013 I started listing items on Etsy. He has always encouraged me to dream big. ExpressionsNmore would not be where it is today without his support.
Dir. Shipping, IT, Maintenance, Special Projects, Customer Service/Owner
Ed retired from his railroad engineer job after 42 years. He is in charge of all shipping and shop maintenance. He is also assigned all special project requests. When there is a problem in the shop, he is our problem solver. Whatever needs to be done, he is there to make it happen.
Trish is our neighbor and lives just down the road from us. She helps part-time in the shop. She is a wiz at hand-painting sign boards. When she first started here she told us she could not operate the computers and laser engraving machines but she is now doing just that and doing a great job. We rely on her to keep us current with orders. She is also a great sounding board when it comes to developing new products.
Barbara Jean lives just a few miles away and also helps part-time. When she was young, she spent a lot of time helping her dad in his wood shop and her skill shows in her work. She is not afraid to tackle any of the jobs we throw at her. She is an early riser & almost always beats Ed to the shop.
A couple of years ago Julie realized we needed to outsource most of our wood work. We were making constant trips to the lumber yard where we spent a lot of time culling materials and hauling them home. And we were using up sorely needed shop space just doing the cutting.
So we went looking for help and were very fortunate to find Derek. Actually, we first found Jason who is Derek’s dad, but he has since turned the family business over to Derek. His main business is building beehives and he sells to distributors all over.
Derek can get a better grade of wood than we can. He has the shop, equipment and help to cut the wood we need to order and assemble some of the products we use. Their operation is a family effort and their abilities shine in their end products. We always enjoy the trip to pick up stuff from Derek & his family.
Molly Michael, Dad’s Little Girl
Special Assistant to Ed
Molly joined the team in the Fall of 2015 when Ed came and rescued me from a no kill shelter where I had been for 10 months. Everywhere Ed goes I go. I keep him focused while mama Julie is at her work during the day.
Ringer & Lucky
Ringer & Lucky joined our team in 2012 when we found them abandoned on the township road we live on. They were young and a little wild but they soon became accustomed to the place. They shop is their kingdom & they do a great job of keeping the place free of pests.
Computer Guru, Assistant
Ken is Ed’s son and has a degree in network administration. He built the computers we use and resolves all computer problems. He has moved to Florida & married and we miss him and his wife Laurie. But we still get him on the phone to solve any computer problems.