The Team

Welcome to Hibernate & Create – Connecting and Inspiring Creatives! 
We are so glad you found us! 

Kelli Sweet – Founder
Favorite food: 
Salty Popcorn
Ultimate vacation spot: 
I am a girl from Nebraska that likes to explore the world and promote creativity!  I am an artist, a wife and a mom to an orange tabby cat named Milo (aka Squeaky_Milo on Instagram).  I work in corporate America by day and spend my free time creating jewelry, quilting & other sewing projects, painting and paper crafts. What started as a creative challenge in 2016 has now grown to classes, retreats and virtual events.  And we are adding more excitement every day!

Julie Geiger – Crafty Mixer & Retreats
Location: Nebraska
Ultimate Vacation Spot: Anywhere!

Julie Geiger Armed with a sewing machine or needle and thread, Julie Geiger creates all types of fabric wonderment including quilts, wool applique, embroidery and wool felt projects.
Captivated by all things fabric since she was a young girl, Julie is the owner of Prairie Point Junction Quilt Shop, Home of Wool Felt Central in Cozad, Nebraska. Julie will share her magic, some embroidery stitches and inspire you to transform needle and thread, into a special keepsake.

Brianna Mohr – Crafty Craft
Location: Nebraska
Favorite Food: Mac & Cheese
Ultimate Vacation Spot: Anywhere with sun & the ocean!

Hi! I am Brianna! Wife to Mikey and dog mom to Rollie! I am Florida born but Omaha raised! My favorite food is mac n cheese and I love all things crafty (including craft beer)! My day job is super boring so I fill my free time with crafts and friends! Which is ultimately what lead to Crafty Craft! Kelli and I met through our craft beer enthusiast husbands at Kros Strain Brewing but bonded over our love of all things craft which is where the idea of crafty craft was born! My favorite form of crafting is anything I can do with my Cricut! I probably favor wood door hangers and wood signs the most though! I recently have started playing with watercolor painting and I am excited to learn more!

Lindsay Struble – aka Chef Lindsay
Location: Nebraska
Favorite Drink: Coffee

Lindsay is the “chef” extraordinaire behind the Hibernate & Create Retreats. A special education teacher by profession, we enjoy Lindsay’s delicious cooking as she “fusses” over the small details.

Lindsay loves to travel, explore and hop onboard when a friend needs a companion for an adventure. She loves to help others and make people smile! Her creativity and art is through cooking and the sharing of food. Her goal is to warm the hearts and tummies of the people she’s around!

Lindsay and her husband Tim live in LaVista, NE with their energized kitten, Lola, Lola loves to entertain them at all hours of the day!

Anna WalkerCrafty Mixer
Location: Kansas & Iowa
Favorite thing: Wool felt!

Anna grew up a military brat, moving from post to post until she graduated high school, and went to Kansas for college, where her dandelion (official military brat flower) roots took hold, and she raised her three sons and played with her creativity in spare moments for over 40 years. Anna discovered felting over 12-years ago when she one an online giveaway of hand painting roving. When the giver arrived she loved the softness, the amazing watercolor-esque colorad and was tempted to simply pet it and name it George. Instead, she found a $4 Teach Yourself to Needle Felt kit and two months later her late husband Randy declared that “every horizontal surface in their home was covered in felt” and her felting journey began!

Anna will be transitioning from traveling between Kansas and Iowa to assist her mom to living full time in Iowa later this year to be a daily assistant as her mom needs her more. She looks forward to creating a studio in the double car garage of her mom’s farmhouse and to eventually purchasing a Skoolie (old school bus converted to an RV) so that she can continue to travel when she has breaks from caregiving to be the Felting Facilitator at workshops and retreats without the need for a hotel expense!

Connie Gildersleeve – Retreats
Location: Nebraska
Favorite Flower: Daisies

Connie Gildersleeve wears a lot of hats! And at Hibernate & Create she is our social butterfly at our March RETREAT at the Hot Shops Art Center. Not only is she an instructor, but she’ll be greeting you with a smile and snapping your picture!

She has collected about as many hats as she has arts & crafts supplies and life transitions as an entrepreneur! As a Gallup Certified CliftonStrengths Coach, Connie embraces the power of her unique set of strengths in everything she does! Her top 2 CliftonStrengths; Futuristic and Positivity shine bright through her Connie Lea Creative Adventures! ADVENTURE = Always Discovering Valuable Escapes, New Talents, Unexpected Refreshing Experiences