Melissa is one of the newbies here at Prime Publishing. She hasn’t been assigned a site quite yet, but she’s been uploading lots of new projects on FaveCrafts and bringing you a few blog posts here and there.
Melissa was born and raised in Chicago. She graduated from Northern Michigan University with a degree in English Literature and a double minor in public relations and Native American Studies. During the four years she spent in the freezing Upper Peninsula, Melissa had lots of time for DIY projects and her love for crafting continues to this day! She loves getting inspired and finding new ways to use old things, so send your cans, bottles, and scrap paper her way!
When she’s not crafting, you can usually find Melissa browsing old book stores, watching Mad Men, or fine-tuning her baking skills. In the coming year, Melissa hopes to expand her creative horizons and try some new crafting techniques. She’d love to learn to crochet and can’t wait to dust off her sewing machine!
As she’s been adding projects, Melissa found lots of ideas to try in the coming year and she would love to share them with you! You can find her favorites below.
As we move forward, Melissa would like to wish all of you a year filled with inspiration, creativity, and the drive to keep learning, laughing, and loving. Happy 2012!
Here’s a few Fun Facts about Melissa!:
- Are you a crafter? What crafts do you like to do?
Melissa: I am a crafter! I love all kinds of crafts, but I mainly stick to clay, paper, and knitting. I really like finding new ways to use old things, so I’m always browsing thrift stores for new ideas and motivation.
- How long have you been crafting?
Melissa: I’ve been crafting for as long as I can remember! My love for crafts probably started in kindergarten. We were making picture books about ourselves and I got in trouble for using all the glitter and stickers on my book. I guess it hasn’t stopped since!
- If you were stranded on a deserted island, what five craft supplies or tools would you want with you?
Melissa: Hmm…scissors, Mod Podge, yarn, knitting needles, and paper.
- What craft have you always wanted to try?
Melissa: I really want to learn to make my own clothes! I got a sewing machine for Christmas a few years ago and I’m so intimidated to use it–but that’s going to change this year!
- Have you ever had a craft fail? Tell us about it.
Melissa: Let me just say that my first quilting attempt was a disaster. I had this huge plan to make this beautiful quilt for my mom. I even printed photos on fabric to sew onto the quilt. My squares were cut evenly and I was gearing up to start sewing. In my foolishness, and complete ignorance of quilting and sewing, I just figured I’d start sewing squares together randomly…hoping that it would come out evenly since each square was 4”x4”. Um, wrong. Not only did I not consider the seam, but every single square moved in the sewing process, so it was crooked and totally uneven…which I guess fits my family! I eventually just scratched the whole thing…as a matter of fact I think it’s still sitting in my craft box!
Shamrock Vases from Recycled Bottles (pictured)
Mystic Forest Shawl (pictured)
Fabric Coffee Cozy (pictured)
Cork Silhouette Necklaces (pictured)
Elegant Rose Bracelet (pictured)
Funky Hat (pictured)
Bumblebee Project Pouch (pictured)
Crochet Afghan Tutorials:
Lazy Daisy Afghan (pictured)
Christmas Craft Tutorials:
Little Standing Snowmen (pictured)