Houghton College was an amazing place and full of really wonderful people: Melissa being one of them! Melissa and I were friends throughout our time at Houghton College. I liked her right away. She is warm and friendly with an infectious smile and a heart that desires to honor the Lord. I always noticed how well she dressed and how she could always put together a great style. I quickly learned this style went well beyond her wardrobe! She is quite the artist. I got to see some of that throughout college and I feel like I have been able to see even more of that today. Melissa started a really awesome blog called Melissa Ellen’s Loft. It is full of great projects, images of her home and decorating as well as her art. Her home looks like something right out of Pottery Barn. Beautiful.
See what I mean? Beautiful. Most of the things you will find here she has done herself. Definitely check out her blog. I am also really excited to share that this year, Melissa will be selling some of her leather cuff bracelets at my Spring show down in Maryland. I have expanded my own work, by making jewelry this year. I was really excited to see Melissa’s cuff jewelry and right away was thinking how great it would be to mix in some of her pieces with my own. I hope you will get to see some things that you love here and be looking for them at my show this weekend. I wanted to ask Melissa a few questions for you readers to have a snapshot of her life, home and work as an artist. Even after reading this short bit, I think you will get an idea of how fun and sweet she is!
1) Basics: Where do you live, with whom, how long have you been married, what college did you attend, etc.
My husband Jesse and I live in Grove City, PA currently. We have been married 3 years this July!:) We met at Houghton College, where we were both psychology majors. I minored in art while there as well. We spent our first two years of marriage in western PA, as I was a Resident Director at Thiel College while working on a Masters degree in Higher Education/Student Affairs at Youngstown State University in Ohio. Jesse was (and is still) working toward his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Slippery Rock University. After I graduated in May, we moved to Grove City, PA to be closer to Jesse’s school. We are excited for his graduation this May!:)
2) When did you get started with your creative business?
Although I have always loved creating, I never saw it as something I would pursue beyond a hobby, but I would say I slowly started moving that direction during my last semester in graduate school. I didn’t officially get started until this past November when I began my blog, and then soon following, the opening of my etsy shop.
3) What are your favorite things to create?
I love to create mixed media paintings, jewelry (specifically leather cuff bracelets), I love to re-purpose antiques/trash pile finds, etc., home decorating, cooking meals and trying new recipes/making my own. So basically, I really love all things creative and am always up for trying new projects!:)
4) What would you want your business to look like in the next 5 years?
Honestly, that is a tough one for me to answer. I am not sure. I think because this is all still so new to me and there is so much in the way of the creating that I just love, I want to be open to whatever this business becomes. It will probably depend largely on what our lifestyle and family looks like in the next 5 years as well. 🙂
I think it is so important to get a glimpse of the person behind the creation. It encourages a more personal connection beyond just artist and buyer. I hope you will come out and support Melissa at the show and take home a cuff! Here is a little preview of some of the cuffs she has done in the past and some that are available on her Etsy Shop right now.