Friday, October 9, 2009

Featuring Made by Melissa

Melissa is this months Featured Etsy Blogger, and she agreed to let me interview her! I had a lot of un getting to know a little bit more about Melissa. She's a team mate I hadn't really had much of a chance to connect with before now, and we have a lot of the same interests!

1. What type of art work do you do?

I make beaded jewelry and I crochet

2. How did you get started doing art work?

I started making jewelry at a very young age - I remember playing with my great aunt's old broken costume jewelry when I was only 5 or 6 years old. Every day I would string myself a new necklace and tie a bow with the string around my neck. I thought I was so gorgegous!! LOL!
I started crocheting when I was about 13. A family friend taught me the basics, then a few years later another family friend taught me some more. The rest I picked up from reading patterns and looking at finished pieces made by other people.

3. Do you do any other crafts?

I bake for holidays and special occasions, I also make photo albums for my son every year (ok, so I only made one so far, and I am way behind on the others, but in my head, I claim that I do it.)

4. Is there a story behind your shop name?
Nothing! Its pretty simple. I'm Melissa, and I made the things in my shop. I often wish I came up with something more catchy or creative, but I don't think its worth it to change anything right now.

5. What's your favorite piece in your shop right now?

Can I cheat and pick two? I love my Halloween Star Baby Blanket - - its my new favorite blanket pattern and I am having a lot of fun with it. Olivia Octapus is my other favorite item right now - - she was so much fun to make and I've had that yarn in my stash for so long and never really knew what to do with it, then suddenly, I thought, a red and pink striped octapus would just be so much fun!

6. Where do you sell your work?

On Etsy and at local craft shows.

7. Do you blog?

8. Are you on any social networks you'd like to share?

9. Do you watch or listen to anything while you work? If so, what?

Not usually, it all depends. If I am alone, then I can blast the radio or watch some NCIS reruns. If my little man is around, then I crochet while he watches whatever he is interested in at the time. I actually, get a lot of crocheting done during baseball season and with the playoffs coming up, I see myself staying up late and crocheting until the games end!

10. Tell us one random fact about your self *wink*

This one always seems to shock people - I do not know how to ride a bike and I have no desire to learn. My father pushed me to learn to ride, I had a nasty fall that resulted in my mother picking rocks out of my elbow and knee and decided that I was done with it.


Made by Melissa said...

Thanks for the great feature! :-)

Splendid Little Stars said...

great feature! I think Made by Melissa is perfect! It's catchy, easy to remember, and tells us something about her items.

BeadedTail said...

I, also, didn't have much contact with Melissa but I am enjoying learning more about her and seeing her wonderful work! Great interview Ruthie!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Great feature...always love your interviews Ruthie :)

Judy Nolan said...

Great interview! I like your question-and-answer format, and now know a little more about Melissa than I did before.

Anitra Cameron said...

How fun, to not only get to see Melissa's work, but learn something of her background! Nicely done.

DipYourToes said...

Great job!