My name is Melissa and I live in the Midwest. I've been married to my college sweetheart for about 3 years (we eloped in 2009, after dating nearly 7 years). We have a little brown puppy, named Mr. C who is a Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel / Poodle Mix) and pretty much the best thing in our lives.
It would be easy to say that growing up my Grandma always had us working on different crafts and that I found my love of sewing and crafting then. Which she did, but I was never really that into it. Sure, I would glue little googly-eyes to my popsicle reindeer, or make little pillows for my Barbie dolls, but I just did it because that's what you do at Grandma's house, I didn't have the bug...yet.
Fast forward, I graduated from college after working and getting my Bachelors and Masters Degree back to back, and got my 1st "big kid job". I found myself bored at night, I would work my 8-5 and was so used to coming home and doing homework that I did not know what to do with myself for the 5 hours before bedtime. So on a whim, I bought a cute little frog cross-stitch pattern. And loved making it! So then I bought a bunny, and thought - yup I could do this! And for Christmas that year, my parents got me the best Christmas present that I have ever received. A sewing machine!!!
First project was make a rag quilt for my Grandma, after all I know where my love of crafting came from even if it took me a while to find it!
Second project, a rag quilt for my Grandpa who was in the hospital at that time, so I thought it would be nice & warm for him.
Then I was hooked. Out of control. Fully engulfed in sewing. Aprons, coasters, totes, anything I could think of!