Introducing ~ Melissa

on August 14 | in Contributors | by | with 15 Comments

From Beth: Melissa from Checkout Girl creates some really fantastic hoops (and much more) with wool. We’d like to place her Little City Hoops & Canvases all around our homes! She’s up next with a little house hoop project, but first be sure to enjoy Checkout Girl and Little Pink House

From Melissa: I went to college for eleven years to become a professor of literature and creative writing. And then I changed my mind. So I quit my job and emptied my retirement account, and about a year ago, I moved with my family to Portland, Maine, a town on the ocean, a town with museums and second-hand bookstores and coffee shops, a town with a fabric store, where artists live. My hope is to be one of them, so I spend my days with needle in hand, creating little scenes in wool felt. I put these bits and pieces in my etsy shop, and get this: people buy them! (I’m afraid I might be dreaming.)

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15 Responses to Introducing ~ Melissa

  1. I never thought I would agree with this opinion, but I’m starting to see things differently.

  2. So lovely. . . I love our “little city” too. I wouldn’t trade it for any other.

  3. So lovely. . . I love our “little city” too. I wouldn’t trade it for any other.

  4. Nola says:

    Fabeau store…I would love to have a wall full embroidered hoops in different shapes and sizes.

  5. Terri says:

    wow her work is wonderful thank you for sharing. I hearted her store

  6. Andi says:

    I always love to hear about people who are following their dreams! I am not at all surprised that people are buying your work – I love every one of them! 🙂

  7. jennsquared says:

    I love the little scented house! So cute!

    Maybe one day, I will work up my courage and leave my engineering career and be an artist.

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  9. Krystina says:

    Thanks for sharing your story, Melissa!

  10. People are buying them Melissa because they are so dog gone cute!

  11. alisha says:

    What a beautiful blog and etsy shop. Welcome Melissa!

  12. Ramona says:

    I love your blog. I will be regular visitor now. Your work is so beautiful and Portland Maine is one of my favorite places in the world.

  13. Such a sweet puppy.

  14. Debbie says:

    This is such a great little project. I was thinking once you have the house all set up, you can have the little one’s help you decorate the outside. I know my daughter will really enjoy doing that. It helps her feel like she was a big part of the crafting process without letting her touch the needles.
    Thank you so much for this great project!

  15. Margie says:

    Welcome Melissa. It sounds like you are one of the lucky people who get to live out their dreams. Your stitching is very beautiful & you are really talented!

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