Sunday, March 6, 2011

Women Who Create Beautiful Things - Melissa Prell of Lissa Bee Creations

I've been fascinated with the "story" behind some of my favorite bloggers, and today it is my pleasure to post an interview of a very nice person and fellow flyer, Melissa Prell of LissaBee Creations.

When did you learn how to crochet and realize your love for crocheting? 

I learned to crochet as a young girl, probably 9 years old by my maternal grandmother. The first thing she taught me was how to make a granny square. I made a pillow for my mother in some really bright yellows, oranges, pinks and greens. I also learned how to crochet in rows and made a toilet tank topper. (Say that 3 times fast!) After learning, I didn't pick up my hooks again until after I was married. My mother-in-law taught me how to make crochet edgings around baby blankets.

That was when I really started getting interested in crochet. I made lots of baby blankets and then taught myself how to read crochet patterns. I used patterns to crochet angels ornaments, purses, and clothing.

Do you design the little boxes and baskets you make in your etsy shop ?  (I especially like the hemp boxes with the lid and the blue shell basket.)   

Yes, I designed the boxes and baskets in my shop. I love the design process. I have an idea of what I want to accomplish and it is fun to see the idea take the shape of a colorful basket.

I understand you took the same e-course as many of us from Kelly Rae Roberts.  What has impact you the most from that course?

The biggest impact from Kelly's course was instilling in me the belief that I had something valuable to offer the world. It is easy to get caught up in perfectionism, that what I do is not good enough. But it is. I also believe that it is okay to make mistakes, to learn from them and to grow as a business owner and a human being. I love the friendships I have made with some of my fellow course takers. There is an abundance of support and encouragement in our group.

What are you plans for the future?  Do you teach crochet?  Will you venture into making little critters?

I plan to nurture my etsy shop and make it successful. I would also like to sell to retail shop owners. I don't teach crochet right now, but am looking into it. As far as making little critters or amigurumi, I just might! I am also thinking about crochet jewelry.

Thank you for taking the time to do the interview.  I so appreciate your talent and beautiful things! You can find Melissa's beautiful things on etsy at LissaBee Creations.

Please join me next week to read an interview a very talented photographer living in Italy, my friend, Katrina of  The Kat Eye View of the World.


Diane said...

Another talented soul. Crochet was my very first love. I'm so glad that crochet is renewing itself in the art world. This truly is to me a great expression of art--what you can do with just a ball of yarn--amazing!

Petra Kern, handpainted design said...

Just stopped to say hi to nice ladies Melissa and Diana :). I really like Melissas crochet ornaments for everyday use ... tons of hugs, p.

Cindy said...

It is so nice to meet Melissa! I actually taught myself to crochet as a girl, about the age that Melissa learned. My mother knitted, but I couldn't get the hang of it, but still wanted to sit by her and play with yarn. Melissa's creations are so functional - I am thinking of getting out the crochet hooks again and making a bowl or two!

Thanks for the inspiration again, Diana!


art2cee2 said...

Just beautiful crochet work! I have always enjoyed crochet! Its kind of a forgotten art but is coming back into vogue. :-)

Valerie Weller said...

I love that Melissa creates three dimensional pieces with crochet. So very different! Her work is as sweet as she is... thanks for another lovely interview Diana.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

This is so interesting... I have no clue how to crochet. It is beautiful work. I love that she learned from her grandmother! I love her pen holder... too cute! Wonderful interview Diana. It was so nice to meet Melissa!

Kelly Berkey said...

wow, i didn't know you could create such wonderful items by chrochting!
great interview, once again!!

sonyamacdesigns said...

love this interview ... and Lisa ... Thanks

Melissa Prell said...


I am in tears from these sweet comments! Thank you so much for posting my interview and making my crochet look so beautiful.


Artist Terri Smith said...

Another Delightful Interview Sweet Diana! I Look Forward To These Every Sunday! And WoW..Melissa's Work Is Beautiful! I Especially Favor Her Baskets. Just Went And Browsed Her Etsy Shoppe..And I'm So Impressed With All Her Lovely Pieces. Thank You Diana For Bringing Us Melissa's Story. Truly, I Sincerely Look Forward To Your Sunday Postings..Visiting And Sharing In All The Wonderful Talent You're Sharing With Us! Hugs, Terri

Robin Norgren said...

It was so lovely getting to know a bit more about Lisa.

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