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.