Meet Our Team
Hey there! I’m Melissa, owner + maker at 521handmade.
Most days, you can find me in a baseball hat & workout clothes chasing my creative business dreams while also chasing three cute nanny kids around! Which means I’m generally listening to the Moana soundtrack on full blast while chatting with you about pillows & doing 15 other things at once.
You also might find me at the gym trying to be healthy -- but I will never pass up a chance to eat burgers + fries with my husband. If it’s after 7pm, I’m usually binge watching a show on Netflix while spending quality time with my sewing machine.
People often refer to me as “The Pillow Girl.” It’s a title that makes my heart happy and also always makes me laugh out loud. You have no idea how many random conversations with people have turned into “Oh yeah, you’re the pillow girl; I know who you are.”
I am somewhat of a minimalist when it comes to home design and firmly believe that you should only fill your home with things that personally bring you joy. I’ve created a line of throw pillows for people who are interested in modern home décor, but who also want meaningful one of a kind accent pieces.
I also teach creative workshops in my warehouse studio in Fargo, ND. I love sharing my studio space with people and creating reasons to get together with friends. I also really enjoy “force friending” so chances are that if we have something in common, we are probably going to be friends.
When I’m not busy working on 521handmade, you can catch me drinking root beers at local breweries with my husband (a craft beer expert) or snuggled up on my favorite spot on the couch reading a crime novel.
If you are dying to hear more, here are five things you might not know about me.
➳ I grew up in a farmhouse in the country and was raised by a single mom who taught me how to be independent and to always be yourself… but most importantly to eat my dessert first “because it’s the best part of your meal anyway.
➳ I am obsessed with kitties and my husband is really allergic, so if you have one (or 5) we should be besties.
➳ I used to live for going out on the weekend with my girlfriends, but now you can find me at the gym on Saturday mornings and rarely drink any alcohol as it makes me extremely sick.
➳ I had really crooked teeth for the first 25 years of my life & experienced the joy of having adult braces at age 26. (Uff!) Wearing lipstick is still super exciting to me as I would NEVER dare to wear it before braces.
➳ And yes, my eyelashes are real. I’m surprised at how long they are too!
Still here? Let’s connect! Email me at Melissa@521handmade.com to chat about kitties, personalized pillows, workshops, and anything relating to crafty things or running your own creative business!