Hey there! I’m Melissa, and I make things. I was first bitten by the craft bug as a child in the ’80s, and I have been crafting ever since.
What I Make
Over the years I have taught myself a hodgepodge of craft mediums. Through trial and error, I discovered my love of fiber art. I now create fun, retro, and sometimes unusual items using various craft methods, including crochet, hand sewing, embroidery, cross-stitch, and most recently weaving. I also do an occasional DIY project, or two.
My Blogging Journey
I started this blog in 2006 to showcase some of my craft and DIY projects. I never imagined that it would lead me to run my own online handmade business and be published in several craft publications, including Interweave. It is totally a dream come true!
A little over ten years later, in 2017, I fell away from blogging and crafting after I lost my 13-year-old cat, Drusilla (who was the original inspiration for this blog), to kidney failure and my 13-year-old job in publishing to downsizing (13 really was an unlucky number for me). But after many hours of blood, sweat, and tears, many tears, I finally found a new career and a hunger to craft and blog again.
What is the Crafting with Cat Hair blog all about?
It is a lifestyle blog with topics including:
- Craft & DIY projects
- Living in the South (with cats)
- Tips to save money, especially with craft & DIY projects
My mission is quite simple: to spark your creativity by providing ideas, tutorials, and resources that will help you live an inspired and happy life without spending a ton of money.
First and foremost, this blog is meant to be a fun, clean, and stress-free environment for you and me, which is why I have decided to remove the comment feature from this blog. Visit the contact page if you would like to contact me.
Most of my projects and tutorials are simple and inexpensive, and the resources I list are largely free. So with these resources and very little money you will be creating your own fun and heartfelt handmade projects in no time!
Who is this blog for?
It is for me. I miss being able to express myself artistically and creatively. Sure. I can do that in my living room of my home while I’m curled up on the couch with my kitty, Daphne, watching Netflix. But blogging holds me accountable for completing my projects, which is always an issue for me. I tend to have a ton of WIPs going at once, but I have a hard time getting around to finishing them.
It is also for you. I love having the opportunity to share with you not only my craft projects, but any tips, tricks, book reviews, craft roundups, tutorials, and other crafty things that I find interesting and useful.
One of the most asked questions over the years: How did you come up with your blog name?
My blog was named due to my first fur baby, Drusilla (she crossed the rainbow bridge in March 2017). Her black hair was always ending up in all of my craft projects, so I thought it was a very appropriate name. I have since adopted a second fur baby, Daphne, who is a Ragdoll and has, even more, hair than Drusilla. It fits even more now.
I love all animals, especially cats, and am very passionate about animal welfare, so I try to not use any animal fiber or products. I do have some yarn in my stash that is a wool blend that was gifted to me, but I really try to only purchase and craft with acrylic, cotton, and synthetic yarns. To read about some of my favorite yarn and craft supplies check out the Resources tab on the top of the blog. I will never recommend something that I don’t like and use myself.
Two more most asked questions: So, do you really craft with cat hair? Did you write that book. . .
In 2013, a book was released using my same blog name. It caused quite a headache for my little craft blog, and caused me to take a break from blogging for a few years. But just so you know, I am not affiliated with that project in any way. And, no. I do not literally craft with cat hair, at least not intentionally. My motto: into every craft a little cat hair must fall.
If you want to get to know me a little bit better, read 50 random things about me.