Handmade by Michelle is a creativity blog that showcases tips and tutorials for all things D.I.Y.
The blog shows readers the process of learning new crafts and creating art through the eyes of a fellow beginner and let them witness the ups and oops of the creating process.
Handmade by Michelle’s vision is to inspire and empower new D.I.Y. enthusiasts by demystifying the arts of woodworking, baking, painting and other creative art forms.
Now, meet the creative mind behind this blog!
Hi Everyone!!! I am Michelle and I LOVE learning and creating new things. Although my full time job is really a corporate 9-5, my true passion lies in my workshop and craft room. Everything I know now was self-taught by reading online tutorials and watching tons of YouTube videos. This is why I want to let everyone know out there that if I can do it, you can do it too!
I first started my journey into the arts & crafts world around 2011 with baking and cake decorating and then expanded into the handmade cards arena. I talk a little bit more in detail about this on the post My Creative Formation. Throughout the process of learning the craft, I relied a lot on Pinterest and YouTube both for instruction and inspiration. The more I practice, the easier it got and the better the end product looked and I wanted to keep learning more and more.
One day, after watching HGTV for a whole weekend, I decided that I needed to learn how to work power tools and build furniture. I quickly proceeded to go and buy a table saw and it quickly proceeded to sit on my garage for about 9 months -_-. Yup, it sat there and I was terrified! This wasn’t baking or paper crafts, I could loose a finger if something went wrong on this one!
So I went and I watched a little bit more of HGTV and saw someone using a miter saw and it looked easier and safer that my scary table saw. So I proceeded to go and buy me one. You see, it was then when my new affliction started. I discovered that I have T.A.S. or Tool Acquisition Syndrome! I keep buying and buying tools that I have no idea how to use! But back to the miter saw. Once it arrived and I set it up, I made my first cut. And you know what? It wasn’t scary at all and it was super easy!! I started jumping up and down in my garage of pure excitement and that was it, I was hooked.
Flash-forward a year later, I am nowhere near a pro, but I am still learning and creating. This is a journey people, and you have to enjoy every step of it and I absolutely love it! So come and join me in this crazy adventure and lets start creating something awesome together!