Sunday, February 20, 2011

Spotlight On MelJoy Creations

Hello, my name is Melissa, I’m “Mel” of MelJoy Creations and a member of the Michigan Trolls on Etsy. I’ve lived in
various areas of Michigan over the years, mostly in the “thumb” of the mitten, which is where my husband and I reside now.

I love all things creative, and art has always been a big factor in my life. In my younger years I was a dancer until illness changed my body forever. Move ahead a few years (okay, maybe more than a few) and I'm still creating, just not in a choreographic form. Crafts are my new outlet. Jewelry, quilts, scrapbooking, card making, name it and I enjoy it!

The other half of MelJoy is my mother, Joy, who also lives in Michigan 9 months of the year (I don’t have to tell you which 3 months she prefers to be away from Michigan..ha ha). Over the past two years our jewelry making passions have led us into teaching classes. Then last fall I was introduced to Etsy. The land of handmade…where have you been all my life!? Ha! Within a month, I had our shop up and running.

I would describe our shop as traditional jewelry with a modern makeover. Some styles are classic patterns that my mother learned many years ago. But we’ve taken these patterns and styles of weaving to a new level with designs in modern colors, using more modern styles and variations of beads, crystals and findings. We are very particular of the beads and crystals we use and we’re known for spending hours and hours just deciding on color combinations and weave patterns.
This year we plan to begin selling our jewelry at craft shows throughout Michigan. And we’re really hoping to meet up with some of the other members of the Michigan Trolls Etsy Team, too!

February 20, 2011


  1. Great spotlight! Being the lucky recipient of some MelJoy Creations's work I can testify that that their jewlery is beautifully crafted and very well made.

  2. Cathy thank you so much for featuring our shop! I consider myself lucky to be a team member with you. You're a wonderful artist!
    Lisa, thank you for your very kind comments! I'm so glad you liked the bracelet!

  3. Lovely interview. It is always rewarding to know the persons behind the art !

  4. Great post. I agree with Rosita. It's wonderful to know the artist behind the work. Often you can see them shining through if you know what to look for. Melissa's work is beautiful.

  5. She does beautiful work - great feature!

  6. Lovely work! I especially love the pearl ensemble.

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