Many, many years ago, Michelle started to brainstorm ideas for a business she would someday launch. At a very early age she already had the entrepreneurial spirit as she sat on the curb selling lemonade. As Michelle got older she dabbled in businesses ranging from wedding cake design to wall paper installation, but nothing stuck. She kept her
9-5 job and was bored silly.
Finally in 2003, Michelle took the leap of faith and started her own company, Willow Creek Baby. She started sewing vintage inspired patchwork baby blankets and hit the road selling them. After the birth of her son in 2004, she was inspired to make her first memory blanket. She was packing up his outgrown clothing when she realized that she could not put the lid on the box, instead she wanted to reminisce over each piece of clothing. Then it came to her. Why not use his clothing to make a blanket that could hold those childhood memories for a lifetime? At that moment, on the bedroom floor, she cut his tiny clothing into squares and created her first memory blanket. Willow Creek Studio was born. Since that time, Willow Creek Studio's memory blankets have fallen in to the hands of many happy customers all over the country and have graced the pages of numerous publications including Country Living, Family Circle, Pregnancy & Newborn and many more.
Michelle lives in Enola, Pennsylvania with her husband Jason, son's Ryan and Tyler and their chocolate lab, Sienna.
Every one always asks, "How did you come up with your name, Willow Creek Studio?" Well, when I was younger, I loved to sleepover at my grandparent's house on a bed that was covered with a vintage chenille bedspread. I loved the feel of that bedspread so much , that I chose to use chenille as the backing for all our memory blankets. The view from that room was a large willow tree that sat at the edge of a tiny creek that fed their pond. I have such wonderful childhood memories of my time spent at my grandparent's home. So, when I was looking for a name for my memory blanket business, it seemed appropriate to name it after this willow tree by the creek that holds so many special childhood memories for me.