Our Story

Hi friend! 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 my busy kids around. I'm a mama to two sweet busy boys.  All of this typically means I’m listening to Blippi on full blast while chatting with you about pillows & doing fifteen other things at once.
You'll find me on Instagram at 5am awake with my kids who hate sleeping -- and I will never pass up a chance to eat burgers + fries with my husband Colton. If it’s after 8pm, I’m usually surviving the bedtime battle, reading a crime novel for 10 min, and trying to fall asleep as fast as I can.
People often refer to me as “The Pillow Lady.” 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 lady; I know who you are.”  I work with over 675 stores across the United States and abroad (yay!) and I love sending some handmade love out. 
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 home textiles for people who are interested in modern home decor, but who also want simple, meaningful, speak to your heart pieces.

If you are dying to hear more, here are some things you might not know about me.
➳ The name 521handmade came from... my birthday! I wanted something that would never change, so feel free to send me presents on May 21st.
➳ 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 there goes my plans to be a cat lady.
➳ I'm a firm believer in girl power & supporting others. We should be friends.
Still here? Let’s connect! Email me at Melissa@521handmade.com with any questions!