Hi, I’m Stacy. Thank you so much for stopping by to visit!

I find writing about myself to be a strange and difficult thing so I’ll try my best to do so. I was born and raised in the great state of Wisconsin where I continue to live. Yes, I love cheese and the Packers (for those of you living in the U.S. you probably know what I'm talking about). No, I don’t LOVE the snow and cold temps that winter can bring, but I’m used to it and this is home – until my husband finally convinces me to move somewhere where it’s warmer year round.

I worked full-time for 12 years in marketing communications and graphic design outside the home, but decided in the spring of 2012 to switch gears a bit. Currently, I am a stay-at-home mom, but never lacking work, so I am more like a busy-work-from-home mom. This time in my life has allowed me to spend more time with the two amazeballs I call my children, as well as given me more time to pursue other passions. For that, I’m forever grateful.

I started Freshly Handmade to chronicle my many creative projects and to share some of what I know and love about crafting, creating and design. You’ll mostly find me sewing, quilting, designing, and decorating with pretty fabric and paper, but on occasion, I’ll pick up my knitting needles or try my hand at a new recipe. I’m a DIY junkie who loves to try new things and who’s not afraid to swing a hammer. I create for me, my family, my home, and for others to show that I care.

My admiration for home spruce ups started when my husband and I bought our first house in 2001.This 100 year old house started out as a hot mess that I had to convince my husband to buy, but after four years of remodeling, I finally convinced him the experience was all worth it. Now onto our second home, one that is newer, but not everything in our style, I continue to transform our home to fit our needs and taste one small project at a time. As for my crafting addiction, it's been an ongoing thing since I was young. I made those woven potholders for every member of my family like they were going out of style -- and yet I still can buy a kit for my own children now. I've pretty much tried every craft to some degree and have self taught myself in almost everything I do. Nowadays, we are so lucky to have such a wealth of information and inspiration available to us on the web. I didn't start sewing, however, until I was in my late 20's when my mom surprised me with a Viking Classica 105 sewing machine that she bought at a garage sale for $50. I used this machine on a regular basis until only a few years ago, but I still pull it out on occasion since it still makes for beautiful stitching. 

My style is simple and clean, but warm and pretty. I love a blend of modern, traditional, vintage, country, romantic, rustic and antique. I love color that is both happy and muted, and I’m a sucker for vintage floral. 

I hope you’ll take a look around this site and maybe even stay around for a while. I love to meet new people with similar interests, so don’t be afraid to introduce yourself.