24 Hours: Melissa Galbraith | Profiles

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The isolation of spring 2020 has brought a wave of new hobbies or rekindled old interests. As people were forced to work from home or found themselves on furlough, many used the extra time to try out banana bread recipes, create their own YouTube channels or take up embroidery.

It’s in the latter endeavor that the sideways hustle of Melissa Galbraith, MCreativeJ comes in. Established before the pandemic began, MCreativeJ offers nature-inspired virtual and in-person embroidery designs, kits, and workshops. Literally, Galbraith and his patrons paint desert and mountain landscapes with thread.

Where the late Bob Ross might have added “happy trees” with his brush, Galbraith has happy cacti made from embroidery floss.

“I think embroidery often has this stereotype of being something old women do, and it’s actually really fun and relaxing — like coloring with thread,” she said. “So I want to make it accessible to anyone who wants to try it. That’s why I have kits and models that are kind of at different skill levels, so you can get started wherever you want.

While embroidery may have been a relatively new pandemic hobby for some, it’s been a lifelong skill for Galbraith, who said she started the hobby in elementary school, albeit reluctantly at the time. beginning.

“My mom taught me how to embroider, and I’ll admit I hated it when I was a kid,” Galbraith said with a laugh. “It was just difficult for me because I didn’t have the patience for it. But as an adult, I absolutely loved it.

It was only after graduating from college and entering the workforce that Galbraith took it over. “I just felt like I was sitting behind the computer all the time, so it was nice to get back to that touch-making experience, and (I) have been embroidering for about seven or eight years now,” said Galbraith, who also does communications work for the Mercer Island-based Bezos Family Foundation.

Along with her business and day job, Galbraith is also busy writing, styling and photographing her first hands-on embroidery book, which she hopes to release next spring. In the meantime, Galbraith will be sharing the process and craft on social media (@mcreativej on Instagram).

“I think it’s important to take time for mindful crafting, and to really dig in and have fun,” Galbraith said of the embroidery. “And a lot of times it’s about the process and the experience, and not necessarily the finishing of a piece. I think it’s really about taking the time to have some craftsmanship and this joy.








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8:49 I stay in bed as late as possible and cuddle up with my puppy, Henley. She doesn’t like getting out of bed in the morning, and neither do I.







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9:16 It’s breakfast time with a cute handmade mug and a review of my diary to start the day off right.







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9:20 a.m. Lots of computer work. I answer emails, attend virtual meetings, and schedule social media posts.







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11:05 a.m. The first of my two daily neighborhood walks with Henley.







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Midday I’m taking advantage of my lunch break to take photos for my next do-it-yourself embroidery book, which will be out next spring.







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12:30 p.m. More computer time as I write blog posts, email newsletters, website updates, and schedule more social media posts.







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3:49 p.m. It’s time to pack wholesale and retail orders for shipment.







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4:05 p.m. My second Henley walk of the day. This time, my husband joins us.







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4:45 p.m. I drop off orders at my local USPS PO box when going out for a workshop.







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5:30 p.m. I’m heading to Ballard for my in-person embroidery workshop with Monster.







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6:30 p.m. I spend two delightful hours teaching participants how to create an embroidered mountain landscape.







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9:30 p.m. After changing into my sweatpants, I curl up on the couch to work on an embroidery project and watch True Crime with Henley.

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