Crafter Q+A: Melissa Lowry of Milo&Ben

Melissa Lowry

Name: Melissa Lowry

Location: Milton, ON

Title: Creator of Milo&Ben

Website: www.miloandben.com

Twitter handle: @miloandben

How did you get into crafting?
I was always involved in crafting since I was young. I remember learning how to embroider on paper, regular printing paper, and sketching my own designs. Shortly after, my mom bought me the materials to embroider properly. My mom always involved me in making Christmas ornaments and I always loved making things. I spend my free time thinking of the next thing to make.

Why did you decide to start your own site?
Blogging was always something I wanted to try, especially after being crafty myself. I started making tutorials and after showing my creations to friends and family they encouraged me to put them online. To my surprise I started to sell them and more and more people started asking me for custom requests. Milo&Ben quickly started gaining popular after that.

What’s your favourite part about what you do?
My favourite part is hearing the feedback from the customers, especially about cake toppers and their wedding day. It’s always nice to hear how someone appreciates the time and craftsmanship that goes into every creation. A lot of the stuff I make is custom and its always great to work on something that’s specifically made for someone.

wedding cake toppers

What are some of the challenges?
The challenges with handmade I find always vary. I work full-time and sometimes finding the time to do your craft can be challenging. I find more and more people appreciate the uniqueness of a handmade item but others do not see the value of it. Overall, I’ve been lucky to have great people as customers and supporters.

What are some of your favourite websites?

Oh Happy Day 

How About Orange

What was your first craft?
The first major craft projects were for my own wedding.

wedding decor

I made the hairpieces for my bridesmaids, the hanging pomader balls and other decor for the ceremony and reception, as well as luggage tags and give aways for the guests. It was a lot of work but it saved us a lot of money! Especially having a destination wedding.

bridesmaid's hairpieces

What was your favourite project? 
My favourite project was the needle felted whale rattle (check out the tutorial here!). It’s kid friendly and an easy project to try if you’re starting to needle felt.

felted baby rattle

Overall words of wisdom?
Always pursue your crafting hobbies, even if they are a part time distraction. You’ll get better at it and it will help you with your daily stresses. Always keep your eyes open for inspiration, it’s everywhere. Collect any and all materials that come your way, you’ll never know when they can come in handy!

Check out Melissa’s needle felted wool rattle tutorial here.