Well, hello! My name is Mel, and I write at thrifted to join and contribute to the crafting, thrifting, parenting and non-Mormon-Utahan communities.
Along with hosting thrifted, on August 1 I will be opening a long-planned etsy store, named The Psychodelicate. I will sell mostly handmade decor and accessories, at the moment focusing on crocheted garlands and embroidered art.
When I started this blog in 2007, I was an 18-year-old college student mainly interested in thrift store fashion and just learning how to knit. While I still cling to those loves, a lot has changed since then. Most importantly, I became a mom – my daughter Grady was born on October 11, 2009 when I was just barely 20 years old. Since starting this blog I have lost, gained, refined, expanded, learned and opened up my heart; and what’s most exciting is that the journey still continues.
I’m now a (part-time) student living with, caring for and working with my aging father; working on an etsy store and striving every day to be a good mom and to connect with the people around me. I try to make this blog a true extension of myself – along with pre-written craft/thrift posts there will always be heartfelt in-the-moment posts.
In short, I’m so glad you came to visit us here at thrifted. I would love to collaborate with you; please contact me at melsundquist(at)gmail(dot)com if you’d like to talk, ask questions, advertise, guest post, join crafty forces, talk about single-mama-hood or tattoos … I’m open to all ideas.
Here are a few of my most popular and most true-to-self posts if you’d like to know more, in order from most recent to least. None of my crafty posts are here, to see those visit my Craftiness category:
- Extricate: In which I face one of my greatest fears: Acting in front of a camera.
- “The world’s greatest everything:” In which I lightheartedly brag about some of my greatest talents and ask you about yours.
- In memoriam: In which I mourn the loss of Winston, my dearest friend – feline or otherwise.
- This is not for you: In which I lament the fact that men think I dress for them, and fight for the right to dress immodestly in a stringently modest society.
- Cute and sad: Including a lovely portrait of Grady by Jess Smart Smiley.
- May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one: In which I talk about my Firefly tattoo.
- 0.5: A six-month-birthday love letter to Grady and all the people who made it possible for her to stay with me.
- Sleepy Baby Syndrome: In which I talk about how horribly depressing new-motherhood can be sometimes.
- Grady’s birth, parts one, two and three: In which I talk about my first (and so far only) experience with labor and childbirth.
- The Replacement: an account of my last few days of pregnancy, and 10.8.09, my last outfit post before giving birth. (I was such a pregnant hipster )
- Six weeks to curtain: In which I give an account of why I decided to keep Grady instead of giving her up for adoption, which was the original plan.