About Michele

Thanks so much for coming to The Homesteading Cottage site.  I’m a writer, homesteader, entrepreneur and lifelong learner.

The mission of The Homesteading Cottage is to help people embrace the simplicity of the homesteading lifestyle no matter where they live.

The writing you’ll find here offers unconventional ways of getting back to basics by incorporating mindful intentions on a small scale to fit your personal style of living. The idea is that small steps create big changes.


Background…

The first 10 years of my professional career were serving as Sign Language Interpreter and Coordinator of Services for the Deaf. 

A move to a new area meant a new start and the possibility of a new business.  By this time I had developed sensitivities to commercial bath and body products and was unable to find natural options in the scents I loved.  In true homesteader fashion…if you can’t find it, make it yourself (;

I started studying to become an Aromatherapist under the tutelage of Katherine Graff from Aroma Studio in NY and received the Foundation, Advanced and Masters level certification.

In 1999 I opened a local aromatherapy shop called Natural esSCENTials which offered natural & organic unscented bath and body products.  Customers would simply choose unscented bases and then add essential oils to create their own custom scents. 

A few years later I started working for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) in their International Ministries division.  My time there was wonderful, but as my Grandmother’s health declined, it was clear that she needed more hands-on care, which meant less time in the shop and leaving the BGEA. 

We decided to move the shop solely online which allowed me to work from home and be there for Grandmother at the same time.

As I continued the study of aromatherapy, herbs and all things natural, a new passion for simple living emerged and our shop quickly evolved into a store focused on the essentials for simple living.

After my Father’s death, I needed a new way to connect to the creative side of me again.  Metalsmithing and jewelry design were a natural fit so I moved to Asheville, NC in 2007 to study under Ruthie Cohen at the The Mountain Metalsmiths School of Jewelry and Lapidary.

To hone my skills even further, the next step was to become a Guild Certified PMC Artisan & Instructor.  I attended classes at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art and received my certification under master artisan Tim McCreight

Metalsmithing and sculpting opened new doors of inspiration and I instantly felt at home. With this newfound passion, DMY Designs opened its doors in 2008 offering simple key pieces of jewelry and custom works of art. 


Entering the World of Blogging…

As our homesteading journey continued, I wanted to create a space to inspire others who might also long for that simple homestead way of being and decided to start The Homesteading Apartment blog at the end of 2009. 

A few years later that site transitioned into what is now The Homesteading Cottage.


A Focus on Service…

For the last few years I've been very blessed to be able to work for Samaritan’s Purse on their Operation Christmas Child Project.  Several months out of each year I take time off from the business to focus on this ministry effort.  It's a way of giving back and demonstrating God’s love in a tangible way through a simple box of hope for children in need around the world.


The Next Step for The Homesteading Cottage…

Our next goal is to purchase a 5 acre piece land to create a homestead filled with fruit and nut trees, berry bushes and grape vines, raised planting beds, bees, chickens and rabbits, as well as a little cottage and studio of my dreams. 

We hope it will be a place of collaboration and learning as we build community through sharing and service.  We also hope to encourage the next generation in homesteading skills as we live closer to the land and embrace the vision of becoming even more self sufficient.

1 comment:

  1. I Love your blog and your pins! Thank you, keep it up!!!

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