|about us - our beginnings
Many, many years ago, Michelle started to brainstorm ideas for a
business she would someday launch. At a very early age she already
had the entrepreneurial spirit as she sat on the curb selling lemonade.
As Michelle got older she dabbled in businesses ranging from wedding
cake design to wall paper installation, but nothing stuck. She kept her
9-5 job and was bored silly.
Michelle was born and raised in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania with her
younger sister, Karen and two older brothers, Bill and Pete. Diligence,
hard work and the importance of family above all else were core values
she learned as a child. She has carried those values throughout her life
and into her business pursuits. She learned to sew at a very young age,
making everything from doll clothes to bridesmaid's dresses. She knew
that someday her love for sewing would turn into a business.
Finally in 2003, Michelle took the leap and started her own company,
Willow Creek Baby. She started sewing vintage inspired patchwork baby
blankets and hit the road selling them. After the birth of her son, Ryan,
in 2004, she was inspired to make her first memory blanket. She was
packing up his outgrown clothing when she realized that she could not
put the lid on the box, instead she wanted to reminisce over each piece
of clothing. Then it came to her. Why not use his clothing to make a
blanket that could hold those childhood memories for a lifetime? At that
moment, on the bedroom floor, she cut his tiny clothing into squares and
created the first memory blanket.
Michelle lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband Jason, their sons, Ryan and Tyler and chocolate lab, Sienna.