M Design Boutique is owned and operated by Melissa Fouch Machowski
I am Melissa, and this is my website. I make and sell everything you see here in my shops. My creative hunger started when I was a kid growing up in Colorado. My parents were incredibly supportive about my interest in making things. I learned a lot from my Mom, who patiently taught me to knit, sew, cook, make soap, candles, hand-dyed fabric, and so on.
In college I couldn’t get enough of Kinko’s where I spent hundreds of hours making and publishing my ‘zine “Torso Hijack” through which I found a whole new world of people creating gritty fun content and distributing through non-traditional means. All the while, the internet was percolating just out of reach of my Macintosh SE. The zine publishing experience ignited my passion for collage art and xerography as I got to meet all kinds of new interesting people. I spent Summers working at Glacier National Park in Montana, reminding me that nature brings me great peace and insipiration.
After getting a Bachelor of Arts in English and then a Master of Computer Information Systems in Boulder and Denver, Colorado, I got in my car and drove to Los Angeles to start a new job at New Times, Los Angeles, a major newsweekly. Southern California showed me a whole new world of successful young artists and musicians. I eventually left my post as Web Designer at the news paper and went out in search of a freelance career and a whole lot of freedom being my own boss. I worked with some amazing artists, musicians, animators, lawyers and well, you name it.
Ten years after stepping foot into LA, I moved with my boyfriend (now husband) across the country to the East Coast, following the career of my beloved. I was ready to go. Less than a year after arriving in Massachusetts I put my love of nature, making things and my “first” career experience in design and technology to work and opened up M Design Boutique. A few bumps in the road and thousands of candles later, Iam watching my business grow into a fulfilling success. I am living my dream and I owe it to a long road to knowing how, to the support of my husband, friends and family, and to the historically unequaled quality and variety of online selling tools.
Through my years of exploring my career and life, I have discovered that I am an artist at heart. In order to breath, I need to create. I love to design and learn new skills. My shops are my opportunity to make a living doing what I love, and being who I am. I appreciate each of my customers for making my dream a waking one!
I welcome your custom requests and look forward to helping you find the right gift, event favor or special treat for yourself. Please follow my shop on facebook and watch for what comes next in M Design Boutique!