Howdy!

Welcome to the page all about me.

I am a maker of things. I love to use my hands to sew, paint, draw, knit, crochet, and when they get cold, I also use them to put down the backs of my daughters shirts. I also like to use my hands to type the words that randomly form in my brain. I have typed words on my old website Bucktooth Mama, and On The Rag Mag.

I totally, 100% consider myself a feminist. My favorite colors are turquoise & pink, though I like all the other ones quite a bit too. I painted 100 paintings of other things that I like, which you can see all on one page here.

You can scroll down to learn more about me and if you need to contact me, I’ve got a whole page for that too!

Melissa Nelson-Stippich
Melissa Nelson-StippichIt's me!
Emerson Ave

The street I grew up on.

I was raised by two sets of parents, one heterosexual and one homosexual. I grew up in a conservative city, but I was insulated by the community my parents constructed for me. It wasn’t always easy, but being different gave me the opportunity to get to know myself, and to trust in my own vision and idea of who I want to be.

I graduated from college with a B.S. in Social Science and a minor in Gender Studies. Being entirely unemployable, I opened up an online boutique called KiKi’s Kitsch Corner (named after my karaoke superstar alter ego). The crafty revolution was in its infancy, Etsy wouldn’t hit the scene for years. It was a fun time to be making things and selling them. My items received national press in publications like Bust Magazine & Daily Candy.

I'm educated!

I can’t believe it, I’m educated!

a picture of my gorgeous family

These goofballs are mine, all mine!

I married my sweetheart in 2002. It was a fancy shindig with an accordion player, head nodder centerpieces, and a silver dress worn by me. We had our first daughter in 2005 & our second in 2008. All three of these people are the best things that have ever happened to me, even when my daughters leave their dirty socks all over the house all of the time. I am filled with gratitude because I get to know and love these folks.

After the birth of my first daughter, I started a new blog & web shop called Bucktooth Mama. I continued that until 2013 when my dad Dick Nelson died. Losing him caused me to question a lot of things in my life, and I stopped writing for almost two years. I was devastated and depressed. In August of 2013 I started this site and a painting project called “Chasing the Pink Glow” in order to kick me out of my funk & to remember what makes me happy.

No picture can express the amount of joy I felt in this glittery room.