Michelle grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado. She has been passionate about jewelry making and creating ever since she was young. In the beginning of 2020 when she transitioned to being a stay at home mom, a vision for the brand Butterflies and Banjos was born.
It was her desire to bring her love for boho fashion and natural materials together in all her designs. Every design was created to highlight the natural beauty of each customer. Michelle and her husband Seth, daughter Hazel and baby on the way live in Wellington, CO.
owner & designer
Butterflies and Banjos was a nickname given to me while working at our church. I've started several little brands that I sold at craft shows and to friends and family. While I was on maternity leave I felt the desire to rebrand and recreate my jewelry business with a new name and vision. At the beginning of 2020 I transitioned from the church to stay at home with our daughter Hazel and began working with a mentor. What happens when you put a creative in quarantine?? Well, they have lots of ideas and inspiration! Each month I would come up with a new design and troubleshoot how to make our products better.
Each design has a special meaning to me and has the heart to make the buyer feel joy and freedom! So here we are growing everyday and so excited to bring you beautiful gifts and treasures!
Why Butterflies and Banjos, You May Ask?
Lovingly this nickname was given to me. In all honesty initially I took offense. The name spoke to the parts of me that were easily distracted, naïve, that started one project, became proficient and then moved on. Or the parts of me that grew easily excited about a new opportunity, a new creation but then fluttered off to the next assignment. It spoke to all the random items in my creative storehouse from the stamps, beads, wire, knitting needles, yarn, fabric, I could go on… In my heart I grieved my squirrel chasing impulsive easily excitable brain. There’s a part of me that wants to cry but there’s another part of me that wants to laugh. The part of me that wants to laugh that earned me this nickname.
The truth is that Butterflies and Banjos is about the part of you that wants to laugh… it's about being fully you in the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s about those moments where you allow yourself to truly be you and to be vulnerable whether it is received or not. Those moments where the innocence in you allows your eyes to follow the butterflies fluttering in your yard and chase after them in hopes of catching one. To believe in new beginnings and hope in what is next for you despite the past. Or the moments sitting around a campfire listening to bluegrass music with your new friends and the sound of the banjo speaks to a part of your soul that you didn’t even know existed. The moments dancing with your husband and baby and the joy that overwhelms your heart. I’m learning that God is creative... and in this world that is moving so fast He adores our creative heart and He wants to create alongside us. He wants us to slow down and to look at the world around us with the wonder of a child. To truly see those around us in love. To just sit on your front porch watching the butterflies and enjoy the sound of a banjo that makes your soul come alive. It is my hope that everything that we offer does this for you!
handcrafted in colorado
"The truth is that Butterflies and Banjos is about the part of you that wants to laugh… it's about being fully you in the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s about those moments where you allow yourself to truly be you and to be vulnerable whether it is received or not."