My name is Melanie Burge and I am a wife and mom of three children. I am originally from the small town of Jonesboro, Louisiana. I met my husband Michael at Louisiana Tech University, where I graduated in Elementary Education. Before we had children, I taught second and third grade in both public and private schools in Texas and Louisiana. In 2014 our family, then of four, moved to Bloomington, IL, where we lived for 3 years and also added one more kiddo to our family. We then moved out to Mackinaw which is more like the small town feel I remember growing up! I have always enjoyed working with/teaching children both in church and school settings. Over the years God has placed me in positions I never would have imagined such as Awana Commander, Children’s Ministry Director, Preschool Coordinator, and currently soon to be an Awana Sparks co-director. I have always enjoyed planning and organizing and especially decorating! In the past few years I have had a few craft booths in Fairbury, Washington, and Peoria Heights as an independent vendor named Southern Charm. Be YOUnique Designs came about after a long time of looking at several possible locations and towns and envisioning what kind of shop I could offer for others. This craft studio is a way to offer crafting services while providing quality products reflective of today’s interests and styles based off of popular pinterest trends. I am so glad you have shown interest in being a part of my crafting. Whether for a special order, a craft event, or a reserved party, I look forward to working with you to make your individual craft or crafting event a fun and enjoyable experience for all! Feel free to stop by and say hello or see what fun crafts I have available in the studio!