My Story


I’m originally from Sonoma, California. In 1995 I moved to The Netherlands and in 1999 I officially became a Dutch citizen. I love living in Europe! I won’t get into politics and the social systems on this page. The charming cities and castles were a convincing reason enough to stay in Europe. No need to go into quality of life statistics; you know things like mandatory paid vacations and affordable health care…. for all.

Blogging! I’ve been at it for more than ten years. This blog got it’s own domain in 2010, and before that I used blogger + tumblr. After a while I grew out of it, or rather out of vintage + brocante. Also a technical problem caused me to lose more than half of my blogs content. It was hard focusing on adding old posts considering the posts felt out of date and were no longer of interest for me. Looking back at old work is like looking back on old relationships… what was I thinking?? 

After trying several other blogs, including Vintage Rose Brocante, I’ve decided to come back here and redirect VRB to a Creative mess. I’ve lost touch with many of my visitors, mostly because of lack of content and interest on my part. However I really do like blogging. I blog about all types of subjects; graphic design, printables, photography, interior design and baking are some of the many eclectic topics you’ll find here. My webshop has free downloads (everything is free).

A Creative Mess is for me the perfect location for all of my interests. I have had a couple of difficult years and have now found some stability. Not only am I now able to blog more, I WANT TO BLOG MORE! Photographing, styling and baking are still my most passionate hobbies. I’m a graphic designer enthusiast and though I have no professional training I am constantly trying to become better. I’ve got an Associated Arts degree from The Fashion Instituted of Design and Merchandising (aka FIDM). My degree is in Visual Presentation and Space Design. For years I worked as a florist and for a short time I had my own florist business. I’ve found that my hobbies and skills make for a great combination for blogging. My writing however is a bit of a mess. Without a doubt I focus more on imagery and presentation. I’m going to be working on developing my writing skills and as always my photography and graphic design skills as well.

Someone once told me not to bite off more than I could chew. I said I’d rather choke on greatness than nibble on mediocrity.

If you are interested in working with me on a collaboration please get in touch with me (you can use the form below). If you’d like to place a submission for a project you’re working on please let me know.

Whether you’re a new visitor or a returning visitor I want to thank you for stopping by. I really do appreciate you taking the time to read this! Feel free to comment and please add your blog or Pinterest link so we can all share our work + interests!

Again thanks so much for dropping by!


Teresa Micheile


One of the perks of running a blog is the opportunity to connect with a ton of like-minded individuals!