Back To Work

Hi All, I’m back! I took three months off for maternity leave, and I’m now plugging back into work. There are a few exciting developments — aside from the baby! — since my return.

1.) I’m back teaching freelance workshops at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Yay! My first class was yesterday and I have another coming up on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. I’ll also be teaching a workshop during the winter semester (date TBD). Sign up here.

2.) I’m Dwell’s new “Out There” columnist. I’ll be writing a story each week featuring cabins, trailers/campers, treehouses, houseboats, and all sorts of fun, nontraditional residences that get people out experiencing nature. The column kicks off in early September!

3.) I’m coming back to my copy editing gig at The Scout Guide. Each week I fact-check and proofread a batch of spreads for one of TSG’s 60+ publications.

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As a storyteller it would be a disservice for me not to share the story behind Velkommen Vintage. • My great grandma Nana Hazel made cross-stitch Velkommen signs that she gave to family members to hang in their homes. Growing up our sign was displayed in the kitchen. And now that I have my own home and family, it proudly hangs in the entryway (seen in above photo). • Velkommen means more than just “welcome” in Norwegian. It means “welcome to my home.” Nana Hazel’s cross-stitch, an heirloom that has been passed down through the generations, seemed like a good place to draw inspiration for my new side gig. The name is a nod to family heritage, heirlooms, reciprocity, memory, and the importance of the domestic. 🏡✨

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4.) I’m diversifying work-wise too. I launched a little side hustle called Velkommen Vintage, where I sell stylish vintage furniture and decor via Instagram and Chairish. This is meant to be another fun avenue to bring in some dough, while I’m staying home taking care of Elin.

After I get settled and figure out how to balance my work life and mom life, I’ll be accepting more story assignments. Excited to see what new opportunities come my way!

xo, marissa

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