Welcome, my name is Micheile (‘m ee – sh eh l‘) Henderson.
I live together with my boyfriend, Ivo & our two cats, Neko & Pandora in Rotterdam.
Maybe you know me from Vintage Rose Brocante or A Creative Mess. I’ve been blogging for over 12 years and as I evolve, so do my interests. 2019 is a year of change for us. New home, city, employment and lifestyle. While building on our new lifestyle and exploring this amazing city I’ll be documenting our experiences in my VISUAL STORIES.
I grew up in the wine country of Sonoma, California. I studied Visual Presentation and Space Design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, aka FIDM. Quite a mouth full, amirite? It was what would now be referred to as Visual Merchandising / Visual Communication. I went on to work as a florist and for a short time as a freelance florist designer.
In 1995 after living a short while in the state of Oregon (stunning scenery!) I made the decision to move to Europe. My parents weren’t surprised they’d just always wondered when, and if I’d find the opportunity to go abroad. That opportunity came and soon after I changed my nationality and became a Dutch citizen. My daughter was 5 years old when we moved to The Netherlands, and she is now living happily with her boyfriend in the charming Dutch city of Amersfoort.
I quickly found work as native speaker. I missed creative work and was always looking for projects to do where I could tap into my creativity. When the internet came into my life it opened so many doors for me. I’ve since learned so much about visual design, and I’m constantly trying to up my game. I can’t imagine not being online or not understanding computers, software and other technology!
I’ve got a wide range of interests ranging from design, photography, interiors, to science and politics. Unfortunately my life has had its share of trauma. I carry my share of emotional baggage, It’s quite heavy, and is the reason why I am on disability. After years of therapy and a lot of rest I have found a balance in my life. I work constantly to preserve the balance, while at the same time trying to find joy in everyday things.
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