Hi, I am Melinda. I started Flower Mound Escape in 2003. It has changed and evolved over the years, but my basic idea has always been that handmade is just a little bit more fun.
It all started with candles. I love making candles. At the time, I was in the Oklahoma National Guard and working as a correctional officer at a medium security men's facility. I was also pregnant with my third child. It was an interesting adventure, to say the least. The name actually came from the warden at the time. It started out as a joke really.
I started selling the candles that I made to some of my coworkers. He asked me if that was the way I was going to escape the prison on Flower Mound Road. That was the day that Flower Mound Escape was born. I guess that I did.
I eventually retired from the military after 2 deployments. Decided it was a good time to go back to college because I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up and somehow ended up with a master's degree. On the other hand, I felt the overwhelming need to make things. All the things.
Life has twisted and turned. It led me to a small town in Louisiana where I live with my partner Duane, our two hellhounds (Fezzik and Ludo) and 4 grumpy snakes. It is always an adventure, and I wouldn't have it any other way.