Welcome to the joyful nester specialising in practical handmade items. 

Michelle Lynn Barlow (thejoyfulnester) I am wife, mum of two and an active member of my community I run a Sling Library Salford Slingers, help with breastfeeding support and have recently set up Make Salford weekly craft night across Salford. 

A lifelong Artist and Maker. With a degree in visual arts,training using industrial sewing machines and a love for all materials. I have Works using paint, photography, pottery, film, installation, crochet, decoupage and many using found/vintage materials. 

Textile is my first love, creating useful and beautiful things; being able to see a need for an item and then planning and producing that item is one of the things that brings me joy.