About Butterfly Lady Designs
Hi, I'm Alison Bradley, the founder of Butterfly Lady Designs, LLC. Originally from Arizona, I moved to Washington in 2009. My husband and I live in Monroe with our daughters, dogs, and a handful of chickens.
Okay now that I'm done with the PR version, I can tell you that I am sassy, I love to laugh, first to volunteer to help and I love bright vibrant colors. You'll usually find me in my work studio wearing sassy t-shirts and leggings with paint on my hands.
In 2015, while visiting with my in laws in Wyoming, I joined my mother in law on a trip to pick up a piece of furniture she had purchased at an antique store in Laramie. While she completed her purchase, I browsed the store until I stumbled upon a pair of garden gates that I knew I had to have. When my husband saw what I had bought he asked "What are you going to do with those?" To be honest, I had no idea, but I knew I had to have them. I stumbled down the rabbit hole known as Pintrest and found the community of up-cyclers and furniture painters and I knew I was meant to do this. By the next spring I was selling my furniture pieces in local stores and learning about vintage items to supplement my stores. And the rest, as they say, was history.
That garden gate is now hung above our bed where we added fences to make it long enough to span our king size bed and two night stands. That led me to the world of upcycling and a creative outlet while my kids were little.
Eventually I became a vendor at several vintage stores in my area. As I grew into these retail locations, my product offerings expanded to include earrings, wood art, magnets and keychains, along with gently used home décor (usually vintage). You can still find my painted furniture and home décor at my retail locations, but this site is dedicated to the art of wood.
How It All Got Started...
What's In A Name?
112 W. Main Street
Monroe, WA 98272
916 1st Street
Snohomish, WA 98290
Seasonally at Dairyland
12125 Treosti Road
Snohomish, WA 98290
The name Butterfly Lady Designs has a double meaning for me. My first connections to butterflies is through my maternal grandmother. Grandma Betty had butterflies throughout her house and loved symmetry and beautiful designs in the wings. When I was searching for a name for my company I kept coming back to the idea of restoration or transformation, finally it hit me that this animal that I've always resonated with is the perfect symbol of transformation. When I work with old furniture I take what is there and transform it into a new items to be loved again. The idea of transformations also comes through in my wood art items - taking the sheet of wood and creating beautiful items.