Home in on the lifestyle you love

She’s hosted ‘Courage to Create,’ ‘B. Original,’ B. Organic,’ and ‘Remake Life with Michele Brown.’ Now Michele Brown is coming to The Messenger’s Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show in Fort Dodge

A popular lifestyle artisan will lead with lifestyle energy at The Messenger’s annual Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show, telling audiences about what she calls “the art of every day.”

Michele Brown, of Des Moines, is a locally- and nationally-known personality who specializes in helping people find their creative sides.

She will make two presentations at the March 1-3 show, which will be at the East Campus of Iowa Central Community College.

At 11 a.m. March 2 she present “Art on Every Table.”

Then, at 2 p.m. that day, she will lead a hands-on workshop entitled “Luxurious Art Supplies — DIY Style.” Pre-registration and a $35 fee are required for the workshop. To register, go to www.messengernews.net or call 515-573-2141 ext. 539.

Michele Brown

Brown said her presentation and the workshop will both focus on creativity.

“I think it’s something we want to incorporate in our everyday life,” she said. “Maybe we like to paint, photography, maybe gardening. It shows up in lots of different ways.”

She encourages people to express their creativity.

“My presentation is really about encouraging people to make the whole idea of creative expression part of our everyday life,” she said. “And that can come by the way we set up our living spaces.”

Brown suggested that everybody have a creative space.

“Having some sort of creative space in our home is just as important as a kitchen or bathroom,” she said. “A place you walk into and say, ‘Wow. This place is really about me.’ It gets you excited about writing or drawing. Whatever it is, just having a space that really values that and honors that.”

She’ll be sharing examples of creative spaces that can be in the home.

Brown added that creativity is something that nobody can take away.

“It’s available to absolutely everyone,” she said. “It’s ageless, it’s timeless, it’s something we all have in common. It’s the one thing that truly leads to some really amazing discoveries.”

Brown said she’s been encouraging peoples’ creativity for more than 20 years.

“Everybody has different ways of expressing things they’re interested in and tastes and styles and all of that,” Brown said. “There’s an art to coming up with a variety of different ways to resonate with people on what it is they can start doing on a regular basis.”

She said her work could almost be compared to that of a personal trainer or a creative practitioner, “because I share lots of different projects and ideas and stories as well as the motivation through research and different things.”

Brown has also been featured on a variety of TV programs. In 2003, she began airing “Courage to Create” on KDSM FOX 17 in Des Moines. That evolved into “B. Original,” which aired on the DIY Network and HGTV. “B. Organic” was another show that aired on PBS.

Today, she hosts “Remake Life with Michele Brown” on WOI-TV.

“It’s truly a passion,” she said of her work. “I’ve experienced it, I’ve seen it, I’ve studied it, and I just know how important it is to have it as part of our lives.”

If you go:

At 2 p.m. on March 2, Michele Brown will lead a hands-on workshop entitled “Luxurious Art Supplies — DIY Style.” Pre-registration and a $35 fee are required for the workshop. To register, go to ww.messengernews.net or call 515-573-2141, ext. 539.

The Messenger Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show

Friday, March 1

— 3 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 2 — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 3

— 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Iowa Central Community

College East Campus,

Fort Dodge


Free courtesy of

Fort Dodge Hy-Vee

Collecting non-perishable goods for local food banks


Saturday — March 2 — 11 a.m. — “Art on Every Table”

Lifestyle Artisan Michele Brown shares how a Naturally Creative Lifestyle can Remake Lives — Inside & Out. She invites you to gather around for a vibrant message filled with inspiring stories and ideas on how you can become creatively equipped in a life-giving way, and why it matters.

Michele Brown is an internationally recognized Lifestyle Artisan who creates, produces and hosts popular how-to lifestyle programs for television networks such as PBS, DIY Network, HGTV, CW and FOX.

Saturday — March 2 — 1 p.m. — “Underused Perennials — why they deserve a spot in your garden”

Nicole Jonas of Red Granite Farm will broaden your plant palette by teaching you about perennials you have not been exposed to before. Designing your perennnial border with a few structure plants and then filling the gaps with plants that say “Wow” will give your landscape an ever-changing look with color and texture.

Planting with all four seasons in mind keeps your garden interesting, even in the off-season, which can be long and cold here in Iowa. Great garden design doesn’t have to be difficult if you plant things that give you plenty of bang for your buck.

Saturday — March 2 — 2 p.m. — Hands-on Workshop with Michele Brown “Luxurious Art Supplies–DIY style”

Pre-registration required, $35 per person.

Register at messengernews.net or by calling 515-573-2141, ext. 539.

Led by lifestyle artisan Michele Brown, this invigorating workshop gathering will be filled with an assortment of small-scale projects using the perfect mix of reclaimed materials to create a variety of expressive art supplies that you will be able to use time and time again.

Different style sketchbooks, mark makers and other useful tools and techniques make up this one-of-a-kind creative toolkit that will change the way you look at materials and unleash a more fearless approach to all of your creative endeavors.

It’s empowering, it’s freeing, it’s fun!