Endless Summer ( I wish!)

Hey there, Hi there, Ho there!

How are you??

I am well and happy, as this may go on record as my favorite summer of all time.

We have been so many wonderful places,  we have seen so many beautiful things, and we have made so many memories that I couldn’t ever possibly fit them into a blog post. Instead I made a couple of collages, and that will have to suffice for my long absence from blog land.

Summer 13

I was just thinking how odd it is that we Michiganders seem to cram so much  living into the 3 to 4 short months that make up our summer season.  It is like we have to  gobble up every last moment of  sunny skies and warm breezes because we know that just around the bend is the dreaded hibernation time we call winter.

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I have a hunch that it’s really what makes summer so darn sweet, because it is just so darn short!

We took full advantage and haven’t wasted a moment.  Since June, when last we spoke,  we traveled all over our great state, camped, swam, kayaked, biked, hiked, bon-fired, site saw, wined, dined,  relaxed, read,  and strummed our guitars in the sunsets.

In our extended family we’ve had two graduates, and one wedding.  In our own little family all of us turned one year older ( well my youngest doesn’t turn 10 until Thursday) and the hubs and I celebrated our 15th anniversary.

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I can feel it winding down as the school shopping ad’s come out and the air is already a little  bit chilly .  I’ve even been in my sewing room the last couple of days!!! We still have some trips up our sleeves, and you can bet I will be hanging on to summer until I see the first leaf turn orange.

Talk soon!

Melissa

oh you aint got a thing…

if you aint got that swing!

 

The BG and I took our first swing dance lessons Saturday night.

You have no idea how long I’ve wanted to do it, and it was worth the wait!!

I’ve got sore calf muscles, but a grin on my face.

We aren’t this good yet, but if you don’t grin while watching this you must be dead. LOL

Later Gators!

Melissa

trinkets

I received some lovely little trinkets yesterday in the mail from Silent Stitches.

They were the best price I found on ADORABLE little embroidery scissors.

HAPPY DAY

Look how cute the packaging was

 

tiny scissors on the wrapping paper,        OH         MY         GOSH!    I was giddy.

Now for a peak  inside…..scissor LOVE.

 

I’m off for a sewing weekend at Mom’s house tomorrow.  Hope you all have a superb weekend!

Later Gators,

Melissa

of banners and stolen things

Bad News:

Well I had a trying day yesterday.  Someone stole my purse right off my kitchen counter.

The back slider must have been left unlocked and someone saw an opportunity to snatch a quick dime either during the day while I was up in my sewing room, or while we were sleeping.

I NEVER leave the door unlocked, I always check.  But the one time I didn’t…

(sigh) I did all the wrong things too…like leaving my SS card in my wallet.  I have meant a million times to take it out and put it in the lock box, but never did.

You know how a woman’s purse is her castle right?  You favorite lipsticks, chapsticks, kids pictures, checkbook, drivers license, etc. I was pretty sick about it at first. But then I just reminded myself  it could have been worse.  My car keys weren’t in it. No one died.

So I spent today at the various government offices and banks etc. taking care of that.

Good News/Bright Side:

I bought a cute new purse and wallet.

Charlene of Puddles of Grace sent me a picture of her signature quilt.  She still needs to add borders, but isn’t it awesome!

Click on the link to check it out!

I have been spending some creative time making a YEAR OF BANNERS for the ole’ bloggity blog.

I have been having so much fun doing this.

Here are some I have made for the upcoming months:

If you would like to make some for your blog, here are some great free digital scrapbooking web sites:

Free Digital Scrapbooking

Shabby Princess

Here is a link to a free photo editing program that I use.  It’s my poor girl’s photoshop!

Paint.net

Okay go lock your doors and make sure your purse is put away in a closet! =)

Later Gators, melissa

sharing

I came to this link by way of someone’s blog, but for the life of me I can’t remember where.

I am sharing anyway.

Take some time to watch this, it is incredible and seems meant for any mom, wife, or daughter.

Have tissues handy!

HERE

Studio Blog Tour

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 Kristina at Sew Domestic  http://kristinawilberg.typepad.com/sewdomestic/  is hosting a Studio Blog Tour all this week.  Stop by to check out where us crafty/quiltly folk spend our time creating.

My creative space is totally a work in progess.  But here’s what I have so far!

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The cutting table looking not too messy (but wait.)

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The do dads UNDER the cutting table= very messy! That cardboard box is filled to the brim with quilt tops waiting to be quilted.

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Here is were I sew and iron.

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Now for a very scary sight! Beware the closet!!!

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A.. What do you use your space for?

I use my sanctuary for quilting, needle punching, paper crafting, gift wrapping, card making, painting, and for escaping the chaos whenever necessary.  It’s my “Calgon Take Me Away” spot.  I always have a stack of books on c.d. to listen to while I am creating.

B. What is your favorite thing about your space?

It’s the one spot in my house that lets my “inner kid” out and I can decorate it in a way that doesn’t have anything to do with being a grown up!  Not to mention NO ONE is allowed in there so it is an ALL MINE club house! =)

 C. What struggles do you have with your space?

It is way to small. I tried to get the hubbs to let me have the master bedroom for my sewing room, but it was a NO GO. hehehehe

There isn’t any overhead lighting, so at night I have to use 3 lights and an ott light to make it workable.

When I hit the lottery I will design and build an ENORMOUS sewing room!

D. When do you use your space?

I use my space every single day. I sew and craft all hours of the day.

E. Share an organizational technique that works for you.

Organization?  What’s that? LOL  One good way utilize the unused space under a cutting table or side table is to skirt the table with fabric then store containers, plastic drawers, and boxes underneath! 

 

Hope you had fun visiting my space! Why don’t you head on over and link yours too!
 
later gators! Melissa

 

 

 

Request for prayers and crafty stuff

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As we prepare to move we need to file a petition to move our youngest Minate out of the state. We will fly back for the adoption hearing if all goes well with the request to move. If not then I will either have to stay in Michigan with Te’ until we are cleared to move, or we just won’t be able to take the job.  Our oldest Patience is already fully adopted, but we are still legal guardians of Minate.

If you would just say a little prayer for us that everything goes smoothly we would be so thankful!

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I spent some time with paper crafting today making a patriotic banner. Tomorrow is the last day of school so I was soaking up the quiet time before I will need to become an all day long Mom.

We’ll do some cool “kid” stuff  this summer.

A little science, a little art, a little baking, a little craftin’ and sewing ….you know fun girl stuff.

Here is how it turned out:

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Later Gators!

Melissa

Thank you Molly!

 

Molly from http://www.sewhappy10000.blogspot.com/ sent me this award!

I am to choose 7 blogs to pass it on to. They in turn link back to  my site and pass it on from there. Here goes:

 1.Covered Porches and Wooden Screen Doors-   http://coveredporches.blogspot.com

 2.The Running Quilter-    http://www.therunningquilter.blogspot.com/

 3.The Quiet Room-        http://wendy-kirby.blogspot.com/

 4. Stillmeadow Quilting-     http://ksbquilts.blogspot.com/

 5.Snippets of A Quilter-http://snippetsofaquilter.blogspot.com/

 6.Quilting with the Past-   http://lucyquilting.blogspot.com/

7. Brown Quilts- http://brownquilts4me.blogspot.com/

Friday

I love that saying.  I bought this little stitchery at a folk art show a few years back. I am definitely an old house kinda girl. You would never catch me buying a brand new house. Nope… give me the creaky floors, the grand old wood work, the windows that are impossible to open, the attics that just may have an old treasure long forgotten.  I grew up in a old yellow farm house.  That is probably how my affinity for all things old was born. 

 When I was a little girl we had a woman stop by our house and tell us that she was born in it!! She brought some black and white photos with her of our house when it had been hit by a tornado. The kitchen had all of its walls blown down, but the old wood burning cook stove still stood, and a bowl of eggs was sitting on top of it. Not one of the eggs had broken!!!

If you are lucky enough to live in an old house, full of history and years full of love and family, be gentle to it. Don’t be too mad at it because your shelves kind of lean one way of the other.  Don’t be too worried about replacing the old windows, tearing out the crown molding or covering up the wood floor with Berber carpet. There are plenty of houses being built like that every day, but there is probably only one one just like yours~!!