Wednesday, April 27, 2011

earth day, easter, and tissue covers

oh, i'm so behind! so, so behind. first easter and then a wonderful trip to the big easy (more on that later!) so here i am, playing catch-up.

this week is teacher appreciation week, so i donated 75 tissue holders. i am such a procrastinator, but i did manage it get them done!

on earth day we headed out to enjoy the beautiful weather.

i can't believe that these buds are now gorgeous flowers in just a weeks time! i must remember to head out there later and take a photo them now (in the not so gorgeous weather!)

we played hopscotch (pay no mind to the messed up numbers - i wrote them upside down)

our favorite roly-polys were found.

a home was quickly made for them (i'm sure they loved it!)

on saturday, we painted eggs

on easter, we had our egg hunt. this is tahoe.

he left us a little present to hunt for also...

hee, hee...

more on the new orleans trip coming up!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

scenes from the weekend

happy monday!! it's snowing here in michigan this morning. i am ready for spring, but i do love the quiet calmness a good snowfall brings. this weekend i spent some time just wandering through the house with my camera, capturing things that make me smile. as i was tidying up the twins room, i was thinking about how much i love the animals they sleep with. i know they are something i will treasure always. here is t's lion. l's monkey and g-raff! (monkey does have his other leg, it's just tucked behind him)
talie resting upstairs. it's her favorite place because she is able to open one eye occasionally to look outside and make sure all is well. such a good watch-dog!
flowers (not real) in e's room. my mom brought them to me when i was on hospital bed rest with the twins. they are beautiful and really do look real.
the airplane mobile in e's room.
this silly sign hangs on our main bathroom door. my husband's grandmother brought it back from france for him before we were married. the boys think i is hilarious!!
yesterday afternoon we headed to my parents for lunch. my great-grandmother was very crafty. she was an amazing cake decorator and also loved ceramics. we are so very fortunate to have many of her lovely creations still that we bring out for most holidays. here are a few that she made.

a little egg house, with a full scene happening on the inside.
well-dressed, dancing bunnies!
She also made the decorated eggs on the stands on the left side of the picture.

i love all of the wonderful memories these decorations evoke each year when they are displayed!

what are some of your favorite easter decorations and memories? i would love to hear them!

Saturday, April 16, 2011


i have been so frustrated because we have been without an internet connection for 2 days. i have been doing everything from my phone and trying all of the tricks i know to get the connection back. thank goodness it is saturday and my hubby is home. it took him less than a minute to realize that i had shut down my laptop 2 days ago and when i turned it back on, i forgot to connect the wireless. hmm... i need help!

Thursday, April 14, 2011


thanks to all who entered!! I entered the number of comments into the random number generator on
The winner is number 3!!! Congrats Beth, your padded cell phone cover is headed your way later today!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

spring has sprung, i have not

it is such a gorgeous day here that i have avoided (in no particular order) laundry, dishes, vacuuming, sewing, grocery shopping, errand running, picking up of toys, working out, and the like.

i have plans for sushi with a dear friend later, and don't see myself getting any of these things done before then.

someone needs to send me some motivation quick, otherwise i will stay here, relaxing, feeling the warm spring breeze for the rest of the day!

*don't forget to scroll down to enter the giveaway of a Sew Melly padded cell phone cover.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Indie Biz Launch Day and GIVEAWAY!!!

To celebrate the completion of the e-course Indie Biz 3.0 many of my classmates are launching their new blogs, shops, products, hosting giveaways, and celebrating Independent Business on their blogs! Here at Sew Melly, I am not only launching a new product today, I will be giving one away to a lucky reader!! Introducing the new Padded Cell Phone Cover: This super cute padded cell phone cover will protect your phone from dents, scratches, goo at the bottom of your diaper bag...

My purse is not the most organized of places and this cover has really helped me out. Not only does it protect my phone, it also makes it easier to spot in my purse!

The finished measurement of this case is 3.25in x 5.25 in and fits my iPhone perfectly. I've tried a few different Droid models in this case and they fit just fine. It has a layer of fleece that provides padding and protection.
Would you like to own this sweet little cell phone cover?

All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me who you talk to most on your cell phone and you will be entered to win!!

Contest will be open until midnight EST Wednesday, April 13, 2011. Winner will be announced Thursday, April 14!

Check out all of the other Launch Party fun here!

Thursday, April 7, 2011


there are a stack of these cute padded cell phone covers just waiting to be finished tonight on my sewing table!

check back this weekend for a fun giveaway!!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

the bag

some time last fall, i decided that i needed something a little more stylish to cart around our camera and lenses. i started to do some research on women's camera bags and came across a few designers that i liked but none really hooked me, made me feel that i needed THAT camera bag. my biggest problem was that most of the leather bags i came across were either too brightly colored or too frilly. all of that changed when i came across kelly moore's website
her camera bags were simple and they came in muted gray leather (swoon!) she also has a video for most of her bags where she walks you through how things fit in the bag, why it was designed the way it was, and you are also able to see how it looks on a real, live person.
this bag was THE one!
it's simple, stylish,and has room for me to grow into it as we add lenses and hopefully a flash someday.
kelly moore has no idea who i am, but i really, really think you should all get to know her! you can visit her shop here and her blog here.