08 February 2016

Happy Monday #26

Usually I'm all about a Happy Monday - but this was too cute not to share!



Happy Monday!
~Melissa



**Not my photo.  Looks like it features a pumpkin Hat from Blanca's Crafts.  But someone sent me this pic and I HAD to share!**

18 January 2016

Happy Monday - Doggy Version

I don't take credit for this - but I found it adorable.



Happy Monday!
~Melissa

13 January 2016

Brrr...January

Is everyone else hunkered down for the month of January?  Winter in northern Wisconsin took its sweet time getting here this year.  We barely had a dusting of snow in order to have a White Christmas.  (This is in a place that had record setting snow on Halloween when I was a little girl!)

However, old man winter has decided to make up for the delay by providing us FRIGID temperatures!  Monday morning was -19.  And yes that is nineteen BELOW zero!



Remind me again why I live here???

Since I can't afford a trip to Florida right now, I guess there's only one thing to do!

GET SEWING!!! 



Much to hubby's excitement - I am finally making him his very own quilt!  I knew I wouldn't have it finished for Christmas, so I put the scraps of what I had started in a box with a spool of thread and wrapped that for him!  He was really perplexed until he put it together and said "Are you making me a quilt????"  I've been working on it on weekends, and I think it looks pretty good laid out in the family room.


He loves it, especially the mushroom print.  Which I knew he would love.  These Woodwinked by Dear Stella fabrics are masculine enough that even though the "solids" are little heart prints (awwwww) it doesn't seem girly!

And bonus for me, when it's done it will get to reside on the Quilt Rack my dad built me for Christmas!  Yay!!

What is everyone else working on this month?




04 December 2015

Stocking my Etsy Shop

With my day job I haven't been able to give as much attention to my Etsy shop as I want to.  So this week I have been looking at all of the fabrics out there trying to decide what I should bring in next!


Have you guys seen the new Riley Blake Crayola fabrics that are coming out in June 2016?  I am super excited to announce that I will have them available in my shop!!  So far I have the following yardage patterns on order for MyMeller!








Aren't they all adorable???  Since there are limited quantities available I'm taking pre-orders through my blog until January 31st.  Pre-order will guarantee the fabric you want as well as a 10% discount from my Etsy list price of $8.50/yard + shipping!  All you have to do is leave a comment along with what you want and make sure I have your email address.  I will send your a PayPal invoice upon receiving your order & the day I receive the fabric in - your's will be shipped out!

Anything else you'd like to see added to my shop?  Let me know in the comments!!

Happy Friday!
Melissa

30 November 2015

Nexxus VoxBox

Nexxus VoxBox - Diametress

I've got another amazing VoxBox to share with you & this one included FULL SIZE Nexxus Shampoo, Conditioner, and Leave in Conditioning Creme!



I was super excited when I received a Pre-Survey from Influenster about what type of Nexxus product would work best for me.  I have pretty fine hair - so I received the Diametress which helps build volume and thicker looking hair.  The description of the shampoo is below

 "About the Product
  • Nexxus Diametress Volume Rebalancing Shampoo helps create volume for fine and flat hair
  • Increases the diameter of each strand
  • Enhances volume for thicker, fuller looking hair
  • Silicone-free formula, primes hair for a rich conditioning next step
  • Cleanses, replenishes nutrients, and provides detangling benefits weightlessly without excess residue"
First off - L.O.V.E the smell.  Awesome!  Its fresh and clean and girly, but without the overwhelming floral scent you can sometimes get from shampoos.  I did notice it didn't get as bubbly as my normal shampoo, but left my hair feeling super soft.

Instead of my normal product, I decided to just use the Nexxus so I could get a true reflection of how it works.  I was nervous to use the leave in conditioner because I've never used one before, but it didn't leave my hair feeling greasy or weighed down at all.  After styling my hair, it was NOTICEABLY less frizzy and I didn't even need to use my flat iron.

Look how smooth that hair is!  Ignore the Minon Kleenex box - LOL

How do I like it?  Well walking back to my desk after lunch the other day, I saw my reflection & thought to myself "I love my hair!"  Caught myself & remembered today I used my Nexxus!  Doesn't get much better than that!!!  And after using it a week, I notice the softness in my hair still the next morning.  I guess I don't specifically notice more volume - but as long as its lookin' good - I call this a success!

Since I started using the Diametress I noticed it's available at Walmart and its even on Amazon - I highly recommend trying it out!  Interest in testing products like these?  Let me know in your comments and I can forward an invite to you.  Its that easy!


**I WAS NOT COMPENSATED FOR THIS POST; HOWEVER, I RECEIVED PRODUCT FOR TESTING PURPOSES**

15 November 2015

November Reading Recap


Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (4.5 Stars out of 5)

My November Reading Recap is for the book Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.  I don't like to read the description on backs of books because I always feel like they give something away.  So I usually read the first few paragraphs & yes, I judge books by their covers.  I thought the tents on the cover looked like a camping book & the first few paragraphs drew me in, so I bought it!

Well, Station Eleven was not AT ALL about camping and was completely unlike the type of book I normally read. But with that said, I really liked it!

Have you ever thought about what you would do in the event of an apocalypse or end of the world?  The base of the story is a catastrophic flu has hit the earth and there are few survivors.  We start in the modern day world & a well-known actor has a heart attack on stage during the Shakespeare play King Lear.  This also happens to be the evening the flu pandemic hits the city.  The story goes back & forth between the stories of multiple individuals present on that pivotal night, to what life has turned to 15-20 years following.  A traveling symphony, a prophet and a comic-book about Dr. Eleven are all seamlessly woven into the story.

My favorite part of the book was the resilience of people when the modern conveniences of cell phones, automobiles, and electricity were gone.  It reminds us, that the world we currently live in is very fragile and makes you look inside & wonder what you would do.  The interconnection between the characters is believable and at times gives you an "ah ha!" moment. If you are looking for something a little different, that will grip you until the end - Station Eleven is a great choice!

06 November 2015

October in Colorado

To celebrate his birthday, hubby & I took an extra-long Weekend and went back to our favorite place in the world - Estes Park, Colorado!  If you didn't already know, this is where we got married and feels like coming "home".

We timed it perfect for the Aspens changing & the weather was absolutely perfect!  Just look at that blue sky!
One of the things I just love about Colorado is,  as many times as we've been there, we always find something new to see or do.
Trail Ridge Road
Elk

And you have to believe we stopped in here!  It was like stepping back in time.  The homemade cinnamon rolls were the best I've ever had!  There were also quilts that were all hand stitched.  I didn't take any pictures inside because I was so excited about everything!

I'm already wishing we were back there, hopefully we can get there again next year!