Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Word(less) Wednesday

A couple of days off work and I decided to get a little crafty!  I finally took a look at swap bot.  I have read about it on many other blogs.  All I can say is that it may just be as addicting as Pinterest and Facebook!  There are many different swaps.  It is a wonderful way to meet many new and different people from around the world. 

I am also sharing my postcards I made for iHanna's postcard swap.  She did one earlier this year, which was my first one.  So, I decided to join this one.  I only had to make five postcards.  It was so much fun!!!!  I would just like to apologize for the orientation of the pictures.  Mobile Blogger is not friendly at times and I am too danger lazy to fire up the old computer.  I am listing these and where they will be going.

1.  "I am beautiful on the inside" is going to Doreen in Germany.

2.  "How old you would be if you didn't know how old you are" is going to Tammy in Irving, TX.

3.  "If you're going to make a statement" is going to Tina in Rockford, IL.

4.  "I will let go........" is going to Rachel in Tallahassee, FL.

5.  "Stay up past your bedtime" is going to Laurie in Lehigh Acres, FL.

Thank you ladies for playing.  I will also be sending out some Swap-Bot items over the next few days, too.  Thank you for stopping by!!!

~hugs, mel

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Black Friday and a Trip to the Old Mill

I hope everyone is preparing for a wonderful Thanksgiving.  No "Black Friday" for me.  I am not against the day after Thanksgiving shopping frenzy that takes place, but I really see no logic in it at all.  People get up (or never go to sleep) and go to their local store for some cheap items that the store may have only one or two of.  What happens from there looks very similar to a bad nursery school scene where someone tossed a couple of toys to twenty or so children waiting to play with them. 

As a society, we have become so materialistic that the real reason we are buying Christmas gifts has escaped our minds.  I absolutely refuse to participate in the madness.  Adults should always be setting an example for the younger generations.  The stores have become so greedy (for lack of better words) that they will not allow their employees to spend the whole day with their families.  I have come to the conclusion that there is nothing that I need bad enough to stand in a line waiting to possibly get trampled by some crazy and senseless person trying to run and grab the one or two large electronic items that a store has to lure them in to shop.  I value being with my family and teaching them the true meaning of the season.

OK, enough of the crazy Black Friday rant!  I was spending time with my children while they were out of school today for the Thanksgiving holiday.  If any of you have ever watched "Gone With the Wind" and have noticed the old mill in the opening scenes of the movie, then you may recognize some of the following pictures.  Although it shows a year of 1832 on the sign on the mill, it was actually built prior to the movie being filmed.  There are parts of it that date before the building of the mill, but it really isn't as old as one would think.  If you want to read more on it, you can click here.  My children really love going there, especially to take pictures.  I love taking pictures there in the spring when everything is blooming.  They really keep the grounds beautiful and the flowers planted there are wonderful!!  We took a lot of pictures today and the fall colors are actually very pretty against the mill.  So, enough of the talk, here are the pictures we took today.
This is one of the lakes known as the Lakewood Lakes.  The part here is actually private.  I thought the way the trees lined the lake was really pretty, especially with the full range of fall colors!!

Side view of the old mill.  You can go inside the house.  During the spring and summer, there are all kinds of beautiful and colorful flowers in bloom.

Some berries on a bush at the old mill.

A beautiful Japanese Maple tree.  The red color of the leaves is really pretty.  Behind the tree is the wheel of the mill.  It is in working condition.

Front view of the mill.  The sound of the water and the wheel turning is so relaxing! 
One of the pools around the house. The reflection of the mill on the water along with the leaves on top of the water make for a great fall picture.

And, a picture of my twins.  The bridge they are on goes from one side of the park to the other across the lake.  All of it is made from stone and a mixture that is made to look like wood.  None of the "wood" you see in the pictures is actually wood, except for the living plants and trees.
Thank you for stopping by and listening to my soapbox speech about why I do not like Black Friday.  Also, thank you for looking at the pictures I have shared with you.  Hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving (or had if you are visiting after Thanksgiving).
~hugs, mel

Thursday, November 8, 2012


What are some of the things that I am thankful for??  When I sit and think about it, there are too many to list in one post.  So, I will name just a few.  They may not be the most important ones, but here are just a few of the things that I am thankful for:
1.  My children
     My children teach me many things every day.  From the simple things in life to patience, they 
     really teach me many things.  I have three children.  I have a son who just turned 15 today.  Then,
     I have 7 year old boy/girl twins.  I guess God really doesn't give you more than you can handle!!

2.  My job
In this time when so many people seem to be out of work, I am very thankful that I have my job.  Even though I do work nights, drive 40 miles one-way, and work long hours, I am so very thankful that I have a good job.
The flags outside of where I work.  Yes, it was snowing that night.
3.  My little pet frogs
Yes, we have two pet frogs, Elroy and Smokey.  Don't laugh!!  They are really cool little frogs.  They really aren't too little, either.  Since we cannot have a cat or a dog where we live, we have frogs.  Sometimes just watching them is funny.  They are the kind that you can hold and even sit on your desk.  I am a little more partial to Elroy.  She is a little more laid back than Smokey is.  I can sit her on my desk, she will find her a little spot, and then go to sleep.  Elroy is the one out of the water and Smokey is in the water.
So, those are just a few things that I am thankful for.  These are actually some that I had pictures to go with!!  Happy Friendship Friday to everyone.  Remember to leave a little love if you visit!!!
~hugs, melanie

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A New Project

I have been so busy since the kids started school.  I haven't had a lot of time for much.  I really have had good intentions on getting more things done, including the housework.  But, it just never happened.  I guess now since it is getting cold and there isn't much for this warm-weather loving girl to do outside, I will now start doing things I have been meaning to do for the last few months!!  Pinterest is such a great website.  I have many things pinned for a rainy day.  I did, however, find some ideas from there for my twins' 7th birthday.  We had a Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat theme.  Turned out great.  I also tried a recipe for some bread.  As far as eating it just plain, I don't think it turned out that great.  So, my husband decided that we use it for some garlic bread with our spaghetti.  I have to admit that it was some awesome garlic bread. 

I finally got around to doing some scrapping.  I haven't made any regular pages in quite a long time.  One thing I have been wanting to do is to make some more paper bag books.  I received one from a friend a few years ago.  It was made out of 2-3 kraft paper gift bags with handles.  It was decorated up so very cute.  I made a couple at that time.  I used the metal rings to hold it together.  This time, I picked up a package of Dollar Tree lunch sacks.  I folded five of them in half, put a rubber band around the spine of them, and then taped the spine with some clear tape on the outside and inside where the rubber ban is.  The size is quite nice at about 5x5.  The open ends of the sack allow for a place to stash pictures, journaling, or just some other little surprises.  So, I am going to leave you with some pictures of the book.  If anyone is interested in one for a gift, let me know.  I would consider making one for you for a small fee (probably around $10).  For this particular one, I used some paper by Pink Paislee called the Daily Junk.  I really love it and it is a very cute, elegant, and fun line!!  And as always, if you stop by, leave a little love!!!

This is the front cover.

Inside cover

Third page

fourth page-I decorated the flap on the bottom and the little bit under the flap on the bottom.  This leaves just enough room to hide a little picture or some journaling.

fifth page

 sixth page

seventh page

eighth page-also the bottom flap of the bag

ninth page-the brown loop is one of the hidden pieces inside the bag

tenth page

eleventh page

twelfth page

thirteenth page

fourteenth page

 fifteenth page

sixteenth page

seventeenth page

eighteenth page

inside back cover-also the bottom flap of the bag

back cover

These are the pieces that I placed inside the open part of the bags.  They can all be journaled or have photos placed on both sides.  Perfect for those hidden pictures or that hidden journaling you want to keep private.

And just for fun, I organized my little alpha stamp sets by letter.  I also decided to write the name of the color of ink on the bottom so that I can see what color they are without storing them right side up.  I used two different plastic storage containers.  These work great!!!  Now I can find those little stamps!!
As always, leave a little love to let me know you were here!!!