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Joyce Doenges
Mother of two wonderful adults and passionate observer of life.
Interests: stamping, scrapbooking, quilting, altered journals
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Actually, no hopping happened today, vertigo and all that. Today I rowed to two quilt shops that are close to my home. I have been curious about what is happening in the quilty world outside of my quilt shop. Also, I am a sucker for Row x Row patterns and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at My Shop Hop
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Jessica texted and asked me out on a date. Her intent, to purchase me a decent mascara that would not run all over my face when I had a hot flash. The reality is that I have not been happy with my mascara for quite a while. I have actually stopped wearing mascara just because of the racoon eyes that it gives me! We met... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Scrappy Hearts
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Most of my time this past week has been spent at the shop. Boy has it felt good. I feel like I have a better understanding of things although, what I understand does not hold a candle to all of the wonderful women I work with each day. I have decided that beginning next week I will spend at least a couple of days at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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The joke of the evening was that I waited until Beer Week was over. Seriously, it wasn’t a joking matter. I have been suffering with a cold since last Wednesday. I should have noticed the warning signs but I didn’t. It is not in my nature to slow down. The cold, as it were, took the traditional route. Meaning that by Friday, I had no... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Summer that is, summer is getting close. The solstice is on the 20th, but my last day of school with students is the 16th. As far as I’m concerned, summer starts the minute I do not need to report to school. Oh, the first day is the 20th. See how well that all worked out! There are a couple of things I am really looking... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Pleased to report that report cards are completed. I will review them once before submission but I am feeling quite accomplished this evening. The end of the school year is fast approaching and I must say, I’m not quite ready. Every year I try very hard to purge the unnecessary and organize what I know I need. Unfortunately, I was good at purging until this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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In my world it means just one thing, stress. You see, I am not very good at keeping an organized classroom. I am a pile-er. Is that even a word? I tend to put things in piles. I have lots of piles and unfortunately, I often forget which pile I place things in. That means, in June, I spend a great deal of time trying... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Mark and I first met back in 2009 while he was in New Jersey taking care of his mom. During the six weeks between when we met and the day he moved, we walked. In fact, after our first date, the time we spent together was either walking throughout our neighborhood or working on my garden. A couple of days ago we renewed our evening... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Guess where I was! Yes, yesterday I took the whole day off. Not even a peek at the store’s email yesterday. Not even a peek at the store’s Facebook page! It felt good to have a whole day off. We planned a little road trip because Mark’s sister is in from out of town and renting a place in Ocean City. We picked up my... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Leaving the house on the morning of the thirteenth, I couldn’t help but notice how long the grass had gotten in the yard. Actually the result of too many days of rain. Looking at this picture it is hard to see where the grass ends and the gardens begin. Truth be told, the whole yard is looking like a hot mess of weeds! Friday I... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Thursday, what a busy day! I woke up late and ran around the house like a chicken with my head cut off just trying to make it to school on time. I really don’t like when my days start that way. Unfortunately it is becoming a trend! School was relatively uneventful. I really enjoy my class but I believe that they are ready for the... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Blurrienss, yup, that sums up Wednesday. Blurry in terms of what needs to be handled first, second and so forth. Blurry in term sof what is most essential at the moment. Usually, by Wednesday, the reality of opening the shop while school is still in session hits me! Wednesdays I leave school right at 3:45 and travel over to Mt. Holly for 4:30. Fortunately, most... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Oversleeping is becoming a bad habit. Here I try to make light of it, perhaps just to get a picture taken before running out of the house, but it really is becoming an issue and I need to rectify it before it makes me insane! I cannot survive running out of the house to school and then out of school to the quilt shop -... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Clearly, the biggest issue on Monday, losing my camera. It is somewhere in the house, but as of this moment, I have very few photos of Monday’s experience. The funny thing is, Monday was such a mash up that I really couldn’t expect any more from it! I woke up on time for school, that’s always a major accomplishment. I even found some clothes that... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Little stories and big stories from this first day of Week in the Life, 2016. I think the biggest story is just about how perfect the day was for me. Everything from my regular Sunday chores to my time spent with Jason and Jessica. I am thrilled that Jason and I took in a recital at the Curtis. Cocktails before dinner at abar and then... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Mothers’ Day has always been a bit different in our house. In the early days, my little ones didn’t even know there was a Mothers’ Day. Once they were in pre-school, I would receive little notes of love created by their little hands with the help of an adult. In elementary school they would make presents and cards and I may spend Mothers’ Day working... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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These azalea bushes make me deliriously happy. I am so glad that they were still looking beautiful when I arrived home today. I was so afraid that they would be passed their prime by they time I arrived home from Illinois. But, when I pulled into the driveway, I could see that they had waited for me to return before beginning their slow fade. Now,... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Early Thusday morning we began the trek to Illinois. Mark and his siblings were gathering with family and friends to pay final respects to their stepmom, Barbara. As is often the case, weddings and funerals are the times that draw family together. We have spent a very full couple of days remembering, sharing and just spending time together. It was such a delight to see... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Everyday as I walk past the tulips on my way to our front door I say to myself, stop and snap a picture. Finally today, while Mark was outside mowing the lawn, I took a tour of the yard and managed to get a few photos taken! These pink tulips have been growing in our yard since we moved in, 15 years ago. I admire... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Five years ago, this day, I married my best friend. I remember repeating over and over again to my children and anyone else who would listen again, “I will never get married again.” I was proven wrong. Our courtship began at an event where we worked with others to make 85 quilts for the homeless. Just two weeks ago Mark helped me to achieve my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Tomorrow begins one of my absolute favorite weeks in NJ. It is time for the annual NJ Shop Hop! This is the first year that we are in business and as such we cannot participate in the hop. That will not stop us from having a “hopping” good time! (Sorry, about the bad pun!) The shop will be open on Friday, April 22nd, from 10... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Monday evening I was able to stay at school until after 5 pm. It is one of the three days a week that I do not head to the shop to work. I took full advantage of the time to clean my desk and to organize some files. I cannot tell you how much paper was recycled Monday evening but it appears that I am... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Once the store opened I promised myself Sundays off. You see, I need Sundays off. Not just for the chores and yard work, but for the sewing also. The quilt above was in the show that I worked this weekend as a vendor. I have the same quilt, still unfinished. I have decided that my Sundays need to include a little bit of sewing. I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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What an engaging pair these two are! I have no doubt that this is the way the drive from Houston to New Orleans looked on Tuesday. Jess doing the driving and Jason believing that he was in charge. Tomorrow is Jessica’s birthday and I wonder how they will celebrate. She is in one of her favorite cities and I know that she was anxious to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Sharing a memory from my spring break. Mark and I drove into Philly to have dinner with Jason and Jessica. Our evening ended at REX 1516 which is their home away from home. I am so happy to have had this evening with my children since they are celebrating their birthdays this year by having a sibling adventure. As a parent, I am thrilled that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts