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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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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 6 days ago 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
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Sunday usually begins with the sounds of the birds in the yard. Actually, they frequent the birch trees right by my bedroom window so it is rather difficult to avoid their songs. If I am smart, like I was this morning, I generally fall right back asleep. On Sundays my “day” usually begins around noontime - especially when I did not sleep all that well... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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These two will embark on an adventure. I am thrilled that they have chosen to celebrate their birthdays together, and to celebrate by taking a road trip together is just way cool! I am hoping that the trip is all that they would like it to be. I am hoping that they meet wonderful people, eat delicious food and share magical moments. I love these... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Naya captured this shot of our store from Charles Street last Friday, the day of our grand opening. Since Friday so much has happened in our little corner of the world. We began really working and planning with our phenomenal staff. Samples are being planned, kits are being made and classes are being scheduled. Our new classroom has seen the likes of the Tea and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Seven years ago I met this handsome fella at a planning meeting for a service organization. The meeting at South Jersey Java focused on planning a quilting event where we would sew quilts for the homeless. My friend Robin and I had joined the organization looking for an opportunity to “give back” to our community. Robin engaged in conversation with Mark and I tried to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Last evening the storm pounded the house. Lightening, thunder and wind had the house shuddering. It lasted long into the night and although I hoped to be in be really early, it was actually a little late when I finally turned off the light. This morning arrived much too early and I was a bit surprised that the cherry tree still had its blooms. Seriously,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Much to our surprise, having been at the store until after 5am on Friday, we arrived at the shop on time and ready to work. Fortunately our amazing employees saw the state of things and did the best they could to help us out, before we even arrived! Just before opening, Mark rented a van and we moved the last of the fixtures that we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Quilts... Twinkle Lights... Aurifil Thread... Completed Small Projects... Fabric... Fabric... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Monday evening I set up my sewing machine so that I could make the “skirts” I had planned for around the cash wrap and the cutting table. I am thrilled with the way the cutting table looks, but I am not thrilled with the fact that I didn’t make it home until after 11pm. Eight yards of denim that is as soft as butter, so... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Saturday evening I left the shop looking like this. I am guessing, since I did not venture over there today, it is still looking the same. Tomorrow has me back at school so I spent today catching up on laundry, 4 loads, and the rest of my Sunday chores which includes clean sheets on the bed. I love clean sheets especially as my week begins.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Dinner out with my favorite children! This week was spring break and I never would have forgiven myself if I didn’t make the time to see my children. Mark and I have been so busy preparing to get the shop open that it was really looking like our get-together wouldn’t happen. In the end, it all came together rather nicely. We met Jason and Jessica... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Second coat on the floors all nice and dry so we started moving in the fixtures. And then we stopped. You know what they say about too many cooks spoiling the supper? Well, we had too many opinions confusing the shop owner. I had had it all set in my mind how I wanted to set up the store and then people started suggesting new... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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You will probably never see this again. I am afraid of heights and very much accident prone. So the fact that I am at the top of this ladder is very scray not only for me, but also for my poor husband! We decided that the best way to rearrange the shop was to get a real good look at it empty. We found so... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Spring break begins after school tomorrow and just in time, the daffodils bloomed. I love the first flowers of the season and the way they just brighten the yard. I haven’t been home a whole lot these past two weeks because of all the work we are doing in the shop. Yesterday was the first day in over two weeks that I didn’t go to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Social Studies, in second grade, has the children learn about the affect of people on society. Yesterday, while I was at the dentist, the substitute read We March to my class. Today we had a discussion and I asked the students what would have happened if noone marched to Washington. What if Martin Luther King, Jr. showed up and noone else did? I was very... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Yesterday I stopped by The Village Quilter right after work to meet with a couple of quilters. Just my luck, as I pulled up, so did the big brown truck. Look at the beautiful fabrics that arrived. I am loving the tiny dots and the gingham! Today, I missed the UPS man and he let me know it by leaving me a note. I was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Saturday afternoon I traveled over to Mt. Holly to take care of some business. The merchandise for our quilt shop has started to arrive so I started unpacking boxes, checking inventory against packing slips and packing slips against orders. There are so many beautiful fabrics. Blenders of all different colors have arrived. I really love the texture of this soft group of colors. It resembles... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Clearly this cat has issues. Who would lay themselves on a very thick planner when there are quilts all over the bed? You guessed it, my man Marlo! Lately he has gotten into the habit of deciding when it is we should head to bed. If I am working downstairs he will climb upstairs, stand at the top of the steps and meow at the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Today we celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday the only way we know how, in our pajamas with our favorite books. Today we let the students share their favorite books with other second graders. We took over the all purpose room and all four 2nd grade classes came together for a reading marathon. It was such fun. Many of our students brought in Dr. Seuss favorites. We... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts