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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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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 yesterday 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 5 days ago 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
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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