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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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Mushrooms in the yard make me very happy! I'm not really sure why. This wonderful Saturday I was greeted by not only the mushrooms, but also the bunnies that also live and grow in our yard. Being away last weekend makes me appreciate these little gifts that our yard presents every day!! I am grateful for our home and yard every day. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at Scrappy Hearts
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I finished a quilt top, I did! So grateful for the gift of quilting in my life and the fact, that today, I was able to complete a quilt top. That hasn't happened in a very long time. Not only did I finish the top, but it also adorable. I can't wait to get it quilted! Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2018 at Scrappy Hearts
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Grateful for the opportunity to spend an evening out - playing with paper. This is my second year in a row taking part in the Holiday Card Workshop at the Paper Source. I love that it falls on the Thursday we have off for Teachers' Convention. It is usually a relatively relaxing day that runs into a relaxing evening filled with creative play!! Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2018 at Scrappy Hearts
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Grateful that I get to spend a great deal of time playing with fabric. My role as a shop owner has me wearing so many different hats, some of them not so much fun! But, seriously, how cool is it that I got to spend this past Wednesday evening picking out fabric to match some awesome Aurifil thread colors like this, 1148. Our block of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2018 at Scrappy Hearts
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Tuesdays are for Yoga!! So grateful to be a little active these days. Mark and I reserve Tuesday nights for Yoga Stretch at Echelon Fitness. Our instructor is super mindful about limitations people may have and is constantly sharing ways to modify or increase impact for each and every participant. Until I am comfortable enough to get into the pool, this is a good way... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2018 at Scrappy Hearts
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Grateful this day for my husband's commitment to our yard. We worked out a plan to add a shed and he has really spent so much of his time to bring that plan to fruition. This Monday, after my quick trip to Houston, found several new plants in the yard just waiting to find the correct location to be planted. Next spring our yard will... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at Scrappy Hearts
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So very grateful that the Giants had a "buy" this Sunday. Seriously, I am being worn thin by this season already. I will always, always be a Giants fan. That's a non-negotiable, but we as a team have seriously struggled this past season and a half. I cannot not watch my Giants when they are televised. This passed Sunday I also had a buy. I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at Scrappy Hearts
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Grateful today, Saturday, for the opportunity to play with fabric beside the Brimfield Mavens, Nisha and Kim. The sweet joy of selecting 4 different fabrics and finding that they work together when placed in the houses and orange peel of the Brimfield block. I love English Paper Piecing, and the opportunity to play with a couple of pro's for an hour and a half was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at Scrappy Hearts
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Grateful today for the gift of inspiration. So much talent and so many beautiful fabrics have really inspired me to up my quilting game. I am so excited to bring so much of this back home to the shop! These fabrics from Tilda will become a part of an EPP project that has been slowly simmering in the back of my brain. I couldn't resist... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at Scrappy Hearts
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Today I am so very grateful for the gift of Quilt Market. Although Market activities really don't get underway until tomorrow, I spent this evening surrounded by quilt shop owners from around the country and the world. So much fun! We shared ideas and talked about our individual concerns and interests. I learned so very much! I am excited to head home and implement some... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at Scrappy Hearts
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Every summer Mark and I try to plan a few excursions to satisfy our wanderlust and this summer was no exception. Our historical journey found us driving down to Williamsburg last Sunday. We love any opportunity to explore history and since Mark had never been to Williamsburg it was an obvious choice! One of my favorite things about our little excursion was the opportunity to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at Scrappy Hearts
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Jason treated me to a dinner out in the city last evening. Olarosa, spanish inspired tapas restaurant. It was a wonderful time. We were able to catch up on the happenings in each of our lives and reminisce about some of our shared experiences in life. Surprising how alike we are and how different we are, all at the same time. I was sharing about... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at Scrappy Hearts
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Early Monday morning bloodwork. Being diabetic means that I am in the lab once every three months, very early, to get my A1C checked out. Not a bad wait today and hardly an inconvenience, I just need to be more mindful of my eating habits and my daily exercise. Lularoe leggings and maxis sure make it easy to get dressed in the morning and to... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at Scrappy Hearts
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This is what I do with my days, these days. It is pictures of my feet for the win! The truth is, my days are full and at the end of them I try to avoid sitting in front of my computer. That is why I have not written a blog post in over 5 months, and I miss it. Since April 3rd I have... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at Scrappy Hearts
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Math Night at school and Jo Club at the shop, grateful for the fullness of life (and my calendar) and some Beaujolais left in the bottle. This night I am grateful for especially for a grade level partner that plans and executes such wonderful, supportive programs for the parents. While I am a filling participant, I cannot begin to organize such an undertaking. Also so... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at Scrappy Hearts
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Grateful for Thanksgiving leftovers especially on the Monday after the long Thanksgiving weekend. No conferences, report cards not due yet, all means that Christmas decorating will occur and I may even get in a nap!! So very grateful on this last Monday of November! Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at Scrappy Hearts
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Grateful this Sunday after Thanksgiving for leftover pie. There is nothing like leftover pie for breakfast! This particular Sunday after Thanksgiving also has me NOT preparing for conferences or report cards. A beautiful Sunday that I can focus on holiday decorating, football, and just laying low! Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2017 at Scrappy Hearts
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Small Business Saturday, 2017, a fun, busy day at the quilt shop. We planned a series of demos that never played out but that didn't stop us from having a great sale day and an awful lot of fun with everyone that stopped by.So very grateful for this community and the opportunity to play with fabric as we reorganized the shop yet again. Christmas moved... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2017 at Scrappy Hearts
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Grateful for holiday traditions, memories from a lifetime ago and no need to shop on Black Friday! A quiet Friday evening at home after a busy Black Friday at the shop. Just grateful for all of it. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Scrappy Hearts
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Just like that, it was Thanksgiving Day. Grateful this special day for family, friends and a good sense of humor. You see, our guests arrived while I was still in my jammies. Not a coordinated and sexy set of jammies, but too short fleece bottoms, a ho ho ho shirt and my wildly cute Bunkey black and white striped ladybug slipper socks. Well, it is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at Scrappy Hearts
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Grateful for a deliciously wonderful autumn day before Thanksgiving. A half day at school and gorgeous weather made it much easier to tackle the last of the errands that needed to be run and still arrive home before 4. It was a busy afternoon and evening at our house but the perfect weather made it that much easier to prepare for our guests! Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at Scrappy Hearts
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Grateful for the generosity of 2nd graders. Isn't this little turkey adorable? It is made with a lollipop and a candy kiss. I think it is a cute idea and it made my day! Second graders are thrilled to try, explore and always enjoy whatever they encounter. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Scrappy Hearts
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Grateful for us. After my divorce from my first husband it was just us 3. Playing, planning, struggling, and surviving. We have been through a lot, us three. Grateful that through it all we had each other and that we are still close. I am grateful always for Jason and Jessica. I am equally grateful for our small family unit that did so much more... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Scrappy Hearts
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Sundays and slow stitching make me happy. So very happy that Sunday is the one day I have off each week. I love a slow lazy Sunday. Not that this particular Sunday was that at all. Mark and I were busy getting ready for our guests on Thanksgiving when I came across these items already glued and ready to stitch. I am just learning to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Scrappy Hearts
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Grateful for our National Park System. I have had so many wonderful adventures in our national parks. Years ago, when Jason and Jessica were little, I purchased national park passports. They lost interested not long after, but me, I'm a national park geek. One of my dreams has always been to visit all the national parks. This summer we visited a few. While in Wyoming... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Scrappy Hearts