Moxie & Mel

{January 17, 2007}   Movin’ On Up!

Moxie and Mel has finally moved to a great new home! Come on by and post a little!


{January 16, 2007}   Dear Moxie–

Oh wow!! How beautiful! It was definitely worth the wait! If it is even half as wonderful as the scarf you gave me for Christmas, I don’t know how you’ll part with it!

I wish I had some progress to report but I haven’t taken any time to craft lately. I made a bunch of those “bean bag” things that go in the microwave and then you lay them across your shoulders or around the back of your neck or whatever, but I gave them all away as holiday gifts. My sewing machine is collecting a layer of dust from the kitchen remodel. Well, frankly, everything is collecting a layer of dust. I’ll be so happy when the drywall is finished.

I think I’ll wait until I go to the lake this summer to start making more jewelry.  That is one of the crafts that I can transport easily.  It’s nice to sit on the deck and watch the water while I’m beading.

My dad will be moving into his new house this summer so it looks like the stained glass and equipment will be moving to my house about then too! That will be fun. I haven’t made anything out of stained glass in over a year and I really miss it! I guess now would be a good time to drag out the drafting paper and start drawing patterns.

Well that’s about all I know for now! I was really excited to see your new scarf. It is so beautiful!



{October 25, 2006}   Dear Moxie–

OMG!  I have totally missed you, but know that you have been very busy lately!  I can’t believe you have 2 spots in Saponifier this month!  That is FABULOUS!!!  I saw the newest edition of Indie Holidays.  It is just beautiful!  You have such a eye for that sort of thing and the designers this time around are incredible!  I can’t believe what you have done for the indie community through IDCA.

I am recovering pretty well.  Wow!  I had no idea how sick I really was when I went to the hospital.  I am feeling much better though.  Still a little sore and bruised, but that won’t last much longer.

I haven’t been crafting at all during my “down time”.  Not much I can do from a horizontal position on the sofa!  LOL

I’m so glad to hear from you and we’ll talk more soon!

Been missing you,


{October 24, 2006}   Did you miss me?

I’ve been so busy, and so totally neglectful! My apologies!

I’m working feverishly to prepare for the holidays now that my articles (yep! two!) for the next edition of The Saponifier are done. I also finished and launched the new, which looks fab if I do say so myself!

I’ve also done a grand re-opening of Natural Magic Soaps, which I’m very excited about!

On the Moxie and Mel front, I’ll be adding all our new items to the Etsy Shop over the next week. I can’t wait to get them all listed, but I’ve been swamped!

How are things on your end? Recovered from your surgery yet?

It feels like FOREVER since we’ve had a chance to actually talk!

~Lots of love,


{October 14, 2006}   Dear Moxie–

The photos look absolutely fantabulous!  You are very very talented with a camera!

Speaking of talented, how is your article for Saponifier Magazine coming along?  I know you’ve been busting your tail feathers trying to get everything done!

I wanted to let you know that I have been sewing!  Yes.. mel is sewing!  LOL  Scary huh?  This whole sewing thing began a couple months ago when my daddy went to an auction and “accidentally” bid on an old cabinet Singer.  How does an accidental bid happen you ask?  Well, when you are outside and know that there is a piece of furniture that you wanted to bid on that happens to be sitting next to a sewing machine, and the auctioneer walks over that direction so you run in and place your bid quickly, accidents happen!  LOL  So he picked up this machine dirt cheap then called me and asked if I would use it if he brought it to my house.  I told him that I’d try!  Having never sewn a stich since that sewing class my mom enrolled me in when I was 10,  (I think your sister attended said class with me) I did what I do every time I look at something and say “duh”!  I picked up a copy of Sewing For Dummies!  It’s a good thing I did!  My dad has been having “a pain in the neck” from his work and so I grabbed some clearance fabric resembling corduroy for $1 a yard and some dried lentils.  I made him a thing that he can put in the microwave then wrap around the back of his neck!  Of course it’s nothing fancy, but it works great!  I was thinking.  I visited a bulk food store in Shipshewana.  I wonder if they would happen to have bulk buckwheat hulls.  Of course they don’t have a website being there in Amish country, so I guess I’ll just have to go back to see for myself!  Darn!  LOL

Well here’s wishing you good flow and great grammar with your article!



{October 10, 2006}   Dear Moxie–

I LOVE that teaser pic!  You take such fabluous pictures!  So like…. I sent you some descriptions in your email.  I’m not very good at describing my own stuff though!  All I know is that I really enjoy creating this type of jewelry and would be delighted if someone else enjoyed wearing it half as much!  Unfortunately that doesn’t tell someone much about how it was made!  LOL  I’ll keep working on it!

Huggzz to ya!!


{October 6, 2006}   Dear Moxie–

Dear Moxie–

I am flippin’ out over here!  I can’t believe we got press!  And so soon!  With only one item in the shop so far!  I’m so wiggin’ out!  I wish I could type this as fast as I just told my sister about it!  LOL  This is just the best news!  I go on one little bike ride and come home to this…. I’m going riding more often!  Congrats to us!!!



{September 29, 2006}   Excitement In The Shop!

Yay! The Moxie & Mel shop is getting there, and I finally have my very first knitted item – the “All That Glitters” scarf – for sale in the Moxie & Mel Etsy Shop!

Check it out here!

{September 26, 2006}   Dear Moxie–

Me! Me!  Pick Me!  I’m someone in the North!!  LOL  I am so excited about getting the shop open!  At this point I am just playing with hemp and waiting for some money that isn’t already spent to buy some more leather to make more belts.  I thought I had a good idea for a nice wide hemp pattern, but then realized that it kept growing wider and wider and I couldn’t figure out how to bring it back to skinny.  Kind of like me reaching 30!  LOL

Do you happen to have some lunch over there?  I’m hungry.  I don’t think there’s anything in the kitchen so I suppose I should go find somewhere that sells food.

Have a fantabulous day!



{September 25, 2006}   Dear Mel-

Since its been awhile for a crafty post…I now give you: The skinny scarf, a work in progress.

Work In Progress

Yep, I’m having a ball with this *grin*. I’ve mixed a suede yarn with an eyelash fun yarn to create this seascape of fuzzy comfort. It’s a happy little number in soft shades of blues and greens that reminds me of the ocean. I’m in love with it and might end up keeping it for myself, even though I have no idea when I’d wear it in Florida.  Of course, I’m just as tempted to let someone in the Frozen North have a bit of the seaside to wear out and about.

Can’t wait to finish it off and get started on the next one- a mix of feathery yarn in citrus colors over a burgundy suede background!

Hope all is well with you, and I promise to have pictures for you VERY soon! I’m hoping that, in the next week, the Moxie and Mel shop can open!

Love as always~


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