I'm a Canadian who married an American who decided to live in Portland (which is a little like Canada, so that's nice). I'm unable to get the hang of knitting but give me a sewing problem to solve and I'll lay awake at night trying to get my head around it. I sew on pretty basic Janome. Sometimes I watch Magnum P.I. (because deep down inside i feel like little shorts are a good thing) and I have a fondness in my heart for The Golden Girls that cannot be described. I used to read books.
I buy fabric (almost always 100% cotton) locally-- new and used (thrift stores, garage sales, etc). When I post something I've bought online I try to link to the source.
I work part-time outside the home, and full-time inside the home for my three small boys-- they joined our family through birth and adoption. Sometimes I talk about both of those things, so if you're wondering you might try the search button on the sidebar to track down the info. I often link to things to buy or do and unless specified, they are all things that I have bought or done myself. If you click through to amazon or powell's from a link, then you might notice that I am an affiliate (meaning I get a small percentage back of whatever you might buy) of both of those sites. It doesn't really affect the way I do things, but it does help a lot with the costs of maintaining this site. Otherwise, I blog for free.
My name is Melissa.
thrift. make. give away. repeat.