I'm a Canadian who married an American and settled in Portland, OR (for the time being). I still dream about the mountains that surround the valley I grew up in. I used to sew on pretty basic Janome, but sometime in 2011 I purchased a used Bernina 440. I have a fondness in my heart for The Golden Girls that cannot be described. I used to read books. I still really like books.
I buy fabric 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 and one small daughter-- they joined our family through birth and adoption. Sometimes I talk about both of those things, so if you're wondering about all of that, you might try the search button on the sidebar to track down the info. I am married to a good man. 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.