Luv quilting

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Well, I started this blog with the idea of posting regularly and telling stories of my life – which often include my two cute beagles, but right after I started the idea I got involved with a creative project that requires a lot of time sewing quilts. A sweet, young friend of mine (and her mom, sisters, and brother) have opened an adorable shop in the historic district of Sanford, Florida. It is a co-op venture with many creative artisans contributing their handmade created items to the shop to sell. The focus is babies, children, and hip moms! Check it out at www.fawnmom.com.

Fawn Shop window

Fawn Shop window

So, I’ve been busy creating… my business name is “Quilted Melodies” and this is what I’ve finished for the shop so far:100_4641

"Friend & Flowers" quilt

"Friend & Flowers" quilt

"Through the Garden Gate" quilt

"Through the Garden Gate" quilt

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Quilting - another passion - M & L helping!

Quilting - another passion - M & L helping!

Inspired by the movie “Julie & Julia”, I have decided to blog, with the purpose of getting motivated to help my over-weight beagle, Lucy, get into better shape! With my daughter’s wedding last weekend, I realize life is moving forward and I need to find things that make me happy and pursue them with a more vigorous effort.

So…

Lucy wants to eat from the table!

Lucy loves Melody!

Miles love his mommy (me)!

Miles love his mommy (me)!

I have two sweet, adorable beagles. Lucy is almost 7 years old – is at least 25 pounds overweight, plus she has hip dysplasia – making it difficult for her to stay active – therefore, the extra pounds. Living in hot, humid Florida, makes it difficult to get out and walk very often… it’s so uncomfortable out there! But… in addition to Lucy running around chasing lizards while my husband works in the yard, I am determined to get her to run at least 10 minutes every other day or so. I hop on my bicycle and she follows me… but too often follows her nose too and forgets we are on a “walk” – meaning she needs to keep going!

Miles is my other little beagle. He’s 4 years old and in tip top condition. He would run and chase and jump everyday if he had the opportunity. He’s my little sweetheart – with an “evil” side when he wants to hoard his treat and tempt Lucy to fight him for it!

In Central Florida we have a Beagle group that meets every weekend at a different dog park… we’ve only gone once – when it was winter and not so hot. My two dogs didn’t seem too interested in meeting any other dogs, but enjoyed the time in a new environment. I hear that there are so many germs at dog parks, so I worry a little about going too often. Our vet is “alternative” and does not believe in over immunizing, so we don’t do the “shot” thing every year. It’s cool, as the vet does titers on them to determine if they still have enough of the last vaccine still active in their system. It makes so much more sense than just routinely filling them with those poisons.

Tomorrow I’m going to see “Julie & Julia” again. It’s so fun! I have thought so much about what is it in my life that “makes me happy” and that I should pursue to give me that pleasure. Well, my dogs are one of those things… being healthy is another. So I’ve decided to work harder on making us all healthier and happier.

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