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June 06, 2011


Sherry Cartwright

Beautiful. I love how you're mixing in book pages and paper goodies into your art quilt. You and Mish are so inspiring!


Love it all Melissa. Good for you for knowing what you need to do for you and your family right now. I applaud and support you 100%! Hugs.

Cele Schaffer

I love this new project you are getting ready for! I still visit the x-mas 12 days you both so beautifully put together. You are so smart to put your family first, but selfishly I would miss you,your inspiration and talent so so much. Please don't leave us!! Take a break this summer and have fun-only create what YOU want. Maybe a mother-daughter creation...but again I hope you know how much you are appreciated,how inspiring you are and how excited we are to be a part of it.


The best job in the world is to be a mother! Treasure these moments with your little both deserve it. God bless you and you family Melissa.


Super lovely!! All of it =)


you go girl! know you are prayed for & supported... :)


well done Melissa follow your heart children are only on lone so treasure each and every moment


Sweet Melissa, you will never regret savoring these sweet days with your little girl... be blessed!!

Anne O'Kelly

Follow your heart Melissa. Thank you for all the wonderful inspiration you have given us. Like Leslie said above our children are only on loan to us. I did as you are about to do eleven years ago and have treasured every day. I can honestly say I never once regretted it. Now as they are nearly grown men I wonder a little nervously what exciting opportunities are around the corner but I know having made big changes in my life before I can do it again. As the book title goes " Feel the fear and do it anyway". Enjoy your life.

Debbie Marcinkiewicz

Oh my, oh my ... oh me oh my! This sounds like TOO MUCH fun and I might have to take you up on your offer and join in on the fun! Creating an Art Quilt from bits and bobs of my favorite vintage treasures sounds like a heavenly 'just for me' summer project! Thanks for the inspiration, Melissa! I can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve :) Hugs!


I'm excited to see this quilt project develop, and totally agree about priorities and family time!


I will miss your beautiful cards. Because of finding your blog after it appeared in artful blogging, I was inspiredvto start making cards. All because of you and my love of all things paper. Thankvyou for everything and I will follow your blog and quilt making hoping for a card every now and then. Smiles to you and enjoy your bean. God Bless you always and forever.

Ruth S

So glad you'll be able to savour your family priorities - we will surely miss your creative flair and beautiful posts as they become fewer in number, but the most important thing is to enjoy devoting the time you need to your beloveds!
I will relish looking out for your Art Quilt inspiration though ;)
Hugs, Ruth S

Patty O'Malley

Time does fly all too quickly, so it is wise to step back and savor the moments. The art quilt sound like so much fun, and I know your's will be stunning. Is it based on fabric or is it a paper craft? Selfishly, I will miss your posts but understand completely what is important in life. All the best to you and your family.

jan m

I will miss every moment you are away with your little one and family!! Enjoy!!


I cross-stitched that very poem way back in 1981, pre children and during the time of my young and carefree days. Now that my 3 children are grown, I long to inhale the sweetness and youth of their childhoods. I enjoyed every moment and often remark that I was meant to be a mom, just as you are. Enjoy your bean, enjoy your freedom to create what you feel in your heart!


Popping by to say "hello," and that I have missed you, Melissa. We will miss seeing so much of you in the paper crafting world, Melissa, but I am willing to bet that this stepping back will not only give you more mom-time, but it will also grant you access to a more free form of creativity that will be different, but equally as rich. I can't wait to see your art quilt as it progresses! Enjoy yourself, my sweet friend, enjoy! :)

Karen Letchworth

Melissa, I will beg to differ - Sierra IS still a baby. She needs you for every aspect of her life. You can still rub baby lotion on her after a bath, and cuddle her in your arms. When she is 18, you will look at photos from this very day and think to yourself...."look at my baby". Enjoy her while she is little, and I completely understand your priorities because they are RIGHT! Love her up, and let her be little.


Sweet Melissa,

I can only echo what others have already said...Good for you. You will enjoy these days and look back on them fondly. It is so important creatively to step back every now and then and re-discover who you are creatively and with that rediscovery will come you passion. God has blessed you richly. I look forward t seeing your ART Quilt. What a lovely idea, I will definitely go take a look at the sights you've recommended. Do keep us posted with your progress. Blessings to you and your sweet family, Patty

Marlou McAlees

What a fab idea Melissa, and I bet it will be totally unique in every detail, I look forward to following each square you create, you inspire so so many of us as I'm sure you know, I have followed you now nearly 4 years next week when that was when I started my blog, hugs xx


I haven't been here for a couple of days, and what beautiful things you've been sharing... but I especially loved this post because it really resonated with me. I have been feeling the very same about time with my kiddos. I am so lucky to be a SAHM to them, so I feel it's time to really take the time I am given to take them in and absorb them - because that quote near the top of your post says it more clearly than I ever could. Life can wait, but my babies won't. My youngest celebrated her first birthday on Friday, and I think I gave birth about 3 months ago... that's my clue that it's time to shift the focus, and the summer is the best time to do it.

I can't wait to see you and Mish put together these projects... I know I will love them! :)

Holly Saveur

Have so much fun Melis hope it helps you.
Love all your goodies..look forward to see the blocks.

Benice Basson

I've been a Lily Bean groupie ever since the article about your blog appeared in Artful Blogging!! Wishing you time filled with love and laughter with your "little one"...


My baby just turned 8 and sometimes I feel sorrowful because I know just how quickly it goes by. His sisters are 16 and 12. Every once in awhile I think how did all that time pass by? You must always follow your heart that why I follow your blog...I love it!!! I'm so excited to see how yours and Mish's art quilts come along. I think I will try too. I have a sewing machine I got for Christmas still in it's box. I don't know how to sew but, want to learn in the worst way. Maybe its time to just get over the fear and try!

Diane Hover

Wonderful post...I love my little ones (grands)...and enjoy so watching them grow and reminding me of their daddy's and mamma' is a link you might enjoy... I think you can copy and paste it...have a nice day!!

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