My name is Melanie Richards and I live in Arizona with my husband, Bob. As the daughter and the wife of military men, I don't claim a place to call my hometown. I was born in Auburn, NY, in the Finger Lakes region, which is considered Central New York. In order to differentiate between New York State and New York City, we usually just say we're from "upstate" and keep it simple. I do not speak with a New York City accent.
I am a Christian and we are active in our church. I sew clothing for the "Little Dresses for Africa" and "Britches for Boys" charities. I also enjoy machine quilting and free-motion (non-computer) machine embroidery. My husband hunts down donations and good deals for Operation Christmas Child, part of the Samaritan's Purse charity where shoe boxes are filled and shipped to needy children around the world, including the USA.
As a teenager, I was taught to fly by my father and earned my SEL Private Pilot's License as a young woman. I've been fortunate to have done some traveling around our planet but my favorite place is still wherever we call home. Now we are retired, living in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. After living in Florida, I admit I miss the beaches.
I am blessed to have a granddaughter, named Brooke. She is almost 13 now and she is so special to me. Because her biological grandmothers are both deceased I am her "Nana" and it has been such a joy to spend time with her, playing with dolls, visiting Disney World, teaching her to sew, and watching her earn her 1st degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She is growing up so quickly!
I enjoy bird watching, especially hummingbirds, and keep feeders for them. I also love dogs and cats. I now have an elderly Birman cat named Samantha. She is quite the pretty girl with a playful spirit and huge blue eyes. Recently, we took in a young adult male with dark gray tuxedo markings. We named him Sluggo. He is very energetic and tries to "terrorize" Samantha, who knows how to put him in his place.
I've been using a needle of some type all of my life. Surrounded by my two grandmothers and a mother who were all clever, I learned to knit, needlepoint, embroider, crochet, quilt and sew at a young age. My favorite activity turned out to be sewing by machine. I no longer knit or crochet due to a lack of interest on my part but dabble in the other needle arts.
Travel is on the top of my list for favorite activities but as I get older, I do less of it. Reading historical fiction and legal thrillers is something I like to do and will often sacrifice sleep to stay awake and read a book from cover to cover. I am not a fan of sci-fi or vapid romances. And unless you have plenty of time, don't get me started on my family history. In 1620, my 9th great-grandfather, Christopher Jones, Jr., was the captain of a tiny ship called the Mayflower, landing on the shores at Plymouth Rock.
Paper crafting was introduced to me a few years ago by my neighbor and now good friend, Sue. I rejected it at first because I had enough going on in my life but over time I added a product here and there and now it has overtaken my sewing room.
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