Sunday, September 28, 2014

5 years ago.

5 years ago today Steve and I arrived in France for our biggest adventure yet. 
It was an incredible experience that I'd highly recommend to anyone.  
I miss the salty smell of the Mediterranean, the very mild winter, the friends we made and unending varieties of pastries, wine & cheese!
Here's hoping our future adventures only get even better - I'm pretty sure they will.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Over a year later...

Let's not dwell on apologizes for not blogging in over a year.  Sorry.

Ok that's out of the way. 
I'm back.

The past year has been an interesting one while also featuring a lot of the 'same old.'

A big reason for  my time away has been that I feel I've outgrown the blog.  "Smilesfrommel" seems to type-cast me (in my own head) in a way.  I've spent a lot of time thinking about renaming, switching to Wordpress and starting fresh.  But then comes the task of deciding on a new name and branding and committing to an idea.  Which I have done, a couple of times, with no domain option available.  Pffft.
I can blame my absence on lack of time, the rise of Pinterest, the release of Instagram for Android, etc. etc.  But they're not special enough to keep me away any longer. 

The fact is, I miss blogging.  I miss the league of like-minded crafty/domestic/photographic goddesses in the blogging community.  I miss writing. And sharing more than a snapshot at a time.

I have a notepad full of ideas for new posts, a bit more time to spend creating them and more motivation to blog than I've had in years. 

Boy do I have a lot of photos to show you too.
More soon, (and I do mean tomorrow)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Random pics from Japan

Have you ever gone on a trip and taken say, 2500 photos and then tried to blog about it and don't even know where to begin? Yeahhhh...
So I'm starting with this. 
Here are some random photos from our trip to Japan.  
Creepy crawly sea creatures at the world's largest fish market - Tsukiji. 

Such pretty dishes.  I bought some tiny ones that could make it back safely. 
I like this set of buildings.  

Holy cute arcade prizes Batman!

A view from the Tokyo Metropolitan Tower. 

Chillin' with snow monkeys in Kyoto. 

Bamboo Forrest!

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Reuniting with Kyoko!

And I really really love the photobooths they have in arcades!
There's a peek for you! I've been working on a scrapbook for the past month which has stolen a lot of my free time.  I hope I can show you more pictures soon!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Tokyo here we come!

I didn't sleep much last night.  I woke up at 6 this morning without an alarm and with more excitement than my last 10 Christmases bundled together.
Today we fly to Tokyo!
I'm going to see my friend Kyoko for the first time in a decade, take a million photographs, spend much too much money on pretty paper and craft supplies and for the next 11 days visit some of the most interesting places on earth!
You can have a peek at the wish list/to do list on my pinterest board here:

I'm sure I'll have loads of photos to share in a couple weeks!
I think I already want to go back again.
See you later!


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