Our LA Zoo trip


When we used to live in LA (back before the Army years) we had both been to the LA zoo as kids.  It has been fun to take the kids to some of our favorite places growing up now that we live here again.  We loved the Hawaii zoo and went often, so since the LA zoo is only about a 30 minute drive, we decided to get a 1 year pass for our family.  Little E has been learning about animals at school and the kids just love walking around the zoo and looking at the animals.  Little Kid E loves hippos and the Big cats and Baby A (although not a baby anymore) loves the zebras and the flamingos – mostly because they are pink!


It was a gorgeous and warm day in January!  Gotta love SoCal ;)


Big sunnies and big smiles, love my baby girl.  And sheesh Melanie, put on some lip gloss.


They were obsessed with looking at the map and figuring out where to go next!


Look at the baby on the back of the Koala!

What activities do you like to do with the kiddos in your city?

Sewing Room Coming Together


Hey there!  So my sewing room has slowly but surely been coming together in the new place.  All of our stuff arrived from Hawaii, so the past few weeks I have been doing a lot of organizing and cleaning to get things nice and tidy.  Here are some pictures of how my sewing area (its in the dining room) has been coming together!


My storage hutch from Ikea, its the big Billy with these nice doors.


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My new sewing machine!  I will be doing a review soon, now that I have had it about 2 months, so stay tuned for that!


It’s getting there!  This was a little pic I put on Insta with a fun saying.  Are you on Instagram?  Come say hi if you are! Insta name: MelanieKHam

Who else out there sews in the dining room?!  What are your favorite sewing area tips for organization?

Our Dallas Trip


Over the New Year we headed to Dallas for a few days… well actually we flew into OKC, then drove to Dallas. Spent a few days in Dallas, had dinner with my hubby’s Grandmother and Uncle, went to a Cowboys game and then drove to San Antonio. We have some old friends from when we lived in Alaska that live there now and wanted to visit! It was a fun quick trip and nice little getaway for me and the hubs. It was also great that the kids stayed with Grandma and Papa while we were gone. So great to have that built in support and babysitting from family close-by!


We spent a lot of time in the car driving, but it was fun!  And we always made sure there was a Starbucks in my hand ;)


The view from Oklahoma City to Dallas.  Not much out there, but a big beautiful sky!


Hotel Selfie ;) Thankfully my BFF let me borrow some warm clothes.  Since we moved from Hawaii, I’m still building my stash of layering options!  I am super in love with these Roxy boots too ;) Found them on clearance at Sport Chalet before we left.


My husband is a little silly ;)


The Stadium has some great modern art displayed.


Love this flower


The dots are so cool!


At the Cowboys game!  We are big fans.  They lost, which they do a lot these days, but it was super cool to be in the amazing stadium!


Our seats.


More driving, and more Starbucks!  And hubby in his new favorite sweater since he is a grad student there now ;)


Sorry for the blurry cell phone photo, but the Riverwalk in San Antonio is really pretty!


San Antonio Riverwalk at night.  Again, it’s blurry – sorry!

Overall it was a whirlwind but very fun trip!  Love having time with just my husband every once and awhile ;)

Soft Waves Quilt Finish


Hey there!

So today, I wanted to share with you a quilt finish from the end of last year.  Let me just start off by saying how much I love this quilt!  I made this quilt with my students from quilting class back in Honolulu using the quick curve ruler.  I used the Riley Blake ombre fabric and Moda white to complete this quilt.  Then, to top it off and make it extra special, I sent it to a friend to have her machine quilt it on her long arm machine. First time I have ever done that!  I am so thrilled with the turn-out, I bet you will be too!


Sarah quilted it for me.  I told her I wanted some back and forth motion in the white and circles/bubbles in the blue and this is what she came up with!


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It was even the background on my latest video!

Hope you guys like my quilt as much as I do!!


Mermaid Holiday Gift Box

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Hi lovely bloggy readers!

I wanted to share a really fun project my step mom and I have been working on.  First, my step mom is a really great fine artist working in mostly watercolor and printmaking.  I asked her if she would like to do a collaboration with me over the holidays.  We could do a gift box with a theme and each contribute an item or two for the box.  She loved the idea and we have had a lot of fun working on this project over the past few months.

We have currently have the nautical, mermaid theme box ready!  Feather box is on the way ;)

For $36 you get…

1 hand sewn (by me) zip pouch with a cool and modern geometric 100% cotton, organic fabric called On Point by Cloud 9. This triangular print reminded me of nautical flags. Pouch is lined with 100% grey cotton and also has interfacing to give it extra body. This fun zip pouch measures 6 1/4 x 7 1/2 and has a coordinating mint zipper


1 Mermaid collagraph print – One hand pulled collagraph (Mermaid in a Kelp Forest) on acid free, archival BFK printmaking paper, painted with professional grade watercolor and metallic pigments, mounted in a standard size 8×10 soft white archival mat board, ready for a frame made by my super talented step mom Belinda.  I love this print, it is gorgeous!  I told her to save one for me!

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1 Set of 4 watercolor postcards featuring paintings of the beach along the Southern California shoreline, Pacific coast clouds, boats hulls in dry dock, and cypress trees in Monterey. The postcards can be mailed, or framed for display. The artwork on these cards was created by Belinda as well!

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This box will arrive neatly packaged in a brown kraft box, each item individually wrapped in cello and ready to be gifted.


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Price of the box INCLUDES Priority Mail shipping to the United States. I’m sorry, we do not currently offer international shipping for this box.

If you are interested in this box, check out my etsy listing here… AND Thank You for supporting handmade!


DIY Nursery Decor Video Series

Hey Everyone!  I am excited to share a little DIY nursery decor video series I am doing with the fabulous ladies over at Project Nursery!  I made some fabric art in the first video, here it is!

If you can’t see the video, click here!