Mendocino sundress

By Melissa LeRay

I can’t help it.  I chuckle every time I see the name of this dress.  My husband is an avid voracious reader, and prides himself on having a large vocabulary, including how to pronounce these big words.  So when I told him that this was the Mendocino Sundress, he corrected me, saying it was the Men-dah-cino Sundress.  I have many friends in California, so I went straight to the experts.  I was (for once!) correct – it’s Men-doh-see-no.  Minor technicality, yes, but still an exciting victory nonetheless.   Anyway, onto the dress…

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The world can always use another blog.

By Melissa LeRay

And so I, too, write.  I’m excited to share all the sweet things in my life here.  Of course, the sweetest being my daughter, Elise, and my husband, Matt.  I’m a craft lover, and enjoy sewing, letterpress, and baking.  I find so much inspiration from those out there, documenting from their humble abode – reminding me that anything is possible with enough practice and self love.  Thanks for visiting!

 

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