Where have I been? What have I been doing!

 

I find it very hard to believe that I haven’t written a blog post in over a year.  So much has happened in my life since that last time I posted.  I am happy to say that it has been a fun filled and exciting.

Last March our daughter Elizabeth and her boyfriend Garrett got engaged.  We could not be happier!  They are two amazing individuals and we wish them a life time of happiness.

A huge surprise to us was that fact that in order to find a venue in Maine for a summer/fall wedding you need to start looking almost 18 months in advance!  So that being said – let the games begin.  The wedding planning is well underway and we are looking forward to an amazing event in August.  Elizabeth and I have had a lot of fun discussing how to make this wedding a special day for everyone involved.

In July we celebrated birthdays – a lot of birthdays but 2 very special milestones were hit.  I am reluctant to say that I turned 60 and my son Charles turned 30.  15 days apart.  Those are some big numbers for both of us and because of that an amazing party was thrown in our honor by Chuck.

 

Charles and I were very happy that so many of the people we care the most about were able to come and join us for our “BIG” celebration.

We had friends and family from all over and it was a really special day for both of us.

 

 

The party was amazing – and since I make quilts I made a quilt for Charles for his birthday.  I had started it a while ago with the idea of giving it to Charles and then I made it a point to get it done this past summer for his birthday.

Charles’ 30th birthday quilt

 

 

 

Once the celebrations were over and life settled down a bit I made a couple more quilts.

 

Cathy’s quilt

One was a group project for a friend who is battling cancer.  The blocks in this quilt were sent to me from all over the country and Canada to send some love and comfort to a lovely lady.  I really enjoyed working on it and I know that the person who received it felt the love that was stitched into this quilt

 

 

 

The next project was a wedding quilt for a young man and his new wife.  They got married in September at a beautiful Inn in Vermont.  It was a perfect day for a wedding and we had a fabulous time.  This is a picture prior to quilting.

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Phil and Devon’s quilt

 

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Here is a picture of the newly married couple.  I love making quilts for people knowing that it will be something that they have for along time.

The summer came to an end and fall arrived.  I am never sorry to have the heat of the summer leave – I do love the change of seasons and Autumn is one of my favorite times of year.  This past fall was lovely here in Maine.

I will be back tomorrow with another update on what is going on in my life.  It has not been an uneventful time lately – lots of changes.

Be Kind….

Faith

How can it already be the end of February?…..

Fortunes Rock Beach

Fortunes Rock Beach

I can’t believe that February is almost over!  I had a hard enough time wrapping my brain around the fact that it was 2016 and now February is almost over.  I have been very busy since the beginning of the year.  Mostly sewing – some of the pieces I can show you and some I can’t.

I made quilts for my niece and nephew who live in Georgia.  They were fun quilts to make and I love giving quilts to people that I love.

Victoria with her Quilt

Victoria with her Quilt

Hunter all wrapped up in his bandana quilt

Hunter all wrapped up in his bandana quilt

 

 

There have actually been days this year when it was warmer in Maine than it was in Georgia.  Crazy weather for sure, but at least when it does get cooler they will have a quilt made with love to snuggle up in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few years back I participated in a block swap – these blocks came from all over the country.  I finally decided to figure out how to get them put together into a quilt top.  Here is a picture of the top all assembled.  Now I need to quilt it.  This has been a fun quilt to work on because I would never choose these colors to work with but I am happy with the final product and I know that quilting it will make it look even better.img_4369

I also finished a baby quilt for a young couple who are very good friends with my son.  I love the Hunters Star pattern and this went together very easily.  What fun I had making this in red, White and Blue.img_4283

mohair and silk scarf

mohair and silk scarf

This is a scarf that I knitted up – it was fun and fast but sort of different.  The yarn is so fine that it was more like knitting with thread than yarn.  The needles are large so it goes very quickly and I have one more scarf to make.  The next one will be mine.

Of course I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the most important happening in the month of February.  It is our darling daughters birthday month – and I do mean month – we are required to celebrate for the entire month.  We went out to dinner and had a wonderful time.

Elizabeth and Garrett

Elizabeth and Garrett

Chuck and me

Chuck and me

 

So that is just a little bit of what I have been doing during the month of February.  March will be here in just a few days and then the prospect of Spring, which may or may not arrive on time in Maine this year.  I love all of the seasons but the colors of Spring are so soft and subtle.  One of my favorite colors is spring green – all of the budding leaves and the peek of flowers.  Oh it will be so beautiful  – but first we need to conquer March.

 

Enjoy the mild weather and keep your fingers crossed that it stays this way.

 

Be Kind…

Faith

Out and about…

 

view from Monhegan Island

view from Monhegan Island

At the end of September Chuck and I went for a short stay along the mid-coast of Maine.  We love it so much here that we hate to leave.  We started our visit at the Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor.  It is a very special place with beautiful plants, trees and views.  We love to go to the gardens, Spring, Summer and Fall – it is always beautiful.

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love pumpkins!

love pumpkins!

We walked the trails and took notes on what we might want to add to our gardens — it is nice to go at all different times of the growing season to see what is blooming.  I like to have gardens that have blooms from late May until the first frost.  I also like to see different types of plants that I may not have seen in bloom – it makes it easier to decide what to plant and where.

The next day we took the ferry out to Mohegan Island.  The name of the Ferry was the Elizabeth Ann which was perfect because that is our daughters name.

Ferry to Monhegan Island

Ferry to Monhegan Island

It was an absolutely beautiful day. It was a wonderful trip out to the island – the sun was shining, the seas were calm and the air was just the right temperature.

Chuck on the ferry

Chuck on the ferry

 

view from the ferry

view from the ferry

view from the lighthouse on Monhegan Island

view from the lighthouse on Monhegan Island

We wandered around the island – took a short hike and ended up at the Mohegan Brewing Company.  We had a very cold beer and sat outside in the sun visiting with some of the other patrons.  As is turns out 2 of the people we were talking to were from the same area in NY as we were.  We discussed how small a world it is and the coincidence of meeting people who lived and worked right around the corner from us in NY, while having a beer 12 miles off the mainland on a small island in Maine.

Mohegan Island has 75 year round residents – they seem to be an independent brunch who like to live life with out the frills of the mainland.  I am not sure that I could live so removed from the rest of civilization but I would sort of like to try.  If not for an extended period of time, at least for a short stay.  I could sort of imagine spending my days making quilts, spinning yarn, reading great books and cooking wonderful hearty meals.  I might add this adventure to my bucket list.  Hmmm thinking….

Island where the Wyeth family lived

Island where the Wyeth family lived

afternoon view from dock in Monhegan

afternoon view from dock in Monhegan

On the way home from the island Chuck and I sat right beneath the pilot house.  The view was so peaceful and beautiful – we saw a whale cut in front of the boat and move off to the port side.  I had never seen a whale before and have always wanted to go on a whale watch.  Imagine my joy when I saw that amazing animal right in front of me.  It was a great day and a wonderful mini adventure.

Since I have gotten home I have been working on quilts.  I sent two quilts off to a wonderful organization that provides quilts to kids in hospitals and abusive situations.  The groups name is Quilts for Kids.  www.quiltsforkids.org   – if you are interested in the group check out the website and if you can’t make a quilt you can always send a donation.  Several other quilts that are gifts have been made and there are several more in the works.

Enjoy the wonderful weather that we are having.

Be Kind…

Faith

 

 

Happy Anniversary Chuck….

The Big Day

Thirty years ago today I married my best friend.  I was 29 years old and thought that I had a pretty good idea of what life was all about,  in some cases I was correct and in others I was way off.  Life is similar to “Mr. Todd’s wild ride” in Disney World, ups and downs, ebbs and flows, but many more highs than lows.  I feel that we have been very blessed and I am thankful everyday for the life that we have had and continue to have.

Chuck and I have similar likes and dislikes – is this how it was in the beginning or has this developed over the 34 years that we have been together?  Love of family has always been a priority for both of us.  Time we spend with children and grandchildren is and has always been our top priority.

Dad and his wonderful children

Dad and his wonderful children

We have made wonderful memories and the journey that we are on has been remarkable.

Chuck thank you for being a great dad, a wonderful husband and my best friend.  The best is yet to come and I am so blessed that we chose each other to share this.

I love you!

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Be Kind….

Faith

Lately….

I have been very busy.  I have sewed, canned, cleaned, played, shopped and celebrated a birthday.

This past weekend I canned 10 pints of dill pickles.  I can’t wait to try them but I like to let them sit for a few weeks before I open and taste them.

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I have started a new project – It is yet another Hexie project.  It is English Paper Piecing from the book The New Hexagon by Katja Marek.  Every month a new block is released – it started in January but I didn’t get clued in until recently so I am a little bit behind.  Thankfully it is not a race, but it is something that I want to complete so I will continue to stitch away.

Center of first Hexie - lots more to add.

Center of first Hexie – lots more to add.

This is the fabric that I started with.  Fussy cut to make the first Hexie.

This is the fabric that I started with. Fussy cut to make the first Hexie.

I spent the weekend making myself a new bag.  I am a sucker for bags with lots of pockets and compartments.  I saw a post on Facebook – it was a pattern for sale on Craftsy called The Bionic Gear Bag.  Let me tell you, if you a sucker for a bag with a place for everything this is the bag for you.  It is designed by Sally Thompson – it is wonderful.  There is a tutorial on line to tell you how to put it all together and I made it in a few hours.

The Bionic Gear Bag closed

The Bionic Gear Bag closed

The Bionic Gear bag opened!

The Bionic Gear bag opened!

This bag has a slot or pocket for everything.  Since you are making it yourself you can really customize it to take care of whatever needs you have.  It holds threads, pins, needles, scissors, rotary cutters, thimbles, rulers, snips, purple “thangs”, pin cushions and tons of other stuff you can fit in the bag.  It all zips closed to hold everything in its proper place.  It is wonderful!

We went to the nursery to find a new tree that will be planted at the end of the month.  Of course we brought our puppies with us.  They love riding in the car.

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I saw this sign and loved the message.

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My son gave me a new toy… it is a dehydrator.  I am going to use it to dry some of my herbs.  I have a lot of Sage, parsley, thyme, and chives to dry.  How nice not to have to buy them and not know where they came from.  I will also try some fruits and maybe beef jerky if I am so inclined.  It should be a fun new toy and remarkably it is a gadget that I didn’t already have.

 

new toy!

new toy!

 

 

Soooo…. that is what I have been up to lately.  Next weekend I think that I am going to make some homemade Salsa.  It is always a hit and I used the last jar weeks ago.  I will admit that I was hoarding it – just didn’t want to crack open the last jar.

Enjoy the summer – the weather here has been perfect.

Be Kind….

Faith

JULY…

 

Fortunes Rock Beach

Fortunes Rock Beach

July is a very, very, very busy month in our family!  6 birthdays, the fourth of July and tons of stuff to do outside.  We have had company, we have been company and we had some staycations.

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One night we got take out and went to the beach.  Grabbed a couple of bottles of beer and enjoyed a lobster roll just like the tourists do.

Chuck enjoying his lobster roll

Chuck enjoying his lobster roll

I went to the Maine Quilt Show which is always wonderful!  The quilts are amazing, the people are fun, the vendors are interesting and the friends I go with are the best!  Here are a couple of my favorites…

Made by Eleanor Dickens

Made by Eleanor Dickens

 

love the colors and points

love the colors and points

Gotta Love those Hexies!

Gotta Love those Hexies!

We celebrated birthdays – went to one of our favorite restaurants Street & Co. in Portland and as always had a fabulous meal and lots of laughs…

Nadine turned 50

Nadine turned 50!

 

Faith had a birthday

Faith had a birthday!

Chuck and Charles had a birthday!

Chuck and Charles had a birthday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and we celebrated frequently and with great joy!

We went to dinner at the Ramp in Cape Porpoise for yet another birthday dinner.  I certainly can’t be expected to cook on my birthday.  It was a beautiful evening and I had the seafood stew which has never disappointed!  It was wonderful!

Cape Porpoise, Maine

Cape Porpoise, Maine

 

Cape Porpoise, Maine view from the dock.

Cape Porpoise, Maine view from the dock.

So in review July has been a very busy but wonderful month.  August is here and it will be a bit calmer but no less wonderful.  The end of the summer is looming and although I love the cooler weather I am not ready to think about the end of summer just yet.  I want a few more days relaxing in my beautiful yard.

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Enjoy the sunshine…

Be Kind..

Faith

 

 

 

 

 

Summer is here…

  I haven’t posted lately because I have been so busy with company. For the past 11 years the family gathers here in Maine to celebrate the Fourth of July and the family birthdays that happen in July … 6 of them.
We spent sometime at the beach having a beach fire. 

  We spent time in the pool
  We ate to much food, danced like no one was watching, teased each other as only family can and made more memories to share in the coming years. 
It is so wonderful to have family and friends gather in such a beautiful area. We look forward to it every year and every year we are not disappointed. 

Have a great weekend…. The kids are on their way back to continue the birthday celebrations. 

Be Kind…

Faith