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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

 

 

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

Spring….

Weeping Cherry

Weeping Cherry

Well Spring has finally arrived here in Biddeford, ME.  It was a long cold winter and at times we wondered if it would ever end.  Thankfully, as usual the season changed and it is beautiful here now.

We have been busy this Spring.  We are in the process of redoing our den/”mancave.”  New carpet has been installed, walls have been painted and furniture has been ordered.  The room is looking good, just waiting for the love seat to be delivered.

Chuck and I have treated ourselves to a dinner out.  Last week we went to the Ramp in Cape Porpoise.  I had a wonderful meal – roasted haddock with spinach raviolis.  If you have the chance to have a meal there you should, it was wonderful – the view is amazing and the food has never disappointed!

Roasted Haddock with Spinach Ravioli

Roasted Haddock with Spinach Ravioli

 

The view from the Ramp

The view from the Ramp

I have been making quilts.  Big surprise there!  I have finished last years Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion Mystery quilt.  It has been sent off to the Long Arm Quilter, it is much to big for me to quilt on my sewing machine.  Pictures of that will follow as soon as I get it back.  Here is sneak peek.

Grand Illusion

Grand Illusion

I have also been working on Red, White and Blue blocks for the Veteran’s quilts that our guild makes.  One of our members delivered 2 of them to wounded veterans in San Antonio, TX last month.  The quilts were given to 2 young woman who were injured in the war – both had lost limbs. So sad for them and so appreciative of their sacrifices and service to our country.

Hunters Star

Hunters Star

 

The other quilt that I have been working on is a gift.  I will show you a picture only because the recipient doesn’t have any idea that I am making them a quilt.

quilt on design wall - time to sew it together

quilt on design wall – time to sew it together

 

So that is some of what has been keeping me busy.  I will leave you with some more pictures of my weeping cherry tree.  It is the first tree to bloom so far this Spring and it makes me very happy!

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Be Kind…

Faith

 

Oh my what a month February has been….

the view from my front door

the view from my front door

I can’t ever remember a month where we had back to back to back storms.  It would storm on Saturday and Sunday and then storm again on Tuesday or Wednesday.  We would just get dug out from one storm in time for the next one to hit.  It has been epic!  I have heard various reports on the total amount of snow that has fallen – anywhere from 70″ to 90″!  That is a lot of snow.

During all of this we have also been breaking records for cold temps.  BRRR!!!  let’s just say it has really been winter here in the Northeast and especially along the coast.  I am not complaining I live in Maine not down south where they freak over a dusting.

Gracie and Stella in the snow covered yard

Gracie and Stella in the snow covered yard

While all of this has been happening we brought home a new baby.  The four legged kind.  Miss Stella has joined our family.  Stella is a chocolate lab who is a little spitfire.  Stella has us all jumping at her command, she is just so darn cute.

Stella - one of her rare quiet moments!

Stella – one of her rare quiet moments!

Love that face!

Love that face!

Gracie is not at all sure that she is happy about the newest family member but she is definitely telling Stella to stay our of her space.  They are sharing toys and people but as with all sisters they do get on each others nerves!

Gracie telling Stella the rules

Gracie telling Stella the rules

During all of this fun in the snow we have been doing some puppy training.  Stella knows to go to the door and ring the bells when she has to go outside, she comes when she is called – even when I don’t have a treat in my hand and she sleeps through the night.  She does not want to accept that Gracie is the boss yet but she will learn.

 

 

 

It has been a great month to stay in and cook and sew – I have been stocking the freezer with all sorts of goodies that make it easier for me to have a hot meal on the table and still get some sewing and quilting done.

I don’t mind the snow but I am not in charge of relocating it after every storm.  Our snow blower decided that it didn’t want to be in charge of snow removal either and after 15 years it died.  We will get a new one next year when there is actually a selection.  Not many snow blowers available in the Northeast these days.

Here is a little peek at some of the sewing that I have been doing lately.

Mirror Mirror Block by Marie Bostwick

Mirror Mirror Block by Marie Bostwick

Grand Illusion by Bonnie Hunter

Grand Illusion by Bonnie Hunter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay warm, Spring is coming – hopefully the snow will melt by May.

Be Kind….

Faith