squam : part 2, the making……

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I love walking through the woods to get to class and meals…… Squammies leave small treasures here and there. Yarn bits, pompoms, stones, feathers to leave love notes & wishes on.

I took a class with two of the kindest and most talented artists on Thursday and Friday.

First was a day of stamp carving with Penelope Dullaghan. We learned the basics of cutting stamps, using tools, and how to create patterns with and without repeats. I had this idea of making a Goddess or Sacred Woman stamp inspired by a coffee mug I saw at an art fair this summer. It ended up looking like a sacred woman in more ways than one – which made the class giggle – it's the stamped notebook above. I'll let you decide what it looks like. I am especially smitten with my feather stamps!!! I see lots of stamped feather goods in my future…. and just ordered some fabric paint to test it out on. Penny was a fabulous teacher and really fun to hang out with all day.

Day two was spoon carving with Barry Buck of Linen and Spoon! I had the chance to meet Barry and his family last spring when we visited Squam as vendors – I think we live in some parallel universe because I have so much in common with his wife that I swear we are long lost, sisters. (She thinks so too – it's not just me!) I learned how to carve a spoon, and didn't injure myself! Holy sharp tools – it really is like meditation, you have to pay such close attention. I have just two layers of sanding left and I'll share it here with you….. I also purchased some carving tools and a few spoon blanks to carve a few more. I loved it!

Lastly, on Saturday I attended the Squam Art Fair  - our table is the triangle shelf display…. the spoon picture is from Linen & Spoon's table and lastly a picture of my treasures! (linen & wooden goods by Linen & Spoon – shirts by untold – necklace by AG Ambroult.)

So much making and handmade goodness to be shared and enjoyed.

Happy weekending friends.

xo~
s

 

squam : part 1, the magic………

*Just to warn you, I am SO going to overuse the word "magic" in this post. It can't be helped.* 

I'm still reveling in the in-between space, "between Squam and real-life". I'm sure it sounds sentimental, but being at Squam this last time my dear friend Elizabeth hosted felt especially magical. For a decade she has worked her magic and poured her heart and soul into a gathering that draws the best of people. Truly. Elizabeth herself is one of the most caring, authentic, and generous souls I have ever met – and this manifests itself in people of the same caliber from all over the world who come to gather in the woods. We celebrate being creative – full of life – full of love. This September seemed to hold even more wonderful people than usual – no doubt there to support and send off their dearest fairy godmother and welcome in the new fairy goddaughter. It was emotional, beautiful, magical. Just the sort of thing endings and beginnings always are. I cannot even find the words to tell you how grateful I felt to be a part of it. So, so much.

Spending these days taking great care of myself – soaking in the woo – nurturing my spirit and connecting with new and old friends – oh, let me tell you – they are worth their weight in gold. Especially for those of us who rarely take the time to place ourselves in the center. This was my second time attending Squam – the first was here – but we have been lucky enough to attend as vendors a few times in between. I wanted to paint a picture for you – share with you what it feels like to return to a place you know is magic, pictures seem to do the best job of this….. so here you have the arrival and settling in….. 

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more tomorrow –

xoxo,

s

 

road signs

road signs

 

road signs

 

road signs

 

we’re halfway through our adventure

things are going much better on this road trip than the house showings (thank goodness, right?!?!)

all photos courtesy of my sweet co-pilot, who has been making sandwiches, handing out snacks, spinning tunes, playing stories and keeping her cool with squabbling siblings

also, a thank you to my mama, who sent the kiddos early easter gifts. audiobooks y’all! she’s the best. the girls and i are loving little mo in this tale and luke is smitten with these.

just wanted to pop in and say hello!

xo,

s

 

about like this….

this ride....

 

this picture sums up my feelings right now….

yeah-hoooo!

the house is buzzing with anticipation of the big trip this Saturday

I’m attempting to pack and tie up loose strings of all sorts before I head out of here for the summer

the whole summer

I’m feeling a little guilty about ditching that sweet man of mine to walk along the sea

seven whole weeks

he does get to join us for the last two this year

what a summer

and speaking of loose strings, the shop is closing tonight for the summer

it will reopen August 10th with some fun new things

so if you had your heart set on something, do take a peek

now, back to the packing….

 

a year ago today…..

I was here…..

 

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Squam Art Workshops

It was a glorious couple of days.

As time passes, I find myself wanting to return even more. Maybe next year. *I hope*

If you are in the area, you should definitely check out the Art Fair this Saturday. It is amazing. Truly. So much creative goodness. And if you do visit…. take a peek around because somewhere you will see this:

 

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I donated a lovely spindrift quilt for the raffle. It was my own little way of being there. 

Are any of you going this year?

Oh Squam.

How I love thee….

 

a little bit of farm

The kids got their fill of fluffy cuteness at Grandma & Grandpa’s farm too. Lots of baby chickens and a super cute little baby goose. I miss the girls every time I see chickens and good fresh eggs. Someday soon.


a little bit of farm

 

a little bit of farm

 

The kids ran all around the farm and got good and muddy. Which is what spring is all about, right? They also had a lot of fun with their Aunt’s pet pig, Lokey. What a character he was!

 

a little bit of farm

 

And while I am the one to want animals and anything furry, fluffy or cute…..

that man of mine is smitten with this: 

 

a little bit of farm

 

Yep. A tractor.

He had no problem helping out during our visit and driving that big hunk of metal around. I must admit, I kind of have a thing for a man on a tractor…. I don’t think I’m alone in this either.

 

home

I’m home!

It’s good to be getting settled in. We had a crazy busy weekend and we’re off to our homeschool group today but I thought I’d pop in and say hi.

Hi!!!!

And share a picture of the newlyweds…. dancing on the ferry we took to the ceremony (before the the wedding). It totally captures the moment. Remember in that last post when I mentioned getting all sappy? I pretty much had tears in my eyes all day when these two got hitched… and come to think of it there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. For real! 

 

J+T = love!

 

Congrats Jake & Therese!

I’ve got one foot out the door on my way to homeschool Reading & Writing and a visit to our farm. See you tomorrow with a story about traveling with a kombucha scoby and possibly eluding the officials. Yes, really.

 

and I’m off…..

and I'm off......

 

By the time you read this I should be in the air…. headed to Seattle. 

For a week. By myself.

MYSELF! (I still can’t believe it!)

Joe has threatened to get on here and post while I’m away. So if you notice posts about things like oh, the specific gravity of beer or varieties of hops… it’s not me.

This evening I’ll be met by one of my dearest friends and I’m sure we’ll be catching up and swapping stories of the past 18 months of our lives over a cold microbrew. And I’ll be meeting her husband to be…. the very reason I’m headed to the northwest.

My heart is so filled up with love and excitement for this occasion. I’m reflecting on how good it is to see your friends find true love….. getting all misty eyed at my own sweet man and gosh I’ve gotten sappy with age. Life is lovely and beautiful, truly.

So my bag is filled with wool socks and fleece to keep my southern wimpy self warm and of course there is this pillow….

 

and I'm off......

 

The heart pocket is to hold a little something special, the ribbon to hold their rings, a little something blue embroidered to celebrate their day, and the button is from my grandmother’s stash who coincidentally was also married on New Years Eve and enjoyed 67 years of marriage. {something old, blue & new} It’s a wonky little handmade bit of love…. but I think it’s just right.

See you all in a week….

 

acadia national park

Just one more Maine post, please?

These are a few of my favorite snapshots of the sights in the park. We climbed all over these huge rocks and watched the waves break onto them…. 

Of all the places I visited this was just the spot when my heart flip flopped and began to miss my little & big peeps at home (a lot!). Everything I saw here made me think “they would love to see that.

Sandy beaches, tide pools, frogs, flowers & the best climbing rocks ever…….

Which leaves to this very simple conclusion : I must go back

 

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{Thanks to my mama for snapping this one.}

 

So goodbye Maine….. until we meet again. Sooner than later {I hope}.

And thanks for letting me have a whole darn week of show & tell. You guys are the best.

🙂