Category Archives: friends

House Warming Gift

I have two close friends who have just bought their first house together and are having a party tonight. Since we are in full swing of the holiday season a pair of homemade stockings seemed fitting. I recycled 2 great sweaters and added matching red wool loops. I hope Santa stuffs these full!



It’s the most delicious time of year!

I hope you all had a delicious holiday with friends and family this past week! I spent the holiday with my family and made a homemade cornbread stuffing and a pumpkin cream pie to share. (Thank you Martha.) My sister roasted the most succulent turkey with a sage herbed butter rub paired with creamy garlic mashed potatoes, roasted squash, green beans with homemade candied walnuts and the most incredible roasted root vegetable salad on baby greens. My mom made her famous squash rolls, pecan tart and chilled mousse with raspberry drizzle. Mmmm! Let the tasty festivities continue!

I am still savoring the yummy leftovers!

Photo by Con Poulos


Over the last few days I have indulged in some of the things that make me happy. Art, food, Maine and friends! Here is what I’ve been up to…

1. Earlier this week I was browsing Etsy and on a whim searched for “paint by numbers”. I’ve had a love of paint by numbers for some time, so when I found this lovely set of lighthouse paintings from Johnny Vintage I splurged and bought it. I am thrilled every time I walk through my dinning room! Picture via Johnny Vintage

2. Is there anything better than a warm, homemade ginger snap cookie? I know it’s hard to envision, but yes there is! I just baked off a batch of my grandmother’s classic ginger snaps and got just a little creative with some ice cream. A scoop of French vanilla ice cream between two cookies makes for a share-worthy sandwich. My boyfriend and I polished off our ginger snap ice cream sandwich in record time with an accompanying glass of milk. What a marvelous way to enjoy warm homemade cookies!

3. Enjoying the seasonal foliage in the rain.

4. One night after work when all the shops and boutiques in Portland, ME were closed and sleeping, I popped into the city for a stroll and some window-shopping. I especially love the old cobblestone streets around the city, and here on Wharf Street.

5. That same night I grabbed a bite to eat with some friends at Portland Lobster Co. Despite the cold, rainy October evening we thoroughly enjoyed our heated tent on the wharf overlooking the waterfront.

A Saturday Stroll in the Park

This past Saturday I met up with some friends and, with delicious donuts in hand from The Holy Donut, we walked to the Farmer’s Market in Deering Oaks Park. It was a beautiful sunny morning with an enthusiastic crowd of happy shoppers. The bounty of vegetables, flower, herbs and meat and dairy was overwhelming. It took me a couple laps to finalize my purchases, a bouquet of sunflowers, tomatoes, Swiss chard and a little rosemary plant! I used the tomatoes with some basil from my garden to make a sauce, turned the Swiss chard into a brunch quiche, sprinkled the flowers around the house and my little sweet Mary is catching rays in the living room by the window.


red + white + blue + sparklers

Tonight was too cloudy for fireworks so my friends and I made our own show with some classic sparklers. I hope you had a fun and relaxing holiday!!

wedding invitations for an amazing couple

I have just begun work on a wedding invitation suite for the most wonderful couple. (and attached some shots from my desk this morning.) More to come!!