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A Tree Hunt

This past weekend my boyfriend, sister and I went on our annual Christmas tree hunt. We drove through the lightly sprinkling snow to a sweet little tree farm in the country in search of the perfectly imperfect Christmas tree. Upon arrival, I knew I had my work cut out for me; the trees were all meticulously trimmed and far too perfect. After a bit of searching I spotted the tree at the far corner of the farm! Here is a photo summary of our exciting (and snowy!) day.

xmas tree

Holiday Shopping in Rockland

To kick off the holiday season I visited the coastal town of Rockland with my boyfriend and his family. We spent our day shopping at the boutiques and vintage shops on Main Street. Boy, was it chilly! I swear I spotted at least eight snowflakes! To warm up we stopped at Rock City for a round of delicious hot drinks and perused the shelves at Hello Hello Books. A personal highlight, the Farnsworth Museum offered a beautiful array of art accompanied by holiday music. We wrapped up the day by watching the holiday parade, complete with a giant lobster float decorated in red lights, a lit sailboat, and a classic red truck hauling the perfect little Christmas tree. If you should find yourself in the mid coast Maine region this holiday I highly recommend stopping by for a festive visit!

rockland shopping

Sweater Quilt Complete!

I finished my sweater quilt this past weekend and it is now up in the shop! This quilt is crafted of beautiful upcycled wool and cotton sweater swatches. Ivory, creams and oatmeal with pops of light and charcoal grays result in a calming organic palette. The quilt has 100% cotton batting, is backed with 100% prewashed cotton indigo gray fabric, and has been finished with hand-sewn edges.

Perfect as a cozy throw on your couch or an additional layer on a twin bed this quilt is ideal for cool, crisp days.

Smörgåsbord

A little bit of this and a little bit of that…

1. I found this little guy on Pinterest and absolutley had to make him for the pumpkin carving party I hosted last week.

2. While out and about I found some great cobalt blue bulk lacing and knew immediately that I had to have it to spruce up my Bean boots! I love the pop!

3. Packed up and ready to go for our trip up to Bar Harbor this past weekend. But not before a quick pit stop in Rockland for a Peter Wolf concert! (4.)

5. A great anchor spotted while walking around Bar Harbor.

On another note I hope everyone within Sandy’s reach is safe and sound!

DIY Party Garland

I love making decorations for any occasion and this past weekend I had the pleasure of crafting 55 feet of silver garland with a friend for a restaurant’s silver anniversary celebration! Below you will find a DIY tutorial on how to make your very own garland.

 

Materials: Tissue and Mylar paper, twine, rotary cutter, scissors, ruler, cutting mat, thread & sewing machine.

1. Select your desired tissue paper colors. Consider adding some metallic Mylar paper for extra shimmer!

2. First decide how full you want the garland. I layer 4 pieces of tissue folded in half for mine (so the end product is 8 sheets thick), but you can do more or less. Next take your layers of tissue folded in half and with a ruler, cut your desired widths perpendicular from the fold. I vary the widths for visual interest. Continue until you have all your pieces ready to sew into your garland.

3. Now take one of your sections and place the twine against the fold in the middle of the tissue sheets. Measure about 12 inches in from the end of the twine and tie a knot to keep the paper from sliding; this will also leave enough twine to hang the garland. Set your first tissue section next to the knot and begin to sew your garland.  Keep the needle set just to the left of the paper edge to allow enough space for the twine to fit. I also find it helpful to set my stitch size to the largest setting.

4. When you have completed your first section, make sure your needle is in the down position and lift your foot to add your next tissue paper section. You will repeat this process until your garland is the desired length. While sewing, think about alternating paper colors and maybe switching between tissue and Mylar. Note: I keep the ball of twine in my lap so I do not run out while I am sewing. I cut it after I have finished the garland.

5. This is what your garland will start to look like as you add more sections of folded tissue to your twine.

6. Once you have finished attaching all of your tissue sections to the twine use a ruler and rotary cutter to make the tassels. Make sure you leave a inch or so at the top so that you do not cut your twine. The rotary cutter makes this process a breeze! The first garland I made I used scissors and it took much longer to cut out, but it still works.

7. Depending on your chosen length, the cut portion may need to run onto the floor as you move through to the end. Despite being made of tissue paper, the garland is stronger than you might think. It will hold together!

8. Abbie shows off our progress!

9. Go forth and decorate happily!

Smörgåsbord

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.

Weekend Getaway

Over Columbus Day weekend I enjoyed a change of scenery with my boyfriend and family on a little getaway to Rangeley, Maine. We hit the road after work on Friday and took a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of our daily routines. As a child growing up, I took annual trips to this quintessential Maine town for leaf peeping, hiking and cozy family gatherings around the fireplace. Since then it has become one of my favorite destinations for fly fishing and camping trips with friends.

The Rangeley region of Maine is dominantly lakes and ponds with rolling mountains. There are six larger lakes and literally hundreds of other smaller lakes, ponds, and rivers. The views are breathtaking and we were there in the thick of fall foliage. During this time the landscape is ablaze with brilliant shades of gold, russet, citron and red hues.