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!
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It took me three summers but I finally made it to the Monhegan Museum at the lighthouse! I was absolutely blown away by the rich history that had been documented over the years and the beautiful artifacts and artworks inside the lighthouse walls. I clicked my way through the whole exhibit and as you can see I really struggled to edit my collection down…
(The above beautiful flower wreath was made by a woman who collected feathers from around the island.)
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Here is a little mix of the last 24 hours…
Today after work I did a little shopping, picking out some fun tissue paper to create decorations for my sister’s graduation party. I also picked up some beautiful stationery to add to my collection. I absolutely love the colors of rifle paper co.’s cards, the tactile hand of the letterpressed and screenprinted cards.
Last night I had dinner with my sister and father and while I was in my father’s basement I discovered amongst all of his lobstering gear this little arrow. He told me the stories from when he worked on a swordfish boat and how this arrow was used at the tip of the fishing harpoon. I love the history of the artifact but my favorite part is how it has oxidized over the years. The last couple photos are of a scarf I just recently rediscovered from a trip I took with my boyfriend a couple of summers ago. We were out on a motorcycle ride and discovered this incredible antique barn in the country. After at least an hour exploring I found this vintage souvenir scarf and couldn’t pass it up! I decided today that I want to figure out a way to frame it so I can hang it in my studio.
1. Rifle Paper Co. 2.Rifle Paper Co 3. One Canoe Two Letterpress 4. Yellow Owl Workshop 5. Enormous Champion
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This past weekend I escaped the hustle and bustle and took a little road trip with my father and boyfriend for some early camping and fly fishing. This was my first time out this season and I did catch my fair share of sticks and leaves but no fish! Even sans fish the trip was a huge success, the weather cooperated and the scenery was breathtaking. Here a few shots from my adventure.
A couple weekends ago I went on a little coastal tour of mid coast Maine in search of a lamp for my dresser. The afternoon flew by as I dropped into any antique or vintage store I spotted along the way. I found 2 vintage sailboat glasses at an Antique Show, further down the road I found 2 orange and white striped glasses! Then this past week I finally found my lamp at a little shop in Freeport across from the L.L.Bean flagship store. The antique lamp has a marble base with unique bird lampshade.
My friend requested that I create a custom going away card for her close friend. This lovely lady is moving from Maine to London so I used vintage maps to create the imagery. A handmade craft paper envelope held it all together.
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It is starting to feel and look like spring! Today I drove home from work with my windows down! With warmer and longer days I am day dreaming of what this next season holds. I love the below shots of the styled sailor juxtaposed next to the salty fisherman in his brilliant orange anorak. Also, orange and blue are one of my favorite color combinations right now.
photo pulled from fffound, originated here.
photo pulled from ffffound, original here.
photo pulled from pinterest, original here.
photo pulled from pinterest, original here.