Friday, December 29, 2006

Let’s take a trip

First we need to go back in time. It's December 24th, we're at my parents house on Damariscotta Lake and it's about 3:00 in the afternoon. The last two days have been windy and rainy, but today we have weak winter sun and very few clouds in the sky. In an hour the sun will be setting and one of the best places to watch the sun set is a little stretch of land in East Boothbay Maine, called Madeleine Peyroux into the cd player to pass the time.

(30 minute time lapse) Wow, that was fast...
Look, you can start to see the ocean!

Ah, here we are, slowing down to a snail's crawl to see what we can from the warmth of the truck. We'll park just up ahead...
here, on this curve
Look at that view!
Are you ready to get out and brave the elements?

Feel that wind, it'll just about knock you over and make you wish that parka's came with wood stoves!! Aren't you glad that you bundled up?
Be careful of those rocks, they're slick in some spots (as you can see from the algae green stain on my left knee where I slid - oh but that will be a bruise tomorrow!)
Even the seagulls are struggling to fly.
Can you feel the sea spray?
Look what some other dear adventurer left behind for us. Portent of good things to come, maybe?
Sadie doesn't get to the ocean often.
She's loving this! But I think it's time to head back to the truck. That wind is just a bit much and my hands are frozen. How 'bout you? We'll drive up toward the Ocean Point Inn. It's closed now, but we'll just drive past.
Can you see all the debris that the wind and high seas from the day before threw up onto the road? That must have looked wild!
Oh, lets go see my favorite house down here
It's just up this way.
How cool is that? It's a year 'round house, so we can't go walk around the grounds (and I think there's a car in the driveway now!)

Shall we head for home? It's after 4:00 and that sun's about to set. Take one last look at Ocean Point, my friends. We'll have to come back again in the summer!
I'm so happy that you were able to go with me! I've been wanting to do this for some time and Paula's walk to school really inspired me.
Did you enjoy our trip? We'll have to do it again sometime!

Thursday, December 28, 2006

So Much

Has it really been 9 days since my last post? 9 DAYS? Wow! Christmas/Yule went by in a didn't seem like it went by that quickly, but looking back...I just can't believe it!

Well I hope you all had a lovely holiday season, a good time spent with friends and family, good food and fun activities! I had a wonderful "Night before the Solstice" hanging out with friends; Solstice Night was spent at my parents, baking and crafting and watching movies. I'm the only Pagan in my family - the rest are some form of Christian (we were all raised Catholic), so I celebrate Yule and Christmas.

I was able to finish my friend's lap quilt (my present to her):
I was also able to finish the dollhouse! Oh, I am so happy with the way this came out! We are talking love love love love love love love!!! It was so worth all the hot glue burns and the lack of feeling in my fingertips (from said hot glue gun), the hours...the days...spent putting this little house together! And my friend Juli was in such shock, such surprise at receiving her very own dollhouse. I wish I'd had my camera - the look on her face was priceless! Here is the finished product (and more up-close and personal ones here):

There are little bits that I didn't get to add to it that I so wanted to, but I ran out of the flower pots and the little bowls and the pictures, oh and the coffee table book of Elvis. Juli and I have this long running Elvis's not based on the fact that we're big fans or anything so mundane, it's based on a comment Juli made way back when we were...oh, 14 or 15, about Elvis living under her bed wearing a jelly donut costume (don't ask, it was a late night and definitely a "you had to be there" moment). Since that time it's just escalated into weird and sometimes obnoxious Elvis the madly blinking mini Christmas tree decorated with glitter glued handmade Elvis ornaments, the 3D puzzle "Bust of Elvis" or the life size Elvis cutout wearing a Santa hat (that was the best, I stuck it in a corner of Juli's room and she didn't notice it right away, as she was in a hurry and was trying to change her clothes for something. Well, she whipped off her shirt, turned around and let out a scream that could be heard for miles and it was immediately followed by "THAT BITCH!" and a phone call to me filled with laughing vulgarities about how she thought some weird guy had gotten into her room. Obviously I won the Elvis war that year! Juli has won this year with the singing Elvis ornament that just won't shut up.)

Anyway, this holiday was splendid! Many grand gifts were given and received, family time spent, amazing food eaten (and still eating) and I even got the chance to head to Ocean Point in East Boothbay, Maine on Christmas Eve. Oh what a beautiful place...but I'll post about that and take you all on a little tour tomorrow!


Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Do You Hear What I Hear...

In my quest for different music via blog, radio and just talking to my friends, several artists have been mentioned (and thanks to Mel, I can listen via Napster to full albums for free and decide whether or not I want to invest my money - which is much better than spending $$ on a cd that I don't really like, as that $$ can go toward something else):

*Carla Bruni (thanks, Shari! I heard Carla Bruni's "L'amour" on the radio back awhile ago and really enjoyed it but couldn't find out who she was - it was a track that a guest to the radio station played off their iPod)
*Luna (again, thanks Shari)
*Laura Brino (whom I'm loving!)
*Moe...I haven't made up my mind about Moe yet. They're very Phish-esque and I do like some Phish, but after a while...all the songs sound the same or they go on for so long that you start wondering when/if the song will ever end. No offense to anyone really into Phish...just my opinion. But Moe seems to throw in some twang, some harder riffs here and there...I'm skipping through albums trying to draw out some favs but having a hard time
*Neko Case totally rocks and I am so getting her music!

And if anyone caught CBS's Sunday Morning this past Sunday, Cat Power's "The Greatest" and Anjani's "Blue Alert" were mentioned as great gifts to give. Definitely check out Cat Power, if you haven't already! Anjani's old stuff is a little pop-y, but Blue Alert is very bluesy, very smokey and very Leonard Cohen (who co-wrote and produced it).

My posting will be sketchy this week. Yesterday was meetings galore, an hour and forty five minutes stuck in traffic, crawling at a snails pace, outside Portland and then on to the staff holiday party at my house (which rocked, but I never took pictures - duh!) I have Thursday off to work on Christmas presents, then it's off to a holiday gathering of friends at The Liberal Cup in Hallowell (great atmosphere, good people, good live music, the food is so-so as it depends on what you get, the home brew is excellent! You have to get there early to get a table though; it fills up fast!) Friday will see me driving my gift-laden, one horse open sleigh (Mitsubishi Montero Sport), with my furry little elves (Sadie & Tallulah) in tow to the Lake for some yuletide cheer with the fam.

Have a fabulous rest of the week - I'll try to post again before Christmas!

Friday, December 15, 2006

And now for something completely different...

I have a new favorite Christmas song:

I know they put it out two years ago, but it's one of those songs you forget about because it's not over-played, then you hear it again...out of the blue...driving home after a long day and before you know it, you're chair-dancing in the driver's seat and people are looking at you like you're nuts...but you don't care because this song just lifts your spirit and gets you moving!

On my list of new and/or fun things I want to do, I mentioned picking up a new (new to me) cd each month of someone I've never heard or haven't heard much of, just to expand my musical selection. I missed a lot of US college bands and indie bands when I moved to Canada in '95, but was bombarded with a ton of great Canadian bands, a lot of amazing local New Brunswick talent. But I'm just now starting to realize what I missed out on.

I'm starting to play catch up, now and at this moment it's with Dispatch - I'm really liking their live stuff. All Points Bulletin is currently playing (love "Riddle"). Of course, reading up on them now, I'm wondering where the hell I was to have missed this band? Was I just not paying attention? Was I listening to some other style of music? This is entirely possible - I dated a hardcore punk for about 4 1/2 years and getting him to listen to anything else or go to shows that didn't involve his music was like pulling teeth.

What are you listening to (aside from holiday music)? I'm open to any suggestions in just about any flavor.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Reflections (aka "Thoughts and Things Part II")


In the comments of my post yesterday, Shari mentioned reflections being good and how the end of the year seemed to be the time when we reflect. After yesterday's post and on top of not feeling well, I was emotionally and mentally feeling out of sorts and disconnected. In a way it was good, though. I started to notice things that I normally don't pay much attention to. Like the reflection in my side mirror when I was stopped in traffic and it all seemed to connect - reflecting on the past year and the reflection in the side mirror of what was already behind me. I was literally looking at the past, of where I had been, while mentally my inner sight was doing the same.

It made me really take stock, as I sat in my truck, in the rain. I realized that no one is spinning my wheels but me, no one is stopping me from doing anything but me and no one is going to just hand me what I want...I don't have to wait for the new year to start these things!

So, since I wasn't feeling well, I left work early (which is when my revelation came about). I went home and made curtains and finished a quilt top that is a Christmas gift (photos to come after the Giftee opens the gift), then sat in a chair and napped for a bit. It made me feel mentally, emotionally and physically recharged. I had my moment of Zen while using my sewing machine and naps always make me feel better.

I'm ready to pay attention to my surroundings, to act on the whims that I taking a road trip or sitting in that bookstore or going out to a pub for a beer...anything that isn't sitting around at home watching tv or feeling like things have stalled!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Thoughts and Things

I skipped drawing class last night. I just didn't feel well. Still don't.

I feel like I have so much on my mind: Christmas and Christmas presents, the staff holiday party at my house, bills and truck worries and...the list seems endless.

I'm feeling so uninspired that's not right. I feel very inspired by so many things that they're all swirling in my brain and I can't seem to catch them, to focus on them and put them on paper or blog post.

Thinking of the year ahead, I want to do so many things. It's like 2006 went by in such a blur. Days rolled into weeks into months until it's now mid-December and what have a I done? Oh, I know there are all those crafty projects and house projects...and I did get to go to Tennessee. But there was so much more that I wanted to do and didn't. And not elaborate things, simple things...make farmer's market trips a regular weekend thing in the summer; take road trips; spend the day walking around a town I've never explored and take pictures; spend a day in a cafe or bookstore, reading and drinking chai.

2006 felt like everything was "go go go go - fast fast fast - do do do - now now now" and I just didn't stop to enjoy. Yes there were moments, but they seem so few and far between now. I feel as though I wasn't really present when I was hanging out with friends and family. I was there, but mentally I was going through a checklist of things I could be, should be, need to be doing.

I guess I feel that I need to make more of an effort in 2007. I think I want to institute a movie night every other week with my friends, a craft day/night/weekend/whatever once a month or whenever, really get my house organized so that when a crafty-arty inspiration strikes I won't be digging for supplies or worse yet...ignoring it because I don't want to dig for supplies! I want to take pictures of something interesting everyday. I want to buy a new CD every month of a band or singer that I've never heard of and explore their sound and if I don't like it, I'll pass it on...but I want to really expand my musical interests. I want to just take off and road trip alone - take the train to Boston or something...but I want to road trip with friends, too (to have someone to explore with). I want to create guerilla art (I still have my bucket o' chalk - I just never took the time to do it!) I need to rehab my budgeting skills (they're not the best) and take time to go thrifting and antiquing. I need to really take time to garden this year and get energized and finish the projects I started last year (and the year before). I want to go through a major purge session and get rid of all the things taking up space, that are unnecessary...really pare down and revamp not only my house but my life. I don't feel like I'm living...I feel as though I'm just existing. I feel...bored. Not just bored, excruciatingly bored!

It's time for change in my life. Good change, positive change, new people to go with the old ones, new adventures to talk about, new books to read and new projects to try (while I finish the old ones).

Change is good and it's needed. Wish me luck!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Lights aglow

The Hubbard Free Library - Hallowell, Maine

I took a side road home from work through Hallowell one night last week (before it snowed) and the library in Hallowell stood out like a beacon in the night, all it's windows ablaze. It was just so beautiful! I had to stop and take a picture.

I've always been enamored with this little library (even though I don't live in the town).

Friday, December 08, 2006

Mother Nature's Holiday Gift

Surprise and excitement overtook me when I looked out the window this morning.
I bundled into my winter jacket, dug my winter boots out of the closet, threw on my hat and mittens, leashed the dog and stepped out into a winter wonderland!
Snow falling and drifting, covering the trees; everything silent, muffled...the world covered in a wooly blanket of white.
I've never had a dog that loved snow so much as Sadie. She raced around like a wild dog, burrowing into it, covering her whole body, changing her fur color from mostly black to all white. She then collapsed in the house with one of her new Christmas toys (she knows what Christmas is! She loves it! Sadie has her own stocking and wiggles frantically for every toy to be pulled out of it. She grabs them - one at a time - and makes a pile in the center of the room. When the stocking is empty, she sits on top of her pile and plays with the toy that is the most favorite of that minute).
Tallulah is not a fan of snow, she likes to watch it though...from inside the house, in the warmth and comfort of her kitty bed.
I hope that you get glorious winter (or summer) surprises today, too! Have a great weekend all!

Thursday, December 07, 2006


#1: As promised, the forgotten "What I learned Wednesday" photo
"Paper bags" - pastel charcoal and willow charcoal

It isn't really done; there are a few things that I need to touch up and erase, but I ran out of time in class. I was so shocked at how the erasing of certain areas really makes it pop out!

#2: The Dollhouse

So I'm making a dollhouse for my best friend for Christmas. The story is that when she was little (long before we ever met), her grandmother had this beautiful, huge, old dollhouse that my friend spent hours lovingly playing with every time she visited. She was absolutely in love with this dollhouse.

Secretly she thought of it as hers and knew in her heart that her grandmother, seeing how much she loved this dollhouse, cared for it and played ever so gently with it, would one day give it to her.

During one visit, while she was playing with this dollhouse, my friend let slip how one day she would love to have this dollhouse as her very own, but her grandmother exclaimed, "Oh no, this dollhouse isn't intended for you - I plan to give this to your cousin!" This cousin was mildly mentally challenged and always threw pieces around, trying to break things. My friend's little heart was broken, her spirit crushed and the next time she visited her grandparents, the dollhouse was gone, never to be played with by her again.

Upon hearing this story, my heart broke. After all these years, she still lamented the loss of that dollhouse (she's thirty now). I decided a few months back that I would find a dollhouse kit and make my friend her very own dollhouse. I found a kit for a Lafayette house on Ebay in September and little by little, as I can find what I wanted, I've been buying furniture.

I sat down last night and started to read the directions and familiarize myself with the pieces. As I looked at it I thought, "Well, maybe I'll just start the first couple of steps", then I did a couple more and a couple more until the first floor was almost finished! I'm so impressed with how easy it is! Take a look:

I just love the design! I'm thinking that I'll have to get another one and make it for myself! It's only 4 little rooms with a little spiral staircase and I'm in love with that little window seat (which will be the kitchen). Once I get the first floor partition in, I'll start to paint the downstairs. I'm thinking yellow for the kitchen (it'll go well with the green seat of the kitchen chairs) and the living room will be a victorian red. I haven't figured out the 2 upstairs rooms yet. Before I paint anything I really want to find out what colors she would like, but how do I do that without letting her know what I'm doing? I thought of posing the "What If" question of "What if you owned your own house, what colors would you use?" and follow up with "What would it look like? How would you paint the outside? How would you decorate?" etc. etc. but I couldn't just come out with that question. I need to be sneaky about it. I'll keep thinking on it and figure out how to get around to the House Color questions. I think I need to get her family involved!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006


I had a great "What I learned Wednesday" planned for today, but I was running behind this morning and never took pictures of what I drew last night in class.

As you may recall, we were continuing with fully rendered value. We started with thumbnail sketches in the last class of paper bags and then moved to the big paper to sketch our favorite thumbnail. Last night's class, we were to move on to rending light and shadow.

I wasn't really grasping the concept...I thought I was. I thought I understood it, but I'll admit that I was wrong. I didn't know what the heck I was doing...until my teacher came to my rescue! She showed me how to properly add tone and how to take it away with my eraser. My paper bag didn't really look like much until she showed me how to make it pop. I was so excited that I was really grasping the concept (and she played much better music this week, thankfully!)

I'll take pictures of it tonight and show it off tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006


So you'd think that with Christmas just around the corner, I'd have a ton of bags in the house to put gifts in...and to complete my drawing homework! Or at least a couple of paper bags from the grocery store. But no...I had to search for a bag (and my homework was to draw a couple of bags, rendering light and shadow). So I dug and dug and finally I lucked out and found one lingering in the boxes of decorations:

"Hark the Hearld Angel gift bag" - willow and regular charcoal

I have to admit that I like what I draw better in a photo than in person. I think because you can't get close up enough to scrutinize :^)

Well, I'm off to a dentist appointment (having 4 fillings replaced. UGH!) Wish me luck!


Almost forgot, if anyone is interested:

These little guys are up for sale in my Etsy shop, Faery Tree Creations.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Much Needed Change

Had to change my blog template.
That Christmasy one that I did really tore the eyes out.

A Moment to Breathe

The craft show is done! It was fun and a good learning experience, but not a whole lot sold - which I am okay with, because this is the first one I've ever done and it was very small (a few picts here of the space I shared with my friend Melissa). Next summer, I'm going to try to get into the Cumberland Craft Fair in southern Maine. Big venue, more people, better setting (and outdoors!)

I feel as though I can breathe again, but I'm kind of feeling lost. You know when you have a big project to do, you're pretty much on screech trying to get it all done and when you finally finish, you don't know what to do with yourself. Before you had a purpose, a focus, a timeline! Now you have...nothing. Well, that's technically not true. I still have two Christmas presents to work on, but I've got so much time to do them, that I wandered through my house yesterday trying to fill the hours, creating things for me to do!

It snowed this morning as I was leaving for work and snowed until almost noontime!

It made me giddy! Oh how I love snow!

Of course, the sun is out and it's all melting away...but for those few hours, it was magick! Big thick flakes of white filled the sky, blanketed the ground.

It's supposed to snow again later this week! I'm praying that it continues to snow off and on until Christmas to keep everything looking fresh and clean.

Oh, I didn't sell any little snowmen and tree ornaments, so I think I'm going to put them on Etsy tomorrow.

On that note, until tomorrow my friends! Hope you all had a great weekend!