Friday, April 4, 2014

coastal maine botancial garden



"When the ground was partially bare of snow, and a few warm days had dried its surface somewhat, it was pleasant to compare the first tender signs of the infant year just peeping forth with the stately beauty of the withered vegetation which had withstood the winter — life-everlasting, goldenrods, pinweeds, and graceful wild grasses, more obvious and interesting frequently than in summer even, as if their beauty was not ripe till then; even cotton-grass, cat-tails, mulleins, johnswort, hard-hack, meadow-sweet, and other strong-stemmed plants, those unexhausted granaries which entertain the earliest birds — decent weeds, at least, which widowed Nature wears...It brings back the summer to our winter memories, and is among the forms which art loves to copy, and which, in the vegetable kingdom, have the same relation to types already in the mind of man that astronomy has. It is an antique style, older than Greek or Egyptian. Many of the phenomena of Winter are suggestive of an inexpressible tenderness and fragile delicacy. We are accustomed to hear this king described as a rude and boisterous tyrant; but with the gentleness of a lover he adorns the tresses of Summer." 
-Henry David Thoureau

-all photos by joshua tompkins except #12 by molly ruth:)

Friday, March 7, 2014

around the house


what the pictures don't say: it has been one of those survival weeks. where the girls and i are sick and you just try to get by by putting forth the minimal amount of effort because you feel like your head is going to explode. 
-kleenex with aloe has been our friend. 
-watching lupita's accceptance speech was a lovely and beautiful thing. 
-farnsworth museum art camp for the girls during winter vacation in february brought out their creating, crafting and cleverness skills that i wish i could bring out of them everyday as a mama.
-i got my auction on. i have to stay away. oh, the prices and the rush of raising your number in the air to place a bid. and hearing the history of the piece and who it came from and how they used it. a much more romantic scenario than the ikea shelving units we have.
-a ladies weekend last weekend while the guys went ice fishing needs to be more of a quarterly event than biannual. so much fun.
- the stars in the winter sky were breathtaking on the st. george penninsula last weekend. the loudness and stress of the week is drowned out by the stillness and grace of our universe.
-i am going to go cuddle on the couch now with my girls and read books about spring and summer because it's hard for me to remember how is feels.
hope you all have a fabulous winter weekend!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

jack frost at our window


artwork courtesy of mother nature + an old house that has poor insulation.

Monday, February 10, 2014

a valentine's day party



a valentine's day party has been the talk of the house with the girls the last month. it has been so much fun bouncing ideas off of them as they get so excited about inviting their new friends they have made in maine. we have met so many nice families in the area and thought it would be a great opportunity to bring everyone together for some food, drink, heart sugar cookie decorating and valentine making.

these photos were taken before our guests arrived. with 38 people coming i wanted to have hands free for hugs, drink dispensing, heart making and icing and sprinkle decorating.  

Friday, January 24, 2014

more shelving from ikea



moving from a small apartment in newport, rhode island to this house in maine we were really lacking in the shelving department. if we found a natural artifact or piece of art from our travels in rhode island it usually got tucked away in the attic where it was forgotten about for three years. it was like christmas morning during the move when we started to unpack and unearth the small objects that have a story and hold a special place in our hearts.
 
i searched the internet, pinterest, garage sales, and antique stores for a large shelving unit to display these smalls. enter ikea. black metal storage that has glass shelves for under $100 and is reminiscent of french industrial. ummm, yes. i'll take it. no one had to talk me into these vittsjo shelves.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

books contained

from piles of chaos when we moved in...


to this:                   
 
i priced an elfa storage system for this wall and it was ten times the price as the ikea algot shelving system. so guess what my bargain hunting, cost cutting, always up for a deal self did? i went with the ikea shelving and it was just what we wanted for the space.

Monday, January 6, 2014

northeast living

homebound = the snow day art zone.

christmas eve



there was something very magical about our first christmas eve in the state of maine. in my parent's humble barn is where we gathered. the fire. the company. the raw elements of exposed wood and beams. and the hope.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

watercolor holiday cards

children's artwork holds a very special place in my heart so i put the girls to work with making our holiday cards this year. i bought some blick liquid watercolor paints in metallic copper, antique gold, red, and fluorescent red and had them go to town on some blank cards from michaels. i then printed out matte photos of the girls and taped them to the front of the card. and then we put them in pretty vellum envelopes from jo-ann's so the artwork was exposed through. done and done.

scenes from christmas 2013




happy new year. cheers to this being the best year yet!

hope you all had a lovely holiday. the kiddies are still on winter vacation. r lost her first tooth, we celebrated our first christmas in maine, and we broke the christmas sickness curse (see here and here). we traveled over the river and through the woods to my parent's house on the mid-coast of maine where the spirit of the season was in full swing. here are some scenes from our holiday.