Sunday, July 27, 2014

College Shopping

I know a lot of families are college shopping this summer, we are one of them.
It's unfair to ask a 16/17 year old what they want to do for the rest of their life-I don't even know what I want to do the rest of my life! Unless you have a true're left in this state of 'undecided'.
But that's ok, you don't have to know what you want to major in yet. Most people will change their major at least once, and most people will change careers at least once in their lifetime.
That's what's so great-you get to grow and figure out what is really important to you. I've always told my kids-find an activity that makes you happy, turn it into a career, become an expert in it and you'll never feel like you're 'working', and, oh yeah, the money will come.
 (I don't want them living at home forever!)

I want them to take time to figure this out, I don't want them to get stuck in a job that they are miserable doing. Life is short, and you need to be happy. So what to do?
You visit lots of schools-big, small, city, country, public and private. There are endless choices! But after visiting a few, we've got a pretty good idea of where she would 'fit'. So now we are able to focus on that type of school. There's still a lot to do over the next 6-12 months, but we are heading in the right direction and I am so happy for her! I can not wait to watch her fly!


Monday, July 21, 2014

York Beach, ME Vacation

It's been just about at month since my last post. I used to be so good about blogging two times a week, but lately, with Facebook and Instagram, I'm feeling like I don't need all the words to go along with the pics that I post there. Anyone else feeling the same way? Maybe it's my summer break, but then again, maybe not...something to think about for sure...
So what have I been up to? Well if you follow me on Facebook, you already know...I've been taking my daughter college shopping (more pics on that trip later) and we took a family vacation to York Beach, Maine.
The weather was not the best, but we made the most of it. I love coming up to this vintage cottage! See how my sister-in-law, Gina, and I gave it a face lift a few years ago here.
There's something about the salt air mixed with the seaweed and brine that creates a smell that no Yankee Candle can match, try as they might, it's never as good as the real thing.
I love going on early morning or just before sunset walks along the beach. Round trip it was 3 miles! Great exercise to work off that wine and gelato (Coppa Magica Gelato)
We always look for sea glass, and are never disappointed! There was quite the storm while we were here-a micro burst in town, that I actually witnessed from our cottage window-scary! A lot of beautiful old trees came down and caused some serious damage to historic houses in the area. As far as I know, no one was hurt, thank goodness.
There was a gorgeous rainbow after the storm passed, telling us everything was alright.

I'm always up for art or antique shopping on vacation. Well my son really wanted to take some long exposure shots on the highway overpass at night. Scared me, not him.
Check out his pics on Instagram @j.vo.

This is Chase's Garage. I love this shop/studio. The artists work in the back, and sell their wares in the front. And it's housed in an old vintage garage-hence the name. Click here for more info.
Across the street is a new shop, ACRE. Love the sign, peeked in the window because they were closed when I was there. Looks like a place that I'd definitely get back to. Love the last line on their sign.

 We went to Portsmouth, NH one afternoon. Love walking around all the independent stores! We had dinner at the Portsmouth Brewery, sat outside on their enclosed patio-eclectically gorgeous!
 Then we went to Prescott Park to see this years outdoor show, which is Shrek the Musical. It was fantastic as always! We've seen 5 years worth of live performances and have never been disappointed. You go and spread a blanket. pile your family on it to watch a live performance for 2 hours under the stars, smelling that wonderful ocean air, for cheaper than it would be to go to the movies! We've seen Oliver!, The Sound of Music, Willie Wonka, and Annie. I can't say enough, how impressed I am with this theatre.
And of course, we go to all the not-to-miss landmarks...
Stonewall Kitchen Headquarters and the Goldenrod, among others.
Hope your summer is filling up with fun activities!
I'll be back sometime soon....I'm on vacation time!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

'Drink Plenty of Water'

That's what they all tell you, it's the secret to healthy skin, weight loss, flushing the impurities out, yada yada yada. But if are you like me,  I'm just not a fan of plain water. I've added lemon or lime to water and that has helped, but I've discovered a new flavor combination that has me hooked.
I find myself refilling my glass all day long.
See if it works for you...
First, start with a cool glass. I've been using this Weck jar.
I find that having a pretty container helps me enjoy water more.
 I then slice up lemon, seedless cucumber and some mint leaves...
 Add two slices each of the cuke and lemon and one mint leaf to each bottle,
fill it half way with water...
 Add ice, which will melt as you go through the day, take one to go,
 and leave one in the fridge for later.
When I finish the water, I top it off again, and rotate it with the one in the fridge. This works for about two more times and the flavor is still is as good as the first time.
Give it a try! It really helps me drink more water, maybe it'll help you.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Our Little 'Country Living Fair' in MA

This weekend was The Country Living Fair in Rheinbeck, NY. I so wanted to go, but due to family commitments it was not to be. BUT (lucky me!!) I was able to participate in a great local market called The Cabinet of Curiosities in Berlin, MA. It took place in the barn, outbuilding, front porch and tents of Counting Sheep Antiques. The owner, Sally Barker, has a great year round antique shop there, where she is also the local Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Stockist.
 She and two others, Keri Bacon-Seery and Sharon Mattos-Lund had great vision to do this mini-Country Living style show. They added more sales space to the barn by expanding into the back room. Here are some before pictures of my I said, they had vision!

My inspiration for my space was this spring display at my local West Elm. I love the rustic wood and all the greenery...


Here's my display space after the walls were built and I finished setting up...

Here's a small selection of the other creative vendors...


 And there is a brick oven food truck as well as a cupcake station. There was a photo booth on the first day, and Matthew Mead was there Saturday for a book signing of his latest book.

I know, right!! A mini-Country Living Fair. Last day is today! Check it out at 79 Central Street, Berlin, MA. Open 10-6.

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Cabinet of Curiosities!

The market starts today!
 Here are some pics of my space and a few of the others.
Stop by Friday, Saturday or Sunday 10am-6pm
at 79 Central Street, Berlin, MA


Hope you can make it!
For more info go to the

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Week Recap-My Cup Runnith Over

What a week!
Work was busy-getting ready for The Cabinet Of Curiosities Market, which is this up coming weekend. There was a lot of furniture prep, pricing, and the first delivery trip to the space. I am lucky that I am inside in the barn (in the back-come find me!) and can start bringing merchandise over prior to this week. This week will be the 'big move' and set up-love that part! I am also taking a 3 week on-line course with Jeanne Oliver called Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0-it's great! Check it out if you have time-it's full of useful information for working in the craft industry.

Family life was busy-it started on Memorial Day with a parade that my husband and son marched in, then we hosted a BBQ, complete with a competitive round of wiffle ball.
 Tuesday morning, we put our son on a bus with 140 of his classmates for the annual 8th grade trip to Washington, DC. They had a phenomenal week in our nations capital.
 While he was off on his adventure, my attention was turned to our daughter who was getting ready to go to the prom. Our son returned home late Friday night with 800 (!!) pictures to share and stories galore.
Saturday night, my husband and I saw our little girl turn into a beautiful young lady filled with class.

(photos by Jack Vogelsang)
 I am so proud of them both! And I am so happy to realize that my life is so full that it's overflowing. Husband, kids, family, friends, work that I love...I am happy.
 I hope that you have found joy in all that you do too!