Friday, September 14, 2018

Fall Stuff and Bar Harbor--Part 2

Happy Fall (almost)!!!!! I may be a few days early but I really can't contain my excitement any longer. In my mind, it is fall! Time for pumpkins, apple cider, baking pumpkin bread, picking get the picture!

Before I get to posting the rest of my photos from Bar Harbor, I thought I would share some fall sewing I did over the past couple of weeks. I had some fat quarter bundles in pretty fall metallic prints and I couldn't wait to sew with them. I decided to make a burlap tote bag and some zipper bags.

I really enjoyed working with these prints! It was a nice combination of cute small prints/florals and larger, bold florals. 

These are the smaller zipper bags.

These are the larger size.

From the scraps, I constructed this little harvest angel....well, I loved her so I made another!

I got to thinking they might look really cute in my rag wreath....

and they do!

So now I hope I can put enough scraps together to make myself one. These are for my Etsy shop.

I also made a couple styles of zipper bags from a paisley fabric I had. The largest one has a flat bottom and stands up. The others are flat. I love this fabric too--especially the colors!

Lastly, I made three more angels out of burlap and blush pink lace. 

I added pink strips of tulle to the wire hanger just to try something a little different. I am happy with  the results!
I've been working on some other items trying to get my ETSY shop ready for the holidays which will be upon us very soon. Time is just flying by.....

Bar Harbor--Part 2

As I promised in my previous post, I am sharing some photos of hikes we took while staying in Bar Harbor.

There are so many pretty views along the sides of the road and they all begged us to pull over and take photos!

These pretty wild roses were everywhere and the scent was wonderful! I had to stop several times to smell the roses! ;)

I was standing under this tree and kept feeling large drops of water falling on my head. I looked up and examined the needles more closely and if you look, especially near the top of the photo you will see why I kept feeling drops of water! The needles were all dripping! It hadn't rained, although it was very humid and misty. I cannot explain the science behind that very wet tree. The other trees were not dripping!

Another pretty view that we pulled over to see...

We drove up Cadillac Mountain and because it was such a misty, moisty morning, we could not see the magnificent view. Sigh....this is the summit and as you can see we were pretty fogged in.

This little guy was flying a bit too close to my head and he did not seem to be too friendly! He was moving too fast to center him in the photo! Is he giving me a dirty look?

As we headed down the mountain, we pulled over to snap a few photos. The fog was lifting.

It was so pretty! Photos just don't do it justice.

Next, we headed to the park to take an easy hike in the woods. In the end, it turned out to be anything but easy....but it was an adventure!

Along the path I saw this pitiful tree. It needed a hug if ever a tree did need a hug. I hugged it! I  read an article fairly recently that claimed trees actually have a heartbeat. I have always loved trees but I look at trees much differently now. I think this one may have needed more than a maybe CPR. 

While we were walking we could hear the pounding surf so we took a slight veer off path (BIG MISTAKE) and headed towards it.

It was misty again but eerily beautiful as we got closer to the water.

I loved this spot. No people, just the two of us, lots of fresh air, and the sound of waves hitting the shore.

I really wish it had been less foggy. It was very warm and so humid!

We looked to the left and saw a stairway that we assumed would lead us back to our path. It led us to a path alrighty, but it was not our path. Remember our path was an easy hike.....

We walked up the stairs....

Which led to more stairs......

and then this....which does not look like an easy path at all....and it wasn't.....

The beach that we had visited is way down there......we kept walking....or rather climbing....

I kept thinking how glad I was that I had bought new sneakers because they had a great tread that kept me from slipping and sliding. I had capris on because I wasn't planning on going on a rock climbing expedition. It was hard climbing in them. I don't know why I didn't think to roll them up above my knee. I think I was a bit stressed that we took the wrong trail and couldn't find our way back to our easy trail. My husband also has very bad knees--they don't bend, which is a problem going up or coming down steep rocks. Some places were straight up!

Looking down at the rocks we just climbed. 

Got to the top, looked at the view and headed down.....

.....realizing we were not heading in the right direction....we ran into a group of really nice hikers who stayed close to us for a while because I think they were concerned that we were lost. I guess we were lost because we were not headed in the right direction and had no clue how to get back to our trail or the parking lot. It was also getting a bit late. I was starving and I didn't bring snacks...because who needs snacks on an easy walk???? I did bring a big bottle of water, thankfully!

Finally a woman stopped and gave us her trail map. It was better than the map we had. We described the parking lot that we had left our car at and she assured we would end up back where we parked.

A pretty vista along the way....

I had to take a panoramic view of this spot....

Anyways, we made it back to the car. Phew....we did end up finding where the "wrong" trail met up with the "easy" trail. It wasn't marked well at all. The sign did not have an arrow on the front of the sign pointing to the trail we started on. It was actually on the back of the sign. Who looks on the back of a sign? 

I would love to do the wrong trail again with proper gear. We both really enjoyed the rock climbing part but knowing we had taken the wrong trail and not knowing what was ahead was a little disconcerting. As I said earlier, it was an adventure! We left the park and headed back into town for dinner. I had lobster of course!

We loved our stay here and plan to go back to do more hiking.

Well, I am going to call it a night....We are still having very warm and humid weather. I don't mind warm but I am really over the humidity. I think that is why fall is so appealing to me: cooler temperatures, dryer air! Of course, I shouldn't be complaining because others are dealing with weather that is far worse. My thoughts and prayers are with the people who are in the path of Hurricane Florence.

Goodnight friends!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Bar Harbor--Part 1 and Meeting Vee

Hello friends! It's been a while since my last post. I promise to do some serious catch up reading on all of your posts. I know I have missed so much! I haven't forgotten any of's just been a very busy and eventful summer! We recently returned from a vacation in Bar Harbor, Maine. We had a wonderful week, meeting up with family in Portland the first day and then heading north to Bar Harbor where we shopped, hiked, rock climbed, ate lots of lobster, went sailing on a schooner, and just enjoyed the beautiful sights that abound in the area.

I'll be sharing some of my photos of Bar Harbor in two posts and not all will be in chronological order, so I hope I do not confuse you.

This photo was taken as we were arriving in Bar Harbor! It was a beautiful day!

So pretty.....

Yes there was lots of fog, and sometimes it prevented us from seeing certain views but
in many cases it only enhanced the beauty of the island.

This is the path one takes to see Bar Island. The island is almost completely covered in fog. The path is passable only during low tide so this was obviously not the day to cross. I found it so interesting that there is a sign that warns people to make sure they plan on getting back before the tide rolls in, otherwise you are stuck there until the next low tide. The sign further states that you can hire a water taxi to come get you for $100 but it can take an hour to get to you! They didn't have to warn me twice....I can tell you that!

We returned the next day at low tide to walk across the sand bar.

Another beautiful, sunny day and low tide!

We can't see where we are headed due to the fog, but the island is over there somewhere!

Once we reached the island, we walked around some and the we sat on a log for a few minutes, absorbing the beautiful view. There are hiking trails on Bar Island but we were scheduled for a schooner cruise later and did not have time to hike.

Still soaking it all in.....

Next we headed over to the docks for our sunset sail....

I do have a photo with all the sails up but when I edited my photos I could not find it!

I've never seen weather change so quickly! We were just at Bar Island with blue skies and sun. Here it is very cloudy but the sun is trying to peek through.

LOL! I should've turned my phone sideways...

It was a beautiful cruise on the ocean. Blue skies are appearing again!

The fog rolled in pretty thick and prevented us from seeing the sunset. But that's OK! It was still so pretty and it's always thrilling for me to be out on the ocean! I love it!

Bad hair day.....(for me)

It was a wonderful time! We met the nicest couple on the ship and they brought their sweet dog along for the ride. He was super friendly and we enjoyed his company!

Stay tuned for Part 2. I will save photos of what was supposed to be a very leisurely walk for another post....Right now I want to skip ahead a bit.....

On the way home, we stopped for lunch in Freeport, Maine where I met Vee who blogs at A Haven For Vee. I had been hoping for this meeting for several months. Let me back up a bit.....

Last fall, Vee very kindly contacted me by email to inquire whether or not I would be interested in two vintage wedding gowns. She knows that I love to create things from vintage materials and lace as we have followed each others blogs and IG for quite some time. Of course I said yes please! I offered to pay for them as well as the cost to ship them but she declined. When the boxes arrived I was elated! There were two gowns and two veils--one of the veils was cathedral length and edged in a beautiful wide lace! Yards and yards of wide lace.....Of course I was in heaven as I envisioned creating a host of angel ornaments all dressed in luxurious lace!!!! I immediately knew the first angel made from a wedding gown would be for Vee! 

Then my dilemma .......every time I pulled out the gown to begin her angel, I could not cut into it. I tried many times over several months!  If there had been a tear in the fabric somewhere it would've eased my pain in making that first cut. But there was no tear to be found. The only imperfection I could find was a small stain on one dress so I made my first cut into that dress. 

It took two tries to get the angel just right for Vee. The first attempt was not turning out quite right and I abandoned it before it was completed. Some time had lapsed and I decided to give it another whirl. This time it all came together easily and I really liked the way that I attached the lace to the body. Angel success! 

So with the angel finally completed, I needed to get it to Vee. I could have mailed it but I really wanted to hand deliver it and meet and treat this very kind and thoughtful woman who went out of her way to mail a complete stranger a box full of wedding gowns and veils!! When my husband suggested we head to Bar Harbor on my birthday I contacted Vee right away and asked her if she would be interested in meeting for lunch. I knew she lived in the state but did not know that it would be so convenient. We met for lunch in a town that was just off the interstate for us. 

It was wonderful meeting her. We chatted, laughed, ate some yummy pizza, exchanged gifts, took a few photos and hugged goodbye. Just as I expected, she is warm, kind-hearted and genuine. Following her blog, I have always been drawn to her wisdom, her sense of humor (sometimes with tongue in cheek) and her down to earthness. She was all of these things-- the real deal. What you read and what you see is indeed what you get. I think I smiled all the way home!

My sweet basket of gifts from Vee...a lovely vintage hankie, a large crocheted doily, some chocolate covered blueberries, (yum) , pretty ribbon and buttons and more in a pretty, pale aqua basket....thank you so much Vee!

I hope she likes the angel that I made from the wedding gowns. As it turned out I used lace, fabric and buttons from both gowns. I removed some little doo dads from one of the veils to attach to the halo as well as some fabric covered buttons to put on the front of her dress. Finally, I covered a tag in fabric from the dress and stitched on it the sentiment "Blessings" .........and I wish her many! If you would like to read Vee's version of our meeting, hop on over to her blog, Vee's Post .

Meeting Vee was such a pleasure! 

That's all for now friends! Thanks for stopping by!