Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Two of My Favorite Things

Hello friends! Last Thursday we headed to Martha's Vineyard for a few days to visit one of my daughters. First we stopped in RI to pick up my youngest daughter and from there we drove to the Cape to catch a ferry to Martha's Vineyard. It was a beautiful warm, spring day!

The first thing we did was go to the beach! This beach is a personal favorite of mine as it is most beautiful, with absolutely breathtaking views in either direction . I literally just stand there in complete awe!

The beach is usually empty when we visit because we tend to visit during the months that don't generate crowds; in early spring and early fall. We have been there during the summer months as well but the crowds tend to be a little intimidating.

There is something so heavenly about being completely alone on the beach.  I am absolutely "sea-struck" when I am here. In the event I just made up a new word....well, in my defense, it IS my blog!

Isn't this a beautiful sight? 

This rock just begs you to climb. I resisted the urge but my daughter could not. 

These pillars used to be part of a larger rock formation. A few years back they were destroyed by a storm. They still look pretty grand to me.

We took a foot path to the other side of the rock formation and from this side it looks a lot like a rhino!

A close up of the rhino head! Can you see it? 

(this is a view to the left of the rhino)  

It was a fun, action-packed few days on the Vineyard, visiting our daughter, taking a hike in the woods, hitting the beach (I left my bikini home, haha), dining out, and shopping in the cutest little shops. My husband even photographed the sunrise from the roof deck of the hotel, and while I wanted to go with him, I couldn't drag myself out of bed fast enough. From my bed, I did manage to see a beautiful orange/pinkish glow through the window where the curtains parted and therefore experienced the best of both worlds, "sunrise in bed."  When my husband returned, he had a steaming hot cup of coffee for me! :)

It was very warm the first day but also very windy. The second day was still beautiful and a bit chillier. On the day we headed home it was downright cold and my daughter and I were chilled to the bone and could not warm up even once we were home with the heat cranked. So, we made tea! My cup of Earl Grey tea and multiple microwaveable rice paks did the trick! Warmed me right up!

Speaking of tea, it's almost time for the Stephanie's teacup swap reveal! I picked up a couple of things for my swap package in Vineyard Haven. We stayed at an inn there (click here to check out the Mansion House ) and were surrounded by cute little shops. So keep your eyes open for the big teacup/mug reveal which I believe is in early April.  To read more about past teacup swaps and view past reveals at Stephanie's blog, Click here! 

My teacup collection is growing! Here are a few.....

Two of my favorite things:

Some much needed time away by the sea,
Returning home and sipping some tea!

Good bye friends! Hope you are having a great week!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Plain and Simple

Today I finished working on a tote bag and a matching pair of zipper bags. After it was complete, I was very happy with the look and the simplicity of it's style.

Lately I have been finding myself drawn to neutral tones and I love working with neutral colored fabrics. This bag is constructed from painter's drop cloth (canvas) and after washing it, well, I just fell in love with the look and the subtle wrinkles in the fabric. 

I added a piece of a vintage embroidered table runner which matched nicely with the fabric that I used to line the bag.

The mauve, cream and aqua lining is a fabric from the late 80's. 

The zipper bags coordinate with the bag and lining and have lace zipper pulls.

I enjoyed stitching this bag up. It's classic and clean--plain and simple.
 It's fun to pair old with new to create something new! It's been a good long while since I made a bag and  I look forward to
stitching up some others for spring. 

Earlier in the week I ordered some pretty spring fabrics on ETSY  and they arrived today! Talk about speedy delivery! They crossed the entire country and arrived in just two days!!! (literally coast to coast)

Oh......and here's a bunny update.....a sampling of a few that I have made....also a lot of fun to make!!!

Hope you are all enjoying some good weather as spring rolls in. We have had some very warm weather and I am trying not to get too used to it. There have been a good many years in the past we have gotten slammed with FEET of snow in March. We did not have a snowy winter this year, it was unseasonably warm by NH standards.....and I have been loving it!
Have a wonderful weekend!

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A Walk in the Park and an Easy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

This past weekend my husband and I took our dog Ellie for a walk in a local park. It was a pretty dreary day and we were expecting rain so we got out in the morning to avoid the rainfall.

Ellie always leads the way and takes us down the path that she wants to investigate. She is so happy when she is outside so she gets regular, long walks every day.

This is one of my favorite places to walk. Depending on the season, you never know what you'll run into for wildlife. We have seen lots of ducks, heron, an eagle, a crane, deer, turtles.....you get the drift. I have put in many miles walking this park with family, friend and furbies, (my late and present dogs)

This cluster of birch trees has many sets of carved initials in them. I love birch trees. We had several in our yard that did not survive the heavy snow and ice several winters ago. We thought they might bounce back but sadly they did not and my husband had to cut them down. 

As you can see, the water was very high and moving swiftly. Though we have not had much snow this winter, we have had our share of rain. Last year at this time, we measured snow in feet! Not the case this year!

As we approached a bridge, Ellie's tail began to wag.  She loves crossing over this bridge and every time we cross, she stops to look down at the water. There is often floating debris and it catches her attention every time. Sometimes it is a ball or a large tree branch caught in the current.....

After we crossed the bridge, my husband tried a few times to get a photo of Ellie and I both facing the camera at the same time. We tried once....

We tried twice.....

and it appeared that the third time was a charm until I saw the goofy face I was making....oh well...

We walked down an embankment and Ellie noticed the balls stuck in the waterfall.....they kept shooting up in the air and that looked like good fun to her!

There were actually three bouncing balls in the water but they were hard to capture in a photo. In this photo there is a soccer ball that is almost in the center of the picture. Ellie was interested in that ball but not enough to warrant a retrieval. (Thankfully)

As it was just starting to sprinkle, it was time to leave. I completed 6,000 of my 10,000 steps before 10am.

Now I will get to the cookies. I was starving when I got home. I should have made a healthy early lunch but instead I raided a plate of oatmeal cookies that I had baked the day before:  Mom's Oatmeal Cookies. Here is the recipe in my mom's very own handwriting!

So easy to whip up!

First batch....

Second Batch...

Third batch....

These are the best cookies! I remember waaaaay back in the day, coming home from school and smelling these cookies baking in the oven. OH HAPPY DAY! They have always been one of my favorite cookies! 

After a walk in the park, I deserve a cookie or two....don't I? Of course now I probably need another walk in the park....