Wednesday, November 6, 2013

She's back!
Getting my fiber on in a big way in recent weeks, now that my day-job working life has slowed down considerably. Learning also to navigate with my fiber stuff through the spaces of my new  home. Yes, we have a very large bathroom, so washing fleece is not so intrusive to our daily needs in that space. Storing supplies is much more of a challenge, and I'm looking to go vertical where ever possible, as we have limited floor space but do have very high ceilings. Found a sunny cozy corner for spinning, and can share the seat with my little guy Igby (= very sweet and comforting). Major questions around heating up the dye pots (in the kitchen???? on the porch via  hotplate and extension cords???? dunno yet). 
Nevertheless, I'm so thrilled to be working with very apropos, local fiber sources, especially Dandelion Spring Farm, which oversees a Maine Island flock, a mix of breeds that has existed on this secret island for a long, long time. The first fleece is turning out to be such a gorgeous snowy white. Have a chocolate brown one as well to work on. Feels  (literally) so good to be back in action.

Monday, September 2, 2013

So Long Gone . . .

Where have I been? More than a little preoccupied with a new biz venture and settling into our new life in Rockland. In May we opened PicassoWhat Gallery, and our lives were totally consumed with its operation. We discovered amazing talents, local and far afield, and made lovely friends in the process. Our new community was generous in its support and encouragement, and we are grateful to all. As the summer season ends, and we close our doors at the current Main Street location, we are regrouping while remaining available by appointment. Here's just a sampling of some of the sights from the last three+ months.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Second, Third and into the Fourth Week . . .

My new life in Maine is a wonder. Lots of pleasant discoveries (people, places, things) as we continue to unpack, settle in, and get acquainted with the community. The photos tell the story, hopefully, better than any words could . . .

View behind our local hospital. Wow.

Stone bench in hospital foyer. Wow.

Ready for an anniversary dinner in Camden.

Celebrating 24 years together. Wow.

Pier we walk to most mornings. Wow.

Igby isn't sure you are supposed to be on top of the water like this, and without a life preserver.

What a dog park in Rockland looks like. Wow.

How we eat locally -- fried Brussels sprouts and  limited edition Maine brew. Wow.

Our dining room, still a work in progress.

A view worthy of the Wyeths. 

Walking to Owl's Head Lighthouse.

The AWESOME view on our walk. Wow.


Jeric likes it here very much.

This place is easy to love.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

New Life, New World

Moving to Maine has been a dream for a long time. Then it became a plan a short while ago. Now it is a reality. Things are going smoothly (relatively) now that I am in my third week here. Learning how to downsize my living is a challenge as well as an adventure. I feel good about the choices and the progress I'm making, sorting it all out, which includes family business, studio affairs, and new community outreach. My fiber work kept me somewhat sane during the last five months, but I can't say I accomplished very much other than creating and giving a baby gift, as satisfying as that was. But, with a little advance planning, I've hit the ground running, so to speak, and have new fiber community connections already underway. The big news for me is I will be a first time vendor at the Maine Fiber Frolic in June. My excitement level is quite high. I'll be getting all that sorted out over the next two months.

Meanwhile, I'll do my best to post a little about the new life and what is inspiring me to get back to studio work. Local sights that remind me of why I am here, even during the chilly days of early spring.

Honey, beeswax candles and fresh maple syrup made in Hope.

Maple Syrup Machine at Sparky's Sugar Shack.
Site of our 24th anniversary dinner. Delicious.

Camden Hills in the distance and plenty of snow still for the first day of  spring.

Favorite local bakery and their ginormous sheet pizza (Atlantic Baking Company).