My favorite color, purple. Sometimes I am surprised that I don't create more in this color. When I look at what I have in my bead collection I also see lots of aqua so I better say my two favorite colors are purple and aqua. This is a fun one to wear. Very fringy and textural. I also have ankle bracelets in my etsy shop that are similar to this. Maybe this is strange, but I like to take the bracelet, curl it up in my hand and hold it. It feels good! OK, so I'm weird. It looks good around your wrist.
It always feels good to finish something you started awhile ago. And so it is with this summery beaded necklace I call Water Necklace. The colors are so June , July and August! Lots of seed beads combined with some others I've made out of polymer clay.
And with this finished it was a good chilly day to make hot cocoa and chex mix for my son and his friend when they came home from school. I cherish these times since they are so fleeting and before I know it he'll be driving and heading out to greener pastures. A wonderful afternoon... hanging out with adolescents who still want to hang out with mom, and the good feeling of completion. I even put the necklace in my Etsy shop! http://www.etsy.com/listing/63996990/aqua-multi-strand-beaded-water-necklace
While on my way to a "girls gathering" for sixth graders, I saw the sun setting over a little pond in Woolwich. Ahhhh the beauty and serenity. A bat flying above, a walking stick leaning against the route 127 sign, the smell of wood smoke in the air and sheer beauty in the sky and reflections.
The girls gathering was great fun too. We packed boxes of toys and candy and toiletries for children overseas in third world countries, made and ate homemade pizza, told stories like "our most embarrassing moments" and "what makes you crack up?" We learned how to make gelatin prints, and enjoyed hanging out other than Sunday morning at Sunday school.
Kids love this stuff. I encourage anyone who can to plan a night out for kids that is fun and also may encourage some values such as empathy, giving, thinking beyond ourselves. The individual conversations that came out of this were wonderful. Kids still like it when adults join them on their level. I had a blast!
On October 1st there will be an exciting one day art exhibit in Brunswick , Maine. It is called the 10 x 10 show. All art work will be on sale for $200 a piece. I've gone before and it is an amazing variety of work. I have three artworks in the show. If you are in the area, it is a must see! For more info go to http://www.10x10brunswick.org/
Last night I saw some buds but never expected the outburst of color and flowers this beautiful September Monday. All I could do is smile and touch them gingerly and call to my husband and son to stand with me and admire the artistry of God. What a gift!
I can't resist the Farmer's market in Bath. We've had stunning weather this summer every time I've been. I see the same friendly folks and some new faces from other places. Always a plethora to chose from. It does my heart good to roam around there on a bright Maine morning. It also enhances the morning when Lisa and Valerie and I have a heaping and hearty breakfast before our farmer's market stroll.
Maine in summer is lovely. A trip to Reid State park with the kids , a beautiful sunset on a steamy hot day and fireworks after dark. Quite unusual to have weather this hot so that we don't even need jackets at the beach in the evening. I loved watching the seagulls at the lagoon.
It's the weekend of the fourth of July. Bath bustles with visitors for the Heritage day activities. Lots of beautiful weather in sight, and a happy weekend surrounds us. On a gorgeous summer evening I'm sitting pensively on the steps of the library gazebo and looking at the church spire touched by golden sunlight like a warm candle on my birthday cake. I have made it past a big hurdle and I am smiling. God is near. Praises to Him.
So much time has gone by and now spring is here in Bath, Maine. My friends and I have a tradition of having breakfast together on Saturday mornings when we don't have other obligations. Afterwards it's a short walk to the Kennebec river where the local merchants set up their tents and display a variety of wares.
It's fun to watch what local produce is available as we stroll into summer and fall. For now there were many choices. Many new seedlings to put into the ground. I chose some purple petunias and a geranium that is purple and doesn't look at all like a geranium. My friend Kathe at Passion Flower Farm remembered my request from last year for a globe thistle plant. I can't wait to see it bloom into the large round purple flowers. She has worked hard over the winter to make her own blog: http://passionflowerfarm.com You absolutely must go visit her table. She is also now at the Brunswick farmers market during the week (Tuesdays and Fridays- but check her blog!). Beautiful flower arrangements and interesting plants. She is very knowledgeable and als0 very nice!
And over at Hawkes, the same friendly family smiles and await a new baby (great grand child for the matriarch! That wonderful cucumber plant growing in a hanging basket. I bought one last year and it did well for awhile... until I forgot about it and didn't water it for about a week. I forgot to see if they had a cooler full of lobsters like they usually do.
Valerie passes by her favorite chicken sausage this time saying she has some frozen still. The couple who make very exotic ravioli is there (I think it is the husband who does the cooking in this family!). I bought some awhile back and it was chicken and walnut. Pricey but yummy!
This farmer's market is not to be missed! Wonderful people, a huge variety of things to choose from, and on a gorgeous day by the river you can't feel more delight.
As I go about my daily routine, I feel the uncomfortable anxiety of others who are suffering. What can I do? Not much other than send money and pray. I have been reading the blog posts by Kez, a young woman who has connections to the church I attend. Her words and pictures are moving and amazing. She can say so much more than I can, so I urge you to go to her blog and read a first hand story of a woman who survived the quake. myhaitiankids.blogspot.com