Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Bucket List 2014

Will it be another staycation this Summer or something more exciting? Well, no big plans for the moment and here it is mid-July. In fact, I just created my Summer Bucket List for 2014. Mind you I did not even complete my Spring Bucket List but that's ok. It is not a competition.

I would love to add a mini vacation to Martha's Vineyard to my list but my room at my favorite Inn  is booked for Illumination Night  (that is the night of all nights to be on the Vineyard). I wanted to attend the event but I waited too long to book accommodations. There is one high priced "apartment" at the Inn available. My brain says you should not be that frivolous but my heart says go for it. Maybe there will be a cancellation of a more reasonably priced room. It better happen soon, there are catsitters to be booked and vacation days to be requested.

So here's the Summer Bucket List  Calendar for 2014:

1. Waterfire in Providence July 26th?
2. Rockport fireworks August 9th
3. Ocean Park illumination night August 2nd
4. Go to see The Hundred Foot Journey August 10th
5. Kennebunkport daytrip -TBD
6. Afternoon Tea at the Boston Public Library -TBD
7. Provincetown Daytrip- cruise from Boston- TBD
8. See the new Lynx babies at the Stone Zoo- TBD

I purposely kept the list small. Maybe I will actually complete it! What's on your Summer Bucket List/Calendar?

Monday, July 7, 2014

Sunday Breakfast at Wimbledon

It's that time of year. Time for my Wimbledon Breakfast party. Happens every July. Right around the time we celebrate our American holiday I am celebrating the very British tennis tournament.

I took a couple of pics before everyone arrived. First, the table setting. A white estate sale tablecloth, my sister's Harrod's teapot, a Harrods tea tin filled with purple and pink flowers.

 Everyone went home with a favor like this one. A small tin of loose English Breakfast Tea from Soluna of Winchester. What a great tea shop!

 I stood on a chair to get this shot for you. Aerial views are the best!

 And another one.
A better view of the tea tin turned vase. The flowers on the favors are fake. I spent a total of 98 cents on them at Michael's.

I made overnight baked French toast for the main course. It's so easy and delicious. Prepare it the night before and bake the next morning. The small plates with the green edging are from an antique store, the outside from Valerie Parr Hill and QVC.

This photo is of the frittata my friend Mary made for the event. It was so delicious!

Here's the French toast and strawberry and blueberry skewer. My friend Debbi brought the skewers.

My friend Mary also made the scones. My sister made the mock Devonshire cream for the scones and I provided the strawberry jam and lemon curd. I always put the curd on one half of the scone and the jam on the other half.

Congratulations to Novak Jokovic who beat Roger Federer. I am a Federer fan but it was a great match.

 I had a second arrangement made in my Wimbledon tea tin. I got this on a trip to England in 1984. It is very dear to me.

A better view of the tin. I usually use my loving cup/trophy as a vase for the Wimbledon breakfast but I downsized this year. The floral arrangement was smaller as was the dining room table. I did not put the leaf in this year. The dining room looked so much bigger!

 I took this picture a little late, we had already eaten most of the cheese and crackers. We had goat cheese with cranberry and cinnamon and white stilton with mango and ginger. Yum!

My kitty pitcher always makes an appearance. This kitty looks like my Percy. The pitcher is another antique store find. Do you see a pattern here?


I put a little tea vignette in the living room. I thought my guests might watch the match from the living room so I set up a little table with a teapot and teacup.

We had a few desserts. The all American fruit tart, chocolate and lemon cake slices, and Mary made her lemon cookies. My Dad loves her lemon cookies. He calls them snowdrops because she always brings him some at Christmas.
We had a wonderful time and before I knew it it was late afternoon. Time to plan the next party.  Now when should I have my Harvest Dinner?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Repurposed Heaven-Vintage Bazaar, Summer 2014

Last Sunday, I went to the Vintage Bazaar at Pettengill Farm in Salisbury, Massachusetts. Last year, I went to the one in the Fall so this year I thought I might enjoy the Summer market.

There were so many vendors covering the fields. I knew I could not cover it all in the time allotted. Of course, I was stopping to take photos and talk to the vendors so I know I missed so much.

I love ornate furniture and this one was clearly repainted and distressed. Great green color and love the knob and hardware.

What a cute idea, combining two chairs to make a bench. Fabulous color too!

I wanted this vintage moped! How adorable! I asked the vendor about it. He said it was from 1968 and he wanted $1200 for it. It would have been fabulous to tool around Boston with it but I had to say no.

I did buy one of these steampunked shoe lasts. I think it would make a great business card holder.

This is so funny. Wouldn't this yield table be perfect for a high traffic area of the home? The guy that made this is fascinating. He's a young man who loves anything old and can repurpose anything. My sister and I spent some time talking to him. He wants to open two shops, one in Portsmouth and one in Portland.  I will definitely keep an eye out for the shop openings.

Here is another one of his creations, the fire escape bookcase/shelf. As you can see, his stuff is one of a kind.

Whenever I spy a tea cart I take a photo. I already have 3 carts so no need for another one.

If you were hungry, you could order lunch from this trolley car restaurant. Too cute!

Aren't these birdhouses fabulous? I would love one of these for over our patio at my condominium.

We had a celebrity in attendance too. Cari Cucksey of Cash and Cari on HGTV was signing autographs and chatting with fair goers.

Her booth was fantastic and I loved her style. That apron makes the outfit.

Since we were short on time, we decided to bring our own lunch. Pinwheel sandwiches of eggplant, tomato, mixed greens, cheese and roasted pepper dressing. Delicious. My sister's SUV hatchback turned into a café.

Some people arrived fashionably late, animals were welcome too. This puppy was adorable. Oops, that's my sister's feet!

Back to the shopping! What a cute little trailer turned vintage clothing shop! The owner certainly had a flair for merchandising.

I have a friend who would wear and look good in the dress on the left. I wish she had seen it.

Yes, inside there were more items. A mobile vintage shop, genius!

The interior was as cool as the exterior. Just so cheery and adorable!

Not sure if the trailer is named Rosie or the shop is named Rosie. Maybe both. We did not see the vendor.

Ok enough with the photos of this shop. Time to move on.

Wish I bought this for Molly. She would have liked to cat nap in style. Perhaps I could DIY one?

Not the best photo but I wanted to show the creeper table/bar. My sister bought this one for her porch.

Do you know what a creeper is? It is used by auto mechanics to slide under the cars they work on. It is actually much cuter than depicted in the photo. My sister liked that it was repurposed and a narrow piece.

I liked this big piece with the shelf and cool hooks. It was too wide for the space in my house so it stayed on the market.

There was musical entertainment scheduled for the whole day. You can tell by the blue skies that the weather was fabulous. A perfect day to be outdoors.

We did not stay to watch the entertainment but we heard them and they all sounded wonderful.

So what did we buy? My sister as I mentioned bought the creeper table. Here it is on the porch. It may actually make it's way to my sister's art studio as my Dad was not all that fond of it.

From the back of my sister's SUV, I photographed my new old box collection. Yes, I bought all of these at the Fair. I have big plans for the breakfast cocoa box. I have a small shelf with ornate black wrought iron brackets that I think would look great with this box atop of it. It will be cute in my kitchen.

I like to use this type of box to hold photos or teabags. If I ever do fairs myself and sell my photos I might use these for display.

The tall box in the middle has a leather strap. It was used to hold window glass. The boxes were purchased from different vendors. If you like vintage boxes and crates, this is the place for you.
The next Vintage Bazaar is September 20-21 at Pettengill Farm in Salisbury, Massachusetts. If you don't live to far away, you might want to make the trip.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sailing the high seas- A Sunset Lighthouse Cruise

A sunset lighthouse cruise has been on my bucket list for a while now. So when I realized there was one happening just over the border in New Hampshire I jumped on it. By jumped on it, I mean I emailed my sister and strongly hinted that a ticket to the sunset lighthouse cruise would make a really nice birthday gift.

Luckily she agreed and she bought a ticket for herself as well.

 I left work early to beat the Friday night traffic heading north. I packed a small dinner for the two of us and some extra jackets. I am definitely glad I had the extra layers with me. It was quite chilly out on the open seas.

The boat left Rye Harbor around 7:00 on a picture perfect night. There was a nice breeze that was not too strong. The weather was what I call sweater weather. We seriously could not have asked for a better night. My sister was saying she hoped the sunset cooperated because there was not much cloud cover. Sunsets are so much more interesting with clouds.

We cruised along at a good pace and were at the Isles of Shoals in no time. Our first lighthouse of the evening was the White Island Light. And we had clouds!

My sister was already wearing her extra layer of clothing. She was thoroughly enjoying the view as I snapped photo after photo.

The texture of the water was stunning. I loved seeing ripples in the water. They are more defined at sunset. The colors are enhanced as the sun does not wash them out at this time of night.

A lone boat added to the feeling of peace. I am always at peace when I am on the ocean. I felt cradled by the boat as it rocked from side to side. It was a gentle rocking, nothing to worry about really.

We passed by the mostly uninhabited Appledore Island. I wonder if the men caught any fish.

See what I mean? Peaceful scenery all around. Could it be more relaxing? It doesn't take long to switch to vacation mode. This trip was just a 3 hour mini vacation.

There were no words for the beauty surrounding the boat. We had a nice cloud to sky ratio, making for a beautiful sunset.

Here's a view from the edge of the boat. I did not venture out for too long. 

The photographers were lined up as if they were the paparazzi. We were all looking for that perfect shot.

We cruised along and made our way out to the next lighthouse. We had spectacular views from every seat on the boat.

Lighthouse number 2 was called Whaleback. I think this one was my favorite. I love that it's made of stone.

The sunset was very dramatic at this point. I wanted it to stay this way forever.

The boat changed positions several times so everyone got a good look at each lighthouse. The tour guide was obviously a photographer as he stopped talking a few times to take photos.

This woman in the red coat made for a nice contrast to the blue scene. I often try to find an interesting subject for the foreground of the shot.

Goodbye Whaleback. You are a spectacular lighthouse!

Our next stop and last stop was Portsmouth Light. The beacon was green. Very interesting. Our photographer guide had the boat positioned so we would have some nice orange color behind the lighthouse.

Indeed, it was spectacular and the light was starting to fade. That meant photo opportunities were limited.

The colorful cloud brushstrokes were becoming smaller and smaller.

One last look at Portsmouth Light before heading home.  I left with a headful of sweet memories of yet one more beautiful New England experience.


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