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The latest painting is the best!

It's been a while since I blogged about my sister's live event painting business. This is her latest completed painting and I think it's her best. I love the colors, the venue and of course the pose of the bride and groom.


Here's a close-up of an incomplete section.  It's fun to look back at the progression of the piece.


See how empty it looks without the table of people in the back.

The section to the right of the bride will be filled in with the table full of wedding guests.


This was the painting on the night of the wedding. The background was filled in and the placement of the tables began. Guests will come and go as the painting develops. Something may look good but then it could change based on the overall flow of the painting. It takes weeks to finish one painting. The painting starts at the venue and is finished in the studio.


Prior to the wedding, my sister and I took a field trip to the venue which was in Foxboro, Massachusetts, home of the New England Pa…
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2016- the year in review

It's been a long while since I posted to my blog. Not quite sure why I didn't post too much last year. Actually I do know that Google and Picasa wreaked havoc on my photos and I could not post any pictures to the blog and I can't blog without photos!

So this is a wrap up post of some of last year's activities.  My Dad turned 90 in January of 2016 and we went to Bunratty Tavern to celebrate. He did not want a party.


My friend Karen and I attended a Titanic themed afternoon tea in February. It was great fun.


 The food at the Wenham Tea House was spectacular that day!

The World Figure Skating Championships were in Boston in March 2016. I bought my sister a ticket to the Ice Dancing Final as her Christmas present.

 We both enjoyed the competition and remembered how fun it was to watch figure skating in person. We used to go to the professional competitions every year.

In  April, I visited Bedford and watched the annual Polecapping.

May was National Historic Preservation …

Twilight Tour of the Old Burying Ground

Tonight I attended the Wakefield Historical Society's Twilight Tour of the Old Burying Ground. It had rained yesterday and some of today so I wasn't even sure the event would happen. It turned out to be warmer and drier than expected this evening.

We started out by the First Congregational Church by the lake and proceeded down to this structure. It was used centuries ago for holding bodies during the wintertime. If the ground was frozen, the graves could not be dug. Consider it a weigh station until Spring. It is covered with moss now but still quite an interesting building.



Even after the wind and rain of the past few days, we still had some pretty foliage to view.

Gravestones and foliage, a perfect pre-Halloween evening.



Some of the stones were from the 1600's.

When darkness arrived, we had to use flashlights to see the faded writing on the gravestones.


The fallen leaves gave the burying ground an eerie effect.

I know this is a terrible photo. This gravestone was under …

Sudbury Colonial Faire and Muster of Fyfes and Drums

Today my sister and I drove out to Sudbury, Massachusetts to attend the Sudbury Colonial Faire and Muster of Fyfes and Drums. We love historical events.

My sister plays the fife and she was a member of the Lincoln Minutemen. They were in attendance today and my sister saw some of her old friends.


We listened to a number of groups from Massachusetts and Connecticut.


This guy was the center of attention for the game Soak the Bloke. He was soaked from having water soaked sponge balls thrown about his head and face.


This man made some beautiful items and showed us how he makes spoons.

I enjoyed seeing all of his work.

Another man crafted 18th century reproductions. I loved those lanterns but a reenactor was just paying for them as I arrived at the booth. I got some cool candlesticks which will be a gift for a friend.


Here is the lantern maker. His name is Larry and he lives locally.

I always love to look at pottery shops and to see a potter in action is even better.
The potter explained …

An Impromptu Afternoon Tea at Jolie Tea Company

I love spontaneous trips. Well, yesterday's "trip" to Salem was not really a trip, more like an outing. My friend Debbi and I went to Salem for the afternoon.

One thing I love about Debbi is she is always up for anything. I told her the destination was a mystery as I headed north on  Route 1.



Jolie Tea Company used to be located in Hamilton, MA but they have since moved to Salem. I had not been to their new location yet but friends said it was adorable. After visiting this tea salon, I have to agree with them.

How inviting is that banquette? Love the marble top tables and the mini Vivenne in the corner. Vivienne, for those of you who don't religiously read my blog, is my dress form who is accessorized seasonally.

I must also mention that the ladies room had the cutest wallpaper on the walls. A vibrant green with rabbits and mushrooms on it. I knew I had seen it before and sure enough, I checked the Anthropologie website and there it was! I knew these people at Jolie…