I have a new sister!

by Stephanie

A high point of my summer so far was attending my brother’s wedding at the end of July. It was held at my parents’ house, which is in a lovely spot on a lake in coastal Maine. My brother, sadly widowed a few years ago, has been looking for wife #2 for some time, and we couldn’t be happier that he and Lisa have found each other.


It was a beautiful, heartfelt ceremony, perfect weather, lots of friends and family gathered together for the happiest of reasons.

The day before I headed home, my dad treated a bunch of us to an afternoon sail on the good ship Heron, out of Rockport harbor. It was the perfect way to enjoy our last day in Maine.


One question that came up repeatedly during my trip was, “when was the last time you were here?” I think maybe it’s been four years, but am not really sure. The one true answer is “longer ago than it should have been.” Now that I’m back on the mainland, I hope to be returning to Maine more often. Western Washington state is hardly next door, but with Seattle as my departure point it’s a much quicker trip than getting to Maine from Hawaii.

It was lovely seeing you again, Maine. I hope to come back soon.



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by Stephanie

You guys, the peonies are out, in May!!


So gobsmacking gorgeous.


I’d bury my face in them, if I didn’t know peonies are so often full of ants.




The 100 Day Project: Days 23-27

May 20, 2016
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Apparently I can’t count. Pulling these pics from my instafeed to share here, I realized there are two “Day 24s.” So one is now day 27. Yay, that means I’m a day ahead of where I thought the count was. That’s the kind of whoopsie I can get behind. You’ll notice this batch is all […]

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stash-busting plans

May 18, 2016
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Compared to many knitters, I have a meager yarn stash. That’s fine with me. The stuff is there to be used, and when my stash gets too big* I get antsy to use some of it. It’s nice to have a few projects’ worth of yarn in reserve, but I get twitchy when it piles […]

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The 100 Day Project: Days 20-22

May 17, 2016
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Had to make some heart art for our anniversary. And the bonsai aren’t done with me yet. I might have to learn how to make marbled paper, just for cutting up into little collage pieces. Wouldn’t that be fun? (Like I need more projects, or have even a cubic millimeter of storage space available for […]

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The 100 Day Project: Days 18-19

May 15, 2016

Felt the urge to create a couple more birds. And have fallen behind on both daily art and posting. Both scenarios are likely to happen again before the 100 day project is done. Hmmm, maybe it’s time to branch out, and make something else. Fish, maybe??  

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In search of a great view

May 14, 2016
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We heart Olympia in a big way, especially how when driving around town on a clear day, the gorgeousness of Mt. Ranier pops in and out of view. There you are, heading home from Costco or the Post Office, when you turn a corner and pow, there’s a snowcapped mountain looming on the horizon. So […]

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The 100 Day Project: Days 15-17

May 10, 2016

The mini-bonsai collage art thing continues (although I’ve fallen behind a bit with posts, starting to catch up) . I’m loving these misty watercolor backgrounds, so much more fun than collaging onto a black paper. It’s not all bonsai all the time around here, this scrap of marbled paper wanted to become a flower vase: […]

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Bonsai! (100DP Days 13 & 14)

May 2, 2016
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Saturday was a lovely day for a drive so we hopped in the car and made our way up to Federal Way, where the Pacific Bonsai Museum and Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden are nestled into a secret corner between Tacoma and Seattle. I adore rhododendrons, and couldn’t be happier that almost every yard in my […]

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The 100 Day Project: Days 9-12

May 1, 2016
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More 3″x3″ miniature art from #the100dayproject on instagram. These birds are fun. I’ll definitely make some more of these before the 100 days are over. Playing around with some very watery watercolor backgrounds, and snippets of marbled paper:  

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