fall is here, plus big chill applications



Fall’s here, which means excellent things for all of us who live in the north eastern United States.  Namely, pumpkin, apple and cinnamon everything plus an unnaturally high enthusiasm for hurling one’s self at the front lawn at even the smallest of leaf piles.  We’ll need to wait a few weeks before there’s no risk of sciatic damage, but once there’s a big enough leaf pillow in the yard it is party time.

IMG_0673Plus, there I am sitting in an apple tree.  Never too big for that.

In other news, applications have been posted for the 2013 Big Chill craft fair.  My baby!  This is the 5th event I’ve organized at Mayo Street Arts and we’ve got big, big plans for this one.  DIY crafts for young and young at heart, a whole floor of local vendors and, of course, beer + wine available for shoppers.  Yes, being an adult is awesome.


full circle

strange bird - click for listing

strange bird – click for listing

Oh, phew!  For months, maybe a year now I’ve been wondering what’s missing.  Woops!  I forgot to make stuff with my hands.  And my head.  So it’s been a relief that over the last few days I’ve made some attempts to start filling the Etsy Shop with items — can’t wait for the weekend and a chance to get some daylight to photograph some things that are more physical.  Back in the saddle.

sad seagull - click for listing

sad seagull – click for listing

For now, I’ve got some new photographs, 5″ circle images printed on 10″x10″ matted paper (perfect for standard frames) that are listed in my shop for $15.00 each.

In other news, it appears I’ve done something horribly mysterious to my knee and have been hobbling around for the last three days.  Today was the last straw and I went to the doctor only to find out what I already knew – rest, elevation, ice, naproxen sodium… pfft.  And shell out some cash to the doctor’s office while you’re at it.  Never had a knee injury before, and never want to again.  Off to elevate and ice – have a nice night, all!

kitchen brown



working on this little corner of the house.  the kitchen is this somewhat enchanting collage of different brown wallpapers, a once-white floor that seems to have taken all the deep cleaning it can take.  the overall picture is this brown/green, very comforting tone when you’re in the kitchen at night.  pulled the flowers off the hydrangea bush, now all colors of white and pink as it’s getting colder.

up until about three hours ago this nook was a pile of tupperware, a litter box, a wooden shelf.  a few weeks ago its where our kitchen table was until we decided we liked eating in the living room, instead.  so in quite the unorthodox move we have decided to create a nook in the living room.  for light snacking, coffee + tea drinking, newspaper reading.

i think it needs an area rug.  and maybe one less chair.  and the loveseat needs a cushion or two – the ropes just really aren’t that comfortable on their own.  some other curtains.  the heinous orange ones with brown accents might be nice.  and more art on the walls.  more, more, more!

eventually the kitchen will be painted some bright, saturated colors as is the fashion under our roof.  i have no idea what these future colors are, but let’s take a peek at the living room, shall we?:

oh yeah!  that's bright!

oh yeah! that’s bright!

and it clicked in my head today that the master bedroom will be mustard yellow.  master mustard.  mellow yellow.  here’s some inspiration:

don’t see me by The Light Fantastic on Etsy – click for link

nesting, nesting, nesting.

once upon a time

once upon a time


a quick note on the photograph that’s hanging in the ‘nook.’  it was part of a project i did years ago 60 memories in 60 minutes where I drove around my home town photographing places with historical importance to me.  i’m glad i did it – a lot of things have changed since then.

this is the house i grew up in — doesn’t look like much in the picture but it was taken in late fall, perhaps one of the deadest looking times in maine, and it was before we had done some repair to the home.

the house was sold – it seems like eons ago – we painted it white, added some black shutters and all the trees around the house have been cut down.  it’s a little sad, now, just this little white box on a corner lot in a friendly neighborhood.  i took the image with a 4×5 field camera, and the negative is big and luscious.  the print has a lot of depth and is enlarged to 20×24, stuck inside a 30×40 frame.  i had to readjust it in the frame because the paper had come unhitched since i originally framed it in 2007.  when i hung it one the wall i found myself face to face with the warm glow of the living room lamp shining through the bay windows and remembered that the shadowy figure in the leftmost bay window is that of my mother.  her, that house, that living room glowing struck me while hanging it last night, hit a chord deep, down inside of things that were once familiar.  my mother is not a memory – she is very real!  but the rest of it… all together like that… ghostlike.

I like the idea that photographs, be they well compositioned, lit or not, can have such weighted meaning for different people.  faded relics, distant memories, lost friends.  yet another reason i went in to this field way back when.

frogs out here



an epic discovery in the way, way back of the yard today – frogs!  we shouldn’t be surprised, the big gray cat was causing quite a stir for the last couple of weeks coming in to the house with entire amphibians stuffed in his mouth, just a little arm or leg popping out… somehow all of them made it.  seems he just wanted to show us what was going on back there.

IMG_0616which is great, because it provides hours of entertainment for several ladies, all under the age of 6, who visit our house.  and two big people.  and two cats.  heck, everyone loves catching frogs (and releasing them).

IMG_0599they’re fantastic, patient little creatures that will tolerate your presence as long as they know you’re just watching.  how many do you see in the picture above?  so far, i’ve just seen two but there could be little froggy figures in the murky ‘deep’ (oh, about 8 inches or so, depending on rainfall).

looking forward to the spring and their tadpoles, long strands of bubbles with little black eyes, tremendous little lives in there waiting for the warmth so that they can spring forth.  we want to dig a deeper hole for them, a pond if we dare, since they are pretty keen on mosquitoes and we are not.  would not want to disturb the good thing they have going, though… advice?



late summer garden – update



Remember these guys?  I planted them late July in hopes of getting a last little bit of growth before the frost.  They’ve made quite some progress – I hope they make it!  Just a little… bigger… before they come out of the ground.  Mesclun’s almost ready, kale is getting there, spinach is a bit slow-going…

mesclun's almost ready

mesclun’s almost ready

kale just needs a few more days

kale just needs a few more days

very baby spinach

very baby spinach

We’ve also added some blueberry bushes to the mix.  The ultimate goal is that this backyard is predominantly a source of food, not a large expanse of grass for husband to mow.  Check ’em out:



Who knows — maybe those little buds will produce berries by the end of the month!  Stay away, frost, stay away…

cup is empty

I had a big post planned about making applesauce from the crab apple tree in our backyard, but it appears on this beautiful Sunday morning that my cup has become super empty.  A mix of little disappointments, change, and the contrast of sunny, windy weather.  Still, the impulses need to be recognized so instead of writing about all the health benefits of uncultivated apples v. grafted trees and explaining that ‘you’ll get used to that gritty, bitter texture, really‘ I just wanted to post a picture of something lovely we saw at the Essex Exposition in VT last weekend.  Look at all those little legs dangling!  Off to fill the cup…