Before we left for Maine, I’d made some mail art for a quilting friend in Pennsylvania. This is the back of the catalog-size envelope covered with paint, stamps, lettering, paper cut outs, and even a selvage. Working with paper this way is really satisfying. Guess I didn’t get enough of finger painting as a kid- my favorite art activity. Just got it filled and mailed out this week.
This is the envelope front, and I’ve covered my friend’s address with another post card. But I had to crop the photo a bit as, oops, I forgot to cover my own address. She was happy to receive the mail, partly for the envelope and partly because it included some pretty pieces of washi tape for her to use in her art journals.
While we had a wonderful week with family in Maine, it’s always good to get back to my sewing room. I could hardly drag myself out of it this week to get the laundry caught up. One project I made was this cute apron made from a tea towel. A guild member showed hers at a recent meeting, and I didn’t catch the pattern source. But when I searched for a tutorial, up popped The Missouri Star Quilt Company and their instructional video (link for Part 1 of 2) and pattern print-out. It’s so quick and easy. The company sells a nice variety of the tea towels very reasonably, so I’ve ordered several more to make aprons for our quilt show boutique. I’ve also been sorting and reorganizing my supplies. I felt re-energized from our trip to dive into that project (an ongoing one!).
Here are a few photos from our trip to Maine- this is a stained glass window at the Franciscan Monastery in Kennebunkport. I love the contemporary style. The grounds there are very beautiful, and below is statuary of St. Francis amidst some animals, flowers and a fountain.
This art work is also on the grounds, and the sign notes that it was an exhibit from the 1965 World’s Fair in New York, now permanently housed here.
We ate well in Maine- the freshest, sweetest lobster dinners. The wood-fired pizza.
The delicious chicken salad atop a salad at David's KPT. All so yummy.
Plus we found a new favorite lobster pound in Cape Porpoise. They catch ‘em and cook ‘em. We eat ‘em. A perfect arrangement in my book.
Loved this sign at a gallery shop in Kennebunkport. Earth without art? Eh!
And this sign on the Marginal Way, a beautiful ocean-side walking path in Ogunquit. I had shown some photos of the cairn rock piles someone had been making there on a blog post a year or so ago. But the township evidently now has a policy of no cairn building. “Leave no trace”- I see their point. I liked the rock piles, but they were man-made in an otherwise wild and scenic area.
This is Perkins Cove- a little fishing and boating inlet at the end of the Marginal Way walk. Lots of nice little shops and restaurants. Overall the weather was lovely. We had a couple of rain showers, but they never got in the way of our plans.
Our daughter Joanna took this panoramic view of Nubble Lighthouse in York Beach. It gives a good sense of the sweep of rock and ocean surrounding the island.