September 22, 2014

Hooray for High Five New York!


Now, THIS is what I love to see!
Lighthearted, smile-bringing, life-loving FUN!






Spotted this on Mashable.com.

September 19, 2014

Strolling Through Stonington, Connecticut

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During our recent weekend in Connecticut, we had 
a most enjoyable afternoon strolling the streets of Stonington.
This little town was so quaint and peaceful, just exuding charm!
Bright colors, sweet details (like that arched window & shutters, below)
and fabulous flower-filled window boxes!



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These are the homes at the end of the street above. Sigh...lilac and blue.
Take note of the widow's walks; they're rooftop platforms on many homes 
of coastal New England where wives of mariners would watch 
for their husbands' returns from sea. Sadly, too often they did not.

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A coral door with coral geraniums to match, plus a nautical rope wreath,
and Old Glory adding the finishing patriotic touch!

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This is the Elkanah Cobb House. Built in 1769, it's one of the oldest homes in town.
It features many of the architectural details of that era:
1 1/2 stories, a gambrel roof, cedar shake shingles,
 a center fireplace, and a rectangular transom over the door.
Notice the windows; they're double-hung sash with an uncommon 9 over 6 panes.

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In this close-up photo, you can see a historical nameplate next to the door.
How intriguing to see the year and who owned the the house when it was built.
We saw similar plaques in Groton and Mystic, where some also included 
the owners' professions, such as Carpenter, Banker, Merchant and so on.

And you know I'm lovin' the color of that door!

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A raised foundation was common during this time period.
Kelly green & pink! I fell in love with these lush flower boxes!

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So, after wandering around the neighborhood, we headed down to the docks.
What a thrill to see so many fishing boats up close!

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Lobster traps ready to go.

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A sailboat in for repairs.

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More Connecticut blog posts:



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September 17, 2014

Hand-Painted Winged Scarves by Shovava



Although Roza lives in Melbourne, Australia, she was born in Kazakhstan.
Her parents were both artists, and as her incredible scarves prove, 
she certainly inherited their talent!





Hand-painted on silk, cashmere or cotton, these are fine pieces of wearable art!









Just look at the details of each feather!









Roza named her shop Shovava, which means cheeky and playful!









You can find Shovava on
Etsy and Facebook.





September 15, 2014

Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough - Noank, CT

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In the tiny town of Noank, Connecticut
is an eatery called Abbott's Lobster in the Rough.

Attention Lobster-Lovers: If you're in the area, you MUST stop by!


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Order at the window.

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The relaxed atmosphere is perfect for watching seagulls and sailboats.

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Ahh, lovely riverside livin'! Photo of neighboring property taken from Abbott's dock.

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A different perspective:
These next two photos were taken at dusk from the river
as we passed by on our sunset sail.

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This is what all the fuss is about: 2 1/2 pounds of delicious!

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That's what we're talkin' about!

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Abbott's Lobster in the Rough is located at
117 Pearl Street, Noank, CT.

Here's their website,
and you can find them on Facebook, too.

Other posts on our Connecticut weekend:
Mystic Seaport
Strolling through Stonington



September 12, 2014

Russell + Hazel ~ Let's Go Shopping!



 Came across this store online ~ Russell + Hazel.
Chic stationery, office organizing supplies, and great leather accessories.
Hey, let's go shopping!


To spruce up your desk, they have several clear acrylic items like this stapler.




Binders in contemporary patterns.



Posh leather keychains.





So, I placed an order to officially start my Christmas shopping.
My items were delivered promptly and came nicely packaged.

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Got some 5x7 stash sacks. Super quality leather!

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Plus a few shiny fruit folders. Cuteness for my back-to-school college girl!

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Their flagship store is in Minnesota, and there are
many stores that carry their products throughout the U.S. and Canada,
plus one each in Australia, Germany, Greece, and the U.K.

Check out their website,
and here they are on Facebook.




September 11, 2014

Never Forget - 9/11/01


A quote from President George W. Bush on September 11, 2001 -

"Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve,
for the children whose worlds have been shattered,
for all whose sense of safety and security has been threateded.
And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us,
spoken through the ages in Psalm 23:
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me."




September 10, 2014

Mushroom Festival - Kennett Square, PA

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Oh, we love the annual Mushroom Festival,
held in the Mushroom Capital of the World,
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania!


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What a charming, tree-lined, downtown location!

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Bags and backpacks in Bohemian fabrics.

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Nearly 200 tents with vendors selling their products, crafts, and of course, food.
In addition to the usual fare, you'll find delicious delicacies featuring the star of the show:
mushroom soups, grilled portabello sandwiches, mushroom risotto, and so on.

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Every year, artists paint these 3 foot tall, 108 lb. concrete mushrooms.
They're sold at a silent auction, which includes delivery within 25 miles.

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Oh, no! The Dreaded Breaded Mushrooms!

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Who can resist? Delectable...with just the right amount of ketchup. (lots)

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French country table linens.

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Tons of mushroom-themed products.

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Making friends at the festival!

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Inside the Mushroom Exhibit, there are terrific displays on mushroom-growing.

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Visit the Mushroom Festival website!

Make plans to go to the next one;
it's always the weekend after Labor Day!

View my post
The Art of ... Mushrooms!


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