joycotting in portland maine

Portland Greendrinks hosted their first joycott at the Public Market House this past Sunday. Their mission? “Instead of boycotting the bad, joycott the good.” And joycott we did.

[the shirt off of graham’s back, screen printed on-site by artist tim poulson of infini-t, and hung up to dry while we enjoyed a bowl of chowder & fresh bread from karmasouptra]

[local bluegrass/folk band tricky britches]

[handmade crafts & cuteness]

[friendly faces at pie in the sky pizza, one of the seven market house shops]

[ridiculously delicious harvest-inspired red velvet cupcake from master cupcakestress stephanie of tulips cupcakery – it had beet juice in it!]

The Public Market House, while usually busy on a day-to-day lunch visit, was completely bursting at the seams on Sunday! Which was exciting to see, knowing that 51% of the day’s profits will be invested in improving the building’s energy efficiency. Well done! I wonder where the next joycott will be…

Oh, and Happy VDay/Valentine’s Day!


Everything is amazing!

Found this video thanks to the articulate & inspiring blog Small Measure, full post here. The image quality is low, which I find appropriate considering the content. Perhaps your reaction to youtube video quality, to technology, and to modern life may shift after watching comedian Louis K’s hilarious musing. Why not? Enjoy!

Shark Pig

Oh hi! I’m at the Public Market House right now – sipping a latte from Market House Coffee and chatting with my newly-engaged best friend! Five of my dear friends are getting married this year so I’ve been combing the internet for various wedding-related inspiration. Thanks to Cup of Jo, I found these fantastic Shark Pig videos:

Love the vintage quality and diptych framing. Fun, aren’t they?

Rabbit Rabbit 2011

[andy & dana]

[the group]

[jason & caroline]

Happy New Year! We rang it in while lounging in a hot tub out in the snowy Vermont air – drinking champagne with grapes. (I believe that the grape-eating is a tradition from Spain and the “Rabbit Rabbit” is a British superstition) New Years Day was beautiful in Vermont – warm enough to be out in a t-shirt but still enough snow on the ground to protect me while I crumpled into a laughing heap trying to glide downhill on cross-country skis:)

The place where we rented our ski gear was adorable – it was an old converted horse barn with a roaring wood stove and resident golden retriever. Lots of delicious food, enjoyable company, and fresh air to reflect on the years past, current moment, and the years to come. Yoga tomorrow morning and a fresh start to some brewing intentions. Hope you’re welcoming in the new year with good health and happy hearts!

baking week & gift guides

Hope your holiday preparations are bringing you some festive fun! The last week before Christmas completely snuck up on me this year – so at the moment I am descending into flour-in-hair batter everywhere mode. It’s baking time in our itty bitty cozy kitchen.

So instead of posting photos of the disaster zone where the cookies & biscuits & jams & breads will magically appear from, here are some last-minute gift ideas:

Yes, I’m a fanatic. But really – The Art of Simple Food is a wonderful cookbook filled with basic tried-and-true recipes and makes a lovely gift.

I don’t know what the local spot is for you, but around here there’s nothing better than Scratch by Willard Beach. Use some sneaky detective skills to discover where your lucky loved one likes to grab their coffee/baked goods and pick up a gift card.

If you have a little DIY energy left in you, a photo craft is always appreciated. You can find this and other handmade ideas “for him” here. Thanks, Martha.

Love the screen printed glassware from Vital, a Colorado-based Etsy shop. You can discover more sweet Etsy finds through their gift guides.

Found these cozy mittens (always a nice warm standby) through Cup of Jo and her gift guide archives, thanks Joanna!

As my grandmother says, “You can never have too many books.” This one is from Barefoot Books, a publishing company I absolutely adore.

A non-material gift is always a fun way to go, lots of ideas (like a yoga class) can be found here. Thanks Em and Huffington Post.

If you like to give handmade presents but can’t craft for another second, Martha has plenty of edible gift ideas here. Buuuuut if you’re running low on holiday energy, I highly recommend finding a local baking company or store to support – your friends & family will be happier with your well-rested good company than with a frazzled red-eyed version of yourself surrounded by a mess of handmade holiday-ness.

(Can you tell who’s scaling down on handmade gifts this year? No more knitting through till 7am on Christmas for this girl)

Happy Holidays!

christmas shopping: local indie craft fair











After a glorious syrup-filled waffle brunch, a few of our friends braved the rainy (hopefully soon-to-be snowy) weather with us, and arrived at the Maine Irish Heritage Center where Picnic was raging on! This craft fair/music festival/yeti sighting location (a yeti – seriously, check out their website) was swarming with damp, rosy-cheeked, and chatty shoppers. It was a joyous scene to be a part of – meeting local craftspeople, listening to their stories and to the festive music, and sipping on some fresh coffee. One of the vendors, Merchants Row, sold these striking puzzles and paintings – he had designed and then printed images on regionally-sourced and hand-carved wood in the shape of the counties in Maine and a sailor out at sea. Loads of special holiday gifts and pleasant company. Hope you enjoyed a (rainy or otherwise) lovely weekend as well!

autumnal appreciation

Pictured above is my Mom, a pumpkin creation by Dad, and myself at about age four in the backyard at home in Connecticut. That Japanese Maple in the background was a well-loved and oft-climbed favorite of the neighborhood. And below is a photograph Graham snapped with his phone yesterday at the Portland Farmers Market. I am pictured clutching a pumpkin destined for great things (soon-to-be carved artwork by Graham followed by a slow-bake into delicious pie) as well as a gorgeous cluster of beets peaking out of the bag. We also re-stocked our apple cider supply, an autumnal staple in our new home.

I love fall. Really. Love. Fall. I didn’t fully understand just how completely the seasons had soaked into my being until I was away from the east coast during the fall for a few years. One autumn in particular comes to mind – I was in India about 4 years ago (from July – December, effectively skipping autumn) and come October I looked into my rucksack to discover that every single piece of clothing I had purchased – kurtas, dupattas, pashminas – was a shade of red, yellow, orange or brown. I had subconsciously created the changing leaves through my Indian wardrobe. So this year I’m just soaking it in – beyond thrilled to be back near my family and the shifting of the seasons. Happy Autumn!

PS My lovely friend Brodie passed this website on to me and I’ve had fun digging through the archives, hope you do too :)

big e & warm little heads

Yesterday Graham and I ventured down to the BIG E – an event I hadn’t attended in about a decade and have been craving to add to my autumnal indulgences this year. The day was filled with llamas, sheep, hatching chicks, baked potatoes, large pumpkins, canned jams and glorious New Englandiness – aaand we got to spend time with my parents and sister! Our favorites were the state houses and animal barns. And no, we did not try the fried butter. We also didn’t take any pictures while we were there, so I thought I’d share these with you:

a few of my projects from the summer and two of the sweet little heads they ended up on –

Couldn’t be any cuter. Have a lovely week!