Wednesday, January 5, 2011

100th Blog Post!

Wow! I can't believe I have written 100 blog posts on here! Looking back at my old posts I realize now that this blog has been a mish-mosh of odds and ends. It's a mix of updates from my Etsy Jewelry and personal life posts. Part of me would like the blog to take on more of a consistency, with more frequent posts (at least once a month!) and just focusing on my craft life, but then, this blog is a reflection of my life, which isn't always organized or consistent!

So, here's my first finished craft project for the new year! I've been preparing to make this adorable messenger bag for weeks. It was another one of those gifts that was meant to be finished before I came to Maine but never happened and luckily it wasn't a Christmas gift but a January birthday gift, so I had a little extra time.

I saw the pattern featured on one of my favorite sewing blogs Sew Mama Sew. It's the Basic Messenger Bag Tutorial by mmmcrafts. Instead of the cute (and time consuming) applique that she did on the front of her bags, I simplified and used a natural burlap type fabric as the background of the bag and then used the lining fabric as both the strap and covering part of the bag flap. I love how it came out!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Crazy Mainers in the Mountains

Today was another day for Dad and I to tramp through the snow on hiking trails! There is snow, sure, but not enough for snowshoes, so I've been a bit disappointed. Snow hiking is good exercise and the scenery is the same but I had my heart set on snowshoeing while I was in Maine. Today Dad and I hiked in to Hudson Falls just outside of Bingham, Maine and then did a longer one hour hike into Moxie Falls. It was a bit icy but beautiful!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Crazy Mainers in the Woods

Sundays and Tuesdays are the days that I get to spend with my Dad when I am in Maine, so today was a Dad and daughter day. We like to do active things, so today we did a 4 mile snow hike in Oakland, Maine.

It's a beautiful hike along Messalonskee Stream. It's also a great time to really catch up about the things that are important in our lives.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Crazy Mainers at the Beach

If you haven't figured it out yet, I love the ocean. I love to be near the ocean. I love the sound of the ocean. I love to eat things that used to live in the ocean! I get most of this from my mother. Over the years my mother and I have spent many special days together on the beach. It is the one place that we go to together to relax, to get away, and to recharge. We even go in the winter. The dead of winter, when it's cold and the beach is officially closed and we have to climb in with our snow boots. Whatever it takes! Today was one of those days when we ran away from other obligations and headed for the coast. Apparently we were not the only ones!