Thursday, September 08, 2011

Back from a Nice Long Vacation

I have been on vacation for almost 3 weeks and have had a great time visiting with family, doing some Staycation activities at home and lastly a wonderful trip to the Beach in Maine where the weather was sunny and the water much warmer than usual. 

 Tree House My husband Jochen began  building  for the grandchildren--They helped put up the ladder stairs.

I made these fold form earrings

 All of us--parents, aunt, kids made these fold form leaves
we had never done it before--it was such fun and the results so exciting

Jochen redid our deck during this time.  You can see it under the outdoor fireplace my son and his wife are putting together for me --my birthday present.

We had such fun cooking hot dogs and makings Smores over the fire--even when it rained

Fishing was by far the favorite activity of the kids. They fished in the good weather, in the rain and in the dark.  They caught them and then put them back.  Never tired of it. 
The roof on the new part of my studio was put on during the Staycation part of my vacation

I received my copy of Heather Powers' book and could show off my pieces in it to my family.   And later during the stay home part, I had time to write a review of it for and my Newsletter.  What a wonderful book.  I feel so honored to be a part of it.

Now my Etsy Shop is back open and I am preparing my September Newsletter and adding pieces to my website.  I am going to spend this week reading all those blog posts I missed.  I have quite a bit more traveling planned for September so I didn't participate in the Bead Soup Blog Hop but look
forward to seeing what all of you have made.

I am glad to be back.  It feels good to be blogging again after such a nice long vacation.  Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Sounds like your summer was wonderful!!! Love the pictures! I've missed you and today I'm sewing on those first buttons you sent me onto cuffs!! They look amazing! xo

  2. We missed you! It looks like you had a fantastic time! And congrats on having your pieces in Heather Power's book. Awesome!

  3. Welcome back, Mary.
    I've been curious about your "doings" on vacation. So glad to see you had a wonderful time.
    I didn't realize you have pieces in Heather's book. Now, I really want to get it!
    Regards, Nancy

  4. Mary, welcome back from a wonderful vacation! You hit the beach in Maine! My parents are there now for the week.... I fell in love with it when we visited over the summer and can't wait to go back. Looks like you enjoyed some family time, creative time, relaxing and good food (s'mores!). Looking forward to your newsletter and review of Heather's beautiful new book. Congratulations on your contributions!

  5. So nice to see you back again! Missed reading up on your posts! Very delighted that you also were enjoying so much family time that the computer got put away…

    I think those fire pits are great! So many good memories around a campfire :)

  6. You have such a lovely family! Glad you had a wonderful vacation full of grandkids and s'mores!

  7. I am so so jealous of your time in Maine especially Mary! My brother lived there for years, I visit often, it is my favorite place on earth, and I think the most beautiful!
    I am so glad you had a wonderful vacation, family time is the best!
    Thank you for your kind words, it is still very stressful here.
    Can't wait to see what you have been making!


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