Monday, August 27, 2012

"Barenaked Ladies" in Maine?

A while ago, I got a notice from TicketMaster letting me know that the Barenaked Ladies, along with Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Blues Traveler, and Cracker would be playing in Bangor, Maine. My husband and I had seen BNL at Turning Stone Casino a couple of years ago and it was a fantastic show with many surprises (just one being that Ed from BNL sang a version of "I'm Sexy and I Know It" with Big Head Todd and proceeding to strip down to a thong - shock, horror and hysterical laughter ensued). It was just the excuse we needed to visit Maine. (There is no logic here, folks. Just play along.)
John Popper from Blues Traveler and David Lowery from Cracker perrform.

Todd Park Mohr of Big Head Todd and the Monsters

Ed Robertson, Kevin Hearn, Jim Creeggan, and Tyler Stewart (not shown) of Barenaked Ladies.

First stop, Portland, Maine. If anyone has been thinking about visiting this town, don't second guess it, do it. We all loved Portland. It's a smaller city with many quaint shops in the Old Port section of town. We found a great coffee shop, Mornings in Paris, that we visited both days we were there. We took a tour of the harbor by boat and I discovered I have no sea legs. Aside from that our time was spent eating lobster as many ways as we could and shopping.
Our next stop was to Bar Harbor for one night at a bed and breakfast. After having to share a double bed for two nights, Sean said about the two twin beds awaiting them, "Tonight, we sleep like kings." Where does he get this stuff? Yes, I was a bit worried about a 15 and 13 year old in a B&B. They were given specific instructions, that's for sure.

I was hoping to hunt for sea glass during low tide to use in some jewelry but I wasn't up to it right when we got there and I didn't want to get out of bed that early to look the next day. Next time, I guess. We walked around the harbor, poked about in the stores and had dinner. The next morning we had a delicious breakfast of blueberry and cream cheese stuffed French Toast with blueberry sauce and then it was off to Bangor for the concert.

They wouldn't let me bring home the B&B's beautiful butler's pantry...
Bar Harbor
Tea time!
Our last stop in Maine was Perkins Cove/Ogunquit. It's very popular destination and I wish we had more time to spend checking out all the little shops but after lunch we were all ready to press on home. We ate at MC Perkins Cove. I wanted to check it out as the two chef owners are on the current Top Chef Masters. We weren't disappointed. It was delicious.

Hope you're able to take a trip to Maine sometime. We're hoping we'll get back there some day.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

artBLISS Workshops

Sterling Silver and Turquoise Ring made by ME!
Two weekends ago, my husband and two sons headed down to Sterling, VA so I could attend a couple of classes by artBLISS and they could sightsee in D.C.. The first class was "Who is Afraid of the Big, Bad Saw?" instructed by Martina Stein. I made myself take this class as sawing is not my favorite thing in the world. It turns out I wasn't the only one in this category. Got some great tips on how you should sit while sawing and how/where to position the material.
Richard Salley and Martina Stein

The second full day class was "Southwest Wings" instructed by Richard Salley and assisted by Martina Stein. I had been wanting to take a class like this for so long. I've played around with soldering and had made one simple ring but really wanted hands-on instruction. This class did not disappoint! Richard and Martina are so approachable and very knowledgeable. I'm so glad I was able to attend. Of course I ended up wishing I had taken more classes that were offered.

I have to say everyone who attended these classes were so nice and funny. Last but not least are the two women behind artBLISS: Jeanette Blix Ryan and Cindy Wimmer. They did such a fantastic job organizing all of the great workshops, answering questions, arranging/ordering lunch and I'm sure a whole lot more behind the scenes duties. Their hard work has helped so many advance their jewelry-making skills. I'm so appreciative that they decided to start their artBLISS venture.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Who Knew?

Who knew that a couple of the pendants I purchased recently from Jade Scott contained colors in Pantone's 2012 Color Trends? What a co-inky-dink! Not that I live and breath for what designers say is in but I'll allow myself to feel like I have some kind of [false] validation. Is that so wrong?