Sometimes even a three-day getaway to not-so-faraway destinations are enough to recharge the spirit! So it was this past weekend…meeting and catching up with old friends on Cape Cod, eating fresh, delicious seafood, and visiting new places like Fort Hill in Eastham
The Fort Hill district near Eastham and Nauset has scenic walking trails and is a nice place to catch the sunset.
or stopping at a small roadside pond to quickly shoot some photos of swans certainly lifted my spirits! Bring on that cold weather; I’m ready!
A tiny pond we happened upon as we left the Cape afforded a brief stop to admire the swans.
An historic stone arch bridge in Stoddard, NH
With Open Studio Tours behind me, it gave me a chance to get out and shoot some of the fantastic foliage we’ve had this year. Day trips to Vermont and Southwestern New Hampshire were a pleasant way to recharge after the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the studio tours. We weren’t disappointed in the foliage last week as we followed Route 9 from Hillsborough toward Keene taking back country roads which intrigued us. What a great way to discover new places!
An intriguing garden in Hancock, NH
We even found a restaurant in Peterborough where we stopped for lunch- they use local products- which will go on our “favorite places to eat” list for the next time we’re in that area.
After spending many hours going through and post-processing the pictures (almost 300), it’s back to business once again. Tomorrow I will drop off some of my handcrafted pendants, note cards and fine art prints to the Library Arts Center in Newport, NH for this year’s “Gallery of Gifts” juried event that I participate in each year. The work will continue as I make more pendants for the Christmas at the Fells Boutique. Christmas will be here before we know it, and the recent weather with unexpected “snow showers” was an unwelcome reminder! Enjoy the remainder of your autumn!
We awakened to an unexpected dusting of snow…so beautiful!
I have been working diligently getting ready for the two weekends of Open Studio Tours that I am participating in again this year with the Washington Area Artisans. We are a diverse group of artists whose works range from iron work, bookbinding, carved and blown glass to photography and jewelry to name a few of our talents. The foliage is beautiful in New Hampshire this time of year so if you’re looking for something to do on October 3 & 4 and 10 & 11, take a road trip to New Hampshire. Here is a printable map with all of our studios! 2015 Open Studio Map
We had an event in Connecticut to attend over the weekend, and we decided to do some touring in the area. On the road through Preston, there is a farm with an old truck that always catches my eye, but we are typically in too much of a hurry to stop for pictures. It is creatively decorated for the changing seasons. I am always looking for photo ops, and I wasn’t disappointed; there was time to stop for some picture-taking on this trip! Maybe the next time, I can explore the little shop!
Fall in New Hampshire, one of my favorite things! The air feels different, smells different, and with the cooler temperatures I get a burst of energy, much needed to deal with the produce from the garden and the blueberries I harvested. However, this week we have experienced a warmer than usual weather pattern making work in the kitchen a challenge. A good reason for an early morning drive! Yesterday morning was cool and resulted in pond “smoke”! I noticed some of the swamp maples and a few of the stressed trees are beginning to show a change in color, a glimpse of what’s to come! I love September in New Hampshire!
I have been busy in my studio preparing for the Fall Open Studio Tours. The gallery will have my fine art prints, metal prints, notecards, and Dragonfly Eye Botanical necklaces, AND I’ll be introducing my new line of sterling silver pendants! In addition to visitors being able to see and purchase my work at my own studio/gallery, Maia Designs, my work will also be available at Tintagel Antiques and Artisan Gallery just up the road in Washington, NH. There are many talented local artists represented by this fine gallery. I’m honored to have my work there! Autumn in New Hampshire…simply wonderful! Don’t miss it; plan your road trip now for October in New Hampshire!
2015 Open Studio Tours