Sometimes Life Happens…

I think one of my favorite quotes is
“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley.” 

I even like its source… a poem by Robert Burns entitled…

To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with a Plough

Just like that wee, sleekit, cow’rous tim’rous beastie,
sometimes my wee-bit housie is in a bit of a ruin,
and all my plans the win’s are strewin!

Such has been life the past week or so… Just a bit busy!

There have been frames to fill…

And more to make…

And things to cut out…

And some more…

And some more to go…

Yet in the midst of work, there have been streets to walk…

And places to shop…

Critters to befriend…

And quiet spots to rest.

But… I’m still sketching!

An’ forward, tho’ I canna see,
I hope these 31 Days posts will be
completed before I put up the Tree!

To see all the posts for
Pie from Scratch
click on the picture below!

Do Fun Stuff with Old Friends.

Well, last week we ran away as just the two of us.
This past weekend, we ran away with Friends.

Old Friends. The Best kind.

We’ve been buddies with Randy & Beth since our girls
were toddlers… back to the time when you  had to wait
for film to be developed… long before anyone heard of a blog.

About twenty years. Two decades.


Both our families had a Favorite Place to Be.
But we hadn’t Been there together…

Our first glimpse was exciting…

We had to refrain ourselves from shouting “WhooHoo!”
and running wildly down the street. So instead we dined
at Chowning’s and stopped at Charleton’s Coffee House
and tested out their Chocolate.

Yum. We bought some to take home.

We took long walks…

…down paths that our forefathers may have taken…

We saw Grand Palaces…

and abodes for those of the Middling Sort.

The guys talked about everything…

and we even came up with a possible
cure for America’s current political problems…

No. Really. We wouldn’t do THAT.


But we definitely laughed a LOT.

Empty Nesters! The Freys and the Bakers heartily recommend
a weekend away with old and dear friends. You will have fun,
make new memories, and feel young again.

And you will really get a kick out of it
when your kids text to check on you!


Old friends, after all of these years,
Old friends, through the laughter and tears,
Old friends, What a priceless treasure!
~Bill & Gloria Gaither~

Home again, after a very brief respite…

Mom, Kate, and I got a chance to sneak away for a couple of days, and I’ve come home bursting with ideas and inspiration. Now to get it all down on paper…


Here are my most recent treasures from my favorite spot in the world…I splurged on a great folk art resource book, a book by Eric Sloane that for some reason hadn’t made it into our library yet, a nice little pottery cup for “period” painting demonstrations, and two little presents for my newest Valentine…


I don’t think he’s checking the blog yet, but his Mama will know how special these things are! (And Jo & Luke, they had GIANT LIFE SIZE Hotch Potch men… but I couldn’t convince them to sell me one! Aren’t you lucky!) (((But I’m going to keep checking!))) The tiny little cup stays on the East coast since it matches a set of vintage restaurant dishes we have… do you think Jack will prefer coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?

Well, have a great Thursday everyone!

A much needed respite…

Hi All!

We were able to take a three day trip to my second favorite place in the whole world…


My first favorite place is, of course, our little homestead.



We took a detour on Saturday to a Civil War park we’ve never been to before. The drive was a little longer than we expected, but it was well worth it. Pamplin Park has a lot of interactive exhibits, and I know we just scratched the surface! I especially liked the museum section in the main building, and the “Trial by Fire” area where you walked through a simulated battlefield. I wasn’t ready for the “whizzing bullets,” because I sure did jump!

When we took the Jamestown-Scotland ferry to head to our hotel in Williamsburg. Drove right on, and away we went. Very convenient!

On Sunday, we were meeting my parents at a traditional crafts fair, and took the ferry again to get there. After half an hour of waiting in line for the ferry, we were whisked across the James River to the fair. It was great, although some crafters had left early due to the rain the previous two days. After that fair, we went and checked out another that we saw signs for down the road! It was great!

I ended up spending a bit of money here! I found a jean jumper in just my size with a cute pumpkin & crow on it. And then we saw an artist whose work we really appreciate, and Chris bought me two prints by him! When I grow up, I want to be that talented!Then we headed to the ferry once more, and the cars were lined up for a very long distance. We waited nearly an hour (are you seeing a pattern here?) for the SECOND ferry to come back, and finally we all were heading to Williamsburg! We headed to the Duke of Gloucester to take in some sights and smells before dinner. Believe it or not, we had been that close to downtown Williamsburg for over 24 hours, and that was my first sight of it!

Why do I love that place so much? Let’s see… I went there first at age 8, and came home all a-bubble, and wrote this giant report about it all on my own and took it to my third grade teacher. (She was only mildly impressed… we weren’t studying about that at the time.) That place was the only place in the world (at least to me) where people were doing the things I was reading about in my mom’s brown paper covered Early American Life magazines. After that, Williamsburg was a popular vacation spot for our family, and the historic trades was the place I wanted to be. (Only they didn’t let me touch.) I loved it so much, that when Chris asked where I’d like to go on our honeymoon, Williamsburg was my first choice… I wanted to share it with him! He loved it too, and I could hardly get him out of the cabinet maker’s shop! Since then, we’ve visited many times, and our girls tripped through those cobblestone streets many hours in colonial garb.

And they still do occasionally…


On Monday, we returned downtown to do some serious window shopping. Kate found a friend or two, ran and bought another whistle, and stayed with them for an hour or more. Then we ate our traditonal lunch of ham biscuit, apple pasty, and rootbeer/apple cider, and headed home. Inspired.