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what a weekend – Designs Adrift (the business I co-own with Michael) went on the road… Michael, Finn and I (with the help of some friends and family) – exhibited in the Maine Craft Guild Show on Mount Desert Island, Maine, and what a success it was!

It’s a juried show of some of Maine’s finest craftsman and artisans…this year was the shows’ 37th. year; it’s well known (and highly respected) in the area as well as afar as the place to see and buy Maine art, furniture, jewelry and pottery. It was our first year as exhibitors and we are already looking forward to next year.

Martha Stewart visits this show every year and this year was no exception – she stopped by our booth for quite some time and photographed Michaels’ newly completed work titled, Zephyr. This piece was the hit of the show and many many people commented on it’s beauty and kinetic energy – it was subsequently sold to a fabulous couple who reside lakeside in Ellsworth Maine for part of the year…

the driftwood coffee table also found its’ permanent home  – ocean side, in Seal Harbor, Maine.

A few other pieces were also scooped up by vey enthusiastic buyers…new friends were made, future prospectives were gained and a hectic but good time, was had by all. A big thanks to our friends and family who helped make it all happen – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Little man was helping as usual and all the packing, unpacking, driving, delivering and moving went smoothly…

it’s no small undertaking to participate in a show (as anyone who has had, can attest to…). Wrapping and packing all the artwork and furniture, designing the layout for the space,

remembering to bring all those necessities – ladders, tape, extension cords, etc., preparing food (ahead of time) for everyone for the long weekend – I wanted things to be simple over the weekend so I prepared three nights dinners as well as lunches, snacks and appetizers ahead of time and froze. At the end of a long day, turn on the oven, choose a meal, pop it into the oven, enjoy a cocktail with appetizers and relax (well, sort of, with a two year old running around it’s not quite ‘relaxing’)…all the effort and work paid off, we had a very successful and fun weekend.

The area of Mount Desert Island is absolutely stunning and we were fortunate to have stayed in a lovely little cottage in Northeast Harbor, compliments of a family friend. So thank you again to all who made this weekend absolutely incredible and if you find yourself on Mount Desert Island next July, do stop by the Maine Craft Guild Show and check out Maine’s best…enjoy.

Now, back to work in my garden…

driftwood

Driftwood is a part of my daily life…approaching our home you can’t help but notice our rather large collection outside and once inside you’ll find driftwood mirrors, sculptures and furniture throughout the house…you see, I co-own a small driftwood based business with my partner, Michael. He collects, designs and then builds art and furniture from this found wood and I take care of all the ‘business’ stuff. That’s not to say I don’t help out with the design end of things, I certainly do; we collaborate, he builds. This weekend he just completed an incredible folk art style running horse for a client in DC. It’s pretty cool that he takes pieces like this (below)…

And turns them into this…

This piece needs to be packed and shipped out early next week so thankfully the weather was perfect yesterday for a photo session – not too windy and not to cloudy. We set-up the barn for the shoot and I photographed throughout the day utilizing the natural light coming through the open barn doors…

while I was shooting I also needed to ensure our son (who is 2 and a half) was happily busy…Michael had the brilliant idea to turn the photo paper tube into a ‘tunnel’ for Finn’s toy car collection – Finn kept busy ‘working’ behind the scenes…

while I captured some incredible shots of this beautiful piece…

Finn also couldn’t help but take a peak around the corner…he loves to ‘help’ – he is a part of everything we do from gardening to cooking to furniture making to finding treasures at our local transfer station.

We are the ultimate recycling family…what do you love to recycle?

enjoy.