Monthly Archives: August 2013

A Weekend Away in Scituate

A WEEKEND IN SCITUATE

One thing I love about using my phone as a camera is that my photos are at my fingertips when I’m in the mood to reminisce. I can quickly escape from the subway back to the middle of our last getaway. With the weather suddenly a good bit cooler, I’m already looking back fondly on our well-enjoyed summer.

These are some moments from our melty-hot, stormy and ultimately restful July weekend in the pretty seaside town of Scituate, MA. As with most good weekends, it was spent with friends, and ended with a new jewelry design 🙂A WEEKEND IN SCITUATE

A WEEKEND IN SCITUATE

A WEEKEND IN SCITUATE

Before the storm, only a few brave souls were out on the beach. In the distance is the town’s very tall wind turbine.

This is a water tower — can you believe it? You can read here about how a millionaire’s wife asked her husband to “do something about” the view from their estate of a 276,000-gallon water tower, and so in 1902, he revealed its transformation into possibly the prettiest water tower in the world. A WEEKEND IN SCITUATE
A WEEKEND IN SCITUATEThis is The Quarter Deck, a shop I remembered fondly since my last visit (in my teens! oy). Its bright windows are full of baskets of starfish, sand dollars and gemstones, so fun to comb through. It’s a little smaller than I remembered, but that isn’t that how memory sometimes works…

A WEEKEND IN SCITUATE

We had a really nice time. We were treated to burgers at the deliciously cheesy Wahlburgers (which has gluten free buns, which will make my day any day) and spent a lot of time catching up with our friends.

Back at home, these are the tiny post earrings I made from my Quarter Deck purchases… fifteen tiny starfish for one dollar, yes please!

A WEEKEND IN SCITUATE

A WEEKEND IN SCITUATE

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Silver Bobcat Claw Pendant

Silver bobcat claw pendant

Silver bobcat claw pendant.

Although I’m careful and consistent about my work, sometimes, because I’m essentially working in clay, the outcome of a new piece is subtly unpredictable. It’s not until I pull it from the kiln, out of glowing orange 1600 degrees, and after I quench and polish it, that I know if I love it enough to make more.

Then there are pieces that I hope will be as striking as I think they can be. Upon pulling these from the steel shot tumbler — often the final step — I can still be thrilled to the core by achieving my creative mission.

This bobcat claw gave me the biggest thrill of all the new designs I created this weekend, following our trip to Portland and my small specimen haul from Paxton Gate. It’s made from the real thing.

Silver bobcat claw pendant coming soon to the Blue Dot Jewelry shop!

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A Summer Visit to Portland

Our week away in Portland has come with the best weather we could have hoped for. Cool mornings give way to 82 degree afternoons, and the plants are happy as always!

We started by stocking up on goodies and groceries at Saturday Market, which seems to have doubled in size since I last was there. It’s full of a delicious assortment of things.

Portland Saturday MarketWhile seeing jazz in the Washington Park Amphitheater we wandered up through the rose garden, a bit stunned to remember that it’s home to 550 different species of the flower. (Some are just numbered but most have entertaining names — Girls Night Out, anyone?)

Portland Rose Garden

Portland Rose GardenPortland Rose GardenIts full name is the International Test Rose Garden, and it was a great idea implemented in 1917, making it the oldest continuously operated public rose test garden in the US.

I liked this answer to “the most fragrant rose.”

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Our climb back to the car turned into more of an adventure than we’d anticipated, but who can be upset by trees and more trees?20130805-233619.jpgMy favorite shopping trip has been to Paxton Gate — “Treasures and Oddities inspired by the Garden and the Natural sciences.” They have all manner of bones, fossils and taxidermy for sale — not for the squeamish, but a fascinating museum-like place. I found exciting tidbits to use in making jewelry, “coming soon” to the line.

Among the lots of taxidermy is this tiny black pig. I do love a little pig.

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This Bismuth had us all impressed with its size and color. Did you know it is the active ingredient in Pepto-Bismol?

Bismuth at Paxton Gate

A happy week to you!Bird in the firs.

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