Wednesday Wanderings

All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go . . . Nope. Does this bag look like it’s ready to go??

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The anniversary trip is here! We leave tomorrow. I still have plenty of time to get packed. I should probably make a list. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I am a Last Minute Lucy when it comes to packing. Hey, at least I’m doing laundry!

You’ll remember that we were wobbling between Hawaii and Boston/Maine. Which did we choose? While Hawaii seemed like a hands down no brainer, we decided to head to Boston/Maine. We want to go to Hawaii as a family someday, so we decided to wait.  We will be spending most of our time at a cabin in mid-coast Maine. Thank you to those of you who have helped me with questions or given tips on places to go, etc. We are pretty excited!

I have a mental list, mind. I kinda know what I need to bring along. Of course, I have what I need to bring related to quilting and sewing all planned out.

Here’s the thing, though. I’m not bringing any sewing along. I’ve decided to make this trip a creative play and designing trip. So here are some of the things coming with me.

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From the left:

The Little Spark by Carrie Bloomston – I’m thoroughly enjoying the creative prompts and nudges she shares in this book. I’m taking my time going through it, so this will be good to have with me. Some of the prompts require some thought, and I’ll be away from the distraction of sewing and able to focus on this. Here’s a video about the book by Carrie Bloomston if you’re interested.

Quilter’s Planner – I have some blank spaces that need filling for the coming months, so it will be a good time to reflect, think and plan what’s coming up this fall and into the end of the year. If you’re not familiar with the planner, you can read about it (and order the 2018 version) here.

Moleskine Notebook – this is used with The LIttle Spark for my notes. If you were to look through it, however, you’ll also see a few little design sketches.

Plein Air Watercolor Kit – This is probably the cutest thing ever (it’s about 4″ x 6″). I want to play a bit with sketching and watercolor while I sit on the dock by our cabin.

The Sketchbook Project – I decided to join in the fun of this project, and I need to decide what I will fill my journal with. You can read more about it here. Join me — doesn’t it look like fun?!

Artist Tiles – these are 4″ tiles that I use when I doodle or zentangle. I haven’t done much in months, so this is perfect for travel.

What you don’t see in the picture are my pens, pencils and larger graph paper Moleskines which I use for designing quilts. I enjoy sketching out quilt designs, so I hope to have plenty of time for that.

I’ll also be doing quite a bit of reading. I’m currently working my way through the Louise Penny mysteries and thoroughly enjoying them. I’m reading Trick of the Light which I’ll likely finish on the plane or shortly thereafter. Which means a bookstore visit will be necessary.

We’ll also be meeting a local author, Van Reid, while we are there. I’ve read Van’s books through the years, so I’m looking forward to meeting him!

We won’t be tucked in at the cabin the whole time. We are planning to visit Acadia National Park, Boothbay Harbor, Damariscotta and some other fun places. Of course, there will be seafood to eat — yum! Oh, and yes, I have a quilt shop on my list too!

I have all my projects that I wanted to have completed before the trip done! Here a little peek at what I made from the leftover scraps of my latest improv project. I’ll be finishing that project once I’m back home, so more on that in a future post. This little lovely finishes at about 8″. The fabrics are Kona Pink Flamingo and Kona Snow. I quilted it with a light dove grey and pink threads.

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That little bulge on the left is a binding glitch. Glad it’s just a play piece!

I’m going unplugged (mostly) while I’m gone, so you won’t hear from me for the next 10 days. I won’t be posting on my blog, but I’ll be reading your blogs. I won’t be commenting, since my phone doesn’t seem to want me to. Follow me on Instagram (@piecefulwendy) if you want to see what I’m up to.

Ok, I really better get packing! See you later, my friends!



19 thoughts on “Wednesday Wanderings”

  1. Have the most wonderful time! Your choice was perfect. A family trip to Hawaii would be wonderful. I would love to do that, but my family has gotten quite large. And I love your ideas of what you will be doing!! Sounds so enjoyable. Have fun and come back to show us all your fun ideas.

  2. This sounds lovely! I never got round to visiting Maine when I lived in New Jersey, but it was always on my list.
    Have a fabulous time

  3. I’m a last minute packer too 🙂 Have a wonderful time on your anniversary vacation! Looks like you have some fun creative goodness planned.

  4. you well have a great time I’m sure! I would have picked Maine also and would love the National park. Yes unplug and take a break from sewing – sometimes we need to refresh the batteries by taking a break.

  5. Have a safe, wonderful trip and creative trip. Even though I’m just back from my vacation, I’m kind of envious of where you’re going, I can’t get enough of Nature plus you’re going somewhere I’ve never been. I assume you’ll buy some chocolate once you land because eating chocolate and drawing sure is nice and of course drinking coffee or do you prefer wine? I can’t wait to see what you buy at the quilt shop.

  6. Have a great trip, Wendy! The weather looks pretty good, maybe a little rain, mostly 70s day, cooler at night. Should be a great trip. If you get to Alewives, ask for Rhea and tell her I sent you via the blogosphere! I used to work with her at Cambridge Quilts.

  7. This looks like such a fun assortment of creative outlets for traveling. Happy to hear you are also enjoying the book by Carrie Bloomston.

    I think there was a nice quilt shop in Damariscotta. I am fairly sure. Have a wonderful time and happy anniversary!

  8. I hope you have a wonderful time on your vacation – it sounds heavenly! Taking a sewing/social media break last week was just what I needed, so I totally understand you not taking any sewing projects. Have a great time!

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